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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351066/contamination-of-swimming-pools-and-hot-tubs-biofilms-with-acanthamoeba
#1
Behroz Mahdavi Poor, Abdolhossein Dalimi, Fatemeh Ghafarifar, Fariba Khoshzaban, Jalal Abdolalizadeh
The members of Acanthamoeba genus are ubiquitous amoeba which could be a pathogenic parasite. The amoeba is resistant to the common chlorine concentration that used for disinfecting the swimming pool water. Therefore, the pools can be suitable environments for the survival and multiplication of the amoeba. In this cross sectional study, 10 indoor recreational water centers from different regions of Tabriz city were selected and sampling was done from fixed and floating biofilms of the swimming pools and hot tubs...
March 26, 2018: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350170/atypical-lower-motor-neuron-disease-with-enlargement-of-nissl-substance-report-of-an-autopsy-case
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Masayuki Shintaku, Daita Kaneda, Kiyomitsu Oyanagi
The patient was an 81-year-old woman diagnosed with atypical motor neuron disease who died after a long clinical course (7.5 years without mechanical assistance of ventilation) characterized by lower motor neuron signs and symptoms. Upper motor neuron signs and cognitive impairment were not apparent. Autopsy demonstrated severe neuronal loss in the anterior horn of the spinal cord, and some of the remaining neurons showed enlargement of Nissl substance and apparent thickening of the nuclear envelopes. No Bunina bodies, skein-like inclusions, or structures immunoreactive for phosphorylated transactivation response DNA-binding protein 43 were found...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349517/a-novel-genomic-signature-predicting-fdg-uptake-in-diverse-metastatic-tumors
#3
Aurora Crespo-Jara, Maria Carmen Redal-Peña, Elena Maria Martinez-Navarro, Manuel Sureda, Francisco Jose Fernandez-Morejon, Francisco J Garcia-Cases, Ramon Gonzalez Manzano, Antonio Brugarolas
BACKGROUND: Building a universal genomic signature predicting the intensity of FDG uptake in diverse metastatic tumors may allow us to understand better the biological processes underlying this phenomenon and their requirements of glucose uptake. METHODS: A balanced training set (n = 71) of metastatic tumors including some of the most frequent histologies, with matched PET/CT quantification measurements and whole human genome gene expression microarrays, was used to build the signature...
January 18, 2018: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345637/structural-basis-of-rna-polymerase-iii-transcription-initiation
#4
Guillermo Abascal-Palacios, Ewan Phillip Ramsay, Fabienne Beuron, Edward Morris, Alessandro Vannini
RNA polymerase (Pol) III transcribes essential non-coding RNAs, including the entire pool of transfer RNAs, the 5S ribosomal RNA and the U6 spliceosomal RNA, and is often deregulated in cancer cells. The initiation of gene transcription by Pol III requires the activity of the transcription factor TFIIIB to form a transcriptionally active Pol III preinitiation complex (PIC). Here we present electron microscopy reconstructions of Pol III PICs at 3.4-4.0 Å and a reconstruction of unbound apo-Pol III at 3.1 Å...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345218/mitochondrial-dna-suggests-cryptic-speciation-in-prodiplosis-longifila-gagn%C3%A3-diptera-cecidomyiidae-associated-with-geographic-distance-and-host-specialization
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D N Duque-Gamboa, M F Castillo-Cárdenas, L M Hernández, Y C Guzmán, M R Manzano, N Toro-Perea
Prodiplosis longifila is reported as a pest of a wide range of species cultivated in America, including citrus, solanaceous species and asparagus. This species has different behavioural traits that are primarily centred on the oviposition habit and the feeding of larvae, which can change depending on the host. However, scarce information is available on population studies and the natural history of this insect, and uncertainty exists about the taxonomic identity and the geographic distribution of this species...
