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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214367/population-genetic-structure-and-adaptation-of-malaria-parasites-on-the-edge-of-endemic-distribution
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Craig W Duffy, Hampate Ba, Samuel Assefa, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Yacine B Deh, Abderahmane Tandia, Freja C M Kirsebom, Dominic P Kwiatkowski, David J Conway
To determine whether the major human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum exhibits fragmented population structure or local adaptation at the northern limit of its African distribution where the dry Sahel zone meets the Sahara, samples were collected from diverse locations within Mauritania over a range of ~ 1000 kilometres. Microsatellite genotypes were obtained for 203 clinical infection samples from eight locations, and Illumina paired-end sequences were obtained to yield high coverage genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for 65 clinical infection samples from four locations...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212810/chromosomal-instability-analysis-and-regional-tumor-heterogeneity-in-colon-cancer
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Vincenza Barresi, Sergio Castorina, Nicolò Musso, Carmela Capizzi, Tonia Luca, Giovanna Privitera, Daniele Filippo Condorelli
Chromosomal instability (CIN) is classically defined as an increase in the rate at which numerical or structural chromosomal aberrations are acquired in a cancer cell. The number of somatic copy number abnormalities (CNAs) revealed by high resolution genomic array can be considered as a surrogate marker for CIN, but several points, related to sample processing and data analysis, need to be standardized. In this work we analyzed 51 CRC samples and matched normal mucosae by whole genome SNP arrays and compared different bioinformatics tools in order to identify broad (>25% of a chromosomal arm) and focal somatic copy number abnormalities (BCNAs and FCNAs respectively)...
January 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212567/ribosomal-dna-status-inferred-from-dna-cloud-assays-and-mass-spectrometry-identification-of-agarose-squeezed-proteins-interacting-with-chromatin-aspic-ms
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Kamil Krol, Justyna Jendrysek, Janusz Debski, Marek Skoneczny, Anna Kurlandzka, Joanna Kaminska, Michal Dadlez, Adrianna Skoneczna
Ribosomal RNA-encoding genes (rDNA) are the most abundant genes in eukaryotic genomes. To meet the high demand for rRNA, rDNA genes are present in multiple tandem repeats clustered on a single or several chromosomes and are vastly transcribed. To facilitate intensive transcription and prevent rDNA destabilization, the rDNA-encoding portion of the chromosome is confined in the nucleolus. However, the rDNA region is susceptible to recombination and DNA damage, accumulating mutations, rearrangements and atypical DNA structures...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210813/a-comprehensive-y-str-portrait-of-yousafzai-s-population
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Sadia Tabassum, Muhammad Ilyas, Inam Ullah, Muhammad Israr, Habib Ahmad
In the current study, 17 Y-Chromosomal short tandem repeats (Y-STRs) included in theAmpFlSTR Y-Filer amplification kit (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, USA) were investigated in 146 unrelated Yousafzai males residing in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. A total of 94 (89.52%) unique haplotypes were observed. Discrimination capacity was 71.92%. Haplotype diversity ranged from 0.354 (DYS456) to 0.663 (DYS458). Both Rst pairwise analysis and multidimensional scaling plot showed that the genetic structure of the Yousafzais is significantly different from neighbouring populations...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207933/chorionic-villus-sampling-in-the-cell-free-dna-aneuploidy-screening-era-careful-selection-criteria-can-maximise-the-clinical-utility-of-screening-and-invasive-testing
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Stefan C Kane, Karen L Reidy, Fiona Norris, Deborah L Nisbet, Louise H Kornman, Ricardo Palma-Dias
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the impact of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening on chorionic villus sampling (CVS) test indications and outcomes in a tertiary maternity service. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of all CVS procedures performed for any indication on singleton pregnancies at The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, and at Women's Ultrasound Melbourne, Australia, between August 2008 and February 2015. Karyotypes were classified according to pathogenicity and detectability by standard cell-free DNA screening panels...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207822/identification-classification-and-transcription-profiles-of-the-b-type-response-regulator-family-in-pear
