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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432545/genome-edited-animals-learning-from-gm-crops
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Ann Bruce
Genome editing of livestock is poised to become commercial reality, yet questions remain as to appropriate regulation, potential impact on the industry sector and public acceptability of products. This paper looks at how genome editing of livestock has attempted to learn some of the lessons from commercialisation of GM crops, and takes a systemic approach to explore some of the complexity and ambiguity in incorporating genome edited animals in a food production system. Current applications of genome editing are considered, viewed from the perspective of past technological applications...
April 21, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428885/the-why-what-and-how-of-the-new-fact-standards-for-immune-effector-cells
#2
EDITORIAL
Marcela V Maus, Sarah Nikiforow
Novel cellular therapies outside of traditional hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) therapy are currently under evaluation in clinical trials across the United States and around the world. Several cellular products, e.g., CD19-directed Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells, are poised for FDA approval and thus increased use at a wider range of academic centers within the next year, with the likelihood of dissemination to standard oncology practice once safety is confirmed...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428727/improved-methods-for-evaluating-the-environmental-impact-of-nanoparticle-synthesis%C3%A2
#3
Bradley T Reid, Scott M Reed
With the market for products containing nanoparticles growing, improvements in the efficiency of nanoparticle synthesis are poised to have significant positive economic and environmental impacts. While many metrics have been designed for measuring the efficiency of small molecule synthesis, the use of these metrics for evaluating nanoparticle preparation has not been optimized. Here a critical evaluation of various green chemistry metrics is provided as they are applied to a common set of nanoparticle synthetic methods...
August 7, 2016: Green Chemistry: An International Journal and Green Chemistry Resource: GC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426976/alternative-electron-transport-pathways-in-photosynthesis-a-confluence-of-regulation
#4
REVIEW
Jean Alric, Xenie Johnson
Photosynthetic reactions proceed along a linear electron transfer chain linking water oxidation at photosystem II (PSII) to CO2 reduction in the Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle. Alternative pathways poise the electron carriers along the chain in response to changing light, temperature and CO2 inputs, under prolonged hydration stress and during development. We describe recent literature that reports the physiological functions of new molecular players. Such highlights include the flavodiiron proteins and their important role in the green lineage...
April 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424352/chromatin-module-inference-on-cellular-trajectories-identifies-key-transition-points-and-poised-epigenetic-states-in-diverse-developmental-processes
#5
Sushmita Roy, Rupa Sridharan
Changes in chromatin state play important roles in cell fate transitions. Current computational approaches to analyze chromatin modifications across multiple cell types do not model how the cell types are related on a lineage or over time. To overcome this limitation, we have developed a method called CMINT (Chromatin Module INference on Trees), a probabilistic clustering approach to systematically capture chromatin state dynamics across multiple cell types. Compared to existing approaches, CMINT can handle complex lineage topologies, capture higher quality clusters, and reliably detect chromatin transitions between cell types...
April 19, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419090/the-co-existence-of-transcriptional-activator-and-transcriptional-repressor-mef2-complexes-influences-tumor-aggressiveness
#6
Eros Di Giorgio, Elisa Franforte, Sebastiano Cefalù, Sabrina Rossi, Angelo Paolo Dei Tos, Monica Brenca, Maurizio Polano, Roberta Maestro, Harikrishnareddy Paluvai, Raffaella Picco, Claudio Brancolini
The contribution of MEF2 TFs to the tumorigenic process is still mysterious. Here we clarify that MEF2 can support both pro-oncogenic or tumor suppressive activities depending on the interaction with co-activators or co-repressors partners. Through these interactions MEF2 supervise histone modifications associated with gene activation/repression, such as H3K4 methylation and H3K27 acetylation. Critical switches for the generation of a MEF2 repressive environment are class IIa HDACs. In leiomyosarcomas (LMS), this two-faced trait of MEF2 is relevant for tumor aggressiveness...
April 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418707/liquid-water-restricts-habitability-in-extreme-deserts
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Charles S Cockell, Sarah Brown, Hanna Landenmark, Toby Samuels, Rebecca Siddall, Jennifer Wadsworth
Liquid water is a requirement for biochemistry, yet under some circumstances it is deleterious to life. Here, we show that liquid water reduces the upper temperature survival limit for two extremophilic photosynthetic microorganisms (Gloeocapsa and Chroococcidiopsis spp.) by greater than 40°C under hydrated conditions compared to desiccated conditions. Under hydrated conditions, thermal stress causes protein inactivation as shown by the fluorescein diacetate assay. The presence of water was also found to enhance the deleterious effects of freeze-thaw in Chroococcidiopsis sp...
