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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224923/high-throughput-sequencing-reveals-modulation-of-micrornas-in-vigna-mungo-upon-mungbean-yellow-mosaic-india-virus-inoculation-highlighting-stress-regulation
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Anirban Kundu, Sujay Paul, Avishek Dey, Amita Pal
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are 20-24 nucleotides long non-coding RNAs known to play important regulatory roles during biotic and abiotic stresses by controlling gene expression. Blackgram (Vigna mungo), an economically important grain legume is highly susceptible to pathogenic begomovirus Mungbean Yellow Mosaic India Virus (MYMIV) and resulting in high yield loss. In this study two different leaf-small-RNA libraries were prepared from the pooled RNA at three different time points of resistant V. mungo inbred line VM84 inoculated either with viruliferous or non-viruliferous whiteflies carrying MYMIV and performed high-throughput Illumina sequencing...
April 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221970/genomic-tools-for-customized-recovery-and-detection-of-foodborne-shiga-toxigenic-escherichia-coli
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Michael Knowles, Sara Stinson, Dominic Lambert, Catherine Carrillo, Adam Koziol, Martine Gauthier, Burton Blais
Genomic antimicrobial resistance (AMR) prediction tools have the potential to support foodborne illness outbreak investigations through their application in the analysis of bacterial genomes from causative strains. The AMR marker profile of a strain of interest, initially identified in outbreak-associated clinical samples, may serve as the basis for customization of selective enrichment media, facilitating its recovery from samples in a food safety investigation. Different possibilities for AMR analyses include the use of comprehensive AMR gene databases such as the Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database, which can be mined with in-house bioinformatics alignment tools (e...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206987/id2-promotes-survival-of-glioblastoma-cells-during-metabolic-stress-by-regulating-mitochondrial-function
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Zhonghua Zhang, Gilbert J Rahme, Pranam D Chatterjee, Matthew C Havrda, Mark A Israel
Tumor cells proliferate in cellular environments characterized by a lack of optimal tissue organization resulting oftentimes in compromised cellular metabolism affecting nutrition, respiration, and energetics. The response of tumor cells to adverse environmental conditions is a key feature affecting their pathogenicity. We found that inhibitor of DNA binding 2 (ID2) expression levels significantly correlate with the ability of glioblastoma (GBM)-derived cell lines to survive glucose deprivation. ID2 suppressed mitochondrial oxidative respiration and mitochondrial ATP production by regulating the function of mitochondrial electron transport chain (mETC) complexes, resulting in reduced superoxide and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production from mitochondria...
February 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193166/vacsol-a-high-throughput-in-silico-pipeline-to-predict-potential-therapeutic-targets-in-prokaryotic-pathogens-using-subtractive-reverse-vaccinology
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Muhammad Rizwan, Anam Naz, Jamil Ahmad, Kanwal Naz, Ayesha Obaid, Tamsila Parveen, Muhammad Ahsan, Amjad Ali
BACKGROUND: With advances in reverse vaccinology approaches, a progressive improvement has been observed in the prediction of putative vaccine candidates. Reverse vaccinology has changed the way of discovery and provides a mean to propose target identification in reduced time and labour. In this regard, high throughput genomic sequencing technologies and supporting bioinformatics tools have greatly facilitated the prompt analysis of pathogens, where various predicted candidates have been found effective against certain infections and diseases...
February 13, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193117/exome-sequencing-identifies-de-novo-dync1h1-mutations-associated-with-distal-spinal-muscular-atrophy-and-malformations-of-cortical-development
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Yulin Chen, Yufei Xu, Guoqiang Li, Niu Li, Tingting Yu, Ru-En Yao, Xiumin Wang, Yiping Shen, Jian Wang
Exome sequencing has become a formidable tool for identifying potential de novo variants in causative genes of human diseases, such as neurodegenerative disorders. This article describes a 16-month-old girl with spinal muscular atrophy with lower extremity predominance and a 13-month-old girl with malformations of cortical development. Exome sequencing identified a novel de novo heterozygous missense mutation c.3395G>A (p.Gly1132Glu) and a previously reported de novo heterozygous missense mutation c.10151G>A (p...