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Junbei Ni, Songling Bai, Ling Gao, Minjie Qian, Linbing Zhong, Yuanwen Teng
Type-B response regulators (B-RRs) are transcription factors that function in the final step of two-component signaling systems. In model plants, B-RRs have been shown to play important roles in cytokinin signal transduction. However, the functions of B-RRs in pear have not been well studied. In this report, we conducted a genome-wide analysis and identified 11 putative genes encoding B-PpRR proteins based on the published genome sequence of Pyrus bretschneideri. A phylogenetic tree of the B-PpRR family was constructed, and the motif distribution, chromosome localization, and gene structure of B-PpRR family genes were determined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207813/interacting-networks-of-resistance-virulence-and-core-machinery-genes-identified-by-genome-wide-epistasis-analysis
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Marcin J Skwark, Nicholas J Croucher, Santeri Puranen, Claire Chewapreecha, Maiju Pesonen, Ying Ying Xu, Paul Turner, Simon R Harris, Stephen B Beres, James M Musser, Julian Parkhill, Stephen D Bentley, Erik Aurell, Jukka Corander
Recent advances in the scale and diversity of population genomic datasets for bacteria now provide the potential for genome-wide patterns of co-evolution to be studied at the resolution of individual bases. Here we describe a new statistical method, genomeDCA, which uses recent advances in computational structural biology to identify the polymorphic loci under the strongest co-evolutionary pressures. We apply genomeDCA to two large population data sets representing the major human pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) and Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus)...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207789/carbapenem-resistance-and-pathogenicity-of-bovine-acinetobacter-indicus-like-isolates
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Peter Klotz, Stephan Göttig, Ursula Leidner, Torsten Semmler, Sandra Scheufen, Christa Ewers
The objective of this study was to characterize blaOXA-23 harbouring Acinetobacter indicus-like strains from cattle including genomic and phylogenetic analyses, antimicrobial susceptibility testing and evaluation of pathogenicity in vitro and in vivo. Nasal and rectal swabs (n = 45) from cattle in Germany were screened for carbapenem-non-susceptible Acinetobacter spp. Thereby, two carbapenem resistant Acinetobacter spp. from the nasal cavities of two calves could be isolated. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and 16S rDNA sequencing identified these isolates as A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204906/differential-brain-cognitive-and-motor-profiles-associated-with-partial-trisomy-modeling-down-syndrome-in-mice
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Pierre L Roubertoux, Nathalie Baril, Pierre Cau, Christophe Scajola, Adeline Ghata, Catherine Bartoli, Patrice Bourgeois, Julie di Christofaro, Sylvie Tordjman, Michèle Carlier
We hypothesize that the trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) is the additive and interactive outcome of the triple copy of different regions of HSA21. Because of the small number of patients with partial trisomy 21, we addressed the question in the Mouse in which three chromosomal regions located on MMU10, MMU17 and MMU16 carries almost all the HSA21 homologs. Male mice from four segmental trisomic strains covering the D21S17-ETS2 (syntenic to MMU16) were examined with an exhaustive battery of cognitive tests, motor tasks and MRI and compared with TS65Dn that encompasses D21S17-ETS2...
February 15, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204846/regulation-of-end-binding-protein-eb1-in-the-control-of-microtubule-dynamics
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REVIEW
Anne Nehlig, Angie Molina, Sylvie Rodrigues-Ferreira, Stéphane Honoré, Clara Nahmias
The regulation of microtubule dynamics is critical to ensure essential cell functions, such as proper segregation of chromosomes during mitosis or cell polarity and migration. End-binding protein 1 (EB1) is a plus-end-tracking protein (+TIP) that accumulates at growing microtubule ends and plays a pivotal role in the regulation of microtubule dynamics. EB1 autonomously binds an extended tubulin-GTP/GDP-Pi structure at growing microtubule ends and acts as a molecular scaffold that recruits a large number of regulatory +TIPs through interaction with CAP-Gly or SxIP motifs...
