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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437710/customised-nucleic-acid-libraries-for-enhanced-aptamer-selection-and-performance
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REVIEW
Franziska Pfeiffer, Malte Rosenthal, Julia Siegl, Jörg Ewers, Günter Mayer
Aptamers are short single-stranded oligo(deoxy)nucleotides that are selected to bind to target molecules with high affinity and specificity. Because of their sophisticated characteristics and versatile applicability, aptamers are thought to become universal molecular probes in biotechnological and therapeutic applications. However, the variety of possible interactions with a putative target molecule is limited by the chemical repertoire of the natural nucleobases. Consequently, many desired targets are not addressable by aptamers...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435840/microbial-flora-probiotics-bacillus-subtilis-and-the-search-for-a-long-and-healthy-human-longevity
#2
COMMENT
Facundo Rodriguez Ayala, Carlos Bauman, Sebastián Cogliati, Cecilia Leñini, Marco Bartolini, Roberto Grau
Probiotics are live microorganisms that have beneficial effects on host health, including extended lifespan, when they are administered or present in adequate quantities. However, the mechanisms by which probiotics stimulate host longevity remain unclear and very poorly understood. In a recent study (Nat. Commun. 8, 14332 (2017) doi: 10.1038/ncomms14332), we used the spore-forming probiotic bacterium Bacillus subtilis and the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans to study the mechanism by which a probiotic bacterium affects host longevity...
March 16, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434869/worms-on-the-spectrum-c-elegans-models-in-autism-research
#3
REVIEW
Kathrin Schmeisser, J Alex Parker
The small non-parasitic nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is widely used in neuroscience thanks to its well-understood development and lineage of the nervous system. Furthermore, C. elegans has been used to model many human developmental and neurological conditions to better understand disease mechanisms and identify potential therapeutic strategies. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the most prevalent of all neurodevelopmental disorders, and the C. elegans system may provide opportunities to learn more about this complex disorder...
April 20, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434861/representation-of-multiple-body-parts-in-the-missing-hand-territory-of-congenital-one-handers
#4
Avital Hahamy, Scott N Macdonald, Fiona van den Heiligenberg, Paullina Kieliba, Uzay Emir, Rafael Malach, Heidi Johansen-Berg, Peter Brugger, Jody C Culham, Tamar R Makin
Individuals born without one hand (congenital one-handers) provide a unique model for understanding the relationship between focal reorganization in the sensorimotor cortex and everyday behavior. We previously reported that the missing hand's territory of one-handers becomes utilized by its cortical neighbor (residual arm representation), depending on residual arm usage in daily life to substitute for the missing hand's function [1, 2]. However, the repertoire of compensatory behaviors may involve utilization of other body parts that do not cortically neighbor the hand territory...
April 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434197/multi-modal-signalling-in-estrildid-finches-song-dance-and-colour-are-associated-with-different-ecological-and-life-history-traits
#5
Ana Cristina R Gomes, Caterina Funghi, Masayo Soma, Michael D Sorenson, Gonçalo C Cardoso
Sexual traits (e.g., visual ornaments, acoustic signals, courtship behaviour) are often displayed together as multi-modal signals. Some hypotheses predict joint evolution of different sexual signals (e.g., to increase the efficiency of communication), or that different signals trade-off with each other (e.g., due to limited resources). Alternatively, multiple signals may evolve independently for different functions, or to communicate different information (multiple message hypothesis). We evaluated these hypotheses with a comparative study in the family Estrildidae, one of the largest songbird radiations, and one that includes many model species for research in sexual selection and communication...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433987/radiofrequency-lesions-through-deep-brain-stimulation-electrodes-in-movement-disorders-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#6
Javier Pérez-Suárez, Cristina V Torres Díaz, Lydia López Manzanares, Marta Navas García, Jesús Pastor, Patricia Barrio Fernández, Rafael G de Sola
BACKGROUND: Although there are few reports of radiofrequency lesions performed through deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes in patients with movement disorders, experience with this method is scarce. METHODS: We present 2 patients who had been previously treated with DBS of subthalamic nuclei (STN) and the ventral intermediate (VIM) nucleus of the thalamus for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, respectively, and underwent a radiofrequency lesion through their DBS electrodes after developing a hardware infection...
