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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230102/identification-of-a-new-virulent-clade-in-enterohemorrhagic-escherichia-coli-o26-h11-h-sequence-type-29
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Nozomi Ishijima, Ken-Ichi Lee, Tomomi Kuwahara, Haruyuki Nakayama-Imaohji, Saori Yoneda, Atsushi Iguchi, Yoshitoshi Ogura, Tetsuya Hayashi, Makoto Ohnishi, Sunao Iyoda
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O26 infections cause severe human diseases such as hemolytic uremic syndrome and encephalopathy, and is the predominant serogroup among non-O157 EHEC in many countries. Shiga toxin (Stx), which consists of two distinct types (Stx1 and Stx2), plays a central role in EHEC pathogenesis. The major stx gene type in EHEC O26 strains is stx1, although isolates with only stx2 have emerged in Japan since 2012 and have been reported in Europe. In this study, we selected 27 EHEC O26 strains isolated in Japan and identified a distinct genetic clade within sequence type (ST) 29, designated ST29C1, that carried only stx2 and had the plasmid gene profile ehxA+/katP-/espP+/etpD-...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229970/molecular-analysis-of-the-human-faecal-archaea-in-a-southern-indian-population
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Sandya B Rani, Ramadass Balamurugan, Balakrishnan S Ramakrishna
Archaea are an important constituent of the human gut microbiota, but there is no information on human gut archaea in an Indian population. In this study, faecal samples were obtained from different age groups (neonatal babies, preschool children, school-going children, adolescents, adults and elderly) of a southern Indian population, and from a tribal population also resident in southern India). 16S rRNA gene sequences specific to Archaea were amplified from pooled faecal DNA in each group, sequenced, and aligned against the NCBI database...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228376/xenopus-laevis-kif18a-is-a-highly-processive-kinesin-required-for-meiotic-spindle-integrity
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Martin M Möckel, Andreas Heim, Thomas Tischer, Thomas U Mayer
The assembly and functionality of the mitotic spindle depends on the coordinated activities of microtubule-associated motor-proteins of the dynein and kinesin superfamily. Our current understanding of the function of motor-proteins is significantly shaped by studies using Xenopus laevis egg extract as its open structure allows complex experimental manipulations hardly feasible in other model systems. Yet, the Kinesin-8 orthologue of human Kif18A has not been described in Xenopus laevis so far. Here, we report the cloning and characterization of Xenopus laevis (Xl) Kif18A...
February 22, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224267/selection-of-dna-aptamers-for-extra-cellular-domain-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-to-detect-her2-positive-carcinomas
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A Sett, B B Borthakur, U Bora
BACKGROUND: Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2, an orphan receptor of ErbB family) is considered as an important biomarker as it plays a key role in the development and progression of aggressive types of breast, ovarian, stomach and gastric cancer. In the present study, we developed novel DNA aptamers against the extra-cellular domain (ECD) of Her2 protein for detection of Her2-positive carcinomas. METHODS: We cloned and expressed Her2-ECD protein in E...
