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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458091/role-of-the-ssek1-gene-in-the-pathogenicity-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-enteritidis-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yadong Yang, Chuan Yu, Ke Ding, Chunjie Zhang, Chengshui Liao, Yanyan Jia, Jing Li, Xiangchao Cheng
Salmonella enteritidis is a common food-borne pathogen associated with consumption of contaminated poultry meat and eggs, which frequently causes gastroenteritis in humans. Salmonella secreted effector K1 (SseK1), as a translocated and secreted protein has been identified to be essential for the virulence of Salmonella typhimurium in host cells. However, the role of the sseK1 gene in the pathogenicity of S. enteritidis remain unclear. In this study, a sseK1 deletion mutant of S. enteritidis was constructed and its biological characteristics were examined...
February 16, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458068/ovarian-microcystic-stromal-tumor-with-undetermined-potential-case-study-with-molecular-analysis-and-literature-review
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Ying Zhang, Lin Tao, Can Yin, Weiwei Wang, Hong Zou, Yan Ren, Weihua Liang, Jinfang Jiang, Wenjie Zhang, Wei Jia, Feng Li
Ovarian microcystic stromal tumor is a relatively rare tumor type. This tumor is characterized by a unique microcyst structure and essentially all tumors show benign biological behavior. Here, we report a case with a primary ovarian microcystic stromal tumor that experienced recurrence. Pathological findings showed that the original tumor, relapsed tumor in the ovary, and the recurrent tumor in the iliac fossa presented similar histological features. The tumor mainly consisted of microcysts, solid cellular regions, and a fibrous stroma...
February 16, 2018: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458065/nosocomial-ventriculitis-caused-by-a-meticillin-and-linezolid-resistant-clone-of-staphylococcus-epidermidis-in-neurosurgical-patients
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Carlos Rodríguez-Lucas, Javier Fernández, José Antonio Boga, Lucia López-Amor, Lorena Forcelledo, Eva Lázaro-López, M Rosario Rodicio
BACKGROUND: Post-neurosurgical ventriculitis is mainly caused by coagulase-negative staphylococci. The rate of linezolid resistant S. epidermidis (LRSE) is increasing worldwide. AIMS: To report clinical and microbiological data from a series of ventriculitis cases caused by LRSE in a Spanish hospital between 2013 and 2016. METHODS: LRSE ventriculitis cases were retrospectively reviewed in a Spanish hospital during a four-year period. Clinical/epidemiological data of the infected patients were reviewed, the isolates involved were typed by PFGE and MLST, and the molecular basis of linezolid resistance was determined...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457631/non-invasive-genetic-censusing-and-monitoring-of-primate-populations
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Mimi Arandjelovic, Linda Vigilant
Knowing the density or abundance of primate populations is essential for their conservation management and contextualizing socio-demographic and behavioral observations. When direct counts of animals are not possible, genetic analysis of non-invasive samples collected from wildlife populations allows estimates of population size with higher accuracy and precision than is possible using indirect signs. Furthermore, in contrast to traditional indirect survey methods, prolonged or periodic genetic sampling across months or years enables inference of group membership, movement, dynamics, and some kin relationships...
February 19, 2018: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457552/reciprocal-regulation-of-yap-taz-by-the-hippo-pathway-and-the-small-gtpase-pathway
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Ju-Won Jang, Min-Kyu Kim, Suk-Chul Bae
Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP) and transcriptional co-activator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) (YAP/TAZ) are transcriptional coactivators that regulate genes involved in proliferation and transformation by interacting with DNA-binding transcription factors. Remarkably, YAP/TAZ are essential for cancer initiation or growth of most solid tumors. Their activation induces cancer stem cell attributes, proliferation, and metastasis. The oncogenic activity of YAP/TAZ is inhibited by the Hippo cascade, an evolutionarily conserved pathway that is governed by two kinases, mammalian Ste20-like kinases 1/2 (MST1/2) and Large tumor suppressor kinase 1/2 (LATS1/2), corresponding to Drosophila's Hippo (Hpo) and Warts (Wts), respectively...
