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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087362/clinical-phenotypes-and-outcomes-of-heritable-and-sporadic-pulmonary-veno-occlusive-disease-a-population-based-study
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David Montani, Barbara Girerd, Xavier Jaïs, Marilyne Levy, David Amar, Laurent Savale, Peter Dorfmüller, Andrei Seferian, Edmund M Lau, Mélanie Eyries, Jérôme Le Pavec, Florence Parent, Damien Bonnet, Florent Soubrier, Elie Fadel, Olivier Sitbon, Gérald Simonneau, Marc Humbert
BACKGROUND: Bi-allelic mutations of the EIF2AK4 gene cause heritable pulmonary veno-occlusive disease and/or pulmonary capillary haemangiomatosis (PVOD/PCH). We aimed to assess the effect of EIF2AK4 mutations on the clinical phenotypes and outcomes of PVOD/PCH. METHODS: We did a population-based study using clinical, functional, and haemodynamic data from the registry of the French Pulmonary Hypertension Network. We reviewed the clinical data and outcomes from all patients referred to the French Referral Centre (Pulmonary Department, Hospital Kremlin-Bicêtre, University Paris-Sud) with either confirmed or highly probable PVOD/PCH with DNA available for mutation screening (excluding patients with other risk factors of pulmonary hypertension, such as chronic respiratory diseases)...
January 10, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086915/comparative-study-in-infertile-couples-with-and-without-chlamydia-trachomatis-genital-infection
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Yuanchang Zhu, Biao Yin, Tonghua Wu, Lijun Ye, Chunmei Chen, Yong Zeng, Yaou Zhang
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia, caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis(C. trachomatis), is the most common sexually transmitted disease. The incidence is not clear due to the asymptomatic nature of early stage of infections. The incidence of Chlamydia has not been fully investigated in the Chinese Han population. Since chronic infection with can C. trachomatis can lead to infertility in males and females, it is important to determine the impact of infection on clinical outcomes. The aim of this study is to explore the epidemiology of C...
January 13, 2017: Reproductive Health
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/28081297/first-trimester-noninvasive-fetal-rhd-genotyping-using-maternal-dried-blood-spots
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Yali Xiong, Stacey Jeronis, Barbara Hoffman, Dan A Liebermann, Ossie Geifman-Holtzman
OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to evaluate whether maternal dried blood spots (DBS) could be a potential source for the non-invasive fetal RHD genotyping, serving as a combined one-step test for both the First Trimester Screen and the fetal RHD genotyping. METHOD: Both the DBS and the peripheral blood samples from nineteen RhD-negative pregnant women were obtained during the First Trimester Screen. DNA was extracted and Sequential Real-time PCRs were performed to determine the fetal RHD genotypes...
January 12, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081242/genetic-and-clinical-analyses-of-doa-and-lhon-in-304-chinese-patients-with-suspected-childhood-onset-hereditary-optic-neuropathy
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Yadi Li, Jie Li, Xiaoyun Jia, Xueshan Xiao, Shiqiang Li, Xiangming Guo
Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) and dominant optic atrophy (DOA), the most common forms of hereditary optic neuropathy, are easily confused, and it is difficult to distinguish one from the other in the clinic, especially in young children. The present study was designed to survey the mutation spectrum of common pathogenic genes (OPA1, OPA3 and mtDNA genes) and to analyze the genotype-phenotype characteristics of Chinese patients with suspected childhood-onset hereditary optic neuropathy. Genomic DNA and clinical data were collected from 304 unrelated Chinese probands with suspected hereditary optic neuropathy with an age of onset below 14 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079901/the-clinical-utility-of-dna-based-screening-for-fetal-aneuploidy-by-primary-obstetrical-care-providers-in-the-general-pregnancy-population
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Glenn E Palomaki, Edward M Kloza, Barbara M O'Brien, Elizabeth E Eklund, Geralyn M Lambert-Messerlian
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical utility of cell-free DNA (cfDNA)-based screening for aneuploidies offered through primary obstetrical care providers to a general pregnancy population. METHODS: Patient educational materials were developed and validated and providers were trained. Serum was collected for reflexive testing of cfDNA failures. Providers and patients were surveyed concerning knowledge, decision making, and satisfaction. Pregnancy outcome was determined by active or passive ascertainment...
