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  1. Functional variant in the autophagy-related 5 gene promotor is associated with childhood asthma.

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    Lisa J Martin

    Full Text Available RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE: Autophagy is a cellular process directed at eliminating or recycling cellular proteins. Recently, the autophagy pathway has been implicated in immune dysfunction, the pathogenesis of inflammatory disorders, and response to viral infection. Associations between two genes in the autophagy pathway, ATG5 and ATG7, with childhood asthma were investigated. METHODS: Using genetic and experimental approaches, we examined the association of 13 HapMap-derived tagging SNPs in ATG5 and ATG7 with childhood asthma in 312 asthmatic and 246 non-allergic control children. We confirmed our findings by using independent cohorts and imputation analysis. Finally, we evaluated the functional relevance of a disease associated SNP. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: We demonstrated that ATG5 single nucleotide polymorphisms rs12201458 and rs510432 were associated with asthma (p = 0.00085 and 0.0025, respectively. In three independent cohorts, additional variants in ATG5 in the same LD block were associated with asthma (p<0.05. We found that rs510432 was functionally relevant and conferred significantly increased promotor activity. Furthermore, Atg5 expression was increased in nasal epithelium of acute asthmatics compared to stable asthmatics and non-asthmatic controls. CONCLUSION: Genetic variants in ATG5, including a functional promotor variant, are associated with childhood asthma. These results provide novel evidence for a role for ATG5 in childhood asthma.

  2. Kinase domain insert containing receptor promotor controlled suicide gene system kills human umbilical vein endothelial cells

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    Zong-Hai Huang; Wen-Yu Yang; Qi Cheng; Jing-Long Yu; Zhou Li; Zong-Yan Tong; Hui-Juan Song; Xiao-Yan Che

    2005-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the killing effect of double suicide gene mediated by adenovirus and regulated under kinase domain insert containing receptor (KDR) promoter on human umbilical vein endothelial cells. METHODS: By PCR technology, human KDR promoter gene, Escherichia coli(E. coli) cytosine deaminase (CD) gene and the herpes simple virus-thymidine kinase (TK) gene were cloned. Plasmid pKDR-CDglyTK was constructed with them. Then, a recombinant adenoviral plasmid pAdKDRCDglyTK was constructed in a "two-step transformation protocol". The newly constructed plasmids were transfected to 293 packaging cells to grow adenoviruses, which were further propagated and purified. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were infected with a different multiplicity of infection (MOI) of resultant recombinant adenovirus, the infection rate was measured with the aid of (GFP) expression. Infected cells were cultured in culture media containing different concentrations of (GCV) and/or 5-(FC), and the killing effects were measured.RESULTS: Recombinant adenoviruses AdKDR-CDglyTK were successfully constructed, and they infected HUVEC cells efficiently. Our data indicated that the infection rate was relevant to MOI of recombinant adenoviruses. HUVEC cells infected with AdKDR-CDglyTK were highly sensitive to the prodrugs, their survival rate correlated to both the concentration of the prodrugs and the MOI of recombinant adenoviruses. Our data also indicated that the two prodrugs used in combination were much more effective on killing transgeneic cells than GCV or 5-FC used alone. CONCLUSION: Prodrug/KDR-CDglyTK system is effective on killing HUVEC cells, its killing effect correlates to the concentration of prodrugs and recombinant adenovirus' MOI. Combined use of the two prodrugs confers better killing effects on transgeneic cells.

  3. Genomic structure, characterization, and identification of the promotor of the human IL-8 receptor A gene

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    Sprenger, H.; Lloyd, A.R.; Meyer, R.G.; Johnston, J.A.; Kelvin, D.J. [National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MA (United States)

    1994-09-15

    Two unique but homologous receptors for the neutrophil chemoattractant IL-8 have been cloned (designated IL-8RA and IL-8RB), each of which binds IL-8 with high affinity. IL-8RA mRNA expression was found to be regulated by granulocyte-CSF and LPS. In an attempt to understand the tissue-specific expression and to identify transcriptional regulatory elements, the authors have cloned, sequenced, and characterized the human IL-8RA gene. A {lambda}-DASH clone encoding the entire human IL-8RA gene was isolated by screening a genomic library with a PCR-generated cDNA. After mapping, subcloning, and sequencing several restriction fragments, a 9.2-kb continuous DNA sequence was obtained. As the sizes of the published cDNA (1.9 kb) and the mRNA determined by Northern blot analysis (2.1 kb) were not in agreement, a full-length cDNA was cloned by using a modified rapid amplification of cDNA ends technique. They identified a 5{prime}-untranslated region of 119 bp. After comparison with the genomic sequence, they found the gene consisted of two exons interrupted by an intron of 1.7 kb. A 1050-bp ORF was encoded entirely in the second exon together with a 834-bp 3{prime}-untranslated region. The immediate GC-rich 5{prime}-flanking region upstream of exon 1 could serve as a constitutively active promoter in chloramphenicolacetyl-transferase-expression assays. Expression analysis of additional upstream regions suggested the presence of silencer elements between positions -841 and -280. In conclusion, cloning a full-length cDNA permitted cloning of the human IL-8RA gene, identification of the genomic structure, and characterization of the promoter region. 45 refs., 6 figs.

  4. Screen of Bovine Mammary Gland Epithelial Cell Specifcity Promotor

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    Liu Xiao-fei; Li Qing-zhang; Qiu You-wen; Gao Xue-jun

    2012-01-01

    Three lactoproteins (α-Sl-casein, β-lactoglobulin, and β-casein) promotors were cloned, sequenced and compared relative luciferase expression. The results showed that the promotor activity of bovine α-S1-casein gene was the best, and would be used to produce pharmaceutically and medically important proteins in the mammary gland of transgenic animals and also for the construction of an inducible eukaryotic expression vector.

  5. [CFU-HPP colony formation of bone marrow hematopoietic proginitor cells in psoriatic patients and methylation of p16 gene promotor in CFU-HPP colony cells].

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    Zhang, Rui-Li; Niu, Xu-Ping; Li, Xin-Hua; Zhang, Kai-Ming; Yin, Guo-Hua

    2007-08-01

    This study was purposed to investigate the colony formation of high-proliferative potential colony-forming units (CFU-HPP) from bone marrow-derived hematopoietic cells of psoriatic patients and p16 gene promotor methylation in CFU-HPP cells, and to explore the relationship between the colony formation and the methylation status of p16 gene promoter. Bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells from psoriatic patients and normal controls were separated by density gradient centrifugation, and were cultured in methycellulose semi-solid culture medium with SCF, GM-CSF, IL-3 and IL-6 for 14 days to measure the colonies of CFU-HPP. The CFU-HPP colony cells were collected and methylation status of p16 gene promoter of CFU-HPP cell DNA modified with sodium bisulfite was detected by the methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (MSP). The results showed that in methycellulose semi-solid culture system, the number and the size of CFU-HPP colonies of bone marrow of psoriatic patients were all significantly less than that of normal controls, the positive frequency of p16 gene promoter methylation in CFU-HPP cells was lower than that in CFU-HPP colony cells of normal controls. It is concluded that the colony formation capability of CFU-HPP from bone marrow hematopoietic progenitor cells in psoriatic patients is lower than that in normal controls, and the lower positive frequency of P16 gene promoter methylation in CFU-HPP cells perhaps closely correlated with lower CFU-HPP colony-forming capability.

  6. GUS gene expression driven by a citrus promoter in transgenic tobacco and 'Valencia' sweet orange Expressão do gene GUS controlado por promotor de citros em plantas transgênicas de tabaco e laranja 'Valência'

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    Fernando Alves de Azevedo

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was the transformation of tobacco and 'Valencia' sweet orange with the GUS gene driven by the citrus phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL gene promoter (CsPP. Transformation was accomplished by co-cultivation of tobacco and 'Valência' sweet orange explants with Agrobacterium tumefaciens containing the binary vector CsPP-GUS/2201. After plant transformation and regeneration, histochemical analyses using GUS staining revealed that CsPP promoter preferentially, but not exclusively, conferred gene expression in xylem tissues of tobacco. Weaker GUS staining was also detected throughout the petiole region in tobacco and citrus CsPP transgenic plants.O objetivo deste trabalho foi realizar a transformação de plantas de tabaco e laranja 'Valência' com o gene GUS controlado pelo promotor do gene da fenilalanina amônia-liase (PAL de citros (CsPP. Foi realizada transformação genética por meio do co-cultivo de explantes de tabaco e laranja 'Valência' com Agrobacterium tumefaciens que continha o vetor binário CsPP-GUS/2201. Após a transformação e a regeneração, a detecção da atividade de GUS por ensaios histoquímicos revelou que o promotor CsPP, preferencialmente, mas não exclusivamente, confere expressão gênica em tecidos do xilema de tabaco. Expressão mais baixa de GUS também foi detectada na região de tecido de pecíolo, em plantas transgênicas (CsPP de tabaco e laranja 'Valência'.

  7. Expressão transiente do gene gus, sob regulação de quatro promotores, em diferentes tecidos de mamoeiro (Carica papaya L. e videira (Vitis sp.

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    Pinto Adelar Almeida

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available O mamoeiro (Carica papaya L. e a videira (Vitis vinifera L. destacam-se entre as fruteiras produzidas no Brasil por serem plantadas em quase todo o território nacional e apresentarem importância econômica e social. A tecnologia de produção de organismos geneticamente modificados, também conhecidos como "transgênicos", tem grande potencial de uso no desenvolvimento de fruteiras melhoradas. Porém, questões de propriedade intelectual limitam o uso da engenharia genética por países em desenvolvimento, que normalmente não detêm direitos sobre processos ou produtos necessários ao uso desta. Neste contexto, o presente estudo buscou avaliar promotores de expressão gênica alternativos ao CaMV 35S, que é o mais utilizado no desenvolvimento de transgênicos, mas é patenteado. Para tanto, construções gênicas com o gene gus sob a regulação de diferentes promotores foram testadas para expressão transiente em diversos tecidos de mamoeiro e videira. Expressão transiente foi avaliada em embriões somáticos, folhas, caules, raízes e frutos. O promotor do gene UBQ3, que é constitutivo e se encontra em domínio publico, mostrou ser uma alternativa promissora para futuros trabalhos de transformação genética de mamoeiro, mas não de videira.

  8. Seleccion y Capacitacion de Promotores.

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    Gomez, Dra. Gaby Fujimoto

    1990-01-01

    The program philosophies of a Latin American nonacademic school program for children aged 0-6 years are discussed. The role of the natural educator is analyzed. Promotors of these programs are described, and strategies for finding them are suggested. (DG)

  9. Seleccion y Capacitacion de Promotores.

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    Gomez, Dra. Gaby Fujimoto

    1990-01-01

    The program philosophies of a Latin American nonacademic school program for children aged 0-6 years are discussed. The role of the natural educator is analyzed. Promotors of these programs are described, and strategies for finding them are suggested. (DG)

  10. Promotores as researchers: expanding the promotor role in community-based research.

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    Nelson, Atiba; Lewy, Robin; Dovydaitis, Tiffany; Ricardo, Francine; Kugel, Candace

    2011-09-01

    The community health worker, known as promotor in the Hispanic community, is an accepted member of the public health team whose core role is that of bridging target communities with health services. However, the promotor's role in research has not been considered a core function of their work. This article will present the promotor in the additional role of researcher, as conceived by the Migrant Clinicians Network for the Hombres Unidos Contra La Violencia Familiar (Men United Against Family Violence) sexual violence/intimate partner violence project. The Hombres Unidos project used promotores as survey facilitators, gathering male Hispanic farmworkers' perspectives on the sensitive topic of sexual violence and intimate partner violence. This article demonstrates that when trained, the promotores' linguistic and cultural competence make them a valuable addition to the research team, especially when collecting sensitive information.

  11. Expressão eficiente do gene reporter beta-glucuronidase nos tecidos vasculares de batata (Solanum tuberosum L. utilizando de um promotor específico (BRA3 de Agrobacterium rhizogenes Efficient expression of beta-glucuronidase reporter gene in vascular tissue of potato (Solanum tuberosum L. utilizing a specific promoter (BRA3 from Agrobacterium rhizogenes

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    Antonio Carlos Torres

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available Promotores tecido-específico controlam a transcrição de genes em diferentes tecidos vegetais bem como em diferentes estádios de desenvolvimento da planta, levando à indução de distintos níveis de atividade transiente e/ou estável do gene. Tais promotores podem ser empregados para a expressão seletiva de genes de interesse. O promotor rol A de Agrobacterium rhizogenes, por exemplo, é floema-específico, sugerindo que possa ser empregado em estratégias de defesa de plantas que são infectadas por vírus com replicação restrita ao floema. A expressão do gene marcador da ß-glucuronidase (gus dirigido pelo promotor rol A (pBRA3 foi observada em plantas transgênicas de batata (cvs. Macaca e Baronesa. Entrenós e secções de folhas foram submetidos ao cocultivo com A. tumefaciens. A atividade do gene gus avaliada em brotações resistentes à canamicina não se restringiu ao floema (alto nível de expressão do gene, mas também se manifestou no xilema dos caules. As expressões transiente e estável são, no entanto, tecido-específicas, localizadas sobretudo no sistema vascular de entrenós e ausente em raízes e folhas. As plantas gus positivas foram micropropagadas, plantadas em casa de vegetação e avaliadas por PCR, utilizando-se 'primers' específicos para o gene npt II. Nenhuma alteração fenotípica foi observada em plantas transgênicas, em relação às não transformadas.Tissue-especific promoters allow the modulation of gene transcription in different tissue types as well as in different stages of plant development, leading different levels of transient and stable activity of the gene product. These promoters have been employed for selective gene expression. The Agrobacterium rhizogenes rol A gene promoter (BRA3 controls phloem-specific expression indicating that this promoter might have an important role in plant defense strategies against virus which replicated only in the phloem. The expression of

  12. Transcription of the transforming genes of the oncogenic human papillomavirus-16 is stimulated by tumor promotors through AP1 binding sites

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    Chan, Woonkhiong; Chong, T.; Bernard, H.U.; Klock, G. (National Univ. of Singapore (Singapore))

    1990-02-25

    The promoter P97 of human papillomavirus-16 (HPV-16) gives rise to transcripts that encode the principal transforming genes of the virus, E6 and E7. The activity of P97 is regulated by a cell-type-specific enhancer as well as by glucocorticoids and progesterone. The authors show here, that in CaSki cells, which contain HPV-16 genomes, P97 is also inducible by phorbol esters. Functional analysis of restriction fragments and oligonucleotides of the viral enhancer localizes two phorbol ester response elements on two transcription factor binding sites termed fp4e and fp9e. Sequence comparison, footprint analysis and bandshift competition of the cloned motifs suggest that both fp4e and fp9e are bound by the transcription factor AP1. These AP1 binding sites in HPV-16 and other papillomaviruses may provide a link between cellular oncogenes like jun, fos and possibly ras, whose transcription stimulating activity may lead to an elevated expression of the viral transforming genes E6 and E7.

  13. Using Promotores Programs to Improve Latino Health Outcomes: Implementation Challenges for Community-based Nonprofit Organizations.

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    Twombly, Eric C; Holtz, Kristen D; Stringer, Kimberly

    2012-05-01

    Promotores are community lay health workers, who provide outreach and services to Latinos. Little research on the promotores programs exists and the focus of this article is to identify the challenges faced by community-based nonprofits when implementing promotores programs. To explore this type of program telephone interviews were conducted with ten promotores academic experts and nonprofit executives. The results suggest that implementation challenges fall into three major categories: the lack of standardized information on promotores programs, labor issues, and organizational costs. Future recommendations are made which highlight promotores recruitment and retention strategies, and the development of a clearinghouse of programmatic implementation information for community-based nonprofits.

  14. Liderazgo con Empowerment: Promotor de la innovación

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    Elsa Emilia Petit Torres; Lorena Beatriz Gutiérrez González

    2007-01-01

    En este artículo se describe el Modelo de Liderazgo con Empowerment para identificar su perfil promotor de la innovación en las organizaciones empresariales. Se adoptó una estrategia de investigación cualitativa basada en la aplicación del método interpretativo, propuesto por Joseph Kockelmans (1975), el cual se fundamenta en la técnica de análisis de contenido de artículos especializados. Se describe el Modelo de Liderazgo Empowerment como promotor de la innovación bajo la consideración de l...

  15. Promotores de salud and community health workers: an annotated bibliography.

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    WestRasmus, Emma K; Pineda-Reyes, Fernando; Tamez, Montelle; Westfall, John M

    2012-01-01

    For underserved and disenfranchised communities in the United States, affordable, effective health care can be nearly inaccessible, which often leads to the exclusion of these communities from relevant medical information and care. Barriers to care are especially salient in minority communities, where language, traditions and customs, socioeconomics, and access to education can serve as additional roadblocks to accessing health care information and services. These factors have contributed to a national health disparity crisis that unnecessarily places some communities in a vulnerable position without adequate prevention and treatment opportunities. One solution to the exclusion some communities face in the health care system may be the promotores de salud (PdS)/community health worker (CHW), an approach to culturally competent health care delivery whose popularity in the mainstream health care system has been steadily growing in recent decades. Known by a wide variety of names and broad in the spectrum of health issues they address, the PdS/CHW serves as cultural brokers between their own community and the formal health care system and can play a crucial role in promoting health and wellness within their community. This annotated bibliography was created to educate the reader about the history, definition, key features, utility, outcomes, and broad potential of the CHW approach in a variety of populations. Intended to serve as a reference point to a vast body of information on the CHW/PdS approach, this document is a resource for those wishing to effect change in the disparities within the health care system, and to improve the access to, quality, and cost of health care for underserved patients and their communities. Promotores de Salud is a Spanish term that translates to Health Promoter. A female health worker may be referred to as a Promotora, a male as a Promotor, and the plural of both is Promotores. For the purposes of this bibliography, the terms community

  16. Análisis de asociación de nuevos polimorfismos en el promotor del gen MMP- 1 y osteoartritis secundaria a displasia de cadera en perros. Association analyses of novel polymorphisms in the MMP-1 promoter gene with osteoarthritis secondary to hip dysplasia in dogs

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    V.B. Fassa

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available La displasia de cadera (DC es una enfermedad poligénica caracterizada por laxitud articular y pérdida de congruencia que conduce a la osteoartritis (OA. En muchas condiciones patológicas, incluyendo a la artritis puede observarse un aumento de la síntesis de MMP-1. El promotor del gen MMP-1 contiene elementos de respuesta a citoquinas, los factores de trascripción AP-1 y SAF-1 que se hallan aumentados en OA. El objetivo del presente estudio fue la identificación y análisis de polimorfismos en el promotor del gen MMP-1 canino y su asociación a la OA secundaria a DC. Basados en la secuencia de referencia NCBI_006587, se detectaron dos nuevos polimorfismos, Indel CTGCCCT (bp31986794 y una sustitución C>T (bp31986815 que fueron seleccionadas para su análisis debido a su posición en la secuencia de consenso perteneciente al elemento de respuesta SAF-1. Los polimorfismos detectados se ingresaron a la base del GenBank (números de acceso GQ475524 y GQ475525. Se tomaron muestras de 125 perros de diferentes razas y se evaluó el estado de la cadera por medio de radiografías en posición ventro-dorsal. Se realizó un análisis estadístico por medio de un chi cuadrado para probar la asociación entre las variables raza, sexo y genotipo con el estado para OA (sanos y afectados. No se hallo asociación (p>0.05 entre ninguna variable y la condición de OA secundaria a DC. El estudio no excluye al gen MMP-1 como candidato responsable de OA secundaria a DC en las razas estudiadas ya que sólo se ha evaluado la región promotora del mismo.Hip dysplasia (HD is a polygenic disease characterized by joint laxity and lack of congruence leading to osteoarthritis (OA. Under many pathogenic conditions including arthritis, MMP-1 synthesis is augmented. The MMP-1 gene promoter contains cytokine response elements, transcription factors AP-1 and SAF-1 that are increased in OA. The objective of the present study was to identify and characterize new polymorphisms

  17. Effects of a promotor training on local school wellness advocacy capacity.

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    Jara, Eddy A; Ritterman Weintraub, Miranda; Clifton-Hawkins, Nancy; Martinez, Nestor

    2014-01-01

    There is gap between the enactment and implementation of local school wellness policies. Building the capacity of promotores to engage parents in strengthening local school wellness policy implementation is an innovative strategy. This evaluation study examines the effects of 6 hours of promotor advocacy training to improve local school wellness policy implementation. Consistent with psychological empowerment theory, the training and the related toolkit were designed to increase promotores' knowledge and self-efficacy to engage parents in advocating for improved local school wellness policy implementation. Pre-post training questionnaires (n = 74), five posttraining participant focus groups, and four staff member focus groups explored changes in promotor and participating organization capacity. Findings show increased participant self-efficacy, knowledge, and attitudes to advocate for improved local school wellness policy implementation. Participating organizations reported intention to continue supporting promotor local school wellness policy advocacy. Findings illuminate strategies to strengthen promotor capacity to engage parents in local school wellness policy advocacy.

  18. ANALYSIS OF POLYMORPHISMS IN THE INTERLEUKIN 18 GENE PROMOTOR (-137 G/C AND -607 C/A IN PATIENTS INFECTED WITH HEPATITIS C VIRUS FROM THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON

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    Kemper Nunes dos SANTOS

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundThe hepatitis C virus has been recognized as the leading cause of chronic liver disease in the world. Host genetic factors have been implicated in the persistence of hepatitis C virus infection. Single nucleotide polymorphisms at positions -607 C/A (rs1946518 and -137 G/C (rs187238 in the IL-18 gene promoter have been suggested to be associated with delayed hepatitis C virus clearance and persistence of the disease.ObjectiveIdentify these polymorphisms in a population infected with hepatitis C virus from the Brazilian Amazon region.MethodsIn a cross-sectional analytical study conducted in Belém, Pará, Brazil, 304 patients infected with hepatitis C virus were divided into two groups: group A, patients with persistent infection; group B, patients with spontaneous clearance. The control group consisted of 376 volunteers not infected with hepatitis C virus. Samples were analyzed by RT-PCR for the detection of viral RNA and by RFLP-PCR to evaluate the presence of the -137 G/C and -607 C/A IL-18 gene promoter polymorphisms.ResultsComparison of polymorphism allele frequencies between the patient and control groups showed a higher frequency of allele C at position -607 among patients (P=0.02. When the association between the polymorphisms and viral infection was analyzed, patients carrying genotype C/A at position -607 were found to be at higher risk of persistent hepatitis C virus infection (P=0.03.ConclusionThe present results suggest a possible role of the -607 IL-18 gene promoter polymorphism in the pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus infection.

  19. Avaliação de polimorfismo de nucleotídeo único em gene promotor da citocina inflamatória IL6 quanto à susceptibilidade em doenças pulmonares

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    Augusto Ferreira Weber

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Acredita-se que fatores genéticos podem modificar o risco individual tornando os indivíduos mais susceptíveis a certas patologias. Polimorfismos de nucleotídeo único (SNP em genes de mediadores inflamatórios estão fortemente relacionados a esta propensão. Objetivou-se relacionar a presença de SNP em gene que codifica uma citocina pró-inflamatória com susceptibilidade às doenças pulmonares. Foi realizado um estudo do tipo caso-controle em indivíduos com doença pulmonar obstrutiva crônica (DPOC, câncer de pulmão (CP e tuberculose (TB. Foram realizadas coletas de dados epidemiológicos e ainda de material biológico para genotipagem do polimorfismo rs1800795 do gene IL6 através da técnica de reação em cadeia da polimerase (PCR em tempo real. Para as análises estatísticas foram avaliadas a frequência (%, média e desvio-padrão e o teste x2 para as variáveis categóricas. Observou-se o predomínio do sexo masculino, bem como a maioria dos indivíduos se autodeclarou caucasiano. Quanto à frequência alélica para o polimorfismo rs1800795 do gene IL6, a presença foi maior no alelo considerado de risco em todos os grupos de casos, mas ao comparar estes achados a um grupo controle, não foi observada diferença estatística significativa, fato que demonstra que não há relação entre as frequências genotípicas e alélicas e presença do polimorfismo em IL6 com a susceptibilidade a doenças pulmonares nesta população.

  20. A vueltas con los derechos especiales de fundadores y promotores

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    Gómez Mendoza, María

    2007-01-01

    Cabe remunerar a fundadores o promotores de una sociedad anónima por la idea creativa de la empresa o por sus desvelos para su constitución con derechos especiales en calidad de terceros que habrán de constar en los estatutos. Han de ser de contenido económico, si bien se discute si caben ventajas diferentes a la participación en beneficios, limitadas temporalmente y en su cuantía por la ley española. Durante la vida de la sociedad, tales derechos pueden verse afectados por diferentes acuerdo...

  1. Empowering Promotores de Salud as partners in cancer education and research in rural southwest Kansas.

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    Cupertino, Ana Paula; Saint-Elin, Mercedes; de Los Rios, Johana Bravo; Engelman, Kimberly K; Greiner, K Allen; Ellerbeck, Edward F; Nápoles, Anna M

    2015-01-01

    To describe community-based participatory processes used to develop promotore training on cancer research, and to assess the feasibility of training promotores from rural communities to disseminate cancer research information. Prospective, cohort design. Rural communities in the state of Kansas. 34 Spanish-speaking promotores attended an information session; 27 enrolled and 22 completed training. With input from a community advisory board, the authors developed a leadership and cancer curriculum and trained Spanish-speaking promotores to disseminate information on cancer research. Promotores completed pretraining and post-training surveys in Spanish to assess demographic characteristics and changes in knowledge of cancer, cancer treatment and cancer research studies, and intent to participate in cancer research. Cancer knowledge, awareness of cancer clinical trials, interest in participating in cancer clinical research studies. Compared to pretraining, after training, promotores were more likely to correctly define cancer, identify biopsies, describe cancer stages, and report ever having heard of cancer research studies. Completion rates of the training and willingness to participate in cancer research were high, supporting the feasibility of training promotores to deliver community-based education to promote cancer research participation. Nursing professionals and researchers can collaborate with promotores to disseminate cancer education and research among underserved rural Latino communities in Kansas and elsewhere. Members of these communities appear willing and interested in improving their knowledge of cancer and cancer clinical trials.

  2. 基因学干预研究:血红素氧合酶1微卫星多态性表达水平上调的作用%Gene theory-based intervention: the effect of up-regulating microsatellite polymorphism in heme oxygenase-1 gene promotor

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    杨俊娟; 罗奕龙; 高炜; 霍勇; 刘兆平; 周爱儒

    2005-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) promotor region has a pair of dinucleotide(guanosine thymidine, GT) repeats with a lengthy polymorphism, also named microsatellite polymorphism. Experiments in vitro have shown that we can indirectly learn about the level of gene transcription by measuring the number of GT repeats.OBJECTIVE: To investigate if an association exists between restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention(PCI) and microsatellite polymorphism in HO-1 gene promoter.DESIGN: A case-control study based on the observation of the patients with coronary heart disease after undergoing coronary stenting.SETTING: Wards of the department of cardiology of a university hospital.PARTICIPANTS: A total of 118 patients were admitted from April 1996 to May 2002 at the Department of Cardiology of the First Hospital of Peking University who underwent successful coronary stenting. Inclusion criteria: The patients with coronary heart disease who underwent coronary stent implantation for more than 3 months now came to perform coronary angiography in follow-up. Exclusion criteria: Angiography showed that the stenosis of lumen in diameter in the patients with coronary heart disease was less than 50%and the follow-up in angiography was less than three months. There were 92males and 26 females aged(62±10) years old and the informed consents were obtained. The patients were divided into two groups according to the criteria stipulated by American Heart,Lung and Blood Association: in-stent restenosis(68 cases) and non-restenosis (50 cases).METHODS: DNA of the peripheral blood was isolated from the whole blood. The length of GT repeat was confirmed by PCR amplification and Spreadex Gel electrophoresis. Selected samples were sequenced with Sanger's method.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Microsatellite gene frequency of HO-1promoter and its relationship with restenosis RESULTS: Patients with GT repeats <25 GT in the HO-1 gene promoter on either allele had significantly less often

  3. Promotor(a)s, the organizations in which they work, and an emerging paradox: how organizational structure and scope impact promotor(a)s' work.

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    May, Marlynn L; Contreras, Ricardo B

    2007-07-01

    To analyze how organizational structures and scope (geographic and programmatic) generate dissonance between the organization and its workers, creating a paradox with policy implications for access to health care in hard-to-reach populations. The workers are lay community health workers called promotor(a)s. The organizations are community based organizations in which the promotor(a)s work, either as volunteers, part-time or as full-time wage staff. Ethnographic study of 12 organizations and their promotor(a)s. Data gathering included interviews with organization directors, promotor(a)s, service providers working with the organizations, and community residents served by the organizations and workers. In addition, promotor(a)s were observed in the course of their work. Sampling was a non-probability, snowball procedure for identifying the organizations and the workers within them. A paradox is emerging between (a) promotor(a)s who perceive their work to be locally focused and tightly integrated with the communities they serve and live in, and (b) the employing organizations that are expanding in geographical and programmatic scope because the work promotor(a)s do is in increasing demand by agencies and funding sources external to the communities served. The paradox potentially threatens to undermine and transform the work and working environment of the promotor(a)s. The challenge is to find a balance that will sustain a workable and working relationship among the organization, the workers, and the communities served. Care is needed in setting out policies that translate the paradox into greater congruence among organization, workers and communities. Policy needs discussed focus on (a) worker training, (b) worker employment and deployment, and (c) funding source recognition of the paradox.

  4. Hubungan Tipe Thalassemia β serta Polimorfisme c.-582 A>G Promotor Gen HAMP dan Status Besi thalassemia β Berat Baru

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    Susi Susanah

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Iron overload is the common cause of morbidity and mortality in severe β-thalassemia patients. Many factors influence the iron status in severe β-thalassemia. This study aimed to analyze the association of β-thalassemia type, polymorphism c.-582 A>G promotor hepcidine antimicrobacterial peptide (HAMP gene, and iron status in newly diagnosed severe β-thalassemia. A cross-sectional study was performed at Dr. Hasan Sadikin General Hospital/Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran Bandung from November to December 2012. Subjects were newly diagnosed severe β-thalassemia patients who were diagnosed based on clinical manifestation and laboratory examination. Subjects had not received any blood transfusion before and had normal CRP level. Transferrin saturation (TS and serum ferritin (SF levels indicate iron status. The statistical analysis was performed using t test, Mann-Whitney, and Chi square test. Twenty nine subjects were diagnosed as newly severe β-thalassemia, 24 β-thalassemia mayor and 5 with severe β-thalassemia/HbE. There was no difference in the iron status between the two types of severe β-thalassemia and between those with and without polymorphism of c.-582 A>G promotor HAMP gene in newly diagnosed severe β-thalassemia (p>0.05. In conclusiosn, the β-thalassemia type and polymorphism of c.-582 A>G promotor HAMP gene do not associate with the iron status in newly diagnosed severe β-thalassemia patients.

  5. Empowering Promotores de Salud to engage in Community-Based Participatory Research.

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    Cupertino, A Paula; Suarez, Natalia; Cox, Lisa Sanderson; Fernández, Cielo; Jaramillo, Mary Lou; Morgan, Aura; Garrett, Susan; Mendoza, Irazema; Ellerbeck, Edward F

    2013-01-01

    Latino immigrants are less likely to be involved in addressing health-related issues affecting their own community. Community health workers have played a significant role in addressing the health of underserved communities in several countries. The objective of this article is to describe the development, implementation and evaluation of a community-based training program that empowers promotores to identify the health needs of recent Latino immigrants. Promotores were able to develop interventions based on the needs of recent Latino immigrants. Latino community members participated in a 30-hour training program. Training was provided in 15 two-hour sessions over 3 months. Training included field work accompanied by skills development in leadership, organization, interpersonal communication, and survey implementation. Upon completion of the training, promotores conducted household surveys designed to identify community health needs. The evaluation employed quantitative measures to track promotores' canvassing activities and assessment of health behaviors. Out of the 22 promotores enrolled in the training program, 15 (68.18%) completed the training program. Within 3 months, promotores administered 105 household surveys and identified poor access to health care, lack of insurance (78.6%), low daily consumption of fruits (73%) and vegetables (37.5%) and frequent exposure to tobacco smoke (31.7%). Our study demonstrated the feasibility of recruiting and engaging promotores to identify health priorities within the Latino community. This initial step will inform the development of future community-based interventions.

  6. Acerca de la formación del Promotor Cultural

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    Iliana Fernández-Peña

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo aborda el análisis de las diferentes etapas relacionadas con la formación del Promotor Cultural en nuestro país y en nuestro territorio, pues este es el encargado de impulsar y activar las potencialidades artísticas e intelectuales de la comunidad para enriquecer la vida espiritual, la participación y las relaciones sociales de la población. Se realizó un análisis crítico de la formación de estos a partir del año 2003 y cómo se implementó en nuestra provincia.

  7. Liderazgo con Empowerment: Promotor de la innovación

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    Elsa Emilia Petit Torres

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se describe el Modelo de Liderazgo con Empowerment para identificar su perfil promotor de la innovación en las organizaciones empresariales. Se adoptó una estrategia de investigación cualitativa basada en la aplicación del método interpretativo, propuesto por Joseph Kockelmans (1975, el cual se fundamenta en la técnica de análisis de contenido de artículos especializados. Se describe el Modelo de Liderazgo Empowerment como promotor de la innovación bajo la consideración de las siguientes características: 1. Cultura Empowerment con valores innovativos, 2. Confianza y compromiso hacia la organización empresarial, 3. La intrategia como instrumento para la unidad, 4. El locus de control interno para impulsar el cambio continuo, 5. Mantener la competencia y 6. Optimismo, creatividad y colaboración cruzada. Se concluye que un punto de encuentro conceptual entre la Teoría de la Innovación, el Enfoque de la Gestión del Conocimiento y la Teoría Gerencial, consiste en asumir al liderazgo como un determinante de la innovación. La Teoría Gerencial en el marco de la Gestión del Conocimiento y el Modelo de Liderazgo Empowerment, explica conceptualmente cómo es posible aprovechar las ideas explotando recursos, generando capacidades y desarrollando competencias en la organización a partir de las aportaciones de todos sus miembros, centrándose en el valor de uso de las ideas, lo cual constituye el eslabón que permite relacionar las variables ¿Liderazgo Empowerment¿ y ¿proceso de innovación¿

  8. Die Regulation des Interleukin-12 p40 Promotors in Monozyten und Makrophagen

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    Interleukin-12 ist ein Schlüsselregulator zellvermittelter Immunantworten. In der vorliegenden Dissertation wurde die Regulation des IL-12 p40 Promotors in Monozyten und Makrophagen untersucht. Mit Hilfe von 'In Vivo Footprinting'-, Bandshift- und Transfektionsexperimenten konnte eine wichtige Funktion der Transkriptionsfaktoren NF-kappaB, C/EBP-beta und PU.1 bei der Aktivierung des Promotors gezeigt werden. 'In Vivo Footprinting'-Experimente führten auch zur Identifikation eines bisher nicht...

  9. DON VASCO DE QUIROGA PROMOTOR DE LA EDUCACIÓN INDÍGENA

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    Fernando Campo del Pozo

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    Full Text Available El objeto de este trabajo es resaltar la actuación docente de los agustinos en México, con Vasco de Quiroga, "Tata Vasco"; fundador de pueblos con escuelas y hospitales, un anticipo de lo que luego se llamó "reducciones." Se ha utilizado una metodología analítica, complementaria y evolutiva dentro de la investigación, que desde hace unos 40 años se está realizando para la historia de la Orden de San Agustín en Hispanoamérica, teniendo en cuenta la bibliografía existente y la revisión de los archivos. El colegio de San Nicolás se mantuvo floreciente durante la colonia y fue la base de la universidad michoacanesa de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. En ese colegio se formaron muchos de los 200 sacerdotes que había en su diócesis, junto otros tantos religiosos, que enseñaban y predicaban el Evangelio en castellano y en las lenguas aborígenes. Fue un destacado promotor de la educación indígena.

  10. Estudio preliminar: orégano como promotor de crecimiento en lechones destetados

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    Santiago Parrado M.; Jackson Chamorro S.; Lácides Serrano V.

    2006-01-01

    A pesar de la comprobada capacidad de mejorar el desempeño en los cerdos, el uso de antimicrobianos como promotores de crecimiento viene siendo progresivamente restringido en diversos países. Las nuevas reglamentaciones tienden a buscar nuevas alternativas al uso de antibióticos y quimioterapéuticos como promotores de crecimiento. Una de estas alternativas son los nutraceúticos que constituyen una de las opciones investigadas. El objetivo del trabajo fue evaluar los efectos antimicrobianos de...

  11. Selection and characterization of conditionally active promotors in Lactobacillus plantarum, using alanine racemase as a promotor probe

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    Bron, P.A.; Hoffer, S.M.; Swam, van I.I.; Vos, de W.M.; Kleerebezem, M.

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes the use of the alr gene, encoding alanine racemase, as a promoter-screening tool for the identification of conditional promoters in Lactobacillus plantarum. Random fragments of the L. plantarum WCFS1 genome were cloned upstream of the promoterless alr gene of Lactococcus lactis

  12. Latinas' Mammography Intention Following a Home-Based Promotores-Led Intervention.

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    Scheel, John R; Molina, Yamile; Briant, Katherine J; Ibarra, Genoveva; Lehman, Constance D; Thompson, Beti

    2015-12-01

    Despite increases in mammography rates among Latinas, screening rates remain lower than in non-Latina Whites and Latinas typically present with breast cancer at a later stage. Trained lay community workers (promotores) have been successfully used to increase screening mammography intention in Latinas. Little is known, however, about the potential mechanisms of these interventions, such as increased breast cancer knowledge (knowledge) and social interactions concerning mammography practices (social engagement). This prospective pre-post study examined this gap in the literature by (1) documenting changes in knowledge and social engagement after receipt of a promotores-based intervention; and (2) establishing if post-intervention knowledge and social engagement predicted mammography intention, after adjusting for socio-demographic and lifetime mammography history. There were significant increases in knowledge and social engagement about mammography. Finally, post-intervention social engagement was a significant predictor of mammography intention. Future promotores-based interventions should focus on enhancing social engagement to improve mammography intention and use.

  13. Vida PURA: An assessment of the fidelity of promotor-delivered screening and brief intervention to reduce unhealthy alcohol use among Latino day laborers.

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    Serrano, Samantha E; Serafini, Kelly; Eller, Nikki; Torres, Vanessa N; Donovan, Dennis; Ornelas, India J

    2017-04-04

    We assessed the fidelity of promotores conducting screening and brief intervention (SBI) to reduce unhealthy alcohol use among Latino immigrant day laborers in the Vida PURA study. We reviewed 32 audio-recorded brief interventions to assess promotor adherence to the intervention protocol and to evaluate their motivational interviewing (MI) technique with the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) 4.2.1 tool. Promotores delivered three core intervention steps in 78% of recordings and achieved basic MI competence across all domains and proficiency in 50% of measures. Our results suggest that promotores can be trained to deliver SBI in community settings with fidelity.

  14. [Association of polymorphism for HLA-DQA1 promotor region (QAP) with IDDM].

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    Qiu, C; Song, C; Zhou, W; Hu, X; Bai, S

    1994-12-01

    We have identified the DNA polymorphism for the HLA-DQA1 promotor region (QAP) in patients with early and late onset insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) by PCR direct sequencing. The result showed that single nucleotide substitution at position-92(C-->T-92) and -146 (T-->C-146) were detected in QAP for early and late onset IDDM respectively. These findings suggests that the mutation seems to alter the conformation of QAP so that these are likely to influence the aberrant expression of MHC-class II loci in beta-pancreatic islet cells.

  15. A utilizaçao da droga Halquinol® como promotor de crescimento e coadjuvante no controle da coccidiose

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    Cardoso, Maria Antoanete Brandalize; Flemming, Jose Sidney, 1949-

    2013-01-01

    O principal objetivo deste trabalho foi o estudo da influência da droga halquinol (Roxolin 60) como promotor de crescimento, bem como sua possível ação no controle da coccidiose, em frangos de corte. Foram analisados parâmetros como ganho de peso, conversão alimentar, viabilidade e índice de eficiência produtiva. Foram constituídos seis tratamentos, num total de 2.880 aves criadas em piso, com diferentes níveis da droga na ração. Observou-se que a utilização de halquinol como promotor de cres...

  16. Transferable Training Modules: Building Environmental Education Opportunities With and for Mexican Community Health Workers (Promotores de Salud).

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    Ramírez, Denise Moreno; Vea, Lourdes; Field, James A; Baker, Paul B; Gandolfi, A Jay; Maier, Raina M

    Community health workers (promotores de salud) have the ability to empower communities to mitigate negative health outcomes. Current training efforts in environmental topics are lacking. This project addressed this gap by developing 4 transferable training modules on environmental health. By applying a series of surveys, interviews, and trainings, we evaluated their relevance. Partners provided favorable feedback for 3 of the 4 modules. It was also learned that the development method could be improved by engaging technically trained promotores de salud in the role of co-creators. This project has implications for environmental justice communities as it can lessen information disparities.

  17. E-cadherin promotor methylation and mutation are inversely related to motility capacity of breast cancer cells

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    Horssen, R. van; Hollestelle, A.; Rens, J.A.; Eggermont, A.M.; Schutte, M.; Ten Hagen, T.L.

    2012-01-01

    Inactivation of the tumor suppressor E-cadherin is an important event during breast tumorigenesis, as its decreased expression is linked to aggressiveness and metastasis. However, the relationship between the different modes of E-cadherin inactivation (mutation versus promotor hypermethylation) and

  18. Estudio preliminar: orégano como promotor de crecimiento en lechones destetados

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    Santiago Parrado M.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available A pesar de la comprobada capacidad de mejorar el desempeño en los cerdos, el uso de antimicrobianos como promotores de crecimiento viene siendo progresivamente restringido en diversos países. Las nuevas reglamentaciones tienden a buscar nuevas alternativas al uso de antibióticos y quimioterapéuticos como promotores de crecimiento. Una de estas alternativas son los nutraceúticos que constituyen una de las opciones investigadas. El objetivo del trabajo fue evaluar los efectos antimicrobianos del orégano sobre la digestibilidad aparente de los nutrientes, en la ganancia diaria de peso, conversión alimenticia y presentación de diarreas en lechones recién destetados. Fueron estudiados tres grupos de lechones de 21 días de edad de la raza F1 (Landrace x Large White, durante cuatro semanas de los cuales uno de dichos grupos fue tomado como grupo control (alimento comercial, y los otros dos grupos con alimento fabricado en la granja a diferentes concentraciones de orégano (0,03 y 0,06 % respectivamente. Las dietas fabricadas son a base de harina de maíz y soya suplementados con los aminoácidos y minerales esenciales para la dieta del lechón. El proyecto tuvo duración de un mes en el cuales se midió semanalmente el peso ganado por los animales y la conversión alimenticia de los mismos; de igual forma se comparó la eficacia del orégano con respecto a una dieta normal de concentrado. Los resultados del estudio mostraron diferencias significativas entre los grupos estudiados, en cuanto a las variables ganancia diaria de peso, índice de conversión y presentación de diarreas. Se llegó a una conclusión muy significativa donde las alternativas para los antibióticos promotores de crecimiento mejoran los parámetros productivos en lechones además, del efecto antimicrobiano que poseen.

  19. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) is not a promotor of taxol-induced cytoplasmic vacuolization

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    Sun, Qingrui; Chen, Tongsheng

    2009-02-01

    we have previously reported that taxol, a potent anticancer agent, induces caspase-independent cell death and cytoplasmic vacuolization in human lung adenocarcinoma (ASTC-a-1) cells. However, the mechanisms of taxol-induced cytoplasmic vacuolization are poorly understood. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been reported to be involved in the taxol-induced cell death. Here, we employed confocal fluorescence microscopy imaging to explore the role of ROS in taxol-induced cytoplasmic vacuolization. We found that ROS inhibition by addition of N-acetycysteine (NAC), a total ROS scavenger, did not suppress these vacuolization but instead increased vacuolization. Take together, our results showed that ROS is not a promotor of the taxol-induced cytoplasmic vacuolization.

  20. Significado de la fase inicial de la gerencia de proyectos para el promotor de viviendas en Venezuela

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    Eugenia Margarita Villalobos González

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta un reporte de investigación de un estudio exploratorio sobre la forma en que los promotores privados de vivienda en Venezuela abordan la fase inicial de la gerencia de proyectos, cotejando su visión pragmática con la perspectiva teórico-práctica del Pro­ject Management Institute (PMI1. Se utiliza como método de investigación el enfoque cualitativo con el cual, durante el proceso de análisis de la información suministrada du­rante las entrevistas, emergen elementos con significado que permiten conocer la visión de los promotores desde sus propias vivencias. A partir del análisis de la información su­ministrada por los promotores entrevistados se establece que existe un reconocimiento por parte de estos actores en cuanto a la importancia que puede tener esta fase y se detec­taron fortalezas y debilidades en su manejo. En ese sentido, los esfuerzos futuros deberán centrarse en potenciar los aspectos positivos y minimizar los negativos, reconociendo el ambiente de incertidumbre natural del proyecto.

  1. APROXIMACIONES COMPUTACIONALES PARA LA IDENTIFICACIÓN DE PROMOTORES EUCARIOTAS TIPO II

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    M. Mejía-Guerra

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available La identificación de segmentos funcionales dentro del DNA es uno de los campos más estudiados en la actualidad, debido a la generación de grandes volúmenes de información a partir de los proyectosgenómicos, las predicciones computacionales han atraído la atención de la comunidad científica en general.En este marco la identificación de secuencias reguladoras se erige como un importante campo del análisis de genomas; sin embargo, dada la enorme complejidad del proceso de regulación de la transcripciónaunque promisorios el problema de la predicción de las zonas reguladoras no se ha solucionado en su totalidad.Este artículo presenta una descripción de algunas aproximaciones desarrolladas para la identificación de promotores y sus elementos cis-reguladores, también se describen las estructuras de señales funcionales y estructurales que son diana de reconocimiento de algunos de estos programas de predicción aplicados al gen que codifica para la subunidad NR1 del receptor de glutamato sensible a N-metil-D-aspartato (iGluR-NMDA el cual ha sido objeto de estudio desde la década de los noventa.

  2. Papel de los polimorfismos del promotor del gen CD14 en tuberculosis

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    Mauricio Arias

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available El CD14 es una glicoproteína de membrana de 54kD expresada
    en monocitos/macrófagos, que actúa como receptor de componentes bacterianos entre ellos lipopolisacaridos (LPS (1. La interacción CD14-LPS induce activación celular con liberación de sustancias proinflamatorias. Existe en el suero una forma soluble del CD14 (sCD14 a concentraciones de 3-5mg/mL, el cual aumenta en algunas enfermedades tales como la tuberculosis (TB (2. Un polimorfismo de nucleótido único C® T en la posición -159 del promotor del gen CD14 se asoció con niveles altos de sCD14 en algunas enfermedades (3. Para evaluar si este polimorfismo está asociado con la TB se compararon las frecuencias genotípicas/alélicas de pacientes con diferentes formas de TB y controles sanos. Además se cuantificaron los niveles séricos de sCD14 de un subgrupo de pacientes y se evaluaron las diferencias en cuanto a genotipo y tipo de TB.

  3. Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, and transdisciplinarity in health research, services, education and policy: 2. Promotors, barriers, and strategies of enhancement.

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    Choi, Bernard C K; Pak, Anita W P

    2007-01-01

    Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams are increasingly encouraged in health research, services, education and policy. This paper is the second in a series. The first discussed the definitions, objectives, and evidence of effectiveness of multiple disciplinary teamwork. This paper continues to examine the promotors, barriers, and ways to enhance such teamwork. The paper is a literature review based on Google and MEDLINE (1982-2007) searches. "Multidisciplinarity", "interdisciplinarity", "transdisciplinarity" and "definition" were used as keywords to identify the pertinent literature. The promotors of teamwork success include: good selection of team members, good team leaders, maturity and flexibility of team members, personal commitment, physical proximity of team members, the Internet and email as a supporting platform, incentives, institutional support and changes in the workplace, a common goal and shared vision, clarity and rotation of roles, communication, and constructive comments among team members. The barriers, in general, reflect the situation in which the promotors are lacking. They include: poor selection of the disciplines and team members, poor process of team functioning, lack of proper measures to evaluate success of interdisciplinary work, lack of guidelines for multiple authorship in research publications, language problems, insufficient time or funding for the project, institutional constraints, discipline conflicts, team conflicts, lack of communication between disciplines, and unequal power among disciplines. Not every health project needs to involve multiple disciplines. Several questions can help in deciding whether a multiple disciplinary approach is required. If multiple disciplinarity is called for, eight strategies to enhance multiple disciplinary teamwork are proposed. They can be summarised in the acronym TEAMWORK - Team, Enthusiasm, Accessibility, Motivation, Workplace, Objectives, Role, Kinship.

  4. Digestibilidade de nutrientes em rações de frangos de corte suplementadas com promotores de crescimento

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    Um experimento foi realizado para avaliar o efeito da utilização de diferentes promotores de crescimento sobre o metabolismo de frangos de corte em crescimento. Foram avaliadas duas dietas, uma atendendo às exigências nutricionais de frangos de corte (normal) e uma dieta reduzida, com 5% a menos da exigência nutricional (reduzida), suplementadas ou não com antibióticos e prebióticos. Foram utilizados 180 pintos de corte criados em galpão convencional, com cama de maravalha, até os 21 dias de ...

  5. COMPORTAMENTOS PROMOTORES DE SAÚDE: PROPRIEDADES PSICOMÉTRICAS DE UM INSTRUMENTO DE AVALIAÇÃO

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    Catarina Cardoso Tomás

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    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de evaluar las propiedades psicométricas de un instrumento para evaluar los niveles de comportamientos promotores de la salud, así como para conocerlos en una muestra de 1213 adolescentes portugueses en relación a su edad, sexo y años de escolaridad, se realizó este estudio de tipo cuantitativo, descriptivo, correlacional, retrospetivo y transversal. El instrumento tiene buena consistencia interna (Cronbach’s Alpha de 0,889 y correlación razonable entre los elementos (entre -0,009 e 0,788, confirmado por los seis factores definidos por los autores de la escala. Los niveles de comportamientos promotores de la salud en la muestra son buenos (x=3,70, siendo mayor en las niñas que en los niños, y la juventud en detrimento de los jóvenes mayores. Por lo tanto se demuestra la confiabilidad del instrumento en la evaluación de los comportamientos saludables en los adolescentes portugueses y la necesidad de una intervención de salud en esta población.

  6. Digestibilidade de nutrientes em rações de frangos de corte suplementadas com promotores de crescimento

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    L. Borsatti

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Um experimento foi realizado para avaliar o efeito da utilização de diferentes promotores de crescimento sobre o metabolismo de frangos de corte em crescimento. Foram avaliadas duas dietas, uma atendendo às exigências nutricionais de frangos de corte (normal e uma dieta reduzida, com 5% a menos da exigência nutricional (reduzida, suplementadas ou não com antibióticos e prebióticos. Foram utilizados 180 pintos de corte criados em galpão convencional, com cama de maravalha, até os 21 dias de idade. Em seguida, foram divididos em 36 gaiolas, distribuídos em delineamento experimental inteiramente ao acaso, utilizando método tradicional de coleta de excretas. Houve interação (P<0,05 entre dieta e promotores de crescimento para os coeficientes de digestibilidade ileal da matéria seca (CDIMS, da proteína bruta (CDIPB e do extrato etéreo (CDIEE. A dieta reduzida contendo antibiótico apresentou menor CDIMS. A dieta normal contendo antibiótico apresentou maior CDIPB (P<0,05, enquanto a dieta reduzida contendo prebiótico apresentou melhor CDIPB e CDIEE (P<0,05. Os valores dos coeficientes de digestibilidade total da matéria seca (CDTMS, da proteína bruta (CDTPB e do extrato etéreo (CDTEE apresentaram interação (P<0,05 entre dietas e promotores de crescimento, em que a dieta reduzida contendo antibiótico apresentou menor CDTMS e CDTEE. A dieta normal apresentou maiores valores de energia metabolizável aparente (EMA e EMA corrigida para balanço de nitrogênio (EMAn (P<0,05. Concluiu-se que, ao se reduzir a exigência nutricional da ração, a digestibilidade dos nutrientes foi reduzida, no entanto os óleos essenciais promoveram aumento nos coeficientes de digestibilidade ileal da matéria seca, da proteína bruta e do extrato etéreo.

  7. Distribution of interleukin-6-634C/G promotor gene polymorphism in 8-12-year-old children and its correlation with nutrition%白细胞介素-6基因启动子区域634位点单核苷酸多态性分布及其与儿童营养状况的相关性

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    陈鸿; 席卫平; 周永安; 赵瑞; 姚丽英; 张存勖

    2011-01-01

    ,与维生素D缺乏性疾病无关,可能与骨代谢无关.25-羟维生素D与血糖、血脂均无关,与儿童超重及肥胖无关.%Objective To explore the correlation between IL-6-634C/G gene promoter polymorphism and body mass index (BMI),blood sugar (BS),25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-OH-D),and serum lipid levels by investigating in 8-12-year-old Han children in Shanxi province,China.Methods In Datong city of Shanxi province,214 8-12-year-old children were enrolled after obtaining informed consent from their parents.The weight and height were measured and the BMI was calculated.BS,serum lipids,and 25-OH-D were determined.IL-6-634C/G polymorphism were detected by polymerase chain reaction restricted fragment length polymorphism.The effects of genotype on BMI,BS,serum lipids,and 25-OH-D were also studied.Results The genotypes of IL-6-634C/G polymorphism in 214 cases were GG ( 15% ),GC (40%),and CC (45%).The percentages of C and G allele frequencies were 65% and35%.The genotypes and allele frequencies showed no gender differences ( P > 0.05 ).However,significantly different GG genotypes frequencies were found between overweight and obese children (38.3%) and other children ( normal weight children: 7.3% ; thin children: 10.9% ) (x2 =14.715,P =0.006).Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that IL-6-634C/G polymorphisms and triglyceride were correlated with overweight and obesity (P < 0.05 ).25-OH-D was not correlated with BMI (r =0.075,P =0.528),BS ( r =0.018,P =0.880 ),triglyceride ( r =- 0.097,P =0.417 ),high density lipoprotein cholesterin ( r =0.038,P =0.751 ),and low density lipoprotein cholesterin ( r =- 0.028,P =0.817 ).25-OH-D was not significantly different between overweight and obesity children.The distribution of three genotypes showed no correlation with 25-OH-D deficiency (x2 =0.622,P =0.733 ).Conclusions IL-6-634C/G polymorphism exists in Han children in Shanxi province.IL-6 gene 634 GG genetype is a risk factor of

  8. Influence of Genetic Polymorphisms of Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha and Interleukin 10 Genes on the Risk of Liver Cirrhosis in HIV-HCV Coinfected Patients.

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    Full Text Available Analysis of the contribution of genetic (single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP at position -238 and -308 of the tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α and -592 of the interleukin-10 (IL-10 promotor genes and of classical factors (age, alcohol, immunodepression, antirretroviral therapy on the risk of liver cirrhosis in human immunodeficiency (HIV-hepatitis C (HCV virus coinfected patients.Ninety one HIV-HCV coinfected patients (50 of them with chronic hepatitis and 41 with liver cirrhosis and 55 healthy controls were studied. Demographic, risk factors for the HIV-HCV infection, HIV-related (CD4+ T cell count, antiretroviral therapy, HIV viral load and HCV-related (serum ALT concentration, HCV viral load, HCV genotype characteristics and polymorphisms at position -238 and -308 of the tumor necrosis factor alfa (TNF- α and -592 of the interleukin-10 (IL-10 promotor genes were studied.Evolution time of the infection was 21 years in both patients' groups (chronic hepatitis and liver cirrhosis. The group of patients with liver cirrhosis shows a lower CD4+ T cell count at the inclusion in the study (but not at diagnosis of HIV infection, a higher percentage of individuals with previous alcohol abuse, and a higher proportion of patients with the genotype GG at position -238 of the TNF-α promotor gene; polymorphism at -592 of the IL-10 promotor gene approaches to statistical significance. Serum concentrations of profibrogenic transforming growth factor beta1 were significantly higher in healthy controls with genotype GG at -238 TNF-α promotor gene. The linear regression analysis demonstrates that the genotype GG at -238 TNF-α promotor gene was the independent factor associated to liver cirrhosis.It is stressed the importance of immunogenetic factors (TNF-α polymorphism at -238 position, above other factors previously accepted (age, gender, alcohol, immunodepression, on the evolution to liver cirrhosis among HIV-infected patients with established chronic

  9. Desenvolvimento de núcleos de Apis mellifera alimentados com suplemento aminoácido vitamínico, Promotor L® Development of nuclei Apis mellifera fed with the vitaminic amino acid supplement Promotor

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    Guido Laércio Castagnino

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se o desenvolvimento na área de cria de 14 núcleos com quatro favos a partir da divisão de nove colméias de abelhas Apis mellifera africanizada, distribuídos em dois tratamentos: TPL - núcleos alimentados com açúcar invertido + 3,5ml do suplemento de aminoácido vitamínico (Promotor L®, composto por seis núcleos e o TAI - núcleos alimentados com açúcar invertido, composto por oito núcleos. Os núcleos foram alimentados semanalmente em alimentadores individuais tipo bandeja, e as avaliações realizadas em quatro períodos, totalizando 74 dias Os tratamentos não apresentaram diferença significativa, sendo que, numericamente, o TPL apresentou área de cria inferior ao TAI (233,63 vs. 273,02cm², respectivamente. Quanto aos períodos o quarto período foi superior (PThe development in the area of creates was studied of 14 nuclei with four mass off cells from the division of nine beehives of africanized Apis mellifera honeybees, distributed in two treatments: TPL - nuclei fed with inverted sugar + 3.5ml of the vitaminic amino acid supplement (Promotor L®, composition for six nuclei and TAI - nuclei fed with composed inverted sugar for eight nuclei. The nuclei had been fed weekly in individual feeder's type tray, and the evaluations carried through in four periods, totalizing 74 days. The treatments had not presented significant difference, being that, number the TPL presented area of creates inferior to TAI (233.63 versus. 273.02cm², respectively. How much to the periods the four was superior (P<0.05 to the first and as second, being that the third did not present significant difference (P<0.05 in relation to the others. The use of the TAI was economically more favorable in relation to the TPL in R$0.21 in relation to the cost for production of 1kg of food.

  10. A universidade como espaço promotor de qualidade de vida: vivências e expressões dos alunos de enfermagem

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    Raquel Aparecida de Oliveira

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio tuvo como objetivo conocer las percepciones de los alumnos de graduación en enfermería, en cuanto a su calidad de vida. El abordaje adoptado fue cualitativo. Llos datos fueron colectados a través de la entrevista individual, con cinco alumnos, y se orientó por preguntas abiertas: para usted qué significa tener calidad de vida; relata experiencias personales u observadas en tu cotidiano como alumno, sobre que aspectos consideras como promotores y no promotores de su calidad de vida. El análisis temático de los discursos posibilitó aprehendio a las promotoras de la calidad de vida: experiencias extra-curriculares; relación profesor-alumno; relacionamiento entre los alumnos. Los aspectos señalados como no promotores fueron: la falta de acogida por parte de profesores y enfermeros del campo; la falta de integración con el equipo y con los alumnos de otros cursos del campus; la carga horaria excesiva para el alumno que trabaja. Los resultados permitieron proponer estratégias viables para la mejoría de la búsqueda de un cuidado com calidad a la clientela.

  11. Efecto de un promotor del crecimiento activado molecularmente sobre la germinación y la producción de frijol (Phaseolus vulgaris L..

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    Kolima Peña Calzada

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de la investigación fue evaluar el efecto de un promotor del crecimiento activado molecularmente sobre la germinación y producción del cultivo de frijol (Phaseolus vulgaris L.. Se hicieron dos experimentos, uno in vitro con un diseño completamente aleatorizado y otro en campo con dos variantes y 8 réplicas (diseño de bloques al azar. El tratamiento en ambos ensayos fue inmersión de las semillas en una solución del promotor al 0,02% por 3 horas y otro grupo testigo con inmersión por igual tiempo en agua natural. Los resultados mostraron que la germinación y la altura de las plantas fueron mejores con la inmersión en el producto en ambos experimentos. En el ensayo de campo los vainas por planta no hubo diferencia entre los tratamientos. En los granos por vaina y granos por planta el grupo tratado fue superior al control en 16,70 y 15,22% respectivamente. La masa de 100 granos no mostró diferencia entre ambos tratamientos. El rendimiento agrícola fue superior en los tratados(1,22t.ha-1 vs. 1,02. Con ambos experimentos se determinó que el promotor del crecimiento influyó positivamente en la germinación, desarrollo y producción del cultivo del frijol.

  12. Genes quiméricos que utilizan el CDNA en orientación antisentido del transportador de glucosa-2 (GLUT2) y animales transgénicos no humanos que expresan dichos genes quiméricos para su utilización en el estudio de la diabetes mellitus y en el desarrollo de aproximaciones terapéuticas a la enfermedad

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    Bosch i Tubert, Fàtima; Valera Abril, Alfons

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    Genes quiméricos que utilizan el cDNA en orientación antisentido del transportador de glucosa-2 (GLUT2) y animales transgénicos no humanos que expresan dichos genes quiméricos para su utilización en el estudio de la diabetes mellitus y en el desarrollo de aproximaciones terapéuticas a la enfermedad. Se refiere a un gen quimérico que utiliza el cDNA (ADN complementario) en orientación invertida del transportador de glucosa GLUT2 dirigido por un promotor o fusión de promotores. También se refie...

  13. Joint Binding of OTX2 and MYC in Promotor Regions Is Associated with High Gene Expression in Medulloblastoma

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    Bunt, J.; Hasselt, N.E.; Zwijnenburg, D.A.; Koster, J.; Versteeg, R.; Kool, M.

    2011-01-01

    Both OTX2 and MYC are important oncogenes in medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in childhood. Much is known about MYC binding to promoter regions, but OTX2 binding is hardly investigated. We used ChIP-on-chip data to analyze the binding patterns of both transcription factors in D

  14. Leptin promotor mutations affect leptin levels and performance traits in dairy cows

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    Liefers, S.C.; Pas, te M.F.W.; Veerkamp, R.F.; Platje, M.; Delavaud, C.; Chilliard, Y.; Lende, van der T.

