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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230102/identification-of-a-new-virulent-clade-in-enterohemorrhagic-escherichia-coli-o26-h11-h-sequence-type-29
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Nozomi Ishijima, Ken-Ichi Lee, Tomomi Kuwahara, Haruyuki Nakayama-Imaohji, Saori Yoneda, Atsushi Iguchi, Yoshitoshi Ogura, Tetsuya Hayashi, Makoto Ohnishi, Sunao Iyoda
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O26 infections cause severe human diseases such as hemolytic uremic syndrome and encephalopathy, and is the predominant serogroup among non-O157 EHEC in many countries. Shiga toxin (Stx), which consists of two distinct types (Stx1 and Stx2), plays a central role in EHEC pathogenesis. The major stx gene type in EHEC O26 strains is stx1, although isolates with only stx2 have emerged in Japan since 2012 and have been reported in Europe. In this study, we selected 27 EHEC O26 strains isolated in Japan and identified a distinct genetic clade within sequence type (ST) 29, designated ST29C1, that carried only stx2 and had the plasmid gene profile ehxA+/katP-/espP+/etpD-...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228480/a-stable-but-reversible-integrated-surrogate-reporter-for-assaying-crispr-cas9-stimulated-homology-directed-repair
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Yahong Wen, Grace Liao, Thomas Pritchard, Ting-Ting Zhao, Jon P Connelly, Shondra M Pruett-Miller, Valerie Blanc, Nicholas O Davidson, Blair B Madison
The discovery and application of CRISPR/Cas9 technology for genome editing has greatly accelerated targeted mutagenesis in a variety of organisms. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated site-specific cleavage is typically exploited for the generation of insertions or deletions (indels) following aberrant dsDNA repair via the endogenous non-homology end-joining (NHEJ) pathway, or alternatively, for enhancing homology directed repair (HDR) to facilitate the generation of a specific mutation (or knock-in). However, there is a need for efficient cellular assays that can measure Cas9/guide RNA (gRNA) activity...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225027/variable-salinity-responses-of-12-alfalfa-genotypes-and-comparative-expression-analyses-of-salt-response-genes
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Devinder Sandhu, Monica V Cornacchione, Jorge F S Ferreira, Donald L Suarez
Twelve alfalfa genotypes that were selected for biomass under salinity, differences in Na and Cl concentrations in shoots and K/Na ratio were evaluated in this long-term salinity experiment. The selected plants were cloned to reduce genetic variability within each genotype. Salt tolerance (ST) index of the genotypes ranged from 0.39 to 1. The most salt-tolerant genotypes SISA14-1 (G03) and AZ-90ST (G10), the top performers for biomass, exhibited the least effect on shoot number and height. SISA14-1 (G03) accumulated low Na and Cl under salinity...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224267/selection-of-dna-aptamers-for-extra-cellular-domain-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-to-detect-her2-positive-carcinomas
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A Sett, B B Borthakur, U Bora
BACKGROUND: Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2, an orphan receptor of ErbB family) is considered as an important biomarker as it plays a key role in the development and progression of aggressive types of breast, ovarian, stomach and gastric cancer. In the present study, we developed novel DNA aptamers against the extra-cellular domain (ECD) of Her2 protein for detection of Her2-positive carcinomas. METHODS: We cloned and expressed Her2-ECD protein in E...
February 21, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224059/identification-of-downy-mildew-resistance-gene-candidates-by-positional-cloning-in-maize-zea-mays-subsp-mays-poaceae
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Jae Yoon Kim, Jun-Cheol Moon, Hyo Chul Kim, Seungho Shin, Kitae Song, Kyung-Hee Kim, Byung-Moo Lee
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Positional cloning in combination with phenotyping is a general approach to identify disease-resistance gene candidates in plants; however, it requires several time-consuming steps including population or fine mapping. Therefore, in the present study, we suggest a new combined strategy to improve the identification of disease-resistance gene candidates. METHODS AND RESULTS: Downy mildew (DM)-resistant maize was selected from five cultivars using a spreader row technique...
