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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230735/new-evidence-for-the-theory-of-chromosome-organization-by-repetitive-elements-core
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Shao-Jun Tang
Repetitive DNA elements were proposed to coordinate chromatin folding and interaction in chromosomes by their intrinsic homology-based clustering ability. A recent analysis of the data sets from chromosome-conformation-capture experiments confirms the spatial clustering of DNA repeats of the same family in the nuclear space, and thus provides strong new support for the CORE theory.
February 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228849/considerations-and-complications-of-mapping-small-rna-high-throughput-data-to-transposable-elements
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Alexandros Bousios, Brandon S Gaut, Nikos Darzentas
BACKGROUND: High-throughput sequencing (HTS) has revolutionized the way in which epigenetic research is conducted. When coupled with fully-sequenced genomes, millions of small RNA (sRNA) reads are mapped to regions of interest and the results scrutinized for clues about epigenetic mechanisms. However, this approach requires careful consideration in regards to experimental design, especially when one investigates repetitive parts of genomes such as transposable elements (TEs), or when such genomes are large, as is often the case in plants...
2017: Mobile DNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225007/full-3d-modelling-of-pulse-propagation-enables-efficient-nonlinear-frequency-conversion-with-low-energy-laser-pulses-in-a-single-element-tripler
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Tomasz M Kardaś, Michał Nejbauer, Paweł Wnuk, Bojan Resan, Czesław Radzewicz, Piotr Wasylczyk
Although new optical materials continue to open up access to more and more wavelength bands where femtosecond laser pulses can be generated, light frequency conversion techniques are still indispensable in filling the gaps on the ultrafast spectral scale. With high repetition rate, low pulse energy laser sources (oscillators) tight focusing is necessary for a robust wave mixing and the efficiency of broadband nonlinear conversion is limited by diffraction as well as spatial and temporal walk-off. Here we demonstrate a miniature third harmonic generator (tripler) with conversion efficiency exceeding 30%, producing 246 fs UV pulses via cascaded second order processes within a single laser beam focus...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221953/comparative-evaluation-of-genomic-and-laboratory-approaches-for-determination-of-shiga-toxin-subtypes-in-escherichia-coli
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Catherine D Carrillo, Adam G Koziol, Amit Mathews, Noriko Goji, Dominic Lambert, George Huszczynski, Martine Gauthier, Kingsley Amoako, Burton W Blais
The determination of Shiga toxin (ST) subtypes can be an important element in the risk characterization of foodborne ST-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) isolates for making risk management decisions. ST subtyping methods include PCR techniques based on electrophoretic or pyrosequencing analysis of amplicons and in silico techniques based on whole genome sequence analysis using algorithms that can be readily incorporated into bioinformatics analysis pipelines for characterization of isolates by their genetic composition...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214512/dynamics-and-context-dependent-roles-of-dna-methylation
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REVIEW
Christina Ambrosi, Massimiliano Manzo, Tuncay Baubec
DNA methylation is one of the most extensively studied epigenetic marks. It is involved in transcriptional gene silencing, it plays important roles during mammalian development and its perturbation is often associated with human diseases. In mammalian genomes, DNA methylation is a prevalent modification that decorates the majority of cytosines. It is found at the promoters and enhancers of inactive genes, at repetitive elements and within transcribed gene bodies. Its presence at promoters is dynamically linked to gene activity, suggesting that it could directly influence gene expression patterns and cellular identity...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198363/gut-memories-do-not-fade-epigenetic-regulation-of-lasting-gut-homing-receptor-expression-in-cd4-memory-t-cells
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B A Szilagyi, J Triebus, C Kressler, M de Almeida, S Tierling, P Durek, M Mardahl, A Szilagyi, S Floess, J Huehn, U Syrbe, J Walter, J K Polansky, A Hamann
The concept of a "topographical memory" in lymphocytes implies a stable expression of homing receptors mediating trafficking of lymphocytes back to the tissue of initial activation. However, a significant plasticity of the gut-homing receptor α4β7 was found in CD8(+) T cells, questioning the concept. We now demonstrate that α4β7 expression in murine CD4(+) memory T cells is, in contrast, imprinted and remains stable in the absence of the inducing factor retinoic acid (RA) or other stimuli from mucosal environments...
February 15, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195345/in-vivo-measurements-of-human-neck-skin-elasticity-using-mri-and-finite-element-modeling
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Yunqiang An, Changjin Ji, Yong Li, Jianxia Wang, Xinyue Zhang, Yaqi Huang
PURPOSE: The assessment of mechanical properties of the human skin is very important in investigating the mechanism of obstructive sleep apnea, a common disorder characterized by repetitive collapse and obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. In this study, a unique method, combining magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and finite element modeling (FEM), was developed to obtain the value of the in vivo elastic modulus of the neck skin. MEHTHOD: A total of 22 subjects, 16 males and 6 females, were recruited to participate in the MRI studies...
