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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087979/rapid-antidepressant-effect-of-ketamine-correlates-with-astroglial-plasticity-in-the-hippocampus
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Maryam Ardalan, Ali H Rafati, Jens R Nyengaard, Gregers Wegener
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Astroglia contributes to the pathophysiology of major depression and the action of antidepressant drugs through modulating synaptic plasticity; therefore, present study investigated whether fast antidepressant action of ketamine is reflected in the rapid alteration of the astrocytes morphology in a genetic animal model of depression. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: S-Ketamine (15 mg/kg) or saline was administered as a single injection to Flinders Line (FSL/FRL) rats...
January 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087944/laboratory-diagnosis-and-susceptibility-testing-for-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Gary W Procop
The laboratory, which utilizes some of the most sophisticated and rapidly changing technologies, plays a critical role in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Some of these tools are being employed in resource-challenged countries for the rapid detection and characterization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Foremost, the laboratory defines appropriate specimen criteria for optimal test performance. The direct detection of mycobacteria in the clinical specimen, predominantly done by acid-fast staining, may eventually be replaced by rapid-cycle PCR...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087769/enzyme-efficiency-but-not-thermostability-drives-cefotaxime-resistance-evolution-in-tem-1-%C3%AE-lactamase
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Jennifer Knies, Fei Cai, Daniel M Weinreich
A leading intellectual challenge in evolutionary genetics is to identify the specific phenotypes that drive adaptation. Enzymes offer a particularly promising opportunity to pursue this question, because many enzymes' contributions to organismal fitness depend on a comparatively small number of experimentally accessible properties. Moreover, on first principles the demands of enzyme thermostability stand in opposition to the demands of catalytic activity. This observation, coupled with the fact that enzymes are only marginally thermostable, motivates the widely held hypothesis that mutations conferring functional improvement require compensatory mutations to restore thermostability...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087732/novel-gnb1-mutations-disrupt-assembly-and-function-of-g-protein-heterotrimers-and-cause-global-developmental-delay-in-humans
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Katja Lohmann, Ikuo Masuho, Dipak N Patil, Hauke Baumann, Eva Hebert, Sofia Steinrücke, Daniel Trujillano, Nickolas K Skamangas, Valerija Dobricic, Irina Hüning, Gabriele Gillessen-Kaesbach, Ana Westenberger, Dusanka Savic-Pavicevic, Alexander Münchau, Gabriela Oprea, Christine Klein, Arndt Rolfs, Kirill A Martemyanov
Global developmental delay (GDD), often accompanied by intellectual disability, seizures and other features is a severe, clinically and genetically highly heterogeneous childhood-onset disorder. In cases where genetic causes have been identified, de-novo mutations in neuronally expressed genes are a common scenario. These mutations can be best identified by exome sequencing of parent-offspring trios. De novo mutations in the guanine nucleotide-binding protein, beta 1 (GNB1) gene, encoding the Gβ1 subunit of heterotrimeric G proteins, have recently been identified as a novel genetic cause of GDD...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087721/joubert-syndrome-neuroimaging-findings-in-110-patients-in-correlation-with-cognitive-function-and-genetic-cause
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Andrea Poretti, Joseph Snow, Angela C Summers, Aylin Tekes, Thierry A G M Huisman, Nafi Aygun, Kathryn A Carson, Dan Doherty, Melissa A Parisi, Camilo Toro, Deniz Yildirimli, Meghana Vemulapalli, Jim C Mullikin, Andrew R Cullinane, Thierry Vilboux, William A Gahl, Meral Gunay-Aygun
BACKGROUND: Joubert syndrome is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous ciliopathy. Neuroimaging findings have not been systematically evaluated in a large cohort of patients with Joubert syndrome in correlation with molecular genetic cause and cognitive function. METHODS: Brain MRI of 110 patients with Joubert syndrome was included in this study. A comprehensive evaluation of brain MRI studies for infratentorial and supratentorial morphological abnormalities was performed...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087634/genome-wide-identification-of-regulatory-elements-in-sertoli-cells
