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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647779/transcriptome-profiling-and-digital-gene-expression-analysis-of-the-skin-of-dybowski-s-frog-rana-dybowskii-exposed-to-aeromonas-hydrophila
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Yi-Gang Xu, Long-Hui Chai, Wen Shi, Dan-Dan Wang, Jing-Yu Zhang, Xiang-Hong Xiao
Recently, populations of Rana dybowskii, an important amphibian species in Northeast China, have decreased, mainly owing to the disease caused by Aeromonas hydrophila. However, effective control methods have not yet been developed. In order to explore the immune responses of R. dybowskii upon exposure to A. hydrophila infection, Illumina high-throughput transcriptome sequencing and digital gene expression (DGE) technology were employed to investigate transcriptomic changes in the skin of R. dybowskii exposed to A...
June 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645931/a-potential-role-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-in-post-transplant-cancer
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REVIEW
Sandra Bodeau, Chloé Sauzay, Olivier Pluquet, Gabriel Choukroun, Antoine Galmiche
Cancer is one of the major causes of mortality in organ transplant patients receiving immunosuppressive regimen based on Cyclosporin A (CsA). Organ transplantation and chronic immunosuppression are typically associated with skin cancers (both squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) and renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Recent studies have shown that in addition to its immunosuppressive effects, accounted for by the inhibition of calcineurin and the modulation of the transcriptional programme of lymphocytes, CsA also directly stimulates the growth and aggressive behaviour of various cancer cells...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642157/genome-comparisons-of-two-taiwanese-community-associated-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-st59-clones-support-the-multi-origin-theory-of-ca-mrsa
#3
Ye Feng, Hsiu-Ling Chen, Chih-Jung Chen, Chyi-Liang Chen, Cheng-Hsun Chiu
Sequence type (ST) 59 is an epidemic lineage of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) in Asia. Two ST59 clones are prevalent in Taiwan: the Taiwan clone (TW) causes severe infections, whereas the Asian-Pacific clone (AP) is usually commensal. In this study, we sequenced the genome and transcriptome of the representative strains of these two clones and found their differences to focus on three mobile genetic elements: TW carries SCCmec Type VT, Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL)-encoding prophage ΦSa2, whereas AP carries SCCmec Type IV and staphylokinase (SAK)-encoding prophage ΦSa3...
June 19, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637487/the-nf1-somatic-mutational-landscape-in-sporadic-human-cancers
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REVIEW
Charlotte Philpott, Hannah Tovell, Ian M Frayling, David N Cooper, Meena Upadhyaya
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) #162200) is an autosomal dominantly inherited tumour predisposition syndrome. Heritable constitutional mutations in the NF1 gene result in dysregulation of the RAS/MAPK pathway and are causative of NF1. The major known function of the NF1 gene product neurofibromin is to downregulate RAS. NF1 exhibits variable clinical expression and is characterized by benign cutaneous lesions including neurofibromas and café-au-lait macules, as well as a predisposition to various types of malignancy, such as breast cancer and leukaemia...
June 21, 2017: Human Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634106/biology-evolution-and-medical-importance-of-polyomaviruses-an-update
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REVIEW
Ugo Moens, Andi Krumbholz, Bernhard Ehlers, Roland Zell, Reimar Johne, Sébastien Calvignac-Spencer, Chris Lauber
The family Polyomaviridae encompasses non-enveloped viruses with a circular dsDNA genome that is typically approximately 5000bp in length. Originally isolated from mammals, polyomavirus sequences have now been detected in invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds, although it remains to be determined whether all these animals are genuine hosts. The genomes of all polyomaviruses encode at least two regulatory proteins (large and small tumour antigen) and two structural proteins (capsid proteins VP1 and VP2) whose functions have been defined...
