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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350864/codon-level-co-occurrences-of-germline-variants-and-somatic-mutations-in-cancer-are-rare-but-often-lead-to-incorrect-variant-annotation-and-underestimated-impact-prediction
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Amanda Koire, Young Won Kim, Jarey Wang, Panagiotis Katsonis, Haijing Jin, Olivier Lichtarge
Cancer cells explore a broad mutational landscape, bringing the possibility that tumor-specific somatic mutations could fall in the same codons as germline SNVs and leverage their presence to produce substitutions with a larger impact on protein function. While multiple, temporally consecutive mutations to the same codon have in the past been detected in the germline, this phenomenon has not yet been explored in the context of germline-somatic variant co-occurrences during cancer development. We examined germline context at somatic mutation sites for 1395 patients across four cancer cohorts (breast, skin, colon, and head and neck) and found 392 codon-level co-occurrences between germline and somatic variants, including over a dozen in well-known cancer genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350844/isolation-and-characterization-of-alternatively-spliced-variants-of-the-mouse-sigma1-receptor-gene-sigmar1
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Ling Pan, David A Pasternak, Jin Xu, Mingming Xu, Zhigang Lu, Gavril W Pasternak, Ying-Xian Pan
The sigma1 receptor acts as a chaperone at the endoplasmic reticulum, associates with multiple proteins in various cellular systems, and involves in a number of diseases, such as addiction, pain, cancer and psychiatric disorders. The sigma1 receptor is encoded by the single copy SIGMAR1 gene. The current study identifies five alternatively spliced variants of the mouse sigma1 receptor gene using a polymerase chain reaction cloning approach. All the splice variants are generated by exon skipping or alternative 3' or 5' splicing, producing the truncated sigma1 receptor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346469/computational-identifying-and-characterizing-circular-rnas-and-their-associated-genes-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Yan Li, Yongcheng Dong, Ziyan Huang, Qifan Kuang, Yiming Wu, Yizhou Li, Menglong Li
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is currently still a major factor leading to death, lacking of reliable biomarkers. Therefore, deep understanding the pathogenesis for HCC is of great importance. The emergence of circular RNA (circRNA) provides a new way to study the pathogenesis of human disease. Here, we employed the prediction tool to identify circRNAs based on RNA-seq data. Then, to investigate the biological function of the circRNA, the candidate circRNAs were associated with the protein-coding genes (PCGs) by GREAT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345805/promoter-hypermethylation-mediated-downregulation-of-mir-770-and-its-host-gene-meg3-a-long-non-coding-rna-in-the-development-of-gastric-cardia-adenocarcinoma
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Wei Guo, Zhiming Dong, Shengnan Liu, Yiling Qiao, Gang Kuang, Yanli Guo, Supeng Shen, Jia Liang
Maternally expressed gene 3 (MEG3) is an imprinted gene located at 14q32 which encodes an lncRNA and is downregulated in an expanding list of cancer cell lines and primary human cancers. The miR-770 is transcribed from the intronic sequence of MEG3 and MEG3 may be the host gene for miR-770. However, the biological role of MEG3 and miR-770 in gastric cardia adenocarcinoma (GCA) development and prognosis is poorly defined. The present study was to investigate the function and methylation status of MEG3 in GCA, and further to detect the functional association of miR-770 and its host gene MEG3 in GCA carcinogenesis and prognosis...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345074/single-cell-rna-seq-and-computational-analysis-using-temporal-mixture-modelling-resolves-th1-tfh-fate-bifurcation-in-malaria
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Tapio Lönnberg, Valentine Svensson, Kylie R James, Daniel Fernandez-Ruiz, Ismail Sebina, Ruddy Montandon, Megan S F Soon, Lily G Fogg, Arya Sheela Nair, Urijah Liligeto, Michael J T Stubbington, Lam-Ha Ly, Frederik Otzen Bagger, Max Zwiessele, Neil D Lawrence, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Patrick T Bunn, Christian R Engwerda, William R Heath, Oliver Billker, Oliver Stegle, Ashraful Haque, Sarah A Teichmann
Differentiation of naïve CD4(+) T cells into functionally distinct T helper subsets is crucial for the orchestration of immune responses. Due to extensive heterogeneity and multiple overlapping transcriptional programs in differentiating T cell populations, this process has remained a challenge for systematic dissection in vivo. By using single-cell transcriptomics and computational analysis using a temporal mixtures of Gaussian processes model, termed GPfates, we reconstructed the developmental trajectories of Th1 and Tfh cells during blood-stage Plasmodium infection in mice...
