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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156143/identification-of-nuclear-localization-signals-in-the-human-homeoprotein-msx1
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Akio Shibata, Junichiro Machida, Seishi Yamaguchi, Masashi Kimura, Tadashi Tatematsu, Hitoshi Miyachi, Atsuo Nakayama, Kazuo Shimozato, Yoshihito Tokita
MSX1 is one of the homeoproteins with the homeodomain (HD) sequence, which regulates proliferation and differentiation of mesenchymal cells. In this study, we investigated the nuclear localization signal (NLS) in the MSX1 HD by deletion and amino acid substitution analyses. The web-based tool NLStradamus predicted two putative basic motifs in the N- and C-termini of the MSX1 HD. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) chimera studies revealed that NLS1 (<sub>161</sub>RKHKTNRKPR<sub>170</sub>) and NLS2 (<sub>216</sub>NRRAKAKR<sub>223</sub>) were independently insufficient for robust nuclear localization...
November 20, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155823/development-and-preliminary-evaluation-of-a-multiplexed-amplification-and-next-generation-sequencing-method-for-viral-hemorrhagic-fever-diagnostics
#2
Annika Brinkmann, Koray Ergünay, Aleksandar Radonić, Zeliha Kocak Tufan, Cristina Domingo, Andreas Nitsche
BACKGROUND: We describe the development and evaluation of a novel method for targeted amplification and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based identification of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) agents and assess the feasibility of this approach in diagnostics. METHODOLOGY: An ultrahigh-multiplex panel was designed with primers to amplify all known variants of VHF-associated viruses and relevant controls. The performance of the panel was evaluated via serially quantified nucleic acids from Yellow fever virus, Rift Valley fever virus, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus, Ebola virus, Junin virus and Chikungunya virus in a semiconductor-based sequencing platform...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154789/biosynthesis-of-microcystin-hepatotoxins-in-the-cyanobacterial-genus-fischerella
#3
Karina Heck, Danillo O Alvarenga, Tania K Shishido, Alessandro M Varani, Felipe A Dörr, Ernani Pinto, Leo Rouhiainen, Jouni Jokela, Kaarina Sivonen, Marli F Fiore
Microcystins (MCs) are serine/threonine phosphatase inhibitors synthesized by several members of the phylum Cyanobacteria. Mining the draft genome sequence of the nostocalean MC-producing Fischerella sp. strain CENA161 led to the identification of three contigs containing mcy genes. Subsequent PCR and Sanger sequencing allowed the assembling of its complete biosynthetic mcy gene cluster with 55,016 bases in length. The cluster encoding ten genes (mcyA-J) with a central bidirectional promoter was organized in a similar manner as found in other genera of nostocalean cyanobacteria...
November 14, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154500/structure-activity-studies-of-peptidomimetics-based-on-kinase-inhibitory-region-of-suppressors-of-cytokine-signaling-1
#4
Sara La Manna, Laura Lopez-Sanz, Marilisa Leone, Paola Brandi, Pasqualina Liana Scognamiglio, Giancarlo Morelli, Ettore Novellino, Carmen Gomez-Guerrero, Daniela Marasco
Suppressors of Cytokine Signaling (SOCS) proteins are negative regulators of JAK proteins that are receptor-associated tyrosine kinases, which play key roles in the phosphorylation and subsequent activation of several transcription factors named STATs. Unlike the other SOCS proteins, SOCS1 and 3 show, in the N-terminal portion, a small kinase inhibitory region (KIR) involved in the inhibition of JAK kinases. Drug discovery processes of compounds based on KIR sequence demonstrated promising in functional in vitro and in inflammatory animal models and we recently developed a peptidomimetic called PS5, as lead compound...
