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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353415/investigation-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-giant-panda-feces-for-potential-probiotics-in-vitro
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Qian Liu, Xueqin Ni, Qiang Wang, Zhirong Peng, Lili Niu, Meiling Xie, Yicen Lin, Yi Zhou, Hao Sun, Kangcheng Pan, Bo Jing, Dong Zeng
The present study aimed to isolate an optimal lactic acid bacterial strain from the feces of healthy giant pandas. The strain exhibited good stability at low pH and high bile salt concentrations, activity against pathogens relevant to pandas, and antibiotic susceptibility. In the current study, 25 isolates were obtained from de Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe agar. Two (E21 and G83) and eight (E1, E2, E16, E18, E21, E69, E70, and G83) isolates demonstrated good performance at pH 2.0 and bile 2% (w/v), respectively...
January 20, 2018: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353387/inter-individual-variation-in-health-and-disease-associated-with-pulmonary-infectious-agents
#2
Kirsten C Verhein, Heather L Vellers, Steven R Kleeberger
Respiratory infectious diseases resulting from bacterial or viral pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or influenza, are major global public health concerns. Lower respiratory tract infections are leading causes of morbidity and mortality, only behind ischemic heart disease and stroke (GBD 2015 LRI Collaborators in Lancet Infect Dis 17(11):1133-1161, 2017). Developing countries are particularly impacted by these diseases. However, while many are infected with viruses such as RSV (> 90% of all individuals are infected by age 2), only sub-populations develop severe disease...
January 20, 2018: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353044/bmp4-signaling-in-npcs-upregulates-bcl-xl-to-promote-their-survival-in-the-presence-of-fgf-2
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Hanako Yamamoto, Masashi Kurachi, Masae Naruse, Koji Shibasaki, Yasuki Ishizaki
We previously reported that BMP4 does not promote proliferation or differentiation of CD44-positive astrocyte precursor cells (APCs) but greatly promotes their survival in the presence of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2). In this study, we examined if BMP4 acts as a survival factor also for neural stem/progenitor cells (NPCs) isolated from ganglionic eminence of neonatal mouse brain. We found BMP4 promotes survival but not proliferation or differentiation of these cells, just as in the case for CD44-positive APCs...
January 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352152/selection-and-validation-of-reference-genes-for-qrt-pcr-analysis-of-gene-expression-in-microsporum-canis-growing-under-different-adhesion-inducing-conditions
#4
Anita Ciesielska, Paweł Stączek
Dermatophytes are the group of filamentous fungi infecting keratinized structures such as skin, hair, and nails. Knowledge about genes and molecular mechanisms responsible for pathogenicity, as well as other biological properties of Microsporum canis is still relatively poor. The qRT-PCR is a reliable technique for quantifying gene expression across various biological processes, and choosing a set of suitable reference genes to normalize the expression data is a crucial step of this technique. We investigated the suitability of nine candidate reference genes: β-act, β-tub, adp-rf, ef1-α, sdha, rpl2, mbp1, psm1, and rGTPa for gene expression analysis in the dermatophyte M...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352079/identification-and-validation-of-a-new-source-of-low-grain-cadmium-accumulation-in-durum-wheat
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Atena Oladzad Abbasabadi, Ajay Kumar, Seyed Pirseyedi, Evan Salsman, Marina Dobrydina, Roshan Sharma Poudel, Wesam A AbuHammad, Shiaoman Chao, Justin D Faris, Elias M Elias
Cadmium (Cd) is a heavy metal that has no known biological function and is toxic for many living organisms. The maximum level of Cd concentration allowed in the international market for wheat grain is 0.2 mg kg-1. Because phenotyping for Cd uptake is expensive and time consuming, molecular markers associated with genes conferring low Cd uptake would expedite selection and lead to the development of durum cultivars with reduced Cd concentrations. Here, we identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with a novel low Cd uptake locus in the durum experimental line D041735, which has hexaploid common wheat in its pedigree...
January 19, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351989/iterative-random-forests-to-discover-predictive-and-stable-high-order-interactions
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Sumanta Basu, Karl Kumbier, James B Brown, Bin Yu
Genomics has revolutionized biology, enabling the interrogation of whole transcriptomes, genome-wide binding sites for proteins, and many other molecular processes. However, individual genomic assays measure elements that interact in vivo as components of larger molecular machines. Understanding how these high-order interactions drive gene expression presents a substantial statistical challenge. Building on random forests (RFs) and random intersection trees (RITs) and through extensive, biologically inspired simulations, we developed the iterative random forest algorithm (iRF)...
