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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087666/dysregulation-of-b-cell-repertoire-formation-in-myasthenia-gravis-patients-revealed-through-deep-sequencing
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Jason A Vander Heiden, Panos Stathopoulos, Julian Q Zhou, Luan Chen, Tamara J Gilbert, Christopher R Bolen, Richard J Barohn, Mazen M Dimachkie, Emma Ciafaloni, Teresa J Broering, Francois Vigneault, Richard J Nowak, Steven H Kleinstein, Kevin C O'Connor
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a prototypical B cell-mediated autoimmune disease affecting 20-50 people per 100,000. The majority of patients fall into two clinically distinguishable types based on whether they produce autoantibodies targeting the acetylcholine receptor (AChR-MG) or muscle specific kinase (MuSK-MG). The autoantibodies are pathogenic, but whether their generation is associated with broader defects in the B cell repertoire is unknown. To address this question, we performed deep sequencing of the BCR repertoire of AChR-MG, MuSK-MG, and healthy subjects to generate ∼518,000 unique VH and VL sequences from sorted naive and memory B cell populations...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087642/stxbp4-drives-tumor-growth-and-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-through-pdgf-receptor-signaling-in-lung-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Yukihiro Otaka, Susumu Rokudai, Kyoichi Kaira, Michiru Fujieda, Ikuko Horikoshi, Reika Kawabata, Shinji Yoshiyama, Takehiko Yokobori, Yoichi Ohtaki, Kimihiro Shimizu, Tetsunari Oyama, Jun'ichi Tamura, Carol Prives, Masahiko Nishiyama
PURPOSE: Expression of the ΔN isoform of p63 (ΔNp63) is a diagnostic marker highly specific for lung squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). We previously found that Syntaxin Binding Protein 4 (STXBP4) regulates ΔNp63 ubiquitination, suggesting that STXBP4 may also be a SCC biomarker. To address this issue, we investigated the role of STXBP4 expression in SCC biology and the impact of STXBP4 expression on SCC prognosis. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We carried out a clinicopathological analysis of STXBP4 expression in 87 lung SCC patients...
January 13, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087539/quantitative-stability-of-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cell-clonal-output-in-transplanted-rhesus-macaques
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Samson J Koelle, Diego A Espinoza, Chuanfeng Wu, Jason Xu, Rong Lu, Brian Li, Robert E Donahue, Cynthia E Dunbar
Autologous transplantation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells lentivirally labeled with unique oligonucleotide barcodes flanked by sequencing primer targets enables quantitative assessment of the self-renewal and differentiation patterns of these cells in a myeloablative rhesus macaque model. Compared with other approaches to clonal tracking, this approach is highly quantitative and reproducible. We documented very stable multipotent long-term hematopoietic clonal output of monocytes, granulocytes, B cells and T cells from a polyclonal pool of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells in four macaques followed for up to 49 months post-transplantation...
January 13, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087525/capturing-compositional-variation-in-denitrifying-communities-a-multiple-primer-approach-that-includes-autotrophic-denitrifying-epsilonproteobacteria
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Sheryl A Murdock, S Kim Juniper
: Denitrifying Epsilonproteobacteria may dominate nitrogen loss processes in marine habitats with intense redox gradients but assessment of their importance is limited by currently available primers for nitrite reductase genes. Nine new primers targeting the nirS gene of denitrifying Epsilonproteobacteria were designed and tested for use in sequencing and quantitative PCR on two microbial mat samples (Vent 2 and Vent 4) from the Calypso hydrothermal vent field, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087460/identification-of-the-doublesex-protein-binding-sites-that-activate-expression-of-lozenge-in-the-female-genital-disc-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Shunsuke Wagamitsu, Dan Takase, Fugaku Aoki, Masataka G Suzuki
Normal sexual differentiation in the genital organs is essential for the animal species that use sexual reproduction. Although it is known that doublesex (dsx) is required for the sexual development of the genitalia in various insect species, the direct target genes responsible for the sexual differentiation of the genitalia have not been identified. The lozenge (lz) gene is expressed in the female genital disc and is essential for developments of spermathecae and accessory glands in Drosophila melanogaster...
