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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544016/recent-advances-of-crispr-cas9-genome-editing-technologies-for-biological-and-biomedical-investigations
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Vijai Singh, Nisarg Gohil, Robert Ramírez García, Darren Braddick, Christian Kuete Fofié
The Type II CRISPR-Cas9 system is a simple, efficient, and versatile tool for targeted genome editing in a wide range of organisms and cell types. It continues to gain more scientific interest and has established itself as an extremely powerful technology within our synthetic biology toolkit. It works upon a targeted site and generates a double strand breaks that become repaired by either the NHEJ or HDR pathway, modifying or permanently replacing the genomic target sequences of interest. These can include viral targets, single-mutation genetic diseases, and multiple-site corrections for wide scale disease states, offering the potential to manage and cure some of mankind's most persistent biomedical menaces...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542843/next-generation-sequencing-of-a-family-with-a-high-penetrance-of-monoclonal-gammopathies-for-the-identification-of-candidate-risk-alleles
#2
Niccolo Bolli, Matteo Barcella, Erika Salvi, Francesca D'Avila, Antonio Vendramin, Chiara De Philippis, Nikhil C Munshi, Herve Avet-Loiseau, Peter J Campbell, Alberto Mussetti, Cristiana Carniti, Francesco Maura, Cristina Barlassina, Paolo Corradini, Vittorio Montefusco
BACKGROUND: The authors describe a family with a high penetrance of plasma cell dyscrasias, suggesting inheritance of an autosomal dominant risk allele. METHODS: The authors performed whole-exome sequencing and reported on a combined approach aimed at the identification of causative variants and risk loci, using the wealth of data provided by this approach. RESULTS: The authors identified gene mutations and single-nucleotide polymorphisms of potential significance, and pinpointed a known risk locus for myeloma as a potential area of transmissible risk in the family...
May 23, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542568/nesfatin-1-like-peptide-is-a-novel-metabolic-factor-that-suppresses-feeding-and-regulates-whole-body-energy-homeostasis-in-male-wistar-rats
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Kavishankar Gawli, Naresh Ramesh, Suraj Unniappan
Nucleobindin-1 has high sequence similarity to nucleobindin-2, which encodes the anorectic and metabolic peptide, nesfatin-1. We previously reported a nesfatin-1-like peptide (NLP), anorectic in fish and insulinotropic in mice islet beta-like cells. The main objective of this research was to determine whether NLP is a metabolic regulator in male Wistar rats. A single intraperitoneal (IP) injection of NLP (100 μg/kg BW) decreased food intake and increased ambulatory movement, without causing any change in total activity or energy expenditure when compared to saline-treated rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542550/a-spatio-temporal-assessment-of-simian-human-immunodeficiency-virus-shiv-evolution-reveals-a-highly-dynamic-process-within-the-host
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Alison F Feder, Christopher Kline, Patricia Polacino, Mackenzie Cottrell, Angela D M Kashuba, Brandon F Keele, Shiu-Lok Hu, Dmitri A Petrov, Pleuni S Pennings, Zandrea Ambrose
The process by which drug-resistant HIV-1 arises and spreads spatially within an infected individual is poorly understood. Studies have found variable results relating how HIV-1 in the blood differs from virus sampled in tissues, offering conflicting findings about whether HIV-1 throughout the body is homogeneously distributed. However, most of these studies sample only two compartments and few have data from multiple time points. To directly measure how drug resistance spreads within a host and to assess how spatial structure impacts its emergence, we examined serial sequences from four macaques infected with RT-SHIVmne027, a simian immunodeficiency virus encoding HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT), and treated with RT inhibitors...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542437/cp5-system-for-simple-and-highly-efficient-protein-purification-with-a-c-terminal-designed-mini-tag
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Hiroyuki Takeda, Wei Zhou, Kohki Kido, Ryoji Suno, Takahiro Iwasaki, Takuya Kobayashi, Tatsuya Sawasaki
