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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645326/improving-visualization-of-4d-flow-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-with-four-dimensional-angiographic-data-generation-of-a-4d-phase-contrast-magnetic-resonance-cardioangiography-4d-pc-mrca
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Mariana Bustamante, Vikas Gupta, Carl-Johan Carlhäll, Tino Ebbers
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and Phase-Contrast MRA (PC-MRA) approaches used for assessment of cardiovascular morphology typically result in data containing information from the entire cardiac cycle combined into one 2D or 3D image. Information specific to each timeframe of the cardiac cycle is, however, lost in this process. This study proposes a novel technique, called Phase-Contrast Magnetic Resonance CardioAngiography (4D PC-MRCA), that utilizes the full potential of 4D Flow CMR when generating temporally resolved PC-MRA data to improve visualization of the heart and major vessels throughout the cardiac cycle...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592495/genomes-of-the-mouse-collaborative-cross
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Anuj Srivastava, Andrew P Morgan, Maya L Najarian, Vishal Kumar Sarsani, J Sebastian Sigmon, John R Shorter, Anwica Kashfeen, Rachel C McMullan, Lucy H Williams, Paola Giusti-Rodríguez, Martin T Ferris, Patrick Sullivan, Pablo Hock, Darla R Miller, Timothy A Bell, Leonard McMillan, Gary A Churchill, Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena
The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a multiparent panel of recombinant inbred (RI) mouse strains derived from eight founder laboratory strains. RI panels are popular because of their long-term genetic stability, which enhances reproducibility and integration of data collected across time and conditions. Characterization of their genomes can be a community effort, reducing the burden on individual users. Here we present the genomes of the CC strains using two complementary approaches as a resource to improve power and interpretation of genetic experiments...
June 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553725/biotransformation-of-ursolic-acid-by-alternaria-longipes-as3-2875
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Chen-Xi Zhang, Wei-Jun Ma, Dai-Lin Liu, Xiu-Juan Jia, Yan-Min Zhao
Microbial transformation of ursolic acid (1) was carried out by Alternaria longipes AS 3.2875. Six transformed products (2-7) from 1 were isolated and their structures were identified as 3-carbonyl ursolic acid 28-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl ester (2), ursolic acid 3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (3), ursolic acid 28-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl ester (4), 2α, 3β-dihydroxy ursolic acid 28-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl ester (5), 3β, 21β dihydroxy ursolic acid 28-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl ester (6), and 3-O-(β-D-glucopyranosyl)- ursolic acid 28-O-(β-D-glucopyranosyl) ester (7) based on the analysis of 1D NMR, 2DNMR and MS data...
May 29, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487172/prediction-of-vaccine-candidates-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-an-integrated-genomics-and-proteomics-approach
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Muhammad Ibrahim Rashid, Anam Naz, Amjad Ali, Saadia Andleeb
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is among top critical nosocomial infectious agents due to its persistent infections and tendency for acquiring drug resistance mechanisms. To date, there is no vaccine available for this pathogen. We attempted to exploit the genomic and proteomic information of P. aeruginosa though reverse-vaccinology approaches to unveil the prospective vaccine candidates. P. aeruginosa strain PAO1 genome was subjected to sequential prioritization approach following genomic, proteomics and structural analyses...
July 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467422/the-mitochondrial-ancestor-of-bonobos-and-the-origin-of-their-major-haplogroups
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Hiroyuki Takemoto, Yoshi Kawamoto, Shoko Higuchi, Emiko Makinose, John A Hart, Térese B Hart, Tetsuya Sakamaki, Nahoko Tokuyama, Gay E Reinartz, Patrick Guislain, Jef Dupain, Amy K Cobden, Mbangi N Mulavwa, Kumugo Yangozene, Serge Darroze, Céline Devos, Takeshi Furuichi
We report here where the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of bonobos (Pan paniscus) ranged and how they dispersed throughout their current habitat. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) molecular dating to analyze the time to MRCA (TMRCA) and the major mtDNA haplogroups of wild bonobos were performed using new estimations of divergence time of bonobos from other Pan species to investigate the dispersal routes of bonobos over the forest area of the Congo River's left bank. The TMRCA of bonobos was estimated to be 0.64 or 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295896/assessing-the-colonic-microbiome-hydrogenogenic-and-hydrogenotrophic-genes-transit-and-breath-methane-in-constipation
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P G Wolf, G Parthasarathy, J Chen, H M O'Connor, N Chia, A E Bharucha, H Rex Gaskins
BACKGROUND: Differences in the gut microbiota and breath methane production have been observed in chronic constipation, but the relationship between colonic microbiota, transit, and breath tests remains unclear. METHODS: In 25 healthy and 25 constipated females we evaluated the sigmoid colonic mucosal and fecal microbiota using 16S rRNA gene sequencing, abundance of hydrogenogenic FeFe (FeFe-hydA) and hydrogenotrophic (methyl coenzyme M reductase A [mrcA] and dissimilatory sulfite reductase A [dsrA]) genes with real-time qPCR assays, breath hydrogen and methane levels after oral lactulose, and colonic transit with scintigraphy...
