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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639940/genetic-specification-of-left-right-asymmetry-in-the-diaphragm-muscles-and-their-motor-innervation
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Camille Charoy, Sarah Dinvaut, Yohan Chaix, Laurette Morlé, Isabelle Sanyas, Muriel Bozon, Karine Kindbeiter, Bénédicte Durand, Jennifer M Skidmore, Lies De Groef, Motoaki Seki, Lieve Moons, Christiana Ruhrberg, James F Martin, Donna M Martin, Julien Falk, Valerie Castellani
The diaphragm muscle is essential for breathing in mammals. Its asymmetric elevation during contraction correlates with morphological features suggestive of inherent left-right (L/R) asymmetry. Whether this asymmetry is due to L versus R differences in the muscle or in the phrenic nerve activity is unknown. Here, we have combined the analysis of genetically modified mouse models with transcriptomic analysis to show that both the diaphragm muscle and phrenic nerves have asymmetries, which can be established independently of each other during early embryogenesis in pathway instructed by Nodal, a morphogen that also conveys asymmetry in other organs...
June 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625990/bioavailability-of-carbohydrate-content-in-natural-and-transgenic-switchgrasses-for-the-extreme-thermophile-caldicellulosiruptor-bescii
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Jeffrey V Zurawski, Piyum A Khatibi, Hannah O Akinosho, Christopher T Straub, Scott H Compton, Jonathan M Conway, Laura L Lee, Arthur J Ragauskas, Brian H Davison, Michael W W Adams, Robert M Kelly
Improving access to the carbohydrate content of lignocellulose is key to reducing recalcitrance for microbial deconstruction and conversion to fuels and chemicals. Caldicellulosiruptor bescii completely solubilizes naked microcrystalline cellulose, yet this transformation is impeded within the context of the plant cell wall by a network of lignin and hemicellulose. Here, the bioavailability of carbohydrates to C. bescii at 70°C was examined for reduced lignin transgenic switchgrass lines COMT3(+) and MYB Trans, their corresponding parental lines (cultivar Alamo) COMT3(-) and MYB WT, and natural variant cultivar Cave-in-Rock (CR)...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625311/cancers-de-l%C3%A2-ovaire-brca-mut%C3%A3-consultation-d%C3%A2-oncog%C3%A3-n%C3%A3-tique-et-prescription-des-inhibiteurs-de-parp
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Laurence Gladieff, Dominique Stoppa Lyonnet, Alain Lortholary, Alexandra Leary, Catherine Genestie, Isabelle Ray-Coquard
GENETIC COUNSELING AND PARP INHIBITORS PRESCRIPTION: Upon the availability of the PARP inhibitors in relapsed ovarian carcinoma, the pathways of the oncogenetic counseling were modified. Any research for a constitutional alteration of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes must be accompanied by an oncogenetic counseling. BRCA testing is recommended from the diagnosis to every woman with an ovarian or fallopian tube or peritoneum of high grade adenocarcinoma, whatever the age at the diagnosis and her family history. In case of sensitive relapse or potential inclusion in a clinical trial and in the absence of preliminary constitutional research, the oncogenetic counseling is organized according to a fast track pathway and a somatic analysis can be realized in parallel...
May 2017: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624099/cardiovascular-disease-and-cancer-evidence-for-shared-disease-pathways-and-pharmacologic-prevention
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Farzad Masoudkabir, Nizal Sarrafzadegan, Carolyn Gotay, Andrew Ignaszewski, Andrew D Krahn, Margot K Davis, Christopher Franco, Arya Mani
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer are leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Strategies to improve their treatment and prevention are global priorities and major focus of World Health Organization's joint prevention programs. Emerging evidence suggests that modifiable risk factors including diet, sedentary lifestyle, obesity and tobacco use are central to the pathogenesis of both diseases and are reflected in common genetic, cellular, and signaling mechanisms. Understanding this important biological overlap is critical and may help identify novel therapeutic and preventative strategies for both disorders...
