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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161613/molecular-characterization-of-urothelial-carcinoma-of-the-bladder-and-upper-urinary-tract
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Ji Yun Lee, Kyung Kim, Hyun Hwan Sung, Hwang Gyun Jeon, Byong Chang Jeong, Seong Il Seo, Seong Soo Jeon, Hyun Moo Lee, Han-Yong Choi, Ghee-Young Kwon, Kyoung-Mee Kim, Jeeyun Lee, Ho Yeong Lim, Se Hoon Park
PURPOSE: A better understanding of the molecular basis of urothelial carcinoma (UC) is needed to refine the clinical decision-making process. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We performed next-generation sequencing to investigate the mutational and transcriptional profiles of commonly mutated genes in UC using Ampliseq v2. Copy number variations (CNVs) were detected with nCounter assay. Genetic alterations between upper tract UC (UTUC) and urinary bladder UC (UBUC) were compared...
November 18, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160815/assessment-of-bifidobacterium-species-using-groel-gene-on-the-basis-of-illumina-miseq-high-throughput-sequencing
#2
Lujun Hu, Wenwei Lu, Linlin Wang, Mingluo Pan, Hao Zhang, Jianxin Zhao, Wei Chen
The next-generation high-throughput sequencing techniques have introduced a new way to assess the gut's microbial diversity on the basis of 16S rRNA gene-based microbiota analysis. However, the precise appraisal of the biodiversity of Bifidobacterium species within the gut remains a challenging task because of the limited resolving power of the 16S rRNA gene in different species. The groEL gene, a protein-coding gene, evolves quickly and thus is useful for differentiating bifidobacteria. Here, we designed a Bifidobacterium-specific primer pair which targets a hypervariable sequence region within the groEL gene that is suitable for precise taxonomic identification and detection of all recognized species of the genus Bifidobacterium so far...
November 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160420/next-generation-sequencing-based-genomic-profiling-fostering-innovation-in-cancer-care
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Gustavo S Fernandes, Daniel F Marques, Daniel M Girardi, Maria Ignez F Braghiroli, Renata A Coudry, Sibele I Meireles, Artur Katz, Paulo M Hoff
OBJECTIVES: With the development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, DNA sequencing has been increasingly utilized in clinical practice. Our goal was to investigate the impact of genomic evaluation on treatment decisions for heavily pretreated patients with metastatic cancer. METHODS: We analyzed metastatic cancer patients from a single institution whose cancers had progressed after all available standard-of-care therapies and whose tumors underwent next-generation sequencing analysis...
October 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159928/the-immunogenetics-of-neurological-disease
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REVIEW
Maneesh K Misra, Vincent Damotte, Jill A Hollenbach
Genes encoding antigen-presenting molecules within the human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) account for the highest component of genetic risk for many neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Myriad genetic, immunological and environmental factors may contribute to an individual's susceptibility to neurological disease. Here, we review and discuss the decades long research on the influence of genetic variation at the MHC locus and the role of immunogenetic killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) loci in neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
November 21, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158924/methylmalonic-acidemia-with-novel-mut-gene-mutations
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Inusha Panigrahi, Savita Bhunwal, Harish Varma, Simranjeet Singh
A 5-year-old boy presented with recurrent episodes of fever, feeding problems, lethargy, from the age of 11 months, and poor weight gain. He was admitted and evaluated for metabolic causes and diagnosed as having methylmalonic acidemia (MMA). He was treated with vit B12 and carnitine supplements and has been on follow-up for the last 3 years. Mutation analysis by next generation sequencing (NGS), supplemented with Sanger sequencing, revealed two novel variants in the MUT gene responsible for MMA in exon 5 and exon 3, respectively...
