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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719834/the-exon3-deleted-growth-hormone-receptor-gene-polymorphism-d3-ghr-is-associated-with-insulin-and-spontaneous-growth-in-short-sga-children-nesgas
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Mathilde Gersel Wegmann, Ajay Thankamony, Edna Roche, Hilary Hoey, Jeremy Kirk, Guftar Shaikh, Sten-A Ivarsson, Olle Söder, David B Dunger, Anders Juul, Rikke Beck Jensen
OBJECTIVE: The effect of a common polymorphism in the Growth Hormone (GH) receptor (d3-GHR) gene on growth, metabolism and body composition was examined in short children born small for gestational age (SGA) on GH treatment. DESIGN: In 96 prepubertal, short SGA children treated with high-dose GH (67μg/kg/day) in the NESGAS study, insulin sensitivity (IS), insulin secretion and disposition index (DI) were determined during the first year of treatment. Body composition was analysed by DXA...
July 12, 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719630/oligo-and-dsdna-mediated-genome-editing-using-a-teta-dual-selection-system-in-escherichia-coli
#2
Young Shin Ryu, Sathesh-Prabu Chandran, Kyungchul Kim, Sung Kuk Lee
The ability to precisely and seamlessly modify a target genome is needed for metabolic engineering and synthetic biology techniques aimed at creating potent biosystems. Herein, we report on a promising method in Escherichia coli that relies on the insertion of an optimized tetA dual selection cassette followed by replacement of the same cassette with short, single-stranded DNA (oligos) or long, double-stranded DNA and the isolation of recombinant strains by negative selection using NiCl2. This method could be rapidly and successfully used for genome engineering, including deletions, insertions, replacements, and point mutations, without inactivation of the methyl-directed mismatch repair (MMR) system and plasmid cloning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719590/pericyte-expressed-tie2-controls-angiogenesis-and-vessel-maturation
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Martin Teichert, Laura Milde, Annegret Holm, Laura Stanicek, Nicolas Gengenbacher, Soniya Savant, Tina Ruckdeschel, Zulfiyya Hasanov, Kshitij Srivastava, Junhao Hu, Stella Hertel, Arne Bartol, Katharina Schlereth, Hellmut G Augustin
The Tie receptors with their Angiopoietin ligands act as regulators of angiogenesis and vessel maturation. Tie2 exerts its functions through its supposed endothelial-specific expression. Yet, Tie2 is also expressed at lower levels by pericytes and it has not been unravelled through which mechanisms pericyte Angiopoietin/Tie signalling affects angiogenesis. Here we show that human and murine pericytes express functional Tie2 receptor. Silencing of Tie2 in pericytes results in a pro-migratory phenotype. Pericyte Tie2 controls sprouting angiogenesis in in vitro sprouting and in vivo spheroid assays...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719513/dihydrofolate-reductase-genetic-polymorphisms-affect-methotrexate-dose-requirements-in-pediatric-patients-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-on-maintenance-therapy
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Guillermo Gervasini, Silvia G de Murillo, Mercedes Jiménez, María D de la Maya, Jose M Vagace
We have aimed to determine the effect of polymorphisms in regulatory regions of the DHFR gene in relation to methotrexate (MTX) dose adjustments and drug-induced toxicity in children on maintenance therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In total, 41 children diagnosed with ALL were screened for 3 tag-single nucleotide polymorphisms in the DHFR promoter (C-1610G, C-680G/T, A-317G) and an intronic 19-bp insertion/deletion. Genotypes were analyzed in relation to dose requirements and toxicity. The percentage of MTX dose administered (with respect to protocol-recommended values) was affected by DHFR polymorphisms...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719462/spindle-cell-lipomas-in-women-a-report-of-53-cases
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Jennifer S Ko, Brianne Daniels, Patrick O Emanuel, Paul Elson, Vadim Khachaturov, Jesse K McKenney, John R Goldblum, Steven D Billings
Spindle cell lipomas (SCL) are typically tumors of the upper back/neck (shawl region) of men (80% to 90%). In general, there is a frequent tendency to restrict the diagnosis to this specific clinical scenario and a hesitancy to diagnose SCL in women. We hypothesized that SCL in women have a more varied presentation. A total of 395 SCL were diagnosed at our institution over the last 11 years. The diagnosis of SCL in women was confirmed by re-review. Immunohistochemical stains for CD34, desmin, estrogen receptor, and p16 were performed...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719194/molecular-modeling-of-the-major-dna-adduct-formed-from-the-food-mutagen-ochratoxin-a-in-nari-2-base-deletion-duplexes-impact-of-sequence-context-and-adduct-ionization-on-conformational-preference-and-mutagenicity
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Preetleen Kathuria, Purshotam Sharma, Richard A Manderville, Stacey D Wetmore
Exposure to ochratoxin A (OTA), a possible human carcinogen, leads to many different DNA mutations. As a first step toward understanding the structural basis of OTA-induced mutagenicity, the present work uses a robust computational approach and a slipped mutagenic intermediate model previously studied for C(8)-dG aromatic amine adducts to analyze the conformational features of post-replication 2-base deletion DNA duplexes containing OT-dG, the major OTA lesion at the C(8) position of guanine. Specifically, a total of 960 ns of molecular dynamics simulations (excluding trial simulations) were carried out on four OT-dG ionization states in three sequence contexts within oligomers containing the NarI recognition sequence, a known hotspot for deletion mutations induced by related adducts formed from known carcinogens...
