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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103613/tissue-based-next-generation-sequencing-application-in-a-universal-healthcare-system
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REVIEW
Seán O Hynes, Brendan Pang, Jacqueline A James, Perry Maxwell, Manuel Salto-Tellez
In the context of solid tumours, the evolution of cancer therapies to more targeted and nuanced approaches has led to the impetus for personalised medicine. The targets for these therapies are largely based on the driving genetic mutations of the tumours. To track these multiple driving mutations the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) coupled with a morphomolecular approach to tumours, has the potential to deliver on the promises of personalised medicine. A review of NGS and its application in a universal healthcare (UHC) setting is undertaken as the technology has a wide appeal and utility in diagnostic, clinical trial and research paradigms...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103318/static-and-evolving-norovirus-genotypes-implications-for-epidemiology-and-immunity
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Gabriel I Parra, R Burke Squires, Consolee K Karangwa, Jordan A Johnson, Cara Lepore, Stanislav V Sosnovtsev, Kim Y Green
Noroviruses are major pathogens associated with acute gastroenteritis worldwide. Their RNA genomes are diverse, with two major genogroups (GI and GII) comprised of at least 28 genotypes associated with human disease. To elucidate mechanisms underlying norovirus diversity and evolution, we used a large-scale genomics approach to analyze human norovirus sequences. Comparison of over 2000 nearly full-length ORF2 sequences representing most of the known GI and GII genotypes infecting humans showed a limited number (≤5) of distinct intra-genotypic variants within each genotype, with the exception of GII...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103252/comparative-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-grass-pollen-allergens-using-brachypodium-distachyon-as-a-model-system
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Akanksha Sharma, Niharika Sharma, Prem Bhalla, Mohan Singh
Comparative genomics have facilitated the mining of biological information from a genome sequence, through the detection of similarities and differences with genomes of closely or more distantly related species. By using such comparative approaches, knowledge can be transferred from the model to non-model organisms and insights can be gained in the structural and evolutionary patterns of specific genes. In the absence of sequenced genomes for allergenic grasses, this study was aimed at understanding the structure, organisation and expression profiles of grass pollen allergens using the genomic data from Brachypodium distachyon as it is phylogenetically related to the allergenic grasses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103248/effect-of-the-latent-reservoir-on-the-evolution-of-hiv-at-the-within-and-between-host-levels
#4
Hilje M Doekes, Christophe Fraser, Katrina A Lythgoe
The existence of long-lived reservoirs of latently infected CD4+ T cells is the major barrier to curing HIV, and has been extensively studied in this light. However, the effect of these reservoirs on the evolutionary dynamics of the virus has received little attention. Here, we present a within-host quasispecies model that incorporates a long-lived reservoir, which we then nest into an epidemiological model of HIV dynamics. For biologically plausible parameter values, we find that the presence of a latent reservoir can severely delay evolutionary dynamics within a single host, with longer delays associated with larger relative reservoir sizes and/or homeostatic proliferation of cells within the reservoir...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103245/anaerobically-grown-escherichia-coli-has-an-enhanced-mutation-rate-and-distinct-mutational-spectra
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Sonal Shewaramani, Thomas J Finn, Sinead C Leahy, Rees Kassen, Paul B Rainey, Christina D Moon
Oxidative stress is a major cause of mutation but little is known about how growth in the absence of oxygen impacts the rate and spectrum of mutations. We employed long-term mutation accumulation experiments to directly measure the rates and spectra of spontaneous mutation events in Escherichia coli populations propagated under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. To detect mutations, whole genome sequencing was coupled with methods of analysis sufficient to identify a broad range of mutational classes, including structural variants (SVs) generated by movement of repetitive elements...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103185/correction-more-effective-drugs-lead-to-harder-selective-sweeps-in-the-evolution-of-drug-resistance-in-hiv-1
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Alison F Feder, Soo-Yon Rhee, Susan P Holmes, Robert W Shafer, Dmitri A Petrov, Pleuni S Pennings
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103106/low-temperature-alkaline-ph-hydrolysis-of-oxygen-free-titan-tholins-carbonates-impact
#7
Coralie Brassé, Arnaud Buch, Patrice Coll, François Raulin
Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is one of the key planetary objects in the field of exobiology. Its dense, nitrogen-rich atmosphere is the site of important organic chemistry. This paper focuses on the organic aerosols produced in Titan's atmosphere that play an important role in atmospheric and surface processes and in organic chemistry as it applies to exobiological interests. To produce reliable laboratory analogues of these aerosols, we developed, tested, and optimized a device for the synthesis of clean tholins...