March 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185569/a-comprehensive-collection-of-annotations-to-interpret-sequence-variation-in-human-mitochondrial-transfer-rnas
#6
Maria Angela Diroma, Paolo Lubisco, Marcella Attimonelli
BACKGROUND: The abundance of biological data characterizing the genomics era is contributing to a comprehensive understanding of human mitochondrial genetics. Nevertheless, many aspects are still unclear, specifically about the variability of the 22 human mitochondrial transfer RNA (tRNA) genes and their involvement in diseases. The complex enrichment and isolation of tRNAs in vitro leads to an incomplete knowledge of their post-transcriptional modifications and three-dimensional folding, essential for correct tRNA functioning...
November 8, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158222/comparative-analysis-of-nbs-lrr-genes-and-their-response-to-aspergillus-flavus-in-arachis
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Hui Song, Pengfei Wang, Changsheng Li, Suoyi Han, Chuanzhi Zhao, Han Xia, Yuping Bi, Baozhu Guo, Xinyou Zhang, Xingjun Wang
Studies have demonstrated that nucleotide-binding site-leucine-rich repeat (NBS-LRR) genes respond to pathogen attack in plants. Characterization of NBS-LRR genes in peanut is not well documented. The newly released whole genome sequences of Arachis duranensis and Arachis ipaënsis have allowed a global analysis of this important gene family in peanut to be conducted. In this study, we identified 393 (AdNBS) and 437 (AiNBS) NBS-LRR genes from A. duranensis and A. ipaënsis, respectively, using bioinformatics approaches...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157153/enhancing-the-biological-relevance-of-machine-learning-classifiers-for-reverse-vaccinology
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Ashley I Heinson, Yawwani Gunawardana, Bastiaan Moesker, Carmen C Denman Hume, Elena Vataga, Yper Hall, Elena Stylianou, Helen McShane, Ann Williams, Mahesan Niranjan, Christopher H Woelk
Reverse vaccinology (RV) is a bioinformatics approach that can predict antigens with protective potential from the protein coding genomes of bacterial pathogens for subunit vaccine design. RV has become firmly established following the development of the BEXSERO® vaccine against Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B. RV studies have begun to incorporate machine learning (ML) techniques to distinguish bacterial protective antigens (BPAs) from non-BPAs. This research contributes significantly to the RV field by using permutation analysis to demonstrate that a signal for protective antigens can be curated from published data...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149676/genomic-insight-into-pathogenicity-of-dematiaceous-fungus-corynespora-cassiicola
#9
Hong Keat Looi, Yue Fen Toh, Su Mei Yew, Shiang Ling Na, Yung-Chie Tan, Pei-Sin Chong, Jia-Shiun Khoo, Wai-Yan Yee, Kee Peng Ng, Chee Sian Kuan
Corynespora cassiicola is a common plant pathogen that causes leaf spot disease in a broad range of crop, and it heavily affect rubber trees in Malaysia (Hsueh, 2011; Nghia et al., 2008). The isolation of UM 591 from a patient's contact lens indicates the pathogenic potential of this dematiaceous fungus in human. However, the underlying factors that contribute to the opportunistic cross-infection have not been fully studied. We employed genome sequencing and gene homology annotations in attempt to identify these factors in UM 591 using data obtained from publicly available bioinformatics databases...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145426/two-novel-bmp-2-variants-identified-in-patients-with-thoracic-ossification-of-the-ligamentum-flavum
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Xiaochen Qu, Zhongqiang Chen, Dongwei Fan, Shen Xiang, Chuiguo Sun, Yan Zeng, Weishi Li, Zhaoqing Guo, Qiang Qi, Woquan Zhong, Yun Jiang
Thoracic ossification of the ligamentum flavum (TOLF)is a common cause of thoracic spinal canal stenosis and has been reported almost exclusively in East Asian countries. In this study, we established a relationship between bone morphogenic protein 2 (BMP-2) and TOLF. We divided patients into two groups according to severity of ossification and identified susceptible loci through exome sequencing. We identified 39 novel likely pathogenic variants in 29 genes in the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) superfamily or TGF-β/BMPs signaling pathway, including two missense variants in BMP-2 (NM_001200...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125665/deregulated-lncrnas-in-b-cells-from-patients-with-active-tuberculosis
