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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222171/metabolite-profiling-of-the-carnivorous-pitcher-plants-darlingtonia-and-sarracenia
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Hannu Hotti, Peddinti Gopalacharyulu, Tuulikki Seppänen-Laakso, Heiko Rischer
Sarraceniaceae is a New World carnivorous plant family comprising three genera: Darlingtonia, Heliamphora, and Sarracenia. The plants occur in nutrient-poor environments and have developed insectivorous capability in order to supplement their nutrient uptake. Sarracenia flava contains the alkaloid coniine, otherwise only found in Conium maculatum, in which its biosynthesis has been studied, and several Aloe species. Its ecological role and biosynthetic origin in S. flava is speculative. The aim of the current research was to investigate the occurrence of coniine in Sarracenia and Darlingtonia and to identify common constituents of both genera, unique compounds for individual variants and floral scent chemicals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221346/synthesis-of-ent-be-43547a1-reveals-a-potent-hypoxia-selective-anticancer-agent-and-uncovers-the-biosynthetic-origin-of-the-apd-cld-natural-products
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Nikolaj L Villadsen, Kristian M Jacobsen, Ulrik B Keiding, Esben T Weibel, Bjørn Christiansen, Thomas Vosegaard, Morten Bjerring, Frank Jensen, Mogens Johannsen, Thomas Tørring, Thomas B Poulsen
Tumour hypoxia is speculated to be a key driver of therapeutic resistance and metastatic dissemination. Consequently, the discovery of new potent agents that selectively target the hypoxic cell population may reveal new and untapped antitumour mechanisms. Here we demonstrate that the BE-43547 subclass of the APD-CLD (amidopentadienoate-containing cyclolipodepsipeptides) natural products possesses highly hypoxia-selective growth-inhibitory activity against pancreatic cancer cells. To enable this discovery, we have developed the first synthesis of the BE-43547-macrocyclic scaffold in 16 steps (longest linear sequence), which also allowed access to the full panel of relative stereoisomers and ultimately to the assignment of stereochemical configuration...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220744/burden-genotype-and-phenotype-profiles-of-adult-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-in-cape-town-south-africa
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G D Pule, K Mnica, M Joubert, S Mowla, N Novitsky, A Wonkam
BACKGROUND: An exponential increase in the number of sickle cell disease (SCD) patients in paediatric services in Cape Town, South Africa, has been reported. The trend in adult/adolescent services has not been investigated. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate epidemiological trends of SCD and the profile of patients affected by SCD attending the Haematology Clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), Cape Town. METHODS: (i) A retrospective review of the number of SCD patients over the past 20 years; (ii) a cross-sectional analysis of clinical and haematological characteristics of SCD patients; and (iii) molecular analysis of the haemoglobin S mutation, the haplotype in the β-globin-like genes cluster, the 3...
January 30, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220024/molecular-subtypes-improve-prognostic-value-of-international-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-database-consortium-prognostic-model
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Guillermo de Velasco, Aedín C Culhane, André P Fay, A Ari Hakimi, Martin H Voss, Nizar M Tannir, Pheroze Tamboli, Leonard J Appleman, Joaquim Bellmunt, W Kimryn Rathmell, Laurence Albiges, James J Hsieh, Daniel Y C Heng, Sabina Signoretti, Toni K Choueiri
INTRODUCTION: Gene-expression signatures for prognosis have been reported in localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The aim of this study was to test the predictive power of two different signatures, ClearCode34, a 34-gene signature model [Eur Urol 2014;66:77-84], and an 8-gene signature model [Eur Urol 2015;67:17-20], in the setting of systemic therapy for metastatic disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Metastatic RCC (mRCC) patients from five institutions who were part of TCGA were identified and clinical data were retrieved...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219207/-mutations-of-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-found-in-patients-with-multiple-myeloma
#5
Y Liu, H B Rui
Objective: To explore the mutations of vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Methods: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct DNA sequencing were used to detect the mutations of VDR gene(loci Fok Ⅰ, Bsm Ⅰ, Apa Ⅰ, Taq Ⅰ) in forty MM cases and 84 healthy control subjects. Results: A synonymous mutation (ATC→ATA , both encode isoleucine) at cDNA codon1421 of VDR gene was found in one MM patients, which correlated to a better therapeutic response. Rare Bsm Ⅰ AA genotype and Taq Ⅰ CC genotype were detected in a MM patient, which might be related to the relapsing and refracfory disease...
