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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915419/necrotizing-meningoencephalitis-caused-by-sarcocystis-falcatula-in-bare-faced-ibis-phimosus-infuscatus
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Guilherme Konradt, Matheus Viezzer Bianchi, Ronaldo Viana Leite-Filho, Bruna Zafalon da Silva, Rodrigo Martins Soares, Saulo Petinatti Pavarini, David Driemeier
The infection by S. falcatula is commonly associated with respiratory disease in captive psittacine birds, with a few case reports of this protozoan causing encephalitis in wild birds. We describe the clinical, pathological, and molecular aspects of an infection by S. falcatula in a bare-faced ibis (Phimosus infuscatus). Clinically, wing paralysis and mild motor incoordination were observed. At necropsy, the telencephalic cortex showed multifocal to coalescing yellowish soft areas. Histologically, multifocal to coalescent nonsuppurative necrotizing meningoencephalitis of telencephalic cortex, cerebellum, and brainstem was observed...
December 3, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915347/role-of-microrna-in-the-lung-s-innate-immune-response
#2
Taylor S Cohen
The immune response to respiratory pathogens must be robust enough to defend the host yet properly constrained such that inflammation-induced tissue damage is avoided. MicroRNA (miRNA) are small noncoding RNA which posttranscriptionally influence gene expression. In this review, we discuss recent experimental evidence of the contribution of miRNA to the lung's response to bacterial and viral pathogens.
December 3, 2016: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915293/molecular-mechanism-of-divalent-metal-induced-activation-of-ns3-helicase-and-insights-into-zika-virus-inhibitor-design
#3
Xiaocong Cao, Yajuan Li, Xiangyu Jin, Yuelong Li, Feng Guo, Tengchuan Jin
Zika virus has attracted increasing attention because of its potential for causing human neural disorders, including microcephaly in infants and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Its NS3 helicase domain plays critical roles in NTP-dependent RNA unwinding and translocation during viral replication. Our structural analysis revealed a pre-activation state of NS3 helicase in complex with GTPγS, in which the triphosphate adopts a compact conformation in the absence of any divalent metal ions. In contrast, in the presence of a divalent cation, GTPγS adopts an extended conformation, and the Walker A motif undergoes substantial conformational changes...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915292/the-dual-role-of-dksa-protein-in-the-regulation-of-escherichia-coli-pargx-promoter
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Robert Łyżeń, Amarnath Maitra, Klaudia Milewska, Maja Kochanowska-Łyżeń, V James Hernandez, Agnieszka Szalewska-Pałasz
Gene expression regulation by the stringent response effector, ppGpp, is facilitated by DksA protein; however DksA and ppGpp can play independent roles in transcription. In Escherichia coli, the pArgX promoter which initiates the transcription of four tRNA genes was shown to be inhibited by ppGpp. Our studies on the role of DksA in pArgX regulation revealed that it can stimulate transcription by increasing the binding of RNA polymerase to the promoter and the productive transcription complex formation. However, when DksA is present together with ppGpp a severe down-regulation of promoter activity is observed...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915271/changes-in-renal-gene-expression-associated-with-induced-ochratoxicosis-in-chickens-activation-and-deactivation-of-transcripts-after-varying-durations-of-exposure
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Cynthia P Zeferino, Kevin D Wells, Ana Silvia A M T Moura, George E Rottinghaus, David R Ledoux
Exposure to ochratoxin A (OTA) can lead to changes in global gene expression. This study investigated the individual expression of genes turned on and off in renal cells of chicks after different durations of exposure to dietary OTA. One hundred and eighty day-old male broiler chicks (Ross 308) were randomly assigned to a 3 × 3 factorial arrangement of treatments (3 levels of OTA: 0, 1 and 2 mg OTA/kg diet and 3 time periods: 7, 14 and 21 d). Birds were allocated to 36 pens (4 replicate pens of 5 birds each per treatment)...
