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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088540/multiplexed-site-specific-genome-engineering-for-overproducing-bioactive-secondary-metabolites-in-actinomycetes
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Lei Li, Guosong Zheng, Jun Chen, Mei Ge, Weihong Jiang, Yinhua Lu
Actinomycetes produce a large variety of pharmaceutically active compounds, yet production titers often require to be improved for discovery, development and large-scale manufacturing. Here, we describe a new technique, multiplexed site-specific genome engineering (MSGE) via the 'one integrase-multiple attB sites' concept, for the stable integration of secondary metabolite biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). Using MSGE, we achieved five-copy chromosomal integration of the pristinamycin II (PII) BGC in Streptomyces pristinaespiralis, resulting in the highest reported PII titers in flask and batch fermentations (2...
January 11, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088441/resveratrol-limits-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-through-modulation-of-khsrp-hnrnpa1-dependent-alternative-splicing-in-mammary-gland-cells
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Arfa Moshiri, Margherita Puppo, Martina Rossi, Roberto Gherzi, Paola Briata
Resveratrol (RESV) is a natural polyphenolic compound endowed with anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, as well as pro-apoptotic activities that make it a potential anti-tumor compound. Here we show that RESV counteracts the TGF-β-induced Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) phenotype in mammary gland cells and affects the alternative exon usage of pre-mRNAs that encode crucial factors in adhesion and migration -including CD44, ENAH, and FGFR2- in a panel of immortalized and transformed mammary gland cells...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087566/application-of-whole-exome-sequencing-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-and-management-of-inherited-cardiovascular-diseases-in-adults
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Sara B Seidelmann, Emily Smith, Lakshman Subrahmanyan, Daniel Dykas, Maen D Abou Ziki, Bani Azari, Fady Hannah-Shmouni, Yuexin Jiang, Joseph G Akar, Mark Marieb, Daniel Jacoby, Allen E Bale, Richard P Lifton, Arya Mani
BACKGROUND: With the advent of high throughput sequencing, the identification of genetic causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has become an integral part of medical diagnosis and management and at the forefront of personalized medicine in this field. The use of whole exome sequencing for clinical diagnosis, risk stratification, and management of inherited CVD has not been previously evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed the results of whole exome sequencing in first 200 adult patients with inherited CVD, who underwent genetic testing at the Yale Program for Cardiovascular Genetics...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087469/tofacitinib-ameliorates-inflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-airway-neutrophilia-induced-by-inhaled-lps
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Elena Calama, Isabel Ramis, Anna Domènech, Cristina Carreño, Jorge De Alba, Neus Prats, Montserrat Miralpeix
BACKGROUND: and purpose: The Janus Kinase (JAK) family mediates the cytokine receptor-induced signalling pathways involved in inflammatory processes. The activation of the signal transducers and activators of transcription (STATs) by JAK kinases is a key point in these pathways. Four JAK proteins, JAK1, JAK2, JAK3 and tyrosine kinase 2 (Tyk2) associate with the intracellular domains of surface cytokine receptors are phosphorylating STATs and modulating gene expression. The aim of this study was to explore the role of JAK inhibition in an acute model of inhaled lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced airway inflammation in rats through evaluating the effects of tofacitinib, a marketed pan-JAK inhibitor...
January 10, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087426/next-generation-sequencing-of-a-large-gene-panel-in-patients-initially-diagnosed-with-idiopathic-ventricular-fibrillation
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Marloes Visser, Dennis Dooijes, Jasper J van der Smagt, Jeroen F van der Heijden, Pieter A Doevendans, Peter Loh, Folkert W Asselbergs, Rutger J Hassink
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (IVF) is a rare primary cardiac arrhythmia syndrome that is diagnosed in a resuscitated cardiac arrest victim, with documented ventricular fibrillation, in whom no underlying cause is identified after comprehensive clinical evaluation. In some patients causative genetic mutations are detected which facilitate patient treatment and follow-up. The feasibility of next generation sequencing (NGS) has increased with its greater availability and decreasing costs...
