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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241127/high-strength-n-methyl-2-pyrrolidone-containing-process-wastewater-treatment-using-sequencing-batch-reactor-and-membrane-bioreactor-a-feasibility-study
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Chun Heng Loh, Bing Wu, Liya Ge, Chaozhi Pan, Rong Wang
N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) is widely used as a solvent in polymeric membrane fabrication process, its elimination from the process wastewater (normally at a high concentration > 1000 mg/L) prior to discharge is essential because of environmental concern. This study investigated the feasibility of treating high-strength NMP-containing process wastewater in a sequencing batch reactor (SBR; i.e., batch feeding and intermittent aerobic/anoxic condition) and a membrane bioreactor (MBR; i.e., continuous feeding and aeration), respectively...
December 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240974/increased-xylose-affinity-of-hxt2-through-gene-shuffling-of-hexose-transporters-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Jeroen G Nijland, Hyun Yong Shin, Paul P de Waal, Paul Klaassen, Arnold J M Driessen
AIMS: Optimizing D-xylose transport in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is essential for efficient bioethanol production from cellulosic materials. We have used a gene shuffling approach of hexose (Hxt) transporters in order to increase the affinity for D-xylose. METHODS AND RESULTS: Various libraries were transformed to a hexose transporter deletion strain and shuffled genes were selected via growth on low concentrations of D-xylose. This screening yielded two homologous fusion proteins (fusion 9,4 and 9,6), both consisting of the major central part of Hxt2 and various smaller parts of other Hxt proteins...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240942/overexpression-of-pdr16-confers-resistance-to-complex-sphingolipid-biosynthesis-inhibitor-aureobasidina-in-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Yuka Katsuki, Yutaro Yamaguchi, Motohiro Tani
Sphingolipids are essential for normal cell growth of yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. AureobasidinA (AbA), an antifungal drug, inhibits Aur1, an enzyme catalysing the synthesis of inositolphosphorylceramide, and induces a strong growth defect in yeast. In this study, we screened for multicopy suppressor genes that confer resistance to AbA, and identified PDR16. In addition, it was found that PDR17, a paralog of PDR16, also functions as a multicopy suppressor. Pdr16 and Pdr17 belong to a family of phosphatidylinositol transfer proteins; however, cells overexpressing the other members of the family hardly exhibited resistance to AbA...
December 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240831/comparative-transcriptome-profiling-of-virulent-and-non-virulent-trypanosoma-cruzi-underlines-the-role-of-surface-proteins-during-infection
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A Trey Belew, Caroline Junqueira, Gabriela F Rodrigues-Luiz, Bruna M Valente, Antonio Edson R Oliveira, Rafael B Polidoro, Luciana W Zuccherato, Daniella C Bartholomeu, Sergio Schenkman, Ricardo T Gazzinelli, Barbara A Burleigh, Najib M El-Sayed, Santuza M R Teixeira
Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan that causes Chagas disease, has a complex life cycle involving several morphologically and biochemically distinct stages that establish intricate interactions with various insect and mammalian hosts. It has also a heterogeneous population structure comprising strains with distinct properties such as virulence, sensitivity to drugs, antigenic profile and tissue tropism. We present a comparative transcriptome analysis of two cloned T. cruzi strains that display contrasting virulence phenotypes in animal models of infection: CL Brener is a virulent clone and CL-14 is a clone that is neither infective nor pathogenic in in vivo models of infection...
