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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161623/functions-of-myosin-motors-tailored-for-parasitism
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REVIEW
Christina Mueller, Arnault Graindorge, Dominique Soldati-Favre
Myosin motors are one of the largest protein families in eukaryotes that exhibit divergent cellular functions. Their roles in protozoans, a diverse group of anciently diverged, single celled organisms with many prominent members known to be parasitic and to cause diseases in human and livestock, are largely unknown. In the recent years many different approaches, among them whole genome sequencing, phylogenetic analyses and functional studies have increased our understanding on the distribution, protein architecture and function of unconventional myosin motors in protozoan parasites...
November 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158893/evaluation-of-a-stenotrophomonas-maltophilia-bacteremia-cluster-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-recipients-using-whole-genome-sequencing
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Stefanie Kampmeier, Mike H Pillukat, Aleksandra Pettke, Annelene Kossow, Evgeny A Idelevich, Alexander Mellmann
Background: Stenotrophomonas maltophilia ubiquitously occurs in the hospital environment. This opportunistic pathogen can cause severe infections in immunocompromised hosts such as hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients. Between February and July 2016, a cluster of four patients on the HSCT unit suffered from S. maltophilia bloodstream infections (BSI). Methods: For epidemiological investigation we retrospectively identified the colonization status of patients admitted to the ward during this time period and performed environmental monitoring of shower heads, shower outlets, washbasins and toilets in patient rooms...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158564/long-read-genome-sequence-assembly-provides-insight-into-ongoing-retroviral-invasion-of-the-koala-germline
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Matthew Hobbs, Andrew King, Ryan Salinas, Zhiliang Chen, Kyriakos Tsangaras, Alex D Greenwood, Rebecca N Johnson, Katherine Belov, Marc R Wilkins, Peter Timms
The koala retrovirus (KoRV) is implicated in several diseases affecting the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus). KoRV provirus can be present in the genome of koalas as an endogenous retrovirus (present in all cells via germline integration) or as exogenous retrovirus responsible for somatic integrations of proviral KoRV (present in a limited number of cells). This ongoing invasion of the koala germline by KoRV provides a powerful opportunity to assess the viral strategies used by KoRV in an individual. Analysis of a high-quality genome sequence of a single koala revealed 133 KoRV integration sites...
November 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158545/a-potent-cas9-derived-gene-activator-for-plant-and-mammalian-cells
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Zhenxiang Li, Dandan Zhang, Xiangyu Xiong, Bingyu Yan, Wei Xie, Jen Sheen, Jian-Feng Li
Overexpression of complementary DNA represents the most commonly used gain-of-function approach for interrogating gene functions and for manipulating biological traits. However, this approach is challenging and inefficient for multigene expression due to increased labour for cloning, limited vector capacity, requirement of multiple promoters and terminators, and variable transgene expression levels. Synthetic transcriptional activators provide a promising alternative strategy for gene activation by tethering an autonomous transcription activation domain (TAD) to an intended gene promoter at the endogenous genomic locus through a programmable DNA-binding module...
November 20, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158515/a-programmed-cell-division-delay-preserves-genome-integrity-during-natural-genetic-transformation-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Matthieu J Bergé, Chryslène Mercy, Isabelle Mortier-Barrière, Michael S VanNieuwenhze, Yves V Brun, Christophe Grangeasse, Patrice Polard, Nathalie Campo
Competence for genetic transformation is a differentiation program during which exogenous DNA is imported into the cell and integrated into the chromosome. In Streptococcus pneumoniae, competence develops transiently and synchronously in all cells during exponential phase, and is accompanied by a pause in growth. Here, we reveal that this pause is linked to the cell cycle. At least two parallel pathways impair peptidoglycan synthesis in competent cells. Single-cell analyses demonstrate that ComM, a membrane protein induced during competence, inhibits both initiation of cell division and final constriction of the cytokinetic ring...
