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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107386/regulation-of-pi-2b-pilus-expression-in-hypervirulent-streptococcus-agalactiae-st-17-bm110
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Bruno Périchon, Noémi Szili, Laurence du Merle, Isabelle Rosinski-Chupin, Myriam Gominet, Samuel Bellais, Claire Poyart, Patrick Trieu-Cuot, Shaynoor Dramsi
The widely spread Streptococcus agalactiae (also known as Group B Streptococcus, GBS) "hypervirulent" ST17 clone is strongly associated with neonatal meningitis. The PI-2b locus is mainly found in ST17 strains but is also present in a few non ST17 human isolates such as the ST-7 prototype strain A909. Here, we analysed the expression of the PI-2b pilus in the ST17 strain BM110 as compared to the non ST17 A909. Comparative genome analyses revealed the presence of a 43-base pair (bp) hairpin-like structure in the upstream region of PI-2b operon in all 26 ST17 genomes, which was absent in the 8 non-ST17 strains carrying the PI-2b locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093784/electrodiagnosis-of-reversible-conduction-failure-in-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
#2
Yee-Cheun Chan, Aubrey M Punzalan-Sotelo, Therimadasamy A Kannan, Nortina Shahrizaila, Thirugnanam Umapathi, Eunice J H Goh, Yuki Fukami, Einar Wilder-Smith, Nobuhiro Yuki
OBJECTIVE: We proposed electrodiagnostic criteria for early reversible conduction failure (ERCF) in axonal Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and applied them to a cohort of GBS patients. METHODS: Serial nerve conduction studies (NCS) were retrospectively analyzed in 82 GBS patients from 3 centers. The criteria for the presence of ERCF in a nerve were i) 50% increase in amplitude of distal compound muscle action potentials or sensory nerve action potentials, or ii) resolution of proximal motor conduction block with accompanying decrease in distal latencies or compound muscle action potential duration or increase in conduction velocities...
January 17, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093452/a-time-to-save
#3
Carol J Baker
Group B Streptococcus (GBS), characterized by Lancefield in 1933, was not recognized as a human pathogen until the early 1970s when it emerged and replaced Escherichia coli as the most common cause of sepsis and meningitis among neonates and young infants. This article briefly gives a personnel account of the discovery of clinical syndromes of GBS distinguished by age at onset, vertical mode of transmission for early-onset disease, meningeal tropism for GBS capsular (CPS) type III strains, and protective CPS epitopes...
January 16, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092989/therapeutic-complement-inhibition-a-promising-approach-for-treatment-of-neuroimmunological-diseases
#4
Kjara S Pilch, Peter Spaeth, Yuki Nobuhiro, Benjamin R Wakerley
Autoimmunity is an important cause of disease both in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Aetiologies and clinical manifestations are complex and heterogeneous. Inappropriate control of complement activation at inappropriate sites has been recognized as a major determinant in several neurological conditions, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuromyelitis optica. In each case pathogenesis is thought to be associated with generation of autoantibodies which upon binding guide activation of the complement system to self-tissue...
January 17, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091723/changes-in-the-severity-and-subtype-of-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-admitted-to-a-specialist-neuromedical-icu-over-a-25%C3%A2-year-period
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C J Taylor, N P Hirsch, D M Kullmann, Robin S Howard
We report a retrospective review of 110 patients with acute Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) admitted to a specialised intensive care unit (ICU) in a tertiary referral centre over a 25 year period, the start of which coincided with the widespread introduction of plasma exchange (PE) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). The results were analysed by comparing 52 patients admitted in the first decade (1991-2000; Group 1) with 58 patients admitted between 2001-2014 (Group 2). Patients in both groups were comparable with respect to age and sex, and had a similar incidence and range of ICU complications...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077090/gbs-based-single-dosage-markers-for-linkage-and-qtl-mapping-allow-gene-mining-for-yield-related-traits-in-sugarcane
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Thiago Willian Almeida Balsalobre, Guilherme da Silva Pereira, Gabriel Rodrigues Alves Margarido, Rodrigo Gazaffi, Fernanda Zatti Barreto, Carina Oliveira Anoni, Cláudio Benício Cardoso-Silva, Estela Araújo Costa, Melina Cristina Mancini, Hermann Paulo Hoffmann, Anete Pereira de Souza, Antonio Augusto Franco Garcia, Monalisa Sampaio Carneiro
BACKGROUND: Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) is predominantly an autopolyploid plant with a variable ploidy level, frequent aneuploidy and a large genome that hampers investigation of its organization. Genetic architecture studies are important for identifying genomic regions associated with traits of interest. However, due to the genetic complexity of sugarcane, the practical applications of genomic tools have been notably delayed in this crop, in contrast to other crops that have already advanced to marker-assisted selection (MAS) and genomic selection...
