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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231338/genes-encoding-two-theileria-parva-antigens-recognized-by-cd8-t-cells-exhibit-sequence-diversity-in-south-sudanese-cattle-populations-but-the-majority-of-alleles-are-similar-to-the-muguga-component-of-the-live-vaccine-cocktail
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Diaeldin A Salih, Roger Pelle, Joram M Mwacharo, Moses N Njahira, Wani L Marcellino, Henry Kiara, Agol K Malak, Abdel Rahim M El Hussein, Richard Bishop, Robert A Skilton
East Coast fever (ECF), caused by Theileria parva infection, is a frequently fatal disease of cattle in eastern, central and southern Africa, and an emerging disease in South Sudan. Immunization using the infection and treatment method (ITM) is increasingly being used for control in countries affected by ECF, but not yet in South Sudan. It has been reported that CD8+ T-cell lymphocytes specific for parasitized cells play a central role in the immunity induced by ITM and a number of T. parva antigens recognized by parasite-specific CD8+ T-cells have been identified...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231306/effects-of-adamts14-genetic-polymorphism-and-cigarette-smoking-on-the-clinicopathologic-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#2
Ming-Jen Sheu, Ming-Ju Hsieh, Ying-Erh Chou, Po-Hui Wang, Chao-Bin Yeh, Shun-Fa Yang, Hsiang-Lin Lee, Yu-Fan Liu
BACKGROUND: ADAMTS14 is a member of the ADAMTS (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs), which are proteolytic enzymes with a variety of further ancillary domain in the C-terminal region for substrate specificity and enzyme localization via extracellular matrix association. However, whether ADAMTS14 genetic variants play a role in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) susceptibility remains unknown. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Four non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) of the ADAMTS14 gene were examined from 680 controls and 340 patients with HCC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231300/detection-and-partial-discrimination-of-atypical-and-classical-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathies-in-cattle-and-primates-using-real-time-quaking-induced-conversion-assay
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Etienne Levavasseur, Anne-Gaëlle Biacabe, Emmanuel Comoy, Audrey Culeux, Katarina Grznarova, Nicolas Privat, Steve Simoneau, Benoit Flan, Véronique Sazdovitch, Danielle Seilhean, Thierry Baron, Stéphane Haïk
The transmission of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (C-BSE) through contaminated meat product consumption is responsible for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans. More recent and atypical forms of BSE (L-BSE and H-BSE) have been identified in cattle since the C-BSE epidemic. Their low incidence and advanced age of onset are compatible with a sporadic origin, as are most cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans. Transmissions studies in primates and transgenic mice expressing a human prion protein (PrP) indicated that atypical forms of BSE may be associated with a higher zoonotic potential than classical BSE, and require particular attention for public health...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231280/alkbh7-variant-related-to-prostate-cancer-exhibits-altered-substrate-binding
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Alice R Walker, Pavel Silvestrov, Tina A Müller, Robert H Podolsky, Gregory Dyson, Robert P Hausinger, Gerardo Andrés Cisneros
The search for prostate cancer biomarkers has received increased attention and several DNA repair related enzymes have been linked to this dysfunction. Here we report a targeted search for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and functional impact characterization of human ALKBH family dioxygenases related to prostate cancer. Our results uncovered a SNP of ALKBH7, rs7540, which is associated with prostate cancer disease in a statistically significantly manner in two separate cohorts, and maintained in African American men...
