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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793107/biofiltration-of-methane-using-hybrid-mixtures-of-biochar-lava-rock-and-compost
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Helen La, J Patrick A Hettiaratchi, Gopal Achari, Tobin J Verbeke, Peter F Dunfield
Using hybrid packing materials in biofiltration systems takes advantage of both the inorganic and organic properties offered by the medium including structural stability and a source of available nutrients, respectively. In this study, hybrid mixtures of compost with either lava rock or biochar in four different mixture ratios were compared against 100% compost in a methane biofilter with active aeration at two ports along the height of the biofilter. Biochar outperformed lava rock as a packing material by providing the added benefit of participating in sorption reactions with CH4 ...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792315/genomic-variation-among-and-within-six-juglans-species
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Kristian A Stevens, Keith Woeste, Sandeep Chakraborty, Marc W Crepeau, Charles A Leslie, Pedro J Martínez-García, Daniela Puiu, Jeanne Romero-Severson, Mark Coggeshall, Abhaya M Dandekar, Daniel Kluepfel, David B Neale, Steven L Salzberg, Charles H Langley
Genomic analysis in Juglans (walnuts) is expected to transform the breeding and agricultural production of both nuts and lumber. To that end, we report here the determination of reference sequences for six additional relatives of Juglans regia : Juglans sigillata (also from section Dioscaryon ), Juglans nigra , Juglans microcarpa, Juglans hindsii (from section Rhysocaryon ) , Juglans cathayensis (from section Cardiocaryon ), and the closely related Pterocarya stenoptera. While these are 'draft' genomes, ranging in size between 640Mbp and 990Mbp, their contiguities and accuracies can support powerful annotations of genomic variation that are often the foundation of new avenues of research and breeding...
May 23, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790927/syntrophin-binds-directly-to-multiple-spectrin-like-repeats-in-dystrophin-and-mediates-binding-of-nnos-to-repeats-16-17
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Marvin E Adams, Guy L Odom, Min Jeong Kim, Jeffrey S Chamberlain, Stanley C Froehner
Mutation of the gene encoding dystrophin leads to Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD and BMD). Currently, dystrophin is thought to function primarily as a structural protein, connecting the muscle cell actin cytoskeleton to the extra-cellular matrix. In addition to this structural role, dystrophin also plays an important role as a scaffold that organizes an array of signaling proteins including sodium, potassium, and calcium channels, kinases, and nitric oxide synthase (nNOS). Many of these signaling proteins are linked to dystrophin via syntrophin, an adapter protein that is known to bind directly to two sites in the carboxyl terminal region of dystrophin...
May 22, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789544/development-of-muscular-dystrophy-in-a-crispr-engineered-mutant-rabbit-model-with-frame-disrupting-ano5-mutations
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Tingting Sui, Li Xu, Yeh Siang Lau, Di Liu, Tingjun Liu, Yandi Gao, Liangxue Lai, Renzhi Han, Zhanjun Li
Limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2L (LGMD2L) and Miyoshi myopathy type 3 (MMD3) are autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy caused by mutations in the gene encoding anoctamin-5 (ANO5), which belongs to the anoctamin protein family. Two independent lines of mice with complete disruption of ANO5 transcripts did not exhibit overt muscular dystrophy phenotypes; instead, one of these mice was observed to present with some abnormality in sperm motility. In contrast, a third line of ANO5-knockout (KO) mice with residual expression of truncated ANO5 expression was reported to display defective membrane repair and very mild muscle pathology...
May 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789310/clerk-is-a-novel-receptor-kinase-required-for-sensing-of-root-active-cle-peptides-in-arabidopsis
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Pauline Anne, Amelia Amiguet-Vercher, Benjamin Brandt, Lothar Kalmbach, Niko Geldner, Michael Hothorn, Christian S Hardtke
CLAVATA3/EMBRYO SURROUNDING REGION (CLE) peptides are secreted endogenous plant ligands that are sensed by receptor kinases (RKs) to convey environmental and developmental inputs. Typically, this involves an RK with narrow ligand specificity that signals together with a more promiscuous co-receptor. For most CLEs, biologically relevant (co-)receptors are unknown. The dimer of the receptor-like protein CLAVATA 2 (CLV2) and the pseudokinase CORYNE (CRN) conditions perception of so-called root-active CLE peptides, the exogenous application of which suppresses root growth by preventing protophloem formation in the meristem...
