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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214953/amplification-of-blood-smear-dna-to-confirm-disseminated-histoplasmosis
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T Dieng, A Massaly, D Sow, S Vellaissamy, K Sylla, R C Tine, Y Dieng, C Hennequin
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of the Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum (Hcc) histoplasmosis may be underestimated West Africa, both because the diagnosis is not mentioned in the early stages of the disease and due to limited biological resources available. CASE REPORT: We report a case of disseminated histoplasmosis due to Hcc in a Senegalese HIV patient. The diagnosis was suspected following the demonstration of small encapsulated yeasts within neutrophils on a thin blood smear...
February 18, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214275/detection-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-by-nested-pcr-in-hiv-negative-patients-with-pulmonary-disease
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Cristina Rodrigues Santos, Ângela M de Assis, Edson A Luz, Luzia Lyra, Ivan F Toro, José Claudio C Seabra, Dira H Daldin, Tathiane U Marcalto, Marcos T Galasso, Ronaldo F Macedo, Angélica Z Schreiber, Francisco H Aoki
BACKGROUND: Nested PCR can be used to determine the status of Pneumocystis jirovecii infection in other lung diseases. AIMS: This study sought to detect a target DNA fragment (mitochondrial large subunit rRNA or mtL SUrRNA) of P. jirovecii in patients with lung disease who underwent bronchoscopy with collection of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). METHODS: The results from toluidine blue staining were compared with those obtained using molecular methods that included an "in house" DNA extraction procedure, PCR and nested PCR...
February 14, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213771/a-novel-spiroindoline-targets-cell-cycle-and-migration-via-modulation-of-microtubule-cytoskeleton
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Naveen Kumar, Santanu Hati, Parthapratim Munshi, Subhabrata Sen, Seema Sehrawat, Shailja Singh
Natural product-inspired libraries of molecules with diverse architectures have evolved as one of the most useful tools for discovering lead molecules for drug discovery. In comparison to conventional combinatorial libraries, these molecules have been inferred to perform better in phenotypic screening against complicated targets. Diversity-oriented synthesis (DOS) is a forward directional strategy to access such multifaceted library of molecules. From a successful DOS campaign of a natural product-inspired library, recently a small molecule with spiroindoline motif was identified as a potent anti-breast cancer compound...
February 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213766/microelectrophoretic-study-of-environmentally-induced-dna-damage-in-fish-and-its-use-for-early-toxicity-screening-of-freshwater-bodies
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Bilal Hussain, Tayyaba Sultana, Salma Sultana, K A Al-Ghanim, Shahreef Masood, Muhammad Ali, Shahid Mahboob
This study investigates the potential of the comet and micronucleus assays of fish DNA as a means of screening the toxicity of aquatic environments. Catla catla and Cirrhinus mrigala collected from the River Chenab in Pakistan were used as a case study for the application of comet and micronucleus techniques. Comet and micronucleus assays were used to compare DNA damage in C. catla and C. mrigala collected from polluted areas of the River Chenab and farmed fish. Atomic absorption spectrophotometry showed an acute level of toxicity from Cd, Cu, Mn, Zn, Pb, Cr, Sn, and Hg in river water...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213589/sh479-a-betulinic-acid-derivative-ameliorates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-regulating-the-th17-treg-balance
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Jing Li, Ji Jing, Yang Bai, Zhen Li, Roumei Xing, Binhe Tan, Xueyun Ma, Wenwei Qiu, Changsheng Du, Bing Du, Fan Yang, Jie Tang, Stefan Siwko, Mingyao Liu, Huaqing Chen, Jian Luo
CD4+ T helper cells, especially Th17 cells, combined with immune regulatory network dysfunction, play key roles in autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis (MS). Betulinic acid (BA), a natural pentacyclic triterpenoid, has been reported to be involved in anti-inflammation, in particular having an inhibitory effect on pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17 and IFN-γ production. In this study, we screened BA derivatives and found a BA derivative, SH479, which had a greater inhibitory effect on Th17 differentiation...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212410/a-high-throughput-genetic-screen-identifies-previously-uncharacterized-borrelia-burgdorferi-genes-important-for-resistance-against-reactive-oxygen-and-nitrogen-species
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Meghan E Ramsey, Jenny A Hyde, Diana N Medina-Perez, Tao Lin, Lihui Gao, Maureen E Lundt, Xin Li, Steven J Norris, Jon T Skare, Linden T Hu
Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease in humans, is exposed to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS and RNS) in both the tick vector and vertebrate reservoir hosts. B. burgdorferi contains a limited repertoire of canonical oxidative stress response genes, suggesting that novel gene functions may be important for protection of B. burgdorferi against ROS or RNS exposure. Here, we use transposon insertion sequencing (Tn-seq) to conduct an unbiased search for genes involved in resistance to nitric oxide, hydrogen peroxide, and tertiary-butyl hydroperoxide in vitro...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210082/multitarget-stool-dna-tests-increases-colorectal-cancer-screening-among-previously-noncompliant-medicare-patients
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Mark Prince, Lynn Lester, Rupal Chiniwala, Barry Berger
AIM: To determine the uptake of noninvasive multitarget stool DNA (mt-sDNA) in a cohort of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening non-compliant average-risk Medicare patients. METHODS: This cross sectional primary care office-based study examined mt-sDNA uptake in routine clinical practice among 393 colorectal cancer screening non-compliant Medicare patients ages 50-85 ordered by 77 physicians in a multispecialty group practice (USMD Physician Services, Dallas, TX) from October, 2014-September, 2015...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209515/cell-type-specific-role-of-the-rna-binding-protein-nono-in-the-dna-double-strand-break-response-in-the-mouse-testes
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Shuyi Li, Feng-Jue Shu, Zhentian Li, Lahcen Jaafar, Shourong Zhao, William S Dynan
The tandem RNA recognition motif protein, NONO, was previously identified as a candidate DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair factor in a biochemical screen for proteins with end-joining stimulatory activity. Subsequent work showed that NONO and its binding partner, SFPQ, have many of the properties expected for bona fide repair factors in cell-based assays. Their contribution to the DNA damage response in intact tissue in vivo has not, however, been demonstrated. Here we compare DNA damage sensitivity in the testes of wild-type mice versus mice bearing a null allele of the NONO homologue (Nono (gt))...
