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R Dorajoo, R T-H Ong, X Sim, L Wang, W Liu, E S Tai, J Liu, S-M Saw
INTRODUCTION: Recent genome-wide association studies have identified 103 adult obesity risk loci; however, it is unclear if these findings are relevant to East-Asian childhood body mass index (BMI) levels. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated for paediatric obesity associations at these risk loci utilizing genome-wide data from Chinese childhood subjects in the Singapore Cohort study Of the Risk factors for Myopia study (N = 1006). A weighted gene-risk score of all adult obesity risk loci in the Singapore Cohort study Of the Risk factors for Myopia study showed strong associations with BMI at age 9 (p-value = 3...
October 25, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
Laurent Kamel, Michelle Keller-Pearson, Christophe Roux, Jean-Michel Ané
I. II. III. IV. V. References SUMMARY: Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi associate with the vast majority of land plants, providing mutual nutritional benefits and protecting hosts against biotic and abiotic stresses. Significant progress was made recently in our understanding of the genomic organization, the obligate requirements, and the sexual nature of these fungi through the release and subsequent mining of genome sequences. Genomic and genetic approaches also improved our understanding of the signal repertoire used by AM fungi and their plant hosts to recognize each other for the initiation and maintenance of this association...
October 25, 2016: New Phytologist
Núria Rovira-Graells, Sara Aguilera-Simón, Elisabet Tintó-Font, Alfred Cortés
The growth phenotype of asexual blood stage malaria parasites can influence their virulence and also their ability to survive and achieve transmission to the next host, but there are few methods available to characterise parasite growth parameters in detail. We developed a new assay to measure growth rates at different starting parasitaemias in a 96-well format and applied it to characterise the growth of Plasmodium falciparum lines 3D7-A and 3D7-B, previously shown to have different invasion rates and to use different invasion pathways...
2016: PloS One
Luciano Rogério Braatz de Andrade, Roberto Fritsche Neto, Ítalo Stefanine Correia Granato, Gustavo César Sant'Ana, Pedro Patric Pinho Morais, Aluízio Borém
A few breeding companies dominate the maize (Zea mays L.) hybrid market in Brazil: Monsanto® (35%), DuPont Pioneer® (30%), Dow Agrosciences® (15%), Syngenta® (10%) and Helix Sementes (4%). Therefore, it is important to monitor the genetic diversity in commercial germplasms as breeding practices, registration and marketing of new cultivars can lead to a significant reduction of the genetic diversity. Reduced genetic variation may lead to crop vulnerabilities, food insecurity and limited genetic gains following selection...
2016: PloS One
Chuan-Tien Hung, Yu-An Kung, Mei-Ling Li, Gary Brewer, Kuo-Ming Lee, Shih-Tung Liu, Shin-Ru Shih
The 5' untranslated region (5' UTR) of the enterovirus 71 (EV71) RNA genome contains an internal ribosome entry site (IRES) that is indispensable for viral protein translation. Due to the limited coding capacity of their RNA genomes, EV71 and other picornaviruses typically recruit host factors, known as IRES trans-acting factors (ITAFs), to mediate IRES-dependent translation. Here, we show that EV71 viral proteinase 2A is capable of cleaving far upstream element-binding protein 1 (FBP1), a positive ITAF that directly binds to the EV71 5' UTR linker region to promote viral IRES-driven translation...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Pablo Gella, Margarita Salas, Mario Mencía
Many different DNA delivery vehicles have been developed and tested, all with their advantages and disadvantages. The bacteriophage phi29 terminal protein (TP) is covalently linked to the 5' ends of the phage genome during the DNA replication process. Our approach is to utilize this TP as a platform to incorporate different protein or peptide modules that can target the DNA to the interior of the cell, to the nucleus, or even to subcellular compartments. In order to be able to insert different peptide modules on the TP sequence to endow it with desired functions and/or eliminate unwanted regions of the protein, we have carried out a transposition screening to detect insertion-permissive points on the sequence of the TP...
