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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821984/nonassociation-of-homocysteine-gene-polymorphisms-with-treatment-outcome-in-south-indian-tamil-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Niveditha Muralidharan, Reena Gulati, Durga Prasanna Misra, Vir S Negi
The aim of the study was to look for any association of MTR 2756A>G and MTRR 66A>G gene polymorphisms with clinical phenotype, methotrexate (MTX) treatment response, and MTX-induced adverse events in South Indian Tamil patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A total of 335 patients with RA were investigated. MTR 2756A>G gene polymorphism was analyzed by PCR-RFLP, and MTRR 66A>G SNP was analyzed by TaqMan 5' nuclease assay. The allele frequencies were compared with HapMap groups. MTR 2756G allele was found to be associated with risk of developing RA...
August 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821763/activation-of-an-anti-bacterial-toxin-by-the-biosynthetic-enzyme-cysk-mechanism-of-binding-interaction-specificity-and-competition-with-cysteine-synthase
#2
Roberto Benoni, Christina M Beck, Fernando Garza-Sánchez, Stefano Bettati, Andrea Mozzarelli, Christopher S Hayes, Barbara Campanini
Contact-dependent growth inhibition (CDI) is a wide-spread mechanism of inter-bacterial competition. CDI(+) bacteria deliver CdiA-CT toxins into neighboring bacteria and produce specific immunity proteins that protect against self-intoxication. The CdiA-CT toxin from uropathogenic Escherichia coli 536 is a latent tRNase that is only active when bound to the cysteine biosynthetic enzyme CysK. Remarkably, the CysK:CdiA-CT binding interaction mimics the 'cysteine synthase' complex of CysK:CysE. The C-terminal tails of CysE and CdiA-CT each insert into the CysK active-site cleft to anchor the respective complexes...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819025/mre11-promotes-tumorigenesis-by-facilitating-resistance-to-oncogene-induced-replication-stress
#3
Elizabeth Spehalski, Kayla M Capper, Cheryl J Smith, Mary J Morgan, Maria Dinkelmann, Jeffrey Buis, JoAnn M Sekiguchi, David O Ferguson
Hypomorphic mutations in the genes encoding the MRE11/RAD50/NBS1 (MRN) DNA repair complex lead to cancer-prone syndromes. MRN binds DNA double strand breaks where it functions in repair and triggers cell cycle checkpoints via activation of the ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase. To gain understanding of MRN in cancer, we engineered mice with B lymphocytes lacking MRN, or harboring MRN in which MRE11 lacks nuclease activities. Both forms of MRN deficiency led to hallmarks of cancer, including oncogenic translocations involving c-Myc and the immunoglobulin locus...
August 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815851/basics-of-genome-editing-technology-and-its-application-in-livestock-species
#4
REVIEW
Bjoern Petersen
In the last decade, the research community has witnessed a blooming of targeted genome editing tools and applications. Novel programmable DNA nucleases such as zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like endonucleases (TALENs) and the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/Cas9 system (CRISPR/Cas9) possess long recognition sites and are capable of cutting DNA in a very specific manner. These DNA nucleases mediate targeted genetic alterations by enhancing the DNA mutation rate via induction of double-strand breaks at a predetermined genomic site...