January 18, 2018: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344612/association-of-disease-severity-with-skin-microbiome-and-filaggrin-gene-mutations-in-adult-atopic-dermatitis
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Maja-Lisa Clausen, Tove Agner, Berit Lilje, Sofie M Edslev, Thor Bech Johannesen, Paal Skytt Andersen
Importance: Skin microbiome correlates with disease severity for lesional and nonlesional skin, indicating a global influence of atopic dermatitis (AD). A relation between skin microbiome and filaggrin gene (FLG) mutations proposes a possible association between skin microbiome and host genetics. Objectives: To assess skin and nasal microbiome diversity and composition in patients with AD and compare with healthy controls, and to investigate the microbiome in relation to disease severity and FLG mutations in patients with AD...
January 17, 2018: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344415/rhizoma-coptidis-and-berberine-as-a-natural-drug-to-combat-aging-and-aging-related-diseases-via-anti-oxidation-and-ampk-activation
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Zhifang Xu, Wei Feng, Qian Shen, Nannan Yu, Kun Yu, Shenjun Wang, Zhigang Chen, Seiji Shioda, Yi Guo
Aging is the greatest risk factor for human diseases, as it results in cellular growth arrest, impaired tissue function and metabolism, ultimately impacting life span. Two different mechanisms are thought to be primary causes of aging. One is cumulative DNA damage induced by a perpetuating cycle of oxidative stress; the other is nutrient-sensing adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and rapamycin (mTOR)/ ribosomal protein S6 (rpS6) pathways. As the main bioactive component of natural Chinese medicine rhizoma coptidis (RC), berberine has recently been reported to expand life span in Drosophila melanogaster, and attenuate premature cellular senescence...
December 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343791/single-plasmid-systems-for-inducible-dual-protein-expression-and-for-crispr-cas9-crispri-gene-regulation-in-lactic-acid-bacterium-lactococcus-lactis
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Aleš Berlec, Katja Škrlec, Janja Kocjan, Maria Olenic, Borut Štrukelj
Lactococcus lactis is a food-grade lactic acid bacterium that is used in the dairy industry as a cell factory and as a host for recombinant protein expression. The nisin-controlled inducible expression (NICE) system is frequently applied in L. lactis; however new tools for its genetic modification are highly desirable. In this work NICE was adapted for dual protein expression. Plasmid pNZDual, that contains two nisin promoters and multiple cloning sites (MCSs), and pNZPolycist, that contains a single nisin promoter and two MCSs separated by the ribosome binding site, were constructed...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339407/genomic-identification-and-functional-characterization-of-essential-genes-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#9
Zhaozhao Qin, Robert Johnsen, Shicheng Yu, Jeffrey Shih-Chieh Chu, David Baillie, Nansheng Chen
Using combined genetic mapping, Illumina sequencing, bioinformatics analyses, and experimental validation, we identified 60 essential genes from 104 lethal mutations in two genomic regions of C. elegans totalling approximately 14 Mb on chromosome III(mid) and chromosome V(left). Five of the 60 genes had not previously been shown to have lethal phenotypes by RNA interference depletion. By analyzing the regions around the lethal missense mutations, we identified four putative new protein functional domains. Furthermore, functional characterization of the identified essential genes shows that most are enzymes, including helicases, tRNA synthetases, and kinases in addition to ribosomal proteins...
January 16, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336872/abundance-of-ribosomal-rna-gene-copies-in-the-genomes-of-schizophrenia-patients
#10
I V Chestkov, E M Jestkova, E S Ershova, V E Golimbet, T V Lezheiko, N Y Kolesina, L N Porokhovnik, N A Lyapunova, V L Izhevskaya, S I Kutsev, N N Veiko, S V Kostyuk
OBJECTIVE: The ribosome is a critical component of the translation machinery. The key component of ribosomes is ribosomal RNA (rRNA). Dysregulation of rRNA biogenesis has been implicated in some human diseases. One of the factors affecting rRNA biogenesis is the ribosomal RNA genes (rDNA) copy number in the genome. The aim of this study was to examine the rDNA copy number (CN) variation in the genomes of patients with schizophrenia (SZ) compared to healthy controls (HC). METHODS: We evaluated rDNA CN in leukocytes of 179 subjects with SZ (108 male/71 female) in comparison with 122 HC (60 male/62 female) using two techniques: qPCR and nonradioactive quantitative hybridization (NQH), which is based on the use of biotinylated rDNA probes...
