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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727079/detection-of-dietary-dna-protein-and-glyphosate-in-meat-milk-and-eggs
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A L Van Eenennaam, A E Young
Products such as meat, milk, and eggs from animals that have consumed genetically engineered (GE) feed are not currently subject to mandatory GE labeling requirements. Some voluntary "non-genetically modified organism" labeling has been associated with such products, indicating that the animals were not fed GE crops, as there are no commercialized GE food animals. This review summarizes the available scientific literature on the detection of dietary DNA and protein in animal products and briefly discusses the implications of mandatory GE labeling for products from animals that have consumed GE feed...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717926/clinical-evaluation-of-modified-release-and-immediate-release-tacrolimus-formulations
#2
Simon Tremblay, Rita R Alloway
The science of drug delivery has evolved considerably and has led to the development of multiple sustained release formulations. Each of these formulations can present particular challenges in terms of clinical evaluation and necessitate careful study to identify their optimal use in practice. Tacrolimus is an immunosuppressive agent that is widely used in organ transplant recipients. However, it is poorly soluble, has an unpredictable pharmacokinetic profile subject to important genetic polymorphisms and drug-drug interactions, and has a narrow therapeutic index...
July 17, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717349/-bad-luck-mutations-dna-mutations-are-not-the-whole-answer-to-understanding-cancer-risk
#3
James E Trosko, Giuseppe Carruba
It has been proposed that many human cancers are generated by intrinsic mechanisms that produce "Bad Luck" mutations by the proliferation of organ-specific adult stem cells. There have been serious challenges to this interpretation, including multiple extrinsic factors thought to be correlated with mutations found in cancers associated with these exposures. While support for both interpretations provides some validity, both interpretations ignore several concepts of the multistage, multimechanism process of carcinogenesis, namely, (1) mutations can be generated by both "errors of DNA repair" and "errors of DNA replication," during the "initiation" process of carcinogenesis; (2) "initiated" stem cells must be clonally amplified by nonmutagenic, intrinsic or extrinsic epigenetic mechanisms; (3) organ-specific stem cell numbers can be modified during in utero development, thereby altering the risk to cancer later in life; and (4) epigenetic tumor promoters are characterized by species, individual genetic-, gender-, developmental state-specificities, and threshold levels to be active; sustained and long-term exposures; and exposures in the absence of antioxidant "antipromoters...
April 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717021/genetic-and-metabolic-engineering-in-diatoms
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REVIEW
Weichao Huang, Fayza Daboussi
Diatoms have attracted considerable attention due to their success in diverse environmental conditions, which probably is a consequence of their complex origins. Studies of their metabolism will provide insight into their adaptation capacity and are a prerequisite for metabolic engineering. Several years of investigation have led to the development of the genome engineering tools required for such studies, and a profusion of appropriate tools is now available for exploring and exploiting the metabolism of these organisms...
September 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712952/a-robust-high-throughput-fungal-biosensor-assay-for-the-detection-of-estrogen-activity
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Christoph Zutz, Karen Wagener, Desislava Yankova, Stefanie Eder, Erich Möstl, Marc Drillich, Kathrin Rychli, Martin Wagner, Joseph Strauss
Estrogenic active compounds are present in a variety of sources and may alter biological functions in vertebrates. Therefore, it is crucial to develop innovative analytical systems that allow us to screen a broad spectrum of matrices and deliver fast and reliable results. We present the adaptation and validation of a fungal biosensor for the detection of estrogen activity in cow derived samples and tested the clinical applicability for pregnancy diagnosis in 140 mares and 120 cows. As biosensor we used a previously engineered genetically modified strain of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans, which contains the human estrogen receptor alpha and a reporter construct, in which β-galactosidase gene expression is controlled by an estrogen-responsive-element...
July 13, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703317/organic-meat-quality-of-dual-purpose-young-bulls-supplemented-with-pea-pisum-sativum-l-or-soybean
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Mirco Corazzin, Edi Piasentier, Elena Saccà, Ilario Bazzoli, Stefano Bovolenta
BACKGROUND: One of the main constraints established by organic legislation that limits the development of the rearing of young bulls is the ban on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO). Most of the worldwide cultivated soybean is GMO, therefore the use of alternative protein sources should be evaluated. The effect of the dietary substitution of soybean with pea (Pisum sativum L.) on carcass characteristics and meat quality of dual purpose young bulls reared following the organic method was investigated...
