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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806866/molecular-screening-and-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-typing-of-molluscum-contagiosum-virus-mcv-from-genital-specimens-between-2012-and-2015
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Sedigheh Taghinezhad-S, Amir Hossein Mohseni, Hossein Keyvani, Narges Ghobadi
Background: The present study is the first comprehensive report of the Molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) in Iran based on the molecular technique for differentiation and typing of the MCV1 and MCV2. Methods: Patients were diagnosed as having tumor-like genital warts less than 5 mm in diameter, and HIV seronegative samples were chosen for this cross-sectional study. TaqMan real-time PCR was used to identify MCV following clinical examination. Typing of the MCV-positive specimens was performed in the SNP A27451G region of MC021L gene...
August 15, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805682/alk-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-pathobiology-epidemiology-detection-from-tumor-tissue-and-algorithm-diagnosis-in-a-daily-practice
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Paul Hofman
Patients with advanced-stage non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) harboring an ALK rearrangement, detected from a tissue sample, can benefit from targeted ALK inhibitor treatment. Several increasingly effective ALK inhibitors are now available for treatment of patients. However, despite an initial favorable response to treatment, in most cases relapse or progression occurs due to resistance mechanisms mainly caused by mutations in the tyrosine kinase domain of ALK. The detection of an ALK rearrangement is pivotal and can be done using different methods, which have variable sensitivity and specificity depending, in particular, on the quality and quantity of the patient's sample...
August 12, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804595/natural-exposure-of-bats-in-grenada-to-rabies-virus
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Ulrike Zieger, Sonia Cheetham, Sharlene E Santana, Leith Leiser-Miller, Vanessa Matthew-Belmar, Hooman Goharriz, Anthony R Fooks
Introduction: Grenada is a rabies endemic country, where terrestrial rabies is maintained in the small Indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus). The role of bats in the epidemiology of rabies in Grenada is unknown. A 1974 report described one rabies virus positive Jamaican fruit bat (Artibeus jamaicensis), and a high seroprevalence in this species. In the current study, the natural exposure to rabies virus in Grenadian bats was re-evaluated. It is postulated that bats serve as a natural rabies reservoir, probably circulating a bat-specific rabies virus variant...
2017: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803361/toxoplasma-gondii-and-neospora-caninum-induce-different-host-cell-responses-at-proteome-wide-phosphorylation-events-a-step-forward-for-uncovering-the-biological-differences-between-these-closely-related-parasites
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Mariwan M M Al-Bajalan, Dong Xia, Stuart Armstrong, Nadine Randle, Jonathan M Wastling
Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum are closely related intracellular protozoan parasites and tissue cyst-forming Coccidia of the phylum Apicomplexa. There are remarkable similarities between the morphology, genomes and transcriptomes of both parasites. Toxoplasma is zoonotic, with a wide host range and is mainly transmitted horizontally between its definitive host, the cat, and its intermediate hosts. Neospora causes disease within a narrow host range and with reduced virulence potential to the hosts. The dog is the definitive host of Neospora and its epidemiology in cattle mainly depends on vertical transmission...
August 12, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802528/how-young-is-too-young-in-breast-cancer-young-breast-cancer-is-not-a-unique-biological-subtype
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Jianfei Fu, Lunpo Wu, Wei Fu, Yinuo Tan, Tiantian Xu, Zhongwu Hong, Fan Wang, Shuguang Li
BACKGROUND: There is no uniformly adopted cutoff value to define "young patients" with breast cancer. This study was designed to determine an optimal cutoff value, to investigate prognostic factors and to explore gene expression profiles of young female breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database was examined to identify cases of female breast cancer diagnosed between 2000 and 2007. The optimal cutoff value for young age was determined using the X-tile program (Yale University, version 3...
