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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645177/mobile-genetic-elements-in-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-movement-for-change
#1
Ana Cehovin, Steven B Lewis
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoeae, possesses several mobile genetic elements (MGEs). The MGEs such as transposable elements mediate intra-chromosomal rearrangements, while plasmids and the gonococcal genetic island are involved in inter-chromosomal gene transfer. Additionally, gonococcal MGEs serve as hotspots for recombination and integration of other genetic elements such as bacteriophages, contribute to gene regulation or spread genes through gonococcal populations by horizontal gene transfer...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645155/features-of-genomic-organization-in-a-nucleotide-resolution-molecular-model-of-the-escherichia-coli-chromosome
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William C Hacker, Shuxiang Li, Adrian H Elcock
We describe structural models of the Escherichia coli chromosome in which the positions of all 4.6 million nucleotides of each DNA strand are resolved. Models consistent with two basic chromosomal orientations, differing in their positioning of the origin of replication, have been constructed. In both types of model, the chromosome is partitioned into plectoneme-abundant and plectoneme-free regions, with plectoneme lengths and branching patterns matching experimental distributions, and with spatial distributions of highly-transcribed chromosomal regions matching recent experimental measurements of the distribution of RNA polymerases...
June 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645144/increased-alignment-sensitivity-improves-the-usage-of-genome-alignments-for-comparative-gene-annotation
#3
Virag Sharma, Michael Hiller
Genome alignments provide a powerful basis to transfer gene annotations from a well-annotated reference genome to many other aligned genomes. The completeness of these annotations crucially depends on the sensitivity of the underlying genome alignment. Here, we investigated the impact of the genome alignment parameters and found that parameters with a higher sensitivity allow the detection of thousands of novel alignments between orthologous exons that have been missed before. In particular, comparisons between species separated by an evolutionary distance of >0...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644993/long-term-toxicity-of-surface-charged-polystyrene-nanoplastics-to-marine-planktonic-species-dunaliella-tertiolecta-and-artemia-franciscana
#4
E Bergami, S Pugnalini, M L Vannuccini, L Manfra, C Faleri, F Savorelli, K A Dawson, I Corsi
Plastic pollution has been globally recognized as a critical issue for marine ecosystems and nanoplastics constitute one of the last unexplored areas to understand the magnitude of this threat. However, current difficulties in sampling and identifying nano-sized debris make hard to assess their occurrence in marine environment. Polystyrene nanoparticles (PS NPs) are largely used as nanoplastics in ecotoxicological studies and although acute exposures have been already investigated, long-term toxicity on marine organisms is unknown...
June 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644573/characteristics-of-integrons-and-associated-gene-cassettes-in-antibiotic-resistant-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-free-ranging-food-animals-in-china
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Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Hui Zhang, Shucheng Huang, Muhammad Kashif Iqbal, Khalid Mehmood, Houqiang Luo, Jiakui Li
We investigated the occurrence of integrons in antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli strains isolated from free-ranging food animals, including yaks, piglets, and chickens, in China, and characterized the gene cassettes harbored within the integrons. We examined 432 E. coli strains that exhibited resistance to at least one class of antibiotics. Integrase genes and associated gene cassettes were characterized by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis, restriction fragment-length polymorphism, DNA sequencing, conjugation experiments, and plasmid analysis...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644561/the-redox-sensitive-module-of-cyclophilin-20-3-2-cysteine-peroxiredoxin-and-cysteine-synthase-integrates-sulfur-metabolism-and-oxylipin-signaling-in-the-high-light-acclimation-response
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Sara M Müller, Shanshan Wang, Wilena Telman, Michael Liebthal, Helena Schnitzer, Andrea Viehhauser, Carsten Sticht, Carolina Delatorre, Markus Wirtz, Rüdiger Hell, Karl-Josef Dietz
The integration of redox- and reactive oxygen species-dependent signaling and metabolic activities are fundamental to plant acclimation to biotic and abiotic stresses. Previous data suggest the existence of a dynamically interacting module in the chloroplast stroma consisting of cyclophilin 20-3 (Cyp20-3), O-acetylserine(thiol)lyase B (OASTL-B), 2-cysteine peroxiredoxins A/B (2-CysPrx) and serine acetyltransferase 2;1 (SERAT2;1). The functionality of this COPS module is influenced by redox stimuli and oxophytodienoic acid (OPDA) which is the precursor for jasmonic acid...