February 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222922/biomass-production-and-carbon-sequestration-of-a-short-rotation-forest-with-different-poplar-clones-in-northwest-china
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Yan Meifang, Wang Lu, Ren Honghui, Zhang Xinshi
Short Rotation Forestry (SRF) is of interest as producers of biomass for bio-energy, but also as carbon (C) sinks to mitigate CO2 emission. To investigate biomass production and C sequestration of SRF, ecosystem C stock (including C stored in tree biomass, litter and soil), NPP (net primary productivity), heterotrophic respiration (Rh) and NEP (net ecosystem productivity) of three poplar clone plantations were estimated by repeated field sampling in northwest China. Ecosystem C stock (105.62MgCha(-1)) was significantly lower in PB (P...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222746/c-terminal-region-of-apoptin-affects-chicken-anemia-virus-replication-and-virulence
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Yongqiang Wang, Xiuqing Song, Honglei Gao, Xiaoyan Wang, Yonghao Hu, Yulong Gao, Xiaole Qi, Liting Qin, Huan Lin, Li Gao, Shuai Yao, Chunyan Han, Xiaomei Wang, Hualan Chen
BACKGROUND: Chicken anemia virus (CAV) causes anemia and immune suppression, which are important diseases in the poultry industry. CAV VP3, also referred as 'apoptin', has been shown to selectively kill tumor cells, raising great hopes for its utilization as an anticancer therapy. The ability of apoptin to induce apoptosis is closely related to its nuclear localization. The C-terminal region of apoptin contains a bipartite nuclear localization signals (NLS), and a nuclear export signal (NES) is located between the arms of the NLS...
February 21, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222201/linkage-and-mapping-of-quantitative-trait-loci-associated-with-angular-leaf-spot-and-powdery-mildew-resistance-in-common-beans
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Denis Bassi, Boris Briñez, Juliana Santa Rosa, Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc, Caléo Panhoca de Almeida, Stella Maris Nucci, Larissa Chariel Domingos da Silva, Alisson Fernando Chiorato, Rosana Pereira Vianello, Luis Eduardo Aranha Camargo, Matthew Wohlgemuth Blair, Luciana Lasry Benchimol-Reis
Angular leaf spot (ALS) and powdery mildew (PWM) are two important fungi diseases causing significant yield losses in common beans. In this study, a new genetic linkage map was constructed using single sequence repeats (SSRs) and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in a segregating population derived from the AND 277 x SEA 5 cross, with 105 recombinant inbred lines. Phenotypic evaluations were performed in the greenhouse to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with resistance by means of the composite interval mapping analysis...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220142/absence-of-an-n-linked-glycosylation-motif-in-the-glycoprotein-of-the-live-attenuated-argentine-hemorrhagic-fever-vaccine-candid-1-results-in-its-improper-processing-and-reduced-surface-expression
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John T Manning, Alexey V Seregin, Nadezhda E Yun, Takaaki Koma, Cheng Huang, José Barral, Juan C de la Torre, Slobodan Paessler
Junin virus (JUNV), a highly pathogenic New World arenavirus, is the causative agent of Argentine hemorrhagic fever (AHF). The live-attenuated Candid #1 (Can) strain currently serves as a vaccine for at-risk populations. We have previously shown that the Can glycoprotein (GPC) gene is the primary gene responsible for attenuation in a guinea pig model of AHF. However, the mechanisms through which the GPC contributes to the attenuation of the Can strain remain unknown. A more complete understanding of the mechanisms underlying the attenuation and immunogenicity of the Can strain will potentially allow for the rational design of additional safe and novel vaccines...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220132/identification-of-marker-trait-associations-for-lint-traits-in-cotton
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Muhammad A Iqbal, Mehboob-Ur- Rahman
Harvesting high quality lint, a long-awaited breeding goal-accomplished partly, can be achieved by identifying DNA markers which could be used for diagnosing cotton plants containing the desired traits. In the present studies, a total of 185 cotton genotypes exhibiting diversity for lint traits were selected from a set of 546 genotypes evaluated for fiber traits in 2009. These genotypes were extensively studied for three consecutive years (2011-2013) at three different locations. Significant genetic variations were found for average boll weight, ginning out turn (GOT), micronaire value, staple length, fiber bundle strength, and uniformity index...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219780/diversification-of-mitochondrial-genome-of-daphnia-galeata-cladocera-crustacea-comparison-with-phylogenetic-consideration-of-the-complete-sequences-of-clones-isolated-from-five-lakes-in-japan
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Shin-Ichi Tokishita, Hiroyuki Shibuya, Taku Kobayashi, Masaki Sakamoto, Jin-Yong Ha, Shin-Ichi Yokobori, Hideo Yamagata, Takayuki Hanazato
To characterize genetic diversity and gene flow among Daphnia galeata populations, the complete nucleotide (nt) sequences of the mitochondrial (mt) DNAs of D. galeata clones isolated from five lakes in Japan (Lakes Shirakaba, Suwa, Kizaki, Kasumigaura, and Biwa) were determined. Comparison of non-synonymous (amino acid altering) substitution rates with synonymous substitution rates of D. galeata mt protein-coding genes demonstrated that ATPase8 and COI genes were the most and least susceptible, respectively, to the evolutional forces selecting the aa substitutions...
