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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346410/quality-of-tcr-signaling-determined-by-differential-affinities-of-enhancers-for-the-composite-batf-irf4-transcription-factor-complex
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Arifumi Iwata, Vivek Durai, Roxane Tussiwand, Carlos G Briseño, Xiaodi Wu, Gary E Grajales-Reyes, Takeshi Egawa, Theresa L Murphy, Kenneth M Murphy
Variable strengths of signaling via the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) can produce divergent outcomes, but the mechanism of this remains obscure. The abundance of the transcription factor IRF4 increases with TCR signal strength, but how this would induce distinct types of responses is unclear. We compared the expression of genes in the TH2 subset of helper T cells to enhancer occupancy by the BATF-IRF4 transcription factor complex at varying strengths of TCR stimulation. Genes dependent on BATF-IRF4 clustered into groups with distinct TCR sensitivities...
March 27, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345884/canted-antiferromagnetism-on-rectangular-layers-of-fe-2-in-polymorphic-cafeseo
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Kwing To Lai, Alexander Christoph Komarek, Maria Teresa Fernández-Díaz, Pi-Shan Chang, Sungjoon Huh, Helge Rosner, Chang-Yang Kuo, Zhiwei Hu, Tun-Wen Pi, Peter Adler, Vadim Ksenofontov, Liu Hao Tjeng, Martin Valldor
From stoichiometric amounts of CaO, Fe, and Se, pure powders and single crystals of quaternary [Formula: see text] can be obtained by solid-state reaction and self-flux growth, respectively. The as-synthesized compound exhibits a polymorphic crystal structure, where the two modifications have different stacking sequences of [Formula: see text] layers. The two polymorphs have similar unit cells but different crystal symmetries (Cmc21 and Pnma), of which the former is non-centrosymmetric. Fe is divalent (d(6)) and high-spin, as proven by X-ray spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and powder neutron diffraction data...
March 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345261/antibodies-from-plants-for-bionanomaterials
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Gueven Edgue, Richard M Twyman, Veronique Beiss, Rainer Fischer, Markus Sack
Antibodies are produced as part of the vertebrate adaptive immune response and are not naturally made by plants. However, antibody DNA sequences can be introduced into plants, and together with laboratory technologies that allow the design of antibodies recognizing any conceivable molecular structure, plants can be used as 'green factories' to produce any antibody at all. The advent of plant-based transient expression systems in particular allows the rapid, convenient, and safe production of antibodies, ranging from laboratory-scale expression to industrial-scale manufacturing...
March 27, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345074/single-cell-rna-seq-and-computational-analysis-using-temporal-mixture-modelling-resolves-th1-tfh-fate-bifurcation-in-malaria
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Tapio Lönnberg, Valentine Svensson, Kylie R James, Daniel Fernandez-Ruiz, Ismail Sebina, Ruddy Montandon, Megan S F Soon, Lily G Fogg, Arya Sheela Nair, Urijah Liligeto, Michael J T Stubbington, Lam-Ha Ly, Frederik Otzen Bagger, Max Zwiessele, Neil D Lawrence, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Patrick T Bunn, Christian R Engwerda, William R Heath, Oliver Billker, Oliver Stegle, Ashraful Haque, Sarah A Teichmann
Differentiation of naïve CD4(+) T cells into functionally distinct T helper subsets is crucial for the orchestration of immune responses. Due to extensive heterogeneity and multiple overlapping transcriptional programs in differentiating T cell populations, this process has remained a challenge for systematic dissection in vivo. By using single-cell transcriptomics and computational analysis using a temporal mixtures of Gaussian processes model, termed GPfates, we reconstructed the developmental trajectories of Th1 and Tfh cells during blood-stage Plasmodium infection in mice...
