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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535668/stability-of-retroviral-vectors-against-ultracentrifugation-is-determined-by-the-viral-internal-core-and-envelope-proteins-used-for-pseudotyping
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Soo-Hyun Kim, Kwang-Il Lim
Retroviral and lentiviral vectors are mostly pseudotyped and often purified and concentrated via ultracentrifugation. In this study, we quantified and compared the stabilities of retroviral [murine leukemia virus (MLV)-based] and lentiviral [human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1-based] vectors pseudotyped with relatively mechanically stable envelope proteins, vesicular stomatitis virus glycoproteins (VSVGs), and the influenza virus WSN strain envelope proteins against ultracentrifugation. Lentiviral genomic and functional particles were more stable than the corresponding retroviral particles against ultracentrifugation when pseudotyped with VSVGs...
May 2, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535200/the-draft-genome-of-blunt-snout-bream-megalobrama-amblycephala-reveals-the-development-of-intermuscular-bone-and-adaptation-to-herbivorous-diet
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Han Liu, Chunhai Chen, Zexia Gao, Jiumeng Min, Yongming Gu, Jianbo Jian, Xiewu Jiang, Huimin Cai, Ingo Ebersberger, Meng Xu, Xinhui Zhang, Jianwei Chen, Wei Luo, Boxiang Chen, Junhui Chen, Hong Liu, Jiang Li, Ruifang Lai, Mingzhou Bai, Jin Wei, Shaokui Yi, Huanling Wang, Xiaojuan Cao, Xiaoyun Zhou, Yuhua Zhao, Kaijian Wei, Ruibin Yang, Bingnan Liu, Shancen Zhao, Xiaodong Fang, Manfred Schartl, Xueqiao Qian, Weimin Wang
Background: The blunt snout bream, Megalobrama amblycephala , is the economically most important cyprinid fish species. As an herbivore, it can be grown by eco-friendly and resource-conserving aquaculture. However, the large number of intermuscular bones in the trunk musculature is adverse to fish meat processing and consumption. Results: As a first towards optimizing this aquatic livestock, we present a 1.116-Gb draft genome of M. amblycephala , with 779.54 Mb anchored on 24 linkage groups...
May 23, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535128/low-and-high-let-ionizing-radiation-induces-delayed-homologous-recombination-that-persists-for-two-weeks-before-resolving
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Christopher P Allen, Hirokazu Hirakawa, Nakako Izumi Nakajima, Sophia Moore, Jingyi Nie, Neelam Sharma, Mayumi Sugiura, Yuko Hoki, Ryoko Araki, Masumi Abe, Ryuichi Okayasu, Akira Fujimori, Jac A Nickoloff
Genome instability is a hallmark of cancer cells and dysregulation or defects in DNA repair pathways cause genome instability and are linked to inherited cancer predisposition syndromes. Ionizing radiation can cause immediate effects such as mutation or cell death, observed within hours or a few days after irradiation. Ionizing radiation also induces delayed effects many cell generations after irradiation. Delayed effects include hypermutation, hyper-homologous recombination, chromosome instability and reduced clonogenic survival (delayed death)...
May 23, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535079/the-tomato-kinase-pti1-contributes-to-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-response-to-two-flagellin-derived-peptides-and-promotes-resistance-to-pseudomonas-syringae-infection
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Simon Schwizer, Christine M Kraus, Diane M Dunham, Yi Zheng, Noe Fernandez-Pozo, Marina A Pombo, Zhangjun Fei, Suma Chakravarthy, Gregory Martin
The Pti1 kinase was identified from a reverse genetic screen as contributing to pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) against Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (Pst). This was unexpected because Pti1 was originally identified as an interactor of the Pto kinase and was implicated in effector-triggered immunity. The tomato genome has two Pti1 genes, referred to as Pti1a and Pti1b. A hairpin-Pti1 (hpPti1) construct was developed and used to generate two independent stable transgenic tomato lines, which had reduced transcript abundance of both genes...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534836/differentiation-and-structure-in-sulfolobus-islandicus-rod-shaped-virus-populations
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Maria A Bautista, Jesse A Black, Nicholas D Youngblut, Rachel J Whitaker
In the past decade, molecular surveys of viral diversity have revealed that viruses are the most diverse and abundant biological entities on Earth. In culture, however, most viral isolates that infect microbes are represented by a few variants isolated on type strains, limiting our ability to study how natural variation affects virus-host interactions in the laboratory. We screened a set of 137 hot spring samples for viruses that infect a geographically diverse panel of the hyperthemophilic crenarchaeon Sulfolobus islandicus...
