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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527403/interplay-between-bacillus-subtilis-recd2-and-the-recg-or-ruvab-helicase-in-recombinational-repair
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Rubén Torres, Hector Romero, Violeta Rodríguez-Cerrato, Juan C Alonso
Bacillus subtilis AddAB, RecS, RecQ, PcrA, HelD, DinG, RecG, RuvAB, PriA and RecD2 are genuine recombinational repair enzymes, but the biological role of RecD2 is poorly defined. A ΔrecD2 mutation sensitizes cells to DNA-damaging agents that stall or collapse replication forks. We found that this ΔrecD2 mutation impaired growth, and that a mutation in the pcrA gene (pcrA596) relieved this phenotype. The ΔrecD2 mutation was not epistatic to ΔaddAB, ΔrecQ, ΔrecS, ΔhelD, pcrA596 and ΔdinG, but epistatic to recA...
May 12, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527344/harnessing-plant-metabolic-diversity
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REVIEW
Charlie Owen, Nicola J Patron, Ancheng Huang, Anne Osbourn
Advances in DNA sequencing and synthesis technologies in the twenty-first century are now making it possible to build large-scale pipelines for engineering plant natural product pathways into heterologous production species using synthetic biology approaches. The ability to decode the chemical potential of plants by sequencing their transcriptomes and/or genomes and to then use this information as an instruction manual to make drugs and other high-value chemicals is opening up new routes to harness the vast chemical diversity of the Plant Kingdom...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527107/an-immune-related-six-lncrna-signature-to-improve-prognosis-prediction-of-glioblastoma-multiforme
#3
Meng Zhou, Zhaoyue Zhang, Hengqiang Zhao, Siqi Bao, Liang Cheng, Jie Sun
Recent studies have demonstrated the utility and superiority of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) as novel biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy. In the present study, the prognostic value of lncRNAs in glioblastoma multiforme was systematically investigated by performing a genome-wide analysis of lncRNA expression profiles in 419 glioblastoma patients from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project. Using survival analysis and Cox regression model, we identified a set of six lncRNAs (AC005013.5, UBE2R2-AS1, ENTPD1-AS1, RP11-89C21...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526842/revealing-genome-scale-transcriptional-regulatory-landscape-of-ompr-highlights-its-expanded-regulatory-roles-under-osmotic-stress-in-escherichia-coli-k-12-mg1655
#4
Sang Woo Seo, Ye Gao, Donghyuk Kim, Richard Szubin, Jina Yang, Byung-Kwan Cho, Bernhard O Palsson
A transcription factor (TF), OmpR, plays a critical role in transcriptional regulation of the osmotic stress response in bacteria. Here, we reveal a genome-scale OmpR regulon in Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655. Integrative data analysis reveals that a total of 37 genes in 24 transcription units (TUs) belong to OmpR regulon. Among them, 26 genes show more than two-fold changes in expression level in an OmpR knock-out strain. Specifically, we find that: 1) OmpR regulates mostly membrane-located gene products involved in diverse fundamental biological processes, such as narU (encoding nitrate/nitrite transporter), ompX (encoding outer membrane protein X), and nuoN (encoding NADH:ubiquinone oxidoreductase); 2) by investigating co-regulation of entire sets of genes regulated by other stress-response TFs, stresses are surprisingly independently regulated among each other; and, 3) a detailed investigation of the physiological roles of the newly discovered OmpR regulon genes reveals that activation of narU represents a novel strategy to significantly improve osmotic stress tolerance of E...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526240/endocrine-actions-of-vitamin-d-in-skin-relevance-for-photocarcinogenesis-of-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Jörg Reichrath, Roman Saternus, Thomas Vogt
The skin represents a pivotal organ for the human body's vitamin D endocrine system, being both the site of ultraviolet (UV)-B-induced vitamin D synthesis and a target tissue for the pluripotent effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 and other biologically active vitamin D metabolites. As many other steroid hormones, 1,25(OH)2D3 exerts its effects via two independent signal transduction pathways: the classical genomic and the non-genomic pathway. While non-genomic effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 are in part exerted via effects on intracellular calcium, genomic effects are mediated by the vitamin D receptor (VDR)...
May 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526061/photosynthesis-at-the-far-red-region-of-the-spectrum-in-acaryochloris-marina
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REVIEW
Syed Lal Badshah, Yahia Mabkhot, Salim S Al-Showiman
Acaryochloris marina is an oxygenic cyanobacterium that utilizes far-red light for photosynthesis. It has an expanded genome, which helps in its adaptability to the environment, where it can survive on low energy photons. Its major light absorbing pigment is chlorophyll d and it has α-carotene as a major carotenoid. Light harvesting antenna includes the external phycobilin binding proteins, which are hexameric rods made of phycocyanin and allophycocyanins, while the small integral membrane bound chlorophyll binding proteins are also present...
