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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643392/retroviruses-and-microtubule-associated-motor-proteins
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REVIEW
Gloria Arriagada
Retroviruses are obligate intracellular parasites of eukaryotic cells. After reverse transcription, the viral DNA contained in the preintegration complex (PIC) is delivered to the nucleus of the host cell, where it integrates. Before reaching the nucleus, the incoming particle and the PIC must travel throughout the cytoplasm. Likewise the newly synthesized viral proteins and viral particles must transit the cytoplasm during exit. The cytoplasm is a crowded environment and simple diffusion is difficult. Therefore, viruses have evolved to utilize the cellular mechanisms of movement through the cytoplasm, where microtubules are the roads, and the ATP dependent motors dynein and kinesin are the vehicles for retrograde and anterograde trafficking...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639191/promoter-targeted-small-activating-rnas-alter-nucleosome-positioning
#2
Bin Wang, Yunzhang Hu
Epigenetic modification of target promoters has been identified as a mechanism underlying RNA activation (RNAa) induced by promoter-targeting small activating RNAs (saRNAs), but it is unclear how the chromosomal environment influences gene expression. In a study of the activation of the OCT4, SOX2, and NANOG genes by saRNAs, we found that saRNA targeting induced nucleosome-depleted region (NDRs) and the accumulation of RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) near or at the saRNA target sites. Additionally, promoters containing certain cis-regulatory elements such as the TATA box and CpG islands (CGIs) appeared to be more susceptible to RNAa...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639149/safety-feasibility-results-and-economic-impact-of-common-interventional-procedures-in-a-low-volume-region-of-the-united-states
#3
Aaron Clem, Sami Awadallah, Zahid Amin
The aim of the study was to evaluate the safety, feasibility, and economic benefit of a high-volume operator performing common interventional procedures in a rural region of the United States (U.S.). Rural areas of the U.S., even with well-equipped cardiac catheterization laboratories, may not have a full-time pediatric interventional cardiologist (PIC); this requires patients to travel out of state even for simple interventions. Since 2005, we have adopted a policy of performing cardiac catheterizations and common interventional procedures with a visiting PIC...
June 21, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635663/assessing-genetic-diversity-and-population-differentiation-of-colored-calla-lily-zantedeschia-hybrid-for-an-efficient-breeding-program
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Zunzheng Wei, Huali Zhang, Yi Wang, Youli Li, Min Xiong, Xian Wang, Di Zhou
Plastome-genome incompatibility (PGI) is prevalent in several plants including the Zantedeschia species, a worldwide commercial flower crop native to South Africa. Generally, hybrids suffering from PGI appear less vigorous and more susceptible than normal plants. Previous reports revealed that the PGI level in interspecific hybrids is correlated with the relatedness of the parental species in the genus Zantedeschia. To provide a basis for utilizing and improving resources in breeding programs, a total of 117 accessions of colored calla lily (Zantedeschia hybrid), collected from New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United States, were genotyped using 31 transferable expressed sequence tags-simple sequence repeats (EST-SSR) markers from the white calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)...
June 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632152/isolation-and-characterization-of-microsatellite-loci-for-cotesia-plutellae-hymenoptera-braconidae
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Tiansheng Liu, Fushi Ke, Shijun You, Wenbin Chen, Weiyi He, Minsheng You
Fourteen polymorphic microsatellite loci were isolated in this transcriptome-based data analysis for Cotesia plutellae, which is an important larval parasitoid of the worldwide pest Plutella xylostella. A subsequent test was performed for a wild C. plutellae population (N = 32) from Fuzhou, Fujian, southeastern China, to verify the effectiveness of the 14 microsatellite loci in future studies on C. plutellae genetic diversity. The observed number of alleles ranged from two to six. The expected and observed heterozygosity ranged from 0...
