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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647758/a-meta-analysis-of-quantitative-trait-loci-for-abiotic-and-biotic-stress-resistance-in-tetraploid-cotton
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Abdelraheem Abdelraheem, Feng Liu, Mingzhou Song, Jinfa F Zhang
The number and location of mapped quantitative trait loci (QTL) depend on genetic populations and testing environments. The identification of consistent QTL across genetic backgrounds and environments is a pre-requisite to marker-assisted selection. This study analyzed a total of 661 abiotic and biotic stress resistance QTL based on our previous work and other publications using the meta-analysis software Biomercator. It identified chromosomal regions containing QTL clusters for different resistance traits and hotspots for a particular resistance trait in cotton from 98 QTL for drought tolerance under greenhouse (DT) and 150 QTL in field conditions (FDT), 80 QTL for salt tolerance in the greenhouse conditions (ST), 201 QTL for resistance to Verticillium wilt (VW, Verticillium dahliae), 47 QTL for resistance to Fusarium wilt (FW, Fusarium oxysporum f...
June 24, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646734/investigating-articulated-heavy-vehicle-crashes-in-western-australia-using-a-spatial-approach
#2
Ori Gudes, Richard Varhol, Qian Chayn Sun, Lynn Meuleners
BACKGROUND: Recent developments in Western Australia's economy including widespread traffic congestion as well as road safety issues are increasingly becoming prominent. Previous studies relied on traditional statistical methods to investigate patterns and characteristics of motor vehicle crashes. Although useful, statistical analysis alone is incapable of providing a spatial context and is therefore unable to associate existing crash characteristics with a spatial distribution. AIMS: To identify concentrations or "hotspots" of articulated heavy vehicle crashes in WA between the years 2001-2013, by using a spatial analysis approach...
June 21, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645942/mutational-heterogeneity-in-apc-and-kras-arises-at-the-crypt-level-and%C3%A2-leads-to-polyclonality-in-early-colorectal-tumorigenesis
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Mireia Gausachs, Ester Borras, Kyle Chang, Sara González, Daniel Azuara, Axel Delgado Amador, Adriana Lopez-Doriga, F Anthony San Lucas, Xavier Sanjuan, Maria jOSE Paules, Melissa Taggart, Gareth Davies, Erik A Ehli, Jerry Fowler, Victor Moreno, Marta Pineda, Y Nancy You, Patrick M Lynch, Conxi Lazaro, Nicholas E Navin, Paul Scheet, Ernest T Hawk, Gabriel Capella, Eduardo Vilar
Purpose:  The majority of genomic alterations causing intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) in colorectal cancer (CRC) are thought to arise during early stages of carcinogenesis as a burst but only after truncal mutations in APC have expanded a single founder clone. We have investigated if the initial source of ITH is consequent to multiple independent lineages derived from different crypts harboring distinct truncal APC and driver KRAS mutations, thus challenging the prevailing monoclonal monocryptal model. <p>Experimental design: High-depth next-generation sequencing and SNP arrays were performed in whole lesion extracts of 37 FAP colorectal adenomas...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645799/genotype-phenotype-evaluation-of-med13l-defects-in-the-light-of-a-novel-truncating-and-a-recurrent-missense-mutation
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Reza Asadollahi, Markus Zweier, Laura Gogoll, Raphael Schiffmann, Heinrich Sticht, Katharina Steindl, Anita Rauch
A decade after the designation of MED13L as a gene and its link to intellectual disability (ID) and dextro-looped transposition of great arteries in 2003, we previously described a recognizable syndrome due to MED13L haploinsufficiency. Subsequent reports of 22 further patients diagnosed by genome-wide testing further delineated the syndrome with expansion of the phenotypic spectrum and showed reduced penetrance for congenital heart defects. We now report two novel patients identified by whole exome sequencing, one with a de novo MED13L truncating mutation and the other with a de novo missense mutation...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645177/mobile-genetic-elements-in-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-movement-for-change
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Ana Cehovin, Steven B Lewis