March 3, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344988/inspiired-quantification-and-visualization-tools-for-analyzing-integration-site-distributions
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Charles C Berry, Christopher Nobles, Emmanuelle Six, Yinghua Wu, Nirav Malani, Eric Sherman, Anatoly Dryga, John K Everett, Frances Male, Aubrey Bailey, Kyle Bittinger, Mary J Drake, Laure Caccavelli, Paul Bates, Salima Hacein-Bey-Abina, Marina Cavazzana, Frederic D Bushman
Analysis of sites of newly integrated DNA in cellular genomes is important to several fields, but methods for analyzing and visualizing these datasets are still under development. Here, we describe tools for data analysis and visualization that take as input integration site data from our INSPIIRED pipeline. Paired-end sequencing allows inference of the numbers of transduced cells as well as the distributions of integration sites in target genomes. We present interactive heatmaps that allow comparison of distributions of integration sites to genomic features and that support numerous user-defined statistical tests...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343982/single-cell-5-formylcytosine-landscapes-of-mammalian-early-embryos-and-escs-at-single-base-resolution
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Chenxu Zhu, Yun Gao, Hongshan Guo, Bo Xia, Jinghui Song, Xinglong Wu, Hu Zeng, Kehkooi Kee, Fuchou Tang, Chengqi Yi
Active DNA demethylation in mammals involves ten-eleven translocation (TET) family protein-mediated oxidation of 5-methylcytosine (5mC). However, base-resolution landscapes of 5-formylcytosine (5fC) (an oxidized derivative of 5mC) at the single-cell level remain unexplored. Here, we present "CLEVER-seq" (chemical-labeling-enabled C-to-T conversion sequencing), which is a single-cell, single-base resolution 5fC-sequencing technology, based on biocompatible, selective chemical labeling of 5fC and subsequent C-to-T conversion during amplification and sequencing...
March 15, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343748/b-cells-expressing-the-iga-receptor-fcrl4-participate-in-the-autoimmune-response-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Khaled Amara, Elizabeth Clay, Lorraine Yeo, Daniel Ramsköld, Julia Spengler, Natalie Sippl, James A Cameron, Lena Israelsson, Philip J Titcombe, Caroline Grönwall, Ilfita Sahbudin, Andrew Filer, Karim Raza, Vivianne Malmström, Dagmar Scheel-Toellner
The clinical efficacy of B cell targeting therapies highlights the pathogenic potential of B cells in inflammatory diseases. Expression of Fc Receptor like 4 (FcRL4) identifies a memory B cell subset, which is enriched in the joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue. The high level of RANKL production by this B cell subset indicates a unique pathogenic role. In addition, recent work has identified a role for FcRL4 as an IgA receptor, suggesting a potential function in mucosal immunity...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343268/cytogenetic-comparison-of-heteromorphic-and-homomorphic-sex-chromosomes-in-coccinia-cucurbitaceae-points-to-sex-chromosome-turnover
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Aretuza Sousa, Jörg Fuchs, Susanne S Renner
Our understanding of the evolution of plant sex chromosomes is increasing rapidly due to high-throughput sequencing data and phylogenetic and molecular-cytogenetic approaches that make it possible to infer the evolutionary direction and steps leading from homomorphic to heteromorphic sex chromosomes. Here, we focus on four species of Coccinia, a genus of 25 dioecious species, including Coccinia grandis, the species with the largest known plant Y chromosome. Based on a phylogeny for the genus, we selected three species close to C...
March 25, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342698/targeted-exome-sequencing-and-chromosomal-microarray-for-the-molecular-diagnosis-of-nevoid-basal-cell-carcinoma-syndrome
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Yoshihiro Matsudate, Takuya Naruto, Yumiko Hayashi, Mitsuyoshi Minami, Mikiko Tohyama, Kenji Yokota, Daisuke Yamada, Issei Imoto, Yoshiaki Kubo
BACKGROUND: Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS) is an autosomal dominant disorder mainly caused by heterozygous mutations of PTCH1. In addition to characteristic clinical features, detection of a mutation in causative genes is reliable for the diagnosis of NBCCS; however, no mutations have been identified in some patients using conventional methods. OBJECTIVE: To improve the method for the molecular diagnosis of NBCCS. METHODS: We performed targeted exome sequencing (TES) analysis using a multi-gene panel, including PTCH1, PTCH2, SUFU, and other sonic hedgehog signaling pathway-related genes, based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology in 8 cases in whom possible causative mutations were not detected by previously performed conventional analysis and 2 recent cases of NBCCS...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341999/immunological-memory-to-hyperphosphorylated-tau-in-asymptomatic-individuals
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Gabriel Pascual, Jehangir S Wadia, Xueyong Zhu, Elissa Keogh, Başak Kükrer, Jeroen van Ameijde, Hanna Inganäs, Berdien Siregar, Gerrard Perdok, Otto Diefenbach, Tariq Nahar, Imke Sprengers, Martin H Koldijk, Els C Brinkman-van der Linden, Laura A Peferoen, Heng Zhang, Wenli Yu, Xinyi Li, Michelle Wagner, Veronica Moreno, Julie Kim, Martha Costa, Kiana West, Zara Fulton, Lucy Chammas, Nancy Luckashenak, Lauren Fletcher, Trevin Holland, Carrie Arnold, R Anthony Williamson, Jeroen J Hoozemans, Adrian Apetri, Frederique Bard, Ian A Wilson, Wouter Koudstaal, Jaap Goudsmit
Several reports have described the presence of antibodies against Alzheimer's disease-associated hyperphosphorylated forms of tau in serum of healthy individuals. To characterize the specificities that can be found, we interrogated peripheral IgG(+) memory B cells from asymptomatic blood donors for reactivity to a panel of phosphorylated tau peptides using a single-cell screening assay. Antibody sequences were recovered, cloned, and expressed as full-length IgGs. In total, 52 somatically mutated tau-binding antibodies were identified, corresponding to 35 unique clonal families...
