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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143280/genome-sequencing-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-banna-virus-genus-seadornavirus-family-reoviridae-isolated-from-culicoides
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Song Song, Yuanyuan Li, Shihong Fu, Wenwen Lei, Xiaofang Guo, Yun Feng, Xiaoyan Gao, Xiaolong Li, Zhonghua Yang, Ziqian Xu, Ying He, Huanyu Wang, Hongning Zhou, Bin Wang, Xiaoqing Lu, Guodong Liang
In an investigation of blood-sucking insects and arboviruses, a virus (YN12243) was isolated from Culicoides samples collected in the Sino-Burmese border region of Yunnan Province, China. The virus caused cytopathic effect (CPE) in C6/36 cells and passaged stably. Polyacrylamide gel analysis showed that the genome of YN12243 was composed of 12 segments of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), with a distribution pattern of 6-6. The nucleotide and amino acid sequences of the coding region (1‒12 segments) were 17,803 bp and 5,925 amino acids in length, respectively...
October 26, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141408/accurate-quantification-of-nucleic-acids-using-hypochromicity-measurements-in-conjunction-with-uv-spectrophotometry
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Alison Nwokeoji, Peter M Kilby, David Portwood, Mark J Dickman
UV absorbance spectrophotometry is widely used for the quantification of nucleic acids. For accurate quantification it is important to determine the hypochromocity of the oligonucleotide or complex nucleic acid structure. The use of thermal denaturation studies in conjunction with UV spectrophotometry to determine hypochromicity requires prolonged, elevated temperatures, which may cause partial hydrolysis of RNA. In addition, dsRNA is difficult to denature even at elevated temperature and the extinction coefficients of nucleic acids are also affected by temperature, which makes it difficult to accurately determine the nucleic acid concentration...
November 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141219/preventive-inhibition-of-liver-tumorigenesis-by-systemic-activation-of-innate-immune-functions
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Jin Lee, Rui Liao, Gaowei Wang, Bi-Huei Yang, Xiaolin Luo, Nissi M Varki, Shuang-Jian Qiu, Bing Ren, Wenxian Fu, Gen-Sheng Feng
Liver cancer has become the second most deadly malignant disease, with no efficient targeted or immune therapeutic agents available yet. While dissecting the roles of cytoplasmic signaling molecules in hepatocarcinogenesis using an inducible mouse gene targeting system, Mx1-cre, we identified a potent liver tumor-inhibitory effect of synthetic double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (pIC), an inducer of the Mx1-cre system. Injection of pIC at the pre-cancer stage robustly suppressed liver tumorigenesis either induced by chemical carcinogens or by Pten loss and associated hepatosteatosis...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132300/plant-mediated-rnai-silences-midgut-expressed-genes-in-congeneric-lepidopteran-insects-in-nature
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Spoorthi Poreddy, Jiancai Li, Ian T Baldwin
BACKGROUND: Plant-mediated RNAi (PMRi) silencing of insect genes has enormous potential for crop protection, but whether it works robustly under field conditions, particularly with lepidopteran pests, remains controversial. Wild tobacco Nicotiana attenuata and cultivated tobacco (N. tabacum) (Solanaceae) is attacked by two closely related specialist herbivores Manduca sexta and M. quinquemaculata (Lepidoptera, Sphingidae). When M. sexta larvae attack transgenic N. attenuata plants expressing double-stranded RNA(dsRNA) targeting M...
November 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128494/the-shrimp-hormone-receptor-acts-as-an-anti-apoptosis-and-anti-inflammatory-factor-in-innate-immunity
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Zhi Wang, Baozhen Sun, Fei Zhu
Previously, we found that the expression of several genes, including HR, varied in Drosophila melanogaster after white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infection. In this present study, we further investigated the role of HR in Kuruma shrimp, Marsupenaeus japonicus and determined its anti-apoptosis and anti-inflammation role in the innate immune system. We successfully identified a partial sequence (866 bp in length) of the M. japonicus hormone receptor ligand binding domain (mjHR_LBD/mjHR). The 5' end of mjHR was successfully obtained; the open reading frame (ORF) ran from 33 to 701 bp, and encoded a protein containing 222 amino acids...