April 22, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433748/the-repertoire-of-epithelial-morphogenesis-on-display-progressive-elaboration-of-drosophila-egg-structure
#7
REVIEW
Juan Carlos Duhart, Travis T Parsons, Laurel A Raftery
Epithelial structures are foundational for tissue organization in all metazoans. Sheets of epithelial cells form lateral adhesive junctions and acquire apico-basal polarity perpendicular to the surface of the sheet. Genetic analyses in the insect model, Drosophila melanogaster, have greatly advanced our understanding of how epithelial organization is established, and how it is modulated during tissue morphogenesis. Major insights into collective cell migrations have come from analyses of morphogenetic movements within the adult follicular epithelium that cooperates with female germ cells to build a mature egg...
April 19, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433571/antitumor-and-chemosensitizing-action-of-3-bromopyruvate-implication-of-deregulated-metabolism
#8
Saveg Yadav, Shrish Kumar Pandey, Ajay Kumar, Praveen Kumar Kujur, Rana Pratap Singh, Sukh Mahendra Singh
3-Bromopyruvate (3-BP), brominated derivative of pyruvate, possesses strong antitumor potential, owing to its ability to inhibit multiple target molecules crucial for survival of neoplastic cells. Although, 3-BP displays cytotoxicity against a wide variety of tumors, there is no report with respect to malignancies of thymic origin. Therefore, we investigated its antineoplastic action in vitro against tumor cells of a murine transplantable lymphoma of thymoma origin, designated as Dalton's lymphoma (DL). 3-BP treatment of tumor cells inhibited metabolism and survival with augmented induction of apoptosis and necrosis...
April 19, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432734/monogenic-diabetes-syndromes-locus-specific-databases-for-alstr%C3%A3-m-wolfram-and-thiamine-responsive-megaloblastic-anaemia
#9
Dewi Astuti, Ataf Sabir, Piers Fulton, Malgorzata Zatyka, Denise Williams, Carol Hardy, Gabriella Milan, Francesca Favaretto, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, Julia Rohayem, Miguel López de Heredia, Tamara Hershey, Lisbeth Tranebjaerg, Jian-Hua Chen, Annabel Chaussenot, Virginia Nunes, Bess Marshall, Susan McAfferty, Vallo Tillmann, Pietro Maffei, Veronique Paquis-Flucklinger, Tarekign Geberhiwot, Wojciech Mlynarski, Kay Parkinson, Virginie Picard, Gema Esteban Bueno, Renuka Dias, Amy Arnold, Caitlin Richens, Richard Paisey, Fumi Urano, Robert Semple, Richard Sinnott, Timothy G Barrett
We developed a variant database for diabetes syndrome genes, using the Leiden Open Variation Database platform, containing observed phenotypes matched to the genetic variations. We populated it with 628 published disease associated variants (December 2016) for: WFS1 (n = 309), CISD2 (n = 3), ALMS1 (n = 268), and SLC19A2 (n = 48) for Wolfram type 1, Wolfram type 2, Alström and Thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anaemia syndromes respectively; and included 23 previously unpublished novel germline variants in WFS1 and 17 variants in ALMS1...
