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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633640/biological-mechanisms-discriminating-growth-rate-and-adult-body-weight-phenotypes-in-two-chinese-indigenous-chicken-breeds
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Tengfei Dou, Sumei Zhao, Hua Rong, Dahai Gu, Qihua Li, Ying Huang, Zhiqiang Xu, Xiaohui Chu, Linli Tao, Lixian Liu, Changrong Ge, Marinus F W Te Pas, Junjing Jia
BACKGROUND: Intensive selection has resulted in increased growth rates and muscularity in broiler chickens, in addition to adverse effects, including delayed organ development, sudden death syndrome, and altered metabolic rates. The biological mechanisms underlying selection responses remain largely unknown. Non-artificially-selected indigenous Chinese chicken breeds display a wide variety of phenotypes, including differential growth rate, body weight, and muscularity. The Wuding chicken breed is a fast growing large chicken breed, and the Daweishan mini chicken breed is a slow growing small chicken breed...
June 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633139/mitochondrial-metabolism-in-a-large-animal-model-of-huntington-disease-the-hunt-for-biomarkers-in-the-spermatozoa-of-presymptomatic-minipigs
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Jana Krizova, Hana Stufkova, Marie Rodinova, Monika Macakova, Bozena Bohuslavova, Daniela Vidinska, Jiri Klima, Zdenka Ellederova, Antonin Pavlok, David S Howland, Jiri Zeman, Jan Motlik, Hana Hansikova
BACKGROUND: Huntington disease (HD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder involving reduced muscle coordination, mental and behavioral changes, and testicular degeneration. In order to further clarify the decreased fertility and penetration ability of the spermatozoa of transgenic HD minipig boars (TgHD), we applied a set of mitochondrial metabolism (MM) parameter measurements to this promising biological material, which can be collected noninvasively in longitudinal studies. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to optimize methods for MM measurements in spermatozoa and to establish possible biomarkers of HD in TgHD spermatozoa expressing the N-terminal part of mutated human huntingtin...
June 21, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631230/sequence-analysis-of-chromosome-1-revealed-different-selection-patterns-between-chinese-wild-mice-and-laboratory-strains
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Fuyi Xu, Shixian Hu, Tianzhu Chao, Maochun Wang, Kai Li, Yuxun Zhou, Hongyan Xu, Junhua Xiao
Both natural and artificial selection play a critical role in animals' adaptation to the environment. Detection of the signature of selection in genomic regions can provide insights for understanding the function of specific phenotypes. It is generally assumed that laboratory mice may experience intense artificial selection while wild mice more natural selection. However, the differences of selection signature in the mouse genome and underlying genes between wild and laboratory mice remain unclear. In this study, we used two mouse populations: chromosome 1 (Chr 1) substitution lines (C1SLs) derived from Chinese wild mice and mouse genome project (MGP) sequenced inbred strains and two selection detection statistics: Fst and Tajima's D to identify the signature of selection footprint on Chr 1...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630403/new-molecular-tools-in-neospora-caninum-for-studying-apicomplexan-parasite-proteins
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Caroline M Mota, Allan L Chen, Kevin Wang, Santhosh Nadipuram, Ajay A Vashisht, James A Wohlschlegel, Tiago W P Mineo, Peter J Bradley
The development of molecular genetics has greatly enhanced the study of the biology and pathology associated with parasites of the phylum Apicomplexa. We have established a system specifically designed for Neospora caninum, and used this system as a heterologous platform for the expression of foreign genes. Plasmid constructs containing fluorescent proteins or targeted genes of Toxoplasma gondii, driven by N. caninum promoters, have yielded robust expression and correct trafficking of target gene products as assessed by immunofluorescence assays and Western blot analyses...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629361/decoy-receptor-3-an-endogenous-immunomodulator-in-cancer-growth-and-inflammatory-reactions
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Shie-Liang Hsieh, Wan-Wan Lin
Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3), also known as tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily member 6b (TNFRSF6B), is a soluble decoy receptor which can neutralize the biological functions of three members of tumor necrosis factor superfamily (TNFSF): Fas ligand (FasL), LIGHT, and TL1A. In addition to 'decoy' function, recombinant DcR3.Fc is able to modulate the activation and differentiation of dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages via 'non-decoy' action. DcR3-treated DCs skew T cell differentiation into Th2 phenotype, while DcR3-treated macrophages behave M2 phenotype...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627740/biofabrication-of-soft-tissue-templates-for-engineering-the-bone-ligament-interface
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Ella Harris, Yurong Liu, Grainne Cuniffe, David Morrissey, Simon Carroll, Kevin Mulhall, Daniel J Kelly
Regenerating damaged tissue interfaces remains a significant clinical challenge, requiring recapitulation of the structure, composition and function of the native enthesis. In the ligament-to-bone interface this region transitions from ligament to fibrocartilage, to calcified cartilage and then to bone. This gradation in tissue types facilitates the transfer of load between soft and hard structures while minimizing stress concentrations at the interface. Previous attempts to engineer the ligament-bone interface have utilized various scaffold materials with an array of various cell types and/or biological cues...
