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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636169/a-novel-double-nucleotide-variant-in-the-ferritin-l-iron-responsive-element-in-a-finnish-patient-with-hereditary-hyperferritinaemia-cataract-syndrome
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Roosa-Maria Mattila, Annele Sainio, Marketta Järveläinen, Juha Pursiheimo, Hannu Järveläinen
PURPOSE: To present a novel Finnish double nucleotide variant in the iron-responsive element (IRE) of the ferritin L-chain gene (FTL) leading to hyperferritinaemia-cataract syndrome (HHCS). METHODS: Genomic DNA extracted from peripheral blood leucocytes and synthetized with three different primers flanking the IRE in the FTL 5'-untranslated region of the FTL was used in polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Thereafter, Sanger sequencing was performed on the 487-bp and 602-bp PCR amplification products with specific primers to reveal FTL IRE mutations...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634224/igh-myc-translocation-associates-with-brca2-deficiency-and-synthetic-lethality-to-parp1-inhibitors
#2
Silvia Maifrede, Kayla Martin, Paulina Podszywalow-Bartnicka, Katherine Sullivan, Samantha K Langer, Reza Nejadi, Yashodhara Dasgupta, Michael Hulse, Daniel Gritsyuk, Margaret Nieborowska-Skorska, Lena N Lupey-Green, Huaqing Zhao, Katarzyna Piwocka, Mariusz A Wasik, Italo Tempera, Tomasz Skorski
Burkitt lymphoma/leukemia (BL) cells carry t(8;14)(q24;q32) chromosomal translocation encoding IGH/MYC, which results in the constitutive expression of the MYC oncogene. Here, it is demonstrated that untreated and cytarabine (AraC)-treated IGH/MYC-positive BL cells accumulate a high number of potentially lethal DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) and display low levels of the BRCA2 tumor suppressor protein, which is a key element of homologous recombination (HR)-mediated DSB repair. BRCA2 deficiency in IGH/MYC-positive cells was associated with diminished HR activity and hypersensitivity to poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP1) inhibitors (olaparib, talazoparib) used alone or in combination with cytarabine in vitro...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634151/speech-and-swallowing-abnormalities-in-adults-with-polg-associated-ataxia-polg-a
#3
Adam P Vogel, Natalie Rommel, Andreas Oettinger, Marius Horger, Patrick Krumm, Eva-Maria Kraus, Ludger Schöls, Matthis Synofzik
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the nuclear-encoded mitochondrial DNA polymerase gamma (POLG) can result in a wide spectrum of neurological deficits. A common presentation is progressive ataxia (POLG-A) which includes impaired speech and swallowing. The nature, severity and impact of these deficits in POLG-A is not known. A comprehensive quantitative and qualitative characterization of dysarthria and dysphagia in this recurrent ataxia disorder will assist in diagnostics, provide insights into the underlying pathology, and establish the foundation for future therapy trials...
June 17, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633989/efficacy-and-cytotoxicity-in-cell-culture-of-novel-%C3%AE-hydroxytropolone-inhibitors-of-hepatitis-b-virus-ribonuclease-h
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Elena Lomonosova, Jil Daw, Aswin K Garimallaprabhakaran, Nana B Agyemang, Yashkumar Ashani, Ryan P Murelli, John E Tavis
Chronic Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major worldwide public health problem. Current direct-acting anti-HBV drugs target the HBV DNA polymerase activity, but the equally essential viral ribonuclease H (RNaseH) activity is unexploited as a drug target. Previously, we reported that α-hydroxytropolone compounds can inhibit the HBV RNaseH and block viral replication. Subsequently, we found that our biochemical RNaseH assay underreports efficacy of the α-hydroxytropolones against HBV replication. Therefore, we conducted a structure-activity analysis of 59 troponoids against HBV replication in cell culture...
