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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635376/advances-in-understanding-the-role-of-disease-associated-proteins-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Seyyedmohsen Hosseinibarkooie, Svenja Schneider, Brunhilde Wirth
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by alpha motor neuron loss in the spinal cord due to reduced survival of motor neuron (SMN) protein level. While the genetic basis of SMA is well described, the specific molecular pathway underlying SMA is still not fully understood. Areas covered: This review discusses the recent advancements in understanding the molecular pathways in SMA using different omics approaches and genetic modifiers identified in both vertebrate and invertebrate systems...
June 21, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632504/what-is-new-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor
#2
Inga-Marie Schaefer, Adrián Mariño-Enríquez, Jonathan A Fletcher
The classification "gastrointestinal stromal tumor" (GIST) became commonplace in the 1990s and since that time various advances have characterized the GIST lineage of origin, tyrosine kinase mutations, and mechanisms of response and resistance to targeted therapies. In addition to tyrosine kinase mutations and their constitutive activation of downstream signaling pathways, GISTs acquire a sequence of chromosomal aberrations. These include deletions of chromosomes 14q, 22q, 1p, and 15q, which harbor putative tumor suppressor genes required for stepwise progression from microscopic, preclinical forms of GIST (microGIST) to clinically relevant tumors with malignant potential...
June 19, 2017: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632343/dispersal-isolation-and-diversification-with-continued-gene-flow-in-an-andean-tropical-dry-forest
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R Toby Pennington, Matt Lavin
The Andes are the world's longest mountain chain, and the tropical Andes are the world's richest biodiversity hot spot. The origin of the tropical Andean cordillera is relatively recent because the elevation of the mountains was relatively low (400-2500 m palaeoelevations) only 10 MYA with final uplift being rapid. These final phases of the Andean orogeny are thought to have had a fundamental role in shaping processes of biotic diversification and biogeography, with these effects reaching far from the mountains themselves by changing the course of rivers and deposition of mineral-rich Andean sediments across the massive Amazon basin...
July 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630911/the-genomic-mosaicism-of-hybrid-speciation
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Tore O Elgvin, Cassandra N Trier, Ole K Tørresen, Ingerid J Hagen, Sigbjørn Lien, Alexander J Nederbragt, Mark Ravinet, Henrik Jensen, Glenn-Peter Sætre
Hybridization is widespread in nature and, in some instances, can result in the formation of a new hybrid species. We investigate the genetic foundation of this poorly understood process through whole-genome analysis of the hybrid Italian sparrow and its progenitors. We find overall balanced yet heterogeneous levels of contribution from each parent species throughout the hybrid genome and identify areas of novel divergence in the hybrid species exhibiting signals consistent with balancing selection. High-divergence areas are disproportionately located on the Z chromosome and overrepresented in gene networks relating to key traits separating the focal species, which are likely involved in reproductive barriers and/or species-specific adaptations...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630644/isometric-gene-tree-reconciliation-revisited
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Broňa Brejová, Askar Gafurov, Dana Pardubská, Michal Sabo, Tomáš Vinař
BACKGROUND: Isometric gene tree reconciliation is a gene tree/species tree reconciliation problem where both the gene tree and the species tree include branch lengths, and these branch lengths must be respected by the reconciliation. The problem was introduced by Ma et al. in 2008 in the context of reconstructing evolutionary histories of genomes in the infinite sites model. RESULTS: In this paper, we show that the original algorithm by Ma et al. is incorrect, and we propose a modified algorithm that addresses the problems that we discovered...
