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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214373/improved-detection-of-zika-virus-rna-in-human-and-animal-specimens-by-a-novel-highly-sensitive-and-specific-real-time-rt-pcr-assay-targeting-the-5-untranslated-region-of-zika-virus
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Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Kah-Meng Tee, Zheng Zhu, Jessica Oi-Ling Tsang, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Terance Gi-Wai Tsang, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Siddharth Sridhar, Feifei Yin, Ivan Fan-Ngai Hung, Sandy Ka-Yee Chau, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen
OBJECTIVE AND METHOD: We developed and evaluated five novel real-time RT-PCR assays targeting conserved regions in the 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR), envelope (E'), non-structural protein 2A (NS2A), NS5, and 3'-UTR of the ZIKV genome. RESULTS: The ZIKV-5'-UTR assay exhibited the lowest in-vitro limit of detection (5-10 RNA copies/reaction and 3.0×10(-1) plaque-forming units/ml). Compared to the modified version of a widely adopted RT-PCR assay targeting the ZIKV-E gene, the ZIKV-5'-UTR assay showed better sensitivity in human clinical specimens, and representative mouse specimens, including many organs which are known to be involved in human ZIKV infection but difficult to obtain in clinical settings...
February 18, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214356/comparative-analysis-of-the-transcriptional-responses-to-low-and-high-temperature-in-three-rice-planthopper-species
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Hai-Jian Huang, Jian Xue, Ji-Chong Zhuo, Ruo-Lin Cheng, Hai-Jun Xu, Chuan-Xi Zhang
The brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens, BPH), white-backed planthopper (Sogatella furcifera, WBPH), and small brown planthopper (Laodelphax striatellus, SBPH) are important rice pests in Asia. These three species differ in thermal tolerance and exhibit quite different migration and overwintering strategies. To understand the underlying mechanisms, we sequenced and compared the transcriptome of the three species under different temperature treatments. We found that metabolism-, exoskeleton-, and chemosensory-related genes were modulated...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214340/molecular-tiling-on-the-surface-of-a-bacterial-spore-the-exosporium-of-the-bacillus-anthracis-cereus-thuringiensis-group
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Cassandra Terry, Shuo Jiang, David S Radford, Wan Qiang, Svetomir Tzokov, Anne Moir, Per A Bullough
Bacteria of the genera Bacillus and Clostridium form highly resistant spores, which in the case of some pathogens act as the infectious agents. An exosporium forms the outermost layer of some spores; it plays roles in protection, adhesion, dissemination, host targeting in pathogens, and germination control. The exosporium of the Bacillus cereus group, including the anthrax pathogen, contains a 2D-crystalline basal layer, overlaid by a hairy nap. BclA and related proteins form the hairy nap, and require ExsFA (BxpB) for their localisation on the basal layer...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214337/palmitate-induces-mitochondrial-superoxide-generation-and-activates-ampk-in-podocytes
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Eugene Lee, Jin Choi, Hyun Soon Lee
Studies have shown that high levels of serum free fatty acids (FFAs) are associated with lipotoxicity and type 2 diabetes. Palmitic acid (PA) is the predominant circulating saturated FFA, yet its role in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN) is not clear. Recently, one study suggested that mitochondrial superoxide production is related to AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activity in diabetic mice kidneys. To elucidate the link between PA and oxidative stress and AMPK activity in DN, we compared the cultured murine podocytes exposed to PA and oleic acid (OA)...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214330/automated-microfluidic-sorting-of-mammalian-cells-labeled-with-magnetic-microparticles-for-those-that-efficiently-express-and-secrete-a-protein-of-interest
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Xuan Droz, Niamh Harraghy, Etienne Lançon, Valérie Le Fourn, David Calabrese, Thierry Colombet, Pascal Liechti, Amar Rida, Pierre-Alain Girod, Nicolas Mermod
We developed a method for the fast sorting and selection of mammalian cells expressing and secreting a protein at high levels. This procedure relies on cell capture using an automated microfluidic device handling antibody-coupled magnetic microparticles and on a timed release of the cells from the microparticles after capture. Using clinically compatible materials and procedures, we show that this approach is able to discriminate between cells that truly secrete high amounts of a protein from those that just display it at high levels on their surface without properly releasing it...