February 21, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223970/tet-c-gene-transfer-between-chlamydia-suis-strains-occurs-by-homologous-recombination-after-co-infection-implications-for-spread-of-tetracycline-resistance-among-chlamydiaceae
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Hanna Marti, Hoyon Kim, Sandeep J Joseph, Stacey Dojiri, Timothy D Read, Deborah Dean
Chlamydia suis is a swine pathogen that has also recently been found to cause zoonotic infections of the human eye, pharynx, and gastrointestinal tract. Many strains contain a tetracycline class C gene [tet(C)] cassette that confers tetracycline resistance. The cassette was likely originally acquired by horizontal gene transfer from a Gram-negative donor after the introduction of tetracycline into animal feed in the 1950s. Various research groups have described the capacity for different Chlamydia species to exchange DNA by homologous recombination...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223459/evolution-and-epidemiology-of-multidrug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-the-united-kingdom-and-ireland
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Danesh Moradigaravand, Veronique Martin, Sharon J Peacock, Julian Parkhill
Klebsiella pneumoniae is a human commensal and opportunistic pathogen that has become a leading causative agent of hospital-based infections over the past few decades. The emergence and global expansion of hypervirulent and multidrug-resistant (MDR) clones of K. pneumoniae have been increasingly reported in community-acquired and nosocomial infections. Despite this, the population genomics and epidemiology of MDR K. pneumoniae at the national level are still poorly understood. To obtain insights into these, we analyzed a systematic large-scale collection of invasive MDR K...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223458/mutation-of-the-n-terminal-region-of-chikungunya-virus-capsid-protein-implications-for-vaccine-design
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Adam Taylor, Xiang Liu, Ali Zaid, Lucas Y H Goh, Jody Hobson-Peters, Roy A Hall, Andres Merits, Suresh Mahalingam
Mosquito-transmitted chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an arthritogenic alphavirus of the Togaviridae family responsible for frequent outbreaks of arthritic disease in humans. Capsid protein, a structural protein encoded by the CHIKV RNA genome, is able to translocate to the host cell nucleolus. In encephalitic alphaviruses, nuclear translocation induces host cell transcriptional shutoff; however, the role of capsid protein nucleolar localization in arthritogenic alphaviruses remains unclear. Using recombinant enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)-tagged expression constructs and CHIKV infectious clones, we describe a nucleolar localization sequence (NoLS) in the N-terminal region of capsid protein, previously uncharacterized in CHIKV...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221880/spread-of-a-major-clone-of-salmonella-enterica-serotype-enteritidis-in-poultry-and-in-salmonellosis-outbreaks-in-southern-brazil
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Karen Apellanis Borges, Thales Quedi Furian, Sara Neves de Souza, Eduardo César Tondo, André Felipe Streck, Carlos Tadeu Pippi Salle, Hamilton Luiz de Souza Moraes, Vladimir Pinheiro do Nascimento
Salmonella spp. are among the most important agents of foodborne diseases all over the world. Human Salmonella outbreaks are often associated with the consumption of poultry products (meat and eggs), and one of the most prevalent serotypes associated with these products is Salmonella Enteritidis. Brazil is one of the most important poultry exporters in the world. In southern Brazil, three closely related clones of Salmonella Enteritidis have been responsible for the majority of foodborne Salmonella outbreaks over the past decade...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221858/genotypic-and-phenotypic-characterization-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolated-from-bovine-mastitic-milk-in-korea
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Jae Won Song, Soo Jin Yang, Sook Shin, Keun Seok Seo, Yong Ho Park, Kun Taek Park
Staphylococcus aureus is a major etiological pathogen for bovine mastitis, foodborne illness, and various clinical infections. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) has been isolated from bovine mastitic milk, and the presence of MRSA in milk is a major public health concern. We investigated the frequency of MRSA isolation from mastitic raw milk in Korea and characterized the patterns of antimicrobial resistance, virulence, and genotypes of the MRSA isolates. A total of 1,222 raw milk samples were collected from 47 dairy farms in Gyeonggi province from 2011 to 2012...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219197/-down-regulation-of-mir-146b-5p-promotes-malignant-transformation-of-fusion-cells-after-co-culture-of-macrophages-with-glioma-stem-cells-in-vitro
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H H Cai, H Y Wang, H R Liu, Y J Sheng, D G Xi, Y P Xue, X L Dai, A D Wang, Q Huang, J Dong
Objective: To observe mutual interactions between macrophages(Mφ) and glioma stem cells (GSCs)in dual-color tracing model in vitro, to identify the biological characteristics of fusion cells in multiple levels, and to analysis the relevant molecular mechanisms. Methods: Red fluorescent protein(RFP) gene was stably transfected into human GSCs cell line SU4. Mφ cells were obtained from Balb/c nude mice with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) expression. Then two cells were co-cultured in dual-color tracing platform...