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    Leptin concentrations in body fluids and tissues undergo dynamic changes during the periparturient period. Polymorphisms in the leptin gene have been shown to be associated with differences in leptin concentration during late pregnancy but not during lactation. As the promoter of leptin regulates th

  15. Leptin promotor mutations affect leptin levels and performance traits in dairy cows

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    Liefers, S.C.; Pas, te M.F.W.; Veerkamp, R.F.; Platje, M.; Delavaud, C.; Chilliard, Y.; Lende, van der T.

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    Leptin concentrations in body fluids and tissues undergo dynamic changes during the periparturient period. Polymorphisms in the leptin gene have been shown to be associated with differences in leptin concentration during late pregnancy but not during lactation. As the promoter of leptin regulates

  16. Engaging men as promotores de salud: perceptions of community health workers among Latino men in North Carolina.

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    Villa-Torres, Laura; Fleming, Paul J; Barrington, Clare

    2015-02-01

    The promotor de salud, or community health worker (CHW) role, is highly feminized and little is known about how men view their participation in CHW programs. We conducted in-depth interviews with Latino men in North Carolina to explore this gap. We used systematic coding and display procedures informed by Grounded Theory to analyze the data. Men described their communities as lacking cohesion, making integration of Latino immigrants difficult. Most did not consider themselves leaders or feel they had leaders in their communities. Their perceptions of the feminized CHW role as well as the volunteer or low-paid nature of CHW work conflicted with men's provider role. They also did not think they could perform the CHW role because they lacked education, skills, and broad networks. Efforts to increase male participation in CHW programs in new Latino immigrant destinations will need to understand and address these gender and migration-related dynamics in order to engage both women and men in improving the health of their communities.

  17. Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms support diagnostic monitoring of Romanian Multiple Myeloma patients

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    Introduction: cytokines and their receptor genes are very polymorphic. SNPs in the promotor region of the gene may influence the rate of cytokine secretion and may affect the biological activity of the encoded cytokine. A number of cytokines and cytokine receptors have been directly linked to the development of human cancers. The aim of our study was to determine the cytokine gene polymorphism in Romanian multiple myeloma patients. Material and methods: cytokine genotyping was performed in 80...

  18. SERPINE2 is a possible candidate promotor for lymph node metastasis in testicular cancer

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    Nagahara, Akira; Nakayama, Masashi; Oka, Daizo; Tsuchiya, Mutsumi; Kawashima, Atsunari; Mukai, Masatoshi; Nakai, Yasutomo; Takayama, Hitoshi [Department of Urology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita-City, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Nishimura, Kazuo [Department of Urology, Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases, 1-3-3 Nakamachi, Higashinari-ku, Osaka, 537-8511 (Japan); Jo, Yoshimasa; Nagai, Atsushi [Department of Urology, Kawasaki Medical University, 577 Matsushima, Kurashiki-City, Okayama 701-0192 (Japan); Okuyama, Akihiko [Department of Urology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita-City, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Nonomura, Norio, E-mail: nono@uro.med.osaka-u.ac.jp [Department of Urology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, 2-2 Yamadaoka, Suita-City, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)

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    Testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs) commonly metastasize to the lymph node or lung. However, it remains unclear which genes are associated with TGCT metastasis. The aim of this study was to identify gene(s) that promoted human TGCT metastasis. We intraperitoneally administered conditioned medium (CM) from JKT-1, a cell-line from a human testicular seminoma, or JKT-HM, a JKT-1 cell sub-line with high metastatic potential, into mice with JKT-1 xenografts. Administration of CM from JKT-HM significantly promoted lymph node metastasis. A cDNA microarray analysis showed that JKT-HM cells highly expressed the Serpine peptidase inhibitor, clade E, member 2 (SERPINE2), which encodes a secreted protein. Administration of CM from SERPINE2-silenced JKT-HM cells inhibited lymph node metastasis in the xenograft model, compared with administration of CM from JKT-HM cells. There was no significant difference in xenograft volume. Moreover, administration of CM from SERPINE2-over-expressing JKT-1 was likely to promote lymph node metastasis in the xenograft model. There was no difference in the in vitro proliferation or migration of JKT-1 cells cultured with CM from JKT-HM cells, compared to that with CM from JKT-1. There was no promotion of proliferation or lymphangiogenesis in the xenografts, as measured by Ki-67 and LYVE-1 immunohistochemistry, respectively. Although we could not clarify how SERPINE2 promoted lymph node metastasis, it may be a promoter in the development of lymph node metastasis in the human seminoma cells in a mouse xenograft model.

  19. Polimorfismos en el gen promotor de IL-10 en una muestra de pacientes colombianos con lepra

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    Nora Cardona-Castro

    2012-03-01

    Conclusiones. El haplotipo que encontramos asociado con lepra, -1082A-819C-592C/-1082A-819C-592C, se ha relacionado con baja producción de IL-10. Funcionalmente, esta baja producción de IL-10 puede tener consecuencias en la respuesta inmunitaria, además de implicaciones clínicas. Se han reportado diferentes haplotipos de IL-10 como marcadores de vulnerabilidad y resistencia de lepra en otras poblaciones, lo cual sugiere que las diferencias en la distribución de diversos polimorfismos del gen de IL-10 entre grupos étnicos, es un factor importante al determinar la asociación entre enfermedad y genes.   DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7705/biomedica.v32i1.386

  20. De magistrados, inquisidores, promotores de justiça e samambaias: um estudo sobre os sujeitos no processo em um sistema acusatório

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available O artigo trata de analisar a posição dos sujeitos do processo à luz do novo projeto de Código de Processo Penal, especialmente doPromotor de Justiça. Reconhece-se a adoção de um perfil prevalentemente acusatório no projeto, ainda que não seja uma orientação plena. A partir desta perspectiva, busca-se analisar a iniciativa de produção probatória às partes, mantendo o juiz a distância, bem como a entrega efetiva do comando da investigação ao Ministério Público, como elementos capazes de situar o que deve ser a postura processual do Promotor de Justiça. Conclui-se pelo reconhecimento de uma tendência evolutiva do sistema processualbrasileiro em direção a um modelo acusatório, estabelecendo as bases ideais da postura do Promotor de Justiça em um sistema desta ordem.Abstract:The article attempts to analyze the position of subjects of the process under the new draft Criminal Procedure Code, especiallythe prosecutor. We recognize the adoption of a predominantly adversarial profile in the project, although not a full orientation. From this perspective, we seek to analyze the initiativeto produce evidence to the parts, keeping the distance of the judge, and also the effective delivery of the command of the investigationto prosecutors as evidence to situate what must be the procedural posture of the prosecutor. It is the recognition of an evolutionary trend of the Brazilian legal system towards an adversarial model, establishing the basis of the ideal position of prosecutor in a system of this nature.

  1. Utilização de ácidos orgânicos como substitutos a antibióticos promotores de crescimento para frangos de corte

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    Zanelato, Ewerton Anderson

    2012-01-01

    Resumo: A produção avícola vem se adaptando às crescentes necessidades do mercado consumidor cada vez mais exigente com a qualidade dos produtos. Neste contexto, tem se observado crescente restrição, em todo o mundo, ao uso de antibióticos promotores de crescimento (APC’s) nas rações. Os ácidos orgânicos surgem como uma das alternativas para substituir os APC’s na alimentação animal, uma vez que eles podem exercer uma ação sobre a flora microbiana do trato gastrointestinal favorecendo a integ...

  2. Microagujas y Transcutol® como promotores de la penetración transdérmica de sibutramina formulada en parche transdérmico

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    Pablo Serrano Castañeda

    Full Text Available Introducción: la principal barrera de permeación que tenemos es la piel. A pesar de ser una barrera casi impermeable para la mayoría de sustancias, se han buscado maneras para mejorar su permeabilidad utilizando nuevas tecnologías como es el uso de microagujas o promotores químicos como el Transcutol®. Objetivo: desarrollar y caracterizar un parche transdérmico a base de clorhidrato de sibutramina como fármaco modelo, usando Transcutol® y microagujas como agentes promotores de la penetración transdérmica. Métodos: se realizó la caracterización fisicoquímica de los parches mediante estudios de microscopia con luz polarizada, estudios de bioadhesión y resistencia a la ruptura. Los estudios de difusión se efectuaron en celdas de difusión verticales tipo Franz, utilizando piel abdominal humana como membrana entre ambos compartimentos. La cuantificación del principio activo se realizó mediante electroforesis capilar. Resultados: se obtuvieron parches bioadhesivos, con una adecuada estabilidad del activo en la matriz polimérica de quitosán al no precipitarse. El uso de Transcutol® y microagujas incrementó el paso de clorhidrato de sibutramina a través de piel humana con respecto al parche control. Se obtuvieron valores de flujo de 0,0649 mg.cm-2.h-1 y 0,0816 mg.cm-2.h-1 en el parche con agente promotor y microagujas de 1 y 2 mm respectivamente, en comparación con los valores de flujo de 0,0527 mg.cm-2.h-1 y 0,0554 mg.cm-2.h-1 para el parche sin agente promotor (control utilizando microagujas de 1 y 2 mm respectivamente. Conclusiones: los resultados ponen de manifiesto la posibilidad de usar Transcutol® y microagujas para incrementar el paso de fármacos potentes y con estructura similar a la sibutramina por vía transdérmica, lo que genera de esta manera nuevas alternativas a las formas farmacéuticas orales para el tratamiento de padecimientos y enfermedades.

  3. Escolha de destino para eventos: uma análise dos atributos considerados na tomada de decisão por organizadores e promotores de eventos

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    Bruna Dorabiallo Oliveira; José Manoel Gonçalves Gândara; Braulio Oliveira

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    O turismo de eventos provoca grande atratividade econômica para as localidades receptoras, uma vez que os eventos geram fluxo programado de visitantes e o turista tem um gasto médio superior aos demais tipos de turista. Compreender os atributos que a localidade deve apresentar para ser atrativa aos organizadores e promotores de eventos é uma maneira de planejar e desenvolver o turismo em uma região. Com o objetivo de analisar os conjuntos de atributos considerados na escolha de um destino par...

  4. Evaluación de tres niveles de zeolita como promotor natural de crecimiento en dietas en las fases de inicio y acabado de cerdos confinados

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    Melendez Vera, Marcela; Rodriguez Alava, Johns

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    Mediante un diseño de bloques completamente al azar, compuesto por cuatro repeticiones y cuatro tratamientos, se condujo un ensayo con el objetivo de evaluar el efecto de la incorporación de zeolita como promotor de crecimiento sobre el peso corporal, el aumento de peso, consumo de alimento, conversión alimenticia y espesor de grasa dorsal en dietas para cerdos. Se utilizaron 16 cerdos híbridos Landrace x Yorkshire machos castrados y hembras, con un peso promedio de 18 75 kg. Se evaluó ...

  5. El Estado como promotor de la participación comunitaria: representaciones y prácticas en tensión en los Centros Integradores Comunitarios

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    De Piero, Sergio

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    De Piero, S. (2016). El Estado como promotor de la participación comunitaria: representaciones y prácticas en tensión en los Centros Integradores Comunitarios (Tesis de posgrado). Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Bernal, Argentina El tema central de esta tesis versa sobre las relaciones Estado – sociedad en los gobiernos kirchneristas, enfocándonos, como objeto de investigación, en las instancias de participación de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil (OSC), en políticas públicas del E...

  6. Estudio de la actividad antimicrobiana de extractos naturales y ácidos orgánicos. Posible alternativa a los antibióticos promotores de crecimiento

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    Shiva Ramayoni, Carlos Martín

    2007-01-01

    El objetivo fundamental de la Tesis doctoral, es aportar una alternativa a los antibióticos como promotores de crecimiento animal. En este sentido se evaluaron productos preparados a partir de extractos naturales, especialmente extractos de Rutáceas y ácidos orgánicos. Los objetivos específicos de esta investigación se resumen en: 1. Evaluar la actividad antibacteriana y antifúngica in vitro de extractos naturales sobre bacterias y hongos de importancia en producción y sanidad animal, y su ac...

  7. Índice de Promotor Neto y su relación con la satisfacción del cliente y la lealtad

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    Full Text Available El presente estudio se enfoca en el uso del Índice de Promotores Netos desarrollado por Frederik Reichheld y la firma consultora Bain & Company, como herramienta para conocer la percepción de los clientes sobre el servicio que reciben de sus proveedores, esta herramienta es una alternativa al modelo SERVQUAL ampliamente usado desde hace varios años. Este índice consta solo de dos preguntas, lo que lo hace una herramienta más sencilla de utilizar que otros modelos. Actualmente este modelo es utilizado por compañías globales como General Electric, Honeywell, American Express, Lenovo entre otras. La aplicación de esta herramienta se realiza en una empresa de manufactura del ramo aeroespacial en México que cuenta con clientes en diferentes partes del mundo. Este estudio se centra en la relación que guarda el Índice de Promotores Netos con la Satisfacción y la Lealtad de los clientes (método Vestas. También se investiga la influencia que puede existir entre algunos factores que componen el servicio tales como Respuesta, Tiempo de Entrega, Competitividad en Precio, Calidad y Confiabilidad con dicho Índice. Cabe mencionar que en otros estudios publicados en revistas como el Harvard Business Review se ha comprobado la correlación existente entre el crecimiento en la rentabilidad con el incremento en el Índice de Promoción, por tal motivo la relevancia de este estudio. En esta investigación se plantean una serie de hipótesis para comprobar la relación existente entre estos factores con el Índice de Promotores Netos. Para tratar de comprobar las hipótesis se utiliza la modelación de ecuaciones estructurales a través del software SmartPLS. Con base al análisis y a los resultados obtenidos en este estudio, se presentan las conclusiones y recomendaciones. Donde se concluye que existe una fuerte relación de determinados factores con el Índice de Promotores Netos, la Satisfacción y la Lealtad por lo que una estrategia basada en la

  8. Detecting the polymorphism sites of p53 and Fas genes of Han population in Zhejiang province

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    Yang Zhuo; Xingye Zeng; Dadao Huang; Xuexue Zhou

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: It is of significance for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs),a difference of rank, which exists widely in biology, genetics and other fields.OBJECTIVE: To detect polymorphism sites in exon-4 of p53 gene, promotor of Fas gene and intron-7 of Fas gene of healthy people in Han nationality in Zhejiang province.DESIGN: Simple random sampling.SETTING: Department of Surgery of the 118 Hospital of Chinese PLA.PARTICIPANTS: A total of 80 healthy people in Han nationality were selected from hospitals in Zhejiang province from August 2005 to January 2006. There were 43 males and 37 females aged from 3 to 78 years with the mean age of 39.5 years, and all subjects were consent. DNA which was used in genetic analysis was selected from peripheral venous blood of all subjects and maintained at -20 ℃.METHODS: Polymorphism sites in exon-4 of p53 gene, promotor of Fas gene and intron-7 of Fas gene were detected with directly DNA sequencing technique.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Polymorphism sites in exon-4 of p53 gene, promotor of Fas gene and intron-7 of Fas gene of healthy people in Han nationality in Zhejiang province.RESULTS: A total of 80 samples were involved in the final analysis. SNPs sites were found at the 119th base of exon-4 of p53 gene (the 72nd codon of p53 gene), the 670th base of upper start codon in promotor of Fas gene (Fas-670), and the 995th base of intron-7 of Fas gene, especially SNPs in the 995th base of intron-7 pf Fas gene, I.e. C→A transversion, was a new site.CONCLUSION: One unknown SNPs site is discovered in intron-7 of Fas gene of people in Han nationality in Zhejiang province. This study also proves that the 72nd codon exists in p53 gene and the -670 polymorphism site exists in promotor of Fas gene.

  9. Caracterización del polimorfismo en el promotor del gen SLC6A4 (5HTTLPR) en una muestra de población colombiana con trastorno depresivo mayor: estudio piloto

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    Riveros Barrera, Irene

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    Estudios han reportado que uno de los factores de riesgo genético para el desarrollo de depresión mayor es la presencia del alelo corto (s) del polimorfismo 5HTTLPR ubicado en el promotor del gen SLC6A4, que produce una menor actividad transcripcional y por lo tanto menor transporte de serotonina de una neurona a otra. Por esta razón procedimos a determinar el genotipo del polimorfismo en el promotor del gen SLC6A4 (5HTTLPR) en una muestra de población colombiana con trastorno depresivo mayor...

  10. Growth promoters additives in broilers feeding Aditivos promotores de crescimento na alimentação de frangos de corte

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    Bruno Pereira Ferreira

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This trial was carried out in order to evaluate the effects of growth promoters on broiler chicken diets, from 1 to 10 days. The experiment was in a completely randomized design, with six treatments, four replications and 30 chicks as experimental unity. The treatments were: a basal diet of corn and soybeans meal without additives and basal diet with inclusion of antibiotics (avilamicin and colistin; or prebiotic (mannanoligosaccharides; or prebiotic plus fumaric and propionic acids; or probiotic (Bacillus subtillis; or a pool of probiotics (Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Streptococcus thermophilus and Enterococcus faecium. The parameters assessed were weight gain; feeding intake; feeding conversion; carcass yield; thigh yield; weight of liver, heart and intestine. The results showed that the diets with inclusion of additives were not significant in all parameters studied. It was concluded that the use of antibiotics, prebiotic plus fumaric and propionic acids and the pool of probiotics improved ration intake and the feeding conversion in relation to diet without additives.Este trabalho foi realizado para avaliar os efeitos da adição de diferentes aditivos promotores de crescimento em dietas de frangos de corte de 1 a 10 dias de idade. O delineamento experimental foi o inteiramente casualizado, com seis tratamentos e quatro repetições, com 30 aves por unidade experimental. Os tratamentos foram: dieta sem aditivos, com antibióticos (avilamicina e colistina, com prebiótico (mananoligossacarídeos, com prebiótico mais ácidos fumárico e propiônico, com probiótico (Bacillus subtillis e com mistura de probióticos (Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Streptococcus thermophilus e Enterococcus faecium. Os parâmetros analisados foram: ganho de peso, consumo

  11. Escolha de destino para eventos: uma análise dos atributos considerados na tomada de decisão por organizadores e promotores de eventos

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    Bruna Dorabiallo Oliveira

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available O turismo de eventos provoca grande atratividade econômica para as localidades receptoras, uma vez que os eventos geram fluxo programado de visitantes e o turista tem um gasto médio superior aos demais tipos de turista. Compreender os atributos que a localidade deve apresentar para ser atrativa aos organizadores e promotores de eventos é uma maneira de planejar e desenvolver o turismo em uma região. Com o objetivo de analisar os conjuntos de atributos considerados na escolha de um destino para evento, o presente estudo apresenta uma pesquisa exploratória e através de pesquisa bibliográfica indica os estudos publicados nessa temática na perspectiva dos organizadores e promotores de eventos. Foram analisados 27 artigos que discutem os atributos inerentes à tomada de decisão de destinos para eventos e descritos os 21 diferentes conjuntos de atributos identificados. Verificou-se que se pode categorizar os atributos entre os relacionados ao evento ou ao destino, sendo que estrutura para eventos, hospedagem e custos são predominantes nos estudos, enquanto existem outros atributos são considerados por autores específicos.

  12. Effects of gomisin A on the promotor action and serum bile acid concentration in hepatocarcinogenesis induced by 3'-methyl-4-dimethylamino-azobenzene.

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    Miyamoto, K; Hiramatsu, K; Ohtaki, Y; Kanitani, M; Nomura, M; Aburada, M

    1995-10-01

    The effects of gomisin A, a lignan component of Schizandra fruits, on the promotion stage of hepatocarcinogenesis initiated by 3'-methyl-4-dimethylamino-azobenzene (3'-MeDAB) in male Donryu rats were investigated. When different types of tumor promotors, phenobarbital (PB) and deoxycholic acid (DCA), were administered for 5 weeks after initiation by 3'-MeDAB, preneoplastic alterations in the liver, determined by glutathione S-transferase placental form (GST-P), were markedly increased. Gomisin A significantly inhibited the increase in number and size of GST-P positive foci, regardless of the promotor. This lignan inhibited the increase in serum bile acid concentration by administration of DCA, but hardly influenced the serum bile acids in the PB-combined group. These results suggest that the inhibitory effect of gomisin A on the promotive action of DCA is based on improving bile acid metabolism, but regarding the action of PB, the effect could not be elucidated from the metabolism of bile acids.

  13. DNA methyltransferase 3B (DNMT3B -579G>T) promotor polymorphism and the susceptibility to pediatric immune thrombocytopenic purpura in Egypt.

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    Khorshied, Mervat Mamdooh; El-Ghamrawy, Mona Kamal

    2012-12-10

    Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is an autoimmune disease characterized by increased platelet destruction. Although the etiology of ITP remains unclear, it is accepted that both environmental and genetic factors play an important role in the development of the disease. The present study aimed at exploring a novel molecular determinant that may influence the susceptibility and course of ITP in Egyptian children. To achieve our aim, genotyping of DNMT3B -579G>T promotor polymorphism by polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay. The current study was conducted on 140 ITP patients and 150 age and gender matched healthy controls. The results obtained revealed that DNMT3B -579 TT homotype was significantly higher in ITP patients and conferred almost three fold increased risk of ITP (OR=3.16, 95%CI=1.73-5.79). There was no statistically significant difference between ITP patients with wild or mutant genotypes as regards their clinical or laboratory data. Furthermore, there was no statistical difference in the distribution of DNMT3B -579G>T genotypes between acute and chronic ITP patients. In conclusion, DNMT3B -579G>T promotor polymorphism represents a novel genetic risk factor for ITP but not a predictor for tendency to chronicity in pediatric ITP in Egypt.

  14. Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte: The Effects of a Culturally-Relevant, Community-Based, Promotores Program to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening among Latinas.

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    McDonough, A Manuela; Vargas, Marcela; Nguyen-Rodriguez, Selena; Garcia, Melawhy; Galvez, Gino; Rios-Ellis, Britt

    2016-01-01

    Although cervical cancer can be prevented through screening and follow-up, Latinas' rate of Pap tests remains low due to knowledge gaps and cultural and attitudinal factors. This study used a single-group pre-/post-test design to evaluate the effectiveness of Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte (Healthy Woman, Strong Family), an intervention intended to improve Latinas' cervical cancer prevention knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy to obtain a Pap test, and intention to get tested. The intervention is delivered through a single session by promotores de salud, who use a culturally competent, linguistically appropriate toolkit. A total of 5,211 Latinas participated in the study. The evaluation indicated that participants had increases in knowledge, positive attitudes, self-efficacy, and intention to test. Latinas have a low rate of cervical cancer screening but a high rate of cervical cancer, and Mujer Sana, Familia Fuerte shows promise as a public health practice for use with this population.

  15. De magistrados, inquisidores, promotores de justiça e samambaias: um estudo sobre os sujeitos no processo em um sistema acusatório

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    2010-01-01

    O artigo trata de analisar a posição dos sujeitos do processo à luz do novo projeto de Código de Processo Penal, especialmente doPromotor de Justiça. Reconhece-se a adoção de um perfil prevalentemente acusatório no projeto, ainda que não seja uma orientação plena. A partir desta perspectiva, busca-se analisar a iniciativa de produção probatória às partes, mantendo o juiz a distância, bem como a entrega efetiva do comando da investigação ao Ministério Público, como elementos capazes de situar ...

  16. La sciencia theorica speculativa en la construcción gótica. El promotor eclesiástico de la catedral medieval

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    Lluis i Ginovart, Josep

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The construction of Gothic cathedrals can be seen as a transfer of knowledge between ecclesiastical figures the bishop and Chapter, and medieval architect. The beauty of the cathedral depended on the practica of medieval mason, versus the teorica of the church promoter. An example of this is the example of mainstreaming, the one of the construction of the Cathedral of Tortosa. Metrology and proportion of the architecture of the cathedral, derived directly from the philosophical sources of the Gothic order. The main authors of reference are identified in the chapter library; Augustine ACTo 20, Calcidius and Capella ACTo nº 80, Macrobius ACTo 236. This has allowed us to establish contact points between knowledge of the promoter and the gothic builder.La construcción de las catedrales góticas puede considerarse como un trasvase de conocimiento entre las figuras eclesiásticas del obispo y Capítulo, y el arquitecto medieval. La belleza de la catedral dependía de la practica del constructor medieval, y de la teorica de sus promotores. Una muestra de esta transversalidad es el ejemplo de la construcción de la catedral de Tortosa. La metrología y la proporción de la arquitectura de la catedral, emanan directamente de las fuentes filosóficas del orden gótico. Los principales autores de referencia están identificados en su biblioteca capitular: San Agustín (ACTo 20, Calcidio y Capella (ACTo nº 80 y Macrobio (ACTo 236. Esta circunstancia ha permitido establecer unos puntos de contacto entre los saberes del promotor y del constructor góticos.

  17. The expression of GFP under the control of fibroin promotor in primary ovarian cells of Antheraea pernyi

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    Wenli Li; Liji Jin; Pengcheng Bu; Lijia An

    2003-12-01

    The fibroin promoter can stably express foreign gene in lepidopteran cells. Total RNA was extracted from the gland of silkworm, Antheraea pernyi and the transcription initiation site of fibroin gene of A. pernyi was identified by RNA ligase mediated rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RLM-RACE). The expression vector (pGFP-N2/Fib) was constructed by use of replacing the CMV promoter with the fibroin promoter. The results of visual screening under a fluorescent inverted microscope and Western blot analysis indicated that the GFP gene was expressed in the primary cells of ovary origins from A. pernyi.

  18. Barreiras e fatores promotores do consumo de frutas e hortaliças entre usuários do Programa Academia da Saúde

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    Taís Rocha FIGUEIRA

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: Investigar barreiras e fatores promotores do consumo de frutas e hortaliças entre usuários do Programa Academia da Saúde. Métodos: Estudo qualitativo conduzido em seis polos do Programa Academia da Saúde em Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Foram realizadas entrevistas semiestruturadas com 62 usuários. A análise de conteúdo foi desenvolvida com auxílio dosoftware NVivo10. Resultados: As principais barreiras identificadas foram: comércio inadequado, baixo poder aquisitivo, preço, carência de iniciativas públicas, falta de tempo, preguiça, fruta ser considerada apenas uma alternativa alimentar e não realizar o jantar. Os fatores promotores mais citados foram: saúde, prevenção/controle de doenças, gostar, hortaliça ser considerada como parte da refeição, criação e origem familiar, melhoria da situação financeira, comércio próximo e estratégias de compra. Conclusão: É necessário ampliar o acesso às frutas e às hortaliças por meio do fortalecimento das iniciativas públicas para aumento da produção e diminuição dos preços desses alimentos e ampliação do comércio local. As intervenções educativas devem focar a construção de outros sentidos para o consumo que não se restrinjam ao discurso saúde-doença e soluções viáveis que facilitem o consumo de frutas e hortaliças no cotidiano, seja pela proposição de estratégias de aquisição de frutas e hortaliças ou pela ampliação de habilidades culinárias para preparações mais práticas.

  19. Recria de bezerros em pastagem de aveia e azevém utilizando suplementação energética com níveis de promotor de crescimento

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    Piuco Marcos André

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a produção animal em pastagem de aveia (Avena strigosa Schreb e azevém (Lolium multiflorum Lam., recebendo ou não suplementação, com e sem promotor de crescimento. O experimento foi conduzido no Setor de Bovinocultura de Leite do Departamento de Zootecnia da UFSM, no período de abril a setembro de 2003. Os animais utilizados foram bezerros machos desaleitados, da raça Holandês com idade média inicial de 3 meses e peso médio inicial de 88,7kg. Estes animais foram submetidos a pastejo contínuo com lotação fixa (carga média de 1.479kg de Peso Vivo por hectare (PV ha-1 em pastagem de aveia e azevém recebendo ou não suplementação, com e sem um promotor de crescimento natural à base de óleos essenciais extraídos de plantas. Os tratamentos foram: S-0% = pastagem sem suplementação; S-1% = pastagem + 1% do peso vivo (PV em matéria seca (MS do suplemento ao dia; S-1% PC250 = pastagem + 1% do PV em MS do suplemento ao dia (com 250g de promotor de crescimento por tonelada de suplemento; S-1% PC500 = pastagem + 1% do PV em MS do suplemento ao dia (com 500g de promotor de crescimento por tonelada de suplemento. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o de um quadrado latino 4x4, com duas repetições. As medidas dos animais e seu ganho médio diário (GMD, a massa de forragem (MF, altura da pastagem (ALT, taxa de acúmulo da pastagem (TAMS, taxa de desaparecimento de matéria seca (TDMS e valor nutritivo da pastagem foram avaliadas. O GMD médio foi de 622g animal-1dia-1 para os animais suplementados e 294,5g animal-1dia-1para os não suplementados (P0,05. As diferenças de MF total são conseqüência da taxa de desaparecimento, já que as taxas de acúmulo de matéria seca foram semelhantes. O promotor de crescimento não afetou o desempenho e o desenvolvimento dos animais.

  20. El técnico en servicios farmacéutico como promotor de salud: reto de la universidad médica contemporánea

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    MSc. Yanira Zaita Ferrer

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available La farmacodependencia y automedicación es una dificultad que reviste importancia por parte del farmacéutico y requiere un aumento de la comunicación entre estos y los pacientes, siendo la promoción de salud la práctica más aceptada en el panorama actual y la vía para contrarrestar este hábito. La investigación consistió en identificar las potencialidades e insuficiencias en la formación del Técnico Medio en Servicios Farmacéuticos como promotor de salud. Los métodos utilizados en la investigación abarcaron los del nivel teórico y empírico. Como resultados se obtuvo que existen insuficiencias en los programas de las asignaturas del plan de estudio, relacionados con los contenidos sobre promoción de salud y el no aprovechamiento de los espacios y momentos para la misma; así como la determinación de potencialidades. Se concluye, que es necesaria la búsqueda de alternativas educativas sustentadas en la formación de valores, capacidades, hábitos y habilidades, que trascienda los escenarios oficiales donde se puedan realizar actividades encaminadas a la promoción de salud.

  1. Utilização do "soro caseiro" nas doenças diarréicas: um programa de promotores de saúde do Baixo Amazonas

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    De Anne Karen Hilfinger Messias

    1983-12-01

    Full Text Available Reidratação oral, iniciado do princípio da diarréia, pode combater efetivamente a desidratação, eliminar uma dependência de recursos e tecnologia de tratamento parenteral e prevenir uma resultante desnutrição. O êxito desta terapia é um avanço importante na fea de doenças diarréicas. A sua base científica se encontra na fisiologia da absorção de água e eletrólitos pela mucosa do intestino delgado. Num programa de assistência primária, é necessário criar uma tecnologia apropriada que facilite a transferência dos conhecimentos científicos à realidade das condições locais. A autora atua na zona rural do Baixo Amazonas, uma região onde a diarréia figura entre as causas principais de morbidade e mortalidade infantil. Este trabalho descreve os métodos utilizados para a divulgação e implementação do "Soro Caseiro" através de elementos comunitários treinados para serem Promotores de Saúde.

  2. Gene

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Gene integrates information from a wide range of species. A record may include nomenclature, Reference Sequences (RefSeqs), maps, pathways, variations, phenotypes,...

  3. Los promotores de la Orden del Císter en los reinos de Castilla y León: familias aristocráticas y damas nobles

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    Alonso Álvarez, Raquel

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is the revision of the ways for those the Order of Císter in the Kingdoms of Castile and Leon was spread. With this purpose, a study of its promoters, and how the more important related with the Traba’s group are found, has been made. From this analysis it is deduced that the devotion to the new order was transmitted fundamentally through the aristocratic family nets. In adition, a new perspective to approach the knowledge of the medieval monasteries as conservatives of the family memoirs and the paper carried out by the noble women from Castile and Leon in this complex manorial net is proposed.

    El objetivo de este artículo es la revisión de los cauces por los que se difundió la Orden del Císter en los reinos de Castilla y León. Para ello, se ha hecho un estudio de sus promotores y de cómo se encuentran los más importantes relacionados con el grupo de los Traba. De este análisis se deduce que la devoción a la nueva orden fue transmitida fundamentalmente a través de las redes familiares aristocráticas. Además, se propone una nueva perspectiva para abordar el conocimiento de los monasterios medievales como conservadores de las memorias familiares y el papel desempeñado por las mujeres nobles castellano-leonesas en este complejo entramado señorial.

  4. Desempenho Produtivo de Bezerros Desmamados Precocemente Alimentados com Diferentes Dietas Líqüidas com Utilização de Promotor de Crescimento

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    Modesto Elisa Cristina

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar o desempenho de bezerros em fase de aleitamento submetidos a dietas líquidas à base de leite integral ou colostro fermentado, com ou sem adição óleo de soja, e aplicação ou não de zeranol, como promotor de crescimento. O desenvolvimento dos bezerros foi avaliado entre o 15º e 60º dia de vida e as variáveis estudadas foram: peso corporal (PC, altura de cernelha (AC e circunferência torácica (CT aos 60 dias de idade; consumo de alimentos sólidos (CAS; e ganho de peso (GP, incremento de cernelha (IC e incremento torácico (IT durante o período experimental. Foram empregados 40 bezerros mestiços holandês x zebu utilizando-se delineamento inteiramente casualizado em esquema fatorial 2³. O fornecimento de colostro fermentado proporcionou melhores resultados para as variáveis PC e GP, quando comparado ao leite integral, sendo contudo semelhantes àqueles sob a aplicação de zeranol. Não se observaram efeitos significativos para nenhum dos fatores estudados sobre o CAS. A adição de óleo de soja aos alimentos líquidos proporcionou melhores CT e IT. Observou-se interação entre os fatores óleo e zeranol sobre a variável IC, em que a aplicação de zeranol propiciou melhor desenvolvimento aos animais recebendo dietas líquidas adicionadas de óleo de soja.

  5. Improving heart healthy lifestyles among participants in a Salud para su Corazón promotores model: the Mexican pilot study, 2009-2012.

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    Balcázar, Héctor; Fernández-Gaxiola, Ana Cecilia; Pérez-Lizaur, Ana Bertha; Peyron, Rosa Adriana; Ayala, Carma

    2015-03-12

    In Mexico, cardiovascular disease and its risk factors are growing problems and major public health concerns. The objective of this study was to implement cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention activities of the Salud para su Corazón model in a high-risk, impoverished, urban community in Mexico City. We used a pretest-posttest (baseline to 12-week follow-up) design without a control group. Material from Salud para su Corazón was validated and delivered by promotores (community health workers) to community members from 6 geographic areas. Two validated, self-administered questionnaires that assessed participants' knowledge and behaviors relating to heart health were administered. We used t tests and χ(2) tests to evaluate pretest and posttest differences, by age group (≤60 and >60 years), for participants' 3 heart-healthy habits, 3 types of physical activity, performance skills, and anthropometric and clinical measurements. A total of 452 (82%) adult participants completed the program. Heart-healthy habits from pretest to posttest varied by age group. "Taking action" to modify lifestyle behaviors increased among adults aged 60 or younger from 31.5% to 63.0% (P < .001) and among adults older than 60 from 30.0% to 45.0% (P < .001). Positive responses for cholesterol and fat consumption reduction were seen among participants 60 or younger (P = .03). Among those older than 60, salt reduction and weight control increased (P = .008). Mean blood glucose concentration among adults older than 60 decreased postintervention (P = .03). Significant improvements in some heart-healthy habits were seen among adult participants. The model has potential to improve heart-healthy habits and facilitate behavioral change among high-risk adults.

  6. Polymorphism Analysis of 5′ Promotor Region of BCR Gene%BCR基因5′启动子区多态性分析

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    田红; 郑维扬; 付永贵; 林蒋海; 吕凤娟; 周淑芸

    2004-01-01

    背景与目的:bcr-abl融合基因被认为是慢性髓系白血病(chronic myelogenous leukemia,CML)的分子标志,该融合基因的表达受 bcr基因启动子的调控.本实验目的是研究 bcr基因启动子区的多态性,并探讨其与 CML之间可能存在的联系.方法:采用 PCR方法扩增 bcr基因 5′启动子区 1.13 kb的序列范围,通过测序获得了 30例 CML和 19例对照的启动子区序列.应用软件和在线工具对启动子序列进行转录因子结合位点分析和重复序列分析.结果:在所研究片段范围内共发现 4处新的单核苷酸多态性(single nucleotide polymorphism,SNP)和 3处与参考序列不一致的碱基变异.其中 2处 SNPs和 1处碱基插入位于转录因子结合位点中或邻近几个碱基内.各多态性基因频率在 CML和对照人群中无统计学差异.结论:bcr基因的 5′启动子区存在一定的序列多态性,主要为 SNPs,未能证实其与 CML之间存在相关性,但部分 SNPs的定位使其有可能对基因的转录和表达产生影响.

  7. Short children born small for gestational age (SGA) : puberty, hormonal profiles, combined GnRHa and GH treatment and (epi)genetics of 2 IGFBP gene promotors

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    D.C.M. van der Kaay (Danielle)

    2008-01-01

    textabstractIn the Netherlands, children who remain short after being born small for gestational age (SGA) are treated with growth hormone (GH). The clinical studies described in this thesis focused on treatment options in short children born SGA who came under medical attention around pubertal age.

  8. Identification and characterization of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus open reading frame 11 promotor activation

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    Chen, Lei [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    Open reading frame 11 (ORF11) of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus belongs to a herpesviral homologous protein family shared by some members of the gamma- herpesvirus subfamily. Little is known about this ORF11 homologous protein family. We have characterized an unknown open reading frame, ORF11, located adjacent and in the opposite orientation to a well-characterized viral IL-6 gene. Northern blot analysis reveals that ORF11 is expressed during the KSHV lytic cycle with delayed-early transcription kinetics. We have determined the 5{prime} and 3{prime} untranslated region of the unspliced ORF11 transcript and identified both the transcription start site and the transcription termination site. Core promoter region, representing ORF11 promoter activity, was mapped to a 159nt fragment 5{prime} most proximal to the transcription start site. A functional TATA box was identified in the core promoter region. Interestingly, we found that ORF11 transcriptional activation is not responsive to Rta, the KSHV lytic switch protein. We also discovered that part of the ORF11 promoter region, the 209nt fragment upstream of the transcription start site, was repressed by phorbol esters. Our data help to understand transcription regulation of ORF11 and to elucidate roles of ORF11 in KSHV pathogenesis and life cycle.

  9. De soldado de cristo a Promotor de direitos humanos: história, religião e cultura na Polícia Militar de Minas Gerais (1950–2004.

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    Cicero Nunes Moreira

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available MOREIRA, Cícero. N. De soldado de cristo a Promotor de direitos humanos: história, religião e cultura na Polícia Militar de Minas Gerais (1950–2004. Dissertação (Mestrado 2013. 152f - Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Programa de Pós-graduação em Ciências da Religião, Belo Horizonte. Palavras-chaves: Polícia Militar. Identidade. Catolicismo. Devoções. Capelania Militar, Protestantismo. Evangélicos. Direitos Humanos.

  10. Mejora en el diagnóstico y tratamiento oportuno de malaria con el uso de pruebas rápidas por promotores de salud en la Amazonía peruana

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    Martín Casapía

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos. Comparar la oportunidad en el diagnóstico y tratamiento apropiado de la malaria antes y después de la incorporación del uso de pruebas rápidas por promotores de salud en comunidades periféricas de Iquitos. Material y métodos. Estudio longitudinal con evaluación pre y postintervención. En ambas evaluaciones se recolectó un número mínimo de 200 pacientes febriles (casos sospechosos de malaria que habían sido atendidos por el promotor en las seis semanas previas, datos relacionados a la oportunidad en el diagnóstico y tratamiento, y los diagnósticos confirmatorios por gota gruesa. Resultados. Con la intervención hubo una disminución significativa del tiempo transcurrido entre el inicio de síntomas y el inicio del tratamiento de 110 horas (4,6 días a 46,3 horas (1,9 días (p<0,001. Dicha variación fue debida mayormente a la reducción del tiempo transcurrido desde la consulta al promotor hasta la obtención del diagnóstico del paciente, de 69 horas (2,9 días a sólo 20 minutos (p<0,001. Además, hubo un incremento significativo de la proporción de pacientes con malaria que recibieron tratamiento antimalárico oportuno de 15,5 a 54,9% (p<0,001, la proporción de pacientes con malaria que recibieron tratamiento apropiado a la especie del parásito de 26,7% a 83,5% (p<0,001 y la proporción de pacientes con malaria falciparum que recibieron tratamiento apropiado de 5,3 a 73,1%(p<0,001. Conclusiones. A través de la incorporación del uso de pruebas rápidas por promotores de salud en las comunidades seleccionadas, se ha mejorado la oportunidad en el diagnóstico y tratamiento apropiado de la malaria.

  11. Interferon gamma response region in the promoter of the human DPA gene.

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    The interferon gamma (IFN-gamma) response region of the human class II major histocompatibility complex gene, DPA, has been localized to a 52-base-pair (bp) DNA fragment in the proximal promotor at -107 to -55 bp after transfection into HeLa cells of a series of 5', 3', and gap deletion mutants linked to a reporter gene, human growth hormone, as well as of synthetic oligonucleotides fused to the heterologous promoter thymidine kinase. The 52-mer sequence contains the X and Y box elements cons...

  12. Aborto e legislação: opinião de magistrados e promotores de justiça brasileiros Aborto y legislación: opinión de magistrados y promotores de justicia brasileros Brazilian abortion law: the opinion of judges and prosecutors

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar opiniões de juízes e promotores de justiça sobre a legislação brasileira e as circunstâncias em que o aborto induzido deveria ser permitido. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal realizado com 1.493 juízes e 2.614 promotores no Brasil entre 2005 e 2006. Os participantes preencheram um questionário estruturado sobre características sociodemográficas, opiniões acerca da legislação que trata do aborto e circunstâncias para permiti-lo. Realizaram-se análises bivariada e multivariada por regressão de Poisson. RESULTADOS: A maioria (78% dos participantes opinou que as circunstâncias nas quais não se pune o aborto deveriam ser ampliadas, ou mesmo que o aborto não deveria ser considerado crime. As maiores proporções de opiniões favoráveis a que o aborto seja permitido referiram-se a risco para a vida da gestante (84%, anencefalia (83%, malformação congênita grave (82% e gravidez resultante de estupro (82%. As variáveis relativas à religião foram as mais freqüentemente associadas a essas opiniões. CONCLUSÕES: Observou-se uma tendência a considerar a necessidade de mudanças na atual legislação brasileira no sentido de ampliar as circunstâncias nas quais não se pune o aborto e até deixar de considerá-lo como um crime, independentemente da circunstância em que é praticado.OBJETIVO: Analizar opiniones de jueces y promotores de justicia sobre la legislación brasilera y las circunstancias en que el aborto inducido debería ser permitido. MÉTODOS: Estudio transversal realizado con 1.493 jueces y 2.614 promotores en Brasil entre 2005 y 2006. Los participantes llenaron un cuestionario estructurado sobre características sociodemográficas, opiniones acerca de la legislación que trata el aborto y circunstancias para permitirlo. Se realizaron análisis bivariado y multivariado por regresión de Poisson. RESULTADOS: La mayoría (78% de los participantes opinó que las circunstancias en las cuales no se castiga

  13. Selección de cepas de Trichoderma spp. generadoras de metabolitos secundarios de interés para su uso como promotor de crecimiento en plantas cultivadas

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    Full Text Available La interacción Trichoderma-Trichoderma de 35 cepas, fue estudiada debido al potencial del hongo para sintetizar Metabolitos Secundarios (MS, como el ácido-3-indolacético (AIA, mediante enfrentamientos duales en medio de cultivo sólido potato-dextrose-agar (PDA como método de selección para cepas formadoras de “barrera de defensa” entre 0.5-0.7cm con ancho óptimo de selección. Se identificaron 20 enfrentamientos duales, estos fueron replicados en medio de cultivo líquido potato-dextrose-agar (PDA en agitación constante, al cabo de 9 días de crecimiento se realizó el filtrado del caldo para separar los metabolitos sintetizados por el hongo del micelio formado. Esta sustancia de interés, que contiene a los MS, fue inoculada en dos cultivos: Lactuca sativa y Raphanus sativus. Se encontró que, los mejores tratamientos para el ensayo de Lactuca sativa son los enfrentamientos 3(BP-T0001-BPT0029, 4(BP-T0006-BPT0028, 7(BP-T0007-BPT0024 y el cultivo individual I (BP-T0028 como las mejores cepas inductoras de crecimiento e involucra el peso, largo, volumen de raíz y el peso de hoja. Para el ensayo de Raphanus sativus los mejores tratamientos son el enfrentamiento 10 (BP-T0015-BPT0025 y el cultivo individual K (BP-T0031 como inductores del largo de raíz, diámetro y peso de bulbo. El cultivo individual G (BP-T0024 y fertilizante químico QUI inductores del peso de hoja y el enfrentamiento 3 (BP-T0001-BPT0029 como inductor del peso de raíz. Por lo tanto los MS sintetizados por Trichoderma spp. durante los enfrentamientos duales actúan como Promotores del Crecimiento en Plantas (PGP.

  14. Using community participation to assess acceptability of "Contra Caries", a theory-based, promotora-led oral health education program for rural Latino parents: a mixed methods study.

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    Hoeft, Kristin S; Rios, Sarah M; Pantoja Guzman, Estela; Barker, Judith C

    2015-09-03

    Latino children experience more prevalent and severe tooth decay than non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black children. Few theory-based, evaluated and culturally appropriate interventions target parents of this vulnerable population. To fill this gap, the Contra Caries Oral Health Education Program, a theory-based, promotora-led education program for low-income, Spanish-speaking parents of children aged 1-5 years, was developed. This article describes qualitative findings of the acceptability of curriculum content and activities, presents the process of refinement of the curriculum through engaging the target population and promotoras, and presents results from the evaluation assessing the acceptability of the curriculum once implemented. Focus groups were conducted with low-income Spanish-speaking parents of children 1-5 years living in a city in an agricultural area of California. Interviews were digitally recorded, translated and transcribed, checked for accuracy and the resulting data was thematically coded and analyzed using a social constructionist approach. The Contra Caries Oral Health Education Program was then implemented with a separate but similar sample, and after completing the program, participants were administered surveys asking about acceptability and favorite activities of the education program. Data were entered into a database, checked for accuracy, open-ended questions were categorized, and responses to close-ended questions counted. Twelve focus groups were conducted (N = 51), 105 parents attended the Contra Caries Oral Health Education Program, and 83 parents filled out surveys. Complete attendance and retention was high (89% and 90%, respectively). This study found that their children's oral health is a high priority. Parents were not only interested in, but actually attended classes focused on increasing their knowledge and skills with respect to early childhood oral health. The Contra Caries content and format was perceived as

  15. Revisão sistemática dos aspectos psicossociais, neurobiológicos, preditores e promotores de resiliência em militares

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Conduzir uma revisão sistemática sobre resiliência psicológica e/ou hardiness em militares, explorando seus aspectos psicossociais, neurobiológicos, preditores e promotores. Métodos: Utilizaram-se as bases de dados PubMed/MedLine, ISI/Web of Science e PsycINFO, incluindo artigos empíricos publicados nas línguas inglesa, portuguesa e espanhola até maio de 2012. Os seguintes termos foram utilizados: “militar*”, “Army”, “war”, “veteran*”, “resilien*” e “hardiness”. Resultados: Foram incluídos 32 estudos selecionados a partir de 1.205 artigos. O foco da maioria das pesquisas recai sobre a correlação resiliência/hardiness e aspectos psicossociais. Confirmou-se o papel protetivo da resiliência/hardiness quanto ao transtorno de estresse pós-traumático (TEPT, assim como a associação direta entre resiliência e saúde. Neuropeptídeo Y (NPY e deidroepiandrosterona (DHEA foram os biomarcadores mais estudados. Os níveis de NPY no plasma podem representar um correlato biológico de resiliência ou recuperação dos efeitos adversos do estresse. Somente dois estudos abordaram fatores preditores de resiliência em amostras militares, sugerindo ser a exposição a situações adversas, o apoio social e o gênero fatores considerados preditores desse construto. Apenas um estudo avaliou a eficiência de intervenção para fortalecer a resiliência. Conclusão: Apesar da crucial relevância da resiliência, há poucos estudos em amostras militares. Estudos neurobiológicos como os do NPY são promissores. A ausência de ensaio randomizado controlado avaliando eficácia de intervenções promotoras da resiliência demonstra como esse construto vem sendo negligenciado nessa profissão de risco, constituindo área prioritária para foco de estudos futuros.

  16. Inoculação de sementes de milho utilizando o Trichoderma harzianum como promotor de crescimento Corn seed inoculation using Trichoderma harzianum as a growth promoter

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    Maria de Lourdes Resende

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    Full Text Available Conduziu-se este trabalho com o objetivo de estudar o efeito do fungo Trichoderma harzianum como promotor de crescimento de sementes de milho tratadas com diferentes fungicidas. O experimento foi realizado em vasos em casa-de-vegetação, adotando o delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado em esquema fatorial (3x2, utilizando os tratamentos com fungicidas: Captan®, Maxim® e testemunha e inoculação (com e sem inóculo em quatro repetições. As características agronômicas avaliadas foram: altura de planta, peso da matéria seca da parte aérea e de raízes e também a técnica de isolamento do fungo nas raízes aos 45 dias após semeadura. Observou-se diferença significativa somente para o fator inóculo na característica peso de matéria seca de raízes. Pelos resultados obtidos, verificou-se que o fungo Trichoderma harzianum estimulou maior acúmulo de matéria seca nas raízes das plantas de milho e também estava presente nas raízes das plantas oriundas de sementes inoculadas, independentemente do tratamento fungicida das sementes.The objective of this work was to study the effect of the fungus Trichoderma harzianum as a growth promoter on the corn seeds treated with different fungicides. This experiment was carried out in pots in a greenhouse by adopting the experimental completely randomized design in (3 X 2 factorial scheme, by utilizing the treatments with fungicides: Captan®, Maximim® and control and inoculation (with and without an inoculum with four replicates. The agronomic characteristics evaluated were: plant height, shoot and root dry matter weight and also the inoculum isolation technique on the rots after sowing. Significant differences were found only for the factor inoculum in the characteristic root dry matter weight. The results obtained revealed that the fungus Trichoderma harzianum stimulated greatest dry matter accumulation in the roots of corn plants and also it was present in the roots of plants from

  17. Constantin Mavrocordat - Romanian Culture Promotor

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    Niculina Vârgolici

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    Full Text Available For a long time the Phanariot age was considered a dark era and the reforming Prince Constantin Mavrocordat's modernizing activity almost ignored. The signification of the Phanariot Prince's reform policy has to be revalued in the European and Romanian context of the 18th century. The enlighted Prince would reform the administration, justice, fiscal system and education setting up unexistent institutions at that time in Romanian Countries. Both in history and especially in culture, his role as a reformer is undisputable. His efforts in modernizing the Romanian society carried out in a document published in "Mercure de France", 1742 with a suggestive title as Constitution. His reigns signified a renovating period of the political, social, administration and enlightment ideas.

  18. como promotores de la cultura

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    Julio Julio Di Bella Roldán

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    Full Text Available La televisión pública, por su mismo origen, es una televisión que se debe preocupar por cómo obtener una mejor calidad con un menor presupuesto en relación con las televisoras privadas. El gran reto cultural que las televisoras públicas afrontan es el de solventar sus recursos económicos para darle una viabilidad a su producción, hacerla rentable, atractiva y que cumpla con los estatutos gubernamentales de promoción a la educación y difusión de la cultura. La televisión pública debe, por los principios que la rigen, permanecer con una visión social responsable y dedicarse a las diversas áreas de la cultura de nuestro país desde una perspectiva interdisciplinaria y humanista, promoviendo contenidos de calidad. El compromiso que debe hacer la televisión pública con la audiencia es un compromiso en el ámbito nacional, llevando una cruzada junto con la Universidad Pública, por la libertad de pensamiento que conlleva una responsabilidad. La Universidad Pública y la televisión pública son, entonces, medios idóneos para la promoción de las expresiones del pensamiento y la cultura de nuestro país.

  19. Nitrogênio e promotor de crescimento: efeitos no crescimento e desenvolvimento do algodão colorido verde Nitrogen and growth promoter: effects on growth and development of green fiber cotton

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    Maria M. de Lima

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    Full Text Available Objetivou-se, com este trabalho, quantificar os efeitos dos fatores adubação nitrogenada e promotor de crescimento aplicado nas sementes sobre o crescimento e desenvolvimento do algodão colorido verde. O experimento foi conduzido em casa-de-vegetação pertencente ao Centro Nacional de Pesquisa do Algodão (Embrapa-CNPA, onde o promotor de crescimento Stimulate® foi aplicado nas doses de 10 e 17 mL por 0,5 kg de sementes e o N em cobertura nas doses de 0, 80, 160 e 240 kg ha-1. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos ao acaso com nove tratamentos e três repetições em esquema fatorial 2 x 4 + 1. Estimaram-se as variáveis relativas ao crescimento (altura de planta, diâmetro do caule e área foliar e ao desenvolvimento (aparecimento do primeiro botão floral, da primeira flor e abertura do primeiro capulho. Verificou-se que o promotor de crescimento Stimulate® não alterou o crescimento do algodoeiro herbáceo nem interagiu com o N aplicado no meio edáfico. Independentemente do fator dose do promoter de crescimento, o nitrogênio promoveu um decréscimo linear significante na precocidade das plantas e aumentou o crescimento.This research had the objective of quantifying the effects of nitrogen manuring and growth promoter applied in the seeds on growth and development of cotton of green fiber. The experiment was conducted in greenhouse conditions at the National Center of Cotton Research (EMBRAPA-CNPA, where the growth promoter Stimulate® was applied in doses of 10 and 17 mL per 0.5 kg of seeds and the nitrogen topdressing in doses of 0, 80, 160 and 240 kg ha-1. The experimental design was in randomized blocks with nine treatments and three replications in a factorial scheme of 4 x 2 + 1. The variables related to growth (plant height, stem diameter and leaf area and to development (emergence of first flower button and of first flower and opening of first cotton boll were analyzed. It was verified that the Stimulate® growth promoter

  20. L'ascens social a la Barcelona del segle XIV vist a través deis promotors de capelles de la Seu i de les grans esglésies parroquials

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    Borau i Morell, Cristina

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    Full Text Available The issue of this article is the patronage or promotion of de chapels in gothic churches as a mean of consolidation of people's social prestige. All along the XIV century the cathedral and the three parishes of Sta. Maria del Mar, Sta. Maria del Pi and Sant Just in Barcelona had been rebuilt. Church authorities had expected that changuig the romanic churches into the the gothic style known today would be slow and expensive, that is why they decided to confer the new chapels to wealthy people who in turn were supposed to give the eclesiastical institution a generous donation. The promotors of these chapels were mostly merchants and royal civil servants who were at that time in the best social position. Most of them belonged to families who had achieved this position in the past, but we have concentrated in those who were the last ones to obtain better standards of social consideration. The monitoring of their social development has been done thoug legal documentation.

    El tema d'aquest article es el mecenatge o promoció de capelles a les esglésies gòtiques corn a instrument de consolidació del prestigi social. Al llarg del segle XIV es van renovar la catedral i les tres grans esglésies parroquials de Barcelona: Sta. Maria del Mar, Sta. Maria del Pi i Sant Just. Les autoritats eclesiàstiques van preveure, des del principi, que la transformació d'aquells temples romànics en els gòtics de l'actualitat seria lenta i molt cara. Per això van decidir concedir les noves capelles que s'anaven construint a persones adinerades, a canvi que paguessin un generós donatiu. Els promotors d'aquelles capelles eren, majoritàriament, mercaders i oficials reials, els sectors socials que mes van prosperar en aquell context. Bona part d'aquells promotors pertanyia a famílies que ja havien iniciat l'escalada estamental anteriorment, però nosaltres ens hem centrat en els que van protagonitzar nous ascensos socials. El seguiment de la seva traject

  1. Phytogenic additive as an alternative to growth promoters in broiler chickens Aditivo fitogênico como alternativa aos promotores de crescimento em frangos de corte

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    Gerson Neudí Scheuermann

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    Full Text Available This study evaluated a phytogenic feed additive for broiler chickens. A total of 1,632 broiler chicks were distributed into four treatments: negative control (without growth promoter; positive control (avilamycine, 10ppm + colistin, 15ppm; and two alternative treatments with 150ppm of phytogenic additive, one with a reduced Ca and P levels diet (PA-R1 and the other with lower energy, and amino acids, besides Ca and P (PA-R2. The trial was conducted with 12 replicates, each consisted of a pen with 34 birds. The alternative diets showed body weight intermediate to the two controls at 42 days, with no significant (P>0.05 treatment effect on feed conversion ratio. No treatment differences (P>0.05 on carcass yield and composition was observed. There was a tendency of abdominal fat lipids saturation, when the phytogenic additive was used, as possible consequence of a decreased level of soybean oil in the diets. A difference (PO objetivo neste estudo foi avaliar a utilização de um aditivo fitogênico na dieta de frangos de corte. Um total de 1632 aves foram distribuídas em quatro tratamentos: controle negativo (sem antibiótico promotor de crescimento; controle positivo (com avilamicina, 100ppm + colistina, 15ppm, e dois tratamentos alternativos com 150ppm do aditivo fitogênico, um com níveis de Ca e P reduzidos (PA-R1 e outro também com menores níveis de energia e aminoácidos (PA-R2. O experimento foi conduzido com 12 repetições, cada uma delas com 34 aves. As aves submetidas às dietas alternativas apresentaram peso corporal médio, intermediário aos tratamentos de controle, aos 42 dias de idade, não se observando efeito significativo (P>0,05 na conversão alimentar. Nenhuma diferença (P>0,05 foi observada no rendimento e na composição centesimal da carcaça. Com adição do aditivo fitogênico, verificou-se aumento da saturação dos lipídios da gordura abdominal, possivelmente, devido à menor inclusão de óleo de soja em tais

  2. Noise-based switches and amplifiers for gene expression

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    Hasty, J; Dolnik, M; Collins, J J; Hasty, Jeff; Pradines, Joel; Dolnik, Milos

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    The regulation of cellular function is often controlled at the level of gene transcription. Such genetic regulation usually consists of interacting networks, whereby gene products from a single network can act to control their own expression or the production of protein in another network. Engineered control of cellular function through the design and manipulation of such networks lies within the constraints of current technology. Here we develop a model describing the regulation of gene expression, and elucidate the effects of noise on the formulation. We consider a single network derived from bacteriophage $\\lambda$, and construct a two-parameter deterministic model describing the temporal evolution of the concentration of $\\lambda$ repressor protein. Bistability in the steady-state protein concentration arises naturally, and we show how the bistable regime is enhanced with the addition of the first operator site in the promotor region. We then show how additive and multiplicative external noise can be used...

  3. Mutagenicity test system based on a reporter gene assay for short-term detection of mutagens (MutaGen assay).

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    Schmid, Claudia; Arndt, Christian; Reifferscheid, Georg

    2003-02-05

    The construction of a bacterial mutation assay system detecting reversions of base substitutions and frameshifts in tetracycline (tet) and ampicillin resistance genes located on low copy plasmids is described. Frameshift mutations were introduced into repetitive GC-sequences and G-repeats known to be mutagenic hot-spots. Base pair substitutions were inserted in or around the active site of the ampicillinase gene thus generating reversibility of the ampicilline sensitivity. The plasmids carry genes to enable sensitive, fast and specific detection of mutagens in bacteria. MucAB was cloned into the test plasmid to enhance error-prone DNA-repair. The conventional reversion principle has been combined with the luminometric measurement of an inducible reporter gene. The revertants are detected after induction of the beta-galactosidase-producing lacZ-gene either controlled by its natural lac-promotor or by the more stringently repressed (anhydrotetracyclin inducible) tetA promotor. The tester strains containing the tetA/lacZ reporter gene construct can grow in full medium over the complete assay. This test procedure enables screening for mutations within one working day. Incubation for 16 h reveals high sensitivity.