February 13, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194445/diverse-repetitive-element-rna-expression-defines-epigenetic-and-immunologic-features-of-colon-cancer
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Niyati Desai, Dipti Sajed, Kshitij S Arora, Alexander Solovyov, Mihir Rajurkar, Jacob R Bledsoe, Srinjoy Sil, Ramzi Amri, Eric Tai, Olivia C MacKenzie, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Martin J Aryee, Cristina R Ferrone, David L Berger, Miguel N Rivera, Benjamin D Greenbaum, Vikram Deshpande, David T Ting
There is tremendous excitement for the potential of epigenetic therapies in cancer, but the ability to predict and monitor response to these drugs remains elusive. This is in part due to the inability to differentiate the direct cytotoxic and the immunomodulatory effects of these drugs. The DNA-hypomethylating agent 5-azacitidine (AZA) has shown these distinct effects in colon cancer and appears to be linked to the derepression of repeat RNAs. LINE and HERV are two of the largest classes of repeats in the genome, and despite many commonalities, we found that there is heterogeneity in behavior among repeat subtypes...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188229/the-human-long-interspersed-element-1-retrotransposon-an-emerging-biomarker-of-neoplasia
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REVIEW
Daniel Ardeljan, Martin S Taylor, David T Ting, Kathleen H Burns
BACKGROUND: A large portion of intronic and intergenic space in our genome consists of repeated sequences. One of the most prevalent is the long interspersed element-1 (LINE-1, L1) mobile DNA. LINE-1 is rightly receiving increasing interest as a cancer biomarker. CONTENT: Intact LINE-1 elements are self-propagating. They code for RNA and proteins that function to make more copies of the genomic element. Our current understanding is that this process is repressed in most normal cells, but that LINE-1 expression is a hallmark of many types of malignancy...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186206/unbiased-k-mer-analysis-reveals-changes-in-copy-number-of-highly-repetitive-sequences-during-maize-domestication-and-improvement
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Sanzhen Liu, Jun Zheng, Pierre Migeon, Jie Ren, Ying Hu, Cheng He, Hongjun Liu, Junjie Fu, Frank F White, Christopher Toomajian, Guoying Wang
The major component of complex genomes is repetitive elements, which remain recalcitrant to characterization. Using maize as a model system, we analyzed whole genome shotgun (WGS) sequences for the two maize inbred lines B73 and Mo17 using k-mer analysis to quantify the differences between the two genomes. Significant differences were identified in highly repetitive sequences, including centromere, 45S ribosomal DNA (rDNA), knob, and telomere repeats. Genotype specific 45S rDNA sequences were discovered. The B73 and Mo17 polymorphic k-mers were used to examine allele-specific expression of 45S rDNA in the hybrids...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182316/tissue-mechanics-during-temporal-summation-of-sequentially-cuff-pressure-induced-pain-in-healthy-volunteers-and-patients-with-painful-osteoarthritis
#11
B Manafi-Khanian, K Kjaer Petersen, L Arendt-Nielsen
BACKGROUND: The phenomenon of temporal summation to repetitive pressure pain stimuli is an important central neural mechanism for pain intensity encoding. This study evaluated the time-dependent behaviour of mechanical characteristics of soft tissue during repeated cuff stimulation used for eliciting temporal summation of cuff pressure-evoked pain. Such information of tissue mechanics is important for the interpretation of the pain response evoked during sequential stimulations. METHODS: Temporal summation was assessed in 16 subjects separated into two groups (healthy controls and severe knee osteoarthritis patients) using a visual analogue scale during 10 repetitive painful cuff stimuli (1-s duration, 1-s break) of the lower leg...
February 9, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179391/the-nuclear-cap-binding-complex-mediates-meiotic-silencing-by-unpaired-dna
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Logan M Decker, Hua Xiao, Erin C Boone, Michael M Vierling, Benjamin S Shanker, Shanika L Kingston, Shannon F Boone, Jackson B Haynes, Patrick K T Shiu
In the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa, cross walls between individual cells are normally incomplete, making the entire fungal network vulnerable to attack by viruses and selfish DNAs. Accordingly, several genome surveillance mechanisms are maintained to help the fungus to combat these repetitive elements. One of these defense mechanisms is known as meiotic silencing by unpaired DNA (MSUD), which is an RNA silencing system that identifies and silences unpaired genes during meiosis. Utilizing common RNAi proteins such as Dicer and Argonaute, MSUD targets mRNAs homologous to the unpaired sequence to achieve silencing...
