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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334950/downstream-targets-of-gwas-detected-genes-for-breast-lung-and-prostate-and-colon-cancer-converge-to-g1-s-transition-pathway
#1
Olga Y Gorlova, Eugene I Demidenko, Christopher I Amos, Ivan P Gorlov
Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) identified over 500 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) influencing cancer risk. It is logical to expect the cancer-associated genes to cluster in pathways directly involved in carcinogenesis, e.g. cell cycle. Nevertheless, analyses of the GWAS-detected cancer risk genes usually show no or weak enrichment by known cancer genes.We hypothesized that GWAS-detected cancer risk-associated genes function as upstream regulators of the genes directly involved in carcinogenesis...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325812/thecellmap-org-a-web-accessible-database-for-visualizing-and-mining-the-global-yeast-genetic-interaction-network
#2
Matej Usaj, Yizhao Tan, Wen Wang, Benjamin VanderSluis, Albert Zou, Chad L Myers, Michael Costanzo, Brenda Andrews, Charles Boone
Providing access to quantitative genomic data is key to ensure large-scale data validation and promote new discoveries. TheCellMap.org serves as a central repository for storing and analyzing quantitative genetic interaction data produced by genome-scale Synthetic Genetic Array (SGA) experiments with the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae In particular, TheCellMap.org allows users to easily access, visualize, explore and functionally annotate genetic interactions, or to extract and reorganize sub-networks, using data-driven network layouts in an intuitive and interactive manner...
March 21, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323062/new-strategies-and-approaches-for-engineering-biosynthetic-gene-clusters-of-microbial-natural-products
#3
REVIEW
Lei Li, Weihong Jiang, Yinhua Lu
With the rapidly growing number of sequenced microbial (meta)genomes, enormous cryptic natural product (NP) biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) have been identified, which are regarded as a rich reservoir for novel drug discovery. A series of powerful tools for engineering BGCs has accelerated the discovery and development of pharmaceutically active NPs. Here, we describe recent advances in the strategies for BGCs manipulation, which are driven by emerging technologies, including efficient DNA recombination systems, versatile CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing tools and diverse DNA assembly methods...
March 16, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322348/several-micrornas-could-predict-survival-in-patients-with-hepatitis-b-related-liver-cancer
#4
Ye Zhen, Zhao Xinghui, Wu Chao, Zhao Yi, Chen Jinwen, Gao Ruifang, Zhang Chao, Zhao Min, Guo Chunlei, Fang Yan, Du Lingfang, Shen Long, Shen Wenzhi, Luo Xiaohe, Xiang Rong
MicroRNAs as biomarkers play an important role in the tumorigenesis process, including hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs). In this paper, we used The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database to mine hepatitis B-related liver cancer microRNAs that could predict survival in patients with hepatitis B-related liver cancer. There were 93 cases of HBV-HCC and 49 cases of adjacent normal controls included in the study. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis of a liver cancer group versus a normal control group of differentially expressed genes identified eight genes with statistical significance...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322246/genetic-correlation-between-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-schizophrenia
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Russell L McLaughlin, Dick Schijven, Wouter van Rheenen, Kristel R van Eijk, Margaret O'Brien, René S Kahn, Roel A Ophoff, An Goris, Daniel G Bradley, Ammar Al-Chalabi, Leonard H van den Berg, Jurjen J Luykx, Orla Hardiman, Jan H Veldink
We have previously shown higher-than-expected rates of schizophrenia in relatives of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), suggesting an aetiological relationship between the diseases. Here, we investigate the genetic relationship between ALS and schizophrenia using genome-wide association study data from over 100,000 unique individuals. Using linkage disequilibrium score regression, we estimate the genetic correlation between ALS and schizophrenia to be 14.3% (7.05-21.6; P=1 × 10(-4)) with schizophrenia polygenic risk scores explaining up to 0...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318379/prevalence-and-distribution-of-pseudogymnoascus-destructans-in-michigan-bats-submitted-for-rabies-surveillance
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Samantha L Darling, Ailam Lim, Julie R Melotti, Daniel J O'Brien, Steven R Bolin
Since 2006, bat populations in North America have suffered devastating mortality from an emerging disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS). The causal agent of WNS is the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. In April 2014, WNS was discovered in little brown bats ( Myotis lucifugus ) in Michigan, and has since been documented in 12 counties. Because current surveillance for WNS focuses primarily on mine-hibernating species in winter, it is subject geographic, species, and seasonal bias. To investigate species affected and potential associations of gender, seasonal life cycle, and region with P...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306363/genome-database-mining-for-the-discovery-of-novel-lantibiotics
#7
Stephanie K Sandiford
The effectiveness of lantibiotics against MDR pathogens and the progression of agents MU1140, NAI-107, NVB302 and duramycin into pre-clinical and clinical trials have highlighted their potential in the fight against bacterial resistance. The number of known lantibiotics and knowledge of their biosynthetic pathways has increased in recent years due to higher quality genomic data being delivered by next generation sequencing technologies combined with the development of specific genome mining tools, enabling the prediction of lantibiotic clusters...
