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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334154/ethical-issues-of-crispr-technology-and-gene-editing-through-the-lens-of-solidarity
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John J Mulvihill, Benjamin Capps, Yann Joly, Tamra Lysaght, Hub A E Zwart, Ruth Chadwick
Background: The avalanche of commentaries on CRISPR-Cas9 technology, a bacterial immune system modified to recognize any short DNA sequence, cut it out, and insert a new one, has rekindled hopes for gene therapy and other applications and raised criticisms of engineering genes in future generations. Sources of data: This discussion draws on articles that emphasize ethics, identified partly through PubMed and Google, 2014-2016. Areas of agreement: CRISPR-Cas9 has taken the pace and prospects for genetic discovery and applications to a high level, stoking anticipation for somatic gene engineering to help patients...
February 23, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322921/linking-deregulation-of-non-coding-rna-to-the-core-pathophysiology-of-alzheimer-s-disease-an-integrative-review
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REVIEW
Mark J Millan
The human genome encodes a vast repertoire of protein non-coding RNAs (ncRNA), some specific to the brain. MicroRNAs, which interfere with the translation of target mRNAs, are of particular interest since their deregulation has been implicated in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, it remains challenging to link the complex body of observations on miRNAs and AD into a coherent framework. Using extensive graphical support, this article discusses how a diverse panoply of miRNAs convergently and divergently impact (and are impacted by) core pathophysiological processes underlying AD: neuroinflammation and oxidative stress; aberrant generation of β-amyloid-42 (Aβ42); anomalies in the production, cleavage and post-translational marking of Tau; impaired clearance of Aβ42 and Tau; perturbation of axonal organisation; disruption of synaptic plasticity; endoplasmic reticulum stress and the unfolded protein response; mitochondrial dysfunction; aberrant induction of cell cycle re-entry; and apoptotic loss of neurons...
March 17, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320443/co-circulation-of-west-nile-virus-and-distinct-insect-specific-flaviviruses-in-turkey
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Koray Ergünay, Nadine Litzba, Annika Brinkmann, Filiz Günay, Yasemen Sarıkaya, Sırrı Kar, Serra Örsten, Kerem Öter, Cristina Domingo, Özge Erisoz Kasap, Aykut Özkul, Luke Mitchell, Andreas Nitsche, Bülent Alten, Yvonne-Marie Linton
BACKGROUND: Active vector surveillance provides an efficient tool for monitoring the presence or spread of emerging or re-emerging vector-borne viruses. This study was undertaken to investigate the circulation of flaviviruses. Mosquitoes were collected from 58 locations in 10 provinces across the Aegean, Thrace and Mediterranean Anatolian regions of Turkey in 2014 and 2015. Following morphological identification, mosquitoes were pooled and screened by nested and real-time PCR assays. Detected viruses were further characterised by sequencing...
March 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284913/higher-order-assembly-folding-the-chromosome
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REVIEW
Sven A Sewitz, Zahra Fahmi, Karen Lipkow
The linear molecules of DNA that constitute a eukaryotic genome have to be carefully organised within the nucleus to be able to correctly direct gene expression. Microscopy and chromosome capture methods have revealed a hierarchical organisation into territories, domains and subdomains that ensure the accessibility of expressed genes and eventually chromatin loops that serve to bring gene enhancers into proximity of their target promoters. A rapidly growing number of genome-wide datasets and their analyses have given detailed information into the conformation of the entire genome, allowing evolutionary insights, observations of genome rearrangements during development and the identification of new gene-to-disease associations...
March 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265767/the-y-chromosomes-of-the-great-apes
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REVIEW
Pille Hallast, Mark A Jobling
The great apes (orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and humans) descended from a common ancestor around 13 million years ago, and since then their sex chromosomes have followed very different evolutionary paths. While great-ape X chromosomes are highly conserved, their Y chromosomes, reflecting the general lability and degeneration of this male-specific part of the genome since its early mammalian origin, have evolved rapidly both between and within species. Understanding great-ape Y chromosome structure, gene content and diversity would provide a valuable evolutionary context for the human Y, and would also illuminate sex-biased behaviours, and the effects of the evolutionary pressures exerted by different mating strategies on this male-specific part of the genome...
March 6, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259884/the-dicentric-chromosome-dic-20-22-is-a-recurrent-abnormality-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes-and-is-a-product-of-telomere-fusion
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Ruth N MacKinnon, Hendrika M Duivenvoorden, Lynda J Campbell, Meaghan Wall
We describe a recurrent dicentric chromosome formed by telomere fusion between chromosome 20 and chromosome 22 in 4 cases of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) or acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). In particular, the presence of residual telomere sequences at the site of translocation in 3 of the 4 cases makes a compelling case for telomere fusion. This is the first description of a recurrent telomere fusion event in any malignant condition. The 20q subtelomeric region was retained in all 4 examples despite deletion of the 20q12 region closer to the centromere...
