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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930498/molecular-and-morphological-characterization-of-a-brazilian-lineage-of-plasmodium-novyella-unalis-in-turdus-spp-passeriformes-of-the-atlantic-forest-with-remarks-on-new-hosts-and-high-genetic-variation
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Raquel Tostes, Roberto Júnio Pedroso Dias, Luísa de Oliveira, Marcus Vinicius Xavier Senra, Carlos Luiz Massard, Marta D'Agosto
Plasmodium spp. are haemosporidian protozoans that alternate their live cycles between bloodsucking Culicidae dipterans and vertebrate hosts (mammals, reptiles and birds). In birds, these parasites are the causative agents of the so called avian malaria, a disease associated with considerable declines and extinctions in the avifauna in different geographical regions. In this work, we applied a multidisciplinary approach, light microscopy and cytochrome oxidase b (cyt b) gene sequence analysis for characterization of Plasmodium found in association with wild birds of the genus Turdus, collected in Atlantic forest fragments of southeastern Brazil...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930084/high-nervous-necrosis-virus-nnv-diversity-in-wild-wrasse-labridae-in-norway-and-sweden
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Kjetil Korsnes, Egil Karlsbakk, Cecilie K Skår, Lisbeth Sælemyr, Are Nylund, Bjørn Olav Kvamme, Stein Mortensen
Wild goldsinny wrasse Ctenolabrus rupestris, corkwing wrasse Symphodus melops and ballan wrasse Labrus bergylta were collected at 8 sampling sites in Sweden and Norway during summer 2014. Brain tissue from 466 wrasses were analyzed for nervous necrosis virus (NNV) infections by real-time RT-PCR, and positive samples were subjected to sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of partial segments of the RNA2 and RNA1 genes. This study shows that NNV is present in wild ballan, corkwing and goldsinny wrasse along the coastline of Sweden and Norway...
September 20, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929970/bayesian-unidimensional-scaling-for-visualizing-uncertainty-in-high-dimensional-datasets-with-latent-ordering-of-observations
#3
Lan Huong Nguyen, Susan Holmes
BACKGROUND: Detecting patterns in high-dimensional multivariate datasets is non-trivial. Clustering and dimensionality reduction techniques often help in discerning inherent structures. In biological datasets such as microbial community composition or gene expression data, observations can be generated from a continuous process, often unknown. Estimating data points' 'natural ordering' and their corresponding uncertainties can help researchers draw insights about the mechanisms involved...
September 13, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929578/horizontal-transfer-of-mir-23a-from-hypoxic-tumor-cell-colonies-can-induce-angiogenesis
#4
T V Sruthi, Lincy Edatt, Grace R Raji, Haritha K, S Sharath Shankar, Vandana Shankar, Vishnu R, Aswini P, V B Sameer Kumar
Neo vessel formation by angiogenesis is an important event during many pathological conditions including cancer, where it is indispensable for tumor growth and survival. Although, various pro-angiogenic cytokines and soluble factors, secreted by tumor cells, have been reported to promote angiogenesis, recent studies have shown regulatory role of exosomes, secreted by tumor cells in the process of angiogenesis. These exosomes are capable of carrying nucleic acids, proteins etc. as their cargo. Under the light of these facts and considering the presence of miRNAs, the non-coding RNAs capable of regulating target gene expression, as one of the major cargos in the exosomes, we investigated, whether exosomes derived from normoxic and hypoxic tumor cell colonies exhibit difference in levels of miR-23∼27∼24 cluster members and if so, to check the significance of their horizontall transfer on the process of angiogenesis...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929400/can-polymorphisms-in-the-fatty-acid-desaturase-fads-gene-cluster-alter-the-effects-of-fish-oil-supplementation-on-plasma-and-erythrocyte-fatty-acid-profiles-an-exploratory-study
#5
Suzanne J Meldrum, Yuchun Li, Guicheng Zhang, Alexandra E M Heaton, Nina D'Vaz, Judith Manz, Eva Reischl, Berthold V Koletzko, Susan L Prescott, Karen Simmer
PURPOSE: The enzymes encoded by fatty acid desaturases (FADS) genes determine the desaturation of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA). We investigated if haplotype and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in FADS gene cluster can influence LCPUFA status in infants who received either fish oil or placebo supplementation. METHODS: Children enrolled in the Infant Fish Oil Supplementation Study (IFOS) were randomly allocated to receive either fish oil or placebo from birth to 6 months of age...