June 23, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644126/extensive-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-cheese-associated-bacteria
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Kevin S Bonham, Benjamin E Wolfe, Rachel J Dutton
Acquisition of genes through horizontal gene transfer (HGT) allows microbes to rapidly gain new capabilities and adapt to new or changing environments. Identifying widespread HGT regions within multispecies microbiomes can pinpoint the molecular mechanisms that play key roles in microbiome assembly. We sought to identify horizontally transferred genes within a model microbiome, the cheese rind. Comparing 31 newly-sequenced and 134 previously sequenced bacterial isolates from cheese rinds, we identified over 200 putative horizontally transferred genomic regions containing 4,844 protein coding genes...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644125/exploiting-crispr-cas-to-manipulate-enterococcus-faecalis-populations
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Karthik Hullahalli, Marinelle Rodrigues, Kelli L Palmer
CRISPR-Cas provides a barrier to horizontal gene transfer in prokaryotes. It was previously observed that functional CRISPR-Cas systems are absent from multidrug-resistant (MDR) Enterococcus faecalis, which only possess an orphan CRISPR locus, termed CRISPR2, lacking cas genes. It was of interest to investigate how the interplay between CRISPR-Cas genome defense and antibiotic selection for mobile genetic elements shapes E. faecalis populations. Here, we demonstrate that CRISPR2 can be reactivated for genome defense in MDR strains...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643915/preface-to-coast-2016-innovators-workshop-on-personalized-and-precision-orthodontic-therapy
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J C Nickel, D A Covell, S A Frazier-Bowers, S Kapila, S S Huja, L R Iwasaki
OBJECTIVE: A second focused workshop explored how to transfer novel findings into clinical orthodontic practice. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: Participants met in West Palm Beach (Florida, USA), on 9-11 September 2016 for the Consortium for Orthodontic Advances in Science and Technology 2016 Innovators' Workshop (COAST). Approximately 65 registered attendees considered and discussed information from 27 to 34 speakers, 8 to 15 poster presenters and four lunch-hour focus group leaders...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643865/characterization-and-biological-function-of-milk-derived-mirnas
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Regina Golan-Gerstl, Yaffa Elbaum Shiff, Vardit Lavi-Moshayoff, Daniel Schecter Dena Leshkowitz, Shimon Reif
SCOPE: Breastfeeding is associated with reduced risk of infection, immune mediated disorders, obesity and even cancer. Recently it was found that breast milk contains a variety of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the skim and fat layer that can be transferred to infants, and appear to play important roles in those biological functions. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study applied Next Generation Sequencing and quantitative real time PCR analysis to determine the miRNA expression profile of the skim and fat fraction of human, goat, and bovine milk as well as infant formulas...
June 23, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643255/genome-editing-of-pig
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Masahito Watanabe, Hiroshi Nagashima
Pigs are important livestock for food and have been used in various biomedical studies, particularly translational research, as experimental animals because of their anatomical and physiological similarity to humans. The recent development of genome editing techniques, such as ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9, has rapidly expanded the use of genome editing tools in a variety of animals, resulting in the relatively easy and efficient generation of gene knock-out pigs. In the past few years, there has been a sustained increase in reports describing the development of genetically modified pigs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642992/plasmid-mediated-quinolone-resistance-pmqr-genes-and-class-1-integrons-in-quinolone-resistant-marine-bacteria-and-clinical-isolates-of-escherichia-coli-from-an-aquacultural-area
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Alexandra Tomova, Larisa Ivanova, Alejandro H Buschmann, Henry P Godfrey, Felipe C Cabello
Antimicrobial usage in aquaculture selects for antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms in the marine environment. The relevance of this selection to terrestrial animal and human health is unclear. Quinolone-resistance genes qnrA, qnrB, and qnrS were chromosomally located in four randomly chosen quinolone-resistant marine bacteria isolated from an aquacultural area with heavy quinolone usage. In quinolone-resistant uropathogenic clinical isolates of Escherichia coli from a coastal area bordering the same aquacultural region, qnrA was chromosomally located in two E...
June 23, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642118/current-state-of-the-art-for-cardiac-arrhythmia-gene-therapy
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REVIEW
J Kevin Donahue
Cardiac arrhythmias are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Currently available therapeutic options lack sufficient efficacy and safety. Gene therapy has been proposed for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. This review will discuss the current state of development for arrhythmia gene therapy. So far, all published studies are short-term, proof-of-concept animal studies. Potential replacement of cardiac pacemakers has been shown for combination gene therapy using the HCN2 gene and either the gene for adenylate cyclase, the skeletal muscle isoform of the sodium channel, or a dominant negative mutant of the potassium channel responsible for resting membrane potential...
June 19, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641931/transfer-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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REVIEW
Jakob Haaber, José R Penadés, Hanne Ingmer
Staphylococcus aureus is a serious human pathogen with remarkable adaptive powers. Antibiotic-resistant clones rapidly emerge mainly by acquisition of antibiotic-resistance genes from other S. aureus strains or even from other genera. Transfer is mediated by a diverse complement of mobile genetic elements and occurs primarily by conjugation or bacteriophage transduction, with the latter traditionally being perceived as the primary route. Recent work on conjugation and transduction suggests that transfer by these mechanisms may be more extensive than previously thought, in terms of the range of plasmids that can be transferred by conjugation and the efficiency with which transduction occurs...