2017: Algorithms for Molecular Biology: AMB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630090/t-cell-transcriptomes-from-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria-patients-reveal-novel-signaling-pathways
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Kohei Hosokawa, Sachiko Kajigaya, Keyvan Keyvanfar, Wangmin Qiao, Yanling Xie, Danielle M Townsley, Xingmin Feng, Neal S Young
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare acquired disorder originating from hematopoietic stem cells and is a life-threating disease characterized by intravascular hemolysis, bone marrow (BM) failure, and venous thrombosis. The etiology of PNH is a somatic mutation in the phosphatidylinositol glycan class A gene (PIG-A) on the X chromosome, which blocks synthesis of the glycolipid moiety and causes deficiency in GPI-anchored proteins. PNH is closely related to aplastic anemia, in which T cells mediate destruction of BM...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626727/mast-cell-infiltration-in-human-brain-metastases-modulates-the-microenvironment-and-contributes-to-the-metastatic-potential
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Ananya Roy, Sylwia Libard, Holger Weishaupt, Ida Gustavsson, Lene Uhrbom, Göran Hesselager, Fredrik J Swartling, Fredrik Pontén, Irina Alafuzoff, Elena Tchougounova
Metastatic brain tumors continue to be a clinical problem, despite new therapeutic advances in cancer treatment. Brain metastases (BMs) are among the most common mass lesions in the brain that are resistant to chemotherapies, have a very poor prognosis, and currently lack any efficient diagnostic tests. Predictions estimate that about 40% of lung and breast cancer patients will develop BM. Despite this, very little is known about the immunological and genetic aberrations that drive tumorigenesis in BM. In this study, we demonstrate the infiltration of mast cells (MCs) in a large cohort of human BM samples with different tissues of origin for primary cancer...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626498/tubulin-beta-3-chain-as-a-new-candidate-protein-biomarker-of-human-skin-aging-a-preliminary-study
#8
Sylvia G Lehmann, Sandrine Bourgoin-Voillard, Michel Seve, Walid Rachidi
Skin aging is a complex process, and a lot of efforts have been made to identify new and specific targets that could help to diagnose, prevent, and treat skin aging. Several studies concerning skin aging have analyzed the changes in gene expression, and very few investigations have been performed at the protein level. Moreover, none of these proteomic studies has used a global quantitative labeled proteomic offgel approach that allows a more accurate description of aging phenotype. We applied such an approach on human primary keratinocytes obtained from sun-nonexposed skin biopsies of young and elderly women...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626219/base-excision-repair-proteins-couple-activation-induced-cytidine-deaminase-and-endonuclease-g-during-replication-stress-induced-mll-destabilization
#9
B Gole, E Mian, M Rall, L Wiesmüller
The breakpoint cluster region of the MLL gene (MLLbcr) is frequently rearranged in therapy-related and infant acute leukaemia, but the destabilizing mechanism is poorly understood. We recently proposed that DNA replication stress results in MLLbcr cleavage via Endonuclease G (EndoG) and represents the common denominator of genotoxic therapy-induced MLL destabilization. Here we performed a siRNA screen for new factors involved in replication stress-induced MLL rearrangements employing an EGFP-based reporter system...
June 19, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626158/ducks-as-a-potential-reservoir-for-pasteurella-multocida-infection-detected-using-a-new-romph-based-elisa
#10
Rongchang Liu, Cuiteng Chen, Longfei Cheng, Ronghui Lu, Guanghua Fu, Shaohua Shi, Hongmei Chen, Chunhe Wan, Jiansheng Lin, Qiuling Fu, Yu Huang
Pasteurella multocida is an important pathogen of numerous domestic poultry and wild animals and is associated with a variety of diseases including fowl cholera. The aim of this study was to develop an indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) based on recombinant outer-membrane protein H (rOmpH) for detection of anti-P. multocida antibodies in serum to determine their prevalence in Chinese ducks. The P. multocida ompH gene was cloned into pET32a, and rOmpH was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625874/negative-regulation-of-the-rlh-signaling-by-the-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-rnf114
#11
Boren Lin, Qi Ke, Haiying Li, Nichole S Pheifer, David C Velliquette, Douglas W Leaman
The retinoic acid-inducible gene-I (RIG-I)-like helicases (RLH)s are cytoplasmic pattern recognition receptors expressed in both immune and non-immune cells that are essential for detection of intracellular RNA products, primarily of viral origin. Upon binding to viral RNA, RLHs interact with mitochondrial antiviral signaling protein (MAVS) to activate interferon (IFN)-mediated antiviral responses. The RLH/MAVS signaling pathway is regulated by ubiquitination/deubiquitination, in which several ubiquitin-editing proteins play critical roles...
