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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340089/how-embryophytic-is-the-biosynthesis-of-phenylpropanoids-and-their-derivatives-in-streptophyte-algae
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Jan de Vries, Sophie de Vries, Claudio H Slamovits, Laura E Rose, John M Archibald
The origin of land plants from algae is a long-standing question in evolutionary biology. It is becoming increasingly clear that many characters that were once assumed to be "embryophyte-specific" can in fact be found in their closest algal relatives, the streptophyte algae. One such case is the phenylpropanoid pathway. While biochemical data indicate that streptophyte algae harbor lignin-like components, the phenylpropanoid core pathway, which serves as the backbone of lignin biosynthesis, has been proposed to have arisen at the base of the land plants...
March 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339664/adult-paget-s-disease-of-bone-a-review
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Stephen Paul Tuck, Robert Layfield, Julie Walker, Babitha Mekkayil, Roger Francis
Adult PD of bone is the second commonest metabolic bone condition after osteoporosis. The condition is characterized by increased bone cell activity, with bone-resorbing osteoclasts often larger and containing more nuclei than normal, and osteoblasts producing increased amounts of disorganized bone. This leads to expanded bone of poor quality possessing both sclerotic and lytic areas. PD of bone has a strong genetic element, with a family history being noted in 10-20% of cases. A number of genetic defects have been found to be associated with the condition...
February 17, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334897/genetic-absence-of-alox5-protects-from-homocysteine-induced-memory-impairment-tau-phosphorylation-and-synaptic-pathology
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Jian-Guo Li, Carlos Barrero, Salim Merali, Domenico Praticò
Elevated level of homocysteine (Hcy) is considered a risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases, but the mechanisms remain to be established. Since high Hcy is associated with an up-regulation of the ALOX5 gene product, the 5Lipoxygenase (5LO), herein we investigated whether this activation is responsible for the Hcy effect on neurodegeneration or is a secondary event.To reach this goal, wild type mice and mice genetically deficient for 5LO were assessed after being exposed to a diet known to significantly increase brain levels of Hcy...
March 9, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334843/a152t-tau-allele-causes-neurodegeneration-that-can-be-ameliorated-in-a-zebrafish-model-by-autophagy-induction
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Ana Lopez, Suzee E Lee, Kevin Wojta, Eliana Marisa Ramos, Eric Klein, Jason Chen, Adam L Boxer, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Daniel H Geschwind, Lars Schlotawa, Nikolay V Ogryzko, Eileen H Bigio, Emily Rogalski, Sandra Weintraub, Marsel M Mesulam, Angeleen Fleming, Giovanni Coppola, Bruce L Miller, David C Rubinsztein
Mutations in the gene encoding tau (MAPT) cause frontotemporal dementia spectrum disorders. A rare tau variant p.A152T was reported as a risk factor for frontotemporal dementia spectrum and Alzheimer's disease in an initial case-control study. Such findings need replication in an independent cohort. We analysed an independent multinational cohort comprising 3100 patients with neurodegenerative disease and 4351 healthy control subjects and found p.A152T associated with significantly higher risk for clinically defined frontotemporal dementia and progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome...
February 9, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333622/constrained-inversion-and-spectral-unmixing-in-multispectral-optoacoustic-tomography
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Lu Ding, Xose Luis Dean Ben, Neal C Burton, Robert W Sobol, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Daniel Razansky
Accurate extraction of physical and biochemical parameters from optoacoustic images is often impeded due to the use of unrigorous inversion schemes, incomplete tomographic detection coverage or other experimental factors that cannot be readily accounted for during the image acquisition and reconstruction process. For instance, inaccurate assumptions in the physical forward model may lead to negative optical absorption values in the reconstructed images. Any artifacts present in the single wavelength optoacoustic images can be significantly aggravated when performing a two-step reconstruction consisting in acoustic inversion and spectral unmixing aimed at rendering the distributions of spectrally-distinct absorbers...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333296/stepwise-evolution-of-a-buried-inhibitor-peptide-over-45-million-years
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Achala S Jayasena, Mark F Fisher, Jose L Panero, David Secco, Kalia Bernath-Levin, Oliver Berkowitz, Nicolas L Taylor, Edward E Schilling, James Whelan, Joshua S Mylne
The de novo evolution of genes and the novel proteins they encode has stimulated much interest in the contribution such innovations make to the diversity of life. Most research on this de novo evolution focuses on transcripts, so studies on the biochemical steps that can enable completely new proteins to evolve and the time required to do so have been lacking. Sunflower PawS1 is an unusual albumin precursor because in addition to producing albumin it also yields a potent, bicyclic protease-inhibitor called SFTI-1...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333240/structure-of-the-transcriptional-regulatory-network-correlates-with-regulatory-divergence-in-drosophila
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Bing Yang, Patricia J Wittkopp
Transcriptional control of gene expression is regulated by biochemical interactions between cis-regulatory DNA sequences and trans-acting factors that form complex regulatory networks. Genetic changes affecting both cis- and trans-acting sequences in these networks have been shown to alter patterns of gene expression as well as higher-order organismal phenotypes. Here, we investigate how the structure of these regulatory networks relates to patterns of polymorphism and divergence in gene expression. To do this, we compared a transcriptional regulatory network inferred for Drosophila melanogaster to differences in gene regulation observed between two strains of D...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333195/genome-wide-genetic-analyses-highlight-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-mapk-signaling-in-the-pathogenesis-of-endometriosis
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Outi Uimari, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Dale R Nyholt, Katy Vincent, Stacey A Missmer, Christian Becker, Andrew P Morris, Grant W Montgomery, Krina T Zondervan
STUDY QUESTION: Do genome-wide association study (GWAS) data for endometriosis provide insight into novel biological pathways associated with its pathogenesis? SUMMARY ANSWER: GWAS analysis uncovered multiple pathways that are statistically enriched for genetic association signals, analysis of Stage A disease highlighted a novel variant in MAP3K4, while top pathways significantly associated with all endometriosis and Stage A disease included several mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-related pathways...