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Yurong Fu, Xianqin Xu, Junfang Xue, Wenping Duan, Zhengjun Yi
Role of lncRNAs in human adaptive immune response to TB infection is largely unexplored. To address this issue, here we characterized lncRNA expression profile in primary human B cell response to TB infection using microarray assay. Several lncRNAs and mRNAs were chosen for RT-qPCR validation. Bioinformatics prediction was applied to delineate function of the deregulated mRNAs. We found that 844 lncRNAs and 597 mRNAs were differentially expressed between B cell samples from individuals with or without TB. KEGG pathway analysis for the deregulated mRNAs indicated a number of pathways, such as TB, TLR signaling pathway and antigen processing and presentation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107695/antibacterial-activity-computational-analysis-and-host-toxicity-study-of-thymol-sulfonamide-conjugates
#12
Shasank S Swain, Sudhir K Paidesetty, Rabindra N Padhy
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE) are notorious pathogenic multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria in both hospital and community sectors, and today the first antibacterial drug sulfamethoxazole is ineffective. The monoterpene phenol, thymol was conjugated with seven sulfa drug derivatives individually, adopting the dye-azo synthesis protocol, and conjugates were characterized using spectral analysis techniques such as, UV, FTIR, MS, HPLC, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and SEM...
January 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105916/gpcrs-from-fusarium-graminearum-detection-modeling-and-virtual-screening-the-search-for-new-routes-to-control-head-blight-disease
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Emmanuel Bresso, Roberto Togawa, Kim Hammond-Kosack, Martin Urban, Bernard Maigret, Natalia Florencio Martins
BACKGOUND: Fusarium graminearum (FG) is one of the major cereal infecting pathogens causing high economic losses worldwide and resulting in adverse effects on human and animal health. Therefore, the development of new fungicides against FG is an important issue to reduce cereal infection and economic impact. In the strategy for developing new fungicides, a critical step is the identification of new targets against which innovative chemicals weapons can be designed. As several G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are implicated in signaling pathways critical for the fungi development and survival, such proteins could be valuable efficient targets to reduce Fusarium growth and therefore to prevent food contamination...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068479/secretable-small-rnas-via-outer-membrane-vesicles-in-periodontal-pathogens
#14
J-W Choi, S-C Kim, S-H Hong, H-J Lee
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to be major regulators of eukaryotic gene expression. However, bacterial RNAs comparable in size to eukaryotic miRNAs (18-22 nucleotides) have received little attention. Recently, a novel class of small RNAs similar in size to miRNAs (miRNA-size, small RNAs or msRNAs) have also been found in several bacteria. Like miRNAs, msRNAs are approximately 15 to 25 nucleotides in length, and their precursors are predicted to form a hairpin loop secondary structure. Here, we identified msRNAs in the periodontal pathogens Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and Treponema denticola...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055186/antimicrobials-inspired-by-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-gene-clusters
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Xavier Vila-Farres, John Chu, Daigo Inoyama, Melinda A Ternei, Christophe Lemetre, Louis J Cohen, Wooyoung Cho, Boojala Vijay B Reddy, Henry A Zebroski, Joel S Freundlich, David S Perlin, Sean F Brady
Bacterial culture broth extracts have been the starting point for the development of numerous therapeutics. However, only a small fraction of bacterial biosynthetic diversity is accessible using this strategy. Here, we apply a discovery approach that bypasses the culturing step entirely by bioinformatically predicting small molecule structures from the primary sequences of the biosynthetic gene clusters. These structures are then chemically synthesized to give synthetic-bioinformatic natural products (syn-BNPs)...
