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Jinhu Huang, Jiale Ma, Kexin Shang, Xiao Hu, Yuan Liang, Daiwei Li, Zuowei Wu, Lei Dai, Li Chen, Liping Wang
Streptococcus suis is a previously neglected, newly emerging multidrug-resistant zoonotic pathogen. Mobile genetic elements (MGEs) play a key role in intra- and interspecies horizontal transfer of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) determinants. Although, previous studies showed the presence of several MGEs, a comprehensive analysis of AMR-associated mobilome as well as their interaction and evolution has not been performed. In this study, we presented the AMR-associated mobilome and their insertion hotspots in S...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Stefan M Ivanov, Roland G Huber, Jim Warwicker, Peter J Bond
Critical regulatory pathways are replete with instances of intra- and interfamily protein-protein interactions due to the pervasiveness of gene duplication throughout evolution. Discerning the specificity determinants within these systems has proven a challenging task. Here, we present an energetic analysis of the specificity determinants within the Bcl-2 family of proteins (key regulators of the intrinsic apoptotic pathway) via a total of ∼20 μs of simulation of 60 distinct protein-protein complexes. We demonstrate where affinity and specificity of protein-protein interactions arise across the family, and corroborate our conclusions with extensive experimental evidence...
October 17, 2016: Structure
Maksym Misyura, Tong Zhang, Mahadeo A Sukhai, Mariam Thomas, Swati Garg, Suzanne Kamel-Reid, Tracy L Stockley
Use of next-generation sequencing to detect somatic variants in DNA extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor tissues poses a challenge for clinical molecular diagnostic laboratories because of variable DNA quality and quantity, and the potential to detect low allele frequency somatic variants difficult to verify by non-next-generation sequencing methods. We evaluated somatic variant detection performance of the MiSeq and Ion Proton benchtop sequencers using two commercially available panels, the TruSeq Amplicon Cancer Panel and the AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel Version 2...
November 2016: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
Chanakan Tongsook, Johannes Niederhauser, Elena Kronegger, Grit Straganz, Peter Macheroux
The degradation of histamine catalyzed by the SAM-dependent histamine N-methyltransferase (HNMT) is critically important for the maintenance of neurological processes. Recently, two mutations in the encoding human gene were reported to give rise to dysfunctional protein variants (G60D and L208P) leading to intellectual disability. In the present study, we have expressed eight L208 variants with either apolar (L208F and L208V), polar (L208N and L208T) or charged (L208D, L208H, L208K and L208R) amino acids to define the impact of side chain variations on protein structure and function...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Peter S Shen, Xiaoyong Yang, Paul G DeCaen, Xiaowen Liu, David Bulkley, David E Clapham, Erhu Cao
The Polycystic Kidney Disease 2 (Pkd2) gene is mutated in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), one of the most common human monogenic disorders. Here, we present the cryo-EM structure of PKD2 in lipid bilayers at 3.0 Å resolution, which establishes PKD2 as a homotetrameric ion channel and provides insight into potential mechanisms for its activation. The PKD2 voltage-sensor domain retains two of four gating charges commonly found in those of voltage-gated ion channels. The PKD2 ion permeation pathway is constricted at the selectivity filter and near the cytoplasmic end of S6, suggesting that two gates regulate ion conduction...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Hélène Quach, Maxime Rotival, Julien Pothlichet, Yong-Hwee Eddie Loh, Michael Dannemann, Nora Zidane, Guillaume Laval, Etienne Patin, Christine Harmant, Marie Lopez, Matthieu Deschamps, Nadia Naffakh, Darragh Duffy, Anja Coen, Geert Leroux-Roels, Frederic Clément, Anne Boland, Jean-François Deleuze, Janet Kelso, Matthew L Albert, Lluis Quintana-Murci
Humans differ in the outcome that follows exposure to life-threatening pathogens, yet the extent of population differences in immune responses and their genetic and evolutionary determinants remain undefined. Here, we characterized, using RNA sequencing, the transcriptional response of primary monocytes from Africans and Europeans to bacterial and viral stimuli-ligands activating Toll-like receptor pathways (TLR1/2, TLR4, and TLR7/8) and influenza virus-and mapped expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs)...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Tânia Nobre, Manuela Oliveira, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
By definition, the domestication process leads to an overall reduction of crop genetic diversity. This lead to the current search of genomic regions in wild crop relatives (CWR), an important task for modern carrot breeding. Nowadays massive sequencing possibilities can allow for discovery of novel genetic resources in wild populations, but this quest could be aided by the use of a surrogate gene (to first identify and prioritize novel wild populations for increased sequencing effort). Alternative oxidase (AOX) gene family seems to be linked to all kinds of abiotic and biotic stress reactions in various organisms and thus have the potential to be used in the identification of CWR hotspots of environment-adapted diversity...