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoeae, possesses several mobile genetic elements (MGEs). The MGEs such as transposable elements mediate intra-chromosomal rearrangements, while plasmids and the gonococcal genetic island are involved in inter-chromosomal gene transfer. Additionally, gonococcal MGEs serve as hotspots for recombination and integration of other genetic elements such as bacteriophages, contribute to gene regulation or spread genes through gonococcal populations by horizontal gene transfer...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643784/water-scarcity-hotspots-travel-downstream-due-to-human-interventions-in-the-20th-and-21st-century
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T I E Veldkamp, Y Wada, J C J H Aerts, P Döll, S N Gosling, J Liu, Y Masaki, T Oki, S Ostberg, Y Pokhrel, Y Satoh, H Kim, P J Ward
Water scarcity is rapidly increasing in many regions. In a novel, multi-model assessment, we examine how human interventions (HI: land use and land cover change, man-made reservoirs and human water use) affected monthly river water availability and water scarcity over the period 1971-2010. Here we show that HI drastically change the critical dimensions of water scarcity, aggravating water scarcity for 8.8% (7.4-16.5%) of the global population but alleviating it for another 8.3% (6.4-15.8%). Positive impacts of HI mostly occur upstream, whereas HI aggravate water scarcity downstream; HI cause water scarcity to travel downstream...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642609/microbial-signatures-associated-with-oropharyngeal-and-oral-squamous-cell-carcinomas
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Sagarika Banerjee, Tian Tian, Zhi Wei, Kristen N Peck, Natalie Shih, Ara A Chalian, Bert W O'Malley, Gregory S Weinstein, Michael D Feldman, James Alwine, Erle S Robertson
The microbiome is fundamentally one of the most unique organs in the human body. Dysbiosis can result in critical inflammatory responses and result in pathogenesis contributing to neoplastic events. We used a pan-pathogen array technology (PathoChip) coupled with next-generation sequencing to establish microbial signatures unique to human oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (OCSCC/OPSCC). Signatures for DNA and RNA viruses including oncogenic viruses, gram positive and negative bacteria, fungi and parasites were detected...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642086/geographical-outcome-disparities-in-infection-occurrence-after-colorectal-surgery
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Nasser Bagheri, Luis Furuya-Kanamori, Suhail A R Doi, Archie C A Clements, Art Sedrakyan
BACKGROUND: Despite improved surgical practices and in-hospital surveillance systems, surgical site infections remain a major public health problem worldwide and often require readmission to hospital. The aim was to apply an advance and innovative spatial analysis approach to identify spatial pattern and clustering (hotspots) of surgical site infection rate (CSIR), and quantifying disparities across communities. METHODS: We used the Admitted Patient Data Collection for patients aged 18 years and over who underwent colorectal surgery in a public hospital between 2002 and 2013 in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW)...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641943/template-switching-during-replication-fork-repair-in-bacteria
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REVIEW
Susan T Lovett
Replication forks frequently are challenged by lesions on the DNA template, replication-impeding DNA secondary structures, tightly bound proteins or nucleotide pool imbalance. Studies in bacteria have suggested that under these circumstances the fork may leave behind single-strand DNA gaps that are subsequently filled by homologous recombination, translesion DNA synthesis or template-switching repair synthesis. This review focuses on the template-switching pathways and how the mechanisms of these processes have been deduced from biochemical and genetic studies...
June 13, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640180/graphene-ag-hybrids-on-laser-textured-si-surface-for-sers-detection
#10
Chentao Zhang, Kun Lin, Yuanqing Huang, Jianhuan Zhang
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been extensively investigated as an effective approach for trace species detection. Silver nanostructures are high-sensitivity SERS substrates in common use, but their poor chemical stability impedes practical applications. Herein, a stable and sensitive SERS substrate based on the hybrid structures of graphene/silver film/laser-textured Si (G/Ag/LTSi) was developed, and a simple, rapid, and low-cost fabrication approach was explored. Abundant nanoparticles were directly created and deposited on the Si surface via laser ablation...
