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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777901/interrogation-of-ethnomedicinal-plants-for-synthetic-lethality-effects-in-combination-with-deficiency-in-the-dna-repair-endonuclease-rad1-using-a-yeast-cell-based-assay
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Hsu Mon Aung, Chananya Huangteerakul, Wittaya Panvongsa, Amornrat N Jensen, Arthit Chairoungdua, Suchada Sukrong, Laran T Jensen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Plant materials used in this study were selected based on the ethnobotanical literature. Plants have either been utilized by Thai practitioners as alternative treatments for cancer or identified to exhibit anti-cancer properties. AIM OF THE STUDY: To screen ethnomedicinal plants using a yeast cell-based assay for synthetic lethal interactions with cells deleted for RAD1, the yeast homologue of human ERCC4 (XPF) MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ethanolic extracts from thirty-two species of medicinal plants utilized in Thai traditional medicine were screened for synthetic lethal/sick interactions using a yeast cell-based assay...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777739/alkaline-treatment-of-resting-spores-prior-to-dna-extraction-improves-the-purity-of-plasmodiophora-brassicae-dna
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Yalong Yang, Kher Zahr, Michael W Harding, Stephen E Strelkov, Krista Zuzak, David Feindel, Jie Feng
A commonly used protocol for DNA extraction from Plasmodiophora brassicae was modified by adding an alkaline treatment step to increase the purity of resting spores. The quality of DNA extracted by the modified protocol was improved due to the removal of DNA contamination from host plant cells and other microorganisms.
May 16, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777738/establishment-of-an-efficient-genetic-transformation-method-in-dunaliella-tertiolecta-mediated-by-agrobacterium-tumefaciens
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Claudia D Norzagaray-Valenzuela, Lourdes J Germán-Báez, Marco A Valdez-Flores, Sergio Hernández-Verdugo, Luke M Shelton, Angel Valdez-Ortiz
Microalgae are photosynthetic microorganisms widely used for the production of highly valued compounds, and recently they have been shown to be promising as a system for the heterologous expression of proteins. Several transformation methods have been successfully developed, from which the Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated method remains the most promising. However, microalgae transformation efficiency by A. tumefaciens is shown to vary depending on several transformation conditions. The present study aimed to establish an efficient genetic transformation system in the green microalgae Dunaliella tertiolecta using the A...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777439/fecal-and-mucosa-associated-intestinal-microbiota-in-patients-with-diarrhea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Nitsan Maharshak, Yehuda Ringel, David Katibian, Ashley Lundqvist, R Balfour Sartor, Ian M Carroll, Tamar Ringel-Kulka
BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has been associated with changes in the intestinal microbiota. Only a few studies have explored differences in the mucosa-associated microbiota between IBS patients and healthy controls (HC). AIMS: To characterize and compare the microbiota in mucosal and fecal samples from carefully selected patients with IBS-D and HC. METHODS: The cohort was composed of 23 diarrhea-predominant IBS (IBS-D) patients and 24 HC...
May 17, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776928/enrichment-of-clinically-relevant-organisms-in-spontaneous-preterm-delivered-placenta-and-reagent-contamination-across-all-clinical-groups-in-a-large-uk-pregnancy-cohort
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Lydia J Leon, Ronan Doyle, Ernest Diez-Benavente, Taane G Clark, Nigel Klein, Philip Stanier, Gudrun E Moore
In this study differences in the placental microbiota of term and preterm deliveries from a large UK pregnancy cohort were studied using 16S targeted amplicon sequencing. The impact of contamination from DNA extraction, PCR reagents, as well as those from delivery itself were also examined. A total of 400 placental samples from 256 singleton pregnancies were analysed and differences investigated between spontaneous preterm, non-spontaneous preterm, and term delivered placenta. DNA from recently delivered placenta was extracted, and screening for bacterial DNA was carried out using targeted sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene on the Illumina MiSeq platform...