February 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231271/applying-antibody-sensitive-hypervariable-region-1-deleted-hepatitis-c-virus-to-the-study-of-escape-pathways-of-neutralizing-human-monoclonal-antibody-ar5a
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Rodrigo Velázquez-Moctezuma, Mansun Law, Jens Bukh, Jannick Prentoe
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of end-stage liver diseases. With 3-4 million new HCV infections yearly, a vaccine is urgently needed. A better understanding of virus escape from neutralizing antibodies and their corresponding epitopes are important for this effort. However, for viral isolates with high antibody resistance, or antibodies with moderate potency, it remains challenging to induce escape mutations in vitro. Here, as proof-of-concept, we used antibody-sensitive HVR1-deleted (ΔHVR1) viruses to generate escape mutants for a human monoclonal antibody, AR5A, targeting a rare cross-genotype conserved epitope...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231257/targeted-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-sh2d1a-pathogenic-variant-in-a-chinese-family-carrier-screening-and-prenatal-genetic-testing
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Jun-Yu Zhang, Song-Chang Chen, Yi-Yao Chen, Shu-Yuan Li, Lan-Lan Zhang, Ying-Hua Shen, Chun-Xin Chang, Yu-Qian Xiang, He-Feng Huang, Chen-Ming Xu
X-linked lymphoproliferative disease type 1 (XLP1) is a rare primary immunodeficiency characterized by a clinical triad consisting of severe EBV-induced hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, B-cell lymphoma, and dysgammaglobulinemia. Mutations in SH2D1A gene have been revealed as the cause of XLP1. In this study, a pregnant woman with recurrence history of birthing immunodeficiency was screened for pathogenic variant because the proband sample was unavailable. We aimed to clarify the genetic diagnosis and provide prenatal testing for the family...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231235/near-real-time-surveillance-of-u-s-norovirus-outbreaks-by-the-norovirus-sentinel-testing-and-tracking-network-united-states-august-2009-july-2015
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Minesh P Shah, Mary E Wikswo, Leslie Barclay, Anita Kambhampati, Kayoko Shioda, Umesh D Parashar, Jan Vinjé, Aron J Hall
Norovirus is the leading cause of endemic and epidemic acute gastroenteritis in the United States (1). New variant strains of norovirus GII.4 emerge every 2-4 years (2-4) and are often associated with increased disease and health care visits (5-7). Since 2009, CDC has obtained epidemiologic data on norovirus outbreaks from state health departments through the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) (8) and laboratory data through CaliciNet (9). NORS is a web-based platform for reporting waterborne, foodborne, and enteric disease outbreaks of all etiologies, including norovirus, to CDC...
February 24, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231077/association-of-genetic-variation-in-the-tachykinin-receptor-3-locus-with-hot-flashes-and-night-sweats-in-the-women-s-health-initiative-study
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Carolyn J Crandall, JoAnn E Manson, Chancellor Hohensee, Steve Horvath, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Erin S LeBlanc, Mara Z Vitolins, Rami Nassir, Janet S Sinsheimer
OBJECTIVE: Vasomotor symptoms (VMS, ie, hot flashes or night sweats) are reported by many, but not all, women. The extent to which VMS are genetically determined is unknown. We evaluated the relationship of genetic variation and VMS. METHODS: In this observational study, we accessed data from three genome-wide association studies (GWAS) (SNP Health Association Resource cohort [SHARe], WHI Memory Study cohort [WHIMS+], and Genome-Wide Association Studies of Treatment Response in Randomized Clinical Trials [GARNET] studies, total n = 17,695) of European American, African American, and Hispanic American postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 years at baseline in the Women's Health Initiative Study...
March 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231066/valuing-environmental-health-for-informed-policy-making
#9
Vojtěch Máca, Jan Melichar, Milan Ščasný, Markéta Braun Kohlová
BACKGROUND: Monetized environmental health impact assessments help to better evaluate the environmental burden of a wide range of economic activities. Apart from the limitations and uncertainties in physical and biological science used in such assessments, assumptions taken from economic valuation may also substantially influence subsequent policy-making considerations. AIM: This study attempts to demonstrate the impact of normative policy assumptions on quantified external costs using a case study of recently discussed variants of future coal mining and use of extracted coal in electricity and heat generation in the Czech Republic...
February 23, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231062/relationship-between-metabolic-phenotypes-and-genotypes-of-cyp1a2-and-cyp2a6-in-the-nigerian-population
#10
Ayorinde Adehin, Oluseye O Bolaji, Simran Maggo, Martin A Kennedy
BACKGROUND: CYP1A2 and CYP2A6 are polymorphic drug-metabolising enzymes that are also implicated in the activation of procarcinogens in humans. Some of their alleles and haplotypes, often varied in prevalence across populations, are thought to influence activity despite the known contribution of environmental factors. This study assessed the potential influence of some genetic variants of CYP1A2 and CYP2A6 on metabolic phenotypes in Nigerians. METHODS: Genomic DNA was extracted from blood samples of 100 healthy, unrelated subjects for whom CYP1A2 and CYP2A6 phenotypes had previously been determined, alongside an additional 80 other individuals for whom phenotype data were unavailable...