March 3, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344999/long-term-engraftment-and-fetal-globin-induction-upon-bcl11a-gene-editing-in-bone-marrow-derived-cd34-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells
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Kai-Hsin Chang, Sarah E Smith, Timothy Sullivan, Kai Chen, Qianhe Zhou, Jason A West, Mei Liu, Yingchun Liu, Benjamin F Vieira, Chao Sun, Vu P Hong, Mingxuan Zhang, Xiao Yang, Andreas Reik, Fyodor D Urnov, Edward J Rebar, Michael C Holmes, Olivier Danos, Haiyan Jiang, Siyuan Tan
To develop an effective and sustainable cell therapy for sickle cell disease (SCD), we investigated the feasibility of targeted disruption of the BCL11A gene, either within exon 2 or at the GATAA motif in the intronic erythroid-specific enhancer, using zinc finger nucleases in human bone marrow (BM) CD34(+) hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs). Both targeting strategies upregulated fetal globin expression in erythroid cells to levels predicted to inhibit hemoglobin S polymerization. However, complete inactivation of BCL11A resulting from bi-allelic frameshift mutations in BCL11A exon 2 adversely affected erythroid enucleation...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344657/well-positioned-nucleosomes-punctuate-polycistronic-pol-ii-transcription-units-and-flank-silent-vsg-gene-arrays-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Johannes Petrus Maree, Megan Lindsay Povelones, David Johannes Clark, Gloria Rudenko, Hugh-George Patterton
BACKGROUND: The compaction of DNA in chromatin in eukaryotes allowed the expansion of genome size and coincided with significant evolutionary diversification. However, chromatin generally represses DNA function, and mechanisms coevolved to regulate chromatin structure and its impact on DNA. This included the selection of specific nucleosome positions to modulate accessibility to the DNA molecule. Trypanosoma brucei, a member of the Excavates supergroup, falls in an ancient evolutionary branch of eukaryotes and provides valuable insight into the organization of chromatin in early genomes...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344553/youthful-processing-speed-in-older-adults-genetic-biological-and-behavioral-predictors-of-cognitive-processing-speed-trajectories-in-aging
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Nicholas T Bott, Brianne M Bettcher, Jennifer S Yokoyama, Darvis T Frazier, Matthew Wynn, Anna Karydas, Kristine Yaffe, Joel H Kramer
Objective: To examine the impact of genetic, inflammatory, cardiovascular, lifestyle, and neuroanatomical factors on cognitive processing speed (CPS) change over time in functionally intact older adults. Methods: This observational study conducted over two time points, included 120 community dwelling cognitively normal older adults between the ages of 60 and 80 from the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center. Participants were followed with composite measures of CPS, calculated based on norms for 20-30 year-olds...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342886/using-genetic-data-to-improve-species-distribution-models
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Jérémy Bouyer, Renaud Lancelota
Tsetse flies (Diptera, Glossinidae) transmit human and animal trypanosomoses in Africa, respectively a neglected human disease (sleeping sickness) and the most important constraint to cattle production in infested countries (nagana). We recently developed a methodology to map landscape friction (i.e. resistance to movement) for tsetse in West Africa. The goal was to identify natural barriers to tsetse dispersal, and potentially isolated tsetse populations for targeting elimination programmes. Most species distribution models neglect landscape functional connectivity whereas environmental factors affecting suitability or abundance are not necessarily the same as those influencing gene flows...
March 22, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342718/noisy-response-to-antibiotic-stress-predicts-subsequent-single-cell-survival-in-an-acidic-environment
#10
Karin Mitosch, Georg Rieckh, Tobias Bollenbach
Antibiotics elicit drastic changes in microbial gene expression, including the induction of stress response genes. While certain stress responses are known to "cross-protect" bacteria from other stressors, it is unclear whether cellular responses to antibiotics have a similar protective role. By measuring the genome-wide transcriptional response dynamics of Escherichia coli to four antibiotics, we found that trimethoprim induces a rapid acid stress response that protects bacteria from subsequent exposure to acid...
