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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778766/first-genetic-characterization-of-usutu-virus-from-culex-pipiens-mosquitoes-serbia-2014
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Gábor Kemenesi, Dóra Buzás, Brigitta Zana, Kornélia Kurucz, Bosiljka Krtinic, Anett Kepner, Fanni Földes, Ferenc Jakab
Since its first appearance in Europe, Usutu virus (USUV) diverged to several different genetic lineages. The virus was reported to date from multiple countries across Europe (Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium). Considering the more frequently published impact of the virus on humans it is crucial to investigate locally circulating genetic variants and trace its evolution. We retrospectively analyzed mosquito samples from Serbia Vojvodina region, collected during 2014. In this study we report the results of the screening of 23,753 female mosquitoes (753 pools) for USUV-specific nucleic-acid...
May 17, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778563/development-and-evaluation-of-a-rapid-nucleic-acid-amplification-method-to-detect-influenza-a-and-b-viruses-in-human-respiratory-specimens
#2
Sonja Elf, Pauliina Auvinen, Lisa Jahn, Karoliina Liikonen, Solveig Sjöblom, Päivi Saavalainen, Minna Mäki, Kevin E Eboigbodin
Isothermal nucleic acid amplification methods can potentially shorten the amount of time required to diagnose influenza. We developed and evaluated a novel isothermal nucleic acid amplification method, RT-SIBA to rapidly detect and differentiate between influenza A and B viruses in a single reaction tube. The performance of the RT-SIBA Influenza assay was compared with two established RT-PCR methods. The sensitivities of the RT-SIBA, RealStar RT-PCR, and CDC RT-PCR assays for the detection of influenza A and B viruses in the clinical specimens were 98...
April 18, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778222/exploring-dinoflagellate-biology-with-high-throughput-proteomics
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REVIEW
David Morse, Sirius P K Tse, Samuel C L Lo
Dinoflagellates are notorious for their ability to form the harmful algal blooms known as "red tides," yet the mechanisms underlying bloom formation remain poorly understood. Despite recent advances in nucleic acid sequencing, which have generated transcriptomes from a wide range of species exposed to a variety of different conditions, measuring changes in RNA levels have not generally produced great insight into dinoflagellate cell biology or environmental physiology, nor do we have a thorough grasp on the molecular events underpinning bloom formation...
May 2018: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777876/poly-adenine-mediated-fluorescent-spherical-nucleic-acid-probes-for-live-cell-imaging-of-endogenous-tumor-related-mrna
#4
Dan Zhu, Dongxia Zhao, Jiaxuan Huang, Yu Zhu, Jie Chao, Shao Su, Jiang Li, Lihua Wang, Jiye Shi, Xiaolei Zuo, Lixing Weng, Qian Li, Lianhui Wang
Identification of tumor-related mRNA in living cells hold great promise for early cancer diagnosis and pathological research. Herein, we present poly-adenine (polyA)-mediated fluorescent spherical nucleic acid (FSNA) probes for intracellular mRNA detection with regulable sensitivities by programmably adjusting the loading density of DNA on gold nano-interface. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) functionalized with polyA-tailed recognition sequences were hybridized to fluorescent "reporter" strands to fabricate fluorescence-quenched FSNA probes...