January 11, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332277/efficient-degradation-of-triclosan-by-an-endophytic-fungus-penicillium-oxalicum-b4
#11
Hao Tian, Yan Jun Ma, Wan Yi Li, Jian Wen Wang
Triclosan (TCS), a widely used antimicrobial and preservative agent, is an emerging contaminant in aqueous and soil environment. Microbial degradation of TCS has not been reported frequently because of its inhibition of microbe growth. To explore the new microbial resources for TCS biodegradation, fungal endophytes were isolated and screened for the degradation potential. The endophytic strain B4 isolated from Artemisia annua L. showed higher degradation efficiency and was identified as Penicillium oxalicum based on its morphology and ITS sequences of ribosomal DNA...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331578/molecular-detection-and-characterisation-of-babesia-and-theileria-in-australian-hard-ticks
#12
Brooke Storey-Lewis, Ann Mitrovic, Brent McParland
Babesia and Theileria are intraerythrocytic protozoans of the phylum Apicomplexa. These species are capable of infecting wild and domestic animals and have historically caused great economic loss in the agricultural industry. In recent years human babesiosis has been deemed an emerging zoonosis in North America, Europe and Asia. The first locally acquired case of babesiosis in Australia, caused by Babesia microti, was reported in March 2012. A number of native Babesia and Theileria species have been identified in Australian marsupials, however their associated tick vectors and threat to human health is unknown...
December 24, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329300/symmetric-dimeric-bisbenzimidazoles-dbp-n-reduce-methylation-of-rarb-and-pten-while-significantly-increase-methylation-of-rrna-genes-in-mcf-7-cancer-cells
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Svetlana V Kostyuk, Margarita A Kvasha, Daria A Khrabrova, Olga V Kirsanova, Elizaveta S Ershova, Elena M Malinovskaya, Natalia N Veiko, Alexander A Ivanov, Vasiliy S Koval, Alexei L Zhuze, Vadim H Tashlitsky, Pavel E Umriukhin, Sergey I Kutsev, Elizaveta S Gromova
BACKGROUND: Hypermethylation is observed in the promoter regions of suppressor genes in the tumor cancer cells. Reactivation of these genes by demethylation of their promoters is a prospective strategy of the anticancer therapy. Previous experiments have shown that symmetric dimeric bisbenzimidazoles DBP(n) are able to block DNA methyltransferase activities. It was also found that DBP(n) produces a moderate effect on the activation of total gene expression in HeLa-TI population containing epigenetically repressed avian sarcoma genome...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325077/integrating-restriction-site-associated-dna-sequencing-rad-seq-with-morphological-cladistic-analysis-clarifies-evolutionary-relationships-among-major-species-groups-of-bee-orchids
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Richard M Bateman, Gábor Sramkó, Ovidiu Paun
Background and Aims: Bee orchids (Ophrys) have become the most popular model system for studying reproduction via insect-mediated pseudo-copulation and for exploring the consequent, putatively adaptive, evolutionary radiations. However, despite intensive past research, both the phylogenetic structure and species diversity within the genus remain highly contentious. Here, we integrate next-generation sequencing and morphological cladistic techniques to clarify the phylogeny of the genus...
January 9, 2018: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322917/identification-of-natural-antimicrobial-peptides-from-bacteria-through-metagenomic-and-metatranscriptomic-analysis-of-high-throughput-transcriptome-data-of-taiwanese-oolong-teas
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Kai-Yao Huang, Tzu-Hao Chang, Jhih-Hua Jhong, Yu-Hsiang Chi, Wen-Chi Li, Chien-Lung Chan, K Robert Lai, Tzong-Yi Lee
BACKGROUND: Anti-microbial peptides (AMPs), naturally encoded by genes and generally containing 12-100 amino acids, are crucial components of the innate immune system and can protect the host from various pathogenic bacteria and viruses. In recent years, the widespread use of antibiotics has resulted in the rapid growth of antibiotic-resistant microorganisms that often induce critical infection and pathogenesis. Recently, the advent of high-throughput technologies has led molecular biology into a data surge in both the amount and scope of data...