May 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534829/variation-in-the-genetic-repertoire-of-viruses-infecting-micromonas-pusilla-reflects-horizontal-gene-transfer-and-links-to-their-environmental-distribution
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Jan F Finke, Danielle M Winget, Amy M Chan, Curtis A Suttle
Prasinophytes, a group of eukaryotic phytoplankton, has a global distribution and is infected by large double-stranded DNA viruses (prasinoviruses) in the family Phycodnaviridae. This study examines the genetic repertoire, phylogeny, and environmental distribution of phycodnaviruses infecting Micromonas pusilla, other prasinophytes and chlorophytes. Based on comparisons among the genomes of viruses infecting M. pusilla and other phycodnaviruses, as well as the genome from a host isolate of M. pusilla, viruses infecting M...
May 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534660/radiation-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis-as-a-model-of-progressive-fibrosis-contributions-of-dna-damage-inflammatory-response-and-cellular-senescence-genes
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Tyler A Beach, Carl J Johnston, Angela M Groves, Jacqueline P Williams, Jacob N Finkelstein
Purpose/Aim of Study: Studies of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) have resulted in DNA damage, inflammatory response, and cellular senescence being widely hypothesized to play a role in the progression of the disease. Utilizing these aforementioned terms, genomics databases were interrogated along with the term, "pulmonary fibrosis," to identify genes common among all 4 search terms. Findings were compared to data derived from a model of radiation-induced progressive pulmonary fibrosis (RIPF) to verify that these genes are similarly expressed, supporting the use of radiation as a model for diseases involving PF, such as human idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)...
May 23, 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534478/complementary-information-derived-from-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-deletion-and-suppression
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Joseph Rosenbluh, Han Xu, William Harrington, Stanley Gill, Xiaoxing Wang, Francisca Vazquez, David E Root, Aviad Tsherniak, William C Hahn
CRISPR-Cas9 provides the means to perform genome editing and facilitates loss-of-function screens. However, we and others demonstrated that expression of the Cas9 endonuclease induces a gene-independent response that correlates with the number of target sequences in the genome. An alternative approach to suppressing gene expression is to block transcription using a catalytically inactive Cas9 (dCas9). Here we directly compare genome editing by CRISPR-Cas9 (cutting, CRISPRc) and gene suppression using KRAB-dCas9 (CRISPRi) in loss-of-function screens to identify cell essential genes...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534452/the-recurrent-domestication-of-viruses-major-evolutionary-transitions-in-parasitic-wasps
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Jérémy Gauthier, Jean-Michel Drezen, Elisabeth A Herniou
Several lineages of endoparasitoid wasps, which develop inside the body of other insects, have domesticated viruses, used as delivery tools of essential virulence factors for the successful development of their progeny. Virus domestications are major evolutionary transitions in highly diverse parasitoid wasps. Much progress has recently been made to characterize the nature of these ancestrally captured endogenous viruses that have evolved within the wasp genomes. Virus domestication from different viral families occurred at least three times in parasitoid wasps...
May 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534435/genome-editing-technologies-and-patent-landscape-overview
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Fairouz Benahmed-Miniuk, Mat Kresz, Jitendra K Kanaujiya, Christopher D Southgate
Unlike with zinc finger nuclease and transcriptional activator-like effector nuclease DNA modification technologies that rely on lead proteins, developed through expensive and time-consuming processes, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/Cas system has rapidly emerged as the most promising gene-editing technology to date for the modification of any selected DNA sequence. CRISPR is receiving tremendous fanfare due, in part, to its potential to provide a means to fundamentally alter medical genetics and especially cancer medicine...