There are many strategies to purify recombinant proteins of interest, and affinity purification utilizing monoclonal antibody that targets a linear epitope sequence is one of the essential techniques used in current biochemistry and structural biology. Here we introduce a new protein purification system using a very short CP5 tag. First, we selected anti-dopamine receptor D1 (DRD1) rabbit monoclonal antibody clone Ra62 (Ra62 antibody) as capture antibody, and identified its minimal epitope sequence as a 5-amino-acid sequence at C-terminal of DRD1 (GQHPT-COOH, D1CE sequence)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542371/whole-genome-sequencing-of-spermatocytic-tumors-provides-insights-into-the-mutational-processes-operating-in-the-male-germline
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Eleni Giannoulatou, Geoffrey J Maher, Zhihao Ding, Ad J M Gillis, Lambert C J Dorssers, Alexander Hoischen, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, Gilean McVean, Andrew O M Wilkie, Leendert H J Looijenga, Anne Goriely
Adult male germline stem cells (spermatogonia) proliferate by mitosis and, after puberty, generate spermatocytes that undertake meiosis to produce haploid spermatozoa. Germ cells are under evolutionary constraint to curtail mutations and maintain genome integrity. Despite constant turnover, spermatogonia very rarely form tumors, so-called spermatocytic tumors (SpT). In line with the previous identification of FGFR3 and HRAS selfish mutations in a subset of cases, candidate gene screening of 29 SpTs identified an oncogenic NRAS mutation in two cases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542368/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-ddrc-a-dna-damage-response-protein-in-deinococcus-radiodurans-bacterium
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Claire Bouthier de la Tour, Martine Mathieu, Laura Meyer, Pauline Dupaigne, Fanny Passot, Pascale Servant, Suzanne Sommer, Eric Le Cam, Fabrice Confalonieri
The bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans possesses a set of Deinococcus-specific genes highly induced after DNA damage. Among them, ddrC (dr0003) was recently re-annotated, found to be in the inverse orientation and called A2G07_00380. Here, we report the first in vivo and in vitro characterization of the corrected DdrC protein to better understand its function in irradiated cells. In vivo, the ΔddrC null mutant is sensitive to high doses of UV radiation and the ddrC deletion significantly increases UV-sensitivity of ΔuvrA or ΔuvsE mutant strains...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542329/novel-agoshrna-molecules-for-silencing-of-the-ccr5-co-receptor-for-hiv-1-infection
#8
Elena Herrera-Carrillo, Ben Berkhout
Allogeneic transplantation of blood stem cells from a CCR5-Δ32 homozygous donor to an HIV-infected individual, the "Berlin patient", led to a cure. Since then there has been a search for approaches that mimic this intervention in a gene therapy setting. RNA interference (RNAi) has evolved as a powerful tool to regulate gene expression in a sequence-specific manner and can be used to inactivate the CCR5 mRNA. Short hairpin RNA (shRNA) molecules can impair CCR5 expression, but these molecules may cause unintended side effects and they will not be processed in cells that lack Dicer, such as monocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542303/differential-dna-methylation-of-msi2-and-its-correlation-with-diabetic-traits
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Jae-Pil Jeon, In-Uk Koh, Nak-Hyun Choi, Bong-Jo Kim, Bok-Ghee Han, Suman Lee
Differential DNA methylation with hyperglycemia is significantly associated with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). Longtime extended exposure to high blood glucose levels can affect the epigenetic signatures in all organs. However, the relevance of the differential DNA methylation changes with hyperglycemia in blood with pancreatic islets remains unclear. We investigated differential DNA methylation in relation to glucose homeostasis based on the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) in a population-based cohort. We found a total of 382 differential methylation sites from blood DNA in hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes subgroups using a longitudinal and cross-sectional approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541563/the-double-stranded-rna-binding-protein-rde-4-can-act-cell-autonomously-during-feeding-rnai-in-c-elegans
#10
Pravrutha Raman, Soriayah M Zaghab, Edward C Traver, Antony M Jose
Long double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) can silence genes of matching sequence upon ingestion in many invertebrates and is therefore being developed as a pesticide. Such feeding RNA interference (RNAi) is best understood in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, where the dsRNA-binding protein RDE-4 initiates silencing by recruiting an endonuclease to process long dsRNA into short dsRNA. These short dsRNAs are thought to move between cells because muscle-specific rescue of rde-4 using repetitive transgenes enables silencing in other tissues...
