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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436325/photoperiodic-responses-and-characterization-of-the-cmvvd-gene-encoding-a-blue-light-photoreceptor-from-the-medicinal-caterpillar-fungus-cordyceps-militaris-ascomycetes
#1
Xin Zhang, Xiaoming Dong, Xinhua Song, Fen Wang, Caihong Dong
Light is a necessary environmental factor for production of conidia and pigment, formation of stroma, and development of Cordyceps militaris, a well-known edible and medicinal mushroom. In this study, an obvious rhythm loop was observed in certain strains of C. militaris under conditions of alternating 12-hour intervals of dark and light. A possibly related gene, Cmvvd, the homologue of the blue-light photoreceptor of Neurospora crassa, was cloned from the genome of C. militaris. The protein CmVVD is predicted to be 203 amino acids in length and is characterized by the presence of a light, oxygen, or voltage domain...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433665/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
#2
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433481/genetics-of-common-complex-diseases-a-view-from-iceland
#3
REVIEW
David O Arnar, Runolfur Palsson
In the past decade, large scale genotyping has led to discoveries of numerous sequence variants that confer increased risk of many common complex diseases. Interestingly, a substantial proportion of pioneering genetic work has originated from the small nation of Iceland and has been facilitated by an extensive genealogy database. We provide examples of relevant observations made so far in several major disease categories central to internal medicine practice. Some of these findings offer new mechanistic clues into the pathophysiology of common disorders and may suggest novel approaches in diagnosis and drug therapy...
April 19, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431028/hybrid-de-novo-genome-assembly-of-the-chinese-herbal-fleabane-erigeron-breviscapus
#4
Jing Yang, Guanghui Zhang, Jing Zhang, Hui Liu, Wei Chen, Xiao Wang, Yahe Li, Yang Dong, Shengchao Yang
Background: The plants in the Erigeron genus of the Compositae (Asteraceae) family are commonly called fleabanes, possibly due to the belief that certain chemicals in these plants repel fleas. In the traditional Chinese medicine, Erigeron breviscapus , which is native to China, was widely used in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease. A handful of bioactive compounds, including scutellarin, 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, and 3,4-dicaffeoylquinic acid, have been isolated from the plant...
April 18, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430854/dynamic-modeling-and-network-approaches-for-omics-time-course-data-overview-of-computational-approaches-and-applications
#5
Yulan Liang, Arpad Kelemen
Inferring networks and dynamics of genes, proteins, cells and other biological entities from high-throughput biological omics data is a central and challenging issue in computational and systems biology. This is essential for understanding the complexity of human health, disease susceptibility and pathogenesis for Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory (P4) system and precision medicine. The delineation of the possible interactions of all genes/proteins in a genome/proteome is a task for which conventional experimental techniques are ill suited...
April 18, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430547/enhancing-insights-into-pulmonary-vascular-disease-pvd-through-a-precision-medicine-approach-a-joint-nhlbi-cmref-workshop-report
#6
John H Newman, Stuart Rich, Steven H Abman, John H Alexander, John Barnard, Gerald J Beck, Raymond L Benza, Todd M Bull, Stephen Y Chan, Hyung J Chun, Declan Doogan, Jocelyn Dupuis, Serpil C Erzurum, Robert P Frantz, Mark Geraci, Hunter Gillies, Mark Gladwin, Michael P Gray, Anna R Hemnes, Roy S Herbst, Adrian F Hernandez, Nicholas S Hill, Evelyn M Horn, Kendall Hunter, Zhi-Cheng Jing, Roger Johns, Sanjay Kaul, Steven M Kawut, Tim Lahm, Jane A Leopold, Greg D Lewis, Stephen C Mathai, Vallerie V McLaughlin, Evangelos D Michelakis, Steven D Nathan, William Nichols, Grier Page, Marlene Rabinovitch, Jonathan Rich, Franz Rischard, Sharon Rounds, Sanjiv J Shah, Victor F Tapson, Naomi Lowy, Norman Stockbridge, Gail Weinmann, Lei Xiao
The Division of Lung Diseases of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) and the Cardiovascular Medical Education and Research Fund (CMREF), held a workshop to discuss to leverage of the anticipated scientific output from the recently launched "Redefining Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) through Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics" (PVDOMICS) program. PVDOMICS is a protocol driven network to analyze PH patient populations to define novel pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) phenotypes. Basic, translational and clinical investigators, patient advocacy organizations, regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical industry experts discussed the application of precision medicine to PVD clinical trials...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429989/personalized-medicine-what-are-the-challenges-for-health-services
#7
Walter Ricciardi
Genetics and genomics, together with other biomedical sciences and digital technologies, have a vital role to play in transforming health services to become systems that can work for health in the 21st century in ways that are affordable and that respond to individuals' requirement for more autonomy. Health services should embrace this agenda and implement changes in the organization of care.
