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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108469/blood-rna-biomarkers-in-prodromal-park4-and-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder-show-role-of-complexin-1-loss-for-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Suna Lahut, Suzana Gispert, Özgür Ömür, Candan Depboylu, Kay Seidel, Jorge Antolio Domínguez-Bautista, Nadine Brehm, Hülya Tireli, Karl Hackmann, Caroline Pirkevi, Barbara Leube, Vincent Ries, Kerstin Reim, Nils Brose, Wilfred F den Dunnen, Madrid Johnson, Zsuzsanna Wolf, Marc Schindewolf, Wiebke Schrempf, Kathrin Reetz, Peter Young, David Vadasz, Achilleas S Frangakis, Evelin Schröck, Helmuth Steinmetz, Marina Jendrach, Udo Rüb, Ayşe Nazlı Başak, Wolfgang Oertel, Georg Auburger
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a frequent neurodegenerative process at old age. Accumulation and aggregation of the lipid-binding SNARE complex component alpha-synuclein (SNCA) underlies this vulnerability and defines stages of disease progression. Determinants of SNCA levels and mechanisms of SNCA neurotoxicity are intensely investigated. In view of physiological SNCA roles in blood to modulate vesicle release, we studied blood samples from a new large pedigree with SNCA gene duplication (PARK4 mutation), to identify effects of SNCA gain-of-function as potential disease biomarkers...
January 20, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107386/regulation-of-pi-2b-pilus-expression-in-hypervirulent-streptococcus-agalactiae-st-17-bm110
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Bruno Périchon, Noémi Szili, Laurence du Merle, Isabelle Rosinski-Chupin, Myriam Gominet, Samuel Bellais, Claire Poyart, Patrick Trieu-Cuot, Shaynoor Dramsi
The widely spread Streptococcus agalactiae (also known as Group B Streptococcus, GBS) "hypervirulent" ST17 clone is strongly associated with neonatal meningitis. The PI-2b locus is mainly found in ST17 strains but is also present in a few non ST17 human isolates such as the ST-7 prototype strain A909. Here, we analysed the expression of the PI-2b pilus in the ST17 strain BM110 as compared to the non ST17 A909. Comparative genome analyses revealed the presence of a 43-base pair (bp) hairpin-like structure in the upstream region of PI-2b operon in all 26 ST17 genomes, which was absent in the 8 non-ST17 strains carrying the PI-2b locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103917/a-fast-and-robust-protocol-for-metataxonomic-analysis-using-rnaseq-data
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Jeremy W Cox, Richard A Ballweg, Diana H Taft, Prakash Velayutham, David B Haslam, Aleksey Porollo
BACKGROUND: Metagenomics is a rapidly emerging field aimed to analyze microbial diversity and dynamics by studying the genomic content of the microbiota. Metataxonomics tools analyze high-throughput sequencing data, primarily from 16S rRNA gene sequencing and DNAseq, to identify microorganisms and viruses within a complex mixture. With the growing demand for analysis of the functional microbiome, metatranscriptome studies attract more interest. To make metatranscriptomic data sufficient for metataxonomics, new analytical workflows are needed to deal with sparse and taxonomically less informative sequencing data...
January 19, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102032/nonpromoter-methylation-of-the-cdkn2a-gene-with-active-transcription-is-associated-with-improved-locoregional-control-in-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Miriam M Ben-Dayan, Thomas J Ow, Thomas J Belbin, Joshua Wetzler, Richard V Smith, Geoffrey Childs, Brenda Diergaarde, D Neil Hayes, Jennifer R Grandis, Michael B Prystowsky, Nicolas F Schlecht
We previously reported a novel association between CDKN2A nonpromoter methylation and transcription (ARF/INK4a) in human papillomavirus associated oropharyngeal tumors. In this study we assessed whether nonpromoter CDKN2A methylation in laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas (LXSCC) conferred a similar association with transcription that predicted patient outcome. We compared DNA methylation and ARF/INK4a RNA expression levels for the CDKN2A locus using the Illumina HumanMethylation27 beadchip and RT-PCR in 43 LXSCC tumor samples collected from a prospective study of head and neck cancer patients treated at Montefiore Medical Center (MMC)...
