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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107412/nasal-carriage-of-staphylococcus-aureus-among-children-in-the-ashanti-region-of-ghana
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Daniel Eibach, Michael Nagel, Benedikt Hogan, Clinton Azuure, Ralf Krumkamp, Denise Dekker, Mike Gajdiss, Melanie Brunke, Nimako Sarpong, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Jürgen May
BACKGROUND: Nasal carriage with Staphylococcus aureus is a common risk factor for invasive infections, indicating the necessity to monitor prevalent strains, particularly in the vulnerable paediatric population. This surveillance study aims to identify carriage rates, subtypes, antimicrobial susceptibilities and virulence markers of nasal S. aureus isolates collected from children living in the Ashanti region of Ghana. METHODS: Nasal swabs were obtained from children < 15 years of age on admission to the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital between April 2014 and January 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107367/first-molecular-characterization-of-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-in-domestic-cats-from-mainland-china
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Jilei Zhang, Liang Wang, Jing Li, Patrick Kelly, Stuart Price, Chengming Wang
The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a retrovirus of the Lentivirus genus that was initially isolated from a colony of domestic cats in California in 1986 and has now been recognized as a common feline pathogen worldwide. To date, there is only one recent serology-based report on FIV in mainland China which was published in 2016. We designed this study to investigate the molecular prevalence and diversity of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) in domestic cats from mainland China. We studied the prevalence of FIV in whole blood samples of 615 domestic cats in five cities (Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai and Yangzhou) of mainland China and examined them using FRET-PCR (Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer-Polymerase Chain Reaction) and regular PCRs for the gag and env genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106797/the-complex-relationship-between-virulence-and-antibiotic-resistance
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REVIEW
Meredith Schroeder, Benjamin D Brooks, Amanda E Brooks
Antibiotic resistance, prompted by the overuse of antimicrobial agents, may arise from a variety of mechanisms, particularly horizontal gene transfer of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes, which is often facilitated by biofilm formation. The importance of phenotypic changes seen in a biofilm, which lead to genotypic alterations, cannot be overstated. Irrespective of if the biofilm is single microbe or polymicrobial, bacteria, protected within a biofilm from the external environment, communicate through signal transduction pathways (e...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106296/pten-plays-dual-roles-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-osteosarcoma-cells
#4
Yongming Xi, Yan Chen
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary bone cancer, which occurs primarily in children and adolescents. Functional loss of the tumor suppressor PTEN has been demonstrated in bone malignancies including OS. We have recently reported that Pten expression inversely correlates with OS aggressiveness in mouse models. However, the mechanism whereby PTEN exerts its anti-tumor effect remains unknown. In this study, we first examined the expression of PTEN in human OS cell lines including U2OS, MG63 and Saos-2, and found that PTEN expression is reduced as compared to normal human osteoblasts...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106085/the-%C3%AE-globin-replicator-greatly-enhances-the-potential-of-s-mar-based-episomal-vectors-for-gene-transfer-into-human-haematopoietic-progenitor-cells
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Eleana F Stavrou, Vassileios M Lazaris, Aristeidis Giannakopoulos, Eirini Papapetrou, Alexandros Spyridonidis, Nikolas C Zoumbos, Antonis Gkountis, Aglaia Athanassiadou
Specific human chromosomal elements enhance the performance of episomal gene-transfer vectors. S/MAR-based episomal vector pEPI-eGFP transfects CD34(+) haematopoietic cells, but only transiently. To address this issue we reinforced (1) transgene transcription by replacing the CMV promoter driving eGFP with the EF1/HTLV or SFFV promoters to produce vectors pEPI-EF1/HTLV and pEPI-SFFV, respectively; and (2) plasmid replication by inserting the replication-Initiation Region (IR) from the β-globin locus into vector pEPI-SFFV to produce vector pEP-IR...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105941/the-loss-of-photosynthetic-pathways-in-the-plastid-and-nuclear-genomes-of-the-non-photosynthetic-mycoheterotrophic-eudicot-monotropa-hypopitys
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Nikolai V Ravin, Eugeny V Gruzdev, Alexey V Beletsky, Alexander M Mazur, Egor B Prokhortchouk, Mikhail A Filyushin, Elena Z Kochieva, Vitaly V Kadnikov, Andrey V Mardanov, Konstantin G Skryabin
BACKGROUND: Chloroplasts of most plants are responsible for photosynthesis and contain a conserved set of about 110 genes that encode components of housekeeping gene expression machinery and photosynthesis-related functions. Heterotrophic plants obtaining nutrients from other organisms and their plastid genomes represent model systems in which to study the effects of relaxed selective pressure on photosynthetic function. The most evident is a reduction in the size and gene content of the plastome, which correlates with the loss of genes encoding photosynthetic machinery which become unnecessary...