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428927/limitations-of-personalized-medicine-and-gene-assays-for-breast-cancer
#8
David Tiberi, Laura Masucci, Daniel Shedid, Isabelle Roy, Toni Vu, Erica Patocskai, André Robidoux, Philip Wong
Adjuvant systemic treatments reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence following the local treatment of primary stage I-III breast cancers. For patients with hormone-positive breast cancers receiving hormonal therapy, the risk of distant recurrence is under 20% and therefore, many patients may potentially be spared of chemotherapy. Consequently, several molecular signatures based on gene expression were developed to better determine which breast cancer patients would benefit from chemotherapy. We present the case of a 62-year-old woman diagnosed with an early stage hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that was treated with a partial mastectomy...
March 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427561/molecular-targets-of-ascochlorin-and-its-derivatives-for-cancer-therapy
#9
Jason Chua Min-Wen, Benjamin Chua Yan-Jiang, Srishti Mishra, Xiaoyun Dai, Junji Magae, Ng Shyh-Chang, Alan Prem Kumar, Gautam Sethi
Cancer is an extremely complex disease comprising of a multitude of characteristic hallmarks that continue to evolve with time. At the genomic level, random mutations leading to deregulation of diverse oncogenic signal transduction cascades and polymorphisms coupled with environmental as well as life style-related factors are major causative agent contributing to chemoresistance and the failure of conventional therapies as well as molecular targeted agents. Hence, there is an urgent need to identify novel alternative therapies based on alternative medicines to combat this dreaded disease...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425754/immunotherapy-and-targeted-therapy-in-brain-metastases-emerging-options-in-precision-medicine
#10
Tyler Lazaro, Priscilla K Brastianos
Brain metastases (BM) continue to represent an unmet clinical need in oncology. Immunotherapy and targeted therapy hold great promise in the treatment of BM. Emerging data are confirming the activity of these agents in patients with BM. Genomic studies have confirmed that clinically actionable mutations are present in BM and they can be used in clinical studies to link targeted therapies with their genetic targets. Furthermore, as molecular signatures associated with sensitivity and resistance to immunotherapies are developed, we will better be able to select BM patients who will most benefit from these therapies...
April 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425478/data-intensive-genome-level-analysis-for-identifying-novel-non-toxic-drug-targets-for-multi-drug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#11
Divneet Kaur, Rintu Kutum, Debasis Dash, Samir K Brahmachari
We report the construction of a novel Systems Biology based virtual drug discovery model for the prediction of non-toxic metabolic targets in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). This is based on a data-intensive genome level analysis and the principle of conservation of the evolutionarily important genes. In the 1623 sequenced Mtb strains, 890 metabolic genes identified through a systems approach in Mtb were evaluated for non-synonymous mutations. The 33 genes showed none or one variation in the entire 1623 strains, including 1084 Russian MDR strains...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425437/are-genetic-polymorphisms-in-the-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-associated-with-essential-hypertension-evidence-from-genome-wide-association-studies
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REVIEW
L-D Ji, J-Y Li, B-B Yao, X-B Cai, Q-J Shen, J Xu
In candidate gene era, dozens of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) have been reported to be significantly associated with hypertension. However, the unbiased genome-wide association studies (GWAS) rarely identified the SNPs within RAAS were associated with hypertension or blood pressure (BP) traits. In order to figure out whether genetic polymorphisms of RAAS are really associated with hypertension, we systemically searched the GWAS Catalogue and identified all the known RAAS genes and relevant diseases/traits...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424024/molecular-profiling-and-bioactive-potential-of-an-endophytic-fungus-aspergillus-sulphureus-isolated-from-sida-acuta-a-medicinal-plant
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M Murali, C Mahendra, P Hema, N Rajashekar, A Nataraju, M S Sudarshana, K N Amruthesh
CONTEXT: Sida acuta Burm.f. (Malvaceae) extracts are reported to have applications against malaria, diuretic, antipyretic, nervous and urinary diseases. No fungal endophytes of S. acuta are reported. OBJECTIVE: Isolation, identification and evaluation of antibacterial, antioxidant, anticancer and haemolytic potential of fungal endophytes from the ethnomedcinal plant S. acuta. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sida acuta stem segments were placed on PDA medium to isolate endophytic fungi...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423952/advances-in-the-research-of-celery-an-important-apiaceae-vegetable-crop
#14
Meng-Yao Li, Xi-Lin Hou, Feng Wang, Guo-Fei Tan, Zhi-Sheng Xu, Ai-Sheng Xiong
Celery (Apium graveolens L.), one of the most important vegetables in Apiaceae family, is cultivated worldwide and utilized in food and cosmetic industries because it is an excellent source of vitamins, phenolic compounds, volatile oils and other nutrients. Celery extracts possess various medicinal properties, such as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and lowering blood glucose and serum lipid levels. With the rapid advancements in molecular biology and sequencing technology, studies on celery have been performed...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423702/experience-with-precision-genomics-and-tumor-board-indicates-frequent-target-identification-but-barriers-to-delivery