August 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815532/hepatitis-c-virus-replication
#5
Tetsuro Suzuki
Viruses use synthetic mechanism and organelles of the host cells to facilitate their replication and make new viruses. Host's ATP provides necessary energy. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of liver disease. Like other positive-strand RNA viruses, the HCV genome is thought to be synthesized by the replication complex, which consists of viral- and host cell-derived factors, in tight association with structurally rearranged vesicle-like cytoplasmic membranes. The virus-induced remodeling of subcellular membranes, which protect the viral RNA from nucleases in the cytoplasm, promotes efficient replication of HCV genome...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815010/development-and-characterisation-of-a-low-concentration-sodium-dodecyl-sulphate-decellularised-porcine-dermis
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Jack A Helliwell, Daniel S Thomas, Vaia Papathanasiou, Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, Amisha Desai, Louise M Jennings, Paul Rooney, John N Kearney, Eileen Ingham
The aim of this study was to adapt a proprietary decellularisation process for human dermis for use with porcine skin. Porcine skin was subject to: sodium chloride (1 M) to detach the epidermis, trypsin paste to remove hair follicles, peracetic acid (0.1% v/v) disinfection, washed in hypotonic buffer and 0.1% (w/v) sodium dodecyl sulphate in the presence of proteinase inhibitors followed by nuclease treatment. Cellular porcine skin, decellularised porcine and human dermis were compared using histology, immunohistochemistry, GSL-1 lectin (alpha-gal epitope) staining, biochemical assays, uniaxial tensile and in vitro cytotoxicity tests...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814758/targeted-insertion-of-an-anti-cd2-monoclonal-antibody-transgene-into-the-ggta1-locus-in-pigs-using-foki-dcas9
#7
Mark B Nottle, Evelyn J Salvaris, Nella Fisicaro, Stephen McIlfatrick, Ivan Vassiliev, Wayne J Hawthorne, Philip J O'Connell, Jamie L Brady, Andrew M Lew, Peter J Cowan
Xenotransplantation from pigs has been advocated as a solution to the perennial shortage of donated human organs and tissues. CRISPR/Cas9 has facilitated the silencing of genes in donor pigs that contribute to xenograft rejection. However, the generation of modified pigs using second-generation nucleases with much lower off-target mutation rates than Cas9, such as FokI-dCas9, has not been reported. Furthermore, there have been no reports on the use of CRISPR to knock protective transgenes into detrimental porcine genes...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813589/regulation-of-stability-on-histone-h2a-h2b-dimer-by-h2a-tyr57-phosphorylation
#8
Takuma Sueoka, Gosuke Hayashi, Akimitsu Okamoto
Histone H2A and H2B form a H2A-H2B heterodimer, which is a fundamental unit of nucleosome assembly and disassembly. Several posttranslational modifications change the interface between the H2A-H2B dimer and the H3-H4 tetramer, and regulate nucleosome stability. However, posttranslational modifications associated with the interface between H2A and H2B have not been discussed. In this paper, it is shown that Tyr57 phosphorylation in H2A strongly influences H2A-H2B dimerization. Tyr57-phosphorylated H2A was chemically synthesized and utilized to reconstitute the H2A-H2B dimer and nucleosome as well as canonical H2A...
August 16, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811362/nuclear-envelope-rupture-is-enhanced-by-loss-of-p53-or-rb
#9
Zhe Yang, John Maciejowski, Titia de Lange
The mammalian nuclear envelope (NE) forms a stable physical barrier between the nucleus and the cytoplasm, normally breaking down only during the cell cycle phase of mitosis. However, spontaneous transient NE rupture in interphase can occur when NE integrity is compromised such as when the nucleus experiences mechanical stress. For instance, deficiencies in the nuclear lamins and their associated proteins can cause NE rupture that is promoted by forces exerted by actin filaments. NE rupture can allow cytoplasmic nucleases to access chromatin, potentially compromising genome integrity...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811015/multiple-targeted-graphene-based-nanocarrier-for-intracellular-imaging-of-mrnas
#10
Ying Wang, Zhaohui Li, Misha Liu, Jinjin Xu, Dehong Hu, Yuehe Lin, Jinghong Li
Simultaneous detection and imaging of multiple intracellular messenger RNA (mRNAs) hold great significant for early cancer diagnostics and preventive medicine development. Herein, we propose a multiple-targeted graphene oxide (GO) nanocarrier that can simultaneously detect and image different type mRNAs in living cells. First of all, in vitro detection of multiple targets have been realized successfully based on the multiple-targeted GO nanocarrier with linear relationship ranging from 3 nM to 200 nM, as well as sensitive detection limit of 1...