January 12, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079882/stability-of-the-cancer-target-ddias-is-regulated-by-the-chip-hsp70-pathway-in-lung-cancer-cells
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Kyoung-Jae Won, Joo-Young Im, Bo-Kyung Kim, Hyun Seung Ban, Young-Jin Jung, Kyeong Eun Jung, Misun Won
DNA damage-induced apoptosis suppressor (DDIAS) rescues lung cancer cells from apoptosis in response to DNA damage. DDIAS is transcriptionally activated by NFATc1 and EGF-mediated ERK5/MEF2B, leading to cisplatin resistance and cell invasion. Therefore, DDIAS is suggested as a therapeutic target for lung cancer. Here, we report that DDIAS stability is regulated by E3 U-box ubiquitin ligase carboxyl terminus of HSP70-interacting protein (CHIP)-mediated proteasomal degradation. We first isolated CHIP as an interacting partner of DDIAS by yeast two-hybrid screening...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079877/genome-wide-transposon-screening-and-quantitative-insertion-site-sequencing-for-cancer-gene-discovery-in-mice
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Mathias J Friedrich, Lena Rad, Iraad F Bronner, Alexander Strong, Wei Wang, Julia Weber, Matthew Mayho, Hannes Ponstingl, Thomas Engleitner, Carolyn Grove, Anja Pfaus, Dieter Saur, Juan Cadiñanos, Michael A Quail, George S Vassiliou, Pentao Liu, Allan Bradley, Roland Rad
Transposon-mediated forward genetics screening in mice has emerged as a powerful tool for cancer gene discovery. It pinpoints cancer drivers that are difficult to find with other approaches, thus complementing the sequencing-based census of human cancer genes. We describe here a large series of mouse lines for insertional mutagenesis that are compatible with two transposon systems, PiggyBac and Sleeping Beauty, and give guidance on the use of different engineered transposon variants for constitutive or tissue-specific cancer gene discovery screening...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078645/parp-inhibitors-in-reproductive-system-cancers-current-use-and-developments
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Geraldine O'Sullivan Coyne, Alice P Chen, Robert Meehan, James H Doroshow
The repair of DNA damage is a critical cellular process governed by multiple biochemical pathways that are often found to be defective in cancer cells. The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) family of proteins controls response to single-strand DNA breaks by detecting these damaged sites and recruiting the proper factors for repair. Blocking this pathway forces cells to utilize complementary mechanisms to repair DNA damage. While PARP inhibition may not, in itself, be sufficient to cause tumor cell death, inhibition of DNA repair with PARP inhibitors is an effective cytotoxic strategy when it is used in patients who carry other defective DNA-repair mechanisms, such as mutations in the genes BRCA 1 and 2...
January 11, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077781/effects-of-an-unusual-poison-identify-a-lifespan-role-for-topoisomerase-2-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Gregory Tombline, Jonathan I Millen, Bogdan Polevoda, Matan Rapaport, Bonnie Baxter, Michael Van Meter, Matthew Gilbertson, Joe Madrey, Gary A Piazza, Lynn Rasmussen, Krister Wennerberg, E Lucile White, John L Nitiss, David S Goldfarb
A progressive loss of genome maintenance has been implicated as both a cause and consequence of aging. Here we present evidence supporting the hypothesis that an age-associated decay in genome maintenance promotes aging in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) due to an inability to sense or repair DNA damage by topoisomerase 2 (yTop2). We describe the characterization of LS1, identified in a high throughput screen for small molecules that shorten the replicative lifespan of yeast. LS1 accelerates aging without affecting proliferative growth or viability...
January 5, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077153/detection-of-strongylus-vulgaris-in-equine-faecal-samples-by-real-time-pcr-and-larval-culture-method-comparison-and-occurrence-assessment
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A Kaspar, K Pfister, M K Nielsen, C Silaghi, H Fink, M C Scheuerle
BACKGROUND: Strongylus vulgaris has become a rare parasite in Germany during the past 50 years due to the practice of frequent prophylactic anthelmintic therapy. To date, the emerging development of resistance in Cyathostominae and Parascaris spp. to numerous equine anthelmintics has changed deworming management and the frequency of anthelmintic usage. In this regard, reliable detection of parasitic infections, especially of the highly pathogenic S. vulgaris is essential. In the current study, two diagnostic methods for the detection of infections with S...
January 11, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076705/improving-the-accuracy-of-prenatal-screening-with-dna-copy-number-analysis
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LETTER
Charles M Strom, Megan D Maxwell, Renius Owen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
12, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076512/mutation-analysis-of-nanos3-in-brazilian-women-with-primary-ovarian-failure
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Braian Lucas A Sousa, Mirian Yumie Nishi, Mariza Gerdulo Santos, Vinicius Nahime Brito, Sorahia Domenice, Berenice B Mendonca
OBJECTIVES: Primary ovarian failure is a rare disorder, and approximately 90% of cases are of unknown etiology. The aim of this study was to search for mutations in NANOS3, a gene that was recently related to the etiology of primary ovarian failure, in a group of Brazilian women. METHODS: We screened for NANOS3 DNA variants in 30 consecutive women who were previously diagnosed with primary ovarian failure, of unknown etiology and compared the results with those from 185 women with normal fertility...
