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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724082/prospective-targeted-recombination-and-genetic-gains-for-quantitative-traits-in-maize
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Rex Bernardo
Advances in clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) technology have allowed targeted recombination in specific DNA sequences in yeast (). My objective was to determine if the selection gains from targeted recombination are large enough to warrant the development of targeted recombination technology in plants. Genomewide marker effects for quantitative traits in two maize ( L.) experiments were used to identify targeted recombination points that would maximize the per-chromosome genetic gains in a given cross...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724076/gbs-based-genomic-selection-for-pea-grain-yield-under-severe-terminal-drought
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Paolo Annicchiarico, Nelson Nazzicari, Luciano Pecetti, Massimo Romani, Barbara Ferrari, Yanling Wei, E Charles Brummer
Terminal drought is the main stress that limits pea ( L.) grain yield in Mediterranean-climate regions. This study provides an unprecedented assessment of the predictive ability of genomic selection (GS) for grain yield under severe terminal drought using genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) data. Additional aims were to assess the GS predictive ability for different GBS data quality filters and GS models, comparing intrapopulation with interpopulation GS predictive ability and to perform genome-wide association (GWAS) studies...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724064/genetic-characterization-of-the-soybean-nested-association-mapping-population
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Qijian Song, Long Yan, Charles Quigley, Brandon D Jordan, Edward Fickus, Steve Schroeder, Bao-Hua Song, Yong-Qiang Charles An, David Hyten, Randall Nelson, Katy Rainey, William D Beavis, Jim Specht, Brian Diers, Perry Cregan
A set of nested association mapping (NAM) families was developed by crossing 40 diverse soybean [ (L.) Merr.] genotypes to the common cultivar. The 41 parents were deeply sequenced for SNP discovery. Based on the polymorphism of the single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and other selection criteria, a set of SNPs was selected to be included in the SoyNAM6K BeadChip for genotyping the parents and 5600 RILs from the 40 families. Analysis of the SNP profiles of the RILs showed a low average recombination rate...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723762/recombinant-human-tsh-stimulated-thyroglobulin-levels-at-remnant-ablation-predict-structural-incomplete-response-to-treatment-in-patients-with-differentiated-thyroid-cancer
#4
Jeonghoon Ha, Min Hee Kim, Kwanhoon Jo, Yejee Lim, Ja Seong Bae, Sohee Lee, Moo Il Kang, Bong Yun Cha, Dong Jun Lim
In patients with differentiated thyroid cancer, stimulated thyroglobulin (sTg) levels after thyroid hormone withdrawal (THW) at remnant ablation (RA) and at 6 to 12 months are known to have good prognostic value. This study aimed to evaluate the prognostic impacts and best cutoff values of sTg levels under recombinant human thyroid stimulating hormone (rhTSH) treatment at RA and at follow-up. A total of 151 patients were enrolled, of whom 77 were followed up with rhTSH-stimulated Tg (rhTSH-sTg) and 74 with THW-stimulated Tg (THW-sTg) at 6 to 12 months after rhTSH-aided RA...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723680/meiotic-recombination-in-the-giraffe-g-reticulata
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Miluse Vozdova, Jan Fröhlich, Svatava Kubickova, Hana Sebestova, Jiri Rubes
Recently, the reticulated giraffe (G. reticulata) was identified as a distinct species, which emphasized the need for intensive research in this interesting animal. To shed light on the meiotic process as a source of biodiversity, we analysed the frequency and distribution of meiotic recombination in 2 reticulated giraffe males. We used immunofluorescence detection of synaptonemal complex protein (SYCP3), meiotic double strand breaks (DSB, marked as RAD51 foci) in leptonema, and crossovers (COs, as MLH1 foci) in pachynema...
July 20, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723678/carrier-transport-dynamics-in-mn-doped-cdse-quantum-dot-sensitized-solar-cells
#6
Uma Poudyal, Franscis Scott Maloney, Keshab Raj Sapkota, Wenyong Wang
In this work quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) were fabricated with CdSe and Mn-doped CdSe quantum dots (QDs) using the SILAR method. QDSSCs based on Mn-doped CdSe QDs exhibited improved incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency. Carrier transport dynamics in the QDSSCs were studied using the intensity modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopy technique, from which transport and recombination time constants could be derived. Compared to CdSe QDSSCs, Mn-CdSe QDSSCs exhibited shorter transport time constant, longer recombination time constant, longer diffusion length, and higher charge collection efficiency...
July 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723607/production-of-recombinant-porin-from-y-pseudotuberculosis-in-a-water-soluble-form-for-pseudotuberculosis-diagnostics
#7
Vasily A Golotin, Olga Y Portnyagina, Natalia S Chopenko, Natalia Y Kim, Valery A Rasskazov, Olga D Novikova
OmpF porin from the outer membrane of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis was cloned into pET-40b(+) plasmid. Using E. coli Rosetta (DE3) strain, MX-medium, IPTG concentration of 0.2 mM and post-induction cultivation at 14 °C overnight allowed us to obtain a water-soluble form of the recombinant protein (rs-OmpF). Rs-OmpF was shown to have the ordered spatial structure at the levels of secondary and tertiary structure. Rs-OmpF was found to be effective as diagnostic antigen in ELISA for pseudotuberculosis diagnostics...
