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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231582/radiomics-in-head-and-neck-cancer-extracting-valuable-information-from-data-beyond-recognition
#1
Kathrin Scheckenbach, Lena Colter, Martin Wagenmann
In oncology, biomarkers that describe the characteristics of a malignancy on different levels (clinical, histological, molecular) and the patient's outcome and treatment response are increasingly integrated into the clinical routine. Extensive screening tools, "omics," offer incredible opportunities and vast amounts of data. During the last years, the field of "omics" gained a new promising partner, the "radiomics." Based on radiological imaging, multiple features can be extracted and linked to clinical, genomic, and histopathological data from other sources...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231510/lipopolyplex-potentiates-anti-tumor-immunity-of-mrna-based-vaccination
#2
Stefano Persano, Maria L Guevara, Zhaoqi Li, Junhua Mai, Mauro Ferrari, Pier Paolo Pompa, Haifa Shen
mRNA-based vaccines have the benefit of triggering robust anti-cancer immunity without the potential danger of genome integration from DNA vaccines or the limitation of antigen selection from peptide vaccines. Yet, a conventional mRNA vaccine comprising of condensed mRNA molecules in a positively charged protein core structure is not effectively internalized by the antigen-presenting cells. It cannot offer sufficient protection for mRNA molecules from degradation by plasma and tissue enzymes either. Here, we have developed a lipopolyplex mRNA vaccine that consists of a poly-(β-amino ester) polymer mRNA core encapsulated into a 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-ethylphosphocholine/1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine/1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[amino(polyethylene glycol)-2000 (EDOPC/DOPE/DSPE-PEG) lipid shell...
February 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231340/the-widely-used-nicotiana-benthamiana-16c-line-has-an-unusual-t-dna-integration-pattern-including-a-transposon-sequence
#3
Joshua G Philips, Fatima Naim, Michał T Lorenc, Kevin J Dudley, Roger P Hellens, Peter M Waterhouse
Nicotiana benthamiana is employed around the world for many types of research and one transgenic line has been used more extensively than any other. This line, 16c, expresses the Aequorea victoria green fluorescent protein (GFP), highly and constitutively, and has been a major resource for visualising the mobility and actions of small RNAs. Insights into the mechanisms studied at a molecular level in N. benthamiana 16c are likely to be deeper and more accurate with a greater knowledge of the GFP gene integration site...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230980/chitosan-modified-filter-paper-for-nucleic-acid-extraction-and-in-situ-pcr-on-a-thermoplastic-microchip
#4
Wupeng Gan, Yin Gu, Junping Han, Caixia Li, Jing Sun, Peng Liu
Plastic microfluidic devices with embedded chitosan-modified Fusion 5 filter paper (unmodified one purchased from GE Healthcare) have been successfully developed for DNA extraction and concentration, utilizing two different mechanisms for DNA capture: the physical entanglement of long-chain DNA molecules with the fiber matrix of the filter paper and the electrostatic adsorption of DNA to the chitosan-modified filter fibers. This new method not only provided a high DNA extraction efficiency at a pH of 5 by synergistically combining these two capture mechanisms together, but also resisted the elution of DNA from filters at a pH >8 due to the entanglement of DNA with fibers...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230815/conceptual-foundations-of-systems-biology-explaining-complex-cardiac-diseases
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George E Louridas, Katerina G Lourida
Systems biology is an important concept that connects molecular biology and genomics with computing science, mathematics and engineering. An endeavor is made in this paper to associate basic conceptual ideas of systems biology with clinical medicine. Complex cardiac diseases are clinical phenotypes generated by integration of genetic, molecular and environmental factors. Basic concepts of systems biology like network construction, modular thinking, biological constraints (downward biological direction) and emergence (upward biological direction) could be applied to clinical medicine...