January 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351342/a-homozygous-missense-variant-in-vwa2-encoding-an-interactor-of-the-fraser-complex-in-a-patient-with-vesicoureteral-reflux
#7
Amelie T van der Ven, Birgit Kobbe, Stefan Kohl, Shirlee Shril, Hans-Martin Pogoda, Thomas Imhof, Hadas Ityel, Asaf Vivante, Jing Chen, Daw-Yang Hwang, Dervla M Connaughton, Nina Mann, Eugen Widmeier, Mary Taglienti, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Makiko Nakayama, Prabha Senguttuvan, Selvin Kumar, Velibor Tasic, Elijah O Kehinde, Shrikant M Mane, Richard P Lifton, Neveen Soliman, Weining Lu, Stuart B Bauer, Matthias Hammerschmidt, Raimund Wagener, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are the most common cause (40-50%) of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. About 40 monogenic causes of CAKUT have so far been discovered. To date less than 20% of CAKUT cases can be explained by mutations in these 40 genes. To identify additional monogenic causes of CAKUT, we performed whole exome sequencing (WES) and homozygosity mapping (HM) in a patient with CAKUT from Indian origin and consanguineous descent. We identified a homozygous missense mutation (c...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351172/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-genetic-risk-factors-for-neuropathic-pain
#8
Abirami Veluchamy, Harry L Hébert, Weihua Meng, Colin N A Palmer, Blair H Smith
Neuropathic pain (NP) is an increasingly common chronic pain state and a major health burden, affecting approximately 7-10% of the general population. Emerging evidence suggests that genetic factors could partially explain individual susceptibility to NP and the estimated heritability in twins is 37%. The aim of this study was to systematically review and summarize the studies in humans that have investigated the influence of genetic factors associated with NP. We conducted a comprehensive literature search and performed meta-analyses of all the potential genetic variants associated with NP...
January 18, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350470/specific-expression-of-pd-l1-in-rela-fusion-supratentorial-ependymoma-implications-for-pd-1-targeted-therapy
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Davis A Witt, Andrew M Donson, Vladimir Amani, Daniel C Moreira, Bridget Sanford, Lindsey M Hoffman, Michael H Handler, Jean M Mulcahy Levy, Kenneth L Jones, Anandani Nellan, Nicholas K Foreman, Andrea M Griesinger
BACKGROUND: A desperate need for novel therapies in pediatric ependymoma (EPN) exists, as chemotherapy remains ineffective and radiotherapy often fails. EPN have significant infiltration of immune cells, which correlates with outcome. Immune checkpoint inhibitors provide an avenue for new treatments. This study characterizes tumor-infiltrating immune cells in EPN and aims at predicting candidates for clinical trials using checkpoint inhibitors targeting PD-L1/PD-1 (programmed death ligand 1/programmed death 1)...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350460/three-generation-family-with-novel-contiguous-gene-deletion-on-chromosome-2p22-associated-with-thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-syndrome
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Bianca Quiñones-Pérez, Grace E VanNoy, Meghan C Towne, Yiping Shen, Michael N Singh, Pankaj B Agrawal, Sharon E Smith
Latent transforming growth factor binding proteins (LTBP) are a family of extracellular matrix glycoproteins that play an important role in the regulation of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-ß) activation. Dysregulation of the TGF-ß pathway has been implicated in the pathogenesis of inherited disorders predisposing to thoracic aortic aneurysms syndromes (TAAS) including Marfan syndrome (MFS; FBN1) and Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS; TGFBR1, TGFBR2, TGFB2, TGFB3, SMAD2, SMAD3). While these syndromes have distinct clinical criteria, they share clinical features including aortic root dilation and musculoskeletal findings...
