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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214367/population-genetic-structure-and-adaptation-of-malaria-parasites-on-the-edge-of-endemic-distribution
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Craig W Duffy, Hampate Ba, Samuel Assefa, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Yacine B Deh, Abderahmane Tandia, Freja C M Kirsebom, Dominic P Kwiatkowski, David J Conway
To determine whether the major human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum exhibits fragmented population structure or local adaptation at the northern limit of its African distribution where the dry Sahel zone meets the Sahara, samples were collected from diverse locations within Mauritania over a range of ~ 1000 kilometres. Microsatellite genotypes were obtained for 203 clinical infection samples from eight locations, and Illumina paired-end sequences were obtained to yield high coverage genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for 65 clinical infection samples from four locations...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214357/nesting-habits-influence-population-genetic-structure-of-a-bee-living-in-anthropogenic-disturbance
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J L Vickruck, M H Richards
While most organisms are negatively affected by anthropogenic disturbance, a few species thrive in landscapes altered by humans. Typically, native bees are negatively impacted by anthropogenic environmental change, including habitat alteration and climate change. Here we investigate the population structure of the eastern carpenter bee Xylocopa virginica, a generalist pollinator with a broad geographic range spanning eastern North America. Eastern carpenter bees now nest almost exclusively in human made wooden structures, linking their geographic distribution and population structure to human activities and disturbance...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214153/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-atypical-clinical-presentation
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José Marçalo, Luiz Menezes Falcão
A 67-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after episodes of syncope preceded by malaise and diffuse neck and chest discomfort. No family history of cardiac disease was reported. Laboratory workup was within normal limits, including D-dimers, serum troponin I and arterial blood gases. The electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm with T-wave inversion in leads V1 to V3. Computed tomography angiography to investigate pulmonary embolism showed no abnormal findings. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) displayed massive enlargement of the right ventricle with intact interatrial septum and no pulmonary hypertension...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213905/a-ten-gene-containing-genomic-island-determines-flagellin-glycosylation-implication-for-its-regulatory-role-in-motility-and-virulence-of-xanthomonas-oryzae-pv-oryzae
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Chao Yu, Huamin Chen, Fang Tian, Fenghuan Yang, Xiaochen Yuan, Ching-Hong Yang, Chenyang He
Flagellin glycosylation plays crucial roles in flagellar assembly, motility and virulence in several pathogenic bacteria. However, little is known about the genetic determinants and biological functions of flagellin glycosylation in Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), the causal pathogen of bacterial blight of rice. Here, the structure, regulation and functions of a ten-gene cluster gigX (glycosylation island genes of Xoo), which was embedded in a flagellar regulon were characterized. gigX1 through gigX10, encoded putative enzymes or proteins involved in glycan biosynthesis and transfer, including a nucleotide sugar transaminase, an acyl-carrier protein (ACP), a 3-oxoacyl-ACP synthase, a 3-oxoacyl-ACP reductase, a dehydrogenase, an acetyltransferase, a ring hydroxylating dioxygenase, a hypothetical protein, a methyltransferanse, and a glycosyltransferase, respectively...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213717/the-minor-collagens-in-articular-cartilage
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Yunyun Luo, Dovile Sinkeviciute, Yi He, Morten Karsdal, Yves Henrotin, Ali Mobasheri, Patrik Önnerfjord, Anne Bay-Jensen
Articular cartilage is a connective tissue consisting of a specialized extracellular matrix (ECM) that dominates the bulk of its wet and dry weight. Type II collagen and aggrecan are the main ECM proteins in cartilage. However, little attention has been paid to less abundant molecular components, especially minor collagens, including type IV, VI, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV, etc. Although accounting for only a small fraction of the mature matrix, these minor collagens not only play essential structural roles in the mechanical properties, organization, and shape of articular cartilage, but also fulfil specific biological functions...