February 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332883/precision-medicine-an-update-on-genotype-biochemical-phenotype-relationships-in-pheochromocytoma-paraganglioma-patients
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Garima Gupta, Karel Pacak
Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors known to produce and secrete high levels of circulating catecholamines and their metabolites. The biochemical characteristics of these tumors can be used to divide them into three major phenotypes. The adrenergic phenotype comprises of tumors with predominant elevations in epinephrine and metanephrine levels whereas the noradrenergic phenotype is composed of tumors with predominant elevations in norepinephrine and normetanephrine levels. The dopaminergic phenotype is a third rare group composed of tumors mainly secreting dopamine and 3-methoxytyramine...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332880/precision-medicine-in-adrenal-disorders-the-next-generation
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Hans K Ghayee, Aaron I Vinik, Karel Pacak
Exciting new research in the area of adrenal disorders has emerged in the last few years. Advances in genetics, biochemical diagnosis, and imaging modalities have set new standards for diagnosis and treatment. In this brief review, we highlight new developments in adrenal diseases to give clinicians a fresh perspective of this evolving field. We believe that the tremendous knowledge gained thus far sets the stage for not only new precision treatment modalities for individualized care, but also for prevention...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330580/biochemical-and-clinical-profiles-of-52-tunisian-patients-affected-by-zellweger-syndrome
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Fahmi Nasrallah, Wiem Zidi, Moncef Feki, Samia Kacem, Neji Tebib, Naziha Kaabachi
BACKGROUND: Zellweger syndrome (ZS) is a peroxisome biogenesis disorder attributed to a mutation of the PEX genes family. The incidence of this disease in Africa and the Arab world remains unknown. This contribution is aimed at describing the clinical phenotype and biochemical features in Tunisian patients with ZS in order to improve the detection and management of this severe disorder. METHODS: A total of 52 patients diagnosed with ZS and 60 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were included in this study...
February 17, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330327/role-of-gnb3-net-kcnj11-tcf7l2-and-grl-genes-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-the-risk-prediction-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Saliha Rizvi, Syed Tasleem Raza, Qamar Rahman, Farzana Mahdi
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is a polygenic metabolic disorder characterized by hyperglycemia occurring as a result of impaired insulin secretion or insulin resistance. Various environmental and genetic factors interact and increase the risk of T2DM and its complications. Among the various genetic factors associated with T2DM, single nucleotide polymorphism in different candidate genes have been studied intensively and the resulting genetic variants have been found to have either positive or negative association with T2DM thereby increasing or decreasing the risk of T2DM, respectively...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330276/molecular-diversity-of-annona-species-and-proximate-fruit-composition-of-selected-genotypes
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Hirdayesh Anuragi, Haresh L Dhaduk, Sushil Kumar, Jitendra J Dhruve, Mithil J Parekh, Amar A Sakure
Understanding the genetic variation in germplasm is of utmost importance for crop improvement. Therefore, efforts were made to analyse the molecular marker based genetic diversity of 20 Annona genotypes from five different species of family Annonaceae. During analysis, a set of 11 RAPD primers yielded a total of 152 bands with 80.01 % polymorphism and PIC for RAPD ranged from 0.86 to 0.92 with a mean of 0.89. With 93.05 % polymorphism, 12 SSR primers produced 39 amplicons. The PIC for SSRs ranged from 0.169 to 0...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330243/micropropagation-and-validation-of-genetic-and-biochemical-fidelity-among-regenerants-of-nothapodytes-nimmoniana-graham-mabb-employing-issr-markers-and-hplc
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Lokesh Prakash, Sushil Kumar Middha, Sudipta Kumar Mohanty, Mallappa Kumara Swamy
An in vitro protocol has been established for clonal propagation of Nothapodytes nimmoniana which is an important source of Camptothecin (CPT). Elite source was identified based on the chemical potency to accumulate the optimum level of CPT. Different types and concentrations of plant growth regulators were used to study their effect on inducing multiple shoots from the explants regenerated from embryos of N. nimmoniana. Of these, a combination of N6-benzyladenine (0.2 mg L(-1)) and Indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) (0...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330124/somaclonal-variations-and-their-applications-in-horticultural-crops-improvement
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REVIEW