March 21, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342697/recent-publications-from-the-alzheimer-s-disease-neuroimaging-initiative-reviewing-progress-toward-improved-ad-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Michael W Weiner, Dallas P Veitch, Paul S Aisen, Laurel A Beckett, Nigel J Cairns, Robert C Green, Danielle Harvey, Clifford R Jack, William Jagust, John C Morris, Ronald C Petersen, Andrew J Saykin, Leslie M Shaw, Arthur W Toga, John Q Trojanowski
INTRODUCTION: The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) has continued development and standardization of methodologies for biomarkers and has provided an increased depth and breadth of data available to qualified researchers. This review summarizes the 450+ publications using ADNI data during 2014 and 2015. METHODS: We used standard searches to find publications using ADNI data. RESULTS: (1) Structural and functional changes, including subtle changes to hippocampal shape and texture, atrophy in areas outside of hippocampus, and disruption to functional networks, are detectable in presymptomatic subjects before hippocampal atrophy; (2) In subjects with abnormal β-amyloid deposition (Aβ+), biomarkers become abnormal in the order predicted by the amyloid cascade hypothesis; (3) Cognitive decline is more closely linked to tau than Aβ deposition; (4) Cerebrovascular risk factors may interact with Aβ to increase white-matter (WM) abnormalities which may accelerate Alzheimer's disease (AD) progression in conjunction with tau abnormalities; (5) Different patterns of atrophy are associated with impairment of memory and executive function and may underlie psychiatric symptoms; (6) Structural, functional, and metabolic network connectivities are disrupted as AD progresses...
March 22, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342400/using-gene-expression-database-to-uncover-biology-functions-of-1-4-disubstituted-1-2-3-triazole-analogues-synthesized-via-a-copper-i-catalyzed-reaction
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Chun-Li Su, Chia-Ling Tseng, Chintakunta Ramesh, Hsiao-Sheng Liu, Chi-Ying F Huang, Ching-Fa Yao
We have synthesized bioactive 1,4-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazole analogues containing 2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3-(4H)-one derivatives via 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition in the presence of CuI. All the reactions proceeded smoothly and afforded its desired products in excellent yields. Among these analogues, 3y exhibited a better cytotoxic effect on human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) Hep 3B cells and displayed less cytotoxicity on normal human umbilical vein endothelial cells, compared with Sorafenib, a targeted therapy for advanced HCC...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341621/cancer-cachexia-induced-muscle-atrophy-evidence-for-alterations-in-micrornas-important-for-muscle-size
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David Edward Lee, Jacob L Brown, Megan E Rosa-Caldwell, Thomas A Blackwell, Richard A Perry, Lemuel A Brown, Bhuwan Khatri, Dongwon Seo, Walter Gay Bottje, Tyrone Anthony Washington, Michael P Wiggs, Byung-Whi Kong, Nicholas Perry Greene
Muscle atrophy is a hallmark of cancer cachexia resulting in impaired function and quality of life and cachexia is the immediate cause of death for 20-40% of cancer patients. Multiple microRNAs (miRNAs) have been identified as being involved in muscle development and atrophy, however less is known specifically on miRNAs in cancer cachexia. PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation was to examine the miRNA profile of skeletal muscle atrophy induced by cancer cachexia to uncover potential miRNAs involved with this catabolic condition...
March 24, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341547/evaluation-and-rational-design-of-guide-rnas-for-efficient-crispr-cas9-mediated-mutagenesis-in-ciona
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Shashank Gandhi, Maximilian Haeussler, Florian Razy-Krajka, Lionel Christiaen, Alberto Stolfi
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has emerged as an important tool for various genome engineering applications. A current obstacle to high throughput applications of CRISPR/Cas9 is the imprecise prediction of highly active single guide RNAs (sgRNAs). We previously implemented the CRISPR/Cas9 system to induce tissue-specific mutations in the tunicate Ciona. In the present study, we designed and tested 83 single guide RNA (sgRNA) vectors targeting 23 genes expressed in the cardiopharyngeal progenitors and surrounding tissues of Ciona embryo...