February 21, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229977/non-ribosomal-peptide-synthetases-identifying-the-cryptic-gene-clusters-and-decoding-the-natural-product
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Mangal Singh, Sandeep Chaudhary, Dipti Sareen
Non-ribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) and polyketide synthases (PKSs) present in bacteria and fungi are the major multi-modular enzyme complexes which synthesize secondary metabolites like the pharmacologically important antibiotics and siderophores. Each of the multiple modules of an NRPS activates a different amino or aryl acid, followed by their condensation to synthesize a linear or cyclic natural product. The studies on NRPS domains, the knowledge of their gene cluster architecture and tailoring enzymes have helped in the in silico genetic screening of the ever-expanding sequenced microbial genomic data for the identification of novel NRPS/PKS clusters and thus deciphering novel non-ribosomal peptides (NRPs)...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229558/microbial-diversity-of-a-full-scale-uasb-reactor-applied-to-poultry-slaughterhouse-wastewater-treatment-integration-of-16s-rrna-gene-amplicon-and-shotgun-metagenomic-sequencing
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Tiago Palladino Delforno, Gileno Vieira Lacerda Júnior, Melline F Noronha, Isabel K Sakamoto, Maria Bernadete A Varesche, Valéria M Oliveira
The 16S rRNA gene amplicon and whole-genome shotgun metagenomic (WGSM) sequencing approaches were used to investigate wide-spectrum profiles of microbial composition and metabolic diversity from a full-scale UASB reactor applied to poultry slaughterhouse wastewater treatment. The data were generated by using MiSeq 2 × 250 bp and HiSeq 2 × 150 bp Illumina sequencing platforms for 16S amplicon and WGSM sequencing, respectively. Each approach revealed a distinct microbial community profile, with Pseudomonas and Psychrobacter as predominant genus for the WGSM dataset and Clostridium and Methanosaeta for the 16S rRNA gene amplicon dataset...
February 23, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228607/analysis-of-nuclear-mitochondrial-dnas-and-factors-affecting-patterns-of-integration-in-plant-species
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Takanori Yoshida, Hazuka Y Furihata, Akira Kawabe
Sequences homologous to organellar DNA that have been integrated into nuclear genomes are referred to as nuclear mitochondrial DNAs (NUMTs) and nuclear plastid DNAs (NUPTs). NUMTs in nine plant species were analyzed to reveal the integration patterns and possible factors involved. The cumulative lengths of NUMTs in two-thirds of species analyzed were greater than those of NUPTs observed in a previous study. The age distribution of NUMTs was similar to that of NUPTs, suggesting similar mechanisms for integration and degradation of both NUPTs and NUMTs...
February 22, 2017: Genes & Genetic Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228480/a-stable-but-reversible-integrated-surrogate-reporter-for-assaying-crispr-cas9-stimulated-homology-directed-repair
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Yahong Wen, Grace Liao, Thomas Pritchard, Ting-Ting Zhao, Jon P Connelly, Shondra M Pruett-Miller, Valerie Blanc, Nicholas O Davidson, Blair B Madison
The discovery and application of CRISPR/Cas9 technology for genome editing has greatly accelerated targeted mutagenesis in a variety of organisms. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated site-specific cleavage is typically exploited for the generation of insertions or deletions (indels) following aberrant dsDNA repair via the endogenous non-homology end-joining (NHEJ) pathway, or alternatively, for enhancing homology directed repair (HDR) to facilitate the generation of a specific mutation (or knock-in). However, there is a need for efficient cellular assays that can measure Cas9/guide RNA (gRNA) activity...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228131/whole-genome-sequencing-of-one-complex-pedigree-illustrates-challenges-with-genomic-medicine
#10
Han Fang, Yiyang Wu, Hui Yang, Margaret Yoon, Laura T Jiménez-Barrón, David Mittelman, Reid Robison, Kai Wang, Gholson J Lyon
BACKGROUND: Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) has risen as a useful tool for precision medicine by providing a standardized vocabulary of phenotypic abnormalities to describe presentations of human pathologies; however, there have been relatively few reports combining whole genome sequencing (WGS) and HPO, especially in the context of structural variants. METHODS: We illustrate an integrative analysis of WGS and HPO using an extended pedigree, which involves Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), hereditary hemochromatosis (HH), and dysautonomia-like symptoms...
