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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822858/comparison-of-genome-engineering-using-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-c-glabrata-wild-type-and-lig4-strains
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Yuke Cen, Bea Timmermans, Ben Souffriau, Johan M Thevelein, Patrick Van Dijck
Candida glabrata is reported as the second most prevalent human opportunistic fungal pathogen in North America and is threatening patients all over the world. Its incidence is rising, while it has developed resistance to the most widely used antifungal drugs, necessitating new approaches based on better insight into the biology of the organism. Despite its close phylogenetic relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, generating precise genomic alterations in this species is problematic. Previously we have shown that deletion of LIG4, which encodes an enzyme involved in Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ), strongly enhances the probability of obtaining correctly modified transformants...
August 16, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821537/investigating-novice-and-expert-conceptions-of-genetically-modified-organisms
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Lisa M Potter, Sarah A Bissonnette, Jonathan D Knight, Kimberly D Tanner
The aspiration of biology education is to give students tools to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to everyday life. Genetic modification is a real-world biological concept that relies on an in-depth understanding of the molecular behavior of DNA and proteins. This study investigated undergraduate biology students' conceptions of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) when probed with real-world, molecular and cellular, and essentialist cues, and how those conceptions compared across biology expertise...
2017: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819142/development-and-inter-laboratory-assessment-of-droplet-digital-pcr-assays-for-multiplex-quantification-of-15-genetically-modified-soybean-lines
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Alexandra Bogožalec Košir, Bjørn Spilsberg, Arne Holst-Jensen, Jana Žel, David Dobnik
Quantification of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food and feed products is often required for their labelling or for tolerance thresholds. Standard-curve-based simplex quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) is the prevailing technology, which is often combined with screening analysis. With the rapidly growing number of GMOs on the world market, qPCR analysis becomes laborious and expensive. Innovative cost-effective approaches are therefore urgently needed. Here, we report the development and inter-laboratory assessment of multiplex assays to quantify GMO soybean using droplet digital PCR (ddPCR)...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818631/topical-medical-cannabis-tmc-a-new-treatment-for-wound-pain-three-cases-of-pyoderma-gangrenosum
#4
Vincent Maida, Jason Corban
Pain associated with integumentary wounds is highly prevalent yet it remains an area of significant unmet need within healthcare. Currently, systemically administered opioids are the mainstay of treatment. However, recent publications are casting opioids in a negative light given their high side effect profile, inhibition of wound healing, and association with accidental overdose, incidents that are frequently fatal. Thus, novel analgesic strategies for wound-related pain need to be investigated. The ideal methods of pain relief for wound patients are modalities that are topical, lack systemic side effects, non-invasive, self-administered, and display rapid onset of analgesia...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817075/discrimination-of-transgenic-maize-kernel-using-nir-hyperspectral-imaging-and-multivariate-data-analysis
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Xuping Feng, Yiying Zhao, Chu Zhang, Peng Cheng, Yong He
There are possible environmental risks related to gene flow from genetically engineered organisms. It is important to find accurate, fast, and inexpensive methods to detect and monitor the presence of genetically modified (GM) organisms in crops and derived crop products. In the present study, GM maize kernels containing both cry1Ab/cry2Aj-G10evo proteins and their non-GM parents were examined by using hyperspectral imaging in the near-infrared (NIR) range (874.41-1733.91 nm) combined with chemometric data analysis...
August 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811300/epigenetic-regulation-by-the-menin-pathway
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Zijie Feng, Jian Ma, Xianxin Hua
There is a trend of increasing prevalence of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), and the inherited multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) syndrome serves as a genetic model to investigate how NETs develop and the underlying mechanisms. Menin, encoded by the MEN1 gene, at least partly acts as a scaffold protein by interacting with multiple partners to regulate cellular homeostasis of various endocrine organs. Menin has multiple functions including regulating several important signaling pathways by controlling gene transcription...
August 15, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810845/a-bioinformatics-approach-for-identifying-transgene-insertion-sites-using-whole-genome-sequencing-data
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Doori Park, Su-Hyun Park, Yong Wook Ban, Youn Shic Kim, Kyoung-Cheul Park, Nam-Soo Kim, Ju-Kon Kim, Ik-Young Choi
BACKGROUND: Genetically modified crops (GM crops) have been developed to improve the agricultural traits of modern crop cultivars. Safety assessments of GM crops are of paramount importance in research at developmental stages and before releasing transgenic plants into the marketplace. Sequencing technology is developing rapidly, with higher output and labor efficiencies, and will eventually replace existing methods for the molecular characterization of genetically modified organisms...