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Alan H Bryce, Jan B Egan, Mitesh J Borad, A Keith Stewart, Grzegorz S Nowakowski, Asher Chanan-Khan, Mrinal M Patnaik, Stephen M Ansell, Michaela S Banck, Steven I Robinson, Aaron S Mansfield, Eric W Klee, Gavin R Oliver, Jennifer B McCormick, Norine E Huneke, Colleen M Tagtow, Robert B Jenkins, Kandelaria M Rumilla, Sarah E Kerr, Jean-Pierre A Kocher, Scott A Beck, Martin E Fernandez-Zapico, Gianrico Farrugia, Konstantinos N Lazaridis, Robert R McWilliams
BACKGROUND: The ability to analyze the genomics of malignancies has opened up new possibilities for off-label targeted therapy in cancers that are refractory to standard therapy. At Mayo Clinic these efforts are organized through the Center for Individualized Medicine (CIM). RESULTS: Prior to GTB, datasets were analyzed and integrated by a team of bioinformaticians and cancer biologists. Therapeutically actionable mutations were identified in 65% (92/141) of the patients tested with 32% (29/92) receiving genomically targeted therapy with FDA approved drugs or in an independent clinical trial with 45% (13/29) responding...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423406/the-rise-of-radiomics-and-implications-for-oncologic-management
#16
Vivek Verma, Charles B Simone, Sunil Krishnan, Steven H Lin, Jinzhong Yang, Stephen M Hahn
Clinical medicine, particularly oncology, is progressing toward personalized care. Whereas the terms genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics have dominated personalized medicine for the past couple decades, the concept of radiomics was first described in 2012. This nascent concept has major implications for personalized cancer care and involves extracting hundreds of standardized and quantifiable imaging characteristics from diagnostic computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging images. The central hypothesis of radiomics is that these libraries of quantitative individual voxel-based variables are more sensitively associated with various clinical endpoints compared with the more qualitative radiologic, histopathologic, and clinical data more commonly utilized today...
July 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421566/precision-global-health-in-the-digital-age
#17
Antoine Flahault, Antoine Geissbuhler, Idris Guessous, Philippe Guérin, Isabelle Bolon, Marcel Salathé, Gérard Escher
Precision global health is an approach similar to precision medicine, which facilitates, through innovation and technology, better targeting of public health interventions on a global scale, for the purpose of maximising their effectiveness and relevance. Illustrative examples include: the use of remote sensing data to fight vector-borne diseases; large databases of genomic sequences of foodborne pathogens helping to identify origins of outbreaks; social networks and internet search engines for tracking communicable diseases; cell phone data in humanitarian actions; drones to deliver healthcare services in remote and secluded areas...
April 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421090/comparative-genomics-and-phylogenomics-of-east-asian-tulips-amana-liliaceae
#18
Pan Li, Rui-Sen Lu, Wu-Qin Xu, Tetsuo Ohi-Toma, Min-Qi Cai, Ying-Xiong Qiu, Kenneth M Cameron, Cheng-Xin Fu
The genus Amana Honda (Liliaceae), when it is treated as separate from Tulipa, comprises six perennial herbaceous species that are restricted to China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Although all six Amana species have important medicinal and horticultural uses, studies focused on species identification and molecular phylogenetics are few. Here we report the nucleotide sequences of six complete Amana chloroplast (cp) genomes. The cp genomes of Amana range from 150,613 bp to 151,136 bp in length, all including a pair of inverted repeats (25,629-25,859 bp) separated by the large single-copy (81,482-82,218 bp) and small single-copy (17,366-17,465 bp) regions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420614/applications-of-genome-editing-tools-in-precision-medicine-research
#19
Li Shuang, Yang Yuanyuan, Qiu Yan, Chen Yanhao, Xu Luwei, Ding Qiurong
The emergence of genome editing tools, such as the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated 9 (Cas9) system, has enabled researchers to achieve somatic and germline genomic manipulations in cell lines and model organisms. Within a couple of years, genome editing is now being rapidly developed for multiple applications and widely used in biomedical researches, including creation of disease models with desired genetic mutations, screening in a high-throughput manner for drug resistance genes, and making appropriate editions to genes in vivo for disease treatment...
March 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419628/hla-hd-an-accurate-hla-typing-algorithm-for-next-generation-sequencing-data
#20
Shuji Kawaguchi, Koichiro Higasa, Masakazu Shimizu, Ryo Yamada, Fumihiko Matsuda
The accurate typing of HLA alleles is critical for a variety of medical applications, such as genomic studies of multifactorial diseases, including immune system and inflammation-related disorders, and donor selection in organ transplantation and regenerative medicine. Here we developed a new algorithm for determining HLA alleles using next-generation sequencing (NGS) results. The method consists of constructing an extensive dictionary of HLA alleles, precise mapping of the NGS reads, and calculating a score based on weighted read counts to select the most suitable pair of alleles...
April 16, 2017: Human Mutation
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