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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101694/relationship-between-phenotypic-and-genotypic-characteristics-of-trichophyton-mentagrophytes-strains-isolated-from-patients-with-dermatophytosis
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I Dhib, I Khammari, A Yaacoub, F Hadj Slama, M Ben Saïd, R Zemni, A Fathallah
According to epidemiological, clinical and mycological criteria, it has long been admitted that the Trichophyton mentagrophytes species includes two varieties: a zoophilic variety (var. mentagrophytes) and an anthropophilic variety (var. interdigitale) that involve the upper and the lower part of the body, respectively. The further application of molecular techniques to the characterization of dermatophyte strains showed that this classification is unreliable. The aim of our study was to assess the usefulness of PCR-RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) and sequencing in the characterization of T...
January 18, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101269/metagenomic-approaches-to-identify-novel-organisms-from-the-soil-environment-in-a-classroom-setting
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Sadia J Rahman, Trevor C Charles, Parjit Kaur
Molecular Microbial Metagenomics is a research-based undergraduate course developed at Georgia State University. This semester-long course provides hands-on research experience in the area of microbial diversity and introduces molecular approaches to study diversity. Students are part of an ongoing research project that uses metagenomic approaches to isolate clones containing 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid (rRNA) genes from a soil metagenomic library. These approaches not only provide a measure of microbial diversity in the sample but may also allow discovery of novel organisms...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101260/tracking-the-resolution-of-student-misconceptions-about-the-central-dogma-of-molecular-biology
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Amy G Briggs, Stephanie K Morgan, Seth K Sanderson, Molly C Schulting, Laramie J Wieseman
The goal of our study was to track changes in student understanding of the central dogma of molecular biology before and after taking a genetics course. Concept maps require the ability to synthesize new information into existing knowledge frameworks, and so the hypothesis guiding this study was that student performance on concept maps reveals specific central dogma misconceptions gained, lost, and retained by students. Students in a genetics course completed pre- and posttest concept mapping tasks using terms related to the central dogma...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100093/p19-targeted-abd-derived-protein-variants-inhibit-il-23-binding-and-exert-suppressive-control-over-il-23-stimulated-expansion-of-primary-human-il-17-t-cells
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Lucie Křížová, Milan Kuchař, Hana Petroková, Radim Osička, Marie Hlavničková, Ondřej Pelák, Jiří Černý, Tomáš Kalina, Petr Malý
Interleukin-23 (IL-23), a heterodimeric cytokine of covalently bound p19 and p40 proteins, has recently been closely associated with development of several chronic autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease. Released by activated dendritic cells, IL-23 interacts with IL-23 receptor (IL-23R) on Th17 cells, thus promoting intracellular signaling, a pivotal step in Th17-driven pro-inflammatory axis. Here, we aimed to block the binding of IL-23 cytokine to its cell-surface receptor by novel inhibitory protein binders targeted to the p19 subunit of human IL-23...
January 19, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099941/the-roles-of-rrp15-in-nucleolar-formation-ribosome-biogenesis-and-checkpoint-control-in-human-cells
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Zhixiong Dong, Changjun Zhu, Qimin Zhan, Wei Jiang
The nucleolus controls ribosome biogenesis and its perturbation induces nucleolar stress that inhibits cell cycle progression and activates checkpoint responses. Here, we investigate the roles of ribosomal RNA processing protein, RRP15, in nucleolar formation, ribosome biogenesis, cell cycle progression and checkpoint control in human cells. RRP15 is localized in the nucleolus and required for nucleolar formation. In contrast to the budding yeast Rrp15p that was reported as a component of pre-60S subunits, RRP15 is found in both pre-40S and pre-60S subunits and involved in regulating rRNA transcription and ribosome biogenesis...