November 20, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154499/fuzzyid2-a-software-package-for-large-dataset-species-identification-via-barcoding-and-metabarcoding-using-hidden-markov-models-and-fuzzy-set-methods
#5
Z Y Shi, C Q Yang, M D Hao, X Y Wang, R D Ward, A B Zhang
Species identification through DNA barcoding or metabarcoding has become a key approach for biodiversity evaluation and ecological studies. However, the rapid accumulation of barcoding data has created some difficulties: for instance, global enquiries to a large reference library can take a very long time. We here devise a two-step searching strategy to speed identification procedures of such queries. This firstly uses a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) algorithm to narrow the searching scope to genus level, and then determines the corresponding species using minimum genetic distance...
November 20, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154454/identification-of-de-novo-germline-mutations-and-causal-genes-for-sporadic-diseases-using-trio-based-whole-exome-genome-sequencing
#6
Zi-Bing Jin, Zhongshan Li, Zhenwei Liu, Yi Jiang, Xue-Bi Cai, Jinyu Wu
Whole-genome or whole-exome sequencing (WGS/WES) of the affected proband together with normal parents (trio) is commonly adopted to identify de novo germline mutations (DNMs) underlying sporadic cases of various genetic disorders. However, our current knowledge of the occurrence and functional effects of DNMs remains limited and accurately identifying the disease-causing DNM from a group of irrelevant DNMs is complicated. Herein, we provide a general-purpose discussion of important issues related to pathogenic gene identification based on trio-based WGS/WES data...
November 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153781/genetic-epidemiology-of-autosomal-recessive-hypercholesterolemia-in-sicily-identification-by-next-generation-sequencing-of-a-new-kindred
#7
Rossella Spina, Davide Noto, Carlo M Barbagallo, Roberto Monastero, Valeria Ingrassia, Vincenza Valenti, Roberta Baschi, Antonina Pipitone, Antonina Giammanco, Maria P La Spada, Gabriella Misiano, Chiara Scrimali, Angelo B Cefalù, Maurizio R Averna
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive hypercholesterolemia (ARH) is a rare inherited lipid disorder. In Sardinia, differently from other world regions, the mutated allele frequency is high. It is caused by mutations in the low-density lipoprotein receptor adaptor protein 1 gene. Fourteen different mutations have been reported so far; in Sardinia, 2 alleles (ARH1 and ARH2) explain most of the cases. Four ARH patients, all carriers of the ARH1 mutation, have been identified in mainland Italy and 2 in Sicily...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153517/rapid-species-and-subspecies-specific-level-classification-and-identification-of-lactobacillus-casei-group-members-using-maldi-biotyper-combined-with-clinprotools
#8
Chien-Hsun Huang, Lina Huang
Using common taxonomic methods such as 16S rDNA sequencing and physiological and biochemical analysis to identify members of the Lactobacillus casei group (LCG) is time-consuming, expensive and inaccurate. In this study, we applied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) to rapid discriminate LCG strains by creating an analytical in-house database (IHDB) and to develop a classification model for subspecies-level differentiation based on MS biomarkers using ClinProTools bioinformatics software (Bruker Daltonics, Billerica, MA)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152597/identification-of-spiroplasmainsolitum-symbionts-in-anopheles-gambiae
#9
Sharon T Chepkemoi, Enock Mararo, Hellen Butungi, Juan Paredes, Daniel Masiga, Steven P Sinkins, Jeremy K Herren
Background: Insect symbionts have the potential to block the transmission of vector-borne diseases by their hosts. The advancement of a symbiont-based transmission blocking strategy for malaria requires the identification and study of Anopheles symbionts. Methods: High throughput 16S amplicon sequencing was used to profile the bacteria associated with Anopheles gambiae sensu lato and identify potential symbionts. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with specific primers were subsequently used to monitor symbiont prevalence in field populations, as well as symbiont transmission patterns...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149813/structural-analysis-of-cd59-of-chinese-tree-shrew-a-new-reference-molecule-for-human-immune-system-specific-cd59-drug-discovery
#10
Subhamay Panda, Leena Kumari, Santamay Panda
BACKGROUND: Chinese tree shrews (Tupaia belangeri chinensis) bear several characteristics that are considered to be very crucial for utilizing in animal experimental models in biomedical research. Subsequent to the identification of key aspects and signaling pathways in nervous and immune systems, it is revealed that tree shrews acquires shared common as well as unique characteristics, and hence offers a genetic basis for employing this animal as a prospective model for biomedical research...