June 8, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800945/impact-of-age-at-diagnosis-on-racial-disparities-in-endometrial-cancer-patients
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Christopher M Tarney, Chunqiao Tian, Guisong Wang, Elizabeth A Dubil, Nicholas W Bateman, John K Chan, Mohamed A Elshaikh, Michele L Cote, Joellen M Schildkraut, Craig D Shriver, Thomas P Conrads, Chad A Hamilton, G Larry Maxwell, Kathleen M Darcy
INTRODUCTION: Although black patients with endometrial cancer (EC) have worse survival compared with white patients, the interaction between age/race has not been examined. The primary objective was to evaluate the impact of age at diagnosis on racial disparities in disease presentation and outcome in EC. METHODS: We evaluated women diagnosed with EC between 1991 and 2010 from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results. Mutation status for TP53 or PTEN, or with the aggressive integrative, transcript-based, or somatic copy number alteration-based molecular subtype were acquired from the Cancer Genome Atlas...
August 8, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800086/the-potential-for-reassortment-between-oropouche-and-schmallenberg-orthobunyaviruses
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Natasha L Tilston-Lunel, Xiaohong Shi, Richard M Elliott, Gustavo Olszanski Acrani
A number of viruses within the Peribunyaviridae family are naturally occurring reassortants, a common phenomenon for segmented viruses. Using a minigenome-reporter and virus-like particle (VLP) production assay, we have accessed the potential of Oropouche virus (OROV), Schmallenberg virus (SBV), and other orthobunyaviruses within the Simbu serogroup to reassort. We found that the untranslated region (UTR) in the medium segment is a potential contributing factor for reassortment by the tested viruses. We demonstrate that for promoter activity to occur it was essential that the viral RNA polymerase (L) and nucleocapsid (N) proteins were from the same virus, reinforcing the hypothesis that the large and small segments that encode these proteins segregate together during genome reassortment...
August 11, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797893/genetic-association-of-telomere-length-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-risk-a-mendelian-randomization-analysis
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Yue Cheng, Chengxiao Yu, Mingtao Huang, Fangzhi Du, Ci Song, Zijian Ma, Xiangjun Zhai, Yuan Yang, Jibin Liu, Jin-Xin Bei, Weihua Jia, Guangfu Jin, Shengping Li, Weiping Zhou, Jianjun Liu, Juncheng Dai, Zhibin Hu
BACKGROUND: Observational studies show an association between telomere length and Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk, but the relationship is controversial. Particularly, it remains unclear whether the association is due to confounding or biases inherent in conventional epidemiological studies. Here, we applied Mendelian randomization approach to evaluate whether telomere length is causally associated with HCC risk. METHODS: Individual-level data were from HBV-related HCC Genome-wide association studies (1,538 HBV positive HCC patients and 1,465 HBV positive controls)...
August 7, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795686/hdl-and-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-genetic-insights-into-complex-biology
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REVIEW
Robert S Rosenson, H Bryan Brewer, Philip J Barter, Johan L M Björkegren, M John Chapman, Daniel Gaudet, Daniel Seung Kim, Eric Niesor, Kerry-Anne Rye, Frank M Sacks, Jean-Claude Tardif, Robert A Hegele
Plasma levels of HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) predict the risk of cardiovascular disease at the epidemiological level, but a direct causal role for HDL in cardiovascular disease remains controversial. Studies in animal models and humans with rare monogenic disorders link only particular HDL-associated mechanisms with causality, including those mechanisms related to particle functionality rather than cholesterol content. Mendelian randomization studies indicate that most genetic variants that affect a range of pathways that increase plasma HDL-C levels are not usually associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, with some exceptions, such as cholesteryl ester transfer protein variants...
