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mitochondrial dna selection

Ji Hye Park, Sang Eon Shin, Kwang Soo Ko, Seong Hwan Park
Estimation of postmortem interval (PMI) is paramount in modern forensic investigation. After the disappearance of the early postmortem phenomena conventionally used to estimate PMI, entomologic evidence provides important indicators for PMI estimation. The age of the oldest fly larvae or pupae can be estimated to pinpoint the time of oviposition, which is considered the minimum PMI (PMImin ). The development rate of insects is usually temperature dependent and species specific. Therefore, species identification is mandatory for PMImin estimation using entomological evidence...
2018: BioMed Research International
Efthalia Angelopoulou, Christina Piperi, Athanasios G Papavassiliou
Parkinson's disease (PD) presents the second most common neurodegenerative disorder with largely unknown pathogenesis and inefficient therapeutic management. Accumulating data indicate that neuroinflammation, autophagy impairment, α-synuclein aggregation and mitochondrial dysfunction may contribute to PD onset; however the molecular mechanisms underlying these pathophysiological processes are still under elucidation. Interestingly, recent evidence has indicated that High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), a DNA-binding protein that can be actively secreted by inflammatory cells and passively released by necrotic cells may play a key role in PD pathogenesis...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Phillip A Morin, Andrew D Foote, C Scott Baker, Brittany L Hancock-Hanser, Kristin Kaschner, Bruce R Mate, Sarah L Mesnick, Victoria L Pease, Patricia E Rosel, Alana Alexander
Mitochondrial DNA has been heavily utilized in phylogeography studies for several decades. However, underlying patterns of demography and phylogeography may be misrepresented due to coalescence stochasticity, selection, variation in mutation rates, and cultural hitchhiking (linkage of genetic variation to culturally transmitted traits affecting fitness). Cultural hitchhiking has been suggested as an explanation for low genetic diversity in species with strong social structures, counteracting even high mobility, abundance and limited barriers to dispersal...
April 19, 2018: Molecular Ecology
Saskia Wutke, Edson Sandoval-Castellanos, Norbert Benecke, Hans-Jürgen Döhle, Susanne Friederich, Javier Gonzalez, Michael Hofreiter, Lembi Lõugas, Ola Magnell, Anna-Sapfo Malaspinas, Arturo Morales-Muñiz, Ludovic Orlando, Monika Reissmann, Alexandra Trinks, Arne Ludwig
Present-day domestic horses are immensely diverse in their maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA, yet they show very little variation on their paternally inherited Y chromosome. Although it has recently been shown that Y chromosomal diversity in domestic horses was higher at least until the Iron Age, when and why this diversity disappeared remain controversial questions. We genotyped 16 recently discovered Y chromosomal single-nucleotide polymorphisms in 96 ancient Eurasian stallions spanning the early domestication stages (Copper and Bronze Age) to the Middle Ages...
April 2018: Science Advances
Yuman Gan, Yuping Lin, Yufeng Guo, Xianni Qi, Qinhong Wang
TALENs-assisted multiplex editing (TAME) toolbox was previously established and used to successfully enhance ethanol-stress tolerance of S. cerevisiae laboratory strain. Here, the TAME toolbox was harnessed to improve and elucidate stress tolerances of S. cerevisiae industrial strain. One osmotolerant strain and one thermotolerant strain were selected from the mutant library generated by TAME at corresponding stress conditions, and exhibited 1.2- to 1.3-fold increases of fermentation capacities, respectively...
April 17, 2018: FEMS Yeast Research
Pieter C Vogelaar, Maurits Roorda, Edwin L de Vrij, Martin C Houwertjes, Maaike Goris, Hjalmar Bouma, Adrianus C van der Graaf, Guido Krenning, Robert H Henning
Background: Mitochondrial dysfunction plays an important role in kidney damage in various pathologies, including acute and chronic kidney injury and diabetic nephropathy. In addition to the well-studied ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury, hypothermia/rewarming (H/R) also inflicts acute kidney injury. Substituted 6-hydroxychromanols are a novel class of mitochondrial medicines that ameliorate mitochondrial oxidative stress and protect the mitochondrial network. To identify a novel 6-hydroxychromanol that protects mitochondrial structure and function in the kidney during H/R, we screened multiple compounds in vitro and subsequently assessed the efficacy of the 6-hydroxychromanol derivatives SUL-109 and SUL-121 in vivo to protect against kidney injury after H/R in rats...
