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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350998/anticancer-copper-ii-phosphorus-dendrimers-are-potent-proapoptotic-bax-activators
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Serge Mignani, Nabil El Brahmi, Laure Eloy, Joel Poupon, Valérie Nicolas, Anke Steinmetz, Said El Kazzouli, Mosto M Bousmina, Mireille Blanchard-Desce, Anne-Marie Caminade, Jean-Pierre Majoral, Thierry Cresteil
A multivalent phosphorus dendrimer 1G3 and its corresponding Cu-complex, 1G3-Cu have been recently identified as agents retaining high antiproliferative potency. This antiproliferative capacity was preserved in cell lines overexpressing the efflux pump ABC B1, whereas cross-resistance was observed in ovarian cancer cell lines resistant to cisplatin. Theoretical 3D models were constructed: the dendrimers appear as irregularly shaped disk-like nano-objects of about 22 Å thickness and 49 Å diameter, which accumulated in cells after penetration by endocytosis...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346396/a-pcr-based-molecular-detection-of-strongyloides-stercoralisin-human-stool-samples-from-tabriz-city-iran
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Reza Ghasemikhah, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Seyed Ali Shariatzadeh, Abbas Shahbazi, Teymour Hazratian
Strongyloides stercoralis is a nematode causing serious infections in immunocompromised patients. In chronically infected patients, the low parasitic content as well as the resemblance of the larvae to several other species make diagnosis basedonmorphology difficult. In the present study, a PCR-based method targeting the internal transcribed sequence 2 (ITS2) of the rDNA region was examined for the molecular detection of S. stercoralis infection from the stool samples. A total of 1800 patients were included...
March 27, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346125/canine-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-enhance-clot-formation-and-delay-lysis
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Unity Jeffery, Dana N LeVine
Autoimmune diseases increase the risk of thrombosis. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are webs of DNA and protein that may mediate thrombosis in autoimmune diseases. Human and murine studies show NET-releasing neutrophils within a thrombus promote its growth, but it is unclear to what extent NET fragments released into circulation during inflammation are prothrombotic. This study hypothesized that canine NETs promote clot formation and impair lysis even in the absence of neutrophils. NETs were prepared from PMA-stimulated neutrophils and added to fibrinogen and thrombin or to recalcified pooled canine platelet-poor plasma, tissue factor, and tissue plasminogen activator...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345992/evaluation-of-a-hypervariable-octameric-oligonucleotide-fingerprints-assay-for-identification-of-and-discrimination-between-wild-type-and-vaccine-strains-of-brucella-melitensis
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Lijuan Tang, Jun Liu, Yuanzhi Wang, Hui Zhang, Chuangfu Chen
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a hypervariable octameric oligonucleotide fingerprints (HOOF-Prints) assay for identification of and discrimination between wild-type and vaccine strains of Brucella melitensis. SAMPLE Brucella melitensis vaccine strain M5 and wild-type strain M43. PROCEDURES 8 pairs of primers (alterable, octameric nucleotides) were designed on the basis of a biological analysis of 8 flanking sequences in the DNA of B melitensis. The HOOF-Prints technique was used to identify wild-type and vaccine strains of B melitensis...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345968/relationship-between-phospholipase-c-zeta-semen-parameters-and-chromatin-status
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Marziyeh Tavalaee, Abbas Kiani-Esfahani, Mohammad H Nasr-Esfahani
The need for additional tests to complement basic sperm analysis in clinics is well appreciated. In this regard, a number of tests such as sperm DNA integrity test as a tool in diagnosis and treatment of infertility are suggested. But recent studies have focused on main sperm factors involved in oocyte activation such as phospholipase C-zeta (PLCζ) that initiate intracellular Ca(2+) signaling and embryogenesis. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the relationship between PLCζ, basic semen parameters, sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF), and protamine deficiency in men with normal (n=32) and abnormal (n=23) semen parameters...
