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Liang-Qing Dong, Yang Shi, Li-Jie Ma, Liu-Xiao Yang, Xiao-Ying Wang, Shu Zhang, Zhi-Chao Wang, Meng Duan, Zhao Zhang, Long-Zi Liu, Bo-Hao Zheng, Zhen-Bin Ding, Ai-Wu Ke, Da-Ming Gao, Ke Yuan, Jian Zhou, Jia Fan, Ruibin Xi, Qiang Gao
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is the second-most lethal primary liver cancer. Little is known about intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) and its impact on ICC progression. We aim to investigate its ITH in hope of helping develop new therapeutic strategies. METHODS: We obtained 69 spatially distinct regions from 6 operable ICCs. Patient-derived primary cancer cells (PDPCs) were established for each region, followed by whole-exome sequencing(WES) and multi-level validation...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Warren Winick-Ng, R Jane Rylett
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by synapse dysfunction and cognitive impairment. Understanding the development and progression of AD is challenging, as the disease is highly complex and multifactorial. Both environmental and genetic factors play a role in AD pathogenesis, highlighted by observations of complex DNA modifications at the single gene level, and by new evidence that also implicates changes in genome architecture in AD patients. The four-dimensional structure of chromatin in space and time is essential for context-dependent regulation of gene expression in post-mitotic neurons...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Peiye Shen, Ying Jing, Ruiyun Zhang, Mei-Chun Cai, Pengfei Ma, Haige Chen, Guanglei Zhuang
Neuroendocrine bladder cancer is a relatively rare but often lethal malignancy, with cell of origin, oncogenomic architecture and standard treatment poorly defined. Here we performed comprehensive whole-genome and transcriptome sequencing on a unique cohort of genitourinary neuroendocrine neoplasms, mainly small cell carcinomas of the urinary bladder. The mutational landscape and signatures of neuroendocrine bladder cancer strikingly resembled those in conventional urothelial carcinoma, along with typically mixed histologies, supporting a common cellular origin...
March 14, 2018: Oncogene
Handuo Shi, Benjamin P Bratton, Zemer Gitai, Kerwyn Casey Huang
Cell shape matters across the kingdoms of life, and cells have the remarkable capacity to define and maintain specific shapes and sizes. But how are the shapes of micron-sized cells determined from the coordinated activities of nanometer-sized proteins? Here, we review general principles that have surfaced through the study of rod-shaped bacterial growth. Imaging approaches have revealed that polymers of the actin homolog MreB play a central role. MreB both senses and changes cell shape, thereby generating a self-organizing feedback system for shape maintenance...
March 8, 2018: Cell
Enkelejda Miho, Alexander Yermanos, Cédric R Weber, Christoph T Berger, Sai T Reddy, Victor Greiff
The adaptive immune system recognizes antigens via an immense array of antigen-binding antibodies and T-cell receptors, the immune repertoire. The interrogation of immune repertoires is of high relevance for understanding the adaptive immune response in disease and infection (e.g., autoimmunity, cancer, HIV). Adaptive immune receptor repertoire sequencing (AIRR-seq) has driven the quantitative and molecular-level profiling of immune repertoires, thereby revealing the high-dimensional complexity of the immune receptor sequence landscape...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Silvia Kocanova, Isabelle Goiffon, Kerstin Bystricky
Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is a common technique used to label DNA and/or RNA for detection of a genomic region of interest. However, the technique can be challenging, in particular when applied to single genes in human cancer cells. Here, we provide a step-by-step protocol for analysis of short (35kb to 300kb) genomic regions in three dimensions (3D). We discuss the experimental design and provide practical considerations for 3D imaging and data analysis to determine chromatin folding. We demonstrate that 3D FISH using BACs (Bacterial Artificial Chromosomes) or fosmids can provide detailed information of the architecture of gene domains...
