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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340583/functional-analysis-of-the-helicobacter-pullorum-n-linked-protein-glycosylation-system
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Adrian J Jervis, Alison G Wood, Joel A Cain, Jonathan A Butler, Helen Frost, Elizabeth Lord, Rebecca Langdon, Stuart J Cordwell, Brendan W Wren, Dennis Linton
N-linked protein glycosylation systems operate in species from all three domains of life. The model bacterial N-linked glycosylation system from Campylobacter jejuni is encoded by pgl genes present at a single chromosomal locus. This gene cluster includes the pglB oligosaccharyltransferase responsible for transfer of glycan from lipid carrier to protein. Although all genomes from species of the Campylobacter genus contain a pgl locus, among the related Helicobacter genus only three evolutionarily related species (H...
January 11, 2018: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339760/biochemical-and-genetic-characterization-of-a-novel-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-from-marine-bacterium-erythrobacter-litoralis-htcc-2594
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Xia-Wei Jiang, Hong Cheng, Ying-Yi Huo, Lin Xu, Yue-Hong Wu, Wen-Hong Liu, Fang-Fang Tao, Xin-Jie Cui, Bei-Wen Zheng
Metallo-β-lactamases (MBLs) are a group of enzymes that can inactivate most commonly used β-lactam-based antibiotics. Among MBLs, New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) constitutes an urgent threat to public health as evidenced by its success in rapidly disseminating worldwide since its first discovery. Here we report the biochemical and genetic characteristics of a novel MBL, ElBla2, from the marine bacterium Erythrobacter litoralis HTCC 2594. This enzyme has a higher amino acid sequence similarity to NDM-1 (56%) than any previously reported MBL...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339721/single-molecule-fret-reveals-multiscale-chromatin-dynamics-modulated-by-hp1%C3%AE
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Sinan Kilic, Suren Felekyan, Olga Doroshenko, Iuliia Boichenko, Mykola Dimura, Hayk Vardanyan, Louise C Bryan, Gaurav Arya, Claus A M Seidel, Beat Fierz
The dynamic architecture of chromatin fibers, a key determinant of genome regulation, is poorly understood. Here, we employ multimodal single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer studies to reveal structural states and their interconversion kinetics in chromatin fibers. We show that nucleosomes engage in short-lived (micro- to milliseconds) stacking interactions with one of their neighbors. This results in discrete tetranucleosome units with distinct interaction registers that interconvert within hundreds of milliseconds...
January 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339424/clostridium-sordellii-pathogenicity-locus-plasmid-pcs1-1-encodes-a-novel-clostridial-conjugation-locus
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Callum J Vidor, Thomas D Watts, Vicki Adams, Dieter Bulach, Edward Couchman, Julian I Rood, Neil F Fairweather, Milena Awad, Dena Lyras
A major virulence factor in Clostridium sordellii-mediated infection is the toxin TcsL, which is encoded within a region of the genome called the pathogenicity locus (PaLoc). C. sordellii isolates carry the PaLoc on the pCS1 family of plasmids, of which there are four characterized members. Here, we determined the potential mobility of pCS1 plasmids and characterized a fifth unique pCS1 member. Using a derivative of the pCS1-1 plasmid from strain ATCC 9714 which had been marked with the ermB erythromycin resistance gene, conjugative transfer into a recipient C...
January 16, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339208/targeted-shrna-loaded-liposome-complex-combined-with-focused-ultrasound-for-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-and-suppressing-glioma-growth
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Guanjian Zhao, Qin Huang, Feng Wang, Xiang Zhang, Jiangang Hu, Ying Tan, Ning Huang, Zhigang Wang, Zhibiao Wang, Yuan Cheng
Our previous studies have demonstrated that focused ultrasound (FUS) combined with DNA-loaded microbubbles (MBs) can induce noninvasive, reversible, local disruption of the blood brain barrier (BBB) and enable targeted exogenous gene transfer into the central nervous system. However, due to low gene loading or the absence of positive targeting, to date, there has been no therapeutic effect of MBs combined with FUS in tumor treatment. In the current study, we adopted a phospholipid complex that exhibited sufficient gene loading and peptide-mediated targeting to delay glioma growth...