November 8, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127210/hiv-1-nc-induced-stress-granule-assembly-and-translation-arrest-are-inhibited-by-the-dsrna-binding-protein-staufen1
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Shringar Rao, Alessandro Cinti, Abdelkrim Temzi, Raquel Amorim, Ji Chang You, Andrew J Mouland
The nucleocapsid (NC) is an N-terminal protein derived from the HIV-1 Gag precursor polyprotein, pr55Gag. NC possesses key functions at several pivotal stages of viral replication. For example, an interaction between NC and the host, double-stranded RNA-binding protein Staufen1 was shown to regulate several steps in the viral replication cycle, such as Gag multimerisation and genomic RNA encapsidation. In this work, we observed that the overexpression of NC leads to the induction of stress granule (SG) assembly...
November 10, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123201/insecticidal-effects-of-dsrna-targeting-the-diap1-gene-in-dipteran-pests
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Michelle Powell, Prashant Pyati, Min Cao, Howard Bell, John A Gatehouse, Elaine Fitches
The Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) gene Diap1 encodes a protein referred to as DIAP1 (D rosophila Inhibitor of Apoptosis Protein 1) that acts to supress apoptosis in "normal" cells in the fly. In this study we investigate the use of RNA interference (RNAi) to control two dipteran pests, Musca domestica and Delia radicum, by disrupting the control of apoptosis. Larval injections of 125-500 ng of Diap1 dsRNA resulted in dose-dependent mortality which was shown to be attributable to down-regulation of target mRNA...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122644/a-neo-virus-lifestyle-exhibited-by-a-ssrna-virus-hosted-in-an-unrelated-dsrna-virus-taxonomic-and-evolutionary-considerations
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Sakae Hisano, Rui Zhang, Md Iqbal Faruk, Hideki Kondo, Nobuhiro Suzuki
Recent studies illustrate that fungi as virus hosts provides a unique platform for hunting viruses and exploring virus/virus and virus/host interactions. Such studies have revealed a number of as-yet-unreported viruses and virus/virus interactions. Among them is a unique intimate relationship between a (+)ssRNA virus, yado-kari virus (YkV1) and an unrelated dsRNA virus, yado-nushi virus (YnV1). YkV1 dsRNA, a replicated form of YkV1, and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, are trans-encapsidated by the capsid protein of YnV1...
November 6, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122634/development-of-molecular-and-cellular-tools-to-decipher-the-type-i-ifn-pathway-of-the-common-vampire-bat
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Sarkis Sarkis, Marie-Claude Lise, Edith Darcissac, Stéphanie Dabo, Marcel Falk, Laura Chaulet, Christine Neuveut, Eliane F Meurs, Anne Lavergne, Vincent Lacoste
Though the common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus, is known as the main rabies virus reservoir in Latin America, no tools are available to investigate its antiviral innate immune system. To characterize the IFN-I pathway, we established an immortalized cell line from a D. rotundus fetal lung named FLuDero. Then we molecularly characterized some of the Toll-like receptors (TLR3, 7, 8 and 9), the three RIG-I-like receptor members, as well as IFNα1 and IFNβ. Challenging the FLuDero cell line with poly (I:C) resulted in an up-regulation of both IFNα1 and IFNβ and the induction of expression of the different pattern recognition receptors characterized...
November 6, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118750/an-rna-virome-associated-to-the-golden-orb-weaver-spider-nephila-clavipes
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Humberto J Debat
The golden orb-weaver spider Nephila clavipes, known for its sexual size dimorphism, is abundant and widespread in the New World. The first annotated genome of orb-weaver spiders, exploring N. clavipes, has recently been reported. The study, focused primarily on the diversity of silk specific genes, shed light into the complex evolutionary history of spiders. Furthermore, a robust transcriptome analysis provided a massive resource for N. clavipes RNA survey. Here, I present evidence of viral sequences corresponding to the first 10 extant virus species associated to N...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116883/the-elusive-search-for-reniform-nematode-resistance-in-cotton
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Churamani Khanal, Edward C McGawley, Charles Overstreet, Sally Stetina
The reniform nematode (Rotylenchulus reniformis Linford and Oliveira) has emerged as the most important plant parasitic nematode of cotton in the United States cotton belt. Success in the development of reniform nematode resistant upland cotton cultivars (Gossypium hirsutum L.) has not been realized despite over three decades of breeding efforts. Research approaches ranging from conventional breeding to triple species hybrids to marker-assisted selection have been employed to introgress reniform nematode resistance from other species of cotton into upland cultivars...