January 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074024/whole-genome-sequencing-of-invasion-resistant-cells-identifies-laminin-%C3%AE-2-as-a-host-factor-for-bacterial-invasion
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Xander M van Wijk, Simon Döhrmann, Björn M Hallström, Shangzhong Li, Bjørn G Voldborg, Brandon X Meng, Karen K McKee, Toin H van Kuppevelt, Peter D Yurchenco, Bernhard O Palsson, Nathan E Lewis, Victor Nizet, Jeffrey D Esko
: To understand the role of glycosaminoglycans in bacterial cellular invasion, xylosyltransferase-deficient mutants of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells were created using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated gene 9 (CRISPR-cas9) gene targeting. When these mutants were compared to the pgsA745 cell line, a CHO xylosyltransferase mutant generated previously using chemical mutagenesis, an unexpected result was obtained. Bacterial invasion of pgsA745 cells by group B Streptococcus (GBS), group A Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus aureus was markedly reduced compared to the invasion of wild-type cells, but newly generated CRISPR-cas9 mutants were only resistant to GBS...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074023/emergence-of-epidemic-zika-virus-transmission-and-congenital-zika-syndrome-are-recently-evolved-traits-to-blame
#8
Scott C Weaver
The mechanisms responsible for the dramatic emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV), accompanied by congenital Zika syndrome and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), remain unclear. However, two hypotheses are prominent: (i) evolution for enhanced urban transmission via adaptation to mosquito vectors, or for enhanced human infection to increase amplification, or (ii) the stochastic introduction of ZIKV into large, naive human populations in regions with abundant Aedes aegypti populations, leading to enough rare, severe infection outcomes for their first recognition...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072747/the-clinical-characteristics-and-short-term-prognosis-in-elderly-patients-with-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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Bing Zhang, Xiujuan Wu, Donghui Shen, Ting Li, Chunrong Li, Mei Mao, Hong-Liang Zhang, Kangding Liu
To investigate the clinical characteristics and short-term prognosis of elderly patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of adult GBS. According to the age, the enrolled subjects were divided into 2 groups, that is, patients ≥60 years (elderly group) and those aged 18 to 59 years (nonelderly group). The clinical characteristics and short-term prognosis of the patients in the 2 groups were compared.In total, 535 patients were enrolled. There were 67 patients fell into the elderly group with a mean age of 69 years old; while 468 patients fell into the nonelderly group with a mean age of 39 years old...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071618/clinico-pathological-factors-affecting-lymph-node-yield-in-indian-patients-with-locally-advanced-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-mandibular-gingivo-buccal-sulcus
#10
S S Muttagi, B R Patil, A S Godhi, D K Arora, S R Hallikerimath, A D Kale
AIM: Lymph node yield (LNY) is a valid marker of prognosis in oral cancer. Precise estimation of LNY in Indian patients with T3/T4 gingivobuccal sulcus squamous cell carcinoma (GBS-SCC) has not been well documented. Hence, the primary objective of the study was to determine the LNY in patients with T3/T4 SCC of mandibular GBS, and the secondary objective was to study the association of LNY with clinicopathological factors such as tumor thickness, histological differentiation, number of positive nodes, and extracapsular spread (ECS)...
