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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728394/characterization-of-porcine-cytokine-inducible-sh2-containing-protein-gene-and-its-association-with-piglet-diarrhea-traits
#1
Buyue Niu, Dongchun Guo, Zhiran Liu, Xiaofei Han, Xibiao Wang
Objective: The Cytokine inducible SH2-containing protein (CISH), which might play a role in porcine intestine immune responses, was one of the promising candidate genes for piglet anti-disease traits. An experiment was conducted to characterize the porcine CISH (pCISH) gene and to evaluate its genetic effects on pig anti-disease breeding. Methods: Both RT-PCR and PCR were performed to obtain the sequence of pCISH gene. A pEGFP- C1- CISH vector was constructed and transfected into PK-15 cells to analysis the distribution of pCISH...
May 14, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728360/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-novel-gossypol-degrading-bacteria-bacillus-subtilis-strain-rbs
#2
Yunhua Zhang, Lijuan Chen, Zhengyou Zhang, Li Dai, Ying Liu, Maoji Cheng
Objective: An experiment was conducted to isolate gossypol-degrading bacteria and assessed its potential for gossypol degradation. Methods: Rumen liquid was collected from the rumen of cows through fistula from the experimental pasture. Approximately 1 ml of the rumen liquid was spread onto basal medium plates containing 2 g/l gossypol as the only source of carbon and was then cultured at 39°C to isolate gossypol-degrading bacteria. The isolated colonies were cultured for 6 h and then observed their size and shape by the microscope and scanning electron microscope...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728289/-the-protective-effect-of-pigment-epithelial-derived-factor-modified-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-rats-with-diabetic-retinopathy
#3
W Zhang, H T Duan, S Chen, Y X Wang, J H Kong, M Dong, X Bi, J Song
Objective: To investigate the effect of pigment epithelial-derived factor (PEDF) gene-modified human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) on rats with diabetic retinopathy (DR). Methods: Experimental study. Human umbilical cord MSC were transfected by lentivirus packaging PEDF-MSC-green fluorescent protein (GFP) and GFP-MSC plasmid vectors, and the expression of PEDF and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was measured in the cell culture medium. Fifty adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: normal control group (group A), DR control group (group B), phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) treated group (group C), GFP-MSC treated group (group D) and PEDF-MSC-GFP treated group (group E), with 10 rats in each group...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728275/-changes-and-differences-of-dna-methylation-in-human-macrophages-infected-with-virulent-and-avirulent-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#4
L N Lyu, H Y Jia, Z H Li, Z Q Liu, Z D Zhang
Objective: To profile DNA methylation and compare differentially methylated region (DMR) of macrophages infected with virulent and avirulent strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Methods: PMA(50 ng/ml) treated THP-1 macrophages were left uninfected or infected with the virulent H37Rv(THP-1/Rv) or avirulent H37Ra(THP-1/Ra). The genomic DNA was then extracted and DNA methylation was profiled via Reduced Representation Bisulfite Sequencing (RRBS). The DNA methylation pattern and DMRs between the tested samples were indentified...
