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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346925/microbiota-and-necrotizing-enterocolitis
#1
Sanjay Patole
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is an acquired gastrointestinal inflammatory condition with significant mortality and morbidity in preterm very low birth weight infants. The interplay between toll-like receptors, bacterial endotoxins, developmentally regulated excessive proinflammatory responses of the immature innate immune system, hypoxia, ischemia, reperfusion, free radicals, and the presence of substrates and bacterial endotoxins is thought to play an important role in the pathogenesis of NEC. The association (cause?) of various microbes (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) with NEC has intrigued researchers for many years...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346793/early-immune-responses-to-marek-s-disease-vaccines
#2
Mohammad Heidari, Dan Wang, Shuhong Sun
Marek's disease virus (MDV), a highly cell-associated lymphotropic α-herpesvirus, is the causative agent of Marek's disease (MD) in domestic chickens. MDV replicates in chicken cells and establishes a latent infection within CD4(+) T cells. Although MD vaccines have been in use for several decades, the exact mechanism of vaccine-induced protection is unclear. It is believed that the innate immune system plays a role in vaccine-induced immunity against pathogenic strains of MDV. To shed light on the possible function of the innate immunity in vaccine-mediated protection, we investigated the effect of vaccination, Rispens/CVI988, on the activation of cellular components of the innate immune system by analyzing the expression pattern of select immune-related genes in the cecal tonsils (CT) and duodenum of two MD-susceptible and MD-resistant chicken lines at 3, 5, and 10 days postvaccination (dpv)...
March 27, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346491/a-genetic-switch-controls-the-production-of-flagella-and-toxins-in-clostridium-difficile
#3
Brandon R Anjuwon-Foster, Rita Tamayo
In the human intestinal pathogen Clostridium difficile, flagella promote adherence to intestinal epithelial cells. Flagellar gene expression also indirectly impacts production of the glucosylating toxins, which are essential to diarrheal disease development. Thus, factors that regulate the expression of the flgB operon will likely impact toxin production in addition to flagellar motility. Here, we report the identification a "flagellar switch" that controls the phase variable production of flagella and glucosylating toxins...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346477/disruption-of-sorcs2-reveals-differences-in-the-regulation-of-stereociliary-bundle-formation-between-hair-cell-types-in-the-inner-ear
#4
Andrew Forge, Ruth R Taylor, Sally J Dawson, Michael Lovett, Daniel J Jagger
Behavioural anomalies suggesting an inner ear disorder were observed in a colony of transgenic mice. Affected animals were profoundly deaf. Severe hair bundle defects were identified in all outer and inner hair cells (OHC, IHC) in the cochlea and in hair cells of vestibular macular organs, but hair cells in cristae were essentially unaffected. Evidence suggested the disorder was likely due to gene disruption by a randomly inserted transgene construct. Whole-genome sequencing identified interruption of the SorCS2 (Sortilin-related VPS-10 domain containing protein) locus...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346434/optimization-of-adeno-associated-virus-vector-mediated-gene-transfer-to-the-respiratory-tract
#5
F Kurosaki, R Uchibori, N Mato, Y Sehara, Y Saga, M Urabe, H Mizukami, Y Sugiyama, A Kume
An efficient adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector was constructed for the treatment of respiratory diseases. AAV serotypes, promoters, and routes of administration potentially influencing the efficiency of gene transfer to airway cells were examined in the present study. Among the nine AAV serotypes (AAV1-9) screened in vitro and four serotypes (AAV1, 2, 6, 9) evaluated in vivo, AAV6 showed the strongest transgene expression. As for promoters, the cytomegalovirus (CMV) early enhancer/chicken β-actin (CAG) promoter resulted in more robust transduction than the CMV promoter...