November 16, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105201/comparison-of-microrna-expression-profiles-in-k562-cells-derived-microvesicles-and-parental-cells-and-analysis-of-their-roles-in-leukemia
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Xiaomei Chen, Wei Xiong, Huiyu Li
Microvesicles (MVs) are 30-1,000-nm extracellular vesicles that are released from a multitude of cell types and perform diverse cellular functions, including intercellular communication, antigen presentation, and transfer of proteins, messenger RNA and microRNA (also known as miR). MicroRNAs have been demonstrated to be aberrantly expressed in leukemia, and the overall microRNA expression profile may differentiate normal blood cells vs. leukemia cells. MVs containing microRNAs may enable intercellular cross-talk in vivo...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104786/identification-of-a-chondroitin-synthase-from-an-unexpected-source-the-green-sulfur-bacterium-chlorobium-phaeobacteroides
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Dixy E Green, Paul L DeAngelis
Glycosaminoglycans [GAGs] are known to be present in all animals as well as some pathogenic microbes. Chondroitin sulfate is the most abundant GAG in mammals where it has various structural and adhesion roles. The Gram-negative bacteria Pasteurella multocida Type F and Escherichia coli K4 produce extracellular capsules composed of unsulfated chondroitin or a fructosylated chondroitin, respectively. Such polysaccharides that are structurally related to host molecules do not generally provoke a strong antibody response thus are thought to be employed as molecular camouflage during infection...
January 19, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104747/the-goddard-and-saturn-genes-are-essential-for-drosophila-male-fertility-and-may-have-arisen-de-novo
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Anna M Gubala, Jonathan F Schmitz, Michael J Kearns, Tery T Vinh, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Mariana F Wolfner, Geoffrey D Findlay
New genes arise through a variety of mechanisms, including the duplication of existing genes and the de novo birth of genes from non-coding DNA sequences. While there are numerous examples of duplicated genes with important functional roles, the functions of de novo genes remain largely unexplored. Many newly evolved genes are expressed in the male reproductive tract, suggesting that these evolutionary innovations may provide advantages to males experiencing sexual selection. Using testis-specific RNA interference, we screened 11 putative de novo genes in Drosophila melanogaster for effects on male fertility and identified two, goddard and saturn, that are essential for spermatogenesis and sperm function...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104504/diversity-of-new-delhi-metallo-beta-lactamase-producing-bacteria-in-china
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Xiaofeng Hu, Xuebing Xu, Xu Wang, Wencheng Xue, Haijian Zhou, Ling Zhang, Qiuxia Ma, Rongtao Zhao, Guozheng Li, Peng Li, Chuanfu Zhang, Yun Shi, Jian Wang, Leili Jia, Rongzhang Hao, Ligui Wang, Dayang Zou, Xuelin Liu, Shaofu Qiu, Hongbin Song, Yansong Sun
OBJECTIVES: The prevalence and dissemination of diverse NDM-producing bacteria in China was investigated. METHODS: We collected 1,162 isolates from 8 cities during December 2013∼May 2015 in China. The NDM-positive strains as well as the NDM genotypes in these sample were detected via Vitek 2 compact system (bioMérieux, France), 16S rRNA gene sequencing, PCR and an S1- pulsed-field gel electrophoresis assay and Southern blot hybridization. The horizontal-transfer capability of the blaNDM gene was assessed by filter mating by using a standard E...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104347/bacterial-resistance-to-antibodies-a-model-evolutionary-study
#11
Lawrence S Schulman
The tangled nature model of evolution (reviewed in the main text) is adapted for use in the study of antibody resistance acquired by horizontal gene transfer. Exchanges of DNA and the acquisition of resistant gene sequences are considered. For the parameters used, resistant strains rapidly proliferate and dominate, although initial intense antibiotic treatment can occasionally prevent this. Variation in genome distribution appears to be long tailed. If this is reflected in nature, the occurrence of resistant bacterial strains can be expected, as well as considerable variation in patient outcomes...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103676/complete-tetrasaccharide-repeat-unit-biosynthesis-of-the-immunomodulatory-bacteroides-fragilis-capsular-polysaccharide-a