November 8, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116759/selective-binding-to-mrna-duplex-regions-by-chemically-modified-pnas-stimulates-ribosomal-frameshifting
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Ru Ying Puah, Huan Jia, Manikantha Maraswami, Desiree-Faye Kaixin Toh, Rya Ero, Lixia Yang, Kiran M Patil, Alan Ann Lerk Ong, Manchugondanahalli S Krishna, Ruimin Sun, Cailing Tong, Mei Huang, Xin Chen, Teck-Peng Loh, Yonggui Gao, Ding Xiang Liu, Gang Chen
Minus-one programmed ribosomal frameshifting (-1 PRF) allows the precise maintenance of the ratio between viral proteins, and is involved in the regulation of the half-lives of cellular mRNAs. Minus-one ribosomal frameshifting (-1 RF) is activated by several stimulatory elements such as a heptameric slippery sequence (X XXY YYZ) and an mRNA secondary structure (hairpin or pseudoknot) that is positioned 2-8 nucleotides downstream from the slippery site. Upon -1 RF, the ribosomal reading frame is shifted from the normal zero frame to the -1 frame with the heptameric slippery sequence decoded as XXX YYY Z instead of X XXY YYZ...
November 8, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116463/characterization-of-a-novel-dsrna-mycovirus-isolated-from-strain-a105-of-rhizoctonia-solani-ag-1-ia
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Meiling Zhang, Li Zheng, Chen Liu, Canwei Shu, Erxun Zhou
Rhizoctonia solani dsRNA virus 3 (RsRV3), a novel mycovirus, was isolated from the rice sheath blight pathogen Rhizoctonia solani AG-1 IA strain A105. The RsRV3 genome consists of two segments of dsRNA (dsRNA1, 1,890 bp and dsRNA2, 1,811 bp). DsRNA1 has a single open reading frame (ORF) with a putative conserved RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) domain, and dsRNA2 comprises a single ORF, predicted to encode a coat protein. Purified viral particles of RsRV3 were isometric and measured approximately 20 nm in diameter by negative-stain transmission electron microscope (TEM)...
November 7, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116124/monocytes-from-patients-with-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-show-enhanced-inflammatory-properties-and-produce-higher-levels-of-pro-inflammatory-cytokines
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M Cockx, M Gouwy, P Ruytinx, I Lodewijckx, A Van Hout, S Knoops, N Pörtner, I Ronsse, L Vanbrabant, V Godding, K De Boeck, J Van Damme, M Boon, S Struyf
Patients with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) suffer from recurrent upper and lower airway infections due to defects in the cilia present on the respiratory epithelium. Since chronic inflammatory conditions can cause changes in innate immune responses, we investigated whether monocytes isolated from the peripheral blood of pediatric PCD patients respond differently to inflammatory stimuli, compared to monocytes from healthy children and adults. The receptor for C5a (C5aR) was upregulated in PCD, whereas expression levels of the leukocyte chemoattractant receptors CCR1, CCR2, CCR5, BLT1 and FPR1 on PCD monocytes were similar to those on monocytes from healthy individuals...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113754/nuclear-receptor-hr3-controls-locust-molt-by-regulating-chitin-synthesis-and-degradation-genes-of-locusta-migratoria
#15
Xiaoming Zhao, Zhongyu Qin, Weimin Liu, Xiaojian Liu, Bernard Moussian, Enbo Ma, Sheng Li, Jianzhen Zhang
During growth and development of insects, the steroid hormone 20-Hydroxyecdysone (20E) regulates the molting process through activation of a series of genes including E74, E75 and HR3 by the 20E receptor EcR. Here, we analyzed the function of LmHR3 in the migratory locust Locusta migratoria. By sequence comparison, we first identified and characterized the putative nuclear receptor protein (LmHR3) based on L. migratoria transcriptome data. The full length cDNA is 2272 bp long encoding a protein of 455 amino acids that contains a DNA binding domain (zinc finger) and a ligand binding domain...