June 17, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633981/development-of-a-propidium-monoazide-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-detection-of-viable-lactobacillus-brevis-in-beer
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Yanlin Ma, Yang Deng, Zhenbo Xu, Junyan Liu, Jianjun Dong, Hua Yin, Junhong Yu, Zongming Chang, Dongfeng Wang
The spoilage of beer by bacteria is of great concern to the brewer as this can lead to turbidity and abnormal flavors. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method for detection of beer-spoilage bacteria is highly specific and provides results much faster than traditional microbiology techniques. However, one of the drawbacks is the inability to differentiate between live and dead cells. In this paper, the combination of propidium monoazide (PMA) pretreatment and conventional PCR had been described. The established PMA-PCR identified beer spoilage Lactobacillus brevis based not on their identity, but on the presence of horA gene which we show to be highly correlated with the ability of beer spoilage LAB to grow in beer...
June 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633666/molecular-detection-of-vector-borne-pathogens-in-dogs-and-cats-from-qatar
#6
Ana Margarida Alho, Clara Lima, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Vito Colella, Silvia Ravagnan, Gioia Capelli, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Luís Cardoso, Domenico Otranto
BACKGROUND: Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have been increasingly reported in dogs and cats worldwide. However, no data are currently available regarding canine and feline VBDs in Qatar and limited information is available from other Persian Gulf countries. METHODS: Blood samples from 98 client-owned animals (i.e. 64 dogs and 34 cats) living in Doha (Qatar) were collected and the presence of genomic DNA of Anaplasma spp., Babesia spp., Dirofilaria spp., Ehrlichia spp...
June 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633425/androgen-receptor-mutations-in-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-treated-with-apalutamide
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D E Rathkopf, M R Smith, C J Ryan, W R Berry, N D Shore, G Liu, C S Higano, J J Alumkal, R Hauke, R F Tutrone, M Saleh, E Chow Maneval, S Thomas, D S Ricci, M K Yu, C J de Boer, A Trinh, T Kheoh, R Bandekar, H I Scher, E S Antonarakis
Background: : Mutations in the androgen receptor (AR) ligand-binding domain (LBD), such as F877L and T878A, have been associated with resistance to next-generation AR-directed therapies. ARN-509-001 was a phase I/II study that evaluated apalutamide activity in castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Here we evaluated the type and frequency of 11 relevant AR-LBD mutations in apalutamide-treated CRPC patients. Patients and methods: : Blood samples from men with non-metastatic CRPC (nmCRPC) and metastatic CRPC (mCRPC) pre- or post abiraterone acetate and prednisone (AAP) treatment (≥6 months' exposure) were evaluated at baseline and disease progression in trial ARN-509-001...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631891/no-detectable-human-herpesvirus-8-oral-shedding-in-seronegative-healthy-immunocompetent-individuals-from-non-endemic-regions-for-kaposi-s-sarcoma-a-pilot-study
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Tânia R Tozetto-Mendoza, Laura M Sumita, Michelle Palmieri, Mariana Ornaghi, Alan M do Canto, Paulo H Braz-Silva
AIM: Saliva can play an important role in human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) transmission in endemic regions for Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Little is known about HHV-8 oral shedding in immunocompetent individuals from non-endemic regions for KS. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study of HHV-8 salivary excretion among 59 healthy, immunocompetent individuals from São Paulo, Brazil, followed up weekly for 4 months, resulting in 16 saliva samples from each participant. Antibodies to HHV-8 latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA) and lytic-phase antigens were investigated with immunofluorescence assays (IFA)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631672/-the-influence-of-interleukin-gene-polymorphism-on-the-serum-cytokine-level-in-the-patients-presenting-with-chonic-suppurative-otitis-media
#9
E V Baike, Yu A Vitkovsky, A A Dutova
The objective of the present work was to study the influence of allelic variant associations of 1-beta interleukin (C3953T, &511C, T31C), interleukin-6 (C174G), and tumour necrosis factor-alpha (G308A) gene polymorphisms on the serum cytokine level in the patients presenting with chronic suppurative otitis media. A total of 299 patients at the age varying from 16 to 55 years with this condition divided into three groups were examined. Group 1 was comprised of 146 patients suffering from the tubotympanic form of chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM)...
