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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231507/the-phytochelatin-synthase-gene-in-date-palm-phoenix-dactylifera-l-phylogeny-evolution-and-expression
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Chaâbene Zayneb, Rekik Hakim Imen, Kriaa Walid, C Douglas Grubb, Khemakhem Bassem, Vandenbulcke Franck, Mejdoub Hafedh, Elleuch Amine
We studied date palm phytochelatin synthase type I (PdPCS1), which catalyzes the cytosolic synthesis of phytochelatins (PCs), a heavy metal binding protein, in plant cells. The gene encoding PdPCS1 (Pdpcs) consists of 8 exons and 7 introns and encodes a protein of 528 amino acids. PCs gene history was studied using Notung phylogeny. During evolution, gene loss from several lineages was predicted including Proteobacteria, Bilateria and Brassicaceae. In addition, eleven gene duplication events appeared toward interior nodes of the reconciled tree and four gene duplication events appeared toward the external nodes...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231288/characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-genes-encoding-ubiquitin-conjugating-domain-containing-enzymes-in-carica-papaya
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Dengwei Jue, Xuelian Sang, Bo Shu, Liqin Liu, Yicheng Wang, Zhiwei Jia, Yu Zou, Shengyou Shi
BACKGROUND: Ripening affects the quality and nutritional contents of fleshy fruits and is a crucial process of fruit development. Although several studies have suggested that ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme (E2s or UBC enzymes) are involved in the regulation of fruit ripening, little is known about the function of E2s in papaya (Carica papaya). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In the present study, we searched the papaya genome and identified 34 putative UBC genes, which were clustered into 17 phylogenetic subgroups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231264/precision-engineering-for-prrsv-resistance-in-pigs-macrophages-from-genome-edited-pigs-lacking-cd163-srcr5-domain-are-fully-resistant-to-both-prrsv-genotypes-while-maintaining-biological-function
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Christine Burkard, Simon G Lillico, Elizabeth Reid, Ben Jackson, Alan J Mileham, Tahar Ait-Ali, C Bruce A Whitelaw, Alan L Archibald
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is a panzootic infectious disease of pigs, causing major economic losses to the world-wide pig industry. PRRS manifests differently in pigs of all ages but primarily causes late-term abortions and stillbirths in sows and respiratory disease in piglets. The causative agent of the disease is the positive-strand RNA PRRS virus (PRRSV). PRRSV has a narrow host cell tropism, limited to cells of the monocyte/macrophage lineage. CD163 has been described as a fusion receptor for PRRSV, whereby the scavenger receptor cysteine-rich domain 5 (SRCR5) region was shown to be an interaction site for the virus in vitro...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230820/the-distribution-of-tp53-gene-polymorphisms-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patients-sufferers-of-chornobyl-nuclear-power-plant-accident
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N I Bilous, I V Abramenko, A A Chumak, I S Dyagil, Z V Martina
: Previous analyses in a cohort of Chornobyl cleanup workers revealed significantly increased radiation-related risk for all leukemia types, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Numerous investigations emphasized the significance of genetic susceptibility to the radiation carcinogenesis. The aim of the work was to study the distribution of TP53 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in CLL patients exposed to ionizing radiation (IR) due to Chornobyl nuclear power plant accident and estimate their impact on disease development...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229991/a-novel-mutation-in-the-pyrin-domain-of-the-nod-like-receptor-family-pyrin-domain-containing-protein-3-in-muckle-wells-syndrome
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Jian Hu, Yun Zhu, Jian-Zhong Zhang, Rong-Guang Zhang, Hou-Min Li
BACKGROUND: Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS) is a group of rare, heterogeneous autoinflammatory disease characterized by interleukin (IL)-1β-mediated systemic inflammation and clinical symptoms involving skin, joints, central nervous system, and eyes. It encompasses a spectrum of three clinically overlapping autoinflammatory syndromes including familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome, Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS), and neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease. CAPS is associated with gain-of-function missense mutations in NOD-like receptor family pyrin domain-containing protein 3 (NLRP3), the gene encoding NLRP3...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229309/nusinersen-first-global-approval
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Sheridan M Hoy
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by muscle atrophy and weakness resulting from motor neuron degeneration in the spinal cord and brainstem. It is most commonly caused by insufficient levels of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein (which is critical for motor neuron maintenance) secondary to deletions or mutations in the SMN1 gene. Nusinersen (SPINRAZA™) is a modified antisense oligonucleotide that binds to a specific sequence in the intron, downstream of exon 7 on the pre-messenger ribonucleic acid (pre-mRNA) of the SMN2 gene...