May 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776637/an-update-regarding-the-molecular-genetics-of-melanocytic-neoplasms-and-the-current-applications-of-molecular-genetic-technologies-in-their-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Katrin Kiavash, Martin H Bluth, Andrew David Thompson
Molecular genetic technologies are used to aid in diagnosis and treatment of borderline melanocytic tumors as an adjuvant to the gold standard histopathologic evaluation. A specific set of fluorescence in situ hybridization probes is widely used to aid in diagnosing challenging melanocytic lesions. New melanoma probe cocktails have revealed increased sensitivity and specificity in ambiguous melanocytic cases. Array comparative genomic hybridization is a more complex technology used for the work-up of diagnostically problematic Spitzoid melanocytic proliferations...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776635/molecular-diagnostics-in-esophageal-and-gastric-neoplasms-2018-update
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Muhammad Zulfiqar, Martin H Bluth, Amarpreet Bhalla
Esophageal cancer (EC) is rapidly increasing in incidence in the United States. Genetic changes associated with the development of EC involve the p16, p53, and APC genes. Human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER-2) overexpression is seen in gastroesophageal junction carcinoma and a subset gastric carcinoma (GC). Interestingly, up to 50% cases of GC are related to Helicobacter pylori infection and up to 16% are related to EBV infection. Microsatellite instability is observed in up to 39% of GC and cell free nucleic acid analysis provides additional opportunities for diagnosis and prognosis of disease...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776628/molecular-pathology-techniques-advances-in-2018
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Mark J Bluth, Martin H Bluth
Molecular pathology techniques continue to evolve. Although polymerase chain reaction (PCR) remains the cornerstone methodology for nucleic acid amplification, improvements in nucleic acid detection methodologies (i.e. PCR) have increased the detection sensitivity by using fluorescent and bead based array technologies. Single base pair lesions can be detected via sequencing and related techniques to discern point mutations in disease pathogenesis. Novel technologies, such as high- resolution melting analysis, provide fast high throughput post PCR analysis of genetic mutations or variance in nucleic acid sequences...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776538/rapid-detection-of-calr-type-1-and-type-2-mutations-using-pna-lna-clamping-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-on-a-cd-like-microfluidic-chip
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Guojun Cao, Jilie Kong, Zhifang Xing, Yigui Tang, Xinju Zhang, Xiao Xu, Zhihua Kang, Xueen Fang, Ming Guan
Bleeding and thrombosis represent common complications in myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and significantly contribute to morbidity and mortality. Molecular markers, including CALR mutations, were considered not only as diagnostic markers, but also as risk factors for bleeding and thrombosis associated with MPN, especially for patients in remote primary hospitals. We sought to develop an easy-to-use assay for the rapid detection of CALR type 1 (CALR-1) and type 2 (CALR-2) mutations in Philadelphia chromosome-negative MPN patients...
September 18, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775996/interplay-between-adenylate-metabolizing-enzymes-and-amp-activated-protein-kinase
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Marcella Camici, Simone Allegrini, Maria Grazia Tozzi
Purine nucleotides are involved in a variety of cellular functions, such as energy storage and transfer, and signalling, in addition to being the precursors of nucleic acids and cofactors of many biochemical reactions. They can be generated through two separate pathways, the de novo biosynthesis pathway and the salvage pathway. De novo purine biosynthesis leads to the formation of IMP, from which the adenylate and guanylate pools are generated by two additional steps. The salvage pathways utilize hypoxanthine, guanine and adenine to generate the corresponding mononucleotides...
May 18, 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775919/effectiveness-of-a-flow-based-device-using-riboflavin-photochemistry-in-damaging-blood-borne-viral-nucleic-acids
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Liguo Zhu, Hongli Tong, Shufang Wang, Yang Yu, Zhong Liu, Changqing Li, Deqing Wang
BACKGROUND: Effectiveness of a flow-based treatment device using riboflavin photochemistry was demonstrated by cytopathic effect method using indicator viruses. However, inactivation efficacy against real blood-borne viruses needs to be evaluated, especially at nucleic acid level. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Special plasma samples with varying concentrations of blood-borne virus were selected using a strict blood selection procedure and were treated with device treatment (DT)...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775625/reduction-sensitive-polymeric-nanomedicines-an-emerging-multifunctional-platform-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
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Huanli Sun, Yifan Zhang, Zhiyuan Zhong
The development of smart delivery systems that are robust in circulation and quickly release drugs following selective internalization into target cancer cells is a key to precision cancer therapy. Interestingly, reduction-sensitive polymeric nanomedicines showing high plasma stability and triggered cytoplasmic drug release behavior have recently emerged as one of the most exciting platforms for targeted delivery of various anticancer drugs including small chemical drugs, proteins, and nucleic acids. In vivo studies in varying tumor models reveal that these reduction-sensitive multifunctional nanomedicines outperform the currently used clinical formulations and reduction-insensitive counterparts, bringing about not only significantly enhanced tumor selectivity, accumulation and inhibition efficacy but also markedly reduced systemic toxicity and improved therapeutic index...