Hare Krishna, Mahdi Alizadeh, Dhurendra Singh, Udayvir Singh, Nitesh Chauhan, Maliheh Eftekhari, Radha Kishan Sadh
The advancements made in tissue culture techniques has made it possible to regenerate various horticultural species in vitro as micropropagation protocols for commercial scale multiplication are available for a wide range of crops. Clonal propagation and preservation of elite genotypes, selected for their superior characteristics, require high degree of genetic uniformity amongst the regenerated plants. However, plant tissue culture may generate genetic variability, i.e., somaclonal variations as a result of gene mutation or changes in epigenetic marks...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329705/sensing-of-bacterial-cyclic-dinucleotides-by-the-oxidoreductase-recon-promotes-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-and-shapes-a-proinflammatory-antibacterial-state
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Adelle P McFarland, Shukun Luo, Fariha Ahmed-Qadri, Meghan Zuck, Elizabeth F Thayer, Young Ah Goo, Kevin Hybiske, Liang Tong, Joshua J Woodward
Bacterial and host cyclic dinucleotides (cdNs) mediate cytosolic immune responses through the STING signaling pathway, although evidence suggests that alternative pathways exist. We used cdN-conjugated beads to biochemically isolate host receptors for bacterial cdNs, and we identified the oxidoreductase RECON. High-affinity cdN binding inhibited RECON enzyme activity by simultaneously blocking the substrate and cosubstrate sites, as revealed by structural analyses. During bacterial infection of macrophages, RECON antagonized STING activation by acting as a molecular sink for cdNs...
March 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326331/effects-of-apolipoprotein-e-isoforms-in-diabetic-nephropathy-of-chinese-type-2-diabetic-patients
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YongWei Jiang, Liang Ma, ChengWu Han, Qian Liu, Xiao Cong, YaPing Xu, TingTing Zhao, Ping Li, YongTong Cao
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the major chronic complications of diabetes. Genetic polymorphism of Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) has been proposed to participating in DN. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the relationship between ApoE genetic polymorphism and the presence of DN in Chinese type 2 diabetic patients. We studied 845 diabetic patients who were divided into DN group (n = 429) and control group (n = 416). ApoE genotype was determined by ApoE genotyping chip and the plasmatic biochemical characterization was performed on all subjects...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325872/small-rna-mediated-repair-of-uv-induced-dna-lesions-by-the-dna-damage-binding-protein-2-and-argonaute-1
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Catherine Schalk, Valérie Cognat, Stéfanie Graindorge, Timothée Vincent, Olivier Voinnet, Jean Molinier
As photosynthetic organisms, plants need to prevent irreversible UV-induced DNA lesions. Through an unbiased, genome-wide approach, we have uncovered a previously unrecognized interplay between Global Genome Repair and small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in the recognition of DNA photoproducts, prevalently in intergenic regions. Genetic and biochemical approaches indicate that, upon UV irradiation, the DNA DAMAGE-BINDING PROTEIN 2 (DDB2) and ARGONAUTE 1 (AGO1) of Arabidopsis thaliana form a chromatin-bound complex together with 21-nt siRNAs, which likely facilitates recognition of DNA damages in an RNA/DNA complementary strand-specific manner...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325525/clinical-heterogeneity-of-glycine-encephalopathy-in-three-palestinian-siblings-a-novel-mutation-in-the-glycine-decarboxylase-gldc-gene
#19
Waseem Khraim, Bassam Abu-Libdeh, Suhail Ayesh, Imad Dweikat
INTRODUCTION: Glycine encephalopathy (GE), also known as non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH), is a rare inborn error of glycine metabolism caused by a defect in glycine cleavage system, a multi-enzyme complex located in mitochondrial membrane. This defect results in elevated glycine concentration in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Clinical manifestations vary from severe lethargy, hypoactivity and apneic episodes in the neonatal form, mild or moderate psychomotor delay and seizures in the infantile form, and abnormal behaviors, ataxia and choreoathetoid movements in late onset form...
March 18, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324500/analysis-of-yeast-telomerase-by-primer-extension-assays
#20
Min Hsu, Neal F Lue
Telomeres are specialized nucleoprotein structures located at eukaryotic chromosomal termini, which are required for chromosome stability and are maintained by a reverse transcriptase named telomerase. Budding yeast has served as an extremely useful model system for analyzing telomere maintenance because the organism offers a wide range of genetic and biochemical tools. Several milestones in telomerase research have been reached through investigation of the yeast system. For example, the consequence of telomerase loss was first characterized in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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