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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645186/igf-i-gene-therapy-in-aging-rats-modulates-hippocampal-genes-relevant-to-memory-function
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Joaquín Pardo, Martin C Abba, Ezequiel Lacunza, Olalekan M Ogundele, Isabel Paiva, Gustavo R Morel, Tiago F Outeiro, Rodolfo G Goya
In rats, learning and memory performance decline during normal aging, which makes this rodent species a suitable model to evaluate therapeutic strategies. In aging rats, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), is known to significantly improve spatial memory accuracy as compared to control counterparts. A constellation of gene expression changes underlie the hippocampal phenotype of aging but no studies on the effects of IGF-I on the hippocampal transcriptome of old rodents have been documented. Here, we assessed the effects of IGF-I gene therapy on spatial memory performance in old female rats and compared them with changes in the hippocampal transcriptome...
June 22, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645144/increased-alignment-sensitivity-improves-the-usage-of-genome-alignments-for-comparative-gene-annotation
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Virag Sharma, Michael Hiller
Genome alignments provide a powerful basis to transfer gene annotations from a well-annotated reference genome to many other aligned genomes. The completeness of these annotations crucially depends on the sensitivity of the underlying genome alignment. Here, we investigated the impact of the genome alignment parameters and found that parameters with a higher sensitivity allow the detection of thousands of novel alignments between orthologous exons that have been missed before. In particular, comparisons between species separated by an evolutionary distance of >0...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645010/a-rare-case-of-male-pseudohermaphroditism-persistent-mullerian-duct-syndrome-with-transverse-testicular-ectopia-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Aashish Rajesh, Mohammed Farooq
INTRODUCTION: Persistent Mullerian duct syndrome (PMDS) is a rare type of male pseudohermaphroditism. Transverse testicular ectopia (TTE) is characterized by one testis moving to the opposite side and both testes traversing the same inguinal canal. CASE PRESENTATION: An 11-month-old boy presented with bilateral cryptorchidism. The left testis was not palpable; the right testis was canalicular with a right inguinal hernia. Ultrasound showed both testes located in the right inguinal canal...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644993/long-term-toxicity-of-surface-charged-polystyrene-nanoplastics-to-marine-planktonic-species-dunaliella-tertiolecta-and-artemia-franciscana
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E Bergami, S Pugnalini, M L Vannuccini, L Manfra, C Faleri, F Savorelli, K A Dawson, I Corsi
Plastic pollution has been globally recognized as a critical issue for marine ecosystems and nanoplastics constitute one of the last unexplored areas to understand the magnitude of this threat. However, current difficulties in sampling and identifying nano-sized debris make hard to assess their occurrence in marine environment. Polystyrene nanoparticles (PS NPs) are largely used as nanoplastics in ecotoxicological studies and although acute exposures have been already investigated, long-term toxicity on marine organisms is unknown...
June 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644958/translating-cancer-epigenomics-into-the-clinic-focus-on-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Josep Mari-Alexandre, Angel Diaz-Lagares, Maria Villalba, Oscar Juan, Ana B Crujeiras, Alfonso Calvo, Juan Sandoval
Epigenetic deregulation is increasingly being recognized as a hallmark of cancer. Recent studies have identified many new epigenetic biomarkers, some of which are being introduced into clinical practice for diagnosis, molecular classification, prognosis or prediction of response to therapies. O-6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase gene is the most clinically advanced epigenetic biomarker as it predicts the response to temozolomide and carmustine in gliomas. Therefore, epigenomics may represent a novel and promising tool for precision medicine, and in particular, the detection of epigenomic biomarkers in liquid biopsies will be of great interest for monitoring diseases in patients...
June 2, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644752/expression-and-purification-of-swine-rag2-in-e-coli-for-production-of-porcine-rag2-polyclonal-antibodies
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Yu-Bei Jin, Wen-Tao Yang, Ke-Yan Huang, Hong-Liang Chen, Seria-Masole Shonyela, Jing Liu, Qiong Liu, Bo Feng, You Zhou, Shu-Li Zhi, Yan-Long Jiang, Jian-Zhong Wang, Hai-Bin Huang, Chun-Wei Shi, Gui-Lian Yang, Chun-Feng Wang
Recombination activating gene 2 (RAG2) is necessary for immature B cell differentiation. Antibodies to human and rabbit RAG2 are currently commercially available, but antibodies to swine RAG remain unavailable to date. In this study, the swine RAG2 genes sequence was synthesized and then cloned into a pET-28a vector. The recombinant fusion protein was successfully expressed in E. coli, purified through nickel column chromatography, and further digested with Tobacco Etch Virus protease. The cleaved protein was purified by molecular-exclusion chromatography and named pRAG2...
June 23, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644408/isolation-and-selection-of-microalgal-strains-from-natural-water-sources-in-viet-nam-with-potential-for-edible-oil-production
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Tran Yen Thao, Dinh Thi Nhat Linh, Vo Chi Si, Taylor W Carter, Russell T Hill
Industrial vegetable oil production in Viet Nam depends on oil seeds and crude plant oils that are currently more than 90% imported. As the first step in investigating the feasibility of using microalgae to provide Viet Nam with a domestic source of oil for food and edible oil industries, fifty lipid-producing microalgae were isolated and characterized. The microalgae were isolated from water sources ranging from freshwater to brackish and marine waters from a wide geographic distribution in Viet Nam. Initial analyses showed that 20 of the 50 strains had good growth rates, produced high biomass and had high lipid content, ranging up to 50% of dry weight biomass...