May 22, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787863/validity-of-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-in-routine-care-for-identifying-clinically-relevant-molecular-profiles-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-results-of-a-2-year-experience-on-1-343-samples
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Antoine Legras, Marc Barritault, Anne Tallet, Elizabeth Fabre, Alice Guyard, Bastien Rance, William Digan, Nicolas Pecuchet, Etienne Giroux-Leprieur, Catherine Julie, Stéphane Jouveshomme, Véronique Duchatelle, Véronique Giraudet, Laure Gibault, Alain Cazier, Jean Pastre, Françoise LE Pimpec-Barthes, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Hélène Blons
Theranostic assays are based on single gene testing but the ability of next-generation sequencing (NGS) to interrogate numerous genetic alterations will progressively replace single gene assays. Although NGS was evaluated to screen for theranostic mutations, its usefulness in clinical practice on large series of samples remains to be demonstrated. NGS performance was assessed following guidelines. TaqMan probes and NGS were compared for their ability to detect EGFR and KRAS mutations and NGS mutation profiles were analyzed on a large series of NSCLC (n=1,343)...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787713/interferon-gamma-release-assay-performance-in-northeastern-brazil-influence-of-the-ifng-874-a-t-polymorphism
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Valdirene Leão Carneiro, Maria Teresita Bendicho, Rosalina Guedes Santos, Marilda Casela, Eduardo M Netto, Scarlet Torres Moraes Mota, Iza Cristina Araújo Pina, Roberto Meyer Nascimento, Songeli Menezes Freire, Theolis Barbosa
INTRODUCTION: Latent tuberculosis infection diagnosis based on the release of interferon-gamma in cultures of peripheral blood cells stimulated with Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens has replaced the tuberculin skin test in many countries with low tuberculosis prevalence. The IFN-γ production can be influenced by genetic polymorphisms, of which the IFNG+874 (rs62559044) locus is the most studied. We investigated the possible influence of the IFNG+874 A/T polymorphism on interferon-gamma test performance...
May 19, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786766/bacterial-dna-detected-on-pathologically-changed-heart-valves-using-16s-rrna-gene-amplification
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Miroslava Chalupova, Anna Skalova, Tomas Hajek, Lenka Geigerova, Dana Kralova, Pavel Liska, Hana Hecova, Jiri Molacek, Jaroslav Hrabak
Nowadays, dental diseases are one of the most common illnesses in the world. Some of them can lead to translocation of oral bacteria to the bloodstream causing intermittent bacteraemia. Therefore, a potential association between oral infection and cardiovascular diseases has been discussed in recent years as a result of adhesion of oral microbes to the heart valves. The aim of this study was to detect oral bacteria on pathologically changed heart valves not caused by infective endocarditis. In the study, patients with pathologically changed heart valves were involved...
May 22, 2018: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786563/cell-based-liver-therapies-past-present-and-future
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Valeria Iansante, Anil Chandrashekran, Anil Dhawan
Liver transplantation represents the standard treatment for people with an end-stage liver disease and some liver-based metabolic disorders; however, shortage of liver donor tissues limits its availability. Furthermore, whole liver replacement eliminates the possibility of using native liver as a possible target for future gene therapy in case of liver-based metabolic defects. Cell therapy has emerged as a potential alternative, as cells can provide the hepatic functions and engraft in the liver parenchyma...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786119/full-length-and-defective-enterovirus-g-genomes-with-distinct-torovirus-protease-insertions-are-highly-prevalent-on-a-chinese-pig-farm
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Yan Wang, Wen Zhang, Zhijian Liu, Xingli Fu, Jiaqi Yuan, Jieji Zhao, Yuan Lin, Quan Shen, Xiaochun Wang, Xutao Deng, Eric Delwart, Tongling Shan, Shixing Yang
Recombination occurs frequently between enteroviruses (EVs) which are classified within the same species of the Picornaviridae family. Here, using viral metagenomics, the genomes of two recombinant EV-Gs (strains EVG 01/NC_CHI/2014 and EVG 02/NC_CHI/2014) found in the feces of pigs from a swine farm in China are described. The two strains are characterized by distinct insertion of a papain-like protease gene from toroviruses classified within the Coronaviridae family. According to recent reports the site of the torovirus protease insertion was located at the 2C/3A junction region in EVG 02/NC_CHI/2014...