2016: PloS One
Silvia Dal Santo, Alberto Palliotti, Sara Zenoni, Giovanni Battista Tornielli, Marianna Fasoli, Paola Paci, Sergio Tombesi, Tommaso Frioni, Oriana Silvestroni, Andrea Bellincontro, Claudio d'Onofrio, Fabiola Matarese, Matteo Gatti, Stefano Poni, Mario Pezzotti
BACKGROUND: Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is an economically important crop with a wide geographical distribution, reflecting its ability to grow successfully in a range of climates. However, many vineyards are located in regions with seasonal drought, and these are often predicted to be global climate change hotspots. Climate change affects the entire physiology of grapevine, with strong effects on yield, wine quality and typicity, making it difficult to produce berries of optimal enological quality and consistent stability over the forthcoming decades...
October 20, 2016: BMC Genomics
Vijayalakshmi Padmanabhan, Heather B Steinmetz, Elizabeth J Rizzo, Amber J Erskine, Tamara L Fairbank, Francine B de Abreu, Gregory J Tsongalis, Laura J Tafe
CONTEXT: -At our medical center, cytopathologists perform rapid on-site evaluation for specimen adequacy of fine-needle aspiration and touch imprint of needle core biopsy lung cancer samples. Two years ago the molecular diagnostics laboratory at our institution changed to next-generation sequencing using the Ion Torrent PGM and the 50-gene AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel v2 for analyzing mutations in a 50-gene cancer hot spot panel. This was associated with in a dramatic fall in adequacy rate (68%)...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Daryl C Yang, Jennifer R Deuis, Daniel Dashevsky, James Dobson, Timothy N W Jackson, Andreas Brust, Bing Xie, Ivan Koludarov, Jordan Debono, Iwan Hendrikx, Wayne C Hodgson, Peter Josh, Amanda Nouwens, Gregory J Baillie, Timothy J C Bruxner, Paul F Alewood, Kelvin Kok Peng Lim, Nathaniel Frank, Irina Vetter, Bryan G Fry
Millions of years of evolution have fine-tuned the ability of venom peptides to rapidly incapacitate both prey and potential predators. Toxicofera reptiles are characterized by serous-secreting mandibular or maxillary glands with heightened levels of protein expression. These glands are the core anatomical components of the toxicoferan venom system, which exists in myriad points along an evolutionary continuum. Neofunctionalisation of toxins is facilitated by positive selection at functional hotspots on the ancestral protein and venom proteins have undergone dynamic diversification in helodermatid and varanid lizards as well as advanced snakes...
October 18, 2016: Toxins
Yi Shi, Xian-Bin Su, Kun-Yan He, Bing-Hao Wu, Bo-Yu Zhang, Ze-Guang Han
Somatic mutations of many cancer genes tend to co-occur (termed co-mutations) in certain patterns during tumor initiation and progression. However, the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that contribute to the co-mutations of these cancer genes have yet to be explored. Here, we systematically investigated the association between the somatic co-mutations of cancer genes and high-order chromatin conformation. Significantly, somatic point co-mutations in protein-coding genes were closely associated with high-order spatial chromatin folding...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Y Liu, L Huang, H Ye, X Lv
Interferon regulatory factor-7 (IRF-7) is involved in pulmonary infection and pneumonia. Here, a synthetic strategy that combined quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR)-based virtual screening and in vitro binding assay was described to identify new and potent mediator ligands of IRF-7 from natural products. In the procedure, a QSAR scoring function was developed and validated using Gaussian process (GP) regression and a structure-based set of protein-ligand affinity data. By integrating hotspot pocket prediction, pharmacokinetics profile analysis and molecular docking calculations, the scoring function was successfully applied to virtual screening against a large library of structurally diverse, drug-like natural products...
October 20, 2016: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
Tara M Newcomb, Kevin M Flanigan
The cloning of the DMD gene, and the identifications of mutations in it as the cause of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), makes a compelling story that is aptly told elsewhere.(1) The locus-the largest in the human genome-consists of 79 exons, distributed over 2.5 million nucleotides on the X chromosome, which are assembled into a complementary DNA (cDNA) of around 14 kb encoding the predominant muscle isoform of the dystrophin protein.(2) The size of the gene, and the number of exons, had historically made mutation analysis challenging...