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Danielle M Maatouk, Anirudh Natarajan, Yoichiro Shibata, Lingyun Song, Gregory E Crawford, Uwe Ohler, Blanche Capel
A current goal of molecular biology is to identify transcriptional networks regulating cell differentiation. However, identifying functional gene regulatory elements has been challenging in the context of developing tissues where material is limited and cell types are mixed. To identify regulatory sites during sex determination, we subjected Sertoli cells from mouse fetal testes to DNaseI-seq and ChIP-seq for H3K27ac. DNaseI-seq identified putative regulatory sites around Sertoli- and pregranulosa-enriched genes; however, active enhancers marked by H3K27ac were enriched proximal only to Sertoli-enriched genes...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087616/pathways-to-false-positive-diagnoses-using-molecular-genetic-detection-methods-phytophthora-cinnamomi-a-case-study
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Manisha Kunadiya, Diane White, William A Dunstan, Giles E St, J Hardy, Vera Andjic, Treena I Burgess
Phytophthora cinnamomi is one of the world's most invasive plant pathogens affecting ornamental plants, horticultural crops and natural ecosystems. Accurate diagnosis is very important to determine the presence or absence of this pathogen in diseased and asymptomatic plants. In previous studies, P. cinnamomi species-specific primers were designed and tested using various polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques including conventional PCR, nested PCR, and quantitative real time PCR (qPCR). In all cases, the primers were stated to be highly specific and sensitive to P...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087584/emergence-of-klebsiella-variicola-positive-for-ndm-9-a-variant-of-new-delhi-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-in-an-urban-river-in-south-korea
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Doris Y W Di, Jeonghwan Jang, Tatsuya Unno, Hor-Gil Hur
OBJECTIVES: To examine the presence of pathogenic bacteria carrying New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase in the environment and to characterize the genome structures of these strains. METHODS: Phenotypic screening of antimicrobial susceptibility and WGS were conducted on three Klebsiella variicola strains possessing NDM-9 isolated from an urban river. RESULTS: Three carbapenem-resistant K. variicola isolated from Gwangju tributary were found to possess blaNDM-9 genes...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087566/application-of-whole-exome-sequencing-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-and-management-of-inherited-cardiovascular-diseases-in-adults
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Sara B Seidelmann, Emily Smith, Lakshman Subrahmanyan, Daniel Dykas, Maen D Abou Ziki, Bani Azari, Fady Hannah-Shmouni, Yuexin Jiang, Joseph G Akar, Mark Marieb, Daniel Jacoby, Allen E Bale, Richard P Lifton, Arya Mani
BACKGROUND: With the advent of high throughput sequencing, the identification of genetic causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has become an integral part of medical diagnosis and management and at the forefront of personalized medicine in this field. The use of whole exome sequencing for clinical diagnosis, risk stratification, and management of inherited CVD has not been previously evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed the results of whole exome sequencing in first 200 adult patients with inherited CVD, who underwent genetic testing at the Yale Program for Cardiovascular Genetics...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087428/polycomb-complexes-prc1-and-their-function-in-hematopoiesis
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Miguel Vidal, Katharzina Starowicz
Hematopoiesis, the process by which blood cells are continuously produced, is one of the best studied differentiation pathways. Hematological diseases are associated to reiterated mutations in genes encoding important gene expression regulators, including chromatin regulators. Among them, the Polycomb group (PcG) of proteins is an essential system of gene silencing involved in the maintenance of cell identities during differentiation. PcG proteins assemble into two major types of Polycomb repressive complexes (PRC) endowed with distinct histone tail modifying activities...