January 19, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090691/peg3-pw1-is-a-marker-of-a-subset-of-vessel-associated-endothelial-progenitors
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Matteo Malinverno, Monica Corada, Luca Ferrarini, Luigi Formicola, Giovanna Marazzi, David Sassoon, Elisabetta Dejana
Vascular associated endothelial cell progenitors are still poorly studied and their role in the newly forming vasculature at embryonic or postnatal stage remains elusive. In the present work we first defined a set of genes highly expressed during embryo development and strongly down regulated in the adult mouse. In this group we then concentrated on the progenitor cell marker Peg3/PW1. By in vivo staining of the vasculature we found that only a subset of cells co-expressed endothelial markers and PW1. These cells were quite abundant in the embryo vasculature but declined in number at postnatal and adult stages...
January 16, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086790/rna-sequencing-for-global-gene-expression-associated-with-muscle-growth-in-a-single-male-modern-broiler-line-compared-to-a-foundational-barred-plymouth-rock-chicken-line
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Byung-Whi Kong, Nicholas Hudson, Dongwon Seo, Seok Lee, Bhuwan Khatri, Kentu Lassiter, Devin Cook, Alissa Piekarski, Sami Dridi, Nicholas Anthony, Walter Bottje
BACKGROUND: Modern broiler chickens exhibit very rapid growth and high feed efficiency compared to unselected chicken breeds. The improved production efficiency in modern broiler chickens was achieved by the intensive genetic selection for meat production. This study was designed to investigate the genetic alterations accumulated in modern broiler breeder lines during selective breeding conducted over several decades. METHODS: To identify genes important in determining muscle growth and feed efficiency in broilers, RNA sequencing (RNAseq) was conducted with breast muscle in modern pedigree male (PeM) broilers (n = 6 per group), and with an unselected foundation broiler line (Barred Plymouth Rock; BPR)...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074830/tet1-in-nucleus-accumbens-opposes-depression-and-anxiety-like-behaviors
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Jian Feng, Catherine J Pena, Immanuel Purushothaman, Olivia Engmann, Deena Walker, Amber N Brown, Orna Issler, Marie Doyle, Eileen Harrigan, Ezekiell Mouzon, Vincent Vialou, Li Shen, Meelad M Dawlaty, Rudolf Jaenisch, Eric J Nestler
Depression is a leading cause of disease burden, yet current therapies fully treat <50% of affected individuals. Increasing evidence implicates epigenetic mechanisms in depression and antidepressant action. Here, we examined a possible role for the DNA dioxygenase, ten eleven translocation protein 1 (TET1), in depression-related behavioral abnormalities. We applied chronic social defeat stress, an ethologically validated mouse model of depression-like behaviors, and examined Tet1 expression changes in nucleus accumbens (NAc), a key brain reward region...
January 11, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073760/better-diagnostic-signatures-from-rnaseq-data-through-use-of-auxiliary-co-data
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Putri W Novianti, Barbara C Snoek, Saskia M Wilting, Mark A van de Wiel
: Our aim is to improve omics based prediction and feature selection using multiple sources of auxiliary information: co-data. Adaptive group regularized ridge regression (GRridge) was proposed to achieve this by estimating additional group-based penalty parameters through an empirical Bayes method at a low computational cost. We illustrate the GRridge method and software on RNA sequencing data sets. The method boosts the performance of an ordinary ridge regression and outperforms other classifiers...
January 10, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071834/molecular-profiling-of-human-ips-derived-hypothalamic-neurons-provides-developmental-insights-to-genetic-loci-for-body-weight-regulation
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Li Yao, Yuanhang Liu, Zhifang Qiu, Satish Kumar, Joanne E Curran, John Blangero, Yidong Chen, Donna M Lehman
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Recent data suggests that common genetic risk for metabolic disorders such as obesity may be human-specific and exert effects through the central nervous system. To overcome the limitation of human tissue access for study, we have generated induced human pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived neuronal cultures which recapture many features of hypothalamic neurons within the arcuate nucleus. Here we have comprehensively characterized this model across development, benchmarked these neurons to in vivo events, and demonstrate a link between obesity risk variants and hypothalamic development...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070126/lipocalin-2-protects-the-brain-during-inflammatory-conditions
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S S Kang, Y Ren, C-C Liu, A Kurti, K E Baker, G Bu, Y Asmann, J D Fryer
Sepsis is a prevalent health issue that can lead to central nervous system (CNS) inflammation with long-term behavioral and cognitive alterations. Using unbiased proteomic profiling of over 100 different cytokines, we found that Lipocalin-2 (LCN2) was the most substantially elevated protein in the CNS after peripheral administration of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). To determine whether the high level of LCN2 in the CNS is protective or deleterious, we challenged Lcn2(-/-) mice with peripheral LPS and determined effects on behavior and neuroinflammation...
