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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933075/a-non-specific-setaria-italica-lipid-transfer-protein-gene-plays-a-critical-role-under-abiotic-stress
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Yanlin Pan, Jianrui Li, Licong Jiao, Cong Li, Dengyun Zhu, Jingjuan Yu
Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are a class of cysteine-rich soluble proteins having small molecular weights. LTPs participate in flower and seed development, cuticular wax deposition, also play important roles in pathogen and abiotic stress responses. A non-specific LTP gene (SiLTP) was isolated from a foxtail millet (Setaria italica) suppression subtractive hybridization library enriched for differentially expressed genes after abiotic stress treatments. A semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR analysis showed that SiLTP was expressed in all foxtail millet tissues...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930693/endothelin-b-receptors-on-primary-chicken-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-and-the-human-mio-m1-m%C3%A3-ller-cell-line-activate-erk-signaling-via-transactivation-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptors
#2
Mohammad Harun-Or-Rashid, Dardan Konjusha, Caridad Galindo-Romero, Finn Hallböök
Injury to the eye or retina triggers Müller cells, the major glia cell of the retina, to dedifferentiate and proliferate. In some species they attain retinal progenitor properties and have the capacity to generate new neurons. The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) system and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling are key regulators of these processes in Müller cells. The extracellular signals that modulate and control these processes are not fully understood. In this work we studied whether endothelin receptor signaling can activate EGFR and ERK signaling in Müller cells...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930652/safety-and-reproducibility-of-a-clinical-trial-system-using-induced-blood-stage-plasmodium-vivax-infection-and-its-potential-as-a-model-to-evaluate-malaria-transmission
#3
Paul Griffin, Cielo Pasay, Suzanne Elliott, Silvana Sekuloski, Maggy Sikulu, Leon Hugo, David Khoury, Deborah Cromer, Miles Davenport, Jetsumon Sattabongkot, Karen Ivinson, Christian Ockenhouse, James McCarthy
BACKGROUND: Interventions to interrupt transmission of malaria from humans to mosquitoes represent an appealing approach to assist malaria elimination. A limitation has been the lack of systems to test the efficacy of such interventions before proceeding to efficacy trials in the field. We have previously demonstrated the feasibility of induced blood stage malaria (IBSM) infection with Plasmodium vivax. In this study, we report further validation of the IBSM model, and its evaluation for assessment of transmission of P...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928084/epidemiological-and-clinical-features-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-during-an-outbreak-in-south-korea-2013-2015
#4
Sun-Whan Park, Jungsang Ryou, Woo-Young Choi, Myung-Guk Han, Won-Ja Lee
Since the first reported case of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) in South Korea in 2013, between 2013 and 2015, we collected 1,697 serum samples from suspected patients who experienced symptoms of SFTS. We performed reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction using total RNA extracted from the patients' sera. When viral RNA was detected in the sera, SFTS was diagnosed. Among the 1,697 samples, 170 were positive for SFTS virus. We then analyzed the epidemiologic features of these 170 cases...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924640/the-association-of-circulating-mir-30a-mir-29-and-mir-133-with-white-coat-hypertension
#5
Yu-Qing Huang, Cheng Huang, Ji-Yan Chen, Jie Li, Ying-Qing Feng
AIM: The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of circulating miRNAs with white-coat hypertension (WCH) and further analyze whether miRNAs could be as potential biomarkers for WCH. METHOD: Quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR (qRT-PCR) was used to evaluate the expression of selected miRNAs. The area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve was used to evaluate diagnostic accuracy. RESULTS: MiR-30a yielded an AUC of 0...