July 18, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719075/fibrosis-in-small-syngeneic-rat-liver-grafts-due-to-damaged-bone-marrow-stem-cells-from-chronic-alcohol-consumption
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Masayuki Hisada, Xiuying Zhang, Yoshihiro Ota, Andrew M Cameron, James Burdick, Bin Gao, George Melville Williams, Zhaoli Sun
A patient with liver failure due to chronic and acute alcohol abuse under consideration for an urgent liver transplant shortly after stopping alcohol may have residual abnormalities that threaten transplant success, particularly for a small graft. To address this, we studied a model in which reduced size (50%) Lewis rat livers are transplanted into green fluorescence protein (GFP) transgenic Lewis recipients after they are fed alcohol or a control diet for 5 weeks. Here we show that normal small Lewis grafts transplanted to alcohol fed Lewis hosts developed fibrosis whereas no fibrosis was observed in control fed recipients...
July 18, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719074/influence-diagnostics-in-meta-regression-model
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Lei Shi, ShanShan Zuo, Dalei Yu, Xiaohua Zhou
This paper studies the influence diagnostics in meta-regression model including case deletion diagnostic and local influence analysis. We derive the subset deletion formulae for the estimation of regression coefficient and heterogeneity variance and obtain the corresponding influence measures. The DerSimonian and Laird estimation and maximum likelihood estimation methods in meta-regression are considered, respectively, to derive the results. Internal and external residual and leverage measure are defined. The local influence analysis based on case-weights perturbation scheme, responses perturbation scheme, covariate perturbation scheme, and within-variance perturbation scheme are explored...
July 18, 2017: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719054/evolutionary-cell-biology-of-proteins-from-protists-to-humans-and-plants
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REVIEW
Helmut Plattner
During evolution, the cell as a fine-tuned machine had to undergo permanent adjustments to match changes in its environment, while "closed for repair work" was not possible. Evolution from protists (protozoa and unicellular algae) to multicellular organisms may have occurred in basically two lineages, Unikonta and Bikonta, culminating in mammals and angiosperms (flowering plants), respectively. Unicellular models for unikont evolution are myxamoebae (Dictyostelium) and increasingly also choanoflagellates, whereas, for bikonts, ciliates are preferred models...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718916/the-genetic-landscape-of-endometrial-clear-cell-carcinomas
#10
Deborah F DeLair, Kathleen A Burke, Pier Selenica, Raymond S Lim, Sasinya N Scott, Sumit Middha, Abhinita S Mohanty, Donavan T Cheng, Michael F Berger, Robert A Soslow, Britta Weigelt
Clear cell carcinoma of the endometrium is a rare type of endometrial cancer generally associated with an aggressive clinical behavior. Here we sought to define the repertoire of somatic genetic alterations in endometrial clear cell carcinomas (ECCs) and whether ECCs could be classified into the molecular subtypes described for endometrial endometrioid and serous carcinomas. We performed a rigorous histopathological review, immunohistochemical analysis and massively parallel sequencing targeting 300 cancer-related genes of 32 pure ECCs...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718400/histone-h3g34r-mutation-causes-replication-stress-homologous-recombination-defects-and-genomic-instability-in-s-pombe
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Rajesh K Yadav, Carolyn M Jablonowski, Alfonso G Fernandez, Brandon R Lowe, Ryan A Henry, David Finkelstein, Kevin J Barnum, Alison L Pidoux, Yin-Ming Kuo, Jie Huang, Matthew J O'Connell, Andrew J Andrews, Arzu Onar-Thomas, Robin C Allshire, Janet F Partridge