January 19, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350448/clinical-and-genetic-associations-for-carboplatin-related-ototoxicity-in-children-treated-for-retinoblastoma-a-retrospective-noncomparative-single-institute-experience
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Sameh E Soliman, Crystal N D'Silva, Helen Dimaras, Irakli Dzneladze, Helen Chan, Brenda L Gallie
BACKGROUND: Children with retinoblastoma treated with carboplatin chemotherapy risk moderate to severe, irreversible hearing loss. Based on published evidence, we hypothesized that ototoxicity risk is associated with clinical parameters and variants in candidate genes in drug metabolism pathways (methyltransferases [thiopurine S-methyltransferase, TPMT] and [catechol-O-methyltransferase, COMT], and drug transporter ABCC3). PROCEDURE: We retrospectively reviewed clinical records of patients with retinoblastoma treated with carboplatin chemotherapy regarding age (at diagnosis and chemotherapy initiation), chemotherapy sessions (cycles number, drug doses, and cumulative carboplatin dose), and hearing loss (defined as ototoxicity ≥grade 2 by at least one classification system)...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350269/exome-analysis-in-34-sudden-unexplained-death-sud-victims-mainly-identified-variants-in-channelopathy-associated-genes
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Jacqueline Neubauer, Maria Rita Lecca, Giancarlo Russo, Christine Bartsch, Argelia Medeiros-Domingo, Wolfgang Berger, Cordula Haas
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is one of the major causes of mortality worldwide, mostly involving coronary artery disease in the elderly. In contrary, sudden death events in young victims often represent the first manifestation of undetected genetic cardiac diseases, which remained without any symptoms during lifetime. Approximately 30% of these sudden death cases have no definite cardiac etiology after a comprehensive medicolegal investigation and are therefore termed as sudden unexplained death (SUD) cases. Advances in high-throughput sequencing approaches have provided an efficient diagnostic tool to identify likely pathogenic variants in cardiovascular disease-associated genes in otherwise autopsy-negative SUD cases...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349732/membranous-glomerulonephritis-with-an-lmna-mutation
#13
Kumi Fujita, Kazuhiro Hatta
We had encountered the case of membranous glomerulonephritis (MGN) with dilated cardiomyopathy due to LMNA gene mutation. LMNA mutation was known as a cause of 'laminopathy' such as dilated cardiomyopathy, muscular dystrophy, neuropathy and so on. LMNA gene might be a candidate of genetic basis in cryptogenic MGN.
January 18, 2018: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349465/exploring-candidate-biomarkers-for-lung-and-prostate-cancers-using-gene-expression-and-flux-variability-analysis
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Yazdan Asgari, Pegah Khosravi, Zahra Zabihinpour, Mahnaz Habibi
Genome-scale metabolic models have provided valuable resources for exploring changes in metabolism under normal and cancer conditions. However, metabolism itself is strongly linked to gene expression, so integration of gene expression data into metabolic models might improve the detection of genes involved in the control of tumor progression. Herein, we considered gene expression data as extra constraints to enhance the predictive powers of metabolic models. We reconstructed genome-scale metabolic models for lung and prostate, under normal and cancer conditions to detect the major genes associated with critical subsystems during tumor development...
January 19, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349039/engineering-escherichia-coli-for-the-production-of-terpene-mixture-enriched-in-caryophyllene-and-caryophyllene-alcohol-as-potential-aviation-fuel-compounds
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Weihua Wu, Fang Liu, Ryan W Davis
Recent studies have revealed that caryophyllene and its stereoisomers not only exhibit multiple biological activities but also have desired properties as renewable candidates for ground transportation and jet fuel applications. This study presents the first significant production of caryophyllene and caryolan-1-ol by an engineered E. coli with heterologous expression of mevalonate pathway genes with a caryophyllene synthase and a caryolan-1-ol synthase. By optimizing metabolic flux and fermentation parameters, the engineered strains yielded 449 mg/L of total terpene, including 406 mg/L sesquiterpene with 100 mg/L caryophyllene and 10 mg/L caryolan-1-ol...