November 17, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149628/multiplex-taqman-locked-nucleic-acid-real-time-pcr-for-the-differential-identification-of-various-meat-and-meat-products
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Rusu Xu, Shuang Wei, Guangbiao Zhou, Jiao Ren, Zhongyong Liu, Shuze Tang, Peter C K Cheung, Xiyang Wu
Meat adulteration incidents have been reported frequently over the past few years, and the corresponding traceability issues attracted much more attention due to the customer's demands and administration's responsibility. Therefore, it is important to develop high-throughput and rapid detection methods to identify the specific sources from meat samples. In this study, a multiplex TaqMan locked nucleic acid real-time polymerase chain reaction assay (MLNA-RT-PCR) was developed to simultaneously detect multiple meat sources (duck, pork, beef and chicken)...
November 14, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149055/exploration-for-the-salinity-tolerance-related-genes-from-xero-halophyte-atriplex-canescens-exploiting-yeast-functional-screening-system
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Gang Yu, Jingtao Li, Xinhua Sun, Yanzhi Liu, Xueliang Wang, Hao Zhang, Hongyu Pan
Plant productivity is limited by salinity stress, both in natural and agricultural systems. Identification of salt stress-related genes from halophyte can provide insights into mechanisms of salt stress tolerance in plants. Atriplex canescens is a xero-halophyte that exhibits optimum growth in the presence of 400 mM NaCl. A cDNA library derived from highly salt-treated A. canescens plants was constructed based on a yeast expression system. A total of 53 transgenic yeast clones expressing enhanced salt tolerance were selected from 10⁵ transformants...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149037/development-of-novel-polymorphic-est-ssr-markers-in-bailinggu-pleurotus-tuoliensis-for-crossbreeding
#13
Yueting Dai, Wenying Su, Chentao Yang, Bing Song, Yu Li, Yongping Fu
Identification of monokaryons and their mating types and discrimination of hybrid offspring are key steps for the crossbreeding of Pleurotus tuoliensis (Bailinggu). However, conventional crossbreeding methods are troublesome and time consuming. Using RNA-seq technology, we developed new expressed sequence tag-simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) markers for Bailinggu to easily and rapidly identify monokaryons and their mating types, genetic diversity and hybrid offspring. We identified 1110 potential EST-based SSR loci from a newly-sequenced Bailinggu transcriptome and then randomly selected 100 EST-SSRs for further validation...
November 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147100/purification-and-identification-of-a-natural-antioxidant-protein-from-fertilized-eggs
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Shaohua Yang, Lulu Wang, Ying Wang, Xiaoqian Ou, Zhaoyuan Shi, Chongchong Lu, Wei Wang, Guoqing Liu
Fertilized hen eggs are rich in a variety of bioactive ingredients. In this study, we aimed to obtain an antioxidant protein from fertilized eggs and the radical scavenging abilities on 1, 1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), hydroxyl radical (•OH), superoxide anion (O(2-)•) were used to evaluate the antioxidant activity of the purified protein. During 20 d of incubation, the radical scavenging ability of protein extracted from fertilized eggs exhibited significantly differences and the protein on day 16 showed higher antioxidant capacity...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147019/identification-and-characterization-of-serine-protease-inhibitors-in-a-parasitic-wasp-pteromalus-puparum
#15
Lei Yang, Yaotian Mei, Qi Fang, Jiale Wang, Zhichao Yan, Qisheng Song, Zhe Lin, Gongyin Ye
Serine protease inhibitors (SPIs) regulate protease-mediated activities by inactivating their cognate proteinases, and are involved in multiple physiological processes. SPIs have been extensively studied in vertebrates and invertebrates; however, little SPI information is available in parasitoids. Herein, we identified 57 SPI genes in total through the genome of a parasitoid wasp, Pteromalus puparum. Gene structure analyses revealed that these SPIs contain 7 SPI domains. Depending on their mode of action, these SPIs can be categorized into serpins, canonical inhibitors and alpha-2-macroglobulins (A2Ms)...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146522/germline-genetic-features-of-young-individuals-with-colorectal-cancer
#16
Elena M Stoffel, Erika Koeppe, Jessica Everett, Peter Ulintz, Mark Kiel, Jenae Osborne, Linford Williams, Kristen Hanson, Stephen B Gruber, Laura S Rozek
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) in individuals younger than 50 years old is increasing. We sought to ascertain the proportion of young CRC cases associated with genetic predisposition. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of individuals diagnosed with CRC at an age younger than 50 years, evaluated by the clinical genetics service at a single tertiary care cancer center from 1998 through 2015. We collected data on patient histories, tumor phenotypes, and results of germline DNA sequencing...