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Sunita Sharma, Katelyn M Erickson, Jerry M Troutman
Capsular polysaccharide A (CPSA) is a four-sugar repeating unit polymer found on the surface of the gut symbiont Bacteroides fragilis that has therapeutic potential in animal models of autoimmune disorders. This therapeutic potential has been credited to its zwitterionic character derived from a positively charged N-acetyl-4-aminogalactosamine (AADGal) and a negatively charged 4,6-O-pyruvylated galactose (PyrGal). In this report, using a fluorescent polyisoprenoid chemical probe, the complete enzymatic assembly of the CPSA tetrasaccharide repeat unit is achieved...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103421/structure-of-the-arabidopsis-thaliana-nadph-cytochrome-p450-reductase-2-atr2-provides-insight-into-its-function
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Guoqi Niu, Shun Zhao, Lei Wang, Wei Dong, Lin Liu, Yikun He
Members of the cytochrome P450 family catalyze a variety of monooxygenase reactions, and for the eukaryotic membrane-bound members, NADPH is typically used as the reducing agent. The flavoprotein NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase (CPR) enables electron transfer from NADPH to cytochrome P450 via its flavin cofactors. ATR2 is one of the two authentic CPR genes in the genome of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, and its product has been physiologically and kinetically characterized. Here, we report the 2.3-Å structure of ATR2 and find that the position of the two flavin cofactors differs from that of other known CPR structures...
January 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103252/comparative-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-grass-pollen-allergens-using-brachypodium-distachyon-as-a-model-system
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Akanksha Sharma, Niharika Sharma, Prem Bhalla, Mohan Singh
Comparative genomics have facilitated the mining of biological information from a genome sequence, through the detection of similarities and differences with genomes of closely or more distantly related species. By using such comparative approaches, knowledge can be transferred from the model to non-model organisms and insights can be gained in the structural and evolutionary patterns of specific genes. In the absence of sequenced genomes for allergenic grasses, this study was aimed at understanding the structure, organisation and expression profiles of grass pollen allergens using the genomic data from Brachypodium distachyon as it is phylogenetically related to the allergenic grasses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103241/contextual-refinement-of-regulatory-targets-reveals-effects-on-breast-cancer-prognosis-of-the-regulome
#15
Erik Andrews, Yue Wang, Tian Xia, Wenqing Cheng, Chao Cheng
Gene expression regulators, such as transcription factors (TFs) and microRNAs (miRNAs), have varying regulatory targets based on the tissue and physiological state (context) within which they are expressed. While the emergence of regulator-characterizing experiments has inferred the target genes of many regulators across many contexts, methods for transferring regulator target genes across contexts are lacking. Further, regulator target gene lists frequently are not curated or have permissive inclusion criteria, impairing their use...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103141/modification-of-the-genome-of-domestic-animals
#16
Samantha N Lotti, Kathryn M Polkoff, Marcello Rubessa, Matthew B Wheeler
In the past few years, new technologies have arisen that enable higher efficiency of gene editing. With the increase ease of using gene editing technologies, it is important to consider the best method for transferring new genetic material to livestock animals. Microinjection is a technique that has proven to be effective in mice but is less efficient in large livestock animals. Over the years, a variety of methods have been used for cloning as well as gene transfer including; nuclear transfer, sperm mediated gene transfer (SMGT), and liposome-mediated DNA transfer...