2017: Case Reports in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158600/crispr-cas9-library-screening-for-drug-target-discovery
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REVIEW
Morito Kurata, Kouhei Yamamoto, Branden S Moriarity, Masanobu Kitagawa, David A Largaespada
CRISPR/Cas9-based tools have rapidly developed in recent years. These include CRISPR-based gene activation (CRISPRa) or inhibition (CRISPRi), for which there are libraries. CRISPR libraries for loss of function have been widely used to identify new biological mechanisms, such as drug resistance and cell survival signals. CRISPRa is highly useful in screening for gain of functions, and CRISPRi is a more powerful tool than RNA interference (RNAi) libraries in screening for loss of functions. Positive selection using a CRISPR library can detect survival cells with specific conditions, such as drug treatment, and it can easily clarify drug resistance mechanisms...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158442/the-xenopus-primordial-germ-cell-transcriptome-identifies-sox7-a-novel-role-in-early-pgc-development
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Amanda M Butler, Dawn A Owens, Lingyu Wang, Mary Lou King
Xenopus primordial germ cells (PGCs) are determined by the presence of maternally derived germ plasm. Germ plasm components both protect PGCs from somatic differentiation and begin a unique gene expression program. Segregation of the germline from the endodermal lineage occurs during gastrulation, and PGCs subsequently initiate zygotic transcription. However, the gene-network(s) that operate to both preserve and promote germline differentiation are poorly understood. Here, we utilized RNA-sequencing analysis to comprehensively interrogate PGC and neighboring endoderm cell mRNAs after lineage segregation...
November 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158372/enhancing-next-generation-sequencing-guided-cancer-care-through-cognitive-computing
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Nirali M Patel, Vanessa V Michelini, Jeff M Snell, Saianand Balu, Alan P Hoyle, Joel S Parker, Michele C Hayward, David A Eberhard, Ashley H Salazar, Patrick McNeillie, Jia Xu, Claudia S Huettner, Takahiko Koyama, Filippo Utro, Kahn Rhrissorrakrai, Raquel Norel, Erhan Bilal, Ajay Royyuru, Laxmi Parida, H Shelton Earp, Juneko E Grilley-Olson, D Neil Hayes, Stephen J Harvey, Norman E Sharpless, William Y Kim
BACKGROUND: Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) to guide cancer therapy has created challenges in analyzing and reporting large volumes of genomic data to patients and caregivers. Specifically, providing current, accurate information on newly approved therapies and open clinical trials requires considerable manual curation performed mainly by human "molecular tumor boards" (MTBs). The purpose of this study was to determine the utility of cognitive computing as performed by Watson for Genomics (WfG) compared with a human MTB...
November 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158360/chromatin-modifying-gene-mutations-in-follicular-lymphoma
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Michael R Green
Follicular lymphoma (FL) is an indolent malignancy of germinal center B (GCB)-cells. Although the overall survival of FL patients has recently improved with the introduction of novel therapies, there is significant heterogeneity in patient outcome and a need for rationally designed therapeutic strategies that target disease biology. Next generation sequencing studies have identified chromatin modifying gene (CMG) mutations as a hallmark of FL, highlighting epigenetic modifiers as an attractive therapeutic target in this disease...
November 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158289/next-generation-panel-sequencing-identifies-nf1-germline-mutations-in-three-patients-with-pheochromocytoma-but-no-clinical-diagnosis-of-neurofibromatosis-type-1
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Laura Gieldon, Jimmy Rusdian Masjkur, Susan Richter, Roland Därr, Marcos Lahera, Daniela E Aust, Silke Zeugner, Andreas Rump, Karl Hackmann, Andreas Tzschach, Andrzej Januszewicz, Aleksander Prejbisz, Graeme Eisenhofer, Evelin Schroeck, Mercedes Robledo, Barbara Klink
Objective Our objective was to improve molecular diagnostics in patients with hereditary pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma (PPGL) by using next generation sequencing (NGS) multi-gene panel analysis. Derived from this study we here present three cases that were diagnosed with NF1 germline mutations but did not have a prior clinical diagnosis of Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1). Design We performed genetic analysis of known tumor predisposition genes, including NF1, using a multi-gene NGS enrichment-based panel applied to a total of 1029 PPGL patients...