March 21, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341448/the-drosophila-dock-family-protein-sponge-is-required-for-development-of-the-air-sac-primordium
#15
Kazushge Morishita, Dang Ngoc Anh Suong, Hideki Yoshida, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Dedicator of cytokinesis (DOCK) family genes are known as DOCK1-DOCK11 in mammals. DOCK family proteins mainly regulate actin filament polymerization and/or depolymerization and are GEF proteins, which contribute to cellular signaling events by activating small G proteins. Sponge (Spg) is a Drosophila counterpart to mammalian DOCK3/DOCK4, and plays a role in embryonic central nervous system development, R7 photoreceptor cell differentiation, and adult thorax development. In order to conduct further functional analyses on Spg in vivo, we examined its localization in third instar larval wing imaginal discs...
March 21, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341151/mice-heterozygous-for-an-inactivated-allele-of-the-schizophrenia-associated-brd1-gene-display-selective-cognitive-deficits-with-translational-relevance-to-schizophrenia
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Per Qvist, Anto P Rajkumar, John P Redrobe, Mette Nyegaard, Jane H Christensen, Ole Mors, Gregers Wegener, Michael Didriksen, Anders D Børglum
Schizophrenia is a debilitating brain disorder characterized by disturbances of emotion, perception and cognition. Cognitive impairments predict functional outcome in schizophrenia and are detectable even in the prodromal stage of the disorder. However, our understanding of the underlying neurobiology is limited and procognitive treatments remain elusive. We recently demonstrated that mice heterozygous for an inactivated allele of the schizophrenia-associated Brd1 gene (Brd1(+/-) mice) display behaviors reminiscent of schizophrenia, including impaired social cognition and long-term memory...
March 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340571/dirprot-a-computational-approach-for-discriminating-insecticide-resistant-proteins-from-non-resistant-proteins
#17
Prabina Kumar Meher, Tanmaya Kumar Sahu, Anjali Banchariya, Atmakuri Ramakrishna Rao
BACKGROUND: Insecticide resistance is a major challenge for the control program of insect pests in the fields of crop protection, human and animal health etc. Resistance to different insecticides is conferred by the proteins encoded from certain class of genes of the insects. To distinguish the insecticide resistant proteins from non-resistant proteins, no computational tool is available till date. Thus, development of such a computational tool will be helpful in predicting the insecticide resistant proteins, which can be targeted for developing appropriate insecticides...
March 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340554/cross-disease-analysis-of-co-functional-microrna-pairs-on-a-reconstructed-network-of-disease-gene-microrna-tripartite
#18
Hui Peng, Chaowang Lan, Yi Zheng, Gyorgy Hutvagner, Dacheng Tao, Jinyan Li
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs always function cooperatively in their regulation of gene expression. Dysfunctions of these co-functional microRNAs can play significant roles in disease development. We are interested in those multi-disease associated co-functional microRNAs that regulate their common dysfunctional target genes cooperatively in the development of multiple diseases. The research is potentially useful for human disease studies at the transcriptional level and for the study of multi-purpose microRNA therapeutics...
March 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340487/microrna-4739-regulates-osteogenic-and-adipocytic-differentiation-of-immortalized-human-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-via-targeting-lrp3
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Mona Elsafadi, Muthurangan Manikandan, Nehad M Alajez, Rimi Hamam, Raed Abu Dawud, Abdullah Aldahmash, Zafar Iqbal, Musaad Alfayez, Moustapha Kassem, Amer Mahmood
Understanding the regulatory networks underlying lineage differentiation and fate determination of human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSC) is a prerequisite for their therapeutic use. The goal of the current study was to unravel the novel role of the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 3 (LRP3) in regulating the osteogenic and adipogenic differentiation of immortalized hBMSCs. Gene expression profiling revealed significantly higher LRP3 levels in the highly osteogenic hBMSC clone imCL1 than in the less osteogenic clone imCL2, as well as a significant upregulation of LRP3 during the osteogenic induction of the imCL1 clone...
March 8, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339648/three-dimensional-testicular-organoid-a-novel-tool-for-the-study-of-human-spermatogenesis-and-gonadotoxicity-in-vitro%C3%A2
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Samuel S Pendergraft, Hooman Sadri-Ardekani, Anthony Atala, Colin E Bishop
Existing methods for evaluating the potential gonadotoxicity of environmental agents and pharmaceutical compounds rely heavily on animal studies. The current gold standard in vivo functional assays in animals are limited in their human predictive capacity. In addition, existing human two-dimensional in vitro models of testicular toxicity do not accurately reflect the in vivo situation. A more reliable testicular in vitro model system is needed to better assess the gonadotoxic potential of drugs prior to progression into clinical trials...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
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