February 10, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209186/identification-of-immune-protective-genes-of-eimeria-maxima-through-cdna-expression-library-screening
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XinChao Yang, MengHui Li, JianHua Liu, YiHong Ji, XiangRui Li, LiXin Xu, RuoFeng Yan, XiaoKai Song
BACKGROUND: Eimeria maxima is one of the most prevalent Eimeria species causing avian coccidiosis, and results in huge economic loss to the global poultry industry. Current control strategies, such as anti-coccidial medication and live vaccines have been limited because of their drawbacks. The third generation anticoccidial vaccines including the recombinant vaccines as well as DNA vaccines have been suggested as a promising alternative strategy. To date, only a few protective antigens of E...
February 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207975/stabilization-of-renal-function-after-the-first-year-of-follow-up-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-treated-for-significant-bk-polyomavirus-infection-or-bk-polyomavirus-associated-nephropathy
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Marie-Christine Simard-Meilleur, Paule Bodson-Clermont, Gilles St-Louis, Michel R Pâquet, Catherine Girardin, Marie-Chantal Fortin, Héloïse Cardinal, Marie-Josée Hébert, Reneé Lévesque, Edith Renoult
BACKGROUND: BK polyomavirus virus (BKPyV) screening and immunosuppression reduction effectively prevent graft loss due to BKPyV-associated nephropathy (BKPVAN) during the first year after transplantation. The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of this infection during longer follow-up periods. METHODS: We reviewed the outcome of our screening and immunosuppression reduction protocol in 305 patients who received a kidney transplant between March 2008 and January 2013...
February 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207953/sgs1-a-neomorphic-nac52-allele-impairing-ptgs-through-sgs3-down-regulation
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Nicolas Butel, Ivan Le Masson, Nathalie Bouteiller, Hervé Vaucheret, Taline Elmayan
Post-transcriptional gene silencing (PTGS) is a defense mechanism that targets invading nucleic acids from endogenous (transposons) or exogenous (pathogens, transgenes) origins. Genetic screens based on the reactivation of silenced transgenes have long been used to identify cellular PTGS components and regulators. Here we show that the first isolated PTGS-deficient mutant, sgs1, is impaired in the transcription factor NAC52. This mutant exhibits striking similarities with a mutant impaired in the H3K4me3 demethylase JMJ14 isolated from the same genetic screen...
February 16, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207935/false-negative-fetal-cell-free-dna-screening-for-microdeletion-syndromes-in-the-presence-of-an-unbalanced-translocation-involving-monosomy-4p
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Zhongxia Qi, Shreshtha Madaan, Shilpa Chetty, Jingwei Yu, Arun P Wiita
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207933/chorionic-villus-sampling-in-the-cell-free-dna-aneuploidy-screening-era-careful-selection-criteria-can-maximise-the-clinical-utility-of-screening-and-invasive-testing
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Stefan C Kane, Karen L Reidy, Fiona Norris, Deborah L Nisbet, Louise H Kornman, Ricardo Palma-Dias
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the impact of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening on chorionic villus sampling (CVS) test indications and outcomes in a tertiary maternity service. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of all CVS procedures performed for any indication on singleton pregnancies at The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, and at Women's Ultrasound Melbourne, Australia, between August 2008 and February 2015. Karyotypes were classified according to pathogenicity and detectability by standard cell-free DNA screening panels...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207002/detecting-natural-adaptation-of-the-streptococcus-thermophilus-crispr-cas-systems-in-research-and-classroom-settings
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Alexander P Hynes, Marie-Laurence Lemay, Luc Trudel, Hélène Deveau, Michel Frenette, Denise M Tremblay, Sylvain Moineau
CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)-Cas systems have been adapted into a powerful genome-editing tool. The basis for the flexibility of the tool lies in the adaptive nature of CRISPR-Cas as a bacterial immune system. Here, we describe a protocol to experimentally demonstrate the adaptive nature of this bacterial immune system by challenging the model organism for the study of CRISPR adaptation, Streptococcus thermophilus, with phages in order to detect natural CRISPR immunization...
