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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441590/screening-arabidopsis-mutants-in-genes-useful-for-phytoremediation
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María Sanz-Fernández, María Rodríguez-Serrano, Ana Sevilla-Perea, Liliana Pena, M Dolores Mingorance, Luisa M Sandalio, María C Romero-Puertas
Emissions of heavy metals have risen over the past 200 years and significantly exceed those from natural sources. Phytoremediation strategies may be able to recover soil productivity in self-sustaining ecosystems; however, our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms involved in plant heavy-metal perception and signalling is scarce. The aim of this study was to assemble a "molecular tool box" of genes useful for phytoremediation. To identify mutants with different heavy-metal-tolerance, we first selected a medium from mixtures containing three metals based on their presence in two Spanish mining areas and then screened about 7000 lines of Arabidopsis T-DNA mutants and found 74 lines more resistant and 56 more susceptible than the wild type (WT)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440976/diagnostic-value-of-the-caretm-hpv-test-in-screening-for-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia-grade-2-or-worse
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Mojgan Karimi Zarchi, Effat Heydari, Afsarolsadat Tabatabaie, Mansour Moghimi, Wesam Kooti
Background: Cervical cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide. Persistent infection with a high risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) is the main etiological factor, so that early early detection of HR-HPV is very important. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of CareTM HPV, a new method, as compared with Pap smear, PCR, and biopsy for screening purposes. Material and Method: In this cross-sectional study, 200 sexually active women aging from 25-50 years referred to the oncology clinic of Shahid Sodoughi Yazd Hospital in 2015 with a variety of cervix epithelial lesions or a need for colposcopy were enrolled...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440597/external-quality-assessment-for-laboratory-testing-of-hla-b-15-02-allele-in-relation-to-carbamazepine-therapy
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Guigao Lin, Kuo Zhang, Yanxi Han, Jiehong Xie, Jinming Li
BACKGROUND: Due to the significant risk of developing Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), the use of carbamazepine is not recommended in patients carrying the human leukocyte antigen B (HLA-B) *15:02 allele. In an effort to guarantee reliable community-based HLA-B*15:02 testing throughout China, a HLA-B*15:02 genotyping external quality assessment (EQA) program was set up. METHODS: In 2016, 10 genomic DNA samples with known HLA-B*15:02 allele status were sent to 37 laboratories from 16 provinces with a request for routine HLA-B*15:02 screening...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440412/a-rare-fanca-gene-variation-as-a-breast-cancer-susceptibility-allele-in-an-iranian-population
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Sakineh Abbasi, Mina Rasouli
Fanconi Anemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive syndrome characterized by congenital abnormalities, progressive bone marrow failure and Fanconi anemia complementation group A (FANCA) is also a potential breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene. A novel allele with tandem duplication of 13 base pair sequence in promoter region was identified. To investigate whether the 13 base pair sequence of tandem duplication in promoter region of the FANCA gene is of high penetrance in patients with breast cancer and to determine if the presence of the duplicated allele was associated with an altered risk of breast cancer, the present study screened DNA in blood samples from 304 breast cancer patients and 295 normal individuals as controls...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440408/identification-of-potential-gene-targets-in-systemic-vasculitis-using-dna-microarray-analysis
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Yiwen Feng, Miao Zheng, Shujie Gan, Lei Zhang, Zhong Wan, Yanping Zhang, Qin Qian, Jingdong Tang
The present study aimed to identify the involvement of critical genes in systemic vasculitis, to gain an improved understanding of the molecular circuity and to investigate novel potential gene targets for systemic vasculitis treatment. The dual‑color cDNA microarray data of GSE16945, consisting of peripheral mononuclear blood cell specimens from 13 patients with systemic vasculitis and 16 healthy controls, was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were screened in systemic vasculitis compared with controls using BRB ArrayTools, followed by the construction of a protein‑protein interaction (PPI) network using the clusterProfiler package, and significant functional interaction (FI) module selection...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439865/identification-of-protein-dna-interactions-using-enhanced-yeast-one-hybrid-assays-and-a-semiautomated-approach
