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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141319/-homozygous-ectonucleotide-pyrophosphatase-phosphodiesterase-1-variants-in-a-girl-with-hypophosphatemic-rickets-and-literature-review
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Z Q Liu, X B Chen, F Y Song, K Gao, M F Qiu, Y Qian, M Du
Objective: To investigate the clinical features and genetic characteristics of patients with ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 1 (ENPP1) gene variants. Method: The clinical data of a patient with ENPP1 homozygous variants from Capital Institute of Pediatrics was collected, the related literature was searched from China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Data Knowledge Service Platform, National Center from Biotechnology Information and PubMed by using search term "ENPP1" , "hypophosphatemic rickets" ...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141235/bioremediation-of-pcb-contaminated-shallow-river-sediments-the-efficacy-of-biodegradation-using-individual-bacterial-strains-and-their-consortia
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Hana Horváthová, Katarína Lászlová, Katarína Dercová
Elimination of dangerous toxic and hydrophobic chlorinated aromatic compounds, mainly PCBs from the environment, is one of the most important aims of the environmental biotechnologies. In this work, biodegradation of an industrial mixture of PCBs (Delor 103, equivalent to Aroclor 1242) was performed using bacterial consortia composed of four bacterial strains isolated from the historically PCB-contaminated sediments and characterized as Achromobacter xylosoxidans, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Ochrobactrum anthropi and Rhodococcus ruber...
November 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140980/prokaryotic-diversity-and-biogeochemical-characteristics-of-benthic-microbial-ecosystems-at-la-brava-a-hypersaline-lake-at-salar-de-atacama-chile
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Maria Eugenia Farias, Maria Cecilia Rasuk, Kimberley L Gallagher, Manuel Contreras, Daniel Kurth, Ana Beatriz Fernandez, Daniel Poiré, Fernando Novoa, Pieter T Visscher
Benthic microbial ecosystems of Laguna La Brava, Salar de Atacama, a high altitude hypersaline lake, were characterized in terms of bacterial and archaeal diversity, biogeochemistry, (including O2 and sulfide depth profiles and mineralogy), and physicochemical characteristics. La Brava is one of several lakes in the Salar de Atacama where microbial communities are growing in extreme conditions, including high salinity, high solar insolation, and high levels of metals such as lithium, arsenic, magnesium, and calcium...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140767/genomic-medicine-without-borders-which-strategies-should-developing-countries-employ-to-invest-in-precision-medicine-a-new-fast-second-winner-strategy
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Konstantinos Mitropoulos, David N Cooper, Christina Mitropoulou, Spiros Agathos, Jürgen K V Reichardt, Fatima Al-Maskari, Wasun Chantratita, Ambroise Wonkam, Collet Dandara, Theodora Katsila, Catalina Lopez-Correa, Bassam R Ali, George P Patrinos
Genomic medicine has greatly matured in terms of its technical capabilities, but the diffusion of genomic innovations worldwide faces significant barriers beyond mere access to technology. New global development strategies are sorely needed for biotechnologies such as genomics and their applications toward precision medicine without borders. Moreover, diffusion of genomic medicine globally cannot adhere to a "one-size-fits-all-countries" development strategy, in the same way that drug treatments should be customized...
November 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140662/re-framing-biotechnology-regulation
#5
Alison Peck
Biotechnology is about to spill the banks of federal regulation. New genetic engineering techniques like CRISPR-Cas9 promise revolutionary breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture, and public health—but those techniques would not be regulated under the terms of the Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology. This revolutionary moment in biotechnology offers an opportunity to correct the flaws in the framework, which was hastily patched together at the advent of the technology. The framework has never captured all relevant technologies, has never satisfied the public that risk is being effectively managed, and has never been accessible to small companies and publicly-funded labs that increasingly are positioned to make radical, life-saving innovations...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140658/killing-u-s-slowly-curing-the-epidemic-rise-of-cancer-drug-prices
#6
Emily K White
In August 2015, more than 110 U.S. oncologists published an article detailing the deleterious effects of rising cancer drugs prices and calling for numerous reforms to our prescription drug system. These prices are the result of decades of political maneuvering; they reflect the way our country has chosen to pay for healthcare, to foster and reward innovation, and to promote a national free market system. While these choices have resulted in immense profits for pharmaceutical companies—and subsidized the development of prescription drugs globally—they have also left many cancer patients unable to afford their medications...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140470/database-resources-of-the-national-center-for-biotechnology-information
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The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) provides a large suite of online resources for biological information and data, including the GenBank® nucleic acid sequence database and the PubMed database of citations and abstracts for published life science journals. The Entrez system provides search and retrieval operations for most of these data from 39 distinct databases. The E-utilities serve as the programming interface for the Entrez system. Augmenting many of the Web applications are custom implementations of the BLAST program optimized to search specialized data sets...
