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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320091/animal-models-for-assessing-the-impact-of-natural-products-on-the-aetiology-and-metabolic-pathophysiology-of-type-2-diabetes
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Md Asrafuzzaman, Yingnan Cao, Rizwana Afroz, Danielle Kamato, Susan Gray, Peter J Little
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a complex and heterogeneous disorder which in its most common manifestation arises from insulin resistance and later insulin insufficiency. Type 2 diabetes is characterised by impaired insulin sensitivity and diagnosed as hyperglycaemia. Because of its cardiovascular consequences, Type 2 diabetes represents one of the world's leading causes of mortality and morbidity. Drug discovery and development are required to produce better ways to prevent, treat and manage diabetes and its complications...
March 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319253/heat-shock-protein-expression-in-cerebral-x-linked-adrenoleukodystrophy-reveals-astrocyte-stress-prior-to-myelin-loss
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Anna Lena Görtz, Laura A N Peferoen, Wouter H Gerritsen, Johannes M van Noort, Marianna Bugiani, Sandra Amor
AIMS: X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a genetic white matter disorder in which demyelination occurs due to accumulation of very long chain fatty acids. Inflammation in the brain white matter is a hallmark of the pathology of cerebral X-ALD, but the underlying pathogenic mechanisms are still largely unknown. In other inflammatory demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis, the expression of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in combination with interferon-γ (IFN-γ) has been suggested to play a prominent role in the initiation of demyelination and inflammation...
March 20, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319150/high-throughput-transformation-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-using-liquid-handling-robots
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Guangbo Liu, Clayton Lanham, J Ross Buchan, Matthew E Kaplan
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast) is a powerful eukaryotic model organism ideally suited to high-throughput genetic analyses, which time and again has yielded insights that further our understanding of cell biology processes conserved in humans. Lithium Acetate (LiAc) transformation of yeast with DNA for the purposes of exogenous protein expression (e.g., plasmids) or genome mutation (e.g., gene mutation, deletion, epitope tagging) is a useful and long established method. However, a reliable and optimized high throughput transformation protocol that runs almost no risk of human error has not been described in the literature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319100/metagenomic-discovery-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-biosynthesis-by-marine-sponges
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Vinayak Agarwal, Jessica M Blanton, Sheila Podell, Arnaud Taton, Michelle A Schorn, Julia Busch, Zhenjian Lin, Eric W Schmidt, Paul R Jensen, Valerie J Paul, Jason S Biggs, James W Golden, Eric E Allen, Bradley S Moore
Naturally produced polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) pervade the marine environment and structurally resemble toxic man-made brominated flame retardants. PBDEs bioaccumulate in marine animals and are likely transferred to the human food chain. However, the biogenic basis for PBDE production in one of their most prolific sources, marine sponges of the order Dysideidae, remains unidentified. Here, we report the discovery of PBDE biosynthetic gene clusters within sponge-microbiome-associated cyanobacterial endosymbionts through the use of an unbiased metagenome-mining approach...
March 20, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319045/akt-mediated-stabilization-of-histone-methyltransferase-whsc1-promotes-prostate-cancer-metastasis
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Ni Li, Wei Xue, Huairui Yuan, Baijun Dong, Yufeng Ding, Yongfeng Liu, Min Jiang, Shan Kan, Tongyu Sun, Jiale Ren, Qiang Pan, Xiang Li, Peiyuan Zhang, Guohong Hu, Yan Wang, Xiaoming Wang, Qintong Li, Jun Qin
Loss of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) and activation of the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway are hallmarks of prostate cancer (PCa). However, these alterations alone are insufficient for cells to acquire metastatic traits. Here, we have shown that the histone dimethyl transferase WHSC1 critically drives indolent PTEN-null tumors to become metastatic PCa. In a PTEN-null murine PCa model, WHSC1 overexpression in prostate epithelium cooperated with Pten deletion to produce a metastasis-prone tumor. Conversely, genetic ablation of Whsc1 prevented tumor progression in PTEN-null mice...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318817/clinical-and-mutational-characteristics-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-patients-based-on-a-comprehensive-database-in-south-china
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Dan-Ni Wang, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Lei Yan, Jin He, Min-Ting Lin, Wan-Jin Chen, Ning Wang
The development of clinical trials for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in China faces many challenges due to limited information about epidemiological data, natural history and clinical management. To provide these detailed data, we developed a comprehensive database based on registered DMD patients from South China and analysed their clinical and mutational characteristics. The database included DMD registrants confirmed by clinical presentation, family history, genetic detection, prognostic outcome, and/or muscle biopsy...