February 17, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213514/peripheral-membrane-interactions-boost-the-engagement-by-an-anti-hiv-1-broadly-neutralizing-antibody
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Edurne Rujas, José M M Caaveiro, Sara Insausti, Miguel García-Porras, Kouhei Tsumoto, José L Nieva
The 4E10 antibody displays an extreme breadth of HIV-1 neutralization and therefore constitutes a suitable model system for structure- guided vaccine design and immunotherapeutics against AIDS. In this regard, the relevance of auto- reactivity with membrane lipids for the biological function of this antibody is still a subject of controversy. To address this dispute, herein we have compared the membrane-partitioning ability of the 4E10 antibody and several of its variants, which were mutated at the region of the paratope surface in contact with the membrane-interface...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213465/epithelial-morphogenesis-during-liver-development
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Naoki Tanimizu, Toshihiro Mitaka
Tissue stem/progenitor cells supply multiple types of epithelial cells that eventually acquire specialized functions during organ development. In addition, three-dimensional (3D) tissue structures need to be established for organs to perform their physiological functions. The liver contains two types of epithelial cells, namely, hepatocytes and cholangiocytes, which are derived from hepatoblasts, fetal liver stem/progenitor cells (LPCs), in mid-gestation. Hepatocytes performing many metabolic reactions form cord-like structures, whereas cholangiocytes, biliary epithelial cells, form tubular structures called intrahepatic bile ducts...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212800/vascular-cells-in-blood-vessel-wall-development-and-disease
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R Mazurek, J M Dave, R R Chandran, A Misra, A Q Sheikh, D M Greif
The vessel wall is composed of distinct cellular layers, yet communication among individual cells within and between layers results in a dynamic and versatile structure. The morphogenesis of the normal vascular wall involves a highly regulated process of cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation. The use of modern developmental biological and genetic approaches has markedly enriched our understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying these developmental events. Additionally, the application of similar approaches to study diverse vascular diseases has resulted in paradigm-shifting insights into pathogenesis...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212797/ca-2-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-ii-in-vascular-smooth-muscle
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F Z Saddouk, R Ginnan, H A Singer
Ca(2+)-dependent signaling pathways are central regulators of differentiated vascular smooth muscle (VSM) contractile function. In addition, Ca(2+) signals regulate VSM gene transcription, proliferation, and migration of dedifferentiated or "synthetic" phenotype VSM cells. Synthetic phenotype VSM growth and hyperplasia are hallmarks of pervasive vascular diseases including hypertension, atherosclerosis, postangioplasty/in-stent restenosis, and vein graft failure. The serine/threonine protein kinase Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is a ubiquitous mediator of intracellular Ca(2+) signals...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212676/genetic-diversity-and-selection-of-three-nuclear-genes-in-schistosoma-japonicum-populations
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Yaqi Li, Mingbo Yin, Qunfeng Wu, Donald P McManus, David Blair, Hongyan Li, Bin Xu, Xiaojin Mo, Zheng Feng, Wei Hu
BACKGROUND: The blood fluke, Schistosoma japonicum still causes severe disease in China, the Philippines and Indonesia. Although there have been some studies the molecular epidemiology of this persistent and harmful parasite, few have explored the possibility and implications of selection in S. japonicum populations. METHODS: We analyzed diversity and looked for evidence of selection at three nuclear genes (SjIpp2, SjFabp and SjT22.6) in 13 S. japonicum populations...
February 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212420/transcriptome-using-illumina-sequencing-reveals-the-traits-of-spermatogenesis-and-developing-testes-in-eriocheir-sinensis
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Gen-Liang Li, Hui Qian
Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) has the spermatozoa with typical aflagellate, decondensed chromatin, cup-shaped nuclei, and radial arms. However, the mechanism of spermatogenesis during which the specific spermatozoa are generated in this species is yet unclear. Here, the transcriptome of developing testis in E. sinensis was analyzed using the ways of RNA-seq and bioinformatics analysis to identify candidate genes potentially involved in development of testis and spermatogenesis. The Illumina HiSeq2500 sequencing of three replicons of samples produced a total of 145...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212091/multistability-and-bifurcation-analysis-of-inhibitory-coupled-cyclic-genetic-regulatory-networks-with-delays
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Guang Ling, Zhi-Hong Guan, Bin Hu, Qiang Lai, Yonghong Wu
Many biological systems have the conspicuous property to present more than one stable state and diverse rhythmic behaviors. A closed relationship between these complex dynamic behaviors and cyclic genetic structures has been witnessed by pioneering works. In this paper, a typical structure of inhibitory coupled cyclic genetic networks is introduced to further enlighten this mechanism of stability and biological rhythms of living cells. The coupled networks consist two identical cyclic genetic subnetworks, which inhibit each other directly...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211911/three-dimensional-printing-of-calcium-sulfate-and-mesoporous-bioactive-glass-scaffolds-for-improving-bone-regeneration-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Xin Qi, Peng Pei, Min Zhu, Xiaoyu Du, Chen Xin, Shichang Zhao, Xiaolin Li, Yufang Zhu