February 17, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217858/golden-gate-assembly-system-dedicated-to-complex-pathway-manipulation-in-yarrowia-lipolytica
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Ewelina Celińska, Rodrigo Ledesma-Amaro, Macarena Larroude, Tristan Rossignol, Cyrille Pauthenier, Jean-Marc Nicaud
In this study, we have adopted Golden Gate modular cloning strategy to develop a robust and versatile DNA assembly platform for the nonconventional yeast Yarrowia lipolytica. To this end, a broad set of destination vectors and interchangeable building blocks have been constructed. The DNA modules were assembled on a scaffold of predesigned 4 nt overhangs covering three transcription units (each bearing promoter, gene and terminator), selection marker gene and genomic integration targeting sequences, constituting altogether thirteen elements...
February 19, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217764/vpreb-serves-as-an-invariant-surrogate-antigen-for-selecting-immunoglobulin-antigen-binding-sites
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Mohamed Khass, Tessa Blackburn, Peter D Burrows, Mark R Walter, Emidio Capriotti, Harry W Schroeder
Developmental checkpoints eliminate B cells synthesizing defective immunoglobulin heavy (HC) and light (LC) chains. The first checkpoint tests for formation of a VpreB/λ5/µHC-containing preB-cell receptor (preBCR) and predicts whether µHCs will bind conventional LCs to form membrane IgM. VpreB and λ5 also create a sensing site that interacts with µHC antigen-binding region CDR-H3, but whether it plays a role in immunoglobulin repertoire selection and function is unknown. On a position-by-position basis, we analyzed the amino acid content of CDR-H3s from H chains cloned from living and apoptotic preB cells and from IgG:Antigen structures...
July 14, 2016: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216998/genetic-mapping-of-yield-traits-using-ril-population-derived-from-fuchuan-dahuasheng-and-icg6375-of-peanut-arachis-hypogaea-l
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Yuning Chen, Xiaoping Ren, Yanli Zheng, Xiaojing Zhou, Li Huang, Liying Yan, Yongqing Jiao, Weigang Chen, Shunmou Huang, Liyun Wan, Yong Lei, Boshou Liao, Dongxin Huai, Wenhui Wei, Huifang Jiang
The genetic architecture determinants of yield traits in peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) are poorly understood. In the present study, an effort was made to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for yield traits using recombinant inbred lines (RIL). A genetic linkage map was constructed containing 609 loci, covering a total of 1557.48 cM with an average distance of 2.56 cM between adjacent markers. The present map exhibited good collinearity with the physical map of diploid species of Arachis. Ninety-two repeatable QTLs were identified for 11 traits including height of main stem, total branching number, and nine pod- and seed-related traits...
2017: Molecular Breeding: New Strategies in Plant Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215743/a-nlrc3-like-gene-from-blunt-snout-bream-megalobrama-amblycephala-molecular-characterization-expression-and-association-with-resistance-to-aeromonas-hydrophila-infection
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Fengjuan Zhou, Qifeng Zhan, Zhujin Ding, Lina Su, Jun Fan, Lei Cui, Nan Chen, Weimin Wang, Hong Liu
NLRC (the nucleotide-oligomerization domain (NOD)-like receptor subfamily C) consists of teleost-specific NLRs (NOD-like receptors) and plays pivotal roles in microbial recognition and regulation of innate immune response. In this study, we cloned and characterized a NLRC3-like gene (MamNLRC3-like) from blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala) by using the quantitative real-time PCR method, and analyzed the correlation between its polymorphisms and resistance to Aeromonas hydrophila infection. The full length cDNA of MamNLRC3-like was 2863 bp, with a 5'-UTR of 169 bp, ORF of 2301 bp and 3'-UTR of 393 bp, encoding 766 amino acid residues...