  4. Formación de promotores para la prevención y control de la tuberculosis en la región fronteriza de Chiapas, México

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    Martha Patricia Reyes González

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Diseñar y evaluar un programa de formación de promotores, con componentes educativos y participativos, que permitan desarrollar procesos locales hacia un mayor control de la tuberculosis en comunidades de alta incidencia de tuberculosis en Chiapas, México. Métodos: Se elaboró un programa basado en un diagnóstico epidemiológico y sociocultural de la tuberculosis en la región; se diseñaron y aplicaron cursos-talleres participativos para una mejor comprensión de la enfermedad y capacitación para la formación de promotores en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de la tuberculosis, con aportes de la biomedicina y de las teorías de participación comunitaria y constructivista. Resultados: Se enfatiza que la participación comunitaria fue esencial en la reflexión y definición del problema de la tuberculosis, así como los posibles caminos a seguir. Se demostró que fue una forma de generar un alto compromiso en la obtención de resultados en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de la enfermedad y en la eficacia de la comunicación con la población. Las localidades incluidas fueron Verapaz, Tres Maravillas y Nuevo México del municipio de Frontera Comalapa, Chiapas. Encontramos que la participación de la población en programas de salud, en especial sobre la tuberculosis, había sido de forma pasiva, pues había tomado el papel de receptora solamente en pláticas informativas, sin confirmar aprendizajes. Estas localidades se ubicaban en los primeros lugares de incidencia por tuberculosis a nivel nacional. El curso fue planificado para capacitar a 15 personas como promotores: 10 de Nuevo México, 4 de Verapaz y uno de Tres Maravillas, quienes trabajaron en beneficio de su comunidad y fueron bien recibidas por los pacientes y familiares. Conclusión: La participación comunitaria para reflexionar y definir el problema de la tuberculosis, así como los posibles caminos a seguir, demostró generar un alto compromiso en la obtención de

  5. Formación de promotores para la prevención y control de la tuberculosis en la región fronteriza de Chiapas, México

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    Martha Patricia Reyes González

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    Full Text Available Objetivo : Diseñar y evaluar un programa de formación de promotores, con componentes educativos y participativos, que permitan desarrollar procesos locales hacia un mayor control de la tuberculosis en comunidades de alta incidencia de tuberculosis en Chiapas, México. Métodos: Se elaboró un programa basado en un diagnóstico epidemiológico y sociocultural de la tuberculosis en la región ; se diseñaron y aplicaron cursos - talleres participativos para una mejor comprensión de la enfermedad y capacitación para la formación de promotores en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de la tuberculosis, con aportes de la biomedicina y de las teorías de participación comunitaria y constructivista. Resultados: S e enfatiza que la participación comunitaria fue es encial en la reflexión y definición del problema de la tuberculosis, así como los posibles caminos a seguir. Se demostró que fue una forma de generar un alto compromiso en la obtención de resultados en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de la enfermedad y en la eficacia de la comunicación con la población. Las localidades incluidas fueron Verapaz, Tres Maravillas y Nuevo México del municipio de Frontera Comalapa, Chiapas. Encontramos que la participación de la población en programas de salud , en especial sobre l a tuberculosis, había sido de forma pasiva, pues había tomado el papel de receptor a solamente en pláticas informativas, si n confirmar aprendizajes. Estas localidades se ubicaban en los primeros lugares de incidencia por tuberculosis a nivel nacional. El curso fue planificado para capacitar a 15 personas como promotores : 10 de Nuevo México, 4 de Verapaz y uno de Tres Maravillas, quienes trabajaron en beneficio de su comunidad y fueron bien recibid a s por los pacientes y familiares. Conclusión: La participac ión comunitaria para reflexionar y definir el problema de la tuberculosis, así como los posibles caminos a seguir, demostró generar un alto compromiso en la obtenci

  6. Formación de promotores para la prevención y control de la tuberculosis en la región fronteriza de Chiapas, México

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    Martha Patricia Reyes González

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Diseñar y evaluar un programa de formación de promotores, con componentes educativos y participativos, que permitan desarrollar procesos locales hacia un mayor control de la tuberculosis en comunidades de alta incidencia de tuberculosis en Chiapas, México.Métodos: Se elaboró un programa basado en un diagnóstico epidemiológico y sociocultural de la tuberculosis en la región; se diseñaron y aplicaron cursos-talleres participativos para una mejor comprensión de la enfermedad y capacitación para la formación de promotores en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de la tuberculosis, con aportes de la biomedicina y de las teorías de participación comunitaria y constructivista.Resultados: Se enfatiza que la participación comunitaria fue esencial en la reflexión y definición del problema de la tuberculosis, así como los posibles caminos a seguir. Se demostró que fue una forma de generar un alto compromiso en la obtención de resultados en el diagnóstico y tratamiento de la enfermedad y en la eficacia de la comunicación con la población.Las localidades incluidas fueron Verapaz, Tres Maravillas y Nuevo México del municipio de Frontera Comalapa, Chiapas. Encontramos que la participación de la población en programas de salud, en especial sobre la tuberculosis, había sido de forma pasiva, pues había tomado el papel de receptora solamente en pláticas informativas, sin confirmar aprendizajes. Estas localidades se ubicaban en los primeros lugares de incidencia por tuberculosis a nivel nacional. El curso fue planificado para capacitar a 15 personas como promotores: 10 de Nuevo México, 4 de Verapaz y uno de Tres Maravillas, quienes trabajaron en beneficio de su comunidad y fueron bien recibidas por los pacientes y familiares.Conclusión: La participación comunitaria para reflexionar y definir el problema de la tuberculosis, así como los posibles caminos a seguir, demostró generar un alto compromiso en la obtención de resultados

  7. Improved Cardiovascular Risk among Hispanic Border Participants of the Mi Corazón Mi Comunidad Promotores De Salud Model: The HEART II Cohort Intervention Study 2009-2013.

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    de Heer, Hendrik Dirk; Balcazar, Hector G; Wise, Sherrie; Redelfs, Alisha H; Rosenthal, E Lee; Duarte, Maria O

    2015-01-01

    Community resources (parks, recreational facilities) provide opportunities for health promotion, but little is known about how to promote utilization of these resources and their impact on cardiovascular disease risk (CVD). This cohort study evaluated the impact of an intervention called Mi Corazon Mi Comunidad (MiCMiC), which consisted of promoting use of community physical activity and nutrition resources by Promotoras de Salud/Community Health Workers. Participants were assessed at baseline and following the 4-month intervention. Attendance records were objectively collected to assess utilization of intervention programing. A total of five consecutive cohorts were recruited between 2009 and 2013. Participants were mostly females (86.0%), on average 46.6 years old, and 81% were low in acculturation. Participants who completed follow-up (n = 413) showed significant improvements in reported health behaviors and body composition. Higher attendance significantly predicted greater improvements. The baseline to 4-month change for the highest vs. the lowest attendance quartiles were for weight (-5.2 vs. +0.01 lbs, p < 0.001), waist circumference (-1.20 vs. -0.56 inches, p = 0.047), hip circumference (-1.13 vs. -0.41 inches, p < 0.001); hours of exercise/week (+3.87 vs. +0.81 hours, p < 0.001), proportion of participants eating five servings of fruits and vegetables/day (+54.7 vs. 14.7%, p < 0.001). Following the Promotora-led MiCMiC intervention, substantial improvements in health behaviors and modest improvements in cardiovascular risk factors were found. Greater utilization of community resources was associated with more favorable changes. This study provided preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of Promotora-led interventions for promoting use of existing community resources in CVD risk reduction.

  8. Improved cardiovascular risk among Hispanic border participants of the HEART II Mi Corazón Mi Comunidad Promotores de Salud Model: the cohort intervention study 2009-2013

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    Hendrik Dirk ede Heer

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available AbstractBackgroundCommunity resources (parks, recreational facilities provide opportunities for health promotion, but little is known about how to promote utilization of these resources and their impact on cardiovascular disease risk (CVD. MethodsThis cohort study evaluated the impact of an intervention called Mi Corazon Mi Comunidad (MiCMiC, which consisted of promoting use of community physical activity and nutrition resources by Promotoras de Salud/Community Health Workers. Participants were assessed at baseline and following the 4-month intervention. Attendance records were objectively collected to assess utilization of intervention programming. ResultsA total of 5 consecutive cohorts were recruited between 2009 and 2013. Participants were mostly females (86.0%, on average 46.6 years old, and 81% were low in acculturation. Participants who completed follow-up (n=413 showed significant improvements in reported health behaviors and body composition. Higher attendance significantly predicted greater improvements. The baseline to 4-month change for the highest versus the lowest attendance quartiles were (-5.2 lbs vs. +0.01 lbs, p<.001, waist circumference (-1.20 inches vs. -0.56 inches, p=.047, hip circumference (-1.13 inches vs. -0.41 inches, p<.001; hours of exercise/week (+3.87 hours vs. +0.81 hrs, p<.001, proportion of participants eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables/day (+54.7% vs. 14.7%, p<.001.ConclusionsFollowing the Promotora-led MiCMiC intervention, substantial improvements in health behaviors and modest improvements in cardiovascular risk factors were found. Greater utilization of community resources was associated with more favorable changes. This study provided preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of Promotora-led interventions for promoting use of existing community resources in CVD risk reduction. Key Words: Community resources, community health workers, U.S.- Mexico border, Hispanic, cardiovascular disease, cohort

  9. Utilização de promotores de crescimento para frangos de corte em rações fareladas e peletizadas = Utilization of growth promoter for broiler chickens in mashed and pellets diets

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    Letícia Lorençon

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o efeito da suplementação de dietas com diferentes promotores de crescimento sobre o desempenho e rendimento de carcaça de frangos de corte de 1 a 42 dias de idade. Foram utilizados 576 pintos da linhagem Cobb 500, machos, alojados em cama reutilizada, distribuídos em um delineamento inteiramente casualizado, em esquemafatorial 2 x 3 (forma física da ração x diferentes promotores de crescimento, totalizando 6 tratamentos, com 6 repetições e 16 aves por unidade experimental. As características de desempenho avaliadas foram ganho de peso, peso final, consumo de ração, conversão alimentar, mortalidade e o índice de eficiência produtiva. Avaliou-se também o rendimento de carcaça, bem como rendimento em cortes, coração, fígado e gordura abdominal. Os resultados obtidos demonstram não haver efeito dos tratamentos estudados sobre as características de desempenho e rendimento de carcaça.This study evaluated the supplementation effect of diets with different growth promoters on the performance and carcass yield in broilers from 1 to 42 days of age. Five hundred seventy six broilers of the Coob 500 lineage were used, all males, lodged in reused litter, allocated according to a completely randomized design in a 2 x 3 factorial scheme (physical forms of the ration x growth promoters, totalizing 6 treatments, 6 repetitions per treatment and 16 broilers per experimental unit. The performance parameters evaluated were weight gain, final weight, feed consumption, feed conversion, mortality and index productive efficiency. The carcass yield was also evaluated, as the cuts yield and percentage of abdominal fat at 42 days. The results demonstrated no effect of thetreatments studied on the performance characteristics and carcass yield.

  10. Evaluation of 6 candidate genes on chromosome 11q23 for coeliac disease susceptibility: a case control study

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    Close Eimear

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recent whole genome analysis and follow-up studies have identified many new risk variants for coeliac disease (CD, gluten intolerance. The majority of newly associated regions encode candidate genes with a clear functional role in T-cell regulation. Furthermore, the newly discovered risk loci, together with the well established HLA locus, account for less than 50% of the heritability of CD, suggesting that numerous additional loci remain undiscovered. Linkage studies have identified some well-replicated risk regions, most notably chromosome 5q31 and 11q23. Methods We have evaluated six candidate genes in one of these regions (11q23, namely CD3E, CD3D, CD3G, IL10RA, THY1 and IL18, as risk factors for CD using a 2-phase candidate gene approach directed at chromosome 11q. 377 CD cases and 349 ethnically matched controls were used in the initial screening, followed by an extended sample of 171 additional coeliac cases and 536 additional controls. Results Promotor SNPs (-607, -137 in the IL18 gene, which has shown association with several autoimmune diseases, initially suggested association with CD (P IL18-137/-607 also supported this effect, primarily due to one relatively rare haplotype IL18-607C/-137C (P Conclusion Haplotypes of the IL18 promotor region may contribute to CD risk, consistent with this cytokine's role in maintaining inflammation in active CD.

  11. Utilização do alho (Allium sativum L. como promotor de crescimento de frangos de corte Utilization of garlic (Allium sativum L. as growth promoter of broilers

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    Reginaldo de Freitas

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Três experimentos foram conduzidos com o objetivo de avaliar a utilização do alho na alimentação de frangos de corte, como promotor de crescimento. No primeiro experimento, foram utilizados 480 pintos de corte, sexados, distribuídos em seis tratamentos com oito repetições (quatro de machos e quatro de fêmeas, com dez aves cada uma. Os tratamentos foram: ração basal com milho, farelo de soja e fosfato bicálcio (RB1; RB1 + 0,2% de alho; RB1 + 0,4% de alho, RB1 + 0,6% de alho; RB1 + 0,001% de lincomicina e RB1 + 0,0025% de bacitracina de zinco. No segundo experimento, utilizaram-se 240 pintos de corte, sexados, distribuídos em três tratamentos com oito repetições (quatro de machos e quatro de fêmeas com dez aves cada uma. Os tratamentos foram ração basal com milho, farelo de soja e farinha de carne e ossos (RB2; RB2 + 0,2% de alho e RB2 + 0,4% de alho. No terceiro experimento, foram utilizadas 120 pintos de corte (fêmeas, criadas até aos 42 dias de idade, distribuídos em três tratamentos como descrito para o segundo experimento. Em todos os experimentos, foram avaliados consumo de ração, ganho de peso e conversão alimentar. No primeiro e segundo experimentos, avaliou-se também o peso de intestino delgado. Em nenhum dos três experimentos, foram observados efeitos significativos dos tratamentos sobre as características avaliadas. As aves apresentaram desempenho normal, sugerindo que as condições nas quais foram desenvolvidas os experimentos não foram adequadas para obter respostas, devido à utilização de promotores de crescimento.Three experiments were carried out to evaluate garlic in broilers diets as growth promoter. In the first experiment 480 one day old chicks, sexed, were distributed in six treatments with eight replicates (four with males and four with females, with ten birds each. The treatments were: basal diet with corn , soybean meal and dicalcium phosphaate (RB1, RB1 + 0.2% garlic; RB1 + 0.4%garlic; RB1

  12. 非贵金属氧化物助燃剂的氧化性能 受氢还原预处理的影响%EFFECT OF HYDROGEN REDUCTION TREATMENT ON THE OXIDATION ACTIVITY OF COMBUSTION PROMOTOR WITH NON-NOBLE METAL OXIDES

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    黄星亮; 冯长辉; 殷慧龄

    2001-01-01

    Effects of hydrogen reduction time, hydrogen content and redox circulation on C O oxidation activities of CuO-CoO/Al2O3 and CuO-Ce2O3/Al2O 3 combustion promotors were investigated. The test results showed that after hyd rogen reduction treatment, the oxidation activities of both two promotors were i ncreased at a reaction temperature range of 400 ℃-500 ℃. The activity of CuO -CoO/Al2O3 promotor was increased along with the increasing numbers of the redox circulation, and hydrogen reduction also restored the activity of the said promotor contaminated by sulfur.%对 CuO-CoO/Al2O3和 CuO-Ce2O3/Al2O3助燃剂受 H2还原时间、还原 H2 含量, 以及多次还原-氧化循环处理后对 CO 氧化活性的影响在实验室进行了研究。试验 结果表明, CuO-CoO/Al2O3和 CuO-Ce2O3/Al2O3助燃剂经 H2还原处理后 ,在400~500 ℃反应温度时, CO 氧化活性增加, 并且, CO 氧化活性随着 还原氧化次数的增加而增加。此外 H2还原处理能够使硫中毒后的 CuO-CoO/Al2O3助 燃剂的 CO 氧化活性得到适当恢复。

  13. Bioprospecção de isolados de Bacillus promotores de crescimento de milho cultivado em solo autoclavado e natural Bioprospection of Bacillus isolates promoters of corn growth in natural and sterile soil

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    Fabio Fernando de Araujo

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se, neste trabalho, selecionar isolados bacterianos do gênero Bacillus em amostras de solo da região oeste paulista e avaliar o efeito de sua inoculação em milho cultivado em duas condições de solo (natural e autoclavado. Trinta e oito isolados bacterianos, caracterizados como Bacillus sp. foram avaliados previamente quanto ao antagonismo a fungos fitopatogênicos e produção de hormônio vegetal (auxinas em laboratório. Foram selecionados 14 isolados para inoculação de milho cultivado em vasos, em casa de vegetação durante 50 dias. As avaliações efetuadas durante a condução do experimento foram: altura de plantas; número de folhas desdobradas e biomassa seca produzida aos 50 dias após a semeadura. O cultivo do milho em solo autoclavado proporcionou maior número de folhas desdobradas e produção de biomassa na planta. Os isolados bacterianos BRG-2, CAS-2, NGR-1, PNP-2, PRP-2 e TAC-2, destacaram-se como promotores de crescimento do milho, avaliado pela produção de biomassa pela planta aos 50 dias de idade. Dos oito antagonistas avaliados apenas quatro foram promotores de crescimento do milho. A maior produção de AIA não foi uma característica principal dos melhores isolados bacterianos que promoveram o crescimento do milho.The objective of this work was to select bacterial isolates of the genus Bacillus in soil samples of West of the State of São Paulo and to assess the effect of their inoculation in corn growing in two soil conditions (natural and sterilized. 38 bacterial isolates characterized as belonging to the Bacillus genus were previously evaluated regarding their antagonism to phytopathogenic fungi and their production of plant hormones (auxines in the laboratory. The corn plants were inoculated with 14 Bacillus isolates and grown in in a greenhouse for 50 days. The evaluations made during the conduction of the trial were: plant height, number of leaves and biomass dry weight. The bacterial isolates

  14. [SWI/SNF Protein Complexes Participate in the Initiation and Elongation Stages of Drosophila hsp70 Gene Transcription].

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    Mazina, M Yu; Nikolenko, Yu V; Krasnov, A N; Vorobyeva, N E

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    The participation of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex in the stimulation of the RNA polymerase II binding to gene promotors was demonstrated in all model eukaryotic organisms. It was shown eight years ago that the SWI/SNF complex influence on transcription is not limited to its role in initiation but also includes participation in elongation and alternative splicing. In the current work, we describe the subunit composition of the SWI/SNF complexes participating in initiation, preparing for the elongation and elongation of hsp70 gene transcription in Drosophila melanogaster. The data reveal the high mobility of the SWI/SNF complex composition during the hsp 70 gene transcription process. We suggest a model describing the process of sequential SWI/SNF complex formation during heat-shock induced transcription of the hsp 70 gene.

  15. Effect of enhancers on the in vitro percutaneous absorption of piroxicam from compounding formulations Efeito de promotores na absorção percutânea in vitro do piroxicam a partir de formulações magistrais

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    Francieli Furlan Bortolon

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    Full Text Available Formulations of piroxicam in Lanette® (L or Net Fs® (N vehicles, with or without permeation enhancers, the ethanol (E or propylene glycol (P were developed. The piroxicam permeation through porcine ear skin, in a Franz Cell was evaluated, comparing with a commercial product. The permeate was analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC using a 5 mm C18 column with mobile phase methanol:phosphate buffer (60:40, at 354 nm and the run time of 10 min. This method was validated and the limit of quantification was 0.138 mg/mL, with linearity over 0.02-5 µg/mL, without endogenous skin interference. The order of piroxicam permeation after 24 h was: LE > L> Feldene® > N > LP > NP > NE. The L based formulations showed greater piroxicam permeation compared with N based formulations, particularly up to 10 h of experiment. The ethanol enhancer provided the highest piroxicam permeation. The commercial product shows a different behavior, providing piroxicam permeation almost after 10 h. These results show the development of effective, simple and economic percutaneous formulations of piroxicam allowing the choice of formulations for higher or lower piroxicam permeation.Formulações de piroxicam com base Lanette® (L ou Net Fs ® (N, com ou sem promotores de absorção (etanol-E ou propilenoglicol-P, foram desenvolvidas. O estudo de permeação de piroxicam das formulações foi realizado em célula de Franz, usando pele de porco e o desempenho foi comparado com a especialidade farmacêutica. O fármaco permeado foi analisado por método desenvolvido por CLAE usando uma coluna analítica C18 de 15 x 0,46 cm, com fase móvel metanol: tampão fosfato (60:40, comprimento de onda de 354 nm e o tempo de corrida foi de 10 min. O ensaio foi validado e apresentou limite de quantificação de 0,138 mg/mL , linearidade na faixa de 0,02-5 µg/mL e não ocorreu interferência de substâncias endógenas da pele ou da formulação. A ordem de permeação de

  16. Cupric citrate as growth promoter for broiler chickens in different rearing stages Citrato cúprico como promotor de crescimento de frangos de corte diferentes em fases de criação

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    Mônica Maria de Almeida Brainer

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Feeding cupric citrate as alternative to cupric sulfate to broilers has been suggested in the literature. Day-old male broiler chicks (1,200 were used in an experiment to evaluate the efficacy of cupric citrate supplementation (75 mg Cu kg-1 during the 1-21, 22-42 or 1-42 d periods in comparison to an unsupplemented diet and a diet supplemented with cupric sulfate (200 mg Cu kg-1, 1-42 d. A randomized block design was used, with five treatments, six replicates and 40 birds per pen. The diets, based on corn and soybean meal, and water were offered ad libitum during the 42-day experimental period. Over the entire period, there was no effect of copper supplementation (P > 0.05 on bird live weight, weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion and mortality. Cupric citrate supplementation on the 22-42 d period resulted in worse feed conversion as compared to broilers receiving cupric sulfate (2.014 vs. 1.967, P Citrato cúprico foi apontado como alternativa ao sulfato cúprico como promotor de crescimento na dieta de frangos. Este trabalho avaliou a eficácia do citrato cúprico em diferentes fases da criação de frangos de corte. Foram utilizados 1200 pintos machos, em um experimento em blocos casualizados, com cinco tratamentos, seis repetições e 40 aves por parcela. Os tratamentos consistiram de uma dieta não suplementada ou suplementada com citrato cúprico anidro (75 mg Cu kg-1 de 1 a 21 dias, de 22 a 42 dias ou de 1 a 42 dias, ou com sulfato cúprico pentahidratado (200 mg Cu kg-1 de 1 a 42 dias. Foram avaliados o desempenho das aves e o resíduo de cobre na cama. Dietas, à base de milho e farelo de soja, e água foram fornecidas à vontade durante todo o período experimental. Não houve efeito da suplementação de cobre (P > 0,05 sobre o peso vivo, ganho de peso, consumo de ração, conversão alimentar e mortalidade mais refugagem. Os frangos que receberam citrato cúprico na ração a partir dos 22 dias tiveram, no período 22-42 dias

  17. Evaluation of the use of probiotics in diets with or without growth promoters for broiler chicks Avaliação do uso de probiótico em dietas para frangos de corte com ou sem promotores de crescimento

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    Régis Fernando Pastorelo Meurer

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This work was carried out to evaluate the use of Bacillus subtilis probiotic C-3102 (10(10cfu/g in diets with or without growth promoters on the performance of broilers in the period from 1 to 42 days of age. It was used 1,200 Cobb line broilers, distributed in a complete randomized block with five diets: negative controller (without promoters; Bacillus subtilis (30 g/t ration; Bacillus subtilis (50 g/t ration; Bacillus subtilis (30 g/t ration + colistin (10 ppm; avilamycin (10 ppm + colistin (10 ppm. Each diet was evaluated in 10 repetitions with 24 birds. From 21 to 42 days of age, feed intake, weight gain and feed conversion were evaluated, and at 42 days of age, productive efficiency index was evaluated. At the end of the experimental period, it was observed an increase in the consumption of diet with the lowest dose of Bacillus subtilis (30 g in relation to that one with Bacillus subtillis (30 g + colistin (10 ppm. The values of weight gain obtained with the diet with the lowest dose of Bacillus subtillis (30 g and with avilamycin (10 ppm + colistine (10 ppm were higher than those of the birds fed control diet (without promoters. For feed conversion, the best results were obtained by supplying diets containing 50 g of Bacillus subtillis, diet with 30 g of Bacillus subtillis + 10 ppm of colistin; and diet with 10 ppm of avilamycin + 10 ppm colistin. For the analysis of productive efficiency index, the best results were obtained with diets containing additives (probiotics and/or antibiotics in comparison to the control diet. Bacillus subtillis C-3102 probiotic, at concentration 10(10 cfu/g, is an efficient substitute of antibiotics.Este trabalho foi realizado para avaliar o uso do probiótico Bacillus subtilis C-3102 (10(10 ufc/g em dietas contendo ou não promotores de crescimento sobre o desempenho de frangos de corte no período de 1 a 42 dias de idade. Foram utilizados 1.200 frangos de corte da linhagem Cobb, distribuídos em delineamento

  18. Human C5a anaphylatoxin: gene cloning and expression in Escherichia coli.

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    Bautsch, W; Emde, M; Kretzschmar, T; Köhl, J; Suckau, D; Bitter-Suermann, D

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    A gene coding for the human anaphylatoxin C5a was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. A combination of reverse transcription of mRNA of the U937 cell line with subsequent preparative polymerase chain reaction was employed to obtain the gene. The sequence was cloned into the plasmid vector pKK 233-2 behind an ATG initiation codon under the control of a trc promotor. After purification by ion exchange chromatography and reversed phase FPLC a mixture of predominantly non-glycosylated recombinant human C5a with a beta-mercaptoethanol adduct at cysteine 27 and the N-methionyl derivative was obtained which was homogeneous on silver-stained gels, immunoreactive with C5a-specific monoclonal antibodies and functionally active in releasing myeloperoxidase from human granulocytes and ATP from guinea pig platelets. The final yield was about 0.4-0.8 mg purified recombinant C5a per liter bacterial culture.

  19. A bidirectional Tet-dependent promotor construct regulating the expression of E1A for tight control of oncolytic adenovirus replication.

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    Fechner, Henry; Wang, Xiaomin; Picó, Almudena Hurtado; Wildner, Judith; Suckau, Lennart; Pinkert, Sandra; Sipo, Isaac; Weger, Stefan; Poller, Wolfgang

    2007-01-20

    Tight regulation of oncolytic adenoviruses (oAdV) represents an important requirement for their safe application. Here we describe a new doxycycline (Dox)-dependent oAdV with a bidirectional expression cassette, which drives the expression of the reverse tetracycline-controlled transactivator (rtTA(s)-M2) from a lung tumor-specific promoter and, in the opposite direction, the expression of the adenoviral E1A gene from a second generation TetO(7) sequence linked to an isolated TATA box. In H441 lung cancer cells, this oAdV showed a strictly Dox-dependent E1A expression, adenoviral replication, cell killing activity and a 450-fold induction of progeny virus production. The virus could be shut off again by withdrawal of Dox and, in contrast to a control oAdV expressing E1A directly from the SP-B promoter, did not replicate in non-target cells. However, the absolute values of virus production and the cell killing activity in the presence of the inducer were still reduced as compared to the control oAdV. The results demonstrate, for the first time, Dox-dependent oAdV replication from a single adenoviral vector genome. Future improvement of the Dox-dependent E1A regulation cassette should lead to the generation of an oAdV well suited to meet the demands for a highly regulated and efficient oncolytic virus for in vivo applications.

  20. Don Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, promotor del libre acceso a la información en el siglo XVII novo-hispano Don Juan de Palafox y Mendoza promoter of free access to information in the eighteenth century in New Spain

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    Don Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, arzobispo y virrey de la Nueva España y obispo de Puebla en el siglo XVII, ha sido motivo de numerosos estudios, pero lo que se desea resaltar en este escrito es su labor como fundador de la primera biblioteca pública de México y del continente americano, misma que hoy conocemos como Biblioteca Palafoxiana, y como promotor del libre acceso a la información. En el siglo XVIII, el obispo de Puebla, Francisco Fabián y Fuero, seguidor de las ideas de Palafox, enriqu...

  1. Óleos essenciais como substituintes de antibióticos promotores de crescimento em frangos de corte: perfil de soroproteínas e peroxidação lipídica Essential oils as substitutes for antibiotic growth promoters in broilers: soroproteins profile and lipid peroxidation

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    Carolina Kist Traesel; Sonia Terezinha dos Anjos Lopes; Patricia Wolkmer; Candice Schmidt; Janio Morais Santurio; Sydney Hartz Alves

    2011-01-01

    Os óleos essenciais são alternativas ao uso de promotores de crescimento antibióticos na avicultura, devido à sua ação antimicrobiana, além de possuírem propriedades antioxidante e imunomoduladora. Este estudo foi realizado com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da suplementação dietética de três doses de óleos essenciais (OLES) de orégano (Origanum vulgare L.), sálvia (Salvia officinalis L.), alecrim (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) e extrato de pimenta (Capsicum frutescens L.) em frangos de corte, p...

  2. Determinación del potencial promotor del crecimiento vegetal de Azotobacter spp. aislados de la rizósfera de malezas en cultivos de maíz (Zea mays L.

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    Luis H. León

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    Full Text Available Los fertilizantes químicos representan entre 20% y 30% de los costos de producción de un cultivo, utilizados correctamente incrementan la productividad y rentabilidad; sin embargo, cada año aumenta la cantidad de fertilizantes por aplicar, debido a la deficiencia de adsorción en el suelo y absorción por la planta. Siendo el maíz el tercer cultivo de importancia en Perú, con un impacto significativo en la actividad económica y social, en el 2014, solo el 40% del maíz ofertado correspondió a la producción nacional. En busca de alternativas para disminuir el uso de fertilizantes químicos se realizan investigaciones con denominadas rizobacterias promotoras del crecimiento vegetal (PGPR, por sus siglas en ingles. Se identificaron 37 malezas en cultivos de maíz procedentes de campos agrícolas de los distritos de Monsefú y Reque, Región Lambayeque, siendo dicotiledóneas predominantes con 68 % con respecto a monocotiledóneas con 32%. Las bacterias se aislaron de la rizósfera de malezas, obteniendo 305 cultivos puros de bacterias, de los cuales 133 cultivos puros (43,7% se identificaron como Azotobacter spp., investigándose su reacción bioquímica en reducción de nitratos, utilización de sacarosa, glucosa, maltosa, manitol, ramnosa, glicerol y sorbitol, identificándose A. vinelandii (58%, A. paspali (13%, A. armeniacus (8%, A. nigricans (8% y en 13 cultivos no se identificó la especie. Con los cultivos Azotobacter spp. se cuantificó hasta 36,03 ppm de nitrógeno fijado como amonio; 60,75 ppm de ácido indol acético y 6,06 ppm de fósforo solubilizado, se determinó actividad antagónica contra Fusarium verticillioides, proteolítica y quitinolítica y. El 20% de Azotobacter spp. no afectó la emergencia de maíz amarillo duro hibrido simple AGRI- 144, el 33 % la afectó positivamente y el 47% la afectó negativamente. A su vez, ningún Azotobacter spp. afectó la sobrevivencia. Demostrándose el potencial promotor del

  3. Cobre e Antibiótico como Promotores de Crescimento em Rações para Frangos de Corte Copper and Antibiotic as Growth Promoters in Rations for Broiler Chickens

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    MC Iafigliola

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available Foi realizado um experimento objetivando avaliar os efeitos de promotores de crescimento sobre o desempenho e a temperatura corporal de frangos de corte, no período de 1 a 42 dias de idade. Os tratamentos consistiram de uma ração basal não suplementada (Controle, ou suplementada com 200 mg de Cu/kg de sulfato cúprico pentahidratado (Sulfato, 75 mg de Cu/kg de citrato cúprico anidro (Citrato, 20 mg/kg de virginiamicina (VM, ou a associação Citrato + VM, em um experimento em blocos casualizados com seis repetições de 40 aves, criadas sobre cama reutilizada. Não se observou efeito de tratamentos na fase inicial. Na fase final os tratamentos não afetaram o consumo de ração e o ganho de peso, enquanto a conversão alimentar foi melhor para o VM comparado ao Controle. No período total não houve efeito de tratamentos sobre peso vivo, consumo, ganho de peso e conversão alimentar. No período final e total o Sulfato resultou em menor viabilidade das aves comparado ao Citrato, VM e Citrato + VM. Não foi verificado efeito sinérgico quando se usou VM + Citrato. Os tratamentos não influenciaram a temperatura retal das aves consistentemente. O citrato cúprico não revelou ser mais eficiente que o sulfato cúprico.An experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of growth promoters on the performance and body temperature of broiler chickens 1 to 42 days of age. The treatments were a basal diet unsupplemented (Control, or supplemented of 200 mg Cu/kg as copper sulfate pentahydrate (Sulfate, 75 mg Cu/kg as anhydrous copper citrate (Citrate, 20 mg/kg of virginiamycin (VM, or the combination Citrate + VM. The experiment in floor pens with reutilized litter was in randomized blocks and six replicates of 40 birds. There were no treatment effects in the initial period. Treatments did not affect feed intake and weight gain in the final period; VM resulted improved feed conversion compared to Control. In the overall period, liveweight, weight

  4. Desempenho produtivo de cabritos alimentados com diferentes dietas líquidas, associadas com promotor de crescimento Effects of feeding different liquid diets with or without growth promoter on performance of kid goats

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    Antonio Bento Mancio

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available O experimento foi conduzido para se avaliar o desempenho de cabritos tratados com leite de cabra integral ou colostro de vaca fermentado com ou sem óleo de soja, e com aplicação ou não do promotor de crescimento Zeranol. Vinte e quatro cabritos da raça Alpina foram dispostos em delineamento inteiramente casualizado em esquema fatorial 3 x 2. Cada animal recebeu, pela manhã, 1 L da dieta líquida e 250 g/animal/dia de concentrado. Foram avaliados o ganho de peso dos animais, os consumos de concentrado e de matéria seca, a conversão alimentar e o tamanho dos órgãos. Houve diferenças entre as dietas líquidas, com ou sem a aplicação de Zeranol, para ganho de peso aos 29, 36, e 50 dias de idade, mas não para o ganho médio diário. A não aplicação de Zeranol nos tratamentos com leite de cabra e colostro fermentado com óleo de soja proporcionou diferença média de 8% no ganho de peso dos animais alimentados com leite de cabra. Não se observou diferença nos consumos de concentrado e de matéria seca e na conversão alimentar dos animais entre as diferentes dietas líquidas avaliadas. Não houve influência do Zeranol ou do óleo de soja nas dietas líquidas sobre nenhum dos órgãos estudadosThe objective of this experiment was to study the effects of feeding whole goat milk or fermented cow colostrum supplemented or not with soy oil and with or without the growth promoter Zeranol on performance of kid goats. Twenty-four Alpine kid goats assigned to a completely randomized design in a 3 x 2 factorial arrangement were used in this trial. The following variables were investigated: weight gain, intakes of dry matter and concentrate, feed conversion, and organ sizes. Significant differences were observed among liquid diets with or without Zeranol for weight gain at 29, 36, and 50 days old, but not for the average daily gain. No significant differences for intake of both dry matter and concentrate as well as for feed conversion were

  5. Determinación del potencial promotor del crecimiento vegetal de las enterobacterias aisladas de la rizósfera del cultivo de maíz (Zea mays L.

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    Luis H. León Mendoza

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    Full Text Available El maíz amarillo duro es el tercer cultivoen importancia en el Perú y forma parte de la cadena maíz-avicultura-porcicultura, de impacto significativo en la actividad económica y social nacional, sin embargo, enel 2011, solo el 40%del maíz ofertado correspondió a la producción nacional. En busca de alternativas paradisminuir el uso de fertilizantes químicos se realizan investigaciones con denominadas rizobacteriaspromotoras del crecimiento vegetal. Las bacterias se aislaron de la rizósfera de maíz procedentes de camposagrícolas de los distritos de Monsefú y Reque, Región Lambayeque. Se realizó una dilución en solución salinaesterilizada: 0,87%NaCl, p/v y se sembró en agar Mac Conkey, incubando a 30°Cpor 48 horas. Se obtuvieron269 cultivos puros de bacterias, se investigósu reacción bioquímica en agar Hierro Triple Azúcar, agar HierroLisina,agar Citrato de Simons, caldo peptonado, caldo rojo de metilo Voges-Proskauer y caldo nitrato,identificándose 66%como enterobacterias de los génerosPantoea(49%,Klebsiella(17%,Kluyvera(16%,Serratia(11%,Citrobacter(4% yHafnia(3%. Con las enterobacterias nativas se cuantificó hasta 31,67ppm de nitrógeno fijado como amonio; 54,25 ppm de ácido indol acético y 4,78 ppm de fósforo solubilizado,así como también se determinó actividad proteolítica, quitinolítica y antagónica aFusarium verticillioides. El16%de enterobacterias nativas no afectó la emergencia de maíz amarillo duro hibrido simple AGRI-144, el77%la afectópositivamente y el 7%la afectó negativamente. A su vez, ninguna bacteria afectó lasobrevivencia.Se demostró el potencial promotor del crecimiento vegetal de las enterobacterias aisladas decampos de cultivos de la Región de Lambayeque.

  6. Aislamiento e identificación de proteínas de unión a una secuencia específica del promotor del gen calmodulina de Plasmodium falciparum

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    Yara Erika L

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se sigue la búsqueda de la maquinaria transcripcional de Plasmodium falciparum, aislando proteínas de unión a DNA, que podrían contribuir en un futuro a encontrar nuevos blancos terapéuticos. Con este fin se tomó como modelo el gen de calmodulina, utilizando específicamente un fragmento de DNA de 149 pb (PfCAM149 de la región 5' no traducida. Proteínas parcialmente purificadas provenientes del extracto nuclear total del parásito, se usaron para escalar el microsistema de afinidad DNA PfCAM149-biotina- estreptavidina- magnesferas, previamente desarrollado, para capturar aquellas proteínas de unión específica a la secuencia de DNA PfCAM149. El escalamiento permitió reci-clar tres veces la proteína a través de la matriz cromatográfica y determinar cuáles proteínas permanecían unidas al sistema, indicando interacción específica a la secuencia del promotor del gen de calmodulina (PfCAM149; además, condujo a obtener la cantidad de proteína necesaria para secuenciación. Por otra parte, se realizaron ensayos para rastrear la actividad de unión con secuencias consenso para factores de transcripción eucariotes (CREB, OCT1, MIG y GATA, que permitieron elegir una proteína de 54 kDa, cuya posible identidad corresponde al factor de transcripción E4BP4 o secuencias relacionadas. Con este trabajo se superaron problemas de cantidad, se comprobó la especificidad de la unión y se determinó que la proteína de 54 kDa tenía una modificación intrínseca que impidió la secuenciación de su extremo aminoterminal. Los ensayos realizados evidencian que el factor de trascripción CREB, o factores de trans­cripción relacionados forman parte de la maquinaria transcripcional del parásito. Palabras claves: malaria; Plasmodium falciparum; maquinaria; transcripción; factores de transcripción.

  7. Análise do perfil de metilaçăo do promotor do gene ADAM33 e sua correlaçăo clínica com câncer de mama /

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    Seniski,Gerusa Gabriele

    2008-01-01

    Orientadora: Giseli Klassen Co-orientadora: Anamaria Aranha Camargo Dissertaçăo (mestrado) - Universidade Federal do Paraná, Setor de Cięncias Biológicas, Programa de Pós-Graduaçăo em Cięncias Biológicas (Microbiologia, Parasitologia e Patologia Básica). Defesa: Curitiba, 2008 Inclui bibliografia e anexos

  8. 垂体腺瘤p16基因启动子甲基化分析%Analysis of the hypermethylation of p16 gene promotor in pituitary adenomas

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    魏新亭; 罗世祺

    2001-01-01

    目的:探讨垂体腺瘤p16基因表达缺失的原因.方法;对无p16基因纯合性缺失的肿瘤标本进行甲基化分析.结果:30例标本甲基化敏感性内切酶SmaI消化后p16基因第一外显子扩增片段消失,表明存在p16启动子的甲基化.结论:垂体腺瘤p16基因的表达缺失与该基因启动子的甲基化有关.

  9. Effect of different growth promoters on broiler performance and gut morphology Efecto de diferentes promotores de crecimiento en el desarrollo y morfología intestinal de pollos broiler

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    R Markovi

    2009-01-01

    adición de antibiótico promotor del crecimiento (AGP, Flavomycin®, 15 PPM, Intervet, alimento microbiano dirigido (DFM, All-Lac® 0,1%, Alltech Inc. USA y Manano Oligosacárido (MOS (Bio-MOS® 2 kg/T, Alltech Inc. USA. Los pollos fueron introducidos en el experimento después de nacer. En el día 42 de ensayo todas las aves fueron sacrificadas en una planta de faenamiento y sus rendimientos al sacrificio fueron medidos. Muestras de intestinos con su contenido de 6 aves promedio, seleccionadas al azar de cada grupo (n = 24, fueron tomadas para su examen. Al final del ensayo, el peso corporal (BW y la ganancia diaria promedio (ADG de los pollos alimentados con las raciones que contenían Bio-MOS® (1915,23 y 44,58 g, AGP (1869,40 y 43,50 g y DFM (1855,50 y 43,17 g fueron significativamente mayores que las de los pollos del grupo control (1815,67 y 41,96 g. Comparado con el grupo control (91,19 g, el consumo promedio diario de alimento (ADFI también fue reducido significativamente en los grupos experimentales suplementados con Bio-MOS® (81,84 g, DFM (83,50 g o AGP (86,16 que g, lo cual disminuyó la relación de conversión (FCR de 2,17 en el grupo control a 1,83, 1,93 y 1,98 kg, respectivamente. Una disminución significativa del pH del contenido intestinal en diversas partes del tracto gastrointestinal fue observada en los grupos de pollos suplementados con Bio-MOS (6,25, 6,50 y 6,78 y DFM (6,16, 6,46 y 6,72, comparado con los grupos control (6,55, 6,81 y 7,21 y adicionado de AGP (6,61, 6,87 y 7,14. El uso de DFM y de Bio-MOS® aumentó la longitud y el ancho de las vellosidades intestinales y disminuyó la profundidad de criptas. El número de células caliciformes no se diferenció estadísticamente entre grupos experimentales. En conclusión, los grupos suplementados con Bio-MOS® y DFM presentaron ventajas nutricionales, farmacológicas y económicas con respecto al grupo que incorporó un promotor de crecimiento antibiótico.

  10. Genes and Gene Therapy

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    ... correctly, a child can have a genetic disorder. Gene therapy is an experimental technique that uses genes to ... or prevent disease. The most common form of gene therapy involves inserting a normal gene to replace an ...

  11. Evaluation of 6 candidate genes on chromosome 11q23 for coeliac disease susceptibility: a case control study.

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    Brophy, Karen

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Recent whole genome analysis and follow-up studies have identified many new risk variants for coeliac disease (CD, gluten intolerance). The majority of newly associated regions encode candidate genes with a clear functional role in T-cell regulation. Furthermore, the newly discovered risk loci, together with the well established HLA locus, account for less than 50% of the heritability of CD, suggesting that numerous additional loci remain undiscovered. Linkage studies have identified some well-replicated risk regions, most notably chromosome 5q31 and 11q23. METHODS: We have evaluated six candidate genes in one of these regions (11q23), namely CD3E, CD3D, CD3G, IL10RA, THY1 and IL18, as risk factors for CD using a 2-phase candidate gene approach directed at chromosome 11q. 377 CD cases and 349 ethnically matched controls were used in the initial screening, followed by an extended sample of 171 additional coeliac cases and 536 additional controls. RESULTS: Promotor SNPs (-607, -137) in the IL18 gene, which has shown association with several autoimmune diseases, initially suggested association with CD (P < 0.05). Follow-up analyses of an extended sample supported the same, moderate effect (P < 0.05) for one of these. Haplotype analysis of IL18-137\\/-607 also supported this effect, primarily due to one relatively rare haplotype IL18-607C\\/-137C (P < 0.0001), which was independently associated in two case-control comparisons. This same haplotype has been noted in rheumatoid arthritis. CONCLUSION: Haplotypes of the IL18 promotor region may contribute to CD risk, consistent with this cytokine\\'s role in maintaining inflammation in active CD.

  12. Evaluation of 6 candidate genes on chromosome 11q23 for coeliac disease susceptibility: a case control study

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    Brophy, Karen

    2010-05-17

    Abstract Background Recent whole genome analysis and follow-up studies have identified many new risk variants for coeliac disease (CD, gluten intolerance). The majority of newly associated regions encode candidate genes with a clear functional role in T-cell regulation. Furthermore, the newly discovered risk loci, together with the well established HLA locus, account for less than 50% of the heritability of CD, suggesting that numerous additional loci remain undiscovered. Linkage studies have identified some well-replicated risk regions, most notably chromosome 5q31 and 11q23. Methods We have evaluated six candidate genes in one of these regions (11q23), namely CD3E, CD3D, CD3G, IL10RA, THY1 and IL18, as risk factors for CD using a 2-phase candidate gene approach directed at chromosome 11q. 377 CD cases and 349 ethnically matched controls were used in the initial screening, followed by an extended sample of 171 additional coeliac cases and 536 additional controls. Results Promotor SNPs (-607, -137) in the IL18 gene, which has shown association with several autoimmune diseases, initially suggested association with CD (P < 0.05). Follow-up analyses of an extended sample supported the same, moderate effect (P < 0.05) for one of these. Haplotype analysis of IL18-137\\/-607 also supported this effect, primarily due to one relatively rare haplotype IL18-607C\\/-137C (P < 0.0001), which was independently associated in two case-control comparisons. This same haplotype has been noted in rheumatoid arthritis. Conclusion Haplotypes of the IL18 promotor region may contribute to CD risk, consistent with this cytokine\\'s role in maintaining inflammation in active CD.

  13. Hepatitis in growth promotor treated cows

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    Groot, M.J.

    2002-01-01

    Adult female beef cattle found positive for stanozolol in the urine were investigated for liver pathology. In all the animals toxic hepatitis was found, including cholestasis, periportal fibrosis and inflammation, focal necrosis and blood filled lacunae. As no clinical data of the cows were availabl

  14. [Sequence characterization of the 5'-Flanking region of the GHR gene in Tibetan sheep].

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    Ma, Zhi-Jie; Wei, Ya-Ping; Zhong, Jin-Cheng; Chen, Zhi-Hua; Lu, Hong; Tong, Zi-Bao

    2007-08-01

    The 5'-Flanking sequence (including the P1 promotor and exon 1A) of the GHR gene in Oura-type Tibetan sheep (O. aries) was cloned by T-A method and sequenced (GenBank accession No. EF116490). Characterization and comparison of this sequence with mouflons (O. musimon), goat (C. hircus), cattle (B. taurus) and European bison (B. bonasus) orthologues were also conducted. Results showed that: 1) The 5'-flanking region contained many potential transcriptional factor binding sites such as those for C/EBPb, C/EBP, SP1, Cap, USF, HFH-2, HNF-3b, and Oct-1, which might have an important effect on transcription activation and regulation as well as tissue-specific expression. The rate of repetitive sequences was 2.55% and no SINEs, LINEs, LTR anti-transcription elements or DNA transposon elements were found, although one (TG)11 microsatellite was found. 2) In the P1 promotor region, sequence homology between the Tibetan sheep and mouflon, goat, cattle and European bison was 99.7%, 94.2%, 85.9% and 86.5%, respectively, while that for exon 1A was 99.0%, 97.0%, 92.7% and 94.6%, respectively. 3) The molecular phylogenetic tree among these species, constructed by the neighborhood joining method based on the sequences of no-coding region of the GHR genes, placed the two Bovinae species on one branch and the three Caprinae species on the other. Tibetan sheep and mouflons were joined first, followed by the goat, and then the Bovinae species, including the cattle and European bison. This result of phylogenetic clustering was not only identical to the taxonomy, but also to the phylogenetic clustering using the mitochondrial DNA of these species.

  15. Urokinase receptor mRNA level and gene transcription are strongly and rapidly increased by phorbol myristate acetate in human monocyte-like U937 cells

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    Lund, L R; Rønne, E; Roldan, A L;

    1991-01-01

    We have studied the effect of the tumor promotor phorbol myristate acetate (PMA) on the level of mRNA for the receptor for urokinase-type plasminogen activator (u-PAR) in the human monocyte-like cell line U937. PMA causes an early increase in the u-PAR mRNA level which reaches a maximal 50-fold...... enhancement after 24 h of treatment. Half-maximal stimulation occurs at approximately 5 nM PMA. The effect is observed only with phorbol esters that also act as tumor promotors. The protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide (10 micrograms/ml) also increases the level of u-PAR mRNA. Nuclear run-on experiments...... show a time-dependent increase in the u-PAR gene transcription rate after exposure of the cells to PMA. The PMA-induced increase in u-PAR mRNA is paralleled by a time-dependent increase in u-PAR protein as detected by cross-linking studies with radiolabeled ligand. We conclude that PMA stimulates...

  16. Evaluación del uso de una prueba rápida inmunocromatográfica en promotores de salud para el diagnóstico de la malaria en áreas rurales de la Amazonía peruana*

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    César Cabezas S

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Evaluar la concordancia de los resultados obtenidos por promotores de salud de áreas rurales de la Amazonia peruana con los obtenidos por profesionales de laboratorio, al aplicar una prueba rápida inmunocromatográfica para el diagnóstico de la malaria. Material y métodos: Se evaluó la concordancia entre los resultados de la aplicación de una prueba rápida (OptiMal® ejecutada por promotores de salud de 20 comunidades rurales de la selva de Iquitos (Loreto, en comparación con la ejecutada por profesionales de laboratorio. Esta evaluación se realizó en dos etapas: la primera en el laboratorio, se examinó 618 muestras con concentraciones conocidas de parásitos y la segunda en el campo, en donde se examinaron 419 pacientes. La prueba utilizada se basa en la detección de la deshidrogenasa láctica del Plasmodium falciparum y del P. vivax, mediante tiras reactivas. Resultados: En la primera etapa, de las 618 muestras examinadas 121 fueron negativas y 497 positivas (251 para P. falciparum y 246 para P. vivax. Al comparar los dos grupos, se encontró una sensibilidad de 88,5%, especificidad de 90,1% e índice de concordancia Kappa de 0,689. En la segunda etapa, de los 419 pacientes febriles, 156 correspondieron a casos de malaria (53 por P. falciparum y 103 por P. vivax. La sensibilidad, especificidad e índice Kappa fueron 94,4%, 96,5% y 0,909 respectivamente. El tiempo promedio de ejecución de la prueba por parte del promotor de salud fue de 25 minutos. Conclusiones: Se encontró concordancia en los resultados de ambos grupos. El estudio muestra que el uso de pruebas rápidas sería una alternativa apropiada y aplicable para el diagnóstico oportuno de la malaria en áreas rurales de la selva con limitado acceso a los servicios de salud.

  17. Evaluation of in vitro percutaneous enhancement effect of papain and pequi oil on diclofenac sodium permeation through human skin Avaliação in vitro da papaína e do óleo de pequi como promotores de permeação cutânea para diclofenaco de sódio em pele humana

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    Patrícia Santos Lopes

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research was to determine the potential of papain and pequi oil as penetration enhancers for diclofenac sodium (DS across human skin in vitro. The permeation studies were conducted with vertical diffusion cells. The enhancers were associated or not in gels in different concentrations. In vitro studies reveled that papain 0.2% (w/v presented an elevated enhancer property for diclofenac sodium (J = 0.3369 mg/cm²x h. Pequi oil 10% (w/v generated a reduced flux value (J = 0.1848 mg/cm²x h and a combination of both enhancers presented a medium value of J = 0.2187 mg/cm²x h. Papain was found to be better enhancer than pequi oil.O objetivo desta pesquisa foi determinar in vitro o potencial da papaína e do óleo de pequi como promotores de penetração cutânea para o diclofenaco de sódio (DS através de pele humana. Os estudos de penetração foram conduzidos em células de difusão vertical. Os promotores foram associados ou não em géis em concentrações distintas. A avaliação in vitro revelou que a papaína 0,2% p/p apresentou propriedade promotora maior para o diclofenaco de sódio (J = 0,3369 mg/cm²x h. O óleo de pequi 10,0% p/v promoveu redução do fluxo (J = 0,1848 mg/cm²x h e a combinação de ambos os promotores apresentou valor mediano de fluxo de J = 0,2187 mg/cm²x h. A partir dos resultados, verificou-se que a papaína exerceu ação promotora de penetração cutânea melhor que o óleo de pequi.

  18. ALTERNATIVAS AO USO DE ANTIBIÓTICOS COMO PROMOTORES DE CRESCIMENTO PARA FRANGOS DE CORTE: 1. PROBIÓTICOS ALTERNATIVES TO THE USE OF ANTIBIOTIC GROWTH PROMOTERS FOR BROILER CHICKENS: 1. PROBIOTICS

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    Douglas Emygdio de Faria

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Desenvolveu-se um experimento para avaliar o efeito de diferentes antibióticos, probióticos e suas combinações sobre o desempenho e rendimento de carcaça de frangos de corte e também para verificar a sensibilidade dos probióticos aos antibióticos e ao agente anticoccidiano utilizados. Empregaram-se 1.440 pintos com um dia de idade, machos, da linhagem Hubbard, distribuídos em um delineamento inteiramente casualizado em esquema fatorial 3 x 3, com os fatores antibióticos na ração (sem antibiótico, virginiamicina e avilamicina e probióticos na ração (sem probiótico, probiótico A e B, totalizando nove tratamentos com quatro repetições de quarenta aves cada. Os probióticos foram: A Streptococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus e Saccharomyces cerevisiae; B Bacillus subtilis. Verificou-se que os probióticos testados podem ser empregados conjuntamente com a monensina sódica (agente anticoccidiano e a avilamicina (promotor de crescimento. No entanto, a presença de virginiamicina pode comprometer a viabilidade dos probióticos, dada a sensibilidade, in vitro, dos microrganismos presentes nos probióticos. Não houve interação entre probióticos e antibióticos para as variáveis avaliadas. Houve redução da mortalidade quando se utilizaram os probióticos A ou B e aumento na presença de avilamicina para o período de 1 a 42 dias de idade. As demais variáveis de desempenho e o rendimento de carcaça e de partes não foram modificados pela administração dos probióticos, antibióticos ou pela combinação desses produtos.

    PALAVRAS-CHAVES: Aditivos, aves, desempenho, rendimento de carcaça, rendimento de partes. An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of different antibiotics, probiotics and their combination on performance and carcass yield of broiler chickens. Also, the experiment aimed to verify the probiotics sensibility to the antibiotics and the coccidiostatic utilized. Fourteen hundred and

  19. Diet-gene interactions between dietary fat intake and common polymorphisms in determining lipid metabolism

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    Corella, Dolores

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Current dietary guidelines for fat intake have not taken into consideration the possible genetic differences underlying the individual variability in responsiveness to dietary components. Genetic variability has been identified in humans for all the known lipid metabolim-related genes resulting in a plethora of candidate genes and genetic variants to examine in diet-gene interaction studies focused on fat consumption. Some examples of fat-gene interaction are reviewed. These include: the interaction between total intake and the 514C/T in the hepatic lipase gene promoter in determining high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C metabolism; the interaction between polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA and the 75G/A polymorphism in the APOA1 gene plasma HDL-C concentrations; the interaction between PUFA and the L162V polymorphism in the PPARA gene in determining triglycerides and APOC3 concentrations; and the interaction between PUFA intake and the 1131TC in the APOA5 gene in determining triglyceride metabolism. Although hundreds of diet-gene interaction studies in lipid metabolism have been published, the level of evidence to make specific nutritional recommendations to the population is still low and more research in nutrigenetics has to be undertaken.Las recomendaciones dietéticas actuales referentes al consumo de grasas en la dieta han sido realizadas sin tener en cuenta las posibles diferencias genéticas de las personas que podrían ser las responsables de las diferentes respuestas interindividuales que frecuentemente se observan ante la misma dieta. La presencia de variabilidad genética ha sido puesta de manifiesto para todos los genes relacionados con el metabolismo lipídico, por lo que existe un ingente número de genes y de variantes genéticas para ser incluidas en los estudios sobre interacciones dieta-genotipo en el ámbito específico del consumo de grasas y aceites. Se revisarán algunos ejemplos sobre interacciones grasa

  20. Utilização de promotores de crescimento para frangos de corte em rações fareladas e peletizadas - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v29i2.219 Utilization of growth promoter for broiler chickens in mashed and pellets diets - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v29i2.219

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    Mathias Djalma Appelt

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o efeito da suplementação de dietas com diferentes promotores de crescimento sobre o desempenho e rendimento de carcaça de frangos de corte de 1 a 42 dias de idade. Foram utilizados 576 pintos da linhagem Cobb 500, machos, alojados em cama reutilizada, distribuídos em um delineamento inteiramente casualizado, em esquema fatorial 2 x 3 (forma física da ração x diferentes promotores de crescimento, totalizando 6 tratamentos, com 6 repetições e 16 aves por unidade experimental. As características de desempenho avaliadas foram ganho de peso, peso final, consumo de ração, conversão alimentar, mortalidade e o índice de eficiência produtiva. Avaliou-se também o rendimento de carcaça, bem como rendimento em cortes, coração, fígado e gordura abdominal. Os resultados obtidos demonstram não haver efeito dos tratamentos estudados sobre as características de desempenho e rendimento de carcaça.This study evaluated the supplementation effect of diets with different growth promoters on the performance and carcass yield in broilers from 1 to 42 days of age. Five hundred seventy six broilers of the Coob 500 lineage were used, all males, lodged in reused litter, allocated according to a completely randomized design in a 2 x 3 factorial scheme (physical forms of the ration x growth promoters, totalizing 6 treatments, 6 repetitions per treatment and 16 broilers per experimental unit. The performance parameters evaluated were weight gain, final weight, feed consumption, feed conversion, mortality and index productive efficiency. The carcass yield was also evaluated, as the cuts yield and percentage of abdominal fat at 42 days. The results demonstrated no effect of the treatments studied on the performance characteristics and carcass yield.

  1. Integrones: los coleccionistas de genes Integrons: gene collectors

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    J. A. Di Conza

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Los integrones son estructuras genéticas que han despertado gran interés, debido a que algunos de ellos vehiculizan genes de resistencia a los antimicrobianos. Están formados por un fragmento que codifica una integrasa (intI y, a continuación, una secuencia attI a la que se unen los genes en casetes que codifican diferentes mecanismos de resistencia. Dentro de intI, en su extremo 3´, hay una secuencia promotora Pc a partir de la cual se transcriben los casetes de resistencia integrados, ya que estos genes carecen de promotor. Sin embargo, estos casetes presentan una secuencia específica denominada attC, la cual es reconocida por la integrasa que se une, por recombinación, a la secuencia attI del integrón en la orientación adecuada para su expresión. Los integrones se han clasificado según la secuencia de su integrasa, pero en la actualidad se prefiere clasificarlos según su localización. Se habla, en general, de "integrones móviles" para referirse a aquellos asociados a secuencias de inserción, transposones y/o plásmidos conjugativos, los que en su mayoría median mecanismos de resistencia, y de "superintegrones", de localización cromosómica y con grandes arreglos de genes en casetes. Los integrones móviles de clase 1 son los más abundantes en aislamientos clínicos y suelen estar asociados a transposones del subgrupo Tn21, seguidos por los de clase 2, derivados principalmente de Tn7. Estos elementos no son móviles por sí mismos, pero su asociación con elementos que sí lo son facilita su transferencia horizontal, lo que explica su amplia difusión entre las bacterias. Esta revisión intenta recopilar la información disponible acerca de los integrones móviles descritos en Argentina hasta la fecha.Integrons gained great interest due to their participation in resistance gene recruitment and expression. Their basic structure includes a fragment that encodes an integrase (intI followed by a recognition sequence (attI into

  2. Methylation of the SLC6a2 gene promoter in major depression and panic disorder.

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    Richard Bayles

    Full Text Available Reduced function of the noradrenaline transporter (NET has been demonstrated in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD and panic disorder. Attempts to explain NET dysfunction in MDD and panic disorder by genetic variation in the NET gene SLC6a2 have been inconclusive. Transcriptional silencing of the SLC6a2 gene may be an alternative mechanism which can lead to NET dysfunction independent of DNA sequence. The objective of this study was to characterise the DNA methylation state of the SLC6a2 gene promoter in patients with MDD and panic disorder. SLC6a2 promoter methylation was also analysed before and after antidepressant treatment. This study was performed with DNA from blood, using bisulphite sequencing and EpiTYPER methylation analyses. Patients with MDD or panic disorder were not found to differ significantly from healthy controls in the pattern of methylation of the SLC6a2 gene promotor. While significant correlations between methylation levels at some CpG sites and physiological measures were identified, overall the variation in DNA methylation between patients was small, and the significance of this variation remains equivocal. No significant changes in SLC6a2 promoter methylation were observed in response to antidepressant treatment. Further in-depth analysis of alternative mechanisms of transcriptional regulation of the SLC6a2 gene in human health and disease would be of value.

  3. High-throughput identification of ionizing radiation-sensitive plant genes and development of radiation indicator plant and radiation sensing Genechip

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    Kim, Dong Sub; Kim, Jinbaek; Ha, Bokeun; Kim, Sang Hoon; Kim, Sunhee

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    Physiological analysis of monocot model plant (rice) in response to ionizing radiation (cosmic-ray, gamma-ray, Ion beam). - Identification of antioxidant characters through cytochemical analysis. - Comparison of antioxidant activities in response to ionizing irradiation. - Evaluation of anthocyanin quantity in response to ionizing irradiation. Ionization energy response gene family analysis via bioinformatic validation. - Expression analysis of monocot and dicot gene families. - In silico and bioinformatic approach to elucidate gene function. Characterization and functional analysis of genes specifically expressed in response to ionizing irradiation (cosmic-ray, gamma-ray, Ion beam). - High throughput trancriptomic analysis of plants under ionizing radiation using microarray. - Promotor and cis-element analysis of genes specifically expressed in response to ionizing radiation. - Validation and function analysis of candidate genes. - Elucidation of plant mechanism of sensing and response to ionization energy. Development of bioindicator plants detecting ionization energy. - Cloning and identification of 'Radio marker genes (RMG)'. - Development of Over-expression (O/E) or Knock-out (K/O) plant using RMG. Development of Genechip as an ionization energy detector. - Expression profiling analysis of genes specifically expression in response to ionization energy. - Prepare high-conserved gene specific oligomer. - Development of ionization energy monitoring Genechip and application.

  4. The male-determining gene SRY is a hybrid of DGCR8 and SOX3, and is regulated by the transcription factor CP2.

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    Sato, Youichi; Shinka, Toshikatsu; Sakamoto, Kozue; Ewis, Ashraf A; Nakahori, Yutaka

    2010-04-01

    In mammals, sex is determined by the presence or absence of the Y chromosome that bears a male-dominant sex-determining gene SRY, which switches the differentiation of gonads into male testes. The molecular signaling mechanism turning on the switch, however, has remained unclear for 18 years since the identification of the gene. Here, we describe how this gene emerged and started to work. From amino acid homology, we realized that SRY is a hybrid gene between a portion of the first exon of DiGeorge syndrome critical region gene 8 (DGCR8) and the high-mobility group (HMG) box of SRY box-3 (SOX3) gene. We identified the regulatory sequence in the SRY promotor region by searching for a common motif shared with DGCR8 mRNA. From the motif search between DGCR8 mRNA and the SRY upstream sequence, we found that the transcription factor CP2 (TFCP2) binding motif is present in both. TFCP2 overexpression did not show a significant increase of SRY mRNA expression, and TFCP2 suppression by RNA interference (RNAi) significantly reduced SRY mRNA expression. Furthermore, electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) demonstrated that TFCP2 acts as a regulator by directly binding to the SRY promoter. We conclude that SRY is a hybrid gene composed of two genes, DGCR8 and SOX3; and TFCP2 is an essential transcription factor for SRY expression regulation.

