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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102587/dietary-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-reduces-atherosclerosis-and-modifies-gut-flora-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
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Toshihiro Sakurai, Akiko Sakurai, Ye Chen, Boris L Vaisman, Marcelo J Amar, Milton Pryor, Seth G Thacker, Xue Zhang, Xujing Wang, Yubo Zhang, Jun Zhu, Zhi-Hong Yang, Lita A Freeman, Alan T Remaley
SCOPE: α-Cyclodextrin (α-CD), a cyclic polymer of glucose, has been shown to lower plasma cholesterol in animals and humans; however, its effect on atherosclerosis has not been previously described. METHODS AND RESULTS: apoE-knockout mice were fed either low-fat diet (LFD; 5.2% fat, w/w), or Western high fat diet (21.2% fat) containing either no additions (WD), 1.5% α-CD (WDA); 1.5% β-CD (WDB); or 1.5% oligofructose-enriched inulin (WDI). Although plasma lipids were similar after 11 weeks on the WD vs...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102347/low-level-predation-by-lytic-phage-phiipla-rodi-promotes-biofilm-formation-and-triggers-the-stringent-response-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Lucía Fernández, Silvia González, Ana Belén Campelo, Beatriz Martínez, Ana Rodríguez, Pilar García
An important lesson from the war on pathogenic bacteria has been the need to understand the physiological responses and evolution of natural microbial communities. Bacterial populations in the environment are generally forming biofilms subject to some level of phage predation. These multicellular communities are notoriously resistant to antimicrobials and, consequently, very difficult to eradicate. This has sparked the search for new therapeutic alternatives, including phage therapy. This study demonstrates that S...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102304/local-melatonin-application-induces-cold-tolerance-in-distant-organs-of-citrullus-lanatus-l-via-long-distance-transport
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Hao Li, Jingjing Chang, Junxian Zheng, Yuchuan Dong, Qiyan Liu, Xiaozhen Yang, Chunhua Wei, Yong Zhang, Jianxiang Ma, Xian Zhang
Melatonin is a ubiquitous chemical substance that regulates plant growth and responses to stress. Several recent studies show that exogenous melatonin confers cold tolerance to plants; however, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, we report that melatonin application at optimal dose, either on the leaves or the roots, not only induced cold stress tolerance in the site of application, but also systemically induced cold tolerance in untreated distant parts. Foliar or rhizospheric treatment with melatonin increased the melatonin levels in untreated roots or leaves, respectively, under both normal and cold stress conditions, whereas rhizospheric melatonin treatment increased the melatonin exudation rates from the xylem...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101574/nek2-serves-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Gang Li, Yanping Zhong, Qingrong Shen, Yi Zhou, Xiaofang Deng, Cuiping Li, Jiagui Chen, Ying Zhou, Min He
Never in mitosis gene A (NIMA)-related kinase 2 (NEK2) is a microtubule-associated protein that regulates spindle assembly in human cells and is overexpressed in various malignancies. However, the role of NEK2 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains undetermined. We performed RNA-seq of the HCC cell line SMMC-7721 and the normal liver cell line HL-7702 using the Ion Proton System. NEK2 expression was detected using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction in two cell lines and 5 matched HCC and adjacent non-tumorous liver tissues...
February 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100699/proteogenomics-produces-comprehensive-and-highly-accurate-protein-coding-gene-annotation-in-a-complete-genome-assembly-of-malassezia-sympodialis
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Yafeng Zhu, Pär G Engström, Christian Tellgren-Roth, Charles D Baudo, John C Kennell, Sheng Sun, R Blake Billmyre, Markus S Schröder, Anna Andersson, Tina Holm, Benjamin Sigurgeirsson, Guangxi Wu, Sundar Ram Sankaranarayanan, Rahul Siddharthan, Kaustuv Sanyal, Joakim Lundeberg, Björn Nystedt, Teun Boekhout, Thomas L Dawson, Joseph Heitman, Annika Scheynius, Janne Lehtiö
Complete and accurate genome assembly and annotation is a crucial foundation for comparative and functional genomics. Despite this, few complete eukaryotic genomes are available, and genome annotation remains a major challenge. Here, we present a complete genome assembly of the skin commensal yeast Malassezia sympodialis and demonstrate how proteogenomics can substantially improve gene annotation. Through long-read DNA sequencing, we obtained a gap-free genome assembly for M. sympodialis (ATCC 42132), comprising eight nuclear and one mitochondrial chromosome...