August 15, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809017/crispr-cas9-in-the-chicken-embryo
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Valérie Morin, Nadège Véron, Christophe Marcelle
Genome editing is driving a revolution in the biomedical sciences that carries the promise for future treatments of genetic diseases. The CRISPR/Cas9 system of RNA-guided genome editing has been successfully applied to modify the genome of a wide spectrum of organisms. We recently showed that this technique can be combined with in vivo electroporation to inhibit the function of genes of interest in somatic cells of the developing chicken embryo. We present here a simplified version of the previously described technique that leads to effective gene loss-of-function...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799647/virulence-of-a-chimeric-recombinant-infectious-haematopoietic-necrosis-virus-expressing-the-spring-viraemia-of-carp-virus-glycoprotein-in-salmonid-and-cyprinid-fish
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E J Emmenegger, S Biacchesi, E Mérour, J A Glenn, A D Palmer, M Brémont, G Kurath
Infectious haematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) and spring viraemia of carp virus (SVCV) are both rhabdoviruses of fish, listed as notifiable disease agents by the World Organization for Animal Health. Recombinant rhabdoviruses with heterologous gene substitutions have been engineered to study genetic determinants and assess the potential of these recombinant viruses for vaccine development. A recombinant IHNV (rIHNV), containing the full-length genome of a European IHNV strain, was modified by deleting the glycoprotein (G) gene and replacing it with a European SVCV G-gene to make the rIHNV-Gsvcv...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798742/preservation-and-significance-of-extracellular-dna-in-ferruginous-sediments-from-lake-towuti-indonesia
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Aurèle Vuillemin, Fabian Horn, Mashal Alawi, Cynthia Henny, Dirk Wagner, Sean A Crowe, Jens Kallmeyer
Extracellular DNA is ubiquitous in soil and sediment and constitutes a dominant fraction of environmental DNA in aquatic systems. In theory, extracellular DNA is composed of genomic elements persisting at different degrees of preservation produced by processes occurring on land, in the water column and sediment. Extracellular DNA can be taken up as a nutrient source, excreted or degraded by microorganisms, or adsorbed onto mineral matrices, thus potentially preserving information from past environments. To test whether extracellular DNA records lacustrine conditions, we sequentially extracted extracellular and intracellular DNA from anoxic sediments of ferruginous Lake Towuti, Indonesia...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797737/nkt-cells-are-important-mediators-of-hepatic-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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James A Richards, Stephen J Wigmore, Stephen M Anderton, Sarah E M Howie
INTRODUCTION: IRI results from the interruption then reinstatement of an organ's blood supply, and this poses a significant problem in liver transplantation and resectional surgery. In this paper, we explore the role T cells play in the pathogenesis of this injury. MATERIALS & METHODS: We used an in vivo murine model of warm partial hepatic IRI, genetically-modified mice, in vivo antibody depletion, adoptive cell transfer and flow cytometry to determine which lymphocyte subsets contribute to pathology...
August 7, 2017: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795123/corrigendum-to-data-in-support-of-the-detection-of-genetically-modified-organisms-gmos-in-food-and-feed-samples-data-brief-7-2016-pp-243-252
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[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2016.02.035.].
September 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783349/orthogonal-ribosome-bio-firewall
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Bin Jia, Hao Qi, Bing-Zhi Li, Shuo Pan, Duo Liu, Hong Liu, Yizhi Cai, Ying-Jin Yuan
Biocontainment systems are crucial for preventing genetically modified organisms from escaping into natural ecosystems. Here, we describe the orthogonal ribosome bio-firewall, which consists of an activation circuit and a degradation circuit. The activation circuit is a genetic AND gate based on activation of the encrypted pathway by the orthogonal ribosome in response to specific environmental signals. The degradation circuit is a genetic NOT gate with an output of I-SceI homing endonuclease, which conditionally degrades the orthogonal ribosome genes...
August 7, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783096/c-di-amp-an-essential-molecule-in-the-signaling-pathways-that-regulate-the-viability-and-virulence-of-gram-positive-bacteria
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Tazin Fahmi, Gary C Port, Kyu Hong Cho
Signal transduction pathways enable organisms to monitor their external environment and adjust gene regulation to appropriately modify their cellular processes. Second messenger nucleotides including cyclic adenosine monophosphate (c-AMP), cyclic guanosine monophosphate (c-GMP), cyclic di-guanosine monophosphate (c-di-GMP), and cyclic di-adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) play key roles in many signal transduction pathways used by prokaryotes and/or eukaryotes. Among the various second messenger nucleotides molecules, c-di-AMP was discovered recently and has since been shown to be involved in cell growth, survival, and regulation of virulence, primarily within Gram-positive bacteria...
