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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432831/oncopeltus-fasciatus-as-an-evo-devo-research-organism
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REVIEW
Ariel D Chipman
The large milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus was one of the main study insects for a range of biological questions throughout much of the 20(th) century. Its importance waned with the introduction of Drosophila melanogaster as a genetic model organism. The evo-devo revolution of the turn of the century re-introduced Oncopeltus into the scientific community, and it has proved increasingly useful, mostly within a comparative context for evolution driven research. The last few years have seen a number of significant contributions to our understanding of the evolution of developmental processes in insects, and in arthropods in general, arise from work on Oncopeltus...
April 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432220/mir-155-promotes-flt3-itd-induced-myeloproliferative-disease-through-inhibition-of-the-interferon-response
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Jared A Wallace, Dominique A Kagele, Anna M Eiring, Carissa N Kim, Ruozhen Hu, Marah C Runtsch, Margaret Alexander, Thomas B Huffaker, Soh-Hyun Lee, Ami B Patel, Timothy L Mosbruger, Warren Voth, Dinesh S Rao, Rodney R Miles, June L Round, Michael W Deininger, Ryan M O'Connell
FLT3-ITD(+) AML accounts for approximately 25% of all AML cases, and is a subtype that carries a poor prognosis. miR-155 is specifically overexpressed in FLT3-ITD(+) AML compared to FLT3-WT AML, and is critical for the growth of FLT3-ITD(+) AML cells in vitro. However, miR-155's role in regulating FLT3-ITD-mediated disease in vivo remains unclear. In this study, we utilized a genetic mouse model to determine whether miR-155 influences the development of FLT3-ITD-induced myeloproliferative disease. Results indicate that miR-155 promotes FLT3-ITD-induced myeloid expansion in the bone marrow, spleen, and peripheral blood...
April 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431575/heterogeneous-ribonuclear-protein-a3-hnrnp-a3-is-present-in-dipeptide-repeat-protein-containing-inclusions-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-and-motor-neurone-disease-associated-with-expansions-in-c9orf72-gene
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Yvonne S Davidson, Louis Flood, Andrew C Robinson, Yoshihiro Nihei, Kohji Mori, Sara Rollinson, Anna Richardson, Bridget C Benson, Matthew Jones, Julie S Snowden, Stuart Pickering-Brown, Christian Haass, Tammaryn Lashley, David M A Mann
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) encompasses certain related neurodegenerative disorders which alter behaviour, personality and language. Heterogeneous ribonuclear proteins (hnRNPs) maintain RNA metabolism and changes in their function may underpin the pathogenesis of FTLD. Immunostaining for hnRNP A1, A2/B1 and A3 was performed on sections of temporal cortex with hippocampus from 61 patients with FTLD, stratified by pathological hallmarks into FTLD-tau and FTLD-TDP type A, B and C subtypes, and by genetics into patients with C9orf72 expansions, MAPT or GRN mutations, or those without known mutation...
April 21, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430856/a-comprehensive-analysis-of-rare-genetic-variation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-the-uk
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Sarah Morgan, Aleksey Shatunov, William Sproviero, Ashley R Jones, Maryam Shoai, Deborah Hughes, Ahmad Al Khleifat, Andrea Malaspina, Karen E Morrison, Pamela J Shaw, Christopher E Shaw, Katie Sidle, Richard W Orrell, Pietro Fratta, John Hardy, Alan Pittman, Ammar Al-Chalabi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of motor neurons. About 25 genes have been verified as relevant to the disease process, with rare and common variation implicated. We used next generation sequencing and repeat sizing to comprehensively assay genetic variation in a panel of known amyotrophic lateral sclerosis genes in 1126 patient samples and 613 controls. About 10% of patients were predicted to carry a pathological expansion of the C9orf72 gene. We found an increased burden of rare variants in patients within the untranslated regions of known disease-causing genes, driven by SOD1, TARDBP, FUS, VCP, OPTN and UBQLN2...
