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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213271/woodchuck-sodium-taurocholate-cotransporting-polypeptide-supports-low-level-hepatitis-b-and-d-virus-entry
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Liran Fu, Hongjie Hu, Yang Liu, Zhiyi Jing, Wenhui Li
Sodium taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide (NTCP) is the functional receptor for human hepatitis B virus (HBV) and its satellite hepatitis D virus (HDV). Species barriers to HBV/HDV infection are mainly determined at entry level by variations in the sequences of particular NTCP orthologs. In this study, we sought to determine whether the NTCP ortholog in woodchuck (Marmota monax), woodchuck NTCP (wNTCP) supports viral infection. We found that wNTCP is capable of supporting HBV/HDV infection in HepG2 cells, but to much lower extent than human NTCP (hNTCP), which is about 90% reduction of hNTCP...
February 14, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212935/dissecting-biochemical-peculiarities-of-the-atpase-activity-of-tcsub2-a-component-of-the-mrna-export-pathway-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Ize de Aguiar Bittencourt, Mariana Serpeloni, Priscila Mazzochi Hiraiwa, Tatiana de Arruda Campos Brasil de Souza, Andréa Rodrigues Ávila
The RNA helicase DEAD-box protein Sub2 (yeast)/UAP56 (mammals) is conserved across eukaryotes and is essential for mRNA export in trypanosomes. Despite the high conservation of Sub2 in lower eukaryotes such as Trypanosoma cruzi, the low conservation of other mRNA export factors raises questions regarding whether the mode of action of TcSub2 is similar to that of orthologs from other eukaryotes. Mutation of the conserved K87 residue of TcSub2 abolishes ATPase activity, showing that its ATPase domain is functional...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212382/de-novo-assembly-of-the-sea-trout-salmo-trutta-m-trutta-skin-transcriptome-to-identify-putative-genes-involved-in-the-immune-response-and-epidermal-mucus-secretion
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Magdalena Malachowicz, Roman Wenne, Artur Burzynski
In fish, the skin is a multifunctional organ and the first barrier against pathogens. Salmonids differ in their susceptibility to microorganisms due to varied skin morphology and gene expression patterns. The brown trout is a salmonid species with important commercial and ecological value in Europe. However, there is a lack of knowledge regarding the genes involved in the immune response and mucus secretion in the skin of this fish. Thus, we characterized the skin transcriptome of anadromous brown trout using next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212275/identification-and-characterization-of-lipopolysaccharide-induced-tnf%C3%AE-factor-from-blunt-snout-bream-megalobrama-amblycephala
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Yina Lv, Xinying Xiang, Yuhong Jiang, Leilei Tang, Yi Zhou, Huan Zhong, Jun Xiao, Jinpeng Yan
Lipopolysaccharide induced TNFα factor (LITAF) is an important transcription factor responsible for regulation of tumor necrosis factor α. In this study, a novel litaf gene (designated as Malitaf) was identified and characterized from blunt snout bream, Megalobrama amblycephala. The full-length cDNA of Malitaf was of 956 bp, encoding a polypeptide of 161 amino acids with high similarity to other known LITAFs. A phylogenetic tree also showed that Malitaf significantly clustered with those of other teleost, indicating that Malitaf was a new member of fish LITAF family...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211985/a-girl-with-developmental-delay-ataxia-cranial-nerve-palsies-severe-respiratory-problems-in-infancy-expanding-ndst1-syndrome
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Linlea Armstrong, Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Graham Sinclair, Kimberly I Seath, Wyeth W Wasserman, Colin J Ross, Clara D M van Karnebeek
NDST1 encodes an enzyme involved in the first steps in the synthesis of heparan sulfate chains, proteoglycans that are regulators found on the cell surface and in the extracellular matrix. Eight individuals homozygous for one of four family-specific missense mutations in the sulfotransferase domain of the enzyme have been described. They have intellectual disability. Some additionally had hypotonia, ataxia. seizures, and/or short stature, but none had history of respiratory problems. No humans with homozygous null mutations are known...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210240/distinctive-nuclear-localization-signals-in-the-oomycete-phytophthora-sojae
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Yufeng Fang, Hyo Sang Jang, Gregory W Watson, Dulani P Wellappili, Brett M Tyler
To date, nuclear localization signals (NLSs) that target proteins to nuclei in oomycetes have not been defined, but have been assumed to be the same as in higher eukaryotes. Here, we use the soybean pathogen Phytophthora sojae as a model to investigate these sequences in oomycetes. By establishing a reliable in vivo NLS assay based on confocal microscopy, we found that many canonical monopartite and bipartite classical NLSs (cNLSs) mediated nuclear import poorly in P. sojae. We found that efficient localization of P...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209129/orthograph-a-versatile-tool-for-mapping-coding-nucleotide-sequences-to-clusters-of-orthologous-genes
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Malte Petersen, Karen Meusemann, Alexander Donath, Daniel Dowling, Shanlin Liu, Ralph S Peters, Lars Podsiadlowski, Alexandros Vasilikopoulos, Xin Zhou, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis
BACKGROUND: Orthology characterizes genes of different organisms that arose from a single ancestral gene via speciation, in contrast to paralogy, which is assigned to genes that arose via gene duplication. An accurate orthology assignment is a crucial step for comparative genomic studies. Orthologous genes in two organisms can be identified by applying a so-called reciprocal search strategy, given that complete information of the organisms' gene repertoire is available. In many investigations, however, only a fraction of the gene content of the organisms under study is examined (e...