April 21, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432199/phagocytosis-imprints-heterogeneity-in-tissue-resident-macrophages
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Noelia A-Gonzalez, Juan A Quintana, Susana García-Silva, Marina Mazariegos, Arturo González de la Aleja, José A Nicolás-Ávila, Wencke Walter, Jose M Adrover, Georgiana Crainiciuc, Vijay K Kuchroo, Carla V Rothlin, Héctor Peinado, Antonio Castrillo, Mercedes Ricote, Andrés Hidalgo
Tissue-resident macrophages display varying phenotypic and functional properties that are largely specified by their local environment. One of these functions, phagocytosis, mediates the natural disposal of billions of cells, but its mechanisms and consequences within living tissues are poorly defined. Using a parabiosis-based strategy, we identified and isolated macrophages from multiple tissues as they phagocytosed blood-borne cellular material. Phagocytosis was circadianally regulated and mediated by distinct repertoires of receptors, opsonins, and transcription factors in macrophages from each tissue...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432099/acute-hepatopancreatic-necrosis-disease-ahpnd-causing-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-strains-maintain-an-antibacterial-type-vi-secretion-system-with-versatile-effector-repertoires
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Peng Li, Lisa N Kinch, Ann Ray, Ankur B Dalia, Qian Cong, Linda M Nunan, Andrew Camilli, Nick V Grishin, Dor Salomon, Kim Orth
Acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) is a newly emerging shrimp disease that has severely damaged the global shrimp industry. AHPND is caused by toxic strains of Vibrio parahaemolyticus (V. parahaemolyticus) that have acquired a "selfish plasmid" encoding the deadly binary toxins PirA(vp)/PirB(vp) To better understand the repertoire of virulence factors in AHPND-causing V. parahaemolyticus, we conducted a comparative analysis using genome sequences of the clinical strain RIMD2210633, environmental non-AHPND and toxic AHPND isolates of V...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431241/akt-pkb-signaling-navigating-the-network
#12
REVIEW
Brendan D Manning, Alex Toker
The Ser and Thr kinase AKT, also known as protein kinase B (PKB), was discovered 25 years ago and has been the focus of tens of thousands of studies in diverse fields of biology and medicine. There have been many advances in our knowledge of the upstream regulatory inputs into AKT, key multifunctional downstream signaling nodes (GSK3, FoxO, mTORC1), which greatly expand the functional repertoire of AKT, and the complex circuitry of this dynamically branching and looping signaling network that is ubiquitous to nearly every cell in our body...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431188/t-cell-receptor-%C3%AE-chain-repertoire-analysis-reveals-the-association-between-neoantigens-and-tumour-infiltrating-lymphocytes-in-multifocal-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
#13
Zheming Lu, Chaoting Zhang, Jindong Sheng, Jing Shen, Baoguo Liu
To explore whether a few non-synonymous somatic mutations could induce activation and proliferation of neoantigen-specific tumour-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in tumours with low mutation rates, we analysed a patient with multifocal papillary thyroid carcinoma (seven non-contiguous cancer foci) to investigate the relationship between neoantigens and TILs. These seven foci had a few or no non-synonymous somatic mutations; moreover, multiple loci had similar or different spectra of mutations. We used high-throughput sequencing of the rearranged genes in T cell receptor β-chain (TCRβ) to reveal the basic characteristics of T cells in seven tumour foci and matched adjacent normal tissue...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430023/harnessing-effector-triggered-immunity-for-durable-disease-resistance
#14
Meixiang Zhang, Gitta Coaker
Genetic control of plant diseases has traditionally included the deployment of single immune receptors with nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) domain architecture. These NLRs recognize corresponding pathogen effector proteins inside plant cells, resulting in effector-triggered immunity (ETI). Although ETI triggers robust resistance, deployment of single NLRs can be rapidly overcome by pathogen populations within a single or a few growing seasons. In order to generate more durable disease resistance against devastating plant pathogens, a multi-tiered strategy that incorporates stacked NLRs combined with other sources of disease resistance is necessary...
