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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109209/nostoc-thermotolerans-sp-nov-a-soil-dwelling-species-of-nostoc-cyanobacteria-isolated-from-madhya-pradesh-india
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Archana Suradkar, Chelsea Villanueva, Lira A Gaysina, Dale A Casamatta, Aniket Saraf, Gandhali Dighe, Ratnaprabha Mergu, Prashant Singh
A filamentous, soil dwelling cyanobacterial strain (9C-PS) was isolated from Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, India and is being described as new species of Nostoc. Extensive morphological and molecular characterization along with thorough assessment of ecology was performed. The style of filament orientation, type and nature of the sheath (e.g., distribution and visibility across the trichome), and vegetative and heterocyte cell dimensions and shape were assessed for more than a year employing both culture and naturally occurring samples...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109201/genetic-analyses-of-the-fusion-protein-genes-in-human-parainfluenza-virus-types-1-and-3-among-patients-with-acute-respiratory-infections-in-eastern-japan-from-2011-to-2015
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Rika Tsutsui, Hiroyuki Tsukagoshi, Koo Nagasawa, Masaki Takahashi, Yuki Matsushima, Akihide Ryo, Makoto Kuroda, Hideki Takami, Hirokazu Kimura
PURPOSE: To genetically explorer the fusion protein gene (F) in human parainfluenza virus type 1 (HPIV1) and type 3 (HPIV3) strains, we analyzed them in the patients with acute respiratory infections (ARI) in Eastern Japan from 2011 to 2015. METHODOLOGY: We constructed phylogenetic trees based on the HPIV and HPIV3 F gene using the maximum likelihood method and conducted p-distance, and selective pressure analyses. We also predicted the linear epitopes of the protein in the prototype strains...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109190/qtl-mapping-and-candidate-genes-for-resistance-to-fusarium-ear-rot-and-fumonisin-contamination-in-maize
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Valentina Maschietto, Cinzia Colombi, Raul Pirona, Giorgio Pea, Francesco Strozzi, Adriano Marocco, Laura Rossini, Alessandra Lanubile
BACKGROUND: Fusarium verticillioides is a common maize pathogen causing ear rot (FER) and contamination of the grains with the fumonisin B1 (FB1) mycotoxin. Resistance to FER and FB1 contamination are quantitative traits, affected by environmental conditions, and completely resistant maize genotypes to the pathogen are so far unknown. In order to uncover genomic regions associated to reduced FER and FB1 contamination and identify molecular markers for assisted selection, an F2:3 population of 188 progenies was developed crossing CO441 (resistant) and CO354 (susceptible) genotypes...
January 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109156/-cloning-and-sequence-analysis-of-variable-region-genes-of-mouse-anti-human-s100a9-monoclonal-antibody
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Min Yan, Danyang Mi, Xiangdong Sun, Zhenqiang Zhang, Huahui Zeng, Wendi Liu
Objective To clone and analyze variable region gene sequences of mouse monoclonal antibody against human S100A9 (anti-human S100A9 mAb). Methods Total RNA was extracted from the hybridoma cell line (IID4B10) secreting mouse anti-human S100A9 mAb. Furthermore, the heavy chain variable region (VH) and light chain variable region (VL) genes were amplified using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). After the cloning and sequencing of the VH and VL genes, the sequence analyses were performed by BLAST program...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109013/investigation-of-genetic-defects-in-severe-combined-immunodeficiency-patients-from-turkey-by-targeted-sequencing
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Baran Erman, Ivan Bilic, Tatjana Hirschmugl, Elisabeth Salzer, Heidrun Boztug, Özden Sanal, Deniz Çağdaş Ayvaz, Ilhan Tezcan, Kaan Boztug
Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) represent a large group of disorders with an increased susceptibility to infections. Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is the most severe form of primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) with marked T-cell lymphopenia. Investigation of the genetic etiology using classical Sanger sequencing is associated with considerable diagnostic delay. We here established a custom-designed, next generation sequencing-based panel to efficiently identify disease-causing genetic defects in PID patients and applied this method in SCID patients of Turkish origin with previously undefined genetic etiology...