December 7, 2016: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924611/quantitative-real-time-gene-profiling-of-human-alveolar-osteoblasts
#6
Dawn E Coates, Sobia Zafar, Trudy J Milne
The use of quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase PCR (qRT(2)-PCR) for the identification of differentially regulated genes is a powerful technology. The protocol presented here uses qRT(2)-PCR gene arrays to investigate the regulation of 84 angiogenic related genes in human primary alveolar osteoblasts following treatment with the bisphosphonate, zoledronic acid (ZA), and geranylgeraniol (GGOH). GGOH has potential as a therapeutic agent for Bisphosphate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ), a serious side-effect resulting from the treatment for metastatic cancer (Zafar et al...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924543/evaluating-fumonisin-gene-expression-in-fusarium-verticillioides
#7
Valeria Scala, Ivan Visentin, Francesca Cardinale
Transcript levels of key genes in a biosynthetic pathway are often taken as a proxy for metabolite production. This is the case of FUM1, encoding the first dedicated enzyme in the metabolic pathway leading to the production of the mycotoxins Fumonisins by fungal species belonging to the genus Fusarium. FUM1 expression can be quantified by different methods; here, we detail a protocol based on quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR), by which relative or absolute transcript abundance can be estimated in Fusaria grown in vitro or in planta...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924211/circulating-mir-126-and-mir-499-reflect-progression-of-cardiovascular-disease-correlations-with-uric-acid-and-ejection-fraction
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Masoud Khanaghaei, Fereshtah Tourkianvalashani, Seyedhossein Hekmatimoghaddam, Nasrin Ghasemi, Mahdi Rahaie, Vahid Khorramshahi, Akhtar Sheikhpour, Zahra Heydari, Fatemeh Pourrajab
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess plasma levels of endothelium- and heart-associated microRNAs (miRNAs) miR-126 and miR-499, respectively, using quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. METHODS: A two-step analysis was conducted on 75 patients undergoing off-pomp coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Five biomarkers of inflammation and cardiac injury were assessed in addition to the above-mentioned miRNAs. RESULTS: Plasma concentrations of miRNAs were found to be significantly correlated with plasma levels of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) (miR-499, r 0...
January 2016: Heart International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922671/differential-detection-of-cytoplasmic-wilms-tumor-1-expression-by-immunohistochemistry-western-blotting-and-mrna-quantification
#9
Takehiro Maki, Hiroaki Ikeda, Aki Kuroda, Noriaki Kyogoku, Yoshiyuki Yamamura, Yukiko Tabata, Takehiro Abiko, Takahiro Tsuchikawa, Yasuhiro Hida, Toshiaki Shichinohe, Eiichi Tanaka, Kichizo Kaga, Kanako Hatanaka, Yoshihiro Matsuno, Naoko Imai, Satoshi Hirano
Wilms tumor 1 (WT1) is considered to be a promising target of cancer treatment because it has been reported to be frequently expressed at high levels in various malignancies. Although WT1-targeted cancer treatment has been initiated, conclusive detection methods for WT1 are not established. The present study aimed to consolidate immunohistochemistry for WT1 with statistical basis. Transfected cells with forced WT1 expression yielded specific western blot bands and nuclear immunostaining; cytoplasmic immunostaining was not specifically recognized...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922430/downregulation-of-mir-124-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-patients
#10
BoLin Sun, Xiaogang Liu, Yewu Gao, Li Li, ZhenLing Dong
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: miRNA-124 (miR-124) expression was known to be downregulated in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Downregulation of miR-124 was significantly associated with poor prognosis in patients with PDAC. Recent studies have shown that circulating miRNAs could be the potential biomarkers for invasive diagnostic as well as prognostic purposes. The purpose of the current study was to characterise the serum miR-124 levels and assess the clinical significance of serum miR-124 in patients with PDAC...