January 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100584/umi-tools-modelling-sequencing-errors-in-unique-molecular-identifiers-to-improve-quantification-accuracy
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Tom Sean Smith, Andreas Heger, Ian Sudbery
Unique Molecular Identifiers (UMIs) are random oligonucleotide barcodes that are increasingly used in high-throughput sequencing experiments. Through a UMI, identical copies arising from distinct molecules can be distinguished from those arising through PCR-amplification of the same molecule. However, bioinformatic methods to leverage the information from UMIs have yet to be formalised. In particular, sequencing errors in the UMI sequence are often ignored, or else resolved in an ad-hoc manner. We show that errors in the UMI sequence are common and introduce network based methods to account for these errors when identifying PCR duplicates...
January 18, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100468/feasibility-of-sample-size-calculation-for-rna-seq-studies
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Alicia Poplawski, Harald Binder
Sample size calculation is a crucial step in study design but is not yet fully established for RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) analyses. To evaluate feasibility and provide guidance, we evaluated RNA-seq sample size tools identified from a systematic search. The focus was on whether real pilot data would be needed for reliable results and on identifying tools that would perform well in scenarios with different levels of biological heterogeneity and fold changes (FCs) between conditions. We used simulations based on real data for tool evaluation...
January 18, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100297/transcriptional-analysis-of-mating-and-pre-infection-stages-of-the-anther-smut-microbotryum-lychnidis-dioicae
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Su San Toh, Zehua Chen, David J Schultz, Christina A Cuomo, Michael H Perlin
Microbotryum lychnidis-dioicae is an obligate biotrophic parasite of the wildflower species, Silene latifolia. This dikaryotic fungus, commonly known as an anther smut, requires that haploid, yeast-like sporidia of opposite mating types fuse and differentiate into dikaryotic hyphae that penetrate host tissue as part of the fungal lifecycle. Mating occurs under conditions of cool temperatures and limited nutrients. Further development requires host cues or chemical mimics, including a variety of lipids, e.g...
January 17, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100173/whole-genome-wide-transcript-profiling-to-identify-differentially-expressed-genes-associated-with-seed-field-emergence-in-two-soybean-low-phytate-mutants
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Fengjie Yuan, Xiaomin Yu, Dekun Dong, Qinghua Yang, Xujun Fu, Shenlong Zhu, Danhua Zhu
BACKGROUND: Seed germination is important to soybean (Glycine max) growth and development, ultimately affecting soybean yield. A lower seed field emergence has been the main hindrance for breeding soybeans low in phytate. Although this reduction could be overcome by additional breeding and selection, the mechanisms of seed germination in different low phytate mutants remain unknown. In this study, we performed a comparative transcript analysis of two low phytate soybean mutants (TW-1 and TW-1-M), which have the same mutation, a 2 bp deletion in GmMIPS1, but show a significant difference in seed field emergence, TW-1-M was higher than that of TW-1 ...
