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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036991/-molecular-epidemiology-of-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-a-hospital-in-beijing
#1
D K Chen, H J Zhou
Objective: To reveal the molecular epidemiological characteristics of Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) isolated from a three level teaching hospital in Beijing. Methods: Pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was carried out to subtyping 375 CRKP isolated in that hospital between May 2010 and October 2015. Fifteen strains were chose based on the PFGE patterns to be analyzed by multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) and detection of carbapenem-resistance genes. One strain (A1502) was selected for whole genome sequencing and analyzing...
October 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036883/microrna-34a-a-versatile-regulator-of-myriads-of-targets-in-different-cancers
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REVIEW
Ammad Ahmad Farooqi, Sobia Tabassum, Aamir Ahmad
MicroRNA-34a (miR-34a) is a tumor suppressor that has attracted considerable attention in recent years. It modulates cancer cell invasion, metastasis, and drug resistance, and has also been evaluated as a diagnostic and/or prognostic biomarker. A number of targets of miR-34a have been identified, including some other non-coding RNAs, and it is believed that the modulation of these myriads of targets underlines the versatile role of miR-34a in cancer progression and pathogenesis. Seemingly appealing results from preclinical studies have advocated the testing of miR-34a in clinical trials...
October 2, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036833/gsk3%C3%AE-aggravates-the-depression-symptoms-in-chronic-stress-mouse-model
#3
Hong Peng, Hong-Bin Wang, Ling Wang, Bing Zhou, Xiao-Yong Li, Jian Tan
Depression caused by genetic and environmental factors is a kind of complicated disease. Here, we find that Gsk3β is highly expressed and phosphorylated in the brain of chronic stress mouse. Inhibition of Gsk3β lead to decreased depression like symptoms which is manifested in open field test, tail-suspension test, forced-swim test and novelty suppressed feeding test. Besides, accompanied by activated Gsk3β, we find that β-catenin is attenuated, and its target genes Cyclin D1 and c-Myc are down-regulated...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036702/a-hyperdynamic-h3-3-nucleosome-marks-promoter-regions-in-pluripotent-embryonic-stem-cells
#4
Sharon Schlesinger, Binyamin Kaffe, Shai Melcer, Jose D Aguilera, Divya M Sivaraman, Tommy Kaplan, Eran Meshorer
Histone variants and their chaperones are key regulators of eukaryotic transcription, and are critical for normal development. The histone variant H3.3 has been shown to play important roles in pluripotency and differentiation, and although its genome-wide patterns have been investigated, little is known about the role of its dynamic turnover in transcriptional regulation. To elucidate the role of H3.3 dynamics in embryonic stem cell (ESC) biology, we generated mouse ESC lines carrying a single copy of a doxycycline (Dox)-inducible HA-tagged version of H3...
September 25, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036698/chromosomal-context-affects-the-molecular-evolution-of-sex-linked-genes-and-their-autosomal-counterparts-in-turtles-and-other-vertebrates
#5
Srihari Radhakrishnan, Nicole Valenzuela
Sex chromosomes evolve differently from autosomes because natural selection acts distinctly on them given their reduced recombination and smaller population size. Various studies of sex-linked genes compared to different autosomal genes within species support these predictions. Instead, here we take a novel alternative approach comparing the rate of evolution between subsets of genes that are sex-linked in selected reptiles/vertebrates and the same genes located in autosomes in other amniotes. We report for the first time the faster evolution of Z-linked genes in a turtle (the Chinese soft-shell turtle Pelodiscus sinensis) relative to autosomal orthologs in other taxa, including turtles with temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD)...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036636/genetic-reduction-of-nrf2-exacerbates-cognitive-deficits-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#6
Caterina Branca, Eric Ferreira, Thuy-Vi Nguyen, Kristian Doyle, Antonella Caccamo, Salvatore Oddo
Aging is the major risk factor for several neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the mechanisms by which aging contributes to neurodegeneration remain elusive. The nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) is a transcription factor that regulates expression of a vast number of genes by binding to the antioxidant response element. Nrf2 levels decrease as a function of age, and reduced Nrf2 levels have been reported in postmortem human brains and animal models of AD...
