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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914246/tract-based-analysis-of-white-matter-integrity-in-psychotic-and-nonpsychotic-bipolar-disorder
#1
Andrew Ji, Douglass Godwin, Jerrel Rutlin, Sridhar Kandala, Joshua S Shimony, Daniel Mamah
BACKGROUND: At least 50% of individuals with bipolar disorder (BD) present with psychosis during their lifetime. Psychotic symptoms have sometimes been linked to specific genetic and phenotypic markers. This study aims to explore potential differences between bipolar disorder subtypes by measuring white matter integrity of the brain and relationships with clinical measures. METHODS: Diffusion tensor imaging and clinical measures were acquired from 102 participants, grouped as psychotic bipolar disorder (PBD) (n=48), non-psychotic bipolar disorder (NBD) (n=24), and healthy controls (n=30)...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914205/mitochondrial-genotype-and-phenotypic-plasticity-of-gene-expression-in-response-to-cold-acclimation-in-killifish
#2
Timothy M Healy, Heather J Bryant, Patricia M Schulte
Adjustments of aerobic metabolic processes are critical components of organismal responses to environmental change that require tight co-ordination between the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes. Intraspecific differences in mitochondrial genotype can affect gene transcription in both genomes. Thus, variation in mitochondrial genotype may be associated with differences in the plasticity of gene expression when organisms are faced with changes in environmental conditions. Cold acclimation is known to result in metabolic responses involving increases in mitochondrial amount and capacity, suggesting that low temperatures may pose a particular challenge when co-ordinating the functions of the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes...
December 3, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914204/the-genetic-architecture-of-tristyly-and-its-breakdown-to-self-fertilization
#3
Ramesh Arunkumar, Wei Wang, Stephen I Wright, Spencer C H Barrett
The floral polymorphism tristyly involves three style morphs with a reciprocal arrangement of stigma and anther heights governed by two diallelic loci (S and M). Tristyly functions to promote cross-pollination, but modifications to stamen position commonly cause transitions to selfing. Here, we integrate whole genome sequencing and genetic mapping to investigate the genetic architecture of the M locus and the genetic basis of independent transitions to selfing in tristylous Eichhornia paniculata. We crossed independently derived semi-homostylous selfing variants of the long- and mid-styled morph fixed for alternate alleles at the M locus (ssmm and ssMM, respectively) and backcrossed the F1 to the parental ssmm genotype...
December 3, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914087/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-biofilm-formation-by-pathogenic-streptococci
#4
Yashuan Chao, Caroline Bergenfelz, Anders P Håkansson
This manuscript presents novel approaches to grow and evaluate Streptococcal biofilm formation using the human respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) as the main model organism on biological surfaces in vitro and in vivo. Most biofilm models are based on growth on abiotic surfaces, which is relevant for many pathogens whose growth on surfaces or medical devices is a major cause of disease transmission and infections, especially in hospital environments. However, most infections with commensal organisms require biofilm formation on biological surfaces in the host at the site of colonization or infection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914078/computer-vision-based-image-analysis-of-bacteria
#5
Jonas Danielsen, Pontus Nordenfelt
Microscopy is an essential tool for studying bacteria, but is today mostly used in a qualitative or possibly semi-quantitative manner often involving time-consuming manual analysis. It also makes it difficult to assess the importance of individual bacterial phenotypes, especially when there are only subtle differences in features such as shape, size, or signal intensity, which is typically very difficult for the human eye to discern. With computer vision-based image analysis - where computer algorithms interpret image data - it is possible to achieve an objective and reproducible quantification of images in an automated fashion...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914071/differential-radial-capillary-action-of-ligand-assay-dracala-for-high-throughput-detection-of-protein-metabolite-interactions-in-bacteria
#6
Mona W Orr, Vincent T Lee
