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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141402/-epidemiology-of-the-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-spread-in-a-community-acute-hospital-and-a-non-acute-rehabilitation-hospital-in-madrid
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M López-Dosil, C Bischofberge, D Sáez, C García-Picazo
OBJECTIVE: In Spain, the overall prevalence of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is increasing. We describe the epidemiological, clinical and microbiological characteristics features of patients with colonization or infection due to CRE in two hospitals in the north-west of Madrid during two years. One hospital was a community acute hospital and the second one was a non-acute rehabilitation hospital. METHODS: A total of 197 CPE isolates were detected during 2013-2014...
November 14, 2017: Revista Española de Quimioterapia: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Quimioterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141209/high-throughput-drug-screening-identifies-pazopanib-and-clofilium-tosylate-as-promising-treatments-for-malignant-rhabdoid-tumors
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Céline Chauvin, Amaury Leruste, Arnault Tauziede-Espariat, Mamy Andrianteranagna, Didier Surdez, Aurianne Lescure, Zhi-Yan Han, Elodie Anthony, Wilfrid Richer, Sylvain Baulande, Mylène Bohec, Sakina Zaidi, Marie-Ming Aynaud, Laetitia Maillot, Julien Masliah-Planchon, Stefano Cairo, Sergio Roman-Roman, Olivier Delattre, Elaine Del Nery, Franck Bourdeaut
Rhabdoid tumors (RTs) are aggressive tumors of early childhood characterized by SMARCB1 inactivation. Their poor prognosis highlights an urgent need to develop new therapies. Here, we performed a high-throughput screening of approved drugs and identified broad inhibitors of tyrosine kinase receptors (RTKs), including pazopanib, and the potassium channel inhibitor clofilium tosylate (CfT), as SMARCB1-dependent candidates. Pazopanib targets were identified as PDGFRα/β and FGFR2, which were the most highly expressed RTKs in a set of primary tumors...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141179/formation-of-longitudinal-axon-pathways-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Harald Hutter
The small number of neurons and the simple architecture of the Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) nervous system enables researchers to study axonal pathfinding at the level of individually identified axons. Axons in C. elegans extend predominantly along one of the two major body axes, the anterior-posterior axis and the dorso-ventral axis. This review will focus on axon navigation along the anterior-posterior axis, leading to the establishment of the longitudinal axon tracts, with a focus on the largest longitudinal axon tract, the ventral nerve cord (VNC)...
November 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141051/molecular-and-epidemiological-characterization-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-norway-2007-to-2014
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Ørjan Samuelsen, Søren Overballe-Petersen, Jørgen Vildershøj Bjørnholt, Sylvain Brisse, Michel Doumith, Neil Woodford, Katie L Hopkins, Bettina Aasnæs, Bjørg Haldorsen, Arnfinn Sundsfjord
The prevalence of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) is increasing worldwide. Here we present associated patient data and molecular, epidemiological and phenotypic characteristics of all CPE isolates in Norway from 2007 to 2014 confirmed at the Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Detection of Antimicrobial Resistance. All confirmed CPE isolates were characterized pheno- and genotypically, including by whole genome sequencing (WGS). Patient data were reviewed retrospectively. In total 59 CPE isolates were identified from 53 patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141013/indcaps-a-tool-for-designing-screening-primers-for-crispr-cas9-mutagenesis-events
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Charles Hodgens, Zachary L Nimchuk, Joseph J Kieber
Genetic manipulation of organisms using CRISPR/Cas9 technology generally produces small insertions/deletions (indels) that can be difficult to detect. Here, we describe a technique to easily and rapidly identify such indels. Sequence-identified mutations that alter a restriction enzyme recognition site can be readily distinguished from wild-type alleles using a cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence (CAPS) technique. If a restriction site is created or altered by the mutation such that only one allele contains the restriction site, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by a restriction digest can be used to distinguish the two alleles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140977/low-cost-and-open-source-multi-fluorescence-imaging-system-for-teaching-and-research-in-biology-and-bioengineering