May 23, 2017: Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534357/comparative-study-of-receptor-discordance-between-primary-and-corresponding-metastatic-lesions-in-breast-cancer
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Gokmen U Erdem, Kadri Altundag, Nuriye Y Ozdemir, Suleyman Sahin, Nebi S Demirci, Fatih Karatas, Yakup Bozkaya, Aydin Aytekin, Vildan Tasdemir, Alma C Aslan, Ali R Sever, Nurullah Zengin
PURPOSE: It is well-known that tumor phenotype may change during the progression of breast cancer (BC). The purpose in this study was to compare the discordance in estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PgR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) between primary and recurrent/metastatic lesions (RML) and also to evaluate the prognostic significance of change in tumor phenotype on survival in patients with metastatic BC. METHODS: The medical records of 6638 patients with BC from two breast centers treated between 1992 and 2015 were retrospectively analyzed...
March 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534256/crispr-cas9-mediated-correction-of-human-genetic-disease
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REVIEW
Ke Men, Xingmei Duan, Zhiyao He, Yang Yang, Shaohua Yao, Yuquan Wei
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) protein 9 system (CRISPR/Cas9) provides a powerful tool for targeted genetic editing. Directed by programmable sequence-specific RNAs, this system introduces cleavage and double-stranded breaks at target sites precisely. Compared to previously developed targeted nucleases, the CRISPR/Cas9 system demonstrates several promising advantages, including simplicity, high specificity, and efficiency. Several broad genome-editing studies with the CRISPR/Cas9 system in different species in vivo and ex vivo have indicated its strong potential, raising hopes for therapeutic genome editing in clinical settings...
May 3, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534065/tailoring-high-density-oligonucleotide-arrays-for-transcript-profiling-of-different-arabidopsis-thaliana-accessions-using-a-sequence-based-approach
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Anastassia Boudichevskaia, Hieu Xuan Cao, Renate Schmidt
Excluding polymorphic probes from GeneChip (®) transcript profiling experiments via a sequence-based approach results in improved detection of differentially expressed genes in developing seeds of Arabidopsis thaliana accessions Col-0 and C24. GeneChip(®) arrays represent a powerful tool for transcript profiling experiments. The ATH1 GeneChip(®) has been designed based on the sequence of the Arabidopsis thaliana reference genome Col-0, hence the features on the array exactly match the sequences of Col-0 transcripts...
May 22, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534044/hsp-and-deafness-neurocristopathy-caused-by-a-novel-mosaic-sox10-mutation
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Sandra Donkervoort, Diana Bharucha-Goebel, Pomi Yun, Ying Hu, Payam Mohassel, Ahmet Hoke, Wadih M Zein, Daniel Ezzo, Andrea M Atherton, Ann C Modrcin, Majed Dasouki, A Reghan Foley, Carsten G Bönnemann
OBJECTIVE: To identify the underlying genetic cause in 2 sisters affected with progressive lower extremity spasticity, neuropathy, and early-onset deafness. METHODS: Whole-exome sequencing was performed, and segregation testing of variants was investigated using targeted Sanger sequencing. An inherited paternal mosaic mutation was further evaluated through quantitative analysis of the ratio of mutant vs wild-type allele in genomic DNA from various tissues, including blood, dermal fibroblasts, and saliva...
