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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725105/porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-prrsv-in-pig-meat
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Philippe Raymond, Christian Bellehumeur, Malliga Nagarajan, Diane Longtin, Alexandra Ferland, Peter Müller, Rachel Bissonnette, Carole Simard
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, caused by the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), is an economically important disease in the swine industry. Previous studies demonstrated the presence of the virus in pig meat and its transmissibility by oral consumption. This study further analyzed the infectivity of PRRSV in commercial pig meat. Fresh bottom meat pieces (n = 1500) randomly selected over a period of 2 y from a pork ham boning plant located in Quebec, Canada, were tested by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
July 2017: Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724593/less-is-more-independent-loss-of-function-ocimene-synthase-alleles-parallel-pollination-syndrome-diversification-in-monkeyflowers-mimulus
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Foen Peng, Kelsey J R P Byers, Harvey D Bradshaw
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Pollinator-mediated selection on flower phenotypes (e.g., shape, color, scent) is key to understanding the adaptive radiation of angiosperms, many of which have evolved specialized relationships with a particular guild of animal pollinators (e.g., birds, bats, moths, bees). E-β-Ocimene, a monoterpene produced by OCIMENE SYNTHASE (OS) in Mimulus lewisii, is a floral scent important in attracting the species' bumblebee pollinators. The taxa closely related to M. lewisii have evolved several different pollination syndromes, including hummingbird pollination and self pollination (autogamy)...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722583/a-direct-from-blood-reverse-transcriptase-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-monitoring-falciparum-malaria-parasite-transmission-in-elimination-settings
#3
Brian J Taylor, Kjerstin Lanke, Shanna L Banman, Isabelle Morlais, Merribeth J Morin, Teun Bousema, Sanna R Rijpma, Stephanie K Yanow
We describe a novel one-step reverse transcriptase real-time PCR (direct RT-PCR) for Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites that amplifies RNA targets directly from blood. We developed the assay to identify gametocyte-specific transcripts in parasites from patient blood samples, as a means of monitoring malaria parasite transmission in field settings. To perform the test, blood is added directly to a master mix in PCR tubes and analyzed by real-time PCR. The limit of detection of the assay on both conventional and portable real-time PCR instruments was 100 parasites/mL for 18S rRNA, and 1,000 parasites/mL for asexual (PFE0065W) and gametocyte (PF14_0367, PFGEXP5) mRNA targets...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722210/plasma-microrna-based-signatures-to-predict-3-year-postoperative-recurrence-risk-for-stage-ii-and-iii-gastric-cancer
#4
Xinyang Liu, Xiaowei Zhang, Zhe Zhang, Jinjia Chang, Zhichao Wang, Zheng Wu, Chenchen Wang, Zuojun Sun, Xiaoxiao Ge, Ruixuan Geng, Wenbo Tang, Congqi Dai, Ying Lin, Fengjuan Lin, Menghong Sun, Weihua Jia, Wenqiong Xue, Jiafu Ji, Ying Hu, Guoyou Qin, Jin Li
Our aim was to identify plasma microRNA (miRNA)-based signatures to predict 3-year postoperative recurrence risk for patients with stage II and III gastric cancer (GC) so as to provide insights for individualized adjuvant therapy. Plasma miRNA expression was investigated in three phases, involving 407 patients recruited from three centers. ABI miRNA microarray and TaqMan Low Density Array were adopted in the discovery phase to identify potential miRNAs. Quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction was used to assess the expression of selected miRNAs...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721901/psmb8-as-a-candidate-marker-of-responsiveness-to-preoperative-radiation-therapy-in-rectal-cancer-patients
#5