January 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109005/the-mboat7-variant-rs641738-increases-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Khaled Thabet, Henry Lik Yuen Chan, Salvatore Petta, Alessandra Mangia, Thomas Berg, Andre Boonstra, Willem P Brouwer, Maria Lorena Abate, Vincent Wai-Sun Wong, Maiiada Nazmy, Janett Fischer, Christopher Liddle, Jacob George, Mohammed Eslam
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is characterized by hepatic inflammation that promotes progression to cirrhosis and predisposes to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Subtle inter-individual genetic variation, viral and environmental factors interact to determine the disease progression between individuals. Recently, the rs641738 Membrane Bound O-Acyltransferase Domain Containing 7 (MBOAT7) polymorphism was demonstrated to influence histological liver damage in alcoholic liver disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis C, but no data are available for CHB...
January 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108985/the-th2-gene-cluster-unraveled-role-of-rhs6
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EDITORIAL
Cameron H Flayer, Angela Haczku
Although the transcription factors that regulate T helper (Th) type 2 cytokine production (IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13) are possible novel therapeutic targets, we lack a detailed understanding of the mechanisms that regulate the transcription of these cytokines. In this issue of Allergy, Hwang et al. studied the role of a specific DNA region (a cis-acting element called Rad50 hypersensitive site 6) RHS6, in the development of allergic airway inflammation. RHS6 is found in the Th2 cytokine "locus control region" but its role in activation of the IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13 genes was unknown...
January 20, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108964/heme-oxygenase-1-defects-lead-to-reduced-chlorophyll-in-brassica-napus
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Lixia Zhu, Zonghui Yang, Xinhua Zeng, Jie Gao, Jie Liu, Bin Yi, Chaozhi Ma, Jinxiong Shen, Jinxing Tu, Tingdong Fu, Jing Wen
We previously described a Brassica napus chlorophyll-deficient mutant (ygl) with yellow-green seedling leaves and mapped the related gene, BnaC.YGL, to a 0.35 cM region. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in this chlorophyll defect are still unknown. In this study, the BnaC07.HO1 gene (equivalent to BnaC.YGL) was isolated by the candidate gene approach, and its function was confirmed by genetic complementation. Comparative sequencing analysis suggested that BnaC07.HO1 was lost in the mutant, while a long noncoding-RNA was inserted into the promoter of the homologous gene BnaA07...
January 20, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108951/physiological-links-of-circadian-clock-and-biological-clock-of-aging
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REVIEW
Fang Liu, Hung-Chun Chang
Circadian rhythms orchestrate biochemical and physiological processes in living organisms to respond the day/night cycle. In mammals, nearly all cells hold self-sustained circadian clocks meanwhile couple the intrinsic rhythms to systemic changes in a hierarchical manner. The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus functions as the master pacemaker to initiate daily synchronization according to the photoperiod, in turn determines the phase of peripheral cellular clocks through a variety of signaling relays, including endocrine rhythms and metabolic cycles...
January 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108859/the-arc-gene-confers-genetic-susceptibility-to-alzheimer-s-disease-in-han-chinese
#10
Rui Bi, Li-Li Kong, Min Xu, Guo-Dong Li, Deng-Feng Zhang, Tao Li, Yiru Fang, Chen Zhang, Buchang Zhang, Yong-Gang Yao
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. The deposition of β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques in the brain was considered one of the main neuropathological hallmarks of AD. As the loss of synapses always occurs during AD progression, AD has been gradually regarded as a "synaptopathy." The activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) was recently identified as a key factor for AD due to its active roles in synaptic plasticity, learning, memory, and Aβ generation. However, there is little evidence to support the association of the Arc gene with AD...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108804/antigenic-and-genotypic-characterization-of-rabies-virus-isolated-from-bats-mammalia-chiroptera-from-municipalities-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-state-southeastern-brazil
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Benedito Donizete Menozzi, Rafael de Novaes Oliveira, Laís Moraes Paiz, Virgínia Bodelão Richini-Pereira, Helio Langoni
Bats have aroused growing attention in the public health sphere because they are considered the main reservoir of rabies virus (RABV) in the Americas, in places where canine rabies is under control. Antigenic and genetic studies of RABV isolates have been used to describe the epidemiological profile of rabies and to identify possible hosts/reservoirs for different epidemiological cycles. This study describes the antigenic and genotypic characterization of 19 RABV isolates from central nervous system samples of non-hematophagous bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera)...