June 15, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624783/malignant-pericytes-expressing-gt198-give-rise-to-tumor-cells-through-angiogenesis
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Liyong Zhang, Yan Wang, Mohammad H Rashid, Min Liu, Kartik Angara, Nahid F Mivechi, Nita J Maihle, Ali S Arbab, Lan Ko
Angiogenesis promotes tumor development. Understanding the crucial factors regulating tumor angiogenesis may reveal new therapeutic targets. Human GT198 (PSMC3IP or Hop2) is an oncoprotein encoded by a DNA repair gene that is overexpressed in tumor stromal vasculature to stimulate the expression of angiogenic factors. Here we show that pericytes expressing GT198 give rise to tumor cells through angiogenesis. GT198+ pericytes and perivascular cells are commonly present in the stromal compartment of various human solid tumors and rodent xenograft tumor models...
May 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624550/comparative-genome-analysis-of-fish-pathogen-flavobacterium-columnare-reveals-extensive-sequence-diversity-within-the-species
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Pattanapon Kayansamruaj, Ha Thanh Dong, Ikuo Hirono, Hidehiro Kondo, Saengchan Senapin, Channarong Rodkhum
Flavobacterium columnare is one of the deadliest fish pathogens causing devastating mortality in various freshwater fish species globally. To gain an insight into bacterial genomic contents and structures, comparative genome analyses were performed using the reference and newly sequenced genomes of F. columnare including genomovar I, II and I/II strains isolated from Thailand, Europe and the USA. Bacterial genomes varied in size from 3.09 to 3.39Mb (2714 to 3101 CDSs). The pan-genome analysis revealed open pan-genome nature of F...
June 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622978/the-evolution-and-nomenclature-of-gnrh-type-and-corazonin-type-neuropeptide-signaling-systems
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Meet Zandawala, Shi Tian, Maurice R Elphick
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) was first discovered in mammals on account of its effect in triggering pituitary release of gonadotropins and the importance of this discovery was recognized forty years ago in the award of the 1977 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Investigation of the evolution of GnRH revealed that GnRH-type signaling systems occur throughout the chordates, including agnathans (e.g. lampreys) and urochordates (e.g. sea squirts). Furthermore, the discovery that adipokinetic hormone (AKH) is the ligand for a GnRH-type receptor in the arthropod Drosophila melanogaster provided evidence of the antiquity of GnRH-type signaling...
June 13, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621320/genomic-analysis-of-follicular-dendritic-cell-sarcoma-by-molecular-inversion-probe-array-reveals-tumor-suppressor-driven-biology
#15
Erica F Andersen, Christian N Paxton, Dennis P O'Malley, Abner Louissaint, Jason L Hornick, Gabriel K Griffin, Yuri Fedoriw, Young S Kim, Lawrence M Weiss, Sherrie L Perkins, Sarah T South
Follicular dendritic cell sarcoma is a rare malignant neoplasm of dendritic cell origin that is currently poorly characterized by genetic studies. To investigate whether recurrent genomic alterations may underlie the biology of follicular dendritic cell sarcoma and to identify potential contributory regions and genes, molecular inversion probe array analysis was performed on 14 independent formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples. Abnormal genomic profiles were observed in 11 out of 14 (79%) cases. The majority showed extensive genomic complexity that was predominantly represented by hemizygous losses affecting multiple chromosomes...