June 20, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630801/characterization-of-the-transcriptome-and-est-ssr-development-in-boea-clarkeana-a-desiccation-tolerant-plant-endemic-to-china
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Ying Wang, Kun Liu, De Bi, Shoubiao Zhou, Jianwen Shao
BACKGROUND: Desiccation-tolerant (DT) plants can recover full metabolic competence upon rehydration after losing most of their cellular water (>95%) for extended periods of time. Functional genomic approaches such as transcriptome sequencing can help us understand how DT plants survive and respond to dehydration, which has great significance for plant biology and improving the drought tolerance of crops. Boea clarkeana Hemsl. (Gesneriaceae) is a DT dicotyledonous herb. Its genomic sequences characteristics remain unknown...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624568/towards-a-mechanistic-understanding-of-core-promoter-recognition-from-cryo-em-studies-of-human-tfiid
#7
REVIEW
Eva Nogales, Avinash B Patel, Robert K Louder
TFIID is a critical component of the eukaryotic transcription pre-initiation complex (PIC) required for the recruitment of RNA Pol II to the start site of protein-coding genes. Within the PIC, TFIID's role is to recognize and bind core promoter sequences and recruit the rest of the PIC components. Due to its size and its conformational complexity, TFIID poses a serious challenge for structural characterization. The small amounts of purified TFIID that can be obtained by present methods of purification from endogenous sources has limited structural studies to cryo-EM visualization, which requires very small amounts of sample...
June 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623663/structural-mechanism-of-atp-independent-transcription-initiation-by-rna-polymerase-i
#8
Yan Han, Chunli Yan, Thi Hoang Duong Nguyen, Ashleigh J Jackobel, Ivaylo Ivanov, Bruce A Knutson, Yuan He
Transcription initiation by RNA Polymerase I (Pol I) depends on the Core Factor (CF) complex to recognize the upstream promoter and assemble into a Pre-Initiation Complex (PIC). Here, we solve a structure of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Pol I-CF-DNA to 3.8Å resolution using single-particle cryo-electron microscopy. The structure reveals a bipartite architecture of Core Factor and its recognition of the promoter from -27 to -16. Core Factor's intrinsic mobility correlates well with different conformational states of the Pol I cleft, in addition to the stabilization of either Rrn7 N-terminal domain near Pol I wall or the tandem winged helix domain of A49 at a partially overlapping location...
June 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621925/kpic2-an-effective-framework-for-mass-spectrometry-based-metabolomics-using-pure-ion-chromatograms
#9
Hongchao Ji, Fanjuan Zeng, Yamei Xu, Hongmei Lu, Zhimin Zhang
Distilling accurate quantitation information of metabolites from liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (LC-MS) datasets is crucial for further statistical analysis and biomarker identification. However, it is still challenging due to the complexity of biological systems. The concept of pure ion chromatograms (PIC) is an effective way for extracting meaningful ions, but few toolboxes provide full processing workflow for LC-MS datasets based on PIC. In this study, an integrated framework, KPIC2, has been developed for metabolomics studies, which can detect pure ions accurately, align PICs across samples, group PICs to identify isotope and potential adducts, fill missing peaks and do multivariate pattern recognition...
June 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621720/know-your-noodles-assessing-variations-in-sodium-content-of-instant-noodles-across-countries
#10
Clare Farrand, Karen Charlton, Michelle Crino, Joseph Santos, Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Jacqui Webster
Reducing salt intake is a cost-effective public health intervention to reduce the global burden of non-communicable disease (NCDs). Ultra-processed foods contribute ~80% of dietary salt in high income countries, and are becoming prominent in low-middle income countries. Instant noodle consumption is particularly high in the Asia Pacific region. The aim of this study was to compare the sodium content of instant noodles sold worldwide to identify potential for reformulation. Analysis was undertaken for 765 instant noodle products from 10 countries using packaged food composition databases of ultra-processed foods compiled by the Global Food Monitoring Group (GFMG) and national shop survey data...