June 23, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644379/physical-forces-may-cause-the-hoxd-gene-cluster-elongation
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Spyros Papageorgiou
Hox gene collinearity was discovered be Edward B. Lewis in 1978. It consists of the Hox1, Hox2, Hox3 ordering of the Hox genes in the chromosome from the telomeric to the centromeric side of the chromosome. Surprisingly, the spatial activation of the Hox genes in the ontogenetic units of the embryo follows the same ordering along the anterior-posterior embryonic axis. The chromosome microscale differs from the embryo macroscale by 3 to 4 orders of magnitude. The traditional biomolecular mechanisms are not adequate to comprise phenomena at so divergent spatial domains...
June 23, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644349/filaggrin-and-periostin-expression-is-altered-in-eosinophilic-esophagitis-and-normalized-with-treatment
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Ekaterini Politi, Aspasia Angelakopoulou, Dimitra Grapsa, Maria Zande, Kalliopi Stefanaki, Ioanna Panagiotou, Eleftheria Roma, Ekaterini Syrigou
OBJECTIVES: Previous data have suggested that filaggrin (FLG) and periostin (POSTN) genes may be dysregulated in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). We aimed to further evaluate the expression patterns of FLG and POSTN proteins in esophageal tissue samples of patients with EoE, as compared to those of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and normal controls. METHODS: A total of 61 prospectively collected cases, including 40 children with EoE and 21 children with GERD, and a control group of 14 sex- and age-matched healthy children were enrolled...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644047/mutational-analysis-of-galt-gene-in-greek-patients-with-galactosaemia-identification-of-two-novel-mutations-and-clinical-evaluation
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Kleopatra H Schulpis, Georgia Thodi, Konstantinos Iakovou, Maria Chatzidaki, Yannis Dotsikas, Elina Molou, Olga Triantafylli, Yannis L Loukas
Classical galactosaemia is an inborn error of metabolism due to the deficiency of the enzyme galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT). The aim of the study was to identify the underlying mutations in Greek patients with GALT deficiency and evaluate their psychomotor and speech development. Patients with GALT deficiency (n = 17) were picked up through neonatal screening. Mutational analysis was conducted via Sanger sequencing, while in silico analysis was used in the cases of novel missense mutations...
June 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644012/sigma-2-receptor-tmem97-agonists-produce-long-lasting-anti-neuropathic-pain-effects-in-mice
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James J Sahn, Galo L Mejia, Pradipta R Ray, Stephen F Martin, Theodore John Price
Neuropathic pain is an important medical problem with few effective treatments. The sigma 1 receptor (σ1R) is a potential target for neuropathic pain therapeutics, and antagonists for this receptor are effective in preclinical models and are currently in phase II clinical trials. Relatively little is known about the σ2R, which has recently been identified as transmembrane protein 97 (Tmem97). We generated a series of σ1R and σ2R/Tmem97 agonists and antagonists and tested them for efficacy in the mouse spared nerve injury (SNI) model...
June 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643921/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-a-variant-in-eftud2-gene-in-establishing-a-genetic-diagnosis
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S Rengasamy Venugopalan, E G Farrow, M Lypka
OBJECTIVES: Craniofacial anomalies are complex and have an overlapping phenotype. Mandibulofacial Dysostosis and Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral Spectrum are conditions that share common craniofacial phenotype and present a challenge in arriving at a diagnosis. In this report, we present a case of female proband who was given a differential diagnosis of Treacher Collins syndrome or Hemifacial Microsomia without certainty. Prior genetic testing reported negative for 22q deletion and FGFR screenings...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643912/mouse-models-for-the-study-of-cranial-base-growth-and-anomalies
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REVIEW
S R Vora
The cranial base is a central and integral component of the cranioskeleton, yet little is known about its growth. Despite the dissimilarities between human and murine cranioskeletal form, mouse models are proving instrumental in studying craniofacial growth. The objectives of this review are to summarize recent findings from numerous mouse models that display growth defects in one or more cranial base synchondroses, with accompanying changes in chondrocyte cellular zones. Many of these models also display altered growth of the cranial vault and/or the facial region...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643897/a-novel-amino-acid-substitution-trp574arg-in-als-confers-broad-resistance-to-als-inhibiting-herbicides-in-crabgrass-digitaria-sanguinalis
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Jian Li, Mei Li, Xingxiang Gao, Feng Fang
BACKGROUND: Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) is an annual monocotyledonous weed. In recent years, field applications of nicosulfuron have been ineffective in controlling crabgrass populations in Shandong Province, China. To investigate the resistance mechanisms to nicosulfuron in crabgrass populations, the acetolactate synthase (ALS) gene fragment covering known resistance-confering mutation sites was amplified and sequenced. RESULTS: Dose-response experiments suggested that the resistant population SD13 (R) was highly resistant to nicosulfuron (resistance index R/S = 43...