January 12, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337343/antimicrobial-resistance-genetic-markers-in-potentially-pathogenic-gram-positive-cocci-isolated-from-brazilian-soft-cheese
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Juliana Alves Resende, Cláudia Oliveira Fontes, Alessandra Barbosa Ferreira-Machado, Thiago César Nascimento, Vânia Lúcia Silva, Cláudio Galuppo Diniz
Although most Brazilian dairy products meet high technological standards, there are quality issues regarding milk production, which may reduce the final product quality. Several microbial species may contaminate milk during manufacture and handling. If antimicrobial usage remains uncontrolled in dairy cattle, the horizontal transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes in foodstuffs may be of particular concern for both food producers and dairy industry. This study focused on the evaluation of putative Gram positive cocci in Minas cheese and of antimicrobial and biocide resistance genes among the isolated bacteria...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337257/a-comparison-of-the-embryonic-stem-cell-test-and-whole-embryo-culture-assay-combined-with-the-bewo-placental-passage-model-for-predicting-the-embryotoxicity-of-azoles
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Myrto Dimopoulou, Aart Verhoef, Caroline A Gomes, Catharina W van Dongen, Ivonne M C M Rietjens, Aldert H Piersma, Bennard van Ravenzwaay
In the present study, we show the value of combining toxico-dynamic and -kinetic in vitro approaches for embryotoxicity testing of azoles. Both the whole embryo culture (WEC) and the embryonic stem cells test (EST) predicted the in vivo potency ranking of twelve tested azoles with moderate accuracy. Combining these results with relative placental transfer rates (Papp values) as determined in the BeWo cell culture model, increased the predictability of both WEC and EST, with R2 values increasing from 0.51 to 0...
January 11, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337166/cd163-knockout-pigs-are-fully-resistant-to-highly-pathogenic-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus
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Huaqiang Yang, Jian Zhang, Xianwei Zhang, Junsong Shi, Yongfei Pan, Rong Zhou, Guoling Li, Zicong Li, Gengyuan Cai, Zhenfang Wu
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) causes severe economic losses to current swine production worldwide. Highly pathogenic PRRSV (HP-PRRSV), originated from a genotype 2 PRRSV, is more virulent than classical PRRSV and further exacerbates the economic impact. HP-PRRSV has become the predominant circulating field strain in China since 2006. CD163 is a cellular receptor for PRRSV. The depletion of CD163 whole protein or SRCR5 region (interaction site for the virus) confers resistance to infection of several PRRSV isolates in pigs or cultured host cells...
January 11, 2018: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337117/xist-derepression-in-active-x-chromosome-hinders-pig-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer
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Degong Ruan, Jiangyun Peng, Xiaoshan Wang, Zhen Ouyang, Qingjian Zou, Yi Yang, Fangbing Chen, Weikai Ge, Han Wu, Zhaoming Liu, Yu Zhao, Bentian Zhao, Quanjun Zhang, Chengdan Lai, Nana Fan, Zhiwei Zhou, Qishuai Liu, Nan Li, Qin Jin, Hui Shi, Jingke Xie, Hong Song, Xiaoyu Yang, Jiekai Chen, Kepin Wang, Xiaoping Li, Liangxue Lai
Pig cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) remains extremely inefficient, and many cloned embryos undergo abnormal development. Here, by profiling transcriptome expression, we observed dysregulated chromosome-wide gene expression in every chromosome and identified a considerable number of genes that are aberrantly expressed in the abnormal cloned embryos. In particular, XIST, a long non-coding RNA gene, showed high ectopic expression in abnormal embryos. We also proved that nullification of the XIST gene in donor cells can normalize aberrant gene expression in cloned embryos and enhance long-term development capacity of the embryos...