June 16, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620870/severe-growth-deficiency-microcephaly-intellectual-disability-and-characteristic-facial-features-are-due-to-a-homozygous-qars-mutation
#16
Esther Leshinsky-Silver, Jiqiang Ling, Jiang Wu, Chana Vinkler, Keren Yosovich, Sarit Bahar, Miri Yanoov-Sharav, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Dorit Lev
Glutaminyl tRNA synthase is highly expressed in the developing fetal human brain. Mutations in the glutaminyl-tRNA synthetase (QARS) gene have been reported in patients with progressive microcephaly, cerebral-cerebellar atrophy, and intractable seizures. We have previously reported a new recessive syndrome of severe linear growth retardation, poor weight gain, microcephaly, characteristic facial features, cutaneous syndactyly of the toes, high myopia, and intellectual disability in two sisters of Ashkenazi-Jewish origin (Eur J Med Genet 2014;57(6):288-92)...
June 15, 2017: Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619849/the-house-fly-y-chromosome-is-young-and-minimally-differentiated-from-its-ancient-x-chromosome-partner
#17
Richard P Meisel, Christopher A Gonzales, Hoang Luu
Canonical ancient sex chromosome pairs consist of a gene rich X (or Z) chromosome and a male- (or female-) limited Y (or W) chromosome that is gene poor. In contrast to highly differentiated sex chromosomes, nascent sex chromosome pairs are homomorphic or very similar in sequence content. Nascent sex chromosomes can arise if an existing sex chromosome fuses to an autosome or an autosome acquires a new sex-determining locus/allele. Sex chromosomes often differ between closely related species and can even be polymorphic within species, suggesting that nascent sex chromosomes arise frequently over the course of evolution...
June 15, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618338/markolab-a-simulator-to-study-ionic-channel-s-stochastic-behavior
#18
Robson Rodrigues da Silva, Daniel Gustavo Goroso, Donald M Bers, José Luis Puglisi
Mathematical models of the cardiac cell have started to include markovian representations of the ionic channels instead of the traditional Hodgkin & Huxley formulations. There are many reasons for this: Markov models are not restricted to the idea of independent gates defining the channel, they allow more complex description with specific transitions between open, closed or inactivated states, and more importantly those states can be closely related to the underlying channel structure and conformational changes...
June 12, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617232/tigeri-modeling-and-visualizing-the-responses-to-perturbation-of-a-transcription-factor-network
#19
Namshik Han, Harry A Noyes, Andy Brass
BACKGROUND: Transcription factor (TF) networks play a key role in controlling the transfer of genetic information from gene to mRNA. Much progress has been made on understanding and reverse-engineering TF network topologies using a range of experimental and theoretical methodologies. Less work has focused on using these models to examine how TF networks respond to changes in the cellular environment. METHODS: In this paper, we have developed a simple, pragmatic methodology, TIGERi (Transcription-factor-activity Illustrator for Global Explanation of Regulatory interaction), to model the response of an inferred TF network to changes in cellular environment...
May 31, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615466/a-pathotyping-multiplex-pcr-for-haemophilus-parasuis-a-tool-for-the-prediction-of-virulence
#20
Kate J Howell, Lucy A Weinert, Sarah E Peters, Jinhong Wang, Juan Hernandez-Garcia, Roy R Chaudhuri, Shi-Lu Luan, Øystein Angen, Virginia Aragon, Susanna M Williamson, Paul R Langford, Andrew N Rycroft, Brendan W Wren, Duncan J Maskell, Alexander W Tucker
Haemophilus parasuis is a diverse bacterial species found in the upper respiratory tract of pigs that can also cause Glässer's disease and pneumonia. A previous pan-genome study of H. parasuis identified 48 genes that were associated with clinical disease. Here we describe the development of a generalised linear model (termed a pathotyping model) to predict the potential virulence of isolates of H. parasuis, based on a subset of 10 genes from the pan-genome. A multiplex PCR (mPCR) was constructed based on these genes, the results of which were entered into the pathotyping model to yield a prediction of virulence...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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