March 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301168/deletion-of-a-histone-acetyltransferase-leads-to-the-pleiotropic-activation-of-natural-products-in-metarhizium-robertsii
#8
Aili Fan, Wubin Mi, Zhiguo Liu, Guohong Zeng, Peng Zhang, Youcai Hu, Weiguo Fang, Wen-Bing Yin
Histone deacetylation normally decreases the gene expression in organisms. By genome-wide deletions of epigenetic regulators in entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium robertsii, unexpected activations of orphan secondary metabolite genes have been found upon the disruption of a histone acetyltransferase (HAT) gene Hat1. This led to the characterization of 11 new natural products, including eight isocoumarin derivatives meromusides A-H and two nonribosomal peptides meromutides A and B. Therefore, disruption of HAT represents a new approach to mine chemical diversity from fungi...
March 16, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299197/new-insights-into-bacterial-type-ii-polyketide-biosynthesis
#9
REVIEW
Zhuan Zhang, Hai-Xue Pan, Gong-Li Tang
Bacterial aromatic polyketides, exemplified by anthracyclines, angucyclines, tetracyclines, and pentangular polyphenols, are a large family of natural products with diverse structures and biological activities and are usually biosynthesized by type II polyketide synthases (PKSs). Since the starting point of biosynthesis and combinatorial biosynthesis in 1984-1985, there has been a continuous effort to investigate the biosynthetic logic of aromatic polyketides owing to the urgent need of developing promising therapeutic candidates from these compounds...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295210/cnvs-analysis-in-a-cohort-of-isolated-and-syndromic-dd-id-reveals-novel-genomic-disorders-position-effects-and-candidate-disease-genes
#10
Eleonora Di Gregorio, Evelise Riberi, Elga Fabia Belligni, Elisa Biamino, Malte Spielmann, Ugo Ala, Alessandro Calcia, Irene Bagnasco, Diana Carli, Giorgia Gai, Mara Giordano, Andrea Guala, Roberto Keller, Giorgia Mandrile, Carlo Arduino, Antonella Maffè, Valeria Giorgia Naretto, Fabio Sirchia, Lorena Sorasio, Silvana Ungari, Andrea Zonta, Giulia Zacchetti, Flavia Talarico, Patrizia Pappi, Simona Cavalieri, Elisa Giorgio, Cecilia Mancini, Marta Ferrero, Alessandro Brussino, Elisa Savin, Marina Gandione, Alessandra Pelle, Daniela Francesca Giachino, Mario De Marchi, Gabriella Restagno, Paolo Provero, Margherita Cirillo Silengo, Enrico Grosso, Joseph D Buxbaum, Barbara Pasini, Silvia De Rubeis, Alfredo Brusco, Giovanni Battista Ferrero
Array-comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) is a widely used technique to detect Copy Number Variants (CNVs) associated with developmental delay/intellectual disability (DD/ID). We performed a comprehensive array-CGH investigation of 1,015 consecutive cases with DD/ID and combined literature mining, genetic evidence, evolutionary constraint scores, and functional information in order to assess the pathogenicity of the CNVs. We identified non-benign CNVs in 29% of patients. Amongst the pathogenic variants (11%), detected with a yield consistent with the literature, we found rare genomic disorders and CNVs spanning known disease genes...