February 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218671/human-scfvs-that-counteract-bioactivities-of-staphylococcus-aureus-tsst-1
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Thunchanok Rukkawattanakul, Nitat Sookrung, Watee Seesuay, Nattawat Onlamoon, Pornphan Diraphat, Wanpen Chaicumpa, Nitaya Indrawattana
Some Staphylococcus aureus isolates produced toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (TSST-1) which is a pyrogenic toxin superantigen (PTSAg). The toxin activates a large fraction of peripheral blood T lymphocytes causing the cells to proliferate and release massive amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines leading to a life-threatening multisystem disorder: toxic shock syndrome (TSS). PTSAg-mediated-T cell stimulation circumvents the conventional antigenic peptide presentation to T cell receptor (TCR) by the antigen-presenting cell (APC)...
February 17, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215705/kras-allelic-imbalance-enhances-fitness-and-modulates-map-kinase-dependence-in-cancer
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Michael R Burgess, Eugene Hwang, Rana Mroue, Craig M Bielski, Anica M Wandler, Benjamin J Huang, Ari J Firestone, Amy Young, Jennifer A Lacap, Lisa Crocker, Saurabh Asthana, Elizabeth M Davis, Jin Xu, Keiko Akagi, Michelle M Le Beau, Qing Li, Benjamin Haley, David Stokoe, Deepak Sampath, Barry S Taylor, Marie Evangelista, Kevin Shannon
Investigating therapeutic "outliers" that show exceptional responses to anti-cancer treatment can uncover biomarkers of drug sensitivity. We performed preclinical trials investigating primary murine acute myeloid leukemias (AMLs) generated by retroviral insertional mutagenesis in Kras(G12D) "knockin" mice with the MEK inhibitor PD0325901 (PD901). One outlier AML responded and exhibited intrinsic drug resistance at relapse. Loss of wild-type (WT) Kras enhanced the fitness of the dominant clone and rendered it sensitive to MEK inhibition...
February 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215419/comparative-metabolite-and-genome-analysis-of-tuber-bearing-potato-species
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Riccardo Aversano, Felice Contaldi, Maria Grazia Adelfi, Vincenzo D'Amelia, Gianfranco Diretto, Nunziatina De Tommasi, Carmen Vaccaro, Antonio Vassallo, Domenico Carputo
The cultivated potato Solanum tuberosum is unrivalled among crop plants for its wild relatives, which potentially represent an important source of genetic diversity to improve the nutritional value of potato varieties and understand metabolism regulation. The main aim of this research was to profile human health-related metabolites in a number of clones from 13 Solanum species. Results from HPLC-DAD and LC-ESI-MS analyses highlighted a high interspecific variability in the level of metabolites analysed. Ascorbic acid was confirmed to be the most abundant antioxidant in potato and chlorogenic acid the primary polyphenol...
February 16, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214753/structural-and-functional-insights-into-corrinoid-iron-sulfur-protein-from-human-pathogen-clostridium-difficile
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Yaozhu Wei, Xiaofei Zhu, Sixue Zhang, Xiangshi Tan
The human pathogen Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is one of the most important healthcare-associated infections. The Wood-Ljungdahl pathway, which is responsible for Acetyl-CoA biosynthesis, is essential for the survival of the pathogen and is absent in humans. The key proteins and enzymes involved in the pathway are attractive targets for the treatment of CDI. Corrinoid iron-sulfur protein (CoFeSP) is a key protein and acts as a methyl transformer in the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway. In this study, CoFeSP from Clostridium difficile (CoFeSPCd) was cloned, expressed in E...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214367/population-genetic-structure-and-adaptation-of-malaria-parasites-on-the-edge-of-endemic-distribution
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Craig W Duffy, Hampate Ba, Samuel Assefa, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Yacine B Deh, Abderahmane Tandia, Freja C M Kirsebom, Dominic P Kwiatkowski, David J Conway
To determine whether the major human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum exhibits fragmented population structure or local adaptation at the northern limit of its African distribution where the dry Sahel zone meets the Sahara, samples were collected from diverse locations within Mauritania over a range of ~ 1000 kilometres. Microsatellite genotypes were obtained for 203 clinical infection samples from eight locations, and Illumina paired-end sequences were obtained to yield high coverage genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for 65 clinical infection samples from four locations...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212834/death-associated-protein-1-dap-1-positively-regulates-virus-replication-and-apoptosis-of-hemocytes-in-shrimp-marsupenaeus-japonicus
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Wen-Li Xia, Li-Hua Kang, Chang-Bin Liu, Cui-Jie Kang
Death-associated protein 1 (DAP1) is a small proline-rich cytoplasmic protein that functions both in the apoptosis and autophage process of mammalian and in the clinical cancer of human. However, little knowledge is known about the homologue gene of DAP1 and its roles in the physiological process of invertebrates. In this paper, we report a novel function of DAP1 in the antivirus immunity of shrimp. A homologue gene of DAP1 was cloned from Marsupenaeus japonicus and named as Mjdap-1. The full-length of Mjdap-1 was 1761 bp with a 309 bp open reading frame that encoded 102 amino acids...
