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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630351/evolutionary-radiation-of-lanthipeptides-in-marine-cyanobacteria
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Andres Cubillos-Ruiz, Jessie W Berta-Thompson, Jamie W Becker, Wilfred A van der Donk, Sallie W Chisholm
Lanthipeptides are ribosomally derived peptide secondary metabolites that undergo extensive posttranslational modification. Prochlorosins are a group of lanthipeptides produced by certain strains of the ubiquitous marine picocyanobacteria Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus Unlike other lanthipeptide-producing bacteria, picocyanobacteria use an unprecedented mechanism of substrate promiscuity for the production of numerous and diverse lanthipeptides using a single lanthionine synthetase. Through a cross-scale analysis of prochlorosin biosynthesis genes-from genomes to oceanic populations-we show that marine picocyanobacteria have the collective capacity to encode thousands of different cyclic peptides, few of which would display similar ring topologies...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623921/genome-wide-analysis-of-codon-usage-bias-in-bovine-coronavirus
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Matías Castells, Matías Victoria, Rodney Colina, Héctor Musto, Juan Cristina
BACKGROUND: Bovine coronavirus (BCoV) belong to the genus Betacoronavirus of the family Coronaviridae. BCoV are widespread around the world and cause enteric or respiratory infections among cattle, leading to important economic losses to the beef and dairy industry worldwide. To study the relation of codon usage among viruses and their hosts is essential to understand host-pathogen interaction, evasion from host's immune system and evolution. METHODS: We performed a comprehensive analysis of codon usage and composition of BCoV...
June 17, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611399/homozygous-truncating-mutation-in-nrap-gene-identified-by-whole-exome-sequencing-in-a-patient-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Grażyna T Truszkowska, Zofia T Bilińska, Angelika Muchowicz, Agnieszka Pollak, Anna Biernacka, Katarzyna Kozar-Kamińska, Piotr Stawiński, Piotr Gasperowicz, Joanna Kosińska, Tomasz Zieliński, Rafał Płoski
The genetic background of dilated cardiomyopathy is highly heterogeneous, with close to 100 known genes and a number of candidates described to date. Nebulin-related-anchoring protein (NRAP) is an actin-binding cytoskeletal protein expressed predominantly in striated and cardiac muscles, and is involved in myofibrillar assembly in the foetal heart and in force transmission in the adult heart. The homozygous NRAP truncating variant (rs201084642), which is predicted to introduce premature stop codon into all NRAP isoforms, was revealed in the dilated cardiomyopathy patient using whole exome sequencing...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608966/next-generation-sequencing-and-clinical-outcomes-of-patients-with-lung-adenocarcinoma-treated-with-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy
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Richard J Cassidy, Xinyan Zhang, Pretesh R Patel, Joseph W Shelton, Chase E Escott, Gabriel L Sica, Michael R Rossi, Charles E Hill, Conor E Steuer, Rathi N Pillai, Suresh S Ramalingam, Taofeek K Owonikoko, Madhusmita Behera, Seth D Force, Felix G Fernandez, Walter J Curran, Kristin A Higgins
BACKGROUND: Genetic aberrations are well characterized in lung adenocarcinomas (LACs) and clinical outcomes have been influenced by targeted therapies in the advanced setting. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is the standard-of-care therapy for patients with nonoperable, early-stage LAC, but to the authors' knowledge, no information is available regarding the impact of genomic changes in these patients. The current study sought to determine the frequency and clinical impact of genetic aberrations in this population...
June 13, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607159/mechanisms-of-pyocyanin-toxicity-and-genetic-determinants-of-resistance-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Michael J Noto, William J Burns, William N Beavers, Eric P Skaar
Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus are commonly isolated from polymicrobial infections, such as wound infections and chronic respiratory infections of persons with cystic fibrosis. Despite their co-isolation, P. aeruginosa produces substances toxic to S. aureus, including pyocyanin, a blue pigmented molecule that functions in P. aeruginosa virulence. Pyocyanin inhibits S. aureus respiration, forcing it to derive energy from fermentation and adopt a small colony variant (SCV) phenotype. The mechanisms by which S...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595038/bio-electric-field-enhancement-the-influence-on-hyaluronan-mediated-motility-receptors-in-human-breast-carcinoma
#6
Marcy C Purnell
Mechanisms that regulate cancer cell metastasis are often intricately linked to mechanisms that control cell migration in wound repair. Hyaluronan Mediated Motility Receptor (HMMR) encodes a receptor for hyaluronan-mediated motility (RHAMM), a non-integral cell surface hyaluronan receptor and intracellular protein that promotes mitotic spindle formation and cell motility. RHAMM has been found to have increased expression in both cancers and wounds, and when cancers show increased RHAMM expression poor outcomes have occurred...