April 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429829/molecular-adaptation-in-the-world-s-deepest-living-animal-insights-from-transcriptome-sequencing-of-the-hadal-amphipod-hirondellea-gigas
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Yi Lan, Jin Sun, Renmao Tian, Douglas H Bartlett, Runsheng Li, Yue Him Wong, Weipeng Zhang, Jian-Wen Qiu, Ting Xu, Li-Sheng He, Harry G Tabata, Pei-Yuan Qian
The Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is the deepest point in the oceans of our planet. Understanding how animals adapt to this harsh environment characterized by high hydrostatic pressure, food-limited, dark, and cold is of great scientific interest. Of the animals dwelling in the Challenger Deep, amphipods have been captured using baited traps. In the present study, we sequenced the transcriptome of the amphipod Hirondellea gigas collected at a depth of 10,929 m from the East Pond of the Challenger Deep...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429738/fatty-acid-synthase-cooperates-with-protrudin-to-facilitate-membrane-outgrowth-of-cellular-protrusions
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Chuanling Zhang, Jiaqi Lu, Huizhong Su, Jing Yang, Demin Zhou
Cellular protrusion formation capacity is a key feature of developing neurons and many eukaryotic cells. However, the mechanisms underlying membrane growth in protrusion formation are largely unclear. In this study, photo-reactive unnatural amino acid 3-(3-methyl-3H-diazirin-3-yl)-propamino-carbonyl-Nε-l-lysine was incorporated by a genetic code expansion strategy into protrudin, a protein localized in acidic endosomes and in the endoplasmic reticulum, that induces cellular protrusion and neurite formation...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428858/genetic-diversity-and-spatial-structure-of-the-rufous-throated-antbird-gymnopithys-rufigula-an-amazonian-obligate-army-ant-follower
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Juliana Menger, Klaus Henle, William E Magnusson, Antonella Soro, Martin Husemann, Martin Schlegel
Amazonian understory antbirds are thought to be relatively sedentary and to have limited dispersal ability; they avoid crossing forest gaps, and even narrow roads through a forest may limit their territories. However, most evidence for sedentariness in antbirds comes from field observations and plot-based recapture of adult individuals, which do not provide evidence for lack of genetic dispersal, as this often occurs through juveniles. In this study, we used microsatellite markers and mitochondrial control-region sequences to investigate contemporary and infer historical patterns of genetic diversity and structure of the Rufous-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys rufigula) within and between two large reserves in central Amazonia...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428810/recent-achievements-obtained-by-chloroplast-transformation
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REVIEW
Muhamed Adem, Dereje Beyene, Tileye Feyissa
Chloroplasts play a great role for sustained wellbeing of life on the planet. They have the power and raw materials that can be used as sophisticated biological factories. They are rich in energy as they have lots of pigment-protein complexes capable of collecting sunlight, in sugar produced by photosynthesis and in minerals imported from the plant cell. Chloroplast genome transformation offers multiple advantages over nuclear genome which among others, include: integration of the transgene via homologus recombination that enables to eliminate gene silencing and position effect, higher level of transgene expression resulting into higher accumulations of foreign proteins, and significant reduction in environmental dispersion of the transgene due to maternal inheritance which helps to minimize the major critic of plant genetic engineering...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428794/fine-mapping-of-a-novel-defective-glume-1-dg1-mutant-which-affects-vegetative-and-spikelet-development-in-rice
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Haiping Yu, Banpu Ruan, Zhongwei Wang, Deyong Ren, Yu Zhang, Yujia Leng, Dali Zeng, Jiang Hu, Guangheng Zhang, Li Zhu, Zhenyu Gao, Guang Chen, Longbiao Guo, Wenfu Chen, Qian Qian
In cereal crops, vegetative and spikelet development play important roles in grain yield and quality, but the genetic mechanisms that control vegetative and spikelet development remain poorly understood in rice. Here, we identified a new rice mutant, defective glume 1 (dg1) mutant from cultivar Zhonghua11 after ethyl methanesulfonate treatment. The dg1 mutant displayed the dwarfism with small, rolled leaves, which resulted from smaller cells and more bulliform cells. The dg1 mutant also had an enlarged leaf angle and defects in brassinosteroid signaling...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428361/single-tube-dodecaplex-pcr-panel-of-polymorphic-microsatellite-markers-closely-linked-to-the-dmpk-ctg-repeat-for-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-of-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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Mulias Lian, Mingjue Zhao, Caroline G Lee, Samuel S Chong
BACKGROUND: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) currently uses conventional PCR to detect nonexpanded dystrophia myotonica protein kinase (DMPK) alleles or triplet-primed PCR to detect the CTG-expanded alleles, coupled with analysis of linked microsatellite markers to increase diagnostic accuracy. We aimed to simplify the process of identification and selection of informative linked markers for application to DM1 PGD. METHODS: An in silico search was performed to identify all markers within 1-1...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426822/genomics-of-a-revived-breed-case-study-of-the-belgian-campine-cattle