February 16, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207763/an-inhibitory-mono-ubiquitylation-of-the-drosophila-initiator-caspase-dronc-functions-in-both-apoptotic-and-non-apoptotic-pathways
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Hatem Elif Kamber Kaya, Mark Ditzel, Pascal Meier, Andreas Bergmann
Apoptosis is an evolutionary conserved cell death mechanism, which requires activation of initiator and effector caspases. The Drosophila initiator caspase Dronc, the ortholog of mammalian Caspase-2 and Caspase-9, has an N-terminal CARD domain that recruits Dronc into the apoptosome for activation. In addition to its role in apoptosis, Dronc also has non-apoptotic functions such as compensatory proliferation. One mechanism to control the activation of Dronc is ubiquitylation. However, the mechanistic details of ubiquitylation of Dronc are less clear...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205547/microrna-17-family-promotes-polycystic-kidney-disease-progression-through-modulation-of-mitochondrial-metabolism
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Sachin Hajarnis, Ronak Lakhia, Matanel Yheskel, Darren Williams, Mehran Sorourian, Xueqing Liu, Karam Aboudehen, Shanrong Zhang, Kara Kersjes, Ryan Galasso, Jian Li, Vivek Kaimal, Steven Lockton, Scott Davis, Andrea Flaten, Joshua A Johnson, William L Holland, Christine M Kusminski, Philipp E Scherer, Peter C Harris, Marie Trudel, Darren P Wallace, Peter Igarashi, Edmund C Lee, John R Androsavich, Vishal Patel
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most frequent genetic cause of renal failure. Here we identify miR-17 as a target for the treatment of ADPKD. We report that miR-17 is induced in kidney cysts of mouse and human ADPKD. Genetic deletion of the miR-17∼92 cluster inhibits cyst proliferation and PKD progression in four orthologous, including two long-lived, mouse models of ADPKD. Anti-miR-17 treatment attenuates cyst growth in short-term and long-term PKD mouse models. miR-17 inhibition also suppresses proliferation and cyst growth of primary ADPKD cysts cultures derived from multiple human donors...
February 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205321/an-investigative-graduate-laboratory-course-for-teaching-modern-dna-techniques
#10
Alexandre de Lencastre, A Thomas Torello, Lani C Keller
This graduate-level DNA methods laboratory course is designed to model a discovery-based research project and engages students in both traditional DNA analysis methods and modern recombinant DNA cloning techniques. In the first part of the course, students clone the Drosophila ortholog of a human disease gene of their choosing using Gateway(®) cloning. In the second part of the course, students examine the expression of their gene of interest in human cell lines by reverse transcription PCR and learn how to analyze data from quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) experiments...