May 21, 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785355/identification-and-expression-analysis-of-cytokinin-metabolic-genes-ipts-cyp735a-and-ckxs-in-the-biofuel-plant-jatropha-curcas
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Li Cai, Lu Zhang, Qiantang Fu, Zeng-Fu Xu
The seed oil of Jatropha curcas is considered a potential bioenergy source that could replace fossil fuels. However, the seed yield of Jatropha is low and has yet to be improved. We previously reported that exogenous cytokinin treatment increased the seed yield of Jatropha . Cytokinin levels are directly regulated by isopentenyl transferase (IPT), cytochrome P450 monooxygenase, family 735, subfamily A (CYP735A), and cytokinin oxidase/dehydrogenase (CKX). In this study, we cloned six IPT genes, one JcCYP735A gene, and seven JcCKX genes...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785135/mutation-analysis-of-brca1-2-mutations-with-special-reference-to-polymorphic-snps-in-indian-breast-cancer-patients
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Nidhi D Shah, Parth S Shah, Yash Y Panchal, Kalpesh H Katudia, Nikunj B Khatri, Hari Shankar P Ray, Upti R Bhatiya, Sandip C Shah, Bhavini S Shah, Mandava V Rao
Background: Germline mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2 contribute almost equally in the causation of breast cancer (BC). The type of mutations in the Indian population that cause this condition is largely unknown. Purpose: In this cohort, 79 randomized BC patients were screened for various types of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations including frameshift, nonsense, missense, in-frame and splice site types. Materials and methods: The purified extracted DNA of each referral patient was subjected to Sanger gene sequencing using Codon Code Analyzer and Mutation Surveyor and next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods with Ion torrent software, after appropriate care...
2018: Application of Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781997/antimicrobial-peptides-produced-by-selective-pressure-incorporation-of-non-canonical-amino-acids
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Jessica H Nickling, Tobias Baumann, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Maike Bartholomae, Oscar P Kuipers, Thomas Friedrich, Nediljko Budisa
Nature has a variety of possibilities to create new protein functions by modifying the sequence of the individual amino acid building blocks. However, all variations are based on the 20 canonical amino acids (cAAs). As a way to introduce additional physicochemical properties into polypeptides, the incorporation of non-canonical amino acids (ncAAs) is increasingly used in protein engineering. Due to their relatively short length, the modification of ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptides by ncAAs is particularly attractive...
May 4, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781507/effect-of-estradiol-on-fibroblasts-from-postmenopausal-idiopathic-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-patients
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Yoshiaki Yamanaka, Kunitaka Menuki, Takafumi Tajima, Yasuaki Okada, Kenji Kosugi, Yukichi Zenke, Akinori Sakai
Fibrosis of the subsynovial connective tissue (SSCT) is a characteristic finding in patients with idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Idiopathic CTS frequently occurs in postmenopausal women; therefore, female steroid hormones, especially estrogens, may be involved in its development. In this study, we evaluated the effect of the estradiol on the expression of genes and proteins related to fibrosis of SSCT fibroblasts from patients with idiopathic CTS. This study included 10 postmenopausal women (mean age 76 years)...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781327/the-progress-of-aav-mediated-gene-therapy-in-neuromuscular-disorders
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Sara Aguti, Alberto Malerba, Haiyan Zhou
The well-defined genetic causes and monogenetic nature of many neuromuscular disorders, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), present gene therapy as a prominent therapeutic approach. The novel variants of adeno-associated virus (AAV) can achieve satisfactory transduction efficiency of exogenous genes through the central nervous system and body-wide in skeletal muscle. Areas covered: In this review, we summarize the strategies of AAV gene therapy that are currently under preclinical and clinical evaluation for the treatment of degenerative neuromuscular disorders, with a focus on diseases such as DMD and SMA...
May 20, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780514/construction-of-histidine-containing-hydrocarbon-stapled-cell-penetrating-peptides-for-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-delivery-of-sirnas
#16
Soonsil Hyun, Yoonhwa Choi, Ha Neul Lee, Changki Lee, Donghoon Oh, Dong-Ki Lee, Changjin Lee, Yan Lee, Jaehoon Yu
A hydrocarbon stapled peptide based strategy was used to develop an optimized cell penetrating peptide for siRNA delivery. Various stapled peptides, having amphipathic Leu- and Lys-rich regions, were prepared and their cell penetrating potentials were evaluated. One peptide, stEK, was found to have high cell penetration and siRNA delivery abilities at low nanomolar concentrations. In order to improve its ability to promote gene silencing, stEK was modified by replacing several Lys residues with His moieties...
