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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644529/reciprocal-cooperation-of-phytochemicals-and-micronutrients-against-typical-and-atypical-forms-of-borrelia-spp
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Anna Goc, Alexandra Niedzwiecki, Matthias Rath
AIMS: Borrelia spp., a causative pathogenic factor of Lyme disease, has become a major public health threat. Current treatments based on antibiotics often lead to relapse after their withdrawal. Naturally derived substances that could work synergistically to display higher efficacy compared to the individual components may serve as a resource for the development of novel approaches to combat both active and latent forms of Borrelia spp. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using checkerboard assay, we investigated the anti-borreliae reciprocal cooperation of phytochemicals and micronutrients against two species of Borrelia selected as prevalent causes of Lyme disease in the US and Europe...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644477/dna-nanotechnology-bringing-lipid-bilayers-into-shape
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Stefan Howorka
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 23, 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644472/placing-and-shaping-liposomes-with-reconfigurable-dna-nanocages
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Zhao Zhang, Yang Yang, Frederic Pincet, Marc C Llaguno, Chenxiang Lin
The diverse structure and regulated deformation of lipid bilayer membranes are among a cell's most fascinating features. Artificial membrane-bound vesicles, known as liposomes, are versatile tools for modelling biological membranes and delivering foreign objects to cells. To fully mimic the complexity of cell membranes and optimize the efficiency of delivery vesicles, controlling liposome shape (both statically and dynamically) is of utmost importance. Here we report the assembly, arrangement and remodelling of liposomes with designer geometry: all of which are exquisitely controlled by a set of modular, reconfigurable DNA nanocages...
June 23, 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642863/friends-enemies-endogenous-retroviruses-are-major-transcriptional-regulators-of-human-dna
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REVIEW
Anton A Buzdin, Vladimir Prassolov, Andrew V Garazha
Endogenous retroviruses are mobile genetic elements hardly distinguishable from infectious, or "exogenous," retroviruses at the time of insertion in the host DNA. Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are not rare. They gave rise to multiple families of closely related mobile elements that occupy ~8% of the human genome. Together, they shape genomic regulatory landscape by providing at least ~320,000 human transcription factor binding sites (TFBS) located on ~110,000 individual HERV elements. The HERVs host as many as 155,000 mapped DNaseI hypersensitivity sites, which denote loci active in the regulation of gene expression or chromatin structure...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642594/differential-effects-on-gene-transcription-and-hematopoietic-differentiation-correlate-with-gata2-mutant-disease-phenotypes
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C-E Chong, P Venugopal, P H Stokes, Y K Lee, P J Brautigan, D T O Yeung, M Babic, G A Engler, S W Lane, M Klingler-Hoffmann, J M Matthews, R J D'Andrea, A L Brown, C N Hahn, H S Scott
Heterozygous GATA2 mutations underlie an array of complex hematopoietic and lymphatic diseases. Analysis of the literature reporting three recurrent GATA2 germline (g) mutations (gT354M, gR396Q, gR398W) revealed different phenotype tendencies. While all three mutants differentially predispose to myeloid malignancies, there was no difference in leukemia-free survival for GATA2 patients. Despite intense interest, the molecular pathogenesis of GATA2 mutation is poorly understood. We functionally characterized a GATA2 mutant allelic series representing major disease phenotypes caused by germline and somatic (s) mutations in zinc finger (ZF) 2...
June 23, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642456/predicting-conformational-ensembles-and-genome-wide-transcription-factor-binding-sites-from-dna-sequences
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Munazah Andrabi, Andrew Paul Hutchins, Diego Miranda-Saavedra, Hidetoshi Kono, Ruth Nussinov, Kenji Mizuguchi, Shandar Ahmad
DNA shape is emerging as an important determinant of transcription factor binding beyond just the DNA sequence. The only tool for large scale DNA shape estimates, DNAshape was derived from Monte-Carlo simulations and predicts four broad and static DNA shape features, Propeller twist, Helical twist, Minor groove width and Roll. The contributions of other shape features e.g. Shift, Slide and Opening cannot be evaluated using DNAshape. Here, we report a novel method DynaSeq, which predicts molecular dynamics-derived ensembles of a more exhaustive set of DNA shape features...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641575/phylogenetic-and-paleobotanical-evidence-for-late-miocene-diversification-of-the-tertiary-subtropical-lineage-of-ivies-hedera-l-araliaceae
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V Valcárcel, B Guzmán, N G Medina, P Vargas, J Wen
BACKGROUND: Hedera (ivies) is one of the few temperate genera of the primarily tropical Asian Palmate group of the Araliaceae, which extends its range out of Asia to Europe and the Mediterranean basin. Phylogenetic and phylogeographic results suggested Asia as the center of origin and the western Mediterranean region as one of the secondary centers of diversification. The bird-dispersed fleshy fruits of ivies suggest frequent dispersal over long distances (e.g. Macaronesian archipelagos), although reducing the impact of geographic barriers to gene flow in mainland species...