  5. Colostro fermentado, associado ao óleo de soja e promotor de crescimento, em substituição ao leite, na alimentação de bezerros mestiços leiteiros Effects of replacing milk with fermented colostrum, with or without soy oil and growth promoter for crossbred dairy calves

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    Antonio Bento Mancio

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar o desempenho de 40 bezerros F1 Holandês x Gir com peso médio de 36 kg, provenientes de rebanhos leiteiros alimentados com leite integral ou colostro fermentado, associado ou não com óleo de soja, com ou sem promotor de crescimento (Zeranol. Foram avaliados o ganho de peso, a circunferência torácica, altura de cernelha dos animais, o consumo de leite ou de colostro fermentado e o consumo de ração concentrada, entre o 15º e 60º dia de idade. A utilização de Zeranol não promoveu diferença no consumo de ração concentrada quando se utilizou leite integral. Os animais que receberam colostro fermentado mais promotor de crescimento apresentaram consumo de ração concentrada 44,23% maior que aqueles sem promotor de crescimento e 132% superior ao dos animais alimentados com leite integral e Zeranol. Para ganho de peso, não houve efeito entre as associações de óleo de soja e Zeranol. Os bezerros do tratamento com leite e Zeranol apresentaram maior altura de cernelha (-85,70 cm. A utilização de óleo de soja ou de Zeranol não influenciou a circunferência torácica (média de 88,19 cm. Os bezerros submetidos aos dois tipos de dieta líquida apresentaram taxa de crescimento constante e semelhante, demonstrando que o colostro fermentado é capaz de promover ganhos de peso da mesma magnitude que o leite integral.The objective of this trial was to study the effects of replacing milk with whole milk or fermented colostrum, supplemented or not with soy oil and with or without growth promoter (Zeranol on performance of 40 F1 Holstein x Gir calves averaging 36 kg. Weight gain, thoracic circumference, withers height and milk or fermented colostrums intake, and concentrated ration intake were the variables investigated from age 15 to 60 days. No significant difference on feed intake was observed when whole milk and Zeranol were fed. Feed intake of animals fed fermented colostrum with Zeranol increased by 44.23% than those

  6. Dysfunction of endothelial NO system originated from homocysteine-induced aberrant methylation pattern in promoter region of DDAH2 gene

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    ZHANG Jing-ge; LIU Jun-xu; LI Zhu-hua; WANG Li-zhen; JIANG Yi-deng; WANG Shu-ren

    2007-01-01

    Background Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy)-mediated dysfunction of endothelial NO system is an important mechanism for atherosclerotic pathogenesis.Dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH) is the key enzyme for degrading asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA),which is an endogenous inhibitor of endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthase (eNOS).This study was designed to investigate whether the dysfunction of endothelial NO system originates from HHcy-mediated aberrant methylation modification in promotor region of DDAH2 gene.Methods Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were cultured to the third generation and treated with homocysteine (Hcy) at different concentrations (0,10,30,100,and 300 μmol/L) for 72 hours.The methylation pattern in promoter region CpG island of DDAH2 gene was analyzed by nested methylation-specific PCR (nMSP).The mRNA expression of eNOS gene and DDAH2 gene was detected by semi-quantitative RT-PCR.The activity of DDAH2 and eNOS in cells,and the concentrations of ADMA and NO in culture medium were assayed respectively.Results Mild increased concentration of Hcy (10 and 30 μmol/L) induced hypomethylation,while high concentration of Hcy (100 and 300 μmol/L) induced hypermethylation in the promoter CpG island of DDAH2 gene.The mRNA expression of DDAH2 increased in mild enhanced concentration of Hcy,and decreased in high concentration of Hcy correspondingly.The inhibition of DDAH2 activity,the increase of ADMA concentration,the reduction of eNOS activity and the decrease of NO production were all consistently relevant to the alteration of Hcy concentration Conclusion The increased concentration of Hcy induced aberrant methylation pattern in promotor region of DDAH2 gene and the successive alterations in DDAH/ADMA/NOS/NO pathway,which showed highly relevant and dose-effect relationship.The results suggested that the dysfunction of endothelial NO system induced by HHcy could be partially originated from Hcy-mediated aberrant methylation in

  7. Transformação genética de laranja 'Valência' com o gene cecropin MB39 Genetic transformation of 'Valencia' sweet orange with the cecropin MB39 gene

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    Luis Gustavo de Paoli

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi obter plantas transgênicas de laranja 'Valência' com o gene cecropin MB39 controlado pelo promotor do gene da fenilalanina-amônia-liase de citros, visando a expressão gênica específica nos vasos do xilema. A transformação genética foi realizada via Agrobacterium tumefaciens por meio do co-cultivo de segmentos de epicótilo. Onze plantas transgênicas foram identificadas por PCR, pela amplificação do fragmento esperado de 189 pb, as quais foram aclimatizadas em casa de vegetação. A integração do transgene foi confirmada em três plantas pela análise de transferência de Southern.The objective of this work was to produce 'Valencia' sweet orange transgenic plants with the cecropin MB39 gene controlled by a phenylalanine ammonia-lyase gene promoter from citrus in order to direct gene expression in xylem vessels. The genetic transformation was mediated by Agrobacterium tumefaciens with the co-culture of epicotyl segments. Eleven transgenic plants were selected by PCR with the amplification of a 189 bp fragment, which were acclimatized to greenhouse. The integration of the transgene was confirmed in three plants by Southern blot analysis.

  8. The combination of a synthetic promoter and a CMV promoter improves foreign gene expression efficiency in myocytes.

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    Jianwei, Dai; Qianqian, Zhang; Songcai, Liu; Mingjun, Zhang; Xiaohui, Ren; Linlin, Hao; Qingyan, Jiang; Yongliang, Zhang

    2012-04-15

    Skeletal muscle is becoming an attractive target tissue for gene therapy. Nevertheless, the low level of gene therapeutic expression in this tissue is the major limitation to it becoming an ideal target for gene transfer. The promoter is important element for gene transcription; however, the gene expression efficiencies and specificities of viral promoters and skeletal muscle-specific promotors are in themselves limiting factors. In this study, we established a dual-promoters system in skeletal muscle using a cytomegalovirus (CMV) promoter and a skeletal muscle-specific synthetic promoter. Mouse myoblast cell line C2C12 cells were transfected with the system. We demonstrated that the dual-promoters system could significantly improve exogenous gene expression rate in vitro when compared with a single CMV promoter system and a skeletal muscle-specific synthetic promoter system in C2C12 cell line, by 69.48% and 41.93%, respectively. Next, we evaluated the system efficiency in vivo, the results showed that the dual-promoters system increased gene expression in mice 1.23-fold and 1.60-fold, respectively compared with expression controlled by the two single promoter vectors. Finally, we tested the dual-promoters system in growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) gene therapy, and revealed that when these two promoters co-drove the GHRH gene expression in vivo animal growth was enhanced significantly. All these results indicate that use of the dual-promoter vector was more efficient for gene expression in skeletal muscle tissue than use of the single promoter vectors. These finding could, hopefully, lead to the development of a high efficiency expression system in myocytes and form an ideal approach for gene therapy. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Don Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, promotor del libre acceso a la información en el siglo XVII novo-hispano Don Juan de Palafox y Mendoza promoter of free access to information in the eighteenth century in New Spain

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    Rosa María Fernández de Zamora

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Don Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, arzobispo y virrey de la Nueva España y obispo de Puebla en el siglo XVII, ha sido motivo de numerosos estudios, pero lo que se desea resaltar en este escrito es su labor como fundador de la primera biblioteca pública de México y del continente americano, misma que hoy conocemos como Biblioteca Palafoxiana, y como promotor del libre acceso a la información. En el siglo XVIII, el obispo de Puebla, Francisco Fabián y Fuero, seguidor de las ideas de Palafox, enriqueció y embelleció la biblioteca y continuó con el espíritu de apertura propuesto por el fundador. También se menciona el reconocimiento que el ilustre jesuita Clavijero hizo de las obras de Palafox.Don Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, Viceroy and Archbishop of New Spain, and Bishop of Puebla in the XVII century, has been studied by many specialists. However, the purpose of this paper is to highlight his role as founder of the first public library in Mexico and in the American Continent and promoter of free acces to information. In the XVIII Century Francisco Fabián y Fuero, Bishop of Puebla, enriched and embellished the Palafoxiana library and continued the policies of its founder. Attention is also drawn to the recognition that the renowned Jesuit Clavijero made of the work of Palafox.

  10. Specific killing effect of diphtheria toxin A fragment under control of DF3 promotor on human breast cancer cells%DF3调控下的白喉毒素A片段对人乳腺癌细胞的特异性杀伤作用

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    Ming Cai; Wenguang Huang; Wei Luo; Sheng Pan; Tao Yin

    2007-01-01

    Objective:To study the effects of recombinant expression vector containing human breast cancer DF3 promotor and diphtheria toxin A fragment on human breast cancer cells. Methods:Constructing recombinant expression vector PGL3-DF3-DTA and transfecting it into human breast cancer cells of DF3 positive and negative. By means of RT-PCR to measure the expression of DTA in human breast cancer cells. MTT color-imetry was used to examine the effect of PGL3-DF3-DTA on growth of human breast cancer calls. By experiment on nude mice to observe the killing effect of PGL3-DF3-DTA on human breast cancer cells. Results:Recombinant expression vector PGL3-DF3-DTA was highly expressed in human breast cancer cell line of DF3 positive, and it could kill the human breast cancer cells not only in vitro but also in vivo. Conclusion:Recombinant expression vector PGL3-DF3-DTA could produce specific killing effect on human breast cancer cell line of DF3 positive.

  11. Studying Genes

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    ... NIGMS NIGMS Home > Science Education > Studying Genes Studying Genes Tagline (Optional) Middle/Main Content Area Other Fact Sheets What are genes? Genes are segments of DNA that contain instructions ...

  12. Importância de polimorfismos de genes reguladores de citocinas em transplantes de células progenitoras hematopoiéticas Importance of regulatory cytokine gene polymorphisms in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Jeane Eliete Laguila Visentainer

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available A compatibilidade genética HLA entre doador e receptor é um fator importante para o sucesso do transplante de células progenitoras hematopoiéticas (TCPH. No entanto, outros genes não-HLA estão sendo investigados em relação ao seu papel na incidência e gravidade da doença do enxerto contra o hospedeiro e na sobrevida, por modularem a intensidade da inflamação e os danos teciduais. Estes genes, não-HLA, incluem os genes de citocinas com polimorfismos dentro das seqüências 5' ou 3' regulatórias dos genes. Os polimorfismos ou microssatélites podem alterar a ligação dos fatores de transcrição aos sítios dentro dos genes promotores e a quantidade de citocina produzida. Este estudo revisa o papel potencial destes polimorfismos genéticos relativos às citocinas em prever o curso do TCPH.HLA genetic matching of donor and recipient is an important requirement for optimizing outcome following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT. However, other non-HLA genes are being investigated for their role in graft-versus-host disease incidence and severity and in survival, by modulating the intensity of inflammation and tissue injury. These non-HLA-encoded genes include cytokine genes with polymorphisms within the 5' or 3' regulatory sequences of the genes. The polymorphisms or microsatellites may alter the transcription factor binding sites within the gene promoters and the amount of cytokine produced. This chapter summarizes the potential role of these genetic polymorphisms regarding the cytokines in predicting outcome of HSCT.

  13. AAV Vector-Mediated Gene Delivery to Substantia Nigra Dopamine Neurons: Implications for Gene Therapy and Disease Models

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    Katrina Albert

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    Full Text Available Gene delivery using adeno-associated virus (AAV vectors is a widely used method to transduce neurons in the brain, especially due to its safety, efficacy, and long-lasting expression. In addition, by varying AAV serotype, promotor, and titer, it is possible to affect the cell specificity of expression or the expression levels of the protein of interest. Dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra projecting to the striatum, comprising the nigrostriatal pathway, are involved in movement control and degenerate in Parkinson′s disease. AAV-based gene targeting to the projection area of these neurons in the striatum has been studied extensively to induce the production of neurotrophic factors for disease-modifying therapies for Parkinson′s disease. Much less emphasis has been put on AAV-based gene therapy targeting dopamine neurons in substantia nigra. We will review the literature related to targeting striatum and/or substantia nigra dopamine neurons using AAVs in order to express neuroprotective and neurorestorative molecules, as well as produce animal disease models of Parkinson′s disease. We discuss difficulties in targeting substantia nigra dopamine neurons and their vulnerability to stress in general. Therefore, choosing a proper control for experimental work is not trivial. Since the axons along the nigrostriatal tract are the first to degenerate in Parkinson′s disease, the location to deliver the therapy must be carefully considered. We also review studies using AAV-a-synuclein (a-syn to target substantia nigra dopamine neurons to produce an α-syn overexpression disease model in rats. Though these studies are able to produce mild dopamine system degeneration in the striatum and substantia nigra and some behavioural effects, there are studies pointing to the toxicity of AAV-carrying green fluorescent protein (GFP, which is often used as a control. Therefore, we discuss the potential difficulties in overexpressing proteins in general in

  14. Tissue-specific and neural activity-regulated expression of human BDNF gene in BAC transgenic mice

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    Palm Kaia

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF is a small secreted protein that has important roles in the developing and adult nervous system. Altered expression or changes in the regulation of the BDNF gene have been implicated in a variety of human nervous system disorders. Although regulation of the rodent BDNF gene has been extensively investigated, in vivo studies regarding the human BDNF gene are largely limited to postmortem analysis. Bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC transgenic mice harboring the human BDNF gene and its regulatory flanking sequences constitute a useful tool for studying human BDNF gene regulation and for identification of therapeutic compounds modulating BDNF expression. Results In this study we have generated and analyzed BAC transgenic mice carrying 168 kb of the human BDNF locus modified such that BDNF coding sequence was replaced with the sequence of a fusion protein consisting of N-terminal BDNF and the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP. The human BDNF-BAC construct containing all BDNF 5' exons preceded by different promoters recapitulated the expression of endogenous BDNF mRNA in the brain and several non-neural tissues of transgenic mice. All different 5' exon-specific BDNF-EGFP alternative transcripts were expressed from the transgenic human BDNF-BAC construct, resembling the expression of endogenous BDNF. Furthermore, BDNF-EGFP mRNA was induced upon treatment with kainic acid in a promotor-specific manner, similarly to that of the endogenous mouse BDNF mRNA. Conclusion Genomic region covering 67 kb of human BDNF gene, 84 kb of upstream and 17 kb of downstream sequences is sufficient to drive tissue-specific and kainic acid-induced expression of the reporter gene in transgenic mice. The pattern of expression of the transgene is highly similar to BDNF gene expression in mouse and human. This is the first study to show that human BDNF gene is regulated by neural activity.

  15. Hypothalamic delivery of doxycycline-inducible leptin gene allows for reversible transgene expression and physiological responses.

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    Wilsey, J; Zolotukhin, S; Prima, V; Shek, E W; Matheny, M K; Scarpace, P J

    2002-11-01

    Our purpose was to incorporate regulation into the recombinant adeno-associated virus encoding leptin by introducing a tet-inducible promotor. This system, TET-Ob, allows for control of leptin gene expression via doxycycline in drinking water. F344XBN rats (aged 4 months) were given a hypothalamic injection of TET-Ob or control virus. During 34 days of doxycycline (doxy) administration to all rats (STAGE 1), TET-Ob rats gained 50.7% less mass, ate 10.4% less food, and had a 77.5% reduction in serum leptin as compared with controls. Doxy was then withdrawn from half of the TET-Ob rats for 32 days (TET-Ob-OFF), while half continued to receive doxy (TET-Ob-ON) (stage 2). During stage 2, TET-Ob-ON rats gained 44.8% less mass than TET-Ob-OFF and ate significantly less food than both TET-Ob-OFF and controls. Serum leptin increased to 83.4% of control values in TET-Ob-OFF, but remained very low in the in TET-Ob-ON. At death, visceral adiposity was 14.5% of controls in TET-Ob-ON animals, but had risen to 76.9% of controls in TET-Ob-OFF. A reversible increase in both leptin signal transduction in the hypothalamus and uncoupling protein expression in brown adipose was recorded. This system allows for more precise regulation of gene therapy-mediated fat loss.

  16. Immunoglobulin genes

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    Honjo, T. (Kyoto Univ. (Japan)); Alt, F.W. (Columbia Univ., Dobbs Ferry, NY (USA). Hudson Labs.); Rabbitts, T.H. (Medical Research Council, Cambridge (UK))

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    This book reports on the structure, function, and expression of the genes encoding antibodies in normal and neoplastic cells. Topics covered are: B Cells; Organization and rearrangement of immunoglobin genes; Immunoglobin genes in disease; Immunoglobin gene expression; and Immunoglobin-related genes.

  17. Óleos essenciais como substituintes de antibióticos promotores de crescimento em frangos de corte: perfil de soroproteínas e peroxidação lipídica Essential oils as substitutes for antibiotic growth promoters in broilers: soroproteins profile and lipid peroxidation

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    Carolina Kist Traesel

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Os óleos essenciais são alternativas ao uso de promotores de crescimento antibióticos na avicultura, devido à sua ação antimicrobiana, além de possuírem propriedades antioxidante e imunomoduladora. Este estudo foi realizado com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito da suplementação dietética de três doses de óleos essenciais (OLES de orégano (Origanum vulgare L., sálvia (Salvia officinalis L., alecrim (Rosmarinus officinalis L. e extrato de pimenta (Capsicum frutescens L. em frangos de corte, pela análise do perfil eletroforético de soroproteínas e da peroxidação lipídica plasmática. Os animais (n=910 foram alocados de forma aleatória em cinco tratamentos, com sete repetições de 26 aves cada: o grupo controle (Tc, que recebeu dieta basal sem aditivos; o grupo que recebeu promotor de crescimento antibiótico na dieta (Tatb; e os grupos T50, T100 e T150, alimentados com OLES na doses de 50, 100 e 150mg kg-1, respectivamente. Aos 42 dias de idade, sete animais foram aleatoriamente selecionados (um de cada repetição para o estudo do perfil eletroforético de soroproteínas e para a avaliação da peroxidação plasmática de lipídeos, pelo teste de formação de substâncias reativas ao ácido tiobarbitúrico (TBARS. Houve diminuição na concentração de globulinas totais no T150 e na fração betaglobulina nos grupos Tatb e T150 em relação ao grupo controle e ao T50 (PEssential oils are an alternative to growth promoters based on antibiotics used in animal diets, due to its antimicrobial potential, and immunomodulatory properties. Serum proteins electrophoresis and plasma lipid peroxidation were evaluated in broilers fed with diets supplemented with antibiotics or essential oils from oregano (Origanum vulgare L., sage (Salvia officinalis L., rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L. and pepper (Capsicum frutescens L. crude extract (OLES. The animals (n=910 were distributed within five treatment groups and seven replicates

  18. Evaluation of prebiotics as growth promoters to swine on growing and finishing phases / Avaliação de prebióticos como promotor de crescimento para suínos nas fases de recria e terminação

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    Graziela Drociunas Pacheco

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available This experiment was conducted with the aim to evaluate the prebiotics as growth promoter in the rations to growing and finishing pigs over the performance, carcass and meat quality characteristics. Forty-eight castrated male pigs with the same genetic background were evaluated. The animals were allocated with 32.48 ± 3.71 kg of body weight with 72 days of age, been slaughtered with 115.89 ± 7.42 kg with 156 days of age. The experimental design was a randomized blocks with four treatments, six repetitions, been each pen, with two animals, considered one experimental unit. To the carcass and meat evaluation the experimental design was completely randomized, been each animal considered one repetition. According to the rations additives, the following treatments were established: T1- control (ration without growth promoter; T2- 0.2% prebiotics (0.1% mannanoligosaccharide + 0.1% fructooligosaccharide; T3- apramicine 15 ppm; T4- 0.2% prebiotics (0.1% mannanoligosaccharide + 0.1% fructooligosaccharide + apramicine 15 ppm. The animals’ performance was analyzed considering the Phase I (between 30 to 50 kg of body weight, II (between 30 to 80 kg of body weight and Total (between 30 to the slaughter. There were no differences (P>0.05 between the treatments to the performance parameters considering the Total phase. The loin eye area characteristic was better (P O experimento foi conduzido com o objetivo de avaliar os efeitos de um promotor de crescimento à base de prebióticos em rações de suínos em fase de crescimento e terminação sobre o desempenho, características de carcaça e a qualidade de carne. Quarenta e oito suínos machos castrados, de mesma genética comercial, foram alojados com peso inicial médio de 32,48 ± 3,71 kg e 72 dias de idade até o abate, realizado aos 115,89 ± 7,42 kg e 156 dias de idade. O delineamento experimental foi em blocos ao acaso, com 4 tratamentos e 6 repetições, sendo cada baia com dois animais considerada

  19. Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) caused by duplication of exons 3-6 of the dystrophin gene presenting as dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Tsai, A.C.; Allingham-Hawkins, D.J.; Becker, L. [Univ. of Toronto, Ontario (Canada)] [and others

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    X-linked dilated cardiomyopathy (XLCM) is a progressive myocardial disease presenting with congestive heart failure in teenage males without clinical signs of skeletal myopathy. Tight linkage of XLCM to the DMD locus has been demonstrated; it has been suggested that, at least in some families, XLCM is a {open_quotes}dystrophinopathy.{close_quotes} We report a 14-year-old boy who presented with acute heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy. He had no history of muscle weakness, but physical examination revealed pseudohypertrophy of the calf muscles. He subsequently received a heart transplantation. Family history was negative. Serum CK level at the time of diagnosis was 10,416. Myocardial biopsy showed no evidence of carditis. Dystrophin staining of cardiac and skeletal muscle with anti-sera to COOH and NH{sub 2}termini showed a patchy distribution of positivity suggestive of Becker muscular dystrophy. Analysis of 18 of the 79 dystrophin exons detected a duplication that included exons 3-6. The proband`s mother has an elevated serum CK and was confirmed to be a carrier of the same duplication. A mutation in the muscle promotor region of the dystrophin gene has been implicated in the etiology of SLCM. However, Towbin et al. (1991) argued that other 5{prime} mutations in the dystrophin gene could cause selective cardiomyopathy. The findings in our patient support the latter hypothesis. This suggests that there are multiple regions in the dystrophin gene which, when disrupted, can cause isolated dilated cardiomyopathy.

  20. Brief neonatal nutritional supplementation has sex-specific effects on glucose tolerance and insulin regulating genes in juvenile lambs.

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    Jaquiery, Anne L; Park, Sharon S; Phua, Hui Hui; Berry, Mary J; Meijler, Daphne; Harding, Jane E; Oliver, Mark H; Bloomfield, Frank H

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    The nutritional plane and composition during fetal life can impact upon growth and epigenetic regulation of genes affecting pancreatic β-cell development and function. However, it is not clear whether β-cell development can be altered by nutritional factors or growth rate after birth. We therefore investigated the effect of neonatal nutritional supplements on growth, glucose tolerance, and pancreatic development in lambs. Newborn lambs were randomized to daily nutritional supplements, calculated to increase macronutrient intake to a similar degree as human breast milk fortifier, or an equivalent volume of water, for 2 wk while continuing to suckle ewe milk. Intravenous glucose tolerance test (IVGTT) was performed at 4 mo of age, and pancreata collected for molecular analysis. Supplemented lambs had slower weight gain than controls. In supplemented lambs, insulin response to IVGTT was increased in males but decreased in females, compared to same sex controls, and was unrelated to growth rate. mRNA expression of key genes in β-cell development showed sexually dimorphic effects. Epigenetic change occurred in the promotor region of PDX1 gene with decreased suppression and increased activation marks in supplemented lambs of both sexes. Nutritional interventions in early life have long-term, sex-specific effects on pancreatic function.

  1. Cloning of affecting pyruvate decarboxylase gene in the production bioethanol of agricultural waste in the E.coli bacteria

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    Masome Zeinali

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Ethanol made by a biomass is one of the useful strategies in terms of economic and environmental and as a clean and safe energy to replace fossil fuels considered and examined. Materials and methods: In this study, key enzyme in the production of ethanol (Pyruvate decarboxylase from Zymomonas mobilis bacteria was isolated and cloned at E. coli bacteria by freeze and thaw method. For gene cloning, we used specific primers of pdc and PCR reaction and then pdc gene isolated and pET 28a plasmid double digested with (Sal I and Xho I enzymes. Digestion Products were ligated by T4 DNA ligase in 16 °C for 16 hours. Results: Results of bacteria culture showed that a few colonies containing pET 28a plasmid could grow. Result of colony pcr of pdc gene with specific primers revealed 1700 bp bands in 1% agarose gel electrophoresis. The results of PCR with T7 promotor forward primer and pdc revers primer have proved the accurate direction of integration of pdc gene into plasmid and revealed 1885 bp band. Double digestion of recombinant plasmid with SalI and XhoI enzymes revealed same bands. Finally, RT showed the expected band of 1700 bp that implies the desired gene expression in the samples. Discussion and conclusion: Due to the increased production of ethanol via pyruvate decarboxylase gene cloning in expression plasmids with a strong promoter upstream of the cloning site can conclude that, pyruvate decarboxylase cloning as a key gene would be useful and according to beneficial properties of E. coli bacteria, transfering the gene to bacteria appears to be reasonable.

  2. Uso de antimicrobianos como promotores de crescimento e resistência em isolados de Escherichia coli e de Enterobacteriaceae lactose-negativa da microflora fecal de frangos de corte

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    Pessanha R.P.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Foram coletadas amostras de fezes de aves durante um ciclo de criação (45 dias e analisadas quantitativamente quanto à presença de Escherichia coli e de Enterobacteriaceae lactose-negativa (ELN. As contagens de colônias lactose-positivas e negativas foram realizadas em placas de ágar MacConkey e os isolados foram submetidos ao teste de susceptibilidade aos antimicrobianos in vitro, pela técnica de difusão em gel. Os números desses microrganismos estabilizaram-se na faixa de 10(6 UFC/g de fezes para E. coli, e de 10(5 UFC/g de fezes para ELN. A resistência e a multirresistência aos antimicrobianos de isolados de E. coli foram observadas em 98,6% e 65,7%, e nos de ELN em 98,1% e 84,6%, respectivamente. Os espectros de resistência de E. coli e ELN foram: 52 e 57% ao cloranfenicol, 51 e 67% à cefalotina, 48 e 84% à tetraciclina, 45 e 74% ao ácido nalidíxico, 42 e 57% à ampicilina, 28 e 55% a sulfametoxazol + trimetoprim e 26 e 22% à gentamicina, respectivamente. O estudo demonstrou que os frangos de corte podem funcionar como reservatórios de genes de resistência a antibióticos importantes em medicina veterinária e humana.

  3. Study on the relationship between the RAR-β gene expressive defection and its methylation

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    2007-01-01

    Objective To observe the expression of RAR-β gene in SiHa, HeLa,C33A and CasKi cell lines of cervical carcinoma and to investigate the role of methylated RAR-β in its expressive defection. Methods Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to analyze the mRNA expression of RAR-β gene. Immunohistochemistry and Western Blot were used to analyze the protein expression of RAR-β gene in four cervical cancer cell lines as well as the influence of 5-Aza-cdR on gene expressive defection. Methylation specific PCR (MSP) was used to detect whether there was the methylation in RAR-β gene in four cell lines. The change of RAR-β gene methylation state was also observed by MSP. The cell proliferation rate influenced by the 5-Aza-cdR was observed by MTT assay. Results The expression of RAR-β mRNA and protein in SiHa, HeLa and CasKi cell lines of cervical cancer was silent or decreased, whereas its expression was detected in C33A cell line. By using MSP method, it was found that there was RAR-β gene methylation in those three cell lines, whereas there was no RAR-β gene methylation in C33A cell line. After treated with the 5-Aza-cdR, methylated RAR-β gene was partly demethylated, and RAR-β mRNA and protein were re-expressed in the previous three cell lines in which RAR-β gene expression was silent or decreased. The 5-Aza-cdR treatment could supress cell proliferation as well. Conclusion The RAR-β gene expressive defection plays an important role in the carcinogenesis of cervical cancer. The abnormal RAR-β gene methylation in the the promotor region has an important role in gene expressive defection. The cell proliferation can be supressed by demethylated treatment.

  4. The abnormalities of p16 gene expression and the methylation status of p16 gene promotor in gastric cancer%原发胃癌中p16基因及其甲基化状态、表达异常的研究

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    孔祥东; 张思仲; 胡建坤; 肖翠英; 孙岩

    2001-01-01

    目的检测胃癌组织中p16基因及启动子甲基化状态和p16蛋白表达情况.方法选择p16基因及启动子区域,用PCR-SSCP、MSP(甲基化特异的PCR)法、测序和免疫组化等方法对100例胃癌患者的癌组织和癌旁组织进行检测.结果 71%的病例p16表达阴性,54%的病例具有p16基因启动子区的高甲基化,50%的病例同时有p16表达阴性和p16基因启动子区的高甲基化,无突变和纯合缺失检出.结论提示p16基因启动子区域高甲基化是胃癌中p16基因失活的主要原因.

  5. Expression of human bone morphogenetic protein (BMP-2 and BMP-4 genes in transgenic bovine fibroblasts Expressão dos genes bone morphogenetic protein (BMP-2 e BMP-4 em fibroblastos bovinos transgênicos

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    C. Oleskovicz

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available cDNAs dos genes bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2 e bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4 foram sintetizados a partir de RNA total extraído de tecidos ósseos de pacientes que apresentavam trauma facial (fraturas do maxilar entre o 7º e o 10º dia pós-trauma e clonados num vetor para expressão em células mamíferas, sob controle do promotor de citomegalovírus (CMV. Os vetores contendo os genes BMP-2 e o BMP-4 foram utilizados para a transfecção de fibroblastos bovinos. mRNAs foram indiretamente detectados por RT-PCR nas células transfectadas. As proteínas BMP-2 e BMP-4 foram detectadas mediante análises de Western blot. Os resultados demonstram a possibilidade de produção desses fatores de crescimento celular em fibroblastos bovinos. Essas células poderão ser utilizadas como fontes doadoras de material genético para a técnica de transferência nuclear na geração de animais transgênicos.

  6. Introdução de genes em segmentos foliares de cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflorum schumm. usando biobalística Genes introduction in foliar segments of cupuassu (Theobroma grandiflorum schumm. using biolistic

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    Maria das Graças Rodrigues Ferreira

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available A técnica da biobalística foi utilizada com o objetivo de adaptar um protocolo para transformação de plantas de cupuaçu. Segmentos foliares de cupuaçu foram bombardeados com um plasmídio contendo o gene reportador da antocianina, utilizando-se as pressões de hélio de 650, 1000 e 1100psi. Após o bombardeamento, os explantes foram transferidos para meio MS por 24 horas e, após este período de incubação, pontos vermelhos foram detectados utilizando-se um estereomicroscópio Stemi SV11 Zeiss (Germany. A expressão do gene da antocianina foi observada nas pressões de 650 e 1000psi, entretanto necroses foram encontradas na pressão de 1100psi. Demonstrou-se que os genes C1 e R’ da síntese de antocianina, sob o controle do promotor 35S, podem ser utilizados como repórteres para o monitoramento dos eventos de transformação em cupuaçu.The biolistic technique was used with the objective of adapting a transformation protocol to cupuassu plants. Foliar paths of cupuassu were bombed with a plasmid, containing the antocianine reporter gene with helium pressures of 650, 1000 and 1100 psi. The bombarded explants were transferred to half MS medium for 24 hours for incubation and red points were detected using a stereomicroscope Stemi SV11 Zeiss (Germany. The expression of the antocianine gene (red points was observed with pressures of 650 and 1000 psi and necroses were found when 1100 psi were used. Genes C1 and R ‘ of the antocianina synthesis, under the control of the promoter 35S, can be used as reporters to monitor transformation events in cupuassu.

  7. Comportamento de novilhas bubalinas terminadas em confinamento usando promotor de crescimento ou esferas de chumbo no útero - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v27i3.1212 Buffalo heifers behavior in feedlot using growth promoter or lead spheres introduced in the uterus - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v27i3.1212

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    Jefferson Soares Domingues

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o efeito da simulação da prenhez (100 esferas de chumbo no útero – CHU e uso de promotor de crescimento (PRC em comparação às novilhas vazias (VAZ, sobre o comportamento ingestivo, ruminação e imersão em água. Foram utilizadas 20 búfalas Murrah. Foi observado o comportamento das novilhas por cinco dias, em confinamento de 84 dias. O tempo de alimentação foi maior para o PRC (1352,5min. em relação ao VAZ (1120,2min. e ao CHU (1128,1min., que não diferiram entre si. O tempo de ruminação foi maior para os animais do PRC (2598,5min. em relação ao CHU (2169,7min., com o VAZ (2357,4min. em posição intermediária. No que se refere ao tempo de imersão em água (IME, este foi semelhante entre VAZ (1369,3min. e CHU (1289,9min. e superior ao tratamento PRC (604,0min.. O implante influenciou positivamente o tempo de alimentação e ruminaçãoThis experiment evaluated the effects of treatments simulating pregnancy (100 lead spheres in the uterus - LEA and implanted growth promoter (GPR, compared to a control group (EMP on feed intake behavior, rumination behavior, and water immersion behavior. Twenty Murrah buffaloes were used. After 84-day confinement, the heifers’ behavior was observed for five days. The feeding time was longer in GPR (1352.5min. than in EMP (1120.2min. and LEA (1128.1min.; the last two groups did not differ from each other. The rumination time was longer in GPR (2598.5min. than in LEA (2169.7min., and EMP had an intermediary time (2357.4min.. As for water immersion, the time was similar for EMP (1369.3min. and LEA (1289.9min. and longer in GPR (604.0min.. Implant utilization influenced feeding and rumination times

  8. Uso de aditivos promotores de crescimento sobre o desempenho, características de carcaça e bactérias totais do intestino de frangos de corte Use of growth promoters additives on performance, carcass yield and total intestinalbacteria counts in broiler

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    Éder Clementino dos Santos

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com este trabalho foi avaliar o efeito de aditivos promotores de crescimento em substituição ao antibiótico sobre o desempenho, características de carcaça (partes e gordura abdominal e bactérias totais do intestino delgado e cecos de frangos de corte de 1 a 42 dias de idade, criados em cama reutilizada e alimentados com rações à base de milho moído e farelo de soja. O delineamento experimental utilizado foi o inteiramente casualizado, com um arranjo fatorial 7 x 2, correspondendo a 7 fontes de aditivos (antibiótico, basal, mananoligossacarídeo (MOS, frutoligossacarídeo (FOS, ácido fumárico, cogumelo desidratado e probiótico e dois sexos (macho e fêmea. Foram utilizados um total de 1680 pintos, sexados, da linhagem Hybro, distribuídos em 14 tratamentos com 04 repetições e 30 aves por parcela experimental. Foi observado efeito significativo (PThe objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of growth promoters additives on performance, carcass yield (parts and abdominal fat, total intestinal bacteria counts in broilers from 1 at 42 days old fed with corn and soybean meal based diets, compared to antibiotics supplementation diets. In this study were urilized a 7 x 2 factorial design, with seven differents additives (antibiotic, basal, MOS, FOS, fumaric acid, mutshroom extract and probiotic and two sex (males and females. A total of1680 sexed broilers chickens from Hybro line were distributed in 14 treatments, with 4 replicates and 30 chickens per experimental unit. Effects of growth promotant additives on feed intake , feed conversion and production efficiency factor were measured. Male chickens shown better performance results than females in all parameters evaluated, except for viability. Additives shown positive effects on carcars yield, parts yield, and abdominal fat. Male chickens were heavier at slaughter and shown higher leg yields than females. Additives also influenced total bacteria counts in

  9. Evaluación de Calcárea carbónica, Calcárea phosphórica y Calcárea fluórica como promotores del incremento en peso en crías porcinas (Evaluation of carbonic Calcareous, promotional phosphoric Calcareous and fluórica Calcareous as of the increase in weight in pig young

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    Florángel Vidal Fernandez ; Iván Peña García. Yudier González Rivera.; Rafael Leandro González.; Ramón de la Torre Canova

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    Full Text Available Se realizó una investigación en la granja An investigation was made in the state estatal Charles Morell de la provincia de Farm Charles Morell of the province of Camagüey, con el objetivo de evaluar la Camagüey, with the objective of the Calcárea carbónica, Calcárea phosphórica y evaluation of carbonic Calcárea, Calcárea fluórica a la 30 CH como phosphórica Calcárea and promotional promotores del incremento en peso en fluórica Calcárea as of the increase in crías porcinas de tres días de nacidos hasta weight in pig young of three days of been el destete. La muestra se dividió en cuatro born until the weaning, using these grupos de 20 animales cada uno, tres de homeopáticos medicines to the 30 CH. The estudio (1, 2 y 3, a los que se les sample divided in four groups of 20 administró el medicamento por vía animals each one, three of study (1, 2 and sublingual, cinco gotas, una vez al día y un 3, to which the medicine by sublingual grupo control (4. Los resultados route was administered to them, five estadísticos demuestran la efectividad de drops, once to the day and a group control estos medicamentos, existiendo diferencia (4. The statistical results prove the significativa a favor de la utilización de los effectiveness of these medicines, existing homeopáticos y entre ellos la de mayor significant difference in favor of the use of significación fue la Calcárea phosphórica. homeopáticos medicines and among them Estos medicamentos resultan efectivos y the one of greater meaning it was the económicos, recomendándose la puesta phosphórica Calcárea. These medicines en práctica del tratamiento homeopático y are effective and economic, finally hacerlo extensivo a otras unidades de la recommending the putting in practice of empresa porcina. the homeopático treatment and to make it extensive to other units of the pig

  10. Experiencia en el diseño y la ejecución del programa de formación de promotores comunitarios de salud en el contexto de la misión Barrio Adentro Experience in the design and implementation of the program for training community health promoters in the context of the "Barrio Adentro" Mission

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    Roberto Álvarez Sintes

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    Full Text Available Se precisó la experiencia en el diseño y la ejecución de un programa para dar respuesta a la demanda social que se enfrenta, el cual se extendió progresivamente, desde el Consultorio Popular Santa Eduvigis al Estado Aragua y a toda la República Bolivariana de Venezuela. Una de las formas para llegar con más eficacia a los diferentes grupos sociales es mediante los propios miembros de la comunidad capaces de actuar sobre su mismo grupo, el grupo al que pertenecen, modificando la cultura vigente que favorece la automatización social, el aislamiento de cada individuo y el del grupo, por una nueva cultura de participación solidaria y protagónica para el cambio social que de forma progresiva vaya consolidando el poder comunitario en la medida que la propia población con sus líderes naturales asuma el rol protagónico para elevar sus condiciones de vida; ejerciendo verdaderamente la democracia participativa por medio de la planificación, ejecución y el control de las políticas públicas de salud como lo consagra la Constitución de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela. En este sentido, el diseño curricular para la formación de los promotores comunitarios de salud es la respuesta de la Misión Barrio Adentro para el logro de este propósito.The experience in the design and implementation of a program to give an answer to the current social demand was determined. This program extended progressively from the "Santa Eduvigis" People's Physician's Office to Aragua State and all over the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. One of the ways to get more efficiently to the different social groups is through the own members of the community capable of acting on their own group, modifying the standing culture that favors social automatization, substituting the isolation of every individual and of the group for a new solidarity and protagonic participation that paves the way for the social change that gradually consolidates the community power as

  11. Clock Genes Regulate the Circadian Expression of Piezo1, TRPV4, Connexin26, and VNUT in an Ex Vivo Mouse Bladder Mucosa

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    Ihara, Tatsuya; Mitsui, Takahiko; Nakamura, Yuki; Kira, Satoru; Nakagomi, Hiroshi; Sawada, Norifumi; Hirayama, Yuri; Shibata, Keisuke; Shigetomi, Eiji; Shinozaki, Yoichi; Yoshiyama, Mitsuharu; Andersson, Karl-Erik; Nakao, Atsuhito; Takeda, Masayuki

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    Objectives ClockΔ19/Δ19 mice is an experimental model mouse for nocturia (NOC). Using the bladder mucosa obtained from ClockΔ19/Δ19 mice, we investigated the gene expression rhythms of mechanosensory cation channels such as transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 4 (TRPV4) and Piezo1, and main ATP release pathways including vesicular nucleotide transporter (VNUT) and Connexin26(Cx26), in addition to clock genes. Materials and methods Eight- to twelve-week-old male C57BL/6 mice (WT) and age- and sex-matched C57BL/6 ClockΔ19/Δ19 mice, which were bred under 12-h light/dark conditions for 2 weeks, were used. Gene expression rhythms and transcriptional regulation mechanisms in clock genes, mechanosensor, Cx26 and VNUT were measured in the mouse bladder mucosa, collected every 4 hours from WT and ClockΔ19/Δ19 mice using quantitative RT-PCR, a Western blot analysis, and ChIP assays. Results WT mice showed circadian rhythms in clock genes as well as mechanosensor, Cx26 and VNUT. Their expression was low during the sleep phase. The results of ChIP assays showed Clock protein binding to the promotor regions and the transcriptional regulation of mechanosensor, Cx26 and VNUT. In contrast, all of these circadian expressions were disrupted in ClockΔ19/Δ19 mice. The gene expression of mechanosensor, Cx26 and VNUT was maintained at a higher level in spite of the sleep phase. Conclusions Mechanosensor, Cx26 and VNUT expressed with circadian rhythm in the mouse bladder mucosa. The disruption of circadian rhythms in these genes, induced by the abnormalities in clock genes, may be factors contributing to NOC because of hypersensitivity to bladder wall extension. PMID:28060940

  12. Características da carcaça e da carne de novilhas búfalas terminadas em confinamento, em função do uso de promotor de crescimento ou de esferas de chumbo no útero Effects of growth promoter or lead spheres placed in the uterus on carcass and meat traits of buffalo meifers finished in feedlot

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    Ivanor Nunes do Prado

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se com este trabalho avaliar o efeito da simulação da prenhez (introdução de 100 esferas de chumbo no útero - CHU e do uso de promotor de crescimento (PRC, em comparação a novilhas testemunhas vazias, porém, com atividade ovariana (novilhas vazias - VAZ sobre o peso de carcaça, a conformação da carcaça, os comprimentos de carcaça e de perna, as espessuras do coxão e da gordura de cobertura, as proporções de osso, músculo e gordura e as perdas ao descongelamento e à cocção. Foram utilizadas 20 novilhas bubalinas da raça Murrah com média de 20 meses de idade. Após período de confinamento (84 dias, foram registrados pesos médios ao abate (PVA de 422,6 kg, para as novilhas do tratamento VAZ; 414,9 kg, para as do tratamento CHU; e 451,8 kg, para as do tratamento PRC. Não houve diferença entre tratamentos para o peso vivo ao abate (429,8 kg, peso de carcaça quente (209,0 kg, conformação da carcaça (8,2 pontos, comprimentos de carcaça (122,9 cm e de perna (68,1 cm, espessuras do coxão (25,0 cm e da gordura de cobertura (4,8 mm, área de olho de lombo (57,1 cm², proporções de músculo (60,6%, de osso (18,9% e de gordura (20,5%, relações músculo/osso (3,2, músculo mais gordura (porção comestível/osso (4,3, perdas ao descongelamento (9,3%, à cocção (23,4% e do congelado após a cocção (30,5%, maciez (7,8 pontos, suculência (7,0 pontos e palatabilidade (6,8 pontos. Concluiu-se que a utilização de promotor do crescimento e de esferas de chumbo no útero não influenciou as variáveis analisadas.This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of lead spheres placed in the uterus to simulate pregnancy and of growth promoter on carcass weight, carcass conformation, carcass and leg lengths, beef round and fat thickness, percentages of bone, muscle, and fat, and thawing and cooking losses. Twenty Murrah buffalo heifers averaging 20 months of age were randomly assigned to one of three treatments

  13. Construction of recombinant baculovirus Ac-CMV-hSox9 for gene therapy of intervertebral disc degeneration

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    LIU Xiao-yun; YANG Shu-hua; LIANG Chang-yong; SONG Jian-hua; LI Kang-hua; CHEN Xin-wen

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To construct the recombinant baculovirus Ac-cytomegalovirus (CMV)-hSox9 for gene therapy of intervertebral disc degeneration. Methods: Bac-to-Bac system was used for the construction of baculovirus Ac-CMV-hSox9. The cDNA of hSox9 was first cloned into a plasmid vector under the control of CMV promotor to generate the donor plasmid pFastBacDul-green fluorescene protein (GFP)-CMV (pFGC)-hSox9.The resultant plasmid was transformed into DH10Bac cells and then the transformation mixture was spread on Luria-Bertani (LB) agarose culture medium containing isopropyl-β-D-thiogalactoside (IPTG), X-gal, gentamicin, kanamycin and tetracycline.The white colonies were selected and cultured for amplification, and the hSox9Bacmid DNA was extracted. After verification, recombinant baculovirus Ac-CMV-hSox9 was obtained through transfecting Sf 21 cells.The expression of hSox9 gene in the intervertebral disc cells in rabbits was determined by Western blotting and immunohistochemical staining.Results: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) confirmed the presence of hSox9 gene in the recombinant baculovirus and the Sf 21 cells transfected by the baculovirus showed the expression of fluorescence protein.Western blotting and immunohistochemical staining analysis indicated that exogenous hSox9 gene was expressed in the disc cells.Conclusions: The successful construction of the recombinant baculovirus Ac-CMV-hSox9 and the confirmation of the target gene expression provides a novel expression vector system for basic research and clinical treatment of intervertebral degenerative disc disease.

  14. p16 gene methylation in colorectal cancer patients with long-term follow-up Metilación de p16 en pacientes intervenidos de cáncer colorrectal tras un largo periodo de seguimiento

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    Silvia Veganzones-de-Castro

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: p16 gene plays an important role in the cell cycle regulation and is considered an important tumor suppressor gene. Several mechanisms of gene inactivation have been described; in this study we have focused on p16 gene promoter methylation. In colorectal cancer p16 gene methylation is a frequent event. Methods: 326 patients with sporadic colorectal cancer were included. DNA was extracted from tumor tissue samples obtained during the surgical procedure. Promoter methylation was analyzed using bisulfite modification and was detected by quantitative methylation-specific PCR. Frequency of p16 methylation was analyzed and compared with other clinicopathological variables. Results: p16 gene methylation was detected in 24,8% of patients. Methylation was associated with differentiation grade and with tumor location: methylation was frequent in poorly differentiated tumors and had low frequency in distal colon. The p16 promoter methylation discriminated a subgroup of patients with better prognosis in poorly differentiated tumors. Conclusions: p16 methylation was a frequent event in our population and was able to induce differences in the overall survival of patients with poorly differentiated tumors.Introducción: el gen p16 está implicado en la regulación del ciclo celular y se considera un importante gen supresor de tumores. Objetivos: se han descrito diferentes mecanismos de inactivación génica, en este estudio nos hemos centrado en la metilación del promotor del gen p16. En el cáncer colorrectal la metilación de p16 es una alteración frecuente. Material y métodos: se incluyeron 326 pacientes con cáncer colorrectal esporádico. El ADN se extrajo de muestras tumorales obtenidas durante la cirugía. La metilación del promotor se analizó mediante un proceso de modificación con bisulfito y posterior PCR cuantitativa especifica para metilación. Se analizó la frecuencia de la metilación de p16 y se comparó con las variables

  15. PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF VHL GENE ALTERATION IN PATIENTS WITH METASTATIC RENAL CELL CARCINOMA

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    D. A. Nosov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to estimate the rate, predictive and prognostic value of VHL gene alterations in the population of patients with sporadic metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC.Subjects and methods. Paraffin embedded tumor tissue blocks were available from 88 patients with mRCC who had undergone antitumor therapy in 1994- 2010. Of them, 53 patients received only immunotherapy regimens with interferon (IFN-α and 35 patients had targeted therapy with VEGFR inhibitors. VHL mutations were detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR for exons of 1-3, single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis of PCR products, and further sequencing. VHL gene methylation was determined by methyl-sensitive PCR.Results. Somatic mutations and/or promoter hypermethylation of the VHL gene were found in 23 (26% patients; Of them, VHL gene mutations and promoter hypermethylation were found in 15 patients and 7 patients respectively. Mutation and promoter methylation VHL were simultaneously observed in one case. VHL gene mutations were detected only in patients with clear cell RCC while aberrant promoter methylation was seen in both clear cell and papillary RCC. With a median follow-up of 34 months (range, 2-127 months, the median time to progression (TTP and median overall survival (OS for the entire group of patients were 5.8 and 26.7 months, respectively. In patients with and without VHL gene alterations, the median TTP was 5.5 and 6.9 months, respectively (p = 0.15 and the median overall survival time was 22.0 and 34.5 months, respectively (p = 0.98. Moreover, the subgroup analysis revealed that VHL gene inactivation events had no impact on the objective response rate (ORR, TTP and OS in the subgroup of patients who received immunotherapy (n = 53 or antiangiogenic targeted therapy (n = 35 (p > 0.05.Conclusion. VHL gene mutations and/or promotor hypermethylation observed in 26% of patients with mRCC. These VHL gene alterations were neither prognostic nor predictive factors

  16. PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF VHL GENE ALTERATION IN PATIENTS WITH METASTATIC RENAL CELL CARCINOMA

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    Full Text Available Objective: to estimate the rate, predictive and prognostic value of VHL gene alterations in the population of patients with sporadic metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC.Subjects and methods. Paraffin embedded tumor tissue blocks were available from 88 patients with mRCC who had undergone antitumor therapy in 1994- 2010. Of them, 53 patients received only immunotherapy regimens with interferon (IFN-α and 35 patients had targeted therapy with VEGFR inhibitors. VHL mutations were detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR for exons of 1-3, single-strand conformation polymorphism analysis of PCR products, and further sequencing. VHL gene methylation was determined by methyl-sensitive PCR.Results. Somatic mutations and/or promoter hypermethylation of the VHL gene were found in 23 (26% patients; Of them, VHL gene mutations and promoter hypermethylation were found in 15 patients and 7 patients respectively. Mutation and promoter methylation VHL were simultaneously observed in one case. VHL gene mutations were detected only in patients with clear cell RCC while aberrant promoter methylation was seen in both clear cell and papillary RCC. With a median follow-up of 34 months (range, 2-127 months, the median time to progression (TTP and median overall survival (OS for the entire group of patients were 5.8 and 26.7 months, respectively. In patients with and without VHL gene alterations, the median TTP was 5.5 and 6.9 months, respectively (p = 0.15 and the median overall survival time was 22.0 and 34.5 months, respectively (p = 0.98. Moreover, the subgroup analysis revealed that VHL gene inactivation events had no impact on the objective response rate (ORR, TTP and OS in the subgroup of patients who received immunotherapy (n = 53 or antiangiogenic targeted therapy (n = 35 (p > 0.05.Conclusion. VHL gene mutations and/or promotor hypermethylation observed in 26% of patients with mRCC. These VHL gene alterations were neither prognostic nor predictive factors

  17. Respuesta de Phaseolus vulgaris a microorganismos promotores de crecimiento vegetal

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de esta investigaci ón fue analizar la respuesta de P. vulgaris a la inoculación individual y consorcio de MPCV a dosis reducida al 50% del FN. Para ello se inoculó P. vulgaris individualmente con: B. cereus, R. etli y T. harzianum y en consorcio de M PCV en jarras de Leonard tratada c on NH 4 NO 3 al 50 %, bajo un diseño experimental de bloques al azar; con variables respuestas: porcentaje y días a germinación, altura de planta y longitud radical, peso fresco/seco aéreo y radical (PFA/PSA/PFR/PSR a plántula y floración; los datos experimentales se analizaron por Tukey , p ≤ 0 , 05. Los resultados mostraron que P. vulgaris inoculado con R. etli y T. harzianum tuvo un 100 % y 95,8% de germinación o emergencia en 4,8 y 4 , 5 días, respectivamente, valores con diferencia estadística en comparación con el 91,7% en 7,17 días en P. vu lgaris sin inocular con el 100% de FN o testigo fertilizado (TF. En la etapa de plántula de P. vulgaris con T. harzianum y R. etli fue de 1,12 g y 0,72 g PSA, así como de 0,31 g y 0,21 de PSR, respectivamente , superior a P. vulgaris (TF de 0,52 g de PSA y 0,19 g de PSR. Lo anterior apoya el potencial de R. etli y T. harzianum para la producción de P. vulgaris a dosis reducida de FN, comparado con el efecto positivo individual de B. cereus y en consorcio en la misma leguminosa .

  18. Cultura de integridade em pesquisa: somos agentes promotores

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    Full Text Available A Revista Brasileira em Promoção da Saúde (Brazilian Journal in Health Promotion, movida pela necessidade de uma cultura que estimule a integridade em pesquisa, quer enfatizar sua preocupação, não apenas com o conteúdo de suas publicações, mas também com os aspectos éticos que envolvem a submissão e a publicação dos manuscritos. Com isso, pretende levantar a discussão sobre boas práticas em pesquisa científica, ressaltando a importância de que este reforço ocorra desde os primeiros estágios da carreira dos pesquisadores. As más condutas éticas ocorrem em virtude das exigências crescente de produção intelectual e consequentemente as pressões sobre os pesquisadores vinculados aos programas de pós-graduação que utilizam os indicadores, principalmente, internacionais(1. A proliferação destas condutas antiéticas também é influenciada pelo “sistema de recompensas” existente, no qual o pesquisador é avaliado pela sua produtividade. O primeiro evento mundial sobre a integridade em pesquisa ocorreu em 2007 na cidade de Lisboa(2 e buscou sensibilizar a comunidade científica e editores para a importância de promover a conduta responsável na pesquisa. Em 2010, houve a segunda conferência mundial em Singapura(3. Desta conferência emergiu a “Declaração de Singapura sobre integridade em pesquisa” trazendo como princípios de integridade: a honestidade, a responsabilidade, o respeito e imparcialidade profissionais e a boa gestão da pesquisa(3. Em 2013, a terceira edição ocorreu em Montreal e teve como grande linha temática as investigações que cruzam as fronteiras e as parcerias internacionais(4. A exemplo destes movimentos internacionais, o Brasil também se mobilizou. Entretanto, esta preocupação é recente e tomou corpo após séries de publicações a respeito desta temática elaborado pela Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP(5 e pela publicação do Relatório da Comissão de Integridade de Pesquisa do Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq(6. Paralelo a estas publicações, dois importantes eventos ocorreram nos anos de 2011 e 2012 no Brasil que abordaram ações para promoção da integridade científica norteando pesquisadores e instituições brasileiras, o I e II Brispe (Brazilian Meeting on Research Integrity, Science and Publication Ethics(7. Neste ano de 2015, o Brasil sediará a “4ª Conferência Anual para Integridade da Pesquisa” (4th World Conference on Research Integrity no Rio de Janeiro, que irá explorar a “excelência da investigação científica em seus diferentes sistemas”(8. Somado a estes movimentos nacionais, destacamos a importância de que os periódicos científicos discutam suas políticas editoriais com a comunidade científica para exercermos o papel de educador das boas práticas em pesquisa e prevenir as más condutas, como plágio, autoplágio, fraude, autoria indevida, entre outros. Dentre estes, o plágio vem ganhando destaque no cenário internacional em virtude do crescente número de relatos deste tipo de má conduta. No Brasil, a situação é preocupante, calcula-se a proporção disto quando renomado pesquisador da área afirma “o Brasil encontra-se entre os vinte países com o maior índice de ocorrência de plágio e de redundância (autoplágio o que foi constatado por meio de uma amostra de artigos publicados na PubMed entre 2008 e 2012”(8,p.1. Nas diretrizes do CNPq(6, considera-se plágio: “...apresentação, como se fosse de sua autoria, de resultados ou conclusões anteriormente obtidos por outro autor, bem como de textos integrais ou de parte substancial de textos alheios sem os cuidados detalhados nas Diretrizes.” Em consonância com estes movimentos, a Associação Brasileira de Editores Científicos (ABEC promove eventos e lança textos de pesquisadores renomados no intuito de manter constante debate sobre a qualidade e consolidação das publicações/periódicos editados no país, seguindo os padrões internacionais de editoração e ética. Por fim, as más condutas na pesquisa são assunto de interesse das revistas científicas, que devem implantar mecanismos que permitam identificar e desestimular as práticas fraudulentas na pesquisa e estimular sua integridade. Movida por este desejo, a Revista Brasileira em Promoção da Saúde institui, neste ano de 2015, uma política de submissão/avaliação dos manuscritos que envolverá, além da inclusão de dois documentos obrigatórios, o parecer de aprovação do projeto em comitê de ética em pesquisa com seres humanos ou com animais e a declaração de autoria, a utilização de programa antiplágio em todos os manuscritos submetidos para análise, e com isso, almeja educar autores e proliferar a ideia de que os artigos publicados estão em consonância com a ética e integridade mundiais.

  19. Gene therapy

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    2005-01-01

    2005147 CNHK200-hA-a gene-viral therapeutic system and its antitumor effect on lung cancer. WANG Wei-guo(王伟国),et al. Viral & Gene Ther Center, Eastern Hepatobilli Surg Instit 2nd Milit Univ, Shanghai 200438. Chin J Oncol,2005:27(2):69-72. Objective: To develop a novel vector system, which combines the advantages of the gene therapy,

  20. Radioiodine Therapy of Liver Cancer Cell Following Tissue Specific Sodium Iodide Symporter Gene Transfer and Assessment of Therapeutic Efficacy with Optical Imaging

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    Jang, Byoung Kuk; Lee, You La; Lee, Yong Jin [School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)] (and others)

    2008-10-15

    Cancer specific killing can be achieved by therapeutic gene activated by cancer specific promotor. Expression of sodium iodide symporter (NIS) gene causes transportation and concentration of iodide into the cell, therefore radioiodine treatment after NIS gene transfer to cancer cell could be a form of radionuclide gene therapy. luciferase (Luc) gene transfected cancer cell can be monitored by in vivo optical imaging after D-luciferin injection. Aims of the study are to make vector with both therapeutic NIS gene driven by AFP promoter and reporter Luc gene driven by CMV promoter, to perform hepatocellular carcinoma specific radiodiodine gene therapy by the vector, and assessment of the therapy effect by optical imaging using luciferase expression. A Vector with AFP promoter driven NIS gene and CMV promoter driven Luc gene (AFP-NIS-CMV-Luc) was constructed. Liver cancer cell (HepG2, Huh-7) and non liver cancer cell (HCT-15) were transfected with the vector using liposome. Expression of the NIS gene at mRNA level was elucidated by RT-PCR. Radioiodide uptake, perchlorate blockade, and washout tests were performed and bioluminescence also measured by luminometer in these cells. In vitro clonogenic assay with I-131 was performed. In vivo nuclear imaging was obtained with gamma camera after I-131 intraperitoneal injection. A Vector with AFP-NIS-CMV-Luc was constructed and successfully transfected into HepG2, Huh-7 and HCT-15 cells. HepG2 and Huh-7 cells with AFP-NIS-CMV-Luc gene showed higher iodide uptake than non transfected cells and the higher iodide uptake was totally blocked by addition of perchlorate. HCT-15 cell did not showed any change of iodide uptake by the gene transfection. Transfected cells had higher light output than control cells. In vitro clonogenic assay, transfected HepG2 and Huh-7 cells showed lower colony count than non transfected HepG2 and Huh-7 cells, but transfected HCT-15 cell did not showed any difference than non transfected HCT-15 cell

  1. SERVICIO GRID PARA LA CLASIFICACIÓN NO SUPERVISADA DE IMÁGENES SATELITALES UTILIZANDO AUTÓMATAS CELULARES

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    Germán Amézquita Becerra

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo describe el proceso investigativo por el cual se exploró y puso en práctica la tecnología Grid como elemento promotor del proceso de clasificación no supervisada de imágenes satelitales LANDSAT; se ha implementado un servicio Grid que aplica autómatas celulares como técnica de inteligencia artificial. Las anteriores tareas se han logrado estableciendo una infraestructura Grid y un modelo de implementación que da soporte al servicio Grid. El modelo del servicio visualiza el contenedor de servicios y el contenedor de "portlet", los cuales se integran para formar tanto el cliente como el servidor. El autómata celular utilizado, esta definido en vecindarios de dos dimensiones y se establece la proyección de los niveles digitales de tres de las bandas de la imagen y la ubicación de cada una de ellas sobre el vecindario definido. El algoritmo se basa en reglas de transición que generan modificaciones a los vecindarios hasta obtener las categorías deseadas. Como resultado del proceso de clasificación se genera una nueva imagen en la cual se expresan las categorías en valores de 0 a 255 y se establece falso color para visualizar los resultados obtenidos.

  2. 果蝇heix基因启动子的分析及其转录活性鉴定%Analysis of Drosophila heix Gene Promoter and Characterization of heix Promoter Transcriptional Activity

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    赵为; 夏炎枝; 肖菡; 夏燕; 李欣玥; 红凌

    2011-01-01

    Through bioinformatic analysis, target sequences of heix gene promoter was analyzed by promoter prediction tools PromotorScanl. 7 and BDGP: Neural Network Promoter Prediction. heix gene promoter candidate sequence was amplified using Drosophila genomic DNA as template. Recombinant plasmid pHeixpromoter-Luc was constructed and transfected into Drosophila S2 cells. The luciferase activity of pHeixpromoter-Luc was determined. Four candidates of the heix gene promoter sequences were predicted by bioinformatic softwares. ATF, MLTF, c-fos_US5 and other transcription regulating motifs were found in the candidate sequences. pHeixpromoter-Luc plasmid was constructed successfully and transfected into Drosophila S2 cells. pHeixpromoter-Luc plasmid has strong luciferase activity compared to the actin promoter (actinpromoter). This study revealed the sequence of Drosophila heix gene promoter and a variety of potential transcriptional regulatory elements, verifying that the predicted heix promoter has transcriptional activity.%采用生物信息学的方法,综合运用启动子预测工具PromotorScar1.7和BDGP(neural network pro-moter prediction)分析了目标序列的启动子特征,以果蝇基因组DNA为模板扩增出heix基因启动子候选序列连接至pMD19T载体,构建了荧光素酶报道基因重组质粒pHeixpromoter-Luc,转染果蝇S2细胞表达荧光素酶,并测定了荧光素酶的活性.预测出4个候选的heix基因启动子序列,发现存在ATF、MLTF、c-fos_US5等多种转录因子调控基序;成功构建了 pMD19T-Heixpromoter和pHeixpromoter-Luc重组质粒.与肌动蛋白启动子(actinp romoter)相比,pHeixpromoter-Luc表达出的荧光素酶也有较强的活性.本研究找到了果蝇heix基因启动子候选序列,并发现多种转录调控元件,其荧光素酶报告基因实验说明果蝇heix基因启动子与肌动蛋白启动子有相当的转录活性.

  3. Trichoderma genes

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    Foreman, Pamela [Los Altos, CA; Goedegebuur, Frits [Vlaardingen, NL; Van Solingen, Pieter [Naaldwijk, NL; Ward, Michael [San Francisco, CA

    2012-06-19

    Described herein are novel gene sequences isolated from Trichoderma reesei. Two genes encoding proteins comprising a cellulose binding domain, one encoding an arabionfuranosidase and one encoding an acetylxylanesterase are described. The sequences, CIP1 and CIP2, contain a cellulose binding domain. These proteins are especially useful in the textile and detergent industry and in pulp and paper industry.