January 18, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099773/comparison-of-green-and-albino-individuals-of-the-partially-mycoheterotrophic-orchid-epipactis-helleborine-on-molecular-identities-of-mycorrhizal-fungi-nutritional-modes-and-gene-expression-in-mycorrhizal-roots
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Kenji Suetsugu, Masahide Yamato, Chihiro Miura, Katsushi Yamaguchi, Kazuya Takahashi, Yoshiko Ida, Shuji Shigenobu, Hironori Kaminaka
Some green orchids obtain carbon from their mycorrhizal fungi, as well as from photosynthesis. These partially mycoheterotrophic orchids sometimes produce fully achlorophyllous, leaf-bearing (albino) variants. Comparing green and albino individuals of these orchids will help to uncover the molecular mechanisms associated with mycoheterotrophy. We compared green and albino Epipactis helleborine by molecular barcoding of mycorrhizal fungi, nutrient sources based on (15) N and (13) C abundances, and gene expression in their mycorrhizae by RNA-seq and cDNA de novo assembly...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099154/vitamin-k-epoxide-reductase-regulation-of-androgen-receptor-activity
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Ben Yi Tew, Teresa B Hong, Maya Otto-Duessel, Catherine Elix, Egbert Castro, Miaoling He, Xiwei Wu, Sumanta K Pal, Markus Kalkum, Jeremy O Jones
Long-term use of warfarin has been shown to be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Warfarin belongs to the vitamin K antagonist class of anticoagulants, which inhibit vitamin K epoxide reductase (VKOR). The vitamin K cycle is primarily known for its role in γ-carboxylation, a rare post-translational modification important in blood coagulation. Here we show that warfarin inhibits the transcriptional activity of the androgen receptor (AR), an important driver of prostate cancer development and progression...
January 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098555/nematophagous-fungus-arthrobotrys-oligospora-mimics-olfactory-cues-of-sex-and-food-to-lure-its-nematode-prey
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Yen-Ping Hsueh, Matthew R Gronquist, Erich M Schwarz, Ravi David Nath, Ching-Han Lee, Shalha Gharib, Frank C Schroeder, Paul W Sternberg
To study the molecular basis for predator-prey coevolution, we investigated how Caenorhabditis elegans responds to the predatory fungus Arthrobotrys oligospora. C. elegans and other nematodes were attracted to volatile compounds produced by A. oligospora. Gas-chromatographic mass-spectral analyses of A. oligospora-derived volatile metabolites identified several odors mimicking food cues attractive to nematodes. One compound, methyl 3-methyl-2-butenoate (MMB) additionally triggered strong sex- and stage-specific attraction in several Caenorhabditis species...
January 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098235/molecular-characterization-of-pediatric-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-from-integrative-genomics
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Tara N Rindler, Robert B Hinton, Nathan Salomonis, Stephanie M Ware
Pediatric restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) is a genetically heterogeneous heart disease with limited therapeutic options. RCM cases are largely idiopathic; however, even within families with a known genetic cause for cardiomyopathy, there is striking variability in disease severity. Although accumulating evidence implicates both gene expression and alternative splicing in development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), there have been no detailed molecular characterizations of underlying pathways dysregulated in RCM...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098170/targeting-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-via-gli1-inhibition-enhanced-the-drug-sensitivity-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
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Hui Liang, Qi-Li Zheng, Peng Fang, Jian Zhang, Tuo Zhang, Wei Liu, Min Guo, Christopher L Robinson, Shui-Bing Chen, Xiao-Ping Chen, Fang-Ping Chen, Hui Zeng
Combination targeted therapy is commonly used to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients, particularly in refractory/relapse (RR) population. However, concerns have been raised regarding the safety and patient tolerance of combination chemotherapy. It is critical to choose the appropriate treatment for precision therapy. We performed genome-wide RNA profiling using RNA-Seq to compare the RR group and the complete remission (CR) group (a total of 42 adult AML patients). The Hedgehog (Hh) and PI3K/AKT pathways were upregulated in the RR population, which was further confirmed by western blot and/or qPCR...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096529/genetic-screens-combining-crispr-perturbations-and-rna-seq
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Darren J Burgess