July 26, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723575/crispr-mediated-integration-of-large-gene-cassettes-using-aav-donor-vectors
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Rasmus O Bak, Matthew H Porteus
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has recently been shown to facilitate high levels of precise genome editing using adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors to serve as donor template DNA during homologous recombination (HR). However, the maximum AAV packaging capacity of ∼4.5 kb limits the donor size. Here, we overcome this constraint by showing that two co-transduced AAV vectors can serve as donors during consecutive HR events for the integration of large transgenes. Importantly, the method involves a single-step procedure applicable to primary cells with relevance to therapeutic genome editing...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723271/development-of-three-orthogonal-assays-suitable-for-the-identification-and-qualification-of-pikfyve-inhibitors
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Kylie Fogarty, Mohammed Kashem, Andras Bauer, Alexandra Bernardino, Debra Brennan, Brian Cook, Neil Farrow, Teresa Molinaro, Richard Nelson
FYVE-type zinc finger-containing phosphoinositide kinase (PIKfyve) catalyzes the formation of phosphatidylinositol 3,5-bisphosphate (PI(3,5)P2) from phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI(3)P). PIKfyve has been implicated in multiple cellular processes, and its role in the regulation of toll-like receptor (TLR) pathways and the production of proinflammatory cytokines has sparked interest in developing small-molecule PIKfyve inhibitors as potential therapeutics to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. We developed three orthogonal assays to identify and qualify small-molecule inhibitors of PIKfyve: (1) a purified component microfluidic enzyme assay that measures the conversion of fluorescently labeled PI(3)P to PI(3,5)P2 by purified recombinant full-length human 6His-PIKfyve (rPIKfyve); (2) an intracellular protein stabilization assay using the kinase domain of PIKfyve expressed in HEK293 cells; and (3) a cell-based functional assay that measures the production of interleukin (IL)-12p70 in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells stimulated with TLR agonists lipopolysaccharide and R848...
July 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723212/engineering-recombinant-protein-sensors-for-quantifying-histone-acetylation
#10
Oscar F Sanchez, Agnes Mendonca, Ana D Carneiro, Chongli Yuan
H3K14ac (acetylation of lysine 14 of histone H3) is one of the most important epigentic modifications. Aberrant changes in H3K14ac have been associated with various diseases, including cancers and neurological disorders. Tools that enable detection and quantification of H3K14ac levels in cell extracts and in situ are thus of critical importance to reveal its role in various biological processes. Current detection techniques of specific histone modifications, however, are constrained by tedious sample pretreatments, lack of quantitative accuracy, and reliance on high quality antibodies...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723072/superposition-principle-in-auger-recombination-of-charged-and-neutral-multicarrier-states-in-semiconductor-quantum-dots
#11
Kaifeng Wu, Jaehoon Lim, Victor I Klimov
Application of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in optical and optoelectronic devices is often complicated by unintentional generation of extra charges, which opens fast nonradiative Auger recombination pathways whereby the recombination energy of an exciton is quickly transferred to the extra-carrier(s) and ultimately dissipated as heat. Previous studies of Auger recombination have primarily focused on neutral, and more recently, negatively charged multi-carrier states. Auger dynamics of positively charged species remains more poorly explored due to difficulties in creating, stabilizing, and detecting excess holes in the QDs...
July 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722734/scavenging-and-recombination-kinetics-in-radiation-chemistry
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Eyad H Al-Samra, Nicholas J B Green
This work describes stochastic models developed to study the competition between radical scavenging and recombination for simple model systems typical of radiation chemistry, where the reactive particles are tightly clustered and reactions are assumed fully diffusion limited. Three models are developed: a Monte Carlo random flights model with a periodic boundary condition for scavengers, Monte Carlo simulations in which the scavenging rate is calculated from the Smoluchowski theory for diffusion-limited reactions and a modification of the independent reaction times method where the scavengers close to the spur are explicitly included and the scavengers further away are treated as a continuum...
July 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722705/background-controlled-qtl-mapping-in-pure-line-genetic-populations-derived-from-four-way-crosses
#13
S Zhang, L Meng, J Wang, L Zhang
Pure lines derived from multiple parents are becoming more important because of the increased genetic diversity, the possibility to conduct replicated phenotyping trials in multiple environments and potentially high mapping resolution of quantitative trait loci (QTL). In this study, we proposed a new mapping method for QTL detection in pure-line populations derived from four-way crosses, which is able to control the background genetic variation through a two-stage mapping strategy. First, orthogonal variables were created for each marker and used in an inclusive linear model, so as to completely absorb the genetic variation in the mapping population...