February 22, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229234/sequencing-the-genomic-regions-flanking-s-linked-pvglo-sequences-confirms-the-presence-of-two-glo-loci-one-of-which-lies-adjacent-to-the-style-length-determinant-gene-cyp734a50
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Benjamin A Burrows, Andrew G McCubbin
Primula vulgaris contains two GLOBOSA loci, one located adjacent to the style length determinant gene CYP734A50 which lies within the S -locus. Using a combination of BAC walking and PacBio sequencing, we have sequenced two substantial genomic contigs in and around the S-locus of Primula vulgaris. Using these data, we were able to demonstrate that two alleles of PvGlo (P) as well as PvGlo (T) can be present in the genome of a single plant, providing empirical evidence that these two forms of the MADS-box gene GLOBOSA are separate loci and not allelic as previously reported...
February 22, 2017: Plant Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229225/implications-of-sdhb-genetic-testing-in-patients-with-sporadic-pheochromocytoma
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Aurelie Maignan, Carole Guerin, Valentin Julliard, Nunzia-Cinzia Paladino, Edward Kim, Philippe Roche, Fréderic Castinetti, Wassim Essamet, Julien Mancini, Alessio Imperiale, Roderick Clifton-Bligh, Pauline Romanet, Anne Barlier, Karel Pacak, Fréderic Sebag, David Taïeb
PURPOSE: Succinate dehydrogenase B (SDHB) associated pheochromocytomas (PHEOs) are associated with a higher risk of tumor aggressiveness and malignancy. The aim of the present study was to evaluate (1) the frequency of germline SDHB mutations in apparently sporadic patients with PHEO who undergo preoperative genetic testing and (2) the ability to predict pathogenic mutations. METHODS: From 2012 to 2016, 82 patients underwent a PHEO surgical resection. Sixteen were operated in the context of hereditary PHEO and were excluded from analysis...
February 22, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229167/mutation-in-a-highly-conserved-glycine-residue-in-strand-5b-of-plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-causes-polymerisation
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Takayuki Iwaki, Kotomi Nagahashi, Katsuhiro Takano, Katsue Suzuki-Inoue, Naohiro Kanayama, Kazuo Umemura, Tetsumei Urano
Serpinopathy is characterised as abnormal accumulation of serine protease inhibitors (SERPINs) in cells and results in clinical symptoms owing to lack of SERPIN function or excessive accumulation of abnormal SERPIN. We recently identified a patient with functional deficiency of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), a member of the SERPIN superfamily. The patient exhibited life-threatening bleeding tendencies, which have also been observed in patients with a complete deficiency in PAI-1. Sequence analysis revealed a homozygous single-nucleotide substitution from guanine to cytosine at exon 9, which changed amino acid residue 397 from glycine to arginine (c...