February 18, 2018: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457340/key-role-of-tfeb-nucleus-translocation-for-silver-nanoparticle-induced-cytoprotective-autophagy
#6
Jun Lin, Yiming Liu, Hao Wu, Zhihai Huang, Jingfan Ma, Chang Guo, Feng Gao, Peipei Jin, Pengfei Wei, Yunjiao Zhang, Liu Liu, Rui Zhang, Longxin Qiu, Ning Gu, Longping Wen
Transcription factor EB (TFEB) is a master regulator of autophagy and lysosomal biogenesis. Here, silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs)-induced cytoprotective autophagy required TFEB is shown. Ag NPs-induced nucleus translocation of TFEB through a well-established mechanism involving dephosphorylation of TFEB at serine-142 and serine-211 but independent of both the mTORC1 and ERK1/2 pathways. TFEB nucleus translocation precedes autophagy induced by Ag NPs and leads to enhanced expression of autophagy-essential genes...
February 19, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457234/community-engagement-and-field-trials-of-genetically-modified-insects-and-animals
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Carolyn P Neuhaus
New techniques for the genetic modification of organisms are creating new strategies for addressing persistent public health challenges. For example, the company Oxitec has conducted field trials internationally-and has attempted to conduct field trials in the United States-of a genetically modified mosquito that can be used to control dengue, Zika, and some other mosquito-borne diseases. In 2016, a report commissioned by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine discussed the potential benefits and risks of another strategy, using gene drives...
January 2018: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456827/impairment-of-social-behaviors-in-arhgef10-knockout-mice
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Dai-Hua Lu, Hsiao-Mei Liao, Chia-Hsiang Chen, Huang-Ju Tu, Houng-Chi Liou, Susan Shur-Fen Gau, Wen-Mei Fu
Background: Impaired social interaction is one of the essential features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our previous copy number variation (CNV) study discovered a novel deleted region associated with ASD. One of the genes included in the deleted region is ARHGEF10 . A missense mutation of ARHGEF10 has been reported to be one of the contributing factors in several diseases of the central nervous system. However, the relationship between the loss of ARHGEF10 and the clinical symptoms of ASD is unclear...
2018: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456730/the-regulation-and-function-of-microrna-377-rassf8-signaling-axis-in-gastric-cancer
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Xiaobo Bo, Yusheng Chen, Weizhong Sheng, Yuda Gong, Haiyu Wang, Weidong Gao, Bo Zhang
Gastric cancer is a major cause of cancer-associated mortality worldwide. The aberrant expression of microRNA (miRNA) is involved in tumorigenesis. Ras proteins transfer information from the extracellular environment to internal cellular compartments and are essential in numerous signal transduction pathways. To investigate the regulation, function and clinical significance of the miRNA377/Ras association domain family (RASSF) 8 signaling axis in gastric cancer, reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction, immunohistochemistry, cell counting kit-8, western blotting, and Transwell assays were used...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456553/silencing-of-iron-and-heme-related-genes-revealed-a-paramount-role-of-iron-in-the-physiology-of-the-hematophagous-vector-rhodnius-prolixus
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Ana B Walter-Nuno, Mabel L Taracena, Rafael D Mesquita, Pedro L Oliveira, Gabriela O Paiva-Silva
Iron is an essential element for most organisms However, free iron and heme, its complex with protoporphyrin IX, can be extremely cytotoxic, due to the production of reactive oxygen species, eventually leading to oxidative stress. Thus, eukaryotic cells control iron availability by regulating its transport, storage and excretion as well as the biosynthesis and degradation of heme. In the genome of Rhodnius prolixus , the vector of Chagas disease, we identified 36 genes related to iron and heme metabolism We performed a comprehensive analysis of these genes, including identification of homologous genes described in other insect genomes...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456528/mutation-in-esbl-plasmid-from-escherichia-coli-o104-h4-leads-autoagglutination-and-enhanced-plasmid-dissemination