Ye Jin Ha, Ka Hee Tak, Chan Wook Kim, Seon Ae Roh, Eun Kyung Choi, Dong Hyung Cho, Jeong Hwan Kim, Seon Kyu Kim, Seon Young Kim, Yong Sung Kim, Jin Cheon Kim
PURPOSE: The ability to predict individual responsiveness to cancer therapy is urgently needed. This is particularly true for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) because a large proportion are resistant to preoperative chemoradiation therapy (CRT). In this study, we sought to identify markers that could predict response by comparing the gene expression profiles of the tumors of patients who received preoperative CRT. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The basal gene expression profiles of tumors from 22 LARC patients who were responders (n=9) and nonresponders (n=13) to preoperative CRT were analyzed using RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq)...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719294/molecular-markers-for-sensitive-detection-of-plasmodium-falciparum-asexual-stage-parasites-and-their-application-in-a-malaria-clinical-trial
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Fitsum G Tadesse, Kjerstin Lanke, Issa Nebie, Jodie A Schildkraut, Bronner P Gonçalves, Alfred B Tiono, Robert Sauerwein, Chris Drakeley, Teun Bousema, Sanna R Rijpma
Plasmodium falciparum parasite life stages respond differently to antimalarial drugs. Sensitive stage-specific molecular assays may help to examine parasite dynamics at microscopically detectable and submicroscopic parasite densities in epidemiological and clinical studies. In this study, we compared the performance of skeleton-binding protein 1 (SBP1), ring-infected erythrocyte surface antigen, Hyp8, ring-exported protein 1 (REX1), and PHISTb mRNA for detecting ring-stage trophozoite-specific transcripts using quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717642/lung-adenocarcinoma-patients-of-young-age-have-lower-egfr-mutation-rate-and-poorer-efficacy-of-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors
#7
Shang-Gin Wu, Yih-Leong Chang, Chong-Jen Yu, Pan-Chyr Yang, Jin-Yuan Shih
Patients aged ≤50 years are rarely diagnosed with nonsmall cell lung cancer. We conducted a retrospective cohort study to understand the mutation status of EGFR and the efficacy of epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) treatment in young Asian patients with lung adenocarcinoma. We collected tumour specimens and malignant pleural effusions from lung adenocarcinoma patients from June 2005 to April 2014, recorded their clinical demographic data, and analysed EGFR mutations by reverse transcriptase PCR...
July 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717324/investigation-of-avian-influenza-infection-in-wild-birds-in-ismailia-and-damietta-cities-egypt
#8
Hanaa Mohamed Fadel, Rabab Afifi
AIM: This study was carried out to monitor avian influenza (AI) infection in wild birds in Egypt. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 135 wild birds were examined for the presence of H5, H7, and H9 hemagglutination inhibition antibodies. Organs and swab samples of 75 birds were screened by multiplex real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) to detect AI subtypes H5, H7, and H9 matrix genes. RESULTS: The highest seropositive result was recorded in cattle egrets (90...
June 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711819/differentiation-potential-of-synoviocytes-derived-from-joints-with-cranial-cruciate-ligament-rupture-and-medial-patella-luxation-in-dogs
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H M Suranji Wijekoon, Kazuhide Toyota, Sangho Kim, Jing Fang, Eugene C Bwalya, Kenji Hosoya, Masahiro Okumura
The objective of this study was to assess the differentiation capability of synoviocytes derived from dogs with inflammatory joint conditions. Cranial cruciate ligament ruptured (CCLr) (n=12) and medial patella luxated (MPL) (n=10) knee joints of the dogs were used to collect the synovial membrane (SM). Synoviocytes were enzymatically released from the SM and analyzed by flow cytometry for specific cellular markers (CD44 and CD90) of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), while doing histopathology from another part of SM sections...