March 27, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346042/decreased-expression-of-aldh5a1-predicts-prognosis-in-patients-with-ovarian-cancer
#6
Xun Tian, Yingyan Han, Lan Yu, Bo Luo, Zheng Hu, Xiong Li, Zongyuan Yang, Xin Wang, Wanqiu Huang, Hui Wang, Qinghua Zhang, Ding Ma
Aldehyde dehydrogenase 5 family, member A1 (ALDH5A1) belongs to the superfamily of aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs). However, the prognostic value of ALDH5A1 in ovarian cancer remains unclear. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between ALDH5A1 and the prognosis of patients with ovarian cancer (OC). We compared the expression of ALDH5A1 in OC to that innormal controls, using GSE40595 profiling data. Tissue microarray analysis was conducted for192 OC patients, 14 adjacent normal ovary tissues, and 2 normal ovary tissues...
March 27, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345861/identification-of-gene-transcription-start-sites-and-enhancers-responding-to-pulmonary-carbon-nanotube-exposure-in-vivo
#7
Jette Bornholdt, Anne Thoustrup Saber, Berit Lilje, Mette Boyd, Mette Jørgensen, Yun Chen, Morana Vitezic, Nicklas Raun Jacobsen, Sarah Søs Poulsen, Trine Berthing, Simon Bressendorff, Kristoffer Vitting-Seerup, Robin Andersson, Karin Sørig Hougaard, Carole L Yauk, Sabina Halappanavar, Håkan Wallin, Ulla Vogel, Albin Sandelin
Increased use of nanomaterials in industry, medicine and consumer products has raised concerns over their toxicity. To ensure safe use of nanomaterials, understanding their biological effects at the molecular level is crucial. In particular, the regulatory mechanisms responsible for the cascade of genes activated by nanomaterial exposure are not well characterized. To this end, we profiled the genome-wide usage of gene transcription start sites and linked active enhancer regions in lungs of C57BL/6 mice 24h after intratracheal instillation of a single dose of the multiwalled carbon nanotube Mitsui-7...
March 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345280/otoprotective-effects-of-mouse-nerve-growth-factor-in-dba-2j-mice-with-early-onset-progressive-hearing-loss
#8
Qingzhu Wang, Hongchun Zhao, Tihua Zheng, Wenjun Wang, Xiaolin Zhang, Andi Wang, Bo Li, Yanfei Wang, Qingyin Zheng
As it displays progressive hair-cell loss and degeneration of spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) characterized by early-onset progressive hearing loss (ePHL), DBA/2J is an inbred mouse strain widely used in hearing research. Mouse nerve growth factor (mNGF), as a common exogenous nerve growth factor (NGF), has been studied extensively for its ability to promote neuronal survival and growth. To determine whether mNGF can ameliorate progressive hearing loss (PHL) in DBA/2J mice, saline or mNGF was given to DBA/2J mice of either sex by daily intramuscular injection from the 1st to the 9th week after birth...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344862/expression-profiles-of-immune-related-genes-are-associated-with-neoadjuvant-ipilimumab-clinical-benefit
#9
Ahmad A Tarhini, Yan Lin, Hui-Min Lin, Priyanka Vallabhaneni, Cindy Sander, William LaFramboise, Lana Hamieh
Purpose: Patients with regionally advanced melanoma were treated with neoadjuvant ipilimumab in a previously reported study (PLOS One 2014). Gene expression profiles of tumors of treated patients were investigated for their association with immunotherapeutic benefit. Methods: Patients were treated with ipilimumab (10 mg/kg intravenously every 3 weeks × 2 doses) before and after surgery. Tumor specimens were obtained at baseline and at definitive surgery (weeks 6-8). Gene expression profiling was performed on the tumor biopsies of 27 patients...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344827/perinatal-high-methyl-donor-alters-gene-expression-in-igf-system-in-male-offspring-without-altering-dna-methylation
#10
Valérie Amarger, Fanny Giudicelli, Anthony Pagniez, Patricia Parnet
AIM: To investigate the effect of a protein restriction and a supplementation with methyl donor nutrients during fetal and early postnatal life on the expression and epigenetic state of imprinted genes from the IGF system. MATERIALS & METHODS: Pregnant female rats were fed a protein-restricted diet supplemented or not with methyl donor. RESULTS: Gene expression of the Igf2, H19, Igf1, Igf2r and Plagl1 genes in the liver of male offspring at birth and weaning was strongly influenced by maternal diet...