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Isaac Nuñez, Tamara Matute, Roberto Herrera, Juan Keymer, Timothy Marzullo, Timothy Rudge, Fernán Federici
The advent of easy-to-use open source microcontrollers, off-the-shelf electronics and customizable manufacturing technologies has facilitated the development of inexpensive scientific devices and laboratory equipment. In this study, we describe an imaging system that integrates low-cost and open-source hardware, software and genetic resources. The multi-fluorescence imaging system consists of readily available 470 nm LEDs, a Raspberry Pi camera and a set of filters made with low cost acrylics. This device allows imaging in scales ranging from single colonies to entire plates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139600/arcr-modulates-biofilm-formation-in-the-dental-plaque-colonizer-streptococcus-gordonii
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Jill C Robinson, Nadia Rostami, John Casement, Waldemar Vollmer, Alexander H Rickard, Nicholas S Jakubovics
Biofilm formation and cell-cell sensing by the pioneer dental plaque coloniser Streptococcus gordonii is dependent upon arginine. This study aimed to identify genetic factors linking arginine-dependent responses and biofilm formation in S. gordonii. Isogenic mutants disrupted in genes required for biosynthesis or catabolism of arginine, or for arginine-dependent gene regulation, were screened for their ability to form biofilms in a static culture model. Biofilm formation by a knockout mutant of arcR, encoding an arginine-dependent regulator of transcription, was reduced to <50% that of the wild-type whereas other strains were unaffected...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139551/members-of-the-deal-subfamily-of-the-duf1218-gene-family-are-required-for-bilateral-symmetry-but-not-for-dorsoventrality-in-arabidopsis-leaves
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David Wilson-Sánchez, Sebastián Martínez-López, Sergio Navarro-Cartagena, Sara Jover-Gil, José Luis Micol
Most plant leaves exhibit bilateral symmetry, which has been hypothesized as an inevitable consequence of the existence of the proximodistal and dorsoventral axes. No gene has been described that affects leaf bilateral symmetry but not dorsoventrality in Arabidopsis thaliana. We screened for viable insertional mutations that affect leaf morphology, and out of more than 700 mutants found only one, desigual1-1 (deal1-1), that exhibited bilateral symmetry breaking but no obvious defects in dorsoventrality. We found that deal1-1 is an allele of VASCULATURE COMPLEXITY AND CONNECTIVITY (VCC)...
November 15, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139541/characterization-of-the-autophagy-related-gene-8a-atg8a-promoter-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Arundhati Bali, Bhupendra V Shravage
Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved process which is upregulated under various stress conditions, including nutrient stress and oxidative stress. Amongst autophagy related genes (Atgs), Atg8a (LC3 in mammals) is induced several-fold during nutrient limitation in Drosophila. The minimal Atg8a cis-regulatory module (CRM) which mediates transcriptional upregulation under various stress conditions is not known. Here, we describe the generation and analyses of a series of Atg8a promoter deletions which drive the expression of an mCherry-Atg8a fusion cassette...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139377/laboratory-colonization-and-mass-rearing-of-phlebotomine-sand-flies-diptera-psychodidae
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Jérôme Depaquit, Bernard Pesson, Denis Augot, James Gordon Campbell Hamilton, Phillip Lawyer, Nicole Léger, Phillip Lawyer, Mireille Killick-Kendrick, Tobin Rowland, Edgar Rowton, Petr Volf
Laboratory colonies of phlebotomine sand flies are necessary for experimental study of their biology, behaviour and mutual relations with disease agents and for testing new methods of vector control. They are indispensable in genetic studies and controlled observations on the physiology and behaviour of sand flies, neglected subjects of high priority. Colonies are of particular value for screening insecticides. Colonized sand flies are used as live vector models in a diverse array of research projects, including xenodiagnosis, that are directed toward control of leishmaniasis and other sand fly-associated diseases...