November 20, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157304/a-novel-vector-for-transgenesis-in-the-rat-cns
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T Peter Lopez, Kurt Giles, Brittany N Dugger, Abby Oehler, Carlo Condello, Zuzana Krejciova, Julian A Castaneda, George A Carlson, Stanley B Prusiner
The larger brain of the rat enables a much greater repertoire of complex behaviors than mice, likely making rats preferential for investigating neurodegeneration. Because molecular tools for specific expression of transgenes in the rat brain are sparse, we chose Prnp encoding the prion protein (PrP) to develop a novel vector to drive transgene expression in the rat brain. We compared the rat Prnp sequence with mouse and Syrian hamster Prnp sequences, identifying conserved genetic elements and hypothesizing that these elements would be able to drive neuronal transgene expression...
November 21, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157215/integration-of-rna-seq-data-with-heterogeneous-microarray-data-for-breast-cancer-profiling
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Daniel Castillo, Juan Manuel Gálvez, Luis Javier Herrera, Belén San Román, Fernando Rojas, Ignacio Rojas
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, many public repositories containing large microarray gene expression datasets are available. However, the problem lies in the fact that microarray technology are less powerful and accurate than more recent Next Generation Sequencing technologies, such as RNA-Seq. In any case, information from microarrays is truthful and robust, thus it can be exploited through the integration of microarray data with RNA-Seq data. Additionally, information extraction and acquisition of large number of samples in RNA-Seq still entails very high costs in terms of time and computational resources...
November 21, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157201/phylogenetic-and-recombination-analysis-of-the-herpesvirus-genus-varicellovirus
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Aaron W Kolb, Andrew C Lewin, Ralph Moeller Trane, Gillian J McLellan, Curtis R Brandt
BACKGROUND: The varicelloviruses comprise a genus within the alphaherpesvirus subfamily, and infect both humans and other mammals. Recently, next-generation sequencing has been used to generate genomic sequences of several members of the Varicellovirus genus. Here, currently available varicellovirus genomic sequences were used for phylogenetic, recombination, and genetic distance analysis. RESULTS: A phylogenetic network including genomic sequences of individual species, was generated and suggested a potential restriction between the ungulate and non-ungulate viruses...
November 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156625/gene-based-pathogen-detection-can-we-use-qpcr-to-predict-the-outcome-of-diagnostic-metagenomics
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Sandra Christine Andersen, Mette Sofie Rousing Fachmann, Kristoffer Kiil, Eva Møller Nielsen, Jeffrey Hoorfar
In microbial food safety, molecular methods such as quantitative PCR (qPCR) and next-generation sequencing (NGS) of bacterial isolates can potentially be replaced by diagnostic shotgun metagenomics. However, the methods for pre-analytical sample preparation are often optimized for qPCR, and do not necessarily perform equally well for qPCR and sequencing. The present study investigates, through screening of methods, whether qPCR can be used as an indicator for the optimization of sample preparation for NGS-based shotgun metagenomics with a diagnostic focus...
November 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156055/analysis-of-an-adtkd-family-with-a-novel-frameshift-mutation-in-muc1-reveals-characteristic-features-of-mutant-muc1-protein
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Satoko Yamamoto, Jun-Ya Kaimori, Takuji Yoshimura, Tomoko Namba, Atsuko Imai, Kaori Kobayashi, Ryoichi Imamura, Naotsugu Ichimaru, Kazuto Kato, Akihiro Nakaya, Shiro Takahara, Yoshitaka Isaka
Background: Medullary cystic kidney disease Type 1 is an autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease (ADTKD). Recently, mucin 1 ( MUC1 ) was identified as a causal gene of medullary cystic kidney disease (ADTKD-MUC1). However, the MUC1 mutation was found to be a single cytosine insertion in a single copy of the GC-rich variable number of tandem repeats (VNTRs), which are very difficult to analyze by next-generation sequencing. To date, other mutations have not been detected in ADTKD-MUC1, and the mutant MUC1 protein has not been analyzed because of the difficulty of genetically modifying the VNTR sequence...