April 2017: Discovery Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592659/mitochondrial-dna-3243a-g-heteroplasmy-is-associated-with-changes-in-cytoskeletal-protein-expression-and-cell-mechanics
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Judith Kandel, Martin Picard, Douglas C Wallace, David M Eckmann
Mitochondrial and mechanical alterations in cells have both been shown to be hallmarks of human disease. However, little research has endeavoured to establish connections between these two essential features of cells in both functional and dysfunctional situations. In this work, we hypothesized that a specific genetic alteration in mitochondrial function known to cause human disease would trigger changes in cell mechanics. Using a previously characterized set of mitochondrial cybrid cell lines, we examined the relationship between heteroplasmy for the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) 3243A>G mutation, the cell cytoskeleton, and resulting cellular mechanical properties...
June 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575451/intra-and-inter-specific-variations-of-gene-expression-levels-in-yeast-are-largely-neutral
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Jian-Rong Yang, Calum J Maclean, Chungoo Park, Huabin Zhao, Jianzhi Zhang
It is commonly, although not universally, accepted that most intra- and inter-specific genome sequence variations are more or less neutral, whereas a large fraction of organism-level phenotypic variations are adaptive. Gene expression levels are molecular phenotypes that bridge the gap between genotypes and corresponding organism-level phenotypes. Yet, it is unknown whether natural variations in gene expression levels are mostly neutral or adaptive. Here we address this fundamental question by genome-wide profiling and comparison of gene expression levels in nine yeast strains belonging to three closely related Saccharomyces species and originating from five different ecological environments...
May 29, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575130/long-term-consequences-of-developmental-vascular-defects-on-retinal-vessel-homeostasis-and-function-in-a-mouse-model-of-norrie-disease
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Susanne C Beck, Yuxi Feng, Vithiyanjali Sothilingam, Marina Garcia Garrido, Naoyuki Tanimoto, Niyazi Acar, Shenliang Shan, Britta Seebauer, Wolfgang Berger, Hans-Peter Hammes, Mathias W Seeliger
Loss of Norrin signalling due to mutations in the Norrie disease pseudoglioma gene causes severe vascular defects in the retina, leading to visual impairment and ultimately blindness. While the emphasis of experimental work so far was on the developmental period, we focus here on disease mechanisms that induce progression into severe adult disease. The goal of this study was the comprehensive analysis of the long-term effects of the absence of Norrin on vascular homeostasis and retinal function. In a mouse model of Norrie disease retinal vascular morphology and integrity were studied by means of in vivo angiography; the vascular constituents were assessed in detailed histological analyses using quantitative retinal morphometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572585/gene-body-cg-methylation-and-divergent-expression-of-duplicate-genes-in-rice
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Xutong Wang, Zhibin Zhang, Tiansi Fu, Lanjuan Hu, Chunming Xu, Lei Gong, Jonathan F Wendel, Bao Liu
Gene and genome duplication fosters genetic novelty, but redundant gene copies would undergo mutational decay unless preserved via selective or neutral forces. Molecular mechanisms mediating duplicate preservation remain incompletely understood. Several recent studies showed an association between DNA methylation and expression divergence of duplicated genes and suggested a role of epigenetic mechanism in duplicate retention. Here, we compare genome-wide gene-body CG methylation (BCGM) and duplicate gene expression between a rice mutant null for OsMet1-2(a major CG methytransferase in rice) and its isogenic wild-type...