October 2016: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920004/down-regulation-of-microrna-126-in-glioblastoma-and-its-correlation-with-patient-prognosis-a-pilot-study
#11
In Bo Han, Minsoo Kim, Soo Hong Lee, Jin Kwon Kim, Se Hoon Kim, Jong Hee Chang, Yang D Teng
Glioblastoma is the most common primary malignant tumor of the adult human brain. Although microRNA-126 (miR-126) has been reported to exhibit expression abnormalities in various types of cancer, to date very few studies have examined changes in miR-126 level in glioblastoma. In this pilot study, we investigated the changes in miR-126 expression in newly-dissected primary glioblastoma to explore possible roles of miR-126 in patient prognosis. Total RNA was extracted from tumoral and adjacent non-cancerous tissues from 14 patients' paired frozen specimens...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918826/long-term-protection-of-genetically-ablated-rabbit-retinal-degeneration-by-sustained-transscleral-unoprostone-delivery
#12
Nobuhiro Nagai, Eri Koyanagi, Yasuko Izumida, Junjun Liu, Aya Katsuyama, Hirokazu Kaji, Matsuhiko Nishizawa, Noriko Osumi, Mineo Kondo, Hiroko Terasaki, Yukihiko Mashima, Toru Nakazawa, Toshiaki Abe
Purpose: To evaluate the long-term protective effects of transscleral unoprostone (UNO) against retinal degeneration in transgenic (Tg) rabbits (Pro347Leu rhodopsin mutation). Methods: The UNO release devices (URDs) were implanted into the sclerae of Tg rabbits and ERG, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and ophthalmic examinations were conducted for 40 weeks. Unoprostone metabolites in retina, choroid/RPE, aqueous humor, and plasma from wild-type (Wt) rabbits were measured using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918552/hmyh-and-hmth1-cooperate-for-survival-in-mismatch-repair-defective-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#13
S Eshtad, Z Mavajian, S G Rudd, T Visnes, J Boström, M Altun, T Helleday
hMTH1 is an 8-oxodGTPase that prevents mis-incorporation of free oxidized nucleotides into genomic DNA. Base excision and mismatch repair pathways also restrict the accumulation of oxidized lesions in DNA by removing the mis-inserted 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosines (8-oxodGs). In this study, we aimed to investigate the interplay between hMYH DNA glycosylase and hMTH1 for cancer cell survival by using mismatch repair defective T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) cells. To this end, MYH and MTH1 were silenced individually or simultaneously using small hairpin RNAs...
December 5, 2016: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918348/ewing-sarcoma-of-the-bone-with-ews-fli1-translocation-after-successful-treatment-of-primary-osteosarcoma
#14
Noriko Yodoya, Shotaro Iwamoto, Akihiko Matsumine, Eiichi Azuma, Hidemi Toyoda, Yoshihiro Miura, Kaname Nakatani, Hiroshi Imai, Masahiro Hirayama, Yoshihiro Komada
Although prognosis in patients with localized osteosarcoma has been dramatically improved by the introduction of multiple chemotherapy agents known as combination chemotherapy, there is growing concern about the development of secondary malignant neoplasms. We report the case of a 13-year-old girl in whom the diagnosis of Ewing sarcoma of bone localized on the shaft of left femur was made 2 years after successful treatment without radiotherapy for osteosarcoma of right proximal femur. EWS-FLI1 fusion gene was detected by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917773/mutations-of-mtdna-polymerase-%C3%AE-and-hyperlactataemia-in-the-hiv-infected-zulu-population-of-south-africa
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D B A Ojwach, C Aldous, P Kochleff, B Sartorius
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial toxicity, particularly symptomatic hyperlactataemia or lactic acidosis (SHL/LA), has been attributed to the use of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), possibly because of their capacity to impede human mitochondrial DNA polymerase-γ (POLG), which is responsible for the replication of mitochondrial DNA. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether known monogenic POLG1 polymorphisms could be linked with the unexpectedly high incidence of SHL/LA observed in HIV-infected Zulu-speaking patients exposed to the NRTIs stavudine or zidovudine in their antiretroviral therapy...