February 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214230/synthesis-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-goniothalamins-and-derivatives
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Anja Weber, Katja Döhl, Julia Sachs, Anja C M Nordschild, Dennis Schröder, Andrea Kulik, Thomas Fischer, Lutz Schmitt, Nicole Teusch, Jörg Pietruszka
Substituted goniothalamins containing cyclopropane-groups were efficiently prepared in high yields and good selectivity. Antiproliferative activity was measured on three human cancer cell lines (A549, MCF-7, HBL-100), to show which of the structural elements of goniothalamins is mandatory for cytotoxicity. We found that the configuration of the stereogenic centre of the δ-lactone plays an important role for cytotoxicity. In our studies only (R)-configured goniothalamins showed antiproliferative activity, whereby (R)-configuration accords to natural goniothalamin (R)-1...
February 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214215/immunoexpression-of-gadd45%C3%AE-in-the-myocardium-of-newborns-experiencing-perinatal-hypoxia
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Mona Adalgisa Simões, Francisco Cesar Pabis, Ana Karyn Ehrenfried de Freitas, Marina Luise Viola de Azevedo, Daiane Cristine Martins Ronchi, Lucia de Noronha
AIM: Among the several organs affected by perinatal hypoxia, the heart plays a central role, with cell death caused mainly by apoptosis. One of the biomarkers most often linked to hypoxia-derived apoptosis of cardiomyocytes in animals is Gadd45β. From the published literature, Gadd45β is proposed as a biomarker of hypoxia-induced lesion in cardiomyocytes, both in vitro, as well as in animal models. Our study suggests that this protein can be used as an early biomarker of cell damage in neonate's cardiomyocytes (humans specimens), a process that can ultimately lead to apoptosis...
January 31, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214200/concurrent-met-copy-number-gain-and-kras-mutation-is-a-poor-prognostic-factor-in-pancreatobiliary-subtype-ampullary-cancers
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Mi Jung Kwon, Jeong Won Kim, Jang Yong Jeon, Eun Sook Nam, Seong Jin Cho, Hye-Rim Park, Soo Kee Min, Jinwon Seo, Kyueng-Whan Min, Ji-Young Choe, Hye Kyung Lee
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and MET are candidates of targeted therapies for cancer patients. Although MET and HGF are commonly expressed in biliary tract cancers, their expression and gene copy number status and their association with KRAS mutations have not been investigated in pancreatobiliary-type ampullary adenocarcinomas (A-ACs), one of the aggressive periampullary cancers. MET and HGF expressions and MET copy number status were examined by performing immunohistochemistry (IHC) and silver in situ hybridization (SISH) in 62 surgically resected, paraffin-embedded tumors, respectively...
January 11, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214198/tumor-derived-cd4-cd25-regulatory-t-cells-inhibit-dendritic-cells-function-by-ctla-4
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Xin Chen, Yong Du, Qingqing Hu, ZhiMing Huang
PURPOSE: CD4+CD25+regulatoryT cells (Tregs) play an important role in anti-tumor immune responses. Poor prognosis and declining survival rates have intimate connection with high Treg expression in cancer patients. Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte-associated protein (CTLA-4) is one of the most prominent molecules on Treg. In our previous research, we have demonstrated that HCC-derived Tregs can interfere with Dendritic cells (DCs) function and down-modulate CD80/CD86 on DCs in vitro in a cell-contact dependent way...
December 21, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214171/g-protein-based-elisa-as-a-potency-test-for-rabies-vaccines
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Martine Chabaud-Riou, Nadège Moreno, Fabien Guinchard, Marie Claire Nicolai, Elisabeth Niogret-Siohan, Nicolas Sève, Catherine Manin, Françoise Guinet-Morlot, Patrice Riou
The NIH test is currently used to assess the potency of rabies vaccine, a key criterion for vaccine release. This test is based on mice immunization followed by intracerebral viral challenge. As part of global efforts to reduce animal experimentation and in the framework of the development of Sanofi Pasteur next generation, highly-purified vaccine, produced without any material of human or animal origin, we developed an ELISA as an alternative to the NIH test. This ELISA is based on monoclonal antibodies recognizing specifically the native form of the viral G-protein, the major antigen that induces neutralizing antibody response to rabies virus...