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January 18, 2017: Nature Reviews. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096468/o-glcnac-expression-levels-epigenetically-regulate-colon-cancer-tumorigenesis-by-affecting-the-cancer-stem-cell-compartment-via-modulating-expression-of-transcriptional-factor-mybl1
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Huabei Guo, Bing Zhang, Alison V Nairn, Tamas Nagy, Kelley W Moremen, Phillip Buckhaults, Michael Pierce
To study the regulation of colorectal adenocarcinoma progression by O-GlcNAc, we have focused on the O-GlcNAc-mediated epigenetic regulation of human colon cancer stem cells (CCSC). Xenograft tumors from colon tumor cells with OGT knockdown grew significantly slower than those formed from control cells, indicating a reduced proliferation of tumor cells due to inhibition of OGT expression. Significant reduction of CCSC population was observed in the tumor cells after OGT knockdown, while tumor cells treated with O-GlcNAcase inhibitor showed an increased CCSC population, indicating that O-GlcNAc levels regulated the CCSC compartment...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096329/tissue-dual-rna-seq-allows-fast-discovery-of-infection-specific-functions-and-riboregulators-shaping-host-pathogen-transcriptomes
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Aaron M Nuss, Michael Beckstette, Maria Pimenova, Carina Schmühl, Wiebke Opitz, Fabio Pisano, Ann Kathrin Heroven, Petra Dersch
Pathogenic bacteria need to rapidly adjust their virulence and fitness program to prevent eradication by the host. So far, underlying adaptation processes that drive pathogenesis have mostly been studied in vitro, neglecting the true complexity of host-induced stimuli acting on the invading pathogen. In this study, we developed an unbiased experimental approach that allows simultaneous monitoring of genome-wide infection-linked transcriptional alterations of the host and colonizing extracellular pathogens. Using this tool for Yersinia pseudotuberculosis-infected lymphatic tissues, we revealed numerous alterations of host transcripts associated with inflammatory and acute-phase responses, coagulative activities, and transition metal ion sequestration, highlighting that the immune response is dominated by infiltrating neutrophils and elicits a mixed TH17/TH1 response...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096075/hpprna-a-snakemake-based-handy-parameter-free-pipeline-for-rna-seq-analysis-of-numerous-samples
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Dapeng Wang
RNA-Seq technology has been gradually becoming a routine approach for characterizing the properties of transcriptome in terms of organisms, cell types and conditions and consequently a big burden has been put on the facet of data analysis, which calls for an easy-to-learn workflow to cope with the increased demands from a large number of laboratories across the world. We report a one-in-all solution called hppRNA, composed of four scenarios such as pre-mapping, core-workflow, post-mapping and sequence variation detection, written by a series of individual Perl and R scripts, counting on well-established and preinstalled software, irrespective of single-end or paired-end, unstranded or stranded sequencing method...
January 17, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095782/genome-scale-transcriptional-study-of-hybrid-effects-and-regulatory-divergence-in-an-f1-hybrid-ruellia-wild-petunias-acanthaceae-and-its-parents
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Yongbin Zhuang, Erin A Tripp
BACKGROUND: New combinations of divergent genomes can give rise to novel genetic functions in resulting hybrid progeny. Such functions may yield opportunities for ecological divergence, contributing ultimately to reproductive isolation and evolutionary longevity of nascent hybrid lineages. In plants, the degree to which transgressive genotypes contribute to floral novelty remains a question of key interest. Here, we generated an F1 hybrid plant between the red-flowered Ruellia elegans and yellow flowered R...
January 17, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095775/ara-peps-a-repository-of-putative-sorf-encoded-peptides-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Rashmi R Hazarika, Barbara De Coninck, Lidia R Yamamoto, Laura R Martin, Bruno P A Cammue, Vera van Noort
BACKGROUND: Many eukaryotic RNAs have been considered non-coding as they only contain short open reading frames (sORFs). However, there is increasing evidence for the translation of these sORFs into bioactive peptides with potent signaling, antimicrobial, developmental, antioxidant roles etc. Yet only a few peptides encoded by sORFs are annotated in the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. RESULTS: To aid the functional annotation of these peptides, we have developed ARA-PEPs (available at http://www...
January 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
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