January 10, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069593/knime4ngs-a-comprehensive-toolbox-for-next
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Maximilian Hastreiter, Tim Jeske, Jonathan Hoser, Michael Kluge, Kaarin Ahomaa, Marie-Sophie Friedl, Sebastian J Kopetzky, Jan-Dominik Quell, H- Werner Mewes, Robert Küffner
: Analysis of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data requires the processing of large datasets by chaining various tools with complex input and output formats. In order to automate data analysis, we propose to standardize NGS tasks into modular workflows. This simplifies reliable handling and processing of NGS data, and corresponding solutions become substantially more reproducible and easier to maintain. Here, we present a documented, linux-based, toolbox of 42 processing modules that are combined to construct workflows facilitating a variety of tasks such as DNAseq and RNAseq analysis...
January 9, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068412/a-comparison-of-gene-expression-profiles-between-glucocorticoid-responder-and-non-responder-bovine-trabecular-meshwork-cells-using-rna-sequencing
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Jaclyn Y Bermudez, Hannah C Webber, Bartley Brown, Terry A Braun, Abbot F Clark, Weiming Mao
The most common ocular side effect of glucocorticoid (GC) therapy is GC-induced ocular hypertension (OHT) and GC-induced glaucoma (GIG). GC-induced OHT occurs in about 40% of the general population, while the other 60% are resistant. This study aims to determine the genes and pathways involved in differential GC responsiveness in the trabecular meshwork (TM). Using paired bovine eyes, one eye was perfusion-cultured with 100nM dexamethasone (DEX), while the fellow eye was used to establish a bovine TM (BTM) cell strain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068329/the-primacy-of-nf1-loss-as-the-driver-of-tumorigenesis-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-associated-plexiform-neurofibromas
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A Pemov, H Li, R Patidar, N F Hansen, S Sindiri, S W Hartley, J S Wei, A Elkahloun, S C Chandrasekharappa, J F Boland, S Bass, J C Mullikin, J Khan, B C Widemann, M R Wallace, D R Stewart
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a common tumor-predisposition disorder due to germline mutations in the tumor suppressor gene NF1. A virtually pathognomonic finding of NF1 is the plexiform neurofibroma (PN), a benign, likely congenital tumor that arises from bi-allelic inactivation of NF1. PN can undergo transformation to a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, an aggressive soft-tissue sarcoma. To better understand the non-NF1 genetic contributions to PN pathogenesis, we performed whole-exome sequencing, RNASeq profiling and genome-wide copy-number determination for 23 low-passage Schwann cell cultures established from surgical PN material with matching germline DNA...
January 9, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066817/transcriptional-profiling-of-the-oral-pathogen-streptococcus-mutans-in-response-to-competence-signaling-peptide-xip
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Iwona B Wenderska, Andrew Latos, Benjamin Pruitt, Sara Palmer, Grace Spatafora, Dilani B Senadheera, Dennis G Cvitkovitch
In the cariogenic Streptococcus mutans, competence development is regulated by the ComRS signaling system comprised of the ComR regulator and the ComS prepeptide to the competence signaling peptide XIP (ComX-inducing peptide). Aside from competence development, XIP signaling has been demonstrated to regulate cell lysis, and recently, the expression of bacteriocins, small antimicrobial peptides used by bacteria to inhibit closely related species. Our study further explores the effect of XIP signaling on the S...