  4. Subprodutos da uva como promotores de crescimento em dietas de frangos de corte de 1 a 21 dias de idade - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v31i2.820 Grape by-products as growth promoters for broilers from 1 to 21 days of age - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v31i2.820

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    Edílson Gonçalves Campos

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Foi realizado um experimento para se avaliar os efeitos da utilização de compostos fenólicos contidos em subprodutos da uva (Vitis vinifera como promotores de crescimento em dietas de frango de corte. Foram utilizados 600 pintos de corte machos Ross, de um a 21 dias de idade, distribuídos em delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com seis tratamentos, inoculados ou não, com cepas de Escherichia coli, constituindo-se fatorial 6 x 2 com cinco repetições de dez aves cada uma. Foi utilizada uma dieta isonutritiva composta por ração inicial basal, com subproduto de uva ou antibiótico, de acordo com os seguintes tratamentos: T1-controle negativo; T2-0,05% de flavomicina e sulfato de colistina; T3-0,04% extrato de semente de uva desengordurada; T4-0,1% de semente de uva integral (SUI; T5-0,47% de SUI e T6-2,35% de SUI. As variáveis analisadas foram: ganho de peso, consumo de ração, ganho de peso médio, peso final, conversão alimentar e índice de eficiência produtiva. A inclusão de subprodutos da uva não influenciou as variáveis zootécnicas nem apresentou atividade promotora de crescimento. A inoculação com E. coli piorou o ganho de peso e o peso final. Os resultados não recomendam a utilização de subprodutos de uvaAn experiment was conducted to determine the effects of phenolic compounds from grape by-products (Vitis vinifera as growth promoters in the diets of broilers between 1 and 21 days of age. Six hundred Ross male chicks were raised from 1 to 21 days of age. The experimental design was completely randomized a 6 x 2 factorial scheme (six diets, inoculated or not inoculated with strains of Escherichia coli, and five repetitions consisting of 10 animals each. Each bird received an isonutritive basal diet consisting of grape by-products or antibiotics as follows: T1-negative control; T2 – positive control-0.05% of flavomycin and colistin sulphate; T3 – 0.04% defatted grape seed extract; T4 – 0.1% grape seed (WGS; T5

  5. DNA methylation of extracellular matrix remodeling genes in children exposed to arsenic.

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    Gonzalez-Cortes, Tania; Recio-Vega, Rogelio; Lantz, Robert Clark; Chau, Binh T

    2017-08-15

    Several novel mechanistic findings regarding to arsenic's pathogenesis has been reported and some of them suggest that the etiology of some arsenic induced diseases are due in part to heritable changes to the genome via epigenetic processes such as DNA methylation, histone maintenance, and mRNA expression. Recently, we reported that arsenic exposure during in utero and early life was associated with impairment in the lung function and abnormal receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE), matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) sputum levels. Based on our results and the reported arsenic impacts on DNA methylation, we designed this study in our cohort of children exposed in utero and early childhood to arsenic with the aim to associate DNA methylation of MMP9, TIMP1 and RAGE genes with its protein sputum levels and with urinary and toenail arsenic levels. The results disclosed hypermethylation in MMP9 promotor region in the most exposed children; and an increase in the RAGE sputum levels among children with the mid methylation level; there were also positive associations between MMP9 DNA methylation with arsenic toenail concentrations; RAGE DNA methylation with iAs, and %DMA; and finally between TIMP1 DNA methylation with the first arsenic methylation. A negative correlation between MMP9 sputum levels with its DNA methylation was registered. In conclusion, arsenic levels were positive associated with the DNA methylation of extracellular matrix remodeling genes;, which in turn could modifies the biological process in which they are involved causing or predisposing to lung diseases. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Gene Therapy.

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    Thorne, Barb; Takeya, Ryan; Vitelli, Francesca; Swanson, Xin

    2017-03-14

    Gene therapy refers to a rapidly growing field of medicine in which genes are introduced into the body to treat or prevent diseases. Although a variety of methods can be used to deliver the genetic materials into the target cells and tissues, modified viral vectors represent one of the more common delivery routes because of its transduction efficiency for therapeutic genes. Since the introduction of gene therapy concept in the 1970s, the field has advanced considerably with notable clinical successes being demonstrated in many clinical indications in which no standard treatment options are currently available. It is anticipated that the clinical success the field observed in recent years can drive requirements for more scalable, robust, cost effective, and regulatory-compliant manufacturing processes. This review provides a brief overview of the current manufacturing technologies for viral vectors production, drawing attention to the common upstream and downstream production process platform that is applicable across various classes of viral vectors and their unique manufacturing challenges as compared to other biologics. In addition, a case study of an industry-scale cGMP production of an AAV-based gene therapy product performed at 2,000 L-scale is presented. The experience and lessons learned from this largest viral gene therapy vector production run conducted to date as discussed and highlighted in this review should contribute to future development of commercial viable scalable processes for vial gene therapies.

  7. Gene Therapy

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    ... or improve your body's ability to fight disease. Gene therapy holds promise for treating a wide range of diseases, such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, diabetes, hemophilia and AIDS. Researchers are still studying how and ...

  8. Genes V.

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    Lewin, B.

    1994-12-31

    This fifth edition book encompasses a wide range of topics covering 1,272 pages. The book is arranged into nine parts with a total of 36 chapters. These nine parts include Introduction; DNA as a Store of Information; Translation; Constructing Cells; Control of Prokaryotypic Gene Expression; Perpetuation of DNA; Organization of the Eukaryotypic Genome; Eukaryotypic Transcription and RNA Processing; The Dynamic Genome; and Genes in Development.

  9. 4G/5G Sequence Polymorphism and Plasma Activity of the Promotor of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 Gene in Cerebral Infarction%脑梗死患者PAI-1基因启动子区域4G/5G多态性与血浆活性关系的研究

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    陈懿建; 张立群; 陈方平

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨纤溶酶原激活物抑制剂-1(PAI-1)基因启动子区域的4G/5G多态性在脑梗死(CI)发病中的作用,并分析PAI-1基因4G/5G多态性与PAI-1活性的关系.方法 随机收集130例CI患者,100例健康人作对照.等位基因特异性引物PCR分析PAI-1多态性基因型(4G/4G、4G/5G和5G/5G).底物发色法测定血浆PAI-1活性,酶法测定血清三酰甘油(TG)、总胆固醇(TC)、血糖(Glu).结果 PAI-1基因型分布频率及4G和5G等位基因分布频率在CI组和健康对照组差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);CI组的PAI-1活性与对照组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);PAI-1 4G/5G基因型多态性与PAI-1活性水平有关,3种基因型PAI-1活性间差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 PAI-1基因4G/5G多态性与其血浆活性水平相关;4G等位基因者PAI-1活性水平增高,导致机体纤溶活性降低,从而增加CI的发病风险;PAI-1活性水平在CI发生过程中起重要的作用.

  10. 人端粒酶催化亚单位启动子调控自杀基因HSV-TK肿瘤细胞特异性表达载体的构建%Construction of Tumor Cells Specific Expression Vector of Suicide Gene of HSV-TK Driven by hTERT Promotor

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    唐小军; 王艳萍; 周清华; 车国卫; 陈小禾

    2007-01-01

    将自杀基因TK插入质粒pGL3-hTp和pGL3-Control中,取代其上的荧光素酶基因,分别构建hTERT启动子SV40启动子调控的TK基因表达质粒pGL3-hTp-TK和pGL3-SV40-TK,酶切和PCR鉴定结果显示重组质粒pGL3-hTp-TK和pGL3-SV40-TK构建成功;用脂质体法将pCL3-hTp-TK和pGL3-SV40-TK瞬时转染端粒酶阳性的人肺腺癌细胞株A549及端粒酶阴性的人胚肺成纤維细胞株MRC-5,RT-PCR显示转染pGL3-SV40-TK的细胞A549和MRC-5均有了TK mRNA表达,转染pGL3-hTp-TK的A549细胞中也有TK mRNA表达,但转染pGL3-hTp-TK的MRC5细胞无TK mRNA表达.提示hTERT启动子可以调控自杀基因HSV-TK在肺癌细胞中靶向表达,可能是肿瘤靶向性基因治疗中比较理想的转录调控元件.

  11. 银屑病患者骨髓CFU-HPP集落形成及集落细胞p16基因启动子甲基化的研究%CFU-HPP Colony Formation of Bone Marrow Hematopoietic Proginitor Cells in Psoriatic Patients and Methylation of p16 Gene Promotor in CFU-HPP Colony Cells

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    张瑞丽; 牛旭平; 李新华; 张开明; 尹国华

    2007-01-01

    本研究检测银屑病患者骨髓高增殖潜能集落形成单位(CFU-HPP)的集落形成能力及集落细胞p16基因启动子甲基化状态,并探讨两者之间的关系.收集了24例银屑病患者及正常时照者骨髓,采用密度梯度离心法分离单个核细胞,并于含SCF/GM-CSF/IL-3/IL-6细胞因子组合的甲基纤维素半固体培养液中,培养14天计数CFU-HPP集落,然后收集集落.提取纯化集落细胞的DNA,经亚硫酸盐修饰后,采用甲基化特异PCR(MSP)检测CFU-HPP集落细胞的p16基因启动子甲基化状态.结果发现:在甲基纤维素半固体培养基中,银屑病患者骨髓CFU-HPP集落数显著低于正常对照(t=5.91,p<0.01),且集落形态较小;正常对照骨髓CFU-HPP集落细胞的p16基因启动子甲基化阳性率较高(66.7%),而银屑病患者骨髓CFU-HPP集落细胞p16基因启动子甲基化阳性率(37.5%)低于正常人.结论:银屑病患者骨髓CFU-HPP细胞集落形成能力降低;银屑病患者骨髓CFU-HPP集落细胞的p16基因甲基化降低可能与其相对较低的CFU-HPP集落形成能力密切相关.

  12. Morfologia ovariana em novilhas bubalinas terminadas em confinamento em função do uso de promotor de crescimento ou esferas de chumbo no útero - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v26i2.1870 Ovary morphology of buffalo heifers fattened in feed lot in response of the utilization of growth promoter or leads sphere introduced in the uterus - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v26i2.1870

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    Ivanor Nunes do Prado

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o uso de promotor de crescimento (Synovex-H® - 20mg de Benzoato de estradiol e 200mg de testosterona e 100 esferas de chumbo no útero sobre a atividade ovariana de novilhas bubalinas em confinamento e alimentadas ad libitum. Foram utilizadas 20 novilhas bubalinas da raça Murrah, com peso vivo médio de 350kg e 16 meses de idade, distribuídas ao acaso em 3 tratamentos: novilhas vazias (VAZ, novilhas com promotor de crescimento (PRC e novilhas com esferas de chumbo (CHU introduzidas no útero. As novilhas foram pesadas a cada 28 dias. Ao final do experimento, foram abatidas, e o aparelho reprodutor coletado. Os úteros foram analisados macroscopicamente. Os ovários foram cortados longitudinalmente e fixados em líquido de Bouin por 24 horas para análises microscópicas. Posteriormente, os ovários foram incluídos em parafina e cortados com 5µm de espessura e submetidos à técnica de coloração Hematoxilina-Eosina, para identificação do desenvolvimento folicular. Nos tratamentos VAZ e CHU, as análises macroscópicas dos úteros não diferiram entre si, apresentando aspecto normal. No tratamento PRC, foi observada uma musculatura mais espessa, maior tamanho e coloração mais escura. As esferas de chumbo não interferiram na atividade ovariana. Isso deve ter ocorrido porque as esferas de chumbo não permaneceram no interior do útero, com exceção de um animal que apresentou esferas de chumbo. Nesse caso, o útero apresentava aspecto edemaciado. Nas observações microscópicas, constatou-se atividade ovariana nos três tratamentos.The objective of this work was to evaluate the hormonal implant use (Synovex-H® - 20mg of benzoate of estradiol and 200mg of testosterone and 100 lead spheres in the uterus on the ovary activity of buffalo heifers in feed lot. Twenty buffalo heifers of breed Murrah were used, with live weight of 350kg and 16 months of age, distributed at random in three treatments

  13. DREB genes

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    Mar 12, 2015 ... to AP2/ERF family, dehydration-responsive element-binding protein (DREB) genes, (CitsERF01 to ... Protein sequences of DREB subfamilies belonging to group I, .... position 37, and it was present in consensus in all protein.

  14. Cytokinin Regulates the Etioplast-Chloroplast Transition through the Two-Component Signaling System and Activation of Chloroplast-Related Genes1

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    Cortleven, Anne; Marg, Ingke; Schlicke, Hagen; Hill, Kristine; Schmülling, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    One of the classical functions of the plant hormone cytokinin is the regulation of plastid development, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. In this study, we employed a genetic approach to evaluate the role of cytokinin and its signaling pathway in the light-induced development of chloroplasts from etioplasts in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). Cytokinin increases the rate of greening and stimulates ultrastructural changes characteristic for the etioplast-to-chloroplast transition. The steady-state levels of metabolites of the tetrapyrrole biosynthesis pathway leading to the production of chlorophyll are enhanced by cytokinin. This effect of cytokinin on metabolite levels arises due to the modulation of expression for chlorophyll biosynthesis genes such as HEMA1, GUN4, GUN5, and CHLM. Increased expression of HEMA1 is reflected in an enhanced level of the encoded glutamyl-tRNA reductase, which catalyzes one of the rate-limiting steps of chlorophyll biosynthesis. Mutant analysis indicates that the cytokinin receptors ARABIDOPSIS HIS KINASE2 (AHK2) and AHK3 play a central role in this process. Furthermore, the B-type ARABIDOPSIS RESPONSE REGULATOR1 (ARR1), ARR10, and ARR12 play an important role in mediating the transcriptional output during etioplast-chloroplast transition. B-type ARRs bind to the promotors of HEMA1 and LHCB6 genes, indicating that cytokinin-dependent transcription factors directly regulate genes of chlorophyll biosynthesis and the light harvesting complex. Together, these results demonstrate an important role for the cytokinin signaling pathway in chloroplast development, with the direct transcriptional regulation of chlorophyll biosynthesis genes as a key aspect for this hormonal control. PMID:27388681

  15. Cytokinin Regulates the Etioplast-Chloroplast Transition through the Two-Component Signaling System and Activation of Chloroplast-Related Genes.

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    Cortleven, Anne; Marg, Ingke; Yamburenko, Maria V; Schlicke, Hagen; Hill, Kristine; Grimm, Bernhard; Schaller, G Eric; Schmülling, Thomas

    2016-09-01

    One of the classical functions of the plant hormone cytokinin is the regulation of plastid development, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. In this study, we employed a genetic approach to evaluate the role of cytokinin and its signaling pathway in the light-induced development of chloroplasts from etioplasts in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). Cytokinin increases the rate of greening and stimulates ultrastructural changes characteristic for the etioplast-to-chloroplast transition. The steady-state levels of metabolites of the tetrapyrrole biosynthesis pathway leading to the production of chlorophyll are enhanced by cytokinin. This effect of cytokinin on metabolite levels arises due to the modulation of expression for chlorophyll biosynthesis genes such as HEMA1, GUN4, GUN5, and CHLM Increased expression of HEMA1 is reflected in an enhanced level of the encoded glutamyl-tRNA reductase, which catalyzes one of the rate-limiting steps of chlorophyll biosynthesis. Mutant analysis indicates that the cytokinin receptors ARABIDOPSIS HIS KINASE2 (AHK2) and AHK3 play a central role in this process. Furthermore, the B-type ARABIDOPSIS RESPONSE REGULATOR1 (ARR1), ARR10, and ARR12 play an important role in mediating the transcriptional output during etioplast-chloroplast transition. B-type ARRs bind to the promotors of HEMA1 and LHCB6 genes, indicating that cytokinin-dependent transcription factors directly regulate genes of chlorophyll biosynthesis and the light harvesting complex. Together, these results demonstrate an important role for the cytokinin signaling pathway in chloroplast development, with the direct transcriptional regulation of chlorophyll biosynthesis genes as a key aspect for this hormonal control. © 2016 American Society of Plant Biologists. All rights reserved.

  16. Molecular Characterization of the Tumor Suppressor Candidate 5 Gene: Regulation by PPARγ and Identification of TUSC5 Coding Variants in Lean and Obese Humans

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    Trina A. Knotts

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Tumor suppressor candidate 5 (TUSC5 is a gene expressed abundantly in white adipose tissue (WAT, brown adipose tissue (BAT, and peripheral afferent neurons. Strong adipocyte expression and increased expression following peroxisome proliferator activated receptor γ (PPARγ agonist treatment of 3T3-L1 adipocytes suggested a role for Tusc5 in fat cell proliferation and/or metabolism. However, the regulation of Tusc5 in WAT and its potential association with obesity phenotypes remain unclear. We tested the hypothesis that the TUSC5 gene is a bona fide PPARγ target and evaluated whether its WAT expression or single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs in the TUSC5 coding region are associated with human obesity. Induction of Tusc5 mRNA levels in 3T3-L1 adipocytes by troglitazone and GW1929 followed a dose-response consistent with these agents' binding affinities for PPARγ. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP experiments confirmed that PPARγ protein binds a ∼−1.1 kb promotor sequence of murine TUSC5 transiently during 3T3-L1 adipogenesis, concurrent with histone H3 acetylation. No change in Tusc5 mRNA or protein levels was evident in type 2 diabetic patients treated with pioglitazone. Tusc5 expression was not induced appreciably in liver preparations overexpressing PPARs, suggesting that tissue-specific factors regulate PPARγ responsiveness of the TUSC5 gene. Finally, we observed no differences in Tusc5 WAT expression or prevalence of coding region SNPs in lean versus obese human subjects. These studies firmly establish the murine TUSC5 gene locus as a PPARγ target, but the significance of Tusc5 in obesity phenotypes or in the pharmacologic actions of PPARγ agonists in humans remains equivocal.

  17. Endothelial Genes

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    8217Department of Surgery, Division of Oncology , and 2Department of BRCA-l and BRCA-2 (breast cancer susceptibility genes), Pathology, University of...Suppression subtractive hybridization re- Cancer: principles and practice of oncology . Philadelphia: Lippincott- vealed an RNA sequence (GenBank accession...Lippman ME. Cancer of the breast: molecular biology angiogenesis in sarcomas and carcinomas. Clin Cancer Res 1999;5: of breast cancer. In: DeVita VT

  18. Gene Ontology

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    Gaston K. Mazandu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The wide coverage and biological relevance of the Gene Ontology (GO, confirmed through its successful use in protein function prediction, have led to the growth in its popularity. In order to exploit the extent of biological knowledge that GO offers in describing genes or groups of genes, there is a need for an efficient, scalable similarity measure for GO terms and GO-annotated proteins. While several GO similarity measures exist, none adequately addresses all issues surrounding the design and usage of the ontology. We introduce a new metric for measuring the distance between two GO terms using the intrinsic topology of the GO-DAG, thus enabling the measurement of functional similarities between proteins based on their GO annotations. We assess the performance of this metric using a ROC analysis on human protein-protein interaction datasets and correlation coefficient analysis on the selected set of protein pairs from the CESSM online tool. This metric achieves good performance compared to the existing annotation-based GO measures. We used this new metric to assess functional similarity between orthologues, and show that it is effective at determining whether orthologues are annotated with similar functions and identifying cases where annotation is inconsistent between orthologues.

  19. Gene doping: gene delivery for olympic victory

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    2012-01-01

    With one recently recommended gene therapy in Europe and a number of other gene therapy treatments now proving effective in clinical trials it is feasible that the same technologies will soon be adopted in the world of sport by unscrupulous athletes and their trainers in so called ‘gene doping’. In this article an overview of the successful gene therapy clinical trials is provided and the potential targets for gene doping are highlighted. Depending on whether a doping gene product is secreted...

  20. A new compound heterozygous frameshift mutation in the type II 3{beta}-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 3{beta}-HSD gene causes salt-wasting 3{beta}-HSD deficiency congenital adrenal hyperplasia

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    Zhang, L.; Sakkal-Alkaddour, S.; Chang, Ying T.; Yang, Xiaojiang; Songya Pang [Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, IL (United States)

    1996-01-01

    We report a new compound heterozygous frameshift mutation in the type II 3{Beta}-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3{beta}-HSD) gene in a Pakistanian female child with the salt-wasting form of 3{Beta}-HSD deficiency congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The etiology for her congenital adrenal hyperplasia was not defined. Although the family history suggested possible 3{beta}-HSd deficiency disorder, suppressed adrenal function caused by excess glucocorticoid therapy in this child at 7 yr of age did not allow hormonal diagnosis. To confirm 3{beta}-HSD deficiency, we sequenced the type II 3{beta}-HSD gene in the patient, her family, and the parents of her deceased paternal cousins. The type II 3{beta}-HSD gene region of a putative promotor, exons I, II, III, and IV, and exon-intron boundaries were amplified by PCR and sequenced in all subjects. The DNA sequence of the child revealed a single nucleotide deletion at codon 318 [ACA(Thr){r_arrow}AA] in exon IV in one allele, and two nucleotide deletions at codon 273 [AAA(Lys){r_arrow}A] in exon IV in the other allele. The remaining gene sequences were normal. The codon 318 mutation was found in one allele from the father, brother, and parents of the deceased paternal cousins. The codon 273 mutation was found in one allele of the mother and a sister. These findings confirmed inherited 3{beta}-HSD deficiency in the child caused by the compound heterozygous type II 3{beta}-HSD gene mutation. Both codons at codons 279 and 367, respectively, are predicted to result in an altered and truncated type II 3{beta}-HSD protein, thereby causing salt-wasting 3{beta}-HSD deficiency in the patient. 21 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  1. The sense and antisense expression of gibberellin 20-oxidase gene (rga5) in rice and its effects on GA1 level and agronomic traits

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    2003-01-01

    A gibberellin 20-oxidase gene rga5 was isolated by PCR from genomic DNA of rice (Oryza sativa ssp indica) cultivars 'Aizizhan' and 'Nante'. Compared with the reported OsGA20ox, the rga5 was partial-frame-shifted with 11 different amino acids. Then the rga5 with CaMV 35S promotor and NOS terminator was inserted into the polylinker site of pCambia1301 to construct sense and antisense gene expressing vectors pSrga5 and pArga5. The transgenic plants were obtained by biolistic bombardment with pSrga5 or pArga5. The transgenic rice plants showed that the over- expression and antisense-expression of rga5 have remarkable effects on the biological characters of rice. The sense transgenic plants showed heightening with longer spike, more seed-bearing and unaffected flowering, whereas antisense transgenic plants showed dwarfing, early-flowering with slender stem, dark leaf color, shorter leaf and shorter spike. The PCR amplification and Southern blot hybridization showed that the rga5 has been integrated into the transgenic rice genome and the transcription of rga5 was identified by Northern blot hybridization. In the sense transgenic plants the GA1 content increased of about 50%, however, the antisense transgenic rice decreased of 90% approximately compared with control plant 'Zhonghua 8'. These results demonstrated that the rga5 is a functional gene encoding gibberellin 20-oxidase in rice. Over-expressing rga5 significantly increases the endogenous GA1 level and plant height of rice, whereas the expression of antisense rga5 decreases the GA1 level and plant height of rice dramatically.

  2. Molekularbiologische und genetische Untersuchungen zur Regulation des zentralen Regulators der Stickstofffixierung NifA in Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae VF39

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    Saeglitz, Nico

    2008-01-01

    Expression of nif and fix genes in rhizobia is strictly regulated. The dominating regulator within the regulation of nif and fix gene expression is NifA. This work presents, that two promotors are involved in nifA gene expression in Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae VF39, namely P1, located at the downstream end of fixX and PfixA, the promotor of the fixA gene, located 3600bp upstream of P1. P2, a promotor identified by transcriptional mapping was shown to be pointless in earlier works and c...

  3. GeneEd -- A Genetics Educational Resource

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    ... Javascript on. Feature: Genetics 101 GeneEd — A Genetics Educational Resource Past Issues / Summer 2013 Table of Contents Science ... The Hereditary Material of Life / GeneEd — A Genetics Educational Resource / Using The Genetics Home Reference Website / Understanding the ...

  4. I just ran a thousand analyses: benefits of multiple testing in understanding equivocal evidence on gene-environment interactions.

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    Vera E Heininga

    Full Text Available In psychiatric genetics research, the volume of ambivalent findings on gene-environment interactions (G x E is growing at an accelerating pace. In response to the surging suspicions of systematic distortion, we challenge the notion of chance capitalization as a possible contributor. Beyond qualifying multiple testing as a mere methodological issue that, if uncorrected, leads to chance capitalization, we advance towards illustrating the potential benefits of multiple tests in understanding equivocal evidence in genetics literature.We focused on the interaction between the serotonin-transporter-linked promotor region (5-HTTLPR and childhood adversities with regard to depression. After testing 2160 interactions with all relevant measures available within the Dutch population study of adolescents TRAILS, we calculated percentages of significant (p < .05 effects for several subsets of regressions. Using chance capitalization (i.e. overall significance rate of 5% alpha and randomly distributed findings as a competing hypothesis, we expected more significant effects in the subsets of regressions involving: 1 interview-based instead of questionnaire-based measures; 2 abuse instead of milder childhood adversities; and 3 early instead of later adversities. Furthermore, we expected equal significance percentages across 4 male and female subsamples, and 5 various genotypic models of 5-HTTLPR.We found differences in the percentages of significant interactions among the subsets of analyses, including those regarding sex-specific subsamples and genetic modeling, but often in unexpected directions. Overall, the percentage of significant interactions was 7.9% which is only slightly above the 5% that might be expected based on chance.Taken together, multiple testing provides a novel approach to better understand equivocal evidence on G x E, showing that methodological differences across studies are a likely reason for heterogeneity in findings - but chance

  5. Caracterización molecular y resistencia antimicrobiana de aislamientos de Clostridium perfringens de diferentes orígenes en Costa Rica

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    María del Mar Gamboa-Coronado

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Clostridium perfringens es un bacilo Gram positivo, esporulado, anaerobio, ampliamente distribuido en la naturaleza, que produce cuatro toxinas principales α, β, ε y ι, las cuales permiten su clasificación en cinco toxinotipos (A-E. Algunas cepas producen una enterotoxina (CPE, codificada por el gen cpe, que causa diarrea en seres humanos y en algunos animales. La presencia de los genes de estas toxinas y la sensibilidad a los antibióticos se determinó en 81 cepas de C. perfringens previamente aisladas y que habían sido mantenidas a -80°C; 20 de suelos, 20 de origen animal, 20 de origen humano y 21 de alimentos cocidos no relacionados con brotes alimentarios. De acuerdo con los resultados de PCR, todas las cepas fueron clasificadas como C. perfringens tipo A, debido a que solo se les detectó el gen de la toxina α, mientras que el gen de la enterotoxina (cpe se detectó en dos cepas (2.5% aisladas de alimentos, tal como ha sido descrito en otras regiones del mundo. El 44% de las cepas fue resistente a algún antibiótico; clindamicina (41%, cloranfenicol (25%, penicilina (22% y metronidazol (20%. En general, las cepas provenientes de suelos presentaron los mayores porcentajes de resistencia a casi todos los antibióticos. El 40% de las cepas de suelo presentó multiresistencia (a tres o más grupos de antibióticos, el 30% de las de origen humano, el 14% de las de alimentos y el 5% de las de origen animal. Las altas tasas de resistencia encontradas podrían deberse al amplio uso de antibióticos como promotores de crecimiento de plantas y animales y esas cepas resistentes podrían actuar como reservorio de genes de resistencia que pueden transferirse entre bacterias de diversos ambientes.

  6. Special Issue: Gene Conversion in Duplicated Genes

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    Hideki Innan

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Gene conversion is an outcome of recombination, causing non-reciprocal transfer of a DNA fragment. Several decades later than the discovery of crossing over, gene conversion was first recognized in fungi when non-Mendelian allelic distortion was observed. Gene conversion occurs when a double-strand break is repaired by using homologous sequences in the genome. In meiosis, there is a strong preference to use the orthologous region (allelic gene conversion, which causes non-Mendelian allelic distortion, but paralogous or duplicated regions can also be used for the repair (inter-locus gene conversion, also referred to as non-allelic and ectopic gene conversion. The focus of this special issue is the latter, interlocus gene conversion; the rate is lower than allelic gene conversion but it has more impact on phenotype because more drastic changes in DNA sequence are involved.

  7. Principles of gene therapy

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    Mammen Biju; Ramakrishnan T; Sudhakar Uma; Vijayalakshmi

    2007-01-01

    Genes are specific sequences of bases that encode instructions to make proteins. When genes are altered so that encoded proteins are unable to carry out their normal functions, genetic disorders can result. Gene therapy is designed to introduce genetic material into cells to compensate for abnormal genes or to make a beneficial protein. This article reviews the fundamentals in gene therapy and its various modes of administration with an insight into the role of gene therapy in Periodontics an...

  8. Organization of immunoglobulin genes.

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    Tonegawa, S; Brack, C; Hozumi, N; Pirrotta, V

    1978-01-01

    The nucleotide-sequence determination of a cloned, embryonic Vlambda gene directly demonstrated that V genes are separate from a corresponding C gene in embryonic cells. Analysis by restriction enzymes of total cellular DNA from various sources strongly suggested that the two separate immunoglobulin genes become continuous during differentiation of B lymphocytes. There seems to be a strict correlation between the joining event and activation of the joined genes. Cloning of more immunoglobulin genes from embryo and plasma cells will not only provide direct demonstration of such a gene-joining event but also help in the elucidation of a possible relationship of the event to gene activation mechanisms.

  9. Gene doping: gene delivery for olympic victory.

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    Gould, David

    2013-08-01

    With one recently recommended gene therapy in Europe and a number of other gene therapy treatments now proving effective in clinical trials it is feasible that the same technologies will soon be adopted in the world of sport by unscrupulous athletes and their trainers in so called 'gene doping'. In this article an overview of the successful gene therapy clinical trials is provided and the potential targets for gene doping are highlighted. Depending on whether a doping gene product is secreted from the engineered cells or is retained locally to, or inside engineered cells will, to some extent, determine the likelihood of detection. It is clear that effective gene delivery technologies now exist and it is important that detection and prevention plans are in place.

  10. Relationship between The Kiss-1 Gene Promoter Methylation and Kiss-1 Gene Expression of Colorectal Carcinoma%结直肠癌中Kiss-1基因启动子甲基化与Kiss-1基因表达的关系

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    林素勇; 陈志华; 陈绍勤; 戴起宝

    2013-01-01

    目的:研究结直肠癌中Kiss-1基因启动子甲基化状态对Kiss-1基因表达的影响。方法:应用甲基化特异性PCR (MSP)方法检测73例结直肠癌、正常结直肠组织和人结直肠癌细胞HCT116、SW480、W1116、LoVo中Kiss-1基因启动子甲基化状态,应用realtime-PCR、Western-blot技术检测相应组织和细胞中Kiss-1基因mRNA和蛋白质(Metastine)的表达量。结果:结直肠癌中Kiss-1基因甲基化阳性率(82.19%)高于正常组织(6.31%)(PSW480>SW1116>HCT116,差异有统计学意义(p<0.05)。结论:结直肠癌中Kiss-1基因启动子甲基化可能引起Kiss-1基因表达下调。%Objective:To research the effect of the Kiss-1 gene promoter methylation on Kiss-1 gene expression in colorectal carci-noma. Methods:Kiss-1 gene promotor methylation and its expression were detected respectively by methylation-specific PCR, real-time PCR and western-blot in 73 cases of colorectal carcinoma and each normal tissue. Results:The positive expression rate of Kiss-1 gene methylation in the carcinoma tissue was higher than the rate in normal tissue (82.19%vs 6.31%, P <0.05). In the cancer tissue, the Kiss-1 gene mRNA and metastine expression of Kiss-1 methylation-positive group was significant lower than that in negative group (P<0.05). Conclusions:Kiss-1 gene promoter hyper-methylation may induce to the Kiss-1 gene expression decreased in colorectal carci-noma.

  11. Gene Cluster Statistics with Gene Families

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    Durand, Dannie

    2009-01-01

    Identifying genomic regions that descended from a common ancestor is important for understanding the function and evolution of genomes. In distantly related genomes, clusters of homologous gene pairs are evidence of candidate homologous regions. Demonstrating the statistical significance of such “gene clusters” is an essential component of comparative genomic analyses. However, currently there are no practical statistical tests for gene clusters that model the influence of the number of homologs in each gene family on cluster significance. In this work, we demonstrate empirically that failure to incorporate gene family size in gene cluster statistics results in overestimation of significance, leading to incorrect conclusions. We further present novel analytical methods for estimating gene cluster significance that take gene family size into account. Our methods do not require complete genome data and are suitable for testing individual clusters found in local regions, such as contigs in an unfinished assembly. We consider pairs of regions drawn from the same genome (paralogous clusters), as well as regions drawn from two different genomes (orthologous clusters). Determining cluster significance under general models of gene family size is computationally intractable. By assuming that all gene families are of equal size, we obtain analytical expressions that allow fast approximation of cluster probabilities. We evaluate the accuracy of this approximation by comparing the resulting gene cluster probabilities with cluster probabilities obtained by simulating a realistic, power-law distributed model of gene family size, with parameters inferred from genomic data. Surprisingly, despite the simplicity of the underlying assumption, our method accurately approximates the true cluster probabilities. It slightly overestimates these probabilities, yielding a conservative test. We present additional simulation results indicating the best choice of parameter values for data

  12. Lateral gene transfer, rearrangement, reconciliation

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    Patterson, M.D.; Szollosi, G.; Daubin, V.; Tannier, E.

    2013-01-01

    Background. Models of ancestral gene order reconstruction have progressively integrated different evolutionary patterns and processes such as unequal gene content, gene duplications, and implicitly sequence evolution via reconciled gene trees. These models have so far ignored lateral gene transfer,

  13. Metabólitos e hormônios plasmáticos de novilhas bubalinas confinadas em função do uso de promotor de crescimento ou esferas de chumbo no útero - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v26i2.1869 Metabolites and plasmatic hormones of buffalo heifers fattened in feed lot in response of the utilization of growth promoter or leads sphere introduced in the uterus - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v26i2.1869

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    João Alberto Negrão

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o uso de promotor de crescimento (Synovex-H® - 20mg de benzoato de estradiol e 200mg de testosterona ou 100 esferas de chumbo implantadas no útero de novilhas bubalinas em confinamento sobre a taxa de hematócrito e níveis circulantes de glicose, colesterol total, uréia, progesterona, insulina e IGF-1. Foram utilizadas 20 novilhas bubalinas da raça Murrah, com peso vivo médio de 350kg e 16 meses de idade, distribuídas ao acaso em 3 tratamentos: novilhas não-gestantes (vazias - VAZ, com implante de promotor de crescimento (PRC e com implante de esferas de chumbo (ECH no útero. As novilhas foram alimentadas com dieta única e foram pesadas a cada 28 dias. No início e no final do experimento (84 dias, foram realizadas coletas de sangue da veia jugular, para determinação da taxa de hematócrito e determinação dos níveis plasmáticos de hormônios e metabólitos. As taxas de hematócrito foram semelhantes nos 3 tratamentos no início e no final do experimento. Todavia valores observados no final do experimento foram superiores àqueles do início do experimento. Os níveis plasmáticos de glicose, colesterol total e uréia foram semelhantes nos 3 tratamentos, no início e no final do experimento. No entanto, houve uma redução dos níveis de uréia entre o início e o final do experimento, independentemente do tratamento. Os níveis plasmáticos de progesterona, insulina e IGF-1 foram semelhantes entre os tratamentos no início e no final do experimento. Da mesma forma, não foi observado efeito do dia de coleta (D0 e D84 nos níveis de hormônios.The objective of this research was to study the utilization of growth promoter (Synovex-H® - 20mg of benzoate of stradiol and 200mg of testosterone and 100 lead spheres in the uterus on the hematocrit rate and glucose circulating levels, cholesterol total, urea, progesterone, insulin and IGF -1 in buffalo heifers in feedlot. Twenty buffalo heifers of

  14. Gene doping in sports.

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    Unal, Mehmet; Ozer Unal, Durisehvar

    2004-01-01

    Gene or cell doping is defined by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as "the non-therapeutic use of genes, genetic elements and/or cells that have the capacity to enhance athletic performance". New research in genetics and genomics will be used not only to diagnose and treat disease, but also to attempt to enhance human performance. In recent years, gene therapy has shown progress and positive results that have highlighted the potential misuse of this technology and the debate of 'gene doping'. Gene therapies developed for the treatment of diseases such as anaemia (the gene for erythropoietin), muscular dystrophy (the gene for insulin-like growth factor-1) and peripheral vascular diseases (the gene for vascular endothelial growth factor) are potential doping methods. With progress in gene technology, many other genes with this potential will be discovered. For this reason, it is important to develop timely legal regulations and to research the field of gene doping in order to develop methods of detection. To protect the health of athletes and to ensure equal competitive conditions, the International Olympic Committee, WADA and International Sports Federations have accepted performance-enhancing substances and methods as being doping, and have forbidden them. Nevertheless, the desire to win causes athletes to misuse these drugs and methods. This paper reviews the current status of gene doping and candidate performance enhancement genes, and also the use of gene therapy in sports medicine and ethics of genetic enhancement.

  15. Possible interaction between MAOA and DRD2 genes associated with antisocial alcoholism among Han Chinese men in Taiwan.

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    Wang, Tso-Jen; Huang, San-Yuan; Lin, Wei-Wen; Lo, Hsin-Yi; Wu, Pei-Lin; Wang, Yu-Shan; Wu, Yi-Syuan; Ko, Huei-Chen; Shih, Jean-Chen; Lu, Ru-Band

    2007-01-30

    Both monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) and dopamine D(2) receptor (DRD2) genes have been considered as candidate genes for antisocial personality disorder with alcoholism (Antisocial ALC) [Parsian, A., 1999. Sequence analysis of exon 8 of MAO-A gene in alcoholics with antisocial personality and normal controls. Genomics. 45, 290-295.; Samochowiec, J., Lesch, K.P., Rottmann, M., Smolka, M., Syagailo, Y.V., Okladnova, O., Rommelspacher, H., Winterer, G., Schmidt, L.G., Sander, T., 1999. Association of a regulatory polymorphism in the promoter region of the monoamine oxidase A gene with antisocial alcoholism. Psychiatry. Res. 86, 67-72.; Schmidt, L.vG., Sander, T., Kuhn, S., Smolka, M., Rommelspacher, H., Samochowiec, J., Lesch, K.P., 2000. Different allele distribution of a regulatory MAO-A gene promotor polymorphism in antisocial and anxious-depressive alcoholics. J. Neural .Transm. 107, 681-689.]. However, the association between alcoholism and MAOA or DRD2 gene has not been universally accepted [Lee, J.F., Lu, R.B., Ko, H.C., Chang, F.M., Yin, S.J., Pakstis, A.J., Kidd, K.K., 1999. No association between DRD(2) locus and alcoholism after controlling the ADH and ALDH genotypes in Chinese Han population. Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res. 23, 592-599.; Lu, R.B., Lin, W.W., Lee, J.F., Ko, H.C., Shih, J.C., 2003. Neither antisocial personality disorder nor antisocial alcoholism association with MAOA gene among Han Chinese males in Taiwan. Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res. 27, 889-893.]. Since dopamine is metabolized to 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-acetaldehyde (DOPAL) via monoamine oxidase (MAO) [Westerink, B.H., de Vries, J.B., 1985. On the origin of dopamine and its metabolite in predominantly noradrenergic innervated brain areas. Brain. Res. 330, 164-166.], the interaction between MAOA and DRD2 genes might be related to Antisocial ALC. The present study aimed to determine whether Antisocial ALC might be associated with the possible interactions of DRD2 gene with MAOA gene. Of the 231 Han Chinese

  16. Human Gene Therapy: Genes without Frontiers?

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    Simon, Eric J.

    2002-01-01

    Describes the latest advancements and setbacks in human gene therapy to provide reference material for biology teachers to use in their science classes. Focuses on basic concepts such as recombinant DNA technology, and provides examples of human gene therapy such as severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, familial hypercholesterolemia, and…

  17. Genes and Hearing Loss

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    ... Find an ENT Doctor Near You Genes and Hearing Loss Genes and Hearing Loss Patient Health Information News media interested in covering ... One of the most common birth defects is hearing loss or deafness (congenital), which can affect as many ...

  18. Essential Bacillus subtilis genes

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    Kobayashi, K.; Ehrlich, S.D.; Albertini, A.

    2003-01-01

    To estimate the minimal gene set required to sustain bacterial life in nutritious conditions, we carried out a systematic inactivation of Bacillus subtilis genes. Among approximate to4,100 genes of the organism, only 192 were shown to be indispensable by this or previous work. Another 79 genes were...... predicted to be essential. The vast majority of essential genes were categorized in relatively few domains of cell metabolism, with about half involved in information processing, one-fifth involved in the synthesis of cell envelope and the determination of cell shape and division, and one-tenth related...... to cell energetics. Only 4% of essential genes encode unknown functions. Most essential genes are present throughout a wide range of Bacteria, and almost 70% can also be found in Archaea and Eucarya. However, essential genes related to cell envelope, shape, division, and respiration tend to be lost from...

  19. Cochlear Gene Therapy

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    The purpose of this review is to highlight recent advances in cochlear gene therapy over the past several years. Cochlear gene therapy has undergone tremendous advances over the past decade. Beginning with some groundbreaking work in 2005 documenting hair cell regeneration using virallymediated delivery of the mouse atonal 1 gene, gene therapy is now being explored as a possible treatment for a variety of causes of hearing loss.

  20. Urokinase receptor mRNA level and gene transcription are strongly and rapidly increased by phorbol myristate acetate in human monocyte-like U937 cells

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    Lund, L R; Rønne, E; Roldan, A.L.

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    enhancement after 24 h of treatment. Half-maximal stimulation occurs at approximately 5 nM PMA. The effect is observed only with phorbol esters that also act as tumor promotors. The protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide (10 micrograms/ml) also increases the level of u-PAR mRNA. Nuclear run-on experiments...

  1. Discovering genes underlying QTL

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    Vanavichit, Apichart [Kasetsart University, Kamphaengsaen, Nakorn Pathom (Thailand)

    2002-02-01

    A map-based approach has allowed scientists to discover few genes at a time. In addition, the reproductive barrier between cultivated rice and wild relatives has prevented us from utilizing the germ plasm by a map-based approach. Most genetic traits important to agriculture or human diseases are manifested as observable, quantitative phenotypes called Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL). In many instances, the complexity of the phenotype/genotype interaction and the general lack of clearly identifiable gene products render the direct molecular cloning approach ineffective, thus additional strategies like genome mapping are required to identify the QTL in question. Genome mapping requires no prior knowledge of the gene function, but utilizes statistical methods to identify the most likely gene location. To completely characterize genes of interest, the initially mapped region of a gene location will have to be narrowed down to a size that is suitable for cloning and sequencing. Strategies for gene identification within the critical region have to be applied after the sequencing of a potentially large clone or set of clones that contains this gene(s). Tremendous success of positional cloning has been shown for cloning many genes responsible for human diseases, including cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy as well as plant disease resistance genes. Genome and QTL mapping, positional cloning: the pre-genomics era, comparative approaches to gene identification, and positional cloning: the genomics era are discussed in the report. (M. Suetake)

  2. Reading and Generalist Genes

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    Haworth, Claire M. A.; Meaburn, Emma L.; Harlaar, Nicole; Plomin, Robert

    2007-01-01

    Twin-study research suggests that many (but not all) of the same genes contribute to genetic influence on diverse learning abilities and disabilities, a hypothesis called "generalist genes". This generalist genes hypothesis was tested using a set of 10 DNA markers (single nucleotide polymorphisms [SNPs]) found to be associated with early reading…

  3. Journey from Jumping Genes to Gene Therapy.

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    Whartenby, Katharine A

    2015-01-01

    Gene therapy for cancer is a still evolving approach that resulted from a long history of studies into genetic modification of organisms. The fascination with manipulating gene products has spanned hundreds if not thousands of years, beginning with observations of the hereditary nature of traits in plants and culminating to date in the alteration of genetic makeup in humans via modern technology. From early discoveries noting the potential for natural mobility of genetic material to the culmination of clinical trials in a variety of disease, gene transfer has had an eventful and sometimes tumultuous course. Within the present review is a brief history of the biology of gene transfer, how it came to be applied to genetic diseases, and its early applications to cancer therapies. Some of the different types of methods used to modify cells, the theories behind the approaches, and some of the limitations encountered along the way are reviewed.

  4. Is tumor necrosis factor - 376a promoter polymorphism associated with susceptibility to multiple sclerosis? ¿El polimorfismo-376A del promotor del gen del factor de necrosis tumoral se asocia con una mayor susceptibilidad a padecer esclerosis múltiple?

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    Marcelo A. Kauffman

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available A single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP at position -376 of the tumor necrosis factor á gene (TNFA has been associated with susceptibility to multiple sclerosis (MS in Spain. However, no association was found in populations from the USA and The Netherlands. Here we investigate the association between the TNFA - 376A SNP and MS susceptibility in Argentinean patients with MS. The A/G genotype was found in 4.4% of patients (n=90 and in 4.8% of healthy individuals (n=84; p=0.92; odds ratio=0.93; confidence interval: 0.23- 3.84. Thus, no significant differences in genotype and allele frequencies were found between healthy individuals and patients with MS in Argentina.Un polimorfismo de nucleótido único (SNP, por sus iniciales en inglés en la posición -376 del gen codificante del factor de necrosis tumoral á (TNFA ha sido asociado en España con un mayor riesgo a padecer esclerosis múltiple (EM. Sin embargo, esta asociación no fue encontrada en estudios hechos en poblaciones provenientes de los EE.UU. y Holanda. Aquí investigamos la asociación entre el SNP TNFA -376A y el desarrollo de EM en una población de pacientes argentinos con EM. El genotipo A/G fue encontrado en 4.4% de los pacientes (n=90 y en 4.8% de los controles sanos (n=84; p=0.92; odds ratio=0.93; intervalo de confianza: 0.23-3.84. En consecuencia, no encontramos diferencias en las frecuencias alélicas y genotípicas entre los sujetos enfermos y los controles sanos en Argentina.

  5. Gene conversion in human rearranged immunoglobulin genes.

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    Darlow, John M; Stott, David I

    2006-07-01

    Over the past 20 years, many DNA sequences have been published suggesting that all or part of the V(H) segment of a rearranged immunoglobulin gene may be replaced in vivo. Two different mechanisms appear to be operating. One of these is very similar to primary V(D)J recombination, involving the RAG proteins acting upon recombination signal sequences, and this has recently been proven to occur. Other sequences, many of which show partial V(H) replacements with no addition of untemplated nucleotides at the V(H)-V(H) joint, have been proposed to occur by an unusual RAG-mediated recombination with the formation of hybrid (coding-to-signal) joints. These appear to occur in cells already undergoing somatic hypermutation in which, some authors are convinced, RAG genes are silenced. We recently proposed that the latter type of V(H) replacement might occur by homologous recombination initiated by the activity of AID (activation-induced cytidine deaminase), which is essential for somatic hypermutation and gene conversion. The latter has been observed in other species, but not in human Ig genes, so far. In this paper, we present a new analysis of sequences published as examples of the second type of rearrangement. This not only shows that AID recognition motifs occur in recombination regions but also that some sequences show replacement of central sections by a sequence from another gene, similar to gene conversion in the immunoglobulin genes of other species. These observations support the proposal that this type of rearrangement is likely to be AID-mediated rather than RAG-mediated and is consistent with gene conversion.

  6. Gene therapy in periodontics

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    Anirban Chatterjee

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available GENES are made of DNA - the code of life. They are made up of two types of base pair from different number of hydrogen bonds AT, GC which can be turned into instruction. Everyone inherits genes from their parents and passes them on in turn to their children. Every person′s genes are different, and the changes in sequence determine the inherited differences between each of us. Some changes, usually in a single gene, may cause serious diseases. Gene therapy is ′the use of genes as medicine′. It involves the transfer of a therapeutic or working gene copy into specific cells of an individual in order to repair a faulty gene copy. Thus it may be used to replace a faulty gene, or to introduce a new gene whose function is to cure or to favorably modify the clinical course of a condition. It has a promising era in the field of periodontics. Gene therapy has been used as a mode of tissue engineering in periodontics. The tissue engineering approach reconstructs the natural target tissue by combining four elements namely: Scaffold, signaling molecules, cells and blood supply and thus can help in the reconstruction of damaged periodontium including cementum, gingival, periodontal ligament and bone.

  7. Regulated Gene Therapy.

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    Breger, Ludivine; Wettergren, Erika Elgstrand; Quintino, Luis; Lundberg, Cecilia

    2016-01-01

    Gene therapy represents a promising approach for the treatment of monogenic and multifactorial neurological disorders. It can be used to replace a missing gene and mutated gene or downregulate a causal gene. Despite the versatility of gene therapy, one of the main limitations lies in the irreversibility of the process: once delivered to target cells, the gene of interest is constitutively expressed and cannot be removed. Therefore, efficient, safe and long-term gene modification requires a system allowing fine control of transgene expression.Different systems have been developed over the past decades to regulate transgene expression after in vivo delivery, either at transcriptional or post-translational levels. The purpose of this chapter is to give an overview on current regulatory system used in the context of gene therapy for neurological disorders. Systems using external regulation of transgenes using antibiotics are commonly used to control either gene expression using tetracycline-controlled transcription or protein levels using destabilizing domain technology. Alternatively, specific promoters of genes that are regulated by disease mechanisms, increasing expression as the disease progresses or decreasing expression as disease regresses, are also examined. Overall, this chapter discusses advantages and drawbacks of current molecular methods for regulated gene therapy in the central nervous system.

  8. Gene therapy: An overview

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    Sudip Indu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Gene therapy "the use of genes as medicine" involves the transfer of a therapeutic or working copy of a gene into specific cells of an individual in order to repair a faulty gene copy. The technique may be used to replace a faulty gene, or to introduce a new gene whose function is to cure or to favorably modify the clinical course of a condition. The objective of gene therapy is to introduce new genetic material into target cells while causing no damage to the surrounding healthy cells and tissues, hence the treatment related morbidity is decreased. The delivery system includes a vector that delivers a therapeutic gene into the patient′s target cell. Functional proteins are created from the therapeutic gene causing the cell to return to a normal stage. The vectors used in gene therapy can be viral and non-viral. Gene therapy, an emerging field of biomedicine, is still at infancy and much research remains to be done before this approach to the treatment of condition will realize its full potential.

  9. Gene therapy in periodontics.

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    Chatterjee, Anirban; Singh, Nidhi; Saluja, Mini

    2013-03-01

    GENES are made of DNA - the code of life. They are made up of two types of base pair from different number of hydrogen bonds AT, GC which can be turned into instruction. Everyone inherits genes from their parents and passes them on in turn to their children. Every person's genes are different, and the changes in sequence determine the inherited differences between each of us. Some changes, usually in a single gene, may cause serious diseases. Gene therapy is 'the use of genes as medicine'. It involves the transfer of a therapeutic or working gene copy into specific cells of an individual in order to repair a faulty gene copy. Thus it may be used to replace a faulty gene, or to introduce a new gene whose function is to cure or to favorably modify the clinical course of a condition. It has a promising era in the field of periodontics. Gene therapy has been used as a mode of tissue engineering in periodontics. The tissue engineering approach reconstructs the natural target tissue by combining four elements namely: Scaffold, signaling molecules, cells and blood supply and thus can help in the reconstruction of damaged periodontium including cementum, gingival, periodontal ligament and bone.

  10. Cyanobacterial signature genes.

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    Martin, Kirt A; Siefert, Janet L; Yerrapragada, Sailaja; Lu, Yue; McNeill, Thomas Z; Moreno, Pedro A; Weinstock, George M; Widger, William R; Fox, George E

    2003-01-01

    A comparison of 8 cyanobacterial genomes reveals that there are 181 shared genes that do not have obvious orthologs in other bacteria. These signature genes define aspects of the genotype that are uniquely cyanobacterial. Approximately 25% of these genes have been associated with some function. These signature genes may or may not be involved in photosynthesis but likely they will be in many cases. In addition, several examples of widely conserved gene order involving two or more signature genes were observed. This suggests there may be regulatory processes that have been preserved throughout the long history of the cyanobacterial phenotype. The results presented here will be especially useful because they identify which of the many genes of unassigned function are likely to be of the greatest interest.

  11. 基于2a基因型丙型肝炎病毒自身启动子的单顺反子复制子的构建和功能测定%Construction and functional characterization of a monocistronic replicon based on the HCV genotype 2a promotor

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    李雪黎; 雷宇; 钟珊; 彭凤英; 周智; 李奎; 任红

    2012-01-01

    Objective To construct a hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 2a moncistronic replicon and investigate its replication capabilities in the human hepatocarcinoma cell lines,Huh7.5 and Huh7.1,in order to determine its potential as a molecular tool for future in vitro studies of HCV replication and selection studies for putative anti-HCV drugs.Methods Site-directed mutagenesis was used to delete the Core-E1-E2-p7-NS2 fragment (about 3090 bp) from plasmid pJ6JFH1BIaRL.The resultant / pJ6JFH1BlaRL plasmid was digested with AgeⅠ and AvrⅡ to release the cDNA fragment (hereafter,referred to as fragment L) containing partial 5'-untranslated region (UTR),the first 12 amino acid (aa) of HCV Core coding sequence,full-lenth coding sequences for the blasticidin-resistance gene,Renilla luciferase,foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV)2a autoprotease and ubiquitin,and partial coding sequence for HCV NS3.To generate the monocistronic replicon,pSGRmJFH1BlaRL,fragment L was ligated into the pSGR-JFH1 vector that had been digested with AgeⅠ and AvrⅡ to remove the partial 5'-UTR,the first 19 aa of HCV Core coding sequence,the fulllength coding sequence for the neomycin phosphotransferase Ⅱ gene,the internal ribosomal entry site from encephalomyocarditis virus,and partial HCV NS3 coding sequence.A replication-defective mutant replicon,pSGRmJFH1BlaRL/GND,was constructed by a similar procedure using the pSGR-JFH1/GND vector.Fragment L was confirmed in both constructs by sequencing.Replicon RNAs were prepared from XbaIlinearized plasmid DNA templates with Invitrogen's T7 MEGAscript kit,and were purified by DNase I treatment and LiC1 precipitation.RNAs were quantified by optical density,and the quality and concentration were confirmed by agarose gel electrophoresis.Replicon RNAs were transfected into Huh7.5 and Huh7.1 cells using Invitrogen's DMRIE-C transfection reagent at a ratio of 5μg of lipid to 1 tg of RNA.Time course assayof Renilla luciferase activity indicated the replicon

  12. Primetime for Learning Genes

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    Keifer, Joyce

    2017-01-01

    Learning genes in mature neurons are uniquely suited to respond rapidly to specific environmental stimuli. Expression of individual learning genes, therefore, requires regulatory mechanisms that have the flexibility to respond with transcriptional activation or repression to select appropriate physiological and behavioral responses. Among the mechanisms that equip genes to respond adaptively are bivalent domains. These are specific histone modifications localized to gene promoters that are characteristic of both gene activation and repression, and have been studied primarily for developmental genes in embryonic stem cells. In this review, studies of the epigenetic regulation of learning genes in neurons, particularly the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene (BDNF), by methylation/demethylation and chromatin modifications in the context of learning and memory will be highlighted. Because of the unique function of learning genes in the mature brain, it is proposed that bivalent domains are a characteristic feature of the chromatin landscape surrounding their promoters. This allows them to be “poised” for rapid response to activate or repress gene expression depending on environmental stimuli. PMID:28208656

  13. Primetime for Learning Genes.

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    Keifer, Joyce

    2017-02-11

    Learning genes in mature neurons are uniquely suited to respond rapidly to specific environmental stimuli. Expression of individual learning genes, therefore, requires regulatory mechanisms that have the flexibility to respond with transcriptional activation or repression to select appropriate physiological and behavioral responses. Among the mechanisms that equip genes to respond adaptively are bivalent domains. These are specific histone modifications localized to gene promoters that are characteristic of both gene activation and repression, and have been studied primarily for developmental genes in embryonic stem cells. In this review, studies of the epigenetic regulation of learning genes in neurons, particularly the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene (BDNF), by methylation/demethylation and chromatin modifications in the context of learning and memory will be highlighted. Because of the unique function of learning genes in the mature brain, it is proposed that bivalent domains are a characteristic feature of the chromatin landscape surrounding their promoters. This allows them to be "poised" for rapid response to activate or repress gene expression depending on environmental stimuli.

  14. Study of BMP 15 Gene in Afshari and Afshari × Booroola Merino Cross Sheep

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    Full Text Available Introduction One of the most important sources of the red meat in Iran is the meat produced from sheep. Increasing lamb per ewe considered as a strategy for improving the efficiency for sheep production, although reproduction traits have low heritability. Several genes associated with reproduction were investigated in the recent years. The BMP 15 gene and its paralog GDF 9 and receptor, BMPR-IB, are related to fecundity in sheep and attracted the interest of breeders recently. All these genes that are members of TGFβ super family are functionally closely related together and they affect expression and secretion of hormones affecting follicle growth and ovulation rate in mammals. BMP15 plays a key role in regulating many processes in granulosa cells and ovulation rate. Mutations in some candidate genes such as BMP 15 proved to affect the lambing rate. Since 2008, introgression of the BMP Receptor IB mutant (FecB from Booroola Merino (from New Zealand into Afshari sheep was initiated. Thereafter, several genes that proved to have an effect on reproductive traits were studied in this breed. This study was conducted to identify possible polymorphism(s in BMP 15 and to compare its expression in ovaries of pregnant and non-pregnant ewes. Materials and Methods To study these, blood samples were collected from 35 and 45 Afshari and Afshari × Booroola Merino ewes, respectively. DNA was extracted from all samples using phenol-chloroform procedure and Total RNA was extracted using the RNA extraction kit, CinnaPure RNA Kit (Cinnagen Inc®, Iran, extraction was performed according to the manufacturer’s instruction. To remove any possible residual DNA contamination, RNA samples were treated with 1 unit of DNase (Vivantis Inc®, Malaysia. The specific primers were designed for three areas of BMP 15, namely promotor (581 bp, exon one (325 bp and exon two (857 bp and the targets were amplified using PCR. The PCR products were sequenced using forward and

  15. An Ontology of Gene

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    Masuya, Hiroshi; Mizoguchi, Riichiro

    2012-01-01

    The concept of a gene was established in the era of classical genetics and is now essential for life science for elucidating the molecular basis of the coding of genetic information necessary to realize the body of an organism and its biological functions. However, an ontology fully representing multiple aspects of a gene is still not available. In this study, we dissected the biological and ontological definitions of bearers of genetic information, including genes and alleles. Based on this ...

  16. Placental gene therapy

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    David, A. L.; Ashcroft, R

    2009-01-01

    Gene therapy uses genetic material as a drug delivery vehicle to express therapeutic proteins. Placental gene therapy may be useful for correction of two important obstetric conditions, foetal growth restriction and pre-eclampsia in which there is a failure of the physiological trophoblast remodelling of the uterine spiral arteries in early pregnancy. The patient in this scenario is the foetus. Placental gene therapy might be justifiable when: there is reasonable certainty that the foetus wil...

  17. STAT3/NF-κB-Regulated Lentiviral TK/GCV Suicide Gene Therapy for Cisplatin-Resistant Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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    Kuo, Wei-Ying; Hwu, Luen; Wu, Chun-Yi; Lee, Jhih-Shian; Chang, Chi-Wei; Liu, Ren-Shyan

    2017-01-01

    Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) represents approximately 20% of all breast cancers and appears resistance to conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy, demonstrating a particularly poor prognosis and a significantly worse clinical outcome than other types of cancer. Suicide gene therapy has been used for the in vivo treatment of various solid tumors in recent clinical trials. In tumor microenvironment, STAT3/NF-κB pathways are constitutively activated in stromal cells as well as in cancer stem cells (CSCs). In this study, we have cloned a novel STAT3/NF-κB-based reporter system to drive the expression of herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSV-TK) against breast cancer. Lentiviral vector expressing HSV-TK under the regulation of STAT3/NF-κB fused response element was developed. In this setting, we exploited the constitutive STAT3/NF-κB activation in tumors to achieve higher transgene expression than that driven by a constitutively active CMV promotor in vivo. An orthotropic MDA-MB-231 triple negative breast cancer mouse model was used for evaluating the feasibility of STAT3-NF-κB-TK/GCV suicide gene therapy system. The basal promoter activity of Lenti-CMV-TK and Lenti-STAT3-NF-κB-TK in MDA-MB-231 cells was compared by 3H-FEAU uptake assay. The Lenti-CMV-TK showed ~5 fold higher 3H-FEAU uptake then Lenti -STAT3-NF-κB-TK. In clonogenic assay, cells expressing Lenti-CMV-TK were 2-fold more sensitive to GCV than Lenti-STAT3-NF-κB-TK transduced cells. In vitro effect of STAT3-NF-κB-induced transgene expression was determined by 10ng/mL TNF-α induction and confirmed by western blot analysis and DsRedm fluorescent microscopy. In vivo evaluation of therapeutic effect by bioluminescence and [18F]FHBG microPET imaging indicated that Lenti-STAT3-NF-κB-TK showed more tumor growth retardation than Lenti-CMV-TK when GCV (20 mg/kg) was administered. The invasiveness and expression of cancer stem cell markers were both decreased after STAT3/NF-κB-regulated HSV

  18. STAT3/NF-κB-Regulated Lentiviral TK/GCV Suicide Gene Therapy for Cisplatin-Resistant Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

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    Kuo, Wei-Ying; Hwu, Luen; Wu, Chun-Yi; Lee, Jhih-Shian; Chang, Chi-Wei; Liu, Ren-Shyan

    2017-01-01

    Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) represents approximately 20% of all breast cancers and appears resistance to conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy, demonstrating a particularly poor prognosis and a significantly worse clinical outcome than other types of cancer. Suicide gene therapy has been used for the in vivo treatment of various solid tumors in recent clinical trials. In tumor microenvironment, STAT3/NF-κB pathways are constitutively activated in stromal cells as well as in cancer stem cells (CSCs). In this study, we have cloned a novel STAT3/NF-κB-based reporter system to drive the expression of herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSV-TK) against breast cancer. Lentiviral vector expressing HSV-TK under the regulation of STAT3/NF-κB fused response element was developed. In this setting, we exploited the constitutive STAT3/NF-κB activation in tumors to achieve higher transgene expression than that driven by a constitutively active CMV promotor in vivo. An orthotropic MDA-MB-231 triple negative breast cancer mouse model was used for evaluating the feasibility of STAT3-NF-κB-TK/GCV suicide gene therapy system. The basal promoter activity of Lenti-CMV-TK and Lenti-STAT3-NF-κB-TK in MDA-MB-231 cells was compared by (3)H-FEAU uptake assay. The Lenti-CMV-TK showed ~5 fold higher (3)H-FEAU uptake then Lenti -STAT3-NF-κB-TK. In clonogenic assay, cells expressing Lenti-CMV-TK were 2-fold more sensitive to GCV than Lenti-STAT3-NF-κB-TK transduced cells. In vitro effect of STAT3-NF-κB-induced transgene expression was determined by 10ng/mL TNF-α induction and confirmed by western blot analysis and DsRedm fluorescent microscopy. In vivo evaluation of therapeutic effect by bioluminescence and [(18)F]FHBG microPET imaging indicated that Lenti-STAT3-NF-κB-TK showed more tumor growth retardation than Lenti-CMV-TK when GCV (20 mg/kg) was administered. The invasiveness and expression of cancer stem cell markers were both decreased after STAT3/NF-κB-regulated HSV

  19. Antisense gene silencing

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    Nielsen, Troels T; Nielsen, Jørgen E

    2013-01-01

    Since the first reports that double-stranded RNAs can efficiently silence gene expression in C. elegans, the technology of RNA interference (RNAi) has been intensively exploited as an experimental tool to study gene function. With the subsequent discovery that RNAi could also be applied to mammal......Since the first reports that double-stranded RNAs can efficiently silence gene expression in C. elegans, the technology of RNA interference (RNAi) has been intensively exploited as an experimental tool to study gene function. With the subsequent discovery that RNAi could also be applied...