April 11, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Satoko Mori, Masatoshi Matsunami
Acceleration of the amino acid substitution rate is a good indicator of positive selection in adaptive evolutionary changes of functional genes. Genomic information about mammals has become readily available in recent years, as many researchers have attempted to clarify the adaptive evolution of mammals by examining evolutionary rate change based on multiple loci. The order Cetartiodactyla (Artiodactyla and Cetacea) is one of the most diverse orders of mammals. Species in this order are found throughout all continents and seas, except Antarctica, and they exhibit wide variation in morphology and habitat...
April 10, 2018: Genes & Genetic Systems
Hurng-Wern Huang, Jen-Yang Tang, Fu Ou-Yang, Hui-Ru Wang, Pei-Ying Guan, Chiung-Yao Huang, Chung-Yi Chen, Ming-Feng Hou, Jyh-Horng Sheu, Hsueh-Wei Chang
The natural compound sinularin, isolated from marine soft corals, is antiproliferative against several cancers, but its possible selective killing effect has rarely been investigated. This study investigates the selective killing potential and mechanisms of sinularin-treated breast cancer cells. In 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H- tetrazolium, inner salt (MTS) assay, sinularin dose-responsively decreased the cell viability of two breast cancer (SKBR3 and MDA-MB-231) cells, but showed less effect on breast normal (M10) cells after a 24 h treatment...
April 8, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Maria do D Rodrigues, Priscila B G S Santiago, Karla M R Marques, Valéria R A Pereira, Maria C A B de Castro, Jeanne C L L Cantalice, Teresinha G da Silva, Mônica L Adam, Silene C do Nascimento, Julianna F C de Albuquerque, Gardenia C G Militao
BACKGROUND: Thiazolidine-2,4-dione ring system is used as a pharmacophore to build various heterocyclic compounds aimed to interact with biological targets. In the present study, benzylidene-2,4-thiazolidinedione derivatives (compounds 2-5) were synthesized and screened against cancer cell lines and the genotoxicity and cytotoxicity of the most active compound (5) was investigated on normal and lung cancer cell line. METHODS: For in vitro cytotoxic screening, the MTT assay was used for HL60 and K562 (leukemia), MCF-7 (breast adenocarcinoma), HT29 (colon adenocarcinoma), HEp-2 (cervix carcinoma) and NCI-H292 (lung carcinoma) tumor cell lines and Alamar-blue assay was used for non-tumor cells (PBMC, human peripheral blood mononuclear cells) were used...
November 22, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Christina Strobl, Mayra Eduardoff, Magdalena M Bus, Marie Allen, Walther Parson
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) amplification and Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS) using an early access version of the Precision ID Whole MtDNA Genome Panel (Thermo Fisher Scientific) and the Ion Personal Genome Machine (PGM) were evaluated using 15 forensically relevant samples. Samples were selected to represent typical forensic specimens for mtDNA analysis including hairs, hair shafts, swabs and ancient solid tissue samples (bones and teeth) that were stored in the freezer for up to several years after having been typed with conventional Sanger-type Sequencing and Capillary Electrophoresis...
March 29, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Pushparaj Karthika, Chithravel Vadivalagan, Durairaj Thirumurugan, Rangaswamy Ravi Kumar, Kadarkarai Murugan, Angelo Canale, Giovanni Benelli
Culex mosquitoes can act as vectors of several important diseases, including Japanese encephalitis, West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis and equine encephalitis. Besides the neurological sequel caused in humans, Japanese encephalitis can lead to abortion in sows and encephalitis in horses. Effective vector control and early diagnosis, along with continuous serosurveillance in animals are crucial to fight this arboviral disease. However, the success of vector control operations is linked with the fast and reliable identification of targeted species and knowledge about their biology and ecology...
April 3, 2018: Acta Tropica
María I Martínez-Jiménez, Patricia A Calvo, Sara García-Gómez, Susana Guerra-González, Luis Blanco
Human PrimPol is a monomeric enzyme whose DNA primase activity is required to rescue stalled replication forks during nuclear and mitochondrial DNA replication. PrimPol contains an Archeal-Eukaryotic Primases (AEP) core followed by a C-terminal Zn finger-containing domain (ZnFD), that is exclusively required for primer formation and for PrimPol function in vivo. The present study describes the sequential substrate interactions of human PrimPol during primer synthesis, and the relevance of the ZnFD at each individual step...
March 28, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Takeshi Yoshizumi, Kazusato Oikawa, Jo-Ann Chuah, Yutaka Kodama, Keiji Numata
Selective gene delivery into organellar genomes (mitochondrial and plastid genomes) has been limited because of a lack of appropriate platform technology, even though these organelles are essential for metabolite and energy production. Techniques for selective organellar modification are needed to functionally improve organelles and produce transplastomic/transmitochondrial plants. However, no method for mitochondrial genome modification has yet been established for multicellular organisms, including plants...
