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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317958/the-collective-behavior-of-spring-like-motifs-tethered-to-a-dna-origami-nanostructure
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E-C Schöneweiß, B Saccà
Dynamic DNA nanotechnology relies on the integration of small switchable motifs at suitable positions of DNA nanostructures, thus enabling the manipulation of matter with nanometer spatial accuracy in a trigger-dependent fashion. Typical examples of such motifs are hairpins, whose elongation into duplexes can be used to perform long-range, translational movements. In this work, we used temperature-dependent FRET spectroscopy to determine the thermal stabilities of distinct sets of hairpins integrated into the central seam of a DNA origami structure...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315713/maternal-senp7-programs-meiosis-architecture-and-embryo-survival-in-mouse
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ChunJie Huang, Di Wu, XiaoFei Jiao, Faheem Ahmed Khan, ChengLiang Xiong, XiaoMing Liu, Jing Yang, TaiLang Yin, LiJun Huo
Understanding the mechanisms underlying abnormal egg production and pregnancy loss is significant for human fertility. SENP7, a SUMO poly-chain editing enzyme, has been regarded as a mitotic regulator of heterochromatin integrity and DNA repair. Herein, we report the roles of SENP7 in mammalian reproductive scenario. Mouse oocytes deficient in SENP7 experienced meiotic arrest at prophase I and metaphase I stages, causing substantial decrease of mature eggs. Hyperaceylation and hypomethylation of histone H3 and up-regulation of Cdc14B/C accompanied by down-regulation of CyclinB1 and CyclinB2 were further recognized as contributors to defective M-phase entry and spindle assembly in oocytes...
March 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302711/precision-and-prognostic-value-of-clone-specific-minimal-residual-disease-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Pierre Hirsch, Ruoping Tang, Nassera Abermil, Pascale Flandrin, Hannah Moatti, Fabrizia Favale, Ludovic Suner, Florence Lorre, Christophe Marzac, Fanny Fava, Anne-Claire Mamez, Simona Lapusan, Françoise Isnard, Mohamad Mohty, Ollivier Legrand, Luc Douay, Chrystele Bilhou-Nabera, François Delhommeau
The genetic landscape of adult acute myeloid leukemias has been recently unraveled. However, due to their genetic heterogeneity, only a handful of markers are currently used for the evaluation of minimal residual disease. Recent studies using multi-target strategies indicate that detection of residual mutations in less than 5% of cells in complete remission is associated with a better survival. Here, in a series of 69 acute myeloid leukemias with known clonal architecture, we design a clone-specific strategy based on fluorescent in situ hybridization and high-sensitivity next generation sequencing to detect chromosomal aberrations and mutations, respectively, in follow-up samples...
March 16, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298214/climat-het-detecting-subclonal-copy-number-alterations-and-loss-of-heterozygosity-in-heterogeneous-tumor-samples-from-whole-genome-sequencing-data
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Zhenhua Yu, Ao Li, Minghui Wang
BACKGROUND: Copy number alterations (CNA) and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) represent a large proportion of genetic structural variations of cancer genomes. These aberrations are continuously accumulated during the procedure of clonal evolution and patterned by phylogenetic branching. This invariably results in the emergence of multiple cell populations with distinct complement of mutational landscapes in tumor sample. With the advent of next-generation sequencing technology, inference of subclonal populations has become one of the focused interests in cancer-associated studies, and is usually based on the assessment of combinations of somatic single-nucleotide variations (SNV), CNA and LOH...
March 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286924/treatment-of-relapsed-refractory-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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REVIEW
Prithviraj Bose, Pankit Vachhani, Jorge E Cortes
Approximately 40-45% of younger and 10-20% of older adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) will be cured with current standard chemotherapy. The outlook is particularly gloomy for patients with relapsed and/or refractory disease (cure rates no higher than 10%). Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), the only realistic hope of cure for these patients, is an option for only a minority. In recent years, much has been learned about the genomic and epigenomic landscapes of AML, and the clonal architecture of both de novo and secondary AML has begun to be unraveled...