February 23, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225782/chronic-treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-with-gefitinib-leads-to-an-epigenetic-loss-of-epithelial-properties-associated-with-reductions-in-microrna-155-and-200c
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Michiko Narita, Eri Shimura, Atsumi Nagasawa, Toshiki Aiuchi, Yukari Suda, Yusuke Hamada, Daigo Ikegami, Chizuru Iwasawa, Kazuhiko Arakawa, Katsuhide Igarashi, Naoko Kuzumaki, Yusuke Yoshioka, Takahiro Ochiya, Hideyuki Takeshima, Toshikazu Ushijima, Minoru Narita
BACKGROUND: The EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor gefitinib is used in therapy for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, its application is limited by resistance-accelerated disease progression, which is accompanied by the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). In the present study, we performed multiple expression analyses of microRNAs (miRNAs) and quantified the expression of several related EMT players in gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cells. METHODS AND RESULTS: To establish gefitinib-resistant NSCLC cells, gefitinib-sensitive HCC827 cells, which exhibit an in-frame deletion [E746-A750] in EGFR exon 19, were exposed to gefitinib for at least 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223942/ameloblastin-peptides-modulates-the-osteogenic-capacity-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Øystein Stakkestad, Ståle P Lyngstadaas, Jiri Vondrasek, Jan O Gordeladze, Janne Elin Reseland
During amelogenesis the extracellular enamel matrix protein AMBN is quickly processed into 17 kDa (N-terminus) and 23 kDa (C-terminus) fragments. In particular, alternatively spliced regions derived by exon 5/6 within the N-terminus region are known to be critical in biomineralization. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) also express and secrete AMBN, but it is unclear if this expression has effects on the hMSC themselves. If, as suggested from previous findings, AMBN act as a signaling molecule, such effects could influence hMSC growth and differentiation, as well as promoting the secretion of other signaling proteins like cytokines and chemokines...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223252/the-origin-and-evolution-of-basigin-bsg-gene-a-comparative-genomic-and-phylogenetic-analysis
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Xinyan Zhu, Shenglan Wang, Mingjie Shao, Jie Yan, Fei Liu
Basigin (BSG), also known as extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN) or cluster of differentiation 147 (CD147), plays various fundamental roles in the intercellular recognition involved in immunologic phenomena, differentiation, and development. In this study, we aimed to compare the similarities and differences of BSG among organisms and explore possible evolutionary relationships based on the comparison result. We used the extensive BLAST tool to search the metazoan genomes, N-glycosylation sites, the transmembrane region and other functional sites...
February 18, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223235/interleukin-32-inflammation-and-cancer
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REVIEW
Jin Tae Hong, Dong Ju Son, Chong Kil Lee, Do-Young Yoon, Dong Hun Lee, Mi Hee Park
Interleukin-32 (IL-32) is a novel cytokine involved in inflammation and cancer development. IL-32 gene consists of eight small exons, and IL-32 mRNA has nine alternative spliced isoforms, and was thought to be secreted because it contains an internal signal sequence and lacks a transmembrane region. IL-32 is initially expressed selectively in activated T cells by mitogen and activated NK cells and their expression is strongly augmented by microbes, mitogens, and other cytokines. The IL-32 is induced mainly by pathogens and pro-inflammatory cytokines, but IL-32 is more prominent in immune cells than in non-immune tissues...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223103/her2-amplification-and-cetuximab-efficacy-in-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-harboring-wild-type-ras-and-braf
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Jae Ho Jeong, Jihun Kim, Yong Sang Hong, Dalyong Kim, Jeong Eun Kim, Sun Young Kim, Kyu-Pyo Kim, Young-Kwang Yoon, Deokhoon Kim, Sung-Min Chun, Yangsoon Park, Se Jin Jang, Tae Won Kim
BACKGROUND: Cetuximab has shown clinical benefit in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) harboring wild-type RAS. Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) amplification may be a mechanism of cetuximab resistance. We evaluated the association between HER2 amplification and cetuximab efficacy in patients with mCRC harboring wild-type RAS and BRAF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between December 2003 and June 2013, we identified 142 patients with mCRC whose tumors harbored both wild-type exons 2, 3, and 4 in KRAS and NRAS, and wild-type exon 15 in BRAF using high throughput sequencing (OncoMap version 4...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222971/cancer-biology-of-small-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-2%C3%A2-cm-what-is-the-risk-of-malignancy
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K Søreide
INTRODUCTION: The identification of small (<2 cm) gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) is increasingly recognized. The malignancy potential is not absent. However, data on risk is scarce. The aim was to review the existing data on perceived risk of small GISTs in population-based studies. METHODS: A combined review of small GISTs (<2 cm) in a population-based dataset compared with a systematic review of available population-based studies. RESULTS: About one in every four (27%) patient has a small GIST, of which 79% were incidental in presentation, and all had a low-risk mitoses index (<5/hpf)...