June 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613042/allele-frequencies-of-15-str-loci-in-bosnian-and-herzegovinian-population
#11
Amela Pilav, Naris Pojskić, Anesa Ahatović, Mirela Džehverović, Jasmina Čakar, Damir Marjanović
AIM: To determine newest the most accurate allele frequencies for 15 short tandem repeat (STR) loci in the Bosnian and Herzegovinian population, calculate statistical parameters, and compare them with the relevant data for seven neighboring populations. METHODS: Genomic DNA was obtained from buccal swabs of 1000 unrelated individuals from all regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Genotyping was performed using PowerPlex® 16 System to obtain allele frequencies for 15 polymorphic STR loci including D3S1358, TH01, D21S11, D18S51, Penta E, D5S818, D13S317, D7S820, D16S539, CSF1PO, Penta D, vWA, D8S1179, TPOX, and FGA...
June 14, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611957/genetic-virulence-profile-of-enteroaggregative-escherichia-coli-strains-isolated-from-danish-children-with-either-acute-or-persistent-diarrhea
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Betina Hebbelstrup Jensen, Anja Poulsen, Stig Hebbelstrup Rye Rasmussen, Carsten Struve, Jørgen H Engberg, Alice Friis-Møller, Nadia Boisen, Rie Jønsson, Randi F Petersen, Andreas M Petersen, Karen A Krogfelt
Enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) is frequently found in diarrheal stools worldwide. It has been associated with persistent diarrhea, weight loss, and failure to thrive in children living in developing countries. A number of important EAEC virulence genes are identified; however, their roles in acute and persistent diarrhea have not been previously investigated. The aim of this study was to identify specific EAEC virulence genes associated with duration and type of diarrhea in Danish children. We aimed to improve the current diagnostics of EAEC and enable targeting of strains with an expected severe disease course...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610594/the-genetic-diversity-and-population-structure-of-domestic-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-in-yunnan-province-southwestern-china
#13
Qing-Ming Shi, Heng-Duan Zhang, Gang Wang, Xiao-Xia Guo, Dan Xing, Yan-De Dong, Li Xiao, Jian Gao, Qin-Mei Liu, Ai-Juan Sun, Chun-Xiao Li, Tong-Yan Zhao
BACKGROUND: There was no record of Aedes aegypti in Yunnan Province, China, until 2002, but this species is now continuously found in nine cities (or counties). Until now, little was known about the genetic diversity and population structure of this invasive species. Thus, a detailed understanding of the invasion strategies, colonisation and dispersal of this mosquito from a population genetics perspective is urgently needed for controlling and eliminating this disease vector. METHODS: The genetic diversity and population structure of Ae...
June 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610372/a-checklist-of-seed-beetles-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-bruchinae-from-iran
#14
Hassan Ghahari, Lech Borowiec
The fauna of Iranian Bruchinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) is summarized in this paper. In total 117 species from 14 genera (Spermophagus Schoenherr, Zabrotes Horn, Acanthobruchidius Borowiec, Acanthoscelides Schilsky, Bruchidius Schilsky, Callosobruchus Pic, Mimosestes Bridwell, Paleoacanthoscelides Borowiec, Palaeobruchidius Egorov, Specularius Bridwell, Stator Bridwell, Bruchus Linnaeus, Caryedon Schoenherr, Rhaebus Fischer von Waldheim) are listed as the fauna of Iran.
May 16, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610358/supplement-to-the-knowledge-of-the-genus-scaphidium-olivier-of-east-china-coleoptera-staphylinidae-scaphidiinae
#15
Yue-Ye Tu, Liang Tang
A new species, Scaphidium ahrensi sp. n., is described from Fujian Province and its diagnostic characters are illustrated. Scaphidium vicinum Pic, 1915 is discovered from mainland China for the first time. A modified key is given to accommodating these two species.