March 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205231/analysis-of-ctdna-to-predict-prognosis-and-monitor-treatment-responses-in-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer-patients
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He Cheng, Chen Liu, Jiahao Jiang, Guopei Luo, Yu Lu, Kaizhou Jin, Meng Guo, Zhenzhen Zhang, Jin Xu, Liang Liu, Quanxing Ni, Xianjun Yu
Cell-free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in plasma has been used as a potential noninvasive biomarker for various tumors. The current study was performed to evaluate the clinical implications of ctDNA detection in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Firstly, we attempted to prospectively screen a panel of 60 genes in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from ten metastatic pancreatic cancer patients via exome sequencing. Secondly, droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) was used to identify potential mutations in a cohort of 188 patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205102/a-simple-portable-electrochemical-biosensor-to-screen-shellfish-for-vibrio-parahaemolyticus
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Noordiana Nordin, Nor Azah Yusof, Jaafar Abdullah, Son Radu, Roozbeh Hushiarian
An earlier electrochemical mechanism of DNA detection was adapted and specified for the detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in real samples. The reader, based on a screen printed carbon electrode, was modified with polylactide-stabilized gold nanoparticles and methylene blue was employed as the redox indicator. Detection was assessed using a microprocessor to measure current response under controlled potential. The fabricated sensor was able to specifically distinguish complementary, non-complementary and mismatched oligonucleotides...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204945/spectrum-of-mutations-in-chinese-children-with-steroid-resistant-nephrotic-syndrome
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Fang Wang, Yanqin Zhang, Jianhua Mao, Zihua Yu, Zhuwen Yi, Li Yu, Jun Sun, Xiuxiu Wei, Fangrui Ding, Hongwen Zhang, Huijie Xiao, Yong Yao, Weizhen Tan, Svjetlana Lovric, Jie Ding, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to elucidate whether genetic screening test results of pediatric patients with steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) vary with ethnicity. METHODS: Using high-throughput DNA sequencing, 28 nephrotic syndrome-related genes were analyzed in 110 chil-dren affected by SRNS and 10 children with isolated proteinuria enrolled by 5 centers in China (67 boys, 53 girls). Their age at disease onset ranged from 1 day to 208 months (median, 48...
February 15, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202522/histone-acetyltransferase-activity-of-mof-is-required-for-mll-af9-leukemogenesis
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Daria G Valerio, Haiming Xu, Chun-Wei Chen, Takayuki Hoshii, Meghan E Eisold, Christopher Delaney, Monica Cusan, Aniruddha J Deshpande, Chun-Hao Huang, Amaia Lujambio, Y George G Zheng, Johannes Zuber, Tej K Pandita, Scott W Lowe, Scott A Armstrong
Chromatin-based mechanisms offer therapeutic targets in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that are of great current interest. In this study, we conducted an RNAi-based screen to identify druggable chromatin regulator-based targets in leukemias marked by oncogenic rearrangements of the MLL gene. In this manner, we discovered the H4K16 histone acetyltransferase (HAT) MOF to be a potent suppressor of leukemia cell growth. Conditional deletion of Mof in a mouse model of MLL-AF9-driven leukemogenesis reduced tumor burden and prolonged host survival...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202042/hoxc8-regulates-self-renewal-differentiation-and-transformation-of-breast-cancer-stem-cells
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Mansi Shah, Ryan Cardenas, Belinda Wang, Jenny Persson, Nigel P Mongan, Anna Grabowska, Cinzia Allegrucci
BACKGROUND: Homeobox genes are master regulators of cell fate during embryonic development and their expression is altered in cancer. By regulating the balance between cell proliferation and differentiation, they maintain homeostasis of normal tissues. Here, we screened the expression of homeobox genes in mammary stem cells to establish their role in stem cells transformation in breast cancer. METHODS: Using a Homeobox Genes PCR array, we screened 83 homeobox genes in normal cancer breast stem/progenitor cells isolated by flow cytometry...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199989/presence-of-cancer-associated-mutations-in-exhaled-breath-condensates-of-healthy-individuals-by-next-generation-sequencing
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Omar Youssef, Aija Knuuttila, Päivi Piirilä, Tom Böhling, Virinder Sarhadi, Sakari Knuutila
Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) is a non-invasive source that can be used for studying different genetic alterations occurring in lung tissue. However, the low yield of DNA available from EBC has hampered the more detailed mutation analysis by conventional methods. We applied the more sensitive amplicon-based next generation sequencing (NGS) to identify cancer related mutations in DNA isolated from EBC. In order to apply any method for the purpose of mutation screening in cancer patients, it is important to clarify the incidence of these mutations in healthy individuals...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
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