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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924528/mycotoxins-an-underhand-food-problem
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Antonio Moretti, Antonio F Logrieco, Antonia Susca
Among the food safety issues, the occurrence of fungal species able to produce toxic metabolites on the agro-food products has acquired a general attention. These compounds, the mycotoxins, generally provided of low molecular weight, are the result of the secondary metabolism of the toxigenic fungi. They may have toxic activity toward the plants, but mostly represent a serious risk for human and animal health worldwide, since they can be accumulated on many final crop products and they have a broad range of toxic biological activities...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924400/an-insight-into-the-secondary-metabolism-of-muscodor-yucatanensis-small-molecule-epigenetic-modifiers-induce-expression-of-secondary-metabolism-related-genes-and-production-of-new-metabolites-in-the-endophyte
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Masroor Qadri, Yedukondalu Nalli, Shreyans K Jain, Asha Chaubey, Asif Ali, Gary A Strobel, Ram A Vishwakarma, Syed Riyaz-Ul-Hassan
Muscodor spp. are proficient producers of bioactive volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with many potential applications. However, all members of this genus produce varying amounts and types of VOCs which suggests the involvement of epigenetics as a possible explanation. The members of this genus are poorly explored for the production of soluble compounds (extrolites). In this study, the polyketide synthase (PKS) and non-ribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) genes from an endophyte, Muscodor yucatanensis Ni30, were cloned and sequenced...
December 6, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911721/nucleotide-modifications-in-messenger-rna-and-their-role-in-development-and-disease
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REVIEW
Veronica Dezi, Chavdar Ivanov, Irmgard U Haussmann, Matthias Soller
Modified nucleotides in messenger RNA (mRNA) have been discovered over 40 years ago, but until recently little was known about which transcripts contain them and what their function is. High-throughput sequencing approaches revealed a dynamic landscape of the 'Epitranscriptome' for many mRNA modifications in various organisms from yeast to humans. Meanwhile, also many genes encoding mRNA-modifying enzymes and auxiliary proteins have been identified yielding functional insights by reverse genetics into their role in development and disease...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909941/degradation-and-half-life-of-dna-present-in-biomass-from-a-genetically-modified-organism-during-land-application
#4
Mathew C Halter, James A Zahn
White biotechnology has made a positive impact on the chemical industry by providing safer, more efficient chemical manufacturing processes that have reduced the use of toxic chemicals, harsh reaction conditions, and expensive metal catalysts, which has improved alignment with the principles of Green Chemistry. The genetically-modified (GM) biocatalysts that are utilized in these processes are typically separated from high-value products and then recycled, or eliminated. Elimination routes include disposal in sanitary landfills, incineration, use as a fuel, animal feed, or reuse as an agricultural soil amendment or other value-added products...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899218/modeling-myeloproliferative-neoplasms-from-mutations-to-mouse-models-and-back-again
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Alessandro Morotti, Stefania Rocca, Giovanna Carrà, Giuseppe Saglio, Mara Brancaccio
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are defined according to the 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) classification and the recent 2016 revision. Over the years, several genetic lesions have been associated with the development of MPNs, with important consequences for identifying unique biomarkers associated with specific neoplasms and for developing targeted therapies. Defining the genotype-phenotype relationship in MPNs is essential to identify driver somatic mutations that promote MPN development and maintenance in order to develop curative targeted therapies...
November 24, 2016: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894253/latitudinal-clines-in-gene-expression-and-cis-regulatory-element-variation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#6
Punita Juneja, Andrew Quinn, Francis M Jiggins
BACKGROUND: Organisms can rapidly adapt to their environment when colonizing a new habitat, and this could occur by changing protein sequences or by altering patterns of gene expression. The importance of gene expression in driving local adaptation is increasingly being appreciated, and cis-regulatory elements (CREs), which control and modify the expression of the nearby genes, are predicted to play an important role. Here we investigate genetic variation in gene expression in immune-challenged Drosophila melanogaster from temperate and tropical or sub-tropical populations in Australia and United States...
November 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890565/three-generation-reproduction-toxicity-study-of-genetically-modified-rice-with-insect-resistant-genes
#7
Yichun Hu, Qin Zhuo, Zhaolong Gong, Jianhua Piao, Xiaoguang Yang
In the present work, we evaluated the three generation reproductive toxicity of the genetically modified rice with insectresistant cry1Ac and sck genes. 120 Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into three groups which were fed with genetically modified rice diet (GM group), parental control rice diet (PR group) and AIN-93 control diet (both used as negative control) respectively. Bodyweight, food consumption, reproductive data, hematological parameters, serum chemistry, relative organ weights and histopathology for each generation were examined respectively...