December 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240787/brd3-4-inhibition-and-flt3-ligand-deprivation-target-pathways-that-are-essential-for-the-survival-of-human-mll-af9-leukemic-cells
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Marco Carretta, Annet Z Brouwers-Vos, Matthieu Bosman, Sarah J Horton, Joost H A Martens, Edo Vellenga, Jan Jacob Schuringa
In the present work we aimed to identify targetable signaling networks in human MLL-AF9 leukemias. We show that MLL-AF9 cells critically depend on FLT3-ligand induced pathways as well as on BRD3/4 for their survival. We evaluated the in vitro and in vivo efficacy of the BRD3/4 inhibitor I-BET151 in various human MLL-AF9 (primary) models and patient samples and analyzed the transcriptome changes following treatment. To further understand the mode of action of BRD3/4 inhibition, we performed ChIP-seq experiments on the MLL-AF9 complex in THP1 cells and compared it to RNA-seq data of I-BET151 treated cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240711/nad1-controls-defense-like-responses-in-medicago-truncatula-symbiotic-nitrogen-fixing-nodules-following-rhizobial-colonization-in-a-baca-independent-manner
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Ágota Domonkos, Szilárd Kovács, Anikó Gombár, Ernő Kiss, Beatrix Horváth, Gyöngyi Z Kováts, Attila Farkas, Mónika T Tóth, Ferhan Ayaydin, Károly Bóka, Lili Fodor, Pascal Ratet, Attila Kereszt, Gabriella Endre, Péter Kaló
Legumes form endosymbiotic interaction with host compatible rhizobia, resulting in the development of nitrogen-fixing root nodules. Within symbiotic nodules, rhizobia are intracellularly accommodated in plant-derived membrane compartments, termed symbiosomes. In mature nodule, the massively colonized cells tolerate the existence of rhizobia without manifestation of visible defense responses, indicating the suppression of plant immunity in the nodule in the favur of the symbiotic partner. Medicago truncatulaDNF2 (defective in nitrogen fixation 2) and NAD1 (nodules with activated defense 1) genes are essential for the control of plant defense during the colonization of the nitrogen-fixing nodule and are required for bacteroid persistence...
December 14, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240286/peptidoglycan-hydrolysis-mediated-by-the-amidase-amic-and-its-lytm-activator-nlpd-are-critical-for-cell-separation-and-virulence-in-the-phytopathogen-xanthomonas-campestris
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Li-Chao Yang, Yong-Liang Gan, Li-Yan Yang, Bo-Le Jiang, Ji-Liang Tang
The essential stages of bacterial cell separation are described as the synthesis and hydrolysis of septal peptidoglycan (PG). The amidase, AmiC, which cleaves the peptide side-chains linked to the glycan strands, contributes critically to this process and has been extensively studied in model strains of Escherichia coli. However, insights into the contribution of this protein to other processes in the bacterial cell have been limited. Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc) is a phytopathogen that causes black rot disease in many economically important plants...
December 14, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240237/non-isolated-diaphragmatic-hernia-in-simpson-golabi-behmel-syndrome
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Karen Chong, Maha Saleh, Marie Injeyan, Ioana Miron, Katherine Fong, Patrick Shannon
OBJECTIVE: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is associated with Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome (SGBS), but few cases diagnosed prenatally have been reported. The aim of this series is to highlight the association of non-isolated CDH with SGBS type I on prenatal ultrasound and emphasize the importance of genetic testing, fetal autopsy and family history in confirming this diagnosis. METHOD: Retrospective review of three cases of SGBS type I in a single tertiary care centre...
December 14, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239726/camp-signaling-regulates-dna-hydroxymethylation-by-augmenting-the-intracellular-labile-ferrous-iron-pool
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Vladimir Camarena, David W Sant, Tyler C Huff, Sushimita Mustafi, Ryan K Muir, Allegra T Aron, Christopher J Chang, Adam R Renslo, Paula Monje, Gaofeng Wang
It is widely accepted that cAMP regulates gene transcription principally by activating the protein kinase A (PKA)-targeted transcription factors. Here, we show that cAMP enhances the generation of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) in multiple cell types. 5hmC is converted from 5-methylcytosine (5mC) by Tet methylcytosine dioxygenases, for which Fe(II) is an essential cofactor. The promotion of 5hmC was mediated by a prompt increase of the intracellular labile Fe(II) pool (LIP). cAMP enhanced the acidification of endosomes for Fe(II) release to the LIP likely through RapGEF2...