August 29, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810059/targeted-genome-editing-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-using-crispr-cas9
#11
REVIEW
Behnom Farboud
Utilization of programmable nucleases to generate DNA lesions at precise endogenous sequences has transformed the ability to edit genomes from microbes to plants and animals. This is especially true in organisms that previously lacked the means to engineer precise genomic changes, like Caenorhabditis elegans. C. elegans is a 1 mm long free-living, nonparasitic, nematode worm, which is easily cultivated in a laboratory. Its detailed genetic map and relatively compact genome (~100 megabases) helped make it the first metazoan to have its entire genome sequenced...
August 15, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809766/crispr-cas9-editing-of-nf1-gene-identifies-crmp2-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-nf1-related-pain-that-is-reversed-by-s-lacosamide
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Aubin Moutal, Xiaofang Yang, Wennan Li, Kerry B Gilbraith, Shizhen Luo, Song Cai, Liberty François-Moutal, Lindsey A Chew, Seul Ki Yeon, Shreya S Bellampalli, Chaoling Qu, Jennifer Y Xie, Mohab M Ibrahim, May Khanna, Ki Duk Park, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a rare autosomal dominant disease linked to mutations of the Nf1 gene. NF1 patients commonly experience severe pain. Studies on mice with Nf1 haploinsufficiency have been instructive in identifying sensitization of ion channels as a possible cause underlying the heightened pain suffered by NF1 patients. However, behavioral assessments of Nf1+/- mice have led to uncertain conclusions about the potential causal role of Nf1 in pain. We used the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/(CRISPR)-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) genome editing system to create and mechanistically characterize a novel rat model of NF1-related pain...
July 3, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809475/a-dna-fueled-and-catalytic-molecule-machine-lights-up-trace-under-expressed-micrornas-in-living-cells
#13
Daxiu Li, Wenjiao Zhou, Ruo Yuan, Yun Xiang
The detection of specific intracellular microRNAs (miRNAs) in living cells can potentially provide insight into the causal mechanism of cancer metastasis and invasion. However, due to the characteristic nature of miRNAs in terms of small sizes, low abundance and similarity among family members, it is of great challenge to monitor miRNAs in living cells, especially those with much lower expression levels. In this work, we describe the establishment of a DNA-fueled and catalytic molecule machinery in cell signal amplification approach for monitoring trace and under-expressed miRNAs in living cells...
August 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808686/a-conformational-checkpoint-between-dna-binding-and-cleavage-by-crispr-cas9
#14
Yavuz S Dagdas, Janice S Chen, Samuel H Sternberg, Jennifer A Doudna, Ahmet Yildiz
The Cas9 endonuclease is widely used for genome engineering applications by programming its single-guide RNA, and ongoing work is aimed at improving the accuracy and efficiency of DNA targeting. DNA cleavage of Cas9 is controlled by the conformational state of the HNH nuclease domain, but the mechanism that governs HNH activation at on-target DNA while reducing cleavage activity at off-target sites remains poorly understood. Using single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer, we identified an intermediate state of Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9, representing a conformational checkpoint between DNA binding and cleavage...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808000/vibrio-cholerae-type-6-secretion-system-effector-trafficking-in-target-bacterial-cells
#15
Brian T Ho, Yang Fu, Tao G Dong, John J Mekalanos
The type 6 secretion system (T6SS) is used by many Gram-negative bacterial species to deliver toxic effector proteins into nearby bacteria prey cells to kill or inhibit their growth. VgrG proteins are core conserved secretion substrates of the T6SS and one subset of T6SS effectors consists of VgrG proteins with C-terminal extension domains carrying various enzymatic activities. In Vibrio cholerae, VgrG3 has a hydrolase extension domain and degrades peptidoglycan in the periplasm of target bacteria. In this study, we replaced this domain with a nuclease domain from Salmonella enterica subsp...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806273/the-changing-landscape-of-gene-editing-in-hematopoietic-stem-cells-a-step-towards-cas9-clinical-translation