June 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633664/a-review-of-sarcoptes-scabiei-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Larry G Arlian, Marjorie S Morgan
The disease scabies is one of the earliest diseases of humans for which the cause was known. It is caused by the mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, that burrows in the epidermis of the skin of humans and many other mammals. This mite was previously known as Acarus scabiei DeGeer, 1778 before the genus Sarcoptes was established (Latreille 1802) and it became S. scabiei. Research during the last 40 years has tremendously increased insight into the mite's biology, parasite-host interactions, and the mechanisms it uses to evade the host's defenses...
June 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631399/into-the-storm-chasing-the-opportunistic-pathogen-staphylococcus-aureus-from-skin-colonisation-to-life-threatening-infections
#7
James P O'Gara
Colonisation of the human skin by Staphylococcus aureus is a precursor for a variety of infections ranging from boils to sepsis and pneumonia. The rapid emergence of methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) following the clinical introduction of this antimicrobial drug and reports of resistance to all currently used anti-staphylococcal drugs has added to its formidable reputation. S. aureus survival on the skin and in vivo virulence is underpinned by a remarkable environmental adaptability, made possible by highly orchestrated regulation of gene expression and a capacity to undertake genome remodelling...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629484/outbreak-of-non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-skin-or-soft-tissue-infections-associated-with-handling-fish-new-york-city-2013-2014
#8
K Yacisin, J L Hsieh, D Weiss, J Ackelsberg, E Lee, L Jones, Y L Leung, L Li, J Yung, S Slavinski, H Hanson, A Ridpath, J Kornblum, Y Lin, S Robbe-Austerman, J Rakeman, U Siemetzki-Kapoor, T Stuber, S K Greene
Mycobacterium marinum, a bacterium found in freshwater and saltwater, can infect persons with direct exposure to fish or aquariums. During December 2013, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene learned of four suspected or confirmed M. marinum skin or soft tissue infections (SSTIs) among persons who purchased whole fish from Chinese markets. Ninety-eight case-patients with non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) SSTIs were identified with onset June 2013-March 2014. Of these, 77 (79%) were female...
June 20, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628665/a-chromosome-5q31-1-locus-associates-with-tuberculin-skin-test-reactivity-in-hiv-positive-individuals-from-tuberculosis-hyper-endemic-regions-in-east-africa
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Rafal S Sobota, Catherine M Stein, Nuri Kodaman, Isaac Maro, Wendy Wieland-Alter, Robert P Igo, Albert Magohe, LaShaunda L Malone, Keith Chervenak, Noemi B Hall, Mecky Matee, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Moses Joloba, Jason H Moore, William K Scott, Timothy Lahey, W Henry Boom, C Fordham von Reyn, Scott M Williams, Giorgio Sirugo
One in three people has been infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), and the risk for MTB infection in HIV-infected individuals is even higher. We hypothesized that HIV-positive individuals living in tuberculosis-endemic regions who do not get infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis are genetically resistant. Using an "experiment of nature" design that proved successful in our previous work, we performed a genome-wide association study of tuberculin skin test positivity using 469 HIV-positive patients from prospective study cohorts of tuberculosis from Tanzania and Uganda to identify genetic loci associated with MTB infection in the context of HIV-infection...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628457/clonal-clusters-and-virulence-factors-of-group-c-and-g-streptococcus-causing-severe-infections-manitoba-canada-2012-2014
#10
Sylvain A Lother, Walter Demczuk, Irene Martin, Michael Mulvey, Brenden Dufault, Philippe Lagacé-Wiens, Yoav Keynan
The incidence of group C and G Streptococcus (GCGS) bacteremia, which is associated with severe disease and death, is increasing. We characterized clinical features, outcomes, and genetic determinants of GCGS bacteremia for 89 patients in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, who had GCGS bacteremia during 2012-2014. Of the 89 patients, 51% had bacteremia from skin and soft tissue, 70% had severe disease features, and 20% died. Whole-genome sequencing analysis was performed on isolates derived from 89 blood samples and 33 respiratory sample controls: 5 closely related genetic lineages were identified as being more likely to cause invasive disease than non-clade isolates (83% vs...