March 27, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345622/comprehensive-track-structure-based-evaluation-of-dna-damage-by-light-ions-from-radiotherapy-relevant-energies-down-to-stopping
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W Friedland, E Schmitt, P Kundrát, M Dingfelder, G Baiocco, S Barbieri, A Ottolenghi
Track structures and resulting DNA damage in human cells have been simulated for hydrogen, helium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and neon ions with 0.25-256 MeV/u energy. The needed ion interaction cross sections have been scaled from those of hydrogen; Barkas scaling formula has been refined, extending its applicability down to about 10 keV/u, and validated against established stopping power data. Linear energy transfer (LET) has been scored from energy deposits in a cell nucleus; for very low-energy ions, it has been defined locally within thin slabs...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345609/environmental-dna-in-subterranean-biology-range-extension-and-taxonomic-implications-for-proteus
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Špela Gorički, David Stanković, Aleš Snoj, Matjaž Kuntner, William R Jeffery, Peter Trontelj, Miloš Pavićević, Zlatko Grizelj, Magdalena Năpăruş-Aljančič, Gregor Aljančič
Europe's obligate cave-dwelling amphibian Proteus anguinus inhabits subterranean waters of the north-western Balkan Peninsula. Because only fragments of its habitat are accessible to humans, this endangered salamander's exact distribution has been difficult to establish. Here we introduce a quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction-based environmental DNA (eDNA) approach to detect the presence of Proteus using water samples collected from karst springs, wells or caves. In a survey conducted along the southern limit of its known range, we established a likely presence of Proteus at seven new sites, extending its range to Montenegro...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344744/automation-of-pacbio-smrtbell-ngs-library-preparation-for-bacterial-genome-sequencing
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Nguyet Kong, Whitney Ng, Kao Thao, Regina Agulto, Allison Weis, Kristi Spittle Kim, Jonas Korlach, Luke Hickey, Lenore Kelly, Stephen Lappin, Bart C Weimer
BACKGROUND: The PacBio RS II provides for single molecule, real-time DNA technology to sequence genomes and detect DNA modifications. The starting point for high-quality sequence production is high molecular weight genomic DNA. To automate the library preparation process, there must be high-throughput methods in place to assess the genomic DNA, to ensure the size and amounts of the sheared DNA fragments and final library. FINDINGS: The library construction automation was accomplished using the Agilent NGS workstation with Bravo accessories for heating, shaking, cooling, and magnetic bead manipulations for template purification...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344410/identification-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-protein-phosphatase-1-regulatory-subunit-11-gene-in-murrah-bulls
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Varsha Jain, Brijesh Patel, Farhat Paul Umar, H M Ajithakumar, Suraj K Gurjar, I D Gupta, Archana Verma
AIM: This study was conducted with the objective to identify single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in protein phosphatase 1 regulatory subunit 11 (PPP1R11) gene in Murrah bulls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genomic DNA was isolated by phenol-chloroform extraction method from the frozen semen samples of 65 Murrah bulls maintained at Artificial Breeding Research Centre, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal. The quality and concentration of DNA was checked by spectrophotometer reading and agarose gel electrophoresis...
February 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343402/probiotic-administration-improves-sperm-quality-in-asthenozoospermic-human-donors
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D G Valcarce, S Genovés, M F Riesco, P Martorell, M P Herráez, D Ramón, V Robles
The objective of this study is to analyse the effect of the ingestion of two selected antioxidant probiotics strains (Lactobacillus rhamnosus CECT8361 and Bifidobacterium longum CECT7347) on sperm quality parameters in asthenozoospermic males after three and six weeks of administration. Nine asthenozoospermic men without any medical treatment under similar diet conditions participated in the study. The quality of individual sperm samples was evaluated before (previous to ingestion), during (after 3 and 6 weeks of ingestion) and after probiotic administration (3 and 6 weeks after finishing the treatment)...