June 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569789/knockdown-of-mir-128a-induces-lin28a-expression-and-reverts-myeloid-differentiation-blockage-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Luciana De Luca, Stefania Trino, Ilaria Laurenzana, Daniela Tagliaferri, Geppino Falco, Vitina Grieco, Gabriella Bianchino, Filomena Nozza, Valentina Campia, Francesca D'Alessio, Francesco La Rocca, Antonella Caivano, Oreste Villani, Daniela Cilloni, Pellegrino Musto, Luigi Del Vecchio
Lin28A is a highly conserved RNA-binding protein that concurs to control the balance between stemness and differentiation in several tissue lineages. Here, we report the role of miR-128a/Lin28A axis in blocking cell differentiation in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a genetically heterogeneous disease characterized by abnormally controlled proliferation of myeloid progenitor cells accompanied by partial or total inability to undergo terminal differentiation. First, we found Lin28A underexpressed in blast cells from AML patients and AML cell lines as compared with CD34+ normal precursors...
June 1, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558837/long-term-clinical-outcomes-following-treatment-with-alpha-1-proteinase-inhibitor-for-copd-associated-with-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency-a-look-at-the-evidence
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Franck F Rahaghi, Marc Miravitlles
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is a common hereditary disorder caused by mutations in the SERPINA1 gene, which encodes alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT; also known as alpha 1-proteinase inhibitor, A1-PI). An important function of A1-PI in the lung is to inhibit neutrophil elastase, one of various proteolytic enzymes released by activated neutrophils during inflammation. Absence or deficiency of A1-PI leads to an imbalance between elastase and anti-elastase activity, which results in progressive, irreversible destruction of lung tissue, and ultimately the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with early-onset emphysema...
May 30, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550013/an-essential-regulatory-system-originating-from-polygenic-transcriptional-rewiring-of-phop-phoq-of-xanthomonas-campestris
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Bao-Yu Peng, Yue Pan, Ru-Jiao Li, Jin-Wei Wei, Fang Liang, Li Wang, Fang-Fang Wang, Wei Qian
How essential, regulatory genes originate and evolve is intriguing because mutations of these genes not only lead to lethality in organisms, but also have pleiotropic effects since they control the expression of multiple downstream genes. Therefore, the evolution of essential, regulatory genes is not only determined by genetic variations of their own sequences, but also by the biological function of downstream genes and molecular mechanisms of regulation. To understand the origin of essential, regulatory genes, experimental dissection of the complete regulatory cascade is needed...
May 26, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533980/mitochondrial-complex-i-deficiency-leads-to-the-retardation-of-early-embryonic-development-in-ndufs4-knockout-mice
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Mei Wang, Ya-Ping Huang, Han Wu, Ke Song, Cong Wan, A-Ni Chi, Ya-Mei Xiao, Xiao-Yang Zhao
BACKGROUND: The NDUFS4 gene encodes an 18-kD subunit of mitochondria complex I, and mutations in this gene lead to the development of a severe neurodegenerative disease called Leigh syndrome (LS) in humans. To investigate the disease phenotypes and molecular mechanisms of Leigh syndrome, the Ndufs4 knockout (KO) mouse has been widely used as a novel animal model. Because the homozygotes cannot survive beyond child-bearing age, whether Ndufs4 and mitochondrial complex I influence early embryonic development remains unknown...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532215/matrix-mechanosensing-from-scaling-concepts-in-omics-data-to-mechanisms-in-the-nucleus-regeneration-and-cancer
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Dennis E Discher, Lucas Smith, Sangkyun Cho, Mark Colasurdo, Andrés J García, Sam Safran
Many of the most important molecules of life are polymers. In animals, the most abundant of the proteinaceous polymers are the collagens, which constitute the fibrous matrix outside cells and which can also self-assemble into gels. The physically measurable stiffness of gels, as well as tissues, increases with the amount of collagen, and cells seem to sense this stiffness. An understanding of this mechanosensing process in complex tissues, including fibrotic disease states with high collagen, is now utilizing 'omics data sets and is revealing polymer physics-type, nonlinear scaling relationships between concentrations of seemingly unrelated biopolymers...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531201/evolutionary-forces-affecting-synonymous-variations-in-plant-genomes