Recurrent somatic mutations of H3F3A in aggressive pediatric high-grade gliomas generate K27M or G34R/V mutant histone H3.3. H3.3-G34R/V mutants are common in tumors with mutations in p53 and ATRX, an H3.3-specific chromatin remodeler. To gain insight into the role of H3-G34R, we generated fission yeast that express only the mutant histone H3. H3-G34R specifically reduces H3K36 tri-methylation and H3K36 acetylation, and mutants show partial transcriptional overlap with set2 deletions. H3-G34R mutants exhibit genomic instability and increased replication stress, including slowed replication fork restart, although DNA replication checkpoints are functional...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718045/full-length-genome-sequence-analysis-of-four-subgroup-j-avian-leukosis-virus-strains-isolated-from-chickens-with-clinical-hemangioma
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Lulu Lin, Peikun Wang, Yongli Yang, Haijuan Li, Teng Huang, Ping Wei
Since 2014, cases of hemangioma associated with avian leukosis virus subgroup J (ALV-J) have been emerging in commercial chickens in Guangxi. In this study, four strains of the subgroup J avian leukosis virus (ALV-J), named GX14HG01, GX14HG04, GX14LT07, and GX14ZS14, were isolated from chickens with clinical hemangioma in 2014 by DF-1 cell culture and then identified with ELISA detection of ALV group specific antigen p27, the detection of subtype specific PCR and indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) with ALV-J specific monoclonal antibody...
July 17, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717969/decreasing-the-expression-of-gabaa-%C3%AE-5-subunit-containing-receptors-partially-improves-cognitive-electrophysiological-and-morphological-hippocampal-defects-in-the-ts65dn-model-of-down-syndrome
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Verónica Vidal, Susana García-Cerro, Paula Martínez, Andrea Corrales, Sara Lantigua, Rebeca Vidal, Noemí Rueda, Laurence Ozmen, Maria-Clemencia Hernández, Carmen Martínez-Cué
Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome (DS) is the most common cause of intellectual disability of a genetic origin. The Ts65Dn (TS) mouse, which is the most commonly used and best-characterized mouse model of DS, displays many of the cognitive, neuromorphological, and biochemical anomalies that are found in the human condition. One of the mechanisms that have been proposed to be responsible for the cognitive deficits in this mouse model is impaired GABA-mediated inhibition. Because of the well-known modulatory role of GABAA α5 subunit-containing receptors in cognitive processes, these receptors are considered to be potential targets for improving the intellectual disability in DS...
July 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717968/deletion-of-type-2-cannabinoid-receptor-induces-alzheimer-s-disease-like-tau-pathology-and-memory-impairment-through-ampk-gsk3%C3%AE-pathway
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Lin Wang, Bing-Jin Liu, Yun Cao, Wei-Qi Xu, Dong-Sheng Sun, Meng-Zhu Li, Fang-Xiao Shi, Man Li, Qing Tian, Jian-Zhi Wang, Xin-Wen Zhou
Although several studies have shown that type-2 cannabinoid receptor (CB2R) is involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology, the effects of CB2R on AD-like tau abnormal phosphorylation and its underlying mechanism remain unclear. Herein, we employed the CB2R(-/-) mice as the animal model to explore roles of CB2R in regulating tau phosphorylation and brain function. We found that CB2R(-/-) mice display AD-like tau hyperphosphorylation, hippocampus-dependent memory impairment, increase of GSK3β activity, decrease of AMPK and Sirt1 activity and mitochondria dysfunction...