June 2, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610636/whole-cell-biocatalysts-by-design
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REVIEW
Baixue Lin, Yong Tao
Whole-cell biocatalysts provide unique advantages and have been widely used for the efficient biosynthesis of value-added fine and bulk chemicals, as well as pharmaceutically active ingredients. What is more, advances in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering, together with the rapid development of molecular genetic tools, have brought about a renaissance of whole-cell biocatalysis. These rapid advancements mean that whole-cell biocatalysts can increasingly be rationally designed. Genes of heterologous enzymes or synthetic pathways are increasingly being introduced into microbial hosts, and depending on the complexity of the synthetic pathway or the target products, they can enable the production of value-added chemicals from cheap feedstock...
June 13, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608039/antifungal-genes-expressed-in-transgenic-pea-pisum-sativum-l-do-not-affect-root-colonization-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizae-fungi
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Jagroop Gill Kahlon, Hans-Jörg Jacobsen, James F Cahill, Linda M Hall
Genetically modified crops have raised concerns about unintended consequences on non-target organisms including beneficial soil associates. Pea transformed with four antifungal genes 1-3 β glucanase, endochitinase, polygalacturonase-inhibiting proteins, and stilbene synthase is currently under field-testing for efficacy against fungal diseases in Canada. Transgenes had lower expression in the roots than leaves in greenhouse experiment. To determine the impact of disease-tolerant pea or gene products on colonization by non-target arbuscular mycorrhizae and nodulation by rhizobium, a field trial was established...
June 12, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607081/bioengineered-silkworms-with-butterfly-cytotoxin-modified-silk-glands-produce-sericin-cocoons-with-a-utility-for-a-new-biomaterial
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Ryosuke Otsuki, Masafumi Yamamoto, Erika Matsumoto, Shin-Ichi Iwamoto, Hideki Sezutsu, Masumi Suzui, Keiko Takaki, Keiji Wakabayashi, Hajime Mori, Eiji Kotani
Genetically manipulated organisms with dysfunction of specific tissues are crucial for the study of various biological applications and mechanisms. However, the bioengineering of model organisms with tissue-specific dysfunction has not progressed because the challenges of expression of proteins, such as cytotoxins, in living cells of individual organisms need to be overcome first. Here, we report the establishment of a transgenic silkworm (Bombyx mori) with posterior silk glands (PSGs) that was designed to express the cabbage butterfly (Pieris rapae) cytotoxin pierisin-1A (P1A)...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602961/progress-and-biotechnological-prospects-in-fish-transgenesis
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REVIEW
Fernanda M P Tonelli, Samyra M S N Lacerda, Flávia C P Tonelli, Guilherme M J Costa, Luiz Renato de França, Rodrigo R Resende
The history of transgenesis is marked by milestones such as the development of cellular transdifferentiation, recombinant DNA, genetic modification of target cells, and finally, the generation of simpler genetically modified organisms (e.g. bacteria and mice). The first transgenic fish was developed in 1984, and since then, continuing technological advancements to improve gene transfer have led to more rapid, accurate, and efficient generation of transgenic animals. Among the established methods are microinjection, electroporation, lipofection, viral vectors, and gene targeting...
June 8, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601700/engineering-and-application-of-polymerases-for-synthetic-genetics
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REVIEW
Gillian Houlihan, Sebastian Arangundy-Franklin, Philipp Holliger
Organic chemistry has systematically probed the chemical determinants of function in nucleic acids by variation to the nucleobase, sugar ring and backbone moieties to build synthetic genetic polymers. Concomitantly, protein engineering has advanced to allow the discovery of polymerases capable of utilizing modified nucleotide analogs. A conjunction of these two lines of investigation in nucleotide chemistry and molecular biology has given rise to a new field of synthetic genetics dedicated to the exploration of the capacity of these novel, synthetic nucleic acids for the storage and propagation of genetic information, for evolution and for crosstalk, that is, information exchange with the natural genetic system...