January 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060822/transcriptome-sequencing-reveals-large-scale-changes-in-axenic-aedes-aegypti-larvae
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Kevin J Vogel, Luca Valzania, Kerri L Coon, Mark R Brown, Michael R Strand
Mosquitoes host communities of microbes in their digestive tract that consist primarily of bacteria. We previously reported that Aedes aegypti larvae colonized by a native community of bacteria and gnotobiotic larvae colonized by only Escherichia coli develop very similarly into adults, whereas axenic larvae never molt and die as first instars. In this study, we extended these findings by first comparing the growth and abundance of bacteria in conventional, gnotobiotic, and axenic larvae during the first instar...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056773/transcriptomic-analysis-of-human-norovirus-ns1-2-protein-highlights-a-multifunctional-role-in-murine-monocytes
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Zabeen Lateef, Gregory Gimenez, Estelle S Baker, Vernon K Ward
BACKGROUND: The GII.4 Sydney 2012 strain of human norovirus (HuNoV) is a pandemic strain that is responsible for the majority of norovirus outbreaks in healthcare settings. The function of the non-structural (NS)1-2 protein from HuNoV is unknown. RESULTS: In silico analysis of human norovirus NS1-2 protein showed that it shares features with the murine NS1-2 protein, including a disordered region, a transmembrane domain and H-box and NC sequence motifs. The proteins also contain caspase cleavage and phosphorylation sites, indicating that processing and phosphorylation may be a conserved feature of norovirus NS1-2 proteins...
January 5, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056770/genetic-architecture-of-kernel-composition-in-global-sorghum-germplasm
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Davina H Rhodes, Leo Hoffmann, William L Rooney, Thomas J Herald, Scott Bean, Richard Boyles, Zachary W Brenton, Stephen Kresovich
BACKGROUND: Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] is an important cereal crop for dryland areas in the United States and for small-holder farmers in Africa. Natural variation of sorghum grain composition (protein, fat, and starch) between accessions can be used for crop improvement, but the genetic controls are still unresolved. The goals of this study were to quantify natural variation of sorghum grain composition and to identify single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with variation in grain composition concentrations...
January 5, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035597/identification-of-essential-genes-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-for-its-growth-in-airway-mucus
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Mohammed Abd Alrahman, Sang Sun Yoon
Pseudomonas aeruginosa has been identified as an important causative agent of airway infection, mainly in cystic fibrosis. This disease is characterized by defective mucociliary clearance induced in part by mucus hyper-production. Mucin is a major component of airway mucus and is heavily O-glycosylated, with a protein backbone. Airway infection is known to be established with bacterial adhesion to mucin. However, the genes involved in mucin degradation or utilization remain elusive. In this study, we sought to provide a genetic basis of P...
January 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032597/elevation-of-%C3%AE-galactoside-%C3%AE-2-6-sialyltransferase-1-in-a-fructoseresponsive-manner-promotes-pancreatic-cancer-metastasis
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Chi-Che Hsieh, Yi-Ming Shyr, Wen-Ying Liao, Tien-Hua Chen, Shin-E Wang, Peir-Chuen Lu, Pei-Yu Lin, Yan-Bo Chen, Wan-Yu Mao, Hsin-Ying Han, Michael Hsiao, Wen-Bin Yang, Wen-Shan Li, Yuh-Pyng Sher, Chia-Ning Shen
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is an aggressive type of pancreatic cancer with clinical characteristics of local invasion and early metastasis. Recent cohort studies indicate high fructose intake is associated with an increase in pancreatic cancer risk. However, the mechanisms by which fructose promotes pancreatic tumorigenesis remain unclear. Herein, Kras+/LSLG12D mice were crossed with Elas-CreER transgenic mice to determine whether fructose intake directly contributes to tumor formation. Orthotopic tumor-xenograft experiments were performed to determine whether fructose substitution enhances the metastatic potential of PDAC cells...
December 9, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030800/the-role-of-mir-17-92-in-the-miregulatory-landscape-of-ewing-sarcoma
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Raphaela Schwentner, David Herrero-Martin, Maximilian O Kauer, Cornelia N Mutz, Anna M Katschnig, Grzegorz Sienski, Javier Alonso, Dave Nt Aryee, Heinrich Kovar
MicroRNAs serve to fine-tune gene expression and play an important regulatory role in tissue specific gene networks. The identification and validation of miRNA target genes in a tissue still poses a significant problem since the presence of a seed sequence in the 3'UTR of an mRNA and its expression modulation upon ectopic expression of the miRNA do not reliably predict regulation under physiological conditions. The chimeric oncoprotein EWS-FLI1 is the driving pathogenic force in Ewing sarcoma. MiR-17-92, one of the most potent oncogenic miRNAs, was recently reported to be among the top EWS-FLI1 activated miRNAs...
December 22, 2016: Oncotarget
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