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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813538/genome-wide-association-analysis-reveals-genetic-loci-and-candidate-genes-for-feeding-behavior-and-eating-efficiency-in-duroc-boars
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Rongrong Ding, Jianping Quan, Ming Yang, Xingwang Wang, Enqin Zheng, Huaqiang Yang, Disheng Fu, Yang Yang, Linxue Yang, Zicong Li, Dewu Liu, Gengyuan Cai, Zhenfang Wu, Jie Yang
Efficient use of feed resources is a challenge in the pork industry because the largest variability in expenditure is attributed to the cost of fodder. Efficiency of feeding is directly related to feeding behavior. In order to identify genomic regions controlling feeding behavior and eating efficiency traits, 338 Duroc boars were used in this study. The Illumina Porcine SNP60K BeadChip was used for genotyping. Data pertaining to individual daily feed intake (DFI), total daily time spent in feeder (TPD), number of daily visits to feeder (NVD), average duration of each visit (TPV), mean feed intake per visit (FPV), mean feed intake rate (FR), and feed conversion ratio (FCR) were collected for these pigs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813465/long-term-persistent-infection-of-hpv-16-e6-up-regulate-sp1-and-htert-by-inhibiting-lkb1-in-lung-cancer-cells
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Jing-Hua Yang, Xiao-Yan Li, Xin Wang, Wei-Jian Hou, Xue-Shan Qiu, En-Hua Wang, Guang-Ping Wu
HPV 16 E6 upregulates hTERT expression in lung cancer cells. However, the underlying molecular mechanism is unclear. In this paper, E6, LKB1, SP1, and hTERT mRNA expression levels were detected in brushing cells of patients with lung cancer (n = 106) and with benign lung disease (n = 68) by qRT-PCR. The mRNA expression levels of E6, SP1, and hTERT were significantly increased in the malignant group compared with the benign group (P < 0.01). Conversely, the mRNA expression level of LKB1 was significantly decreased in the malignant group (P < 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813430/reprogramming-human-gallbladder-cells-into-insulin-producing-%C3%AE-like-cells
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Feorillo Galivo, Eric Benedetti, Yuhan Wang, Carl Pelz, Jonathan Schug, Klaus H Kaestner, Markus Grompe
The gallbladder and cystic duct (GBCs) are parts of the extrahepatic biliary tree and share a common developmental origin with the ventral pancreas. Here, we report on the very first genetic reprogramming of patient-derived human GBCs to β-like cells for potential autologous cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes. We developed a robust method for large-scale expansion of human GBCs ex vivo. GBCs were reprogrammed into insulin-producing pancreatic β-like cells by a combined adenoviral-mediated expression of hallmark pancreatic endocrine transcription factors PDX1, MAFA, NEUROG3, and PAX6 and differentiation culture in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812580/lactate-dehydrogenase-activity-drives-hair-follicle-stem-cell-activation
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Aimee Flores, John Schell, Abigail S Krall, David Jelinek, Matilde Miranda, Melina Grigorian, Daniel Braas, Andrew C White, Jessica L Zhou, Nicholas A Graham, Thomas Graeber, Pankaj Seth, Denis Evseenko, Hilary A Coller, Jared Rutter, Heather R Christofk, William E Lowry
Although normally dormant, hair follicle stem cells (HFSCs) quickly become activated to divide during a new hair cycle. The quiescence of HFSCs is known to be regulated by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms. Here we provide several lines of evidence to demonstrate that HFSCs utilize glycolytic metabolism and produce significantly more lactate than other cells in the epidermis. Furthermore, lactate generation appears to be critical for the activation of HFSCs as deletion of lactate dehydrogenase (Ldha) prevented their activation...