March 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271113/influence-of-orientation-mismatch-on-charge-transport-across-grain-boundaries-in-tri-isopropylsilylethynyl-tips-pentacene-thin-films
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Florian Steiner, Carl Poelking, Dorota Niedzialek, Denis Andrienko, Jenny Nelson
We present a multi-scale model for charge transport across grain boundaries in molecular electronic materials that incorporates packing disorder, electrostatic and polarisation effects. We choose quasi two-dimensional films of tri-isopropylsilylethynyl pentacene (TIPS-P) as a model system representative of technologically relevant crystalline organic semiconductors. We use atomistic molecular dynamics, with a force-field specific for TIPS-P, to generate and equilibrate polycrystalline two-dimensional thin films...
March 8, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256534/cell-type-specific-epigenomic-analysis-reveals-a-uniquely-closed-chromatin-architecture-in-mouse-rod-photoreceptors
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Andrew E O Hughes, Jennifer M Enright, Connie A Myers, Susan Q Shen, Joseph C Corbo
Rod photoreceptors are specialized neurons that mediate vision in dim light and are the predominant photoreceptor type in nocturnal mammals. The rods of nocturnal mammals are unique among vertebrate cell types in having an 'inverted' nuclear architecture, with a dense mass of heterochromatin in the center of the nucleus rather than dispersed clumps at the periphery. To test if this unique nuclear architecture is correlated with a unique epigenomic landscape, we performed ATAC-seq on mouse rods and their most closely related cell type, cone photoreceptors...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247452/river-network-architecture-genetic-effective-size-and-distributional-patterns-predict-differences-in-genetic-structure-across-species-in-a-dryland-stream-fish-community
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Tyler J Pilger, Keith B Gido, David L Propst, James E Whitney, Thomas F Turner
Dendritic ecological network (DEN) architecture can be a strong predictor of spatial genetic patterns in theoretical and simulation studies. Yet, interspecific differences in dispersal capabilities and distribution within the network may equally affect species' genetic structuring. We characterized patterns of genetic variation from up to ten microsatellite loci for nine numerically dominant members of the upper Gila River fish community, New Mexico, USA. Using comparative landscape genetics, we evaluated the role of network architecture for structuring populations within species (pairwise FST ) while explicitly accounting for intra-specific demographic influences on effective population size (Ne )...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235488/insight-into-hotair-structural-features-and-functions-as-landing-pads-for-transcription-regulation-proteins
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Hong Wang, Hewei Zheng, Chenguang Wang, Xiaoyan Lu, Xueying Zhao, Xia Li
LncRNAs fulfill a wide range of regulatory functions at almost every process of gene expression. While derived from secondary structural features, lncRNAs may function as landing pads for transcription factors (TFs). In this paper, we detected the global structural landscape of 20,338 lncRNAs by utilizing a free energy minimization (MFE) algorithm, and identified the interactions between lncRNAs and TFs to analyze molecular association induced by the lncRNA structure. The accessibility analysis of full sequences as well as potential TF-binding fragments shows a large percentage of structural flanking sequence around the TF binding sites...
April 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218921/visualizing-excitations-at-buried-heterojunctions-in-organic-semiconductor-blends
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Andreas C Jakowetz, Marcus L Böhm, Aditya Sadhanala, Sven Huettner, Akshay Rao, Richard H Friend
Interfaces play a crucial role in semiconductor devices, but in many device architectures they are nanostructured, disordered and buried away from the surface of the sample. Conventional optical, X-ray and photoelectron probes often fail to provide interface-specific information in such systems. Here we develop an all-optical time-resolved method to probe the local energetic landscape and electronic dynamics at such interfaces, based on the Stark effect caused by electron-hole pairs photo-generated across the interface...