2017: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631601/viral-genes-and-cellular-markers-associated-with-neurological-complications-during-herpesvirus-infections
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Carine L Holz, Rahul K Nelli, M Eilidh Wilson, Lila M Zarski, Walid Azab, Rachel Baumgardner, Nikolaus Osterrieder, Anthony Pease, Liangliang Zhang, Sarah Hession, Lutz S Goehring, Stephen B Hussey, Gisela Soboll Hussey
Despite the importance of neurological disorders associated with herpesviruses, the mechanism by which these viruses influence the central nervous system (CNS) has not been definitively established. Owing to the limitations of studying neuropathogenicity of human herpesviruses in their natural host, many aspects of their pathogenicity and immune response are studied in animal models. Here, we present an important model system that enables studying neuropathogenicity of herpesviruses in the natural host. Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) is an alphaherpesvirus that causes a devastating neurological disease (EHV-1 myeloencephalopathy; EHM) in horses...
June 20, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631231/2-3-dideoxycytidine-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Jianyi Niu, Jing Xiong, Dan Hu, Fei Zeng, Shuke Nie, Shanping Mao, Tao Wang, Zhentao Zhang, Zhaohui Zhang
DNA polymerase-β (DNA pol-β) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of a DNA polymerase-β inhibitor 2',3'-dideoxycytidine (DDC) in PD models. In the in vitro studies, primary cultured neurons were challenged with 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+)). The expression of DNA pol-β was assessed using western blot. The neuroprotective effect of DNA pol-β knockdown and DNA pol-β inhibitor DDC was determined using cell viability assay and caspase-3 activity assay...
June 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631053/characterization-of-an-orf-virus-isolate-from-an-outbreak-in-heilongjiang-province-china
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Yongzhong Yu, Qiang Tan, Wenbo Zhao, Xue Zhang, Jinzhu Ma, Zhijun Wu, Zhanbo Zhu, Yudong Cui
Contagious ecthyma, caused by orf virus (ORFV), is an epitheliotrophic contagious disease with zoonotic implications that mainly affects sheep, goats, wild ruminants, and humans. Recently, a novel ORFV strain, OV/HLJ/04, was successfully isolated from the skin and mucosal lesions of a goat with severe clinical sore mouth symptoms in Heilongjiang province of China. The OV/HLJ/04 isolate was characterized by electron microscopy, serological tests, and experimental reproduction of disease. The purified virions exhibited a typical ovoid shape when observed by electron microscopy...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630587/the-most-common-technologies-and-tools-for-functional-genome-analysis
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Evelina Gasperskaja, Vaidutis Kučinskas
Since the sequence of the human genome is complete, the main issue is how to understand the information written in the DNA sequence. Despite numerous genome-wide studies that have already been performed, the challenge to determine the function of genes, gene products, and also their interaction is still open. As changes in the human genome are highly likely to cause pathological conditions, functional analysis is vitally important for human health. For many years there have been a variety of technologies and tools used in functional genome analysis...