2016: PloS One
Max Schelker, Caroline Maria Mair, Fabian Jolmes, Robert-William Welke, Edda Klipp, Andreas Herrmann, Max Flöttmann, Christian Sieben
After endocytic uptake, influenza viruses transit early endosomal compartments and eventually reach late endosomes. There, the viral glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) triggers fusion between endosomal and viral membrane, a critical step that leads to release of the viral segmented genome destined to reach the cell nucleus. Endosomal maturation is a complex process involving acidification of the endosomal lumen as well as endosome motility along microtubules. While the pH drop is clearly critical for the conformational change and membrane fusion activity of HA, the effect of intracellular transport dynamics on the progress of infection remains largely unclear...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Anna M Dahlin, Carl Wibom, Soma Ghasimi, Thomas Brännström, Ulrika Andersson, Beatrice Melin
Genome-wide association studies and candidate gene studies have identified several genetic variants that increase glioma risk. The majority of these variants are non-coding and the mechanisms behind the increased risk in carriers are not known. In this study, we hypothesize that some of the established glioma risk variants induce aberrant DNA methylation in the developing tumor, either locally (gene-specific) or globally (genome-wide). In a pilot data set including 77 glioma patients, we used Illumina beadchip technology to analyze genetic variants in blood and DNA methylation in matched tumor samples...
2016: PloS One
Wen-Lei Shi, Ting Zhang, Jiang-Rui Zhou, Yong-Hua Huang, Chun-Lei Jiang
Glucocorticoids (GCs) play a vital role in the regulation of blood pressure by their permissive effects in potentiating vasoactive responses to catecholamines through glucocorticoid receptors. GCs achieve this function by controlling vascular smooth muscle tone. Clinically, low to moderate doses of GCs are generally used in the treatment of septic shock in recent years. GCs are now known to have both genomic and non-genomic effects. While genomic effects of GCs were well studied, few non-genomic effects were reported, much less the non-genomic mechanisms...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
William B Kristan
How did a structure as complex as our own brain ever evolve? Although biologists have pondered this question since Charles Darwin, the explosion of molecular information in recent years has provided new insights into this question, particularly its first step: the evolution of neurons. Meshing information about genomes with insights from more classical anatomical, physiological, and developmental approaches has led to some remarkable insights and surprises. Because 'phylogenomics' is still a young field, however, there are arguments about which genes to include in comparisons, how much to weigh genetic versus 'classical' features, and which algorithms to use in making such comparisons...
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Wolfgang Enard
Humans are a remarkable species, especially because of the remarkable properties of their brain. Since the split from the chimpanzee lineage, the human brain has increased three-fold in size and has acquired abilities for vocal learning, language and intense cooperation. To better understand the molecular basis of these changes is of great biological and biomedical interest. However, all the about 16 million fixed genetic changes that occurred during human evolution are fully correlated with all molecular, cellular, anatomical and behavioral changes that occurred during this time...
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Jay N Lozier, Mark T Kloos, Elizabeth P Merricks, Nathaly Lemoine, Margaret H Whitford, Robin A Raymer, Dwight A Bellinger, Timothy C Nichols
Animals with hemophilia are models for gene therapy, factor replacement, and inhibitor development in humans. We have actively sought dogs with severe hemophilia A that have novel factor VIII mutations unlike the previously described factor VIII intron 22 inversion. A male Old English Sheepdog with recurrent soft-tissue hemorrhage and hemarthrosis was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A (factor VIII activity less than 1% of normal). We purified genomic DNA from this dog and ruled out the common intron 22 inversion; we then sequenced all 26 exons...
2016: Comparative Medicine
Richard H G Baxter
Both historically and at present, vector control is the most generally effective means of controlling malaria transmission. Insecticides are the predominant method of vector control, but the sterile insect technique (SIT) is a complementary strategy with a successful track record in both agricultural and public health sectors. Strategies of genetic and radiation-induced sterilization of Anopheles have to date been limited by logistical and/or regulatory hurdles. A safe and effective mosquito chemosterilant would therefore be of major utility to future deployment of SIT for malaria control...
October 2016: Chimia
Yasuhiro Kyono, Laurent M Sachs, Patrice Bilesimo, Luan Wen, Robert J Denver
Thyroid hormone (TH) is essential for normal development in vertebrates. In amphibians, TH controls metamorphosis by inducing tissue-specific gene regulation programs. A hallmark of TH action is the modification of chromatin structure, which underlies changes in gene transcription. We found that mRNA for the de novo DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) dnmt3a, but not dnmt1, increased in the brain of Xenopus tadpoles during metamorphosis in parallel with plasma [TH]. Addition of 3,5,3`-triiodothyronine (T3) to the rearing water caused a time-dependent increase in dnmt3a mRNA in tadpole brain, tail and hind limb...