June 19, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625679/phenotype-databases-for-genetic-screens-in-human-cells
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Benedikt Rauscher, Erica Valentini, Ulrike Hardeland, Michael Boutros
Genetic screens are powerful tools to identify components that make up biological systems. Perturbations introduced by methods such as RNA interference (RNAi) or CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing lead to biological phenotypes that can be examined to understand the molecular function of genes in the cell. Over the years, many of such experiments have been conducted providing a wealth of knowledge about genotype-to-phenotype relationships. These data are a rich source of information and it is in a common interest to make them available in a simplified and integrated format...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623589/aranet-a-network-biology-server-for-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-other-non-model-plant-species
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Tak Lee, Insuk Lee
Functional gene networks link genes based on their functional relatedness, which is inferred from various complementary biological datasets. Gene networks comprising vast amounts of data can be used to predict which genes are associated with complex traits. Decades of studies in plant biology using the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana have generated large amounts of information, enabling the development of a system-level molecular network. AraNet (currently version 2) is a genome-scale functional gene network for Arabidopsis thaliana, constructed by integrating 19 types of genomics data and can be explored through a web-server (http://www...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623137/azomethines-isoxazole-n-substituted-pyrazoles-and-pyrimidine-containing-curcumin-derivatives-urease-inhibition-and-molecular-modeling-studies
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Mahmood Ahmed, Muhammad Abdul Qadir, Abdul Hameed, Muhammad Nadeem Arshad, Abdullah M Asiri, Muhammad Muddassar
Curcumin has shown large number of pharmacological properties against different phenotypes of various disease models. Different synthetic routes have been employed to develop its various derivatives for diverse biological functions. In this study, curcumin derived azomethine, isoxazole, pyrimidines and N-substituted pyrazoles were synthesized to investigate their urease enzyme inhibition. The structures of newly synthesized compounds were described by IR, MS, (1)H NMR and (13)C NMR spectral data. Urease enzyme inhibition was evaluated through in vitro assays in which compound 8b was found to be the most potent (IC50 = 2...
June 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620903/emerging-categories-of-disease-in-advanced-prostate-cancer-and-their-therapeutic-implications
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REVIEW
Rahul R Aggarwal, Felix Y Feng, Eric J Small
The treatment of advanced prostate cancer has changed significantly in the last decade, as a result of the introduction of multiple new systemic therapies that have had a positive impact on treatment outcomes. The increasing number of therapies, along with new insights into the biological underpinnings of prostate cancer, have led to a growing appreciation for the heterogeneity of the disease and an awareness of emerging subcategories that have direct therapeutic implications for the practicing clinician. In the metastatic hormone-naive setting, the extent of metastatic disease visible on scans can serve as a useful measure to guide treatment decisions; the addition of docetaxel chemotherapy to hormonal therapy has significant benefit in patients whose scans show more extensive disease...
June 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620836/sox2-immunity-and-tissue-resident-memory-in-children-and-young-adults-with-glioma
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Juan C Vasquez, Anita Huttner, Lin Zhang, Asher Marks, Amy Chan, Joachim M Baehring, Kristopher T Kahle, Kavita M Dhodapkar
Therapies targeting immune checkpoints are effective in tumors with a high mutation burden that express multiple neo-antigens. However, glial tumors including those seen in children carry fewer mutations and there is an unmet need to identify new antigenic targets of anti-tumor immunity. SOX2 is an embryonal stem cell antigen implicated in the biology of glioma initiating cells. Expression of SOX2 by pediatric glial tumors and the capacity of the immune system in these patients to recognize SOX2 has not been previously studied...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620608/a-path-to-implement-precision-child-health-cardiovascular-medicine
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REVIEW
Marlin Touma, Brian Reemtsen, Nancy Halnon, Juan Alejos, J Paul Finn, Stanley F Nelson, Yibin Wang
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) affect approximately 1% of live births and are a major source of childhood morbidity and mortality even in countries with advanced healthcare systems. Along with phenotypic heterogeneity, the underlying etiology of CHDs is multifactorial, involving genetic, epigenetic, and/or environmental contributors. Clear dissection of the underlying mechanism is a powerful step to establish individualized therapies. However, the majority of CHDs are yet to be clearly diagnosed for the underlying genetic and environmental factors, and even less with effective therapies...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618073/drug-discovery-for-remyelination-and-treatment-of-ms
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REVIEW
Katy L H Cole, Jason J Early, David A Lyons
Glia constitute the majority of the cells in our nervous system, yet there are currently no drugs that target glia for the treatment of disease. Given ongoing discoveries of the many roles of glia in numerous diseases of the nervous system, this is likely to change in years to come. Here we focus on the possibility that targeting the oligodendrocyte lineage to promote regeneration of myelin (remyelination) represents a therapeutic strategy for the treatment of the demyelinating disease multiple sclerosis, MS...