January 10, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087426/next-generation-sequencing-of-a-large-gene-panel-in-patients-initially-diagnosed-with-idiopathic-ventricular-fibrillation
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Marloes Visser, Dennis Dooijes, Jasper J van der Smagt, Jeroen F van der Heijden, Pieter A Doevendans, Peter Loh, Folkert W Asselbergs, Rutger J Hassink
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (IVF) is a rare primary cardiac arrhythmia syndrome that is diagnosed in a resuscitated cardiac arrest victim, with documented ventricular fibrillation, in whom no underlying cause is identified after comprehensive clinical evaluation. In some patients causative genetic mutations are detected which facilitate patient treatment and follow-up. The feasibility of next generation sequencing (NGS) has increased with its greater availability and decreasing costs...
January 10, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087280/increased-homocysteine-levels-impair-reference-memory-and-reduce-cortical-levels-of-acetylcholine-in-a-mouse-model-of-vascular-cognitive-impairment
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Kevin Dam, Martina Füchtemeier, Tracy D Farr, Philipp Boehm-Sturm, Marco Foddis, Ulrich Dirnagl, Olga Malysheva, Marie A Caudill, Nafisa M Jadavji
Folates are B-vitamins that are vital for normal brain function. Deficiencies in folates either genetic (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, MTHFR) or dietary intake of folic acid result in elevated levels of homocysteine. Clinical studies have shown that elevated levels of homocysteine (Hcy) may be associated with the development of dementia, however this link remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of increased Hcy levels on a mouse model of vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) produced by chronic hypoperfusion...
January 11, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087155/population-genetic-data-of-38-insertion-deletion-markers-in-six-populations-of-the-northern-fringe-of-the-iberian-peninsula
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Sergio Cardoso, Rubén Sevillano, David Gamarra, Ana Santurtún, Begoña Martínez-Jarreta, Marian M de Pancorbo
Insertion-deletions have been reported very useful markers for forensic purposes. To further deepen in this matter, 38 non-coding bi-allelic autosomal indels were analyzed in 575 individuals representing six populations from the northern fringe of the Iberian Peninsula. Autochthonous populations from the Basque Country, northern Navarre, the Pas Valley in Cantabria and Aragon were analyzed, together with non-autochthonous populations from the Basque Country and northern Navarre. At the intra-population level, all loci analyzed were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium except for marker rs33917182 in autochthonous Basques...
January 3, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087134/factors-influencing-and-modifying-the-decision-to-pursue-genetic-testing-for-skin-cancer-risk
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Alexander L Fogel, Prajakta D Jaju, Shufeng Li, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Jean Y Tang, Kavita Y Sarin
BACKGROUND: Across cancers, the decision to pursue genetic testing is influenced more by subjective than objective factors. However, skin cancer, which is more prevalent, visual, and multifactorial than many other malignancies, may offer different motivations for pursuing such testing. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to determine factors influencing the decision to receive genetic testing for skin cancer risk. A secondary objective was to assess the impact of priming with health questions on the decision to receive testing...
January 10, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087121/upper-extremity-outcome-measures-for-collagen-vi-related-myopathy-and-lama2-related-muscular-dystrophy
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Roxanna M Bendixen, Jocelyn Butrum, Mina S Jain, Rebecca Parks, Bonnie Hodsdon, Carmel Nichols, Michelle Hsia, Leslie Nelson, Katherine C Keller, Michelle McGuire, Jeffrey S Elliott, Melody M Linton, Irene C Arveson, Fatou Tounkara, Ruhi Vasavada, Elizabeth Harnett, Monal Punjabi, Sandra Donkervoort, Jahannaz Dastgir, Meganne E Leach, Anne Rutkowski, Melissa Waite, James Collins, Carsten G Bönnemann, Katherine G Meilleur
Congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) comprises a rare group of genetic muscle diseases that present at birth or early during infancy. Two common subtypes of CMD are collagen VI-related muscular dystrophy (COL6-RD) and laminin alpha 2-related dystrophy (LAMA2-RD). Traditional outcome measures in CMD include gross motor and mobility assessments, yet significant motor declines underscore the need for valid upper extremity motor assessments as a clinical endpoint. This study validated a battery of upper extremity measures in these two CMD subtypes for future clinical trials...