December 1, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916294/high-expression-of-phgdh-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#16
Jinhong Zhu, Jianqun Ma, Xudong Wang, Tianjiao Ma, Shu Zhang, Wei Wang, Xiaoyu Zhou, Jiahai Shi
Tumors have exceptionally high demands for energy and anabolism because of their rapid growth. The de novo serine synthesis pathway initiated by phosphoglycerate dehydrogenase (PHGDH) has been recognized as a hallmark of metabolic adaption in carcinogenesis. The oncogenic role and prognostic value of PHGDH have been investigated in multiple cancer types, including breast cancer, melanoma, cervical cancer, and colon cancer. Due to the importance of PHGDH in cancer, we attempted to determine the clinical significance of PHGDH in 319 patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
December 2016: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913973/emergence-of-new-virulent-rabbit-hemorrhagic-disease-virus-strains-in-saudi-arabia
#17
Mahmoud M Ismail, Mahmoud H A Mohamed, Ibrahim M El-Sabagh, Mohamed A Al-Hammadi
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is an acute fatal highly contagious viral infectious disease that causes high losses among rabbitries. The disease was first reported in China in 1984 and later on in Saudi Arabia in 1996. The aim of this study was to investigate the emergence and pathogenicity of new rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) strains in Saudi Arabia. The pathogenicity was confirmed by inoculation in susceptible rabbits. Three RHDV strains were detected by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using primers targeting VP60 capsid protein gene in infected rabbitries during 2012 and 2013...
December 2, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913434/a-study-of-tp53-rna-splicing-illustrates-pitfalls-of-rna-seq-methodology
#18
Sunali Mehta, Peter Tsai, Annette Lasham, Hamish Campbell, Roger Reddel, Antony Braithwaite, Cristin Print
TP53 undergoes multiple RNA-splicing events, resulting in at least nine mRNA transcripts encoding at least 12 functionally different protein isoforms. Antibodies specific to p53 protein isoforms have proven difficult to develop, thus researchers must rely on the transcript information to infer isoform abundance. In this study, we used deep RNA-seq, droplet digital PCR (ddPCR), and real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-qPCR) from nine human cell lines and RNA-seq data available for tumors in The Cancer Genome Atlas to analyze TP53 splice variant expression...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913184/tolerance-of-hyperammonemia-in-brain-of-heteropneustes-fossilis-is-supported-by-glutamate-glutamine-cycle
#19
Suman Mishra, Rajnikant Mishra
This report presents analysis of molecular switches associated with tolerance to hyperammonemia in Heteropneustes fossilis because it tolerates about 100-fold more ammonia than mammals. Brains of Heteropneustes fossilis exposed to 100mM ammonium chloride were dissected after Zero hour as control, 16hrs and 20hrs exposure. The status of neuron and glia were analysed by Golgi staining, Luxol Fast Blue, and Nissl's staining. The expression patterns of genes associated to homeostasis of neuron and glia, management of oxidative stress and inflammation, ammonia metabolism and brain derived neurotrophic factor were analysed through reverse-transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912789/dynamics-of-antigenemia-and-transmission-intensity-of-wuchereria-bancrofti-following-cessation-of-mass-drug-administration-in-a-formerly-highly-endemic-region-of-mali
#20
Yaya I Coulibaly, Siaka Y Coulibaly, Housseini Dolo, Siaka Konate, Abdallah A Diallo, Salif S Doumbia, Lamine Soumaoro, Michel E Coulibaly, Ilo Dicko, Moussa B Sangare, Benoit Dembele, Modibo Sangare, Massitan Dembele, Yeya T Touré, Louise Kelly-Hope, Katja Polman, Dominique Kyelem, Sekou F Traore, Moses Bockarie, Amy D Klion, Thomas B Nutman
BACKGROUND: After seven annual rounds of mass drug administration (MDA) in six Malian villages highly endemic for Wuchereria bancrofti (overall prevalence rate of 42.7%), treatment was discontinued in 2008. Surveillance was performed over the ensuing 5 years to detect recrudescence. METHODS: Circulating filarial antigen (CFA) was measured using immunochromatographic card tests (ICT) and Og4C3 ELISA in 6-7 year-olds. Antibody to the W. bancrofti infective larval stage (L3) antigen, Wb123, was tested in the same population in 2012...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
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