2017: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139076/extended%C3%A2-spectrum%C3%A2-beta-lactamase-esbl-producing-bacteria-isolated-from-hospital-wastewaters-rivers-and-aquaculture-sources-in-nigeria
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Olawale Olufemi Adelowo, Serena Caucci, Omowunmi Abosede Banjo, Ozioma Chinyere Nnanna, Eunice Olubunmi Awotipe, Florence Bosede Peters, Obasola Ezekiel Fagade, Thomas U Berendonk
Untreated wastewater is a risk factor for the spread of antibiotic resistance in the environment. However, little is known about the contribution of untreated wastewater to the burden of antibiotic resistance in the Nigerian environment. In this study, a total of 143 ceftazidime-/cefpodoxime-resistant bacteria isolated from untreated wastewater and untreated wastewater-contaminated surface and groundwater in Nigeria were screened for extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) genes, integrons and integron gene cassettes by PCR...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139039/genetic-screening-and-molecular-characterization-of-met-alterations-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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M Saigi, A McLeer-Florin, E Pros, E Nadal, E Brambilla, M Sanchez-Cespedes
PURPOSE: Aberrant activation of MET as a result of exon 14-skipping (METex14) mutations or gene amplification is an oncogenic mechanism in non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) and a potential therapeutic target. The purpose of this study was to characterize MET alterations in a cohort of NSCLC patients treated with surgery. METHODS AND PATIENTS: 157 NSCLCs of various histopathologies, including pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinomas (PSC), were tested for MET alterations...
November 14, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138824/genetic-mutational-testing-of-chinese-children-with-familial-hematuria-with-biopsy%C3%A2-proven-fsgs
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Yongzhen Li, Ying Wang, Qingnan He, Xiqiang Dang, Yan Cao, Xiaochuan Wu, Shuanghong Mo, Xiaoxie He, Zhuwen Yi
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a pathological lesion rather than a disease, with a diverse etiology. FSGS may result from genetic and non‑genetic factors. FSGS is considered a podocyte disease due to the fact that in the majority of patients with proven‑FSGS, the lesion results from defects in the podocyte structure or function. However, FSGS does not result exclusively from podocyte‑associated genes, however also from other genes including collagen IV‑associated genes. Patients who carry the collagen type IVA3 chain (COL4A3) or COL4A4 mutations usually exhibit Alport Syndrome (AS), thin basement membrane neuropathy or familial hematuria (FH)...
November 10, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138398/characterization-of-macrophages-from-schizophrenia-patients
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Paul R Ormel, Hans C van Mierlo, Manja Litjens, Miriam E van Strien, Elly M Hol, René S Kahn, Lot D de Witte
Genetic, epidemiological and post mortem studies have described an association between schizophrenia (SCZ) and the immune system. Microglia, the tissue-resident macrophages of the brain, not only play an essential role in inflammatory processes, but also in neurodevelopment and synapse refinement. It has therefore been hypothesized that aberrant functioning of these myeloid immune cells is involved in SCZ pathogenesis. Until now cellular research into the role of myeloid cells in SCZ has been limited to monocytes and functional assays are lacking...
November 14, 2017: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138316/germline-cas9-expression-yields-highly-efficient-genome-engineering-in-a-major-worldwide-disease-vector-aedes-aegypti
#15
Ming Li, Michelle Bui, Ting Yang, Christian S Bowman, Bradley J White, Omar S Akbari
The development of CRISPR/Cas9 technologies has dramatically increased the accessibility and efficiency of genome editing in many organisms. In general, in vivo germline expression of Cas9 results in substantially higher activity than embryonic injection. However, no transgenic lines expressing Cas9 have been developed for the major mosquito disease vector Aedes aegypti Here, we describe the generation of multiple stable, transgenic Ae. aegypti strains expressing Cas9 in the germline, resulting in dramatic improvements in both the consistency and efficiency of genome modifications using CRISPR...