March 24, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341774/rna-dna-hybrid-r-loop-immunoprecipitation-mapping-an-analytical-workflow-to-evaluate-inherent-biases
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László Halász, Zsolt Karányi, Beáta Boros-Oláh, Tímea Rózsa, Éva Sipos, Éva Nagy, Ágnes Mosolygó-L, Anett Mázló, Éva Rajnavölgyi, Gábor Halmos, Lóránt Székvölgyi
The impact of R-loops on the physiology and pathology of chromosomes has been demonstrated extensively by chromatin biology research. The progress in this field has been driven by technological advancement of R-loop mapping methods that largely relied on a single approach, DNA-RNA immunoprecipitation (DRIP). Most of the DRIP protocols use the experimental design that was developed by a few laboratories, without paying attention to the potential caveats that might affect the outcome of RNA-DNA hybrid mapping...
March 24, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341547/evaluation-and-rational-design-of-guide-rnas-for-efficient-crispr-cas9-mediated-mutagenesis-in-ciona
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Shashank Gandhi, Maximilian Haeussler, Florian Razy-Krajka, Lionel Christiaen, Alberto Stolfi
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has emerged as an important tool for various genome engineering applications. A current obstacle to high throughput applications of CRISPR/Cas9 is the imprecise prediction of highly active single guide RNAs (sgRNAs). We previously implemented the CRISPR/Cas9 system to induce tissue-specific mutations in the tunicate Ciona. In the present study, we designed and tested 83 single guide RNA (sgRNA) vectors targeting 23 genes expressed in the cardiopharyngeal progenitors and surrounding tissues of Ciona embryo...
March 21, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341438/engineering-a-novel-porin-ompgf-via-strand-replacement-from-computational-analysis-of-sequence-motif
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Meishan Lin, Ge Zhang, Monifa Fahie, Leslie K Morgan, Min Chen, Timothy A Keiderling, Linda J Kenney, Jie Liang
β -barrel membrane proteins (βMPs) form barrel-shaped pores in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, mitochondria, and chloroplasts. Because of the robustness of their barrel structures, βMPs have great potential as nanosensors for single-molecule detection. However, natural βMPs currently employed have inflexible biophysical properties and are limited in their pore geometry, hindering their applications in sensing molecules of different sizes and properties. Computational engineering has the promise to generate βMPs with desired properties...
March 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341215/identification-and-molecular-characterization-of-cytochrome-p450-cyp450-family-genes-in-the-marine-ciliate-euplotes-crassus-the-effect-of-benzo-a-pyrene-and-beta-naphthoflavone
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Bora Yim, Hokyun Kim, Jisoo Kim, Haeyeon Kim, Eun-Ji Won, Young-Mi Lee
Marine ciliate Euplotes crassus, a single-cell eukaryote, and has been considered as a model organism for monitoring of environmental pollutions in sediments. Cytochrome P450 (CYP450) monooxygenase are phase I enzyme involved in detoxification of environmental pollutants, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). However, little information on CYP450 family genes in ciliate is available. In the present study, acute toxicity of PAH, benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) and PAH-like model compound, beta-naphthoflavone (β-NF), was investigated; full-length cDNA sequences and genomic structure of five CYP450 genes (CYP5680A1, CYP5681A1, CYP5681B1, CYP5682A1, and CYP5683A1) were analyzed; and finally their activities and transcriptional changes were measured after exposure to PAHs for 48h...