December 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239333/nigral-dopaminergic-neuron-replenishment-in-adult-mice-through-ve-cadherin-expressing-neural-progenitor-cells
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Abir A Rahman, Nathan K Lai, Joshua E Albright, Paige E Urquhart, Abby R Webb, Brad E Morrison
The function of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra is of central importance to the coordination of movement by the brain's basal ganglia circuitry. This is evidenced by the loss of these neurons, resulting in the cardinal motor deficits associated with Parkinson's disease. In order to fully understand the physiology of these key neurons and develop potential therapies for their loss, it is essential to determine if and how dopaminergic neurons are replenished in the adult brain. Recent work has presented evidence for adult neurogenesis of these neurons by Nestin+/Sox2- neural progenitor cells...
November 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238927/metal-tolerant-thermophiles-metals-as-electron-donors-and-acceptors-toxicity-tolerance-and-industrial-applications
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Preeti Ranawat, Seema Rawat
Metal-tolerant thermophiles are inhabitants of a wide range of extreme habitats like solfatara fields, hot springs, mud holes, hydrothermal vents oozing out from metal-rich ores, hypersaline pools and soil crusts enriched with metals and other elements. The ability to withstand adverse environmental conditions, like high temperature, high metal concentration and sometimes high pH in their niche, makes them an interesting subject for understanding mechanisms behind their ability to deal with multiple duress simultaneously...
December 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237843/human-parvovirus-b19-utilizes-cellular-dna-replication-machinery-for-viral-dna-replication
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Wei Zou, Zekun Wang, Min Xiong, Aaron Yun Chen, Peng Xu, Safder S Ganaie, Yomna Badawi, Steve Kleiboeker, Hiroshi Nishimune, Shui Qing Ye, Jianming Qiu
Human parvovirus B19 (B19V) infection of human erythroid progenitor cells (EPCs) induces a DNA damage response and cell cycle arrest at late S phase, which facilitates viral DNA replication. However, it is not clear exactly which cellular factors are employed by this single-stranded DNA virus. Here, we used microarrays to systematically analyze the dynamic transcriptome of EPCs infected with B19V. We found that DNA metabolism, DNA replication, DNA repair, DNA damage response, cell cycle, and cell cycle arrest pathways were significantly regulated after B19V infection...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237840/human-cytomegalovirus-ul111a-and-us27-gene-products-enhance-the-cxcl12-cxcr4-signaling-axis-via-distinct-mechanisms
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Carolyn C Tu, Kathleen L Arnolds, Christine M O'Connor, Juliet V Spencer
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a prevalent pathogen that establishes lifelong infection in the host. Virus persistence is aided by extensive manipulation of the host immune system, particularly cytokine and chemokine signaling pathways. The HCMV UL111A gene encodes cmvIL-10, an ortholog of human interleukin-10 that has many immunomodulatory effects. We found that cmvIL-10 increased signaling outcomes from human CXCR4, a chemokine receptor with essential roles in hematopoiesis and immune cell trafficking, in response to its natural ligand CXCL12...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237779/estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-signaling-exacerbates-immune-mediated-nephropathies-through-alteration-of-metabolic-activity
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Chelsea Corradetti, Neelakshi R Jog, Matteo Cesaroni, Michael Madaio, Roberto Caricchio
Glomerulonephritis is one of the most serious manifestations of systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). Because SLE is ≥10 times more common in women, a role for estrogens in disease pathogenesis has long been suspected. Estrogen receptor α (ERα) is highly expressed in renal tissue. We asked whether ERα expression contributes to the development of immune-mediated nephropathies like in lupus nephritis. We tested the overall effects of estrogen receptors on the immune response by immunization with OVA and induction of chronic graft-versus-host disease in female ERα-knockout mice...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237424/p53r2-as-a-novel-prognostic-biomarker-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#15
Jiewei Chen, Shuman Li, Yongbo Xiao, Xuan Zou, Xinke Zhang, Mingshu Zhu, Muyan Cai, Dan Xie
BACKGROUND: p53R2 is a target of p53 gene, which is essential for DNA repair, mitochondrial DNA synthesis, protection against oxidative stress, chromosomal instability, chronic inflammation and tumorigenesis. This study is aimed to investigate the expression of ribonucleotide reductase (RR) subunit p53R2 in nasopharyngeal carcinoma and its significance in the prognosis. METHODS: The expression levels of p53R2 in 201 patients with NPC were examined by immunohistochemical assay...