February 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209207/recombinant-%C3%AE-actinin-subunit-antigens-of-trichomonas-vaginalis-as-potential-vaccine-candidates-in-protecting-against-trichomoniasis
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Yi-Ting Xie, Jiang-Mei Gao, Ya-Ping Wu, Petrus Tang, Geoff Hide, De-Hua Lai, Zhao-Rong Lun
BACKGROUND: Human trichomoniasis caused by Trichomonas vaginalis is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases with more than 200 million cases worldwide. It has caused a series of health problems to patients. For prevention and control of infectious diseases, vaccines are usually considered as one of the most cost-efficient tools. However, until now, work on the development of T. vaginalis vaccines is still mainly focused on the screening of potential immunogens. Alpha-actinin characterized by high immunogenicity in T...
February 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208218/antibiotic-resistance-in-escherichia-coli-in-husbandry-animals-the-african-perspective
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Carla Andrea Alonso, Myriam Zarazaga, Rym Ben Sallem, Ahlem Jouini, Karim Ben Slama, Carmen Torres
In the last years different surveillances have been published in Africa, especially in Northern countries, regarding antimicrobial resistance among husbandry animals. Information is still scarce, but the available data shows a worrying picture. Although the highest resistance rates have been described against tetracycline, penicillins and sulphonamides, prevalence of plasmid mediated quinolone resistance genes and extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) are being increasingly reported. Among ESBLs, the CTX-M-1 group was dominant in most African surveys, being CTX-M-15 the main variant both in animals and humans, except in Tunisia where CTX-M-1 was more frequently detected among E...
February 16, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208072/identification-of-triosephosphate-isomerase-as-a-novel-allergen-in-octopus-fangsiao
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Yang Yang, Zhong-Wei Chen, Barry K Hurlburt, Gui-Ling Li, Yong-Xia Zhang, Dan-Xia Fei, Hai-Wang Shen, Min-Jie Cao, Guang-Ming Liu
Octopus is an important mollusk in human dietary for its nutritional value, however it also causes allergic reactions in humans. Major allergens from octopus have been identified, while the knowledge of novel allergens remains poor. In the present study, a novel allergen with molecular weight of 28kDa protein was purified from octopus (Octopus fangsiao) and identified as triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) by mass spectrometry. TIM aggregated beyond 45°C, and its IgE-binding activity was affected under extreme pH conditions due to the altered secondary structure...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205534/trim14-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-in-osteosarcoma-via-promotion-of-the-akt-signaling-pathway
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Guoxing Xu, Yongfei Guo, Dabo Xu, Yi Wang, Yafeng Shen, Feifei Wang, Yuanyuan Lv, Fanglong Song, Dawei Jiang, Yinquan Zhang, Yi Lou, Yake Meng, Yongji Yang, Yifan Kang
Recent studies have shown that some members of the tripartite motif-containing protein (TRIM) family serve as important regulators of tumorigenesis. However, the biological role of TRIM14 in osteosarcoma remains to be established. In this study, we showed that TRIM14 is upregulated in human osteosarcoma specimens and cell lines, and correlated with osteosarcoma progression and shorter patient survival times. Functional studies demonstrated that overexpression of TRIM14 enhances osteosarcoma cell proliferation, clone formation, cell cycle procession, migration and invasion in vitro and promotes tumor growth in vivo, and conversely, its silencing has the opposite effects...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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