January 20, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108744/increased-breast-cancer-risk-with-habp1-p32-gc1qr-genetic-polymorphism-rs2285747-and-its-upregulation-in-northern-chinese-women
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Yongdong Jiang, Hao Wu, Jing Liu, Yanbo Chen, Jingjing Xie, Yashuang Zhao, Da Pang
OBJECT: Hyaluronic acid binding protein 1 (HABP1/p32/gC1qR) is overexpressed in breast cancer. However, it is unknown whether HABP1 gene polymorphisms affect breast cancer risk. This study aims to evaluate the potential association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of HABP1 with breast cancer in northern Chinese women. RESULTS: The minor allele of rs2285747 was strongly associated with breast cancer with OR of 1.553 (95% CI = 1.251-1.927). SNP rs2285747 was also associated with high HABP1 protein expression under the co-dominant and dominant model (p = 0...
January 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108698/genome-wide-analysis-of-fatty-acid-desaturation-and-its-response-to-temperature
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Guillaume Menard, Jose Martin Moreno, Fiona Bryant, Olaya Munoz-Azcarate, Amélie A Kelly, Keywan Hassani-Pak, Smita Kurup, Peter J Eastmond
Plants modify the polyunsaturated fatty acid content of their membrane and storage lipids in order to adapt to changes in temperature. In developing seeds this response is largely controlled by the activities of the microsomal ω-6 and ω-3 fatty acid desaturases, FAD2 and FAD3. Although temperature-regulation of desaturation has been studied at the molecular and biochemical level, the genetic control of this trait is poorly understood. Here we have characterised the response of Arabidopsis thaliana seed lipids to variation in ambient temperature and found that heat inhibits both ω-6 and ω-3 desaturation in phosphatidylcholine, leading to a proportional change in triacylglycerol composition...
January 20, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108681/re-emergence-of-methicillin-susceptibility-in-a-resistant-lineage-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Alice Ledda, James R Price, Kevin Cole, Martin J Llewelyn, Angela M Kearns, Derrick W Crook, John Paul, Xavier Didelot
OBJECTIVES: MRSA is a leading cause of hospital-associated infection. Acquired resistance is encoded by the mecA gene or its homologue mecC, but little is known about the evolutionary dynamics involved in gain and loss of resistance. The objective of this study was to obtain an expanded understanding of Staphylococcus aureus methicillin resistance microevolution in vivo, by focusing on a single lineage. METHODS: We compared the whole-genome sequences of 231 isolates from a single epidemic lineage [clonal complex 30 (CC30) and spa-type t018] of S...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108655/the-novel-lysine-specific-methyltransferase-mettl21b-affects-mrna-translation-through-inducible-and-dynamic-methylation-of-lys-165-in-human-eukaryotic-elongation-factor-1-alpha-eef1a
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Jędrzej Małecki, Vinay Kumar Aileni, Angela Y Y Ho, Juliane Schwarz, Anders Moen, Vigdis Sørensen, Benedikt S Nilges, Magnus E Jakobsson, Sebastian A Leidel, Pål Ø Falnes
Lysine methylation is abundant on histone proteins, representing a dynamic regulator of chromatin state and gene activity, but is also frequent on many non-histone proteins, including eukaryotic elongation factor 1 alpha (eEF1A). However, the functional significance of eEF1A methylation remains obscure and it has remained unclear whether eEF1A methylation is dynamic and subject to active regulation. We here demonstrate, using a wide range of in vitro and in vivo approaches, that the previously uncharacterized human methyltransferase METTL21B specifically targets Lys-165 in eEF1A in an aminoacyl-tRNA- and GTP-dependent manner...
