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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719959/pcr-identification-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-trichomonas-gallinae-from-domestic-pigeons-in-guangzhou-china
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Shen-Ben Qiu, Meng-Na Lv, Xi He, Ya-Biao Weng, Shang-Shu Zou, Xin-Qiu Wang, Rui-Qing Lin
Avian trichomoniasis caused by Trichomonas gallinae is a serious protozoan disease worldwide. The domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica) is the main host for T. gallinae and plays an important role in the spread of the disease. Based on the internal transcribed spacers of nuclear ribosomal DNA of this parasite, a pair of primers (TgF2/TgR2) was designed and used to develop a PCR assay for the diagnosis of T. gallinae infection in domestic pigeons. This approach allowed the identification of T. gallinae, and no amplicons were produced when using DNA from other common avian pathogens...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719948/isolation-and-genotyping-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-brazilian-dogs
#2
Jamille Rodrigues da Silva, Bianca Mendes Maciel, Luana Karla Nogueira de Santana Souza Santos, Fábio Santos Carvalho, Daniele de Santana Rocha, Carlos Wilson Gomes Lopes, George Rêgo Albuquerque
Strains of Toxoplasma gondii in Brazil are highly genetically diverse compared to strains from North America and Europe. Dogs are epidemiologically important because they act as sentinels for T. gondii infections in humans and are good indicators of environmental contamination. The aim of this study was to isolate and genetically characterize T. gondii strains from tissues of naturally infected Brazilian dogs. For this study, 21 blood samples were collected from dogs at the Zoonosis Control Centers of Ilhéus and Itabuna cities, Bahia, Brazil...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719906/a-common-ancestral-asn242ser-mutation-in-tmem67-identified-in-multiple-iranian-families-with-joubert-syndrome
#3
MohammadReza Dehghani, Majid Mojarad, Ehsan Ghayoor Karimiani, Mohammad Yahya Vahidi Mehrjardi, Afsaneh Sahebalzamani, Farah Ashrafzadeh, Mehran Beiraghi Toosi, Atiyeh Eslahi, Najmeh Ahangari, Seyed Mojtaba Yassini, Afsaneh Hassanbeigi, Azam Rasti, Seyed Mehdi Kalantar, Reza Maroofian
BACKGROUND: Joubert syndrome (JS) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by peculiar midbrain-hindbrain malformation, known as the "molar tooth" sign. JS can manifest a broad range of signs and symptoms. The most common features of JS are hypotonia, ataxia, developmental delay/intellectual disability, abnormal eye movements, and neonatal breathing abnormalities. To date, 29 genes have been shown to cause JS. METHODS: We employed whole-genome single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping in a group of Iranian families with JS and Sanger sequencing of a known mutation associated with JS located in a single homozygous regions shared by affected members of the families...
July 19, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719899/the-relationship-between-mmp-2-1306c-t-and-mmp-9-1562c-t-polymorphisms-and-the-risk-and-prognosis-of-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-a-chinese-population-a-case-control-study
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Cong-Meng Lin, Yan-Ling Zeng, Min Xiao, Xu-Qiao Mei, Lv-Ying Shen, Meng-Xian Guo, Zhe-Yao Lin, Qi-Fa Liu, Tin Yang
BACKGROUND: T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a malignant hematological disease and is often accompanied by a variety of genetic abnormalities. Hence, our study aims to investigate the relationship between MMP-2 -1306C>T and MMP-9 -1562C>T polymorphisms and the risk and prognosis of T-ALL. METHODS: From April 2009 to February 2011, a total of 376 T-ALL patients were chosen as the case group. Meanwhile, 352 healthy people who passed routine health examinations were selected as the control group...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719828/functional-analysis-of-pcsk2-coding-variants-a-founder-effect-in-the-old-order-amish-population
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Alexandra Winters, Bruno Ramos-Molina, Timothy S Jarvela, Laura Yerges-Armstrong, Toni I Pollin, Iris Lindberg
AIMS: In humans, noncoding variants of PCSK2, the gene encoding prohormone convertase 2 (PC2), have been previously associated with risk for and age of onset of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The aims of this study were to identify coding variants in PCSK2; to determine their possible association with glucose handling; and to determine functional outcomes for coding variants in biochemical studies. METHODS: Exome-wide genotyping was performed on 1725 Old Order Amish (OOA) subjects...