July 19, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722656/corrupting-the-dna-damage-response-a-critical-role-for-rad52-in-tumor-cell-survival
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Rachel Lieberman, Ming You
The DNA damage response enables cells to survive, maintain genome integrity, and to safeguard the transmission of high-fidelity genetic information. Upon sensing DNA damage, cells respond by activating this multi-faceted DNA damage response leading to restoration of the cell, senescence, programmed cell death, or genomic instability if the cell survives without proper repair. However, unlike normal cells, cancer cells maintain a marked level of genomic instability. Because of this enhanced propensity to accumulate DNA damage, tumor cells rely on homologous recombination repair as a means of protection from the lethal effect of both spontaneous and therapy-induced double-strand breaks (DSBs) in DNA...
July 15, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722587/lack-of-geospatial-population-structure-yet-significant-linkage-disequilibrium-in-the-reservoir-of-plasmodium-falciparum-in-bongo-district-ghana
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Shazia Ruybal-Pesántez, Kathryn E Tiedje, Mary M Rorick, Lucas Amenga-Etego, Anita Ghansah, Abraham Oduro, Kwadwo A Koram, Karen P Day
Malaria control in West Africa is impeded by the large reservoir of chronic asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infections in the human population. This study aimed to assess the extent of diversity in the P. falciparum reservoir in Bongo District (BD), Ghana, at the end of the dry season, the lowest point in malaria transmission over the course of the year. Analysis of the variation in 12 microsatellite loci was completed for 200 P. falciparum isolates collected from a cross-sectional survey of residents of all ages from two catchment areas in BD...
July 3, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722417/improving-carrier-lifetime-of-tin-sulfide-via-prediction-and-mitigation-of-harmful-point-defects
#16
Alex Polizzotti, Alireza Faghaninia, Jeremy R Poindexter, Lea Nienhaus, Vera Steinmann, Robert L Z Hoye, Alexandre Felten, Amjad Deyine, Niall Mangan, Juan-Pablo Correa-Baena, Seong Sik Shin, Shaffiq Jaffer, Moungi G Bawendi, Cynthia Lo, Tonio Buonassisi
Tin monosulfide (SnS) is an emerging thin-film absorber material for photovoltaics. An outstanding challenge is to improve carrier lifetimes to >1 ns, which should enable >10% device efficiencies. However, reported results to date have only demonstrated lifetimes at or below 100 ps. In this study, we employ defect modeling to identify the sulfur vacancy and defects from Fe, Co, and Mo as most recombination-active. We attempt to minimize these defects in crystalline samples through high-purity, sulfur-rich growth and experimentally improve lifetimes to >3 ns - thus achieving our 1 ns goal...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722307/localized-defects-on-copper-sulfide-surface-for-enhanced-plasmon-resonance-and-water-splitting
#17
Kaixv Ren, Pengfei Yin, Yuzhu Zhou, Xingzhong Cao, Cunku Dong, Lan Cui, Hui Liu, Xiwen Du
Surficial defects in semiconductor can induce high density of carriers and cause localized surface plasmon resonance which is prone to light harvesting and energy conversion, while internal defects may cause serious recombination of electrons and holes. Thus, it is significant to precisely control the distribution of defects, although there are few successful examples. Herein, an effective strategy to confine abundant defects within the surface layer of Cu1.94 S nanoflake arrays (NFAs) is reported, leaving a perfect internal structure...
July 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721831/transient-production-of-recombinant-pharmaceutical-proteins-in-plants-evolution-and-perspectives
#18
Lilya Kopertekh, Joachim Schiemann
During the last two decades the production of pharmaceutical proteins in plants evolved from proof of concept to established technology adopted by several biotechnological companies. This progress is particularly based on intensive research starting stable genetic transformation and moving to transient expression. Due to its advantages in yield and speed of protein production transient expression platforms became leading plant-based manufacturing technology. Current transient expression methods rely on Agrobacterium-mediated delivery of expression vectors into plant cells...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721587/genetically-engineered-cell-lines-for-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-expression
#19
Qianqian Ji, Caiping Guo, Chen Xie, Yingdan Wu, Pei Zhang, Hui Li, Yongjun Lu
OBJECTIVES: To establish genetically modified cell lines that can produce functional α1-antitrypsin (AAT), by CRISPR/Cas9-assisted homologous recombination. RESULTS: α1-Antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a monogenic heritable disease that often results in lungs and liver damage. Current augmentation therapy is expensive and in short of supply. To develop a safer and more effective therapeutic strategy for AATD, we integrated the AAT gene (SERPINA1, NG_008290.1) into the AAVS1 locus of human cell line HEK293T and assessed the safety and efficacy of CRISPR/Cas9 on producing potential therapeutic cell lines...
July 18, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721411/power-output-and-carrier-dynamics-studies-of-perovskite-solar-cells-under-working-conditions
#20
Man Yu, Hao-Yi Wang, Ming-Yang Hao, Yujun Qin, Li-Min Fu, Jian-Ping Zhang, Xi-Cheng Ai
Perovskite solar cells have emerged as promising photovoltaic systems with superb power conversion efficiency. For the practical application of perovskite devices, the greatest concerns are the power output density and the related dynamics under working conditions. In this study, the working conditions of planar and mesoscopic perovskite solar cells are simulated and the power output density evolutions with the working voltage are highlighted. The planar device exhibits higher capability of outputting power than the mesoscopic one...
July 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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