December 1, 2016: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075594/high-curvature-nanostructuring-enhances-probe-display-for-biomolecular-detection
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Phil De Luna, Sahar Mahshid, Jagotamoy Das, Binquan Luan, Edward H Sargent, Shana O Kelley, Ruhong Zhou
High-curvature electrodes facilitate rapid and sensitive detection of a broad class of molecular analytes. These sensors have reached detection limits not attained using bulk macroscale materials. It has been proposed that immobilized DNA probes are displayed at a high deflection angle on the sensor surface, allowing greater accessibility and more efficient hybridization. Here we report the first use of all-atom molecular dynamics simulations coupled with electrochemical experiments to explore the dynamics of ssDNA immobilized on high-curvature vs...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075457/high-resolution-melting-analysis-for-rapid-and-sensitive-notch1-screening-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Jing-Jing Xu, Fei-Rong Yao, Min Jiang, You-Tao Zhang, Feng Guo
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a biological and clinical heterogeneous disease. Activating mutations of NOTCH1 have been implicated to be associated with adverse prognosis in CLL. The objective of the present study was to develop an effective high-resolution melting (HRM) assay for detecting NOTCH1 mutations. Genomic DNA (gDNA) extracted from 133 CLL patients was screened by HRM assay, and the results were compared with the data obtained using direct sequencing. The relative sensitivity of the HRM assay and direct sequencing was evaluated using diluted gDNA with different NOTCH1 mutational frequencies...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074931/eid3-directly-associates-with-dnmt3a-during-transdifferentiation-of-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-to-npc-like-cells
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Liang Luo, Wen-Jin Chen, James Q Yin, Ru-Xiang Xu
There has been recently been increased interest in the plasticity of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UMSCs) and their potential in the treatment of neurological disorders. In this study, UMSCs were transdifferentiated into neural stem-like cells (uNSCL), these cells grow in neurosphere-like structures and express high levels of NSCs markers. Epigenetics-related gene screening was here used to assess the relationship between E1A-like inhibitor of differentiation 3 (EID3), a p300 inhibitor, and DNA methyltransferase 3 A (DNMT3A) during the transdifferentiation of UMSCs into uNSCL in vitro...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074711/a-comparison-of-the-reliability-of-two-gene-targets-in-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assays-for-detecting-leptospiral-dna-in-canine-urine
#17
Fabio Gentilini, Renato Giulio Zanoni, Elisa Zambon, Maria Elena Turba
We compared 2 novel loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays that target either the 16S ribosomal RNA ( rrs) gene or the gene encoding a 32-kDa leptospiral lipoprotein ( lipL32) in order to assess the effect of the target on the accuracy of the LAMP assays. The most sensitive assay was the rrs assay with a limit of detection (LOD) of 1.2 × 10(1) genome equivalents per reaction. The novel lipL32 assay showed an LOD of 1.2 × 10(2) genome equivalents per reaction. Both assays showed adequate specificity when tested against a collection of bacteria commonly found in voided canine urine...
January 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073943/kdm4b-jmjd2b-is-a-p53-target-gene-that-modulates-the-amplitude-of-p53-response-after-dna-damage
#18
Laura Castellini, Eui Jung Moon, Olga V Razorenova, Adam J Krieg, Rie von Eyben, Amato J Giaccia
The p53 tumor suppressor protein plays a critical role in orchestrating the genomic response to various stress signals by acting as a master transcriptional regulator. Differential gene activity is controlled by transcription factors but also dependent on the underlying chromatin structure, especially on covalent histone modifications. After screening different histone lysine methyltransferases and demethylases, we identified JMJD2B/KDM4B as a p53-inducible gene in response to DNA damage. p53 directly regulates JMJD2B gene expression by binding to a canonical p53-consensus motif in the JMJD2B promoter...
January 9, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073909/the-detection-of-spotted-fever-group-rickettsia-dna-in-tick-samples-from-pastoral-communities-in-kenya
#19
Hellen Koka, Rosemary Sang, Helen Lydia Kutima, Lillian Musila
In this study, ticks from pastoral communities in Kenya were tested for Rickettsia spp. infections in geographical regions where the presence of tick-borne arboviruses had previously been reported. Rickettsial and arbovirus infections have similar clinical features which makes differential diagnosis challenging when both diseases occur. The tick samples were tested for Rickettsia spp. by conventional PCR using three primer sets targeting the gltA, ompA, and ompB genes followed by amplicon sequencing. Of the tick pools screened, 25% (95/380) were positive for Rickettsia spp...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073382/a-retrospective-study-comparing-agar-plate-culture-indirect-immunofluorescence-and-real-time-pcr-for-the-diagnosis-of-strongyloides-stercoralis-infection
#20
Dora Buonfrate, Francesca Perandin, Fabio Formenti, Zeno Bisoffi
Strongyloides stercoralis is a parasite that can cause death in immunocompromised people. A proper diagnosis is hence essential. The real-time polymerase-chain reaction (RT-PCR) is a novel, promising diagnostic method, that detects the DNA of the parasite in stool samples. In this retrospective study, we compared the sensitivity of agar plate coproculture (APC), an in-house immunofluorescence test (IFAT) and an in-house RT-PCR for the diagnosis of S. stercoralis infection. The study sample was composed by 223 samples...
January 11, 2017: Parasitology
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