February 9, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222720/birt-hogg-dub%C3%A3-syndrome-a-literature-review-and-case-study-of-a-chinese-woman-presenting-a-novel-flcn-mutation
#16
Shengyu Hao, Fei Long, Fenglan Sun, Teng Liu, Daowei Li, Shujuan Jiang
BACKGROUND: The Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) syndrome is a very rare autosomal dominant form of genodermatosis caused by germline mutations in the folliculin (FLCN) gene, which is mapped to the p11.2 region in chromosome 17. BHD commonly presents cutaneous fibrofolliculomas, pulmonary cysts, renal cell carcinoma, and recurrent pneumothoraxes. The disease is easily ignored or misdiagnosed as pneumothorax, pulmonary lymphangiomyomatosis (LAM), or emphysema. Follow-up and guidelines for managing recurrent pneumothoraxes in these patients are lacking...
February 21, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222695/evolution-and-expression-of-the-fructokinase-gene-family-in-saccharum
#17
Yihong Chen, Qing Zhang, Weichang Hu, Xingtan Zhang, Liming Wang, Xiuting Hua, Qingyi Yu, Ray Ming, Jisen Zhang
BACKGROUND: Sugarcane is an important sugar crop contributing up to about 80% of the world sugar production. Efforts to characterize the genes involved in sugar metabolism at the molecular level are growing since increasing sugar content is a major goal in the breeding of new sugarcane varieties. Fructokinases (FRK) are the main fructose phosphorylating enzymes with high substrate specificity and affinity. RESULTS: In this study, by combining comparative genomics approaches with BAC resources, seven fructokinase genes were identified in S...
February 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222664/prevalence-and-coexistence-of-kras-braf-pik3ca-nras-tp53-and-apc-mutations-in-indian-colorectal-cancer-patients-next-generation-sequencing-based-cohort-study
#18
Mayank Jauhri, Akanksha Bhatnagar, Satish Gupta, Manasa Bp, Sachin Minhas, Yogender Shokeen, Shyam Aggarwal
Colorectal cancer incidences are on a rise in India. In this study, we have analyzed the mutation frequencies of six potential biomarkers, their coexistence, association with clinicopathological characteristics, and tumor location in Indian colorectal cancer patients. Next-generation sequencing was performed to identify mutations in the six potential biomarker genes using formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue blocks of 112 colorectal cancer patients. The mutation frequency observed in KRAS, BRAF, PIK3CA, NRAS, TP53, and APC was 35...
February 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222336/a-two-step-approach-for-sequencing-spliceosome-related-genes-as-a-complementary-diagnostic-assay-in-mds-patients-with-ringed-sideroblasts
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Kamila Janusz, Mónica Del Rey, María Abáigar, Rosa Collado, David Ivars, María Hernández-Sánchez, Alberto Valiente, Cristina Robledo, Rocío Benito, María Díez-Campelo, Fernando Ramos, Alexander Kohlmann, Consuelo Del Cañizo, Jesús María Hernández-Rivas
Our study aimed to analyze the presence of mutations in SF3B1 and other spliceosome-related genes in myelodysplastic syndromes with ringed sideroblasts (MDS-RS) by combining conventional Sanger and next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods, and to determine the feasibility of this approach in a clinical setting. 122 bone marrow samples from MDS-RS patients were studied. Initially, exons 14 and 15 of the SF3B1 gene were analyzed by Sanger sequencing. Secondly, they were studied by NGS covering besides SF3B1, SRSF2, U2AF1 and ZRSR2 genes...
February 4, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222154/a-non-synonymous-snp-with-the-allele-frequency-correlated-with-the-altitude-may-contribute-to-the-hypoxia-adaptation-of-tibetan-chicken
#20
Sichen Li, Diyan Li, Xiaoling Zhao, Yan Wang, Huadong Yin, Lanyun Zhou, Chengling Zhong, Qing Zhu
The hypoxia adaptation to high altitudes is of considerable interest in the biological sciences. As a breed with adaptability to highland environments, the Tibetan chicken (Gallus gallus domestics), provides a biological model to search for genetic differences between high and lowland chickens. To address mechanisms of hypoxia adaptability at high altitudes for the Tibetan chicken, we focused on the Endothelial PAS domain protein 1 (EPAS1), a key regulatory factor in hypoxia responses. Detected were polymorphisms of EPAS1 exons in 157 Tibetan chickens from 8 populations and 139 lowland chickens from 7 breeds...
2017: PloS One
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