October 2016: Neurology. Genetics
Sarah Hrebien, Ben O'Leary, Matthew Beaney, Gaia Schiavon, Charlotte Fribbens, Amarjit Bhambra, Richard Johnson, Isaac Garcia-Murillas, Nicholas Turner
Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) analysis has the potential to allow non-invasive analysis of tumor mutations in advanced cancer. In this study we assessed the reproducibility of digital PCR (dPCR) assays of circulating tumor DNA in a cohort of patients with advanced breast cancer and assessed delayed plasma processing using cell free DNA preservative tubes. We recruited a cohort of 96 paired samples from 71 women with advanced breast cancer who had paired blood samples processed either immediately or delayed in preservative tubes with processing 48-72 hours after collection...
2016: PloS One
S Birla, R Khadgawat, V P Jyotsna, V Jain, M K Garg, A S Bhalla, A Sharma
Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) results from variations affecting the production and release of growth hormone (GH) and is of 2 types: isolated growth hormone deficiency (IGHD) and combined pituitary hormone deficiency (CPHD). IGHD results from mutations in GH1 and GHRHR while CPHD is associated with defects in transcription factor genes PROP1, POU1F1, and HESX1. The present study reports on screening of POU1F1, PROP1, and HESX1 in CPHD patients and the novel variations identified. Fifty-one CPHD patients from 49 unrelated families clinically diagnosed on the basis of biochemical and imaging investigations along with 100 controls were enrolled...
October 18, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Isabel Rodríguez-Quilón, Luis Santos-Del-Blanco, María Jesús Serra-Varela, Jarkko Koskela, Santiago C González-Martínez, Ricardo Alía
Preserving intraspecific genetic diversity is essential for long-term forest sustainability in a climate change scenario. Despite that, genetic information is largely neglected in conservation planning, and how conservation units should be defined is still heatedly debated. Here, we use maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Ait.), an outcrossing long-lived tree with a highly fragmented distribution in the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot, to prove the importance of accounting for genetic variation, of both neutral molecular markers and quantitative traits, to define useful conservation units...
October 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Jacqueline R Gerson, Charles T Driscoll, Karen M Roy
With decreases in acid deposition, nitrogen : phosphorus (N:P) ratios in lakes are anticipated to decline, decreasing P limitation of phytoplankton and potentially changing current food web dynamics. This effect could be particularly pronounced in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, a historic hotspot for effects of acid deposition. In this study, we evaluate spatial patterns of nutrient dynamics in Adirondack lakes and use these to infer potential future temporal trends. We calculated Mann-Kendall tau correlations among total phosphorus (TP), chlorophyll a, dissolved organic carbon (DOC), acid neutralizing capacity (ANC), and nitrate (NO3(-) ) concentrations in 52 Adirondack Long Term Monitoring (ALTM) program lakes using samples collected monthly during 2008-2012...
September 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Jennifer D H Walthall, Aaron Burgess, Elizabeth Weinstein, Charles Miramonti, Thomas Arkins, Sarah Wiehe
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to describe spatiotemporal correlates of pediatric violent injury in an urban community. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using patient-level data (2009-2011) from a novel emergency medical service computerized entry system for violent injury resulting in an ambulance dispatch among children aged 0 to 16 years. Assault location and patient residence location were cleaned and geocoded at a success rate of 98%. Distances from the assault location to both home and nearest school were calculated...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Hitoshi Suzuki, Yoshitsugu Aoki, Toshiki Kameyama, Takashi Saito, Satoru Masuda, Jun Tanihata, Tetsuya Nagata, Akila Mayeda, Shin'ichi Takeda, Toshifumi Tsukahara
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe muscular disorder. It was reported that multiple exon skipping (MES), targeting exon 45-55 of the DMD gene, might improve patients' symptoms because patients who have a genomic deletion of all these exons showed very mild symptoms. Thus, exon 45-55 skipping treatments for DMD have been proposed as a potential clinical cure. Herein, we detected the expression of endogenous exons 44-56 connected mRNA transcript of the DMD using total RNAs derived from human normal skeletal muscle by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and identified a total of eight types of MES products around the hotspot...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Elena Azizan, Norlela Sukor, Nor Azmi Kamaruddin, A Rahman A Jamal, Jiri Ceral, Miroslav Solar, Isa Mohamed Rose, Geok Chin Tan
OBJECTIVE: Aldosterone-producing adenoma (APA) is a common curable cause of hypertension. Somatic mutations in five genes (KCNJ5, ATP1A1, ATP2B3, CACNA1D, and CTNNB1) have been found to cause the excess aldosterone production of two thirds of APAs [1-4]. KCNJ5 mutant APAs, the most common and largest, had explicit genotype-phenotype relationship - a low protein expression of KCNJ5 relative to their peritumoural zona glomerulosa (ZG) and a zona fasciculata-like composition [5-6]. Conversely for the other genes, controversy arises on whether they have the opposite cell phenotype [4,7-8]...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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