February 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216101/genome-sequence-of-methanobacterium-congolense-strain-buetzberg-a-hydrogenotrophic-methanogenic-archaeon-isolated-from-a-mesophilic-industrial-scale-biogas-plant-utilizing-bio-waste
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Gonzalo Torres Tejerizo, Yong Sung Kim, Irena Maus, Daniel Wibberg, Anika Winkler, Sandra Off, Alfred Pühler, Paul Scherer, Andreas Schlüter
Methanogenic Archaea are of importance at the end of the anaerobic digestion (AD) chain for biomass conversion. They finally produce methane, the end-product of AD. Among this group of microorganisms, members of the genus Methanobacterium are ubiquitously present in anaerobic habitats, such as bioreactors. The genome of a novel methanogenic archaeon, namely Methanobacterium congolense Buetzberg, originally isolated from a mesophilic biogas plant, was completely sequenced to analyze putative adaptive genome features conferring competitiveness of this isolate within the biogas reactor environment...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215224/the-complex-role-of-the-znf224-transcription-factor-in-cancer
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E Cesaro, G Sodaro, G Montano, M Grosso, A Lupo, P Costanzo
ZNF224 is a member of the Kruppel-associated box zinc finger proteins (KRAB-ZFPs) family. It was originally identified as a transcriptional repressor involved in gene-specific silencing through the recruitment of the corepressor KAP1, chromatin-modifying activities, and the arginine methyltransferase PRMT5 on the promoter of its target genes. Recent findings indicate that ZNF224 can behave both as a tumor suppressor or an oncogene in different human cancers. The transcriptional regulatory properties of ZNF224 in these systems appear to be complex and influenced by specific sets of interactors...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215140/position-based-nucleotide-analysis-of-mir168-family-in-higher-plants-and-its-targets-in-mammalian-transcripts
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Mohammed Javed, Manish Solanki, Anshika Sinha, Lata Israni Shukla
The conserved miR168 family is evaluated for position based nucleotide preference in higher plants. The mature miRNA sequences include miR168-5p and miR168-3p, were obtained from miRBase (v21, June 2014) for 15 families (28 plants) containing a-c subfamilies. The preferred position based nucleotide sequences were obtained for miR168-5p and miR168-3p using Data Analysis in Molecular Biology and Evolution (DAMBE). miR168-5p shows same nucleotides at positions 1-6, 8-9, 11-12, 15-17 and 19. Also, miR168-3p is present in 3 families (10 plants) shows the same nucleotide at position 1-11, 13-15 and 17-21...
February 15, 2017: MicroRNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213859/recurrence-in-localized-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-of-contemporary-data
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REVIEW
Jacqueline M Speed, Quoc-Dien Trinh, Toni K Choueiri, Maxine Sun
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with localized renal cell carcinoma (RCC) are at risk of recurrence. The purpose of this review was to characterize the literature on recurrence rates and risk factors after diagnosis of localized RCC. RECENT FINDINGS: Our search revealed that existing data examining the prevalence of recurrence rates predominantly originates from cohorts of patients diagnosed and treated in the 1980s to 1990s, and may therefore not be as useful for counseling for current patients today...