July 9, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711740/early-manifestations-of-epileptic-encephalopathy-brain-atrophy-and-elevation-of-serum-neuron-specific-enolase-in-a-boy-with-beta-propeller-protein-associated-neurodegeneration
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Kyoko Takano, Kazuya Goto, Mitsuo Motobayashi, Keiko Wakui, Rie Kawamura, Tomomi Yamaguchi, Yoshimitsu Fukushima, Tomoki Kosho
Mutations in WDR45 are responsible for beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration (BPAN), which is an X-linked form of neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation. BPAN mainly affects females and is characterized by seizures and developmental delay or intellectual disability until adolescence or early adulthood, followed by severe dystonia, parkinsonism, and progressive dementia. However, rare male patients have recently been reported with hemizygous germline mutations in WDR45 and severe clinical manifestations, such as epileptic encephalopathies...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709401/signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-3-stat3-promoter-methylation-and-expression-in-pituitary-adenoma
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Indre Valiulyte, Giedrius Steponaitis, Daina Skiriute, Arimantas Tamasauskas, Paulina Vaitkiene
BACKGROUND: Pituitary adenoma (PA) is a benign brain tumor that can cause neurological, endocrinological and ophthalmological aberrations. Till now there is a need to identify factors that can influence the tumor invasiveness and recurrence. The aim of this study was to evaluate the associations between the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) promoter methylation, mRNA expression and the invasiveness or recurrence of PAs and patient clinical characteristics. METHODS: Study participants comprised of 102 subjects with a diagnosis of PA: 54 functioning and 48 non-functioning, 58 invasive and 30 non-invasive PAs and 14 relapses...
July 14, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708205/mir-411-functions-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-renal-cell-cancer
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Xintao Zhang, Meng Zhang, Jianli Cheng, Zhaojie Lv, Feng Wang, Zhiming Cai
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have revealed that microRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles as oncogenes or tumor suppressors in tumorigenesis and tumor development, by negatively regulating protein expression. A previous study of microarrays identified that miR-411 was down-regulated in renal cell carcinoma (RCC), while few studies investigating the role of miR-411 in the pathogenesis of RCC have been performed. METHODS: We assessed the miR-411 expression in RCC and paired adjacent normal tissues, as well as in RCC cell lines and a normal renal cell line, by quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
July 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707774/hsa_circ_0020397-regulates-colorectal-cancer-cell-viability-apoptosis-and-invasion-by-promoting-the-expression-of-the-mir-138-targets-tert-and-pd-l1
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Xiu-Li Zhang, Ling-Ling Xu, Fang Wang
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common human gastrointestinal cancer, and recent studies indicate that circular RNA (circRNA) may regulate cancer development. In this study, we assess the role of circRNA specifically in colorectal cancer. Our quantitative PCR assays demonstrate an upregulation of the circRNA has_circ_0020397 and a downregulation of miR-138 in CRC cells, as well as a negative correlation between these two. Using a dual-luciferase reporter assay, we show evidence of miR-138 binding sites on hsa_circ_0020397, and that overexpression of hsa_circ_0020397 could inhibit the downregulation of luciferase activity by miR-138...
July 14, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706881/assessment-effects-of-resveratrol-on-human-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase-messenger-ribonucleic-acid-transcript-in-human-glioblastoma
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Azin Mirzazadeh, Majid Kheirollahi, Ehsan Farashahi, Fatemeh Sadeghian-Nodoushan, Mohammad Hasan Sheikhha, Behrouz Aflatoonian
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive brain tumor, which has a poor prognosis despite the advent of different therapeutic strategies. There are numerous molecular biomarkers to contribute diagnosis, prognosis, and prediction of response to the current therapy in GBM. One of the most important markers that are potentially valuable is immortalization-specific or immortalization-associated marker named "hTERT messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA)" the key subunit of telomerase enzyme, which is expressed in more than 85% of cancer cells, in spite of the majority of normal somatic cells...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706459/beauvericin-a-cyclic-peptide-inhibits-inflammatory-responses-in-macrophages-by-inhibiting-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#15