November 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157061/the-dna-pol-%C3%AF%C2%B5-stimulatory-activity-of-mrc1-is-modulated-by-phosphorylation
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Zhong-Xin Zhang, Jingjing Zhang, Qinhong Cao, Judith L Campbell, Huiqiang Lou
DNA replication checkpoint (Mec1-Mrc1-Rad53 in budding yeast) is an evolutionarily conserved surveillance system to ensure proper DNA replication and genome stability in all eukaryotes. Compared to its well-known function as a mediator of replication checkpoint, the exact role of Mrc1 as a component of normal replication forks remains relatively unclear. In this study, we provide in vitro biochemical evidence to support that yeast Mrc1 is able to enhance the activity of DNA polymerase ϵ (Pol ϵ), the major leading strand replicase...
November 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156626/surface-plasmon-resonance-sensing-of-biorecognition-interactions-within-the-tumor-suppressor-p53-network
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REVIEW
Ilaria Moscetti, Salvatore Cannistraro, Anna Rita Bizzarri
Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) is a powerful technique to study the kinetics of biomolecules undergoing biorecognition processes, particularly suited for protein-protein interactions of biomedical interest. The potentiality of SPR was exploited to sense the interactions occurring within the network of the tumor suppressor p53, which is crucial for maintaining genome integrity and whose function is inactivated, mainly by down regulation or by mutation, in the majority of human tumors. This study includes p53 down-regulators, p53 mutants and also the p53 family members, p63 and p73, which could vicariate p53 protective function...
November 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155789/efficient-generation-and-editing-of-feeder-free-ipscs-from-human-pancreatic-cells-using-the-crispr-cas9-system
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Anjali Nandal, Barbara Mallon, Bhanu P Telugu
Embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells can self-renew and differentiate into multiple cell types of the body. The pluripotent cells are thus coveted for research in regenerative medicine and are currently in clinical trials for eye diseases, diabetes, heart diseases, and other disorders. The potential to differentiate into specialized cell types coupled with the recent advances in genome editing technologies including the CRISPR/Cas system have provided additional opportunities for tailoring the genome of iPSC for varied applications including disease modeling, gene therapy, and biasing pathways of differentiation, to name a few...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155127/mdr1-gene-c3435t-polymorphism-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
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Mehdi Parsanahad, Manoochehr Makvandi, Ali Teimoori, Shahram Jalilian, Gholamabas Kayedani, Sara Mahmoodi
BACKGROUND: MDR1 is a highly polymorphic gene that encodes P-glycoprotein (P-gp). This protein anchor to the cell membrane and transports toxins, xenobiotic, chemicals, and drugs from the intracellular to extracellular and thus protect cells. Polymorphism of the MDR1 gene seems to be effective in gene expression and response to treatment. Since one of the main mechanisms of drug resistance is the removal of the drug from the cell by ATP-dependent efflux proteins, thus MDR1, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) C3435T can be used as a predictor for treatment outcomes...
November 15, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153976/image-based-ex-vivo-drug-screening-for-patients-with-aggressive-haematological-malignancies-interim-results-from-a-single-arm-open-label-pilot-study
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Berend Snijder, Gregory I Vladimer, Nikolaus Krall, Katsuhiro Miura, Ann-Sofie Schmolke, Christoph Kornauth, Oscar Lopez de la Fuente, Hye-Soo Choi, Emiel van der Kouwe, Sinan Gültekin, Lukas Kazianka, Johannes W Bigenzahn, Gregor Hoermann, Nicole Prutsch, Olaf Merkel, Anna Ringler, Monika Sabler, Georg Jeryczynski, Marius E Mayerhoefer, Ingrid Simonitsch-Klupp, Katharina Ocko, Franz Felberbauer, Leonhard Müllauer, Gerald W Prager, Belgin Korkmaz, Lukas Kenner, Wolfgang R Sperr, Robert Kralovics, Heinz Gisslinger, Peter Valent, Stefan Kubicek, Ulrich Jäger, Philipp B Staber, Giulio Superti-Furga
BACKGROUND: Patients with refractory or relapsed haematological malignancies have few treatment options and short survival times. Identification of effective therapies with genomic-based precision medicine is hampered by intratumour heterogeneity and incomplete understanding of the contribution of various mutations within specific cancer phenotypes. Ex-vivo drug-response profiling in patient biopsies might aid effective treatment identification; however, proof of its clinical utility is limited...