March 2017: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344657/well-positioned-nucleosomes-punctuate-polycistronic-pol-ii-transcription-units-and-flank-silent-vsg-gene-arrays-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#11
Johannes Petrus Maree, Megan Lindsay Povelones, David Johannes Clark, Gloria Rudenko, Hugh-George Patterton
BACKGROUND: The compaction of DNA in chromatin in eukaryotes allowed the expansion of genome size and coincided with significant evolutionary diversification. However, chromatin generally represses DNA function, and mechanisms coevolved to regulate chromatin structure and its impact on DNA. This included the selection of specific nucleosome positions to modulate accessibility to the DNA molecule. Trypanosoma brucei, a member of the Excavates supergroup, falls in an ancient evolutionary branch of eukaryotes and provides valuable insight into the organization of chromatin in early genomes...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344651/identification-of-a-novel-dmd-duplication-identified-by-a-combination-of-mlpa-and-targeted-exome-sequencing
#12
Beibei Wu, Liying Wang, Ting Dong, Jiahui Jin, Yili Lu, Huiping Wu, Yue Luo, Xiaoou Shan
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive muscle-wasting disease caused by a mutation in the DMD gene. The aim of this study was to identify a de novo mutation of the DMD gene in the family of a 9-month-old Chinese male patient, as well as to describe the phenotypic characteristics of this patient. RESULTS: The patient was suspected to suffer from DMD according to physical examination, biochemical analyses, and electromyogram. We identified a duplication of exons 4-42 in DMD gene with targeted exome sequencing and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA)...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344588/atlsg1-2-regulates-leaf-growth-by-affecting-cell-proliferation-and-the-onset-of-endoreduplication-and-synergistically-interacts-with-atnmd3-during-cell-proliferation-process
#13
Huayan Zhao, Shiyou Lü, Liming Xiong
AtLSG1-2 is a circularly permuted GTPase required for ribosome biogenesis and recently shown to be involved in early leaf development, although it was unclear how AtLSG1-2 affects leaf growth. Here, we found that atlsg1-2 mutants had reduced leaf size as a result of decreased cell size and cell number. Leaf kinematic analysis and CYCB1;1::GUS expression pattern in atlsg1-2 mutant indicated that loss of function of AtLSG1-2 delays the transition from cell division to cell expansion. Decreases in ploidy levels and trichome branch number suggest that AtLSG1-2 deficiency suppresses endoreduplication...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344185/arthrogryposis-as-neonatal-presentation-of-loeys-dietz-syndrome-due-to-a-novel-tgfbr2-mutation
#14
Irene Valenzuela, Paula Fernández-Alvarez, Francina Munell, Angel Sanchez-Montanez, Gemma Giralt, Teresa Vendrell, Eduardo Tizzano
Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is an autosomal dominant connective tissue disorder characterized mainly by cardiovascular, craniofacial and skeletal features. We report on a patient with LDS, whose prenatal examination was compatible with the diagnosis of arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. Neonatal assessment showed craniofacial and cardiovascular findings suggestive of LDS whose diagnosis was confirmed by the detection of a novel mutation (HGVN: NM_003242.5 (TGFBR2): c.1381T > C (p.(Cys461Arg))) in the TGFBR2 gene...
March 23, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344169/the-identification-characterization-and-function-of-two-trems-genes-in-chinese-yangzhou-goose-anas-cygnoides
#15
Huanxi Zhu, Xiaoqian Liu, Jie Du, Mingming Lei, Shijia Ying, Junshu Yan, Jianning Yu, Zhendan Shi, Hui Li
Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (TREM) is a cell-surface receptor primarily expressed on macrophages. Here, two novel TREM genes, AcTREM1 and AcTREM2, were identified from Anas cygnoides. AcTREM1 cDNA contained a putative signal peptide, two IG domains, and a transmembrane domain. The deduced AcTREM2 sequence also contained a signal peptide, an IG domain, and a transmembrane domain. qRT-PCR, fluorescence in situ hybridization, and immunofluorescence experiments showed that AcTREM1 and AcTREM2 were mainly expressed in the liver and spleen, and both genes and proteins were mainly distributed in cytoplasm...