January 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108556/confirmation-of-five-novel-susceptibility-loci-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle-and-integrated-network-analysis-of-82-sle-susceptibility-loci
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Julio E Molineros, Wanling Yang, Xu-Jie Zhou, Celi Sun, Yukinori Okada, Huoru Zhang, Kek Heng Chua, Yu-Lung Lau, Yuta Kochi, Akari Suzuki, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Jianyang Ma, So-Young Bang, Hye-Soon Lee, Kwangwoo Kim, Sang-Cheol Bae, Hong Zhang, Nan Shen, Loren L Looger, Swapan K Nath
We recently identified ten novel SLE susceptibility loci in Asians and uncovered several additional suggestive loci requiring further validation. This study aimed to replicate five of these suggestive loci in a Han Chinese cohort from Hong Kong, followed by meta-analysis (11,656 cases and 23,968 controls) on previously reported Asian and European populations, and perform bioinformatic analyses on all 82 reported SLE loci to identify shared regulatory signatures. We performed a battery of analyses for these five loci, as well as joint analyses on all 82 SLE loci...
January 20, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108515/prostate-cancer-patients-with-late-radiation-toxicity-exhibit-reduced-expression-of-genes-involved-in-dna-double-strand-break-repair-and-homologous-recombination
#17
Bregje van Oorschot, Lon Uitterhoeve, Ilja Oomen, Rosemarie Ten Cate, Jan Paul Medema, Harry Vrieling, Lukas J A Stalpers, Perry D Moerland, Nicolaas A P Franken
Severe late damage to normal tissue is a major limitation of cancer radiotherapy in prostate cancer patients. In a recent retrospective study, late radiation toxicity was found to relate to a decreased decay of γ-H2AX foci and reduced induction of DNA double strand break repair genes. Here we report evidence of prognostic utility in prostate cancer for γ-H2AX foci decay ratios and gene expression profiles derived from ex vivo-irradiated patient lymphocytes. Patients were followed ≥2 years after radiotherapy...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108491/transcriptome-analysis-identifies-multifaceted-regulatory-mechanisms-dictating-a-genetic-switch-from-neuronal-network-establishment-to-maintenance-during-postnatal-prefrontal-cortex-development
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Yvet Kroeze, Martin Oti, Ellen van Beusekom, Roel H M Cooijmans, Hans van Bokhoven, Sharon M Kolk, Judith R Homberg, Huiqing Zhou
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is one of the latest brain regions to mature, which allows the acquisition of complex cognitive abilities through experience. To unravel the underlying gene expression changes during postnatal development, we performed RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) in the rat medial PFC (mPFC) at five developmental time points from infancy to adulthood, and analyzed the differential expression of protein-coding genes, long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs), and alternative exons. We showed that most expression changes occur in infancy, and that the number of differentially expressed genes reduces toward adulthood...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108432/living-on-the-edge-conservation-genetics-of-seven-thermophilous-plant-species-in-a-high-arctic-archipelago
#19
Siri Birkeland, Idunn Elisabeth Borgen Skjetne, Anne Krag Brysting, Reidar Elven, Inger Greve Alsos
Small, isolated, and/or peripheral populations are expected to harbour low levels of genetic variation and may therefore have reduced adaptability to environmental change, including climate warming. In the Arctic, global warming has already caused vegetation change across the region and is acting as a significant stressor on Arctic biodiversity. Many of the rare plants in the Arctic are relicts from early Holocene warm periods, but their ability to benefit from the current warming is dependent on the viability of their populations...
January 20, 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108348/epigenetic-basis-of-cancer-health-disparities-looking-beyond-genetic-differences
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REVIEW
Aamir Ahmad, Shafquat Azim, Haseeb Zubair, Mohammad Aslam Khan, Seema Singh, James E Carter, Rodney Rocconi, Ajay P Singh
Despite efforts at various levels, racial health disparities still exist in cancer patients. These inequalities in incidence and/or clinical outcome can only be explained by a multitude of factors, with genetic basis being one of them. Several investigations have provided convincing evidence to support epigenetic regulation of cancer-associated genes, which results in the differential transcriptome and proteome, and may be linked to a pre-disposition of individuals of certain race/ethnicity to early or more aggressive cancers...
January 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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