June 19, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641596/types-and-prevalence-of-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-poultry
#15
Eva-Maria Saliu, Wilfried Vahjen, Jürgen Zentek
For several billion years, bacteria have developed mechanisms to resist antibacterial substances. In modern time, antibiotics are frequently used in veterinary and human medicine for prevention and treatment of diseases, globally still also for their growth promoting effects as feed additives. This complex situation has evolved in accelerating development and prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria in livestock and people. Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing bacteria are resistant to a wide range of ß-lactam antibiotics...
June 23, 2017: Animal Health Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640740/differential-effects-of-isc-operon-mutations-on-the-biosynthesis-and-activity-of-key-anaerobic-metalloenzymes-in-escherichia-coli
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Monique Jaroschinsky, Constanze Pinske, R Gary Sawers
Escherichia coli has two machineries for the synthesis of FeS clusters, namely Isc (iron-sulfur cluster) and Suf (sulfur formation). The Isc machinery, encoded by the iscRSUA-hscBA-fdx-iscXoperon, plays a crucial role in the biogenesis of FeS clusters for the oxidoreductases of aerobic metabolism. Less is known, however, about the role of ISC in the maturation of key multi-subunit metalloenzymes of anaerobic metabolism. Here, we determined the contribution of each iscoperon gene product towards the functionality of the major anaerobic oxidoreductases in E...
June 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640589/ru-bpy-32-incorporated-luminescent-polymer-dots-double-enhanced-electrochemiluminescence-for-detection-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphism
#17
Yaqiang Feng, Feng Sun, Ningning Wang, Jianping Lei, Huangxian Ju
Encapsulating a large amount of electrochemiluminescence (ECL) active molecules into one nanoparticle for single target recognition can greatly improve the sensitivity of ECL assay. This work used luminescent conjugated polymer as a carrier to synthesize Ru(bpy)32+ doped polymer dots (RuPdots). The RuPdots with an average size of 20 nm and encapsulation of about 1354 Ru(bpy)32+ showed greatly enhanced ECL emission. Using tripropylamine as a co-reactant, the resonance energy transfer from the excited polymer dots to the encapsulated Ru(bpy)32+ was demonstrated, which led to 15...
June 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639322/tnf-%C3%AE-induced-nod2-and-rip2-contribute-to-the-up-regulation-of-cytokines-induced-by-mdp-in-monocytic-thp-1-cells
#18
Xiaobin Chen, Zhilin Xiao, Xiumei Xie, Xueting Liu, Manli Jiang, Chuang Yuan, Li Yang, Jinyue Hu
Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain containing 2 (NOD2)-induced signal transduction and cytokine production is regulated by a number of factors. However, the feedback effect of the pro-inflammatory TNF-α on NOD2-induced inflammation is not fully understood. In this study, we found unexpectedly that TNF-α up-regulated NOD2 ligand MDP-induced production of the CXC chemokines, including CXCL1, 2 and 8, and the pro-inflammatory cytokines, including IL-1β, IL-6 and TNF-α, in a dose-dependent manner at both mRNA and protein levels in monocytic THP-1 cells...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639201/enhancing-angiogenesis-in-mice-by-vegf-targeting-small-activating-rnas
#19
Tiia A Turunen, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Mikko P Turunen
The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases is steadily increasing, and it is the leading cause of death worldwide. Therefore, new treatments, such as gene therapy are needed. During the last decade, the role of small noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) in the regulation of gene expression at the transcriptional level has been shown. Promoter-targeted small RNAs recruit histone-modifying enzymes and can either repress or induce target gene expression. As an example, we have targeted mouse VEGF-A promoter with small hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) and identified two shRNAs which either repressed or induced VEGF-A expression on messenger RNA and protein level in vitro, depending on the targeted location...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639160/expression-and-activity-analysis-of-fructosyltransferase-from-aspergillus-oryzae
#20
Lihong Guan, Liping Chen, Yongsen Chen, Nu Zhang, Yawei Han
The fructosyltransferase gene was isolated and cloned from Aspergillus oryzae. The gene was 1368 bp, which encoded a protein of 455 amino acids. To analyze the activity of the expressed fructosyltransferase, the pET32a-fructosyltransferase recombined plasmid was transformed into Escherichia coli BL21. The fructosyltransferase gene was successfully expressed by Isopropyl-β-d-thiogalactoside (IPTG) induction. The molecular weight of the expression protein was about 45 kDa. The optimal conditions of protein expression were 25 °C, 0...
June 22, 2017: Protein Journal
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