May 24, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541562/dna-substrate-recognition-and-processing-by-the-full-length-human-upf1-helicase
#11
Saba Dehghani-Tafti, Cyril M Sanders
UPF1 is a conserved helicase required for nonsense-mediated decay (NMD) regulating mRNA stability in the cytoplasm. Human UPF1 (hUPF1) is also needed for nuclear DNA replication. While loss of NMD is tolerated, loss of hUPF1 induces a DNA damage response and cell cycle arrest. We have analysed nucleic acid (NA) binding and processing by full-length hUPF1. hUPF1 unwinds non-B and B-form DNA and RNA substrates in vitro. Unlike many helicases involved in genome stability no hUPF1 binding to DNA structures stabilized by inter-base-pair hydrogen bonding was observed...
May 24, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541478/genome-size-in-north-american-fireflies-substantial-variation-likely-driven-by-neutral-processes
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Sarah Sander Lower, J Spencer Johnston, Kathrin Stanger-Hall, Carl E Hjelmen, Shawn J Hanrahan, Katharine Korunes, David Hall
Eukaryotic genomes show tremendous size variation across taxa. Proximate explanations for genome size variation include differences in ploidy and amounts of noncoding DNA, especially repetitive DNA. Ultimate explanations include selection on physiological correlates of genome size such as cell size, which in turn influence body size, resulting in the often-observed correlation between body size and genome size. In this study, we examined body size and repetitive DNA elements in relationship to the evolution of genome size in North American representatives of a single beetle family, the Lampyridae (fireflies)...
May 25, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541439/the-evolutionary-landscape-of-dbl-like-rhogef-families-adapting-eukaryotic-cells-to-environmental-signals
#13
Philippe Fort, Anne Blangy
The dynamics of cell morphology in eukaryotes is largely controlled by small GTPases of the Rho family. Rho GTPases are activated by Guanine nucleotide Exchange Factors (RhoGEFs), of which Diffuse B-cell Lymphoma (Dbl)-like members form the largest family. Here we surveyed Dbl-like sequences from 175 eukaryotic genomes and illuminate how the Dbl family evolved in all eukaryotic supergroups. By combining probabilistic phylogenetic approaches and functional domain analysis, we show that the human Dbl-like family is made of 71 members, structured into 20 subfamilies...
May 25, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541377/asap-a-web-based-platform-for-the-analysis-and-interactive-visualization-of-single-cell-rna-seq-data
#14
Vincent Gardeux, Fabrice P A David, Adrian Shajkofci, Petra C Schwalie, Bart Deplancke
Motivation: Single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) allows whole transcriptome profiling of thousands of individual cells, enabling the molecular exploration of tissues at the cellular level. Such analytical capacity is of great interest to many research groups in the world, yet these groups often lack the expertise to handle complex scRNA-seq data sets. Results: We developed a fully integrated, web-based platform aimed at the complete analysis of scRNA-seq data post genome alignment: from the parsing, filtering, and normalization of the input count data files, to the visual representation of the data, identification of cell clusters, differentially expressed genes (including cluster-specific marker genes), and functional gene set enrichment...