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Yves Clément, Gautier Sarah, Yan Holtz, Felix Homa, Stéphanie Pointet, Sandy Contreras, Benoit Nabholz, François Sabot, Laure Sauné, Morgane Ardisson, Roberto Bacilieri, Guillaume Besnard, Angélique Berger, Céline Cardi, Fabien De Bellis, Olivier Fouet, Cyril Jourda, Bouchaib Khadari, Claire Lanaud, Thierry Leroy, David Pot, Christopher Sauvage, Nora Scarcelli, James Tregear, Yves Vigouroux, Nabila Yahiaoui, Manuel Ruiz, Sylvain Santoni, Jean-Pierre Labouisse, Jean-Louis Pham, Jacques David, Sylvain Glémin
Base composition is highly variable among and within plant genomes, especially at third codon positions, ranging from GC-poor and homogeneous species to GC-rich and highly heterogeneous ones (particularly Monocots). Consequently, synonymous codon usage is biased in most species, even when base composition is relatively homogeneous. The causes of these variations are still under debate, with three main forces being possibly involved: mutational bias, selection and GC-biased gene conversion (gBGC). So far, both selection and gBGC have been detected in some species but how their relative strength varies among and within species remains unclear...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523154/survival-rate-and-prognostic-factors-of-surgically-resected-clinically-synchronous-multiple-primary-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-further-differentiation-from-intrapulmonary-metastasis
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Fei Xiao, Deruo Liu, Yongqing Guo, Bin Shi, Zhiyi Song, Yanchu Tian, Zhenrong Zhang, Chaoyang Liang
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis, staging, and therapeutic strategy for synchronous multiple primary non-small cell lung cancer (SMP-NSCLC) remain unclear. Distinguishing SMP-NSCLC from intrapulmonary metastasis is difficult but of great importance for selecting the surgical procedure and prognoses. METHODS: Fifty-two patients diagnosed with SMP-NSCLC according to the modified Martini-Melamed criteria in the thoracic surgery department of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital from November 2004 to December 2015 were enrolled in this retrospective study...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515470/a-novel-missense-mutation-in-the-hect-domain-of-nedd4l-identified-in-a-girl-with-periventricular-nodular-heterotopia-polymicrogyria-and-cleft-palate
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Koji Kato, Fuyuki Miya, Ikumi Hori, Daisuke Ieda, Kei Ohashi, Yutaka Negishi, Ayako Hattori, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Kato, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Mami Yamasaki, Yonehiro Kanemura, Kenjiro Kosaki, Shinji Saitoh
We identified a novel de novo heterozygous missense mutation in the NEDD4L gene (NM_015277: c.2617G>A; p.Glu873Lys) through whole-exome sequencing in a 3-year-old girl showing severe global developmental delay, infantile spasms, cleft palate, periventricular nodular heterotopia and polymicrogyria. Mutations in the HECT domain of NEDD4L have been reported in patients with a neurodevelopmental disorder along with similar brain malformations. All patients reported with NEDD4L HECT domain mutations showed periventricular nodular heterotopia, and most had seizures, cortex anomalies, cleft palate and syndactyly...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512090/the-vibrio-cholerae-vexgh-rnd-efflux-system-maintains-cellular-homeostasis-by-effluxing-vibriobactin
#19
Dillon E Kunkle, X Renee Bina, James E Bina
Resistance-nodulation-division (RND) superfamily efflux systems have been widely studied for their role in antibiotic resistance, but their native biological functions remain poorly understood. We previously showed that loss of RND-mediated efflux in Vibrio cholerae resulted in activation of the Cpx two-component regulatory system, which mediates adaptation to stress resulting from misfolded membrane proteins. Here, we investigated the mechanism linking RND-mediated efflux to the Cpx response. We performed transposon mutagenesis screening of RND-deficient V...
May 16, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510097/ago-austria-recommendation-on-screening-and-diagnosis-of-lynch-syndrome-ls
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Alain G Zeimet, Harald Mori, Edgar Petru, Stephan Polterauer, Alexander Reinthaller, Christian Schauer, Tonja Scholl-Firon, Christian Singer, Katharina Wimmer, Johannes Zschocke, Christian Marth
PURPOSE: This manuscript reports the consensus recommendations on screening and diagnosis of Lynch syndrome (LS) in patients with endometrial or ovarian cancer as well as on possible preventive measures in effectively LS-diagnosed women. The recommendations are issued by the Austrian Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Gynäkologische Onkologie (AGO) of the Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe (OEGGG) after consultation of the most recent and relevant literature and following deliberation by the Genetic Task-Force convoked May, 2015 by the AGO Council...
May 16, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
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