November 12, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146253/isolation-and-characterisation-of-theobromine-degrading-filamentous-fungi
#17
Daniel Oduro-Mensah, Augustine Ocloo, Sammy T Lowor, Evelyn Y Bonney, Laud K N A Okine, Naa Ayikailey Adamafio
Strategies for achieving global food security include identification of alternative feedstock for use as animal feed, to contribute towards efforts at increasing livestock farming. The presence of theobromine in cocoa pod husks, a major agro-waste in cocoa-producing countries, hinders its utilisation for this purpose. Cheap treatment of cocoa pod husks to remove theobromine would allow largescale beneficial use of the millions of metric tonnes generated annually. The aim of this study was to isolate theobromine-degrading filamentous fungi that could serve as bioremediation agents for detheobromination of cocoa pod husks...
January 2018: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146152/improved-antifungal-activity-of-barley-derived-chitinase-i-gene-that-overexpress-a-32kda-recombinant-chitinase-in-escherichia-coli-host
#18
Nida Toufiq, Bushra Tabassum, Muhammad Umar Bhatti, Anwar Khan, Muhammad Tariq, Naila Shahid, Idrees Ahmad Nasir, Tayyab Husnain
Agricultural crops suffer many diseases, including fungal and bacterial infections, causing significant yield losses. The identification and characterisation of pathogenesis-related protein genes, such as chitinases, can lead to reduction in pathogen growth, thereby increasing tolerance against fungal pathogens. In the present study, the chitinase I gene was isolated from the genomic DNA of Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cultivar, Haider-93. The isolated DNA was used as template for the amplification of the ∼935bp full-length chitinase I gene...
October 31, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145870/bacillus-anthracis-gamma-phage-lysis-among-soil-bacteria-an-update-on-test-specificity
#19
Cari B Kolton, Nicole L Podnecky, Sean V Shadomy, Jay E Gee, Alex R Hoffmaster
BACKGROUND: Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax in humans and animals, is enzootic in parts of the U.S. state of Texas where cases are typically reported in animals annually. The gamma phage lysis assay is a common diagnostic method for identification of B. anthracis and is based on the bacterium's susceptibility to lysis. This test has been shown to be 97% specific for B. anthracis, as a small number of strains of other Bacillus spp. are known to be susceptible. In this study, we evaluated the performance of a combination of B...
November 16, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145154/a-pipeline-for-proteome-scale-identification-and-studies-on-hormone-sensitive-lipases-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#20
Durairaj Sherlin, Sharmila Anishetty
Hormone sensitive lipases (HSLs) play an important role in the survival of M. tuberculosis during dormancy. They help in the utilization of fatty acids from stored lipids. The objective of the current study was to identify all HSLs from the proteome of M. tuberculosis H37Rv. We have developed a novel HSL identification pipeline, based on amino acid sequence homology, presence of conserved motifs and other sequence features deciphered from known HSL dataset. Through this pipeline, we identified 10 proteins as putative HSLs in M...
November 7, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
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