February 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214862/differential-clonal-expansion-in-an-invading-cell-population-clonal-advantage-or-dumb-luck
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Donald F Newgreen, Dongcheng Zhang, Bevan L Cheeseman, Benjamin J Binder, Kerry A Landman
In neoplastic cell growth, clones and subclones are variable both in size and mutational spectrum. The largest of these clones are believed to represent those cells with mutations that make them the most "fit," in a Darwinian sense, for expansion in their microenvironment. Thus, the degree of quantitative clonal expansion is regarded as being determined by innate qualitative differences between the cells that originate each clone. Here, using a combination of mathematical modelling and clonal labelling experiments applied to the developmental model system of the forming enteric nervous system, we describe how cells which are qualitatively identical may consistently produce clones of dramatically different sizes: most clones are very small while a few clones we term "superstars" contribute most of the cells to the final population...
2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214367/population-genetic-structure-and-adaptation-of-malaria-parasites-on-the-edge-of-endemic-distribution
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Craig W Duffy, Hampate Ba, Samuel Assefa, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Yacine B Deh, Abderahmane Tandia, Freja C M Kirsebom, Dominic P Kwiatkowski, David J Conway
To determine whether the major human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum exhibits fragmented population structure or local adaptation at the northern limit of its African distribution where the dry Sahel zone meets the Sahara, samples were collected from diverse locations within Mauritania over a range of ~ 1000 kilometres. Microsatellite genotypes were obtained for 203 clinical infection samples from eight locations, and Illumina paired-end sequences were obtained to yield high coverage genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for 65 clinical infection samples from four locations...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214330/automated-microfluidic-sorting-of-mammalian-cells-labeled-with-magnetic-microparticles-for-those-that-efficiently-express-and-secrete-a-protein-of-interest
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Xuan Droz, Niamh Harraghy, Etienne Lançon, Valérie Le Fourn, David Calabrese, Thierry Colombet, Pascal Liechti, Amar Rida, Pierre-Alain Girod, Nicolas Mermod
We developed a method for the fast sorting and selection of mammalian cells expressing and secreting a protein at high levels. This procedure relies on cell capture using an automated microfluidic device handling antibody-coupled magnetic microparticles and on a timed release of the cells from the microparticles after capture. Using clinically compatible materials and procedures, we show that this approach is able to discriminate between cells that truly secrete high amounts of a protein from those that just display it at high levels on their surface without properly releasing it...
February 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213541/accurate-quantification-of-laminarin-in-marine-organic-matter-with-enzymes-from-marine-microbes
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Stefan Becker, André Scheffel, Martin F Polz, Jan-Hendrik Hehemann
Marine algae produce varieties of glycans, which fulfill diverse biological functions and fuel the carbon and energy demand of heterotrophic microbes. A common approach to analyze marine organic matter uses acid to hydrolyze its glycans into measurable monosaccharides. These, however, may derive from different glycans that are built with the same monosaccharides, hence this approach does not distinguish between glycans in natural samples. Here we use enzymes to selectively digest and thereby quantify laminarin in particulate organic matter...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212502/a-new-mechanism-shapes-the-na%C3%A3-ve-cd8-t-cell-repertoire-the-selection-for-full-diversity
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Pedro Gonçalves, Marco Ferrarini, Carmen Molina-Paris, Grant Lythe, Florence Vasseur, Annik Lim, Benedita Rocha, Orly Azogui
During thymic T cell differentiation, TCR repertoires are shaped by negative, positive and agonist selection. In the thymus and in the periphery, repertoires are also shaped by strong inter-clonal and intra-clonal competition to survive death by neglect. Understanding the impact of these events on the T cell repertoire requires direct evaluation of TCR expression in peripheral naïve T cells. Several studies have evaluated TCR diversity, with contradictory results. Some of these studies had intrinsic technical limitations since they used material obtained from T cell pools, preventing the direct evaluation of clone sizes...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Immunology
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