January 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098529/multidrug-resistant-candida-haemulonii-and-c-auris-tel-aviv-israel
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Ronen Ben-Ami, Judith Berman, Ana Novikov, Edna Bash, Yael Shachor-Meyouhas, Shiri Zakin, Yasmin Maor, Jalal Tarabia, Vered Schechner, Amos Adler, Talya Finn
Candida auris and C. haemulonii are closely related, multidrug-resistant emerging fungal pathogens that are not readily distinguishable with phenotypic assays. We studied C. auris and C. haemulonii clinical isolates from 2 hospitals in central Israel. C. auris was isolated in 5 patients with nosocomial bloodstream infection, and C. haemulonii was found as a colonizer of leg wounds at a peripheral vascular disease clinic. Liberal use of topical miconazole and close contact among patients were implicated in C...
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098507/development-and-evaluation-of-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-assay-for-the-detection-of-haemonchus-contortus-in-goat-fecal-samples
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Xin Yang, Mingwei Qi, Zongze Zhang, Chong Gao, Chunqun Wang, Weiqiang Lei, Li Tan, Junlong Zhao, Rui Fang, Min Hu
Haemonchus contortus is one of the most significant strongylid nematodes infecting small ruminants and causes great economic losses to the livestock industry worldwide. Accurate diagnosis of H. contortus is crucial to control the infection. Traditional microscopic examinations are the most common methods for the diagnosis of H. contortus, but they are time-consuming and inaccurate. Molecular methods based on PCR are more accurate, but need expensive machines usually only used in the laboratory. Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is a rapid, simple, specific and sensitive method that has been widely used to detect viruses, bacteria and parasites...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096483/the-gut-microbiome-of-the-vector-lutzomyia-longipalpis-is-essential-for-survival-of-leishmania-infantum
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Patrick H Kelly, Sarah M Bahr, Tiago D Serafim, Nadim J Ajami, Joseph F Petrosino, Claudio Meneses, John R Kirby, Jesus G Valenzuela, Shaden Kamhawi, Mary E Wilson
: The vector-borne disease leishmaniasis, caused by Leishmania species protozoa, is transmitted to humans by phlebotomine sand flies. Development of Leishmania to infective metacyclic promastigotes in the insect gut, a process termed metacyclogenesis, is an essential prerequisite for transmission. Based on the hypothesis that vector gut microbiota influence the development of virulent parasites, we sequenced midgut microbiomes in the sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis with or without Leishmania infantum infection...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093718/ribosomal-protein-s3-gene-silencing-protects-against-experimental-allergic-asthma
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Jinrui Dong, Wupeng Liao, Hong Yong Peh, Tze Khee Chan, W S Daniel Tan, Li Li, Amy Yong, W S Fred Wong
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ribosomal protein S3 (RPS3) is a 40S ribosomal protein of the S3P family essential for executing protein translation. RPS3 has recently been found to interact with the p65 subunit of the NF-κB complex, and promote p65 DNA-binding activity. Persistent activation of the NF-κB pathway is evident in allergic asthma. We hypothesized that gene silencing of lung RPS3 can ameliorate allergic airway inflammation. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Gene silencing efficacy of RPS3 siRNA was screened in three different mouse cell lines by real-time PCR and immunoblotting...
January 17, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093273/identification-of-fhit-as-a-post-transcriptional-effector-of-thymidine-kinase-1-expression
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Daniel L Kiss, Catherine E Waters, Iman M Ouda, Joshua C Saldivar, Jenna R Karras, Zaynab A Amin, Seham Mahrous, Teresa Druck, Ralf A Bundschuh, Daniel R Schoenberg, Kay Huebner
FHIT is a genome caretaker gene that is silenced in >50% of cancers. Loss of Fhit protein expression promotes accumulation of DNA damage, affects apoptosis and epithelial-mesenchymal transition, though molecular mechanisms underlying these alterations have not been fully elucidated. Initiation of genome instability directly follows Fhit loss and the associated reduced Thymidine Kinase 1 (TK1) protein expression. The effects on TK1 of Fhit knockdown and Fhit induction in the current study confirmed the role of Fhit in regulating TK1 expression...