February 21, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318784/kinetics-of-endogenous-camkii-required-for-synaptic-plasticity-revealed-by-optogenetic-kinase-inhibitor
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Hideji Murakoshi, Myung Eun Shin, Paula Parra-Bueno, Erzsebet M Szatmari, Akihiro C E Shibata, Ryohei Yasuda
Elucidating temporal windows of signaling activity required for synaptic and behavioral plasticity is crucial for understanding molecular mechanisms underlying these phenomena. Here, we developed photoactivatable autocamtide inhibitory peptide 2 (paAIP2), a genetically encoded, light-inducible inhibitor of CaMKII activity. The photoactivation of paAIP2 in neurons for 1-2 min during the induction of LTP and structural LTP (sLTP) of dendritic spines inhibited these forms of plasticity in hippocampal slices of rodents...
March 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318385/arsenic-induced-sumoylation-of-mus81-is-involved-in-regulating-genomic-stability
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Liyan Hu, Feikun Yang, Lou Lu, Wei Dai
Chronic environmental exposure to metal toxicants such as chromium and arsenic is closely related to the development of several types of common cancers. Genetic and epigenetic studies in the past decade reveal that post-translational modifications of histones play a role in metal carcinogenesis. However, exact molecular mechanisms of metal carcinogenesis remain to be elucidated. In this study we found that As2O3, an environmental metal toxicant, up-regulated overall modifications of many cellular proteins by SUMO2/3...
March 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317902/a-natural-tandem-array-alleviates-epigenetic-repression-of-ipa1-and-leads-to-superior-yielding-rice
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Lin Zhang, Hong Yu, Bin Ma, Guifu Liu, Jianjun Wang, Junmin Wang, Rongcun Gao, Jinjun Li, Jiyun Liu, Jing Xu, Yingying Zhang, Qun Li, Xuehui Huang, Jianlong Xu, Jianming Li, Qian Qian, Bin Han, Zuhua He, Jiayang Li
Super hybrid rice varieties with ideal plant architecture (IPA) have been critical in enhancing food security worldwide. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying their improved yield remain unclear. Here, we report the identification of a QTL, qWS8/ipa1-2D, in the super rice Yongyou12 (YY12) and related varieties. In-depth genetic molecular characterization of qWS8/ipa1-2D reveals that this newly identified QTL results from three distal naturally occurring tandem repeats upstream of IPA1, a key gene/locus previously shown to shape rice ideal plant architecture and greatly enhance grain yield...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317875/chd7-is-indispensable-for-mammalian-brain-development-through-activation-of-a-neuronal-differentiation-programme
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Weijun Feng, Daisuke Kawauchi, Huiqin Körkel-Qu, Huan Deng, Elisabeth Serger, Laura Sieber, Jenna Ariel Lieberman, Silvia Jimeno-González, Sander Lambo, Bola S Hanna, Yassin Harim, Malin Jansen, Anna Neuerburg, Olga Friesen, Marc Zuckermann, Vijayanad Rajendran, Jan Gronych, Olivier Ayrault, Andrey Korshunov, David T W Jones, Marcel Kool, Paul A Northcott, Peter Lichter, Felipe Cortés-Ledesma, Stefan M Pfister, Hai-Kun Liu
Mutations in chromatin modifier genes are frequently associated with neurodevelopmental diseases. We herein demonstrate that the chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 7 (Chd7), frequently associated with CHARGE syndrome, is indispensable for normal cerebellar development. Genetic inactivation of Chd7 in cerebellar granule neuron progenitors leads to cerebellar hypoplasia in mice, due to the impairment of granule neuron differentiation, induction of apoptosis and abnormal localization of Purkinje cells, which closely recapitulates known clinical features in the cerebella of CHARGE patients...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317799/a-first-insight-into-the-genetic-diversity-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-veracruz-mexico
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Raquel Almaraz-Velasco, Daniela Munro-Rojas, Javier Fuentes-Domínguez, Raquel Muñiz-Salazar, Maria Angélica Ibarra-Estela, Alma Delia Guevara-Méndez, Rosa Icela Chaparro-Martinez, Monserrat Perez-Navarro, Roberto Zenteno-Cuevas
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the most important infectious diseases. Although Mexico is one of the Latin American countries with the largest contribution to these statistics, there are few reports that describe the genotypic characteristics of TB. The aim of this study was to use the MIRU-VNTR-24 loci to analyze the genetic diversity of M. tuberculosis circulating in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. METHODS: Here, we analyze by MIRU-VNTR-24 loci 80 clinical isolates from individuals with confirmed TB from Veracruz México, also clinical and epidemiological variables were recovered and analyzed...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317264/a-collection-of-enhancer-trap-insertional-mutants-for-functional-genomics-in-tomato