June 22, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640915/physiological-and-genomic-features-of-a-novel-violacein-producing-bacterium-isolated-from-surface-seawater
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Yue-Hong Wu, Hong Cheng, Lin Xu, Xiong-Bin Jin, Chun-Sheng Wang, Xue-Wei Xu
Strains JW1T and JW3, isolated from surface seawater of the Arabian Sea, were subjected to polyphasic taxonomic analysis. Cells of both strains were Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, and rod-shaped. They formed violet pigment and produced violacein. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strains JW1T and JW3 showed high 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with Pseudoalteromonas byunsanensis JCM12483T (98.2%), P. shioyasakiensis SE3T (97.8%), P. arabiensis JCM 17292T (97.3%), and P. gelatinilytica NH153T (97...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640593/dna-condensation-induced-by-a-star-shaped-hexameric-cationic-surfactant
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Yaxun Fan, Hua Wang, Chengqian He, Fulin Qiao, Shu Wang, Yilin Wang
The interactions between a star-shaped hexameric cationic quaternary ammonium surfactant PAHB and calf thymus DNA and induced DNA condensation were investigated by ζ-potential, dynamic light scattering, atomic force microscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry, ethidium bromide exclusion assay, circular dichroism and cytotoxicity assay. With the addition of PAHB, long extended DNA molecules exhibit successive conformational transitions from elongated coil to partially condensed cluster-like aggregate, globules-on-a-string structure, and then to fully condensed globule until the saturation point of interaction between PAHB and DNA, which is slightly above their charge neutralization point...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639939/model-for-a-novel-membrane-envelope-in-a-filamentous-hyperthermophilic-virus
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Edward H Egelman, Peter M Kasson, Frank DiMaio, Xiong Yu, Soizick Lucas-Staat, Mart Krupovic, Stefan Schouten, David Prangishvili
Biological membranes create compartments, and are usually formed by lipid bilayers. However, in hyperthermophilic archaea that live optimally at temperatures above 80°C the membranes are monolayers which resemble fused bilayers. Many double-stranded DNA viruses which parasitize such hosts, including the filamentous virus AFV1 of Acidianus hospitalis, are enveloped with a lipid-containing membrane. Using cryo-EM, we show that the membrane in AFV1 is a ~2 nm-thick monolayer, approximately half the expected membrane thickness, formed by host membrane-derived lipids which adopt a U-shaped 'horseshoe' conformation...
June 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637217/experimental-support-that-natural-selection-has-shaped-the-latitudinal-distribution-of-mitochondrial-haplotypes-in-australian-drosophila-melanogaster
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M Florencia Camus, Jonci N Wolff, Carla M Sgrò, Damian K Dowling
Cellular metabolism is regulated by enzyme complexes within the mitochondrion, the function of which are sensitive to the prevailing temperature. Such thermal sensitivity, coupled with the observation that population frequencies of mitochondrial haplotypes tend to associate with latitude, altitude or climatic regions across species distributions, led to the hypothesis that thermal selection has played a role in shaping standing variation in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequence. This hypothesis, however, remains controversial, and requires evidence that the distribution of haplotypes observed in nature corresponds with the capacity of these haplotypes to confer differences in thermal tolerance...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632115/flaviaesturariibacter-luteus-sp-nov-isolated-from-an-agricultural-floodplain-soil-and-emended-description-of-the-genus-flaviaesturariibacter
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Javier Pascual, Bärbel U Foesel, Alicia Geppert, Katharina J Huber, Jörg Overmann
A novel slow-growing bacterial strain designated as AW305T was isolated from an agricultural floodplain soil located in Mashare, Kavango region, Namibia. Cells stained Gram-negative, were non-motile, non-spore-forming, coccoid to rod-shaped and did not form a capsule. Colonies were yellow-pigmented, but flexirubin-type pigments were not detected. AW305T had an aerobic chemo-organoheterotrophic metabolism, using a narrow spectrum of carbon sources for growth, with preference for complex protein substrates, organic acids and amino acids...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631801/morphology-of-elastic-nematic-liquid-crystal-membranes
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Pardis Rofouie, Damiano Pasini, Alejandro D Rey
Liquid crystalline phases found in many biological materials, such as actin, DNA, cellulose, and collagen can be responsible for the deformation of cell membranes. In this paper, cell membrane deformation is investigated through the coupling between liquid crystal anisotropy and membrane bending elasticity. The generalized shape equation for anisotropic interfaces, which resort to the Cahn-Hoffman capillarity vector, the Rapini-Papoular anchoring energy, and the Helfrich elastic energy, is applied to gain insight into the deformation of closed liquid crystal membranes...