May 19, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525966/gene-expression-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-growing-in-laboratory-isolation-conditions-compared-to-those-common-in-its-natural-ocean-environment
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Katherine García, Cristian Yáñez, Nicolás Plaza, Francisca Peña, Pedro Sepúlveda, Diliana Pérez-Reytor, Romilio T Espejo
BACKGROUND: Vibrio parahaemolyticus is an autochthonous marine bacterial species comprising strains able to grow in broth containing bile salts at 37 °C, a condition seldom found in the ocean. However, this condition is used for isolation in the laboratory because it is considered a necessary property for pathogenesis. In this context, revealing how gene expression enables V. parahaemolyticus to adapt to this particular condition -common to almost all V. parahaemolyticus isolates- will improve our understanding of the biology of this important pathogen...
May 19, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525603/genome-wide-association-study-of-psychosis-proneness-in-the-finnish-population
#8
Alfredo Ortega-Alonso, Jesper Ekelund, Antti-Pekka Sarin, Jouko Miettunen, Juha Veijola, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, William Hennah
The current study examined quantitative measures of psychosis proneness in a nonpsychotic population, in order to elucidate their underlying genetic architecture and to observe if there is any commonality to that already detected in the studies of individuals with overt psychotic conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Heritability, univariate and multivariate genome-wide association (GWAs) tests, including a series of comprehensive gene-based association analyses, were developed in 4269 nonpsychotic persons participating in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 study with information on the following psychometric measures: Hypomanic Personality, Perceptual Aberration, Physical and Social Anhedonia (also known as Chapman's Schizotypia scales), and Schizoidia scale...
May 19, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525563/omics-biomarkers-in-ophthalmology
#9
Susette Lauwen, Eiko K de Jong, Dirk J Lefeber, Anneke I den Hollander
"Omics" refers to high-throughput analyses of genes, proteins, or metabolites in a biological system, and is increasingly used for ophthalmic research. These system-based approaches can unravel disease-related processes and are valuable for biomarker discovery. Furthermore, potential therapeutic targets can be identified based on omics results, and targeted follow-up experiments can be designed to gain molecular understanding of the disease and to test new therapies. Here, we review the application of omics techniques in eye diseases, focusing on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), retinal detachment (RD), myopia, glaucoma, Fuchs' corneal dystrophy (FCD), cataract, keratoconus, and dry eyes...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525531/phyd3-a-phylogenetic-tree-viewer-with-extended-phyloxml-support-for-functional-genomics-data-visualization
#10
Lukasz Kreft, Alexander Botzki, Frederik Coppens, Klaas Vandepoele, Michiel Van Bel
Motivation: Comparative and evolutionary studies utilise phylogenetic trees to analyse and visualise biological data. Recently, several web-based tools for the display, manipulation, and annotation of phylogenetic trees, such as iTOL and Evolview, have released updates to be compatible with the latest web technologies. While those web tools operate an open server access model with a multitude of registered users, a feature-rich open source solution using current web technologies is not available...
May 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524769/machine-learning-for-epigenetics-and-future-medical-applications
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Lawrence B Holder, M Muksitul Haque, Michael K Skinner
Understanding epigenetic processes holds immense promise for medical applications. Advances in Machine Learning (ML) are critical to realize this promise. Previous studies used epigenetic data sets associated with the germline transmission of epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease and novel ML approaches to predict genome-wide locations of critical epimutations. A combination of Active Learning (ACL) and Imbalanced Class Learning (ICL) was used to address past problems with ML to develop a more efficient feature selection process and address the imbalance problem in all genomic data sets...
May 19, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523996/micro-rnas-exercise-and-cellular-plasticity-in-humans-the-impact-of-dietary-factors-and-hypoxia
#12
Timothée Watier, Anthony Mj Sanchez
Physical exercise is a stress that modulates a plethora of cellular mechanisms to promote morphological and metabolic adaptations. Substantial efforts have been made to better understand the modulation of pathways involved in cell plasticity during exercise, but human explorations may be limited because invasive procedures are often required. In recent years, minimally invasive methods for the analysis of microRNAs (miRNAs) modulation in response to exercise have been developed. miRNAs are small molecules that belong to a family of non-coding RNAs...
May 19, 2017: MicroRNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523636/informing-materials-drugs-as-tools-for-exploring-cancer-mechanisms-and-pathways
#13
Etienne Vignola-Gagné, Peter Keating, Alberto Cambrosio
This paper builds on previous work that investigated anticancer drugs as 'informed materials', i.e., substances that undergo an informational enrichment that situates them in a dense relational web of qualifications and measurements generated by clinical experiments and clinical trials. The paper analyzes the recent transformation of anticancer drugs from 'informed' to 'informing material'. Briefly put: in the post-genomic era, anti-cancer drugs have become instruments for the production of new biological, pathological, and therapeutic insights into the underlying etiology and evolution of cancer...