January 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087289/clinical-utility-and-functional-analysis-of-variants-in-atrial-fibrillation-associated-locus-4q25
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Yusuke Ebana, Kouichi Ozaki, Lian Liu, Hitoshi Hachiya, Kenzo Hirao, Mitsuaki Isobe, Michiaki Kubo, Toshihiro Tanaka, Tetsushi Furukawa
BACKGROUND: Chromosome 4q25 has been repeatedly identified as atrial fibrillation (AF)-sensitive locus in multiple genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and is considered to hold some clues to AF pathogenesis. We aimed to investigate the clinical utilities in Japanese and to unveil the function of the 4q25 locus in affecting transcription of adjacent genes. METHODS: We conducted AF GWAS in Japanese population (1382 AF cases and 1478 controls) and the replication panel (1666 AF cases and 1229 controls) with detailed clinical information which showed the acceleration of AF onset...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086979/b-cell-repertoires-in-hla-sensitized-kidney-transplant-candidates-undergoing-desensitization-therapy
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John F Beausang, H Christina Fan, Rene Sit, Maria U Hutchins, Kshama Jirage, Rachael Curtis, Edward Hutchins, Stephen R Quake, Julie M Yabu
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplantation is the most effective treatment for end-stage renal disease. Sensitization refers to pre-existing antibodies against human leukocyte antigen (HLA) protein and remains a major barrier to successful transplantation. Despite implementation of desensitization strategies, many candidates fail to respond. Our objective was to determine whether measuring B cell repertoires could differentiate candidates that respond to desensitization therapy. METHODS: We developed an assay based on high-throughput DNA sequencing of the variable domain of the heavy chain of immunoglobulin genes to measure changes in B cell repertoires in 19 highly HLA-sensitized kidney transplant candidates undergoing desensitization and 7 controls with low to moderate HLA sensitization levels...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086798/genome-wide-association-analysis-of-seedling-traits-in-diverse-sorghum-germplasm-under-thermal-stress
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Ratan Chopra, Gloria Burow, John J Burke, Nicholas Gladman, Zhanguo Xin
BACKGROUND: Climate variability due to fluctuation in temperature is a worldwide concern that imperils crop production. The need to understand how the germplasm variation in major crops can be utilized to aid in discovering and developing breeding lines that can withstand and adapt to temperature fluctuations is more necessary than ever. Here, we analyzed the genetic variation associated with responses to thermal stresses in a sorghum association panel (SAP) representing major races and working groups to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are associated with resilience to temperature stress in a major cereal crop...
January 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076437/mutations-in-splicing-factor-genes-are-a-major-cause-of-autosomal-dominant-retinitis-pigmentosa-in-belgian-families
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Caroline Van Cauwenbergh, Frauke Coppieters, Dimitri Roels, Sarah De Jaegere, Helena Flipts, Julie De Zaeytijd, Sophie Walraedt, Charlotte Claes, Erik Fransen, Guy Van Camp, Fanny Depasse, Ingele Casteels, Thomy de Ravel, Bart P Leroy, Elfride De Baere
PURPOSE: Autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP) is characterized by an extensive genetic heterogeneity, implicating 27 genes, which account for 50 to 70% of cases. Here 86 Belgian probands with possible adRP underwent genetic testing to unravel the molecular basis and to assess the contribution of the genes underlying their condition. METHODS: Mutation detection methods evolved over the past ten years, including mutation specific methods (APEX chip analysis), linkage analysis, gene panel analysis (Sanger sequencing, targeted next-generation sequencing or whole exome sequencing), high-resolution copy number screening (customized microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074849/genetic-variants-identified-from-epilepsy-of-unknown-etiology-in-chinese-children-by-targeted-exome-sequencing
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Yimin Wang, Xiaonan Du, Rao Bin, Shanshan Yu, Zhezhi Xia, Guo Zheng, Jianmin Zhong, Yunjian Zhang, Yong-Hui Jiang, Yi Wang
Genetic factors play a major role in the etiology of epilepsy disorders. Recent genomics studies using next generation sequencing (NGS) technique have identified a large number of genetic variants including copy number (CNV) and single nucleotide variant (SNV) in a small set of genes from individuals with epilepsy. These discoveries have contributed significantly to evaluate the etiology of epilepsy in clinic and lay the foundation to develop molecular specific treatment. However, the molecular basis for a majority of epilepsy patients remains elusive, and furthermore, most of these studies have been conducted in Caucasian children...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074846/novel-blood-based-microrna-biomarker-panel-for-early-diagnosis-of-chronic-pancreatitis