#16
Daniel P Dever, Matthew H Porteus
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since the discovery two decades ago that programmable endonucleases can be engineered to modify human cells at single nucleotide resolution, the concept of genome editing was born. Now these technologies are being applied to therapeutically relevant cell types, including hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), which possess the power to repopulate an entire blood and immune system. The purpose of this review is to discuss the changing landscape of genome editing in hematopoietic stem cells (GE-HSC) from the discovery stage to the preclinical stage, with the imminent goal of clinical translation for the treatment of serious genetic diseases of the blood and immune system...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802157/droplet-digital-pcr-for-rapid-enumeration-of-viral-genomes-and-particles-from-cells-and-animals-infected-with-orthopoxviruses
#17
Jeffrey L Americo, Patricia L Earl, Bernard Moss
Droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) was adapted for quantifying the number of orthopoxviral genomes in purified virus samples, infected cell lysates and tissues of infected animals. In contrast to the more commonly used qPCR, the newer ddPCR provides absolute numbers of DNA copies in samples without need for standard curves and has the ability to detect rare mutants in a population. The genome/infectious unit ratio for several sucrose gradient-purified orthopoxviruses varied from 5 to 10, which correlated well with values obtained using the Virocyt, a dedicated fluorescence flow cytometer...
August 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800954/a-tim-3-oligonucleotide-aptamer-enhances-t-cell-functions-and-potentiates-tumor-immunity-in-mice
#18
Tal Gefen, Iris Castro, Darija Muharemagic, Yvonne Puplampu-Dove, Shradha Patel, Eli Gilboa
T cell immunoglobulin-3 (TIM-3) is a negative regulator of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) secreting CD4(+) T cells and CD8(+) T cytotoxic cells. Recent studies have highlighted the role of TIM-3 as an important mediator of CD8(+) T cell exhaustion in the setting of chronic viral infections and cancer. In murine tumor models, antibody blockade of TIM-3 with anti-TIM-3 antibodies as monotherapy has no or minimal antitumor activity, suggesting that TIM-3 signaling exerts an accessory or amplifying effect in keeping immune responses in check...
August 8, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800953/col7a1-editing-via-crispr-cas9-in-recessive-dystrophic-epidermolysis-bullosa
#19
Stefan Hainzl, Patricia Peking, Thomas Kocher, Eva M Murauer, Fernando Larcher, Marcela Del Rio, Blanca Duarte, Markus Steiner, Alfred Klausegger, Johann W Bauer, Julia Reichelt, Ulrich Koller
Designer nucleases allow specific and precise genomic modifications and represent versatile molecular tools for the correction of disease-associated mutations. In this study, we have exploited an ex vivo CRISPR/Cas9-mediated homology-directed repair approach for the correction of a frequent inherited mutation in exon 80 of COL7A1, which impairs type VII collagen expression, causing the severe blistering skin disease recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. Upon CRISPR/Cas9 treatment of patient-derived keratinocytes, using either the wild-type Cas9 or D10A nickase, corrected single-cell clones expressed and secreted similar levels of type VII collagen as control keratinocytes...
July 13, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800560/molecular-basis-for-the-functions-of-a-bacterial-muts2-in-dna-repair-and-recombination
#20
Ge Wang, Robert J Maier
Bacterial MutS2 proteins, consisting of functional domains for ATPase, DNA-binding, and nuclease activities, play roles in DNA recombination and repair. Here we observe a mechanism for generating MutS2 expression diversity in the human pathogen Helicobacter pylori, and identify a unique MutS2 domain responsible for specific DNA-binding. H. pylori strains differ in mutS2 expression due to variations in the DNA upstream sequence containing short sequence repeats. Based on Western blots, mutS2 in some strains appears to be co-translated with the upstream gene, but in other strains (e...
July 19, 2017: DNA Repair
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