  20. History of gene therapy.

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    Wirth, Thomas; Parker, Nigel; Ylä-Herttuala, Seppo

    2013-08-10

    Two decades after the initial gene therapy trials and more than 1700 approved clinical trials worldwide we not only have gained much new information and knowledge regarding gene therapy in general, but also learned to understand the concern that has persisted in society. Despite the setbacks gene therapy has faced, success stories have increasingly emerged. Examples for these are the positive recommendation for a gene therapy product (Glybera) by the EMA for approval in the European Union and the positive trials for the treatment of ADA deficiency, SCID-X1 and adrenoleukodystrophy. Nevertheless, our knowledge continues to grow and during the course of time more safety data has become available that helps us to develop better gene therapy approaches. Also, with the increased understanding of molecular medicine, we have been able to develop more specific and efficient gene transfer vectors which are now producing clinical results. In this review, we will take a historical view and highlight some of the milestones that had an important impact on the development of gene therapy. We will also discuss briefly the safety and ethical aspects of gene therapy and address some concerns that have been connected with gene therapy as an important therapeutic modality.

  1. Delivery Systems in Gene Therapy

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    Liu Hu; Anas El-Aneed; Cui Guohui

    2005-01-01

    1 Gene therapy Gene therapy includes the treatment of both genetically based and infectious diseases by introducing genetic materials which have therapeutic effects[1~3]. In its simplest terms, a wild type gene (which is non-functional in the cell leading to disease development) is introduced into the somatic cell lacking this gene to restore the normal gene function in this cell. Many gene therapy strategies, however, utilize genes to destroy specific cells.

  2. Gene promoters dictate histone occupancy within genes.

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    Perales, Roberto; Erickson, Benjamin; Zhang, Lian; Kim, Hyunmin; Valiquett, Elan; Bentley, David

    2013-10-01

    Spt6 is a transcriptional elongation factor and histone chaperone that reassembles transcribed chromatin. Genome-wide H3 mapping showed that Spt6 preferentially maintains nucleosomes within the first 500 bases of genes and helps define nucleosome-depleted regions in 5' and 3' flanking sequences. In Spt6-depleted cells, H3 loss at 5' ends correlates with reduced pol II density suggesting enhanced transcription elongation. Consistent with its 'Suppressor of Ty' (Spt) phenotype, Spt6 inactivation caused localized H3 eviction over 1-2 nucleosomes at 5' ends of Ty elements. H3 displacement differed between genes driven by promoters with 'open'/DPN and 'closed'/OPN chromatin conformations with similar pol II densities. More eviction occurred on genes with 'closed' promoters, associated with 'noisy' transcription. Moreover, swapping of 'open' and 'closed' promoters showed that they can specify distinct downstream patterns of histone eviction/deposition. These observations suggest a novel function for promoters in dictating histone dynamics within genes possibly through effects on transcriptional bursting or elongation rate.

  3. Smart Genes, Stupid Science.

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    Randerson, Sherman; Mahadeva, Madhu N.

    1983-01-01

    Because many people still believe that specific, identifiable genes dictate the level of human intelligence and that the number/quality of these genes can be evaluated, presents evidence from human genetics (related to nervous system development) to counter this view. Also disputes erroneous assumptions made in "heritability studies" of human…

  4. XLMR genes: update 2000.

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    Chiurazzi, P.; Hamel, B.C.J.; Neri, G.

    2001-01-01

    This is the sixth edition of the catalogue of XLMR genes, ie X-linked genes whose malfunctioning causes mental retardation. The cloning era is not yet concluded, actually much remains to be done to account for the 202 XLMR conditions listed in this update. Many of these may eventually prove to be du

  5. Glaucoma Genes and Mechanisms.

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    Wiggs, Janey L

    2015-01-01

    Genetic studies have yielded important genes contributing to both early-onset and adult-onset forms of glaucoma. The proteins encoded by the current collection of glaucoma genes participate in a broad range of cellular processes and biological systems. Approximately half the glaucoma-related genes function in the extracellular matrix, however proteins involved in cytokine signaling, lipid metabolism, membrane biology, regulation of cell division, autophagy, and ocular development also contribute to the disease pathogenesis. While the function of these proteins in health and disease are not completely understood, recent studies are providing insight into underlying disease mechanisms, a critical step toward the development of gene-based therapies. In this review, genes known to cause early-onset glaucoma or contribute to adult-onset glaucoma are organized according to the cell processes or biological systems that are impacted by the function of the disease-related protein product.

  6. Gene therapy for hemophilia.

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    Chuah, M K; Evens, H; VandenDriessche, T

    2013-06-01

    Hemophilia A and B are X-linked monogenic disorders resulting from deficiencies of factor VIII and FIX, respectively. Purified clotting factor concentrates are currently intravenously administered to treat hemophilia, but this treatment is non-curative. Therefore, gene-based therapies for hemophilia have been developed to achieve sustained high levels of clotting factor expression to correct the clinical phenotype. Over the past two decades, different types of viral and non-viral gene delivery systems have been explored for hemophilia gene therapy research with a variety of target cells, particularly hepatocytes, hematopoietic stem cells, skeletal muscle cells, and endothelial cells. Lentiviral and adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based vectors are among the most promising vectors for hemophilia gene therapy. In preclinical hemophilia A and B animal models, the bleeding phenotype was corrected with these vectors. Some of these promising preclinical results prompted clinical translation to patients suffering from a severe hemophilic phenotype. These patients receiving gene therapy with AAV vectors showed long-term expression of therapeutic FIX levels, which is a major step forwards in this field. Nevertheless, the levels were insufficient to prevent trauma or injury-induced bleeding episodes. Another challenge that remains is the possible immune destruction of gene-modified cells by effector T cells, which are directed against the AAV vector antigens. It is therefore important to continuously improve the current gene therapy approaches to ultimately establish a real cure for hemophilia. © 2013 International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

  7. Gene amplification in carcinogenesis

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    Lucimari Bizari

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Gene amplification increases the number of genes in a genome and can give rise to karyotype abnormalities called double minutes (DM and homogeneously staining regions (HSR, both of which have been widely observed in human tumors but are also known to play a major role during embryonic development due to the fact that they are responsible for the programmed increase of gene expression. The etiology of gene amplification during carcinogenesis is not yet completely understood but can be considered a result of genetic instability. Gene amplification leads to an increase in protein expression and provides a selective advantage during cell growth. Oncogenes such as CCND1, c-MET, c-MYC, ERBB2, EGFR and MDM2 are amplified in human tumors and can be associated with increased expression of their respective proteins or not. In general, gene amplification is associated with more aggressive tumors, metastases, resistance to chemotherapy and a decrease in the period during which the patient stays free of the disease. This review discusses the major role of gene amplification in the progression of carcinomas, formation of genetic markers and as possible therapeutic targets for the development of drugs for the treatment of some types of tumors.

  8. A vector carrying the GFP gene (Green fluorescent protein as a yeast marker for fermentation processes Um vetor com o gene da GFP (Green fluorescent protein para a marcação de leveduras em processos fermentativos

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    Luiz Humberto Gomes

    2000-12-01

    mostrou-se eficiente para marcação de células, oferecendo ainda uma fácil visualização das populações e tecidos marcados. Para testar este marcador no estudo de leveduras contaminantes, o gene GFP foi usado para construir um vetor, sob o controle do promotor de ADH2, que é reprimido por glicose, não interferindo assim em nenhuma etapa do processo. A inserção do vetor com a GFP (pYGFP3 em leveduras foi um sucesso, demonstrando alta estabilidade e oferecendo com certeza, um novo método com alta eficiência para o controle de contaminantes em processos fermentativos além de servir como marcador destinado a proteção industrial do material genético.

  9. Antisense gene silencing

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    Nielsen, Troels T; Nielsen, Jørgen E

    2013-01-01

    Since the first reports that double-stranded RNAs can efficiently silence gene expression in C. elegans, the technology of RNA interference (RNAi) has been intensively exploited as an experimental tool to study gene function. With the subsequent discovery that RNAi could also be applied...... to mammalian cells, the technology of RNAi expanded from being a valuable experimental tool to being an applicable method for gene-specific therapeutic regulation, and much effort has been put into further refinement of the technique. This review will focus on how RNAi has developed over the years and how...

  10. Filtration of SOX9 Genes Mutation and Analyses of Its Function in Colorectal Cancer%结直肠癌中SOX9基因突变的筛选及其功能解析

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    汪丽佩; 李天一

    2013-01-01

    [目的]观察结直肠癌(colorectalcancer,CRC)中是否存在SOX9基因的突变位点.[方法]通过PCR及直接测序的方法,检测5个结肠癌细胞系DNA(HT29、SW480、SW620、RKO、Hce8693)和20个结肠癌组织DNA中的SOX9基因全部编码区段、启动子、核心区域及增强子区域的突变情况.[结果]在SOX9基因Intron 4的3519bp处发现SNPs位点1个(A/C),包括A/C杂合型、C/C纯合型以及A/A纯合型,但在全部的关键区域未发现突变热点.[结论]SOX9基因在CRC中不存在突变位点,但其在表达水平上明显升高,可推测SOX9基因不是在基因水平上,而是由表达水平的改变直接参与CRC的发生.%[Objective] To find the mutation hot point of SOX9 gene in colorectal cancer. [Methods] Amplification of 5 colorectal cancer cell lines DNA HT29 ,SW480,SW620,RKO,Hce8693 and 20 colorectal cancer tissue DNA through PCR at SOX9's coding region, core region, Promotor and En-hancer.PCR coupled with sequencing was used to detect whether any mutations exist in the sequence of SOX9 gene. [Result] One SNP site was fount at the Intron4(3519bp) of SOX9 gene, including A/C heterozygous type, C/C homozygous type and A/A homozygous type, but no mutation hot point was founc in all the important regions of SOX9.[Conclusion]The mutation hot point didn't exist in the SOX9 gene of colorectal cancer, but its expression was strong in this cancer, which could be deduced that SOX9 doesn't function on colorectal cancer at genomic level, but at expression level.

  11. Polimorfismos do gene da interleucina-13 nas posições -1055 C/T e +2044 G/A em pacientes com carcinoma espinocelular de cabeça e pescoço Interleukin-13 gene polymorphisms at -1055 C/T and +2044 G/A positions in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck

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    Bijan Khademi

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available O carcinoma espinocelular (CEC é a neoplasia mais comum do trato aerodigestivo superior. A interleucina-13 (IL-13 é uma citocina imunorreguladora com polimorfismos relatados para seu gene associados com a mesma doença, especialmente asma e alergia. O presente estudo investigou se os polimorfismos do gene da IL-13 (posições 1055C/T no gene promotor da 1L-13 e +2044G/T exon 4 podem distinguir os pacientes com CEC de cabeça e pescoço de controles saudáveis. MÉTODO: O estudo analisou pacientes com CEC de cabeça e pescoço (n = 137 pareados por idade e sexo com um grupo de controles saudáveis (n = 127. A genotipagem do polimorfismo do gene da IL-13 foi executada pelo método de polimorfismo no comprimento de fragmentos de restrição baseado em reação em cadeia da polimerase. RESULTADOS: Não foram identificadas diferenças estatisticamente significativas nas frequências dos genótipos e alelos entre pacientes e controles em ambas as posições (p = 0,16. Além disso, não foi observada associação entre os genótipos investigados e outros fatores prognósticos, como idade, sexo, localização do tumor primário, tamanho do tumor e tabagismo. CONCLUSÃO: O presente estudo sugere que não há associação entre os polimorfismos do gene da IL-13 (nas posições -1055C/T e +2044GI A e suscetibilidade dos pacientes a CEC de cabeça e pescoço.Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC is the most common malignancy that involves the upper aerodigestive tract. Interleukin-13 (IL-13 is an immunoregulatory cytokine that has been reported to have some polymorphisms in it gene associated with same disease especially asthma and allergy. The present study aimed to investigate whether the polymorphisms of IL-13 gene (at positions of 1055C/T in the promoter of1L-13 gene and +2044G/T exon-4 differ in patients with head and neck SCC from healthy controls. METHODS: This study was investigated in patient with head and neck SCC (n = 137 and age- and sex

  12. Gene Therapy of Cancerous Diseases

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    Valenčáková, A.; Dziaková, A.; Hatalová, E.

    2015-01-01

    Gene therapy of cancerous diseases provides new means of curing patients with oncologic illnesses. There are several approaches in treating cancer by gene therapy. Most commonly used methods are: cancer immunogene therapy, suicide gene therapy, application of tumor-suppressor genes, antiangiogenic therapy, mesenchymal stem cells used as vectors, gene directed enzyme/prodrug therapy and bacteria used as anti-cancer agents. Cancer gene immunotherapy uses several immunologic agents for the purp...

  13. "Bad genes" & criminal responsibility.

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    González-Tapia, María Isabel; Obsuth, Ingrid

    2015-01-01

    The genetics of the accused is trying to break into the courts. To date several candidate genes have been put forward and their links to antisocial behavior have been examined and documented with some consistency. In this paper, we focus on the so called "warrior gene", or the low-activity allele of the MAOA gene, which has been most consistently related to human behavior and specifically to violence and antisocial behavior. In preparing this paper we had two objectives. First, to summarize and analyze the current scientific evidence, in order to gain an in depth understanding of the state of the issue and determine whether a dominant line of generally accepted scientific knowledge in this field can be asserted. Second, to derive conclusions and put forward recommendations related to the use of genetic information, specifically the presence of the low-activity genotype of the MAOA gene, in modulation of criminal responsibility in European and US courts.

  14. Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO)

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Gene Expression Omnibus is a public functional genomics data repository supporting MIAME-compliant submissions of array- and sequence-based data. Tools are provided...

  15. Gene therapy in ophthalmology.

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    Uthra, Satagopan; Kumaramanickavel, Govindasamy

    2009-09-01

    It has been more than a year since ophthalmologists and scientists under Dr. Robin Ali's team at the Moorsfield Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, successfully treated patients with a severely blinding disease, Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA) using gene therapy. This success does not look to be transient, and this achievement in gene replacement therapy clinical trial for LCA has instilled hope in numerous families with patients suffering from this and similar retinal degenerative diseases, for whom restoration of lost vision has remained a distant dream so far. The encouragement that this success has given is expected to also lead to start of clinical trials for other blinding ocular diseases for which gene therapy experiments at the laboratory and animal levels have been successful. This article reviews the various studies that have led to the understanding of gene therapy outcomes in human ocular diseases and attempts to provide a brief sketch of successful clinical trials.

  16. Trichoderma harzianum como promotor del crecimiento vegetal del maracuyá (passiflora edulis var. flavicarpa degener)

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    2009-01-01

    Se realizó un experimento en condiciones de laboratorio e invernadero, con el propósito de evaluar el efecto de la cepa nativa TCN-014 y la cepa comercial TCC-005 de Trichoderma harzianum sobre la germinación y el crecimiento temprano del maracuyá. Se adecuaron inóculos de 104, 106 y 108 conidias/mL para cada cepa y se aplicaron a semillas de maracuyá; se evaluó el número de semillas germinadas durante 15 días; se calculó el porcentaje de germinación, el índice de velocidad de germina...

  17. M-CSF TARGETING INTO LCL NUCLEUS BEHAVES AS A MALIGNANCY PROMOTOR

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    曹震宇; 吴克复; 宋玉华; 李戈; 林永敏; 饶青; 马小彤

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the functions of nM-CSF in malignant cells. Methods: recombinant M-CSF was targeted into cell nucleus by employing a eukaryotic expression plasmid vector pCMV/myc/nuc. The constructed plasmid was transfected into cells of EBV transformed lymphoblastoid cell line (LCL). RT-PCR, Western blot and immunofluorescent staining showed that recombinant M-CSF was localized into LCL cell nucleus. The transgenic cells showed elevated proliferation potential, enhanced resistance to apoptosis and increased ability of in vitro migration. Conclusion: Nucleus presenting M-CSF might act as a promoting factor in the processes of cell malignancy.

  18. Promotor polymorphisms in leukotriene C4 synthase and risk of ischemic cerebrovascular disease

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    Freiberg, J.J.; Tybjaerg-Hansen, A.; Sillesen, H.

    2008-01-01

    genotyped 10 592 individuals from the Danish general population, the Copenhagen City Heart Study. During 24 years of follow-up, 557 individuals developed ischemic cerebrovascular disease. The allele frequency was 0.07 for -1072 A and 0.29 for -444 C. Cumulative incidence for ischemic cerebrovascular disease...... atherosclerosis, or with levels of platelets and coagulation factors. CONCLUSIONS: Leukotriene C(4) synthase -1072 AA genotype predict increased risk, whereas -444 CC genotype predict decreased risk of ischemic cerebrovascular disease....

  19. El mercado inmobiliario y los promotores: cambios en la gran empresa inmobiliaria

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    Sánchez, Joan-Eugeni

    2003-01-01

    Conocer y analizar el papel y el peso de las grandes empresas del sector vinculado a la producción de vivienda en España es el objetivo de esta comunicación. Para ello analizaremos los cambios internos que se han producido entre 1973 y 2000: a) dentro del bloque de las grandes empresas; b) en la distribución territorial de los centros de poder / decisión, c) en el tipo de penetración del capital extranjero y d) en las dinámicas de concentración que está viviendo la actividad empresarial desde...

  20. Promotores As Advocates for Community Improvement: Experiences of the Western States REACH Su Comunidad Consortium.

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    Kutcher, Rachel; Moore-Monroy, Martha; Bello, Elizur; Doyle, Seth; Ibarra, Jorge; Kunz, Susan; Munoz, Rocio; Patton-Lopez, Megan; Sharkey, Joseph R; Wilger, Susan; Alfero, Charlie

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    The REACH Su Comunidad Consortium worked with 10 communities to address disparities in access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities among Hispanic populations through policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies. Community health workers took leadership roles in the implementation of PSE strategies in partnership with local multisector coalitions. This article describes the role of community health workers in PSE change, the technical and professional development support provided to the REACH Su Comunidad Communities, and highlights professional development needs of community health workers engaging in PSE strategies.

  1. El vudú como unidad esclava: aparato promotor y difusor del ideal de libertad

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    Desprendidos de distintas regiones de África,llegaron a Saint Domingue periódicamentevarios miles de negros que forzosamente seincorporaron al sistema de esta pequeña perodestacada colonia en el Caribe. Miembrosde diversas comunidades en África, perofusionados en un sólo ultrajado grupo enAmérica, los esclavos encontraron una fuerzacohesiva compuesta por el créole y vudú. Esjustamente la función y la trascendencia deeste último elemento en el levantamiento de1791 lo que se intenta rescatar a ...

  2. Mons. Ivan Trinko (1863-1954. Promotore della conoscenza e del dialogo tra le culture.

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    Mitja Skubic

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available La miscellanea sulla quale vogliamo brevemente attirare l'attenzione dei colleghi linguisti rappresenta in sostanza gli Atti del Convegno svoltosi a Špeter/San Pietro al Natisone nel 2004 in occasione del cinquantesimo anniversario della morte di Ivan Trinko, redatti da Roberto Dapit, Michele Obit e Lucia Trusgnach. Non solo nel titolo, il bilinguismo sloveno-italiano è rispettato nella stesura di tutti i testi, uno tra di loro appare addirittura in veste trilingue, slovena, italiana e friulana.

  3. Promotores de Salud: Educating Hispanic Communities on Heart-Healthy Living

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    Medina, Amanda; Balcazar, Hector; Hollen, Mary Luna; Nkhoma, Ella; Mas, Francisco Soto

    2007-01-01

    Background: Age-adjusted cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality rates for Hispanics are lower than for non-Hispanics. However, CVD is the leading cause of death among Hispanics, and there is an increasing heart health problem among this population. One strategy for preventing CVD is the use of community health workers (CHWs). A CHW is a member of…

  4. [Dr Ante Svalba (1903-1989): promotor of social medicine and public health].

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    Bakasun, Vjekoslav

    2009-01-01

    When a healthcare professional sticks to one area of activity, such as protection of human environment, for his entire career, he must leave an indelible mark on his colleagues and local population. Dr Ante Svalba was this kind of a man; he was a physician specialised in hygiene, who persisted in his commitment to improve public health in the wide Rijeka area for nearly sixty active years. He was a true field worker and tireless educator dedicated to improving health culture in all age groups, but especially in schoolchildren. For decades, and nearly to the day he died, he was active in Red Cross work. Ante Svalba was born in Rijeka, and completed primary and secondary school in Rijeka and Susak, respectively. He graduated from the School of Medicine in Zagreb in 1927. For three years he worked at the School of Public Health in Zagreb, and between 1931 and 1942 he was town physician of Susak, until he was interned in Italy with his family. When Italy capitulated he went to Bari and joined anti-fascist resistance. In a place called Grumo he set up a hospital and a medical corps school of the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia. Having returned to Rijeka, he performed a number of healthcare public offices, of which sanitation inspection was the longest lasting. When he retired in 1965, he took up a position of the head of Hygiene and Epidemiology Department of the Community Health Centre of Opatija until 1972.

  5. Mushroom and herb polysachariides as alternative for antimicrobial growth promotors in poultry

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    Guo, F.

    2003-01-01

    Keywords : mushroom and herb polysaccharides, antimicrobial growth promoters, chickensAntibiotics are widely used as therapeutics agents and also as growth promoters in poultry production. The possibility of developing resistant populations of bacteria and the side effects of using antibiotics as

  6. Cuidar do recém-nascido: o enfermeiro como promotor das competências parentais

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    Silva, Ana Cristina Figueiredo Correia e

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    Dissertação de Mestrado em Comunicação em Saúde apresentada à Universidade Aberta Dissertação de Mestrado em Comunicação em Saúde apresentada à Universidade Aberta Resumo - As acções de promoção de saúde pertinentes e de qualidade desenvolvidas no contexto dos cuidados de saúde primários, são fundamentais porque visam facultar aos Pais os conhecimentos necessários ao melhor desempenho da sua função parental. Desta forma, torna-se imperioso conhecer as dificuldades dos Pais no cuidar do ...

  7. In vivo bonding of orthodontic brackets to fluorosed enamel using an adhesion promotor.

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    Noble, James; Karaiskos, Nicholas E; Wiltshire, William A

    2008-03-01

    To determine the success of bracket retention using an adhesion promoter with and without the additional microabrasion of enamel. Fifty-two teeth with severe dental fluorosis were bonded in vivo using a split-mouth design where the enamel surfaces of 26 teeth were microabraded with 50 microm of aluminum silicate for 5 seconds under rubber dam and high volume suction. Thirty-seven percent phosphoric acid was then applied to the enamel, washed and dried, and followed by placement of Scotchbond Multipurpose Plus Bonding Adhesive. Finally, precoated 3M Unitek Victory brackets were placed and light cured. The remaining teeth were bonded using the same protocol but without microabrasion. After 9 months of intraoral service, only one bond failure occurred in the control group where microabrasion was used. Chi-square analysis revealed P = .31, indicating no statistical significance between the two groups. Bonding orthodontic attachments to fluorosed enamel using an adhesion promoter is a viable clinical procedure that does not require the additional micro-mechanical abrasion step.

  8. El gobierno promotor del crecimiento: desarrollo tecnológico e incremento de la habilidad laboral

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    Salvador Rivas-Aceves; Zorayda Carranco Gallardo

    2009-01-01

    En el marco de una economía cerrada con rendimientos constantes a escala y productos marginales decrecientes, se estudia el efecto que tiene la participación del gobierno en el desarrollo tecnológico y en el incremento de la habilidad laboral por medio de un gasto gubernamental financiado a través de un impuesto sobre la renta. Bajo estructuras analíticas en términos reales y nominales, se caracterizan las condiciones iniciales de las trayectorias óptimas de consumo, ocio, capital y producto....

  9. Arquitectura y pensamiento ilustrado en la catedral de Santiago: promotores y artífices

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    Singul, Francisco

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    El último cuarto del siglo XVIII fue una época de gran actividad contructiva en la catedral de Santiago. Durante el episcopado de Rajoy (1751-72) y Malvar (1783-95), la Basílica Jacobea fue el centro de una floreciente experiencia en el ámbito de la arquitectura de la Ilustración. La catedral –la fachada de la Azabachería, la capilla de la Comunión y los proyectos de reforma integral de espacios– evoca soluciones y formas tomadas de muchos de los edificios y maestros del mundo clá...

  10. Low-valent iron(i) amido olefin complexes as promotors for dehydrogenation reactions.

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    Lichtenberg, Crispin; Viciu, Liliana; Adelhardt, Mario; Sutter, Jörg; Meyer, Karsten; de Bruin, Bas; Grützmacher, Hansjörg

    2015-05-01

    Fe(I) compounds including hydrogenases show remarkable properties and reactivities. Several iron(I) complexes have been established in stoichiometric reactions as model compounds for N2 or CO2 activation. The development of well-defined iron(I) complexes for catalytic transformations remains a challenge. The few examples include cross-coupling reactions, hydrogenations of terminal olefins, and azide functionalizations. Here the syntheses and properties of bimetallic complexes [MFe(I) (trop2 dae)(solv)] (M=Na, solv=3 thf; M=Li, solv=2 Et2 O; trop=5H-dibenzo[a,d]cyclo-hepten-5-yl, dae=(N-CH2 -CH2 -N) with a d(7) Fe low-spin valence-electron configuration are reported. Both compounds promote the dehydrogenation of N,N-dimethylaminoborane, and the former is a precatalyst for the dehydrogenative alcoholysis of silanes. No indications for heterogeneous catalyses were found. High activities and complete conversions were observed particularly with [NaFe(I) (trop2 dae)(thf)3 ].

  11. Fray Tomás de Torquemada, iconógrafo y promotor de las artes

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    Caballero Escamilla, Sonia

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study the author analyses the Inquisitor Torquemada’s role in two Dominican foundations: the monasteries of Santo Tomás in Ávila and Santa Cruz in Segovia. The historical context in which they emerged and their association with inquisitorial activities converted them into ideal supports for a message designed by this Dominican friar for the purpose of conveying the prestige of the Order and the involvement of the Monarchy in the struggle against heretics. He used the arts to convey a propagandistic message, adapting older iconographic formulas to his current needs, aimed at promoting the expulsion of the Jews.

    En este trabajo se analiza la ascendencia del inquisidor Torquemada sobre dos fundaciones, el convento de Santo Tomás de Ávila y el de Santa Cruz de Segovia. El contexto histórico en el que surgen y su vinculación con la actividad inquisitorial las convierte en soportes de un mensaje hábilmente diseñado por el fraile dominico en el que pone de manifiesto el prestigio de la Orden de Santo Domingo y la implicación de la Monarquía en la lucha antiherética. Aprovechando la eficacia propagandística del lenguaje plástico, no dudará en acudir a fórmulas iconográficas del pasado adaptándolas a su momento presente, creando el caldo de cultivo necesario para lograr su objetivo, la expulsión de los judíos.

  12. Indicadores de calidad para los centros escolares promotores de actividad física y deportiva

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    Teresa Lleixà Arribas

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio tiene como objetivo identificar una serie de indicadores adecuados para la evaluación de los centros escolares en relación con la actividad física y deportiva, a partir de un listado de aspectos que, en opinión de expertos en actividad física y deportiva escolar, determinan la calidad de los centros escolares con relación a este tema. Los instrumentos utilizados han sido entrevistas semiestructuradas a 3 expertos, de reconocido prestigio y experiencia contrastada en el ámbito, y un cuestionario de escala de valoración, aplicado a 15 responsables y 22 técnicos de deporte escolar de diferentes comunidades autónomas. Los resultados muestran un listado de 64 indicadores de los cuales se han priorizado 19, prevaleciendo los valores obtenidos en el cuestionario en dicha priorización. Entre los indicadores más destacados se señalan: “Descripción de la práctica de la actividad física como educativa y saludable en el PEC”; “Existencia de la figura y funciones de la coordinación”; “Porcentaje de técnicos con formación específica”; “Variedad de actividades física/deportivas más allá de las realizadas en las clases de educación física”. Los indicadores seleccionados pueden aplicarse a herramientas de autoevaluación o de evaluación externa.

  13. Mushroom and herb polysachariides as alternative for antimicrobial growth promotors in poultry

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    Guo, F.

    2003-01-01

    Keywords : mushroom and herb polysaccharides, antimicrobial growth promoters, chickensAntibiotics are widely used as therapeutics agents and also as growth promoters in poultry production. The possibility of developing resistant populations of bacteria and the side effects of using antibiotics as gr

  14. Probióticos: una alternativa natural como promotores de salud

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    Anaís Prats Capote

    2007-01-01

    sus productos metabolizables, metabolitos, ácidos orgánicos y enzimas, que actúan de forma beneficiosa en el hospedero. El presente trabajo tuvo como objetivo brindar las principales ideas acerca de los probióticos, su importancia para la salud y sus aplicaciones médicas y veterinarias. El uso de suplementos probióticos intenta reparar las deficiencias en el ecosistema del organismo, sin añadir nada que no esté presente bajo condiciones naturales, por lo cual no se reportan efectos dañinos de su aplicación ni en animales, ni en los humanos. Las investigaciones sobre los microorganismos probióticos han estado dirigidas fundamentalmente a las bacterias lácticas, por ser habitantes normales del tracto gastrointestinal y estar asociadas en muy raras ocasiones a enfermedades. Se ha determinado que estos microorganismos suprimen la acción de los patógenos, inducen un conjunto de efectos metabólicos beneficiosos en el intestino, tienen efecto hipocolesterolemiante, reducen la absorción de sustancias tóxicas, incrementan la utilización digestiva de los alimentos y estimulan el sistema inmune. En Cuba, se está trabajando en el desarrollo de productos con características probióticas, para mejorar los indicadores productivos y de salud en los animales. Además, se están dando los primeros pasos para su empleo en humanos. Los probióticos han resultado una alternativa viable para mantener la salud animal y humana, por lo que se amplían sus campos de aplicación.

  15. El derecho como promotor de inversiones en países de Latinoamérica

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    Hugo Estigarribia

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se analiza, desde la perspectiva del caso paraguayo, como una legislación interna de aplicación nacional que sea promotora e incentivadora a la inversión local y extranjera, sumada a un marco jurídico internacional e institucional adecuado que otorgue, a través de los mecanismos de resolución alternativa de controversias como son la mediación y el arbitraje, confianza y seguridad a los inversores, tanto nacionales como extranjeros, en una región de escasa percepción de seguridad jurídica y de adecuadas garantías a los inversionistas, como lo es la integrada por los países latinoamericanos, puede contribuir en forma decisiva y fundamental para promover y mejorar el nivel de inversiones en un país determinado. Asimismo se formulan sugerencias y conclusiones para mejorar la estructura legal e institucional para la promoción de las inversiones en los países latinoamericanos que integran el MERCOSUR y la UNASUR.

  16. La Escuela saludable, la Transversalidad y los centros escolares promotores de salud

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    Gavidia Catalán, Valentín; Rodes Sala, María José

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    El presente artículo muestra la evolución de la escuela en su contribución a la Educación para la Salud de niños y jóvenes. De una primera concepción tradicional, se pasa a enfocar la EpS con una perspectiva holística de la salud que engloba las dimensiones física, psicológica y social. Bajo estos principios se definen las características de «la escuela saludable». La necesidad de abordar el concepto de «transversal» ofrece a los centros escolares, la posibilidad de desarrollar un gradiente d...

  17. El Método por Proyectos como promotor del aprendizaje en Educación Infantil

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    Fernández Montón, Lara

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    El trabajo que desarrollo a continuación está basado en una de las metodologías más atractivas para los alumnos de Educación Infantil como es “el método por proyectos”. A lo largo del trabajo desarrollo la importancia de este método en esta etapa. Además, para una mejor exploración del método por proyectos presento una propuesta de intervención didáctica como es “El ornitorrinco”, donde todo lo explicado y tratado anteriormente de manera teórica se verá reflejado en el aula....

  18. Gene therapy for hemophilia.

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    Hortelano, G; Chang, P L

    2000-01-01

    Hemophilia A and B are X-linked genetic disorders caused by deficiency of the coagulation factors VIII and IX, respectively. Because of the health hazards and costs of current product replacement therapy, much effort is devoted to the development of gene therapy for these disorders. Approaches to gene therapy for the hemophilias include: ex vivo gene therapy in which cells from the intended recipients are explanted, genetically modified to secrete Factor VIII or IX, and reimplanted into the donor; in vivo gene therapy in which Factor VIII or IX encoding vectors are directly injected into the recipient; and non-autologous gene therapy in which universal cell lines engineered to secrete Factor VIII or IX are enclosed in immuno-protective devices before implantation into recipients. Research into these approaches is aided by the many murine and canine models available. While problems of achieving high and sustained levels of factor delivery, and issues related to efficacy, safety and cost are still to be resolved, progress in gene therapy for the hemophilias has been encouraging and is likely to reach human clinical trial in the foreseeable future.

  19. Evidence for homosexuality gene

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    Pool, R.

    1993-07-16

    A genetic analysis of 40 pairs of homosexual brothers has uncovered a region on the X chromosome that appears to contain a gene or genes for homosexuality. When analyzing the pedigrees of homosexual males, the researcheres found evidence that the trait has a higher likelihood of being passed through maternal genes. This led them to search the X chromosome for genes predisposing to homosexuality. The researchers examined the X chromosomes of pairs of homosexual brothers for regions of DNA that most or all had in common. Of the 40 sets of brothers, 33 shared a set of five markers in the q28 region of the long arm of the X chromosome. The linkage has a LOD score of 4.0, which translates into a 99.5% certainty that there is a gene or genes in this area that predispose males to homosexuality. The chief researcher warns, however, that this one site cannot explain all instances of homosexuality, since there were some cases where the trait seemed to be passed paternally. And even among those brothers where there was no evidence that the trait was passed paternally, seven sets of brothers did not share the Xq28 markers. It seems likely that homosexuality arises from a variety of causes.

  20. Gene-gene, gene-environment, gene-nutrient interactionsand single nucleotide polymorphisms of inflammatorycytokines

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    2015-01-01

    Inflammation plays a significant role in the etiologyof type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The rise in thepro-inflammatory cytokines is the essential step inglucotoxicity and lipotoxicity induced mitochondrialinjury, oxidative stress and beta cell apoptosis inT2DM. Among the recognized markers are interleukin(IL)-6, IL-1, IL-10, IL-18, tissue necrosis factor-alpha(TNF-α), C-reactive protein, resistin, adiponectin, tissueplasminogen activator, fibrinogen and heptoglobins.Diabetes mellitus has firm genetic and very strongenvironmental influence; exhibiting a polygenic modeof inheritance. Many single nucleotide polymorphisms(SNPs) in various genes including those of pro and antiinflammatorycytokines have been reported as a riskfor T2DM. Not all the SNPs have been confirmed byunifying results in different studies and wide variationshave been reported in various ethnic groups. Theinter-ethnic variations can be explained by the factthat gene expression may be regulated by gene-gene,gene-environment and gene-nutrient interactions. Thisreview highlights the impact of these interactions ondetermining the role of single nucleotide polymorphismof IL-6, TNF-α, resistin and adiponectin in pathogenesisof T2DM.

  1. Identification of four soybean reference genes for gene expression normalization

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    Gene expression analysis requires the use of reference genes stably expressed independently of specific tissues or environmental conditions. Housekeeping genes (e.g., actin, tubulin, ribosomal, polyubiquitin and elongation factor 1-alpha) are commonly used as reference genes with the assumption tha...

  2. The Mycoplasma hominis vaa gene displays a mosaic gene structure

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    Boesen, Thomas; Emmersen, Jeppe M. G.; Jensen, Lise T.;

    1998-01-01

    Mycoplasma hominis contains a variable adherence-associated (vaa) gene. To classify variants of the vaa genes, we examined 42 M. hominis isolated by PCR, DNA sequencing and immunoblotting. This uncovered the existence of five gene categories. Comparison of the gene types revealed a modular compos...

  3. Hox genes and study of Hox genes in crustacean

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    HOU Lin; CHEN Zhijuan; XU Mingyu; LIN Shengguo; WANG Lu

    2004-01-01

    Homeobox genes have been discovered in many species. These genes are known to play a major role in specifying regional identity along the anterior-posterior axis of animals from a wide range of phyla.The products of the homeotic genes are a set of evolutionarily conserved transcription factors that control elaborate developmental processes and specify cell fates in metazoans. Crustacean, presenting a variety of body plans not encountered in any other class or phylum of the Metazoa, has been shown to possess a single set of homologous Hox genes like insect. The ancestral crustacean Hox gene complex comprised ten genes: eight homologous to the hometic Hox genes and two related to nonhomeotic genes presented within the insect Hox complexes. The crustacean in particular exhibits an abundant diversity segment specialization and tagmosis. This morphological diversity relates to the Hox genes. In crustacean body plan, different Hox genes control different segments and tagmosis.

  4. Entrez Gene: gene-centered information at NCBI

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    Maglott, Donna; Ostell, Jim; Pruitt, Kim D; Tatusova, Tatiana

    2006-01-01

    Entrez Gene () is NCBI's database for gene-specific information. Entrez Gene includes records from genomes that have been completely sequenced, that have an active research community to contribute gene-specific information or that are scheduled for intense sequence analysis. The content of Entrez Gene represents the result of both curation and automated integration of data from NCBI's Reference Sequence project (RefSeq), from collaborating model organism databases and from other databases wit...

  5. Gene therapy for brain tumors.

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    Bansal, K; Engelhard, H H

    2000-09-01

    "Gene therapy" can be defined as the transfer of genetic material into a patient's cells for therapeutic purposes. To date, a diverse and creative assortment of treatment strategies utilizing gene therapy have been devised, including gene transfer for modulating the immune system, enzyme prodrug ("suicide gene") therapy, oncolytic therapy, replacement/therapeutic gene transfer, and antisense therapy. For malignant glioma, gene-directed prodrug therapy using the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase gene was the first gene therapy attempted clinically. A variety of different strategies have now been pursued experimentally and in clinical trials. Although, to date, gene therapy for brain tumors has been found to be reasonably safe, concerns still exist regarding issues related to viral delivery, transduction efficiency, potential pathologic response of the brain, and treatment efficacy. Improved viral vectors are being sought, and potential use of gene therapy in combination with other treatments is being investigated.

  6. Introns in higher plant genes

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    2002-01-01

    The intron is an important component of eukaryotic gene. Extensive studies have been conducted to get a better understanding of its structure and function. This paper presents a brief review of the structure and function of introns in higher plant genes. It is shown that higher plant introns possess structural properties shared by all eukaryotic introns, however, they also exhibit a striking degree of diversity. The process of intron splicing in higher plant genes involves interaction between multiple cis-acting elements and trans-acting factors, such as 5′ splicing site, 3′ splicing site and many protein factors. The process of intron splicing is an important level at which gene expression is regulated. Especially alternative splicing of intron can regulate time and space of gene expression. In addition, some introns in higher plant genes also regulate gene expression by affecting the pattern of gene expression, enhancing the level of gene expression and driving the gene expression.

  7. Gene therapy prospects--intranasal delivery of therapeutic genes.

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    Podolska, Karolina; Stachurska, Anna; Hajdukiewicz, Karolina; Małecki, Maciej

    2012-01-01

    Gene therapy is recognized to be a novel method for the treatment of various disorders. Gene therapy strategies involve gene manipulation on broad biological processes responsible for the spreading of diseases. Cancer, monogenic diseases, vascular and infectious diseases are the main targets of gene therapy. In order to obtain valuable experimental and clinical results, sufficient gene transfer methods are required. Therapeutic genes can be administered into target tissues via gene carriers commonly defined as vectors. The retroviral, adenoviral and adeno-associated virus based vectors are most frequently used in the clinic. So far, gene preparations may be administered directly into target organs or by intravenous, intramuscular, intratumor or intranasal injections. It is common knowledge that the number of gene therapy clinical trials has rapidly increased. However, some limitations such as transfection efficiency and stable and long-term gene expression are still not resolved. Consequently, great effort is focused on the evaluation of new strategies of gene delivery. There are many expectations associated with intranasal delivery of gene preparations for the treatment of diseases. Intranasal delivery of therapeutic genes is regarded as one of the most promising forms of pulmonary gene therapy research. Gene therapy based on inhalation of gene preparations offers an alternative way for the treatment of patients suffering from such lung diseases as cystic fibrosis, alpha-1-antitrypsin defect, or cancer. Experimental and first clinical trials based on plasmid vectors or recombinant viruses have revealed that gene preparations can effectively deliver therapeutic or marker genes to the cells of the respiratory tract. The noninvasive intranasal delivery of gene preparations or conventional drugs seems to be very encouraging, although basic scientific research still has to continue.

  8. FunGene: the Functional Gene Pipeline and Repository

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    Jordan A. Fish

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Ribosomal RNA genes have become the standard molecular markers for microbial community analysis for good reasons, including universal occurrence in cellular organisms, availability of large databases, and ease of rRNA gene region amplification and analysis. As markers, however, rRNA genes have some significant limitations. The rRNA genes are often present in multiple copies, unlike most protein-coding genes. The slow rate of change in rRNA genes means that multiple species sometimes share identical 16S rRNA gene sequences, while many more species share identical sequences in the short 16S rRNA regions commonly analyzed. In addition, the genes involved in many important processes are not distributed in a phylogenetically coherent manner, potentially due to gene loss or horizontal gene transfer.While rRNA genes remain the most commonly used markers, key genes in ecologically important pathways, e.g., those involved in carbon and nitrogen cycling, can provide important insights into community composition and function not obtainable through rRNA analysis. However, working with ecofunctional gene data requires some tools beyond those required for rRNA analysis. To address this, our Functional Gene Pipeline and Repository (FunGene; http://fungene.cme.msu.edu/ offers databases of many common ecofunctional genes and proteins, as well as integrated tools that allow researchers to browse these collections and choose subsets for further analysis, build phylogenetic trees, test primers and probes for coverage, and download aligned sequences. Additional FunGene tools are specialized to process coding gene amplicon data. For example, FrameBot produces frameshift-corrected protein and DNA sequences from raw reads while finding the most closely related protein reference sequence. These tools can help provide better insight into microbial communities by directly studying key genes involved in important ecological processes.

  9. Gene decay in archaea

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    M. W. J. van Passel

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The gene-dense chromosomes of archaea and bacteria were long thought to be devoid of pseudogenes, but with the massive increase in available genome sequences, whole genome comparisons between closely related species have identified mutations that have rendered numerous genes inactive. Comparative analyses of sequenced archaeal genomes revealed numerous pseudogenes, which can constitute up to 8.6% of the annotated coding sequences in some genomes. The largest proportion of pseudogenes is created by gene truncations, followed by frameshift mutations. Within archaeal genomes, large numbers of pseudogenes contain more than one inactivating mutation, suggesting that pseudogenes are deleted from the genome more slowly in archaea than in bacteria. Although archaea seem to retain pseudogenes longer than do bacteria, most archaeal genomes have unique repertoires of pseudogenes.

  10. A review on microcephaly genes

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    Irshad S.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available This review aims to summarize the recent findings regarding microcephaly genes. We have discussed the molecular genetics studies of microcephaly genes including a comprehensive appraisal of the seven mapped loci (MCPH1–MCPH7, their corresponding genes and protein products of the genes, their likely role in normal brain development and the details of the mutations reported in these genes.

  11. Gene therapy for skin diseases.

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    Gorell, Emily; Nguyen, Ngon; Lane, Alfred; Siprashvili, Zurab

    2014-04-01

    The skin possesses qualities that make it desirable for gene therapy, and studies have focused on gene therapy for multiple cutaneous diseases. Gene therapy uses a vector to introduce genetic material into cells to alter gene expression, negating a pathological process. This can be accomplished with a variety of viral vectors or nonviral administrations. Although results are promising, there are several potential pitfalls that must be addressed to improve the safety profile to make gene therapy widely available clinically.

  12. Gene Therapy for Skin Diseases

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    2014-01-01

    The skin possesses qualities that make it desirable for gene therapy, and studies have focused on gene therapy for multiple cutaneous diseases. Gene therapy uses a vector to introduce genetic material into cells to alter gene expression, negating a pathological process. This can be accomplished with a variety of viral vectors or nonviral administrations. Although results are promising, there are several potential pitfalls that must be addressed to improve the safety profile to make gene thera...

  13. Correlating Expression Data with Gene Function Using Gene Ontology

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    LIU,Qi; DENG,Yong; WANG,Chuan; SHI,Tie-Liu; LI,Yi-Xue

    2006-01-01

    Clustering is perhaps one of the most widely used tools for microarray data analysis. Proposed roles for genes of unknown function are inferred from clusters of genes similarity expressed across many biological conditions.However, whether function annotation by similarity metrics is reliable or not and to what extent the similarity in gene expression patterns is useful for annotation of gene functions, has not been evaluated. This paper made a comprehensive research on the correlation between the similarity of expression data and of gene functions using Gene Ontology. It has been found that although the similarity in expression patterns and the similarity in gene functions are significantly dependent on each other, this association is rather weak. In addition, among the three categories of Gene Ontology, the similarity of expression data is more useful for cellular component annotation than for biological process and molecular function. The results presented are interesting for the gene functions prediction research area.

  14. The gene tree delusion.

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    Springer, Mark S; Gatesy, John

    2016-01-01

    Higher-level relationships among placental mammals are mostly resolved, but several polytomies remain contentious. Song et al. (2012) claimed to have resolved three of these using shortcut coalescence methods (MP-EST, STAR) and further concluded that these methods, which assume no within-locus recombination, are required to unravel deep-level phylogenetic problems that have stymied concatenation. Here, we reanalyze Song et al.'s (2012) data and leverage these re-analyses to explore key issues in systematics including the recombination ratchet, gene tree stoichiometry, the proportion of gene tree incongruence that results from deep coalescence versus other factors, and simulations that compare the performance of coalescence and concatenation methods in species tree estimation. Song et al. (2012) reported an average locus length of 3.1 kb for the 447 protein-coding genes in their phylogenomic dataset, but the true mean length of these loci (start codon to stop codon) is 139.6 kb. Empirical estimates of recombination breakpoints in primates, coupled with consideration of the recombination ratchet, suggest that individual coalescence genes (c-genes) approach ∼12 bp or less for Song et al.'s (2012) dataset, three to four orders of magnitude shorter than the c-genes reported by these authors. This result has general implications for the application of coalescence methods in species tree estimation. We contend that it is illogical to apply coalescence methods to complete protein-coding sequences. Such analyses amalgamate c-genes with different evolutionary histories (i.e., exons separated by >100,000 bp), distort true gene tree stoichiometry that is required for accurate species tree inference, and contradict the central rationale for applying coalescence methods to difficult phylogenetic problems. In addition, Song et al.'s (2012) dataset of 447 genes includes 21 loci with switched taxonomic names, eight duplicated loci, 26 loci with non-homologous sequences that are

  15. Neighboring Genes Show Correlated Evolution in Gene Expression

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    Ghanbarian, Avazeh T.; Hurst, Laurence D.

    2015-01-01

    When considering the evolution of a gene’s expression profile, we commonly assume that this is unaffected by its genomic neighborhood. This is, however, in contrast to what we know about the lack of autonomy between neighboring genes in gene expression profiles in extant taxa. Indeed, in all eukaryotic genomes genes of similar expression-profile tend to cluster, reflecting chromatin level dynamics. Does it follow that if a gene increases expression in a particular lineage then the genomic neighbors will also increase in their expression or is gene expression evolution autonomous? To address this here we consider evolution of human gene expression since the human-chimp common ancestor, allowing for both variation in estimation of current expression level and error in Bayesian estimation of the ancestral state. We find that in all tissues and both sexes, the change in gene expression of a focal gene on average predicts the change in gene expression of neighbors. The effect is highly pronounced in the immediate vicinity (genes increasing their expression in humans tend to avoid nuclear lamina domains and be enriched for the gene activator 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, we conclude that, most probably owing to chromatin level control of gene expression, a change in gene expression of one gene likely affects the expression evolution of neighbors, what we term expression piggybacking, an analog of hitchhiking. PMID:25743543

  16. Searching for speciation genes

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    Holt, Benjamin George; Côté, Isabelle M; Emerson, Brent C

    2011-01-01

    Closely related species that show clear phenotypic divergence, but without obvious geographic barriers, can provide opportunities to study how diversification can occur when opportunities for allopatric speciation are limited. We examined genetic divergence in the coral reef fish genus Hypoplectr...... evidence for genes that may be associated with colour morphotype in the genus Hypoplectrus....

  17. Gene therapy in ophthalmology

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    Satagopan Uthra

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been more than a year since ophthalmologists and scientists under Dr. Robin Ali′s team at the Moorsfield Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology, University College London, successfully treated patients with a severely blinding disease, Leber′s congenital amaurosis (LCA using gene therapy. This success does not look to be transient, and this achievement in gene replacement therapy clinical trial for LCA has instilled hope in numerous families with patients suffering from this and similar retinal degenerative diseases, for whom restoration of lost vision has remained a distant dream so far. The encouragement that this success has given is expected to also lead to start of clinical trials for other blinding ocular diseases for which gene therapy experiments at the laboratory and animal levels have been successful. This article reviews the various studies that have led to the understanding of gene therapy outcomes in human ocular diseases and attempts to provide a brief sketch of successful clinical trials.

  18. Old genes experience stronger translational selection than young genes.

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    Yin, Hongyan; Ma, Lina; Wang, Guangyu; Li, Mengwei; Zhang, Zhang

    2016-09-15

    Selection on synonymous codon usage for translation efficiency and/or accuracy has been identified as a widespread mechanism in many living organisms. However, it remains unknown whether translational selection associates closely with gene age and acts differentially on genes with different evolutionary ages. To address this issue, here we investigate the strength of translational selection acting on different aged genes in human. Our results show that old genes present stronger translational selection than young genes, demonstrating that translational selection correlates positively with gene age. We further explore the difference of translational selection in duplicates vs. singletons and in housekeeping vs. tissue-specific genes. We find that translational selection acts comparably in old singletons and old duplicates and stronger translational selection in old genes is contributed primarily by housekeeping genes. For young genes, contrastingly, singletons experience stronger translational selection than duplicates, presumably due to redundant function of duplicated genes during their early evolutionary stage. Taken together, our results indicate that translational selection acting on a gene would not be constant during all stages of evolution, associating closely with gene age. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Genes2FANs: connecting genes through functional association networks

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    Dannenfelser Ruth

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Protein-protein, cell signaling, metabolic, and transcriptional interaction networks are useful for identifying connections between lists of experimentally identified genes/proteins. However, besides physical or co-expression interactions there are many ways in which pairs of genes, or their protein products, can be associated. By systematically incorporating knowledge on shared properties of genes from diverse sources to build functional association networks (FANs, researchers may be able to identify additional functional interactions between groups of genes that are not readily apparent. Results Genes2FANs is a web based tool and a database that utilizes 14 carefully constructed FANs and a large-scale protein-protein interaction (PPI network to build subnetworks that connect lists of human and mouse genes. The FANs are created from mammalian gene set libraries where mouse genes are converted to their human orthologs. The tool takes as input a list of human or mouse Entrez gene symbols to produce a subnetwork and a ranked list of intermediate genes that are used to connect the query input list. In addition, users can enter any PubMed search term and then the system automatically converts the returned results to gene lists using GeneRIF. This gene list is then used as input to generate a subnetwork from the user’s PubMed query. As a case study, we applied Genes2FANs to connect disease genes from 90 well-studied disorders. We find an inverse correlation between the counts of links connecting disease genes through PPI and links connecting diseases genes through FANs, separating diseases into two categories. Conclusions Genes2FANs is a useful tool for interpreting the relationships between gene/protein lists in the context of their various functions and networks. Combining functional association interactions with physical PPIs can be useful for revealing new biology and help form hypotheses for further experimentation. Our

  20. Industrial scale gene synthesis.

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    Notka, Frank; Liss, Michael; Wagner, Ralf

    2011-01-01

    The most recent developments in the area of deep DNA sequencing and downstream quantitative and functional analysis are rapidly adding a new dimension to understanding biochemical pathways and metabolic interdependencies. These increasing insights pave the way to designing new strategies that address public needs, including environmental applications and therapeutic inventions, or novel cell factories for sustainable and reconcilable energy or chemicals sources. Adding yet another level is building upon nonnaturally occurring networks and pathways. Recent developments in synthetic biology have created economic and reliable options for designing and synthesizing genes, operons, and eventually complete genomes. Meanwhile, high-throughput design and synthesis of extremely comprehensive DNA sequences have evolved into an enabling technology already indispensable in various life science sectors today. Here, we describe the industrial perspective of modern gene synthesis and its relationship with synthetic biology. Gene synthesis contributed significantly to the emergence of synthetic biology by not only providing the genetic material in high quality and quantity but also enabling its assembly, according to engineering design principles, in a standardized format. Synthetic biology on the other hand, added the need for assembling complex circuits and large complexes, thus fostering the development of appropriate methods and expanding the scope of applications. Synthetic biology has also stimulated interdisciplinary collaboration as well as integration of the broader public by addressing socioeconomic, philosophical, ethical, political, and legal opportunities and concerns. The demand-driven technological achievements of gene synthesis and the implemented processes are exemplified by an industrial setting of large-scale gene synthesis, describing production from order to delivery.

  1. Caracterización molecular y resistencia antimicrobiana de aislamientos de Clostridium perfringens de diferentes orígenes en Costa Rica

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    María del Mar Gamboa-Coronado

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Clostridium perfringens es un bacilo Gram positivo, esporulado, anaerobio, ampliamente distribuido en la naturaleza, que produce cuatro toxinas principales α, β, ε y ι, las cuales permiten su clasificación en cinco toxinotipos (A-E. Algunas cepas producen una enterotoxina (CPE, codificada por el gen cpe, que causa diarrea en seres humanos y en algunos animales. La presencia de los genes de estas toxinas y la sensibilidad a los antibióticos se determinó en 81 cepas de C. perfringens previamente aisladas y que habían sido mantenidas a -80°C; 20 de suelos, 20 de origen animal, 20 de origen humano y 21 de alimentos cocidos no relacionados con brotes alimentarios. De acuerdo con los resultados de PCR, todas las cepas fueron clasificadas como C. perfringens tipo A, debido a que solo se les detectó el gen de la toxina α, mientras que el gen de la enterotoxina (cpe se detectó en dos cepas (2.5% aisladas de alimentos, tal como ha sido descrito en otras regiones del mundo. El 44% de las cepas fue resistente a algún antibiótico; clindamicina (41%, cloranfenicol (25%, penicilina (22% y metronidazol (20%. En general, las cepas provenientes de suelos presentaron los mayores porcentajes de resistencia a casi todos los antibióticos. El 40% de las cepas de suelo presentó multiresistencia (a tres o más grupos de antibióticos, el 30% de las de origen humano, el 14% de las de alimentos y el 5% de las de origen animal. Las altas tasas de resistencia encontradas podrían deberse al amplio uso de antibióticos como promotores de crecimiento de plantas y animales y esas cepas resistentes podrían actuar como reservorio de genes de resistencia que pueden transferirse entre bacterias de diversos ambientes.Molecular characterization and antimicrobial resistance of Clostridium perfringens isolates of different origins from Costa Rica. Clostridium perfringens, a Gram positive, spore-forming anaerobe, is widely distributed in nature. Based upon their

  2. Endovascular Gene Delivery from a Stent Platform: Gene- Eluting Stents.

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    Fishbein, Ilia; Chorny, Michael; Adamo, Richard F; Forbes, Scott P; Corrales, Ricardo A; Alferiev, Ivan S; Levy, Robert J

    A synergistic impact of research in the fields of post-angioplasty restenosis, drug-eluting stents and vascular gene therapy over the past 15 years has shaped the concept of gene-eluting stents. Gene-eluting stents hold promise of overcoming some biological and technical problems inherent to drug-eluting stent technology. As the field of gene-eluting stents matures it becomes evident that all three main design modules of a gene-eluting stent: a therapeutic transgene, a vector and a delivery system are equally important for accomplishing sustained inhibition of neointimal formation in arteries treated with gene delivery stents. This review summarizes prior work on stent-based gene delivery and discusses the main optimization strategies required to move the field of gene-eluting stents to clinical translation.

  3. Tumor-specific gene expression patterns with gene expression profiles

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    RUAN Xiaogang; LI Yingxin; LI Jiangeng; GONG Daoxiong; WANG Jinlian

    2006-01-01

    Gene expression profiles of 14 common tumors and their counterpart normal tissues were analyzed with machine learning methods to address the problem of selection of tumor-specific genes and analysis of their differential expressions in tumor tissues. First, a variation of the Relief algorithm, "RFE_Relief algorithm" was proposed to learn the relations between genes and tissue types. Then, a support vector machine was employed to find the gene subset with the best classification performance for distinguishing cancerous tissues and their counterparts. After tissue-specific genes were removed, cross validation experiments were employed to demonstrate the common deregulated expressions of the selected gene in tumor tissues. The results indicate the existence of a specific expression fingerprint of these genes that is shared in different tumor tissues, and the hallmarks of the expression patterns of these genes in cancerous tissues are summarized at the end of this paper.

  4. Entrez Gene: gene-centered information at NCBI.

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    Maglott, Donna; Ostell, Jim; Pruitt, Kim D; Tatusova, Tatiana

    2011-01-01

    Entrez Gene (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene) is National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)'s database for gene-specific information. Entrez Gene maintains records from genomes which have been completely sequenced, which have an active research community to submit gene-specific information, or which are scheduled for intense sequence analysis. The content represents the integration of curation and automated processing from NCBI's Reference Sequence project (RefSeq), collaborating model organism databases, consortia such as Gene Ontology and other databases within NCBI. Records in Entrez Gene are assigned unique, stable and tracked integers as identifiers. The content (nomenclature, genomic location, gene products and their attributes, markers, phenotypes and links to citations, sequences, variation details, maps, expression, homologs, protein domains and external databases) is available via interactive browsing through NCBI's Entrez system, via NCBI's Entrez programming utilities (E-Utilities) and for bulk transfer by FTP.

  5. Gene set analysis for longitudinal gene expression data

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    Piepho Hans-Peter

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gene set analysis (GSA has become a successful tool to interpret gene expression profiles in terms of biological functions, molecular pathways, or genomic locations. GSA performs statistical tests for independent microarray samples at the level of gene sets rather than individual genes. Nowadays, an increasing number of microarray studies are conducted to explore the dynamic changes of gene expression in a variety of species and biological scenarios. In these longitudinal studies, gene expression is repeatedly measured over time such that a GSA needs to take into account the within-gene correlations in addition to possible between-gene correlations. Results We provide a robust nonparametric approach to compare the expressions of longitudinally measured sets of genes under multiple treatments or experimental conditions. The limiting distributions of our statistics are derived when the number of genes goes to infinity while the number of replications can be small. When the number of genes in a gene set is small, we recommend permutation tests based on our nonparametric test statistics to achieve reliable type I error and better power while incorporating unknown correlations between and within-genes. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed method has a greater power than other methods for various data distributions and heteroscedastic correlation structures. This method was used for an IL-2 stimulation study and significantly altered gene sets were identified. Conclusions The simulation study and the real data application showed that the proposed gene set analysis provides a promising tool for longitudinal microarray analysis. R scripts for simulating longitudinal data and calculating the nonparametric statistics are posted on the North Dakota INBRE website http://ndinbre.org/programs/bioinformatics.php. Raw microarray data is available in Gene Expression Omnibus (National Center for Biotechnology Information with

  6. Optimal Reference Genes for Gene Expression Normalization in Trichomonas vaginalis.

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    dos Santos, Odelta; de Vargas Rigo, Graziela; Frasson, Amanda Piccoli; Macedo, Alexandre José; Tasca, Tiana

    2015-01-01

    Trichomonas vaginalis is the etiologic agent of trichomonosis, the most common non-viral sexually transmitted disease worldwide. This infection is associated with several health consequences, including cervical and prostate cancers and HIV acquisition. Gene expression analysis has been facilitated because of available genome sequences and large-scale transcriptomes in T. vaginalis, particularly using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), one of the most used methods for molecular studies. Reference genes for normalization are crucial to ensure the accuracy of this method. However, to the best of our knowledge, a systematic validation of reference genes has not been performed for T. vaginalis. In this study, the transcripts of nine candidate reference genes were quantified using qRT-PCR under different cultivation conditions, and the stability of these genes was compared using the geNorm and NormFinder algorithms. The most stable reference genes were α-tubulin, actin and DNATopII, and, conversely, the widely used T. vaginalis reference genes GAPDH and β-tubulin were less stable. The PFOR gene was used to validate the reliability of the use of these candidate reference genes. As expected, the PFOR gene was upregulated when the trophozoites were cultivated with ferrous ammonium sulfate when the DNATopII, α-tubulin and actin genes were used as normalizing gene. By contrast, the PFOR gene was downregulated when the GAPDH gene was used as an internal control, leading to misinterpretation of the data. These results provide an important starting point for reference gene selection and gene expression analysis with qRT-PCR studies of T. vaginalis.