June 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601219/the-importance-of-being-modified-the-role-of-rna-modifications-in-translational-fidelity
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Paul F Agris, Amithi Narendran, Kathryn Sarachan, Ville Y P Väre, Emily Eruysal
The posttranscriptional modifications of tRNA's anticodon stem and loop (ASL) domain represent a third level, a third code, to the accuracy and efficiency of translating mRNA codons into the correct amino acid sequence of proteins. Modifications of tRNA's ASL domain are enzymatically synthesized and site specifically located at the anticodon wobble position-34 and 3'-adjacent to the anticodon at position-37. Degeneracy of the 64 Universal Genetic Codes and the limitation in the number of tRNA species require some tRNAs to decode more than one codon...
2017: Enzymes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600842/a-scoping-review-of-epidemiologic-risk-factors-for-pediatric-obesity-implications-for-future-childhood-obesity-and-dental-caries-prevention-research
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Donald L Chi, Monique Luu, Frances Chu
RESEARCH QUESTIONS: What are the non-modifiable (socioeconomic, genetic) and modifiable factors (physical activity, dietary behaviors) related to childhood (under age 12) obesity? How can this knowledge be applied to oral health professionals' efforts to prevent or manage dental caries in children? OBJECTIVES: Studies have identified risk factors for childhood obesity. The purpose of this scoping review was to develop a conceptual model to identify non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors for childhood obesity and to illustrate how these findings are relevant in developing interventions aimed at preventing obesity and dental caries in children...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597823/made-for-each-other-ascomycete-yeasts-and-insects
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Meredith Blackwell
Fungi and insects live together in the same habitats, and many species of both groups rely on each other for success. Insects, the most successful animals on Earth, cannot produce sterols, essential vitamins, and many enzymes; fungi, often yeast-like in growth form, make up for these deficits. Fungi, however, require constantly replenished substrates because they consume the previous ones, and insects, sometimes lured by volatile fungal compounds, carry fungi directly to a similar, but fresh, habitat. Yeasts associated with insects include Ascomycota (Saccharomycotina, Pezizomycotina) and a few Basidiomycota...
June 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596811/genetic-engineering-and-human-mental-ecology-interlocking-effects-and-educational-considerations
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Ramsey Affifi
This paper describes some likely semiotic consequences of genetic engineering on what Gregory Bateson has called "the mental ecology" (1979) of future humans, consequences that are less often raised in discussions surrounding the safety of GMOs (genetically modified organisms). The effects are as follows: an increased 1) habituation to the presence of GMOs in the environment, 2) normalization of empirically false assumptions grounding genetic reductionism, 3) acceptance that humans are capable and entitled to decide what constitutes an evolutionary improvement for a species, 4) perception that the main source of creativity and problem solving in the biosphere is anthropogenic...
2017: Biosemiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592994/effects-of-global-transcription-factor-ntca-on-photosynthetic-production-of-ethylene-in-recombinant-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803
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Huilin Mo, Xiaoman Xie, Tao Zhu, Xuefeng Lu
BACKGROUND: Cyanobacteria are considered potential photosynthetic microbial cell factories for biofuel and biochemical production. Ethylene, one of the most important organic chemicals, has been successfully synthesized in cyanobacteria by introducing an exogenous ethylene-forming enzyme (Efe). However, it remains challenging to significantly improve the biosynthetic efficiency of cyanobacterial ethylene. Genetic modification of transcription factors is a powerful strategy for reprogramming cellular metabolism toward target products...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588899/mechanistic-insights-into-adxs11-001-human-papillomavirus-associated-cancer-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Brett A Miles, Bradley J Monk, Howard P Safran
Immune responses to the facultative intracellular bacterium Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) are robust and well characterized. Utilized for decades as a model of host-disease immunology, Lm is well suited for use as an immunotherapeutic bacterial vector for the delivery of foreign antigen. Genetic modification of Lm has been undertaken to create an attenuated organism that is deficient in its master transcriptional regulator, protein-related factor A, and incorporates a truncated, nonhemolytic version of the listeriolysin O (LLO) molecule to ensure its adjuvant properties while also preventing escape of the live organism from the phagolysosome...