January 10, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337107/trna-derived-small-non-coding-rnas-in-human-disease
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Lei Zhu, Xuesha Liu, Wencheng Pu, Yong Peng
Besides attending protein synthesis, transfer RNA (tRNA) is an important regulatory non-coding RNA (ncRNA) that participates in various cellular processes, including cellular metabolism and cell death. Fragments generated from pre- or mature tRNAs by specific endonucleases cleavage (tRNA-derived small non-coding RNA [tsncRNAs]), rather than random degradation products, are newly defined functional small non-coding RNAs (sncRNAs). They can be regulated in bacteria, yeast, plants and animals to respond to stress conditions, resulting in regulation of gene expressions at both transcriptional and post-transcriptional level...
January 11, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336483/glucose-metabolism-during-in-vitro-maturation-of-mouse-oocytes-an-study-using-rna-interference
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Hong-Li Xie, Shuai Zhu, Jie Zhang, Jing Wen, Hong-Jie Yuan, Liu-Zhu Pan, Ming-Jiu Luo, Jing-He Tan
In previous studies on glucose metabolism during in vitro maturation, intact cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were treated with enzyme inhibitors/activators. Because inhibitors/activators may have non-specificity and/or toxicity, and culture of COCs cannot differentiate whether glucose metabolism of cumulus cells (CCs) or that of the oocyte supports oocyte maturation, results from the previous studies must be verified by silencing genes in either CCs or cumulus-denuded oocytes (DOs). In this study, RNAi was adopted to specify the effects of glucose metabolism in CCs or DOs on oocyte maturation...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335572/variation-and-constraints-in-hybrid-genome-formation
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Anna Runemark, Cassandra N Trier, Fabrice Eroukhmanoff, Jo S Hermansen, Michael Matschiner, Mark Ravinet, Tore O Elgvin, Glenn-Peter Sætre
Hybridization is an important source of variation; it transfers adaptive genetic variation across species boundaries and generates new species. Yet, the limits to viable hybrid genome formation are poorly understood. Here we investigated to what extent hybrid genomes are free to evolve by sequencing the genomes of four island populations of the homoploid hybrid Italian sparrow Passer italiae. We report that a variety of novel and fully functional hybrid genomic combinations are likely to have arisen independently on Crete, Corsica, Sicily and Malta, with differentiation in candidate genes for beak shape and plumage colour...
January 15, 2018: Nature Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335567/metagenomic-analysis-of-microbial-communities-yields-insight-into-impacts-of-nanoparticle-design
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Jacob W Metch, Nathan D Burrows, Catherine J Murphy, Amy Pruden, Peter J Vikesland
Next-generation DNA sequencing and metagenomic analysis provide powerful tools for the environmentally friendly design of nanoparticles. Herein we demonstrate this approach using a model community of environmental microbes (that is, wastewater-activated sludge) dosed with gold nanoparticles of varying surface coatings and morphologies. Metagenomic analysis was highly sensitive in detecting the microbial community response to gold nanospheres and nanorods with either cetyltrimethylammonium bromide or polyacrylic acid surface coatings...
January 15, 2018: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335005/in-depth-resistome-analysis-by-targeted-metagenomics
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Val F Lanza, Fernando Baquero, José Luís Martínez, Ricardo Ramos-Ruíz, Bruno González-Zorn, Antoine Andremont, Antonio Sánchez-Valenzuela, Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich, Sean Kennedy, Etienne Ruppé, Willem van Schaik, Rob J Willems, Fernando de la Cruz, Teresa M Coque
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance is a major global health challenge. Metagenomics allows analyzing the presence and dynamics of "resistomes" (the ensemble of genes encoding antimicrobial resistance in a given microbiome) in disparate microbial ecosystems. However, the low sensitivity and specificity of available metagenomic methods preclude the detection of minority populations (often present below their detection threshold) and/or the identification of allelic variants that differ in the resulting phenotype...