July 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728258/-follow-up-and-genetic-study-of-43-chinese-children-with-type-%C3%A2-alexander-disease
#5
T T Ban, Y Wu, Z B Zhang, L L Zang, J M Wang, Y W Jiang
Objective: To identify the clinical and genetic characteristics in 43 Chinese children diagnosed with type Ⅰ Alexander disease (AxD). Method: Forty-three type Ⅰ AxD cases identified by glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) gene mutations in Peking University First Hospital from 2005 to 2016 were followed up. The data of medical history, physical examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were collected. All these patients were followed up in December 2010, Febury 2012, June 2014 and January 2016, respectively...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727895/how-to-become-a-killer-or-is-it-all-accidental-virulence-strategies-in-oral-streptococci
#6
Izabela Sitkiewicz
Streptococci are a diverse group of gram positive microorganisms sharing common virulence traits and similar strategies to escape the oral niche and establish an infection in other parts of the host organism. Invasive infection with oral streptococci is "a perfect storm" that requires the concerted action of multiple biotic and abiotic factors. Our understanding of streptococcal pathogenicity and infectivity should probably be less mechanistic and driven not only by the identification of novel virulence factors...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727827/diversity-and-phylogenetic-relationships-among-bartonella-strains-from-thai-bats
#7
Clifton D McKee, Michael Y Kosoy, Ying Bai, Lynn M Osikowicz, Richard Franka, Amy T Gilbert, Sumalee Boonmar, Charles E Rupprecht, Leonard F Peruski
Bartonellae are phylogenetically diverse, intracellular bacteria commonly found in mammals. Previous studies have demonstrated that bats have a high prevalence and diversity of Bartonella infections globally. Isolates (n = 42) were obtained from five bat species in four provinces of Thailand and analyzed using sequences of the citrate synthase gene (gltA). Sequences clustered into seven distinct genogroups; four of these genogroups displayed similarity with Bartonella spp. sequences from other bats in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727785/novel-crispr-cas9-gene-drive-constructs-reveal-insights-into-mechanisms-of-resistance-allele-formation-and-drive-efficiency-in-genetically-diverse-populations
#8
Jackson Champer, Riona Reeves, Suh Yeon Oh, Chen Liu, Jingxian Liu, Andrew G Clark, Philipp W Messer
A functioning gene drive system could fundamentally change our strategies for the control of vector-borne diseases by facilitating rapid dissemination of transgenes that prevent pathogen transmission or reduce vector capacity. CRISPR/Cas9 gene drive promises such a mechanism, which works by converting cells that are heterozygous for the drive construct into homozygotes, thereby enabling super-Mendelian inheritance. Although CRISPR gene drive activity has already been demonstrated, a key obstacle for current systems is their propensity to generate resistance alleles, which cannot be converted to drive alleles...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727728/an-integrative-genomics-approach-identifies-novel-pathways-that-influence-candidaemia-susceptibility
#9
Vasiliki Matzaraki, Mark S Gresnigt, Martin Jaeger, Isis Ricaño-Ponce, Melissa D Johnson, Marije Oosting, Lude Franke, Sebo Withoff, John R Perfect, Leo A B Joosten, Bart Jan Kullberg, Frank L van de Veerdonk, Iris Jonkers, Yang Li, Cisca Wijmenga, Mihai G Netea, Vinod Kumar
Candidaemia is a bloodstream infection caused by Candida species that primarily affects specific groups of at-risk patients. Because only small candidaemia patient cohorts are available, classical genome wide association cannot be used to identify Candida susceptibility genes. Therefore, we have applied an integrative genomics approach to identify novel susceptibility genes and pathways for candidaemia. Candida-induced transcriptome changes in human primary leukocytes were assessed by RNA sequencing. Genetic susceptibility to candidaemia was assessed using the Illumina immunochip platform for genotyping of a cohort of 217 patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727617/granulosa-cell-tumors-novel-predictors-of-recurrence-in-early-stage-patients
#10
Sharif Sakr, Eman Abdulfatah, Sumi Thomas, Zaid Al-Wahab, Rafic Beydoun, Robert Morris, Rouba Ali-Fehmi, Sudeshna Bandyopadhyay
Granulosa cell tumors (GCTs) comprise 2% to 5% of ovarian neoplasms, with unpredictable patterns of recurrence. The HER family, GATA4, and SMAD3 genes are reportedly involved in GCT proliferation and apoptosis and may serve as new predictors of recurrence. The aim of the study was to evaluate novel predictors of recurrence in GCT from a large single institution cohort. Patients diagnosed with GCTs (n=125) between 1975 and 2014 were identified. Clinicopathologic parameters were obtained and immunohistochemical evaluation was performed of calretinin, inhibin, HER2, CD56, SMAD3, and GATA4...
May 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727484/construction-and-analysis-of-circular-rna-molecular-regulatory-networks-in-liver-cancer
#11
Shuangchun Ren, Zhuoyuan Xin, Yinyan Xu, Jianting Xu, Guoqing Wang
Liver cancer is the sixth most prevalent cancer, and the third most frequent cause of cancer-related deaths. Circular RNAs (circRNAs), a kind of special endogenous ncRNAs, have been coming back to the forefront of cancer genomics research. In this study, we employed a systems biology approach to construct and analyze the circRNA molecular regulatory networks in the context of liver cancer. We detected a total of 127 differentially expressed circRNAs and 3,235 differentially expressed mRNAs. We selected the top-5 upregulated circRNAs to construct a circRNA-miRNA-mRNA network...