February 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212528/the-crispr-cas9%C3%A2-system-efficiently-reverts-the-tumorigenic-ability-of-bcr-abl-in-vitro-and-in-a-xenograft-model-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Ignacio García-Tuñón, María Hernández-Sánchez, José Luis Ordoñez, Veronica Alonso-Pérez, Miguel Álamo-Quijada, Rocio Benito, Carmen Guerrero, Jesús María Hernández-Rivas, Manuel Sánchez-Martín
CRISPR/Cas9 technology was used to abrogate p210 oncoprotein expression in the Boff-p210 cell line, a pro-B line derived from interlukin-3-dependent Baf/3, that shows IL-3-independence arising from the constitutive expression of BCR-ABL p210. Using this approach, pools of Boff-p210-edited cells and single edited cell-derived clones were obtained and functionally studied in vitro. The loss of p210 expression in Boff-p210 cells resulted in the loss of ability to grow in the absence of IL-3, as the Baf/3 parental line, showing significantly increased apoptosis levels...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212352/rta-occupancy-of-the-origin-of-lytic-replication-during-murine-gammaherpesvirus-68-reactivation-from-b-cell-latency
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Alexis L Santana, Darby G Oldenburg, Varvara Kirillov, Laraib Malik, Qiwen Dong, Roman Sinayev, Kenneth B Marcu, Douglas W White, Laurie T Krug
RTA, the viral Replication and Transcription Activator, is essential for rhadinovirus lytic gene expression upon de novo infection and reactivation from latency. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/toll-like receptor (TLR)4 engagement enhances rhadinovirus reactivation. We developed two new systems to examine the interaction of RTA with host NF-kappaB (NF-κB) signaling during murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV68) infection: a latent B cell line (HE-RIT) inducible for RTA-Flag expression and virus reactivation; and a recombinant virus (MHV68-RTA-Bio) that enabled in vivo biotinylation of RTA in BirA transgenic mice...
February 16, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208771/detecting-blood-based-biomarkers-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-their-current-status-and-clinical-utility
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REVIEW
A M Sofie Berghuis, Hendrik Koffijberg, Jai Prakash, Leon W M M Terstappen, Maarten J IJzerman
Reviews on circulating biomarkers in breast cancer usually focus on one single biomarker or a selective group of biomarkers. An overview summarizing the discovery and evaluation of all blood-based biomarkers in metastatic breast cancer is lacking. This systematic review aims to identify the available evidence of known blood-based biomarkers in metastatic breast cancer, regarding their clinical utility and state-of-the-art position in the validation process. The initial search yielded 1078 original studies, of which 420 were assessed for eligibility...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207967/the-synonymy-of-the-toxic-dinoflagellates-prorocentrum-mexicanum-and-p-rhathymum-and-the-description-of-p-steidingerae-sp-nov-prorocentrales-dinophyceae
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Fernando Gómez, Dajun Qiu, Senjie Lin
Prorocentrum mexicanum and P. rhathymum are toxicologically important dinoflagellates, but their relationship is not well defined. We investigated strains from Puerto Rico and Brazil by light and scanning electron microscopies. We provide molecular data from a strain isolated near the type locality of P. rhathymum, and the first morphological and molecular data from the South Atlantic Ocean. The rRNA gene (rDNA) sequences of the Puerto Rican and Brazilian strains were identical, and their morphologies fit the description of P...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207889/genetic-variation-of-maturity-groups-and-four-e-genes-in-the-chinese-soybean-mini-core-collection
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Jicun Li, Xiaobo Wang, Wenwen Song, Xinyang Huang, Jing Zhou, Haiyan Zeng, Shi Sun, Hongchang Jia, Wenbin Li, Xinan Zhou, Suzhen Li, Pengyin Chen, Cunxiang Wu, Yong Guo, Tianfu Han, Lijuan Qiu
The mini core collection (MCC) has been established by streamlining core collection (CC) chosen from China National Genebank including 23,587 soybean (Glycine max) accessions by morphological traits and simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers. Few studies have been focused on the maturity that has been considered as one of the most critical traits for the determination of the adaptation-growing region of the soybean. In the current study, two hundred and ninty-nine accessions of MCC planted for two years at four locations namely in Heihe, Harbin, Jining and Wuhan cities in China were used to assess the variation of maturity in MCC and identify the integrated effect of 4 E loci on flowering and maturity time in soybean...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207761/the-analysis-of-translation-related-gene-set-boosts-debates-around-origin-and-evolution-of-mimiviruses
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REVIEW
Jônatas Santos Abrahão, Rodrigo Araújo, Philippe Colson, Bernard La Scola