January 15, 2018: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334034/improved-exogenous-dna-uptake-in-bovine-spermatozoa-and-gene-expression-in-embryos-using-membrane-destabilizing-agents-in-icsi-smgt
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Esther Sánchez-Villalba, María Elena Arias, Fabiola Zambrano, Pía Loren, Ricardo Felmer
Sperm-mediated gene transfer (SMGT) is a simple, fast, and economical biotechnological tool for producing transgenic animals. However, transgene expression with this technique in bovine embryos is still inefficient due to low uptake and binding of exogenous DNA in spermatozoa. The present study evaluated the effects of sperm membrane destabilization on the binding capacity, location and quantity of bound exogenous DNA in cryopreserved bovine spermatozoa using Triton X-100 (TX-100), lysolecithin (LL) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH)...
January 15, 2018: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333587/genetic-characterization-and-modification-of-a-bioethanol-producing-yeast-strain
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Ke Zhang, Ya-Nan Di, Lei Qi, Yang Sui, Ting-Yu Wang, Li Fan, Zhen-Mei Lv, Xue-Chang Wu, Pin-Mei Wang, Dao-Qiong Zheng
Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains isolated from different sources generally show extensive genetic and phenotypic diversity. Understanding how genomic variations influence phenotypes is important for developing strategies with improved economic traits. The diploid S. cerevisiae strain NY1308 is used for cellulosic bioethanol production. Whole genome sequencing identified an extensive amount of single nucleotide variations and small insertions/deletions in the genome of NY1308 compared with the S288c genome...
January 15, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332623/gene-expression-and-lymphocyte-population-at-the-fetal-maternal-interface-in-sheep-pregnancies-established-by-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer
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Jason A Koroghli, Elizabeth Floyd, Misha Regouski, Kerry Rood, Kirsten Gash, Kip Panter, Rusty Stott, Christopher J Davies, Irina A Polejaeva, Heloisa M Rutigliano
The hypothesis of this study was that the leukocyte populations and expression levels of genes related to immune response, growth factors and apoptosis would be altered at the fetal-maternal interface in somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT)-generated sheep pregnancies. Placental and endometrial samples from sheep pregnancies established by SCNT and natural breeding (control) were collected at 45 days and at term. Expression of genes related to growth factors, apoptosis and immune response was examined using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
January 15, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331890/deep-sequence-analysis-reveals-the-ovine-rumen-as-a-reservoir-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes
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Thomas C A Hitch, Ben J Thomas, Jessica C A Friedersdorff, Helen Ougham, Christopher J Creevey
Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly important environmental pollutant with direct consequences for human health. Identification of environmental sources of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) makes it possible to follow their evolution and prevent their entry into the clinical setting. ARGs have been found in environmental sources exogenous to the original source and previous studies have shown that these genes are capable of being transferred from livestock to humans. Due to the nature of farming and the slaughter of ruminants for food, humans interact with these animals in close proximity, and for this reason it is important to consider the risks to human health...
January 11, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330182/fluorescence-recovery-allows-the-implementation-of-a-fluorescence-reporter-gene-platform-applicable-for-the-detection-and-quantification-of-horizontal-gene-transfer-in-anoxic-environments
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Rafael Pinilla, Leise Riber, Søren J Sørensen
The study of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in microbial communities has been revolutionized by significant advances in cultivation-independent methods based on fluorescence reporter gene technologies. Recently, the combination of these novel approaches with flow cytometry has presented itself as one of the most powerful tools to study the spread of mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in the environment. However, the use of fluorescent markers like green fluorescent protein (GFP) and mCherry is limited by environmental constraints that affect the correct maturation of their fluorophores, such as oxygen availability and pH levels...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329601/nicotiana-glauca-whole-genome-investigation-for-ct-dna-study
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Galina Khafizova, Pavel Dobrynin, Dmitrii Polev, Tatiana Matveeva
OBJECTIVE: Nicotiana glauca (tree tobacco) is a naturally transgenic plant, containing sequences acquired from Agrobacterium rhizogenes by horizontal gene transfer. Besides, N. glauca contains a wide profile of alkaloids of medical interest. DATA DESCRIPTION: We report a high-depth sequencing and de novo assembly of N. glauca full genome and analysis of genome elements with bacterial origin. The draft genome assembly is 3.2 Gb, with N50 size of 31.1 kbp. Comparative analysis confirmed the presence of single, previously described gT insertion...
January 12, 2018: BMC Research Notes
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