March 27, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342941/is-there-any-crosstalk-between-the-chemotaxis-and-virulence-induction-signaling-in-agrobacterium-tumefaciens
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REVIEW
Minliang Guo, Zhiwei Huang, Jing Yang
Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a soil-born phytopathogenic bacterium, is well known as a nature's engineer due to its ability to genetically transform the host by transferring a DNA fragment (called T-DNA) from its Ti plasmid to host-cell genome. To combat the harsh soil environment and seek the appropriate host, A. tumefaciens can sense and be attracted by a large number of chemical compounds released by wounded host. As a member of α-proteobacterium, A. tumefaciens has a chemotaxis system different from that found in Escherichia coli, since many chemoattractants for A...
March 23, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342726/noninvasive-prenatal-testing-for-fetal-aneuploidy-and-single-gene-disorders
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REVIEW
Hannah Skrzypek, Lisa Hui
Our concept of nucleic acid biology has advanced dramatically over the past two decades, with a growing appreciation that cell-free DNA (cfDNA) fragments are present in all body fluids including plasma. In no other field has plasma DNA been as rapidly translated into clinical practice as in noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for fetal chromosome abnormalities. NIPT is a screening test that requires confirmation with diagnostic testing, but other applications of cfDNA provide diagnostic information and do not require invasive testing...
February 28, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342001/gli-mediated-keratin-17-expression-promotes-tumor-cell-growth-through-the-anti-apoptotic-function-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinomas
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Yurie Mikami, Shinsuke Fujii, Kengo Nagata, Hiroko Wada, Kana Hasegawa, Misaki Abe, Reiko U Yoshimoto, Shintaro Kawano, Seiji Nakamura, Tamotsu Kiyoshima
PURPOSE: Keratin 17 (KRT17) has been suggested as a potential diagnostic marker of squamous cell carcinoma including oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). The current study was conducted to clarify the function of KRT17 and its expression mechanism in OSCC. METHODS: Immunohistochemical analyses were carried out to examine the expression of KRT17, GLI family zinc finger (GLI)-1, GLI-2, or cleaved caspase-3 in OSCCs. The expression of KRT17, GLI-1, or GLI-2 was investigated among OSCC cell lines, and the effects of loss-of-function of KRT17 or GLI, using siRNA or inhibitor, on the cell growth of the OSCC cell line HSC-2 particularly with respect to apoptosis were examined...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341774/rna-dna-hybrid-r-loop-immunoprecipitation-mapping-an-analytical-workflow-to-evaluate-inherent-biases
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László Halász, Zsolt Karányi, Beáta Boros-Oláh, Tímea Rózsa, Éva Sipos, Éva Nagy, Ágnes Mosolygó-L, Anett Mázló, Éva Rajnavölgyi, Gábor Halmos, Lóránt Székvölgyi
The impact of R-loops on the physiology and pathology of chromosomes has been demonstrated extensively by chromatin biology research. The progress in this field has been driven by technological advancement of R-loop mapping methods that largely relied on a single approach, DNA-RNA immunoprecipitation (DRIP). Most of the DRIP protocols use the experimental design that was developed by a few laboratories, without paying attention to the potential caveats that might affect the outcome of RNA-DNA hybrid mapping...
March 24, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341142/mitochondrial-dna-g13708a-variation-and-multiple-sclerosis-is-there-an-association
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S Andalib, M Talebi, E Sakhinia, M Farhoudi, H Sadeghi-Bazargani, M R Emamhadi, N Masoodian, M Balaghi-Inalou, M S Vafaee, A Gjedde
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is considered a pathogenetic enigma. Recently, efforts to implicate genetics in human susceptibility to MS have identified an important role of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). G13708A is a common mtDNA variation associated with MS in specific populations. This study tested the hypothesis that the mtDNA G13708A variation is associated with MS in an Iranian population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 100 MS patients and 100 unrelated healthy controls...