April 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411274/posterior-orbitofrontal-and-anterior-cingulate-pathways-to-the-amygdala-target-inhibitory-and-excitatory-systems-with-opposite-functions
#8
Basilis Zikopoulos, Malin Hoistad, Yohan John, Helen Barbas
The bidirectional dialogue of the primate posterior orbitofrontal cortex (pOFC) with the amygdala is essential in cognitive-emotional functions. The pOFC also sends a uniquely one-way excitatory pathway to the amygdalar inhibitory intercalated masses (IM), which inhibit the medial part of the central amygdalar nucleus (CeM). Inhibition of IM has the opposite effect, allowing amygdalar activation of autonomic structures and emotional arousal. Using multiple labeling approaches to identify pathways and their postsynaptic sites in the amygdala in rhesus monkeys we found that the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) innervated mostly the basolateral and CeM amygdalar nuclei, poised to activate CeM for autonomic arousal...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410653/ensuring-patient-safety-during-the-transition-to-esrd
#9
REVIEW
Lee-Ann Wagner, Jeffrey C Fink
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at risk for complications both inherent to the disease and as a consequence of its treatment. The dangers that CKD patients face change across the spectrum of the disease. Providers who are well-versed in these safety threats are best poised to safeguard patients as their CKD progresses.
March 2017: Seminars in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410032/predicting-responses-to-contemporary-environmental-change-using-evolutionary-response-architectures
#10
Rachael A Bay, Noah Rose, Rowan Barrett, Louis Bernatchez, Cameron K Ghalambor, Jesse R Lasky, Rachel B Brem, Stephen R Palumbi, Peter Ralph
Rapid environmental change currently presents a major threat to global biodiversity and ecosystem functions, and understanding impacts on individual populations is critical to creating reliable predictions and mitigation plans. One emerging tool for this goal is high-throughput sequencing technology, which can now be used to scan the genome for signs of environmental selection in any species and any system. This explosion of data provides a powerful new window into the molecular mechanisms of adaptation, and although there has been some success in using genomic data to predict responses to selection in fields such as agriculture, thus far genomic data are rarely integrated into predictive frameworks of future adaptation in natural populations...
May 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408484/joint-features-and-complementarities-of-tspan8-and-cd151-revealed-in-knockdown-and-knockout-models
#11
REVIEW
Shijing Yue, Kun Zhao, Ulrike Erb, Sanyukta Rana, Margot Zöller
Tetraspanins are highly conserved 4-transmembrane proteins which form molecular clusters with a large variety of transmembrane and cytosolic proteins. By these associations tetraspanins are engaged in a multitude of biological processes. Furthermore, tetraspanin complexes are located in specialized microdomains, called tetraspanin-enriched microdomains (TEMs). TEMs provide a signaling platform and are poised for invagination and vesicle formation. These vesicles can be released as exosomes (Exo) and are important in cell contact-independent intercellular communication...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408344/repurposing-bacterial-toxins-for-intracellular-delivery-of-therapeutic-proteins
#12
REVIEW
Greg L Beilhartz, Seiji N Sugiman-Marangos, Roman A Melnyk
Despite enormous efforts, achieving efficacious levels of proteins inside mammalian cells remains one of the greatest challenges in biologics-based drug discovery and development. The inability of proteins to readily cross biological membranes precludes access to the wealth of intracellular targets and applications that lie within mammalian cells. Existing methods of delivery commonly suffer from an inability to target specific cells and tissues, poor endosomal escape, and limited in vivo efficacy. The aim of the present commentary is to highlight the potential of certain classes of bacterial toxins, which naturally deliver a large protein into the cytosolic compartment of target cells after binding a host cell-surface receptor with high affinity, as robust protein delivery platforms...