June 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640116/distribution-of-somatic-mutations-of-cancer-related-genes-according-to-microsatellite-instability-status-in-korean-gastric-cancer
#11
Joonhong Park, Han Mo Yoo, Woori Jang, Soyoung Shin, Myungshin Kim, Yonggoo Kim, Seung-Woo Lee, Jeong Goo Kim
In studies of the molecular basis of gastric cancer (GC), microsatellite instability (MSI) is one of the key factors. Somatic mutations found in GC are expected to contribute to MSI-high (H) tumorigenesis. We estimated somatic mutation distribution according to MSI status in 52 matched pair GC samples using the Ion Torrent Ion S5 XL with the AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot panel.Seventy-five (9.8%) somatic variants consisting of 34 hotspot mutations and 41 other likely pathogenic variants were identified in 34 GC samples...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636915/probing-the-structural-dynamics-of-the-nmda-receptor-activation-by-coarse-grained-modeling
#12
Wenjun Zheng, Han Wen, Gary J Iacobucci, Gabriela K Popescu
N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors are glutamate-gated excitatory channels that play essential roles in brain functions. High-resolution structures have been solved for an allosterically inhibited and agonist-bound form of a functional NMDA receptor; however, other key functional states (particularly the active open-channel state) were only resolved at moderate resolutions by cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). To decrypt the mechanism of the NMDA receptor activation, structural modeling is essential to provide presently missing information about structural dynamics...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636615/family-living-sets-the-stage-for-cooperative-breeding-and-ecological-resilience-in-birds
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Michael Griesser, Szymon M Drobniak, Shinichi Nakagawa, Carlos A Botero
Cooperative breeding is an extreme form of cooperation that evolved in a range of lineages, including arthropods, fish, birds, and mammals. Although cooperative breeding in birds is widespread and well-studied, the conditions that favored its evolution are still unclear. Based on phylogenetic comparative analyses on 3,005 bird species, we demonstrate here that family living acted as an essential stepping stone in the evolution of cooperative breeding in the vast majority of species. First, families formed by prolonging parent-offspring associations beyond nutritional independency, and second, retained offspring began helping at the nest...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636589/identifying-specificity-groups-in-the-t-cell-receptor-repertoire
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Jacob Glanville, Huang Huang, Allison Nau, Olivia Hatton, Lisa E Wagar, Florian Rubelt, Xuhuai Ji, Arnold Han, Sheri M Krams, Christina Pettus, Nikhil Haas, Cecilia S Lindestam Arlehamn, Alessandro Sette, Scott D Boyd, Thomas J Scriba, Olivia M Martinez, Mark M Davis
T cell receptor (TCR) sequences are very diverse, with many more possible sequence combinations than T cells in any one individual. Here we define the minimal requirements for TCR antigen specificity, through an analysis of TCR sequences using a panel of peptide and major histocompatibility complex (pMHC)-tetramer-sorted cells and structural data. From this analysis we developed an algorithm that we term GLIPH (grouping of lymphocyte interactions by paratope hotspots) to cluster TCRs with a high probability of sharing specificity owing to both conserved motifs and global similarity of complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) sequences...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635953/rare-rnf213-variants-in-the-c-terminal-region-encompassing-the-ring-finger-domain-are-associated-with-moyamoya-angiopathy-in-caucasians
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Stéphanie Guey, Markus Kraemer, Dominique Hervé, Thomas Ludwig, Manoëlle Kossorotoff, Françoise Bergametti, Jan Claudius Schwitalla, Simone Choi, Lucile Broseus, Isabelle Callebaut, Emmanuelle Genin, Elisabeth Tournier-Lasserve
Moyamoya angiopathy (MMA) is a cerebral angiopathy affecting the terminal part of internal carotid arteries. Its prevalence is 10 times higher in Japan and Korea than in Europe. In East Asian countries, moyamoya is strongly associated to the R4810K variant in the RNF213 gene that encodes for a protein containing a RING-finger and two AAA+ domains. This variant has never been detected in Caucasian MMA patients, but several rare RNF213 variants have been reported in Caucasian cases. Using a collapsing test based on exome data from 68 European MMA probands and 573 ethnically matched controls, we showed a significant association between rare missense RNF213 variants and MMA in European patients (odds ratio (OR)=2...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631558/the-overexpression-and-prognostic-role-of-dcaf13-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#16