Bacteria rely on numerous nucleotide second messengers for signal transduction such as cyclic AMP, cyclic-di-GMP, and cyclic-di-AMP. Although a number of receptors responsible for known regulated phenotypes have been established, the completeness of protein receptors in any given organism remains elusive. We have developed a method called differential radial capillary action of ligand assay (DRaCALA) that allows for an unbiased, systematic high-throughput screen for the detection of ligand binding proteins encoded by a genome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914030/active-compounds-extracted-from-extra-virgin-olive-oil-counteract-mesothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-peritoneal-mesothelium-cells-exposed-to-conventional-peritoneal-dialysate-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evidences
#7
S Lupinacci, G Toteda, D Vizza, A Perri, C Benincasa, A Mollica, A La Russa, P Gigliotti, F Leone, D Lofaro, M Bonofiglio, E Perri, R Bonofiglio
During peritoneal dialysis (PD), peritoneal mesothelial cells undergo a transition from an epithelial phenotype to a mesenchymal phenotype that, together with the inflammatory process, promotes tissue fibrosis and a failure of peritoneal membrane function. To date, there is no definitive treatment for the progressive thickening and angiogenesis of the peritoneal membrane associated with PD. In this study we tested, in vitro and in vivo, the ability of active compounds extracted from extra virgin olive oil (AC-EVOO) to counteract the mesothelial-to-mesenchymal transition process (MMT) observed in mesothelial cells chronically exposed to the conventional peritoneal dialysate (DL)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914026/limbal-stem-cell-and-oral-mucosal-epithelial-transplantation-from-ex-vivo-cultivation-in-lscd-induced-rabbits-histology-and-immunologic-study-of-the-transplant-epithelial-sheet
#8
Napaporn Tananuvat, Kanokkan Bumroongkit, Chainarong Tocharusa, Umnat Mevatee, Aphisek Kongkaew, Somsanguan Ausayakhun
PURPOSE: To evaluate the results of cultivated limbal epithelial and oral mucosal epithelial transplantation (CLET and COMET) in limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD)-induced rabbit model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six New Zealand white rabbits were divided into two groups of three rabbits each. Limbal tissue was harvested from the first group, and oral mucosal biopsy was obtained from the second group. The tissues were cultured using an explant technique with amniotic membrane as a substrate and co-culture with the 3T3 fibroblast and air-lifting method...
December 2, 2016: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914009/serum-response-factor-srf-ablation-interferes-with-acute-stress-associated-immediate-and-long-term-coping-mechanisms
#9
Annemarie Zimprich, Gabi Mroz, Christopher Meyer Zu Reckendorf, Sofia Anastasiadou, Philip Förstner, Lillian Garrett, Sabine M Hölter, Lore Becker, Jan Rozman, Cornelia Prehn, Birgit Rathkolb, Kristin Moreth, Wolfgang Wurst, Thomas Klopstock, Martin Klingenspor, Jerzy Adamski, Eckhard Wolf, Raffi Bekeredjian, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Bernd Knöll
Stress experience modulates behavior, metabolism, and energy expenditure of organisms. One molecular hallmark of an acute stress response is a rapid induction of immediate early genes (IEGs) such as c-Fos and Egr family members. IEG transcription in neurons is mediated by the neuronal activity-driven gene regulator serum response factor (SRF). We show a first role of SRF in immediate and long-lasting acute restraint stress (AS) responses. For this, we employed a standardized mouse phenotyping protocol at the German Mouse Clinic (GMC) including behavioral, metabolic, and cardiologic tests as well as gene expression profiling to analyze the consequences of forebrain-specific SRF deletion in mice exposed to AS...
December 2, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914002/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characterization-of-bacteriocinogenic-enterococci-against-clostridium-botulinum
#10
Awad A Shehata, Reda Tarabees, Shereen Basiouni, Mahmoud Gamil, Ahmed S Kamal, Monika Krüger
The present study aimed to characterize Enterococcus faecalis (n = -6) and Enterococcus faecium (n = 1) isolated from healthy chickens to find a novel perspective probiotic candidate that antagonize Clostridium botulinum types A, B, D, and E. The isolated enterococci were characterized based on phenotypic properties, PCR, and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight (MALDI-TOF). The virulence determinants including hemolytic activity on blood agar, gelatinase activity, sensitivity to vancomycin, and presence of gelatinase (gelE) and enterococcal surface protein (esp) virulence genes were investigated...