February 20, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211582/what-can-genome-wide-association-studies-tell-us-about-the-evolutionary-forces-maintaining-genetic-variation-for-quantitative-traits
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REVIEW
Emily B Josephs, John R Stinchcombe, Stephen I Wright
Contents 21 I. 21 II. 22 III. 24 IV. 25 V. 29 30 References 30 SUMMARY: Understanding the evolutionary forces that shape genetic variation within species has long been a goal of evolutionary biology. Integrating data for the genetic architecture of traits from genome-wide association mapping studies (GWAS) along with the development of new population genetic methods for identifying selection in sequence data may allow us to evaluate the roles of mutation-selection balance and balancing selection in shaping genetic variation at various scales...
April 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196481/nuctools-analysis-of-chromatin-feature-occupancy-profiles-from-high-throughput-sequencing-data
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Yevhen Vainshtein, Karsten Rippe, Vladimir B Teif
BACKGROUND: Biomedical applications of high-throughput sequencing methods generate a vast amount of data in which numerous chromatin features are mapped along the genome. The results are frequently analysed by creating binary data sets that link the presence/absence of a given feature to specific genomic loci. However, the nucleosome occupancy or chromatin accessibility landscape is essentially continuous. It is currently a challenge in the field to cope with continuous distributions of deep sequencing chromatin readouts and to integrate the different types of discrete chromatin features to reveal linkages between them...
February 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193203/first-insight-into-the-somatic-mutation-burden-of-neurofibromatosis-type-2-associated-grade-i-and-grade-ii-meningiomas-a-case-report-comprehensive-genomic-study-of-two-cranial-meningiomas-with-vastly-different-clinical-presentation
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Ramita Dewan, Alexander Pemov, Amalia S Dutra, Evgenia D Pak, Nancy A Edwards, Abhik Ray-Chaudhury, Nancy F Hansen, Settara C Chandrasekharappa, James C Mullikin, Ashok R Asthagiri, John D Heiss, Douglas R Stewart, Anand V Germanwala
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a rare autosomal dominant nervous system tumor predisposition disorder caused by constitutive inactivation of one of the two copies of NF2. Meningiomas affect about one half of NF2 patients, and are associated with a higher disease burden. Currently, the somatic mutation landscape in NF2-associated meningiomas remains largely unexamined. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we present an in-depth genomic study of benign and atypical meningiomas, both from a single NF2 patient...
February 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188333/use-of-modern-tomato-breeding-germplasm-for-deciphering-the-genetic-control-of-agronomical-traits-by-genome-wide-association-study
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Guillaume Bauchet, Stéphane Grenier, Nicolas Samson, Julien Bonnet, Laurent Grivet, Mathilde Causse
A panel of 300 tomato accessions including breeding materials was built and characterized with >11,000 SNP. A population structure in six subgroups was identified. Strong heterogeneity in linkage disequilibrium and recombination landscape among groups and chromosomes was shown. GWAS identified several associations for fruit weight, earliness and plant growth. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have become a method of choice in quantitative trait dissection. First limited to highly polymorphic and outcrossing species, it is now applied in horticultural crops, notably in tomato...
February 10, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173793/the-landscape-of-sex-differential-transcriptome-and-its-consequent-selection-in-human-adults
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Moran Gershoni, Shmuel Pietrokovski
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of several human morbid phenotypes is sometimes much higher than intuitively expected. This can directly arise from the presence of two sexes, male and female, in one species. Men and women have almost identical genomes but are distinctly dimorphic, with dissimilar disease susceptibilities. Sexually dimorphic traits mainly result from differential expression of genes present in both sexes. Such genes can be subject to different, and even opposing, selection constraints in the two sexes...