Jianzhong Cao, Pengjiao Hou, Jiemin Chen, Penghui Wang, Wenqin Wang, Wei Liu, Changzheng Liu, Xiaodong He
DDB1 and CUL4 associated factor 13 (DCAF13) is a protein coding gene located on chromosome 8q22.3, which is a hotspot amplified in various cancers. DCAF13 has been reported to be frequently amplified in breast cancer patients. However, the genetic alteration and potential role of DCAF13 in other cancers, including hepatocellular carcinoma, have not been investigated yet. In this study, we found that DCAF13 was amplified in 14.7% of the cases and its expression was upregulated (p < 0.001) in hepatocellular carcinoma samples in The Cancer Genome Atlas dataset...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631324/recent-origin-and-rapid-speciation-of-neotropical-orchids-in-the-world-s-richest-plant-biodiversity-hotspot
#17
Oscar Alejandro Pérez-Escobar, Guillaume Chomicki, Fabien L Condamine, Adam P Karremans, Diego Bogarín, Nicholas J Matzke, Daniele Silvestro, Alexandre Antonelli
The Andean mountains of South America are the most species-rich biodiversity hotspot worldwide with c. 15% of the world's plant species, in only 1% of the world's land surface. Orchids are a key element of the Andean flora, and one of the most prominent components of the Neotropical epiphyte diversity, yet very little is known about their origin and diversification. We address this knowledge gap by inferring the biogeographical history and diversification dynamics of the two largest Neotropical orchid groups (Cymbidieae and Pleurothallidinae), using two unparalleled, densely sampled orchid phylogenies (including more than 400 newly generated DNA sequences), comparative phylogenetic methods, geological and biological datasets...
July 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630802/effects-of-a-wind-farm-installation-on-the-understory-bat-community-of-a-highly-biodiverse-tropical-region-in-mexico
#18
Miguel Briones-Salas, Mario C Lavariega, Claudia E Moreno
Wind energy has rapidly become an important alternative among renewable energies, and it is generally considered clean. However, little is known about its impact at the level of ecological communities, especially in biodiversity hotspots. The Isthmus of Tehuantepec is a highly biodiverse region in Mesoamerica, and has the highest potential for generating wind energy in Mexico. To assess the effects of installing a wind farm on the understory bat community in a landscape of fragmented habitat, we assessed its diversity and composition over four stages of installation (site preparation, construction, and two stages of operation)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628865/urban-emissions-hotspots-quantifying-vehicle-congestion-and-air-pollution-using-mobile-phone-gps-data
#19
Conor K Gately, Lucy R Hutyra, Scott Peterson, Ian Sue Wing
On-road emissions vary widely on time scales as short as minutes and length scales as short as tens of meters. Detailed data on emissions at these scales are a prerequisite to accurately quantifying ambient pollution concentrations and identifying hotspots of human exposure within urban areas. We construct a highly resolved inventory of hourly fluxes of CO, NO2, NOx, PM2.5 and CO2 from road vehicles on 280,000 road segments in eastern Massachusetts for the year 2012. Our inventory integrates a large database of hourly vehicle speeds derived from mobile phone and vehicle GPS data with multiple regional datasets of vehicle flows, fleet characteristics, and local meteorology...
June 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628619/south-african-ebola-diagnostic-response-in-sierra-leone-a-modular-high-biosafety-field-laboratory
#20
Janusz T Paweska, Petrus Jansen van Vuren, Gunther H Meier, Chantel le Roux, Ousman S Conteh, Alan Kemp, Cardia Fourie, Prabha Naidoo, Serisha Naicker, Phumza Ohaebosim, Nadia Storm, Orienka Hellferscee, Lisa K Ming Sun, Busisiwe Mogodi, Nishi Prabdial-Sing, Desiree du Plessis, Deidre Greyling, Shayne Loubser, Mark Goosen, Stewart D McCulloch, Terence P Scott, Alexandra Moerdyk, Wesley Dlamini, Kelfala Konneh, Idrissa L Kamara, Dauda Sowa, Samuel Sorie, Brima Kargbo, Shabir A Madhi
BACKGROUND: In August 2014, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa established a modular high-biosafety field Ebola diagnostic laboratory (SA FEDL) near Freetown, Sierra Leone in response to the rapidly increasing number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The SA FEDL operated in the Western Area of Sierra Leone, which remained a "hotspot" of the EVD epidemic for months. The FEDL was the only diagnostic capacity available to respond to the overwhelming demand for rapid EVD laboratory diagnosis for several weeks in the initial stages of the EVD crisis in the capital of Sierra Leone...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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