January 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092081/epigenetics-in-alzheimer-s-disease-perspective-of-dna-methylation
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Talal Jamil Qazi, Zhenzhen Quan, Asif Mir, Hong Qing
Research over the years has shown that causes of Alzheimer's disease are not well understood, but over the past years, the involvement of epigenetic mechanisms in the developing memory formation either under pathological or physiological conditions has become clear. The term epigenetics represents the heredity of changes in phenotype that are independent of altered DNA sequences. Different studies validated that cytosine methylation of genomic DNA decreases with age in different tissues of mammals, and therefore, the role of epigenetic factors in developing neurological disorders in aging has been under focus...
January 14, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081284/analysis-of-the-relationship-between-ribosomal-dna-its-sequences-and-active-components-in-rhodiola-plants
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D J Zhang, W T Yuan, M T Li, Y H Zhang
Rhodiola plants are a valuable resource in traditional Chinese medicine. The objective of this study was to evaluate the correlation between ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences and the three active components in Rhodiola plants. For this, we determined ITS sequence polymorphisms and the concentrations of active components salidroside, tyrosol, and gallic acid in different Rhodiola species from the Tibetan Plateau. In a total of 23 Rhodiola samples, 16 different haplotypes were defined based on their ITS sequences...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079801/acute-necrotizing-retinal-vasculitis-as-onset-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-report
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Simeon Monov, Ruska Hristova, Rositza Dacheva, Reni Toncheva, Russka Shumnalieva, Viara Shoumnalieva-Ivanova, Daniela Monova
RATIONALE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease characterized by autoantibody production, complement activation, and deposition of immune complexes in tissues and organs. SLE can involve any region of the visual system. Although ocular manifestations are not part of the classification criteria for SLE, they can be observed in up to one-third of the patients with SLE. They are rarely reported at the time of disease onset. Retinal vasculitis is usually associated with active generalized disease...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079684/the-cif-virulence-factor-gene-is-present-in-isolates-from-patients-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-keratitis
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Christopher D Bahl, Jessica D St Laurent, R Siva Ganesa Karthikeyan, J Lakshmi Priya, Lalitha Prajna, Michael E Zegans, Dean R Madden
PURPOSE: To determine whether the cif gene is present in pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates from patients with bacterial keratitis at Aravind Eye Hospital, a referral eye care center in southern India, and from corresponding environmental isolates. METHODS: Polymerase chain reaction amplification was performed on strains of P. aeruginosa isolated from ocular infections and environmental soil samples were collected from the area surrounding Aravind Eye Hospital...
January 11, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074923/bacterial-community-composition-in-costal-dunes-of-the-mediterranean-along-a-gradient-from-the-sea-shore-to-the-inland
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Haggai Wasserstrom, Susanne Kublik, Rachel Wasserstrom, Stefanie Schulz, Michael Schloter, Yosef Steinberger
Sand dunes are unique ecosystems with distinct features which limited the accumulation of biomass. The distance from seashore affects both the physical properties of the sand dunes and the biota living above- and below ground. The goal of the present study was to determine the effects of the distance from shore to inland on soil bacterial community composition during wet and dry season. We studied a chronosequence of sites close to the eastern Mediterranean coast. Bacterial diversity was assessed using directly extracted DNA from soil samples and 16 S ribosomal RNA gene fingerprinting...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074711/a-comparison-of-the-reliability-of-two-gene-targets-in-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assays-for-detecting-leptospiral-dna-in-canine-urine
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Fabio Gentilini, Renato Giulio Zanoni, Elisa Zambon, Maria Elena Turba
We compared 2 novel loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays that target either the 16S ribosomal RNA ( rrs) gene or the gene encoding a 32-kDa leptospiral lipoprotein ( lipL32) in order to assess the effect of the target on the accuracy of the LAMP assays. The most sensitive assay was the rrs assay with a limit of detection (LOD) of 1.2 × 10(1) genome equivalents per reaction. The novel lipL32 assay showed an LOD of 1.2 × 10(2) genome equivalents per reaction. Both assays showed adequate specificity when tested against a collection of bacteria commonly found in voided canine urine...