May 18, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776922/core-vs-diet-associated-and-postprandial-bacterial-communities-of-the-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-midgut-and-feaces
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Eleni Mente, Eleni Nikouli, Efthimia Antonopoulou, Samuel A M Martin, Konstantinos Ar Kormas
This study investigated the impact of different dietary ingredients with different protein/lipid sources on the midgut and feaces bacteria communities structure just before feeding and 3h after feeding a single meal on rainbow trout ( Oncorhynchus mykiss ) individuals. Fish were kept in experimental rearing facilities and fed ad libitum two times daily for five weeks. Fish were fed three different commercial diets containing a higher marine fishmeal/fish oil and a lower marine fishmeal/fish oil content. DNA was extracted from midgut and faeces samples for the analysis of their bacterial 16S rRNA gene diversity by targeting the V3-V4 region with 454 pyrosequencing...
May 18, 2018: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776375/range-wide-genetic-analysis-of-dermacentor-variabilis-and-its-francisella-like-endosymbionts-demonstrates-phylogeographic-concordance-between-both-taxa
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Emily L Kaufman, Nathan E Stone, Glen A Scoles, Crystal M Hepp, Joseph D Busch, David M Wagner
BACKGROUND: The American dog tick, Dermacentor variabilis, is an important vector of pathogens to humans, wildlife and domestic animals in North America. Although this tick species is widely distributed in the USA and Canada, knowledge of its range-wide phylogeographic patterns remains incomplete. METHODS: We carried out a phylogenetic analysis of D. variabilis using samples collected from 26 USA states and five Canadian provinces. Tick samples (n = 1053 in total) originated from two main sources: existing archives (2000-2011), and new collections made from 2012 to 2013...
May 18, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776342/dna-methylation-signatures-of-breast-cancer-in-peripheral-t-cells
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Surabhi Parashar, David Cheishvili, Niaz Mahmood, Ani Arakelian, Imrana Tanvir, Haseeb Ahmed Khan, Richard Kremer, Catalin Mihalcioiu, Moshe Szyf, Shafaat A Rabbani
BACKGROUND: Immune surveillance acts as a defense mechanism in cancer, and its disruption is involved in cancer progression. DNA methylation reflects the phenotypic identity of cells and recent data suggested that DNA methylation profiles of T cells and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) are altered in cancer progression. METHODS: We enrolled 19 females with stage 1 and 2, nine with stage 3 and 4 and 9 age matched healthy women. T cells were isolated from peripheral blood and extracted DNA was subjected to Illumina 450 K DNA methylation array analysis...
May 18, 2018: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775861/screening-methylation-of-dna-repair-genes-in-the-oral-mucosa-of-chronic-smokers
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Celina Faig Lima Carta, Mônica Ghislaine Oliveira Alves, Patrícia Pimentel de Barros, Márcia Sampaio Campos, Jaqueline Scholz, Antonio Olavo Cardoso Jorge, Fábio Daumas Nunes, Janete Dias Almeida
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the epigenetic changes in the process of oral carcinogenesis by screening the methylation of repair genes in chronic smokers. DESIGN: Two groups were formed: Group 1: 16 smokers with consumption of 20 cigarettes/day for at least 10 years; and Group 2: 10 non-smoking. Exfoliative cytology of the tongue was performed, and the extracted DNA was treated by enzymes. The PCR Array System performed methylation screening to evaluate 22 DNA repair genes, and the results were validated by RT-qPCR for each gene with methylation levels ≥10%...
May 1, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775025/-study-on-the-mutation-of-filaggrin-gene-in-nasal-polyps
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Q Zhou, W L Bai, J X Li
Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between Filaggrin ( FLG ) gene mutations and nasal polyps. Method: Genomic DNA was extract from 48 nasal polyps tissues, and 30 samples of inferior turbinate tissues from normal human controls. Two FLG gene mutation points (R501X and 3321delA) were detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) first, then detected by polypropylene gel electrophoresis, and finally gene sequencing. Result: The FLG gene c. 3321delA was found in 2 cases (4.17%) of nasal polyps, both of them were heterozygous mutations...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774408/possible-association-of-cag-repeat-polymorphism-in-kcnn3-encoding-the-potassium-channel-sk3-with-oxaliplatin-induced-neurotoxicity
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Benjamin Anon, Bérenger Largeau, Alban Girault, Aurélie Chantome, Morgane Caulet, Clémence Perray, Driffa Moussata, Christophe Vandier, Chantal Barin-Le Guellec, Thierry Lecomte
INTRODUCTION: Data suggest a role of the potassium channel SK3 (KCNN3 gene) in oxaliplatin-induced neurotoxicity (OIN). Length variations in the polymorphic CAG repeat of the KCNN3 gene may be associated with the risk of OIN. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed patch-clamp experiments on HEK293 cell lines, expressing SK3 channel isoforms with short (11) or long (24) CAG repetitions, to measure intracellular calcium concentrations to test the effects of oxaliplatin on current density...