July 3, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719732/genome-wide-association-meta-analysis-reveals-novel-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-susceptibility-loci
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Laura A McIntosh, Miranda C Marion, Marc Sudman, Mary E Comeau, Mara L Becker, John F Bohnsack, Tasha E Fingerlin, Thomas A Griffin, J Peter Haas, Daniel J Lovell, Lisa A Maier, Peter A Nigrovic, Sampath Prahalad, Marilynn Punaro, Carlos D Rosé, Carol A Wallace, Carol A Wise, Halima Moncrieffe, Timothy D Howard, Carl D Langefeld, Susan D Thompson
OBJECTIVE: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common childhood rheumatic disease and has a strong genomic component. To date, JIA genetic association studies have had limited sample sizes, used heterogeneous patient populations, or included only candidate regions. This study focuses on identifying new associations among oligoarticular and polyarticular rheumatoid factor negative (RF(-) ) JIA, which are clinically similar and the most prevalent JIA disease subtypes. METHODS: Three cohorts totaling 2,751 oligoarticular and polyarticular RF(-) JIA cases were genotyped on the Affymetrix Genome-Wide SNP Array 6...
July 18, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719598/the-predictive-value-of-abcb1-abcg2-cyp3a4-5-and-cyp2d6-polymorphisms-for-risperidone-and-aripiprazole-plasma-concentrations-and-the-occurrence-of-adverse-drug-reactions
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C Rafaniello, M Sessa, F F Bernardi, M Pozzi, S Cheli, D Cattaneo, S Baldelli, M Molteni, R Bernardini, F Rossi, E Clementi, C Bravaccio, S Radice, A Capuano
We investigated in ninety Caucasian pediatric patients the impact of the main polymorphisms occurring in CYP3A, CYP2D6, ABCB1 and ABCG2 genes on second-generation antipsychotics plasma concentrations, and their association with the occurrence of adverse drug reactions. Patients with the CA/AA ABCG2 genotype had a statistically significant lower risperidone plasma concentration/dose ratio (Ct/ds) (P-value: 0.007) and an higher estimated marginal probability of developing metabolism and nutrition disorders as compared to the ABCG2 c...
July 18, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719596/the-influence-of-fcgr2a-and-fcgr3a-polymorphisms-on-the-survival-of-patients-with-recurrent-or-metastatic-squamous-cell-head-and-neck-cancer-treated-with-cetuximab
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T Magnes, T Melchardt, C Hufnagl, L Weiss, C Mittermair, D Neureiter, E Klieser, G Rinnerthaler, S Roesch, A Gaggl, R Greil, A Egle
FCGR2A-H131R and FCGR3A-V157F are single-nucleotide polymorphisms known to influence the outcome of patients treated with rituximab, cetuximab and trastuzumab. We investigated the impact of these polymorphisms on the clinical outcome of 103 patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck treated with a platinum compound, fluorouracil and cetuximab as palliative first-line therapy. The survival of patients with FCGR2A-131H/H and/or FCGR3A-157V/V genotypes was significantly longer compared with patients carrying 131R and 157F alleles (median progression-free survival (PFS): 5...
July 18, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719513/dihydrofolate-reductase-genetic-polymorphisms-affect-methotrexate-dose-requirements-in-pediatric-patients-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-on-maintenance-therapy
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Guillermo Gervasini, Silvia G de Murillo, Mercedes Jiménez, María D de la Maya, Jose M Vagace
We have aimed to determine the effect of polymorphisms in regulatory regions of the DHFR gene in relation to methotrexate (MTX) dose adjustments and drug-induced toxicity in children on maintenance therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In total, 41 children diagnosed with ALL were screened for 3 tag-single nucleotide polymorphisms in the DHFR promoter (C-1610G, C-680G/T, A-317G) and an intronic 19-bp insertion/deletion. Genotypes were analyzed in relation to dose requirements and toxicity. The percentage of MTX dose administered (with respect to protocol-recommended values) was affected by DHFR polymorphisms...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719349/identification-of-g2607a-mutation-in-egfr-gene-with-a-significative-rate-in-moroccan-patients-with-bladder-cancer
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W El Hamdani, K Hadami, M Bensaid, H El Ahanidi, A Ameur, A Filali Maltouf, M Abbar, M Attaleb, A Albouzidi, M El Mzibri
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is involved in the regulation of several cellular processes and in the development of many human cancers. Somatic mutations of EGFR at tyrosine kinase domain have been associated with clinical response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in lung cancer patients. In this study, we evaluated the frequency of point mutations in EGFR for future use of TKI in clinical treatment of bladder cancer. A total, 50 Moroccan patient specimens with bladder cancer and 48 healthy controls were analysed for EGFR mutations in the region delimiting exons 18-21 by PCR amplification and direct sequencing...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719342/a-pilot-study-for-determination-of-anxiety-related-slc6a4-promoter-s-and-l-alleles-in-healthy-turkish-athletes
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A Corak, S Kapici, C Sercan, O Akkoç, K Ulucan