February 1, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040530/correlation-of-cell-surface-proteins-of-distinct-beauveria-bassiana-cell-types-and-adaption-to-varied-environment-and-interaction-with-the-host-insect-cell-surface-associated-proteins-of-b-bassiana
#16
Zhi Yang, Hongyan Jiang, Xin Zhao, Zhuoyue Lu, Zhibing Luo, Xuebing Li, Jing Zhao, Yongjun Zhang
The insect fungal pathogen Beauveria bassiana produces a number of distinct cell types that include aerial conidia, blastospores and haemolymph-derived cells, termed hyphal bodies, to adapt varied environment niches and within the host insect. These cells display distinct biochemical properties and surface structures, and a highly ordered outermost brush-like structure uniquely present on hyphal bodies, but not on any in vitro cells. Here, we found that the outermost structure on the hyphal bodies mainly consisted of proteins associated to structural wall components in that most of it could be removed by dithiothreitol (DTT) or proteinase K...
December 28, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039165/pbit-pipeline-builder-for-identification-of-drug-targets-for-infectious-diseases
#17
Gauri Shende, Harshala Haldankar, Ram Shankar Barai, Mohammed Husain Bharmal, Vinit Shetty, Susan Idicula-Thomas
: PBIT (Pipeline Builder for Identification of drug Targets) is an online webserver that has been developed for screening of microbial proteomes for critical features of human drug targets such as being non-homologous to human proteome as well as the human gut microbiota, essential for the pathogen's survival, participation in pathogen-specific pathways etc. The tool has been validated by analyzing 57 putative targets of Candida albicans documented in literature. PBIT integrates various in silico approaches known for drug target identification and will facilitate high-throughput prediction of drug targets for infectious diseases, including multi-pathogenic infections...
December 30, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031184/svscore-an-impact-prediction-tool-for-structural-variation
#18
Liron Ganel, Haley J Abel, Ira M Hall
: Here we present SVScore, a tool for in silico structural variation (SV) impact prediction. SVScore aggregates per-base single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) pathogenicity scores across relevant genomic intervals for each SV in a manner that considers variant type, gene features and positional uncertainty. We show that the allele frequency spectrum of high-scoring SVs is strongly skewed toward lower frequencies, suggesting that they are under purifying selection, and that SVScore identifies deleterious variants more effectively than alternative methods...
December 28, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028452/burkholderia-pseudomallei-type-iii-secreted-protein-bipc-role-in-actin-modulation-and-translocation-activities-required-for-the-bacterial-intracellular-lifecycle
#19
Wen Tyng Kang, Kumutha Malar Vellasamy, Lakshminarayanan Rajamani, Roger W Beuerman, Jamuna Vadivelu
Melioidosis, an infection caused by the facultative intracellular pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei, has been classified as an emerging disease with the number of patients steadily increasing at an alarming rate. B. pseudomalleipossess various virulence determinants that allow them to invade the host and evade the host immune response, such as the type III secretion systems (TTSS). The products of this specialized secretion system are particularly important for the B. pseudomallei infection. Lacking in one or more components of the TTSS demonstrated different degrees of defects in the intracellular lifecycle of B...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009814/a-novel-pathogenic-brca1-splicing-variant-produces-partial-intron-retention-in-the-mature-messenger-rna
#20
Maria Valeria Esposito, Marcella Nunziato, Flavio Starnone, Antonella Telese, Alessandra Calabrese, Giuseppe D'Aiuto, Pietro Pucci, Massimiliano D'Aiuto, Francisco Baralle, Valeria D'Argenio, Francesco Salvatore
About 10% of all breast cancers arise from hereditary mutations that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers; and about 25% of these are associated with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. The identification of BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations can enable physicians to better tailor the clinical management of patients; and to initiate preventive measures in healthy carriers. The pathophysiological significance of newly identified variants poses challenges for genetic counseling. We characterized a new BRCA1 variant discovered in a breast cancer patient during BRCA1/2 screening by next-generation sequencing...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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