May 17, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774357/peyer-s-patch-specific-lactobacillus-reuteri-strains-increase-extracellular-microbial-dna-and-antimicrobial-peptide-expression-in-the-mouse-small-intestine
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Ce Qi, Jin Sun, Ya Li, Min Gu, Tim Goulette, Xiaomeng You, David A Sela, Xingguo Wang, Hang Xiao
Specific Lactobacillus reuteri is autochthonous Lactobacillus species in humans with potential application in food production as a probiotic. The difference in colonizing Peyer's patches (PP) might decide their health-promoting properties. We aimed to investigate the difference between PP- and lumen-specific L. reuteri on antimicrobial peptide expression in this study. L. reuteri strains were isolated from PP and the lumen of C57BL/6J mice, which were used to treat mice. PP-specific L. reuteri cells stimulate RegIIIγ mRNA expression of the crypt epithelial sample...
May 18, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774285/molecular-prevalence-of-babesia-bigemina-in-rhipicephalus-microplus-ticks-infesting-cross-bred-cattle-of-punjab-india
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S A Bhat, N K Singh, H Singh, S S Rath
Babesiosis is an economically important tick-borne apicomplexan protozoan disease of cattle in tropical and subtropical regions. In the present study, Rhipicephalus microplus engorged female ticks were collected from 135 apparently healthy cattle from different agro-climatic zones of Punjab, India, to investigate the carrier status of Babesia bigemina infection in vector tick by using microscopy and PCR based assays. PCR when applied on DNA extracted from the egg masses harvested from ticks showed 1.48% (2/135) samples as positive, whereas 4...
August 2017: Parasite Epidemiology and Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774101/qilin-pills-alleviate-oligoasthenospermia-by-inhibiting-bax-caspase-9-apoptosis-pathway-in-the-testes-of-model-rats
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Kaishu Zhang, Zhengyan Ge, Longlong Fu, Qi An, Fang Zhou, Ying Guo, Xiaowei Wang, Wenhong Lu, Xiaowei Liang, Shusong Wang, Xuejun Shang, Yiqun Gu
At present, the treatment of oligoasthenospermia with western medicine is ineffective. Qilin pill (QLP) is a Chinese traditional medicine for treating male infertility. Recent multicenter clinical studies in China reported that QLPs markedly improved sperm quality. However, the mechanism of action of QLPs on oligoasthenospermia remains unknown. In this study, we investigated the mechanistic basis for improvement of semen parameters and reversal of testis damage by QLPs in a rat model of oligoasthenospermia induced by treatment with tripterygium glycosides (TGs) (40 mg/kg) once daily for 4 weeks...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773145/pathological-and-molecular-characterization-of-systemic-isosporosis-atoxoplasmosis-in-captive-green-winged-saltator-saltator-similis
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Ayisa Rodrigues de Oliveira, Tayse Domingues de Souza, Juliana P S Mol, Mayra Cunha Flecher, Emy Hiura, Renato Lima Santos
Systemic isosporosis, also called atoxoplasmosis or visceral coccidiosis, is a disease that affects birds in general. Pathogenesis of systemic isosporosis and its etiologic agent have not been well characterized, but taxonomically Atoxoplasma is currently considered a junior objective synonym of Isospora. The present report aimed to describe pathological and molecular findings of systemic isosporosis in captive green-winged saltators (Saltator similis) from the State of Espírito Santo, Brazil. In a commercial breeding facility eleven birds with two to nine months of age died from 2015 to 2016...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773007/cell-proliferation-and-dna-repair-ability-of-ganoderma-neo-japonicum-agaricomycetes-an-indigenous-medicinal-mushroom-from-malaysia
#16
Wee Cheat Tan, Umah Rani Kuppusamy, Chia Wei Phan, Vikineswary Sabaratnam
Ganoderma neo-japonicum is an annual polypore that grows on decaying bamboo in the forests of Malaysia. The indigenous Temuan tribe uses this species as a medicinal mushroom to cure fever and epilepsy and to improve body strength. The potential use of G. neo-japonicum in genoprotection and DNA repair was established using a single-cell gel electrophoresis (comet) assay. The effects of the ethanol and hot aqueous extracts from wild and cultivated basidiocarps, solid substrate-fermented (SSF) wheat grains, and mycelia via submerged culture on H2O2-damaged murine RAW264...