November 4, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111354/three-gpi-anchored-alkaline-phosphatases-are-involved-in-the-intoxication-of-cry1ca-toxin-to-spodoptera-exigua-larvae
#16
Xiang-Liang Ren, Hong-Yan Hu, Wei-Li Jiang, Xiao-Yan Ma, Ya-Jie Ma, Guo-Qing Li, Yan Ma
Glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored alkaline phosphatase (ALP) isoforms are crucial for the intoxication of crystal proteins (Cry) to several insect species. We cloned five SeALPs from the larval midgut of Spodoptera exigua, a major pest of many crops. All five SeALPs contain a signal peptide at the N-terminus, a phosphatase domain, and a GPI-anchor site at the C-terminus. Additionally, the sequences encode two or three potential N-glycosylation sites. The five SeALPs were highly expressed at the larval stage, especially in the larval gut or Malpighian tubules...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107242/silence-of-inositol-1-4-5-trisphosphate-receptor-expression-decreases-cyantraniliprole-susceptibility-in-bemisia-tabaci
#17
Lei Guo, Pei Liang, Kuan Fang, Dong Chu
Cyantraniliprole is the second active ingredient of anthranilic diamide insecticide, and the first to control a cross-spectrum of chewing and sucking pests such as sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). The inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R) and ryanodine receptor (RyR) are two families of Ca(2+) release channels to raise the cytoplasmic free calcium concentration when it is activated by various extracellular stimuli. Previous study proved the over-expression of ryanodine receptor (RyR) was associated with the resistance to diamide insecticides, while the roles of IP3R in diamide resistance remain unknown...
October 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102780/involvement-of-laccase2-and-yellow-e-genes-in-antifungal-host-defense-of-the-model-beetle-tribolium-castaneum
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Yuuki Hayakawa, Mitsuki Sawada, Masaki Seki, Patchara Sirasoonthorn, Shotaro Shiga, Katsumi Kamiya, Chieka Minakuchi, Ken Miura
We previously reported that the moderate knockdown of chitin synthase 1 gene of the model beetle Tribolium castaneum impairs the host defense against entomopathogenic fungi, Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae, which infect host insects via the direct penetration of cuticular integuments (Hayakawa et al, 2017). In this study, we focused on the antifungal roles of laccase2 (Lac2) as well as yellow-e (Y-e) genes, both of which are shown to be important to the establishment of stable cuticular structures in this beetle species...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101540/two-alphapartitiviruses-co-infecting-a-single-isolate-of-the-plant-pathogenic-fungus-rhizoctonia-solani
#19
Ruiling Lyu, Yi Zhang, Qing Tang, Yangyi Li, Jiasen Cheng, Yanping Fu, Tao Chen, Daohong Jiang, Jiatao Xie
Seven dsRNA segments were detected from a single Rhizoctonia solani strain HG81. From the full-length cDNA sequences of four smaller dsRNA segments, the genomes of two related partitiviruses, designated as Rhizoctonia solani partitivirus 3 (RsPV3) and RsPV4, were determined. The genomes of RsPV3 and RsPV4 are both composed of two separate dsRNA segments, with each segment possessing a single open reading frame (ORF). ORF1 from RsPV3 and RsPV4 encodes a putative RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, while ORF2 of RsPV3 and RsPV4 encodes a putative capsid protein...
November 3, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099754/rnai-mediated-specific-gene-silencing-as-a-tool-for-the-discovery-of-new-drug-targets-in-giardia-lamblia-evaluation-using-the-nadh-oxidase-gene
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Jaime Marcial-Quino, Saúl Gómez-Manzo, Francisco Fierro, Yadira Rufino-González, Daniel Ortega-Cuellar, Edgar Sierra-Palacios, America Vanoye-Carlo, Abigail González-Valdez, Angélica Torres-Arroyo, Jesús Oria-Hernández, Horacio Reyes-Vivas
The microaerophilic protozoan Giardia lamblia is the agent causing giardiasis, an intestinal parasitosis of worldwide distribution. Different pharmacotherapies have been employed against giardiasis; however, side effects in the host and reports of drug resistant strains generate the need to develop new strategies that identify novel biological targets for drug design. To support this requirement, we have designed and evaluated a vector containing a cassette for the synthesis of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), which can silence expression of a target gene through the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway...
November 3, 2017: Genes
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