April 21, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780216/rapid-genotype-independent-zea-mays-l-maize-transformation-via-direct-somatic-embryogenesis
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Keith Lowe, Mauricio La Rota, George Hoerster, Craig Hastings, Ning Wang, Mark Chamberlin, Emily Wu, Todd Jones, William Gordon-Kamm
Constitutive expression of the Zea mays L. (maize) morphogenic transcription factors Baby Boom ( Bbm ) and Wuschel2 ( Wus2 ) in maize can not only greatly increase transformation efficiency but can also induce phenotypic abnormalities and sterility. In an effort to alleviate the pleiotropic effects of constitutive expression, a genome wide search was undertaken to find suitable maize promoters to drive tissue and timing-specific expression of the transformation enhancing genes Bbm and Wus2 . A promoter from a maize phospholipid transferase protein gene ( Zm - PLTP pro ) was identified based on its expression in leaves, embryos, and callus while being downregulated in roots, meristems, and reproductive tissues...
2018: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Plant: Journal of the Tissue Culture Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779891/fixation-and-spread-of-somatic-mutations-in-adult-human-colonic-epithelium
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Anna M Nicholson, Cora Olpe, Alice Hoyle, Ann-Sofie Thorsen, Teja Rus, Mathilde Colombé, Roxanne Brunton-Sim, Richard Kemp, Kate Marks, Phil Quirke, Shalini Malhotra, Rogier Ten Hoopen, Ashraf Ibrahim, Cecilia Lindskog, Meagan B Myers, Barbara Parsons, Simon Tavaré, Mark Wilkinson, Edward Morrissey, Douglas J Winton
We investigated the means and timing by which mutations become fixed in the human colonic epithelium by visualizing somatic clones and mathematical inference. Fixation requires two sequential steps. First, one of approximately seven active stem cells residing within each colonic crypt has to be mutated. Second, the mutated stem cell has to replace neighbors to populate the entire crypt in a process that takes several years. Subsequent clonal expansion due to crypt fission is infrequent for neutral mutations (around 0...
May 11, 2018: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778688/molecular-basis-of-diseases-caused-by-the-mtdna-mutation-m-8969g-a-in-the-subunit-a-of-atp-synthase
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Natalia Skoczeń, Alain Dautant, Krystyna Binko, François Godard, Marine Bouhier, Xin Su, Jean-Paul Lasserre, Marie-France Giraud, Déborah Tribouillard-Tanvier, Huimei Chen, Jean-Paul di Rago, Roza Kucharczyk
The ATP synthase which provides aerobic eukaryotes with ATP, organizes into a membrane-extrinsic catalytic domain, where ATP is generated, and a membrane-embedded FO domain that shuttles protons across the membrane. We previously identified a mutation in the mitochondrial MT-ATP6 gene (m.8969G>A) in a 14-year-old Chinese female who developed an isolated nephropathy followed by brain and muscle problems. This mutation replaces a highly conserved serine residue into asparagine at amino acid position 148 of the membrane-embedded subunit a of ATP synthase...
May 17, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778472/effects-of-ad-libitum-milk-replacer-feeding-and-butyrate-supplementation-on-behavior-immune-status-and-health-of-holstein-calves-in-the-postnatal-period
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C Gerbert, D Frieten, C Koch, G Dusel, K Eder, T Stefaniak, J Bajzert, P Jawor, A Tuchscherer, H M Hammon
Animal welfare in dairy calf husbandry depends on calf rearing and is probably improved by intensive milk feeding programs. In addition, butyrate supplementation in milk replacer (MR) stimulates postnatal growth and may affect the immune system in calves. We have investigated the combined effects of ad libitum MR feeding and butyrate supplementation on feeding behavior, health, and the immune responses in calves. Holstein calves (n = 64) were examined from birth until wk 11 of age. Calves received MR either ad libitum (Adl) or restrictively (Res) with (AdlB+, ResB+) or without (AdlB-, ResB-) 0...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
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