February 14, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213987/superficially-porous-particles-with-1000%C3%A3-pores-for-large-biomolecule-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-and-polymer-size-exclusion-chromatography
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Brian M Wagner, Stephanie A Schuster, Barry E Boyes, Taylor J Shields, William L Miles, Mark J Haynes, Robert E Moran, Joseph J Kirkland, Mark R Schure
To facilitate mass transport and column efficiency, solutes must have free access to particle pores to facilitate interactions with the stationary phase. To ensure this feature, particles should be used for HPLC separations which have pores sufficiently large to accommodate the solute without restricted diffusion. This paper describes the design and properties of superficially porous (also called Fused-Core(®), core shell or porous shell) particles with very large (1000Å) pores specifically developed for separating very large biomolecules and polymers...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213976/enhancement-of-%C3%AE-globin-gene-expression-in-thalassemic-ivs2-654-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-erythroid-cells-by-modified-u7-snrna
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Phetcharat Phanthong, Suparerk Borwornpinyo, Narisorn Kitiyanant, Natee Jearawiriyapaisarn, Lalana Nuntakarn, Jirawat Saetan, Tiwaporn Nualkaew, Khanit Sa-Ngiamsuntorn, Usanarat Anurathapan, Andras Dinnyes, Yindee Kitiyanant, Suradej Hongeng
The therapeutic use of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is emerging as a potential treatment of β-thalassemia. Ideally, patient-specific iPSCs would be genetically corrected by various approaches to treat β-thalassemia including lentiviral gene transfer, lentivirus-delivered shRNA, and gene editing. These corrected iPSCs would be subsequently differentiated into hematopoietic stem cells and transplanted back into the same patient. In this article, we present a proof of principle study for disease modeling and screening using iPSCs to test the potential use of the modified U7 small nuclear (sn) RNA to correct a splice defect in IVS2-654 β-thalassemia...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213870/molecular-characterization-of-bovine-leukemia-virus-from-moldovan-dairy-cattle
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Aneta Pluta, Marzena Rola-Łuszczak, Piotr Kubiś, Svetlana Balov, Roman Moskalik, Bhudipa Choudhury, Jacek Kuźmak
Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is the causative agent of enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL), a disease that has worldwide distribution. Whilst it has been eradicated in most of Western Europe and Scandinavia, it remains a problem in other regions, particularly Eastern Europe and South America. For this study, in 2013, 24 cattle from three farms in three regions of Moldova were screened by ELISA and nested PCR. Of these cattle, 14 which were PCR positive, and these were molecularly characterized based on the nucleotide sequence of the env gene and the deduced amino acid sequence of the encoded gp51 protein...
February 17, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213860/epidemiology-of-stone-disease-across-the-world
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Igor Sorokin, Charalampos Mamoulakis, Katsuhito Miyazawa, Allen Rodgers, Jamsheer Talati, Yair Lotan
Nephrolithiasis is a highly prevalent disease worldwide with rates ranging from 7 to 13% in North America, 5-9% in Europe, and 1-5% in Asia. Due to high rates of new and recurrent stones, management of stones is expensive and the disease has a high level of acute and chronic morbidity. The goal of this study is to review the epidemiology of stone disease in order to improve patient care. A review of the literature was conducted through a search on Pubmed(®), Medline(®), and Google Scholar(®). This review was presented and peer-reviewed at the 3rd International Consultation on Stone Disease during the 2014 Société Internationale d'Urologie Congress in Glasgow...
February 17, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213844/self-nanoemulsified-drug-delivery-system-of-hydrochlorothiazide-for-increasing-dissolution-rate-and-diuretic-activity
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Cassiana Mendes, Aline Buttchevitz, Jéssica Henriques Kruger, Thiago Caon, Patricia de Oliveira Benedet, Elenara Lemos-Senna, Marcos Antônio Segatto Silva
Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is a class IV drug according to the Biopharmaceutical Classification System. This study aimed the development of self-nanoemulsifying drug delivery system (SNEDDS) for HCTZ as an approach to overcome the biopharmaceutical limitations. Pre-formulation screening and ternary phase diagrams were carried out to select the oil phase, the surfactant, and the co-surfactant as the amount of each constituent. The optimized formulations, with reduced amount of surfactant, and composed of medium chain triglycerides, Cremophor EL and Transcutol P did not affect the pH or show drug incompatibilities...