April 21, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429758/intracellular-lipid-binding-protein-family-diversity-from-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-genomic-and-structural-features-of-invertebrate-lipid-transporters
#15
Guilherme de Toledo-Silva, Guilherme Razzera, Flavia Lucena Zacchi, Nestor Cubas Wendt, Jacó Joaquim Mattos, Afonso Celso Dias Bainy
Intracellular lipid binding proteins (iLBPs) play a role in the transport and cellular uptake of fatty acids and gene expression regulation. The aim of this work was to characterize the iLBP gene family of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas, one of the most cultivated marine bivalves in the world, using bioinformatics and molecular biology approaches. A total of 26 different iLBPs transcripts were identified in the Pacific oyster genome, including alternative splicing and gene duplication events. The oyster iLBP gene family seems to be more expanded than in other invertebrates...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429717/exploratory-adaptation-in-large-random-networks
#16
Hallel I Schreier, Yoav Soen, Naama Brenner
The capacity of cells and organisms to respond to challenging conditions in a repeatable manner is limited by a finite repertoire of pre-evolved adaptive responses. Beyond this capacity, cells can use exploratory dynamics to cope with a much broader array of conditions. However, the process of adaptation by exploratory dynamics within the lifetime of a cell is not well understood. Here we demonstrate the feasibility of exploratory adaptation in a high-dimensional network model of gene regulation. Exploration is initiated by failure to comply with a constraint and is implemented by random sampling of network configurations...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429709/t-follicular-helper-and-t-follicular-regulatory-cells-have-different-tcr-specificity
#17
Ana Raquel Maceiras, Silvia Cristina Paiva Almeida, Encarnita Mariotti-Ferrandiz, Wahiba Chaara, Fadi Jebbawi, Adrien Six, Shohei Hori, David Klatzmann, Jose Faro, Luis Graca
Immunization leads to the formation of germinal centres (GCs) that contain both T follicular helper (Tfh) and T follicular regulatory (Tfr) cells. Whether T-cell receptor (TCR) specificity defines the differential functions of Tfh and Tfr cells is unclear. Here we show that antigen-specific T cells after immunization are preferentially recruited to the GC to become Tfh cells, but not Tfr cells. Tfh cells, but not Tfr cells, also proliferate efficiently on restimulation with the same immunizing antigen in vitro...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429373/dietary-shifts-have-consequences-for-the-repertoire-of-allergens-produced-by-the-european-house-dust-mite
#18
J C Vidal-Quist, F Ortego, S Rombauts, P Castañera, P Hernández-Crespo
Products manufactured from mass-cultured house dust mites, currently commercialized for the diagnosis and immunotherapy of allergy, are heterogeneous in terms of allergen composition and thus present concerns to regulatory authorities. The most abundant species, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Trouessart) (Astigmata: Pyroglyphidae), produces 19 allergenic proteins. Many of these are putatively involved in mite digestive physiology and metabolism. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of mite-rearing media on allergen production...
April 21, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428935/genetic-analysis-of-mosquito-detection-of-humans
#19
Joshua I Raji, Matthew DeGennaro
Mosquitoes detect the presence of humans by integrating chemosensory, thermal, and visual cues. Among these, odors are crucial for mosquito host detection. Insects have evolved a diverse repertoire of receptors to detect their plant and animal hosts. Genetic analysis of these receptors in Drosophila has set the stage for similar studies in mosquitoes. The diversity of the cues involved in mosquito host-seeking has made designing behavioral control strategies a challenge. The sensory receptors that are most important for mosquito detection of humans can now be determined using genome editing...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428834/genome-sequencing-and-analysis-of-ralstonia-solanacearum-phylotype-i-strains-fjat-91-fjat-452-and-fjat-462-isolated-from-tomato-eggplant-and-chili-pepper-in-china
#20
Yidan Sun, Keke Wang, Carlos Caceres-Moreno, Wei Jia, Aojun Chen, Heng Zhang, Renyi Liu, Alberto P Macho
Ralstonia solanacearum is an extremely destructive pathogen able to cause disease in a wide range of host plants. Here we report the draft genome sequences of the strains FJAT-91, FJAT-452 and FJAT-462, isolated from tomato, eggplant, and chili pepper, respectively, in China. In addition to the genome annotation, we performed a search for type-III secreted effectors in these strains, providing a detailed annotation of their presence and distinctive features compared to the effector repertoire of the reference phylotype I strain (GMI1000)...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
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