August 14, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812299/conversion-of-the-high-yield-salinomycin-producer-streptomyces-albus-bk3-25-into-a-surrogate-host-for-polyketide-production
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Xiaojie Zhang, Chenyang Lu, Linquan Bai
An ideal surrogate host for heterologous production of various natural products is expected to have efficient nutrient utilization, fast growth, abundant precursors and energy supply, and a pronounced gene expression. Streptomyces albus BK3-25 is a high-yield industrial strain producing type-I polyketide salinomycin, with a unique ability of bean oil utilization. Its potential of being a surrogate host for heterologous production of PKS was engineered and evaluated herein. Firstly, introduction of a three-gene cassette for the biosynthesis of ethylmalonyl-CoA resulted in accumulation of ethylmalonyl-CoA precursor and salinomycin, and subsequent deletion of the salinomycin biosynthetic gene cluster resulted in a host with rich supplies of common polyketide precursors, including malonyl-CoA, methylmalonyl-CoA, and ethylmalonyl-CoA...
August 14, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811894/the-conceptual-advances-of-carcinogenic-sequence-model-in-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer
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Hiroshi Kobayashi, Kana Iwai, Emiko Niiro, Sachiko Morioka, Yuki Yamada, Kenji Ogawa, Naoki Kawahara
The present review focuses on the current status of molecular pathology in high-grade serous cancer (HGSC) and preneoplastic conditions. This article reviews the English-language literature on HGSC, precursor, fallopian tubal epithelium, secretory cells, ciliated cells, secretory cell expansion, secretory cell outgrowth (SCOUT), p53 signature, serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma (STIC), DNA damage and immunohistochemistry in an effort to identify the precursor-carcinoma sequence in HGSC. The majority of HGSC originates from the fimbriated end of the fallopian tube secretory epithelial cells, while the small part of this disease may develop from ovarian cortical inclusion cyst (CIC)...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811469/rgd-delivery-of-truncated-coagulase-to-tumor-vasculature-affords-local-thrombotic-activity-to-induce-infarction-of-tumors-in-mice
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Rana Jahanban-Esfahlan, Khaled Seidi, Hassan Monhemi, Amir Daei Farshchi Adli, Babak Minofar, Peyman Zare, Davoud Farajzadeh, Safar Farajnia, Ramezan Behzadi, Mehran Mesgari Abbasi, Nosratollah Zarghami, Tahereh Javaheri
Induction of thrombosis in tumor vasculature represents an appealing strategy for combating cancer. Herein, we combined unique intrinsic coagulation properties of staphylocoagulase with new acquired functional potentials introduced by genetic engineering, to generate a novel bi-functional fusion protein consisting of truncated coagulase (tCoa) bearing an RGD motif on its C-terminus for cancer therapy. We demonstrated that free coagulase failed to elicit any significant thrombotic activity. Conversely, RGD delivery of coagulase retained coagulase activity and afforded favorable interaction of fusion proteins with prothrombin and αvβ3 endothelial cell receptors, as verified by in silico, in vitro, and in vivo experiments...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811464/the-origin-of-a-primordial-genome-through-spontaneous-symmetry-breaking
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Nobuto Takeuchi, Paulien Hogeweg, Kunihiko Kaneko
The heredity of a cell is provided by a small number of non-catalytic templates-the genome. How did genomes originate? Here, we demonstrate the possibility that genome-like molecules arise from symmetry breaking between complementary strands of self-replicating molecules. Our model assumes a population of protocells, each containing a population of self-replicating catalytic molecules. The protocells evolve towards maximising the catalytic activities of the molecules to increase their growth rates. Conversely, the molecules evolve towards minimising their catalytic activities to increase their intracellular relative fitness...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809881/genetic-algorithm-optimized-wideband-on-chip-polarization-rotator-with-an-ultrasmall-footprint
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Zejie Yu, Haoran Cui, Xiankai Sun
Polarization control of light waves is an important technique in optical communication and signal processing. On-chip polarization rotation from the fundamental transverse-electric (TE00) mode to the fundamental transverse-magnetic (TM00) mode is usually difficult because of their large effective refractive index difference. Here, we demonstrate an on-chip wideband polarization rotator designed with a genetic algorithm to convert the TE00 mode into the TM00 mode within a footprint of 0.96 μm ×4.2  μm...