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Fernando Pérez-Martín, Fernando J Yuste-Lisbona, Benito Pineda, María Pilar Angarita-Díaz, Begoña García-Sogo, Teresa Antón, Sibilla Sánchez, Estela Giménez, Alejandro Atarés, Antonia Fernández-Lozano, Ana Ortíz-Atienza, Manuel García-Alcázar, Laura Castañeda, Rocío Fonseca, Carmen Capel, Geraldine Goergen, Jorge Sánchez, Jorge L Quispe, Juan Capel, Trinidad Angosto, Vicente Moreno, Rafael Lozano
With the completion of genome sequencing projects, the next challenge is to close the gap between gene annotation and gene functional assignment. Genomic tools to identify gene functions are based on the analysis of phenotypic variations between a wild-type and its mutant; hence, mutant collections are a valuable resource. In this sense, T-DNA collections allow for an easy and straightforward identification of the tagged gene, serving as the basis of both forward and reverse genetic strategies. This study reports on the phenotypic and molecular characterization of an enhancer trap T-DNA collection in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L...
March 19, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317218/rodent-models-of-genetic-and-chromosomal-variations-in-psychiatric-disorders
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Jun Nomura, Geetha Kannan, Toru Takumi
Elucidating the molecular basis of complex human psychiatric disorders is challenging due to the multitude of factors that underpin these disorders. Genetic and chromosomal changes are two factors that have been suggested to be involved in psychiatric disorders. Indeed, numerous risk loci have been identified in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), schizophrenia, and related psychiatric disorders. Here, we introduce genetic animal models that disturb excitatory-inhibitory (E/I) balance in the brain and animal models mirroring human chromosomal abnormalities, both of which may be implicated in ASD pathophysiology...
March 20, 2017: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317172/parelaphostrongylus-tenuis-cerebrospinal-nematodiasis-in-a-horse-with-cervical-scoliosis-and-meningomyelitis
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N S Mittelman, T J Divers, J B Engiles, R Gerhold, S Ness, P V Scrivani, T Southard, A L Johnson
There are reports of horses with acute onset acquired cervical scoliosis and cutaneous analgesia. The underlying dorsal gray column myelitis that produces these neurologic signs has been only presumptively attributed to migration of Parelaphostrongylus tenuis within the spinal cord. Despite previous confirmation brain by polymerase chain reaction testing, of P. tenuis within the brain of horses by polymerase chain reaction testing, genetic testing has failed to definitively identify the presence of this parasite in cases of equine myelitis...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317169/molecular-characteristics-of-ofloxacin-mono-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isolates-from-new-and-previously-treated-tuberculosis-patients
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Zhirui Wang, Tong Xie, Cheng Mu, Chunhua Wang, Hanfang Ju, Hui Zhao, Rui Sun
BACKGROUND: Ofloxacin (OFX) resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) isolates have been increasingly observed and are a major concern in recent years. This study investigated the genetic mutations associated with OFX resistance among clinical OFX mono-resistant MTB isolates from new and previously treated tuberculosis patients. METHODS: A total of 50 unrelated OFX mono-resistant MTB isolates were analyzed. For all isolates, the quinolone resistance determining regions of gyrA and gyrB were PCR amplified and sequenced...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317092/serpinc1-gene-mutations-in-antithrombin-deficiency
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René Mulder, F Nanne Croles, André B Mulder, James A Huntington, Karina Meijer, Michaël V Lukens
Existing evidence suggests that in most cases antithrombin deficiency can be explained by mutations in its gene, SERPINC1. We investigated the molecular background of antithrombin deficiency in a single centre family cohort study. We included a total of 21 families comprising 15 original probands and sixty-six relatives, 6 of who were surrogate probands for the genetic analysis. Antithrombin activity and antigen levels were measured. The heparin-antithrombin binding ratio assay was used to distinguish between the different subtypes of type II antithrombin deficiency...