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Allison Gaudinier, Michelle Tang, Anne-Maarit Bågman, Siobhan M Brady
Yeast one-hybrid assays are an in vitro gene-centered approach to map transcription factor-DNA interactions. Here we describe this method and adaptations to screen for interactions between plant transcriptional regulators and their targets. Of particular note, the use of yeast one-hybrid assays fills in an important gap in available methodologies. When one is interested in a specific biological process of interest, the yeast one-hybrid assay is the only method that allows researchers to identify upstream regulators of the biological process of interest...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438891/a-second-wpl1-anti-cohesion-pathway-requires-dephosphorylation-of-fission-yeast-kleisin-rad21-by-pp4
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Adrien Birot, Karen Eguienta, Stéphanie Vazquez, Stéphane Claverol, Marc Bonneu, Karl Ekwall, Jean-Paul Javerzat, Sabine Vaur
Cohesin mediates sister chromatid cohesion which is essential for chromosome segregation and repair. Sister chromatid cohesion requires an acetyl-transferase (Eso1 in fission yeast) counteracting Wpl1, promoting cohesin release from DNA We report here that Wpl1 anti-cohesion function includes an additional mechanism. A genetic screen uncovered that Protein Phosphatase 4 (PP4) mutants allowed cell survival in the complete absence of Eso1. PP4 co-immunoprecipitated Wpl1 and cohesin and Wpl1 triggered Rad21 de-phosphorylation in a PP4-dependent manner...
April 24, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438632/molecular-diagnostic-development-for-two-begomovirus-betasatellite-complexes-undergoing-diversification-a-case-study
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Judith K Brown, Muhammad Zia Ur-Rehman, Sofia Avelar, N Chingandu, Usman Hameed, Saleem Haider, Muhammad Ilyas
At least five begomoviral species that cause leaf curl disease of cotton have emerged recently in Asia and Africa, reducing fiber quality and yield. The potential for the spread of these viruses to other cotton-vegetable growing regions throughout the world is extensive, owing to routine, global transport of alternative hosts of the leaf curl viruses, especially ornamentals. The research reported here describes the design and validation of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers undertaken to facilitate molecular detection of the two most-prevalent leaf curl-associated begomovirus-betasatellite complexes in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa, the Cotton leaf curl Kokhran virus-Burewala strain and Cotton leaf curl Gezira virus, endemic to Asia and Africa, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438220/anaplasma-spp-in-dogs-and-owners-in-north-western-morocco
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Sarah Elhamiani Khatat, Sylvie Daminet, Malika Kachani, Christian M Leutenegger, Luc Duchateau, Hamid El Amri, Mony Hing, Rahma Azrib, Hamid Sahibi
BACKGROUND: Anaplasma phagocytophilum is an emerging tick-borne zoonotic pathogen of increased interest worldwide which has been detected in northern Africa. Anaplasma platys is also present in this region and could possibly have a zoonotic potential. However, only one recent article reports on the human esposure to A. phagocytophilum in Morocco and no data are available on canine exposure to both bacteria. Therefore, we conducted a cross-sectional epidemiological study aiming to assess both canine and human exposure to Anaplasma spp...
April 24, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437156/development-of-a-taqman-based-real-time-pcr-assay-for-rapid-and-specific-detection-of-fowl-aviadenovirus-serotype-4
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Jianchang Wang, Jinfeng Wang, Ping Chen, Libing Liu, Wanzhe Yuan
Twelve serotypes of fowl aviadenovirus, namely, FAdV-(1-8a and 8b-11), have been identified, among which FAdV-4 is the aetiologic agent of hepatitis hydropericardium syndrome (HHS) in chickens. Outbreaks of HHS have been documented in many countries, causing significant economic losses. Real-time PCR methods described so far in the literature cross-detect different serotypes of FAdVs. In this study, we aimed to develop a TaqMan-based real-time PCR assay for the specific detection of FAdV-4. A pair of primers targeting the hexon gene and a TaqMan probe were designed...