June 2017: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523581/human-adenovirus-in-tissues-of-freshwater-snails-living-in-contaminated-waters
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J S Gularte, R Staggemeier, M Demoliner, T M S Heck, F H Heldt, R G F Ritzel, C Rigotto, A Henzel, F R Spilki
Human adenovirus (HAdV) is resistant to environment and can be used as a marker to detect fecal contamination. Considering the importance of freshwater snails in the aquatic environment, their use as concentrators for HAdV is a complementary tool for viral analysis of water. The goal of the study was to detect HAdV in snails and surface water collected from wetlands of the Sinos River (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) basin and to compare rates and viral loads found in both samples. HAdV was detected through real-time PCR...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523290/complex-modular-architecture-around-a-simple-toolkit-of-wing-pattern-genes
#15
Steven M Van Belleghem, Pasi Rastas, Alexie Papanicolaou, Simon H Martin, Carlos F Arias, Megan A Supple, Joseph J Hanly, James Mallet, James J Lewis, Heather M Hines, Mayte Ruiz, Camilo Salazar, Mauricio Linares, Gilson R P Moreira, Chris D Jiggins, Brian A Counterman, W Owen McMillan, Riccardo Papa
Identifying the genomic changes that control morphological variation and understanding how they generate diversity is a major goal of evolutionary biology. In Heliconius butterflies, a small number of genes control the development of diverse wing color patterns. Here, we used full genome sequencing of individuals across the Heliconius erato radiation and closely related species to characterize genomic variation associated with wing pattern diversity. We show that variation around color pattern genes is highly modular, with narrow genomic intervals associated with specific differences in color and pattern...
2017: Nat Ecol Evol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522612/genomevip-a-cloud-platform-for-genomic-variant-discovery-and-interpretation
#16
Robert J Mashl, Adam D Scott, Kuan-Lin Huang, Matthew A Wyczalkowski, Christopher J Yoon, Beifang Niu, Erin DeNardo, Venkata D Yellapantula, Robert E Handsaker, Ken Chen, Daniel C Koboldt, Kai Ye, David Fenyö, Benjamin Raphael, Michael C Wendl, Li Ding
Identifying genomic variants is a fundamental first step towards the understanding of the role of inherited and acquired variations in disease. The accelerating growth in the corpus of sequencing data that underpins such analysis is making the data-download bottleneck more evident, placing substantial burdens on the research community to keep pace. As a result, the search for alternative approaches to the traditional 'download and analyze' paradigm on local computing resources has led to a rapidly growing demand for cloud-computing solutions for genomics analysis...
May 18, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522540/orthogonal-estimates-of-variances-for-additive-dominance-and-epistatic-effects-in-populations
#17
Z G Vitezica, A Legarra, M A Toro, L Varona
Genomic prediction methods based on multiple markers have potential to include non-additive effects in prediction and analysis of complex traits. However, most developments assume Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE). Statistical approaches for genomic selection that account for dominance and epistasis in a general context, without assuming HWE (e.g. crosses or homozygous lines), are therefore needed. Our method expands the NOIA orthogonal approach, that builds incidence matrices based on genotypic (not allelic) frequencies, to include genome-wide epistasis for an arbitrary number of interacting loci in a genomic evaluation context...
May 18, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522396/ultrafast-spectroscopy-on-dna-cleavage-by-endonuclease-in-molecular-crowding
#18
Priya Singh, Susobhan Choudhury, Shreyasi Dutta, Aniruddha Adhikari, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Debasish Pal, Samir Kumar Pal
The jam-packed intracellular environments differ the activity of a biological macromolecule from that in laboratory environments (in vitro) through a number of mechanisms called molecular crowding related to structure, function and dynamics of the macromolecule. Here, we have explored the structure, function and dynamics of a model enzyme protein DNase I in molecular crowing of polyethylene glycol (PEG; MW 3350). We have used steady state and picosecond resolved dynamics of a well-known intercalator ethidium bromide (EB) in a 20-mer double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) to monitor the DNA-cleavage by the enzyme in absence and presence PEG...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522326/gene-editing-and-clonal-isolation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-crispr-cas9
#19
Saniye Yumlu, Jürgen Stumm, Sanum Bashir, Anne-Kathrin Dreyer, Pawel Lisowski, Eric Danner, Ralf Kühn
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) represent an ideal in vitro platform to study human genetics and biology. The recent advent of programmable nucleases makes also the human genome amenable to experimental genetics through either the correction of mutations in patient-derived iPSC lines or the de novo introduction of mutations into otherwise healthy iPSCs. The production of specific and sometimes complex genotypes in multiple cell lines requires efficient and streamlined gene editing technologies...
May 15, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521726/orthofiller-utilising-data-from-multiple-species-to-improve-the-completeness-of-genome-annotations
#20
Michael P Dunne, Steven Kelly
BACKROUND: Complete and accurate annotation of sequenced genomes is of paramount importance to their utility and analysis. Differences in gene prediction pipelines mean that genome annotations for a species can differ considerably in the quality and quantity of their predicted genes. Furthermore, genes that are present in genome sequences sometimes fail to be detected by computational gene prediction methods. Erroneously unannotated genes can lead to oversights and inaccurate assertions in biological investigations, especially for smaller-scale genome projects, which rely heavily on computational prediction...
May 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
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