January 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103105/evolution-of-earth-like-extrasolar-planetary-atmospheres-assessing-the-atmospheres-and-biospheres-of-early-earth-analog-planets-with-a-coupled-atmosphere-biogeochemical-model
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S Gebauer, J L Grenfell, J W Stock, R Lehmann, M Godolt, P von Paris, H Rauer
Understanding the evolution of Earth and potentially habitable Earth-like worlds is essential to fathom our origin in the Universe. The search for Earth-like planets in the habitable zone and investigation of their atmospheres with climate and photochemical models is a central focus in exoplanetary science. Taking the evolution of Earth as a reference for Earth-like planets, a central scientific goal is to understand what the interactions were between atmosphere, geology, and biology on early Earth. The Great Oxidation Event in Earth's history was certainly caused by their interplay, but the origin and controlling processes of this occurrence are not well understood, the study of which will require interdisciplinary, coupled models...
January 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102962/general-synthesis-of-multishell-mixed-metal-oxyphosphide-particles-with-enhanced-electrocatalytic-activity-in-the-oxygen-evolution-reaction
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Bu Yuan Guan, Le Yu, Xiong Wen David Lou
We report a general approach for the synthesis of multishell mixed-metal oxyphosphide particles. Seven-layer Mn-Co oxide particles were first prepared by thermal treatment of Mn-Co coordination polymer precursors. Afterwards, these multishell Mn-Co oxide particles were further transformed into multishell Mn-Co oxyphosphide particles through a phosphidation reaction. This approach is very versatile and can be applied to synthesize other multishell mixed-metal oxyphosphide particles with different compositions...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102938/low-energy-catalytic-electrolysis-for-simultaneously-hydrogen-evolution-and-lignin-depolymerization
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Xu Du, Wei Liu, Zhe Zhang, Arie Mulyadi, Alex Brittain, Jian Gong, Yulin Deng
Hereby we present a novel proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis process in which lignin was used as the hydrogen source at anode for hydrogen production. Either polyoxometalate (POM) or FeCl3 was used as the catalysts and charge transfer agents in anode. Over 90% Faraday efficiency was achieved. In a thermal insulation reactor, the heat energy can be maintained at a very low stage for continuous operation. Compared to the best alkaline water electrolysis reported in literature, the electrical energy consumption could be 40% lower with novel lignin electrolysis method...
January 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102833/a-multimodal-approach-to-estimating-vigilance-using-eeg-and-forehead-eog
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Wei-Long Zheng, Baoliang Lu
OBJECTIVE: Covert aspects of ongoing user mental states provide key context information for user-aware human computer interactions. In this paper, we focus on the problem of estimating the vigilance of users using EEG and EOG signals. APPROACH: The PERCLOS index as vigilance annotation is obtained from eye tracking glasses. To improve the feasibility and wearability of vigilance estimation devices for real-world applications, we adopt a novel electrode placement for forehead EOG and extract various eye movement features, which contain the principal information of traditional EOG...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102818/is-cell-size-a-spandrel
#12
Ariel Amir
All organisms control the size of their cells. We focus here on the question of size regulation in bacteria, and suggest that the quantitative laws governing cell size and its dependence on growth rate may arise as byproducts of a regulatory mechanism which evolved to support multiple DNA replication forks. In particular, we show that the increase of bacterial cell size during Lenski's long-term evolution experiments is a natural outcome of this proposal. This suggests that, in the context of evolution, cell size may be a 'spandrel'...