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Lei Xin, Jun Gao, Dan Wang, Jin-Huan Lin, Zhuan Liao, Jun-Tao Ji, Ting-Ting Du, Fei Jiang, Liang-Hao Hu, Zhao-Shen Li
Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is an inflammatory disease characterized by progressive fibrosis of pancreas. Early diagnosis will improve the prognosis of patients. This study aimed to obtain serum miRNA biomarkers for early diagnosis of CP. In the current study, we analyzed the differentially expressed miRNAs (DEmiRs) of CP patients from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), and the DEmiRs in plasma of early CP patients (n = 10) from clinic by miRNA microarrays. Expression levels of DEmiRs were further tested in clinical samples including early CP patients (n = 20), late CP patients (n = 20) and healthy controls (n = 18)...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074603/supplementing-diet-with-manitoba-lingonberry-juice-reduces-kidney-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Cara K Isaak, Pengqi Wang, Suvira Prashar, Karmin O, Daniel C W Brown, Samir C Debnath, Yaw L Siow
BACKGROUND: Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) contains high levels of anthocyanins which are bioavailable in the kidney and may be protective against ischemia-reperfusion (IR)-induced acute kidney injury. This study investigated the effect of lingonberry juice on IR-induced stress-activated signaling pathway and inflammatory response in the kidney. RESULTS: Sprague-Dawley rats subjected to kidney IR had significantly impaired kidney function, with increased activation of the JNK signaling pathway and increased inflammatory response, measured using a multiplex panel containing an extensive array of inflammatory biomarkers...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073843/active-estrogen-receptor-alpha-signaling-in-ovarian-cancer-models-and-clinical-specimens
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Courtney L Andersen, Matthew J Sikora, Michelle M Boisen, Tianzhou Ma, Alec Christie, George Tseng, Yong Seok Park, Soumya Luthra, Uma Chandran, Paul Haluska, Gina Mantia-Smaldone, Kunle Odunsi, Karen McLean, Adrian V Lee, Esther Elishaev, Robert P Edwards, Steffi Oesterreich
PURPOSE: High-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC) is an aggressive disease with few available targeted therapies. Despite high expression of estrogen receptor-alpha in ~80% of HGSOC and some small but promising clinical trials of endocrine therapy, estrogen receptor-alpha has been understudied as a target in this disease. We sought to identify hormone-responsive, estrogen receptor-alpha-dependent HGSOC. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We characterized endocrine response in HGSOC cells across culture conditions (2-D, 3-D, forced suspension) and in patient-derived xenograft (PDX) explants, assessing proliferation and gene expression...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071986/evaluation-of-a-two-year-routine-application-of-molecular-testing-of-thyroid-fine-needle-aspirations-fna-using-a-7-gene-panel-in-a-primary-referral-setting-in-germany
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Markus Eszlinger, Katharina Böhme, Maha Ullmann, Fabian Görke, Udo Siebolts, Anna Neumann, Christiane Franzius, Sabine Adam, Thomas Molwitz, Christian Landvogt, Bassam Amro, Anja Hach, Berit Feldmann, Dieter Graf, Antje Wefer, Rainer Niemann, Catharina Bullmann, Günther Klaushenke, Reinhard Santen, Gregor Tönshoff, Velimir Ivancevic, Andreas Kögler, Eberhard Bell, Bernd Lorenz, Gerald Kluge, Christoph Hartenstein, Ilka Ruschenburg, Ralf Paschke
BACKGROUND: Major differences with respect to the diagnostic performance of a "ruling in" approach in the pre-surgical diagnosis of indeterminate thyroid fine needle aspirations (FNAs) have been reported. Therefore, the aim of this prospective multicenter study was to investigate the specific diagnostic impact of mutation testing using a 7-gene-panel in a routine primary referral setting analyzing FNAs from endocrinology and nuclear medicine practices in Germany. METHODS: RNA and DNA was extracted from 564 routine air-dried FNA smears obtained from 64 physicians and cytologically graded by one experienced cytopathologist...
January 10, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067760/dna-methylation-targeting-the-dnmt-hmt-crosstalk-challenge
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Omar Castillo-Aguilera, Patrick Depreux, Ludovic Halby, Paola B Arimondo, Laurence Goossens
Chromatin can adopt a decondensed state linked to gene transcription (euchromatin) and a condensed state linked to transcriptional repression (heterochromatin). These states are controlled by epigenetic modulators that are active on either the DNA or the histones and are tightly associated to each other. Methylation of both DNA and histones is involved in either the activation or silencing of genes and their crosstalk. Since DNA/histone methylation patterns are altered in cancers, molecules that target these modifications are interesting therapeutic tools...