November 15, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153527/short-communication-genomic-prediction-using-imputed-whole-genome-sequence-variants-in-brown-swiss-cattle
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Mirjam Frischknecht, Theodorus H E Meuwissen, Beat Bapst, Franz R Seefried, Christine Flury, Dorian Garrick, Heidi Signer-Hasler, Christian Stricker, Anna Bieber, Ruedi Fries, Ingolf Russ, Johann Sölkner, Alessandro Bagnato, Birgit Gredler-Grandl
The accuracy of genomic prediction determines response to selection. It has been hypothesized that accuracy of genomic breeding values can be increased by a higher density of variants. We used imputed whole-genome sequence data and various single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) selection criteria to estimate genomic breeding values in Brown Swiss cattle. The extreme scenarios were 50K SNP chip data and whole-genome sequence data with intermediate scenarios using linkage disequilibrium-pruned whole-genome sequence variants, only variants predicted to be missense, or the top 50K variants from genome-wide association studies...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153167/a-100-year-review-reproductive-technologies-in-dairy-science
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S G Moore, J F Hasler
Reproductive technology revolutionized dairy production during the past century. Artificial insemination was first successfully applied to cattle in the early 1900s. The next major developments involved semen extenders, invention of the electroejaculator, progeny testing, addition of antibiotics to semen during the 1930s and 1940s, and the major discovery of sperm cryopreservation with glycerol in 1949. The 1950s and 1960s were particularly productive with the development of protocols for the superovulation of cattle with both pregnant mare serum gonadotrophin/equine chorionic gonadotrophin and FSH, the first successful bovine embryo transfer, the discovery of sperm capacitation, the birth of rabbits after in vitro fertilization, and the development of insulated liquid nitrogen tanks...
December 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153091/detection-of-complex-genomic-signatures-associated-with-risk-in-plasma-cell-disorders
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Nadine K Berry, Amanda Dixon-McIver, Rodney J Scott, Philip Rowlings, Anoop K Enjeti
Plasma cell disorders (PCD) range from benign to highly malignant disease. The ability to detect risk-stratifying aberrations based on cytogenetic and molecular genetic assays plays an increasing role in therapeutic decision making. In this study, 58 patients were chosen for screening by comparative genomic hybridisation microarray (aCGH) to identify the new high-risk prognostic markers of chromothripsis and chromoanasynthesis. All patients had an unequivocal clinical diagnosis of a plasma cell disorder (plasma cell myeloma (PCM)(n = 51) or monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS)(n = 7)) and an abnormal FISH result...
December 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153071/-mycoviruses-and-importance-in-mycology
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Sema Aşkın Keçeli
Opportunistic fungal infections like invasive candidiasis and aspergillozis have high mortality rate particularly in immunosupressive patients. The rate of therapy success with antifungal agents is usually low. Although immunotherapy methods have been developed to increase the host response against antifungals, there has been a need for new antifungal therapeutic agents in the treatment of invasive aspergillozis and other opportunistic fungal infections. Mycoviruses are the viruses that specifically infect fungi...
October 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150593/rapid-and-efficient-crispr-cas9-based-mating-type-switching-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Ze-Xiong Xie, Leslie A Mitchell, Hui-Min Liu, Bing-Zhi Li, Duo Liu, Neta Agmon, Yi Wu, Xia Li, Xiao Zhou, Bo Li, Wen-Hai Xiao, Ming-Zhu Ding, Ying Wang, Ying-Jin Yuan, Jef D Boeke
Rapid and highly efficient mating-type switching of Saccharomyces cerevisiae enables a wide variety of genetic manipulations such as the construction of strains, for instance isogenic haploid pairs of both mating-types, diploids and polyploids. We used the CRISPR/Cas9 system to generate a double-strand break (DSB) at the MAT locus, and in a single co-transformation, both haploid and diploid cells were switched to the specified mating-type at ~80% efficiency. The mating-type of strains carrying either rod or ring chromosome III were switched, including those lacking HMLα and HMRa cryptic mating loci...