June 15, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617866/characterization-of-trace-metal-content-in-the-developing-zebrafish-embryo
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Rebecca T Thomason, Michael A Pettiglio, Carolina Herrera, Clara Kao, Jonathan D Gitlin, Thomas B Bartnikas
Trace metals are essential for health but toxic when present in excess. The maintenance of trace metals at physiologic levels reflects both import and export by cells and absorption and excretion by organs. The mechanism by which this maintenance is achieved in vertebrate organisms is incompletely understood. To explore this, we chose zebrafish as our model organism, as they are amenable to both pharmacologic and genetic manipulation and comprise an ideal system for genetic screens and toxicological studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615118/functional-and-biological-studies-of-%C3%AE-galactosidase-a-variants-with-uncertain-significance-from-newborn-screening-in-taiwan
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Hsuan-Chieh Liao, Ting-Rong Hsu, Leslie Young, Chuan-Chi Chiang, Chun-Kai Huang, Hao-Chuan Liu, Dau-Ming Niu, Yann-Jang Chen
Fabry disease is an X-linked disorder resulted from deficiency of α-galactosidase A (GLA) activity. In Taiwan, a total of 792,247 newborns were screened from 2008 to 2014 in two newborn screening centers, and 13 variants of uncertain significance (VOUS) in the GLA gene were identified. To determine whether these variants were pathogenic or not, functional, biochemical, clinical and pedigree analyses were performed. In vitro functional assay was established through site-directed mutagenesis, and four in silico tools were used to predict pathogenesis...
June 8, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603481/effects-of-dim-light-at-night-on-food-intake-and-body-mass-in-developing-mice
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Yasmine M Cissé, Juan Peng, Randy J Nelson
Appropriately timed light is critical for circadian organization; exposure to dim light at night (dLAN) disrupts temporal organization of endogenous biological timing. Exposure to dLAN in adult mice is associated with elevated body mass and changes in metabolism putatively driven by voluntary changes in the time of food intake. We predicted that exposure of young mice to LAN could affect adult metabolic function. At 3 weeks (Experiment 1) or 5 weeks (Experiment 2) of age, mice were either maintained in standard light-dark (DARK) cycles or exposed to nightly dLAN (5 lux)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602954/a-versatile-genetic-tool-to-study-midline-glia-function-in-the-drosophila-cns
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Swati Banerjee, E Mino, Elizabeth S Fisher, Manzoor A Bhat
Neuron-glial interactions are crucial for growth, guidance and ensheathment of axons across species. In the Drosophila CNS midline, neuron-glial interactions underlie ensheathment of commissural axons by midline glial (MG) cells in a manner similar to mammalian oligodendrocytes. Although there has been some advance in the study of neuron-glial interactions and ensheathment of axons in the CNS midline, key aspects of axonal ensheathment are still not fully understood. One of the limitations has been the unavailability of MG membrane markers that could highlight the glial processes wrapping the axons...
June 8, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602076/rapid-generation-of-universal-synthetic-promoters-for-controlled-gene-expression-in-both-gas-fermenting-and-saccharolytic-clostridium-species
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Gaohua Yang, Dechen Jia, Lin Jin, Yuqian Jiang, Yong Wang, Weihong Jiang, Yang Gu
Engineering solventogenic clostridia, a group of important industrial microorganisms, to realize their full potential in biorefinery application is still hindered by the absence of plentiful biological parts. Here, we developed an effective approach for rapid generation of a synthetic promoter library in solventogenic clostridia based on a dual-reporter system (catP-lacZ) and a widely used strong thl promoter. The yielded artificial promoters, spanning 2 orders of magnitude, comprised two modular components (the core promoter region and the spacer between RBS and the translation-initiating code), and the strongest promoter had an over 10-fold-higher activity than the original expression part Pthl...
June 16, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601904/disease-modeling-in-genetic-kidney-diseases-mice
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REVIEW
Andreas F Hofmeister, Martin Kömhoff, Stefanie Weber, Ivica Grgic
The mouse still represents arguably the most important mammal organism in research for modeling human genetic kidney diseases in vivo. Compared with many other mammal species, the breeding and maintenance of mice in the laboratory is relatively simple and cheap and reproduction cycles are short. In addition to classic gene knockout mouse lines, new molecular biological technologies have led to the development of a plethora of other, more sophisticated, mouse models, allowing the targeting of genes or gene function in a cell-specific, tissue-specific and time-dependent fashion...
July 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596955/flux-enabled-exploration-of-the-role-of-sip1-in-galactose-yeast-metabolism
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Christopher M Shymansky, George Wang, Edward E K Baidoo, Jennifer Gin, Amanda Reider Apel, Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Héctor García Martín, Jay D Keasling
(13)C metabolic flux analysis ((13)C MFA) is an important systems biology technique that has been used to investigate microbial metabolism for decades. The heterotrimer Snf1 kinase complex plays a key role in the preference Saccharomyces cerevisiae exhibits for glucose over galactose, a phenomenon known as glucose repression or carbon catabolite repression. The SIP1 gene, encoding a part of this complex, has received little attention, presumably, because its knockout lacks a growth phenotype. We present a fluxomic investigation of the relative effects of the presence of galactose in classically glucose-repressing media and/or knockout of SIP1 using a multi-scale variant of (13)C MFA known as 2-Scale (13)C metabolic flux analysis (2S-(13)C MFA)...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
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