May 18, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610173/description-of-four-new-genera-and-five-new-species-of-cicadas-from-new-caledonia-insecta-hemiptera-cicadoidea-cicadidae
#16
Quentin Delorme
The four endemic new genera Paulaudalna gen. nov., Bispinalta gen. nov., Melanesiana gen. nov. and Strepuntalna gen. nov. are described from New Caledonia. The genus Paulaudalna includes two new species: Paulaudalna marginata sp. nov., as type species, and Paulaudalna amieuensis sp. nov. The genus Bispinalta is described from the new species Bispinalta caledonica sp. nov., and comes from bushy forest at summit of pic Ouitchambo at Boulouparis. The genus Melanesiana is described from the new species Melanesiana kataouii sp...
March 13, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609701/the-3d-pelvic-inclination-correction-system-pics-a-universally-applicable-coordinate-system-for-isovolumetric-imaging-measurements-tested-in-women-with-pelvic-organ-prolapse-pop
#17
Caecilia S Reiner, Tom Williamson, Thomas Winklehner, Sean Lisse, Daniel Fink, John O L DeLancey, Cornelia Betschart
In pelvic organ prolapse (POP), the organs are pushed downward along the lines of gravity, so measurements along this longitudinal body axis are desirable. We propose a universally applicable 3D coordinate system that corrects for changes in pelvic inclination and that allows the localization of any point in the pelvis at rest or under dynamic conditions on magnetic resonance images (MRI) of pelvic floor disorders in a scanner- and software independent manner. The proposed 3D coordinate system called 3D Pelvic Inclination Correction System (PICS) is constructed utilizing four bony landmark points, with the origin set at the inferior pubic point, and three additional points at the sacrum (sacrococcygeal joint) and both ischial spines, which are clearly visible on MRI images...
June 3, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598950/drill-induced-cochlear-injury-during-otologic-surgery-intracochlear-pressure-evidence-of-acoustic-trauma
#18
Renee M Banakis Hartl, Jameson K Mattingly, Nathaniel T Greene, Nyssa F Farrell, Samuel P Gubbels, Daniel J Tollin
HYPOTHESIS: Drilling on the incus produces intracochlear pressure changes comparable to pressures created by high-intensity acoustic stimuli. BACKGROUND: New-onset sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) following mastoid surgery can occur secondary to inadvertent drilling on the ossicular chain. To investigate this, we test the hypothesis that high sound pressure levels are generated when a high-speed drill contacts the incus. METHODS: Human cadaveric heads underwent mastoidectomy, and fiber-optic sensors were placed in scala tympani and vestibuli to measure intracochlear pressures (PIC)...
June 8, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594279/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-5-upstream-region-of-bovine-tlr4-gene-affecting-expression-profile-and-transcription-factor-binding-sites
#19
Chinmoy Mishra, Subodh Kumar, Manjit Panigrahi, H M Yathish, Rajni Chaudhary, Anuj Chauhan, Amit Kumar, Arvind A Sonawane
The present study in the 5' upstream region of TLR4 gene revealed four Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in Vrindavani and Tharparkar cattle. The polymorphic information content (PIC), heterozygosity and allelic diversity values were low to moderate for these SNPs. In Vrindavani cattle, one SNP was found to be in Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (HWE) and the remaining three were found to be in linkage disequilibrium (LD) as indicated statistically (P > 0.05). In Tharparkar cattle, two SNPs were found to be in HWE and were not in LD as indicated statistically (P > 0...
June 8, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593482/diagnostic-performance-of-c-reactive-protein-in-detecting-post-operative-infectious-complications-after-laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy
#20
Fadia Dib, Lara Ribeiro Parenti, Anne Boutten, David Hajage, Jean-Pierre Marmuse
BACKGROUND: Gastric leak is the most common and dreaded post-operative infectious complication (PIC) after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG). Accurate identification of patients at risk postoperatively is of cardinal importance. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to assess the diagnostic performance of C-reactive protein (CRP) in predicting PICs and the most optimal time to measure it. METHODS: CRP results were collected in patients undergoing LSG between 2011 and 2015...
June 7, 2017: Obesity Surgery
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