  7. Dominance from the perspective of gene-gene and gene-chemical interactions.

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    Gladki, Arkadiusz; Zielenkiewicz, Piotr; Kaczanowski, Szymon

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we used genetic interaction (GI) and gene-chemical interaction (GCI) data to compare mutations with different dominance phenotypes. Our analysis focused primarily on Saccharomyces cerevisiae, where haploinsufficient genes (HI; genes with dominant loss-of-function mutations) were found to be participating in gene expression processes, namely, the translation and regulation of gene transcription. Non-ribosomal HI genes (mainly regulators of gene transcription) were found to have more GIs and GCIs than haplosufficient (HS) genes. Several properties seem to lead to the enrichment of interactions, most notably, the following: importance, pleiotropy, gene expression level and gene expression variation. Importantly, after these properties were appropriately considered in the analysis, the correlation between dominance and GI/GCI degrees was still observed. Strikingly, for the GCIs of heterozygous strains, haploinsufficiency was the only property significantly correlated with the number of GCIs. We found ribosomal HI genes to be depleted in GIs/GCIs. This finding can be explained by their high variation in gene expression under different genetic backgrounds and environmental conditions. We observed the same distributions of GIs among non-ribosomal HI, ribosomal HI and HS genes in three other species: Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Drosophila melanogaster and Homo sapiens. One potentially interesting exception was the lack of significant differences in the degree of GIs between non-ribosomal HI and HS genes in Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

  8. Gene-gene interaction between tuberculosis candidate genes in a South African population.

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    de Wit, Erika; van der Merwe, Lize; van Helden, Paul D; Hoal, Eileen G

    2011-02-01

    In a complex disease such as tuberculosis (TB) it is increasingly evident that gene-gene interactions play a far more important role in an individual's susceptibility to develop the disease than single polymorphisms on their own, as one gene can enhance or hinder the expression of another gene. Gene-gene interaction analysis is a new approach to elucidate susceptibility to TB. The possibility of gene-gene interactions was assessed, focusing on 11 polymorphisms in nine genes (DC-SIGN, IFN-γ, IFNGR1, IL-8, IL-1Ra, MBL, NRAMP1, RANTES, and SP-D) that have been associated with TB, some repeatedly. An optimal model, which best describes and predicts TB case-control status, was constructed. Significant interactions were detected between eight pairs of variants. The models fitted the observed data extremely well, with p activation is greatly enhanced by IFN-γ and IFN-γ response elements that are present in the human NRAMP1 promoter region, providing further evidence for their interaction. This study enabled us to test the theory that disease outcome may be due to interaction of several gene effects. With eight instances of statistically significant gene-gene interactions, the importance of epistasis is clearly identifiable in this study. Methods for studying gene-gene interactions are based on a multilocus and multigene approach, consistent with the nature of complex-trait diseases, and may provide the paradigm for future genetic studies of TB.

  9. Gene doping in modern sport.

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    MAREK SAWCZUK

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The subject of this paper is gene doping, which should be understood as "he non-therapeutic use of cells, genes, genetic elements, or of the modulation of gene expression, having the capacity to improve athletic performance". The authors of this work, based on the review of literature and previous research, make an attempt at wider characterization of gene doping and the discussion of related potential threats.Methods: This is a comprehensive survey of literature on the latest applications of molecular biology in medicine. The analysis involves a dozen scientific databases examined in order to find genes used in gene therapy and potentially useful in gene doping. Results: The obtained results enable better recognition of gene doping and indicate genes used in medicine that could be used in gene doping. This paper describes potential effects of their use and associated risk, and predicts the possible developments of gene doping in the future. Conclusion: Gene doping is undoubtedly a part of modern sport. Although WADA included gene doping on the list of banned methods as early as 2004, as previously stated above, it has not managed to develop efficient methods of detection.

  10. [Gene pool and gene geography of the USSR population].

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    Rychkov, Iu G; Balanovskaia, E V

    1992-01-01

    Gene pool and gene geography are discussed from the point of view of their conceptual history beginning from the original concept of A.S. Serebrovskiĭ (1928). Difference between the present-day gene geography and gene geography of gene pool is accentuated: the former only represents a portion of the latter. Historical and territorial integrity of the USSR population gene pool, in conjunction with its huge diversity, is the main problem being analysed by various means of computerized genetic cartography. Coupled with the gene frequency mapping, following methods were also used: mapping of average heterozygosity, of interpopulation differentiation, of principal component scores and mapping of geographical trend for each mapped genetic parameter. The work is based on 100 allelic genes and haplotypes from 30 independent loci studied on the average in 225 local populations. Statistical analysis of gene geographical maps is based on 3975 nodes of regular cartographic net for the USSR territory. The wind rose of systematic changes in the USSR gene pool has three main geographic orientations: W-E, SW-NE and S-N. At the same time, there are only two main systematic forces of gene pool evolution: the force of social history with predominant W-E orientation and the force of natural history with predominant S-N orientation of their actions. The heterozygosity level of gene pool declines strictly in accordance with the resultant in the SW-NE direction.

  11. Immunotherapy and gene therapy.

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    Simpson, Elizabeth

    2004-02-01

    The Immunotherapy and Gene Therapy meeting of the Academy of Medical Sciences reviewed the state-of-the-art and translational prospects for therapeutic interventions aimed at killing tumor cells, correcting genetic defects and developing vaccines for chronic infections. Crucial basic science concepts and information about dendritic cells, the structure and function of T-cell receptors, and manipulation of the immune response by cytokine antagonists and peptides were presented. This information underpins vaccine design and delivery, as well as attempts to immunomodulate autoimmune disease. Results from studies using anticancer DNA vaccines, which include appropriate signals for both the innate and adaptive immune response, were presented in several talks. The vaccines incorporated helper epitopes and cancer target epitopes such as immunoglobulin idiotypes (for lymphomas and myelomas), melanoma-associated antigens (for melanoma and other solid tumors) and minor histocompatibility antigens (for leukemia). The results of using vaccines employing similar principles and designed to reduce viral load in HIV/AIDS patients were also presented. The introduction of suicide genes incorporating the bacterial enzyme nitroreductase gene (ntr) targeted at tumor cells prior to administration of the prodrug CB-1954, converted by ntr into a toxic alkylating agent, was discussed against the background of clinical trials and improved suicide gene design. The introduction into hematopoietic stem cells of missing genes for the common gamma-chain, deficiency of which causes severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), used similar retroviral transduction. The outcome of treating six SCID patients in the UK, and ten in France was successful immune reconstitution in the majority of patients, but in two of the French cases a complication of lymphoproliferative disease due to insertional mutagenesis was observed. The adoptive transfer of T-cells specific for minor histocompatibility antigens (for

  12. SOX genes: architects of development.

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    Prior, H M; Walter, M A

    1996-07-01

    Development in higher organisms involves complex genetic regulation at the molecular level. The emerging picture of development control includes several families of master regulatory genes which can affect the expression of down-stream target genes in developmental cascade pathways. One new family of such development regulators is the SOX gene family. The SOX genes are named for a shared motif called the SRY box a region homologous to the DNA-binding domain of SRY, the mammalian sex determining gene. Like SRY, SOX genes play important roles in chordate development. At least a dozen human SOX genes have been identified and partially characterized (Tables 1 and 2). Mutations in SOX9 have recently been linked to campomelic dysplasia and autosomal sex reversal, and other SOX genes may also be associated with human disease.

  13. Brains, genes, and primates.

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    Izpisua Belmonte, Juan Carlos; Callaway, Edward M; Caddick, Sarah J; Churchland, Patricia; Feng, Guoping; Homanics, Gregg E; Lee, Kuo-Fen; Leopold, David A; Miller, Cory T; Mitchell, Jude F; Mitalipov, Shoukhrat; Moutri, Alysson R; Movshon, J Anthony; Okano, Hideyuki; Reynolds, John H; Ringach, Dario; Sejnowski, Terrence J; Silva, Afonso C; Strick, Peter L; Wu, Jun; Zhang, Feng

    2015-05-06

    One of the great strengths of the mouse model is the wide array of genetic tools that have been developed. Striking examples include methods for directed modification of the genome, and for regulated expression or inactivation of genes. Within neuroscience, it is now routine to express reporter genes, neuronal activity indicators, and opsins in specific neuronal types in the mouse. However, there are considerable anatomical, physiological, cognitive, and behavioral differences between the mouse and the human that, in some areas of inquiry, limit the degree to which insights derived from the mouse can be applied to understanding human neurobiology. Several recent advances have now brought into reach the goal of applying these tools to understanding the primate brain. Here we describe these advances, consider their potential to advance our understanding of the human brain and brain disorders, discuss bioethical considerations, and describe what will be needed to move forward.

  14. Alphaviruses in Gene Therapy

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    Kenneth Lundstrom

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Alphaviruses are enveloped single stranded RNA viruses, which as gene therapy vectors provide high-level transient gene expression. Semliki Forest virus (SFV, Sindbis virus (SIN and Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (VEE virus have been engineered as efficient replication-deficient and -competent expression vectors. Alphavirus vectors have frequently been used as vehicles for tumor vaccine generation. Moreover, SFV and SIN vectors have been applied for intratumoral injections in animals implanted with tumor xenografts. SIN vectors have demonstrated natural tumor targeting, which might permit systemic vector administration. Another approach for systemic delivery of SFV has been to encapsulate replication-deficient viral particles in liposomes, which can provide passive targeting to tumors and allow repeated administration without host immune responses. This approach has demonstrated safe delivery of encapsulated SFV particles to melanoma and kidney carcinoma patients in a phase I trial. Finally, the prominent neurotropism of alphaviruses make them attractive for the treatment of CNS-related diseases.

  15. Gene Disease Diagnostic System

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    黄国亮; 张腾飞; 程京; 周玉祥; 刘诚迅; 金国藩; 邬敏贤; 严瑛白; 杨蓉

    2002-01-01

    Binary optics, where the optical element can be fabricated on a thin glass plate with micro-ion-etching film layer, has been widely applied in recent years. A novel optical scanning system for gene disease diagnostics described in this paper has four kinds of optical devices, including beam splitters, an array lens, an array filter and detection arrays. A software was developed to design the binary optics system using an iterative method. Two beam splitters were designed and fabricated, which can divide a beam into a 9×9 array or into a 13×13 array. The beam splitters have good diffraction efficiencies (>70%) and an even energy distribution. The gene disease diagnostic system is a portable biochip and binary optics technology. The binary optical devices in the non-confocal scanning system can raise the fluorescence detection sensitivity of the micro-array hybrid biochip.

  16. Gene therapy for mucopolysaccharidosis

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    Ponder, Katherine P; Haskins, Mark E

    2012-01-01

    Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are due to deficiencies in activities of lysosomal enzymes that degrade glycosaminoglycans. Some attempts at gene therapy for MPS in animal models have involved intravenous injection of vectors derived from an adeno-associated virus (AAV), adenovirus, retrovirus or a plasmid, which primarily results in expression in liver and secretion of the relevant enzyme into blood. Most vectors can correct disease in liver and spleen, although correction in other organs including the brain requires high enzyme activity in the blood. Alternative approaches are to transduce hematopoietic stem cells, or to inject a vector locally into difficult-to-reach sites such as the brain. Gene therapy holds great promise for providing a long-lasting therapeutic effect for MPS if safety issues can be resolved. PMID:17727324

  17. Gene Porter Bridwell

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    1994-01-01

    Gene Porter Bridwell served as the director of the Marshall Space Flight Center from January 6, 1994 until February 3, 1996, when he retired from NASA after thirty-four years service. Bridwell, a Marshall employee since 1962, had been Marshall's Space Shuttle Projects Office Director and Space Station Redesign Team deputy manager. Under Bridwell, Marshall worked to develop its role as a Center of Excellence for propulsion and for providing access to space.

  18. Gene Porter Bridwell

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    1994-01-01

    Gene Porter Bridwell served as the director of the Marshall Space Flight Center from January 6, 1994 until February 3, 1996, when he retired from NASA after thirty-four years service. Bridwell, a Marshall employee since 1962, had been Marshall's Space Shuttle Projects Office Director and Space Station Redesign Team deputy manager. Under Bridwell, Marshall worked to develop its role as a Center of Excellence for propulsion and for providing access to space.

  19. Epigenetics: beyond genes

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    Fossey, A

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available to neighbouring euchromatic genes, known as position effect variegation and can be transmitted through mitosis, forming the basis of epigenetic inheritance from one cell generation to another; creating cellular memory (Brzeski and Jerzmanowski, 2004... life form, supports meiosis that produces haploid male and female spores and initiates the gametophytic generation. Gametogenesis and subsequent fertilisation take place when gametophytic and sporophytic structures interact. The product...

  20. PRRT2 gene mutations

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    Gardiner, Alice R.; Bhatia, Kailash P.; Stamelou, Maria; Dale, Russell C.; Kurian, Manju A.; Schneider, Susanne A.; Wali, G.M.; Counihan, Tim; Schapira, Anthony H.; Spacey, Sian D.; Valente, Enza-Maria; Silveira-Moriyama, Laura; Teive, Hélio A.G.; Raskin, Salmo; Sander, Josemir W.; Lees, Andrew; Warner, Tom; Kullmann, Dimitri M.; Wood, Nicholas W.; Hanna, Michael

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Objective: The proline-rich transmembrane protein (PRRT2) gene was recently identified using exome sequencing as the cause of autosomal dominant paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia (PKD) with or without infantile convulsions (IC) (PKD/IC syndrome). Episodic neurologic disorders, such as epilepsy, migraine, and paroxysmal movement disorders, often coexist and are thought to have a shared channel-related etiology. To investigate further the frequency, spectrum, and phenotype of PRRT2 mutations, we analyzed this gene in 3 large series of episodic neurologic disorders with PKD/IC, episodic ataxia (EA), and hemiplegic migraine (HM). Methods: The PRRT2 gene was sequenced in 58 family probands/sporadic individuals with PKD/IC, 182 with EA, 128 with HM, and 475 UK and 96 Asian controls. Results: PRRT2 genetic mutations were identified in 28 out of 58 individuals with PKD/IC (48%), 1/182 individuals with EA, and 1/128 individuals with HM. A number of loss-of-function and coding missense mutations were identified; the most common mutation found was the p.R217Pfs*8 insertion. Males were more frequently affected than females (ratio 52:32). There was a high proportion of PRRT2 mutations found in families and sporadic cases with PKD associated with migraine or HM (10 out of 28). One family had EA with HM and another large family had typical HM alone. Conclusions: This work expands the phenotype of mutations in the PRRT2 gene to include the frequent occurrence of migraine and HM with PKD/IC, and the association of mutations with EA and HM and with familial HM alone. We have also extended the PRRT2 mutation type and frequency in PKD and other episodic neurologic disorders. PMID:23077024

  1. Gene therapy in gastric cancer

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    Xu Chang-tai; Guo Xue-gang; Pan Bo-rong

    2003-01-01

    @@ 1 Introduction We have reviewed the gene therapy in gastrointestinal diseases[1]. Gastric cancer is common in China[2~20] ,and its early diagnosis andtreatment are still difficult up to now[13~36]. The expression of anexogenous gene introduced by gene therapy into patients with gliomascan be monitored non- invasively by positron- emission tomography[4]. In recent years, gene study in cancer is a hotspot, and great progress hasbeen achieved[33~41].

  2. Gene therapy for gastric diseases.

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    Fumoto, Shintaro; Nishi, Junya; Nakamura, Junzo; Nishida, Koyo

    2008-01-01

    Gene therapy for gastric cancer and gastric ulcer is a rationalized strategy since various genes correlate with these diseases. Since gene expressions in non-target tissues/cells cause side effects, a selective gene delivery system targeted to the stomach and/or cancer must be developed. The route of vector transfer (direct injection, systemic, intraperitoneal, gastric serosal surface and oral administration) is an important issue which can determine efficacy and safety. Strategies for cancer...

  3. Genealogy and gene trees.

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    Rasmuson, Marianne

    2008-02-01

    Heredity can be followed in persons or in genes. Persons can be identified only a few generations back, but simplified models indicate that universal ancestors to all now living persons have occurred in the past. Genetic variability can be characterized as variants of DNA sequences. Data are available only from living persons, but from the pattern of variation gene trees can be inferred by means of coalescence models. The merging of lines backwards in time leads to a MRCA (most recent common ancestor). The time and place of living for this inferred person can give insights in human evolutionary history. Demographic processes are incorporated in the model, but since culture and customs are known to influence demography the models used ought to be tested against available genealogy. The Icelandic data base offers a possibility to do so and points to some discrepancies. Mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome patterns give a rather consistent view of human evolutionary history during the latest 100 000 years but the earlier epochs of human evolution demand gene trees with longer branches. The results of such studies reveal as yet unsolved problems about the sources of our genome.

  4. Gene-gene and gene-environmental interactions of childhood asthma: a multifactor dimension reduction approach.

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    Ming-Wei Su

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The importance of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions on asthma is well documented in literature, but a systematic analysis on the interaction between various genetic and environmental factors is still lacking. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted a population-based, case-control study comprised of seventh-grade children from 14 Taiwanese communities. A total of 235 asthmatic cases and 1,310 non-asthmatic controls were selected for DNA collection and genotyping. We examined the gene-gene and gene-environment interactions between 17 single-nucleotide polymorphisms in antioxidative, inflammatory and obesity-related genes, and childhood asthma. Environmental exposures and disease status were obtained from parental questionnaires. The model-free and non-parametrical multifactor dimensionality reduction (MDR method was used for the analysis. A three-way gene-gene interaction was elucidated between the gene coding glutathione S-transferase P (GSTP1, the gene coding interleukin-4 receptor alpha chain (IL4Ra and the gene coding insulin induced gene 2 (INSIG2 on the risk of lifetime asthma. The testing-balanced accuracy on asthma was 57.83% with a cross-validation consistency of 10 out of 10. The interaction of preterm birth and indoor dampness had the highest training-balanced accuracy at 59.09%. Indoor dampness also interacted with many genes, including IL13, beta-2 adrenergic receptor (ADRB2, signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6. We also used likelihood ratio tests for interaction and chi-square tests to validate our results and all tests showed statistical significance. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The results of this study suggest that GSTP1, INSIG2 and IL4Ra may influence the lifetime asthma susceptibility through gene-gene interactions in schoolchildren. Home dampness combined with each one of the genes STAT6, IL13 and ADRB2 could raise the asthma risk.

  5. Gene therapy of cancer and development of therapeutic target gene

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    Kim, Chang Min; Kwon, Hee Chung

    1998-04-01

    We applied HSV-tk/GCV strategy to orthotopic rat hepatoma model and showed anticancer effects of hepatoma. The increased expression of Lac Z gene after adenovirus-mediated gene delivery throughout hepatic artery was thought that is increased the possibility of gene therapy for curing hepatoma. With the construction of kGLP-laboratory, it is possible to produce a good quantity and quality of adenovirus in lage-scale production and purification of adenovirus vector. Also, the analysis of hepatoma related genes by PCR-LOH could be used for the diagnosis of patients and the development of therapeutic gene.

  6. Independent Gene Discovery and Testing

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    Palsule, Vrushalee; Coric, Dijana; Delancy, Russell; Dunham, Heather; Melancon, Caleb; Thompson, Dennis; Toms, Jamie; White, Ashley; Shultz, Jeffry

    2010-01-01

    A clear understanding of basic gene structure is critical when teaching molecular genetics, the central dogma and the biological sciences. We sought to create a gene-based teaching project to improve students' understanding of gene structure and to integrate this into a research project that can be implemented by instructors at the secondary level…

  7. Compositional gradients in Gramineae genes

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    Wong, Gane Ka-Shu; Wang, Jun; Tao, Lin

    2002-01-01

    In this study, we describe a property of Gramineae genes, and perhaps all monocot genes, that is not observed in eudicot genes. Along the direction of transcription, beginning at the junction of the 5'-UTR and the coding region, there are gradients in GC content, codon usage, and amino-acid usage...

  8. Decationized polyplexes for gene delivery

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    Novo, L.; Mastrobattista, E.; Nostrum, van C.F.; Lammers, T.G.G.M.; Hennink, W.E.

    2015-01-01

    Gene therapy has received much attention in the field of drug delivery. Synthetic, nonviral gene delivery systems have gained increasing attention as vectors for gene therapy mainly due to a favorable immunogenicity profile and ease of manufacturing as compared to viral vectors. The great majority o

  9. Ascidian gene-expression profiles

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    Jeffery, William R.

    2002-01-01

    With the advent of gene-expression profiling, a large number of genes can now be investigated simultaneously during critical stages of development. This approach will be particularly informative in studies of ascidians, basal chordates whose genomes and embryology are uniquely suited for mapping developmental gene networks.

  10. Isolating intrinsic noise sources in a stochastic genetic switch

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    The stochastic mutual repressor model is analysed using perturbation methods. This simple model of a gene circuit consists of two genes and three promotor states. Either of the two protein products can dimerize, forming a repressor molecule that binds to the promotor of the other gene. When the repressor is bound to a promotor, the corresponding gene is not transcribed and no protein is produced. Either one of the promotors can be repressed at any given time or both can be unrepressed, leaving three possible promotor states. This model is analysed in its bistable regime in which the deterministic limit exhibits two stable fixed points and an unstable saddle, and the case of small noise is considered. On small time scales, the stochastic process fluctuates near one of the stable fixed points, and on large time scales, a metastable transition can occur, where fluctuations drive the system past the unstable saddle to the other stable fixed point. To explore how different intrinsic noise sources affect these tran...

  11. Gene electrotransfer in clinical trials

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    Gehl, Julie

    2014-01-01

    Electroporation is increasingly being used for delivery of chemotherapy to tumors. Likewise, gene delivery by electroporation is rapidly gaining momentum for both vaccination purposes and for delivery of genes coding for other therapeutic molecules, such as chronic diseases or cancer. This chapte...... describes how gene therapy may be performed using electric pulses to enhance uptake and expression.......Electroporation is increasingly being used for delivery of chemotherapy to tumors. Likewise, gene delivery by electroporation is rapidly gaining momentum for both vaccination purposes and for delivery of genes coding for other therapeutic molecules, such as chronic diseases or cancer. This chapter...

  12. Gene therapy of liver cancer

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    Ruben Hernandez-Alcoceba; Bruno Sangro; Jesus Prieto

    2006-01-01

    The application of gene transfer technologies to the treatment of cancer has led to the development of new experimental approaches like gene directed enzyme/prodrug therapy (GDEPT), inhibition of oncogenes and restoration of tumor-suppressor genes. In addition,gene therapy has a big impact on other fields like cancer immunotherapy, anti-angiogenic therapy and virotherapy.These strategies are being evaluated for the treatment of primary and metastatic liver cancer and some of them have reached clinical phases. We present a review on the basis and the actual status of gene therapy approaches applied to liver cancer.

  13. Classifying genes to the correct Gene Ontology Slim term in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using neighbouring genes with classification learning

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    Tsatsoulis Costas; Amthauer Heather A

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background There is increasing evidence that gene location and surrounding genes influence the functionality of genes in the eukaryotic genome. Knowing the Gene Ontology Slim terms associated with a gene gives us insight into a gene's functionality by informing us how its gene product behaves in a cellular context using three different ontologies: molecular function, biological process, and cellular component. In this study, we analyzed if we could classify a gene in Saccharomyces ce...

  14. Gene finding in novel genomes

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    Korf Ian

    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Computational gene prediction continues to be an important problem, especially for genomes with little experimental data. Results I introduce the SNAP gene finder which has been designed to be easily adaptable to a variety of genomes. In novel genomes without an appropriate gene finder, I demonstrate that employing a foreign gene finder can produce highly inaccurate results, and that the most compatible parameters may not come from the nearest phylogenetic neighbor. I find that foreign gene finders are more usefully employed to bootstrap parameter estimation and that the resulting parameters can be highly accurate. Conclusion Since gene prediction is sensitive to species-specific parameters, every genome needs a dedicated gene finder.

  15. 肝细胞癌多基因启动子甲基化与预后关系的研究%THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ABERRANT PROMOTER METHYLATION OF MULTIPLE GENES AND PROGNOSIS IN HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA

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    彭晓春; 耿小平; 朱立新; 孙昀; 李晓明

    2011-01-01

    To study the relationship between the gene promoter methylation state of DAPK, FHIT and SLIT2 genes and the clinical pronosis of patient in hepatocellular carcinoma ( HCC). Methods The technique of methylation-specific PCR ( MSP) was adopted to investigate the promoter hypermethylalion of DAPK,FHIT 及 SLIT2 genes in 50 HCCs after a curative resection. The relationship between the frequency of hypermethylation of the genes and tumor recrudescence data was analyzed. Results In all patients with HCC, the frequency of hypermethylation in DAPK ,FHIT and SLIT2 were 82. 0% , 68. 0% and 54. 0% , respectively. We divided all those cases into two groups according to the follow-up neoplasm recurrence results( group I ; the group of one year without tumor recrudescence, group Ⅱ : the group of less than one year with tumor recrudescence) . In group I , the frequency of hypermethyla tion in DAPK,FHIT and SLIT2 were 76. 9% , 53. 8% , 50. 0% , respectively; in group II they were 87. 5% , 83. 3% , 58. 3% , re spectively. Those three genes have higer frequency among group D , The frequency hypermethylation of FHIT gene is especially higher in group II (P = 0. 036). In group Ⅱ , there is twenty-two cases which have two or three genes hypermethylation; and in group Ⅰ, the cases are fifteen. There is a statistical prognosis difference between them ( P = 0. 006 ) . Conclusions Hypermethylation of multiple gene promotors are common events in HCC. In patients with HCC, aberrant DNA methylation is significantly associated with poor prog nosis. FHIT maybe can serve as a biomarker for the prognosis, after a curative resection.%目的 了解肝细胞癌(hepatucellular carcinoma,HCC)中,DAPK、FHIT及SLIT2基因的甲基化状况与病人生存预后的关系.方法 应用甲基化特异性PCR(methylation- specific PCR,MSP)技术,检测50例HCC组织中上述基因启动子区域的甲基化状况,并分析每种基因甲基化情况和肿瘤复发之间相关性.结果 50

  16. GeneDistiller--distilling candidate genes from linkage intervals.

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    Dominik Seelow

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Linkage studies often yield intervals containing several hundred positional candidate genes. Different manual or automatic approaches exist for the determination of the gene most likely to cause the disease. While the manual search is very flexible and takes advantage of the researchers' background knowledge and intuition, it may be very cumbersome to collect and study the relevant data. Automatic solutions on the other hand usually focus on certain models, remain "black boxes" and do not offer the same degree of flexibility. METHODOLOGY: We have developed a web-based application that combines the advantages of both approaches. Information from various data sources such as gene-phenotype associations, gene expression patterns and protein-protein interactions was integrated into a central database. Researchers can select which information for the genes within a candidate interval or for single genes shall be displayed. Genes can also interactively be filtered, sorted and prioritised according to criteria derived from the background knowledge and preconception of the disease under scrutiny. CONCLUSIONS: GeneDistiller provides knowledge-driven, fully interactive and intuitive access to multiple data sources. It displays maximum relevant information, while saving the user from drowning in the flood of data. A typical query takes less than two seconds, thus allowing an interactive and explorative approach to the hunt for the candidate gene. ACCESS: GeneDistiller can be freely accessed at http://www.genedistiller.org.

  17. RANGE: Gene Transfer of Reversibly Controlled Polycistronic Genes

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    Yiwei Chen

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    Full Text Available We developed a single vector recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV expression system for spatial and reversible control of polycistronic gene expression. Our approach (i integrates the advantages of the tetracycline (Tet-controlled transcriptional silencer tTSKid and the self-cleaving 2A peptide bridge, (ii combines essential regulatory components as an autoregulatory loop, (iii simplifies the gene delivery scheme, and (iv regulates multiple genes in a synchronized manner. Controlled by an upstream Tet-responsive element (TRE, both the ubiquitous chicken β-actin promoter (CAG and the neuron-specific synapsin-1 promoter (Syn could regulate expression of tTSKid together with two 2A-linked reporter genes. Transduction in vitro exhibited maximally 50-fold regulation by doxycycline (Dox. Determined by gene delivery method as well as promoter, highly specific tissues were transduced in vivo. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI visualized reversible “ON/OFF” gene switches over repeated “Doxy-Cycling” in living mice. Thus, the reversible rAAV-mediated N-cistronic gene expression system, termed RANGE, may serve as a versatile tool to achieve reversible polycistronic gene regulation for the study of gene function as well as gene therapy.

  18. RANGE: Gene Transfer of Reversibly Controlled Polycistronic Genes.

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    Chen, Yiwei; Cao, Liji; Luo, Chonglin; Ditzel, Désirée Aw; Peter, Jörg; Sprengel, Rolf

    2013-04-09

    We developed a single vector recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) expression system for spatial and reversible control of polycistronic gene expression. Our approach (i) integrates the advantages of the tetracycline (Tet)-controlled transcriptional silencer tTS(Kid) and the self-cleaving 2A peptide bridge, (ii) combines essential regulatory components as an autoregulatory loop, (iii) simplifies the gene delivery scheme, and (iv) regulates multiple genes in a synchronized manner. Controlled by an upstream Tet-responsive element (TRE), both the ubiquitous chicken β-actin promoter (CAG) and the neuron-specific synapsin-1 promoter (Syn) could regulate expression of tTS(Kid) together with two 2A-linked reporter genes. Transduction in vitro exhibited maximally 50-fold regulation by doxycycline (Dox). Determined by gene delivery method as well as promoter, highly specific tissues were transduced in vivo. Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) visualized reversible "ON/OFF" gene switches over repeated "Doxy-Cycling" in living mice. Thus, the reversible rAAV-mediated N-cistronic gene expression system, termed RANGE, may serve as a versatile tool to achieve reversible polycistronic gene regulation for the study of gene function as well as gene therapy.Molecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids (2013) 2, e85; doi:10.1038/mtna.2013.15; published online 9 April 2013.

  19. Genes, Children and Pediatricians

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    Full Text Available A male newborn, presenting hipotonia and posterior parietal bossing, developed, in the first 12 hours of life, refusal to feed and hypoglycaemia. A cranial ultrasound, skull X-ray and CT scan revealed an occipital and parietal fracture with an underlying haematoma and extensive extracranial soft-tissue swelling. He was submitted to surgical drainage. After 24 hours: new intracerebral bleeding. At the age of two-months he presented abnormal skin and sparse kinky hair. Serum copper and caeruloplasmin levels were below the normal range. Molecular diagnosis of Menkes disease was made by the identification of a new mutation in ATP7A gene.

  20. MUTATIONS IN CALMODULIN GENES

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    The present invention relates to an isolated polynucleotide encoding at least a part of calmodulin and an isolated polypeptide comprising at least a part of a calmodulin protein, wherein the polynucleotide and the polypeptide comprise at least one mutation associated with a cardiac disorder. The ...... the binding of calmodulin to ryanodine receptor 2 and use of such compound in a treatment of an individual having a cardiac disorder. The invention further provides a kit that can be used to detect specific mutations in calmodulin encoding genes....

  1. MUTATIONS IN CALMODULIN GENES

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    The present invention relates to an isolated polynucleotide encoding at least a part of calmodulin and an isolated polypeptide comprising at least a part of a calmodulin protein, wherein the polynucleotide and the polypeptide comprise at least one mutation associated with a cardiac disorder...... the binding of calmodulin to ryanodine receptor 2 and use of such compound in a treatment of an individual having a cardiac disorder. The invention further provides a kit that can be used to detect specific mutations in calmodulin encoding genes....

  2. Genes and Disease: Prader-Willi Syndrome

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    ... MD): National Center for Biotechnology Information (US); 1998-. Genes and Disease [Internet]. Show details National Center for ... 45K) PDF version of this title (3.8M) Gene sequence Genome view see gene locations Entrez Gene ...

  3. Alcoholism: genes and mechanisms.

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    Oroszi, Gabor; Goldman, David

    2004-12-01

    Alcoholism is a chronic relapsing/remitting disease that is frequently unrecognized and untreated, in part because of the partial efficacy of treatment. Only approximately one-third of patients remain abstinent and one-third have fully relapsed 1 year after withdrawal from alcohol, with treated patients doing substantially better than untreated [1]. The partial effectiveness of strategies for prevention and treatment, and variation in clinical course and side effects, represent a challenge and an opportunity to better understand the neurobiology of addiction. The strong heritability of alcoholism suggests the existence of inherited functional variants of genes that alter the metabolism of alcohol and variants of other genes that alter the neurobiologies of reward, executive cognitive function, anxiety/dysphoria, and neuronal plasticity. Each of these neurobiologies has been identified as a critical domain in the addictions. Functional alleles that alter alcoholism-related intermediate phenotypes include common alcohol dehydrogenase 1B and aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 variants that cause the aversive flushing reaction; catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) Val158Met leading to differences in three aspects of neurobiology: executive cognitive function, stress/anxiety response, and opioid function; opioid receptor micro1 (OPRM1) Asn40Asp, which may serve as a gatekeeper molecule in the action of naltrexone, a drug used in alcoholism treatment; and HTTLPR, which alters serotonin transporter function and appears to affect stress response and anxiety/dysphoria, which are factors relevant to initial vulnerability, the process of addiction, and relapse.

  4. Tetraspanin genes in plants.

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    Wang, Feng; Vandepoele, Klaas; Van Lijsebettens, Mieke

    2012-07-01

    Tetraspanins represent a four-transmembrane protein superfamily with a conserved structure and amino acid residues that are present in mammals, insects, fungi and plants. Tetraspanins interact with each other or with other membrane proteins to form tetraspanin-enriched microdomains that play important roles in development, pathogenesis and immune responses via facilitating cell-cell adhesion and fusion, ligand binding and intracellular trafficking. Here, we emphasize evolutionary aspects within the plant kingdom based on genomic sequence information. A phylogenetic tree based on 155 tetraspanin genes of 11 plant species revealed ancient and fast evolving clades. Tetraspanins were only present in multicellular plants, were often duplicated in the plant genomes and predicted by the electronic Fluorescent Pictograph for gene expression analysis to be either functionally redundant or divergent. Tetraspanins contain a large extracellular loop with conserved cysteines that provide the binding sites for the interactions. The Arabidopsis thaliana TETRASPANIN1/TORNADO2/EKEKO has a function in leaf and root patterning and TETRASPANIN3 was identified in the plasmodesmatal proteome, suggesting a role in cell-cell communication during plant development.

  5. Improvements to cardiovascular gene ontology.

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    Lovering, Ruth C; Dimmer, Emily C; Talmud, Philippa J

    2009-07-01

    Gene Ontology (GO) provides a controlled vocabulary to describe the attributes of genes and gene products in any organism. Although one might initially wonder what relevance a 'controlled vocabulary' might have for cardiovascular science, such a resource is proving highly useful for researchers investigating complex cardiovascular disease phenotypes as well as those interpreting results from high-throughput methodologies. GO enables the current functional knowledge of individual genes to be used to annotate genomic or proteomic datasets. In this way, the GO data provides a very effective way of linking biological knowledge with the analysis of the large datasets of post-genomics research. Consequently, users of high-throughput methodologies such as expression arrays or proteomics will be the main beneficiaries of such annotation sets. However, as GO annotations increase in quality and quantity, groups using small-scale approaches will gradually begin to benefit too. For example, genome wide association scans for coronary heart disease are identifying novel genes, with previously unknown connections to cardiovascular processes, and the comprehensive annotation of these novel genes might provide clues to their cardiovascular link. At least 4000 genes, to date, have been implicated in cardiovascular processes and an initiative is underway to focus on annotating these genes for the benefit of the cardiovascular community. In this article we review the current uses of Gene Ontology annotation to highlight why Gene Ontology should be of interest to all those involved in cardiovascular research.

  6. Chromatin analysis of occluded genes

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    Lee, Jae Hyun; Gaetz, Jedidiah; Bugarija, Branimir; Fernandes, Croydon J.; Snyder, Gregory E.; Bush, Eliot C.; Lahn, Bruce T.

    2009-01-01

    We recently described two opposing states of transcriptional competency. One is termed ‘competent’ whereby a gene is capable of responding to trans-acting transcription factors of the cell, such that it is active if appropriate transcriptional activators are present, though it can also be silent if activators are absent or repressors are present. The other is termed ‘occluded’ whereby a gene is silenced by cis-acting, chromatin-based mechanisms in a manner that blocks it from responding to trans-acting factors, such that it is silent even when activators are present in the cellular milieu. We proposed that gene occlusion is a mechanism by which differentiated cells stably maintain their phenotypic identities. Here, we describe chromatin analysis of occluded genes. We found that DNA methylation plays a causal role in maintaining occlusion for a subset of occluded genes. We further examined a variety of other chromatin marks typically associated with transcriptional silencing, including histone variants, covalent histone modifications and chromatin-associated proteins. Surprisingly, we found that although many of these marks are robustly linked to silent genes (which include both occluded genes and genes that are competent but silent), none is linked specifically to occluded genes. Although the observation does not rule out a possible causal role of these chromatin marks in occlusion, it does suggest that these marks might be secondary effect rather than primary cause of the silent state in many genes. PMID:19380460

  7. Identification of genes and gene products necessary for bacterial bioluminescence.

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    Engebrecht, J; Silverman, M.

    1984-01-01

    Expression of luminescence in Escherichia coli was recently achieved by cloning genes from the marine bacterium Vibrio fischeri. One DNA fragment on a hybrid plasmid encoded regulatory functions and enzymatic activities necessary for light production. We report the results of a genetic analysis to identify the luminescence genes (lux) that reside on this recombinant plasmid. lux gene mutations were generated by hydroxylamine treatment, and these mutations were ordered on a linear map by compl...

  8. GENE MUTATIONS, GENETIC DISEASE AND PHARMACOGENETIC GENES DISORDER

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    Ishak

    2010-01-01

    Somatic cell mutation is able to create genetic variance in a cell population and can induce cancer and tumor when gene mutations took place at repressor gene in controlling cell cycles such as p53 gene. Whereas germline cell mutation can cause genetic disease such as sickle cell anemia, breast cancer, thalassemia, parkinson’s as well as defect of biochemical pathway that influence drug-receptor interaction, which has negative effect and lead to hospitalized of patient. Most of reports mentio...

  9. PROAPOPTOTIC FUNCTION OF FHIT GENE

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    QIU Zhe-fu; HAN De-min; ZHANG Luo; ZHANG Wei

    2006-01-01

    Tumor suppressor gene plays an important role in maintaining the homeostasis between cell loss and growth. Fragile in maintaining the homeostasis between cell loss and growth. Fragile histidine triad (FHIT) gene found recently was studied in a deep going way; it becomes the focus as a result of its roleof ep going way; it becomes the focus as a result of its roleof anti-tumor in human various type of tissue. Due to the high efficiency of FHIT gene benefiting the anti-tumor, it is proposed gh efficiency of FHIT gene benefiting the anti-tumor, it is proposed as a candidate of tumor suppressor gene though there are several opposite opinions.several opposite opinions. We stress the summary of some properties of FHIT gene on proapoptosis according to the published data which showed gene on proapoptosis according to the published data which showed the stronger proapoptotic function of FHIT gene; the apoptosis induced by FHIT depends on the expression level and status of ene; the apoptosis induced by FHIT depends on the expression level and status of FHIT; and FHIT gene can alternate the cell cycling properties and reduce the tumorigenic potential; the apoptotic process e can alternate the cell cycling properties and reduce the tumorigenic potential; the apoptotic process induced by FHIT has no relation to p53 gene. In a ward, in consideration of its multiple functions against malignancies, FHIT in consideration of its multiple functions against malignancies, FHIT gene deserves attention and exploration as a selective target for searching the mechanism of tumorigenesis and clinical et for searching the mechanism of tumorigenesis and clinical therapeutic applications in further.le histidine triad (FHIT) gene; Apoptosis; Tumorigenesis; Tumor suppressor gene deserves attention and exploration as a selective target for searching the mechanism of tumorigenesis and clinical therapeutic applications in further.

  10. Regulation of gene expression by Goodwin's loop with many genes

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    Sielewiesiuk, Jan; Łopaciuk, Agata

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents a simple analysis of a long Goodwin's loop containing many genes. The genes form a closed series. The rate of transcription of any gene is up or down regulated by theprotein product of the preceding gene. We describe the loop with a system of ordinary differential equations of order s. Oscillatory solutions of the system are possible at the odd number of repressions and any number of inductions if the product of all Hill's coefficients, related to both repressions and inductions, is larger than:

  11. Gene: a gene-centered information resource at NCBI.

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    Brown, Garth R; Hem, Vichet; Katz, Kenneth S; Ovetsky, Michael; Wallin, Craig; Ermolaeva, Olga; Tolstoy, Igor; Tatusova, Tatiana; Pruitt, Kim D; Maglott, Donna R; Murphy, Terence D

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    The National Center for Biotechnology Information's (NCBI) Gene database (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gene) integrates gene-specific information from multiple data sources. NCBI Reference Sequence (RefSeq) genomes for viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes are the primary foundation for Gene records in that they form the critical association between sequence and a tracked gene upon which additional functional and descriptive content is anchored. Additional content is integrated based on the genomic location and RefSeq transcript and protein sequence data. The content of a Gene record represents the integration of curation and automated processing from RefSeq, collaborating model organism databases, consortia such as Gene Ontology, and other databases within NCBI. Records in Gene are assigned unique, tracked integers as identifiers. The content (citations, nomenclature, genomic location, gene products and their attributes, phenotypes, sequences, interactions, variation details, maps, expression, homologs, protein domains and external databases) is available via interactive browsing through NCBI's Entrez system, via NCBI's Entrez programming utilities (E-Utilities and Entrez Direct) and for bulk transfer by FTP.

  12. Gene expression analysis identifies global gene dosage sensitivity in cancer

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    Fehrmann, Rudolf S. N.; Karjalainen, Juha M.; Krajewska, Malgorzata;

    2015-01-01

    expression. We reanalyzed 77,840 expression profiles and observed a limited set of 'transcriptional components' that describe well-known biology, explain the vast majority of variation in gene expression and enable us to predict the biological function of genes. On correcting expression profiles...... for these components, we observed that the residual expression levels (in 'functional genomic mRNA' profiling) correlated strongly with copy number. DNA copy number correlated positively with expression levels for 99% of all abundantly expressed human genes, indicating global gene dosage sensitivity. By applying...

  13. PDMAEMA based gene delivery materials

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    Seema Agarwal

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Gene transfection is the transfer of genetic material like DNA into cells. Cationic polymers which form nanocomplexes with DNA, so-called non-viral gene vectors, are a highly promising platform for efficient gene transfection. Despite intensive research efforts and some of the on-going clinical trials on gene transfection, none of the existing cationic polymer systems are generally acceptable for human gene therapy. Since the process of gene transfection is complex and puts different challenges and demands on the delivery system, there is a strong requirement for the design and development of a multifunctional system in a simple way. This review will discuss recent efforts in design, synthesis, and performance of poly(2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (PDMAEMA nanocomplexes with DNA.

  14. Gene targeting with retroviral vectors

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    Ellis, J.; Bernstein, A. (Toronto Univ., ON (Canada))

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    The authors have designed and constructed integration-defective retroviral vectors to explore their potential for gene targeting in mammalian cells. Two nonoverlapping deletion mutants of the bacterial neomycin resistance (neo) gene were used to detect homologous recombination events between viral and chromosomal sequences. Stable neo gene correction events were selected at a frequency of approximately 1 G418/sup r/ cell per 3 x 10/sup 6/ infected cells. Analysis of the functional neo gene in independent targeted cell clones indicated that unintegrated retroviral linear DNA recombined with the target by gene conversion for variable distances into regions of nonhomology. In addition, transient neo gene correction events which were associated with the complete loss of the chromosomal target sequences were observed. These results demonstrated that retroviral vectors can recombine with homologous chromosomal sequences in rodent and human cells.

  15. Brief isoflurane anaesthesia affects differential gene expression, gene ontology and gene networks in rat brain.

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    Lowes, Damon A; Galley, Helen F; Moura, Alessandro P S; Webster, Nigel R

    2017-01-15

    Much is still unknown about the mechanisms of effects of even brief anaesthesia on the brain and previous studies have simply compared differential expression profiles with and without anaesthesia. We hypothesised that network analysis, in addition to the traditional differential gene expression and ontology analysis, would enable identification of the effects of anaesthesia on interactions between genes. Rats (n=10 per group) were randomised to anaesthesia with isoflurane in oxygen or oxygen only for 15min, and 6h later brains were removed. Differential gene expression and gene ontology analysis of microarray data was performed. Standard clustering techniques and principal component analysis with Bayesian rules were used along with social network analysis methods, to quantitatively model and describe the gene networks. Anaesthesia had marked effects on genes in the brain with differential regulation of 416 probe sets by at least 2 fold. Gene ontology analysis showed 23 genes were functionally related to the anaesthesia and of these, 12 were involved with neurotransmitter release, transport and secretion. Gene network analysis revealed much greater connectivity in genes from brains from anaesthetised rats compared to controls. Other importance measures were also altered after anaesthesia; median [range] closeness centrality (shortest path) was lower in anaesthetized animals (0.07 [0-0.30]) than controls (0.39 [0.30-0.53], pgenes after anaesthesia and suggests future targets for investigation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. How eukaryotic genes are transcribed

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    Venters, Bryan J; Pugh, B. Franklin

    2009-01-01

    Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression is far more complex than one might have imagined thirty years ago. However, progress towards understanding gene regulatory mechanisms has been rapid and comprehensive, which has made the integration of detailed observations into broadly connected concepts a challenge. This review attempts to integrate the following concepts: 1) a well-defined organization of nucleosomes and modification states at most genes, 2) regulatory networks of sequence-specific ...

  17. Gene set analysis for GWAS

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    Debrabant, Birgit; Soerensen, Mette

    2014-01-01

    Abstract We discuss the use of modified Kolmogorov-Smirnov (KS) statistics in the context of gene set analysis and review corresponding null and alternative hypotheses. Especially, we show that, when enhancing the impact of highly significant genes in the calculation of the test statistic...... parameter and the genesis and distribution of the gene-level statistics, and illustrate the effects of differential weighting in a real-life example....

  18. Gene and genome parameters of mammalian liver circadian genes (LCGs.

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    Full Text Available The mammalian circadian system controls various physiology processes and behavior responses by regulating thousands of circadian genes with rhythmic expressions. In this study, we redefined circadian-regulated genes based on published results in the mouse liver and compared them with other gene groups defined relative to circadian regulations, especially the non-circadian-regulated genes expressed in liver at multiple molecular levels from gene position to protein expression based on integrative analyses of different datasets from the literature. Based on the intra-tissue analysis, the liver circadian genes or LCGs show unique features when compared to other gene groups. First, LCGs in general have less neighboring genes and larger in both genomic and 3'-UTR lengths but shorter in CDS (coding sequence lengths. Second, LCGs have higher mRNA and protein abundance, higher temporal expression variations, and shorter mRNA half-life. Third, more than 60% of LCGs form major co-expression clusters centered in four temporal windows: dawn, day, dusk, and night. In addition, larger and smaller LCGs are found mainly expressed in the day and night temporal windows, respectively, and we believe that LCGs are well-partitioned into the gene expression regulatory network that takes advantage of gene size, expression constraint, and chromosomal architecture. Based on inter-tissue analysis, more than half of LCGs are ubiquitously expressed in multiple tissues but only show rhythmical expression in one or limited number of tissues. LCGs show at least three-fold lower expression variations across the temporal windows than those among different tissues, and this observation suggests that temporal expression variations regulated by the circadian system is relatively subtle as compared with the tissue expression variations formed during development. Taken together, we suggest that the circadian system selects gene parameters in a cost effective way to improve tissue

  19. Testing for gene-gene interaction with AMMI models.

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    Barhdadi, Amina; Dubé, Marie-Pierre

    2010-01-01

    Studies have shown that many common diseases are influenced by multiple genes and their interactions. There is currently a strong interest in testing for association between combinations of these genes and disease, in particular because genes that affect the risk of disease only in the presence of another genetic variant may not be detected in marginal analysis. In this paper we propose the use of additive main effect and multiplicative interaction (AMMI) models to detect and to quantify gene-gene interaction effects for a quantitative trait. The objective of the present research is to demonstrate the practical advantages of these models to describe complex interaction between two unlinked loci. Although gene-gene interactions have often been defined as a deviance from additive genetic effects, the residual term has generally not been appropriately treated. The AMMI models allow for the analysis of a two way factorial data structure and combine the analysis of variance of the two main genotype effects with a principal component analysis of the residual multiplicative interaction. The AMMI models for gene-gene interaction presented here allow for the testing of non additivity between the two loci, and also describe how their interaction structure fits the existing non-additivity. Moreover, these models can be used to identify the specific two genotypes combinations that contribute to the significant gene-gene interaction. We describe the use of the biplot to display the structure of the interaction and evaluate the performance of the AMMI and the special cases of the AMMI previously described by Tukey and Mandel with simulated data sets. Our simulated study showed that the AMMI model is as powerful as general linear models when the interaction is not modeled in the presence of marginal effects. However, in the presence of pure epitasis, i.e. in the absence of marginal effects, the AMMI method was not found to be superior to other tested regression methods.

  20. Introduction: Cancer Gene Networks.

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    Clarke, Robert

    2017-01-01

    Constructing, evaluating, and interpreting gene networks generally sits within the broader field of systems biology, which continues to emerge rapidly, particular with respect to its application to understanding the complexity of signaling in the context of cancer biology. For the purposes of this volume, we take a broad definition of systems biology. Considering an organism or disease within an organism as a system, systems biology is the study of the integrated and coordinated interactions of the network(s) of genes, their variants both natural and mutated (e.g., polymorphisms, rearrangements, alternate splicing, mutations), their proteins and isoforms, and the organic and inorganic molecules with which they interact, to execute the biochemical reactions (e.g., as enzymes, substrates, products) that reflect the function of that system. Central to systems biology, and perhaps the only approach that can effectively manage the complexity of such systems, is the building of quantitative multiscale predictive models. The predictions of the models can vary substantially depending on the nature of the model and its inputoutput relationships. For example, a model may predict the outcome of a specific molecular reaction(s), a cellular phenotype (e.g., alive, dead, growth arrest, proliferation, and motility), a change in the respective prevalence of cell or subpopulations, a patient or patient subgroup outcome(s). Such models necessarily require computers. Computational modeling can be thought of as using machine learning and related tools to integrate the very high dimensional data generated from modern, high throughput omics technologies including genomics (next generation sequencing), transcriptomics (gene expression microarrays; RNAseq), metabolomics and proteomics (ultra high performance liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry), and "subomic" technologies to study the kinome, methylome, and others. Mathematical modeling can be thought of as the use of ordinary

  1. Genes, evolution and intelligence.

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    Bouchard, Thomas J

    2014-11-01

    I argue that the g factor meets the fundamental criteria of a scientific construct more fully than any other conception of intelligence. I briefly discuss the evidence regarding the relationship of brain size to intelligence. A review of a large body of evidence demonstrates that there is a g factor in a wide range of species and that, in the species studied, it relates to brain size and is heritable. These findings suggest that many species have evolved a general-purpose mechanism (a general biological intelligence) for dealing with the environments in which they evolved. In spite of numerous studies with considerable statistical power, we know of very few genes that influence g and the effects are very small. Nevertheless, g appears to be highly polygenic. Given the complexity of the human brain, it is not surprising that that one of its primary faculties-intelligence-is best explained by the near infinitesimal model of quantitative genetics.

  2. Gene-environment interaction.

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    Manuck, Stephen B; McCaffery, Jeanne M

    2014-01-01

    With the advent of increasingly accessible technologies for typing genetic variation, studies of gene-environment (G×E) interactions have proliferated in psychological research. Among the aims of such studies are testing developmental hypotheses and models of the etiology of behavioral disorders, defining boundaries of genetic and environmental influences, and identifying individuals most susceptible to risk exposures or most amenable to preventive and therapeutic interventions. This research also coincides with the emergence of unanticipated difficulties in detecting genetic variants of direct association with behavioral traits and disorders, which may be obscured if genetic effects are expressed only in predisposing environments. In this essay we consider these and other rationales for positing G×E interactions, review conceptual models meant to inform G×E interpretations from a psychological perspective, discuss points of common critique to which G×E research is vulnerable, and address the role of the environment in G×E interactions.

  3. Angiogenin gene polymorphism

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    Hongli Wang; Dongsheng Fan; Yingshuang Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Angiogenin is associated with the pathogenesis of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Here, we se-quenced the coding region of the angiogenin gene in genomic DNA from 207 patients with type 2 diabetes mel itus (129 diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients and 78 diabetic non-neuropathy pa-tients) and 268 healthy controls. Al subjects were from the Han population of northern China. No mutations were found. We then compared the genotype and allele frequencies of the angiogenin synonymous single nucleotide polymorphism rs11701 between the diabetic peripheral neuropathy patients and controls, and between the diabetic neuropathy and non-neuropathy patients, using a case-control design. We detected no statistical y significant genetic associations. Angiogenin may not be associated with genetic susceptibility to diabetic peripheral neuropathy in the Han population of northern China.

  4. Gene therapy in the cornea.

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    Mohan, Rajiv R; Sharma, Ajay; Netto, Marcelo V; Sinha, Sunilima; Wilson, Steven E

    2005-09-01

    Technological advances in the field of gene therapy has prompted more than three hundred phase I and phase II gene-based clinical trials for the treatment of cancer, AIDS, macular degeneration, cardiovascular, and other monogenic diseases. Besides treating diseases, gene transfer technology has been utilized for the development of preventive and therapeutic vaccines for malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis A, B and C viruses, AIDS, and influenza. The potential therapeutic applications of gene transfer technology are enormous. The cornea is an excellent candidate for gene therapy because of its accessibility and immune-privileged nature. In the last two decades, various viral vectors, such as adeno, adeno-associated, retro, lenti, and herpes simplex, as well as non-viral methods, were examined for introducing DNA into corneal cells in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo. Most of these studies used fluorescent or non-fluorescent marker genes to track the level and duration of transgene expression in corneal cells. However, limited studies were directed to evaluate prospects of gene-based interventions for corneal diseases or disorders such as allograft rejection, laser-induced post-operative haze, herpes simplex keratitis, and wound healing in animal models. We will review the successes and obstacles impeding gene therapy approaches used for delivering genes into the cornea.

  5. Are TMEM genes potential candidate genes for panic disorder?

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    Gregersen, Noomi O; Buttenschøn, Henriette Nørmølle; Hedemand, Anne

    2014-01-01

    We analysed single nucleotide polymorphisms in two transmembrane genes (TMEM98 and TMEM132E) in panic disorder (PD) patients and control individuals from the Faroe Islands, Denmark and Germany. The genes encode single-pass membrane proteins and are located within chromosome 17q11.2-q12...

  6. Gene-gene Interaction Analyses for Atrial Fibrillation

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    Lin, Honghuang; Mueller-Nurasyid, Martina; Smith, Albert V; Arking, Dan E; Barnard, John; Bartz, Traci M; Lunetta, Kathryn L; Lohman, Kurt; Kleber, Marcus E; Lubitz, Steven A; Geelhoed, Bastiaan; Trompet, Stella; Niemeijer, Maartje N; Kacprowski, Tim; Chasman, Daniel I; Klarin, Derek; Sinner, Moritz F; Waldenberger, Melanie; Meitinger, Thomas; Harris, Tamara B; Launer, Lenore J; Soliman, Elsayed Z; Chen, Lin Y; Smith, Jonathan D; Van Wagoner, David R; Rotter, Jerome I; Psaty, Bruce M; Xie, Zhijun; Hendricks, Audrey E; Ding, Jingzhong; Delgado, Graciela E; Verweij, Niek; van der Harst, Pim; Macfarlane, Peter W; Ford, Ian; Hofman, Albert; Uitterlinden, André; Heeringa, Jan; Franco, Oscar H; Kors, Jan A; Weiss, Stefan; Völzke, Henry; Rose, Lynda M; Natarajan, Pradeep; Kathiresan, Sekar; Kääb, Stefan; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Alonso, Alvaro; Chung, Mina K; Heckbert, Susan R; Benjamin, Emelia J; Liu, Yongmei; März, Winfried; Rienstra, Michiel; Jukema, J Wouter; Stricker, Bruno H; Dörr, Marcus; Albert, Christine M; Ellinor, Patrick T

    2016-01-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heritable disease that affects more than thirty million individuals worldwide. Extensive efforts have been devoted to the study of genetic determinants of AF. The objective of our study is to examine the effect of gene-gene interaction on AF susceptibility. We performed

  7. Gene-gene Interaction Analyses for Atrial Fibrillation

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    H. Lin (Honghuang); M. Mueller-Nurasyid; A.V. Smith (Albert Vernon); D.E. Arking (Dan); J. Barnard (John); T.M. Bartz (Traci M.); K.L. Lunetta (Kathryn); K. Lohman (Kurt); M.E. Kleber (Marcus); S.A. Lubitz (Steven); Geelhoed, B. (Bastiaan); S. Trompet (Stella); M.N. Niemeijer (Maartje); T. Kacprowski (Tim); D.I. Chasman (Daniel); Klarin, D. (Derek); M.F. Sinner (Moritz); M. Waldenberger (Melanie); T. Meitinger (Thomas); T.B. Harris (Tamara); Launer, L.J. (Lenore J.); E.Z. Soliman (Elsayed Z.); L. Chen (Lin); J.D. Smith (Jonathan); D.R. van Wagoner (David); Rotter, J.I. (Jerome I.); B.M. Psaty (Bruce); Xie, Z. (Zhijun); A.E. Hendricks (Audrey E.); Ding, J. (Jingzhong); G.E. Delgado (Graciela E.); N. Verweij (Niek); P. van der Harst (Pim); P.W. MacFarlane (Peter); I. Ford (Ian); A. Hofman (Albert); A.G. Uitterlinden (André); J. Heeringa (Jan); O.H. Franco (Oscar); J.A. Kors (Jan); Weiss, S. (Stefan); H. Völzke (Henry); L.M. Rose (Lynda); Natarajan, P. (Pradeep); S. Kathiresan (Sekar); S. Kääb (Stefan); V. Gudnason (Vilmundur); A. Alonso (Alvaro); M.K. Chung (Mina); S.R. Heckbert (Susan); E.J. Benjamin (Emelia); Y. Liu (Yongmei); W. März (Winfried); S.A. Rienstra; J.W. Jukema (Jan Wouter); B.H.Ch. Stricker (Bruno); M. Dörr (Marcus); C.M. Albert (Christine); P.T. Ellinor (Patrick)

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    textabstractAtrial fibrillation (AF) is a heritable disease that affects more than thirty million individuals worldwide. Extensive efforts have been devoted to the study of genetic determinants of AF. The objective of our study is to examine the effect of gene-gene interaction on AF susceptibility.

  8. Classifying genes to the correct Gene Ontology Slim term in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using neighbouring genes with classification learning

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    Tsatsoulis Costas

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is increasing evidence that gene location and surrounding genes influence the functionality of genes in the eukaryotic genome. Knowing the Gene Ontology Slim terms associated with a gene gives us insight into a gene's functionality by informing us how its gene product behaves in a cellular context using three different ontologies: molecular function, biological process, and cellular component. In this study, we analyzed if we could classify a gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to its correct Gene Ontology Slim term using information about its location in the genome and information from its nearest-neighbouring genes using classification learning. Results We performed experiments to establish that the MultiBoostAB algorithm using the J48 classifier could correctly classify Gene Ontology Slim terms of a gene given information regarding the gene's location and information from its nearest-neighbouring genes for training. Different neighbourhood sizes were examined to determine how many nearest neighbours should be included around each gene to provide better classification rules. Our results show that by just incorporating neighbour information from each gene's two-nearest neighbours, the percentage of correctly classified genes to their correct Gene Ontology Slim term for each ontology reaches over 80% with high accuracy (reflected in F-measures over 0.80 of the classification rules produced. Conclusions We confirmed that in classifying genes to their correct Gene Ontology Slim term, the inclusion of neighbour information from those genes is beneficial. Knowing the location of a gene and the Gene Ontology Slim information from neighbouring genes gives us insight into that gene's functionality. This benefit is seen by just including information from a gene's two-nearest neighbouring genes.

  9. Classifying genes to the correct Gene Ontology Slim term in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using neighbouring genes with classification learning.

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    Amthauer, Heather A; Tsatsoulis, Costas

    2010-05-28

    There is increasing evidence that gene location and surrounding genes influence the functionality of genes in the eukaryotic genome. Knowing the Gene Ontology Slim terms associated with a gene gives us insight into a gene's functionality by informing us how its gene product behaves in a cellular context using three different ontologies: molecular function, biological process, and cellular component. In this study, we analyzed if we could classify a gene in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to its correct Gene Ontology Slim term using information about its location in the genome and information from its nearest-neighbouring genes using classification learning. We performed experiments to establish that the MultiBoostAB algorithm using the J48 classifier could correctly classify Gene Ontology Slim terms of a gene given information regarding the gene's location and information from its nearest-neighbouring genes for training. Different neighbourhood sizes were examined to determine how many nearest neighbours should be included around each gene to provide better classification rules. Our results show that by just incorporating neighbour information from each gene's two-nearest neighbours, the percentage of correctly classified genes to their correct Gene Ontology Slim term for each ontology reaches over 80% with high accuracy (reflected in F-measures over 0.80) of the classification rules produced. We confirmed that in classifying genes to their correct Gene Ontology Slim term, the inclusion of neighbour information from those genes is beneficial. Knowing the location of a gene and the Gene Ontology Slim information from neighbouring genes gives us insight into that gene's functionality. This benefit is seen by just including information from a gene's two-nearest neighbouring genes.

  10. On meme--gene coevolution.

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    Bull, L; Holland, O; Blackmore, S

    2000-01-01

    In this article we examine the effects of the emergence of a new replicator, memes, on the evolution of a pre-existing replicator, genes. Using a version of the NKCS model we examine the effects of increasing the rate of meme evolution in relation to the rate of gene evolution, for various degrees of interdependence between the two replicators. That is, the effects of memes' (suggested) more rapid rate of evolution in comparison to that of genes is investigated using a tunable model of coevolution. It is found that, for almost any degree of interdependence between the two replicators, as the rate of meme evolution increases, a phase transition-like dynamic occurs under which memes have a significantly detrimental effect on the evolution of genes, quickly resulting in the cessation of effective gene evolution. Conversely, the memes experience a sharp increase in benefit from increasing their rate of evolution. We then examine the effects of enabling genes to reduce the percentage of gene-detrimental evolutionary steps taken by memes. Here a critical region emerges as the comparative rate of meme evolution increases, such that if genes cannot effectively select memes a high percentage of the time, they suffer from meme evolution as if they had almost no selective capability.