January 10, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087399/advances-with-using-crispr-cas-mediated-gene-editing-to-treat-infections-with-hepatitis-b-virus-and-hepatitis-c-virus
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Buhle Moyo, Kristie Bloom, Tristan Scott, Abdullah Ely, Patrick Arbuthnot
Chronic infections with hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses (HBV and HCV) account for the majority of cases of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Current therapies for the infections have limitations and improved efficacy is necessary to prevent complications in carriers of the viruses. In the case of HBV persistence, the replication intermediate comprising covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) is particularly problematic. Licensed therapies have little effect on cccDNA and HBV replication relapses following treatment withdrawal...
January 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087374/what-stoichiometries-determined-by-mass-spectrometry-reveal-about-the-ligand-binding-mode-to-g-quadruplex-nucleic-acids
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Michael J Lecours, Adrien Marchand, Ahdia Anwar, Corinne Guetta, W Scott Hopkins, Valérie Gabelica
G-quadruplexes (G4s) have become important drug targets to regulate gene expression and telomere maintenance. Many studies on G4 ligand binding focus on determining the ligand binding affinities and selectivities. Ligands, however, can also affect the G4 conformation. Here we explain how to use electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) to monitor simultaneously ligand binding and cation binding stoichiometries. The changes in potassium binding stoichiometry upon ligand binding hint at ligand-induced conformational changes involving a modification of the number of G-quartets...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087261/dna-aptamer-probes-for-detection-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-positive-carcinomas
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Arghya Sett, Bibhuti Bhusan Borthakur, Jagannath Dev Sharma, Amal Chandra Kataki, Utpal Bora
Estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) which is a ligand-activated transcription factor also known as NR3A1 (nuclear receptor subfamily 3, group A, member 1). It is an important biomarker for breast cancer metastasis. In the present study, we report a novel DNA aptamer candidate against estrogen receptor (ER) alpha structure. The enriched aptamer candidate was obtained after 14 iterative cycles of in vitro protein-SELEX process. Isothermal calorimetry study suggests the nanomolar sensitivity of the candidate ER_Apt1 to its target protein...
December 25, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086780/the-zygosaccharomyces-bailii-transcription-factor-haa1-is-required-for-acetic-acid-and-copper-stress-responses-suggesting-subfunctionalization-of-the-ancestral-bifunctional-protein-haa1-cup2
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Margarida Palma, Paulo Jorge Dias, Filipa de Canaveira Roque, Laura Luzia, Joana Fernandes Guerreiro, Isabel Sá-Correia
BACKGROUND: The food spoilage yeast species Zygosaccharomyces bailii exhibits an extraordinary capacity to tolerate weak acids, in particular acetic acid. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the transcription factor Haa1 (ScHaa1) is considered the main player in genomic expression reprogramming in response to acetic acid stress, but the role of its homologue in Z. bailii (ZbHaa1) is unknown. RESULTS: In this study it is demonstrated that ZbHaa1 is a ScHaa1 functional homologue by rescuing the acetic acid susceptibility phenotype of S...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086757/a-combination-of-genetic-and-biochemical-analyses-for-the-diagnosis-of-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-associated-megalencephaly
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Yutaka Negishi, Fuyuki Miya, Ayako Hattori, Yoshikazu Johmura, Motoo Nakagawa, Naoki Ando, Ikumi Hori, Takao Togawa, Kohei Aoyama, Kei Ohashi, Shinobu Fukumura, Seiji Mizuno, Ayako Umemura, Yoko Kishimoto, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Kato, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Mami Yamasaki, Yonehiro Kanemura, Kenjiro Kosaki, Makoto Nakanishi, Shinji Saitoh
BACKGROUND: Constitutive activation of the PI3K-AKT-mTOR pathway (mTOR pathway) underlies megalencephaly in many patients. Yet, prevalence of the involvement of the PI3K-AKT-mTOR pathway in patients with megalencephaly remains to be elucidated, and molecular diagnosis is challenging. Here, we have successfully established a combination of genetic and biochemical methods for diagnosis of mTOR pathway-associated megalencephaly, and have attempted to delineate the clinical characteristics of the disorder...