August 10, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794040/pathobiology-of-clade-2-3-4-4-h5nx-high-pathogenicity-avian-influenza-virus-infections-in-minor-gallinaceous-poultry-supports-early-backyard-flock-introductions-in-western-u-s-2014-2015
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Kateri Bertran, Dong-Hun Lee, Mary J Pantin-Jackwood, Erica Spackman, Charles Balzli, David L Suarez, David E Swayne
In 2014-2015, the U.S. experienced an unprecedented outbreak of Eurasian clade 2.3.4.4 H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus. Initial cases affected mainly wild birds and mixed backyard poultry species, while later outbreaks affected mostly commercial chickens and turkeys. The pathogenesis, transmission, and intra-host evolutionary dynamics of initial Eurasian H5N8 and reassortant H5N2 clade 2.3.4.4 HPAI viruses in the U.S. were investigated in minor gallinaceous poultry species (i.e. species for which the U...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793914/performance-of-gout-definitions-for-genetic-epidemiological-studies-analysis-of-uk-biobank
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Murray Cadzow, Tony R Merriman, Nicola Dalbeth
BACKGROUND: Many different combinations of available data have been used to identify gout cases in large genetic studies. The aim of this study was to determine the performance of case definitions of gout using the limited items available in multipurpose cohorts for population-based genetic studies. METHODS: This research was conducted using the UK Biobank Resource. Data, including genome-wide genotypes, were available for 105,421 European participants aged 40-69 years without kidney disease...
August 9, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790983/nitrate-sensing-and-metabolism-inhibit-biofilm-formation-in-the-opportunistic-pathogen-burkholderia-pseudomallei-by-reducing-the-intracellular-concentration-of-c-di-gmp
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Mihnea R Mangalea, Brooke A Plumley, Bradley R Borlee
The opportunistic pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei is a saprophytic bacterium and the causative agent of melioidosis, an emerging infectious disease associated with high morbidity and mortality. Although melioidosis is most prevalent during the rainy season in endemic areas, domestic gardens and farms can also serve as a reservoir for B. pseudomallei during the dry season, in part due to irrigation and fertilizer use. In the environment, B. pseudomallei forms biofilms and persists in soil near plant root zones...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789913/molecular-epidemiology-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-invasive-infections-over-a-decade-at-kilifi-county-hospital-in-kenya
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Sonal P Henson, Christine J Boinett, Matthew J Ellington, Ngure Kagia, Salim Mwarumba, Sammy Nyongesa, Neema Mturi, Samuel Kariuki, J Anthony G Scott, Nicholas R Thomson, Susan C Morpeth
Multidrug resistant (MDR) Klebsiella pneumoniae is a common cause of nosocomial infections worldwide. Recent years have seen an explosion of resistance to extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) and emergence of carbapenem resistance. Here, we examine 198 invasive K. pneumoniae isolates collected from over a decade in Kilifi County Hospital (KCH) in Kenya. We observe a significant increase in MDR K. pneumoniae isolates, particularly to third generation cephalosporins conferred by ESBLs. Using whole-genome sequences, we describe the population structure and the distribution of antimicrobial resistance genes within it...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782998/evaluation-of-whole-genome-mapping-as-a-fast-and-automated-molecular-epidemiological-tool-for-the-study-of-cronobacter-spp-in-powdered-infant-formula-processing-facilities
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Yanjie Tang, Geertrui Rasschaert, Liping Yu, Claire Chilton, Leen Baert
Cronobacter has been identified as the causative agent of outbreaks or sporadic cases of meningitis, necrotizing enterocolitis, and septicemia associated with powdered infant formula. Food processing environments may provide a possible contamination route. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whole genome mapping (WGM) as a fast and automated molecular epidemiological method for characterizing Cronobacter spp. in the processing environment. This is the first study indicating the applicability of WGM to Cronobacter...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782648/whole-genome-sequencing-of-campylobacter-jejuni-isolated-from-danish-routine-human-stool-samples-reveals-surprising-degree-of-clustering
#15
K G Joensen, K G Kuhn, L Müller, J T Björkman, M Torpdahl, J Engberg, H M Holt, H L Nielsen, A M Petersen, S Ethelberg, E M Nielsen
OBJECTIVES: Outbreaks of Campylobacter are traditionally considered to be rare, however rather than being the true nature of the disease, this may reflect our present inability to detect them. The aim of this study was to determine the genetic and epidemiological degree of clustering among Campylobacter jejuni isolates from Danish patients. METHODS: Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) was applied to 245 C. jejuni isolates from patients with domestically acquired infection over a 9-month period in 2015 and 2016...