April 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402957/chromatin-state-dynamics-during-nk-cell-activation
#13
Yang Li, Jin Wang, Jie Yin, Xinhua Liu, Minghang Yu, Ting Li, Han Yan, Xi Wang
Studies of Natural Killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity have mainly focused on the balance of activating and inhibitory receptors, signaling transduction, calcium influx, formation of immune synapse, and cytolytic degranulation. However, little is known about the chromatin state of NK cells and the impact of its changes during target recognition. In this study, we investigate the contribution of chromatin state dynamics during NK cell activation by comprehensively analyzing a set of microarray data and two sets of Chromatin Immunoprecipitation-Sequencing (ChIP-seq) data...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401731/impact-of-early-personal-history-characteristics-on-the-pace-of-aging-implications-for-clinical-trials-of-therapies-to-slow-aging-and-extend-healthspan
#14
Daniel W Belsky, Avshalom Caspi, Harvey J Cohen, William E Kraus, Sandhya Ramrakha, Richie Poulton, Terrie E Moffitt
Therapies to extend healthspan are poised to move from laboratory animal models to human clinical trials. Translation from mouse to human will entail challenges, among them the multifactorial heterogeneity of human aging. To inform clinical trials about this heterogeneity, we report how humans' pace of biological aging relates to personal-history characteristics. Because geroprotective therapies must be delivered by midlife to prevent age-related disease onset, we studied young-adult members of the Dunedin Study 1972-73 birth cohort (n = 954)...
April 12, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397696/hepatitis-c-virus-prevalence-and-level-of-intervention-required-to-achieve-the-who-targets-for-elimination-in-the-european-union-by-2030-a-modelling-study
#15
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BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality worldwide. In the European Union (EU), treatment and cure of HCV with direct-acting antiviral therapies began in 2014. WHO targets are to achieve a 65% reduction in liver-related deaths, a 90% reduction of new viral hepatitis infections, and 90% of patients with viral hepatitis infections being diagnosed by 2030. This study assessed the prevalence of HCV in the EU and the level of intervention required to achieve WHO targets for HCV elimination...
May 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392341/computational-complexity-of-algorithms-for-sequence-comparison-short-read-assembly-and-genome-alignment
#16
REVIEW
Shakuntala Baichoo, Christos A Ouzounis
A multitude of algorithms for sequence comparison, short-read assembly and whole-genome alignment have been developed in the general context of molecular biology, to support technology development for high-throughput sequencing, numerous applications in genome biology and fundamental research on comparative genomics. The computational complexity of these algorithms has been previously reported in original research papers, yet this often neglected property has not been reviewed previously in a systematic manner and for a wider audience...
April 6, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390697/smoking-prevalence-and-attributable-disease-burden-in-195-countries-and-territories-1990-2015-a-systematic-analysis-from-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2015
#17
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BACKGROUND: The scale-up of tobacco control, especially after the adoption of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, is a major public health success story. Nonetheless, smoking remains a leading risk for early death and disability worldwide, and therefore continues to require sustained political commitment. The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) offers a robust platform through which global, regional, and national progress toward achieving smoking-related targets can be assessed...
April 5, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387974/the-streptomyces-o-b-one-connection-a-force-within-layered-repression-of-a-key-developmental-decision
#18
Klas Flärdh, Joseph R McCormick
The study of Streptomyces development has made significant advances in the past few years and ongoing work is poised to add even more. One key to advancing the field has been the application of genome-wide approaches using S. venezuelae, which is capable of fairly synchronous sporulation in submerged growth conditions. WhiA and WhiB are well-known transcriptional regulators governing the pathway for spore formation in aerial hyphae. Recent ChIP-seq and RNA expression analyses indicated that WhiA and WhiB regulate the same set of genes, each being dependent on the presence of the other to exert control...
April 7, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384123/magnetic-resonance-imaging-with-hyperpolarized-agents-methods-and-applications
#19
Erin Adamson, Kai Ludwig, David Mummy, Sean B Fain
In the past decade, hyperpolarized (HP) contrast agents have been under active development for MRI applications to address the twin challenges of functional and quantitative imaging. Both HP helium (<sup>3</sup>He) and xenon (<sup>129</sup>Xe) gases have reached the stage where they are under study in clinical research. HP <sup>129</sup>Xe, in particular, is poised for larger scale clinical research to investigate asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and fibrotic lung diseases...
April 6, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382838/potato-chips-cookies-and-candy-oh-my-public-commentary-on-proposed-rules-regulating-competitive-foods
#20
Lauren M Dinour, Antoinette Pole
BACKGROUND: The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 authorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish nutritional standards for all foods sold in schools participating in federally funded meal programs. These foods, known as competitive foods, are commonly found in school cafeterias, vending machines, fundraisers, and snack bars and are associated with unhealthy dietary patterns. However, little is known about the regulatory process and opportunities for public participation to improve school food...
April 1, 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
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