December 3, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915233/molecular-basis-for-the-autonomous-promotion-of-cell-proliferation-by-angiogenin
#6
Trish T Hoang, Ronald T Raines
Canonical growth factors act indirectly via receptor-mediated signal transduction pathways. Here, we report on an autonomous pathway in which a growth factor is internalized, has its localization regulated by phosphorylation, and ultimately uses intrinsic catalytic activity to effect epigenetic change. Angiogenin (ANG), a secreted vertebrate ribonuclease, is known to promote cell proliferation, leading to neovascularization as well as neuroprotection in mammals. Upon entering cells, ANG encounters the cytosolic ribonuclease inhibitor protein, which binds with femtomolar affinity...
December 2, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915180/self-primed-isothermal-amplification-for-genomic-dna-detection-of-human-papillomavirus
#7
Wei Lu, Qingpan Yuan, Zhiliu Yang, Bo Yao
Rolling circle amplification (RCA) is an isothermal amplification technique with high efficiency and perfect accuracy for nucleic acids detection. However, RCA technique suffers the limitation to detect short DNA or RNA molecules. For long nucleic acid molecules, enzymatic restriction as well as heat denaturation process is usually required, which makes the amplification not effective and strictly isothermal. In this article, a simple and efficient one-pot self-primed isothermal amplification (SIA) was developed for detection of genomic DNA directly based on the combination of nicking endonuclease assisted strand displacement amplification (SDA) and exponential RCA...
October 10, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915129/nicotiana-benthamiana-plants-asymptomatically-infected-by-pelargonium-line-pattern-virus-show-unusually-high-accumulation-of-viral-small-rnas-that-is-neither-associated-with-dcl-induction-nor-rdr6-activity
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Miryam Pérez-Cañamás, Marta Blanco-Pérez, Javier Forment, Carmen Hernández
Pelargonium line pattern virus (PLPV, Tombusviridae) normally establishes systemic, low-titered and asymptomatic infections in its hosts. This type of interaction may be largely determined by events related to RNA silencing, a major antiviral mechanism in plants. This mechanism is triggered by double or quasi double-stranded (ds) viral RNAs which are cut by DCL ribonucleases into virus small RNAs (vsRNAs). Such vsRNAs are at the core of the silencing process as they guide sequence-specific RNA degradation Host RNA dependent-RNA polymerases (RDRs), and particularly RDR6, strengthen antiviral silencing by promoting biosynthesis of secondary vsRNAs...
December 1, 2016: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915128/cholesterol-reducing-agents-inhibit-assembly-of-type-i-parainfluenza-viruses
#9
Shringkhala Bajimaya, Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Tünde Frankl, Peter Bryk, Brian Ward, Toru Takimoto
Many enveloped RNA viruses utilize lipid rafts for the assembly of progeny virions, but the role of cholesterol, a major component of rafts, on paramyxovirus budding and virion formation is controversial. In this study, we analyzed the effects of FDA-approved cholesterol-reducing agents, gemfibrozil and lovastatin, on raft formation and assembly of human parainfluenza virus type 1 (hPIV1) and Sendai virus (SeV). Treatment of the human airway epithelial A549 cells with the agents, especially when combined, significantly decreased production of infectious hPIV1 and SeV...