April 2016: Indian Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070582/grain-boundary-mediated-nanopores-in-molybdenum-disulfide-grown-by-chemical-vapor-deposition
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Kenan Elibol, Toma Susi, Maria O Brien, Bernhard C Bayer, Timothy J Pennycook, Niall McEvoy, Georg S Duesberg, Jannik C Meyer, Jani Kotakoski
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a particularly interesting member of the family of two-dimensional (2D) materials due to its semiconducting and tunable electronic properties. Currently, the most reliable method for obtaining high-quality industrial scale amounts of 2D materials is chemical vapor deposition (CVD), which results in polycrystalline samples. As grain boundaries (GBs) are intrinsic defect lines within CVD-grown 2D materials, their atomic structure is of paramount importance. Here, through atomic-scale analysis of micrometer-long GBs, we show that covalently bound boundaries in 2D MoS2 tend to be decorated by nanopores...
January 10, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070306/ecological-genomics-of-local-adaptation-in-cornus-florida-l-by-genotyping-by-sequencing
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Andrew L Pais, Ross W Whetten, Qiu-Yun Jenny Xiang
Discovering local adaptation, its genetic underpinnings, and environmental drivers is important for conserving forest species. Ecological genomic approaches coupled with next-generation sequencing are useful means to detect local adaptation and uncover its underlying genetic basis in nonmodel species. We report results from a study on flowering dogwood trees (Cornus florida L.) using genotyping by sequencing (GBS). This species is ecologically important to eastern US forests but is severely threatened by fungal diseases...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068911/genotyping-by-sequencing-of-a-melon-cucumis-melo-l-germplasm-collection-from-a-secondary-center-of-diversity-highlights-patterns-of-genetic-variation-and-genomic-features-of-different-gene-pools
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Stefano Pavan, Angelo Raffaele Marcotrigiano, Elena Ciani, Rosa Mazzeo, Vito Zonno, Valentino Ruggieri, Concetta Lotti, Luigi Ricciardi
BACKGROUND: Melon (Cucumis melo L.) is one of the most important horticultural species, which includes several taxonomic groups. With the advent of next-generation sequencing, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers are widely used in the study of genetic diversity and genomics. RESULTS: We report the first successful application of genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) technology in melon. We detected 25,422 SNPs by the analysis of 72 accessions collected in Apulia, a secondary centre of diversity in Southern Italy...
January 9, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068350/genome-wide-association-mapping-and-genomic-selection-for-alfalfa-medicago-sativa-forage-quality-traits
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Elisa Biazzi, Nelson Nazzicari, Luciano Pecetti, E Charles Brummer, Alberto Palmonari, Aldo Tava, Paolo Annicchiarico
Genetic progress for forage quality has been poor in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), the most-grown forage legume worldwide. This study aimed at exploring opportunities for marker-assisted selection (MAS) and genomic selection of forage quality traits based on breeding values of parent plants. Some 154 genotypes from a broadly-based reference population were genotyped by genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS), and phenotyped for leaf-to-stem ratio, leaf and stem contents of protein, neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and acid detergent lignin (ADL), and leaf and stem NDF digestibility after 24 hours (NDFD), of their dense-planted half-sib progenies in three growing conditions (summer harvest, full irrigation; summer harvest, suspended irrigation; autumn harvest)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067833/contribution-of-the-rgfd-quorum-sensing-peptide-to-rgf-regulation-and-host-cell-association-in-group-b-streptococcus
#15
Robert E Parker, David Knupp, Rim Al Safadi, Agnѐs Rosenau, Shannon D Manning
Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus; GBS) is a common inhabitant of the genitourinary and/or gastrointestinal tract in up to 40% of healthy adults; however, this opportunistic pathogen is able to breach restrictive host barriers to cause disease and persist in harsh and changing conditions. This study sought to identify a role for quorum sensing, a form of cell to cell communication, in the regulation of the fibrinogen-binding (rgfBDAC) two-component system and the ability to associate with decidualized endometrial cells in vitro...