July 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727279/characterization-of-two-homeodomain-transcription-factors-with-critical-but-distinct-roles-in-virulence-in-the-vascular-pathogen-verticillium-dahliae
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J L Sarmiento-Villamil, P Prieto, S J Klosterman, M D García-Pedrajas
Vascular wilt caused by Verticillium dahliae is a destructive disease that represents a chronic economic problem on crop production worldwide. In this work we characterized two new regulators of pathogenicity in this species. Vph1 (VDAG_06555) was identified in a candidate gene approach as a putative homolog of the transcription factor Ste12. Vhb1 (VDAG_08786), identified in a forward genetics approach, is similar to the homeobox transcription factor Htf1, reported as a regulator of conidiogenesis in several fungi...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727079/detection-of-dietary-dna-protein-and-glyphosate-in-meat-milk-and-eggs
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A L Van Eenennaam, A E Young
Products such as meat, milk, and eggs from animals that have consumed genetically engineered (GE) feed are not currently subject to mandatory GE labeling requirements. Some voluntary "non-genetically modified organism" labeling has been associated with such products, indicating that the animals were not fed GE crops, as there are no commercialized GE food animals. This review summarizes the available scientific literature on the detection of dietary DNA and protein in animal products and briefly discusses the implications of mandatory GE labeling for products from animals that have consumed GE feed...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727040/genome-wide-association-studies-and-meta-analysis-reveal-novel-quantitative-trait-loci-and-pleiotropic-loci-for-swine-head-related-traits
#14
H Chen, T Huang, Z Zhang, B Yang, C Jiang, J Wu, Z Zhou, H Zheng, W Xin, M Huang, M Zhang, C Chen, J Ren, H Ai, L Huang
The pig is an important domestic animal that provides a larger amount of meat and serves as a biomedical animal model for human. Head and facial features are closely linked to identity recognition in mammal communication. To uncover the genetic architecture of swine head and facial features, we constructed 5 experimental pig populations and accurately measured 10 traits related to head and facial features, for which genome-wide association studies and meta-analysis were later carried out. As a result, we identified a total of 24 loci harboring 437 SNP on 8 swine chromosomes (SSC) that surpassed suggestively significant levels, of which 17 loci on 6 chromosomes exceeded the 5% genome-wide significance thresholds...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726952/porphyra-polysaccharide-derived-carbon-dots-for-non-viral-co-delivery-of-different-gene-combinations-and-neuronal-differentiation-of-ectodermal-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#15
Jiaxin Chen, Qiang Wang, Jie Zhou, Wenwen Deng, Qingtong Yu, Xia Cao, Jianping Wang, Fengxia Shao, Yang Li, Ping Ma, Myron Spector, Jiangnan Yu, Ximing Xu
In this study, multifunctional fluorescent carbon dots (CDs) were synthesized using a one-pot hydrothermal carbonization reaction, with the naturally-occurring porphyra polysaccharide (PPS) serving as a single carbon source for the first time and ethylenediamine (Ed) acting as the surface passivation agent. The resulting CDs enjoyed a high quantum yield (56.3%), excitation-dependent fluorescence, small size (<10 nm), spherical shape, uniform distribution, positive surface charge, low cytotoxicity and excellent ability to condense macromolecular plasmid DNA...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726809/genomic-diagnostics-within-a-medically-underserved-population-efficacy-and-implications
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Kevin A Strauss, Claudia Gonzaga-Jauregui, Karlla W Brigatti, Katie B Williams, Alejandra K King, Cristopher Van Hout, Donna L Robinson, Millie Young, Kavita Praveen, Adam D Heaps, Mindy Kuebler, Aris Baras, Jeffrey G Reid, John D Overton, Frederick E Dewey, Robert N Jinks, Ian Finnegan, Scott J Mellis, Alan R Shuldiner, Erik G Puffenberger
PurposeWe integrated whole-exome sequencing (WES) and chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) into a clinical workflow to serve an endogamous, uninsured, agrarian community.MethodsSeventy-nine probands (newborn to 49.8 years) who presented between 1998 and 2015 remained undiagnosed after biochemical and molecular investigations. We generated WES data for probands and family members and vetted variants through rephenotyping, segregation analyses, and population studies.ResultsThe most common presentation was neurological disease (64%)...