May 15, 2018: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775480/titan-cells-formation-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-is-finely-tuned-by-environmental-conditions-and-modulated-by-positive-and-negative-genetic-regulators
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Benjamin Hommel, Liliane Mukaremera, Radames J B Cordero, Carolina Coelho, Christopher A Desjardins, Aude Sturny-Leclère, Guilhem Janbon, John R Perfect, James A Fraser, Arturo Casadevall, Christina A Cuomo, Françoise Dromer, Kirsten Nielsen, Alexandre Alanio
The pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans exhibits morphological changes in cell size during lung infection, producing both typical size 5 to 7 μm cells and large titan cells (> 10 μm and up to 100 μm). We found and optimized in vitro conditions that produce titan cells in order to identify the ancestry of titan cells, the environmental determinants, and the key gene regulators of titan cell formation. Titan cells generated in vitro harbor the main characteristics of titan cells produced in vivo including their large cell size (>10 μm), polyploidy with a single nucleus, large vacuole, dense capsule, and thick cell wall...
May 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774141/exosome-mediated-peritoneal-dissemination-in-gastric-cancer-and-its-clinical-applications
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REVIEW
Kai-Bo Chen, Jian Chen, Xiao-Li Jin, Yi Huang, Qiu-Ming Su, Li Chen
The prognosis of patients with peritoneal dissemination from gastric cancer is poor, and the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. Exosomes, as macromolecular phospholipid bilayer vesicles comprising of proteins, nucleic acids and lipids, serve as mediators of cell-cell communication. Gastric cancer tumor-derived exosomes may be involved in the pathological process of peritoneal dissemination by mediating crosstalk between cancer cells and mesothelial cells, to result in the induction of enhanced tumor growth, migratory, adhesive and invasive abilities, peritoneal fibrosis and apoptosis, mesothelial-to-mesenchymal transition, angiogenesis and chemoresistance...
June 2018: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774070/role-of-extracellular-vesicles-in-viral-and-bacterial-infections-pathogenesis-diagnostics-and-therapeutics
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Meryl Rodrigues, Jia Fan, Christopher Lyon, Meihua Wan, Ye Hu
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), or exosomes, are nanovesicles of endocytic origin that carry host and pathogen-derived protein, nucleic acid, and lipid cargos. They are secreted by most cell types and play important roles in normal cell-to-cell communications but can also spread pathogen- and host-derived molecules during infections to alter immune responses and pathophysiological processes. New research is beginning to decipher how EVs influence viral and bacterial pathogenesis. In this review, we will describe how EVs influence viral and bacterial pathogenesis by spreading pathogen-derived factors and how they can promote and inhibit the immune response to these pathogens...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774065/catalytic-hairpin-assembly-gel-assay-for-multiple-and-sensitive-microrna-detection
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Wenhao Dai, Jing Zhang, Xiangdan Meng, Jie He, Kai Zhang, Yu Cao, Dongdong Wang, Haifeng Dong, Xueji Zhang
As important modulators of gene expression, microRNAs (miRNAs) have been identified as promising biomarkers with powerful predictive value in diagnosis and prognosis for several diseases, especially for cancers. Here we report a facile, multiple and sensitive miRNA detection method that uses conventional gel electrophoresis and catalytic hairpin assembly (CHA) system without any complex nanomaterials or enzymatic amplification. Methods: In this study, three pairs of hairpin probes are rationally designed with thermodynamically and kinetically preferable feasibility for the CHA process...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773839/layer-by-layer-sirna-poly-l-lysine-multilayers-on-polydopamine-coated-surface-for-efficient-cell-adhesion-and-gene-silencing
#16
Cheol Am Hong, Ho Yeon Son, Yoon Sung Nam