February 7, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167752/cross-cultural-regularities-in-the-cognitive-architecture-of-pride
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Daniel Sznycer, Laith Al-Shawaf, Yoella Bereby-Meyer, Oliver Scott Curry, Delphine De Smet, Elsa Ermer, Sangin Kim, Sunhwa Kim, Norman P Li, Maria Florencia Lopez Seal, Jennifer McClung, Jiaqing O, Yohsuke Ohtsubo, Tadeg Quillien, Max Schaub, Aaron Sell, Florian van Leeuwen, Leda Cosmides, John Tooby
Pride occurs in every known culture, appears early in development, is reliably triggered by achievements and formidability, and causes a characteristic display that is recognized everywhere. Here, we evaluate the theory that pride evolved to guide decisions relevant to pursuing actions that enhance valuation and respect for a person in the minds of others. By hypothesis, pride is a neurocomputational program tailored by selection to orchestrate cognition and behavior in the service of: (i) motivating the cost-effective pursuit of courses of action that would increase others' valuations and respect of the individual, (ii) motivating the advertisement of acts or characteristics whose recognition by others would lead them to enhance their evaluations of the individual, and (iii) mobilizing the individual to take advantage of the resulting enhanced social landscape...
February 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152414/coexisting-and-cooperating-mutations-in-npm1-mutated-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#17
Jay L Patel, Jonathan A Schumacher, Kimberly Frizzell, Shelly Sorrells, Wei Shen, Adam Clayton, Rakhi Jattani, Todd W Kelley
NPM1 insertion mutations represent a common recurrent genetic abnormality in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. The frequency of these mutations varies from approximately 30% overall up to 50% in patients with a normal karyotype. Several recent studies have exploited advances in massively parallel sequencing technology to shed light on the complex genomic landscape of AML. We hypothesize that variant allele fraction (VAF) data derived from massively parallel sequencing studies may provide further insights into the clonal architecture and pathogenesis of NPM1-driven leukemogenesis...
January 23, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120152/copy-number-variations-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-piecing-the-mosaic-tiles-together-through-a-systems-biology-approach
#18
REVIEW
Giovanna Morello, Maria Guarnaccia, Antonio Gianmaria Spampinato, Valentina La Cognata, Velia D'Agata, Sebastiano Cavallaro
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating and still untreatable motor neuron disease. Despite the molecular mechanisms underlying ALS pathogenesis that are still far from being understood, several studies have suggested the importance of a genetic contribution in both familial and sporadic forms of the disease. In addition to single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which account for only a limited number of ALS cases, a consistent number of common and rare copy number variations (CNVs) have been associated to ALS...
January 24, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089515/navigation-through-the-plasma-membrane-molecular-landscape-shapes-random-organelle-movement
#19
Alison R Dun, Gabriel J Lord, Rhodri S Wilson, Deirdre M Kavanagh, Katarzyna I Cialowicz, Shuzo Sugita, Seungmee Park, Lei Yang, Annya M Smyth, Andreas Papadopulos, Colin Rickman, Rory R Duncan
Eukaryotic plasma membrane organization theory has long been controversial, in part due to a dearth of suitably high-resolution techniques to probe molecular architecture in situ and integrate information from diverse data streams [1]. Notably, clustered patterning of membrane proteins is a commonly conserved feature across diverse protein families (reviewed in [2]), including the SNAREs [3], SM proteins [4, 5], ion channels [6, 7], and receptors (e.g., [8]). Much effort has gone into analyzing the behavior of secretory organelles [9-13], and understanding the relationship between the membrane and proximal organelles [4, 5, 12, 14] is an essential goal for cell biology as broad concepts or rules may be established...
February 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089252/practical-approaches-for-whole-genome-sequence-analysis-of-heart-and-blood-related-traits
#20
Alanna C Morrison, Zhuoyi Huang, Bing Yu, Ginger Metcalf, Xiaoming Liu, Christie Ballantyne, Josef Coresh, Fuli Yu, Donna Muzny, Elena Feofanova, Navin Rustagi, Richard Gibbs, Eric Boerwinkle
Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) allows for a comprehensive view of the sequence of the human genome. We present and apply integrated methodologic steps for interrogating WGS data to characterize the genetic architecture of 10 heart- and blood-related traits in a sample of 1,860 African Americans. In order to evaluate the contribution of regulatory and non-protein coding regions of the genome, we conducted aggregate tests of rare variation across the entire genomic landscape using a sliding window, complemented by an annotation-based assessment of the genome using predefined regulatory elements and within the first intron of all genes...
February 2, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
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