January 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102740/update-on-functional-and-genetic-laboratory-assays-for-the-detection-of-platelet-microvesicles
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Maxime Laroche, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jean Amiral
Functional and genetic assays for measuring platelet microvesicles (PMVs) are presented and discussed. Functional assays concern two groups of methods: a) homogeneous assays using the cofactor activity of phospholipids (PPLs) contained in PMVs and present in assayed plasmas, and a coagulation or a thrombin generation assay (TGA) as "end points"; b) capture-based assays, in which PMVs bind to an immobilized ligand, such as Annexin V in the presence of calcium, or monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) specific for membrane proteins...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102612/nickel-nanoparticles-encapsulated-in-few-layer-nitrogen-doped-graphene-derived-from-metal-organic-frameworks-as-efficient-bifunctional-electrocatalysts-for-overall-water-splitting
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You Xu, Wenguang Tu, Bowei Zhang, Shengming Yin, Yizhong Huang, Markus Kraft, Rong Xu
Nickel nanoparticles encapsulated in few-layer nitrogen-doped graphene (Ni@NC) have been synthesized by using a Ni-based metal-organic framework as the precursor for high-temperature annealing treatment. The resulting Ni@NC materials exhibit highly efficient and ultrastable electrocatalytic activity toward hydrogen evolution reaction and oxygen evolution reaction as well as overall water splitting in alkaline environment.
January 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102529/recovery-from-chemotherapy-induced-white-matter-changes-in-young-breast-cancer-survivors
#15
Thibo Billiet, Louise Emsell, Mathieu Vandenbulcke, Ronald Peeters, Daan Christiaens, Alexander Leemans, Wim Van Hecke, Ann Smeets, Frederic Amant, Stefan Sunaert, Sabine Deprez
In a previous longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) study, we observed cerebral white matter (WM) alterations (reduced fractional anisotropy (FA)) related to decreased cognitive performance 3-5 months after chemotherapy-treatment (t2) when compared to baseline (t1) (Deprez et al. in Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 30(3), 274-281. doi:10.1200/JCO.2011.36.8571, 2012). The current study investigates the evolution and the nature of these previously observed microstructural changes...
January 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102430/innate-and-intrinsic-antiviral-immunity-in-drosophila
#16
REVIEW
Assel Mussabekova, Laurent Daeffler, Jean-Luc Imler
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has been a valuable model to investigate the genetic mechanisms of innate immunity. Initially focused on the resistance to bacteria and fungi, these studies have been extended to include antiviral immunity over the last decade. Like all living organisms, insects are continually exposed to viruses and have developed efficient defense mechanisms. We review here our current understanding on antiviral host defense in fruit flies. A major antiviral defense in Drosophila is RNA interference, in particular the small interfering (si) RNA pathway...
January 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102394/markedly-enhanced-visible-light-photocatalytic-h2-generation-over-g-c3n4-nanosheets-decorated-by-robust-nickel-phosphide-ni12p5-cocatalysts
#17
Jiuqing Wen, Jun Xie, Rongchen Shen, Xin Li, XingYi Luo, Hongdan Zhang, Aiping Zhang, Guican Bi
In the present work, nickel phosphide (Ni12P5) modified graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) nanosheets were synthesized by a simple grinding method. The structural characterization clearly proved that Ni12P5 nanoparticles were well loaded on the surface of g-C3N4 nanosheets. The photocatalytic activity of the composites was tested by catalyzing the reduction of water to hydrogen under visible light irradiation. The results demonstrate that Ni12P5 is an efficient co-catalyst for photocatalytic H2 production of g-C3N4 nanosheets...
January 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102347/low-level-predation-by-lytic-phage-phiipla-rodi-promotes-biofilm-formation-and-triggers-the-stringent-response-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#18
Lucía Fernández, Silvia González, Ana Belén Campelo, Beatriz Martínez, Ana Rodríguez, Pilar García
An important lesson from the war on pathogenic bacteria has been the need to understand the physiological responses and evolution of natural microbial communities. Bacterial populations in the environment are generally forming biofilms subject to some level of phage predation. These multicellular communities are notoriously resistant to antimicrobials and, consequently, very difficult to eradicate. This has sparked the search for new therapeutic alternatives, including phage therapy. This study demonstrates that S...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102249/evolution-how-menopause-emerged-in-whales
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102241/microbiology-mind-the-gaps-in-cellular-evolution
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James O McInerney, Mary J O'Connell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Nature
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