We aimed to analyze the allelic distribution of solute carrier family-6 member-4 promoter region in Turkish athletes. Recent studies showed the association of lesser expressing "S" allele with anxiety. Genotype percentages for LL, LS and SS genotypes were found as 46, 35 and 19, respectively. 38% of the males had LL, %38 had LS and 24% had SS genotypes. Percentages of LL, LS and SS genotypes were 54, 31 and 15 in females, respectively. 15 (58%) male and 18 (69%) females had L, 11 (42%) male and 8 (31%) females had S alleles...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719321/association-of-interferon-%C3%AE-receptor-1-gene-polymorphism-with-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-lung-infection-among-iranian-patients-with-pulmonary-disease
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Poopak Farnia, Jalaledin Ghanavi, Shima Saif, Parissa Farnia, Ali Akbar Velayati
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) cause significant pulmonary infections in humans. Researchers have reported an association between interferon-gamma receptor-1 (IFN-γR1 or IFNGR1) deficiency and susceptibility to NTM, but the relevance of polymorphism within these genes is not yet clear. In this study, a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), T to C, at position-56 in NTM patients with pulmonary disease was investigated. Molecular identification of Mycobacterium isolates was performed with hsp65 genes using polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP)...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719302/a-fatal-hantavirus-pulmonary-syndrome-misdiagnosed-as-dengue-an-investigation-into-the-first-reported-case-in-rio-de-janeiro-state-brazil
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Renata Carvalho de Oliveira, Alexandro Guterres, Bernardo Rodrigues Teixeira, Jorlan Fernandes, João Marcos Penna Júnior, Reynaldo de Jesus Oliveira Júnior, Liana Strecht Pereira, João Bosco Júnior, Patrícia Soares Meneguete, Cristina Maria Giordano Dias, Cibele Rodrigues Bonvicino, Paulo Sérgio D'Andrea, Elba Regina Sampaio de Lemos
We report the results of an investigation into a fatal case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, where the disease had not been reported previous to 2015. Following the notification of an HPS case, serum samples were collected from the household members and work contacts of the HPS patient and tested for antibody to hantaviruses. Seroprevalence of 22% (10/45) was indicated for hantavirus out of 45 human samples tested. Blood and tissue samples were collected from 72 rodents during fieldwork to evaluate the prevalence of hantavirus infection, by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay IgG, and to characterize the rodent hantavirus reservoir(s), by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and sequencing...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719296/analysis-of-dengue-serotype-4-in-sri-lanka-during-the-2012-2013-dengue-epidemic
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Anna Uehara, Hasitha Aravinda Tissera, Champica K Bodinayake, Ananda Amarasinghe, Ajith Nagahawatte, L Gayani Tillekeratne, Jie Cui, Megan E Reller, Paba Palihawadana, Sunethra Gunasena, Aruna Dharshan Desilva, Annelies Wilder-Smith, Duane J Gubler, Christopher W Woods, October M Sessions
The four serotypes of dengue virus (DENV-1, -2, -3, and -4) have had a rapidly expanding geographic range and are now endemic in over 100 tropical and subtropical countries. Sri Lanka has experienced periodic dengue outbreaks since the 1960s, but since 1989 epidemics have become progressively larger and associated with more severe disease. The dominant virus in the 2012 epidemic was DENV-1, but DENV-4 infections were also commonly observed. DENV-4 transmission was first documented in Sri Lanka when it was isolated from a traveler in 1978, but has been comparatively uncommon since dengue surveillance began in the early 1980s...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719275/high-triatoma-brasiliensis-densities-and-trypanosoma-cruzi-prevalence-in-domestic-and-peridomestic-habitats-in-the-state-of-rio-grande-do-norte-brazil-the-source-for-chagas-disease-outbreaks
#15
Mauricio Lilioso, Elaine Folly-Ramos, Fabiana Lopes Rocha, Jorge Rabinovich, Claire Capdevielle-Dulac, Myriam Harry, Paula L Marcet, Jane Costa, Carlos Eduardo Almeida
AbstractA total of 2,431 Triatoma brasiliensis were collected from 39 populations of Paraíba (PB) and Rio Grande do Norte (RN) states, Brazil. In PB, Trypanosoma cruzi infection was not detected in either peridomestic or domestic vector populations. In contrast, in RN, T. brasiliensis was detected with high parasite prevalence in these ecotopes (30.7-40.0%). Moreover, peridomicile insect population densities were more than double the average densities of all other settings evaluated (19.17 versus < 8.94 triatomine/man-hour)...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719243/genotyping-by-sequencing-based-genetic-analysis-of-african-rice-cultivars-and-association-mapping-of-blast-resistance-genes-against-magnaporthe-oryzae-populations-in-africa
#16
Emmanuel M Mgonja, Chan Ho Park, Houxiang Kang, Elias G Balimponya, Stephen Opiyo, Maria Bellizzi, Samuel K Mutiga, Felix Rotich, Veena Devi Ganeshan, Robert Mabagala, Clay Sneller, Jim Correll, Bo Zhou, Nicholas J Talbot, Thomas K Mitchell, Guo-Liang Wang
Understanding the genetic diversity of rice germplasm is important for the sustainable use of genetic materials in rice breeding and production. Africa is rich in rice genetic resources that can be utilized to boost rice productivity on the continent. A major constraint to rice production in Africa is rice blast, caused by the hemibiotrophic fungal pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae. In this report, we present the results of a genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS)-based diversity analysis of 190 African rice cultivars and an association mapping of blast resistance (R) genes and quantitative trait loci (QTLs)...