December 2, 2016: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913994/sox2-inhibition-promotes-promoter-demethylation-of-cdx2-to-facilitate-gastric-intestinal-metaplasia
#11
Haijing Niu, Yuchen Jia, Tao Li, Bingzhong Su
BACKGROUND: Gastric intestinal metaplasia (IM) is regarded as a premalignant lesion, conferring risks for gastric cancer development. An intestinal transcription factor, CDX2, plays a vital role in establishing and maintaining IM. SOX2, an HMG-box transcription factor, is expressed in normal gastric mucosa and downregulated in IM. Therefore, it is important to elucidate the mutual interaction of SOX2 and CDX2 in gastric IM. AIMS: This study aims to evaluate the negative correlation between SOX2 and CDX2 in mRNA expression and promoter methylation and to illuminate the effect of SOX2 on the promoter methylation of CDX2...
December 2, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913849/targeted-next-generation-sequencing-reveals-mody-in-up-to-6-5-of-antibody-negative-diabetes-cases-listed-in-the-norwegian-childhood-diabetes-registry
#12
Bente B Johansson, Henrik U Irgens, Janne Molnes, Paweł Sztromwasser, Ingvild Aukrust, Petur B Juliusson, Oddmund Søvik, Shawn Levy, Torild Skrivarhaug, Geir Joner, Anders Molven, Stefan Johansson, Pål R Njølstad
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: MODY can be wrongly diagnosed as type 1 diabetes in children. We aimed to find the prevalence of MODY in a nationwide population-based registry of childhood diabetes. METHODS: Using next-generation sequencing, we screened the HNF1A, HNF4A, HNF1B, GCK and INS genes in all 469 children (12.1%) negative for both GAD and IA-2 autoantibodies and 469 antibody-positive matched controls selected from the Norwegian Childhood Diabetes Registry (3882 children)...
December 2, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913848/increased-fetal-adiposity-prior-to-diagnosis-of-gestational-diabetes-in-south-asians-more-evidence-for-the-thin-fat-baby
#13
Hema Venkataraman, Uma Ram, Sam Craik, Anuradhai Arungunasekaran, Suresh Seshadri, Ponnusamy Saravanan
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with an increased future risk of obesity in the offspring. Increased adiposity has been observed in the newborns of women with GDM. Our aim was to examine early fetal adiposity in women with GDM. METHODS: Obstetric and sonographic data was collated for 153 women with GDM and 178 controls from a single centre in Chennai, India. Fetal head circumference (HC), abdominal circumference (AC), femur length (FL) and biparietal diameter (BPD) were recorded at 11, 20 and 32 weeks...
December 2, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913833/tight-repulsion-linkage-between-sr36-and-sr39-was-revealed-by-genetic-cytogenetic-and-molecular-analyses
#14
Bosco Chemayek, Urmil K Bansal, Naeela Qureshi, Peng Zhang, William W Wagoire, Harbans S Bariana
The shortening of Aegilops speltoides segment did not facilitate recombination between stem rust resistance genes Sr36 and Sr39 . Robustness of marker rwgs28 for marker-assisted selection of Sr39 was demonstrated. Stem rust resistance genes Sr39 and Sr36 were transferred from Aegilops speltoides and Triticum timopheevii, respectively, to chromosome 2B of wheat. Genetic stocks RL6082 and RWG1 carrying Sr39 on a large and a shortened Ae. speltoides segments, respectively, and the Sr36-carrying Australian wheat cultivar Cook were used in this study...
December 2, 2016: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913830/genome-scale-modeling-of-thermophilic-microorganisms
#15
Sanjeev Dahal, Suresh Poudel, R Adam Thompson
Thermophilic microorganisms are of increasing interest for many industries as their enzymes and metabolisms are highly efficient at elevated temperatures. However, their metabolic processes are often largely different from their mesophilic counterparts. These differences can lead to metabolic engineering strategies that are doomed to fail. Genome-scale metabolic modeling is an effective and highly utilized way to investigate cellular phenotypes and to test metabolic engineering strategies. In this review we chronicle a number of thermophilic organisms that have recently been studied with genome-scale models...