August 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809602/fertility-preservation-and-sexual-health-after-cancer-therapy
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Nigel Pereira, Glenn L Schattman
Recent developments in cancer diagnostics and treatments have considerably improved long-term survival rates. Despite improvements in chemotherapy regimens, more focused radiotherapy and diverse surgical options, cancer treatments often have gonadotoxic side-effects that can manifest as loss of fertility or sexual dysfunction, particularly in young cancer survivors. In this review, we focus on two pertinent quality-of-life issues in female cancer survivors of reproductive age-fertility preservation and sexual function...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808099/enhancing-crop-plant-photosynthesis-by-introducing-novel-genetic-diversity
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Marcel Dann, Dario Leister
Although some elements of the photosynthetic light reactions might appear to be ideal, the overall efficiency of light conversion to biomass has not been optimized during evolution. Because crop plants are depleted of genetic diversity for photosynthesis, efforts to enhance its efficiency with respect to light conversion to yield must generate new variation. In principle, three sources of natural variation are available: (i) rare diversity within extant higher plant species, (ii) photosynthetic variants from algae, and (iii) reconstruction of no longer extant types of plant photosynthesis...
September 26, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807898/hypothalamic-sonic-hedgehog-is-required-for-cell-specification-and-proliferation-of-lhx3-lhx4-pituitary-embryonic-precursors
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G Carreno, J Apps, E J Lodge, L Panousopoulos, S Haston, J M Gonzalez-Meljem, H Hahn, C L Andoniadou, J P Martinez-Barbera
Sonic hedgehog (SHH) is an essential morphogenetic signal dictating cell fate decisions in several developing organs in mammals. In vitro data suggest that SHH is required to specify LHX3+/LHX4+ Rathke's pouch (RP) progenitor identity. However, in vivo studies have failed to reveal such a function, supporting instead, a critical role for SHH in promoting proliferation of these RP progenitors and for differentiation of pituitary cell types. Here, we have used a genetic approach to demonstrate that activation of the SHH pathway is necessary to induce LHX3+/LHX4+ RP identity in mouse embryos...
August 14, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807856/low-levels-of-genetic-diversity-associated-with-evidence-of-negative-selection-on-the-babesia-bovis-apical-membrane-antigen-1-from-parasite-populations-in-thailand
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Amarin Rittipornlertrak, Boondarika Nambooppha, Pacharathon Simking, Veerasak Punyapornwithaya, Saruda Tiwananthagorn, Sathaporn Jittapalapong, Yang-Tsung Chung, Nattawooti Sthitmatee
Babesia bovis, a parasite infecting cattle and buffalo, continues to spread throughout the developing world. The babesial vaccine was developed to be a sustainable alternative treatment to control the parasite. However, genetic diversity is a major obstacle for designing and developing a safe and effective vaccine. The apical membrane antigen 1 (AMA-1) is considered to be a potential vaccine candidate antigen among immunogenic genes of B. bovis. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of B. bovis AMA-1 (BbAMA-1), three B...
August 12, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805895/genetic-parameters-of-carcass-and-meat-quality-traits-in-different-muscles-longissimus-dorsi-and-semimembranosus-of-hanwoo-korean-cattle
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M S A Bhuiyan, H J Kim, D H Lee, S H Lee, S H Cho, B S Yang, S D Kim, S H Lee
We estimated heritability () and genetic and phenotypic correlations for carcass and meat quality traits of longissimus dorsi (LD) and semimembranosus (SM) muscles in 30-mo-old Hanwoo steers. Variance and covariance components were estimated using REML procedures under univariate and bivariate models. The mean carcass weight (CWT), eye muscle area (EMA), back fat thickness (BFT), and marbling score (MS) were 428.20 ± 46.30 kg, 87.38 ± 8.54 cm2, 13.00 ± 5.14 mm, and 5.21 ± 1.56, respectively. The mean CIE reflectance of meat lightness (L*), redness (a*), and yellowness (b*) were 40...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804512/engineering-shewanella-oneidensis-enables-xylose-fed-microbial-fuel-cell
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Feng Li, Yuanxiu Li, Liming Sun, Xiaofei Li, Changji Yin, Xingjuan An, Xiaoli Chen, Yao Tian, Hao Song