September 19, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929089/two-novel-salmonella-bivalent-vaccines-confer-dual-protection-against-two-salmonella-serovars-in-mice
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Xinxin Zhao, Qinlong Dai, Renyong Jia, Dekang Zhu, Mafeng Liu, Mingshu Wang, Shun Chen, Kunfeng Sun, Qiao Yang, Ying Wu, Anchun Cheng
Non-typhoidal Salmonella includes thousands of serovars that are leading causes of foodborne diarrheal illness worldwide. In this study, we constructed three bivalent vaccines for preventing both Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Newport infections by using the aspartate semialdehyde dehydrogenase (Asd)-based balanced-lethal vector-host system. The constructed Asd(+) plasmid pCZ11 carrying a subset of the Salmonella Newport O-antigen gene cluster including the wzx-wbaR-wbaL-wbaQ-wzy-wbaW-wbaZ genes was introduced into three Salmonella Typhimurium mutants: SLT19 (Δasd) with a smooth LPS phenotype, SLT20 (Δasd ΔrfbN) with a rough LPS phenotype, and SLT22 (Δasd ΔrfbN ΔpagL::T araC PBADrfbN) with a smooth LPS phenotype when grown with arabinose...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928672/micrornas-clustered-within-the-14q32-locus-are-associated-with-endothelial-damage-and-microparticle-secretion-in-bicuspid-aortic-valve-disease
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Neus Martínez-Micaelo, Raúl Beltrán-Debón, Gerard Aragonés, Marta Faiges, Josep M Alegret
Background: We previously described that PECAM(+) circulating endothelial microparticles (EMPs) are elevated in bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease as a manifestation of endothelial damage. In this study, we hypothesized that this endothelial damage, is functionally related to the secretion of a specific pattern of EMP-associated miRNAs. Methods: We used a bioinformatics approach to correlate the PECAM(+) EMP levels with the miRNA expression profile in plasma in healthy individuals and BAV patients (n = 36)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928415/cultivation-of-anaplasma-ovis-in-the-hl-60-human-promyelocytic-leukemia-cell-line
#8
Ran Wei, Hong-Bo Liu, Frans Jongejan, Bao-Gui Jiang, Qiao-Cheng Chang, Xue Fu, Jia-Fu Jiang, Na Jia, Wu-Chun Cao
The tick-borne bacterium Anaplasma ovis is a widely distributed pathogen affecting sheep, goats and wild ruminants. Here, the HL-60 human promyelocytic leukemia cell line was used to isolate A. ovis from PCR-positive sheep and goats in Heilongjiang Province, China. Two weeks after inoculation, morulae were observed in cytoplasmic vacuoles in four different HL-60 cultures. Confocal microscopy using a Cy3-labeled A. ovis-specific probe confirmed that the HL-60 cells were infected with A. ovis. Cells from the 6th HL-60 subculture displayed positive fluorescence when incubated with A...
September 20, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928363/an-autism-spectrum-disorder-related-de-novo-mutation-hotspot-discovered-in-the-gef1-domain-of-trio
#9
Anastasiia Sadybekov, Chen Tian, Cosimo Arnesano, Vsevolod Katritch, Bruce E Herring
The Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor (RhoGEF) Trio promotes actin polymerization by directly activating the small GTPase Rac1. Recent studies suggest that autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-related behavioral phenotypes in animal models of ASD can be produced by dysregulation of Rac1's control of actin polymerization at glutamatergic synapses. Here, in humans, we discover a large cluster of ASD-related de novo mutations in Trio's Rac1 activating domain, GEF1. Our study reveals that these mutations produce either hypofunctional or hyperfunctional forms of Trio in rodent neurons in vitro...