November 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150481/identification-of-pleiotropic-cancer-susceptibility-variants-from-genome-wide-association-studies-reveals-functional-characteristics
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Yi-Hsuan Wu, Rebecca E Graff, Michael N Passarelli, Joshua D Hoffman, Elad Ziv, Thomas J Hoffmann, John S Witte
BACKGROUND: There exists compelling evidence that some genetic variants are associated with the risk of multiple cancer sites (i.e., pleiotropy). However, the biological mechanisms through which the pleiotropic variants operate are unclear. METHODS: We obtained all cancer risk associations from the National Human Genome Research Institute-European Bioinformatics Institute GWAS Catalog, and correlated cancer risk variants were clustered into groups. Pleiotropic variant groups and genes were functionally annotated...
November 17, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150427/delayed-encounter-of-parental-genomes-can-lead-to-aneuploidy-in-saccharomyces%C3%A2-cerevisiae
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Alan Michael Tartakoff, David Dulce, Elizabeth Landis
We have investigated an extreme deviation from the norm of genome unification that occurs during mating in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae This deviation is encountered when yeast that carry a mutation of the spindle pole body protein, Kar1, are mated with wildtype cells. In this case, nuclear fusion is delayed and the genotypes of a fraction of zygotic progeny suggest that chromosomes have "transferred" between the parental nuclei in zygotes. This classic yet bizarre occurrence is routinely used to generate aneuploid (disomic) yeast...
November 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150006/genome-engineering-using-haploid-embryonic-stem-cells
#18
Takuro Horii, Izuho Hatada
Haploidy is a useful feature for the study of gene function because disruption of one allele in haploid cells, which contain only a single set of chromosomes, can cause loss-of-function phenotypes. Recent success in generating haploid embryonic stem (ES) cells from several mammalian species, including human, provides a new platform for simple genetic manipulation of the mammalian genome. The genome-editing potential of the CRISPR/Cas system is enhanced by the use of haploid ES cells. For example, CRISPR/Cas has been used for high-efficiency generation of multiple knockouts and knockins in haploid ES cells, with potential application in genome-wide screening...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148972/rapid-dna-replication-origin-licensing-protects-stem-cell-pluripotency
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Jacob Peter Matson, Raluca Dumitru, Philip Coryell, Ryan M Baxley, Weili Chen, Kirk Twaroski, Beau R Webber, Jakub Tolar, Anja-Katrin Bielinsky, Jeremy E Purvis, Jeanette Gowen Cook
Complete and robust human genome duplication requires loading MCM helicase complexes at many DNA replication origins, an essential process termed origin licensing. Licensing is restricted to G1 phase of the cell cycle, but G1 length varies widely among cell types. Using quantitative single cell analyses we found that pluripotent stem cells with naturally short G1 phases load MCM much faster than their isogenic differentiated counterparts with long G1 phases. During the earliest stages of differentiation towards all lineages, MCM loading slows concurrently with G1 lengthening, revealing developmental control of MCM loading...
November 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148257/multiscale-memory-and-bioelectric-error-correction-in-the-cytoplasm-cytoskeleton-membrane-system
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REVIEW
Chris Fields, Michael Levin
A fundamental aspect of life is the modification of anatomy, physiology, and behavior in the face of changing conditions. This is especially illustrated by the adaptive regulation of growth and form that underlies the ability of most organisms-from single cells to complex large metazoa-to develop, remodel, and regenerate to specific anatomical patterns. What is the relationship of the genome and other cellular components to the robust computations that underlie this remarkable pattern homeostasis? Here we examine the role of constraints defined at the cellular level, especially endogenous bioelectricity, in generating and propagating biological information...
November 17, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
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