March 4, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248594/dissecting-common-and-divergent-molecular-pathways-elicited-by-cdse-zns-quantum-dots-in-freshwater-and-marine-sentinel-invertebrates
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Alfredo Ambrosone, Modi Roopin, Beatriz Pelaz, Abuelmagd M Abdelmonem, Lisa-Maria Ackermann, Lucia Mattera, Mariateresa Allocca, Angela Tino, Markus Klapper, Wolfgang J Parak, Oren Levy, Claudia Tortiglione
Water ecosystems represent main targets of unintentional contamination of nanomaterials, due to industrial waste or other anthropogenic activities. Nanoparticle insult to living organisms may occur in a sequential way, first by chemical interactions of the material with the target membrane, then by progressive internalisation and interaction with cellular structures and organelles. These events trigger a signal transduction, through which cells modulate molecular pathway in order to respond and survive to the external elicitation...
March 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241794/the-echinococcus-canadensis-g7-genome-a-key-knowledge-of-parasitic-platyhelminth-human-diseases
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Lucas L Maldonado, Juliana Assis, Flávio M Gomes Araújo, Anna C M Salim, Natalia Macchiaroli, Marcela Cucher, Federico Camicia, Adolfo Fox, Mara Rosenzvit, Guilherme Oliveira, Laura Kamenetzky
BACKGROUND: The parasite Echinococcus canadensis (G7) (phylum Platyhelminthes, class Cestoda) is one of the causative agents of echinococcosis. Echinococcosis is a worldwide chronic zoonosis affecting humans as well as domestic and wild mammals, which has been reported as a prioritized neglected disease by the World Health Organisation. No genomic data, comparative genomic analyses or efficient therapeutic and diagnostic tools are available for this severe disease. The information presented in this study will help to understand the peculiar biological characters and to design species-specific control tools...
February 27, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240256/a-comparison-of-host-gene-expression-signatures-associated-with-infection-in-vitro-by-the-makona-and-ecran-mayinga-variants-of-ebola-virus
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Andrew Bosworth, Stuart D Dowall, Isabel Garcia-Dorival, Natasha Y Rickett, Christine B Bruce, David A Matthews, Yongxiang Fang, Waleed Aljabr, John Kenny, Charlotte Nelson, Thomas R Laws, E Diane Williamson, James P Stewart, Miles W Carroll, Roger Hewson, Julian A Hiscox
The Ebola virus (EBOV) variant Makona (which emerged in 2013) was the causative agent of the largest outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease recorded. Differences in virus-host interactions between viral variants have potential consequences for transmission, disease severity and mortality. A detailed profile of the cellular changes induced by the Makona variant compared with other Ebola virus variants was lacking. In this study, A549 cells, a human cell line with a robust innate response, were infected with the Makona variant or with the Ecran variant originating from the 1976 outbreak in Central Africa...
February 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209125/the-mitochondrial-genome-sequences-of-the-round-goby-and-the-sand-goby-reveal-patterns-of-recent-evolution-in-gobiid-fish
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Irene Adrian-Kalchhauser, Ola Svensson, Verena E Kutschera, Magnus Alm Rosenblad, Martin Pippel, Sylke Winkler, Siegfried Schloissnig, Anders Blomberg, Patricia Burkhardt-Holm
BACKGROUND: Vertebrate mitochondrial genomes are optimized for fast replication and low cost of RNA expression. Accordingly, they are devoid of introns, are transcribed as polycistrons and contain very little intergenic sequences. Usually, vertebrate mitochondrial genomes measure between 16.5 and 17 kilobases (kb). RESULTS: During genome sequencing projects for two novel vertebrate models, the invasive round goby and the sand goby, we found that the sand goby genome is exceptionally small (16...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
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/28100610/the-measles-virus-receptor-slamf1-can-mediate-particle-endocytosis
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Daniel Gonçalves-Carneiro, Jane A McKeating, Dalan Bailey
The signaling lymphocyte activation molecule F1 (SLAMF1) is both a microbial sensor and entry receptor for measles virus (MeV). Herein, we describe a new role for SLAMF1 to mediate MeV endocytosis that is in contrast with the alternative, and generally accepted, model that MeV genome enters cells only after fusion at the cell surface. We demonstrated that MeV engagement of SLAMF1 induces dramatic but transient morphological changes, most prominently in the formation of membrane blebs, which were shown to colocalize with incoming viral particles, and rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton in infected cells...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100306/diverse-novel-astroviruses-identified-in-wild-himalayan-marmots
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Yuanyun Ao, Jiemei Yu, Lili Li, Jingyuan Cao, Hongyan Deng, Yunyun Xin, Mengmeng Liu, Lin Lin, Shan Lu, Jianguo Xu, Zhaojun Duan
With advances in viral surveillance and next generation sequencing, highly diverse novel astroviruses (AstVs) and different animal hosts have been discovered in recent years. However, the existence of AstVs in marmots has yet to be shown. Here, we identified for the first time two highly divergent strains of AstVs, (tentatively named Qinghai Himalayana marmot AstV, HHMAstV1 and HHMAstV2), by viral metagenomic analysis in liver tissues isolated from wild Marmota himalayana in China. Overall, 12 of 99 (12.1%) M...