February 23, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227225/integration-of-snps-fmri-methylation-data-with-sparse-multi-cca-for-schizophrenia-study
#11
Wenxing Hu, Dongdong Lin, Vince D Calhoun, Yu-Ping Wang, Wenxing Hu, Dongdong Lin, Vince D Calhoun, Yu-Ping Wang, Vince D Calhoun, Yu-Ping Wang, Wenxing Hu, Dongdong Lin
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a complex mental disorder associated with genetic variations, brain development and activities, and environmental factors. There is an increasing interest in combining genetic, epigenetic and neuroimaging datasets to explore different level of biomarkers for the correlation and interaction between these diverse factors. Sparse Multi-Canonical Correlation Analysis (sMCCA) is a powerful tool that can analyze the correlation of three or more datasets. In this paper, we propose the sMCCA model for imaging genomics study...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226770/a-multiscale-model-based-analysis-of-the-multi-tissue-interplay-underlying-blood-glucose-regulation-in-type-i-diabetes
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Federico Wadehn, Stephan Schaller, Thomas Eissing, Markus Krauss, Lars Kupfer, Federico Wadehn, Stephan Schaller, Thomas Eissing, Markus Krauss, Lars Kupfer, Federico Wadehn, Markus Krauss, Lars Kupfer, Stephan Schaller, Thomas Eissing
A multiscale model for blood glucose regulation in diabetes type I patients is constructed by integrating detailed metabolic network models for fat, liver and muscle cells into a whole body physiologically-based pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (pBPK/PD) model. The blood glucose regulation PBPK/PD model simulates the distribution and metabolization of glucose, insulin and glucagon on an organ and whole body level. The genome-scale metabolic networks in contrast describe intracellular reactions. The developed multiscale model is fitted to insulin, glucagon and glucose measurements of a 48h clinical trial featuring 6 subjects and is subsequently used to simulate (in silico) the influence of geneknockouts and drug-induced enzyme inhibitions on whole body blood glucose levels...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225754/targeting-a-car-to-the-trac-locus-with-crispr-cas9-enhances-tumour-rejection
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Justin Eyquem, Jorge Mansilla-Soto, Theodoros Giavridis, Sjoukje J C van der Stegen, Mohamad Hamieh, Kristen M Cunanan, Ashlesha Odak, Mithat Gönen, Michel Sadelain
Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) are synthetic receptors that redirect and reprogram T cells to mediate tumour rejection. The most successful CARs used to date are those targeting CD19 (ref. 2), which offer the prospect of complete remission in patients with chemorefractory or relapsed B-cell malignancies. CARs are typically transduced into the T cells of a patient using γ-retroviral vectors or other randomly integrating vectors, which may result in clonal expansion, oncogenic transformation, variegated transgene expression and transcriptional silencing...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224383/oncologist-and-organizational-factors-associated-with-variation-in-breast-cancer-multigene-testing
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Tracy A Lieu, G Thomas Ray, Stephanie R Prausnitz, Laurel A Habel, Stacey Alexeeff, Yan Li, Scott D Ramsey, Charles E Phelps, Neetu Chawla, Suzanne C O'Neill, Jeanne S Mandelblatt
PURPOSE: Multigene testing for breast cancer recurrence risk became available in 2007, yet many eligible patients remain untested. This study evaluated variation in testing rates, and oncologist and organizational factors associated with variation, in a setting without financial influences on testing. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study using electronic data and oncologist surveys within Kaiser Permanente Northern California, a large integrated health care system...