The giant mimiviruses challenged the well-established concept of viruses, blurring the roots of the tree of life, mainly due to their genetic content. Along with other nucleo-cytoplasmic large DNA viruses, they compose a new proposed order-named Megavirales-whose origin and evolution generate heated debate in the scientific community. The presence of an arsenal of genes not widespread in the virosphere related to important steps of the translational process, including transfer RNAs, aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, and translation factors for peptide synthesis, constitutes an important element of this debate...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207302/characteristics-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o157-in-slaughtered-reindeer-from-northern-finland
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Claudio Zweifel, Lisa Fierz, Nicole Cernela, Sauli Laaksonen, Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa, Roger Stephan
Fecal samples collected from 470 slaughtered reindeer 6 to 7 months of age were screened by real-time PCR (after enrichment) for Shiga toxin genes (stx) and then for Escherichia coli serogroup O157. Shiga toxin genes were found frequently (>30% of samples), and serogroup O157 was detected in 20% of the stx-positive samples. From these samples, a total of 25 E. coli O157:H(-) isolates (nonmotile but PCR positive for fliCH7) were obtained. Twenty-four of these E. coli O157:H(-) isolates did not ferment sorbitol and originated from one geographic area...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206990/a-familial-study-of-azoospermic-men-identifies-three-novel-causative-mutations-in-three-new-human-azoospermia-genes
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Moran Gershoni, Ron Hauser, Leah Yogev, Ofer Lehavi, Foad Azem, Haim Yavetz, Shmuel Pietrokovski, Sandra E Kleiman
PURPOSE: Up to 1% of all men experience azoospermia, a condition of complete absence of sperm in the semen. The mechanisms and genes involved in spermatogenesis are mainly studied in model organisms, and their relevance to humans is unclear because human genetic studies are very scarce. Our objective was to uncover novel human mutations and genes causing azoospermia due to testicular meiotic maturation arrest. METHODS: Affected and unaffected siblings from three families were subjected to whole-exome or whole-genome sequencing, followed by comprehensive bioinformatics analyses to identify mutations suspected to cause azoospermia...
February 16, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205535/phylogenetic-analysis-of-eukaryotic-neet-proteins-uncovers-a-link-between-a-key-gene-duplication-event-and-the-evolution-of-vertebrates
#18
Madhuri A Inupakutika, Soham Sengupta, Rachel Nechushtai, Patricia A Jennings, Jose' N Onuchic, Rajeev K Azad, Pamela Padilla, Ron Mittler
NEET proteins belong to a unique family of iron-sulfur proteins in which the 2Fe-2S cluster is coordinated by a CDGSH domain that is followed by the "NEET" motif. They are involved in the regulation of iron and reactive oxygen metabolism, and have been associated with the progression of diabetes, cancer, aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Despite their important biological functions, the evolution and diversification of eukaryotic NEET proteins are largely unknown. Here we used the three members of the human NEET protein family (CISD1, mitoNEET; CISD2, NAF-1 or Miner 1; and CISD3, Miner2) as our guides to conduct a phylogenetic analysis of eukaryotic NEET proteins and their evolution...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202018/de-novo-biosynthesis-of-pterostilbene-in-an-escherichia-coli-strain-using-a-new-resveratrol-o-methyltransferase-from-arabidopsis
#19
Kyung Taek Heo, Sun-Young Kang, Young-Soo Hong
BACKGROUND: Pterostilbene, a structural analog of resveratrol, has higher oral bioavailability and bioactivity than that of the parent compound; but is far less abundant in natural sources. Thus, to efficiently obtain this bioactive resveratrol analog, it is necessary to develop new bioproduction systems. RESULTS: We identified a resveratrol O-methyltransferase (ROMT) function from a multifunctional caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT) originating from Arabidopsis, which catalyzes the transfer of a methyl group to resveratrol resulting in pterostilbene production...
February 15, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197374/tumor-derived-osteopontin-isoforms-cooperate-with-trp53-and-ccl2-to-promote-lung-metastasis
#20
Ioanna Giopanou, Ioannis Lilis, Vassilios Papaleonidopoulos, Theodora Agalioti, Nikolaos I Kanellakis, Nikolitsa Spiropoulou, Magda Spella, Georgios T Stathopoulos
The lungs are ubiquitous receptacles of metastases originating from various bodily tumors. Although osteopontin (SPP1) has been associated with tumor dissemination, the role of its isoforms in lung-directed metastasis is incompletely understood. We employed syngeneic mouse models of spontaneous and induced lung-targeted metastasis in C57BL/6 mice competent and deficient in both Spp1 alleles. Tumor-derived osteopontin expression was modulated using either stable anti-Spp1 RNA interference, or forced overexpression of intracellular and secreted Spp1 isoforms...
2017: Oncoimmunology
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