January 13, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086751/quantifying-predictors-for-the-spatial-diffusion-of-avian-influenza-virus-in-china
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Lu Lu, Andrew J Leigh Brown, Samantha J Lycett
BACKGROUND: Avian influenza virus (AIV) causes both severe outbreaks and endemic disease among poultry and has caused sporadic human infections in Asia, furthermore the routes of transmission in avian species between geographic regions can be numerous and complex. Using nucleotide sequences from the internal protein coding segments of AIV, we performed a Bayesian phylogeographic study to uncover regional routes of transmission and factors predictive of the rate of viral diffusion within China...
January 13, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081500/a-highly-sensitive-quantum-dots-dna-nanobiosensor-based-on-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-for-rapid-detection-of-nanomolar-amounts-of-human-papillomavirus-18
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Mojtaba Shamsipur, Vahid Nasirian, Kamran Mansouri, Ali Barati, Asad Veisi-Raygani, Soheila Kashanian
A very sensitive and convenient nanobiosensor based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) was developed for the detection of a 22-mer oligonucleotides sequence in Human Papillomavirus 18 virus (HPV18) gene. For this purpose, water-soluble CdTe quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized and, subsequently, amino-modified 11-mer oligonucleotide as one of the two necessary probes was attached to QDs surface to form functional QDs-DNA conjugates. Right after addition of the QDs-DNA and a second Cyanine5 (Cy5)-labeled 11-mer oligonucleotide probe to the DNA target solution, the sandwiched hybrids were formed...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081487/comparative-genome-wide-phylogenetic-and-expression-analysis-of-sbp-genes-from-potato-solanum-tuberosum
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Musa Kavas, Aslıhan Kurt Kızıldoğan, Büşra Abanoz
Flowering time is a very important phase in transition to reproductive stage of life in higher plants. SQUAMOSA promoter-binding protein (SBP) gene family encodes plant-specific transcription factors that are involved in regulation of several developmental processes, especially flowering. Although SBP-box genes have been identified in different plants, there have been no study indicating the regulatory effect of SBP box in potato flowering. Here, we report for the first time the identification and characterization of SBP-box transcription factors as well as determination of expression level of SBP-box genes in Solanum tuberosum L...
January 4, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081440/a-knockout-screen-of-apiap2-genes-reveals-networks-of-interacting-transcriptional-regulators-controlling-the-plasmodium-life-cycle
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Katarzyna Modrzynska, Claudia Pfander, Lia Chappell, Lu Yu, Catherine Suarez, Kirsten Dundas, Ana Rita Gomes, David Goulding, Julian C Rayner, Jyoti Choudhary, Oliver Billker
A family of apicomplexa-specific proteins containing AP2 DNA-binding domains (ApiAP2s) was identified in malaria parasites. This family includes sequence-specific transcription factors that are key regulators of development. However, functions for the majority of ApiAP2 genes remain unknown. Here, a systematic knockout screen in Plasmodium berghei identified ten ApiAP2 genes that were essential for mosquito transmission: four were critical for the formation of infectious ookinetes, and three were required for sporogony...