March 21, 2017: Revue Neurologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340959/molecular-detection-of-clostridium-difficile-on-inert-surfaces-from-a-costa-rican-hospital-during-and-after-an-outbreak
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Luisa Morales, César Rodríguez, María Del Mar Gamboa-Coronado
BACKGROUND: Hospital transmission of Clostridium difficile is fostered by contamination of surfaces and medical equipment with spores highly resistant to disinfectants and regular cleaning procedures. Despite the outbreaks and fatalities that C difficile causes, its epidemiology has not been studied in hospitals from middle- and low-income countries. To tackle this knowledge gap, the detection frequency of C difficile DNA on inert surfaces of a major Costa Rican hospital during and after an outbreak was compared...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340773/label-free-molecular-beacons-based-cascade-amplification-dna-machine-for-sensitive-detection-of-telomerase-activity
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Kan Li, Lei Wang, Xiaowen Xu, Wei Jiang
Sensitive detection of telomerase activity is critical to cancer diagnosis, screening of anticancer drugs and evaluation of cancer therapy. Herein, a label-free molecular beacons-based DNA machine was developed for sensitive detection of telomerase activity. The DNA machine consisted of T7 exonuclease (T7 Exo), label-free recognition molecular beacon (RMB) and signal molecular beacon (SMB) with projecting 5'-terminuses, which can protect RMB and SMB from being digested by T7 Exo. Firstly, telomerase elongated telomerase substrate (TS) primer, generating a telomerase elongation production (TEP) with tandem repeats (TTAGGG)n...
May 15, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340458/toxic-effects-of-environmental-pollutants-comparative-investigation-using-allium-cepa-l-and-lactuca-sativa-l
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Graciele Lurdes Silveira, Maria Gabriela Franco Lima, Gabriela Barreto Dos Reis, Marcel José Palmieri, Larissa Fonseca Andrade-Vieria
Studies that help understand the mechanisms of action of environmental pollutants are extremely important in environmental toxicology. In this context, assays using plants as models stand out for their simplicity and low performance cost. Among the plants used for this purpose, Allium cepa L. is the model most commonly applied for cytogenotoxic tests, while Lactuca sativa L., already widely used in phytotoxic investigations, has been gaining prominence in cytotoxic analyses. The present study aimed to compare the responses of A...
March 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340381/studying-the-adsorption-of-dna-nanostructures-on-graphene-in-the-aqueous-phase-using-molecular-dynamic-simulations
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Jixue Sun, Yang Li, Jianping Lin
DNA nanostructures can undergo large structural fluctuations and deviate from their intended configurations. In this work, two model DNA nanostructures (i.e., Nan and Kai) were designed based on the shape of the two Chinese characters of the name of Nankai University, and additional single-stranded DNA fragments were added to interact with graphene. During four 50-ns molecular dynamic simulations in aqueous solution, the DNA nanostructures adsorbed onto graphene demonstrated more stable conformations with lower root mean square deviations and smaller coordinate changes in the z-axis direction than the DNA nanostructures that were not adsorbed onto graphene...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339076/an-activatable-aptamer-based-fluorescence-probe-for-the-detection-of-hepg2-cells
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Zongqiang Lai, Juntao Tan, Ruirong Wan, Jie Tan, Zhenghua Zhang, Zixi Hu, Jieping Li, Wei Yang, Yiwei Wang, Yafeng Jiang, Jian He, Nuo Yang, Xiaoling Lu, Yongxiang Zhao
It is significant to develop a probe with sensitivity and specificity for the detection of cancer cells. The present study aimed to develop an 'activatable' aptamer-based fluorescence probe (AAFP) to detect cancer cells and frozen cancer tissue. This AAFP consisted of two fragments: aptamer TLS11a that targets HepG2 cells, and two short extending complementary DNA sequences with a 5'- and 3'-terminus that make the aptamer in hairpin structure a capable quencher to fluorophore. The ability of the AAFP to bind specifically to cancer cells was assessed using flow cytometry, fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy...
March 24, 2017: Oncology Reports
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