November 24, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876887/high-energy-particle-radiation-associated-oncogenic-transformation-in-normal-mice-insight-into-the-connection-between-activation-of-oncotargets-and-oncogene-addiction
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Natarajan Aravindan, Sheeja Aravindan, Krishnan Manickam, Mohan Natarajan
Concerns on high-energy particle radiation-induced tumorigenic transformation of normal tissue in astronauts, and in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy, emphasizes the significance of elucidating the mechanisms involved in radiogenic transformation processes. Mostly used genetically modified or tumor-prone models are less reliable in determining human health risk in space or protracted post-treatment normal tissue toxicity. Here, in wild type C57BL/6 mice, we related the deregulation of distinctive set of tissue-specific oncotargets in major organs upon (56)Fe (600 MeV/amu; 0...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876805/landscape-genetics-informs-mesohabitat-preference-and-conservation-priorities-for-a-surrogate-indicator-species-in-a-highly-fragmented-river-system
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J Lean, M P Hammer, P J Unmack, M Adams, L B Beheregaray
Poor dispersal species represent conservative benchmarks for biodiversity management because they provide insights into ecological processes influenced by habitat fragmentation that are less evident in more dispersive organisms. Here we used the poorly dispersive and threatened river blackfish (Gadopsis marmoratus) as a surrogate indicator system for assessing the effects of fragmentation in highly modified river basins and for prioritizing basin-wide management strategies. We combined individual, population and landscape-based approaches to analyze genetic variation in samples spanning the distribution of the species in Australia's Murray-Darling Basin, one of the world's most degraded freshwater systems...
November 23, 2016: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872471/recent-progress-in-xenotransplantation-with-emphasis-on-virological-safety
#10
Joachim Denner
Xenotransplantation is a new technology that may help to overcome the shortage of human tissues and organs available for the treatment of tissue and organ failure. Remarkable progress has recently been made in this field. First, understanding of the mechanisms of immunological rejection, mainly of the hyperacute rejection, allowed generating numerous genetically modified pigs to overcome rejection. Second, based on these genetically modified animals and new immunosuppression regimens, long-term survival of non-human primate recipients of heart, kidney, and islet cell cells has been reported...
November 22, 2016: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871856/will-cardiac-optogenetics-find-the-way-through-the-obscure-angles-of-heart-physiology
#11
Nicola Pianca, Tania Zaglia, Marco Mongillo
Optogenetics is a technique exploded in the last 10 years, which revolutionized several areas of biological research. The brightest side of this technology is the use of light to modulate non-invasively, with high spatial resolution and millisecond time scale, excitable cells genetically modified to express light-sensitive microbial ion channels (opsins). Neuroscience has first benefited from such fascinating strategy, in intact organisms. By shining light to specific neuronal subpopulations, optogenetics allowed unearth the mechanisms involved in cell-to-cell communication within the context of intact organs, such as the brain, formed by complex neuronal circuits...
November 18, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871615/a-homogeneous-assay-for-highly-sensitive-detection-of-camv35s-promoter-in-transgenic-soybean-by-f%C3%A3-rster-resonance-energy-transfer-between-nitrogen-doped-graphene-quantum-dots-and-ag-nanoparticles
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Yaqi Li, Li Sun, Jing Qian, Chengke Wang, Qian Liu, En Han, Nan Hao, Liuping Zhang, Jianrong Cai, Kun Wang
In this work, a novel homogeneous assay for DNA quantitative analysis based on förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) was developed for cauliflwer mosaic virus 35s (CaMV35S) promoter of transgenic soybean detection. The homogenous FRET of fluorescence signal was fabricated by DNA hybridization with probe modified nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (NGQDs) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), which acted the donor-acceptor pairs for the first time. The highly efficient FRET and unique properties of the NGQDs made the proposed FRET system as a functionalized detection platform for labelling of DNA...
December 15, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869477/a-review-of-living-collections-with-special-emphasis-on-sustainability-and-its-impact-on-research-across-multiple-disciplines
#13
Kevin McCluskey
Formal living collections have unique characteristics that distinguish them from other types of biorepositories. Comprising diverse resources, microbe culture collections, crop and biodiversity plant germplasm collections, and animal germplasm repositories are commonly allied with specific research communities or stakeholder groups. Among living collections, microbial culture collections have very long and unique life histories, with some being older than 100 years. Regulatory, financial, and technical developments have impacted living collections in many ways...