July 12, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701701/systematic-discovery-of-genetic-modulation-by-jumonji-histone-demethylases-in-drosophila
#7
Nevine A Shalaby, Raheel Sayed, Qiao Zhang, Shane Scoggin, Susan Eliazer, Adrian Rothenfluh, Michael Buszczak
Jumonji (JmjC) domain proteins influence gene expression and chromatin organization by way of histone demethylation, which provides a means to regulate the activity of genes across the genome. JmjC proteins have been associated with many human diseases including various cancers, developmental and neurological disorders, however, the shared biology and possible common contribution to organismal development and tissue homeostasis of all JmjC proteins remains unclear. Here, we systematically tested the function of all 13 Drosophila JmjC genes...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698981/genetically-modified-pigs-as-organ-donors-for-xenotransplantation
#8
REVIEW
Magdalena Hryhorowicz, Joanna Zeyland, Ryszard Słomski, Daniel Lipiński
The growing shortage of available organs is a major problem in transplantology. Thus, new and alternative sources of organs need to be found. One promising solution could be xenotransplantation, i.e., the use of animal cells, tissues and organs. The domestic pig is the optimum donor for such transplants. However, xenogeneic transplantation from pigs to humans involves high immune incompatibility and a complex rejection process. The rapid development of genetic engineering techniques enables genome modifications in pigs that reduce the cross-species immune barrier...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696379/obesity-and-asthma-a-missing-link
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REVIEW
Mª Amelia Gomez-Llorente, Raquel Romero, Natalia Chueca, Ana Martinez-Cañavate, Carolina Gomez-Llorente
Obesity and asthma are two chronic conditions that affect millions of people. Genetic and lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity, and early exposure to micro-organisms are important factors that may contribute to the escalating prevalence of both conditions. The prevalence of asthma is higher in obese individuals. Recently, two major phenotypes of asthma with obesity have been described: one phenotype of early-onset asthma that is aggravated by obesity, and a second phenotype of later-onset asthma that predominantly affects women...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696355/abcc6-and-pseudoxanthoma-elasticum-the-face-of-a-rare-disease-from-genetics-to-advocacy
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REVIEW
Karobi Moitra, Sonia Garcia, Michelle Jaldin, Clementine Etoundi, Donna Cooper, Anna Roland, Patrice Dixon, Sandra Reyes, Sevilay Turan, Sharon Terry, Michael Dean
Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by the mineralization of connective tissues in the body. Primary manifestation of PXE occurs in the tissues of the skin, eyes, and cardiovascular system. PXE is primarily caused by mutations in the ABCC6 gene. The ABCC6 gene encodes the trans-membrane protein ABCC6, which is highly expressed in the kidneys and liver. PXE has high phenotypic variability, which may possibly be affected by several modifier genes. Disease advocacy organizations have had a pivotal role in bringing rare disease research to the forefront and in helping to sustain research funding for rare genetic diseases in order to help find a treatment for these diseases, pseudoxanthoma elasticum included...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688300/herbicide-and-insect-resistant-bt-cotton-pollen-assessment-finds-no-detrimental-effects-on-adult-honey-bees
#11
Lin Niu, Weihua Ma, Chaoliang Lei, Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes, Lizhen Chen
One important concern regarding the use of transgenic cotton expressing insecticidal toxins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is its potential detrimental effect on non-target organisms. The honey bee (Apis mellifera) is the most important pollinator species worldwide and it is directly exposed to transgenic crops by the consumption of genetically modified (GM) pollen. However, the potential effects of Bt cotton on A. mellifera remain unclear. In the present study, we assessed the effects of two Bt cotton varieties; ZMSJ expressing the Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab insecticidal proteins, and ZMKCKC producing Cry1Ac and EPSPS, on A...
July 5, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686700/rates-of-return-to-sorghum-and-millet-research-investments-a-meta-analysis
#12
Yacob A Zereyesus, Timothy J Dalton
Sorghum and millet grow in some of the most heterogeneous and austere agroecologies around the world. These crops are amongst the top five cereal sources of food and feed. Yet, few studies document the impact of sorghum and millet genetic enhancement. The Internal Rate of Return (ROR) is one of the most popular metrics used to measure the economic return on investment on agricultural research and development (R&D). This study conducted a meta-analysis of 59 sorghum and millet ROR estimates obtained from 25 sources published between 1958 and 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686557/the-biopsychosocial-model-40-years-of-application-in-psychiatry
#13
G Papadimitriou
In 1977, the American pathologist and psychiatrist George Engel (1913-1999) published in the Journal Science his paper "TheIn 1977, the American pathologist and psychiatrist George Engel (1913-1999) published in the Journal Science his paper "Theneed for a new medical model: A challenge for biomedicine", introducing the term Biopsychosocial Model. This model basedon the results of Engel's studies in ulcerative colitis, depression and psychogenic pain, constituted a challenge for biomedicineand the biomedical model...
April 2017: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684086/modifier-genes-moving-from-pathogenesis-to-therapy
#14
Edward R B McCabe
This commentary will focus on how we can use our knowledge about the complexity of human disease and its pathogenesis to identify novel approaches to therapy. We know that even for single gene Mendelian disorders, patients with identical mutations often have different presentations and outcomes. This lack of genotype-phenotype correlation led us and others to examine the roles of modifier genes in the context of biological networks. These investigations have utilized vertebrate and invertebrate model organisms...