February 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213825/pyrophosphate-hydrolysis-in-the-extremely-halophilic-archaeon-haloarcula-japonica-is-catalyzed-by-a-single-enzyme-with-a-broad-ionic-strength-range
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Satoshi Wakai, Akihiro Abe, Sotaro Fujii, Kaoru Nakasone, Yoshihiro Sambongi
The soluble protein fraction of the extremely halophilic archaeon Haloarcula japonica exhibits substantial inorganic pyrophosphate (PPi) hydrolysis activity in the presence of 2-4 M NaCl (Wakai et al, J Biol Chem 288:29247-29251, 2013), which provides high ionic strength (2-4). In this study, much higher PPi hydrolysis activity was unexpectedly detected, even with 0 M NaCl in the presence of 100-200 mM MgSO4, providing a much lower ionic strength of 0.4-0.8, in the same protein fraction. Na(+) and Mg(2+) ions were required for activity under high and low ionic strength conditions, respectively...
February 17, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213802/high-expression-of-aspm-correlates-with-tumor-progression-and-predicts-poor-outcome-in-patients-with-prostate-cancer
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Jian-Jiang Xie, Yang-Jia Zhuo, Yu Zheng, Ru-Jun Mo, Ze-Zhen Liu, Bo-Wei Li, Zhi-Duan Cai, Xue-Jin Zhu, Yu-Xiang Liang, Hui-Chan He, Wei-de Zhong
PURPOSE: Abnormal spindle microtubule assembly (ASPM) gene was known to be linked with poor clinical prognosis in various tumors. However, the clinical significance of ASPM in prostate cancer (PCa) has not yet been understood. The purpose of this study was to determine the association of ASPM with tumor progression and prognosis in PCa patients. METHODS: The expression of ASPM at protein level in human PCa and non-cancerous prostate tissue was detected by immunohistochemical analysis, which was further validated by using microarray-based dataset (NCBI GEO: GSE21032 and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) dataset) at mRNA level...
February 17, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213793/automation-of-peak-tracking-analysis-of-stepwise-perturbed-nmr-spectra
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Tommaso Banelli, Marco Vuano, Federico Fogolari, Andrea Fusiello, Gennaro Esposito, Alessandra Corazza
We describe a new algorithmic approach able to automatically pick and track the NMR resonances of a large number of 2D NMR spectra acquired during a stepwise variation of a physical parameter. The method has been named Trace in Track (TINT), referring to the idea that a gaussian decomposition traces peaks within the tracks recognised through 3D mathematical morphology. It is capable of determining the evolution of the chemical shifts, intensity and linewidths of each tracked peak.The performances obtained in term of track reconstruction and correct assignment on realistic synthetic spectra were high above 90% when a noise level similar to that of experimental data were considered...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213783/high-pten-gene-expression-is-a-negative-prognostic-marker-in-human-primary-breast-cancers-with-preserved-p53-function
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Synnøve Yndestad, Eilin Austreid, Stian Knappskog, Ranjan Chrisanthar, Peer Kåre Lilleng, Per Eystein Lønning, Hans Petter Eikesdal
PURPOSE: PTEN is an important tumor suppressor in breast cancer. Here, we examined the prognostic and predictive value of PTEN and PTEN pseudogene (PTENP1) gene expression in patients with locally advanced breast cancer given neoadjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: The association between pretreatment PTEN and PTENP1 gene expression, response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and recurrence-free and disease-specific survival was assessed in 364 patients with locally advanced breast cancer given doxorubicin, 5-fluorouracil/mitomycin, or epirubicin versus paclitaxel in three phase II prospective studies...
February 17, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213686/the-iswi-remodeler-in-plants-protein-complexes-biochemical-functions-and-developmental-roles
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Dongjie Li, Jie Liu, Wu Liu, Guang Li, Zhongnan Yang, Peng Qin, Lin Xu
Imitation Switch (ISWI) is a member of the ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling factor family, whose members move or restructure nucleosomes using energy derived from ATP hydrolysis. ISWI proteins are conserved in eukaryotes and usually form complexes with DDT (DNA-binding homeobox and different transcription factors)-domain proteins. Here, we review recent research on ISWI in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (AtISWI). AtISWI forms complexes with AtDDT-domain proteins, many of which have domain structures that differ from those of DDT-domain proteins in yeast and animals...
February 17, 2017: Chromosoma
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