December 1, 2016: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915042/non-coding-rnas-and-berberine-a-new-mechanism-of-its-anti-diabetic-activities
#10
REVIEW
Wenguang Chang
Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a metabolic disease with high mortality and morbidity. Non-coding RNAs, including small and long non-coding RNAs, are a novel class of functional RNA molecules that regulate multiple biological functions through diverse mechanisms. Studies in the last decade have demonstrated that non-coding RNAs may represent compelling therapeutic targets and play important roles in regulating the course of insulin resistance and T2D. Berberine, a plant-based alkaloid, has shown promise as an anti-hyperglycaemic, anti-hyperlipidaemic agent against T2D...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915037/quantification-of-pea-enation-mosaic-virus-1-and-2-during-infection-of-pisum-sativum-by-one-step-real-time-rt-pcr
#11
Juliette Doumayrou, Melissa Sheber, Bryony C Bonning, W Allen Miller
Pea enation mosaic virus 1 (PEMV1) and Pea enation mosaic virus 2 (PEMV2) are two viruses in an obligate symbiosis that cause pea enation mosaic disease mainly in plants in the Fabaceae family. This virus system is a valuable model to investigate plant virus replication, movement and vector transmission. Thus, here we describe growth conditions, virus detection methods, and virus accumulation behavior. To measure the accumulation and movement of PEMV1 and PEMV2 in plants during the course of infection, we developed a quantitative real-time one-step reverse transcription PCR procedure using the SYBR-green(®) technology...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914997/transcriptomic-profiles-of-striped-snakehead-fish-cells-ssn-1-infected-with-red-spotted-grouper-nervous-necrosis-virus-rgnnv-with-an-emphasis-on-apoptosis-pathway
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Wenjie Chen, Lizhu Yi, Shuangshuang Feng, Xiaodan Liu, Muhammad Asim, Yongcan Zhou, Jiangfeng Lan, Sanjie Jiang, Jiagang Tu, Li Lin
Nervous necrosis virus (NNV), the causative agent of viral nervous necrosis (VNN) disease, has caused mass mortality of cultured marine and freshwater fish worldwide, resulting in enormous economic losses in the aquaculture industry. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenicity of NNV are still poorly understood. In this study, the transcriptomic profiles of striped snakehead fish (Channa striatus) cells (SSN-1) infected with red-spotted grouper NNV (RGNNV) were investigated using deep RNA sequencing technique...
November 30, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914989/transcriptome-analysis-of-adult-and-fetal-trabecular-meshwork-cornea-and-ciliary-body-tissues-by-rna-sequencing
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Megan Ulmer Carnes, R Rand Allingham, Allison Ashley-Koch, Michael A Hauser
PURPOSE: To characterize the transcriptional landscape of human adult and fetal trabecular meshwork (TM), cornea, and ciliary body (CB) tissues, and to evaluate the expression level of candidate genes selected from genetic association studies of primary-open angle glaucoma, central corneal thickness, intraocular pressure, vertical cup to disc ratio, and optic nerve parameters. METHODS: Deep RNA sequencing was performed on the selected human tissues. Transcriptome analyses were performed to 1) characterize the total number of expressed genes, 2) identify the most highly expressed genes, 3) estimate the number of novel transcripts, and 4) evaluate the expression of candidate genes in each tissue...
November 30, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914932/detection-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-rnas-in-living-cells-using-spinach-rna-aptamers
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Brandon D Burch, Carolina Garrido, David M Margolis
Many techniques currently used to measure HIV RNA production in cells suffer from limitations that include high background signal or the potential to destroy cellular context. Fluorophore-binding RNA aptamers offer the potential for visualizing RNAs directly in living cells with minimal cellular perturbation. We inserted a sequence encoding a fluorophore-binding RNA aptamer, known as Spinach, into the HIV genome such that predicted RNA secondary structures in both Spinach and HIV were preserved. Chimeric HIV-Spinach RNAs were functionally validated in vitro by testing their ability to enhance the fluorescence of a conditional fluorophore (DFHBI), which specifically binds Spinach...
November 30, 2016: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914931/valosin-containing-protein-vcp-p97-plays-a-role-in-the-replication-of-west-nile-virus
#15
Wallaya Phongphaew, Shintaro Kobayashi, Michihito Sasaki, Michael Carr, William W Hall, Yasuko Orba, Hirofumi Sawa
Valosin-containing protein (VCP) is classified as a member of the type II AAA(+) ATPase protein family. VCP functions in several cellular processes, including protein degradation, membrane fusion, vesicular trafficking and disassembly of stress granules. Moreover, VCP is considered to play a role in the replication of several viruses, albeit through different mechanisms. In the present study, we have investigated the role of VCP in West Nile virus (WNV) infection. Endogenous VCP expression was inhibited using either VCP inhibitors or by siRNA knockdown...