December 5, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086795/atherosclerotic-and-thrombotic-genetic-and-environmental-determinants-in-egyptian-coronary-artery-disease-patients-a-pilot-study
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Manal S Fawzy, Eman A Toraih, Nagwa M Aly, Abeer Fakhr-Eldeen, Dahlia I Badran, Mohammad H Hussein
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Multiple genetic variants in combination with various environmental risk factors have been implicated. This study aimed to investigate the association of twelve thrombotic and atherosclerotic gene variants in combination with other environmental risk factors with CAD risk in a preliminary sample of Egyptian CAD patients. METHODS: Twenty three consecutive CAD patients undergoing diagnostic coronary angiography and 34 unrelated controls, have been enrolled in the study...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081574/gstp1-and-cyp2b6-genetic-polymorphisms-and-the-risk-of-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-in-preterm-neonates
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Sophia Zachaki, Aggeliki Daraki, Elena Polycarpou, Chrysa Stavropoulou, Kalliopi N Manola, Stavroula Gavrili
Objectives Antioxidant response plays a key role in bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) pathogenesis. The glutathione-S-tranferases pi 1 (GSTP1) and cytochrome P450 (CYP) detoxification enzymes protect cells from oxidative damage. The aim of the study was to investigate whether the A(313)G GSTP1 and G(516)T CYP2B6 inactivating polymorphisms could be associated with BPD susceptibility. Study Design To test this hypothesis, we conducted a case-control study enrolled 138 premature neonates ≤32 weeks of gestational age; of the 138, 46 developed BPD and 92 did not develop BPD...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081509/in-silico-prediction-of-toxicity-of-phenols-to-tetrahymena-pyriformis-by-using-genetic-algorithm-and-decision-tree-based-modeling-approach
#18
Fatemeh Abbasitabar, Vahid Zare-Shahabadi
Risk assessment of chemicals is an important issue in environmental protection; however, there is a huge lack of experimental data for a large number of end-points. The experimental determination of toxicity of chemicals involves high costs and time-consuming process. In silico tools such as quantitative structure-toxicity relationship (QSTR) models, which are constructed on the basis of computational molecular descriptors, can predict missing data for toxic end-points for existing or even not yet synthesized chemicals...
January 2, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081260/comparative-genome-sequencing-reveals-within-host-genetic-changes-in-neisseria-meningitidis-during-invasive-disease
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Johanna Klughammer, Marcus Dittrich, Jochen Blom, Vera Mitesser, Ulrich Vogel, Matthias Frosch, Alexander Goesmann, Tobias Müller, Christoph Schoen
Some members of the physiological human microbiome occasionally cause life-threatening disease even in immunocompetent individuals. A prime example of such a commensal pathogen is Neisseria meningitidis, which normally resides in the human nasopharynx but is also a leading cause of sepsis and epidemic meningitis. Using N. meningitidis as model organism, we tested the hypothesis that virulence of commensal pathogens is a consequence of within host evolution and selection of invasive variants due to mutations at contingency genes, a mechanism called phase variation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081206/identifying-pleiotropic-genes-in-genome-wide-association-studies-for-multivariate-phenotypes-with-mixed-measurement-scales
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James J Yang, L Keoki Williams, Anne Buu
We propose a multivariate genome-wide association test for mixed continuous, binary, and ordinal phenotypes. A latent response model is used to estimate the correlation between phenotypes with different measurement scales so that the empirical distribution of the Fisher's combination statistic under the null hypothesis is estimated efficiently. The simulation study shows that our proposed correlation estimation methods have high levels of accuracy. More importantly, our approach conservatively estimates the variance of the test statistic so that the type I error rate is controlled...
2017: PloS One
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