February 23, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Personalized Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231061/role-of-treatment-modifying-mthfr677c-t-and-1298a-c-polymorphisms-in-metformin-treated-puerto-rican-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-peripheral-neuropathy
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Francisco J Jiménez-Ramírez, Liza M Castro, Clarymar Ortiz, Jennifer Concepción, Jessicca Y Renta, Raúl H Morales-Borges, Jorge R Miranda-Massari, Jorge Duconge
BACKGROUND: The study was conducted to investigate potential association between MTHFR genotypes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in Puerto Ricans with type-2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) treated with metformin. The prevalence of major MTHFR polymorphisms in this cohort was also ascertained. METHODS: DNAs from 89 metformin-treated patients with T2DM and DPN were genotyped using the PCR-based RFLP assay for MTHFR677C>T and 1298A>C polymorphisms. Frequency distributions of these variants in the study cohort were compared to those reported for three reference populations (HapMap project) and controls (400 newborn specimens)...
February 23, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Personalized Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230972/paclitaxel-biosynthesis-adenylation-and-thiolation-domains-of-an-nrps-tyca-pheat-module-produce-various-arylisoserine-coa-thioesters
#12
Ruth Muchiri, Kevin D Walker
Structure-activity relationship studies show that the phenylisoserinyl moiety of paclitaxel is largely necessary for the effective anticancer activity. Several paclitaxel analogs with a variant isoserinyl sides chain have improved pharmaceutical properties over the parent drug. To produce the isoserinyl CoAs as intermediates needed for enzyme catalysis on a semibiosynthetic pathway to paclitaxel analogs, we repurposed the adenylation and thiolation domains of a non-ribosomal peptide synthetase (Phe-AT) to function as a CoA ligase...
February 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230923/predicting-phenotype-from-genotype-improving-accuracy-through-more-robust-experimental-and-computational-modeling
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Jonathan Gallion, Amanda Koire, Panagiotis Katsonis, Anne-Marie Schoenegge, Michel Bouvier, Olivier Lichtarge
Computational prediction yields efficient and scalable initial assessments of how variants of unknown significance (VUS) may affect human health. However, when discrepancies between these predictions and direct experimental measurements of functional impact arise, inaccurate computational predictions are frequently assumed as the source. Here we present a methodological analysis indicating that shortcomings in both computational and biological data can contribute to these disagreements. We demonstrate that incomplete assaying of multifunctional proteins can affect the strength of correlations between prediction and experiments; a variant's full impact on function is better quantified by considering multiple assays that probe an ensemble of protein functions...
February 23, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230823/polymorphism-of-dna-repair-gene-xpd-lys751gln-and-chromosome-aberrations-in-lymphocytes-of-thyroid-cancer-patients-exposed-to-ionizing-radiation-due-to-the-chornobyl-accident
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V M Shkarupa, O Y Mishcheniuk, S O Henyk-Berezovska, V O Palamarchuk, S V Klymenko
: The aim of this work was to analyze the relationship between polymorphisms of DNA repair gene XPD Lys751Gln and frequency and spectrum of chromosome aberrations in the culture of peripheral blood lymphocytes of thyroid cancer (TC) patients having been exposed to ionizing radiation due to the Chornobyl accident. MATERIALS AND METHODS: XPD Lys751Gln polymorphisms were detected by polymerase chain reaction in 102 TC patients including 38 patients exposed to ionizing radiation due to Chornobyl disaster (Chornobyl recovery workers, evacuees, and the residents of contaminated areas), 64 patients without history of ionizing radiation exposure and 45 healthy residents of Ukraine as control group...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230820/the-distribution-of-tp53-gene-polymorphisms-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patients-sufferers-of-chornobyl-nuclear-power-plant-accident
#15
N I Bilous, I V Abramenko, A A Chumak, I S Dyagil, Z V Martina