March 14, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294141/gear-a-database-of-genomic-elements-associated-with-drug-resistance
#11
Yin-Ying Wang, Wei-Hua Chen, Pei-Pei Xiao, Wen-Bin Xie, Qibin Luo, Peer Bork, Xing-Ming Zhao
Drug resistance is becoming a serious problem that leads to the failure of standard treatments, which is generally developed because of genetic mutations of certain molecules. Here, we present GEAR (A database of Genomic Elements Associated with drug Resistance) that aims to provide comprehensive information about genomic elements (including genes, single-nucleotide polymorphisms and microRNAs) that are responsible for drug resistance. Right now, GEAR contains 1631 associations between 201 human drugs and 758 genes, 106 associations between 29 human drugs and 66 miRNAs, and 44 associations between 17 human drugs and 22 SNPs...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288685/ontology-based-literature-mining-of-e-coli-vaccine-associated-gene-interaction-networks
#12
Junguk Hur, Arzucan Özgür, Yongqun He
BACKGROUND: Pathogenic Escherichia coli infections cause various diseases in humans and many animal species. However, with extensive E. coli vaccine research, we are still unable to fully protect ourselves against E. coli infections. To more rational development of effective and safe E. coli vaccine, it is important to better understand E. coli vaccine-associated gene interaction networks. METHODS: In this study, we first extended the Vaccine Ontology (VO) to semantically represent various E...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286553/microbial-solvent-formation-revisited-by-comparative-genome-analysis
#13
Anja Poehlein, José David Montoya Solano, Stefanie K Flitsch, Preben Krabben, Klaus Winzer, Sharon J Reid, David T Jones, Edward Green, Nigel P Minton, Rolf Daniel, Peter Dürre
BACKGROUND: Microbial formation of acetone, isopropanol, and butanol is largely restricted to bacteria belonging to the genus Clostridium. This ability has been industrially exploited over the last 100 years. The solvents are important feedstocks for the chemical and biofuel industry. However, biological synthesis suffers from high substrate costs and competition from chemical synthesis supported by the low price of crude oil. To render the biotechnological production economically viable again, improvements in microbial and fermentation performance are necessary...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286338/integration-site-selection-by-retroviruses-and-transposable-elements-in-eukaryotes
#14
REVIEW
Tania Sultana, Alessia Zamborlini, Gael Cristofari, Pascale Lesage
Transposable elements and retroviruses are found in most genomes, can be pathogenic and are widely used as gene-delivery and functional genomics tools. Exploring whether these genetic elements target specific genomic sites for integration and how this preference is achieved is crucial to our understanding of genome evolution, somatic genome plasticity in cancer and ageing, host-parasite interactions and genome engineering applications. High-throughput profiling of integration sites by next-generation sequencing, combined with large-scale genomic data mining and cellular or biochemical approaches, has revealed that the insertions are usually non-random...
March 13, 2017: Nature Reviews. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281147/molecular-tumor-boards-ethical-issues-in-the-new-era-of-data-medicine
#15
Henri-Corto Stoeklé, Marie-France Mamzer-Bruneel, Charles-Henry Frouart, Christophe Le Tourneau, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Guillaume Vogt, Christian Hervé
The practice and development of modern medicine requires large amounts of data, particularly in the domain of cancer. The future of personalized medicine lies neither with "genomic medicine" nor with "precision medicine", but with "data medicine" (DM) (big data, data mining). The establishment of this DM has required far-reaching changes, to establish four essential elements connecting patients and doctors: biobanks, databases, bioinformatic platforms and genomic platforms. The "transformation" of scientific research areas, such as genetics, bioinformatics and biostatistics, into clinical specialties has generated a new vision of care...
March 9, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277838/using-natural-products-for-drug-discovery-the-impact-of-the-genomics-era
#16
Mingzi M Zhang, Qiao Yuan, Ee Lui Ang, Huimin Zhao
Evolutionarily selected over billions of years for their interactions with biomolecules, natural products have been and continue to be a major source of pharmaceuticals. In the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies scaled down their natural product discovery programs in favor of synthetic chemical libraries due to major challenges such as high rediscovery rates, challenging isolation, and low production titers. Propelled by advances in DNA sequencing and synthetic biology technologies, insights into microbial secondary metabolism provided have inspired a number of strategies to address these challenges...