November 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140468/genbank
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Dennis A Benson, Mark Cavanaugh, Karen Clark, Ilene Karsch-Mizrachi, James Ostell, Kim D Pruitt, Eric W Sayers
GenBank® (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genbank/) is a comprehensive database that contains publicly available nucleotide sequences for 400 000 formally described species. These sequences are obtained primarily through submissions from individual laboratories and batch submissions from large-scale sequencing projects, including whole genome shotgun and environmental sampling projects. Most submissions are made using BankIt, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Submission Portal, or the tool tbl2asn...
November 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139171/structural-insights-into-a-thermostable-variant-of-human-carbonic-anhydrase-ii
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Kelsey M Kean, Joseph J Porter, Ryan A Mehl, P Andrew Karplus
Carbonic anhydrase is an enzyme of interest for many biotechnological developments including carbon sequestration. These applications often require harsh conditions, so there is a need for the development of thermostable variants. One of the most thermostable human carbonic anhydrase II variants (HCAIIts) was patented in 2006. Here, we report the ultra-high resolution crystal structure of HCAIIts. The structural changes seen are consistent with each of the six mutations involved acting largely independently and variously resulting in increased H-bonding, improved packing, and reduced side chain entropy loss upon folding to yield the increased stability...
November 15, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138908/amine-modified-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-as-a-promising-carrier-for-application-in-bio-self-healing-concrete
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Mostafa Seifan, Alireza Ebrahiminezhad, Younes Ghasemi, Ali Khajeh Samani, Aydin Berenjian
Self-healing mechanisms are a promising solution to address the concrete cracking issue. Among the investigated self-healing strategies, the biotechnological approach is distinguished itself by inducing the most compatible material with concrete composition. In this method, the potent bacteria and nutrients are incorporated into the concrete matrix. Once cracking occurs, the bacteria will be activated, and the induced CaCO3 crystals will seal the concrete cracks. However, the effectiveness of a bio self-healing concrete strictly depends on the viability of bacteria...
November 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138240/kinetics-of-h2o2-driven-degradation-of-chitin-by-a-bacterial-lytic-polysaccharide-monooxygenase
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Silja Kuusk, Bastien Bissaro, Piret Kuusk, Zarah Forsberg, Vincent G H Eijsink, Morten Sørlie, Priit Väljamäe
Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs) catalyze the oxidative cleavage of glycosidic bonds in recalcitrant polysaccharides, such as cellulose and chitin, and are of interest in biotechnological utilization of these abundant biomaterials. It has recently been shown that LPMOs can use H2O2, instead of O2, as a co-substrate. This peroxygenase-like reaction by a mono-copper enzyme is unprecedented in nature and opens new avenues in chemistry and enzymology. Here, we provide the first detailed kinetic characterization of chitin degradation by the bacterial LPMO chitin-binding protein CBP21 using H2O2 as co-substrate...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137994/role-of-osmolytes-in-protein-folding-and-aggregation-in-cells-and-its-applications-in-biotechnology
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REVIEW
Gulam Rabbani
Nature has selected osmolytes to protect intracellular macromolecules against denaturing stress conditions. These molecules are accumulated in the intracellular environment at considerably high concentrations. In general, osmolytes are known to stabilize proteins. Osmolytes are small naturally occurring compound that are utilized as chemical chaperones by changing the environmental condition in diseased cellular stress state. Osmolytes are present in different organisms, including microorganisms, animals and plants...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137993/characterization-of-cold-adapted-and-ethanol-tolerant-%C3%AE-glucosidase-from-bacillus-cellulosilyticus-and-its-application-for-directed-hydrolysis-of-cellobiose-to-ethanol
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Jian Wu, Alei Geng, Rongrong Xie, Hongcheng Wang, Jianzhong Sun
A β-glucosidase gene from Bacillus cellulosilyticus was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 and characterized. The recombinant enzyme (BcBgl1A) showed the optimal activity at 40°C, and the half-life of BcBgl1A activity at 40 °C was 24 h. BcBgl1A was sensitive to heat and exhibited obvious cold-adapted activity, retained 27.2% and 46.5% of the optimal activity at 4 and 20°C, respectively. The best activity was observed at pH 7.0 and stable over the range of pH 6.0-8.0. The activity was significantly enhanced by Fe(2+), Fe(3+) and Mn(2+), also showed a high level of NaCl tolerance...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137663/patent-landscape-of-neglected-tropical-diseases-an-analysis-of-worldwide-patent-families
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Folahanmi Tomiwa Akinsolu, Vitor Nobre de Paiva, Samuel Santos Souza, Orsolya Varga
BACKGROUND: "Neglected Tropical Diseases" (NTDs) affect millions of people in Africa, Asia and South America. The two primary ways of strategic interventions are "preventive chemotherapy and transmission control" (PCT), and "innovative and intensified disease management" (IDM). In the last 5 years, phenomenal progress has been achieved. However, it is crucial to intensify research effort into NTDs, because of the emerging drug resistance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the term NTDs covers 17 diseases, namely buruli ulcer, Chagas disease, dengue, dracunculiasis, echinococcosis, trematodiasis, human African trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, rabies, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthes, taeniasis, trachoma, and yaws...