January 19, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102518/quercetin-glucoside-production-by-engineered-escherichia-coli
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REVIEW
Tian Xia, Mark A Eiteman
Escherichia coli strains expressing the O-glucosyltransferases UGT73B3 or UGT84B1 were compared for the production of glucosides from quercetin supplied into a defined medium. The formation of quercetin-3-glucoside (Q3G) by UGT73B3 showed a maximum at 33 °C, while the formation of quercetin-7-glucoside by UGT84B1 increased with increasing temperature to 37 °C. The highest concentrations of Q3G were attained by strains having a deletion in the pgi gene-coding phosphoglucose isomerase, which effectively blocked the entry of glucose-6P into the Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas pathway...
January 19, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101896/adaptation-of-genetically-monomorphic-bacteria-evolution-of-copper-resistance-through-multiple-horizontal-gene-transfers-of-complex-and-versatile-mobile-genetic-elements
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D Richard, V Ravigné, A Rieux, B Facon, C Boyer, K Boyer, P Grygiel, S Javegny, M Terville, B I Canteros, I Robène, C Vernière, A Chabirand, O Pruvost, P Lefeuvre
Copper-based antimicrobial compounds are widely used to control plant bacterial pathogens. Pathogens have adapted in response to this selective pressure. Xanthomonas citri pv. citri, a major citrus pathogen causing Asiatic citrus canker, was first reported to carry plasmid-encoded copper resistance in Argentina. This phenotype was conferred by the copLAB gene system. The emergence of resistant strains has since been reported in Réunion and Martinique. Using microsatellite-based genotyping and copLAB PCR, we demonstrated that the genetic structure of the copper-resistant strains from these three regions was made up of two distant clusters and varied for the detection of copLAB amplicons...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100665/co-option-of-bacteriophage-lysozyme-genes-by-bivalve-genomes
#19
Qian Ren, Chunyang Wang, Min Jin, Jiangfeng Lan, Ting Ye, Kaimin Hui, Jingmin Tan, Zheng Wang, Gerald J Wyckoff, Wen Wang, Guan-Zhu Han
Eukaryotes have occasionally acquired genetic material through horizontal gene transfer (HGT). However, little is known about the evolutionary and functional significance of such acquisitions. Lysozymes are ubiquitous enzymes that degrade bacterial cell walls. Here, we provide evidence that two subclasses of bivalves (Heterodonta and Palaeoheterodonta) acquired a lysozyme gene via HGT, building on earlier findings. Phylogenetic analyses place the bivalve lysozyme genes within the clade of bacteriophage lysozyme genes, indicating that the bivalves acquired the phage-type lysozyme genes from bacteriophages, either directly or through intermediate hosts...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100454/gene-therapy-targeting-oligodendrocytes-provides-therapeutic-benefit-in-a-leukodystrophy-model
#20
Elena Georgiou, Kyriaki Sidiropoulou, Jan Richter, Christos Papaneophytou, Irene Sargiannidou, Alexia Kagiava, Georg von Jonquieres, Christina Christodoulou, Matthias Klugmann, Kleopas A Kleopa
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher-like disease or hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 is an autosomal recessively inherited leukodystrophy with childhood onset resulting from mutations in the gene encoding the gap junction protein connexin 47 (Cx47, encoded by GJC2). Cx47 is expressed specifically in oligodendrocytes and is crucial for gap junctional communication throughout the central nervous system. Previous studies confirmed that a cell autonomous loss-of-function mechanism underlies hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 and that transgenic oligodendrocyte-specific expression of another connexin, Cx32 (GJB1), can restore gap junctions in oligodendrocytes to achieve correction of the pathology in a disease model...
January 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
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