February 16, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204908/a-large-scale-evaluation-of-algorithms-to-calculate-average-nucleotide-identity
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Seok-Hwan Yoon, Sung-Min Ha, Jeongmin Lim, Soonjae Kwon, Jongsik Chun
Average nucleotide identity (ANI) is a category of computational analysis that can be used to define species boundaries of Archaea and Bacteria. Calculating ANI usually involves the fragmentation of genome sequences, followed by nucleotide sequence search, alignment, and identity calculation. The original algorithm to calculate ANI used the BLAST program as its search engine. An improved ANI algorithm, called OrthoANI, was developed to accommodate the concept of orthology. Here, we compared four algorithms to compute ANI, namely ANIb (ANI algorithm using BLAST), ANIm (ANI using MUMmer), OrthoANIb (OrthoANI using BLAST) and OrthoANIu (OrthoANI using USEARCH) using >100,000 pairs of genomes with various genome sizes...
February 15, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202598/early-flowering-3-redundancy-fine-tunes-photoperiod-sensitivity
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Andrew J S Rubenach, Valerie Fg Hecht, Jacqueline K Vander Schoor, Lim Chee Liew, Gregoire Aubert, Judith Burstin, James L Weller
Three pea loci controlling photoperiod sensitivity, HIGH RESPONSE (HR), DIE NEUTRALIS (DNE) and STERILE NODES (SN) have recently been shown to correspond to orthologs of Arabidopsis circadian clock genes EARLY FLOWERING3 (ELF3), ELF4, and LUX ARRHYTHMO, respectively. A fourth pea locus, PHOTOPERIOD (PPD), also contributes to the photoperiod response in a similar manner to SN and DNE, and recessive ppd mutants on a spring-flowering hr mutant background show early, photoperiod-insensitive flowering. However, the molecular identity of PPD has so far remained elusive...
February 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199320/the-use-of-urinary-proteomics-in-the-assessment-of-suitability-of-mouse-models-for-ageing
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Esther Nkuipou-Kenfack, Joost P Schanstra, Seerat Bajwa, Martin Pejchinovski, Claire Vinel, Cédric Dray, Philippe Valet, Jean-Loup Bascands, Antonia Vlahou, Thomas Koeck, Melanie Borries, Hauke Busch, Wibke Bechtel-Walz, Tobias B Huber, Karl L Rudolph, Andreas Pich, Harald Mischak, Petra Zürbig
Ageing is a complex process characterised by a systemic and progressive deterioration of biological functions. As ageing is associated with an increased prevalence of age-related chronic disorders, understanding its underlying molecular mechanisms can pave the way for therapeutic interventions and managing complications. Animal models such as mice are commonly used in ageing research as they have a shorter lifespan in comparison to humans and are also genetically close to humans. To assess the translatability of mouse ageing to human ageing, the urinary proteome in 89 wild-type (C57BL/6) mice aged between 8-96 weeks was investigated using capillary electrophoresis coupled to mass spectrometry (CE-MS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197171/genome-wide-microrna-binding-site-variation-between-extinct-wild-aurochs-and-modern-cattle-identifies-candidate-microrna-regulated-domestication-genes
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Martin Braud, David A Magee, Stephen D E Park, Tad S Sonstegard, Sinead M Waters, David E MacHugh, Charles Spillane
The domestication of cattle from the now-extinct wild aurochs (Bos primigenius) involved selection for physiological and behavioral traits, with underlying genetic factors that remain largely unknown. Non-coding microRNAs have emerged as key regulators of the spatio-temporal expression of target genes controlling mammalian growth and development, including in livestock species. During the domestication process, selection of mutational changes in miRNAs and/or miRNA binding sites could have provided a mechanism to generate some of the traits that differentiate domesticated cattle from wild aurochs...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197070/role-of-app-interactions-with-heterotrimeric-g-proteins-physiological-functions-and-pathological-consequences
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Philip F Copenhaver, Donat Kögel
Following the discovery that the amyloid precursor protein (APP) is the source of β-amyloid peptides (Aβ) that accumulate in Alzheimer's disease (AD), structural analyses suggested that the holoprotein resembles a transmembrane receptor. Initial studies using reconstituted membranes demonstrated that APP can directly interact with the heterotrimeric G protein Gαo (but not other G proteins) via an evolutionarily G protein-binding motif in its cytoplasmic domain. Subsequent investigations in cell culture showed that antibodies against the extracellular domain of APP could stimulate Gαo activity, presumably mimicking endogenous APP ligands...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196965/genomic-microdiversity-of-bifidobacterium-pseudocatenulatum-underlying-differential-strain-level-responses-to-dietary-carbohydrate-intervention