March 23, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344004/identification-of-three-early-phases-of-cell-fate-determination-during-osteogenic-and-adipogenic-differentiation-by-transcription-factor-dynamics
#16
Jeroen van de Peppel, Tanja Strini, Julia Tilburg, Hans Westerhoff, Andre J van Wijnen, Johannes P van Leeuwen
Age-related skeletal degeneration in patients with osteoporosis is characterized by decreased bone mass and occurs concomitant with an increase in bone marrow adipocytes. Using microarray expression profiling with high temporal resolution, we identified gene regulatory events in early stages of osteogenic and adipogenic lineage commitment of human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs). Data analysis revealed three distinct phases when cells adopt a committed expression phenotype: initiation of differentiation (0-3 hr, phase I), lineage acquisition (6-24 hr, phase II), and early lineage progression (48-96 hr, phase III)...
March 16, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343982/single-cell-5-formylcytosine-landscapes-of-mammalian-early-embryos-and-escs-at-single-base-resolution
#17
Chenxu Zhu, Yun Gao, Hongshan Guo, Bo Xia, Jinghui Song, Xinglong Wu, Hu Zeng, Kehkooi Kee, Fuchou Tang, Chengqi Yi
Active DNA demethylation in mammals involves ten-eleven translocation (TET) family protein-mediated oxidation of 5-methylcytosine (5mC). However, base-resolution landscapes of 5-formylcytosine (5fC) (an oxidized derivative of 5mC) at the single-cell level remain unexplored. Here, we present "CLEVER-seq" (chemical-labeling-enabled C-to-T conversion sequencing), which is a single-cell, single-base resolution 5fC-sequencing technology, based on biocompatible, selective chemical labeling of 5fC and subsequent C-to-T conversion during amplification and sequencing...
March 15, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343776/a-effective-dna-vaccine-against-diverse-genotype-j-infectious-hematopoietic-necrosis-virus-strains-prevalent-in-china
#18
Liming Xu, Jingzhuang Zhao, Miao Liu, Gael Kurath, Guangming Ren, Scott E Lapatra, Jiasheng Yin, Hongbai Liu, Jian Feng, Tongyan Lu
Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) is the most important pathogen threatening the aquaculture of salmonid fish in China. In this study, a DNA vaccine, designated pIHNch-G, was constructed with the glycoprotein (G) gene of a Chinese IHNV isolate SD-12 (also called Sn1203) of genotype J. The minimal dose of vaccine required, the expression of the Mx-1 gene in the muscle (vaccine delivery site) and anterior kidney, and the titers of the neutralizing antibodies produced were used to evaluate the vaccine efficacy...
March 23, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343764/channelopathies-genetic-testing-and-risk-stratification
#19
Arthur A M Wilde, Ahmad Amin
The cardiac channelopathies are a group of diseases with (disease-) specific electrocardiographic (ECG) characteristics and a disease-specific risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). This group includes the Long QT Syndromes (LQTS), Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT), Brugada Syndrome (BrS), Short QT Syndromes (SQTS), and Early Repolarization Syndrome (ERS). In the past 2 decades the genetic basis for these disease entities has largely been unraveled and that, together with the identification of the genetic basis of the cardiomyopathies, has paved the way for the complete new field of Cardiogenetics...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343193/role-of-genetic-mutations-in-development-of-immunological-and-clinical-disorders-in-children-with-chronic-pyelonephritis
#20
Vira P Harshman, Tetyana O Kryuchko, Iryna O Kolenko, Tetyana V Kushnereva, Olha Y Tkachenko
INTRODUCTION: At the present time, the study of mechanisms of recognition of foreign agents, which is realized by means of Toll-like receptors (TLR) of the innate immune system, has become one of the main tasks of clinical immunology. The aim of our study was to investigate the prevalence of polymorphism of Toll-like receptor 4 (Asp299Gly, Gly299Gly) among children with chronic pyelonephritis (CP) and determine the association of this TLR4 polymorphism with phenotypic features of chronic pyelonephritis and level of interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
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