March 30, 2018: Biomacromolecules
C T Jones, N Youssef, E Susko, J P Bielawski
When a substitution model is fitted to an alignment using maximum likelihood, its parameters are adjusted to account for as much site-pattern variation as possible. A parameter might therefore absorb a substantial quantity of the total variance in an alignment (or more formally, bring about a substantial reduction in the deviance of the fitted model) even if the process it represents played no role in the generation of the data. When this occurs, we say that the parameter estimate carries phenomenological load (PL)...
March 27, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Ana Santos-Llamas, Maria J Monte, Jose J G Marin, Maria J Perez
The nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor zidovudine (AZT), used in HIV infection treatment, induces mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) depletion. A cause-effect relationship between mtDNA status alterations and autophagy has been reported. Both events are common in several liver diseases, including hepatocellular carcinoma. Here, we have studied autophagy activation in rat liver with mtDNA depletion induced by AZT administration in drinking water for 35 days. AZT at a concentration of 1 mg/ml, but not 0.5 mg/ml in the drinking water, decreased mtDNA levels in rat liver and extrahepatic tissues...
March 28, 2018: Archives of Toxicology
Iman S Al-Gadi, Richard H Haas, Marni J Falk, Amy Goldstein, Shana E McCormack
Context: Endocrine disorders are common in individuals with mitochondrial disease. To develop evidence-based screening practices in this high-risk population, updated age-stratified estimates of the prevalence of endocrine conditions are needed. Objective: To measure the point prevalence of selected endocrine disorders in individuals with mitochondrial disease. Design Setting and Patients: The North American Mitochondrial Disease Consortium Patient Registry is a large, prospective, physician-curated cohort study of individuals with mitochondrial disease...
April 1, 2018: Journal of the Endocrine Society
Tianhong Su, Doug M Turnbull, Laura C Greaves
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations accumulate in somatic stem cells during ageing and cause mitochondrial dysfunction. In this review, we summarize the studies that link mtDNA mutations to stem cell ageing. We discuss the age-related behaviours of the somatic mtDNA mutations in stem cell populations and how they potentially contribute to stem cell ageing by altering mitochondrial properties in humans and in mtDNA-mutator mice. We also draw attention to the diverse fates of the mtDNA mutations with different origins during ageing, with potential selective pressures on the germline inherited but not the somatic mtDNA mutations...
March 27, 2018: Genes
Yao-Lung Chang, An-Shine Chao, Hsiu-Huei Peng, Shuenn-Dyh Chang, Sheng-Yuan Su, Kuan-Ju Chen, Tzu-Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: Placental mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been proposed to be an indicator for placental hypoxia. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of vascular anastomoses between monochorionic (MC) twins on placental mtDNA. METHODS: In this study, twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) treated with laser therapy and MC twins without TTTS (without laser therapy) resulting in two live babies were included in this study. The placental mtDNA fold changes (FC) between the small and large twins were analyzed using real-time quantitative PCR...
March 24, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Xin Li, Xu Guo, Deyang Li, Xiaohong Du, Chun Yin, Cheng Chen, Wan Fang, Zhenyuan Bian, Jing Zhang, Bingshan Li, Hushan Yang, Jinliang Xing
Recent studies have revealed significant intratumor heterogeneity (ITH) of nuclear genome mutations and highlighted its function in tumor progression and treatment resistance. However, the ITH of somatic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations detected in cancers remains unknown. In this study, we performed multi-regional mtDNA sequencing of tumor and paratumor tissue samples from 12 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and 13 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. A substantial level of mtDNA mutations was found in paired non-HCC inflammatory tissues, suggesting that these tissues might not be mtDNA-genetically "normal"...
March 23, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Gitte Hedermann, Julia R Dahlqvist, Nicoline Løkken, Christoffer R Vissing, Kirsten Lykke Knak, Linda Kahr Andersen, Carsten Thomsen, John Vissing
Muscle dysfunction in mitochondrial myopathy is predominantly caused by insufficient generation of energy. We hypothesise that structural changes in muscles could also contribute to their pathophysiology. The aims of this study were to determine fat fractions and strength in selected muscles in patients with chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEO), and compare progression of muscle fat fraction with age in individuals with CPEO vs. healthy controls and patients with the m.3243A>G mutation of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)...
February 21, 2018: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
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