January 6, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062188/a-comprehensive-analysis-and-immunobiology-of-autoimmune-neurological-syndromes-during-the-zika-virus-outbreak-in-c%C3%A3%C2%BAcuta-colombia
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Juan-Manuel Anaya, Yhojan Rodríguez, Diana M Monsalve, Daniel Vega, Ernesto Ojeda, Diana González-Bravo, Mónica Rodríguez-Jiménez, Carlos A Pinto-Díaz, Pablo Chaparro, María L Gunturiz, Aftab A Ansari, M Eric Gershwin, Nicolás Molano-González, Carolina Ramírez-Santana, Yeny Acosta-Ampudia
We have focused on the epidemiology and immunobiology of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection and factors associated with the development of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and other neurological syndromes in Cúcuta, the capital of North Santander department, Colombia. Data of patients with ZIKV disease reported to the national population-based surveillance system were used to calculate the basic reproduction number (R0) and the attack rates (ARs) as well as to develop epidemiological maps. Patients with neurological syndromes were contacted and their diagnoses were confirmed...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061360/effect-of-formalin-fixation-on-surgical-margins-in-patients-with-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#17
Tejashree B Pangare, Pushkar P Waknis, Shilpa S Bawane, Mayank N Patil, Shaliki Wadhera, Padmasree B Patowary
PURPOSE: Formalin fixation causes shrinkage of surgical margins, which can result in the underestimation of tumor-free margins. The purpose of this study was to show the effect of formalin fixation on surgical margins. Another aim of this study was to evaluate surgical margin shrinkage after fixation of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) specimens of the gingivobuccal sulcus (GBS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study. The study sample consisted of OSCC specimens of the GBS after composite resection...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060047/genotype-characterization-of-group-b-streptococcus-isolated-from-infants-with-invasive-diseases-in-south-korea
#18
Hyun Mi Kang, Hoan Jong Lee, Hyunju Lee, Dae Sun Jo, Hye Soo Lee, Taek Soo Kim, Jeong Hwan Shin, Ki Wook Yun, Bongjin Lee, Eun Hwa Choi
BACKGROUND: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is one of the leading causes of invasive infections in infants. This study aimed to investigate the genotypic diversity of GBS causing invasive infections in infants and to observe the prevalence of the highly virulent clone in South Korea. METHODS: Invasive strains of GBS were collected prospectively from infants admitted at four hospitals during 1995 to 2015. Serotype and multilocus sequence typing was determined. All isolates underwent PCR amplification to detect the presence of the hypervirulent surface adhesin (hvgA) gene...
January 3, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059500/control-and-monitoring-of-dye-distribution-in-mesoporous-tio2-film-for-improving-photovoltaic-performance
#19
Byung-Man Kim, Hyun-Gyu Han, Jeong Soo Kim, HyeonOh Shin, Tae-Hyuk Kwon
Dye distribution in a mesoporous TiO2 film is a key factor in the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells, but there has been little research on it. Here we report even dye distribution within the porous TiO2 film achieved by a physical driving force of gas flow. Gas-assisted dye arrangement, gas bubbling soaking (GBS), significantly accelerates the dye infiltration compared to conventional overnight soaking (OS). As a demonstration, we investigated the time-dependent dye infiltration using plasmon sensors...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057554/analysis-of-phylogenetic-relationships-and-genome-size-evolution-of-the-amaranthus-genus-using-gbs-indicates-the-ancestors-of-an-ancient-crop
#20
Markus G Stetter, Karl J Schmid
The genus Amaranthus consists of 50-70 species and harbors several cultivated and weedy species of great economic importance. A small number of suitable traits, phenotypic plasticity, gene flow and hybridization made it difficult to establish the taxonomy and phylogeny of the whole genus despite various studies using molecular markers. We inferred the phylogeny of the Amaranthus genus using genotyping by sequencing (GBS) of 94 genebank accessions representing 35 Amaranthus species and measured their genome sizes...
January 3, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
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