2018: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772771/a-novel-hepadnavirus-identified-in-an-immunocompromised-domestic-cat-in-australia
#17
Mahdis Aghazadeh, Mang Shi, Vanessa R Barrs, Alicia J McLuckie, Scott A Lindsay, Barbara Jameson, Bronte Hampson, Edward C Holmes, Julia A Beatty
High-throughput transcriptome sequencing allows for the unbiased detection of viruses in host tissues. The application of this technique to immunosuppressed animals facilitates the detection of viruses that might otherwise be excluded or contained in immunocompetent individuals. To identify potential viral pathogens infecting domestic cats we performed high-throughput transcriptome sequencing of tissues from cats infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). A novel member of the Hepadnaviridae , tentatively named domestic cat hepadnavirus, was discovered in a lymphoma sample and its complete 3187 bp genome characterized...
May 17, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772216/human-liver-fluke-opisthorchis-viverrini-trematoda-opisthorchiidae-in-central-myanmar-new-records-of-adults-and-metacercariae-identified-by-morphology-and-molecular-analysis
#18
Oranuch Sanpool, Win Pa Pa Aung, Rutchanee Rodpai, Wanchai Maleewong, Pewpan M Intapan
Opisthorchis-like metacercariae were found in cyprinoid fish, Puntius brevis, bought from markets in the Bago region, Central Myanmar. Adult worms recovered from experimentally-infected hamsters resembled Opisthorchis viverrini. DNA was extracted from adults and metacercariae. A portion of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) and the internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) regions were amplified using the polymerase chain reaction and then sequenced. The sequences confirmed that the flukes were O...
May 14, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772166/pixel-counting-of-fluorescence-spots-triggered-by-dna-walkers-for-ultrasensitive-quantification-of-nucleic-acid
#19
Longyi Zhu, Qihui Liu, Bangyu Yang, Huangxian Ju, Jianping Lei
A pixel counting strategy is designed based on DNA walker-triggered fluorescence spots for ultrasensitive detection of nucleic acid. The two-dimensional DNA walker was constructed by hybridization of the dye-labeled hairpin structure (hDNA) as track and swing strand (sDNA) as DNAzyme with two types of capture DNAs covalently modified by click chemistry on glass slide. Introduction of target DNA unlocked the sDNA via strand displacement to form the activated DNAzyme, and the latter cut nearby hDNA with Mn2+ as cofactor, resulting in fluorescence recovery of dye-labeled hDNA on the substrate due to the separation from the quencher...
May 17, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772016/development-of-a-duplex-droplet-digital-pcr-assay-for-absolute-quantitative-detection-of-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus
#20
Vijayanandraj Selvaraj, Yogita Maheshwari, Subhas Hajeri, Jianchi Chen, Thomas Greg McCollum, Raymond Yokomi
Huanglongbing (HLB, citrus greening) is a devastating citrus disease affecting citrus production worldwide. It is associated with the bacterium "Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus" (CLas) and is vectored by the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). Currently, diagnosis of CLas in regulatory samples is based on real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) using 16S rRNA gene specific primers/probe. The detection of CLas using qPCR is challenging due to low pathogen titer and uneven distribution in infected plants and exacerbated by sampling issues and presence of inhibitors...
2018: PloS One
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