July 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627438/genome-wide-identification-phylogeny-and-expression-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-genes-in-tetraploidized-common-carp-cyprinus-carpio
#11
Lin Chen, Chuanju Dong, Shengnan Kong, Jiangfan Zhang, Xuejun Li, Peng Xu
Bone morphogenetic proteins (Bmps) are a group of signaling molecules known to play important roles during formation and maintenance of various organs, not only bone, but also muscle, blood and so on. Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is one of the most intensively studied fish due to its economic and environmental importance. Besides, common carp had encountered an additional round of whole genome duplication (WGD) compared with many closely related diploid teleost, which make it one of the most important models for genome evolutionary studies in teleost...
June 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627002/does-personalised-melanoma-genomic-risk-information-trigger-conversations-about-skin-cancer-prevention-and-skin-examination-with-family-friends-and-health-professionals
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A K Smit, L A Keogh, A J Newson, P N Butow, K Dunlop, R L Morton, J Kirk, D Espinoza, A E Cust
BACKGROUND: Receiving information about melanoma genomic risk might trigger conversations about skin cancer prevention and skin examinations. OBJECTIVES: To explore conversations prompted by receiving personalised genomic risk of melanoma with family, friends and health professionals. METHODS: We used a mixed-methods approach. Participants without a personal history and unselected for a family history of melanoma (n=103, aged 21-69, 53% women) completed questionnaires 3-months after receiving a personalised melanoma genomic risk assessment...
June 19, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623312/recovery-of-the-first-full-length-genome-sequence-of-a-parapoxvirus-directly-from-a-clinical-sample
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Thomas Günther, Ludwig Haas, Malik Alawi, Peter Wohlsein, Jerzy Marks, Adam Grundhoff, Paul Becher, Nicole Fischer
We recovered the first full-length poxvirus genome, including the terminal hairpin region, directly from complex clinical material using a combination of second generation short read and third generation nanopore sequencing technologies. The complete viral genome sequence was directly recovered from a skin lesion of a grey seal thereby preventing sequence changes due to in vitro passaging of the virus. Subsequent analysis of the proteins encoded by this virus identified genes specific for skin adaptation and pathogenesis of parapoxviruses...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622433/research-on-genodermatoses-using-novel-genome-editing-tools
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REVIEW
Janin Lehmann, Christina Seebode, Steffen Emmert
Genodermatoses comprise a clinically heterogeneous group of mostly devastating disorders affecting the skin. To date, treatment options have in general been limited to symptom relief. However, the recent technical evolution in genome editing has ushered in a new era in the development of causal therapies for rare monogenetic diseases such as genodermatoses. The present review revisits the advantages and drawbacks of engineered nuclease tools currently available: zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), meganucleases, and - the most innovative - clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated (Cas) nuclease 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) system...
June 16, 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617800/whole-genome-sequencing-distinguishes-between-relapse-and-reinfection-in-recurrent-leprosy-cases
#15
Mariane M A Stefani, Charlotte Avanzi, Samira Bührer-Sékula, Andrej Benjak, Chloé Loiseau, Pushpendra Singh, Maria A A Pontes, Heitor S Gonçalves, Emerith M Hungria, Philippe Busso, Jérémie Piton, Maria I S Silveira, Rossilene Cruz, Antônio Schetinni, Maurício B Costa, Marcos C L Virmond, Suzana M Diorio, Ida M F Dias-Baptista, Patricia S Rosa, Masanori Matsuoka, Maria L F Penna, Stewart T Cole, Gerson O Penna
BACKGROUND: Since leprosy is both treated and controlled by multidrug therapy (MDT) it is important to monitor recurrent cases for drug resistance and to distinguish between relapse and reinfection as a means of assessing therapeutic efficacy. All three objectives can be reached with single nucleotide resolution using next generation sequencing and bioinformatics analysis of Mycobacterium leprae DNA present in human skin. METHODOLOGY: DNA was isolated by means of optimized extraction and enrichment methods from samples from three recurrent cases in leprosy patients participating in an open-label, randomized, controlled clinical trial of uniform MDT in Brazil (U-MDT/CT-BR)...