September 19, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036630/resequencing-epithelial-sodium-channel-genes-identifies-rare-variants-associated-with-blood-pressure-salt-sensitivity-the-gensalt-study
#7
Xiaoying Gu, Dongfeng Gu, Jiang He, Dabeeru C Rao, James E Hixson, Jichun Chen, Jianxin Li, Jianfeng Huang, Xigui Wu, Treva K Rice, Lawrence C Shimmin, Tanika N Kelly
BACKGROUND: A resequencing study of renal epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) genes was conducted to identify rare variants associated with BP salt-sensitivity. METHODS: The Genetic Epidemiology Network of Salt-Sensitivity (GenSalt) study was conducted among 1,906 participants who underwent a 7-day low-sodium followed by a 7-day high-sodium feeding-study. The 300 most salt-sensitive and 300 most salt-resistant GenSalt participants were selected for the resequencing study...
September 19, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036594/impaired-defense-reactions-in-apple-replant-disease-affected-roots-of-malus-domestica-m26
#8
Stefan Weiß, Benye Liu, Dennis Reckwell, Ludger Beerhues, Traud Winkelmann
A soil- and site-dependent complex of diverse microbial populations causes apple replant disease (ARD), which leads to economic losses for tree nurseries and apple producers due to reduced plant growth and diminished fruit yields. Soil fumigation has been widely used to mitigate ARD, but the application of these chemicals is restricted in the European Union. Hence, other counteractions have to be developed. Genomics-based breeding may be used to select ARD-tolerant genotypes; however, molecular responses of ARD are not well understood...
September 19, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036316/the-role-of-small-rna-based-epigenetic-silencing-for-purifying-selection-on-transposable-elements-in-capsella-grandiflora
#9
Robert Horvath, Tanja Slotte
To avoid negative effects of transposable element (TE) proliferation, plants epigenetically silence TEs using a number of mechanisms, including RNA-directed DNA methylation. These epigenetic modifications can extend outside the boundaries of TE insertions and lead to silencing of nearby genes, resulting in a trade-off between TE silencing and interference with nearby gene regulation. Therefore, purifying selection is expected to remove silenced TE insertions near genes more efficiently and prevent their accumulation within a population...
September 27, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036293/rare-germline-variants-in-known-melanoma-susceptibility-genes-in-familial-melanoma
#10
Alisa M Goldstein, Yanzi Xiao, Joshua Sampson, Bin Zhu, Melissa Rotunno, Hunter Bennett, Yixuan Wen, Kristine Jones, Aurelie Vogt, Laurie Burdette, Wen Luo, Bin Zhu, Meredith Yeager, Belynda Hicks, Jiali Han, Immaculata De Vivo, Stella Koutros, Gabriella Andreotti, Laura Beane-Freeman, Mark Purdue, Neal D Freedman, Stephen J Chanock, Margaret A Tucker, Xiaohong R Yang
Known high-risk cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) genes account for melanoma risk in < 40% of melanoma-prone families, suggesting the existence of additional high-risk genes or perhaps a polygenic mechanism involving multiple genetic modifiers. The goal of this study was to systematically characterize rare germline variants in 42 established melanoma genes among 144 CMM patients in 76 American CMM families without known mutations using data from whole-exome sequencing. We identified 68 rare (<0.1% in public and in-house control datasets) nonsynonymous variants in 25 genes...