July 18, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719029/directly-observed-therapy-of-sofosbuvir-ribavirin-peginterferon-with-minimal-monitoring-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-in-people-with-a-history-of-drug-use-in-chennai-india-c-dot
#17
Sunil S Solomon, Mark S Sulkowski, Pradeep Amrose, Aylur K Srikrishnan, Allison M McFall, Balakrishnan Ramasamy, Muniratnam S Kumar, Santhanam Anand, David L Thomas, Shruti H Mehta
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We assessed the feasibility of field-based directly observed therapy (DOT) with minimal monitoring to deliver HCV treatment to people with a history of drug use in Chennai, India. METHODS: 50 participants were randomized 1:1 to sofosbuvir + peginterferon alfa 2a + ribavirin (SOF+PR) for 12 weeks (Arm 1) vs. sofosbuvir + ribavirin (SOF+R) for 24 weeks (Arm 2). SOF+R was delivered daily at participant chosen venues and weekly peginterferon injections at the study clinic...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718984/effect-of-pnpla3-i148m-polymorphism-on-histologically-proven-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-liver-transplant-recipients
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Hyeyoung Kim, Kwang-Woong Lee, Kyoungbun Lee, Sooin Seo, Min-Young Park, Sung Woo Ahn, Suk Kyun Hong, Kyung Chul Yoon, Hyo-Sin Kim, YoungRok Choi, Hae Won Lee, Nam-Joon Yi, Kyung-Suk Suh
AIM: PNPLA3 I148M polymorphism (rs738409 C>G) is the most important and the best known polymorphism for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). However, little is known about the effect of this polymorphism on NAFLD after liver transplantation (LT). We aimed to evaluate the association between this polymorphism and post-LT NAFLD. METHODS: We designed a prospective case-control study. Among adult recipients who underwent LT between April 2014 and October 2015, those whose whole blood were preoperatively collected for genotyping in both recipients and coupled donors and those who have undergone protocol biopsy at post-LT 1 year were enrolled...
July 18, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718958/multiplex-pcr-scheme-for-variant-plasmid-mediated-class-c-%C3%AE-lactamase-typing
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Le Van Chuong, Virapong Prachayasittikul, Chartchalerm Isarankura Na Ayudhya, Ratana Lawung
BACKGROUND: An increasing of prevalence and diversification of plasmid-mediated AmpC (pAmpC) has been emerged worldwide. The incidence of pAmpC resulted in increasing β-lactamase production and conferred resistance to almost all β-lactam antibiotics excluding carbapenems. The lack of standard method for pAmpC identification and classification exert a challenge in epidemiological surveillance and infection control practices. METHODS: A robust, single tube multiplex PCR has been developed to classify six different pAmpC groups including CIT (CMY-2 like, LAT and CFE), ECB (ACT, MIR), MOX & CMY-1 like, DHA, ACC, and FOX...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718943/hepatitis-e-virus-orf-1-induces-proliferative-and-functional-t-cell-responses-in-patients-with-ongoing-and-resolved-hepatitis-e
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Jana Al-Ayoubi, Patrick Behrendt, Birgit Bremer, Pothakamuri Venkata Suneetha, Anett Gisa, Franziska Rinker, Michael P Manns, Markus Cornberg, Heiner Wedemeyer, Anke R M Kraft
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a major cause of acute viral hepatitis with > 3 million symptomatic cases per year accounting for 70,000 HEV-related deaths. HEV-specific T-cell responses have been investigated against structural proteins expressed by open reading frames (ORF) 2 and 3. T-cell responses against non-structural HEV proteins encoded by ORF1 are hardly studied. The aim of this study was to determine HEV ORF1-specific T-cell responses in comparison to ORF2/3 in patients exposed to HEV...
July 18, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
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