June 2018: Metabolic Engineering Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348866/protein-methyltransferases-and-demethylases-dictate-cd8-t-cell-exclusion-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck
#16
Theodore Vougiouklakis, Riyue Bao, Yusuke Nakamura, Vassiliki Saloura
A subset of patients with recurrent/metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) benefit from pembrolizumab and nivolumab, but the majority of patients do not probably due to lack of activated cytotoxic CD8+ T-cells in their tumor tissues. Herein, we aim to investigate whether specific protein methyltransferases (PMTs) and demethylases (PDMTs) could play any roles in the CD8+ T-cell exclusion process in HPV-negative SCCHN. RNA sequencing data from the TCGA database were interrogated for HPV-negative SCCHN patients using a 10-gene chemokine signature that classifies SCCHN tissues into CD8+ T-cell inflamed and non-CD8+ T-cell inflamed phenotypes...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348692/genome-wide-search-for-higher-order-epistasis-as-modifiers-of-treatment-effects-on-bone-mineral-density-in-childhood-cancer-survivors
#17
Cindy Im, Kirsten K Ness, Sue C Kaste, Wassim Chemaitilly, Wonjong Moon, Yadav Sapkota, Russell J Brooke, Melissa M Hudson, Leslie L Robison, Yutaka Yasui, Carmen L Wilson
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) contributing to interactions between regulatory elements that modulate gene transcription may explain some of the uncharacterized variation for complex traits. We explored this hypothesis among 856 adult survivors of pediatric cancer exposed to curative treatments that adversely affect bone mineral density (BMD). To restrict our search to interactions among SNPs in regulatory elements, our analysis considered 75523 SNPs mapped to putative promoter or enhancer regions. In anticipation that power to detect higher order epistasis would be low using an exhaustive search and a Bonferroni-corrected threshold for genome-wide significance (e...
January 18, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348434/identification-of-genetic-elements-in-metabolism-by-high-throughput-mouse-phenotyping
#18
Jan Rozman, Birgit Rathkolb, Manuela A Oestereicher, Christine Schütt, Aakash Chavan Ravindranath, Stefanie Leuchtenberger, Sapna Sharma, Martin Kistler, Monja Willershäuser, Robert Brommage, Terrence F Meehan, Jeremy Mason, Hamed Haselimashhadi, Tertius Hough, Ann-Marie Mallon, Sara Wells, Luis Santos, Christopher J Lelliott, Jacqueline K White, Tania Sorg, Marie-France Champy, Lynette R Bower, Corey L Reynolds, Ann M Flenniken, Stephen A Murray, Lauryl M J Nutter, Karen L Svenson, David West, Glauco P Tocchini-Valentini, Arthur L Beaudet, Fatima Bosch, Robert B Braun, Michael S Dobbie, Xiang Gao, Yann Herault, Ala Moshiri, Bret A Moore, K C Kent Lloyd, Colin McKerlie, Hiroshi Masuya, Nobuhiko Tanaka, Paul Flicek, Helen E Parkinson, Radislav Sedlacek, Je Kyung Seong, Chi-Kuang Leo Wang, Mark Moore, Steve D Brown, Matthias H Tschöp, Wolfgang Wurst, Martin Klingenspor, Eckhard Wolf, Johannes Beckers, Fausto Machicao, Andreas Peter, Harald Staiger, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Harald Grallert, Monica Campillos, Holger Maier, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Thomas Werner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis
Metabolic diseases are a worldwide problem but the underlying genetic factors and their relevance to metabolic disease remain incompletely understood. Genome-wide research is needed to characterize so-far unannotated mammalian metabolic genes. Here, we generate and analyze metabolic phenotypic data of 2016 knockout mouse strains under the aegis of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) and find 974 gene knockouts with strong metabolic phenotypes. 429 of those had no previous link to metabolism and 51 genes remain functionally completely unannotated...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348306/novel-targeted-therapeutics-for-men2
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Sara Redaelli, Ivan Plaza-Menacho, Luca Mologni
The rearranged during transfection (RET) proto-oncogene was recognized as the multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2) causing gene in 1993. Since then, much effort has been put into a clear understanding of its oncogenic signaling, its biochemical function and ways to block its aberrant activation in MEN2 and related cancers. Several small molecules have been designed, developed or redirected as RET inhibitors for the treatment of MEN2 and sporadic MTC. However, current drugs are mostly active against several other kinases, as they were not originally developed for RET...
February 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348144/a-crispr-tagging-based-screen-reveals-localized-players-in-wnt-directed-asymmetric-cell-division
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Jennifer K Heppert, Ariel M Pani, Allyson M Roberts, Daniel J Dickinson, Bob Goldstein
Oriented cell divisions are critical to establish and maintain cell fates and tissue organization. Diverse extracellular and intracellular cues have been shown to provide spatial information for mitotic spindle positioning, however, the molecular mechanisms by which extracellular signals communicate with cells to direct mitotic spindle positioning are largely unknown. In animal cells, oriented cell divisions are often achieved by the localization of force-generating, motor protein complexes to discrete cortical domains...
January 18, 2018: Genetics
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