July 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717667/haploinsufficiency-of-bcl11a-associated-with-cerebellar-abnormalities-in-2p15p16-1-deletion-syndrome
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Hiroko Shimbo, Takayuki Yokoi, Noriko Aida, Seiji Mizuno, Hiroshi Suzumura, Junichi Nagai, Kazumi Ida, Yumi Enomoto, Chihiro Hatano, Kenji Kurosawa
BACKGROUND: Chromosome 2p15p16.1 deletion syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual disability (ID), neurodevelopmental delay, language delay, growth retardation, microcephaly, structural brain abnormalities, and dysmorphic features. More than 30 patients with 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome have been reported in the literature. METHODS: Molecular analysis was performed using microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH)...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717665/identification-of-an-alu-element-mediated-deletion-in-the-promoter-region-of-gne-in-siblings-with-gne-myopathy
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Jennifer Garland, Joshi Stephen, Bradley Class, Angela Gruber, Carla Ciccone, Aaron Poliak, Christina P Hayes, Vandana Singhal, Christina Slota, John Perreault, Ralitza Gavrilova, Joseph A Shrader, Prashant Chittiboina, Galen Joe, John Heiss, William A Gahl, Marjan Huizing, Nuria Carrillo, May Christine V Malicdan
BACKGROUND: GNE myopathy is a rare genetic disease characterized by progressive muscle atrophy and weakness. It is caused by biallelic mutations in the GNE gene that encodes for the bifunctional enzyme, uridine diphosphate (UDP)-N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) 2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine (ManNAc) kinase. Typical characteristics of GNE myopathy include progressive myopathy, first involving anterior tibialis muscle and sparing the quadriceps, and rimmed vacuoles on muscle biopsy. Identifying biallelic mutations by sequencing of the GNE gene confirms the diagnosis of GNE myopathy...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717660/a-novel-molecular-diagnostics-platform-for-somatic-and-germline-precision-oncology
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Rubén Cabanillas, Marta Diñeiro, David Castillo, Patricia C Pruneda, Cristina Penas, Guadalupe A Cifuentes, Álvaro de Vicente, Noelia S Durán, Rebeca Álvarez, Gonzalo R Ordóñez, Juan Cadiñanos
BACKGROUND: Next-generation sequencing (NGS) opens new options in clinical oncology, from therapy selection to genetic counseling. However, realization of this potential not only requires succeeding in the bioinformatics and interpretation of the results, but also in their integration into the clinical practice. We have developed a novel NGS diagnostic platform aimed at detecting (1) somatic genomic alterations associated with the response to approved targeted cancer therapies and (2) germline mutations predisposing to hereditary malignancies...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717659/identification-and-characterization-of-variants-and-a-novel-4%C3%A2-bp-deletion-in-the-regulatory-region-of-six6-a-risk-factor-for-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
#18
Mohd Hussain Shah, Noemi Tabanera, Subbaiah Ramasamy Krishnadas, Manju R Pillai, Paola Bovolenta, Periasamy Sundaresan
BACKGROUND: Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is a complex disease of multigenic inheritance and the most common subtype of glaucoma. SIX6 encodes a transcription factor involved in retina, optic nerve, and pituitary development. Previous studies showed a genetic association between the SIX6 locus and POAG, identifying risk alleles. Whether these alleles are present also in the south Indian population is unclear. METHODS: To address this question, the SIX6 gene and an already characterized and highly conserved SIX6 enhancer (Ch14:60974427-60974430) were sequenced in two south Indian cohorts, respectively, composed of 65/65 and 200/200 POAG cases/age-matched controls...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717590/construction-of-a-fur-null-mutant-and-rna-sequencing-provide-deeper-global-understanding-of-the-aliivibrio-salmonicida-fur-regulon
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Sunniva Katharina Thode, Cecilie Bækkedal, Jenny Johansson Söderberg, Erik Hjerde, Hilde Hansen, Peik Haugen
BACKGROUND: The ferric uptake regulator (Fur) is a transcription factor and the main regulator of iron acquisition in prokaryotes. When bound to ferric iron, Fur recognizes its DNA binding site and generally executes its function by repressing transcription of its target genes. Due to its importance in virulence, the Fur regulon is well studied for several model bacteria. In our previous work, we used computational predictions and microarray to gain insights into Fur-regulation in Aliivibrio salmonicida, and have identified a number of genes and operons that appear to be under direct control of Fur...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717248/loss-of-type-9-adenylyl-cyclase-triggers-reduced-phosphorylation-of-hsp20-and-diastolic-dysfunction
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Yong Li, Tanya A Baldwin, Yan Wang, Janani Subramaniam, Anibal Garza Carbajal, Cameron S Brand, Shane R Cunha, Carmen W Dessauer
Adenylyl cyclase type 9 (AC9) is found tightly associated with the scaffolding protein Yotiao and the IKs ion channel in heart. But apart from potential IKs regulation, physiological roles for AC9 are unknown. We show that loss of AC9 in mice reduces less than 3% of total AC activity in heart but eliminates Yotiao-associated AC activity. AC9(-/-) mice exhibit no structural abnormalities but show a significant bradycardia, consistent with AC9 expression in sinoatrial node. Global changes in PKA phosphorylation patterns are not altered in AC9(-/-) heart, however, basal phosphorylation of heat shock protein 20 (Hsp20) is significantly decreased...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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