March 13, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288112/reconstructing-the-genome-of-the-most-recent-common-ancestor-of-flowering-plants
#7
Florent Murat, Alix Armero, Caroline Pont, Christophe Klopp, Jérôme Salse
We describe here the reconstruction of the genome of the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of modern monocots and eudicots, accounting for 95% of extant angiosperms, with its potential repertoire of 22,899 ancestral genes conserved in present-day crops. The MRCA provides a starting point for deciphering the reticulated evolutionary plasticity between species (rapidly versus slowly evolving lineages), subgenomes (pre- versus post-duplication blocks), genomic compartments (stable versus labile loci), genes (ancestral versus species-specific genes) and functions (gained versus lost ontologies), the key mutational forces driving the success of polyploidy in crops...
April 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049761/an-evolutionary-framework-for-carpel-developmental-control-genes
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Kai C Pfannebecker, Matthias Lange, Oliver Rupp, Annette Becker
Carpels are the female reproductive organs of flowering plants (angiosperms), enclose the ovules, and develop into fruits. The presence of carpels unites angiosperms, and they are suggested to be the most important autapomorphy of the angiosperms, e.g., they prevent inbreeding and allow efficient seed dispersal. Many transcriptional regulators and coregulators essential for carpel development are encoded by diverse gene families and well characterized in Arabidopsis thaliana. Among these regulators are AGAMOUS (AG), ETTIN (ETT), LEUNIG (LUG), SEUSS (SEU), SHORT INTERNODE/STYLISH (SHI/STY), and SEPALLATA1, 2, 3, 4 (SEP1, 2, 3, 4)...
February 1, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748767/genome-scale-analysis-of-the-non-cultivable-treponema-pallidum-reveals-extensive-within-patient-genetic-variation
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Miguel Pinto, Vítor Borges, Minia Antelo, Miguel Pinheiro, Alexandra Nunes, Jacinta Azevedo, Maria José Borrego, Joana Mendonça, Dina Carpinteiro, Luís Vieira, João Paulo Gomes
Insights into the genomic adaptive traits of Treponema pallidum, the causative bacterium of syphilis, have long been hampered due to the absence of in vitro culture models and the constraints associated with its propagation in rabbits. Here, we have bypassed the culture bottleneck by means of a targeted strategy never applied to uncultivable bacterial human pathogens to directly capture whole-genome T. pallidum data in the context of human infection. This strategy has unveiled a scenario of discreet T. pallidum interstrain single-nucleotide-polymorphism-based microevolution, contrasting with a rampant within-patient genetic heterogeneity mainly targeting multiple phase-variable loci and a major antigen-coding gene (tprK)...
October 17, 2016: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746295/turkish-and-japanese-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-sublineages-share-a-remote-common-ancestor
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Guislaine Refrégier, Edgar Abadia, Tomoshige Matsumoto, Hiromi Ano, Tetsuya Takashima, Izuo Tsuyuguchi, Elif Aktas, Füsun Cömert, Michel Kireopori Gomgnimbou, Stefan Panaiotov, Jody Phelan, Francesc Coll, Ruth McNerney, Arnab Pain, Taane G Clark, Christophe Sola
Two geographically distant M. tuberculosis sublineages, Tur from Turkey and T3-Osaka from Japan, exhibit partially identical genotypic signatures (identical 12-loci MIRU-VNTR profiles, distinct spoligotyping patterns). We investigated T3-Osaka and Tur sublineages characteristics and potential genetic relatedness, first using MIRU-VNTR locus analysis on 21 and 25 samples of each sublineage respectively, and second comparing Whole Genome Sequences of 8 new samples to public data from 45 samples uncovering human tuberculosis diversity...