November 21, 2016: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869143/genome-mining-unveils-widespread-natural-product-biosynthetic-capacity-in-human-oral-microbe-streptococcus-mutans
#14
Liwei Liu, Tingting Hao, Zhoujie Xie, Geoff P Horsman, Yihua Chen
Streptococcus mutans is a major pathogen causing human dental caries. As a Gram-positive bacterium with a small genome (about 2 Mb) it is considered a poor source of natural products. Due to a recent explosion in genomic data available for S. mutans strains, we were motivated to explore the natural product production potential of this organism. Bioinformatic characterization of 169 publically available genomes of S. mutans from human dental caries revealed a surprisingly rich source of natural product biosynthetic gene clusters...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862820/generation-of-marker-free-transgenic-hexaploid-wheat-via-an-agrobacterium-mediated-co-transformation-strategy-in-commercial-chinese-wheat-varieties
#15
Ke Wang, Huiyun Liu, Lipu Du, Xingguo Ye
Genotype-specificity is a big problem lagging the development of efficient hexaploid wheat transformation system. Increasingly, the biosecurity of genetically modified organisms is garnering public attention, so the generation of marker-free transgenic plants is very important to the eventual potential commercial release of transgenic wheat. In this study, 15 commercial Chinese hexaploid wheat varieties were successfully transformed via an Agrobacterium-mediated method, with efficiency of up to 37.7%, as confirmed by the use of Quickstix strips, histochemical staining, PCR analysis, and Southern blotting...
November 10, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861812/digest-love-is-in-the-air-sticklebacks-choice-of-mate-depends-on-dissolved-oxygen-levels
#16
Nicola Simcock
For mate selection, physical appearance can be an important indicator of general health and the potential genetic gains available to future offspring. Accurate assessment of mate quality can drive trait development and differentiation, and may contribute to reproductive isolation. However, in changing environmental conditions, static traits are not always reliable indicators of mate quality (Wong et al., 2007). Some males invest resources in developing "extended phenotypes": expression of genes manifested outside the organism's body, such as nest size...
November 12, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854014/purification-of-yeast-native-reagents-for-the-analysis-of-chromatin-function-i-nucleosomes-for-reconstitution-and-manipulation-of-histone-marks
#17
Nicolas Lacoste, Wajid Bhat, Jacques Côté
Purification of native biological material provides powerful tools for the functional analysis of enzymes and proteins in chromatin. In particular, histone proteins harbor numerous post-translational modifications, which may differ between species, tissues, and growth conditions and are lacking on recombinant histones. Moreover, the physiological substrate of most enzymes that modify histones is chromatin and the majority of these enzymes need to be part of a multiprotein assembly to be able to act on chromatin...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851894/complete-genome-sequence-of-novosphingobium-resinovorum-sa1-a-versatile-xenobiotic-degrading-bacterium-capable-of-utilizing-sulfanilic-acid
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Botond Hegedűs, Péter B Kós, Balázs Bálint, Gergely Maróti, Han Ming Gan, Katalin Perei, Gábor Rákhely
Sulfanilic acid (4-aminobenzenesulfonic acid) is a sulfonated aromatic amine widely used in chemical industries for synthesis of various organic dyes and sulfa drugs. There are quite a few microbial co-cultures or single isolates capable of completely degrading this compound. Novosphingobium resinovorum SA1 was the first single bacterium which could utilize sulfanilic acid as its sole carbon, nitrogen and sulfur source. The strain has versatile catabolic routes for the bioconversion of numerous other aromatic compounds...
November 13, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826760/myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-management-and-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Cheryl A Smith, Laurie Gutmann
Myotonic dystrophy (DM1) is the most common form of adult muscular dystrophy. It is a multisystem disorder with a complex pathophysiology. Although inheritance is autosomal dominant, disease variability is attributed to anticipation, a maternal expansion bias, variable penetrance, somatic mosaicism, and a multitude of aberrant pre-mRNA splicing events. Patient presentations range from asymptomatic or mild late onset adult to severe congenital forms. Multiple organ systems may be affected. Patients may experience early cataracts, myotonia, muscle weakness/atrophy, fatigue, excessive daytime sleepiness, central/obstructive apnea, respiratory failure, cardiac arrhythmia, insulin resistance, dysphagia, GI dysmotility, cognitive impairment, Cluster C personality traits, and/or mood disorders...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826172/personalized-medicine-in-rheumatology
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REVIEW
Anna Kłak, Agnieszka Paradowska-Gorycka, Brygida Kwiatkowska, Filip Raciborski
In the era of the 21(st) century, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is still poorly characterized. Rheumatoid arthritis is a common but heterogeneous disease, not only in the course and clinical symptoms, but also in the clinical response to treatment. Now it is known that early, correct diagnosis and starting treatment with disease-modifying drugs (DMARDs), of which methotrexate (MTX) remains the gold standard in the treatment of RA, is crucial in order to prevent joint destruction, functional disability and an unfavourable disease outcome...
2016: Reumatologia
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