March 21, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341036/advanced-methodologies-in-high-throughput-sequencing-of-immune-repertoires
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REVIEW
Simon Friedensohn, Tarik A Khan, Sai T Reddy
In recent years, major efforts have been made to develop sophisticated experimental and bioinformatic workflows for sequencing adaptive immune repertoires. The immunological insight gained has been applied to fields as varied as lymphocyte biology, immunodiagnostics, vaccines, cancer immunotherapy, and antibody engineering. In this review, we provide a detailed overview of these advanced methodologies, focusing specifically on strategies to reduce sequencing errors and bias and to achieve high-throughput pairing of variable regions (e...
March 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340618/are-cells-from-a-snowman-realistic-cryopreserved-tissues-as-a-source-for-single-cell-rna-sequencing-experiments
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Felipe A Vieira Braga, Sarah A Teichmann, Michael J T Stubbington
A recently published study in Genome Biology shows that cells isolated from cryopreserved tissues are a reliable source of genetic material for single-cell RNA-sequencing experiments.Please see related Method article: http://genomebiology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13059-017-1171-9.
March 24, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340305/the-clinical-application-of-ngs-based-snp-haplotyping-for-pgd-of-hb-h-disease
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Linjun Chen, Zhenyu Diao, Zhipeng Xu, Jianjun Zhou, Guijun Yan, Haixiang Sun
This study investigated the usefulness of next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) haplotyping for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of hemoglobin H (Hb H) disease. Multiple displacement amplification (MDA) was used for whole genome amplification (WGA) of biopsied trophectoderm (TE) cells. Gap-PCR and NGS-based SNP haplotyping was used to distinguish the two genotypes of -α(3.7)/αα and -(SEA)/αα for PGD of Hb H disease. One out of the ten blastocysts (B11) was successfully diagnosed as genotype -α(3...
March 24, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340183/crlf2-positive-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-adult-patients-a-single-institution-experience
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Sergej Konoplev, Xinyan Lu, Marina Konopleva, Nitin Jain, Juan Ouyang, Maitrayee Goswami, Kathryn G Roberts, Marc Valentine, Charles G Mullighan, Carlos Bueso-Ramos, Patrick A Zweidler-McKay, Jeffrey L Jorgensen, Sa A Wang
Objectives: Cytokine receptor-like factor 2 ( CRLF2 ) rearrangement is found in approximately 50% of pediatric Ph-like B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), and around 50% of CRLF2 + cases harbor JAK mutations. We analyzed CRLF2 expression and studied its correlation with CRLF2 rearrangement in adult patients with B-ALL. Methods: Multiparameter flow cytometry (MFC) was performed consecutively in 126 patients. Results: CRLF2 overexpression was detected in 30 (27%) patients, 28 (41%) of 69 patients with B-ALL not otherwise specified, 14 (21%) of 67 untreated patients, and 16 (27%) of 59 patients with relapsed B-ALL, with the highest among Hispanic patients (25/55, 45%)...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338992/identification-of-the-eucalyptus-grandis-chitinase-gene-family-and-expression-characterization-under-different-biotic-stress-challenges
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Peri A Tobias, Nanette Christie, Sanushka Naidoo, David I Guest, Carsten Külheim
Eucalyptus grandis (W. Hill ex Maiden) is an Australian Myrtaceae tree grown for timber in many parts of the world and for which the annotated genome sequence is available. Known to be susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, E. grandis is a useful study organism for investigating defense responses in woody plants. Chitinases are widespread in plants and cleave glycosidic bonds of chitin, the major structural component of fungal cell walls and arthropod exoskeletons. They are encoded by an important class of genes known to be up-regulated in plants in response to pathogens...
March 13, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338654/tfeb-vegfa-6p21-1-co-amplified-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-distinct-entity-with-potential-implications-for-clinical-management
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Sounak Gupta, Sarah H Johnson, George Vasmatzis, Binu Porath, Jeannette G Rustin, Priya Rao, Brian A Costello, Bradley C Leibovich, R Houston Thompson, John C Cheville, William R Sukov
A subset of renal cell carcinomas shows TFEB overexpression secondary to MALAT1-TFEB gene fusion. As alternate mechanisms of TFEB overexpression are likely to have the same effect, we sought to determine the frequency of amplification of TFEB and the adjacent VEGFA gene at 6p21.1. As patients with metastatic renal cell carcinomas are managed with anti-VEGF therapies, we retrospectively assessed therapeutic response in patients with amplified tumors. Amplification status was analyzed for 875 renal cell carcinomas from our institution, a consultative case and 794 cases from The Cancer Genome Atlas...
March 24, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
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