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Mickaël Poidevin, Mari Sato, Ipek Altinoglu, Manon Delaplace, Chikara Sato, Yoshiharu Yamaichi
Conjugative plasmids are one of the main driving force of wide-spreading of multidrug resistance (MDR) bacteria. They are self-transmittable via conjugation as carrying the required set of genes and cis -acting DNA locus for direct cell-to-cell transfer. IncI incompatibility plasmids are nowadays often associated with extended-spectrum beta-lactamases producing Enterobacteria in clinic and environment. pESBL-EA11 was isolated from Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak strain in Germany in 2011. During the previous study identifying transfer genes of pESBL-EA11, it was shown that transposon insertion at certain DNA region of the plasmid, referred to as Hft, resulted in great enhancement of transfer ability...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456477/dual-diagnosis-of-ellis-van-creveld-syndrome-and-hearing-loss-in-a-consanguineous-family
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Barbara Vona, Reza Maroofian, Geetu Mendiratta, Matthew Croken, Siwu Peng, Xiaoqian Ye, Jamileh Rezazadeh, Paulina Bahena, Caroline Lekszas, Thomas Haaf, Lisa Edelmann, Lisong Shi
Multilocus analysis of rare or genetically heterogeneous diseases is a distinct advantage of next-generation sequencing (NGS) over conventional single-gene investigations. Recent studies have begun to uncover an under-recognized prevalence of dual molecular diagnoses in patients with a "blended" phenotype that is the result of 2 clinical diagnoses involving 2 separate genetic loci. This blended phenotype could be mistakenly interpreted as a novel clinical extension of a single-gene disorder. In this study, we ascertained a proband from a large consanguineous Iranian family who manifests postlingual, progressive, moderate hearing loss in addition to suspected Ellis-van Creveld syndrome phenotype...
December 2017: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456183/modeling-human-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Ekaterina Ovchinnikova, Martijn Hoes, Kirill Ustyantsev, Nils Bomer, Tristan V de Jong, Henny van der Mei, Eugene Berezikov, Peter van der Meer
Cardiac hypertrophy accompanies many forms of cardiovascular diseases. The mechanisms behind the development and regulation of cardiac hypertrophy in the human setting are poorly understood, which can be partially attributed to the lack of a human cardiomyocyte-based preclinical test system recapitulating features of diseased myocardium. The objective of our study is to determine whether human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hESC-CMs) subjected to mechanical stretch can be used as an adequate in vitro model for studying molecular mechanisms of cardiac hypertrophy...
February 8, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456179/the-chromatin-remodeler-bptf-activates-a-stemness-gene-expression-program-essential-for-the-maintenance-of-adult-hematopoietic-stem-cells
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Bowen Xu, Ling Cai, Jason M Butler, Dongliang Chen, Xiongdong Lu, David F Allison, Rui Lu, Shahin Rafii, Joel S Parker, Deyou Zheng, Gang Greg Wang
Self-renewal and differentiation of adult stem cells are tightly regulated partly through configuration of chromatin structure by chromatin remodelers. Using knockout mice, we here demonstrate that bromodomain PHD finger transcription factor (BPTF), a component of the nucleosome remodeling factor (NURF) chromatin-remodeling complex, is essential for maintaining the population size of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs), including long-term hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). Bptf-deficient HSCs are defective in reconstituted hematopoiesis, and hematopoietic-specific knockout of Bptf caused profound defects including bone marrow failure and anemia...
February 8, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456164/pluripotent-stem-cells-as-a-source-of-osteoblasts-for-bone-tissue-regeneration
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Hui Zhu, Takaharu Kimura, Srilatha Swami, Joy Y Wu
Appropriate and abundant sources of bone-forming osteoblasts are essential for bone tissue engineering. Pluripotent stem cells can self-renew and thereby offer a potentially unlimited supply of osteoblasts, a significant advantage over other cell sources. We generated mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from transgenic mice expressing rat 2.3 kb type I collagen promoter-driven green fluorescent protein (Col2.3GFP), a reporter of the osteoblast lineage. We demonstrated that Col2...