Sulgi Yoo, Mi-Yeon Kim, Jae Youl Cho
Beauvericin (BEA), a cyclic hexadepsipeptide produced by the fungus Beauveria bassiana, is known to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial actions. However, how BEA suppresses macrophage-induced inflammatory responses has not been fully elucidated. In this study, we explored the anti-inflammatory properties of BEA and the underlying molecular mechanisms using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated macrophage-like RAW264.7 cells. Levels of nitric oxide (NO), mRNA levels of transcription factors and the inflammatory genes inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and interleukin (IL)-1, and protein levels of activated intracellular signaling molecules were determined by Griess assay, semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), luciferase reporter gene assay, and immunoblotting analysis...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704482/proteomic-identification-of-proteins-differentially-expressed-following-overexpression-of-htert-human-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase-in-cancer-cells
#16
Rishi Kumar Jaiswal, Pramod Kumar, Amod Sharma, Deepak Kumar Mishra, Pramod Kumar Yadava
Reverse transcriptase activity of telomerase adds telomeric repeat sequences at extreme ends of the newly replicated chromosome in actively dividing cells. Telomerase expression is not detected in terminally differentiated cells but is noticeable in 90% of the cancer cells. hTERT (human telomerase reverse transcriptase) expression seems to promote invasiveness of cancer cells. We here present proteomic profiles of cells overexpressing or knocked down for hTERT. This study also attempts to find out the potential interacting partners of hTERT in cancer cell lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703078/chrysophanol-suppresses-pro-inflammatory-response-in-microglia-via-regulation-of-drp1-dependent-mitochondrial-fission
#17
Unbin Chae, Ju-Sik Min, Hanna Lee, Kyung-Sik Song, Hyun-Shik Lee, Hong Jun Lee, Sang-Rae Lee, Dong-Seok Lee
OBJECTIVES: Chrysophanol, also called chrysophanic acid, is a natural anthraquinone compound found in Rheum palmatum. R. palmatum has been used in oriental medicine in ancient East Asia. Microglial cells represent not only the forefront immune defense in the central nervous system but also the most reactive sensors to various threats. However, activated microglia can exert neurotoxic effects via excessive production of cytotoxic molecules and proinflammatory cytokines. Therefore, modulation of microglial cell activation is important for maintaining neuronal function...
July 13, 2017: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701882/comparison-of-anticancer-activities-of-korean-red-ginseng-derived-fractions
#18
Kwang-Soo Baek, Young-Su Yi, Young-Jin Son, Deok Jeong, Nak Yoon Sung, Adithan Aravinthan, Jong-Hoon Kim, Jae Youl Cho
BACKGROUND: Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) is an ethnopharmacological plant that is traditionally used to improve the body's immune functions and ameliorate the symptoms of various diseases. However, the antitumorigenic effects of KRG and its underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms are not fully understood in terms of its individual components. In this study, in vitro and in vivo antitumorigenic activities of KRG were explored in water extract (WE), saponin fraction (SF), and nonsaponin fraction (NSF)...
July 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700503/mir-210-and-mir-155-as-potential-diagnostic-markers-for-pre-eclampsia-pregnancies
#19
Lu Gan, Zheng Liu, Ming Wei, Yulong Chen, Xiaomei Yang, Lihong Chen, Xiaomin Xiao
Pre-eclampsia (PE) is one of the leading causes of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. In recent years, many studies have shown that microRNAs (miRNA) play important roles in the development of PE. However, the molecular pathogenesis of PE remains unknown.In the present study, we performed a case-control study to verify the differential expression of 4 candidate miRNAs (miR-210, miR-155, miR-125b-5p, and miR-125a-5p) in 20 PE pregnancies and 20 healthy pregnancies. The real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction has been utilized to estimate the Ct values in both groups...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700015/telomere-length-and-htert-in-mania-and-subsequent-remission
#20
Rugül Köse Çinar
Objective: The findings of telomere length (TL) studies in bipolar disorder (BD) are controversial. The aim of the present study was to detect TL, human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT), and brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in severe mania and subsequent remission. Methods: Twenty-one medication-free male patients and 20 age and gender matched controls were recruited. The patients were followed in the inpatient clinic, and comparisons were made between the same patients in their remission state and controls...
July 6, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
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