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Liesbeth François, Katrien Wijnrocx, Frédéric G Colinet, Nicolas Gengler, Bettine Hulsegge, Jack J Windig, Nadine Buys, Steven Janssens
Through centuries of both natural and artificial selection, a variety of local cattle populations arose with highly specific phenotypes. However, the intensification and expansion of scale in animal production systems led to the predominance of a few highly productive cattle breeds. The loss of local populations is often considered irreversible and with them specific qualities and rare variants could be lost as well. Over these last years, the interest in these local breeds has increased again leading to increasing efforts to conserve these breeds or even revive lost populations, e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426818/alternative-glacial-interglacial-refugia-demographic-hypotheses-tested-on-cephalocereus-columna-trajani-cactaceae-in-the-intertropical-mexican-drylands
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Amelia Cornejo-Romero, Carlos Fabián Vargas-Mendoza, Gustavo F Aguilar-Martínez, Javier Medina-Sánchez, Beatriz Rendón-Aguilar, Pedro Luis Valverde, Jose Alejandro Zavala-Hurtado, Alejandra Serrato, Sombra Rivas-Arancibia, Marco Aurelio Pérez-Hernández, Gerardo López-Ortega, Cecilia Jiménez-Sierra
Historic demography changes of plant species adapted to New World arid environments could be consistent with either the Glacial Refugium Hypothesis (GRH), which posits that populations contracted to refuges during the cold-dry glacial and expanded in warm-humid interglacial periods, or with the Interglacial Refugium Hypothesis (IRH), which suggests that populations contracted during interglacials and expanded in glacial times. These contrasting hypotheses are developed in the present study for the giant columnar cactus Cephalocereus columna-trajani in the intertropical Mexican drylands where the effects of Late Quaternary climatic changes on phylogeography of cacti remain largely unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424460/generation-of-heritable-germline-mutations-in-the-jewel-wasp-nasonia-vitripennis-using-crispr-cas9
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Ming Li, Lauren Yun Cook Au, Deema Douglah, Abigail Chong, Bradley J White, Patrick M Ferree, Omar S Akbari
The revolutionary RNA-guided endonuclease CRISPR/Cas9 system has proven to be a powerful tool for gene editing in a plethora of organisms. Here, utilizing this system we developed an efficient protocol for the generation of heritable germline mutations in the parasitoid jewel wasp, Nasonia vitripennis, a rising insect model organism for the study of evolution, development of axis pattern formation, venom production, haplo-diploid sex determination, and host-symbiont interactions. To establish CRISPR-directed gene editing in N...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424246/enteropathy-associated-t-cell-lymphoma-subtypes-are-characterized-by-loss-of-function-of-setd2
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Andrea B Moffitt, Sarah L Ondrejka, Matthew McKinney, Rachel E Rempel, John R Goodlad, Chun Huat Teh, Sirpa Leppa, Susanna Mannisto, Panu E Kovanen, Eric Tse, Rex K H Au-Yeung, Yok-Lam Kwong, Gopesh Srivastava, Javeed Iqbal, Jiayu Yu, Kikkeri Naresh, Diego Villa, Randy D Gascoyne, Jonathan Said, Magdalena B Czader, Amy Chadburn, Kristy L Richards, Deepthi Rajagopalan, Nicholas S Davis, Eileen C Smith, Brooke C Palus, Tiffany J Tzeng, Jane A Healy, Patricia L Lugar, Jyotishka Datta, Cassandra Love, Shawn Levy, David B Dunson, Yuan Zhuang, Eric D Hsi, Sandeep S Dave
Enteropathy-associated T cell lymphoma (EATL) is a lethal, and the most common, neoplastic complication of celiac disease. Here, we defined the genetic landscape of EATL through whole-exome sequencing of 69 EATL tumors. SETD2 was the most frequently silenced gene in EATL (32% of cases). The JAK-STAT pathway was the most frequently mutated pathway, with frequent mutations in STAT5B as well as JAK1, JAK3, STAT3, and SOCS1 We also identified mutations in KRAS, TP53, and TERT Type I EATL and type II EATL (monomorphic epitheliotropic intestinal T cell lymphoma) had highly overlapping genetic alterations indicating shared mechanisms underlying their pathogenesis...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423321/hepatocellular-carcinomas-originate-predominantly-from-hepatocytes-and-benign-lesions-from-hepatic-progenitor-cells
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Krishna S Tummala, Marta Brandt, Ana Teijeiro, Osvaldo Graña, Robert F Schwabe, Cristian Perna, Nabil Djouder
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is an aggressive primary liver cancer. However, its origin remains a debated question. Using human data and various hepatocarcinogenesis mouse models, we show that, in early stages, transformed hepatocytes, independent of their proliferation status, activate hepatic progenitor cell (HPC) expansion. Genetic lineage tracing of HPCs and hepatocytes reveals that, in all models, HCC originates from hepatocytes. However, whereas in various models tumors do not emanate from HPCs, tracking of progenitors in a model mimicking human hepatocarcinogenesis indicates that HPCs can generate benign lesions (regenerative nodules and adenomas) and aggressive HCCs...