October 14, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27731913/effect-of-nitroglycerin-on-the-performance-of-mr-coronary-angiography
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Tobias Heer, Stephanie Reiter, Markus Trißler, Berthold Höfling, Florian von Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff, Günter Pilz
PURPOSE: To systematically investigate the effect of sublingual glyceryl trinitrate (nitroglycerin=nitro=glyceryl trinitrate=GTN=C3 H5 N3 O9 [NTG]) on the diagnostic performance of MR coronary artery imaging (MRCA) to detect relevant coronary artery disease (CAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-five healthy volunteers and 25 patients with suspected or proven CAD (all in sinus rhythm) underwent MRCA before and after NTG using a contrast-agent free, three-dimensional, navigator-based, steady state free precession acquisition (voxel size 1...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27662552/the-hepatitis-c-virus-ns3-q80k-polymorphism-is-frequently-detected-and-transmitted-among-hiv-infected-msm-in-the-netherlands
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Astrid M Newsum, Cynthia K Y Ho, Faydra I Lieveld, Thijs J W Van De Laar, Sylvie M Koekkoek, Sjoerd P Rebers, Jan T M Van Der Meer, Anne M J Wensing, Greet J Boland, Joop E Arends, Karel J Van Erpecum, Maria Prins, Richard Molenkamp, Janke Schinkel
OBJECTIVES: The Q80K polymorphism is a naturally occurring resistance-associated variant (RAV) in the hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS3 region and is likely transmissible between hosts. This study describes the Q80K origin and prevalence among HCV risk groups in the Netherlands and examines whether Q80K is linked to specific transmission networks. DESIGN AND METHODS: Stored blood samples from HCV genotype 1a infected patients were used for PCR and sequencing to reconstruct the NS3 maximum likelihood phylogeny...
September 20, 2016: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27388702/polymorphism-analysis-of-prion-protein-gene-in-11-pakistani-goat-breeds
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Mohammad Farooque Hassan, Sher Hayat Khan, Masroor Ellahi Babar, Lifeng Yang, Tariq Ali, Jamal Muhammad Khan, Syed Zahid Ali Shah, Xiangmei Zhou, Tanveer Hussain, Ting Zhu, Tariq Hussain, Deming Zhao
The association between caprine PrP gene polymorphisms and its susceptibility to scrapie has been investigated in current years. As the ORF of the PrP gene is extremely erratic in different breeds of goats, we studied the PrP gene polymorphisms in 80 goats which belong to 11 Pakistani indigenous goat breeds from all provinces of Pakistan. A total of 6 distinct polymorphic sites (one novel) with amino acid substitutions were identified in the PrP gene which includes 126 (A -> G), 304 (G -> T), 379 (A -> G), 414 (C -> T), 428 (A -> G) and 718 (C -> T)...
July 3, 2016: Prion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27267372/equine-rhinitis-b-viruses-in-horse-fecal-samples-from-the-middle-east
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Patrick C Y Woo, Susanna K P Lau, Garnet K Y Choi, Yi Huang, Renate Wernery, Sunitha Joseph, Emily Y M Wong, Shyna K Elizabeth, Nissy Annie Georgy Patteril, Tong Li, Ulrich Wernery, Kwok-Yung Yuen
BACKGROUND: Among all known picornaviruses, only two species, equine rhinitis A virus and equine rhinitis B virus (ERBV) are known to infect horses, causing respiratory infections. No reports have described the detection of ERBV in fecal samples of horses and no complete genome sequences of ERBV3 are available. METHODS: We performed a molecular epidemiology study to detect ERBVs in horses from Dubai and Hong Kong. Complete genome sequencing of the ERBVs as well as viral loads and genome, phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis were performed on the positive samples...
June 7, 2016: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27264728/new-insights-into-the-hepatitis-e-virus-genotype-3-phylodynamics-and-evolutionary-history
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Santiago Mirazo, Daiana Mir, Gonzalo Bello, Natalia Ramos, Héctor Musto, Juan Arbiza
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is an emergent hepatotropic virus endemic mainly in Asia and other developing areas. However, in the last decade it has been increasingly reported in high-income countries. Human infecting HEV strains are currently classified into four genotypes (1-4). Genotype 3 (HEV-3) is the prevalent virus genotype and the mostly associated with autochthonous and sporadic cases of HEV in developed areas. The evolutionary history of HEV worldwide remains largely unknown. In this study we reconstructed the spatiotemporal and population dynamics of HEV-3 at global scale, but with particular emphasis in South America, where case reports have increased dramatically in the last years...