In the clinic, bone defects resulting from infections, trauma, surgical resection and genetic malformations remain a significant challenge. In the field of bone tissue engineering, three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds are promising for the treatment of bone defects. In this study, calcium sulfate hydrate (CSH)/mesoporous bioactive glass (MBG) scaffolds were successfully fabricated using a 3D printing technique, which had a regular and uniform square macroporous structure, high porosity and excellent apatite mineralization ability...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211522/structure-and-polymorphisms-of-the-major-histocompatibility-complex-in-the-oriental-stork-ciconia-boyciana
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Hiroki Tsuji, Yukio Taniguchi, Shintaro Ishizuka, Hirokazu Matsuda, Takahisa Yamada, Kazuaki Naito, Hiroaki Iwaisaki
The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is highly polymorphic and plays a central role in the vertebrate immune system. Despite its functional consistency, the MHC genomic structure differs substantially among organisms. In birds, the MHCs of Galliformes and the Japanese crested ibis (Pelecaniformes) are well-characterized, but information about other avian MHCs remains scarce. The Oriental stork (Ciconia boyciana, order Ciconiiformes) is a large endangered migrant. The current Japanese population of this bird originates from a few founders; thus, understanding the genetic diversity among them is critical for effective population management...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210813/a-comprehensive-y-str-portrait-of-yousafzai-s-population
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Sadia Tabassum, Muhammad Ilyas, Inam Ullah, Muhammad Israr, Habib Ahmad
In the current study, 17 Y-Chromosomal short tandem repeats (Y-STRs) included in theAmpFlSTR Y-Filer amplification kit (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, USA) were investigated in 146 unrelated Yousafzai males residing in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. A total of 94 (89.52%) unique haplotypes were observed. Discrimination capacity was 71.92%. Haplotype diversity ranged from 0.354 (DYS456) to 0.663 (DYS458). Both Rst pairwise analysis and multidimensional scaling plot showed that the genetic structure of the Yousafzais is significantly different from neighbouring populations...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209969/solution-of-the-spatial-neutral-model-yields-new-bounds-on-the-amazonian-species-richness
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Yahav Shem-Tov, Matan Danino, Nadav M Shnerb
Neutral models, in which individual agents with equal fitness undergo a birth-death-mutation process, are very popular in population genetics and community ecology. Usually these models are applied to populations and communities with spatial structure, but the analytic results presented so far are limited to well-mixed or mainland-island scenarios. Here we combine analytic results and numerics to obtain an approximate solution for the species abundance distribution and the species richness for the neutral model on continuous landscape...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209775/evidence-for-environmental-and-ecological-selection-in-a-microbe-with-no-geographic-limits-to-gene-flow
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Kerry A Whittaker, Tatiana A Rynearson
The ability for organisms to disperse throughout their environment is thought to strongly influence population structure and thus evolution of diversity within species. A decades-long debate surrounds processes that generate and support high microbial diversity, particularly in the ocean. The debate concerns whether diversification occurs primarily through geographic partitioning (where distance limits gene flow) or through environmental selection, and remains unresolved due to lack of empirical data. Here we show that gene flow in a diatom, an ecologically important eukaryotic microbe, is not limited by global-scale geographic distance...
February 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209611/genetic-manipulation-of-helicobacter-pylori-virulence-function-by-host-carcinogenic-phenotypes
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Giovanni Suarez, Judith Romero-Gallo, Johanna C Sierra, M Blanca Piazuelo, Uma Krishna, Martin Alonso Gomez, Keith T Wilson, Richard M Peek
Helicobacter pylori is the strongest risk factor for gastric adenocarcinoma, yet only a minority of infected persons ever develop this malignancy. One cancer-linked locus is the cag type 4 secretion system (cagT4SS), which translocates an oncoprotein into host cells. A structural component of the cagT4SS is CagY, which become rapidly altered during in vivo adaptation in mice and rhesus monkeys, rendering the cagT4SS nonfunctional; however, these models rarely develop gastric cancer. We previously demonstrated that the H...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209589/second-generation-drosophila-chemical-tags-sensitivity-versatility-and-speed
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Ben Sutcliffe, Julian Ng, Thomas O Auer, Mathias Pasche, Richard Benton, Gregory S X E Jefferis, Sebastian Cachero
Labeling and visualizing cells and subcellular structures within thick tissues, whole organs and even intact animals is key to studying biological processes. This is particularly true for studies of neural circuits where neurons form submicron synapses but have arbors that may span millimeters in length. Traditionally, labeling is achieved by immunofluorescence; however diffusion of antibody molecules (>100 kDa) is slow and often results in uneven labeling with very poor penetration into the centre of thick specimens; these limitations can be partially addressed by extending staining protocols to over a week (Drosophila brain) and months (mice)...
February 16, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209157/stakeholder-perspectives-on-the-implementation-of-genetic-carrier-screening-in-a-changing-landscape
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Kim C A Holtkamp, Evelien M Vos, Tessel Rigter, Phillis Lakeman, Lidewij Henneman, Martina C Cornel
BACKGROUND: In most countries, genetic carrier screening is neither offered, nor embedded in mainstream healthcare. Technological developments have triggered a two-fold transition in carrier screening: the expansion from screening one single disorder to many disorders simultaneously, and offering screening universally, regardless of ancestry. This study aims to identify general and population-specific barriers and needs reflected by stakeholders regarding the implementation of carrier screening in a changing landscape...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
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