January 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074622/-holostei-versus-halecostomi-problem-insight-from-cytogenetics-of-ancient-nonteleost-actinopterygian-fish-bowfin-amia-calva
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Zuzana Majtánová, Radka Symonová, Lenin Arias-Rodriguez, Lauren Sallan, Petr Ráb
Bowfin belongs to an ancient lineage of nonteleost ray-finned fishes (actinopterygians) and is the only extant survivor of a once diverged group, the Halecomorphi or Amiiformes. Owing to the scarcity of extant nonteleost ray-finned lineages, also referred as "living fossils," their phylogenetic interrelationships have been the target of multiple hypotheses concerning their sister group relationships. Molecular and morphological data sets have produced controversial results; bowfin is considered as either the sister group to genome-duplicated teleosts (together forming the group of Halecostomi) or to gars (Lepisosteiformes; together forming the group of Holostei)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073968/variants-of-abgri3-carrying-the-arma-gene-in-extensively-antibiotic-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-from-singapore
#18
Grace A Blackwell, Kathryn E Holt, Stephen D Bentley, Li Yang Hsu, Ruth M Hall
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the context of the ribosomal RNA methyltransferase gene armA in carbapenem-resistant global clone 2 (GC2) Acinetobacter baumannii isolates from Singapore. METHODS: Antibiotic resistance was determined using disc diffusion; PCR was used to identify resistance genes. Whole genome sequences were determined and contigs were assembled and ordered using PCR. Resistance regions in unsequenced isolates were mapped. RESULTS: Fifteen GC2 A...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073547/morphology-molecular-phylogeny-and-azaspiracid-profile-of-azadinium-poporum-dinophyceae-from-the-gulf-of-mexico
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REVIEW
Zhaohe Luo, Bernd Krock, Kenneth Neil Mertens, Andrea Michelle Price, Robert Eugene Turner, Nancy N Rabalais, Haifeng Gu
Azadinium poporum produces a variety of azaspiracids and consists of several ribotypes, but information on its biogeography is limited. A strain of A. poporum (GM29) was incubated from a Gulf of Mexico sediment sample. Strain GM29 was characterized by a plate pattern of po, cp, x, 4', 3a, 6″, 6C, 5S, 6‴, 2⁗, a distinct ventral pore at the junction of po and the first two apical plates, and a lack of an antapical spine, thus fitting the original description of A. poporum. The genus Azadinium has not been reported in waters of the United States of America before this study...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068183/nucleolar-aggresomes-mediate-release-of-pericentric-heterochromatin-and-nuclear-destruction-of-genotoxically-treated-cancer-cells
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Kristine Salmina, Anda Huna, Inna Inashkina, Alexander Belyayev, Jekabs Krigerts, Ladislava Pastova, Alejandro Vazquez-Martin, Jekaterina Erenpreisa
The role of the nucleolus and autophagy in maintenance of nuclear integrity is poorly understood. In addition, the mechanisms of nuclear destruction in cancer cells senesced after conventional chemotherapy are unclear. In an attempt to elucidate these issues, we studied teratocarcinoma PA1 cells treated with Etoposide (ETO), focussing on the nucleolus. Following treatment, most cells enter G2 arrest, display persistent DNA damage and activate p53, senescence, and macroautophagy markers. 2-5 µm sized nucleolar aggresomes (NoA) containing fibrillarin (FIB) and damaged rDNA, colocalised with ubiquitin, pAMPK, and LC3-II emerge, accompanied by heterochromatin fragments, when translocated perinuclearly...
January 9, 2017: Nucleus
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