February 28, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Omer M Toor, Zaheer Ahmed, Waled Bahaj, Urooge Boda, Lee S Cummings, Megan E McNally, Kevin F Kennedy, Timothy J Pluard, Arif Hussain, Janakiraman Subramanian, Ashiq Masood
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) of cancer tissues is increasingly being carried out to identify somatic genomic alterations that may guide physicians to make therapeutic decisions. However, a single tissue biopsy may not reflect complete genomic architecture due to the heterogeneous nature of tumors. Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) analysis is a robust noninvasive method to detect and monitor genomic alterations in blood in real time. We analyzed 28 matched tissue NGS and ctDNA from gastrointestinal and lung cancers for concordance of somatic genomic alterations, driver and actionable alterations...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Frederique Ruf-Zamojski, Miguel Fribourg, Yongchao Ge, Venugopalan Nair, Hanna Pincas, Elena Zaslavsky, German Nudelman, Stephanie J Tuminello, Hideo Watanabe, Judith L Turgeon, Stuart C Sealfon
The LβT2 mouse pituitary cell line has many characteristics of a mature gonadotrope and is a widely used model system for studying the developmental processes and the response to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). The global epigenetic landscape, which contributes to cell-specific gene regulatory mechanisms, and the single-cell transcriptome response variation of LβT2 cells have not been previously investigated. Here, we integrate the transcriptome and genome-wide chromatin accessibility state of LβT2 cells during GnRH stimulation...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Oddvar Oppegaard, Haima Mylvaganam, Steinar Skrede, Bård Reiakvam Kittang
BACKGROUND: During the past decades, Streptococcus dysgalactiae subspecies equisimilis (SDSE) has been increasingly recognized as an important human pathogen. Osteoarticular infections is one of the predominant disease manifestations of SDSE, but the pathogenetic rationale for its arthritogenicity has yet to be unravelled. We aimed to explore if the rising incidence of osteoarticular infections caused by this pathogen in our region emanated from clonal expansion of strains with enhanced tropism for bone and joint tissue components or orthopaedic implants...
February 27, 2018: BMC Microbiology
Zheng Wang, Guanglin He, Tao Luo, Xueying Zhao, Jing Liu, Mengge Wang, Di Zhou, Xu Chen, Chengtao Li, Yiping Hou
The Tibeto-Burman language, one subfamily of the Sino-Tibetan languages, is spoken by over 60 million people all over East Asia. Yet the ethnic origin and genetic architecture of Tibeto-Burman speaking populations remain largely unexplored. In the present study, 169 Chinese individuals from Tibeto-Burman speaking populations (two ethnic groups: Tibetan and Yi) in four different geographic regions in western China were analyzed using the Precision ID Ancestry Panel (165 AISNPs) and the Ion PGM System. The performance and corresponding forensic statistical parameters of this AISNPs panel were investigated...
February 13, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Jonathan P Lynch
I propose that reduced root development would be advantageous for drought resistance in high-input agroecosystems. Selection regimes for crop ancestors and landraces include multiple stresses, intense competition, and variable resource distribution, which favored prolific root production, developmental plasticity in response to resource availability, and maintenance of unspecialized root tissues. High-input agroecosystems have removed many of these constraints to root function. Therefore, root phenotypes that focus on water capture at the expense of ancestral adaptations would be better suited to high-input agroecosystems...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Wei Zhang, Xiaoxiang Tang, Xianyou He, Shuxian Lai
Substantial evidence suggests that beauty is associated with the survival and reproduction of organisms. Landscape architecture is composed of a series of natural elements that have significant evolutionary implications. The present study used one pilot material ratings and three experiments to examine the mechanisms of aesthetic appraisals of landscape architecture. The results confirmed that landscape architecture elicited a sense of beauty and captured visual attention more easily than other types of architecture during explicit aesthetic rating task (Experiment 1) and implicit aesthetic perception task (dot-probe paradigm, Experiment 2)...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Christopher A Miller, Sonika Dahiya, Tiandao Li, Robert Fulton, Matthew D Smyth, Gavin P Dunn, Joshua B Rubin, Elaine R Mardis
BACKGROUND: As in other brain tumors, multiple recurrences after complete resection and irradiation of supratentorial ependymoma are common and frequently result in patient death. This standard-of-care treatment was established in the pre-genomic era without the ability to evaluate the effect that mutagenic therapies may exert on tumor evolution and in promoting resistance, recurrence, and death. We seized a rare opportunity to characterize treatment effects and the evolution of a single patient's ependymoma across four recurrences after different therapies...