For tissue engineering applications, small interfering RNA (siRNA) is an attractive agent for controlling cellular functions and differentiation. Although polyionic condensation of nucleic acids with polycations has been widely used for gene delivery, siRNA is not strongly associated with cationic carriers due to its low charge density and rigid molecular structures. The use of an excess amount of cationic carriers is often used for siRNA condensation, though they can induce severe cytotoxicity. Here we introduce the self-assembly of siRNA with mild polyelectrolytes into multilayers for efficient gene silencing during cell proliferation...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773477/selenium-bioaccumulation-and-associated-nutraceutical-properties-in-calocybe-indica-mushroom-cultivated-on-se-enriched-wheat-straw
#17
Himanshi Rathore, Abhishek Sharma, Shalinee Prasad, Satyawati Sharma
Calocybe indica was cultivated on wheat straw enriched with various concentrations of sodium selenite (Na2 SeO3 ), (2.5-40 μg/ml). The content of selenium (Se) in fruit bodies increased linearly by increasing the amount of Na2 SeO3 , although the biomass yield inhibited above 5 μg/ml. The fruit bodies accumulated inorganic Se into organic forms by integrating the Se into proteins (56%-68%), polysaccharides (22%-29%), and nucleic acids (1.4%-2.7%). Maximum protein content (25.31 g/100 g) was observed in fruit bodies harvested from the substrate enriched with 10 μg/ml Se...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773011/antibacterial-activity-of-novel-strains-of-bacteriophages-an-experimental-approach
#18
Muhammad Imran Qadir, Zunera Chauhdary
The evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria has increased research in the development of alternative therapies to conventional drugs. In this study, isolated phages were characterized and antibacterial activity was determined by standard agar disc diffusion method. The phages showed maximum propagation at 37°C to 40°C and highest viability at pH 7. Sugars influenced the bacteriophage viability. Sodium chloride decreased the phage propagation. Calcium chloride and magnesium chloride increased the phage propagation up to a certain limit...
2018: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772680/the-crosstalk-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-er-stress-pathways-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-complex-mechanisms-relevant-for-cancer-inflammation-and-infection
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REVIEW
M Lienhard Schmitz, M Samer Shaban, B Vincent Albert, Anke Gökçen, Michael Kracht
Stressful conditions occuring during cancer, inflammation or infection activate adaptive responses that are controlled by the unfolded protein response (UPR) and the nuclear factor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhancer in B-cells (NF-κB) signaling pathway. These systems can be triggered by chemical compounds but also by cytokines, toll-like receptor ligands, nucleic acids, lipids, bacteria and viruses. Despite representing unique signaling cascades, new data indicate that the UPR and NF-κB pathways converge within the nucleus through ten major transcription factors (TFs), namely activating transcription factor (ATF)4, ATF3, CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein (CEBP) homologous protein (CHOP), X-box-binding protein (XBP)1, ATF6α and the five NF-κB subunits...
May 16, 2018: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772486/quantitative-microbial-risk-assessment-of-microbial-source-tracking-markers-in-recreational-water-contaminated-with-fresh-untreated-and-secondary-treated-sewage
#20
Warish Ahmed, Kerry A Hamilton, Aldo Lobos, Bridie Hughes, Christopher Staley, Michael J Sadowsky, Valerie J Harwood
Microbial source tracking (MST) methods have provided the means to identify sewage contamination in recreational waters, but the risk associated with elevated levels of MST targets such as sewage-associated Bacteroides HF183 and other markers is uncertain. Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) modeling allows interpretation of MST data in the context of the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) illness caused by exposure to known reference pathogens. In this study, five sewage-associated, quantitative PCR (qPCR) MST markers [Bacteroides HF183 (HF183), Methanobrevibacter smithii nifH (nifH), human adenovirus (HAdV), human polyomavirus (HPyV) and pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV)] were evaluated to determine at what concentration these nucleic acid markers reflected a significant health risk from exposure to fresh untreated or secondary treated sewage in beach water...
May 14, 2018: Environment International
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