January 5, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067312/adeno-associated-virus-serotype-rh-10-displays-strong-muscle-tropism-following-intraperitoneal-delivery
#16
Jianzhong Ai, Jia Li, Dominic J Gessler, Qin Su, Qiang Wei, Hong Li, Guangping Gao
Recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) is an attractive tool for basic science and translational medicine including gene therapy, due to the versatility in its cell and organ transduction. Previous work indicates that rAAV transduction patterns are highly dependent on route of administration. Based on this relationship, we hypothesized that intraperitoneal (IP) administration of rAAV produces unique patterns of tissue tropism. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the transduction efficiency of 12 rAAV serotypes carrying an enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) reporter gene in a panel of 12 organs after IP injection...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065684/ighmbp2-related-clinical-and-genetic-features-in-a-cohort-of-chinese-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-type-2-patients
#17
Lei Liu, Xiaobo Li, Zhengmao Hu, Xiao Mao, Xiaohong Zi, Kun Xia, Beisha Tang, Ruxu Zhang
IGHMBP2 mutations had been exclusively associated with spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type I. However, increasing AR-CMT2S cases without respiratory failure caused by IGHMBP2 mutations have been reported in the past two years. We detected IGHMBP2 mutations in a cohort of Chinese CMT2 patients using genes panel testing, polymerase chain reaction and Sanger sequencing. We found four families with autosomal recessive IGHMBP2 mutations, and the frequency of IGHMBP2 mutations is 6.5% in CMT2 without dominant inheritance...
November 18, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064285/unusual-duplication-in-the-pericentromeric-region-of-chromosome-9-in-a-patient-with-phenotypic-alterations
#18
Andréa C M Malinverni, Mileny E Colovati, Ana B A Perez, Thamy P Caneloi, Hélio R Oliveira, Nadezda Kosyakova, Thomas Liehr, Ahmed B Hamid, Maria I Melaragno
Several alterations involving the pericentromeric region of chromosome 9 are considered as normal population variants. These heterochromatic variants or heteromorphisms can include 9qh+, 9cen+, 9ph+, 9ph-, inv(9)(p11q13), and other patterns which can only be defined by FISH studies. However, some heteromorphisms have been found more frequently in patients with several clinical disorders. Here, we report on a patient with intellectual disability, language and neurodevelopmental delay, as well as facial dysmorphism and an unusual chromosome 9...
January 7, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062705/novel-p21-activated-kinase-4-pak4-allosteric-modulators-overcome-drug-resistance-and-stemness-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#19
Amro Aboukameel, Irfana Muqbil, William Senapedis, Erkan Baloglu, Yosef Landesman, Sharon Shacham, Michael Kauffman, Philip A Philip, Ramzi M Mohammad, Asfar S Azmi
The p21-activated kinase 4 (PAK4) is a key downstream effector of the Rho family GTPases and is found to be overexpressed in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cells but not in normal human pancreatic ductal epithelia (HPDE). Gene copy number amplification studies in PDAC patient cohorts confirmed PAK4 amplification making it an attractive therapeutic target in PDAC. We investigated the antitumor activity of novel PAK4 allosteric modulators (PAM) on a panel of PDAC cell lines and chemotherapy-resistant flow-sorted PDAC cancer stem cells (CSC)...
January 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061772/use-of-liquid-biopsies-to-monitor-disease-progression-in-a-sarcoma-patient-a-case-report
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Heidi M Namløs, Olga Zaikova, Bodil Bjerkehagen, Daniel Vodák, Eivind Hovig, Ola Myklebost, Kjetil Boye, Leonardo A Meza-Zepeda
BACKGROUND: Many patients experience local recurrence or metastases after receiving potentially curative treatment, and early detection of these events is important for disease control. Recent technological advances make it possible to use blood plasma containing circulating cell-free tumour DNA (ctDNA) as a liquid biopsy. In this case report we show how serial liquid biopsies can be used to monitor the disease course and detect disease recurrence in a sarcoma patient. CASE PRESENTATION: A 55-year-old male presented with a rapidly growing, painful palpable mass in the left groin region, and a biopsy revealed a high-grade malignant spindle cell sarcoma...
January 6, 2017: BMC Cancer
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