February 13, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
Federico Comoglio, Hyun Jung Park, Stefan Schoenfelder, Iros Barozzi, Daniel Bode, Peter Fraser, Anthony R Green
Thrombopoietin (TPO) is a critical cytokine regulating hematopoietic stem cell maintenance and differentiation into the megakaryocytic lineage. However, the transcriptional and chromatin dynamics elicited by TPO signaling are poorly understood. Here, we study the immediate early transcriptional and cis-regulatory responses to TPO in hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) and use this paradigm of cytokine signaling to chromatin to dissect the relation between cis- regulatory activity and chromatin architecture...
February 2, 2018: Genome Research
Aleksandra Karolak, Katarzyna A Rejniak
Systemic chemotherapy is one of the main anticancer treatments used for most kinds of clinically diagnosed tumors. However, the efficacy of these drugs can be hampered by the physical attributes of the tumor tissue, such as tortuous vasculature, dense and fibrous extracellular matrix, irregular cellular architecture, tumor metabolic gradients, and non-uniform expression of the cell membrane receptors. This can impede the transport of therapeutic agents to tumor cells in sufficient quantities. In addition, tumor microenvironments undergo dynamic spatio-temporal changes during tumor progression and treatment, which can also obstruct drug efficacy...
February 8, 2018: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
Donghui Choe, Richard Szubin, Samira Dahesh, Suhyung Cho, Victor Nizet, Bernhard Palsson, Byung-Kwan Cho
Staphylococcus aureus infection is a rising public health care threat. S. aureus is believed to have elaborate regulatory networks that orchestrate its virulence. Despite its importance, the systematic understanding of the transcriptional landscape of S. aureus is limited. Here, we describe the primary transcriptome landscape of an epidemic USA300 isolate of community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus. We experimentally determined 1,861 transcription start sites with their principal promoter elements, including well-conserved -35 and -10 elements and weakly conserved -16 element and 5' untranslated regions containing AG-rich Shine-Dalgarno sequence...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Wenxiu Ma, Ferhat Ay, Choli Lee, Gunhan Gulsoy, Xinxian Deng, Savannah Cook, Jennifer Hesson, Christopher Cavanaugh, Carol B Ware, Anton Krumm, Jay Shendure, C Anthony Blau, Christine M Disteche, William S Noble, ZhiJun Duan
The folding and three-dimensional (3D) organization of chromatin in the nucleus critically impacts genome function. The past decade has witnessed rapid advances in genomic tools for delineating 3D genome architecture. Among them, chromosome conformation capture (3C)-based methods such as Hi-C are the most widely used techniques for mapping chromatin interactions. However, traditional Hi-C protocols rely on restriction enzymes (REs) to fragment chromatin and are therefore limited in resolution. We recently developed DNase Hi-C for mapping 3D genome organization, which uses DNase I for chromatin fragmentation...
January 31, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
J-F Ouimette, C Rougeulle, R A Veitia
More than a decade of massive DNA sequencing efforts has generated a large body of genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic information that has provided a more and more detailed view of the functional elements and transactions within the human genome. Considerable efforts have also focused on linking these elements with one another by mapping their interactions and by establishing 3D genomic landscapes in various cell and tissue types. In parallel, multiple studies have associated genomic deletions, duplications and other rearrangements with human pathologies...
January 29, 2018: Clinical Genetics
Jacopo Boaga, Massimiliano Ghinassi, Andrea D'Alpaos, G P Deidda, G Rodriguez, Giorgio Cassiani
Whether or not one can detect relict signatures of the past imprinted in current landscapes is a question of the utmost theoretical and practical relevance for meandering tidal channels, owing to their influence on the morphodynamic evolution of tidal landscapes, a critically fragile environment, especially in face of expected climatic changes. Unravelling the sedimentary patterns of ancient channels is an expensive process that usually requires high resolution sediment coring. Here we use a novel inversion process of multi-frequency electromagnetic measurements to reveal the signature and characterize the dynamics of a salt-marsh paleo-meander in the Venice Lagoon...
January 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Seung-Ho Yu, Xinran Feng, Na Zhang, Jeesoo Seok, Héctor D Abruña
The need/desire to lower the consumption of fossil fuels and its environmental consequences has reached unprecedented levels in recent years. A global effort has been undertaken to develop advanced renewable energy generation and especially energy storage technologies, as they would enable a dramatic increase in the effective and efficient use of renewable (and often intermittent) energy sources. The development of electrical energy storage (EES) technologies with high energy and power densities, long life, low cost, and safe use represents a challenge from both the fundamental science and technological application points of view...
January 26, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
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