May 30, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674844/current-perspectives-on-genetically-modified-crops-and-detection-methods
#15
REVIEW
Madhu Kamle, Pradeep Kumar, Jayanta Kumar Patra, Vivek K Bajpai
Genetically modified (GM) crops are the fastest adopted commodities in the agribiotech industry. This market penetration should provide a sustainable basis for ensuring food supply for growing global populations. The successful completion of two decades of commercial GM crop production (1996-2015) is underscored by the increasing rate of adoption of genetic engineering technology by farmers worldwide. With the advent of introduction of multiple traits stacked together in GM crops for combined herbicide tolerance, insect resistance, drought tolerance or disease resistance, the requirement of reliable and sensitive detection methods for tracing and labeling genetically modified organisms in the food/feed chain has become increasingly important...
July 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674065/attention-seeker-production-modification-and-release-of-inflammatory-peptidoglycan-fragments-in-neisseria
#16
Jia Mun Chan, Joseph P Dillard
Maintenance of the structural macromolecule peptidoglycan (PG), which involves regulated cycles of PG synthesis and PG degradation, is pivotal for cellular integrity and survival. PG fragments generated from the degradation process are usually efficiently recycled by Gram-negative bacteria. However, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and a limited number of Gram-negative bacteria release sufficient amounts of PG fragments to induce host tissue inflammation and damage during an infection. Due to limited redundancy in PG modifying machineries and genetic tractability, N...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673566/cancer-is-an-adaptation-that-selects-in-animals-against-energy-dissipation
#17
Anthonie W J Muller
As cancer usually follows reproduction, it is generally assumed that cancer does not select. Graham has however argued that juvenile cancer, which precedes reproduction, could during evolution have implemented a "cancer selection" that resulted in novel traits that suppress this juvenile cancer; an example is protection against UV sunlight-induced cancer, required for the emergence of terrestrial animals from the sea. We modify the cancer selection mechanism to the posited "cancer adaptation" mechanism, in which juvenile mortality is enhanced through the diminished care received by juveniles from their (grand) parents when these suffer from cancer in old age...
July 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669517/dysbiosis-as-a-determinant-factor-of-systemic-and-oral-pathology-importance-of-micorbiome
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REVIEW
Eduardo Chimenos-Küstner, María Laura Giovannoni, Mayra Schemel-Suárez
Advances in genetic and epigenetic studies modified some concepts of health and disease that had been kept intact for decades. In this respect, in the last few years, microorganisms that have evolved with superior life forms for millions of years have taken an increased prominence. The genes of organisms and their microbiota constitute a microbiome that intervenes in health maintenance. The oral cavity is inhabited by a variety of microorganisms, their control aids in stabilising oral and systemic disease. The objective of this article is to update some concepts related to oral microbiome and its correlation with general and oral health...
June 29, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667310/surface-modification-of-pig-endothelial-cells-with-a-branched-heparin-conjugate-improves-their-compatibility-with-human-blood
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Anjan K Bongoni, Evelyn Salvaris, Sofia Nordling, Nikolai Klymiuk, Eckhard Wolf, David L Ayares, Robert Rieben, Peetra U Magnusson, Peter J Cowan
Corline Heparin Conjugate (CHC), a compound of multiple unfractionated heparin chains, coats cells with a glycocalyx-like layer and may inhibit (xeno)transplant-associated activation of the plasma cascade systems. Here, we investigated the use of CHC to protect WT and genetically modified (GTKO.hCD46.hTBM) pig aortic endothelial cells (PAEC) in two pig-to-human in vitro xenotransplantation settings. Model 1: incubation of untreated or hTNFα-treated PAEC with 10% human plasma induced complement C3b/c and C5b-9 deposition, cellular activation and coagulation activation in WT and GTKO...
June 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666130/tracking-of-listeria-monocytogenes-in-meat-establishment-using-whole-genome-sequencing-as-a-food-safety-management-tool-a-proof-of-concept
#20
Ivan Nastasijevic, Dubravka Milanov, Branko Velebit, Vesna Djordjevic, Craig Swift, Anais Painset, Brankica Lakicevic
Repeated Listeria outbreaks particularly associated with Ready-To-Eat (RTE) delicatessen meat products have been reported annually at global level. The most frequent scenario that led to foodborne outbreaks was the post-thermal treatment cross-contamination of deli meat products during slicing and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). The precondition for such cross contamination is the previous introduction of Listeria into meat processing facilities and subsequent colonization of the production environment, associated with formation of biofilms resilient to common sanitation procedures regularly applied in meat establishments...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
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