September 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928212/population-and-whole-genome-sequence-based-characterization-of-invasive-group-a-streptococci-recovered-in-the-united-states-during-2015
#10
Sopio Chochua, Ben J Metcalf, Zhongya Li, Joy Rivers, Saundra Mathis, Delois Jackson, Robert E Gertz, Velusamy Srinivasan, Ruth Lynfield, Chris Van Beneden, Lesley McGee, Bernard Beall
Group A streptococci (GAS) are genetically diverse. Determination of strain features can reveal associations with disease and resistance and assist in vaccine formulation. We employed whole-genome sequence (WGS)-based characterization of 1,454 invasive GAS isolates recovered in 2015 by Active Bacterial Core Surveillance and performed conventional antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Predictions were made for genotype, GAS carbohydrate, antimicrobial resistance, surface proteins (M family, fibronectin binding, T, R28), secreted virulence proteins (Sda1, Sic, exotoxins), hyaluronate capsule, and an upregulated nga operon (encodes NADase and streptolysin O) promoter (Pnga3)...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928211/the-crispr-spacer-space-is-dominated-by-sequences-from-species-specific-mobilomes
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Sergey A Shmakov, Vassilii Sitnik, Kira S Makarova, Yuri I Wolf, Konstantin V Severinov, Eugene V Koonin
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats and CRISPR-associated protein (CRISPR-Cas) systems store the memory of past encounters with foreign DNA in unique spacers that are inserted between direct repeats in CRISPR arrays. For only a small fraction of the spacers, homologous sequences, called protospacers, are detectable in viral, plasmid, and microbial genomes. The rest of the spacers remain the CRISPR "dark matter." We performed a comprehensive analysis of the spacers from all CRISPR-cas loci identified in bacterial and archaeal genomes, and we found that, depending on the CRISPR-Cas subtype and the prokaryotic phylum, protospacers were detectable for 1% to about 19% of the spacers (~7% global average)...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928088/20-s-ginsenoside-rh2-suppresses-proliferation-and-migration-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-by-targeting-ezh2-to-regulate-cdkn2a-2b-gene-cluster-transcription
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Qi Li, Bai Li, Chengya Dong, Yajie Wang, Qi Li
20(S)-Ginsenoside Rh2 (20(S)-GRh2) exerts important pharmacological effects with regard to the control of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). EZH2 is a potent histone methyltransferase of H3K27me(3), which has been determined as an oncogene in many malignancies. The CDKN2A-2B gene cluster encodes three important tumor suppressors, P14, P15 and P16. In this study, the anticancer effect and molecular mechanism of 20(S)-GRh2 on HCC was investigated. Treatment of HCC cells with 20(S)-GRh2 inhibited cell proliferation, migration and induced cell cycle arrest at the G0/G1 phase, and inhibited tumor growth in vivo...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927873/genome-sequence-of-streptomyces-mangrovisoli-musc-149-t-isolated-from-intertidal-sediments
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Hooi-Leng Ser, Wen-Si Tan, Nurul-Syakima Ab Mutalib, Wai-Fong Yin, Kok-Gan Chan, Bey-Hing Goh, Learn-Han Lee
As the largest genus in Actinobacteria family, Streptomyces species have the ability to synthesize numerous compounds of diverse structures with bioactivities. Streptomyces mangrovisoli MUSC 149(T) was previously isolated as a novel streptomycete from mangrove forest in east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The high quality draft genome of MUSC 149(T) comprises 9,165,825bp with G+C content of 72.5%. Through bioinformatics analysis, 21 gene clusters identified in the genome were associated with the production of bioactive secondary metabolites...
September 6, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927585/whole-genome-and-transcriptome-sequencing-of-prostate-cancer-identify-new-genetic-alterations-driving-disease-progression
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Shancheng Ren, Gong-Hong Wei, Dongbing Liu, Liguo Wang, Yong Hou, Shida Zhu, Lihua Peng, Qin Zhang, Yanbing Cheng, Hong Su, Xiuqing Zhou, Jibin Zhang, Fuqiang Li, Hancheng Zheng, Zhikun Zhao, Changjun Yin, Zengquan He, Xin Gao, Haiyen E Zhau, Chia-Yi Chu, Jason Boyang Wu, Colin Collins, Stanislav V Volik, Robert Bell, Jiaoti Huang, Kui Wu, Danfeng Xu, Dingwei Ye, Yongwei Yu, Lianhui Zhu, Meng Qiao, Hang-Mao Lee, Yuehong Yang, Yasheng Zhu, Xiaolei Shi, Rui Chen, Yang Wang, Weidong Xu, Yanqiong Cheng, Chuanliang Xu, Xu Gao, Tie Zhou, Bo Yang, Jianguo Hou, Li Liu, Zhensheng Zhang, Yao Zhu, Chao Qin, Pengfei Shao, Jun Pang, Leland W K Chung, Jianfeng Xu, Chin-Lee Wu, Weide Zhong, Xun Xu, Yingrui Li, Xiuqing Zhang, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Jun Wang, Haojie Huang, Yinghao Sun
BACKGROUND: Global disparities in prostate cancer (PCa) incidence highlight the urgent need to identify genomic abnormalities in prostate tumors in different ethnic populations including Asian men. OBJECTIVE: To systematically explore the genomic complexity and define disease-driven genetic alterations in PCa. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: The study sequenced whole-genome and transcriptome of tumor-benign paired tissues from 65 treatment-naive Chinese PCa patients...