June 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437106/allosteric-targeting-of-the-fanconi-anemia-ubiquitin-conjugating-enzyme-ube2t-by-fragment-screening
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Francesca E Morreale, Alessio Bortoluzzi, Viduth K Chaugule, Connor Arkinson, Helen Walden, Alessio Ciulli
Ube2T is the E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme of the Fanconi anemia DNA repair pathway and it's overexpressed in several cancers, representing an attractive target for the development of inhibitors. Despite the extensive efforts in targeting the ubiquitin system, very few E2 binders have currently been discovered. Herein we report the identification of a new allosteric pocket on Ube2T through a fragment screening using biophysical methods. Several fragments binding to this site inhibit ubiquitin conjugation in vitro...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436704/association-of-cat-262c-t-with-the-concentration-of-catalase-in-seminal-plasma-and-the-risk-for-male-infertility-in-algeria
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Nour El Houda Bousnane, Sadiq May, Mouloud Yahia, Abed Alkarem Abu Alhaija
Catalase (CAT) plays a central role in the protection of different cell types against the deleterious effects of hydrogen peroxide. In human, CAT is implicated in many physiological and pathological conditions including idiopathic male infertility. In this study we examined the association between CAT levels in seminal plasma with different sperm parameters and with CAT-262 C/T polymorphism and their risk for idiopathic male infertility in Algeria. Semen and blood samples were obtained from 111 infertile males and 104 fertile controls from the region of Eastern Algeria following informed consent...
April 24, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436563/an-in-vitro-system-for-measuring-genotoxicity-mediated-by-human-cyp3a4-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Michael Fasullo, Julian Freedland, Nicholas St John, Cinzia Cera, Patricia Egner, Matthew Hartog, Xinxin Ding
P450 activity is required to metabolically activate many chemical carcinogens, rendering them highly genotoxic. CYP3A4 is the most abundantly expressed P450 enzyme in the liver, accounting for most drug metabolism and constituting 50% of all hepatic P450 activity. CYP3A4 is also expressed in extrahepatic tissues, including the intestine. However, the role of CYP3A4 in activating chemical carcinogens into potent genotoxins is unclear. To facilitate efforts to determine whether CYP3A4, per se, can activate carcinogens into potent genotoxins, we expressed human CYP3A4 in the DNA-repair mutant (rad4 rad51) strain of budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and tested the novel, recombinant yeast strain for ability to report CYP3A4-mediated genotoxicity of a well-known genotoxin, aflatoxin B1 (AFB1 )...
April 24, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436458/development-of-a-fluorescent-asfv-strain-that-retains-the-ability-to-cause-disease-in-swine
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Manuel V Borca, Vivian O'Donnell, Lauren G Holinka, Brent Sanford, Paul A Azzinaro, Guillermo R Risatti, Douglas P Gladue
African swine fever is a contagious and often lethal disease for domestic pigs with a significant economic impact for the swine industry. The etiological agent, African swine fever virus (ASFV), is a highly structurally complex double stranded DNA virus. No effective vaccines or antiviral treatment are currently commercially available. We present here the development of a strain of ASFV that has been shown to retain its ability to cause disease in swine, efficiently replicate in swine macrophage and that is fluorescently tagged...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436064/the-changing-landscape-of-cervical-screening-what-does-the-future-hold-for-primary-care
#15
L Marlow, J Waller
The landscape of cervical cancer prevention is changing in many countries thanks to the introduction of vaccination against high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV) and the incorporation of HPV DNA testing into cervical screening algorithms. In addition to this, uptake of screening is falling year on year in the UK and elsewhere. These factors present challenges and opportunities for health professionals working in primary care-in terms of communicating programmatic changes to women; responding to questions about the meaning and implications of HPV test results; and delivering interventions to increase screening uptake...