February 15, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201993/structure-and-variation-of-crispr-and-crispr-flanking-regions-in-deleted-direct-repeat-region-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-strains
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Paul Jeffrey Freidlin, Israel Nissan, Anna Luria, Drora Goldblatt, Lana Schaffer, Hasia Kaidar-Shwartz, Daniel Chemtob, Zeev Dveyrin, Steven Robert Head, Efrat Rorman
BACKGROUND: CRISPR and CRISPR-flanking genomic regions are important for molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) strains, and potentially for adaptive immunity to phage and plasmid DNA, and endogenous roles in the bacterium. Genotyping in the Israel National Mycobacterium Reference Center Tel-Aviv of over 1500 MTBC strains from 2008-2013 showed three strains with validated negative 43-spacer spoligotypes, that is, with putatively deleted direct repeat regions (deleted-DR/CRISPR regions)...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201991/plasmid-diversity-and-phylogenetic-consistency-in-the-lyme-disease-agent-borrelia-burgdorferi
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Sherwood R Casjens, Eddie B Gilcrease, Marija Vujadinovic, Emmanuel F Mongodin, Benjamin J Luft, Steven E Schutzer, Claire M Fraser, Wei-Gang Qiu
BACKGROUND: Bacteria from the genus Borrelia are known to harbor numerous linear and circular plasmids. We report here a comparative analysis of the nucleotide sequences of 236 plasmids present in fourteen independent isolates of the Lyme disease agent B. burgdorferi. RESULTS: We have sequenced the genomes of 14 B. burgdorferi sensu stricto isolates that carry a total of 236 plasmids. These individual isolates carry between seven and 23 plasmids. Their chromosomes, the cp26 and cp32 circular plasmids, as well as the lp54 linear plasmid, are quite evolutionarily stable; however, the remaining plasmids have undergone numerous non-homologous and often duplicative recombination events...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199849/quantitative-flim-fret-microscopy-to-monitor-nanoscale-chromatin-compaction-in%C3%A2-vivo-reveals-structural-roles-of-condensin-complexes
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David Llères, Aymeric P Bailly, Aurélien Perrin, David G Norman, Dimitris P Xirodimas, Robert Feil
How metazoan genomes are structured at the nanoscale in living cells and tissues remains unknown. Here, we adapted a quantitative FRET (Förster resonance energy transfer)-based fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) approach to assay nanoscale chromatin compaction in living organisms. Caenorhabditis elegans was chosen as a model system. By measuring FRET between histone-tagged fluorescent proteins, we visualized distinct chromosomal regions and quantified the different levels of nanoscale compaction in meiotic cells...
February 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197167/vviaprt3-and-vvifsex-two-genes-involved-in-sex-specification-able-to-distinguish-different-flower-types-in-vitis
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João L Coito, Miguel J N Ramos, Jorge Cunha, Helena G Silva, Sara Amâncio, Maria M R Costa, Margarida Rocheta
Vitis vinifera vinifera is a hermaphrodite subspecies, while its ancestor, Vitis vinifera sylvestris, is dioecious. We have identified two genes that together allow the discrimination between male, female and hermaphrodite Vitis plants. The sex locus region on chromosome 2 was screened resulting in the discovery of a new gene, VviFSEX. The same screening revealed another gene, VviAPRT3, located in the sex region, that be used as a sex marker. Both genes are good candidates to be involved in flower sex differentiation in grapevine...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196871/identification-of-a-transcriptional-activation-domain-in-yeast-repressor-activator-protein-1-rap1-using-an-altered-dna-binding-specificity-variant
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Amanda N Johnson, P Anthony Weil
Repressor Activator Protein 1 (Rap1) performs multiple vital cellular functions in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These include regulation of telomere length, transcriptional repression of both telomere-proximal genes and the silent mating type loci, and transcriptional activation of hundreds of mRNA-encoding genes, including the highly transcribed ribosomal protein- and glycolytic enzyme-encoding genes. Studies of the contributions of Rap1 to telomere length regulation and transcriptional repression have yielded significant mechanistic insights...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196338/telomerase-and-telomere-biology-in-hematological-diseases-a-new-therapeutic-target
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REVIEW
Alessandro Allegra, Vanessa Innao, Giuseppa Penna, Demetrio Gerace, Andrea G Allegra, Caterina Musolino
Telomeres are structures confined at the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. With each cell division, telomeric repeats are lost because DNA polymerases are incapable to fully duplicate the very ends of linear chromosomes. Loss of repeats causes cell senescence, and apoptosis. Telomerase neutralizes loss of telomeric sequences by adding telomere repeats at the 3' telomeric overhang. Telomere biology is frequently associated with human cancer and dysfunctional telomeres have been proved to participate to genetic instability...