2017: Acta medica Lituanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630311/a-prokaryotic-viral-sequence-is-expressed-and-conserved-in-mammalian-brain
#14
Yang-Hui Yeh, Vignesh Gunasekharan, Laura Manuelidis
A natural and permanent transfer of prokaryotic viral sequences to mammals has not been reported by others. Circular "SPHINX" DNAs <5 kb were previously isolated from nuclease-protected cytoplasmic particles in rodent neuronal cell lines and brain. Two of these DNAs were sequenced after Φ29 polymerase amplification, and they revealed significant but imperfect homology to segments of commensal Acinetobacter phage viruses. These findings were surprising because the brain is isolated from environmental microorganisms...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630124/the-dna-repair-repertoire-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis-fena-includes-the-incision-of-dna-5-flaps-and-the-removal-of-5-adenylylated-products-of-aborted-nick-ligation
#15
Maria Loressa Uson, Shreya Ghosh, Stewart Shuman
We characterize Mycobacterium smegmatis FenA as a manganese-dependent 5' -flap endonuclease homologous to the 5' -exonuclease of DNA polymerase I. FenA incises a nicked 5' flap between the first and second nucleotides of the duplex segment to yield a 1-nucleotide gapped DNA, which is then further resected in dinucleotide steps. Initial FenA cleavage at a Y-flap or nick occurs between the first and second nucleotides of the duplex. However, when the template 3' -single-strand is eliminated to create a 5' -tailed duplex, FenA incision shifts to between the second and third nucleotides...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629777/mechanistic-insights-into-transcription-coupled-dna-repair
#16
REVIEW
Bibhusita Pani, Evgeny Nudler
Transcription-coupled DNA repair (TCR) acts on lesions in the transcribed strand of active genes. Helix distorting adducts and other forms of DNA damage often interfere with the progression of the transcription apparatus. Prolonged stalling of RNA polymerase can promote genome instability and also induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. These generally unfavorable events are counteracted by RNA polymerase-mediated recruitment of specific proteins to the sites of DNA damage to perform TCR and eventually restore transcription...
June 9, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629775/8-oxo-7-8-dihydroguanine-friend-and-foe-epigenetic-like-regulator-versus-initiator-of-mutagenesis
#17
REVIEW
Aaron M Fleming, Cynthia J Burrows
A high flux of reactive oxygen species during oxidative stress results in oxidative modification of cellular components including DNA. Oxidative DNA "damage" to the heterocyclic bases is considered deleterious because polymerases may incorrectly read the modifications causing mutations. A prominent member in this class is the oxidized guanine base 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (OG) that is moderately mutagenic effecting G→T transversion mutations. Recent reports have identified that formation of OG in G-rich regulatory elements in the promoters of the VEGF, TNFα, and SIRT1 genes can increase transcription via activation of the base excision repair (BER) pathway...
June 9, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629774/genome-instabilities-arising-from-ribonucleotides-in-dna
#18
REVIEW
Hannah L Klein
Genomic DNA is transiently contaminated with ribonucleotide residues during the process of DNA replication through misincorporation by the replicative DNA polymerases α, δ and ε, and by the normal replication process on the lagging strand, which uses RNA primers. These ribonucleotides are efficiently removed during replication by RNase H enzymes and the lagging strand synthesis machinery. However, when ribonucleotides remain in DNA they can distort the DNA helix, affect machineries for DNA replication, transcription and repair, and can stimulate genomic instabilities which are manifest as increased mutation, recombination and chromosome alterations...
June 9, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629450/interaction-with-adipocyte-stromal-cells-induces-breast-cancer-malignancy-via-s100a7-upregulation-in-breast-cancer-microenvironment
#19
Minako Sakurai, Yasuhiro Miki, Kiyoshi Takagi, Takashi Suzuki, Takanori Ishida, Noriaki Ohuchi, Hironobu Sasano
BACKGROUND: Breast adipocytes play important roles in both the development and function of mammary epithelial cells. Therefore, carcinoma-adipose stromal cell (ASC) interactions have been considered pivotal in supporting tumor growth in breast cancer. In addition, it has been demonstrated that the biological features of cancer-associated adipocytes differ from those of normal ASCs. Therefore, we investigated an interaction between ASCs and carcinoma cell lines to identify genes associated with ASC invasion of carcinoma cells...
June 19, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629117/alpha-and-gamma-tocopherol-and-telomere-length-in-5768-us-men-and-women-a-nhanes-study
#20
Larry A Tucker
Antioxidants have a number of potential health benefits. The present investigation was designed to determine the relationship between serum alpha- and gamma-tocopherol levels (powerful antioxidants), and leukocyte telomere length (a biomarker of biological aging). A cross-sectional design was employed to study 5768 adults from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). DNA was obtained via blood samples. Telomere length was assessed using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction method...
June 13, 2017: Nutrients
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