: Previous analyses in a cohort of Chornobyl cleanup workers revealed significantly increased radiation-related risk for all leukemia types, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Numerous investigations emphasized the significance of genetic susceptibility to the radiation carcinogenesis. The aim of the work was to study the distribution of TP53 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in CLL patients exposed to ionizing radiation (IR) due to Chornobyl nuclear power plant accident and estimate their impact on disease development...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230813/characterization-of-carbonic-anhydrase-9-in-the-alimentary-canal-of-aedes-aegypti-and-its-relationship-to-homologous-mosquito-carbonic-anhydrases
#16
Daniel P Dixon, Leslie Van Ekeris, Paul J Linser
In the mosquito midgut, luminal pH regulation and cellular ion transport processes are important for the digestion of food and maintenance of cellular homeostasis. pH regulation in the mosquito gut is affected by the vectorial movement of the principal ions including bicarbonate/carbonate and protons. As in all metazoans, mosquitoes employ the product of aerobic metabolism carbon dioxide in its bicarbonate/carbonate form as one of the major buffers of cellular and extracellular pH. The conversion of metabolic carbon dioxide to bicarbonate/carbonate is accomplished by a family of enzymes encoded by the carbonic anhydrase gene family...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230769/hypoallergenic-variant-of-the-major-egg-white-allergen-gal-d-1-produced-by-disruption-of-cysteine-bridges
#17
Pathum Dhanapala, Dulashi Withanage-Dona, Mimi L K Tang, Tim Doran, Cenk Suphioglu
Gal d 1 (ovomucoid) is the dominant allergen in the chicken egg white. Hypoallergenic variants of this allergen can be used in immunotherapy as an egg allergy treatment approach. We hypothesised that disruption of two of the nine cysteine-cysteine bridges by site-directed mutagenesis will allow the production of a hypoallergenic variant of the protein; Methods: Two cysteine residues at C192 and C210 in domain III of the protein were mutated to alanine using site-directed mutagenesis, to disrupt two separate cysteine-cysteine bridges...
February 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230750/targeting%C3%A2-mdm4%C3%A2-splicing%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-cancers
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REVIEW
Boris Bardot, Franck Toledo
MDM4, an essential negative regulator of the P53 tumor suppressor, is frequently overexpressed in cancer cells that harbor a wild-type P53. By a mechanism based on alternative splicing, the MDM4 gene generates two mutually exclusive isoforms: MDM4-FL, which encodes the full-length MDM4 protein, and a shorter splice variant called MDM4-S. Previous results suggested that the MDM4-S isoform could be an important driver of tumor development. In this short review, we discuss a recent set of data indicating that MDM4-S is more likely a passenger isoform during tumorigenesis and that targeting MDM4 splicing to prevent MDM4-FL protein expression appears as a promising strategy to reactivate p53 in cancer cells...
February 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230711/asperger-syndrome-and-early-onset-schizophrenia-associated-with-a-novel-mecp2-deleterious-missense-variant
#19
Aurore Curie, Gaëtan Lesca, Gérald Bussy, Sabine Manificat, Valérie Arnaud, Sibylle Gonzalez, Olivier Revol, Alain Calender, Daniel Gérard, Vincent des Portes
Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) deleterious variants, which are responsible for Rett syndrome in girls, are involved in a wide spectrum of developmental disabilities in males. A neuropsychiatric phenotype without intellectual disability is uncommon in patients with MECP2 deleterious variants. We report on two dizygotic twins with an MECP2-related psychiatric disorder without intellectual disability. Neuropsychological and psychiatric phenotype assessments were performed, and a genetic analysis was carried out...
February 22, 2017: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230599/a-targeted-next-generation-genetic-sequencing-study-on-tetralogy-of-fallot-combined-with-cleft-lip-and-palate
#20
Lin Liu, Haisong Bu, Yifeng Yang, Zhiping Tan, Fei Zhang, Shijun Hu, Tianli Zhao
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart disease (CHD), plus cleft lip and palate (CLP) are currently the most common types of structural malformation in infants. Many genes have been investigated for their involvement in CHD with CLP. Targeted next-generation sequencing can analyze large amounts of genetic information rapidly, and thus address this question. METHODS: The authors designed a targeted, next-generation sequencing gene panel for 455 genes previously implicated in CHD or CLP...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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