BACKGROUND: The microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a green and sustainable technology for electricity energy harvest from biomass, in which exoelectrogens use metabolism and extracellular electron transfer pathways for the conversion of chemical energy into electricity. However, Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, one of the most well-known exoelectrogens, could not use xylose (a key pentose derived from hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass) for cell growth and power generation, which limited greatly its practical applications...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801919/familial-associations-of-female-breast-cancer-with-other-cancers
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Guoqiao Zheng, Hongyao Yu, Akseli Hemminki, Asta Försti, Kristina Sundquist, Kari Hemminki
Familial risks of breast cancer (BC) are well established but whether BC clusters with other, i.e. discordant, cancers is less certain but of interest for the identification of common genetic and possible environmental factors contributing to a general cancer susceptibility. We apply a novel approach to search for familial associations of BC with other (discordant) cancers based on the Swedish Family-Cancer Database. Relative risks (RRs) were calculated for BC in families with increasing numbers of patients with discordant cancer X, and conversely, familial RRs for cancer X in families with increasing numbers of BC patients...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801221/the-aminoacyl-trna-synthetases-had-only-a-marginal-role-in-the-origin-of-the-organization-of-the-genetic-code-evidence-in-favor-of-the-coevolution-theory
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Massimo Di Giulio
The coevolution theory of the origin of the genetic code suggests that the organization of the genetic code coevolved with the biosynthetic relationships between amino acids. The mechanism that allowed this coevolution was based on tRNA-like molecules on which - this theory - would postulate the biosynthetic transformations between amino acids to have occurred. This mechanism makes a prediction on how the role conducted by the aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (ARSs), in the origin of the genetic code, should have been...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800624/destabilizing-polymorphism-in-cervid-prion-protein-hydrophobic-core-determines-prion-conformation-and-conversion-efficiency
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Samia Hannaoui, Sara Amidian, Yo Ching Cheng, Camilo Duque Velásquez, Lyudmyla Dorosh, Sampson Law, Glenn Telling, Maria Stepanova, Debbie McKenzie, Holger Wille, Sabine Gilch
Prion diseases are infectious neurodegenerative disorders of humans and animals caused by misfolded forms of the cellular prion protein PrPC. Prions cause disease by converting PrPC into aggregation-prone PrPSc. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is the most contagious prion disease with substantial lateral transmission, affecting free-ranging and farmed cervids. Although the PrP primary structure is highly conserved among cervids, the disease phenotype can be modulated by species-specific polymorphisms in the prion protein gene...
August 11, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800217/engineering-antibody-reactivity-for-efficient-derivatization-to-generate-nav1-7-inhibitory-gptx-1-peptide-antibody-conjugates
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Kaustav Biswas, Thomas E Nixey, Justin K Murray, James R Falsey, Li Yin, Hantao Liu, Jacinthe Gingras, Brian E Hall, Brad Herberich, Jerry Ryan Holder, Hongyan Li, Joseph Ligutti, Min-Hwa Jasmine Lin, Dong Liu, Brian D Soriano, Marcus Soto, Linh Tran, Christopher M Tegley, Anrou Zou, Kannan Gunasekaran, Bryan D Moyer, Liz Doherty, Les P Miranda
The voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.7 is a genetically-validated pain target under investigation for the development of analgesics. A therapeutic with a less frequent dosing regimen would be of value for treating chronic pain, however functional NaV1.7 targeting antibodies are not known. In this report we describe NaV1.7 inhibitory peptide-antibody conjugates as an alternate construct for potential prolonged channel blockade through chemical derivatization of engineered antibodies. We previously identified NaV1...
August 11, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798763/maturation-of-plastid-c-type-cytochromes
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REVIEW
Stéphane T Gabilly, Patrice P Hamel
Cytochromes c are hemoproteins, with the prosthetic group covalently linked to the apoprotein, which function as electron carriers. A class of cytochromes c is defined by a CXXCH heme-binding motif where the cysteines form thioether bonds with the vinyl groups of heme. Plastids are known to contain up to three cytochromes c. The membrane-bound cytochrome f and soluble cytochrome c6 operate in photosynthesis while the activity of soluble cytochrome c6A remains unknown. Conversion of apo- to holocytochrome c occurs in the thylakoid lumen and requires the independent transport of apocytochrome and heme across the thylakoid membrane followed by the stereospecific attachment of ferroheme via thioether linkages...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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