October 3, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036210/isothermal-amplification-of-environmental-dna-edna-for-direct-field-based-monitoring-and-laboratory-confirmation-of-dreissena-sp
#11
Maggie R Williams, Robert D Stedtfeld, Cathrine Engle, Paul Salach, Umama Fakher, Tiffany Stedtfeld, Erin Dreelin, R Jan Stevenson, Jo Latimore, Syed A Hashsham
Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) of aquatic invasive species environmental DNA (AIS eDNA) was used for rapid, sensitive, and specific detection of Dreissena sp. relevant to the Great Lakes (USA) basin. The method was validated for two uses including i) direct amplification of eDNA using a hand filtration system and ii) confirmation of the results after DNA extraction using a conventional thermal cycler run at isothermal temperatures. Direct amplification eliminated the need for DNA extraction and purification and allowed detection of target invasive species in grab or concentrated surface water samples, containing both free DNA as well as larger cells and particulates, such as veligers, eggs, or seeds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036195/mutational-and-large-deletion-study-of-genes-implicated-in-hereditary-forms-of-primary-hyperparathyroidism-and-correlation-with-clinical-features
#12
Elena Pardi, Simona Borsari, Federica Saponaro, Fausto Bogazzi, Claudio Urbani, Stefano Mariotti, Francesca Pigliaru, Chiara Satta, Fabiana Pani, Gabriele Materazzi, Paolo Miccoli, Lorena Grantaliano, Claudio Marcocci, Filomena Cetani
The aim of this study was to carry out genetic screening of the MEN1, CDKN1B and AIP genes, both by direct sequencing of the coding region and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) assay in the largest monocentric series of Italian patients with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 1 syndrome (MEN1) and Familial Isolated Hyperparathyroidism (FIHP). The study also aimed to describe and compare the clinical features of MEN1 mutation-negative and mutation-positive patients during long-term follow-up and to correlate the specific types and locations of MEN1 gene mutations with onset and aggressiveness of the main MEN1 manifestations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036014/a-family-with-two-cases-of-melanocytic-tumors-and-fragile-x-syndrome
#13
Candice Lesage, Isabelle Coupier, Bernard Guillot
Fragile X syndrome (FXS), a leading cause of inherited intellectual disability, most commonly results from an expansion of the CGG trinucleotide repeat in the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene to more than 200 copies (full mutation). The FXS phenotype differs by sex and is associated with intellectual and cognitive impairment, characteristic physical features, epilepsy, and/or behavioral challenges including autism spectrum disorder. In this patient population, tumors involving blood cells, digestive organs, the central nervous system, and testes have been described, but melanocytic tumors have not been reported...
October 13, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035829/mir-129-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-metastasis-by-targeting-ets1-via-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-in-prostate-cancer
#14
Song Xu, Jingping Ge, Zhengyu Zhang, Wenquan Zhou
New evidence suggests that microRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in regulating the development and progression of prostate cancer. However, their specific functions and mechanisms remained to be further explored. MiR-129 has been reported in gastric cancers, colon cancer and lung cancer. In this study, we disclosed a new tumor suppresser function of miR-129 in prostate cancer. The purpose of our study is to clarify the effects of miR-129 in cellular processes correlated with cancer development and progression of prostate cancer cell by regulating ETS1...
October 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035695/expression-of-macrophage-genes-within-skeletal-muscle-correlates-inversely-with-adiposity-and-insulin-resistance-in-humans
#15
Dongmei Liu, Flor Elisa Morales, Heidi B IglayReger, Mary K Treutelaar, Amy E Rothberg, Monica J Hubal, Evan P Nadler, Jacques Robidoux, Hisham Barakat, Jeffrey F Horowitz, Eric P Hoffman, Charles F Burant, Paul M Gordon
Background Local inflammation in obese adipose tissue has been shown to contribute to insulin resistance, however, the role of macrophage infiltration within skeletal muscle is still debateable. This study aimed to evaluate the association of skeletal muscle macrophage gene expression with adiposity levels and insulin sensitivity in obese patients. Methods Twenty-two non-diabetic obese patients and 23 healthy lean controls were included. Obese patients underwent a 3-month weight loss intervention. Macrophage gene expression in skeletal muscle (quantitative RT-PCR), body composition (DXA) and insulin sensitivity (homeostatic model assessment and oral glucose tolerance test) were compared between groups and their associations were analyzed...