December 21, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322466/using-rt-qpcr-for-quantifying-mycobacteria-marinum-from-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in-vivo-samples
#16
Han Xaio, Stephen H Gillespie
Mycobacterium marinum, the causative agent of fish tuberculosis, is rarely a human pathogen causing a chronic skin infection. It is now wildely used as a model system in animal models, especially in zebra fish model, to study the pathology of tuberculosis and as a means of screening new anti-tuberculosis agent. To facilitate such research, quantifying the viable count of M. marinum bacteria is a crucial step. The main approach used currently is still by counting the number of colony forming units (cfu), a method that has been in place for almost 100 years...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322055/the-pcr-rflp-based-detection-and-identification-of-the-leishmania-species-causing-human-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-the-khorasan-razavi-province-northeast-of-iran
#17
Anita Mohammadiha, Abdolhossein Dalimi, Mohammad Reza Mahmoodi, Mehdi Parian, Majid Pirestani, Mehdi Mohebali
Background: Leishmania tropica, the causative agent of anthroponotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL), and Leishmania major, which causes zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL), are endemic in Iran. Methods: Cross-sectional study was designed to identify Leishmania species in cutaneous leishmaniasis patients who referred to Mashhad Health Centers from 2013 to 2014 using ITS-PCR-RFLP technique. First, physical examinations were performed in all suspected patients and CL cases were confirmed with microscopical examinations...
September 2017: Journal of Arthropod-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321817/enhanced-myc-association-with-the-nua4-histone-acetyltransferase-complex-mediated-by-the-adenovirus-e1a-n-terminal-domain-activates-a-subset-of-myc-target-genes-highly-expressed-in-cancer-cells
#18
Ling-Jun Zhao, Paul M Loewenstein, Maurice Green
The proto-oncogene MYC is a transcription factor over-expressed in many cancers and required for cell survival. Its function is regulated by histone acetyltransferase (HAT) complexes, such as the GCN5 complex and the NuA4/Tip60 complex. However, the roles of the HAT complexes during MYC function in cancer have not been well characterized. We recently showed that adenovirus E1A and its N-terminal 80 aa region, E1A 1-80, interact with the NuA4 complex, through the E1A TRRAP-targeting (ET) domain, and enhance MYC association with the NuA4 complex...
November 2017: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321591/respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection-changes-cargo-composition-of-exosome-released-from-airway-epithelial-cells
#19
Harendra Singh Chahar, Tiziana Corsello, Andrzej S Kudlicki, Narayana Komaravelli, Antonella Casola
Exosomes are microvesicles known to carry biologically active molecules, including RNA, DNA and proteins. Viral infections can induce profound changes in exosome composition, and exosomes have been implicated in viral transmission and pathogenesis. No information is current available regarding exosome composition and function during infection with Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the most important cause of lower respiratory tract infections in children. In this study, we characterized exosomes released from RSV-infected lung carcinoma-derived A549 cells...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321307/kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-k8-is-an-rna-binding-protein-that-regulates-viral-dna-replication-in-coordination-with-a-noncoding-rna
#20
Dongcheng Liu, Yan Wang, Yan Yuan
KSHV lytic replication and constant primary infection of fresh cells are crucial for viral tumorigenicity. Virus-encoded b-Zip family protein K8 plays an important role in viral DNA replication in both viral reactivation and de novo infection. The mechanism underlying the functional role of K8 in the viral life cycle is elusive. Here we report that K8 is a RNA binding protein, which also associates with many proteins including other RNA binding proteins. Many K8-involved protein-protein interactions are mediated by RNA...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
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