March 20, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316926/apert-syndrome-with-s252w-fgfr2-mutation-and-characterization-using-phenomizer-an-indian-case-report
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Fulesh Kunwar, Shikha Tewari, Sonal R Bakshi
Human genetic disease needs differential diagnosis to optimize clinical management, enable prenatal detection, and genetic counselling. The current methods of robust DNA sequencing also require next generation phenotyping to match with for better interpretation of genotypic and phenotypic heterogeneity commonly observed. We report use of human ontology based phenotypic characterization with Phenomizer that gives statistical score for possible diagnoses based on which, the gene mutation was studied. A case of craniosynostosis which refers to a group of syndromes characterized by a premature fusion of skull was studied...
January 2017: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316389/molecular-characterization-of-myxoboluscatmrigalae-myxosporea-myxobolidae-infecting-the-gill-lamellae-of-carp-cirrhinusmrigala-hamilton
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Sayani Banerjee, Avijit Patra, Anjan Mondal, Harresh Adikesavalu, Kurva Raghu Ramudu, Gadadhar Dash, Siddhartha Narayan Joardar, Thangapalam Jawahar Abraham
The present study attempted sequencing the 18S rRNA gene of Myxoboluscatmrigalae infecting the gill lamellae of carp, Cirrhinusmrigala and compared its genetic homology and phylogenetic characteristics with 18S rRNA genes of other Myxobolus spp. The infected fish had up to 3 small, creamy white plasmodia per gill filament with 30-50 spores each. The spore size was 17.90 ± 0.70 × 7.40 ± 0.40 μm. The sporoplasm contained two large nuclei of size 0.57 ± 0.09 μm and no iodinophilous vacuole. The DNA sequence of M...
March 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316260/animal-physiology-and-genetic-aspects-of-ryegrass-staggers-in-grazing-sheep
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C A Morris, T T Wheeler, H V Henderson, N R Towers, S H Phua
Ryegrass staggers (RGS) is a metabolic disease of herbivores, caused by the ingestion of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) containing a fungal endophyte (Neotyphodium lolii) which produces a tremorgenic toxin, lolitrem B. RGS has a major economic impact for agriculture in New Zealand as well as internationally. Management of RGS in grazing sheep can be problematic, and there is an incomplete knowledge of the interaction between the toxin and the grazing animal. This review is focused on recent advances in understanding the molecular physiology of RGS in the affected animal as well as the influence of animal genetics on the degree of susceptibility to RGS...
March 19, 2017: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316138/irx3-is-a-genetic-modifier-for-birth-weight-adolescent-obesity-and-transaminase-metabolism
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C Liu, C Chu, J Zhang, D Wu, D Xu, P Li, Y Chen, B Liu, L Pei, L Zhang, S Liu, T Qi, X-Y Lou, L Li
OBJECTIVE: IRX3 expression has been functionally associated in obesity-associated long-distance susceptibility loci, but the effect of the IRX3 genetic variants on human obesity and obesity-related metabolism remains uncertain. METHODS: To determine the genetic role of IRX3, we conducted a molecular epidemiological analysis using three haplotype tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs; rs8053360, rs3751723 and rs12445085) and one nonsynonymous SNP (rs1126960) at the IRX3 locus in 333 junior and senior high school students from a northeast Chinese population...
March 19, 2017: Pediatric Obesity
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