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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732309/zebularine-induces-replication-dependent-double-strand-breaks-which-are-preferentially-repaired-by-homologous-recombination
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Manuel Luis Orta, Nuria Pastor, Estefanía Burgos-Morón, Inmaculada Domínguez, José Manuel Calderón-Montaño, Carlos Huertas Castaño, Miguel López-Lázaro, Thomas Helleday, Santiago Mateos
Zebularine is a second-generation, highly stable hydrophilic inhibitor of DNA methylation with oral bioavailability that preferentially target cancer cells. It acts primarily as a trap for DNA methyl transferases (DNMTs) protein by forming covalent complexes between DNMT protein and zebularine-substrate DNA. It's well documented that replication-blocking DNA lesions can cause replication fork collapse and thereby to the formation of DNA double-strand breaks (DSB). DSB are dangerous lesions that can lead to potentially oncogenic genomic rearrangements or cell death...
July 12, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731846/presence-and-future-of-culturing-bacteria
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Jörg Overmann, Birte Abt, Johannes Sikorski
The cultivation of bacteria is highly biased toward a few phylogenetic groups. Many of the currently underexplored bacterial lineages likely have novel biosynthetic pathways and unknown biochemical features. New cultivation concepts have been developed based on an improved understanding of the ecology of previously not-cultured bacteria. Particularly successful were improved media that mimic the natural types and concentrations of substrates and nutrients, high-throughput cultivation techniques, and approaches that exploit biofilm formation and bacterial interactions...
July 21, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731467/uncultivated-microbes-in-need-of-their-own-taxonomy
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Konstantinos T Konstantinidis, Ramon Rosselló-Móra, Rudolf Amann
The great majority of microbial species remains uncultured, severely limiting their taxonomic characterization and thus communication among scientists. Although Candidatus was devised as a provisional category to classify uncultured taxa, it has not been widely accepted owing to technical limitations and lack of priority of Candidatus names in the official nomenclature. High-throughput sequencing provides the potential for data-rich taxonomic descriptions of uncultivated microbes, comparable in quality to those of cultured organisms...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729688/improved-genome-recovery-and-integrated-cell-size-analyses-of-individual-uncultured-microbial-cells-and-viral-particles
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Ramunas Stepanauskas, Elizabeth A Fergusson, Joseph Brown, Nicole J Poulton, Ben Tupper, Jessica M Labonté, Eric D Becraft, Julia M Brown, Maria G Pachiadaki, Tadas Povilaitis, Brian P Thompson, Corianna J Mascena, Wendy K Bellows, Arvydas Lubys
Microbial single-cell genomics can be used to provide insights into the metabolic potential, interactions, and evolution of uncultured microorganisms. Here we present WGA-X, a method based on multiple displacement amplification of DNA that utilizes a thermostable mutant of the phi29 polymerase. WGA-X enhances genome recovery from individual microbial cells and viral particles while maintaining ease of use and scalability. The greatest improvements are observed when amplifying high G+C content templates, such as those belonging to the predominant bacteria in agricultural soils...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728983/etv4-and-ap1-transcription-factors-form-multivalent-interactions-with-three-sites-on-the-med25-activator-interacting-domain
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Simon L Currie, Jedediah J Doane, Kathryn S Evans, Niraja Bhachech, Bethany J Madison, Desmond K W Lau, Lawrence P McIntosh, Jack J Skalicky, Kathleen A Clark, Barbara J Graves
The recruitment of transcriptional cofactors by sequence-specific transcription factors challenges the basis of high affinity and selective interactions. Extending previous studies that the N-terminal activation domain (AD) of ETV5 interacts with Mediator subunit 25 (MED25), we establish that similar, aromatic-rich motifs located both in the AD and in the DNA-binding domain (DBD) of the related ETS factor ETV4 interact with MED25. These ETV4 regions bind MED25 independently, display distinct kinetics, and combine to contribute to a high-affinity interaction of full-length ETV4 with MED25...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728164/disseminated-tumour-cells-with-highly-aberrant-genomes-are-linked-to-poor-prognosis-in-operable-oesophageal-adenocarcinoma
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Sarah Schumacher, Christoph Bartenhagen, Martin Hoffmann, Daniel Will, Johannes C Fischer, Stephan E Baldus, Christian Vay, Georg Fluegen, Levent Dizdar, Daniel Vallböhmer, Christoph A Klein, Wolfram T Knoefel, Nikolas H Stoecklein, Birte Möhlendick