November 14, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137641/improving-e-coli-growth-performance-by-manipulating-small-rna-expression
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REVIEW
Alejandro Negrete, Joseph Shiloach
Efficient growth of E. coli, especially for production of recombinant proteins, has been a challenge for the biotechnological industry since the early 1970s. By employing multiple approaches, such as different media composition, various growth strategies and specific genetic manipulations, it is now possible to grow bacteria to concentrations exceeding 100 g/L and to achieve high concentrations of recombinant proteins. Although the growth conditions are carefully monitored and maintained, it is likely that during the growth process cells are exposed to periodic stress conditions, created by fluctuations in pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, glucose, and salt concentration...
November 14, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136536/on-the-bright-side-of-a-forest-pest-the-metabolic-potential-of-bark-beetles-bacterial-associates
#16
Anna Fabryová, Martin Kostovčík, Alexandra Díez-Méndez, Alejandro Jiménez-Gómez, Lorena Celador-Lera, Zaki Saati-Santamaría, Hana Sechovcová, Esther Menéndez, Miroslav Kolařik, Paula García-Fraile
Bark beetles reproduce and overwinter under the bark of trees, and are associated with bacteria that may influence the fitness of their hosts. As regard the aim of this study was to test the metabolic potential of bacterial strains, isolated from the bark beetle species Cryphalus piceae, Ips typographus and Pityophthorus pityophthorus and collected in the Czech Republic from fir, spruce and pine trees, respectively, to degrade plant cell compounds. The bacterial strains were identified as belonging to the genera Curtobacterium, Erwinia, Pantoea, Pseudomonas, Rahnella, Staphylococcus, and Yersinia...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136399/proteinaceous-sperm-motility-inhibitory-factor-from-the-female-indian-garden-lizard-calotes-versicolor
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Goutham Shankar, Shubhashree Uppangala, Satish K Adiga, Belinda Willard, Bhadravathi K C Sagar, Ruth S K Titus, Gopal K Marathe
Female sperm storage is an intriguing adaptation exhibited by a wide array of both vertebrates and invertebrates. The mechanisms underlying female sperm storage have remained elusive. Using the Indian garden lizard Calotes versicolor as a model organism, we investigated the role of low and high molecular weight factors in this phenomenon. Previously, we demonstrated three distinct phases of the reproductive cycle in this animal with live, motile spermatozoa recovered from the uterovaginal region during the reproductive phase...
November 15, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136243/structure-and-electrical-properties-of-dna-nanotubes-embedded-in-lipid-bilayer-membranes
#18
Himanshu Joshi, Prabal K Maiti
Engineering the synthetic nanopores through lipid bilayer membrane to access the interior of a cell is a long persisting challenge in biotechnology. Here, we demonstrate the stability and dynamics of a tile-based 6-helix DNA nanotube (DNT) embedded in POPC lipid bilayer using the analysis of 0.2 μs long equilibrium MD simulation trajectories. We observe that the head groups of the lipid molecules close to the lumen cooperatively tilt towards the hydrophilic sugar-phosphate backbone of DNA and form a toroidal structure around the patch of DNT protruding in the membrane...
November 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136023/modifications-of-hemoglobin-and-myoglobin-by-maillard-reaction-products-mrps
#19
Aristos Ioannou, Constantinos Varotsis
High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled with a Fraction Collector was employed to isolate Maillard reaction products (MRPs) formed in model systems comprising of asparagine and monosaccharides in the 60-180°C range. The primary MRP which is detected at 60°C is important for Acrylamide content and color/aroma development in foods and also in the field of food biotechnology for controlling the extent of the Maillard reaction with temperature. The discrete fractions of the reaction products were reacted with Hemoglobin (Hb) and Myoglobin (Mb) at physiological conditions and the reaction adducts were monitored by UV-vis and Attenuated Total Reflection-Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134148/transcriptome-dynamics-along-axolotl-regenerative-development-are-consistent-with-an-extensive-reduction-in-gene-expression-heterogeneity-in-dedifferentiated-cells
#20
Carlos Díaz-Castillo
Although in recent years the study of gene expression variation in the absence of genetic or environmental cues or gene expression heterogeneity has intensified considerably, many basic and applied biological fields still remain unaware of how useful the study of gene expression heterogeneity patterns might be for the characterization of biological systems and/or processes. Largely based on the modulator effect chromatin compaction has for gene expression heterogeneity and the extensive changes in chromatin compaction known to occur for specialized cells that are naturally or artificially induced to revert to less specialized states or dedifferentiate, I recently hypothesized that processes that concur with cell dedifferentiation would show an extensive reduction in gene expression heterogeneity...
2017: PeerJ
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