April 23, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435519/gt198-psmc3ip-germline-variants-in-early-onset-breast-cancer-patients-from-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer-families
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Stephanie Schubert, Tim Ripperger, Melanie Rood, Anthony Petkidis, Winfried Hofmann, Hildegard Frye-Boukhriss, Marcel Tauscher, Bernd Auber, Ursula Hille-Betz, Thomas Illig, Brigitte Schlegelberger, Doris Steinemann
GT198, located 470 kb downstream of BRCA1, encodes for the nuclear PSMC3-interacting protein, which functions as co-activator of steroid hormone-mediated gene expression, and is involved in RAD51 and DMC1-mediated homologous recombination during DNA repair of double-strand breaks. Recently, germline variants in GT198 have been identified in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) patients, mainly in cases with early-onset. We screened a cohort of 166 BRCA1/2 mutation-negative HBOC patients, of which 56 developed early-onset breast cancer before the age of 36 years, for GT198 variants...
January 2017: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434050/prevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-hiv-infected-patients-and-food-animals-and-direct-genotyping-of-t-gondii-isolates-southern-ghana
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Faustina Pappoe, Weisheng Cheng, Lin Wang, Yuanling Li, Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah, Samuel Victor Nuvor, Henock Ambachew, Xiaodong Hu, Qingli Luo, Deyong Chu, Yuanhong Xu, Jilong Shen
Toxoplasma gondii is of public health and veterinary importance causing severe diseases in immunocompromised individuals including HIV/AIDS patients and in congenital cases and animals. There is limited information on the epidemiology of T. gondii infection in humans, particularly HIV patients and food animals and the parasite genotypes in Ghana. A total of 394 HIV-infected patients from three hospitals were screened for T. gondii anti-IgG and IgM using ELISA. DNAs from blood samples of seropositve participants and 95 brain tissues of food animals were PCR assayed to detect Toxoplasma gra6...
April 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433629/a-novel-strategy-to-dissect-endogenous-gene-transcriptional-regulation-in-live-cells
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Wenqing Yang, Siliang Zhang, Yi Zhang, Xin Huang
Gene transcription is a central tenet of biology, traditionally measured by RT-PCR, microarray, or more recently, RNA sequencing. However, these measurements only provide a snapshot of the state of gene transcription and only represent an overall readout of complex transcriptional networks that regulate gene expression. In this report, we describe a novel strategy to dissect endogenous gene transcription regulation in live cells by knocking in a reporter gene, EGFP, under the control of the endogenous gene promoter, using the ARID1A gene as an example...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433059/an-entropy-driven-signal-amplifying-strategy-for-real-time-monitoring-of-dna-methylation-process-and-high-throughput-screening-of-methyltransferase-inhibitors
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Siyi Chen, Huan Ma, Wang Li, Zhou Nie, Shouzhuo Yao
Based on the entropy-driven toehold-mediated hairpin displacement (ETHDA), a facile and sensitive one-step fluorescence sensing platform has been proposed for the evaluation DNA methylation process catalyzed by methyltransferase (MTase). In this designed system, a hairpin probe is methylated by DNA adenine methylation (Dam) MTase and cleaved by DpnI endonuclease successively, liberating a catalyzer strand to initiate the signal amplification. The fluorescence intensity is increasing upon the catalyzer strand triggered circulating procedure of the ETHDA process...
June 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432350/enhancing-the-throughput-and-multiplexing-capabilities-of-next-generation-sequencing-for-efficient-implementation-of-pooled-shrna-and-crispr-screens
#20
Md Fahmid Islam, Atsushi Watanabe, Lai Wong, Conor Lazarou, Frederick S Vizeacoumar, Omar Abuhussein, Wayne Hill, Maruti Uppalapati, C Ronald Geyer, Franco J Vizeacoumar
Next generation sequencing is becoming the method of choice for functional genomic studies that use pooled shRNA or CRISPR libraries. A key challenge in sequencing these mixed-oligo libraries is that they are highly susceptible to hairpin and/or heteroduplex formation. This results in polyclonal, low quality, and incomplete reads and reduces sequencing throughput. Unfortunately, this challenge is significantly magnified in low-to-medium throughput bench-top sequencers as failed reads significantly perturb the maximization of sequence coverage and multiplexing capabilities...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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