February 5, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455446/big2-arf1-rhoa-mdia1-signaling-regulates-dendritic-golgi-polarization-in-hippocampal-neurons
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Eun-Hye Hong, Ji-Ye Kim, Jeong-Hoon Kim, Dae-Sik Lim, Minkyu Kim, Jeong-Yoon Kim
Proper dendrite development is essential for establishing neural circuitry, and Rho GTPases play key regulatory roles in this process. From mouse brain lysates, we identified Brefeldin A-inhibited guanine exchange factor 2 (BIG2) as a novel Rho GTPase regulatory protein involved in dendrite growth and maintenance. BIG2 was highly expressed during early development, and knockdown of the ARFGEF2 gene encoding BIG2 significantly reduced total dendrite length and the number of branches. Expression of the constitutively active ADP-ribosylation factor 1 ARF1 Q71L rescued the defective dendrite morphogenesis of ARFGEF2-null neurons, indicating that BIG2 controls dendrite growth and maintenance by activating ARF1...
February 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455001/evolution-and-molecular-mechanism-of-pitas-in-iron-transport-of-streptococcus-species
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Kun Cao, Jing Zhang, Xin-Yu Miao, Qiu-Xia Wei, Xin-Lu Zhao, Qing-Yu He, Xuesong Sun
Iron is an essential element for almost all bacteria. The iron ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters located on the cell membrane affects bacterial virulence and infection. Although a variety of Fe3+ -transporters have been found in bacteria, their evolutionary processes are rarely studied. Pneumococcal iron ABC transporter (PitA), a highly conserved Fe3+ -transporter in most pathogenic bacteria, influences the capsule formation and virulence of bacteria. However, multiple sequence alignment revealed that PitA is expressed in four different variants in bacteria, and the structural complexity of these variants increases progressively...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454993/in-vitro-studies-of-disease-linked-variants-of-human-trna-nucleotidyltransferase-reveal-decreased-thermal-stability-and-altered-catalytic-activity
#18
M Leibovitch, P J Hanic-Joyce, P B M Joyce
Mutations in the human TRNT1 gene encoding tRNA nucleotidyltransferase (tRNA-NT), an essential enzyme responsible for addition of the CCA (cytidine-cytidine-adenosine) sequence to the 3'-termini of tRNAs, have been linked to disease phenotypes including congenital sideroblastic anemia with B-cell immunodeficiency, periodic fevers and developmental delay (SIFD) or retinitis pigmentosa with erythrocyte microcytosis. The effects of these disease-linked mutations on the structure and function of tRNA-NT have not been explored...
February 15, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454363/identification-of-wild-caught-phlebotomine-sand-flies-from-crete-and-cyprus-using-dna-barcoding
#19
Emmanouil Dokianakis, Nikolaos Tsirigotakis, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Nikos Poulakakis, Maria Antoniou
BACKGROUND: Phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) are vectors of Leishmania spp., protozoan parasites responsible for a group of neglected diseases called leishmaniases. Two sand fly genera, Phlebotomus and Sergentomyia, contain species that are present in the Mediterranean islands of Crete and Cyprus where the visceral (VL), cutaneous (CL) and canine (CanLei) leishmaniases are a public health concern. The risk of transmission of different Leishmania species can be studied in an area by monitoring their vectors...
February 17, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454283/investigating-antibiotics-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-microbial-contaminants-in-groundwater-in-relation-to-the-proximity-of-urban-areas
#20
Edina Szekeres, Cecilia Maria Chiriac, Andreea Baricz, Tiberiu Szőke-Nagy, Ildiko Lung, Maria-Loredana Soran, Knut Rudi, Nicolae Dragos, Cristian Coman
Groundwater is an essential public and drinking water supply and its protection is a goal for global policies. Here, we investigated the presence and prevalence of antibiotic residues, antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), mobile genetic elements (MGEs), and microbial contamination in groundwater environments at various distances from urban areas. Antibiotic concentrations ranged from below detection limit to 917 ng/L, being trimethoprim, macrolide, and sulfonamide the most abundant antibiotic classes. A total of eleven ARGs (aminoglycoside, β-lactam, chloramphenicol, Macrolide-Lincosamide-Streptogramin B - MLSB, sulfonamide, and tetracycline), one antiseptic resistance gene, and two MGEs were detected by qPCR with relative abundances ranging from 6...
February 14, 2018: Environmental Pollution
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