June 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533973/plastomes-of-the-green-algae-hydrodictyon-reticulatum-and-pediastrum-duplex-sphaeropleales-chlorophyceae
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Hilary A McManus, Daniel J Sanchez, Kenneth G Karol
BACKGROUND: Comparative studies of chloroplast genomes (plastomes) across the Chlorophyceae are revealing dynamic patterns of size variation, gene content, and genome rearrangements. Phylogenomic analyses are improving resolution of relationships, and uncovering novel lineages as new plastomes continue to be characterized. To gain further insight into the evolution of the chlorophyte plastome and increase the number of representative plastomes for the Sphaeropleales, this study presents two fully sequenced plastomes from the green algal family Hydrodictyaceae (Sphaeropleales, Chlorophyceae), one from Hydrodictyon reticulatum and the other from Pediastrum duplex...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533817/mosaicism-for-structural-non-centromeric-autosomal-rearrangements-in-disease-defined-carriers-sex-differences-in-the-rearrangements-profile-and-maternal-age-distributions
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REVIEW
Natalia V Kovaleva, Philip D Cotter
BACKGROUND: Mosaicism for an autosomal structural rearrangement (Rea) associated with clinical manifestation of chromosomal imbalance is rare. Consequently, there is a lack of basic epidemiological characterization of this kind of mosaicism, such as population rate, cytogenetic profile of Reas involved, maternal age distribution, and sex (male to female) ratio among Rea carriers. The objectives of the present study were: (i) determination of the Rea profile in clinically affected individuals, (ii) comparative analysis of the cytogenetic profile and involvement of single chromosomes to rearrangements in affected and previously reported asymptomatic carriers, (iii) analysis of the male/female ratio in carriers of various types of Rea, and, (iv) examination of parental ages distributions according to carriers' sex...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533787/genome-wide-analysis-of-gene-expression-provides-new-insights-into-cold-responses-in-thellungiella-salsuginea
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Jiangshan Wang, Quan Zhang, Feng Cui, Lei Hou, Shuzhen Zhao, Han Xia, Jingjing Qiu, Tingting Li, Ye Zhang, Xingjun Wang, Chuanzhi Zhao
Low temperature is one of the major environmental stresses that affects plant growth and development, and leads to decrease in crop yield and quality. Thellungiella salsuginea (salt cress) exhibits high tolerance to chilling, is an appropriate model to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cold tolerance. Here, we compared transcription changes in the roots and leaves of T. salsuginea under cold stress using RNA-seq. We identified 2,782 and 1,430 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in leaves and roots upon cold treatment, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533786/high-density-linkage-map-construction-and-mapping-of-yield-trait-qtls-in-maize-zea-mays-using-the-genotyping-by-sequencing-gbs-technology
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Chengfu Su, Wei Wang, Shunliang Gong, Jinghui Zuo, Shujiang Li, Shizhong Xu
Increasing grain yield is the ultimate goal for maize breeding. High resolution quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping can help us understand the molecular basis of phenotypic variation of yield and thus facilitate marker assisted breeding. The aim of this study is to use genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) for large-scale SNP discovery and simultaneous genotyping of all F2 individuals from a cross between two varieties of maize that are in clear contrast in yield and related traits. A set of 199 F2 progeny derived from the cross of varieties SG-5 and SG-7 were generated and genotyped by GBS...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533767/characterization-of-mycobacterium-chelonae-like-strains-by-comparative-genomics
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Christiane L Nogueira, Luiz G P de Almeida, Maria C Menendez, Maria J Garcia, Luciano A Digiampietri, Erica Chimara, Margo Cnockaert, Juan C Palomino, Françoise Portaels, Anandi Martin, Peter Vandamme, Sylvia C Leão
Isolates of the Mycobacterium chelonae-M. abscessus complex are subdivided into four clusters (CHI to CHIV) in the INNO-LiPA® Mycobacterium spp DNA strip assay. A considerable phenotypic variability was observed among isolates of the CHII cluster. In this study, we examined the diversity of 26 CHII cluster isolates by phenotypic analysis, drug susceptibility testing, whole genome sequencing and single-gene analysis. Pairwise genome comparisons were performed using several approaches, including average nucleotide identity (ANI) and genome-to-genome distance (GGD) among others...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533738/genetics-of-tinnitus-still-in-its-infancy
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REVIEW
Barbara Vona, Indrajit Nanda, Wafaa Shehata-Dieler, Thomas Haaf
Tinnitus is the perception of a phantom sound that affects between 10 and 15% of the general population. Despite this considerable prevalence, treatments for tinnitus are presently lacking. Tinnitus exhibits a diverse array of recognized risk factors and extreme clinical heterogeneity. Furthermore, it can involve an unknown number of auditory and non-auditory networks and molecular pathways. This complex combination has hampered advancements in the field. The identification of specific genetic factors has been at the forefront of several research investigations in the past decade...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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