BACKGROUND: Chromosomal instability (CIN) has repeatedly been identified as a prognostic marker. Here we evaluated the percentage of aberrant genome per cell (PAG) as a measure of CIN in single disseminated tumour cells (DTC) isolated from patients with operable oesophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), to assess the impact of CIN(high) DTCs on prognosis. METHODS: We isolated CK18(positive) DTCs from bone marrow (BM) or lymph node (LN) preparations of operable EAC patients...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725672/duplication-of-subtelomeric-regions-in-an-adult-with-acute-monocytic-leukemia-with-an-acquired-jumping-translocation-involving-3q13-31-qter
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Eigil Kjeldsen
A jumping translocation (JT) involves a single donor chromosome and two or more recipient chromosomes in which a similar chromosomal region is translocated to various recipient chromosomes in different cell lines of a single individual. JTs are often associated with telomeric regions. Only 21 acquired JTs have previously been described in myeloid malignancies. Three of these cases involved the 3q13.31-qter region of which all were associated with a dismal outcome. In our recent publication, "Characterization of an acquired jumping translocation involving 3q13...
August 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725235/gateway-compatible-crispr-cas9-vectors-and-a-rapid-detection-by-high-resolution-melting-curve-analysis
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Cynthia J Denbow, Samantha Lapins, Nick Dietz, Raelynn Scherer, Zachary L Nimchuk, Sakiko Okumoto
CRISPR-Cas9 system rapidly became an indispensable tool in plant biology to perform targeted mutagenesis. A CRISPR-Cas9-mediated double strand break followed by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) repair most frequently results in a single base pair deletion or insertions (indels), which is hard to detect using methods based on enzymes that detect heteroduplex DNA. In addition, somatic tissues of the T1 generation inevitably contain a mosaic population, in which the portion of cells carrying the mutation can be too small to be detected by the enzyme-based methods...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725161/ep300-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-rs20551-correlates-with-prolonged-overall-survival-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-patients-treated-with-r-chop
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Jiao Li, Ning Ding, Xiaogan Wang, Lan Mi, Lingyan Ping, Xuan Jin, Yalu Liu, Zhitao Ying, Yan Xie, Weiping Liu, Yuqin Song, Jun Zhu
BACKGROUND: Rituximab combined with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone (CHOP) is used as standard frontline regimen for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The landscape of somatic mutations in DLBCL revealed that inactivation of EP300 plays an important role in lymphomagenesis. A common EP300 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs20551 results in the substitution of valine for isoleucine at codon 997 close to the Bromodomain. However, the association between SNP rs20551 and clinical prognosis in DLBCL patients treated with R-CHOP is unknown...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724560/accurate-detection-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-mixtures-utilizing-single-bacterial-duplex-droplet-digital-pcr
#10
Jun Luo, Junhua Li, Hang Yang, Junping Yu, Hongping Wei
Accurate and rapid identification of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is needed to screen MRSA carriers and improve treatment. The current widely used duplex PCR methods are not able to differentiate MRSA from the co-existence of methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) and other methicillin-resistant Staphylococci In this study, we aimed to develop a direct method for accurate and rapid detection of MRSA in clinical samples from open environments, such as nasal swab. The new molecular assay is based on detecting the co-occurrence of nuc and mecA markers in a single bacterial cell by utilizing droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) with a chimeric lysin ClyH for cell lysis...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724352/a-permutation-based-non-parametric-analysis-of-crispr-screen-data
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Gaoxiang Jia, Xinlei Wang, Guanghua Xiao
BACKGROUND: Clustered regularly-interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) screens are usually implemented in cultured cells to identify genes with critical functions. Although several methods have been developed or adapted to analyze CRISPR screening data, no single specific algorithm has gained popularity. Thus, rigorous procedures are needed to overcome the shortcomings of existing algorithms. METHODS: We developed a Permutation-Based Non-Parametric Analysis (PBNPA) algorithm, which computes p-values at the gene level by permuting sgRNA labels, and thus it avoids restrictive distributional assumptions...