2017: Gynecologic Oncology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584888/autism-spectrum-disorder-neuropathology-and-animal-models
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REVIEW
Merina Varghese, Neha Keshav, Sarah Jacot-Descombes, Tahia Warda, Bridget Wicinski, Dara L Dickstein, Hala Harony-Nicolas, Silvia De Rubeis, Elodie Drapeau, Joseph D Buxbaum, Patrick R Hof
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a major impact on the development and social integration of affected individuals and is the most heritable of psychiatric disorders. An increase in the incidence of ASD cases has prompted a surge in research efforts on the underlying neuropathologic processes. We present an overview of current findings in neuropathology studies of ASD using two investigational approaches, postmortem human brains and ASD animal models, and discuss the overlap, limitations, and significance of each...
June 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582446/generation-of-an-immortalized-mouse-embryonic-palatal-mesenchyme-cell-line
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Katherine A Fantauzzo, Philippe Soriano
Palatogenesis is a complex morphogenetic process, disruptions in which result in highly prevalent birth defects in humans. In recent decades, the use of model systems such as genetically-modified mice, mouse palatal organ cultures and primary mouse embryonic palatal mesenchyme (MEPM) cultures has provided significant insight into the molecular and cellular defects underlying cleft palate. However, drawbacks in each of these systems have prevented high-throughput, large-scale studies of palatogenesis in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575239/whole-genome-cardiac-dna-methylation-fingerprint-and-gene-expression-analysis-provide-new-insights-in-the-pathogenesis-of-chronic-chagas-disease-cardiomyopathy
#18
Laurie Laugier, Amanda Farage Frade, Frederico Moraes Ferreira, Monique Andrade Baron, Priscila Camillo Teixeira, Sandrine Cabantous, Ludmila Rodrigues Pinto Ferreira, Laurence Louis, Vagner Oliveira Carvalho Rigaud, Fabio Antônio Gaiotto, Fernando Bacal, Pablo Pomerantzeff, Edimar Bocchi, Jorge Kalil, Ronaldo Honorato Barros Santos, Edecio Cunha-Neto, Christophe Chevillard
Background: Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, is endemic in Latin America and affects 10 million people worldwide. Approximately 12,000 deaths attributable to Chagas disease occur annually due to Chagas disease cardiomyopathy (CCC), an inflammatory cardiomyopathy presenting with heart failure and arrythmia; 30% of infected subjects develop CCC years after infection. Genetic mechanisms play a role in differential progression to CCC, but little is known about the role of epigenetic modifications in pathological gene expression patterns in CCC patients' myocardium...
May 30, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573363/-risk-genes-in-myopathies-and-mitochondrial-diseases
#19
REVIEW
C Stendel, M C Walter, T Klopstock
Myopathies and mitochondrial diseases pose a major challenge in diagnosis due to the multitude of different entities and - in the case of mitochondriopathies - the possible involvement of multiple organs. Furthermore, there is broad clinical variability within particular diseases; patients with hereditary myopathy, for example, can show great phenotypic variability despite identical genetic defects. In addition to environmental factors, gender-specific influences, and the degree of heteroplasmy in mitochondrial diseases, the existence of disease-modifying genes has long been assumed as an explanation...
June 1, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567245/confined-space-synthesis-of-nanostructured-anatase-directed-by-genetically-engineered-living-organisms-for-lithium-ion-batteries
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Hang Ping, Hao Xie, Mingyu Xiang, Bao-Lian Su, Yucheng Wang, Jinyong Zhang, Fan Zhang, Zhengyi Fu
Biomineral formation processes in nature are temporally and spatially regulated under the functions of biomolecules in a confined space. It is potentially very productive to rationally design a mineralized system by taking into account confined space as well as biomolecules. The laboratory technique of "bacterial cell surface display" is an ideal platform to host catalytically active proteins in a three-dimensionally confined space. In the present study, aiming to regulate the synthesis of nanostructured TiO2 anatase, repeating segments of silaffin were displayed on Escherichia coli surfaces through genetic manipulation...
October 1, 2016: Chemical Science
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