October 25, 2016: Endocrinology
Gen Kano, Hisashi Tsujii, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Kaname Nakatani, Makoto Ikejiri, Satoru Ogawa, Hisami Kubo, Mizuho Nagao, Takao Fujisawa
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare genetic disorder caused by structural and/or functional impairment of cilia throughout the whole body. Early diagnosis of PCD is important for the prevention of long‑term sequelae, however early diagnosis is a challenge due to the phenotypic heterogeneity of PCD. In the current study, the patient with PCD was diagnosed at nine years old following several efforts to control intractable airway symptoms. The patient experienced a chronic productive cough beginning in early childhood and had multiple episodes of pneumonia and otitis media with effusion and sinusitis...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Wenjie Li, Fei Cao, Juan Li, Zhixin Wang, Yu Ren, Zheyong Liang, Peijun Liu
Simvastatin (SIM), a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitor, has been reported to inhibit the activity of hepatitis B virus (HBV), however, the mechanism underlying its antiviral function remains unknown. Minichromosome maintenance (MCM) 7, a component of the MCM complex, has been reported to act as an important host factor aiding virus genome replication in host cells. The present study demonstrated that downregulation of MCM7 inhibited the expression of proteins transferred by adenoviral vectors...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Liangliang Quan, Yang Wang, Jiulong Liang, Tao Qiu, Hongyi Wang, Ye Zhang, Yu Zhang, Qiang Hui, Kai Tao
In the present study, we aimed to reveal the molecular mechanisms responsible for the differentiation of human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hASCs) into myocytes and osteoblasts. Microarray data GSE37329 were obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, including three hASC cell lines from healthy donors, two osteogenic lineages and two myogenic lineages from the in vitro‑induction of hASCs. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the two lineages were firstly screened. Subsequently, the underlying functions of the two sets of DEGs were investigated by Gene Ontology function and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway enrichment analysis, followed by protein-protein interaction (PPI) network construction...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Lin Yan, Yi Li, Jiang-Tao Tang, Yun-Fei An, Li-Mei Luo, Bo Dai, Yun-Ying Shi, Lan-Lan Wang
OBJECTIVE: A genome-wide association study has identified several gene polymorphisms associated with loss of renal function. The effect of these variants on renal function in kidney transplant recipients receiving immunosuppressive treatment is unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of 189 kidney transplant recipients and their living donors were recruited from West China Hospital of Sichuan University, on whom we assessed the association of five single nucleotide polymorphisms with renal function after kidney transplantation...
October 24, 2016: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
Yiwen Ouyang, Jingyi Li, Doris M Haverstick, James P Landers
We recently defined a magnetic bead-based assay that exploited an agglutination-like response for DNA and applied it to DNA-containing cell enumeration using inexpensive benchtop hardware [ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012 , 134 ( 12 ), 5689 - 96 ]. Although cost-efficient, the open-well format assay required numerous manual steps, and the magnetic field actuation scheme was not readily adaptable for integration. Here, we demonstrate a low-cost (<$2 in-lab), higher-throughput "pinwheel assay" platform that relies on a combination of a disposable rotation-driven microdisc (RDM), and a simple bidirectional rotating magnetic field (bi-RMF)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Timothy R Valentic, David R Jackson, Sean F Brady, Shiou-Chuan Sheryl Tsai
Arixanthomycins are pentangular polyphenols (PP) with potent antiproliferative activities that were discovered through the heterologous expression of environmental DNA-derived gene clusters. The biosynthesis of arixanthomycin and other PPs is unusual, because it requires several novel type II polyketide synthase (PKS) enzymes for its complete maturation. Most type II PKSs contain a ketoreductase (KR) that mediates the C7-C12 first ring cyclization and C9-reduction. In contrast, based on previous studies of product analysis and genome mining, the arixanthomycin (ARX) gene cluster like harbors a C11-reducing ketoreductase (ARX 27), a C9-C14 first-ring aromatase/cyclase (ARX 19), and an unprecedented C-17 and C-19 reducing KR (ARX 21)...
October 25, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
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