#16
Guojun Wu, Chenhong Zhang, Huan Wu, Ruirui Wang, Jian Shen, Linghua Wang, Yufeng Zhao, Xiaoyan Pang, Xiaojun Zhang, Liping Zhao, Menghui Zhang
The genomic basis of the response to dietary intervention of human gut beneficial bacteria remains elusive, which hinders precise manipulation of the microbiota for human health. After receiving a dietary intervention enriched with nondigestible carbohydrates for 105 days, a genetically obese child with Prader-Willi syndrome lost 18.4% of his body weight and showed significant improvement in his bioclinical parameters. We obtained five isolates (C1, C15, C55, C62, and C95) of one of the most abundantly promoted beneficial species, Bifidobacterium pseudocatenulatum, from a postintervention fecal sample...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196960/repair-of-a-bacterial-small-%C3%AE-barrel-toxin-pore-depends-on-channel-width
#17
Gisela von Hoven, Amable J Rivas, Claudia Neukirch, Martina Meyenburg, Qianqian Qin, Sapun Parekh, Nadja Hellmann, Matthias Husmann
Membrane repair emerges as an innate defense protecting target cells against bacterial pore-forming toxins. Here, we report the first paradigm of Ca(2+)-dependent repair following attack by a small β-pore-forming toxin, namely, plasmid-encoded phobalysin of Photobacterium damselae subsp. damselae In striking contrast, Vibrio cholerae cytolysin, the closest ortholog of phobalysin, subverted repair. Mutational analysis uncovered a role of channel width in toxicity and repair. Thus, the replacement of serine at phobalysin´s presumed channel narrow point with the bulkier tryptophan, the corresponding residue in Vibrio cholerae cytolysin (W318), modulated Ca(2+) influx, lysosomal exocytosis, and membrane repair...
February 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196884/functional-genomics-analysis-of-vitamin-d-effects-on-cd4-t-cells-in-vivo-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-%C3%A2
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Manuel Zeitelhofer, Milena Z Adzemovic, David Gomez-Cabrero, Petra Bergman, Sonja Hochmeister, Marie N'diaye, Atul Paulson, Sabrina Ruhrmann, Malin Almgren, Jesper N Tegnér, Tomas J Ekström, André Ortlieb Guerreiro-Cacais, Maja Jagodic
Vitamin D exerts multiple immunomodulatory functions and has been implicated in the etiology and treatment of several autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS). We have previously reported that in juvenile/adolescent rats, vitamin D supplementation protects from experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a model of MS. Here we demonstrate that this protective effect associates with decreased proliferation of CD4+ T cells and lower frequency of pathogenic T helper (Th) 17 cells. Using transcriptome, methylome, and pathway analyses in CD4+ T cells, we show that vitamin D affects multiple signaling and metabolic pathways critical for T-cell activation and differentiation into Th1 and Th17 subsets in vivo...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196101/de-novo-assembly-characterization-and-annotation-for-the-transcriptome-of-sarcocheilichthys-sinensis
#19
Chuankun Zhu, Zhengjun Pan, Hui Wang, Guoliang Chang, Nan Wu, Huaiyu Ding
The Chinese lake gudgeon Sarcocheilichthys sinensis is a small cyprinid fish with great aquaculture potential both for its edible and ornamental values. Nevertheless, available genomic and transcriptomic information for this fish is extremely deficient. In this study, a normalized cDNA library was constructed using 13 mixed tissues of an adult male S. sinensis, and was sequenced by the Illumina HiSeq2500 platform. De novo assembly was performed using 38,911,511 obtained clean reads, and a total of 147,282 unigenes with an average length of 900 bp were finally achieved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195698/structure-based-targeting-of-orthologous-pathogen-proteins-accelerates-anti-parasitic-drug-discovery
#20
Vitul Jain, Arvind Sharma, Gajinder Pal Singh, Manickam Yogavel, Amit Sharma
Parasitic diseases caused by eukaryotic pathogens impose significant health and economic burden worldwide. The level of research funding available for many parasitic diseases is insufficient in relation to their adverse social impact. Here, we review the extant 3D structural data on protein-inhibitor complexes that can be harnessed to accelerate drug discovery against many related pathogens. Assessment of sequence conservation within drug/inhibitor-binding residues in enzyme-inhibitor complexes can be leveraged to predict and validate both new lead compounds and their molecular targets in multiple parasitic diseases...
February 14, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
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