February 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176611/development-and-validation-of-a-real-time-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-of-toxoplasma-gondii-dna-in-animal-and-meat-samples
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Anna Maria Fausta Marino, Maurizio Percipalle, Renato Paolo Giunta, Antonio Salvaggio, Giulia Caracappa, Tiziana Alfonzetti, Alessandra Aparo, Stefano Reale
We report a rapid and reliable method for the detection of Toxoplasma gondii in meat and animal tissues based on real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Samples were collected from cattle, small ruminants, horses, and pigs raised or imported into Sicily, Italy. All DNA preparations were assayed by real-time PCR tests targeted to a 98-bp long fragment in the AF 529-bp repeat element and to the B1 gene using specific primers. Diagnostic sensitivity (100%), diagnostic specificity (100%), limit of detection (0...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174046/prenatal-exposure-to-drinking-water-disinfection-by-products-and-dna-methylation-in-cord-blood
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Pan Yang, Bin Zhou, Wen-Cheng Cao, Yi-Xin Wang, Zhen Huang, Jin Li, Wen-Qing Lu, Qiang Zeng
Maternal exposure to drinking water disinfection by-products (DBPs) during pregnancy has been related to adverse birth outcomes. While experimental studies have shown that exposure to DBPs induce DNA hypomethylation, evidence from humans is limited. This study aimed to examine whether prenatal exposure to drinking water DBPs was associated with DNA methylation in cord blood. Maternal biomarkers of exposure to drinking water DBPs including blood trihalomethanes [THMs, including chloroform (TCM), bromodichloromethane (BDCM), dibromochloromethane (DBCM), and bromoform (TBM)] and urinary trichloroacetic acid (TCAA) were measured during late pregnancy...
February 4, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174020/necessity-is-the-mother-of-invention-ciliates-transposons-and-transgenerational-inheritance
#15
REVIEW
Sarah E Allen, Mariusz Nowacki
Ciliates are a fascinating model system for the study of the interaction between eukaryotic germlines and somatic lines, especially with regard to the invasion and defence against transposable elements. They separate their germline and somatic line into two nuclei within the same cell, and they silence transposons and repetitive elements by way of deleting them from their somatic genome. This large-scale deletion event uses a series of intricate sequence targeting pathways involving small RNAs and transposases, part of which consists of a transnuclear comparison between maternal soma and daughter germline...
February 4, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171598/widespread-splicing-of-repetitive-element-loci-into-coding-regions-of-gene-transcripts
#16
Miranda M Darby, Jeffrey T Leek, Ben Langmead, Robert H Yolken, Sarven Sabunciyan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167525/the-history-of-bordetella-pertussis-genome-evolution-includes-structural-rearrangement
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Michael R Weigand, Yanhui Peng, Vladimir Loparev, Dhwani Batra, Katherine E Bowden, Mark Burroughs, Pamela K Cassiday, Jamie K Davis, Taccara Johnson, Phalasy Juieng, Kristen Knipe, Marsenia H Mathis, Andrea M Pruitt, Lori Rowe, Mili Sheth, M Lucia Tondella, Margaret M Williams
: Despite high pertussis vaccine coverage, reported cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased over the last decade in the United States and other developed countries. Although Bordetella pertussis is well known for its limited gene sequence variation, recent advances in long-read sequencing technology have begun to reveal genome structural heterogeneity among otherwise indistinguishable isolates, even within geographically or temporally defined epidemics. We have compared rearrangements among complete genome assemblies from 257 B...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165867/hypermethylated-ltr-retrotransposon-exhibits-enhancer-activity
#18
Tianxiang Hu, Xingguo Zhu, Wenhu Pi, Miao Yu, Huidong Shi, Dorothy Tuan
LTR retrotransposons are repetitive DNA elements comprising ∼10% of the human genome. They are silenced by hypermethylation of cytosines in CpG dinucleotides and are considered parasitic DNA serving no useful function for the host genome. However, hypermethylated LTRs contain enhancer and promoter sequences and can promote tissue-specific transcription of cis-linked genes. To resolve the apparent paradox of hypermethylated LTRs possessing transcriptional activities, we studied the ERV-9 LTR retrotransposon located at the 5' border of the transcriptionally active β-globin gene locus in human erythroid progenitor and erythroleukemia K562 cells...
February 6, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160052/silencing-of-endogenous-retroviruses-by-heterochromatin
#19
REVIEW
Sophia Groh, Gunnar Schotta
Endogenous retroviruses (ERV) are an abundant class of repetitive elements in mammalian genomes. To ensure genomic stability, ERVs are largely transcriptionally silent. However, these elements also feature physiological roles in distinct developmental contexts, under which silencing needs to be partially relieved. ERV silencing is mediated through a heterochromatic structure, which is established by histone modification and DNA methylation machineries. This heterochromatic structure is largely refractory to transcriptional stimulation, however, challenges to the heterochromatic state, such as DNA replication, require re-establishment of the heterochromatic state in competition with transcriptional activators...
February 3, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159910/temperature-manipulation-in-songbird-brain-implicates-the-premotor-nucleus-hvc-in-birdsong-syntax
#20
Yisi S Zhang, Jason D Wittenbach, Dezhe Z Jin, Alexay A Kozhevnikov
: Variable motor sequences of animals are often structured and can be described by probabilistic transition rules between action elements. Examples include the songs of many songbird species such as the Bengalese finch, which consist of stereotypical syllables sequenced according to probabilistic rules (song syntax). The neural mechanisms behind such rules are poorly understood. Here we investigate where the song syntax is encoded in the brain of the Bengalese finch by rapidly and reversibly manipulating the temperature in the song production pathway...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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