July 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726808/prevalence-of-germ-line-mutations-in-cancer-genes-among-pancreatic-cancer-patients-with-a-positive-family-history
#17
Kari G Chaffee, Ann L Oberg, Robert R McWilliams, Neil Majithia, Brian A Allen, John Kidd, Nanda Singh, Anne-Renee Hartman, Richard J Wenstrup, Gloria M Petersen
PurposePanel-based genetic testing has identified increasing numbers of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) who carry germ-line mutations. However, small sample sizes or number of genes evaluated limit prevalence estimates of these mutations. We estimated prevalence of mutations in PDAC patients with positive family history.MethodsWe sequenced 25 cancer susceptibility genes in lymphocyte DNA from 302 PDAC patients in the Mayo Clinic Biospecimen Resource for Pancreatic Research Registry. Kindreds containing at least two first-degree relatives with PDAC met criteria for familial pancreatic cancer (FPC), while the remaining were familial, but not FPC...
July 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726805/prepl-deficiency-delineation-of-the-phenotype-and-development-of-a-functional-blood-assay
#18
Luc Régal, Emma Mårtensson, Isabelle Maystadt, Nicol Voermans, Damien Lederer, Alberto Burlina, María Jesús Juan Fita, A Jeannette M Hoogeboom, Mia Olsson Engman, Tess Hollemans, Meyke Schouten, Sandra Meulemans, Tord Jonson, Inge François, David Gil Ortega, Erik-Jan Kamsteeg, John W M Creemers
PurposePREPL deficiency causes neonatal hypotonia, ptosis, neonatal feeding difficulties, childhood obesity, xerostomia, and growth hormone deficiency. Different recessive contiguous gene deletion syndromes involving PREPL and a variable combination of SLC3A1 (hypotonia-cystinuria syndrome), CAMKMT (atypical hypotonia-cystinuria syndrome), and PPM1B (2p21 deletion syndrome) have been described. In isolated PREPL deficiency, previously described only once, the absence of cystinuria complicates the diagnosis...
July 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726779/maml1-acts-cooperatively-with-gli-proteins-to-regulate-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-pathway
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Roberta Quaranta, Maria Pelullo, Sabrina Zema, Francesca Nardozza, Saula Checquolo, Dieter Matthias Lauer, Francesca Bufalieri, Rocco Palermo, Maria Pia Felli, Alessandra Vacca, Claudio Talora, Lucia Di Marcotullio, Isabella Screpanti, Diana Bellavia
Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling is essential for proliferation of cerebellar granule cell progenitors (GCPs) and its misregulation is linked to various disorders, including cerebellar cancer medulloblastoma. The effects of Shh pathway are mediated by the Gli family of transcription factors, which controls the expression of a number of target genes, including Gli1. Here, we identify Mastermind-like 1 (Maml1) as a novel regulator of the Shh signaling since it interacts with Gli proteins, working as a potent transcriptional coactivator...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726775/oroxylin-a-activates-pkm1-hnf4-alpha-to-induce-hepatoma-differentiation-and-block-cancer-progression
#20
Libin Wei, Yuanyuan Dai, Yuxin Zhou, Zihao He, Jingyue Yao, Li Zhao, Qinglong Guo, Lin Yang
Liver cancer is the second cause of death from cancer worldwide, without effective treatment. Traditional chemotherapy for liver cancer has big side effects for patients, whereas targeted drugs, such as sorafenib, commonly have drug resistance. Oroxylin A (OA) is the main bioactive flavonoids of Scutellariae radix, which has strong anti-hepatoma effect but low toxicity to normal tissue. To date, no differentiation-inducing agents have been reported to exert a curative effect on solid tumors. Here our results demonstrated that OA restrained the proliferation and induced differentiation of hepatoma both in vitro and in vivo, via inducing a high PKM1 (pyruvate kinase M1)/PKM2 (pyruvate kinase M2) ratio...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
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