February 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223988/the-impact-of-genotyping-by-sequencing-pipelines-on-snp-discovery-and-identification-of-markers-associated-with-verticillium-wilt-resistance-in-autotetraploid-alfalfa-medicago-sativa-l
#15
Long-Xi Yu, Ping Zheng, Suresh Bhamidimarri, Xiang-Ping Liu, Dorie Main
Verticillium wilt (VW) of alfalfa is a soilborne disease causing severe yield loss in alfalfa. To identify molecular markers associated with VW resistance, we used an integrated framework of genome-wide association study (GWAS) with high-throughput genotyping by sequencing (GBS) to identify loci associated with VW resistance in an F1 full-sib alfalfa population. Phenotyping was performed using manual inoculation of the pathogen to cloned plants of each individual and disease severity was scored using a standard scale...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223970/tet-c-gene-transfer-between-chlamydia-suis-strains-occurs-by-homologous-recombination-after-co-infection-implications-for-spread-of-tetracycline-resistance-among-chlamydiaceae
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Hanna Marti, Hoyon Kim, Sandeep J Joseph, Stacey Dojiri, Timothy D Read, Deborah Dean
Chlamydia suis is a swine pathogen that has also recently been found to cause zoonotic infections of the human eye, pharynx, and gastrointestinal tract. Many strains contain a tetracycline class C gene [tet(C)] cassette that confers tetracycline resistance. The cassette was likely originally acquired by horizontal gene transfer from a Gram-negative donor after the introduction of tetracycline into animal feed in the 1950s. Various research groups have described the capacity for different Chlamydia species to exchange DNA by homologous recombination...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223510/pemapper-and-pecaller-provide-a-simplified-approach-to-whole-genome-sequencing
#17
H Richard Johnston, Pankaj Chopra, Thomas S Wingo, Viren Patel, Michael P Epstein, Jennifer G Mulle, Stephen T Warren, Michael E Zwick, David J Cutler
The analysis of human whole-genome sequencing data presents significant computational challenges. The sheer size of datasets places an enormous burden on computational, disk array, and network resources. Here, we present an integrated computational package, PEMapper/PECaller, that was designed specifically to minimize the burden on networks and disk arrays, create output files that are minimal in size, and run in a highly computationally efficient way, with the single goal of enabling whole-genome sequencing at scale...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223440/idn2-interacts-with-rpa-and-facilitates-dna-double-strand-break-repair-by-homologous-recombination-in-arabidopsis
#18
Mingming Liu, Zhaoqing Ba, Pedro Costa-Nunes, Wei Wei, Lanxia Li, Fansi Kong, Yan Li, Jijie Chai, Olga Pontes, Yijun Qi
Repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) is critical for the maintenance of genome integrity. We previously showed that DSB-induced small RNAs (diRNAs) facilitate homologous recombination (HR)-mediated DSB repair in Arabidopsis thaliana. Here we show that INVOLVED IN DE NOVO 2 (IDN2), a double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) binding protein involved in small RNA-directed DNA methylation, is required for DSB repair in Arabidopsis. We find that IDN2 interacts with the heterotrimeric replication protein A (RPA) complex...
February 21, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223374/enterobacter-cloacae-complex-isolates-harboring-blanmc-a-or-blaimi-type-class-a-carbapenemase-genes-on-novel-chromosomal-integrative-elements-and-plasmids
#19
David A Boyd, Laura F Mataseje, Ross Davidson, Johannes A Delport, Jeff Fuller, Linda Hoang, Brigitte Lefebvre, Paul Levett, Diane L Roscoe, Barbara M Willey, Michael R Mulvey
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacter cloacae complex isolates submitted to a reference laboratory from 2010 to 2015 were screened by PCR for seven common carbapenemase gene groups, namely, KPC, NDM, OXA-48, VIM, IMP, GES, and NMC-A/IMI. Nineteen of the submitted isolates (1.7%) were found to harbor Ambler class A blaNMC-A or blaIMI-type carbapenemases. All 19 isolates were resistant to at least one carbapenem but susceptible to aminoglycosides, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, tigecycline, and ciprofloxacin. Most isolates (17/19) gave positive results with the Carba-NP test for phenotypic carbapenemase detection...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223168/prognostic-alternative-mrna-splicing-signature-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#20
Yuan Li, Nan Sun, Zhiliang Lu, Shouguo Sun, Jianbing Huang, Zhaoli Chen, Jie He
Alternative splicing provides a major mechanism to generate protein diversity. Increasing evidence suggests a link of dysregulation of splicing associated with cancer. Genome-wide alternative splicing profiling in lung cancer remains largely unstudied. We generated alternative splicing profiles in 491 lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) and 471 lung squamous cell carcinoma (LUSC) patients in TCGA using RNA-seq data, prognostic models and splicing networks were built by integrated bioinformatics analysis. A total of 3,691 and 2,403 alternative splicing events were significantly associated with patient survival in LUAD and LUSC, respectively, including EGFR, CD44, PIK3C3, RRAS2, MAPKAP1 and FGFR2...
February 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
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