January 11, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081126/a-pan-lyssavirus-taqman-real-time-rt-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-of-highly-variable-rabies-virus-and-other-lyssaviruses
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Ashutosh Wadhwa, Kimberly Wilkins, Jinxin Gao, Rene Edgar Condori Condori, Crystal M Gigante, Hui Zhao, Xiaoyue Ma, James A Ellison, Lauren Greenberg, Andres Velasco-Villa, Lillian Orciari, Yu Li
Rabies, resulting from infection by Rabies virus (RABV) and related lyssaviruses, is one of the most deadly zoonotic diseases and is responsible for up to 70,000 estimated human deaths worldwide each year. Rapid and accurate laboratory diagnosis of rabies is essential for timely administration of post-exposure prophylaxis in humans and control of the disease in animals. Currently, only the direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) test is recommended for routine rabies diagnosis. Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) based diagnostic methods have been widely adapted for the diagnosis of other viral pathogens, but there is currently no widely accepted rapid real-time RT-PCR assay for the detection of all lyssaviruses...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079885/mirna182-regulates-percentage-of-myeloid-and-erythroid-cells-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Deepak Arya, Sasikala P Sachithanandan, Cecil Ross, Dasaradhi Palakodeti, Shang Li, Sudhir Krishna
The deregulation of lineage control programs is often associated with the progression of haematological malignancies. The molecular regulators of lineage choices in the context of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) resistance remain poorly understood in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). To find a potential molecular regulator contributing to lineage distribution and TKI resistance, we undertook an RNA-sequencing approach for identifying microRNAs (miRNAs). Following an unbiased screen, elevated miRNA182-5p levels were detected in Bcr-Abl-inhibited K562 cells (CML blast crisis cell line) and in a panel of CML patients...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079881/translational-upregulation-of-aurora-a-by-hnrnp-q1-contributes-to-cell-proliferation-and-tumorigenesis-in-colorectal-cancer
#17
Chien-Hsien Lai, Yu-Chuan Huang, Jenq-Chang Lee, Joseph Ta-Chien Tseng, Kung-Chao Chang, Yen-Ju Chen, Nai-Jhu Ding, Pao-Hsuan Huang, Wen-Chang Chang, Bo-Wen Lin, Ruo-Yu Chen, Yu-Chu Wang, Yi-Chien Lai, Liang-Yi Hung
By using RNA-immunoprecipitation assay following next-generation sequencing, a group of cell cycle-related genes targeted by hnRNP Q1 were identified, including Aurora-A kinase. Overexpressed hnRNP Q1 can upregulate Aurora-A protein, but not alter the mRNA level, through enhancing the translational efficiency of Aurora-A mRNA, either in a cap-dependent or -independent manner, by interacting with the 5'-UTR of Aurora-A mRNA through its RNA-binding domains (RBDs) 2 and 3. By ribosomal profiling assay further confirmed the translational regulation of Aurora-A mRNA by hnRNP Q1...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079802/promoter-methylation-of-yes-associated-protein-yap1-gene-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#18
Li-Le Jiang, Juan-Ke Xie, Jin-Quan Cui, Duo Wei, Bao-Li Yin, Ya-Nan Zhang, Yuan-Hui Chen, Xiao Han, Qian Wang, Cui-Lian Zhang
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation modification has been proved to influence the phenotype of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) demonstrate that yes-associated protein (YAP1) genetic sites are associated with PCOS. The study aims to detect the methylation status of YAP1 promoter in ovary granulosa cells (GCs) of PCOS patients and explore novel therapeutic targets for PCOS. METHODS: Randomized controlled trial was applied and a total of 72 women were included in the study, including 36 cases of PCOS patients and 36 cases of health controls...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079711/cell-signaling-pathways-in-brain-tumors
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Rebecca A Harrison, John F de Groot
Primary brain tumors, particularly glioblastoma, are associated with significant morbidity and are often recalcitrant to standard therapies. In recent years, brain tumors have been the focus of large-scale genomic sequencing efforts, providing unprecedented insight into the genomic aberrations and cellular signaling mechanisms that drive these cancers. Discoveries from these efforts have translated into novel diagnostic algorithms, biomarkers, and therapeutic strategies in Neuro-Oncology. However, the cellular mechanisms that drive brain tumors are heterogeneous and complex: applying this new knowledge to improve patient outcomes remains a challenge...
January 11, 2017: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079135/predicting-drug-target-interactions-by-dual-network-integrated-logistic-matrix-factorization
#20
Ming Hao, Stephen H Bryant, Yanli Wang
In this work, we propose a dual-network integrated logistic matrix factorization (DNILMF) algorithm to predict potential drug-target interactions (DTI). The prediction procedure consists of four steps: (1) inferring new drug/target profiles and constructing profile kernel matrix; (2) diffusing drug profile kernel matrix with drug structure kernel matrix; (3) diffusing target profile kernel matrix with target sequence kernel matrix; and (4) building DNILMF model and smoothing new drug/target predictions based on their neighbors...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
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