December 3, 2016: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913741/aik1-a-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-modulates-abscisic-acid-responses-through-the-mkk5-mpk6-kinase-cascade
#16
Kun Li, Fengbo Yang, Guozeng Zhang, Shufei Song, Yuan Li, Yuchen Miao, Dongtao Ren, Chun-Peng Song
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade is an evolutionarily conserved signal transduction module involved in transducing extracellular signals to the nucleus for appropriate cellular adjustment. This cascade essentially consists of three components, a MAPK kinase kinase (MAPKKK), a MAPK kinase (MAPKK) and a MAPK, connected to each other by the event of phosphorylation. Here we report the characterization of a MAPKKK, AIK1, which regulates abscisic acid (ABA) responses in Arabidopsis. T-DNA insertion mutants of AIK1 showed insensitivity to ABA in terms of both root growth and stomatal response...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913740/a-%C3%AE-ketoacyl-coa-synthase-is-involved-in-rice-leaf-cuticular-wax-synthesis-and-requires-a-cer2-like-protein-as-a-cofactor
#17
Xiaochen Wang, Yuanyuan Guan, Du Zhang, Xiangbai Dong, Lihong Tian, Le Qing Qu
Cuticular waxes are complex mixtures of very-long-chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) and their derivatives, forming a natural barrier on aerial surfaces of terrestrial plants against biotic and abiotic stresses. In VLCFA biosynthesis, β-ketoacyl-CoA synthase (KCS) is the key enzyme, catalyzing the first reaction in fatty acid elongation and determining substrate specificity. We isolated a rice (Oryza sativa L.) wax crystal-sparse leaf 4 (WSL4) gene using a map-based cloning strategy. WSL4 is predicted to encode a KCS, a homolog of Arabidopsis CER6...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913670/screening-for-chemical-modulators-for-lrrk2
#18
REVIEW
Heather Mortiboys
After the discovery of leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) as a risk factor for sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD) and mutations in LRRK2 as a cause of some forms of familial PD, there has been substantial interest in finding chemical modulators of LRRK2 function. Most of the pathogenic mutations in LRRK2 are within the enzymatic cores of the protein; therefore, many screens have focused on finding chemical modulators of this enzymatic activity. There are alternative screening approaches that could be taken to investigate compounds that modulate LRRK2 cellular functions...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913640/the-drosophila-hox-gene-ultrabithorax-acts-both-in-muscles-and-motoneurons-to-orchestrate-formation-of-specific-neuromuscular-connections
#19
Christian Hessinger, Gerhard M Technau, Ana Rogulja-Ortmann
Hox genes are known to specify motoneuron pools in the developing vertebrate spinal cord and to control motoneuronal targeting in several species. However, the mechanisms controlling axial diversification of muscle innervation patterns are still largely unknown. We present data showing that the Drosophila Hox gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx) acts in the late embryo to establish target specificity of ventrally projecting RP motoneurons. In abdominal segments A2 to A7, RP motoneurons innervate the ventro-lateral muscles VL1-4, with VL1 and VL2 being innervated in a Wnt4-dependent manner...
December 2, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913635/screening-and-analysis-of-janelia-flylight-project-enhancer-gal4-strains-identifies-multiple-gene-enhancers-active-during-hematopoiesis-in-normal-and-wasp-challenged-drosophila-larvae
#20
Tsuyoshi Tokusumi, Yumiko Tokusumi, Mark S Brahier, Victoria Lam, Jessica R Stoller-Conrad, Paul T Kroeger, Robert A Schulz
A GFP expression screen has been conducted on greater than one thousand Janelia FlyLight Project enhancer-Gal4 lines to identify transcriptional enhancers active in the larval hematopoietic system. A total of 190 enhancers associated with 87 distinct genes showed activity in cells of the third instar larval lymph gland and hemolymph. That is, gene enhancers were active in cells of the lymph gland posterior signaling center (PSC), medullary zone (MZ), and/or cortical zone (CZ), while certain of the transcriptional control regions were active in circulating hemocytes...
December 2, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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