August 3, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782606/epigenetics-in-ovarian-cancer
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REVIEW
Yanina Natanzon, Ellen L Goode, Julie M Cunningham
Ovarian cancer is a disease with a poor prognosis and little progress has been made to improve treatment. It is now recognized that there are several histotypes of ovarian cancer, each with distinct epidemiologic and genomic characteristics. Cancer therapy is moving beyond classical chemotherapy to include epigenetic approaches. Epigenetics is the dynamic regulation of gene expression by DNA methylation and histone post translational modification in response to environmental cues. Improvement in technology to study DNA methylation has enabled a more agnostic approach and, with larger samples sets, has begun to unravel how epigenetics contributes to the etiology, response to chemotherapy and prognosis in of ovarian cancer...
August 3, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782565/genomic-epidemiology-of-methicillin-susceptible-staphylococcus-aureus-across-colonisation-and-skin-and-soft-tissue-infection
#17
Alex Grinberg, Patrick J Biggs, Ji Zhang, Stephen Ritchie, Zachary Oneroa, Charlotte O'Neil, Ali Karkaba, Niluka S Velathanthiri, Geoffrey W Coombs
OBJECTIVES: Staphylococcus aureus skin and soft tissue infection (Sa-SSTI) places a significant burden on healthcare systems. New Zealand has a high incidence of Sa-SSTI, and here most morbidity is caused by a polyclonal methicillin-susceptible (MSSA) population. However, MSSA also colonise asymptomatically the cornified epithelia of approximately 20% of the population, and their divide between commensalism and pathogenicity is poorly understood. We aimed to see whether MSSA is genetically differentiated across asymptomatic colonisation and SSTI; and given the close interactions between people and pets, whether strains isolated from pets differ from human strains...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781769/unraveling-neisseria-meningitidis-pathogenesis-from-functional-genomics-to-experimental-models
#18
REVIEW
Marco Soriani
Neisseria meningitidis is a harmless commensal bacterium finely adapted to humans. Unfortunately, under "privileged" conditions, it adopts a "devious" lifestyle leading to uncontrolled behavior characterized by the unleashing of molecular weapons causing potentially lethal disease such as sepsis and acute meningitis. Indeed, despite the lack of a classic repertoire of virulence genes in N. meningitidis separating commensal from invasive strains, molecular epidemiology and functional genomics studies suggest that carriage and invasive strains belong to genetically distinct populations characterized by an exclusive pathogenic potential...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780673/investigating-the-genetic-relationship-between-alzheimer-s-disease-and-cancer-using-gwas-summary-statistics
#19
Yen-Chen Anne Feng, Kelly Cho, Sara Lindstrom, Peter Kraft, Jean Cormack, Liming Liang, Jane A Driver
Growing evidence from both epidemiology and basic science suggest an inverse association between Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cancer. We examined the genetic relationship between AD and various cancer types using GWAS summary statistics from the IGAP and GAME-ON consortia. Sample size ranged from 9931 to 54,162; SNPs were imputed to the 1000 Genomes European panel. Our results based on cross-trait LD Score regression showed a significant positive genetic correlation between AD and five cancers combined (colon, breast, prostate, ovarian, lung; r g = 0...
August 5, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777929/human-germline-genome-editing
#20
REVIEW
Kelly E Ormond, Douglas P Mortlock, Derek T Scholes, Yvonne Bombard, Lawrence C Brody, W Andrew Faucett, Nanibaa' A Garrison, Laura Hercher, Rosario Isasi, Anna Middleton, Kiran Musunuru, Daniel Shriner, Alice Virani, Caroline E Young
With CRISPR/Cas9 and other genome-editing technologies, successful somatic and germline genome editing are becoming feasible. To respond, an American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) workgroup developed this position statement, which was approved by the ASHG Board in March 2017. The workgroup included representatives from the UK Association of Genetic Nurses and Counsellors, Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors, International Genetic Epidemiology Society, and US National Society of Genetic Counselors...
August 3, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
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