June 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631592/blastomonas-quesadae-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-saline-soil-by-dilution-to-extinction-cultivation
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David J Castro, Inmaculada Llamas, Victoria Béjar, Fernando Martínez-Checa
We isolated a Gram-stain-negative, aerobic bacterial strain, 912T, from a soil sample taken from Rambla Salada (Murcia), south-eastern Spain, by using the dilution-to-extinction method. Cells of the strain were motile with a polar flagellum, short rod-shaped, catalase- and oxidase-positive and grew at NaCl concentrations within the range 0-5 % (w/v) (optimum 3 %, w/v), at 4-32 °C (optimum 30 °C) and at pH 6-9 (optimum pH 7); bacteriochlorophyll a was produced. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene sequence indicated that this strain belonged to the genus Blastomonas in the class Alphaproteobacteria...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631437/control-of-virulence-gene-transcription-by-indirect-readout-in-vibrio-cholerae-and-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium
#15
Charles J Dorman, Matthew J Dorman
Indirect readout mechanisms of transcription control rely on the recognition of DNA shape by transcription factors (TFs). TFs may also employ a direct readout mechanism that involves the reading of the base sequence in the DNA major groove at the binding site. TFs with winged helix-turn-helix (wHTH) motifs use an alpha helix to read the base sequence in the major groove while inserting a beta sheet 'wing' into the adjacent minor groove. Such wHTH proteins are important regulators of virulence gene transcription in many pathogens; they also control housekeeping genes...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631053/characterization-of-an-orf-virus-isolate-from-an-outbreak-in-heilongjiang-province-china
#16
Yongzhong Yu, Qiang Tan, Wenbo Zhao, Xue Zhang, Jinzhu Ma, Zhijun Wu, Zhanbo Zhu, Yudong Cui
Contagious ecthyma, caused by orf virus (ORFV), is an epitheliotrophic contagious disease with zoonotic implications that mainly affects sheep, goats, wild ruminants, and humans. Recently, a novel ORFV strain, OV/HLJ/04, was successfully isolated from the skin and mucosal lesions of a goat with severe clinical sore mouth symptoms in Heilongjiang province of China. The OV/HLJ/04 isolate was characterized by electron microscopy, serological tests, and experimental reproduction of disease. The purified virions exhibited a typical ovoid shape when observed by electron microscopy...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631016/new-insights-into-cohesin-loading
#17
REVIEW
Ireneusz Litwin, Robert Wysocki
Cohesin is a conserved, ring-shaped protein complex that encircles sister chromatids and ensures correct chromosome segregation during mitosis and meiosis. It also plays a crucial role in the regulation of gene expression, DNA condensation, and DNA repair through both non-homologous end joining and homologous recombination. Cohesins are spatiotemporally regulated by the Scc2-Scc4 complex which facilitates cohesin loading onto chromatin at specific chromosomal sites. Over the last few years, much attention has been paid to cohesin and cohesin loader as it became clear that even minor disruptions of these complexes may lead to developmental disorders and cancers...
June 19, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630277/t-cell-intracellular-antigens-and-hu-antigen-r-antagonistically-modulate-mitochondrial-activity-and-dynamics-by-regulating-optic-atrophy-1-gene-expression
#18
Isabel Carrascoso, José Alcalde, Carmen Sánchez-Jiménez, Paloma González-Sánchez, José M Izquierdo
Mitochondria undergo frequent morphological changes to control their function. We show here that T-cell intracellular antigens (TIA1b/TIARb) and Hu antigen R (HuR) have antagonistic roles in mitochondrial function by modulating the expression of mitochondrial shaping proteins. Expression of TIA1b/TIARb alters the mitochondrial dynamic network by enhancing fission and clustering, which is accompanied by a decrease in respiration. By contrast, HuR expression promotes fusion and cristae remodeling and increases respiratory activity...
June 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630123/absence-of-the-polar-organizing-protein-popz-causes-aberrant-cell-division-in-agrobacterium-tumefaciens
#19
Matthew Howell, Alena Aliashkevich, Anne K Salisbury, Felipe Cava, Grant R Bowman, Pamela J B Brown
Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a rod-shaped bacterium that grows by polar insertion of new peptidoglycan during cell elongation. As the cell cycle progresses, peptidoglycan synthesis at the pole ceases prior to insertion of new peptidoglycan at mid-cell to enable cell division. The A. tumefaciens homolog of the Caulobacter crescentus polar organelle development protein PopZ has been identified as a growth pole marker and a candidate polar growth promoting factor. Here, we characterize the function of PopZ in cell growth and division of A...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630051/dna-damage-and-repair-biomarkers-of-immunotherapy-response
#20
REVIEW
Kent W Mouw, Michael S Goldberg, Panagiotis A Konstantinopoulos, Alan D D'Andrea
DNA-damaging agents are widely used in clinical oncology and exploit deficiencies in tumor DNA repair. Given the expanding role of immune checkpoint blockade as a therapeutic strategy, the interaction of tumor DNA damage with the immune system has recently come into focus, and it is now clear that the tumor DNA repair landscape has an important role in driving response to immune checkpoint blockade. Here, we summarize the mechanisms by which DNA damage and genomic instability have been found to shape the antitumor immune response and describe clinical efforts to use DNA repair biomarkers to guide use of immune-directed therapies...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Discovery
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