July 19, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723968/new-library-construction-method-for-single-cell-genomes
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Larry Xi, Alexander Belyaev, Sandra Spurgeon, Xiaohui Wang, Haibiao Gong, Robert Aboukhalil, Richard Fekete
A central challenge in sequencing single-cell genomes is the accurate determination of point mutations, phasing of these mutations, and identifying copy number variations with few assumptions. Ideally, this is accomplished under as low sequencing coverage as possible. Here we report our attempt to meet these goals with a novel library construction and library amplification methodology. In our approach, single-cell genomic DNA is first fragmented with saturated transposition to make a primary library that uniformly covers the whole genome by short fragments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723918/heterogeneity-of-p53-dependent-genomic-responses-following-ethanol-exposure-in-a-developmental-mouse-model-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder
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Maria Camargo Moreno, Sandra M Mooney, Frank A Middleton
Prenatal ethanol exposure can produce structural and functional deficits in the brain and result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In rodent models acute exposure to a high concentration of alcohol causes increased apoptosis in the developing brain. A single causal molecular switch that signals for this increase in apoptosis has yet to be identified. The protein p53 has been suggested to play a pivotal role in enabling cells to engage in pro-apoptotic processes, and thus figures prominently as a hub molecule in the intracellular cascade of responses elicited by alcohol exposure...
2017: PloS One
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/28722025/nanopore-long-read-rnaseq-reveals-widespread-transcriptional-variation-among-the-surface-receptors-of-individual-b-cells
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Ashley Byrne, Anna E Beaudin, Hugh E Olsen, Miten Jain, Charles Cole, Theron Palmer, Rebecca M DuBois, E Camilla Forsberg, Mark Akeson, Christopher Vollmers
Understanding gene regulation and function requires a genome-wide method capable of capturing both gene expression levels and isoform diversity at the single-cell level. Short-read RNAseq is limited in its ability to resolve complex isoforms because it fails to sequence full-length cDNA copies of RNA molecules. Here, we investigate whether RNAseq using the long-read single-molecule Oxford Nanopore MinION sequencer is able to identify and quantify complex isoforms without sacrificing accurate gene expression quantification...
July 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721719/imprinted-nanovelcro-microchips-for-isolation-and-characterization-of-circulating-fetal-trophoblasts-toward-noninvasive-prenatal-diagnostics
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Shuang Hou, Jie-Fu Chen, Min Song, Yazhen Zhu, Yu Jen Jan, Szu Hao Chen, Tzu-Hua Weng, Dean-An Ling, Shang-Fu Chen, Tracy Ro, An-Jou Liang, Tom Lee, Helen Jin, Man Li, Lian Liu, Yu-Sheng Hsiao, Peilin Chen, Hsiao-Hua Yu, Ming-Song Tsai, Margareta D Pisarska, Angela Chen, Li-Ching Chen, Hsian-Rong Tseng
Circulating fetal nucleated cells (CFNCs) in maternal blood offer an ideal source of fetal genomic DNA for noninvasive prenatal diagnostics (NIPD). We developed a class of nanoVelcro microchips to effectively enrich a subcategory of CFNCs, i.e., circulating trophoblasts (cTBs) from maternal blood, which can then be isolated with single-cell resolution by a laser capture microdissection (LCM) technique for downstream genetic testing. We first established a nanoimprinting fabrication process to prepare the LCM-compatible nanoVelcro substrates...