April 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421495/chapter-11-human-embryo-vitrification
#16
Juergen Liebermann
Cryopreservation is one of the keystones in clinical infertility treatment. In particular vitrification has become a well-established and widely used routine procedure that has allowed important expansion of therapeutic strategies when IVF is used to treat infertility. Vitrification of human blastocysts allows us to maximize the potential for conception from any single in vitro fertilization cycle and prevents wastage of embryos. The technology may even be used to eliminate fresh embryo transfers for reasons of convenience, uterine receptivity, fertility preservation, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or emergency management...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421090/comparative-genomics-and-phylogenomics-of-east-asian-tulips-amana-liliaceae
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Pan Li, Rui-Sen Lu, Wu-Qin Xu, Tetsuo Ohi-Toma, Min-Qi Cai, Ying-Xiong Qiu, Kenneth M Cameron, Cheng-Xin Fu
The genus Amana Honda (Liliaceae), when it is treated as separate from Tulipa, comprises six perennial herbaceous species that are restricted to China, Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Although all six Amana species have important medicinal and horticultural uses, studies focused on species identification and molecular phylogenetics are few. Here we report the nucleotide sequences of six complete Amana chloroplast (cp) genomes. The cp genomes of Amana range from 150,613 bp to 151,136 bp in length, all including a pair of inverted repeats (25,629-25,859 bp) separated by the large single-copy (81,482-82,218 bp) and small single-copy (17,366-17,465 bp) regions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418921/c-ebp-%C3%AE-positively-regulates-mdsc-expansion-and-endothelial-vegfr2-expression-in-tumor-development
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Yongfen Min, Jingdong Li, Peng Qu, P Charles Lin
Vascular endothelial cells and Gr-1+CD11b+ myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are two important components that constitute the tumor microenvironment. Targeting these cells offers the potential to halt tumor growth. In this study, we report a common mediator in C/EBP-δ that regulates both components and aids in tumor development. C/EBP-δ is elevated in tumor derived MDSCs. Interestingly, genetic deletion of C/EBP-δ in mice significantly impaired MDSC expansion in response to tumor progression, but it had no effect on Gr-1+CD11b+ cell production in normal development...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414611/population-genetic-structure-of-venturia-effusa-cause-of-pecan-scab-in-the-southeastern-united-states
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Clive H Bock, Michael W Hotchkiss, Carolyn A Young, Nikki D Charlton, Mattupalli Chakradhar, Katherine L Stevenson, Bruce W Wood
Venturia effusa is the most important pathogen of pecan in the southeastern United States. Little information exists on the population biology and genetic diversity of the pathogen. A hierarchical sampling of 784 isolates from 63 trees in 11 pecan orchards in the southeastern United States were screened against a set of 30 previously characterized microsatellite markers. Populations were collected from Georgia (n = 2), Florida (n = 1), Alabama (n = 2), Mississippi (n = 1), Louisiana (n = 1), Illinois (n = 1), Oklahoma (n = 1), Texas (n = 1), and Kansas (n = 1)...
May 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412297/dysferlinopathy-promotes-an-intramuscle-expansion-of-macrophages-with-a-cyto-destructive-phenotype
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Jea-Hyun Baek, Gina M Many, Frances J Evesson, Vicki R Kelley
Dysferlinopathies are a group of muscular dystrophies resulting from a genetic deficiency in Dysf. Macrophages, highly plastic cells capable of mediating tissue repair and destruction, are prominent within dystrophic skeletal muscles of dysferlinopathy patients. In this study, we hypothesized that Dysf-deficient muscle promotes recruitment, proliferation, and skewing of macrophages toward a cyto-destructive phenotype in dysferlinopathy. To track macrophage dynamics in dysferlinopathy, we adoptively transferred enhanced green fluorescent protein-labeled monocytes into Dysf-deficient BLA/J mice with age-related (2 to 10 months) muscle disease and Dysf-intact (C57BL/6 [B6]) mice...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
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