June 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617333/an-%C3%A2-aukward-tale-a-genetic-approach-to-discover-the-whereabouts-of-the-last-great-auks
#16
Jessica E Thomas, Gary R Carvalho, James Haile, Michael D Martin, Jose A Samaniego Castruita, Jonas Niemann, Mikkel-Holger S Sinding, Marcela Sandoval-Velasco, Nicolas J Rawlence, Errol Fuller, Jon Fjeldså, Michael Hofreiter, John R Stewart, M Thomas P Gilbert, Michael Knapp
One hundred and seventy-three years ago, the last two Great Auks, Pinguinusimpennis, ever reliably seen were killed. Their internal organs can be found in the collections of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, but the location of their skins has remained a mystery. In 1999, Great Auk expert Errol Fuller proposed a list of five potential candidate skins in museums around the world. Here we take a palaeogenomic approach to test which-if any-of Fuller's candidate skins likely belong to either of the two birds...
June 15, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605849/a-next-generation-sequencing-approach-with-a-suitable-bioinformatics-workflow-to-study-fungal-diversity-in-bioaerosols-released-from-two-different-types-of-composting-plants
#17
Hamza Mbareche, Marc Veillette, Laetitia Bonifait, Marie-Eve Dubuis, Yves Benard, Geneviève Marchand, Guillaume J Bilodeau, Caroline Duchaine
Composting is used all over the world to transform different types of organic matter through the actions of complex microbial communities. Moving and handling composting material may lead to the emission of high concentrations of bioaerosols. High exposure levels are associated with adverse health effects among compost industry workers. Fungal spores are suspected to play a role in many respiratory illnesses. There is a paucity of information related to the detailed fungal diversity in compost as well as in the aerosols emitted through composting activities...
June 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602615/pten-mediates-activation-of-core-clock-protein-bmal1-and-accumulation-of-epidermal-stem-cells
#18
Chiara Zagni, Luciana O Almeida, Tarek Balan, Marco T Martins, Luciana K Rosselli-Murai, Petros Papagerakis, Rogerio M Castilho, Cristiane H Squarize
Tissue integrity requires constant maintenance of a quiescent, yet responsive, population of stem cells. In the skin, hair follicle stem cells (HFSCs) that reside within the bulge maintain tissue homeostasis in response to activating cues that occur with each new hair cycle or upon injury. We found that PTEN, a major regulator of the PI3K-AKT pathway, controlled HFSC number and size in the bulge and maintained genomically stable pluripotent cells. This regulatory function is central for HFSC quiescence, where PTEN-deficiency phenotype is in part regulated by BMAL1...
June 5, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601087/gene-silencing-by-rna-interference-in-sarcoptes-scabiei-a-molecular-tool-to-identify-novel-therapeutic-targets
#19
Deepani D Fernando, Edward J Marr, Martha Zakrzewski, Simone L Reynolds, Stewart T G Burgess, Katja Fischer
BACKGROUND: Scabies is one of the most common and widespread parasitic skin infections globally, affecting a large range of mammals including humans, yet the molecular biology of Sarcoptes scabiei is astonishingly understudied. Research has been hampered primarily due to the difficulty of sampling or culturing these obligatory parasitic mites. A further and major impediment to identify and functionally analyse potential therapeutic targets from the recently emerging molecular databases is the lack of appropriate molecular tools...
June 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596396/genome-sequence-of-a-novel-human-gammapapillomavirus-isolated-from-skin
#20
Sankhadeep Dutta, Alexis Robitaille, Magali Olivier, Dana E Rollison, Massimo Tommasino, Tarik Gheit
A new human gammapapillomavirus (HPV_MTS2) genome was isolated and fully cloned from a skin swab. The L1 open reading frame of HPV_MTS2 was 79% and 80% identical to those of its closest relatives, HPV type 149 (species Gamma-7 of the genus Gammapapillomavirus) and HPV isolate Dysk2 (GenBank accession no. KX781281), respectively, thus qualifying it as a new HPV type.
June 8, 2017: Genome Announcements
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