July 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720733/dengue-virus-hijacks-a-noncanonical-oxidoreductase-function-of-a-cellular-oligosaccharyltransferase-complex
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David L Lin, Natalia A Cherepanova, Leonia Bozzacco, Margaret R MacDonald, Reid Gilmore, Andrew W Tai
Dengue virus (DENV) is the most common arboviral infection globally, infecting an estimated 390 million people each year. We employed a genome-wide clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) screen to identify host dependency factors required for DENV propagation and identified the oligosaccharyltransferase (OST) complex as an essential host factor for DENV infection. Mammalian cells express two OSTs containing either STT3A or STT3B. We found that the canonical catalytic function of the OSTs as oligosaccharyltransferases is not necessary for DENV infection, as cells expressing catalytically inactive STT3A or STT3B are able to support DENV propagation...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720677/synthetic-circulating-cell-free-dna-as-quality-control-materials-for-somatic-mutation-detection-in-liquid-biopsy-for-cancer
#18
Rui Zhang, Rongxue Peng, Ziyang Li, Peng Gao, Shiyu Jia, Xin Yang, Jiansheng Ding, Yanxi Han, Jiehong Xie, Jinming Li
BACKGROUND: Detection of somatic genomic alterations in tumor-derived cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in the plasma is challenging owing to the low concentrations of cfDNA, variable detection methods, and complex workflows. Moreover, no proper quality control materials are available currently. METHODS: We developed a set of synthetic cfDNA quality control materials (SCQCMs) containing spike-in cfDNA on the basis of micrococcal nuclease digestion carrying somatic mutations as simulated cfDNA and matched genomic DNA as genetic background to emulate paired tumor-normal samples in real clinical tests...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720665/targeted-exome-sequencing-of-krebs-cycle-genes-reveals-candidate-cancer-predisposing-mutations-in-pheochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas
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Laura Remacha, Iñaki Comino-Méndez, Susan Richter, Laura Contreras, Maria Currás-Freixes, Guillermo Pita, Rocío Letón, Antonio Galarreta, Rafael Torres-Pérez, Emiliano Honrado, Scherezade Jiménez, Lorena Maestre, Sebastian Moran, Manel Esteller, Jorgina Satrústegui, Graeme Eisenhofer, Mercedes Robledo, Alberto Cascon
Purpose: Mutations in Krebs cycle genes are frequently found in patients with pheochromocytomas/paragangliomas. Disruption of SDH, FH or MDH2 enzymatic activities lead to accumulation of specific metabolites, which give rise to epigenetic changes in the genome that cause a characteristic hypermethylated phenotype. Tumors showing this phenotype, but no alterations in the known predisposing genes, could harbor mutations in other Krebs cycle genes. <p>Experimental Design: We used downregulation and methylation of RBP1, as a marker of a hypermethylation phenotype, to select eleven pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas for targeted exome sequencing of a panel of Krebs cycle-related genes...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720156/fmr1-cgg-repeat-expansion-mutation-detection-and-linked-haplotype-analysis-for-reliable-and-accurate-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Indhu-Shree Rajan-Babu, Mulias Lian, Felicia S H Cheah, Min Chen, Arnold S C Tan, Ethiraj B Prasath, Seong Feei Loh, Samuel S Chong
Fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) full-mutation expansion causes fragile X syndrome. Trans-generational fragile X syndrome transmission can be avoided by preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). We describe a robust PGD strategy that can be applied to virtually any couple at risk of transmitting fragile X syndrome. This novel strategy utilises whole-genome amplification, followed by triplet-primed polymerase chain reaction (TP-PCR) for robust detection of expanded FMR1 alleles, in parallel with linked multi-marker haplotype analysis of 13 highly polymorphic microsatellite markers located within 1 Mb of the FMR1 CGG repeat, and the AMELX/Y dimorphism for gender identification...
July 19, 2017: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
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