March 4, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275816/genetic-mapping-and-haplotype-analysis-of-a-locus-for-quantitative-resistance-to-fusarium-graminearum-in-soybean-accession-pi-567516c
#17
Peng Cheng, Cassidy R Gedling, Gunvant Patil, Tri D Vuong, J Grover Shannon, Anne E Dorrance, Henry T Nguyen
A major novel quantitative disease resistance locus, qRfg_Gm06, for Fusarium graminearum was genetically mapped to chromosome 6. Genomic-assisted haplotype analysis within this region identified three putative candidate genes. Fusarium graminearum causes seed, root rot, and seedling damping-off in soybean which contributes to reduced stands and yield. A cultivar Magellan and PI 567516C were identified with low and high levels of partial resistance to F. graminearum, respectively. Quantitative disease resistance loci (QDRL) were mapped with 241 F7:8 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from a cross of Magellan × PI 567516C...
March 8, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273858/use-of-a-pan-genomic-dna-microarray-in-determination-of-the-phylogenetic-relatedness-among-cronobacter-spp-and-its-use-as-a-data-mining-tool-to-understand-cronobacter-biology
#18
REVIEW
Ben D Tall, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Christopher J Grim, Isha R Patel, Scott A Jackson, Mark K Mammel, Mahendra H Kothary, Venugopal Sathyamoorthy, Laurenda Carter, Séamus Fanning, Carol Iversen, Franco Pagotto, Roger Stephan, Angelika Lehner, Jeffery Farber, Qiong Q Yan, Gopal R Gopinath
Cronobacter (previously known as Enterobacter sakazakii) is a genus of Gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic, oxidase-negative, catalase-positive, rod-shaped bacteria of the family Enterobacteriaceae. These organisms cause a variety of illnesses such as meningitis, necrotizing enterocolitis, and septicemia in neonates and infants, and urinary tract, wound, abscesses or surgical site infections, septicemia, and pneumonia in adults. The total gene content of 379 strains of Cronobacter spp. and taxonomically-related isolates was determined using a recently reported DNA microarray...
March 4, 2017: Microarrays
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270798/wide-distribution-of-foxicin-biosynthetic-gene-clusters-in-streptomyces-strains-an-unusual-secondary-metabolite-with-various-properties
#19
Anja Greule, Marija Marolt, Denise Deubel, Iris Peintner, Songya Zhang, Claudia Jessen-Trefzer, Christian De Ford, Sabrina Burschel, Shu-Ming Li, Thorsten Friedrich, Irmgard Merfort, Steffen Lüdeke, Philippe Bisel, Michael Müller, Thomas Paululat, Andreas Bechthold
Streptomyces diastatochromogenes Tü6028 is known to produce the polyketide antibiotic polyketomycin. The deletion of the pokOIV oxygenase gene led to a non-polyketomycin-producing mutant. Instead, novel compounds were produced by the mutant, which have not been detected before in the wild type strain. Four different compounds were identified and named foxicins A-D. Foxicin A was isolated and its structure was elucidated as an unusual nitrogen-containing quinone derivative using various spectroscopic methods...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270507/structure-and-specificity-of-a-new-class-of-ca-2-independent-housekeeping-sortase-from-streptomyces-avermitilis-provides-insights-into-its-non-canonical-substrate-preference
#20
Sreetama Das, Vijaykumar S Pawale, Venkatareddy Dadireddy, Avinash Kumar Singh, Suryanarayanarao Ramakumar, Rajendra P Roy
Surface proteins in Gram-positive bacteria are incorporated into the cell wall through a peptide ligation reaction catalyzed by transpeptidase sortase. Six main classes (A-F) of sortase have been identified of which class A sortase is meant for housekeeping functions. The prototypic housekeeping sortase A (SaSrtA) from Staphylococcus aureus cleaves LPXTG-containing proteins at the scissile T-G peptide bond and ligates Protein-LPXT to the terminal Gly residue of the nascent cross-bridge of peptidoglycan Lipid II precursor...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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