June 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155849/unusual-occurrence-of-a-dag-motif-in-the-ipomovirus-cassava-brown-streak-virus-and-implications-for-its-vector-transmission
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Elijah Ateka, Titus Alicai, Joseph Ndunguru, Fred Tairo, Peter Sseruwagi, Samuel Kiarie, Timothy Makori, Monica A Kehoe, Laura M Boykin
Cassava is the main staple food for over 800 million people globally. Its production in eastern Africa is being constrained by two devastating Ipomoviruses that cause cassava brown streak disease (CBSD); Cassava brown streak virus (CBSV) and Ugandan cassava brown streak virus (UCBSV), with up to 100% yield loss for smallholder farmers in the region. To date, vector studies have not resulted in reproducible and highly efficient transmission of CBSV and UCBSV. Most virus transmission studies have used Bemisia tabaci (whitefly), but a maximum of 41% U/CBSV transmission efficiency has been documented for this vector...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155834/measuring-the-microbiome-of-chronic-wounds-with-use-of-a-topical-antimicrobial-dressing-a-feasibility-study
#17
Lindsay Kalan, Mi Zhou, Michele Labbie, Benjamin Willing
BACKGROUND: Polymicrobial communities colonize all wounds, and biofilms are hypothesized to be a key link to the chronic state and stalled healing. Molecular methods offer greater insight when studying microbial ecology in chronic wounds, as only a small fraction of wound bacteria are cultured by currently available methods and studies have shown little agreement between culture and molecular based approaches. Some interventions, like dressings with oxidized silver, are reported to help the stalled wounds move to a normal healing trajectory but the underlying mechanisms are difficult to measure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155775/mapping-genome-wide-accessible-chromatin-in-primary-human-t-lymphocytes-by-atac-seq
#18
Ivana Grbesa, Miriam Tannenbaum, Avital Sarusi-Portuguez, Michal Schwartz, Ofir Hakim
Assay for Transposase-Accessible Chromatin with high-throughput sequencing (ATAC-seq) is a method used for the identification of open (accessible) regions of chromatin. These regions represent regulatory DNA elements (e.g., promoters, enhancers, locus control regions, insulators) to which transcription factors bind. Mapping the accessible chromatin landscape is a powerful approach for uncovering active regulatory elements across the genome. This information serves as an unbiased approach for discovering the network of relevant transcription factors and mechanisms of chromatin structure that govern gene expression programs...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155762/high-throughput-analysis-of-locomotor-behavior-in-the-drosophila-island-assay
#19
Ilse Eidhof, Michaela Fenckova, Dei M Elurbe, Bart van de Warrenburg, Anna Castells Nobau, Annette Schenck
Advances in next-generation sequencing technologies contribute to the identification of (candidate) disease genes for movement disorders and other neurological diseases at an increasing speed. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms that underlie these disorders. The genetic, molecular, and behavioral toolbox of Drosophila melanogaster makes this model organism particularly useful to characterize new disease genes and mechanisms in a high-throughput manner. Nevertheless, high-throughput screens require efficient and reliable assays that, ideally, are cost-effective and allow for the automatized quantification of traits relevant to these disorders...
November 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155047/novel-mosaic-variants-in-two-patients-with-cornelia-de-lange-syndrome
#20
Jelena Pozojevic, Ilaria Parenti, Luitgard Graul-Neumann, Sara Ruiz Gil, Erwan Watrin, Kerstin S Wendt, Ralf Werner, Tim M Strom, Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach, Frank J Kaiser
Cornelia de Lange syndrome (CdLS) is a dominantly inherited developmental disorder caused by mutations in genes that encode for either structural (SMC1A, SMC3, RAD21) or regulatory (NIPBL, HDAC8) subunits of the cohesin complex. NIPBL represents the major gene of the syndrome and heterozygous mutations can be identified in more than 65% of patients. Interestingly, large portions of these variants were described as somatic mosaicism and often escape standard molecular diagnostics using lymphocyte DNA. Here we discuss the role of somatic mosaicism in CdLS and describe two additional patients with NIPBL mosaicism detected by targeted gene panel or exome sequencing...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
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