November 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138037/genetic-predisposition-to-preeclampsia-is-conferred-by-fetal-dna-variants-near-flt1-a-gene-involved-in-the-regulation-of-angiogenesis
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Kathryn J Gray, Richa Saxena, S Ananth Karumanchi
Preeclampsia risk is influenced by both the mother's genetic background, as well as the genetics of her fetus; however, the specific genes responsible for conferring preeclampsia risk have largely remained elusive. Evidence that preeclampsia has a genetic predisposition was first detailed in the early 1960's, and overall preeclampsia heritability is estimated at ∼55%. Many traditional gene discovery approaches have been employed to investigate the specific genes that contribute to preeclampsia risk, but these have largely not been successful or reproducible...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137817/beyond-als-and-ftd-the-phenotypic-spectrum-of-tbk1-mutations-includes-psp-like-and-cerebellar-phenotypes
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Carlo Wilke, Jonathan Baets, Jan L De Bleecker, Tine Deconinck, Saskia Biskup, Stefanie N Hayer, Stephan Züchner, Rebecca Schüle, Peter De Jonghe, Matthis Synofzik
Mutations in the TANK-binding kinase 1 gene (TBK1) are a rare, but recurrent cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). However, the complete phenotypic spectrum of syndromes associated with TBK1 mutations remains to be elucidated. Using next-generation panel-sequencing of neurodegenerative disease genes, we identified a TBK1 index patient presenting with a progressive supranuclear palsy-like syndrome. Consecutively, we screened the whole-exome sequencing data of 439 index subjects presenting with various neurodegenerative syndromes outside the ALS-FTD spectrum for TBK1 mutations...
October 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137279/implications-of-mutational-spectrum-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes-based-on-targeted-next-generation-sequencing
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Yuanyuan Xu, Yan Li, Qingyu Xu, Yuelong Chen, Na Lv, Yu Jing, Liping Dou, Jian Bo, Guangyuan Hou, Jing Guo, Xiuli Wang, Lili Wang, Yonghui Li, Chongjian Chen, Li Yu
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of myeloid hematological malignancies, with a high risk of progression to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). To explore the role of acquired mutations in MDS, 111 MDS-associated genes were screened using next-generation sequencing (NGS), in 125 patients. One or more mutations were detected in 84% of the patients. Some gene mutations are specific for MDS and were associated with disease subtypes, and the patterns of mutational pathways could be associated with progressive MDS...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137252/a-novel-mutation-r190h-in-the-at-hook-1-domain-of-mecp2-identified-in-an-atypical-rett-syndrome
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Xiao Zhou, Yuangao Liao, Miaojing Xu, Zhong Ji, Yunqi Xu, Liang Zhou, Xiaoming Wei, Peiqian Hu, Peng Han, Fanghan Yang, Suyue Pan, Yafang Hu
Background: Mutations in Methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2) have been identified as the disease-causing mutations in Rett Syndrome (RTT). However, no mutation in the AT-hook 1 domain of MECP2 has been reported in RTT yet. The function of AT-hook 1 domain of MECP2 has not been described either. Methods: The clinical and radiological features of a girl with progressive hyperactivity and loss of acquired linguistic and motor functions were presented. Next generation sequencing was used to screen the causative gene...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134605/p2y11-receptors-properties-distribution-and-functions
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Charles Kennedy
The P2Y11 receptor is a G protein-coupled receptor that is stimulated by endogenous purine nucleotides, particularly ATP. Amongst P2Y receptors it has several unique properties; (1) it is the only human P2Y receptor gene that contains an intron in the coding sequence; (2) the gene does not appear to be present in the rodent genome; (3) it couples to stimulation of both phospholipase C and adenylyl cyclase. Its absence in mice and rats, along with a limited range of selective pharmacological tools, has hampered the development of our knowledge and understanding of its properties and functions...
September 27, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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