August 7, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763677/genetic-basis-of-enzymatic-resistance-of-e-coli-to-aminoglycosides
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Dominika Ojdana, Anna Sieńko, Paweł Sacha, Piotr Majewski, Piotr Wieczorek, Anna Wieczorek, Elżbieta Tryniszewska
PURPOSE: Over the past years, an increase in resistance to aminoglycosides has been observed among Enterobacteriaceae rods. This resistance development reduces therapeutic options for infections caused by multidrug-resistance organisms. Because of the changing epidemiology of extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) and resistance to aminoglycosides, we investigated the prevalence of the aac(3)-Ia, aac(6')-Ib, ant(4')-IIa, ant(2")-Ia, and aph(3")-Ib genes encoding aminoglycoside-modifying enzymes (AMEs) in ESBL-producing Escherichia coli as well as ESBL-non-producing isolates...
July 29, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762296/current-nutritional-approaches-in-managing-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-review
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Hande Cekici, Nevin Sanlier
The link between nutrition and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is a complex developmental disorder manifesting itself in significant delays or deviation in interaction and communication, has provided a fresh point of view and signals that nutrition may have a role in the aetiology of ASD, as well as play an active role in treatment by alleviating symptoms. OBJECTIVE: In this review study aimed at evaluating, with scientific and concrete proof, the current medical nutrition implementations on ASD, existing medical nutrition therapies have been addressed and their effects on ASD symptoms have been discussed in light of current research...
August 1, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760813/the-extracellular-metalloprotease-adamts-a-anchors-neural-lineages-in-place-within-and-preserves-the-architecture-of-the-central-nervous-system
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James B Skeath, Beth A Wilson, Selena E Romero, Mark J Snee, Yi Zhu, Haluk Lacin
The extracellular matrix (ECM) regulates cell migration and sculpts organ shape. AdamTS proteins are extracellular metalloproteases known to modify ECM proteins and promote cell migration, but demonstrated roles for AdamTS proteins in regulating CNS structure and ensuring cell lineages remain fixed in place have not been uncovered. Using forward genetic approaches in Drosophila, we find that reduction of AdamTS-A function induces both the mass exodus of neural lineages out of the CNS and drastic perturbations to CNS structure...
July 31, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760744/proanthocyanidin-trimer-gallate-modulates-lipid-deposition-and-fatty-acid-desaturation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Yu Nie, Brad Littleton, Thomas Kavanagh, Vincenzo Abbate, Sukhvinder S Bansal, David Richards, Peter Hylands, Stephen R Stürzenbaum
The incidence of obesity is rising at an alarming rate. Despite its recognition as an urgent healthcare concern, obesity remains largely an unsolved medical problem. A comprehensive screen for functional dietary phytochemicals identified proanthocyanidins as putative targets to ameliorate obesity. A full-scale purification of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) derived from grape seed extract, yielded pure OPC dimer, trimer, tetramer, and their gallates (pOPCs). Forward chemical screening conducted in Caenorhabditis elegans suggested that pOPCs reduced the activity of lipase in vitro and triglyceride storage capacity in vivo Proanthocyanidin trimer gallate in particular modified lipid desaturation in C...
July 31, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755910/reprint-of-fast-and-sensitive-in-vivo-studies-under-controlled-environmental-conditions-to-substitute-long-term-field-trials-with-genetically-modified-plants
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Patricia Horn, André Schlichting, Christel Baum, Ute Hammesfahr, Sören Thiele-Bruhn, Peter Leinweber, Inge Broer
We introduce an easy, fast and effective method to analyze the influence of genetically modified (GM) plants on soil and model organisms in the laboratory to substitute laborious and time consuming field trials. For the studies described here we focused on two GM plants of the so-called 3rd generation: GM plants producing pharmaceuticals (PMP) and plant made industrials (PMI). Cyanophycin synthetase (cphA) was chosen as model for PMI and Choleratoxin B (CTB) as model for PMP. The model genes are expressed in transgenic roots of composite Vicia hirsuta plants grown in petri dishes for semi-sterile growth or small containers filled with non-sterile soil...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755496/procedure-to-select-test-organisms-for-environmental-risk-assessment-of-genetically-modified-crops-in-aquatic-systems
#20
Angelika Hilbeck, Rebecca Bundschuh, Mirco Bundschuh, Frieder Hofmann, Bernadette Oehen, Mathias Otto, Ralf Schulz, Miluse Trtikova
For a long time, the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically modified (GM) crops mainly focused on terrestrial ecosystems. This changed when it was scientifically established that aquatic ecosystems are exposed to GM crop residues which may negatively affect aquatic species. To assist the risk assessment process, we present a tool to identify ecologically relevant species usable in tiered testing prior to authorization or for biological monitoring in the field. The tool is derived from a selection procedure for terrestrial ecosystems with substantial but necessary changes to adequately consider the differences in the type of ecosystems...
July 29, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
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