May 24, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541284/a-scalable-double-barcode-sequencing-platform-for-characterization-of-dynamic-protein-protein-interactions
#15
Ulrich Schlecht, Zhimin Liu, Jamie R Blundell, Robert P St Onge, Sasha F Levy
Several large-scale efforts have systematically catalogued protein-protein interactions (PPIs) of a cell in a single environment. However, little is known about how the protein interactome changes across environmental perturbations. Current technologies, which assay one PPI at a time, are too low throughput to make it practical to study protein interactome dynamics. Here, we develop a highly parallel protein-protein interaction sequencing (PPiSeq) platform that uses a novel double barcoding system in conjunction with the dihydrofolate reductase protein-fragment complementation assay in Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
May 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541222/drug-target-prediction-by-multi-view-low-rank-embedding
#16
Limin Li, Menglan Cai
Drug repositioning has been a key problem in drug development, and heterogeneous data sources are used to predict drug-target interactions by different approaches. However, most of studies focus on a single representation of drugs or proteins. It has been shown that integrating multi-view representations of drugs and proteins can strengthen the prediction ability. For example, a drug can be represented by its chemical structure, or by its chemical response in different cells. A protein can be represented by its sequence, or by its gene expression values in different cells...
May 18, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539654/quasispecies-composition-and-evolution-of-a-typical-zika-virus-clinical-isolate-from-suriname
#17
Sander van Boheemen, Ali Tas, S Yahya Anvar, Rebecca van Grootveld, Irina C Albulescu, Martijn P Bauer, Mariet C Feltkamp, Peter J Bredenbeek, Martijn J van Hemert
The arthropod-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) is currently causing a major international public health threat in the Americas. This study describes the isolation of ZIKV from the plasma of a 29-year-old female traveler that developed typical symptoms, like rash, fever and headache upon return from Suriname. The complete genome sequence including the 5' and 3' untranslated regions was determined and phylogenetic analysis showed the isolate clustering within the Asian lineage, close to other viruses that have recently been isolated in the Americas...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539437/spontaneous-mutation-at-amino-acid-544-of-the-ebola-glycoprotein-potentiates-virus-entry-and-selection-in-tissue-culture
#18
John B Ruedas, Jason Ladner, Chelsea R Ettinger, Suryaram Gummuluru, Gustavo Palacios, John H Connor
Ebolaviruses have a surface glycoprotein (GP1,2) required for virus attachment and entry into cells. Mutations affecting GP1,2 functions can alter virus growth properties. We generated a recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus encoding Ebola Virus Makona variant GP1,2 (rVSV-MAK-GP) and observed emergence of a T544I mutation in the Makona GP1,2 gene during tissue culture passage in certain cell lines. The T544I mutation emerged within two passages when VSV-MAK-GP was grown on Vero E6, Vero, and BS-C-1 cells but not when it was passaged on Huh7 and HepG2 cells...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536428/the-molecular-determinants-for-distinguishing-between-ubiquitin-and-nedd8-by-usp2
#19
Yung-Cheng Shin, Jou-Han Chen, Shih-Chung Chang
Ubiquitin (Ub) shares the highest sequence identity with neuronal-precursor-cell-expressed developmentally downregulated protein-8 (NEDD8) in the Ub-like protein family. However, different enzyme systems are precisely employed for targeting Ub and NEDD8 to specific substrates. The molecular determinants for distinguishing between Ub and NEDD8 by Ub-specific peptidases (USPs) remain poorly characterized. By replacing the non-conserved residues of Ub with their NEDD8 equivalents by mutagenesis, and vice versa, we observed that the Ub(4K), Ub(12E), and Ub(14E) mutants partially and the Ub(4K/12E/14E/72A) mutant completely prevented their hydrolysis by USP2...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536328/-microrna-in-various-aspects-of-cancer-development
#20
Sho Nambara, Koshi Mimori
MicroRNAs(miRNAs)are small(18-25 nucleotides)noncoding RNA molecules that bind to partially complementary mRNA sequences, resulting in target degradation or translation inhibition. A single miRNA can influence the expression of hundreds of target genes, and miRNAs have been implicated as key molecules in various diseases, including cancer. Many studies have shown that the miRNAs play an important role in cancer cells and tumor microenvironment and may be biomarkers for early detection and therapeutic targets for various cancers...
May 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
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