October 16, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035446/the-effects-of-insulin-and-glucose-on-different-characteristics-of-a-upec-alterations-in-growth-rate-and-expression-levels-of-some-virulence-genes
#16
Defne Gumus, Emre Yoruk, Fatma Kalayci-Yuksek, Gulsen Uz, Aysegul Topal-Sarikaya, Mine Ang-Kucuker
BACKGROUND: Host factors are known to modulate virulence, antibiotic susceptibility, and growth rate of bacteria. The effect of human insulin and glucose on growth rate and expression of virulence genes (usp, sfa/foc, cnf1) of a uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC) strain were investigated in this study. METHODS: E. coli C7 was grown in tryptic soy broth (TSB-control) and TSB containing 20 µU/mL insulin, 200 µU/mL insulin, 0.1% glucose, and 200 µU/mL insulin + 0.1% glucose...
October 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035380/mixed-cell-therapy-of-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-articular-cartilage-chondrocytes-ameliorates-osteoarthritis-development
#17
Indira Prasadam, Akoy Akuien, Thor E Friis, Wei Fang, Xinzhan Mao, Ross W Crawford, Yin Xiao
Of the many cell-based treatments that have been tested in an effort to regenerate osteoarthritic articular cartilage, none have ever produced cartilage that compare with native hyaline cartilage. Studies show that different cell types lead to inconsistent results and for cartilage regeneration to be considered successful, there must be an absence of fibrotic tissue. Here we report of a series of experiments in which bone marrow-derived stem cells (BMSCs) and articular cartilage chondrocytes (ACCs) were mixed in a 1:1 ratio and tested for their ability to enhance cartilage regeneration in three different conditions: (1) in an in vitro differentiation model; (2) in an ex vivo cartilage defect model implanted subcutaneously in mice; and (3) as an intra-articular injection in a meniscectomy-induced OA model in rats...
October 16, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035327/immortalized-muscle-cell-model-to-test-the-exon-skipping-efficacy-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#18
REVIEW
Quynh Nguyen, Toshifumi Yokota
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal genetic disorder that most commonly results from mutations disrupting the reading frame of the dystrophin (DMD) gene. Among the therapeutic approaches employed, exon skipping using antisense oligonucleotides (AOs) is one of the most promising strategies. This strategy aims to restore the reading frame, thus producing a truncated, yet functioning dystrophin protein. In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conditionally approved the first AO-based drug, eteplirsen (Exondys 51), developed for DMD exon 51 skipping...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035322/analysis-of-genetic-diversity-and-structure-pattern-of-indigofera-pseudotinctoria-in-karst-habitats-of-the-wushan-mountains-using-aflp-markers
#19
Yan Fan, Chenglin Zhang, Wendan Wu, Wei He, Li Zhang, Xiao Ma
Indigofera pseudotinctoria Mats is an agronomically and economically important perennial legume shrub with a high forage yield, protein content and strong adaptability, which is subject to natural habitat fragmentation and serious human disturbance. Until now, our knowledge of the genetic relationships and intraspecific genetic diversity for its wild collections is still poor, especially at small spatial scales. Here amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) technology was employed for analysis of genetic diversity, differentiation, and structure of 364 genotypes of I...
October 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035140/cytoskeleton-genes-expression-and-survival-rate-comparison-between-immature-and-mature-yak-oocyte-after-ops-vitrification
#20
Xia Wei, Ye Sijie, Zeng Weibin, Xu Qing, Zheng Jie, Zi Xiangdong
This study was conducted to investigate the effect of vitrification on survival rate and cytoskeleton gene expression during yak oocyte maturation. The yak oocytes were incubated for 0 h [germinal vesicle (GV) stage] and in vitro matured for 24 h [metaphase II (MII) stage] to obtain immature and mature oocytes. Survival rate after vitrification were compared between immature and mature yak oocytes and cytoskeleton-related genes [cytokeratin 8 (CK8), β-actin (ACTB), and gap junction protein, alpha 1 (GJA1)] were tested by real-time PCR...
October 16, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
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