September 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27154330/sixteen-years-of-evolution-of-human-respiratory-syncytial-virus-subgroup-a-in-buenos-aires-argentina-ga2-the-prevalent-genotype-through-the-years
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M Viegas, S Goya, A S Mistchenko
Human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) is the main viral cause of acute lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) in children worldwide. In recent years, several preclinical trials with vaccine candidates have been reported. It is in this sense that molecular epidemiological studies become important. Understanding viral dispersion patterns before and after the implementation of a vaccine can provide insight into the effectiveness of the control strategies. In this work we analyzed the molecular epidemiology of HRSV-A over a period of sixteen years (1999-2014) in Buenos Aires...
September 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26924208/highly-divergent-dengue-virus-type-1-genotype-sets-a-new-distance-record
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Alyssa T Pyke, Peter R Moore, Carmel T Taylor, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Jane N Cameron, Glen R Hewitson, Dennis S Pukallus, Bixing Huang, David Warrilow, Andrew F van den Hurk
Dengue viruses (DENVs) are the leading cause of mosquito-borne viral disease of humans. They exist in both endemic and sylvatic ecotypes. In 2014, a viremic patient who had recently visited the rainforests of Brunei returned to Australia displaying symptoms consistent with DENV infection. A unique DENV strain was subsequently isolated from the patient, which we propose belongs to a new genotype within DENV serotype 1 (DENV-1). Bayesian evolutionary phylogenetic analysis suggests that the putative sylvatic DENV-1 Brunei 2014 (Brun2014) is the most divergent DENV-1 yet recorded and increases the time to the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) for DENV-1 from ≈120 years to ≈315 years...
February 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26901621/comparison-of-french-and-worldwide-bacillus-anthracis-strains-favors-a-recent-post-columbian-origin-of-the-predominant-north-american-clade
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Gilles Vergnaud, Guillaume Girault, Simon Thierry, Christine Pourcel, Nora Madani, Yann Blouin
BACKGROUND: Bacillus anthracis, the highly dangerous zoonotic bacterial pathogen species is currently composed of three genetic groups, called A, B and C. Group A is represented worldwide whereas group B is present essentially in Western Europe and Southern Africa. Only three strains from group C have been reported. This knowledge is derived from the genotyping of more than 2000 strains collected worldwide. Strains from both group A and group B are present in France. Previous investigations showed that the majority of sporadic French strains belong to the so-called A...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26778258/pliocene-pleistocene-lineage-diversifications-in-the-eastern-indigo-snake-drymarchon-couperi-in-the-southeastern-united-states
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Kenneth L Krysko, Leroy P Nuñez, Catherine A Lippi, Daniel J Smith, Michael C Granatosky
Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon; with five currently recognized species) occur from northern Argentina, northward to the United States in southern Texas and eastward in disjunct populations in Florida and Georgia. Based on this known allopatry and a difference in supralabial morphology the two United States taxa previously considered as subspecies within D. corais (Boie 1827), the Western Indigo Snake, D. melanurus erebennus (Cope 1860), and Eastern Indigo Snake, D. couperi (Holbrook 1842), are currently recognized as separate species...
May 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26662033/diagnostic-accuracy-of-magnetic-resonance-angiography-for-detection-of-coronary-artery-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Giovanni Di Leo, Erica Fisci, Francesco Secchi, Marco Alì, Federico Ambrogi, Luca Maria Sconfienza, Francesco Sardanelli
OBJECTIVES: To review the diagnostic performance of MR coronary angiography (MRCA) for coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Two independent reviewers searched on MEDLINE/EMBASE with the following inclusion criteria: 01/01/2000-03/23/2015 publication date; per-patient sensitivity/specificity for >50 % stenosis confirmed by conventional coronary angiography with raw data provided or retrievable; sample size >10. Quality was appraised using QUADAS2. RESULTS: Nine hundred eighteen studies were retrieved, 24 of them, including 1,638 patients, were selected...
October 2016: European Radiology
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