June 23, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643827/anti-oxidant-and-immune-modulatory-properties-of-sulfated-alginate-derivatives-on-human-chondrocytes-and-macrophages
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Anne Kerschenmeyer, Øystein Arlov, Vera Malheiro, Matthias Steinwachs, Markus Rottmar, Katharina Maniura-Weber, Gemma Palazzolo, Marcy Zenobi-Wong
Degeneration of articular cartilage represents one of the most common causes of pain and disability in our aging society. Current treatments only address the symptoms of joint disease, but not their underlying causes which include oxidative stress and inflammation in cartilage and surrounding tissues. Sulfated biopolymers that mimic aspects of the native extracellular environment of cartilage are recently gaining interest as a means to slow the inflammatory events responsible for tissue degeneration. Here we show that the natural polysaccharide alginate and particularly its sulfated derivatives have potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-immunogenic properties in vitro...
June 23, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643762/serum-butyrylcholinesterase-and-zinc-in-breast-cancer
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Rupesh Kumar, Sairoz Razab, Krishnananda Prabhu, Satadru Ray, Bhanu Prakash
CONTEXT: Even though, a large number of serological, molecular markers have been proposed for breast cancer screening, most of them lack specificity, sensitivity, prognostic value, and cost effectiveness. Butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) and its genes are aberrantly expressed in a variety of human cancers. It has-been linked to tumorigenesis, cell proliferation, and cell differentiation. Zinc (Zn) is a cofactor for superoxide dismutase, an enzyme that protects cellular components against free radical-induced damage and carcinogenesis...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643761/the-effects-of-gene-therapy-with-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-in-the-regression-of-tumor-masses-in-fibrosarcoma-mouse-model
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Saiedeh RaziSoofiyani, Tohid Kazemi, Farzaneh Lotfipour, Leila Mohammadnejad, Somayeh Hallaj-Nezhadi, Siamak Sandoghchian Shotorbani, Akbar Mohammad Hosseini, Behzad Baradaran
INTRODUCTION: Cytokine gene therapy is one of the cancer treatment strategies. Recently, granulocyte-monocyte colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), as an important cytokine in activating dendritic cells and boosting the anti-tumor immune responses, has been utilized as an immunotherapeutic agent in cancer gene therapy. The purpose of the present investigation was to study the GM-CSF gene therapy effects in regression of tumor masses in fibrosarcoma mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To investigate the therapeutic efficacy of GM-CSF, WEHI-164 tumor cells were transfected with murine GM-CSF plasmid...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643557/pooled-sample-testing-for-bonamia-ostreae-a-tale-of-two-sybr-green-real-time-pcr-assays
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Henry S Lane, J Brian Jones, Wendy L McDonald
Pooled testing of samples is a common laboratory practice to increase efficiency and reduce expenses. We investigated the efficacy of 2 published SYBR Green real-time PCR assays when used to detect the haplosporidian parasite Bonamia ostreae in pooled samples of infected oyster tissue. Each PCR targets a different gene within the B. ostreae genome: the actin 1 gene or the 18S rRNA gene. Tissue homogenates (150 mg) of the New Zealand flat oyster Ostrea chilensis were spiked with ~1.5 × 10(3) purified B. ostreae cells to create experimental pools of 3, 5, and 10...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643357/nut-carcinoma-in-children-and-adults-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Lauriane Lemelle, Gaëlle Pierron, Paul Fréneaux, Sophie Huybrechts, Alexandra Spiegel, Dominique Plantaz, Morbize Julieron, Sophie Dumoucel, Antoine Italiano, Fréderic Millot, Christophe Le Tourneau, Guy Leverger, Pascal Chastagner, Matthieu Carton, Daniel Orbach
BACKGROUND: Nuclear protein of the testis (NUT) carcinoma (formerly NUT midline carcinoma) is an aggressive tumor defined by the presence of NUT rearrangement with a poor prognosis. This rare cancer is underdiagnosed and poorly treated. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to describe the clinical, radiologic, and biological features of NUT carcinoma. The secondary objective was to describe the various treatments and assess their efficacy. METHODS: This retrospective multicenter study was based on review of the medical records of children and adults with NUT carcinoma with specific rearrangement or positive anti-NUT nuclear staining (>50%)...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643203/nonhuman-primate-models-of-ebola-virus-disease
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Richard S Bennett, Louis M Huzella, Peter B Jahrling, Laura Bollinger, Gene G Olinger, Lisa E Hensley
Ebola virus disease (EVD) in humans is associated with four ebolaviruses: Ebola virus (EBOV), Sudan virus (SUDV), Bundibugyo virus (BDBV), and Taï Forest virus. To date, no documented cases of human disease have been associated with Reston virus. Here, we describe the nonhuman primate (NHP) models that currently serve as gold standards for testing ebolavirus vaccines and therapeutic agents and elucidating underlying mechanisms of pathogenesis. Although multiple models have been explored over the past 50 years, the predominance of published work has been performed in macaque models...
June 23, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
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