September 15, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927426/the-acid-sensing-ion-channel-asic2-promotes-invasion-and-metastasis-of-colorectal-cancer-under-acidosis-by-activating-the-calcineurin-nfat1-axis
#15
Zhi-Hang Zhou, Jin-Wen Song, Wen Li, Xue Liu, Liu Cao, Lu-Ming Wan, Ying-Xia Tan, Shou-Ping Ji, Yu-Mei Liang, Feng Gong
BACKGROUND: The tumor acidic microenvironment, a common biochemical event in solid tumors, offers evolutional advantage for tumors cells and even enhances their aggressive phenotype. However, little is known about the molecular mechanism underlying the acidic microenvironment-induced invasion and metastasis. METHODS: We examined the expression of the acid-sending ion channel (ASIC) family members after acidic exposure using RT-PCR and immunofluoresence. Gene manipulation was applied to reveal the potential of ASIC2 on invasion, proliferation, colony formation of colorectal cancer (CRC)...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927344/structural-elucidation-of-transmembrane-domain-zero-tmd0-of-ecdl-a-multidrug-resistance-associated-protein-mrp-family-of-atp-binding-cassette-transporter-protein-revealed-by-atomistic-simulation
#16
Krishnendu Bera, Priyanka Rani, Gaurav Kishor, Shikha Agarwal, Antresh Kumar, Durg Vijay Singh
ATP-Binding cassette (ABC) transporters play an extensive role in the translocation of diverse sets of biologically important molecules across membrane. EchnocandinB (antifungal) and EcdL protein of Aspergillus rugulosus are encoded by the same cluster of genes. Co-expression of EcdL and echinocandinB reflects tightly linked biological functions. EcdL belongs to Multidrug Resistance associated Protein (MRP) subfamily of ABC transporters with an extra transmembrane domain zero (TMD0). Complete structure of MRP subfamily comprising of TMD0 domain, at atomic resolution is not known...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927138/c-jun-mediated-%C3%AE-1-3-n-acetylglucosaminyltransferase-8-expression-a-novel-mechanism-regulating-the-invasion-and-metastasis-of-colorectal-carcinoma-cells
#17
Chunliang Liu, Hao Qiu, Meiyun Yu, Zerong Wang, Yaqin Yuan, Zhi Jiang, Xuejun Shao, Dong Hua, Min Liu, Shiliang Wu
β-1,3-N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferase 8 (β3GnT8) is a key enzyme that catalyzes the formation of polylactosamine glycan structures by transferring GlcNAc to tetra-antennary β1-6-branched N-glycans, and it has been reported to participate in tumor invasion and metastasis by regulating the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), cluster of differentiation 147 (CD147) and polylactosamine. By contrast, the role of transcription factor c-Jun in cell cycle progression has been well established. c-Jun has an important role in tumor cell invasion and metastasis...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927069/overexpression-of-reic-dkk-3-suppresses-the-expression-of-cd147-and-inhibits-the-proliferation-of-human-bladder-cancer-cells
#18
Yuhei Horikawa, Masami Watanabe, Takuya Sadahira, Yuichi Ariyoshi, Yasuyuki Kobayashi, Motoo Araki, Koichiro Wada, Kazuhiko Ochiai, Shun-Ai Li, Yasutomo Nasu
Our group previously developed an adenoviral vector encoding the REIC/Dkk-3 gene (Ad-REIC), a tumor suppressor, for cancer gene therapy. The Ad-REIC agent induces apoptosis and inhibits invasion in a number of cancer cell lines; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying its effects remain unclear. Cluster of differentiation 147 (CD147), also known as extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN), is a key molecule that promotes cancer proliferation and invasion. In order to elucidate the therapeutic mechanism of Ad-REIC, its effect on the expression of CD147 in human bladder cancer KK47 cells was investigated...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927057/effect-of-epithelial-growth-factor-on-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-and-e-cadherin-%C3%AE-catenin-expression-in-an-in-situ-model-of-tumorigenesis
#19
Natalia Festugatto Navarini, Vera Cavalcanti De Araújo, Marcelo Sperandio, Marcelo Henrique Napimoga, Lucas Novaes Teixeira, Ney Soares De Araújo, Elizabeth Ferreira Martinez
The aim of the present study was to analyze the in vitro effect of various doses of epidermal growth factor (EGF; 5 and 10 ng/ml) on matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) secretion and E-cadherin/β-catenin expression by co-cultured cells that mimic an in situ carcinoma ex-pleomorphic adenoma, where benign myoepithelial cells from a pleomorphic adenoma surround malignant epithelial cells. EGF was supplemented in various doses and the effects were evaluated following four days of cell culture. ELISA was performed to determine MMP-2 secretion levels...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926946/the-fungal-bzip-transcription-factor-atfb-controls-virulence-associated-processes-in-aspergillus-parasiticus
#20
Josephine Wee, Sung-Yong Hong, Ludmila V Roze, Devin M Day, Anindya Chanda, John E Linz
Fungal basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors mediate responses to oxidative stress. The ability to regulate stress response pathways in Aspergillus spp. was postulated to be an important virulence-associated cellular process, because it helps establish infection in humans, plants, and animals. Previous studies have demonstrated that the fungal transcription factor AtfB encodes a protein that is associated with resistance to oxidative stress in asexual conidiospores, and AtfB binds to the promoters of several stress response genes...
September 16, 2017: Toxins
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