November 30, 2016: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914927/novel-rna-viruses-producing-simultaneous-covert-infections-in-ceratitis-capitata-correlations-between-viral-titers-and-host-fitness-and-implications-for-sit-programs
#16
Angel Llopis-Giménez, Rosa Maria González, Anabel Millán-Leiva, Marta Catalá, Elena Llacer, Alberto Urbaneja, Salvador Herrero
The Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly), Ceratitis capitata is a highly polyphagous pest, which infests multiple species of fruits and vegetables worldwide. In addition to the traditional control with chemical insecticides, sterile insect technique (SIT) has been implemented in integrated programs worldwide, and has become an essential measure for the control of this pest. A key issue for SIT is to release sterile males that are sufficiently competitive with males from the wild population. Using sequence information available in public databases, three novel picornaviruses infecting medflies were discovered and named as C...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914896/optimal-ex-vivo-lung-perfusion-techniques-with-oxygenated-perfusate
#17
Kentaro Noda, Shinya Tane, Seok Jin Haam, Awori J Hayanga, Jonathan D'Cunha, James D Luketich, Norihisa Shigemura
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence supports an increasing role of ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) in clinical lung transplantation. However, EVLP has adverse effects on the quality of lung grafts, which have rarely been discussed. Careful optimization of current EVLP protocols might improve outcomes. This study examined effects of different levels of oxygenation of the perfusate circulated through the lungs during EVLP and the impact on post-transplant functional outcomes. METHODS: We compared results of 4 different oxygenation levels in the perfusate during EVLP: 6% oxygen (O2), 40% O2, 60% O2, and 100% O2...
October 29, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914893/near-atomic-resolution-structure-determination-of-a-cypovirus-capsid-and-polymerase-complex-using-cryo-em-at-200kv
#18
Xiaowu Li, Niyun Zhou, Wenyuan Chen, Bin Zhu, Xurong Wang, Bin Xu, Jiawei Wang, Hongrong Liu, Lingpeng Cheng
Single particle cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) allows high-resolution structural determination of biological assemblies in a near-native environment. However, all high-resolution (better than 3.5Å) cryo-EM structures reported to date were obtained by using 300kV transmission electron microscopes (TEMs). We report here the structures of a cypovirus capsid of 750Å diameter at 3.3Å resolution and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) complexes within the capsid at 3.9Å resolution using a 200kV TEM. The newly resolved structure revealed conformational changes of two subdomains in the RdRp...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914874/transmission-networks-and-risk-of-hiv-infection-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa-a-community-wide-phylogenetic-study
#19
Tulio de Oliveira, Ayesha B M Kharsany, Tiago Gräf, Cherie Cawood, David Khanyile, Anneke Grobler, Adrian Puren, Savathree Madurai, Cheryl Baxter, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Salim S Abdool Karim
BACKGROUND: The incidence of HIV infection in young women in Africa is very high. We did a large-scale community-wide phylogenetic study to examine the underlying HIV transmission dynamics and the source and consequences of high rates of HIV infection in young women in South Africa. METHODS: We did a cross-sectional household survey of randomly selected individuals aged 15-49 years in two neighbouring subdistricts (one urban and one rural) with a high burden of HIV infection in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa...
November 30, 2016: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914827/inhibition-of-long-non-coding-rna-igf2as-protects-apoptosis-and-neuronal-loss-in-anesthetic-damaged-mouse-neural-stem-cell-derived-neurons
#20
Chengwei Song, Chengjun Song, Kui Chen, Xiangdong Zhang
BACKGROUND: In vitro culture of neural stem cell-derived neurons serves as an excellent model to study anesthetic-induced neurotoxicity. In our study, we examined the functional role of long non-coding RNA, IGF2AS, in regulating ketamine-induced neurotoxicity in murine neural stem cells. METHODS: Murine E18.5 brain-derived neural stem cells were cultured in vitro. During neural differentiation stage, ketamine-induced gene expression changes of IGF2 and IGF2AS were recorded by qRT-PCR...
November 30, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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