December 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237398/pyampli-an-amplicon-based-variant-filter-pipeline-for-targeted-resequencing-data
#16
Matthias Beyens, Nele Boeckx, Guy Van Camp, Ken Op de Beeck, Geert Vandeweyer
BACKGROUND: Haloplex targeted resequencing is a popular method to analyze both germline and somatic variants in gene panels. However, involved wet-lab procedures may introduce false positives that need to be considered in subsequent data-analysis. No variant filtering rationale addressing amplicon enrichment related systematic errors, in the form of an all-in-one package, exists to our knowledge. RESULTS: We present pyAmpli, a platform independent parallelized Python package that implements an amplicon-based germline and somatic variant filtering strategy for Haloplex data...
December 14, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237075/bimodal-evolutionary-developmental-mirna-program-in-animal-embryogenesis
#17
Gal Avital, Gustavo Starvaggi França, Itai Yanai
miRNAs play essential roles in the mechanics of gene regulation, however, on an organismal-scale, the processes in which they are deployed are not well understood. Here, we adopt an evolutionary developmental approach to study miRNA function by examining their expression throughout embryogenesis in both C. elegans and D. melanogaster. We find that, in both species, miRNA transcriptomic shifts in a punctuated fashion during the mid-developmental transition, specifying two dominant modes of early and late expression profiles...
December 11, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237009/recent-trends-in-chemotherapy-use-and-oncologists-treatment-recommendations-for-early-stage-breast-cancer
#18
Allison W Kurian, Irina Bondarenko, Reshma Jagsi, Christopher R Friese, M Chandler McLeod, Sarah T Hawley, Ann S Hamilton, Kevin C Ward, Timothy P Hofer, Steven J Katz
Background: There is growing concern about overtreatment of breast cancer as outcomes have improved over time. However, little is known about how chemotherapy use and oncologists' recommendations have changed in recent years. Methods: We surveyed 5080 women (70% response rate) diagnosed with breast cancer between 2013 and 2015 and accrued through two Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registries (Georgia and Los Angeles) about chemotherapy receipt and their oncologists' chemotherapy recommendations...
December 11, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236738/genetic-relatedness-of-previously-plant-variety-protected-commercial-maize-inbreds
#19
Travis J Beckett, A Jason Morales, Klaus L Koehler, Torbert R Rocheford
The emergence of high-throughput, high-density genotyping methods combined with increasingly powerful computing systems has created opportunities to further discover and exploit the genes controlling agronomic performance in elite maize breeding populations. Understanding the genetic basis of population structure in an elite set of materials is an essential step in this genetic discovery process. This paper presents a genotype-based population analysis of all maize inbreds whose Plant Variety Protection certificates had expired as of the end of 2013 (283 inbreds) as well as 66 public founder inbreds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236683/effector-cd8-t-cells-dedifferentiate-into-long-lived-memory-cells
#20
Ben Youngblood, J Scott Hale, Haydn T Kissick, Eunseon Ahn, Xiaojin Xu, Andreas Wieland, Koichi Araki, Erin E West, Hazem E Ghoneim, Yiping Fan, Pranay Dogra, Carl W Davis, Bogumila T Konieczny, Rustom Antia, Xiaodong Cheng, Rafi Ahmed
Memory CD8 T cells that circulate in the blood and are present in lymphoid organs are an essential component of long-lived T cell immunity. These memory CD8 T cells remain poised to rapidly elaborate effector functions upon re-exposure to pathogens, but also have many properties in common with naive cells, including pluripotency and the ability to migrate to the lymph nodes and spleen. Thus, memory cells embody features of both naive and effector cells, fuelling a long-standing debate centred on whether memory T cells develop from effector cells or directly from naive cells...
December 13, 2017: Nature
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