February 7, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194966/what-makes-telomeres-unique
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Adam Kazimierz Sieradzan, Pawel Krupa, David J Wales
Telomeres are repetitive nucleotide sequences, which are essential for protecting the termini of chromosomes. Thousands of such repetitions are necessary to maintain the stability of the whole chromosome. Several similar repeated telomeric sequences have been found in different species, but why has nature chosen them? What features do telomeres have in common? In this article we study the physical properties of human-like (TTAGGG), plant (TTTAGG), insect (TTAGG) and candida guilermondi (GGTGTAC) telomeres in comparison with seven, control, non-telomeric sequences...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194091/establishment-and-characterization-of-a-novel-highly-aggressive-gallbladder-cancer-cell-line-tj-gbc2
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Zhong-Yan Liu, Guo-Li Xu, Hui-Hong Tao, Yao-Qin Yang, Yue-Zu Fan
BACKGROUND: Human gallbladder cancer (GBC) is an aggressive malignant neoplasm with a poor prognosis. The development of ideal tools for example tumor cell lines for investigating biological behavior, metastatic mechanism and potential treatment in GBCs is essential. In present study, we established and characterized a GBC cell line derived from primary tumor. METHODS: Primary culture method was used to establish this cell line from a primary GBC. Light and electron microscopes, flow cytometry, chromosome analysis, heterotransplantation and immunohistochemistry were used to characterize the epidemic tumor characteristics and phenotypes of this cell line...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193732/error-prone-meiotic-division-and-subfertility-in-mice-with-oocyte-conditional-knockdown-of-pericentrin
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Claudia Baumann, Xiaotian Wang, Luhan Yang, Maria M Viveiros
Mouse oocytes lack canonical centrosomes and instead contain unique acentriolar microtubule-organizing centers (aMTOCs). To test the function of these distinct aMTOCs in meiotic spindle formation -Pericentrin (Pcnt), an essential centrosome/MTOC protein, was knocked down exclusively in oocytes using transgenic RNAi. Here we provide evidence that disruption of aMTOC function in oocytes promotes spindle instability and severe meiotic errors that lead to pronounced female subfertility. Pcnt-depleted oocytes from transgenic (Tg) mice are ovulated at metaphase-II, but show significant chromosome misalignment, aneuploidy and premature sister chromatid separation...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193629/evolution-of-gene-expression-balance-among-homoeologs-of-natural-polyploids
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Jasdeep S Mutti, Ramanjot K Bhullar, Kulvinder S Gill
Polyploidy is a major evolutionary process in eukaryotes, yet the expression balance of homoeologs in natural polyploids is largely unknown. To study this expression balance, expression pattern of 2180 structurally well-characterized genes of wheat was studied of which 813 had the expected three copies and 375 had less than three. Copy number of the remaining 992 ranged from 4-14 including homoeologs, orthologs and paralogs. Of the genes with three structural copies corresponding to homoeologs, 55% expressed from all three, 38% from two, and the remaining 7% expressed from only one of the three copies...
February 13, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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