January 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086752/single-genome-retrieval-of-context-dependent-variability-in-mutation-rates-for-human-germline
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Aleksandr B Sahakyan, Shankar Balasubramanian
BACKGROUND: Accurate knowledge of the core components of substitution rates is of vital importance to understand genome evolution and dynamics. By performing a single-genome and direct analysis of 39,894 retrotransposon remnants, we reveal sequence context-dependent germline nucleotide substitution rates for the human genome. RESULTS: The rates are characterised through rate constants in a time-domain, and are made available through a dedicated program (Trek) and a stand-alone database...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074622/-holostei-versus-halecostomi-problem-insight-from-cytogenetics-of-ancient-nonteleost-actinopterygian-fish-bowfin-amia-calva
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Zuzana Majtánová, Radka Symonová, Lenin Arias-Rodriguez, Lauren Sallan, Petr Ráb
Bowfin belongs to an ancient lineage of nonteleost ray-finned fishes (actinopterygians) and is the only extant survivor of a once diverged group, the Halecomorphi or Amiiformes. Owing to the scarcity of extant nonteleost ray-finned lineages, also referred as "living fossils," their phylogenetic interrelationships have been the target of multiple hypotheses concerning their sister group relationships. Molecular and morphological data sets have produced controversial results; bowfin is considered as either the sister group to genome-duplicated teleosts (together forming the group of Halecostomi) or to gars (Lepisosteiformes; together forming the group of Holostei)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073363/swept-away-ocean-currents-and-seascape-features-influence-genetic-structure-across-the-18-000-km-indo-pacific-distribution-of-a-marine-invertebrate-the-black-lip-pearl-oyster-pinctada-margaritifera
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Monal M Lal, Paul C Southgate, Dean R Jerry, Cyprien Bosserelle, Kyall R Zenger
BACKGROUND: Genetic structure in many widely-distributed broadcast spawning marine invertebrates remains poorly understood, posing substantial challenges for their fishery management, conservation and aquaculture. Under the Core-Periphery Hypothesis (CPH), genetic diversity is expected to be highest at the centre of a species' distribution, progressively decreasing with increased differentiation towards outer range limits, as populations become increasingly isolated, fragmented and locally adapted...
January 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049722/the-linc-complex-contributes-to-heterochromatin-organisation-and-transcriptional-gene-silencing-in-plants
#17
Axel Poulet, Céline Duc, Maxime Voisin, Sophie Desset, Sylvie Tutois, Emmanuel Vanrobays, Matthias Benoit, David E Evans, Aline V Probst, Christophe Tatout
The LInker of Nucleoskeleton and Cytoskeleton (LINC) complex is an evolutionary well-conserved protein bridge connecting the cytoplasmic and nuclear compartments across the nuclear membrane. While recent data support its function in nuclear morphology and meiosis, its implication in chromatin organisation has not been studied in plants. Here 3D imaging methods have been used to investigate nuclear morphology and chromatin organisation in interphase nuclei of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, in which heterochromatin cluster in conspicuous chromatin domains called chromocentres...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049421/placental-transcriptome-co-expression-analysis-reveals-conserved-regulatory-programs-across-gestation
#18
Sam Buckberry, Tina Bianco-Miotto, Stephen J Bent, Vicki Clifton, Cheryl Shoubridge, Kartik Shankar, Claire T Roberts
BACKGROUND: Mammalian development in utero is absolutely dependent on proper placental development, which is ultimately regulated by the placental genome. The regulation of the placental genome can be directly studied by exploring the underlying organisation of the placental transcriptome through a systematic analysis of gene-wise co-expression relationships. RESULTS: In this study, we performed a comprehensive analysis of human placental co-expression using RNA sequencing and intergrated multiple transcriptome datasets spanning human gestation...
January 3, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028815/metabolic-systems-biology-a-brief-primer
#19
Lindsay M Edwards
In the early to mid 20(th) Century, reductionism as a concept in biology was challenged by key thinkers, including Ludwig Von Bertalanffy. He proposed that living organisms were specific examples of complex systems and, as such, they should display characteristics including hierarchical organisation and emergent behaviour. Yet the true study of complete biological systems (for example, metabolism) was not possible until technological advances that occurred 60 years later. Technology now exists that permits the measurement of complete levels of the biological hierarchy, for example the genome and transcriptome...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943584/cytogenetic-features-of-rrna-genes-across-land-plants-analysis-of-the-plant-rdna-database
#20
Sònia Garcia, Ales Kovařík, Andrew R Leitch, Teresa Garnatje
The online resource http://www.plantrdnadatabase.com/ stores information on the number, chromosomal locations and structure of the 5S and 18S-5.8S-26S (35S) ribosomal DNAs (rDNA) in plants. This resource was exploited to study relationships between rDNA locus number, distribution, the occurrence of linked (L-type) and separated (S-type) 5S and 35S rDNA units, chromosome number, genome size and ploidy level. The analyses presented summarise current knowledge on rDNA locus numbers and distribution in plants. We analysed 2949 karyotypes, from 1791 species and 86 plant families, and performed ancestral character state reconstructions...
March 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
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