  11. Susceptibility Genes in Thyroid Autoimmunity

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    Yoshiyuki Ban

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD are complex diseases which are caused by an interaction between susceptibility genes and environmental triggers. Genetic susceptibility in combination with external factors (e.g. dietary iodine is believed to initiate the autoimmune response to thyroid antigens. Abundant epidemiological data, including family and twin studies, point to a strong genetic influence on the development of AITD. Various techniques have been employed to identify the genes contributing to the etiology of AITD, including candidate gene analysis and whole genome screening. These studies have enabled the identification of several loci (genetic regions that are linked with AITD, and in some of these loci, putative AITD susceptibility genes have been identified. Some of these genes/loci are unique to Graves' disease (GD and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT and some are common to both the diseases, indicating that there is a shared genetic susceptibility to GD and HT. The putative GD and HT susceptibility genes include both immune modifying genes (e.g. HLA, CTLA-4 and thyroid specific genes (e.g. TSHR, Tg. Most likely, these loci interact and their interactions may influence disease phenotype and severity.

  12. The flow of gene expression.

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    Misteli, Tom

    2004-03-01

    Gene expression is a highly interconnected multistep process. A recent meeting in Iguazu Falls, Argentina, highlighted the need to uncover both the molecular details of each single step as well as the mechanisms of coordination among processes in order to fully understand the expression of genes.

  13. Phytochrome-regulated Gene Expression

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    Peter H. Quail

    2007-01-01

    Identification of all genes involved in the phytochrome (phy)-mediated responses of plants to their light environment is an important goal in providing an overall understanding of light-regulated growth and development. This article highlights and integrates the central findings of two recent comprehensive studies in Arabidopsis that have identified the genome-wide set of phy-regulated genes that respond rapidly to red-light signals upon first exposure of dark-grown seedlings, and have tested the functional relevance to normal seedling photomorphogenesis of an initial subset of these genes. The data: (a) reveal considerable complexity in the channeling of the light signals through the different phy-family members (phyA to phyE) to responsive genes; (b) identify a diversity of transcription-factor-encoding genes as major early, if not primary, targets of phy signaling, and, therefore, as potentially important regulators in the transcriptional-network hierarchy; and (c) identify auxin-related genes as the dominant class among rapidly-regulated, hormone-related genes. However, reverse-genetic functional profiling of a selected subset of these genes reveals that only a limited fraction are necessary for optimal phy-induced seedling deetiolation.

  14. Candidate genes for behavioural ecology

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    Fitzpatrick, M.J.; Ben-Sahar, Y.; Smid, H.M.; Vet, L.E.M.; Robinson, G.E.; Sokolowski, M.B.

    2005-01-01

    In spite of millions of years of evolutionary divergence, the conservation of gene function is common across distant lineages. As such, genes that are known to influence behaviour in one organism are likely to influence similar behaviours in other organisms. Recent studies of the evolution of behavi

  15. Candidate gene prioritization with Endeavour.

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    Tranchevent, Léon-Charles; Ardeshirdavani, Amin; ElShal, Sarah; Alcaide, Daniel; Aerts, Jan; Auboeuf, Didier; Moreau, Yves

    2016-07-08

    Genomic studies and high-throughput experiments often produce large lists of candidate genes among which only a small fraction are truly relevant to the disease, phenotype or biological process of interest. Gene prioritization tackles this problem by ranking candidate genes by profiling candidates across multiple genomic data sources and integrating this heterogeneous information into a global ranking. We describe an extended version of our gene prioritization method, Endeavour, now available for six species and integrating 75 data sources. The performance (Area Under the Curve) of Endeavour on cross-validation benchmarks using 'gold standard' gene sets varies from 88% (for human phenotypes) to 95% (for worm gene function). In addition, we have also validated our approach using a time-stamped benchmark derived from the Human Phenotype Ontology, which provides a setting close to prospective validation. With this benchmark, using 3854 novel gene-phenotype associations, we observe a performance of 82%. Altogether, our results indicate that this extended version of Endeavour efficiently prioritizes candidate genes. The Endeavour web server is freely available at https://endeavour.esat.kuleuven.be/.

  16. Determining Semantically Related Significant Genes.

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    Taha, Kamal

    2014-01-01

    GO relation embodies some aspects of existence dependency. If GO term xis existence-dependent on GO term y, the presence of y implies the presence of x. Therefore, the genes annotated with the function of the GO term y are usually functionally and semantically related to the genes annotated with the function of the GO term x. A large number of gene set enrichment analysis methods have been developed in recent years for analyzing gene sets enrichment. However, most of these methods overlook the structural dependencies between GO terms in GO graph by not considering the concept of existence dependency. We propose in this paper a biological search engine called RSGSearch that identifies enriched sets of genes annotated with different functions using the concept of existence dependency. We observe that GO term xcannot be existence-dependent on GO term y, if x- and y- have the same specificity (biological characteristics). After encoding into a numeric format the contributions of GO terms annotating target genes to the semantics of their lowest common ancestors (LCAs), RSGSearch uses microarray experiment to identify the most significant LCA that annotates the result genes. We evaluated RSGSearch experimentally and compared it with five gene set enrichment systems. Results showed marked improvement.

  17. The cda GenoTox assay: A new and sensitive method for detection of environmental genotoxins, including nitroarenes and aromatic amines

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    Østergaard, Trine G.; Hansen, Lars Henrik; Binderup, Mona-Lise;

    2007-01-01

    A new bacterial test system for detection of genotoxic compounds was developed, based on two new Sahnonella typhimurium tester strains, TGO1 and TGO2. Both strains contain a gene fusion between a strong SOS-promotor, P-cda, and the gfp gene, which allows detection of genotoxic compounds that indu...

  18. Nonviral Vectors for Gene Delivery

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    Baoum, Abdulgader Ahmed

    2011-12-01

    The development of nonviral vectors for safe and efficient gene delivery has been gaining considerable attention recently. An ideal nonviral vector must protect the gene against degradation by nuclease in the extracellular matrix, internalize the plasma membrane, escape from the endosomal compartment, unpackage the gene at some point and have no detrimental effects. In comparison to viruses, nonviral vectors are relatively easy to synthesize, less immunogenic, low in cost, and have no limitation in the size of a gene that can be delivered. Significant progress has been made in the basic science and applications of various nonviral gene delivery vectors; however, the majority of nonviral approaches are still inefficient and often toxic. To this end, two nonviral gene delivery systems using either biodegradable poly(D,L-lactide- co-glycolide) (PLG) nanoparticles or cell penetrating peptide (CPP) complexes have been designed and studied using A549 human lung epithelial cells. PLG nanoparticles were optimized for gene delivery by varying particle surface chemistry using different coating materials that adsorb to the particle surface during formation. A variety of cationic coating materials were studied and compared to more conventional surfactants used for PLG nanoparticle fabrication. Nanoparticles (˜200 nm) efficiently encapsulated plasmids encoding for luciferase (80-90%) and slowly released the same for two weeks. After a delay, moderate levels of gene expression appeared at day 5 for certain positively charged PLG particles and gene expression was maintained for at least two weeks. In contrast, gene expression mediated by polyethyleneimine (PEI) ended at day 5. PLG particles were also significantly less cytotoxic than PEI suggesting the use of these vehicles for localized, sustained gene delivery to the pulmonary epithelium. On the other hand, a more simple method to synthesize 50-200 nm complexes capable of high transfection efficiency or high gene knockdown was

  19. Delivery systems for gene therapy

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    Shrikant Mali

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The structure of DNA was unraveled by Watson and Crick in 1953, and two decades later Arber, Nathans and Smith discovered DNA restriction enzymes, which led to the rapid growth in the field of recombinant DNA technology. From expressing cloned genes in bacteria to expressing foreign DNA in transgenic animals, DNA is now slated to be used as a therapeutic agent to replace defective genes in patients suffering from genetic disorders or to kill tumor cells in cancer patients. Gene therapy provides modern medicine with new perspectives that were unthinkable two decades ago. Progress in molecular biology and especially, molecular medicine is now changing the basics of clinical medicine. A variety of viral and non-viral possibilities are available for basic and clinical research. This review summarizes the delivery routes and methods for gene transfer used in gene therapy.

  20. Function analysis of unknown genes

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    Rogowska-Wrzesinska, A.

    2002-01-01

      This thesis entitled "Function analysis of unknown genes" presents the use of proteome analysis for the characterisation of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) genes and their products (proteins especially those of unknown function). This study illustrates that proteome analysis can be used...... to describe different aspects of molecular biology of the cell, to study changes that occur in the cell due to overexpression or deletion of a gene and to identify various protein modifications. The biological questions and the results of the described studies show the diversity of the information that can...... genes and proteins. It reports the first global proteome database collecting 36 yeast single gene deletion mutants and selecting over 650 differences between analysed mutants and the wild type strain. The obtained results show that two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry based proteome...

  1. Nanoparticles for retinal gene therapy.

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    Conley, Shannon M; Naash, Muna I

    2010-09-01

    Ocular gene therapy is becoming a well-established field. Viral gene therapies for the treatment of Leber's congentinal amaurosis (LCA) are in clinical trials, and many other gene therapy approaches are being rapidly developed for application to diverse ophthalmic pathologies. Of late, development of non-viral gene therapies has been an area of intense focus and one technology, polymer-compacted DNA nanoparticles, is especially promising. However, development of pharmaceutically and clinically viable therapeutics depends not only on having an effective and safe vector but also on a practical treatment strategy. Inherited retinal pathologies are caused by mutations in over 220 genes, some of which contain over 200 individual disease-causing mutations, which are individually very rare. This review will focus on both the progress and future of nanoparticles and also on what will be required to make them relevant ocular pharmaceutics. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Gene targeting in malaria parasites.

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    Ménard, R; Janse, C

    1997-10-01

    Gene targeting, which permits alteration of a chosen gene in a predetermined way by homologous recombination, is an emerging technology in malaria research. Soon after the development of techniques for stable transformation of red blood cell stages of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium berghei, genes of interest were disrupted in the two species. The main limitations of gene targeting in malaria parasites result from the intracellular growth and slow replication of these parasites. On the other hand, the technology is facilitated by the very high rate of homologous recombination following transformation with targeting constructs (approximately 100%). Here, we describe (i) the vector design and the type of mutation that may be generated in a target locus, (ii) the selection and screening strategies that can be used to identify clones with the desired modification, and (iii) the protocol that was used for disrupting the circumsporozoite protein (CS) and thrombospondin-related anonymous protein (TRAP) genes of P. berghei.

  3. Gene expression profiling: can we identify the right target genes?

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    J. E. Loyd

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Gene expression profiling allows the simultaneous monitoring of the transcriptional behaviour of thousands of genes, which may potentially be involved in disease development. Several studies have been performed in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF, which aim to define genetic links to the disease in an attempt to improve the current understanding of the underlying pathogenesis of the disease and target pathways for intervention. Expression profiling has shown a clear difference in gene expression between IPF and normal lung tissue, and has identified a wide range of candidate genes, including those known to encode for proteins involved in extracellular matrix formation and degradation, growth factors and chemokines. Recently, familial pulmonary fibrosis cohorts have been examined in an attempt to detect specific genetic mutations associated with IPF. To date, these studies have identified families in which IPF is associated with mutations in the gene encoding surfactant protein C, or with mutations in genes encoding components of telomerase. Although rare and clearly not responsible for the disease in all individuals, the nature of these mutations highlight the importance of the alveolar epithelium in disease pathogenesis and demonstrate the potential for gene expression profiling in helping to advance the current understanding of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

  4. Genes, Economics, and Happiness *

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    De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel; Christakis, Nicholas A.; Fowler, James H.; Frey, Bruno S.

    2012-01-01

    We explore the influence of genetic variation on subjective well-being by employing a twin design and genetic association study. In a nationally-representative twin sample, we first show that about 33% of the variation in life satisfaction is explained by genetic variation. Although previous studies have shown that baseline happiness is significantly heritable, little research has considered molecular genetic associations with subjective well-being. We study the relationship between a functional polymorphism on the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) and life satisfaction. We initially find that individuals with the longer, transcriptionally more efficient variant of this genotype report greater life satisfaction (n=2,545, p=0.012). However, our replication attempts on independent samples produce mixed results indicating that more work needs to be done to better understand the relationship between this genotype and subjective well-being. This work has implications for how economists think about the determinants of utility, and the extent to which exogenous shocks might affect individual well-being. PMID:24349601

  5. Genes, Economics, and Happiness.

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    De Neve, Jan-Emmanuel; Christakis, Nicholas A; Fowler, James H; Frey, Bruno S

    2012-11-01

    We explore the influence of genetic variation on subjective well-being by employing a twin design and genetic association study. In a nationally-representative twin sample, we first show that about 33% of the variation in life satisfaction is explained by genetic variation. Although previous studies have shown that baseline happiness is significantly heritable, little research has considered molecular genetic associations with subjective well-being. We study the relationship between a functional polymorphism on the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) and life satisfaction. We initially find that individuals with the longer, transcriptionally more efficient variant of this genotype report greater life satisfaction (n=2,545, p=0.012). However, our replication attempts on independent samples produce mixed results indicating that more work needs to be done to better understand the relationship between this genotype and subjective well-being. This work has implications for how economists think about the determinants of utility, and the extent to which exogenous shocks might affect individual well-being.

  6. Gene Prediction Using Multinomial Probit Regression with Bayesian Gene Selection

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    Xiaodong Wang

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A critical issue for the construction of genetic regulatory networks is the identification of network topology from data. In the context of deterministic and probabilistic Boolean networks, as well as their extension to multilevel quantization, this issue is related to the more general problem of expression prediction in which we want to find small subsets of genes to be used as predictors of target genes. Given some maximum number of predictors to be used, a full search of all possible predictor sets is combinatorially prohibitive except for small predictors sets, and even then, may require supercomputing. Hence, suboptimal approaches to finding predictor sets and network topologies are desirable. This paper considers Bayesian variable selection for prediction using a multinomial probit regression model with data augmentation to turn the multinomial problem into a sequence of smoothing problems. There are multiple regression equations and we want to select the same strongest genes for all regression equations to constitute a target predictor set or, in the context of a genetic network, the dependency set for the target. The probit regressor is approximated as a linear combination of the genes and a Gibbs sampler is employed to find the strongest genes. Numerical techniques to speed up the computation are discussed. After finding the strongest genes, we predict the target gene based on the strongest genes, with the coefficient of determination being used to measure predictor accuracy. Using malignant melanoma microarray data, we compare two predictor models, the estimated probit regressors themselves and the optimal full-logic predictor based on the selected strongest genes, and we compare these to optimal prediction without feature selection.

  7. Therapeutic genes for anti-HIV/AIDS gene therapy.

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    Bovolenta, Chiara; Porcellini, Simona; Alberici, Luca

    2013-01-01

    The multiple therapeutic approaches developed so far to cope HIV-1 infection, such as anti-retroviral drugs, germicides and several attempts of therapeutic vaccination have provided significant amelioration in terms of life-quality and survival rate of AIDS patients. Nevertheless, no approach has demonstrated efficacy in eradicating this lethal, if untreated, infection. The curative power of gene therapy has been proven for the treatment of monogenic immunodeficiensies, where permanent gene modification of host cells is sufficient to correct the defect for life-time. No doubt, a similar concept is not applicable for gene therapy of infectious immunodeficiensies as AIDS, where there is not a single gene to be corrected; rather engineered cells must gain immunotherapeutic or antiviral features to grant either short- or long-term efficacy mostly by acquisition of antiviral genes or payloads. Anti-HIV/AIDS gene therapy is one of the most promising strategy, although challenging, to eradicate HIV-1 infection. In fact, genetic modification of hematopoietic stem cells with one or multiple therapeutic genes is expected to originate blood cell progenies resistant to viral infection and thereby able to prevail on infected unprotected cells. Ultimately, protected cells will re-establish a functional immune system able to control HIV-1 replication. More than hundred gene therapy clinical trials against AIDS employing different viral vectors and transgenes have been approved or are currently ongoing worldwide. This review will overview anti-HIV-1 infection gene therapy field evaluating strength and weakness of the transgenes and payloads used in the past and of those potentially exploitable in the future.

  8. Progress of gene targeting in mouse

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    2001-01-01

    Gene targeting is a powerful approach of study- ing the genefunction in vivo. Specific genetic modifications, including simple gene disruption, point mutations, large chromosomal deletions and rearrangements, targeted incor- poration of foreign genes, could be introduced into the mouse genome by gene targeting. Recent studies make it possible to do the gene targeting with temporal and spatial control.

  9. Human Lacrimal Gland Gene Expression

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    Aakalu, Vinay Kumar; Parameswaran, Sowmya; Maienschein-Cline, Mark; Bahroos, Neil; Shah, Dhara; Ali, Marwan; Krishnakumar, Subramanian

    2017-01-01

    Background The study of human lacrimal gland biology and development is limited. Lacrimal gland tissue is damaged or poorly functional in a number of disease states including dry eye disease. Development of cell based therapies for lacrimal gland diseases requires a better understanding of the gene expression and signaling pathways in lacrimal gland. Differential gene expression analysis between lacrimal gland and other embryologically similar tissues may be helpful in furthering our understanding of lacrimal gland development. Methods We performed global gene expression analysis of human lacrimal gland tissue using Affymetrix ® gene expression arrays. Primary data from our laboratory was compared with datasets available in the NLM GEO database for other surface ectodermal tissues including salivary gland, skin, conjunctiva and corneal epithelium. Results The analysis revealed statistically significant difference in the gene expression of lacrimal gland tissue compared to other ectodermal tissues. The lacrimal gland specific, cell surface secretory protein encoding genes and critical signaling pathways which distinguish lacrimal gland from other ectodermal tissues are described. Conclusions Differential gene expression in human lacrimal gland compared with other ectodermal tissue types revealed interesting patterns which may serve as the basis for future studies in directed differentiation among other areas. PMID:28081151

  10. Comprehensive resource: Skeletal gene database.

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    Jia, L; Ho, N C; Park, S S; Powell, J; Francomano, C A

    2001-01-01

    The Skeletal Gene Database (SGD) is an integrated resource that provides comprehensive information about bone-related genes, mRNA, and proteins expressed in human and mouse, with rich links to numerous other electronic tools. SGD contains expressed sequence tag (EST) data from all the skeletal-related cDNA libraries that are available to the public. It supplies the query/data access analytic tools for users to search and compare each gene expressed in skeletal tissue(s). The results derived from EST tissue expression profiling will allow users to get the data on the mRNA copy numbers of each gene expressed in each tissue and its normalized value. From the SGD, researchers can obtain information regarding the name, symbol, size, exon/intron number, chromosomal location, LocusLink, and related disease (if any is known) of each gene. This electronic compendium also furnishes information on the protein of the corresponding gene including the protein size (amino acid number and molecular weight). It provides swift and ready access to other useful databases including OMIM, UniGene and PUBMED. The data will be updated regularly in step with current and future research, thereby providing what we hope will serve as a highly useful source of information and a powerful analytic tool to the scientific community.

  11. GENES IN SPORT AND DOPING

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    Andrzej Pokrywka

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Genes control biological processes such as muscle production of energy, mitochondria biogenesis, bone formation erythropoiesis, angiogenesis, vasodilation, neurogenesis, etc. DNA profiling for athletes reveals genetic variations that may be associated with endurance ability, muscle performance and power exercise, tendon susceptibility to injuries and psychological aptitude. Already, over 200 genes relating to physical performance have been identified by several research groups. Athletes’ genotyping is developing as a tool for the formulation of personalized training and nutritional programmes to optimize sport training as well as for the prediction of exercise-related injuries. On the other hand, development of molecular technology and gene therapy creates a risk of non-therapeutic use of cells, genes and genetic elements to improve athletic performance. Therefore, the World Anti-Doping Agency decided to include prohibition of gene doping within their World Anti-Doping Code in 2003. In this review article, we will provide a current overview of genes for use in athletes’ genotyping and gene doping possibilities, including their development and detection techniques.

  12. Approaches for skeletal gene therapy.

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    Niyibizi, Christopher; Wallach, Corey J; Mi, Zhibao; Robbins, Paul D

    2002-01-01

    The role of gene therapy in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders continues to be an active area of research. As the etiology of many musculoskeletal diseases becomes increasingly understood, advances in cellular and gene therapy maybe applied to their potential treatment This review focuses on current investigational strategies to treat osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). OI is a varied group of genetic disorders that result in the diminished integrity of connective tissues as a result of alterations in the genes that encode for either the pro alpha1 or pro alpha2 component of type I collagen. Because most forms of OI result from dominant negative mutations, isolated gene replacement therapy is not a logical treatment option. The combined use of genetic manipulation and cellular transplantation, however, may provide a means to overcome this obstacle. This article describes the recent laboratory and clinical advances in cell therapy, highlights potential techniques being investigated to suppress the expression of the mutant allele with antisense gene therapy, and attempts to deliver collagen genes to bone cells. The challenges that the investigators face in their quest for the skeletal gene therapy are also discussed.

  13. Linking Genes to Cardiovascular Diseases: Gene Action and Gene-Environment Interactions.

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    Pasipoularides, Ares

    2015-12-01

    A unique myocardial characteristic is its ability to grow/remodel in order to adapt; this is determined partly by genes and partly by the environment and the milieu intérieur. In the "post-genomic" era, a need is emerging to elucidate the physiologic functions of myocardial genes, as well as potential adaptive and maladaptive modulations induced by environmental/epigenetic factors. Genome sequencing and analysis advances have become exponential lately, with escalation of our knowledge concerning sometimes controversial genetic underpinnings of cardiovascular diseases. Current technologies can identify candidate genes variously involved in diverse normal/abnormal morphomechanical phenotypes, and offer insights into multiple genetic factors implicated in complex cardiovascular syndromes. The expression profiles of thousands of genes are regularly ascertained under diverse conditions. Global analyses of gene expression levels are useful for cataloging genes and correlated phenotypes, and for elucidating the role of genes in maladies. Comparative expression of gene networks coupled to complex disorders can contribute insights as to how "modifier genes" influence the expressed phenotypes. Increasingly, a more comprehensive and detailed systematic understanding of genetic abnormalities underlying, for example, various genetic cardiomyopathies is emerging. Implementing genomic findings in cardiology practice may well lead directly to better diagnosing and therapeutics. There is currently evolving a strong appreciation for the value of studying gene anomalies, and doing so in a non-disjointed, cohesive manner. However, it is challenging for many-practitioners and investigators-to comprehend, interpret, and utilize the clinically increasingly accessible and affordable cardiovascular genomics studies. This survey addresses the need for fundamental understanding in this vital area.

  14. Viral vectors for gene transfer: current status of gene therapeutics.

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    Heilbronn, Regine; Weger, Stefan

    2010-01-01

    Gene therapy for the correction of inherited or acquired disease has gained increasing importance in recent years. Successful treatment of children suffering from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) was achieved using retrovirus vectors for gene transfer. Encouraging improvements of vision were reported in a genetic eye disorder (LCA) leading to early childhood blindness. Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors were used for gene transfer in these trials. This chapter gives an overview of the design and delivery of viral vectors for the transport of a therapeutic gene into a target cell or tissue. The construction and production of retrovirus, lentivirus, and AAV vectors are covered. The focus is on production methods suitable for biopharmaceutical upscaling and for downstream processing. Quality control measures and biological safety considerations for the use of vectors in clinical trials are discussed.

  15. [Cloning and characterization of CMO gene from Atriplex hortensis].

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    Shen, Y G; Du, B X; Zhang, J S; Chen, S Y

    2001-01-01

    Glycine betaine is a widespread osmopretectant existed in many organisms. In higher plant, glycine betaine is synthesized via a two-sep oxidation reaction: choline-->betaine aldehyde-->glycine betaine. The first step, also the speed-limiting step, is catalyzed by choline monooxygenase(CMO). Choosing halophyte Atriplex hortensis as material, we constructed a salt stress-induced cDNA library, and isolated a 1.77 kb length cDNA clone with spinach CMO cDNA as probe. The sequencing result showed a complete Open Reading Frame encoding a 438-amino-acid polypeptide which was 81% and 72% identified to CMO sequences of spinach and sugar beet in amino acid homology respectively. Compared with the CMO from spinach and sugar beet, the AhCMO had one conserved Rieske-Type [2Fe-2S] cluster-binding region and one conserved mononuclear Fe-binding motif. The expression pattern of AhCMO under salt stress was also stuied, the transcriptional level of AhCMO raised about three folds after the plant was treated with brine for 4 days. The AhCMO was then transfered into tobacco(Nictiana tabacum var. Xanthi) with 35S promotor and seven transgenic plants were certified by northern blot, these plants displayed some salt- and drought-stress tolerance when grew well on MS medium contained 1.2% NaCl or 10% PEG while the control was stagnated under the same cndition.

  16. [Pathogenicity and pneumococcal capsular genes].

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    García, E; García, P; López, R

    1994-01-01

    Pneumococci remain to be one of the most prominent human pathogens. Increasing efforts are being dedicated to the development of improved vaccines with wider specificity. Since a clear understanding of the genetics of capsular types in Streptococcus pneumoniae is missing, our efforts are oriented to characterize, at the molecular level, the genes involved in capsular polysaccharide biosynthesis. We have cloned and sequenced a chromosomal DNA fragment of a clinical isolate of type 3 pneumococcus and showed that it contains a type 3 specific gene as well as genes common to other serotypes.

  17. Panspermia and horizontal gene transfer

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    Klyce, Brig

    2009-08-01

    Evidence that extremophiles are hardy and ubiquitous is helping to make panspermia a respectable theory. But even if life on Earth originally came from space, biologists assume that the subsequent evolution of life is still governed by the darwinian paradigm. In this review we show how panspermia could amend darwinism and point to a cosmic source for, not only extremophiles but, all of life. This version of panspermia can be called "strong panspermia." To support this theory we will discuss recent evidence pertaining to horizontal gene transfer, viruses, genes apparently older than the Earthly evolution of the features they encode, and primate-specific genes without identifiable precursors.

  18. The Gene Ontology (GO) project in 2006

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    2006-01-01

    The Gene Ontology (GO) project (http://www.geneontology.org) develops and uses a set of structured, controlled vocabularies for community use in annotating genes, gene products and sequences (also see http://song.sourceforge.net...

  19. The Gene Ontology project in 2008

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    The Gene Ontology (GO) project (http://www.geneontology.org/) provides a set of structured, controlled vocabularies for community use in annotating genes, gene products and sequences (also see http://www.sequenceontology.org...

  20. Integrating Gene Ontology and Blast to predict gene functions

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    WANG Cheng-gang; MO Zhi-hong

    2007-01-01

    A GoBlast system was built to predict gene function by integrating Blast search and Gene Ontology (GO) annotations together. The operation system was based on Debian Linux 3.1, with Apache as the web server and Mysql database as the data storage system. FASTA files with GO annotations were taken as the sequence source for blast alignment, which were formatted by wu-formatdb program. The GoBlast system includes three Bioperl modules in Perl: a data input module, a data process module and a data output module. A GoBlast query starts with an amino acid or nucleotide sequence. It ends with an output in an html page, presenting high scoring gene products which are of a high homology to the queried sequence and listing associated GO terms beside respective gene poducts. A simple click on a GO term leads to the detailed explanation of the specific gene function. This avails gene function prediction by Blast. GoBlast can be a very useful tool for functional genome research and is available for free at http://bioq.org/goblast.

  1. Gene function prediction based on the Gene Ontology hierarchical structure.

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    Cheng, Liangxi; Lin, Hongfei; Hu, Yuncui; Wang, Jian; Yang, Zhihao

    2014-01-01

    The information of the Gene Ontology annotation is helpful in the explanation of life science phenomena, and can provide great support for the research of the biomedical field. The use of the Gene Ontology is gradually affecting the way people store and understand bioinformatic data. To facilitate the prediction of gene functions with the aid of text mining methods and existing resources, we transform it into a multi-label top-down classification problem and develop a method that uses the hierarchical relationships in the Gene Ontology structure to relieve the quantitative imbalance of positive and negative training samples. Meanwhile the method enhances the discriminating ability of classifiers by retaining and highlighting the key training samples. Additionally, the top-down classifier based on a tree structure takes the relationship of target classes into consideration and thus solves the incompatibility between the classification results and the Gene Ontology structure. Our experiment on the Gene Ontology annotation corpus achieves an F-value performance of 50.7% (precision: 52.7% recall: 48.9%). The experimental results demonstrate that when the size of training set is small, it can be expanded via topological propagation of associated documents between the parent and child nodes in the tree structure. The top-down classification model applies to the set of texts in an ontology structure or with a hierarchical relationship.

  2. Cloning the Promoter of the Human Adiponectin Gene and Research on its Luciferase Activity%脂联素调控序列荧光素酶报告基因荧光素酶活性的分析

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    崔琳; 李强; 路玲玲; 宰军华; 张莎莎

    2013-01-01

    目的:通过将1 100 bp长度的人脂联素(adiponectin,AD)启动子上游的调控基因(包括启动子,-1066 To+4 bp)插入荧光素酶报告基因载体pGL3-Basic中,构建成含启动子调控序列的荧光素酶报告基因(pGL3-Basic-ADI1100),用于脂联素在中国仓鼠卵巢细胞(CHO)中的表达调控研究.方法:利用PCR技术扩增1 100 bp长度AD启动子片段,与PUC19T载体连接,将PUC19T-ADI1100质粒,及荧光素酶报告基因pGL3-Basic质粒转染大肠肝菌(DH5a)后扩增,提取并纯化PUC19T-ADI1100和pGL3-Basic;分别以KpnI,XhoI酶切pGL3-Basic;电泳并回收ADI1100片段和pGL3-Basic酶切大片段,在T4 DNA连接酶的作用下,将ADI1100片段插入荧光素酶报告基因pGL3-Basic中,并转染CHO细胞,检测荧光素酶报告基因活性.结果:通过酶切及基因测序的方法证实所构建质粒含有脂联素启动子上游调控序列;瞬时转染实验显示AD启动子在CHO细胞中的转录表达随时间的变化而升高,转染后48 h的双报告基因活性是pGL3-Basic的30倍.结论:该荧光素酶报告基因构建成功,为后续筛选有抑制肥胖作用的中药提供基础.%Objective: To clone the promoter of the adiponectin gene and investigate its transcriptional activity in the Chinese hamster ovary cells (CHO) cell lines. Method: The promoter of the human adiponectin gene was amplified from human genomic DNA by PCR, and then it was subcloned into PUC-19T and luciferase reporter gene. The Luciferase report systems with the promoter of the adiponectin gene were used to transfer CHO cells. The luciferase activities of the transferred cells were compared by luciferase assay. Result; The luciferase activity demonstrated that the constructed vector had the promotor activity. The CHO cells presented a stronger adiponectin promoter activity in 48 h than pGL-3basic vector. Conclusion; The human adiponecitin luciferase reporter gene vector has been constructed successfully, and it will become essential

  3. How eukaryotic genes are transcribed.

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    Venters, Bryan J; Pugh, B Franklin

    2009-06-01

    Regulation of eukaryotic gene expression is far more complex than one might have imagined 30 years ago. However, progress towards understanding gene regulatory mechanisms has been rapid and comprehensive, which has made the integration of detailed observations into broadly connected concepts a challenge. This review attempts to integrate the following concepts: (1) a well-defined organization of nucleosomes and modification states at most genes; (2) regulatory networks of sequence-specific transcription factors; (3) chromatin remodeling coupled to promoter assembly of the general transcription factors and RNA polymerase II; and (4) phosphorylation states of RNA polymerase II coupled to chromatin modification states during transcription. The wealth of new insights arising from the tools of biochemistry, genomics, cell biology, and genetics is providing a remarkable view into the mechanics of gene regulation.

  4. Gene Variants Reduce Opioid Risks

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    ... Opioids Prescription Drugs & Cold Medicines Steroids (Anabolic) Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice) Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts) Tobacco/Nicotine ... variant of the gene for the μ-opioid receptor (OPRM1) with a decreased risk for addiction to ...

  5. Gene therapy in ocular diseases

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    Singh Vijay

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Gene therapy is a novel form of drug delivery that enlists the synthetic machinery of the patient′s cells to produce a therapeutic agent. Genes may be delivered into cells in vitro or in vivo utilising viral or non-viral vectors. Recent technical advances have led to the demonstration of the molecular basis of various ocular diseases. Ocular disorders with the greatest potential for benefit of gene therapy include hereditary diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, tumours such as retinoblastoma or melanoma, and acquired proliferative and neovascular retinal disorders. Gene transfer into ocular tissues has been demonstrated with growing functional success and may develop into a new therapeutic tool for clinical ophthalmology in future.

  6. Plant gene technology: social considerations

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    African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 3 (3), pp. 156-158 ... The genetic modification of plants by gene technology is of immense potential benefits, but there may ... this modern age. ... advantages over the current rate of food production and.

  7. Genes That Influence Blood Pressure

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    ... Influence Blood Pressure Gene Linked to Optimism and Self-Esteem Designing New Diabetes Drugs Connect with Us Subscribe to get NIH Research Matters by email RSS Feed Facebook Email us Mailing Address: NIH Research Matters Bldg. ...

  8. MADS-box gene evolution - structure and transcription patterns

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    Johansen, Bo; Pedersen, Louise Buchholt; Skipper, Martin;

    2002-01-01

    Mads-box genes, ABC model, Evolution, Phylogeny, Transcription patterns, Gene structure, Conserved motifs......Mads-box genes, ABC model, Evolution, Phylogeny, Transcription patterns, Gene structure, Conserved motifs...

  9. The evolution of resistance gene in plants

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    BEN Haiyan; LIU Xuemin; LI Lijun; LIU Li

    2007-01-01

    Resistance genes enable plants to fight against plant pathogens. Plant resistance genes (R gene) are organized complexly in genome. Some resistance gene sequence data enable an insight into R gene structure and gene evolution. Some sites like Leucine-Rich Repeat (LRR) are of specific interest since homologous recombination can happen. Crossing over, transposon insertion and excision and mutation can produce new specificity. Three models explaining R gene evolution were discussed. More information needed for dissection of R gene evolution though some step can be inferred from genetic and sequence analysis.

  10. The Insect SNMP Gene Family

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    2009-01-01

    B 1 ( b o v ) Clade 3 - SNMPs Clade 2 Clade 1 CD36 Insect (Holometabola) CD36 Gene family Holometabola Phylogeny (11 Orders) Tribolium castaneum...melanogaster genes (see Nichols and Vogt, 2008). Bootstrap support (1000 replicates) is indicated for the major clades. B. Phylogeny of holometabolous...A. aegypti eggs were graciously provided by Mark Brown (University of Georgia, Department of Entomology) and raised on a larval diet (pond fish food

  11. Rice's Salt Tolerance Gene Cloned

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    2005-01-01

    @@ In cooperation with US colleagues, CAS researchers have made significant progress in their studies into functional genes for key agronomic traits by cloning SKC1, a salt-tolerant functional gene of rice and making clear its biological functions and mechanisms. This pioneering work,which was reported in the Oct. issue of Nature Genetics (37:1141-1146), is believed to hold promise to increase the output of the crop plant in this country.

  12. Genes de defensa en plantas

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    Carbonero Zalduegui, Pilar; García Olmedo, Francisco

    1994-01-01

    Se revisan los avances realizados en la caracterización de los genes que codifican para ciertas familias de proteínas vegetales que son tóxicas o inhibitorias frente a insectos, hongos y bacterias. La caracterización incluye el estudio in vitro de las propiedades de las proteínas purificadas y la experimentación in vivo con plantas transgénicas que expresan los genes correspondientes.

  13. Gene mutations in hepatocellular adenomas

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    Raft, Marie B; Jørgensen, Ernö N; Vainer, Ben

    2015-01-01

    is associated with bi-allelic mutations in the TCF1 gene and morphologically has marked steatosis. β-catenin activating HCA has increased activity of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway and is associated with possible malignant transformation. Inflammatory HCA is characterized by an oncogene-induced inflammation due....... This review offers an overview of the reported gene mutations associated with hepatocellular adenomas together with a discussion of the diagnostic and prognostic value....

  14. Immunoglobulin genes of the turtles.

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    Magadán-Mompó, Susana; Sánchez-Espinel, Christian; Gambón-Deza, Francisco

    2013-03-01

    The availability of reptile genomes for the use of the scientific community is an exceptional opportunity to study the evolution of immunoglobulin genes. The genome of Chrysemys picta bellii and Pelodiscus sinensis is the first one that has been reported for turtles. The scanning for immunoglobulin genes resulted in the presence of a complex locus for the immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH). This IGH locus in both turtles contains genes for 13 isotypes in C. picta bellii and 17 in P. sinensis. These correspond with one immunoglobulin M, one immunoglobulin D, several immunoglobulins Y (six in C. picta bellii and eight in P. sinensis), and several immunoglobulins that are similar to immunoglobulin D2 (five in C. picta belli and seven in P. sinensis) that was previously described in Eublepharis macularius. It is worthy to note that IGHD2 are placed in an inverted transcriptional orientation and present sequences for two immunoglobulin domains that are similar to bird IgA domains. Furthermore, its phylogenetic analysis allows us to consider about the presence of IGHA gene in a primitive reptile, so we would be dealing with the memory of the gene that originated from the bird IGHA. In summary, we provide a clear picture of the immunoglobulins present in a turtle, whose analysis supports the idea that turtles emerged from the evolutionary line from the differentiation of birds and the presence of the IGHA gene present in a common ancestor.

  15. Gene expression in colorectal cancer

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    Birkenkamp-Demtroder, Karin; Christensen, Lise Lotte; Olesen, Sanne Harder

    2002-01-01

    Understanding molecular alterations in colorectal cancer (CRC) is needed to define new biomarkers and treatment targets. We used oligonucleotide microarrays to monitor gene expression of about 6,800 known genes and 35,000 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) on five pools (four to six samples in each p...... with a high frequency of loss of heterozygosity. The genes and ESTs presented in this study encode new potential tumor markers as well as potential novel therapeutic targets for prevention or therapy of CRC.......Understanding molecular alterations in colorectal cancer (CRC) is needed to define new biomarkers and treatment targets. We used oligonucleotide microarrays to monitor gene expression of about 6,800 known genes and 35,000 expressed sequence tags (ESTs) on five pools (four to six samples in each...... pool) of total RNA from left-sided sporadic colorectal carcinomas. We compared normal tissue to carcinoma tissue from Dukes' stages A-D (noninvasive to distant metastasis) and identified 908 known genes and 4,155 ESTs that changed remarkably from normal to tumor tissue. Based on intensive filtering 226...

  16. Gene Polymorphisms in Chronic Periodontitis

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    Marja L. Laine

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We aimed to conduct a review of the literature for gene polymorphisms associated with chronic periodontitis (CP susceptibility. A comprehensive search of the literature in English was performed using the keywords: periodontitis, periodontal disease, combined with the words genes, mutation, or polymorphism. Candidate gene polymorphism studies with a case-control design and reported genotype frequencies in CP patients were searched and reviewed. There is growing evidence that polymorphisms in the IL1, IL6, IL10, vitamin D receptor, and CD14 genes may be associated with CP in certain populations. However, carriage rates of the rare (-allele of any polymorphism varied considerably among studies and most of the studies appeared under-powered and did not correct for other risk factors. Larger cohorts, well-defined phenotypes, control for other risk factors, and analysis of multiple genes and polymorphisms within the same pathway are needed to get a more comprehensive insight into the contribution of gene polymorphisms in CP.

  17. Homologous gene replacement in Physarum

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    Burland, T.G. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Pallotta, D. [Laval Univ., Quebec (Canada)

    1995-01-01

    The protist Physarum polycephalum is useful for analysis of several aspects of cellular and developmental biology. To expand the opportunities for experimental analysis of this organism, we have developed a method for gene replacement. We transformed Physarum amoebae with plasmid DNA carrying a mutant allele, ardD{Delta}1, of the ardD actin gene; ardD{Delta}1 mutates the critical carboxy-terminal region of the gene product. Because ardD is not expressed in the amoeba, replacement of ardD{sup +} with ardD{Delta}1 should not be lethal for this cell type. Transformants were obtained only when linear plasmid DNA was used. Most transformants carried one copy of ardD{Delta}1 in addition to ardD{sup +}, but in two (5%), ardD{sup +} was replaced by a single copy of ardD{Delta}1. This is the first example of homologous gene replacement in Physarum. ardD{Delta}1 was stably maintained in the genome through growth, development and meiosis. We found no effect of ardD{Delta}l on viability, growth, or development of any of the various cell types of Physarum. Thus, the carboxy-terminal region of the ardD product appears not to perform a unique essential role in growth or development. Nevertheless, this method for homologous gene replacement can be applied to analyze the function of any cloned gene. 38 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Cationic Bolaamphiphiles for Gene Delivery

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    Tan, Amelia Li Min; Lim, Alisa Xue Ling; Zhu, Yiting; Yang, Yi Yan; Khan, Majad

    2014-05-01

    Advances in medical research have shed light on the genetic cause of many human diseases. Gene therapy is a promising approach which can be used to deliver therapeutic genes to treat genetic diseases at its most fundamental level. In general, nonviral vectors are preferred due to reduced risk of immune response, but they are also commonly associated with low transfection efficiency and high cytotoxicity. In contrast to viral vectors, nonviral vectors do not have a natural mechanism to overcome extra- and intracellular barriers when delivering the therapeutic gene into cell. Hence, its design has been increasingly complex to meet challenges faced in targeting of, penetration of and expression in a specific host cell in achieving more satisfactory transfection efficiency. Flexibility in design of the vector is desirable, to enable a careful and controlled manipulation of its properties and functions. This can be met by the use of bolaamphiphile, a special class of lipid. Unlike conventional lipids, bolaamphiphiles can form asymmetric complexes with the therapeutic gene. The advantage of having an asymmetric complex lies in the different purposes served by the interior and exterior of the complex. More effective gene encapsulation within the interior of the complex can be achieved without triggering greater aggregation of serum proteins with the exterior, potentially overcoming one of the great hurdles faced by conventional single-head cationic lipids. In this review, we will look into the physiochemical considerations as well as the biological aspects of a bolaamphiphile-based gene delivery system.

  19. LOS ORÍGENES DE LA CIENCIA SEGÚN RENÉ GIRARD

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    Andrade,Gabriel

    2006-01-01

    Este artículo es una exposición de la teoría adelantada por René Girard, según la cual la ciencia tiene un origen cristiano. Antes de abordar la teoría formulada por Girard, se elabora una reseña de los argumentos que generalmente se han expuesto para atribuirle al cristianismo una participación en la formación de la actividad científica. De acuerdo a Girard, el cristianismo es el principal promotor de la ciencia, pues, censurando las persecuciones de minorías, abre el paso a la indagación so...

  20. Origin and evolution of new genes

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    LI Xin; YANG Shuang; PENG Lixin; CHEN Hong; WANG Wen

    2004-01-01

    Organisms have variable genome sizes andcontain different numbers of genes. This difference demonstrates that new gene origination is a fundamental process in evolutionary biology. Though the study of the origination of new genes dated back more than half a century ago, it is not until the 1990s when the first young genejingwei was found that empirical investigation of the molecular mechanisms of origination of new genes became possible. In the recent years,several young genes were identified and the studies on these genes have greatly enriched the knowledge of this field. Yet more details in a general picture of new genes origination are to be clarified. We have developed a systematic approach to searching for young genes at the genomic level, in the hope to summarize a general pattern of the origination and evolution of new genes, such as the rate of new gene appearance, impact of new genes on their host genomes, etc.

  1. Aphids acquired symbiotic genes via lateral gene transfer

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    Nakabachi Atsushi

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Aphids possess bacteriocytes, which are cells specifically differentiated to harbour the obligate mutualist Buchnera aphidicola (γ-Proteobacteria. Buchnera has lost many of the genes that appear to be essential for bacterial life. From the bacteriocyte of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, we previously identified two clusters of expressed sequence tags that display similarity only to bacterial genes. Southern blot analysis demonstrated that they are encoded in the aphid genome. In this study, in order to assess the possibility of lateral gene transfer, we determined the full-length sequences of these transcripts, and performed detailed structural and phylogenetic analyses. We further examined their expression levels in the bacteriocyte using real-time quantitative RT-PCR. Results Sequence similarity searches demonstrated that these fully sequenced transcripts are significantly similar to the bacterial genes ldcA (product, LD-carboxypeptidase and rlpA (product, rare lipoprotein A, respectively. Buchnera lacks these genes, whereas many other bacteria, including Escherichia coli, a close relative of Buchnera, possess both ldcA and rlpA. Molecular phylogenetic analysis clearly demonstrated that the aphid ldcA was derived from a rickettsial bacterium closely related to the extant Wolbachia spp. (α-Proteobacteria, Rickettsiales, which are intracellular symbionts of various lineages of arthropods. The evolutionary origin of rlpA was not fully resolved, but it was clearly demonstrated that its double-ψ β-barrel domain is of bacterial origin. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR demonstrated that ldcA and rlpA are expressed 11.6 and 154-fold higher in the bacteriocyte than in the whole body, respectively. LdcA is an enzyme required for recycling murein (peptidoglycan, which is a component of the bacterial cell wall. As Buchnera possesses a cell wall composed of murein but lacks ldcA, a high level of expression of the aphid ldcA in the

  2. Newer Gene Editing Technologies toward HIV Gene Therapy

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    Premlata Shankar

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Despite the great success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART in ameliorating the course of HIV infection, alternative therapeutic approaches are being pursued because of practical problems associated with life-long therapy. The eradication of HIV in the so-called “Berlin patient” who received a bone marrow transplant from a CCR5-negative donor has rekindled interest in genome engineering strategies to achieve the same effect. Precise gene editing within the cells is now a realistic possibility with recent advances in understanding the DNA repair mechanisms, DNA interaction with transcription factors and bacterial defense mechanisms. Within the past few years, four novel technologies have emerged that can be engineered for recognition of specific DNA target sequences to enable site-specific gene editing: Homing Endonuclease, ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9 system. The most recent CRISPR/Cas9 system uses a short stretch of complementary RNA bound to Cas9 nuclease to recognize and cleave target DNA, as opposed to the previous technologies that use DNA binding motifs of either zinc finger proteins or transcription activator-like effector molecules fused to an endonuclease to mediate sequence-specific DNA cleavage. Unlike RNA interference, which requires the continued presence of effector moieties to maintain gene silencing, the newer technologies allow permanent disruption of the targeted gene after a single treatment. Here, we review the applications, limitations and future prospects of novel gene-editing strategies for use as HIV therapy.

  3. Sequencing and Gene Expression Analysis of Leishmania tropica LACK Gene.

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    Nour Hammoudeh

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Leishmania Homologue of receptors for Activated C Kinase (LACK antigen is a 36-kDa protein, which provokes a very early immune response against Leishmania infection. There are several reports on the expression of LACK through different life-cycle stages of genus Leishmania, but only a few of them have focused on L.tropica.The present study provides details of the cloning, DNA sequencing and gene expression of LACK in this parasite species. First, several local isolates of Leishmania parasites were typed in our laboratory using PCR technique to verify of Leishmania parasite species. After that, LACK gene was amplified and cloned into a vector for sequencing. Finally, the expression of this molecule in logarithmic and stationary growth phase promastigotes, as well as in amastigotes, was evaluated by Reverse Transcription-PCR (RT-PCR technique.The typing result confirmed that all our local isolates belong to L.tropica. LACK gene sequence was determined and high similarity was observed with the sequences of other Leishmania species. Furthermore, the expression of LACK gene in both promastigotes and amastigotes forms was confirmed.Overall, the data set the stage for future studies of the properties and immune role of LACK gene products.

  4. The biology of novel animal genes: Mouse APEX gene knockout

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    MacInnes, M.; Altherr, M.R.; Ludwig, D. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Pedersen, R.; Mold, C. [Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA (United States)

    1997-07-01

    This is the final report of a one-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The controlled breeding of novel genes into mice, including the gene knockout (KO), or conversely by adding back transgenes provide powerful genetic technologies that together suffice to determine in large part the biological role(s) of novel genes. Inbred mouse remains the best understood and most useful mammalian experimental system available for tackling the biology of novel genes. The major mammalian apurinic/apyrimidinic (AP) endonuclease (APE), is involved in a key step in the repair of spontaneous and induced AP sites in DNA. Efficient repair of these lesions is imperative to prevent the stable incorporation of mutations into the cellular genome which may lead to cell death or transformation. Loss or modulation of base excison repair activity in vivo may elevate the spontaneous mutation rate in cells, and may lead to a substantial increase in the incidence of cancer. Despite extensive biochemical analysis, however, the significance of these individual APE functions in vivo has not been elucidated. Mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells heterozygous for a deletion mutation in APE have been generated and whole animals containing the APE mutation have been derived from these ES cells. Animals homozygous for the APE null mutation die early in gestation, underscoring the biological significance of this DNA repair gene.

  5. Newer gene editing technologies toward HIV gene therapy.

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    Manjunath, N; Yi, Guohua; Dang, Ying; Shankar, Premlata

    2013-11-14

    Despite the great success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in ameliorating the course of HIV infection, alternative therapeutic approaches are being pursued because of practical problems associated with life-long therapy. The eradication of HIV in the so-called "Berlin patient" who received a bone marrow transplant from a CCR5-negative donor has rekindled interest in genome engineering strategies to achieve the same effect. Precise gene editing within the cells is now a realistic possibility with recent advances in understanding the DNA repair mechanisms, DNA interaction with transcription factors and bacterial defense mechanisms. Within the past few years, four novel technologies have emerged that can be engineered for recognition of specific DNA target sequences to enable site-specific gene editing: Homing Endonuclease, ZFN, TALEN, and CRISPR/Cas9 system. The most recent CRISPR/Cas9 system uses a short stretch of complementary RNA bound to Cas9 nuclease to recognize and cleave target DNA, as opposed to the previous technologies that use DNA binding motifs of either zinc finger proteins or transcription activator-like effector molecules fused to an endonuclease to mediate sequence-specific DNA cleavage. Unlike RNA interference, which requires the continued presence of effector moieties to maintain gene silencing, the newer technologies allow permanent disruption of the targeted gene after a single treatment. Here, we review the applications, limitations and future prospects of novel gene-editing strategies for use as HIV therapy.

  6. [Developments in gene delivery vectors for ocular gene therapy].

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    Khabou, Hanen; Dalkara, Deniz

    2015-05-01

    Gene therapy is quickly becoming a reality applicable in the clinic for inherited retinal diseases. Its remarkable success in safety and efficacy, in clinical trials for Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA) type II generated significant interest and opened up possibilities for a new era of retinal gene therapies. Success in these clinical trials was mainly due to the favorable characteristics of the retina as a target organ. The eye offers several advantages as it is readily accessible and has some degree of immune privilege making it suitable for application of viral vectors. The viral vectors most frequently used for retinal gene delivery are lentivirus, adenovirus and adeno-associated virus (AAV). Here we will discuss the use of these viral vectors in retinal gene delivery with a strong focus on favorable properties of AAV. Thanks to its small size, AAV diffuses well in the inter-neural matrix making it suitable for applications in neural retina. Building on this initial clinical success with LCA II, we have now many opportunities to extend this proof-of-concept to other retinal diseases using AAV as a vector. This article will discuss what are some of the most imminent cellular targets for such therapies and the AAV toolkit that has been built to target these cells successfully. We will also discuss some of the challenges that we face in translating AAV-based gene therapies to the clinic. © 2015 médecine/sciences – Inserm.

  7. Reduced rates of gene loss, gene silencing, and gene mutation in Dnmt1-deficient embryonic stem cells

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    Chan, M.F.; van Amerongen, R.; Nijjar, T.; Cuppen, E.; Jones, P.A.; Laird, P.W.

    2001-01-01

    Tumor suppressor gene inactivation is a crucial event in oncogenesis. Gene inactivation mechanisms include events resulting in loss of heterozygosity (LOH), gene mutation, and transcriptional silencing. The contribution of each of these different pathways varies among tumor suppressor genes and by c

  8. Characterizing gene-gene interactions in a statistical epistasis network of twelve candidate genes for obesity.

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    De, Rishika; Hu, Ting; Moore, Jason H; Gilbert-Diamond, Diane

    2015-01-01

    Recent findings have reemphasized the importance of epistasis, or gene-gene interactions, as a contributing factor to the unexplained heritability of obesity. Network-based methods such as statistical epistasis networks (SEN), present an intuitive framework to address the computational challenge of studying pairwise interactions between thousands of genetic variants. In this study, we aimed to analyze pairwise interactions that are associated with Body Mass Index (BMI) between SNPs from twelve genes robustly associated with obesity (BDNF, ETV5, FAIM2, FTO, GNPDA2, KCTD15, MC4R, MTCH2, NEGR1, SEC16B, SH2B1, and TMEM18). We used information gain measures to identify all SNP-SNP interactions among and between these genes that were related to obesity (BMI > 30 kg/m(2)) within the Framingham Heart Study Cohort; interactions exceeding a certain threshold were used to build an SEN. We also quantified whether interactions tend to occur more between SNPs from the same gene (dyadicity) or between SNPs from different genes (heterophilicity). We identified a highly connected SEN of 709 SNPs and 1241 SNP-SNP interactions. Combining the SEN framework with dyadicity and heterophilicity analyses, we found 1 dyadic gene (TMEM18, P-value = 0.047) and 3 heterophilic genes (KCTD15, P-value = 0.045; SH2B1, P-value = 0.003; and TMEM18, P-value = 0.001). We also identified a lncRNA SNP (rs4358154) as a key node within the SEN using multiple network measures. This study presents an analytical framework to characterize the global landscape of genetic interactions from genome-wide arrays and also to discover nodes of potential biological significance within the identified network.

  9. Combining Hierarchical and Associative Gene Ontology Relations with Textual Evidence in Estimating Gene and Gene Product Similarity

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    Sanfilippo, Antonio P.; Posse, Christian; Gopalan, Banu; Riensche, Roderick M.; Beagley, Nathaniel; Baddeley, Bob L.; Tratz, Stephen C.; Gregory, Michelle L.

    2007-03-01

    Gene and gene product similarity is a fundamental diagnostic measure in analyzing biological data and constructing predictive models for functional genomics. With the rising influence of the Gene Ontology, two complementary approaches have emerged where the similarity between two genes or gene products is obtained by comparing Gene Ontology (GO) annotations associated with the genes or gene products. One approach captures GO-based similarity in terms of hierarchical relations within each gene subontology. The other approach identifies GO-based similarity in terms of associative relations across the three gene subontologies. We propose a novel methodology where the two approaches can be merged with ensuing benefits in coverage and accuracy, and demonstrate that further improvements can be obtained by integrating textual evidence extracted from relevant biomedical literature.

  10. Gene expression profiles in skeletal muscle after gene electrotransfer

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    Hojman, Pernille; Zibert, John R; Gissel, Hanne;

    2007-01-01

    with the control muscles. Most interestingly, no changes in the expression of proteins involved in inflammatory responses or muscle regeneration was detected, indicating limited muscle damage and regeneration. Histological analysis revealed structural changes with loss of cell integrity and striation pattern......BACKGROUND: Gene transfer by electroporation (DNA electrotransfer) to muscle results in high level long term transgenic expression, showing great promise for treatment of e.g. protein deficiency syndromes. However little is known about the effects of DNA electrotransfer on muscle fibres. We have......) followed by a long low voltage pulse (LV, 100 V/cm, 400 ms); a pulse combination optimised for efficient and safe gene transfer. Muscles were transfected with green fluorescent protein (GFP) and excised at 4 hours, 48 hours or 3 weeks after treatment. RESULTS: Differentially expressed genes were...

  11. Imaging reporter gene for monitoring gene therapy; Imagerie par gene rapporteur: un atout pour la therapie genique

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    Beco, V. de; Baillet, G.; Tamgac, F.; Tofighi, M.; Weinmann, P.; Vergote, J.; Moretti, J.L. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Avicenne, Service Central de Medecine Nucleaire et Biophysique, UPRES 2360, 93 - Bobigny (France); Tamgac, G. [Univetsite d' Uludag, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, Bursa (Turkey)

    2002-06-01

    Scintigraphic images can be obtained to document gene function at cellular level. This approach is presented here and the use of a reporter gene to monitor gene therapy is described. Two main ways are presented: either the use of a reporter gene coding for an enzyme the action of which will be monitored by radiolabeled pro-drug, or a cellular receptor gene, the action of which is documented by a radio labeled cognate receptor ligand. (author)

  12. Respuesta a la hipoxia: Un mecanismo sistémico basado en el control de la expresión génica Response to hypoxia: A systemic mechanism based on the control of gene expression

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    Carlos Caramelo

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available La respuesta hipóxica, sobre la que se dispone de nuevos datos críticamente importantes, puede esquematizarse en tres sistemas, vg. de detección o sensor de oxígeno, de regulación, que controla la expresión génica y efector. El elemento principal de organización del sistema regulador es un factor de transcripción específico, el factor inducible por hipoxia 1 (HIF-1. En presencia de oxígeno, la subunidad a del HIF-1 (HIF-1a se modifica por las hidroxilasas, que constituyen el punto central del mecanismo sensor, induciendo su catabolismo por el proteosoma. Por el contrario, en hipoxia, o en presencia de algunos factores de crecimiento que incrementan su síntesis, el HIF-1a se transloca al núcleo, donde, unido al HIF-1b, actúa como factor transcripcional de genes con elementos de respuesta hipóxica (HRE en su promotor. Estos regulan la síntesis de una amplia serie de proteínas, que abarcan desde enzimas respiratorias y transportadores hasta hormonas involucradas en la regulación a escala del organismo de la circulación y la eritropoyesis. El papel del HIF-1 no se restringe a la mera inducción de una respuesta adaptativa a la falta de oxígeno, sino que participa significativamente en los mecanismos de reparación celular. Una simple lista de algunas alteraciones de importancia fisiopatológica, tanto estimulatorias como inhibitorias, que involucran al sistema de HIF-1, incluiría: enfermedad pulmonar crónica, adaptación al tabaco/humo, anemia/hemorragia, isquemia/reperfusión, crecimiento, vascularización y resistencia celular de los tumores, preeclampsia y crecimiento intrauterino retardado, hiper o hipovascularización retiniana, sobredosis de fármacos, enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal y curación de heridas. Esta sola enumeración ilustra la importancia de este mecanismo.New, critically important data have been recently generated about the response to hypoxia. This response can be schematized in three main systems or

  13. COGNATE: comparative gene annotation characterizer.

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    Wilbrandt, Jeanne; Misof, Bernhard; Niehuis, Oliver

    2017-07-17

    The comparison of gene and genome structures across species has the potential to reveal major trends of genome evolution. However, such a comparative approach is currently hampered by a lack of standardization (e.g., Elliott TA, Gregory TR, Philos Trans Royal Soc B: Biol Sci 370:20140331, 2015). For example, testing the hypothesis that the total amount of coding sequences is a reliable measure of potential proteome diversity (Wang M, Kurland CG, Caetano-Anollés G, PNAS 108:11954, 2011) requires the application of standardized definitions of coding sequence and genes to create both comparable and comprehensive data sets and corresponding summary statistics. However, such standard definitions either do not exist or are not consistently applied. These circumstances call for a standard at the descriptive level using a minimum of parameters as well as an undeviating use of standardized terms, and for software that infers the required data under these strict definitions. The acquisition of a comprehensive, descriptive, and standardized set of parameters and summary statistics for genome publications and further analyses can thus greatly benefit from the availability of an easy to use standard tool. We developed a new open-source command-line tool, COGNATE (Comparative Gene Annotation Characterizer), which uses a given genome assembly and its annotation of protein-coding genes for a detailed description of the respective gene and genome structure parameters. Additionally, we revised the standard definitions of gene and genome structures and provide the definitions used by COGNATE as a working draft suggestion for further reference. Complete parameter lists and summary statistics are inferred using this set of definitions to allow down-stream analyses and to provide an overview of the genome and gene repertoire characteristics. COGNATE is written in Perl and freely available at the ZFMK homepage ( https://www.zfmk.de/en/COGNATE ) and on github ( https

  14. Analysis of Duplicate Genes in Soybean

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    C.M. Cai; K.J. Van; M.Y. Kim; S.H. Lee

    2007-01-01

    @@ Gene duplication is a major determinant of the size and gene complement of eukaryotic genomes (Lockton and Gaut, 2005). There are a number of different ways in which duplicate genes can arise (Sankoff, 2001), but the most spectacular method of gene duplication may be whole genome duplication via polyploidization.

  15. Synthetic promoter libraries- tuning of gene expression

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    Hammer, Karin; Mijakovic, Ivan; Jensen, Peter Ruhdal

    2006-01-01

    The study of gene function often requires changing the expression of a gene and evaluating the consequences. In principle, the expression of any given gene can be modulated in a quasi-continuum of discrete expression levels but the traditional approaches are usually limited to two extremes: gene ...

  16. Deregulated genes in sporadic vestibular schwannomas

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    Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Helweg-Larsen, Rehannah Holga Andrea; Stangerup, Sven-Eric;

    2010-01-01

    In search of genes associated with vestibular schwannoma tumorigenesis, this study examines the gene expression in human vestibular nerve versus vestibular schwannoma tissue samples using microarray technology.......In search of genes associated with vestibular schwannoma tumorigenesis, this study examines the gene expression in human vestibular nerve versus vestibular schwannoma tissue samples using microarray technology....

  17. Deregulated genes in sporadic vestibular schwannomas

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    Cayé-Thomasen, Per; Helweg-Larsen, Rehannah Holga Andrea; Stangerup, Sven-Eric

    2010-01-01

    In search of genes associated with vestibular schwannoma tumorigenesis, this study examines the gene expression in human vestibular nerve versus vestibular schwannoma tissue samples using microarray technology.......In search of genes associated with vestibular schwannoma tumorigenesis, this study examines the gene expression in human vestibular nerve versus vestibular schwannoma tissue samples using microarray technology....

  18. Gene Therapy Applications in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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    Catherine H Wu

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Advantages and disadvantages of viral vectors and nonviral vectors for gene delivery to digestive organs are reviewed. Advances in systems for the introduction of new gene expression are described, including self-deleting retroviral transfer vectors, chimeric viruses and chimeric oligonucleotides. Systems for inhibition of gene expression are discussed, including antisense oligonucleotides, ribozymes and dominant-negative genes.

  19. Using GenePattern for Gene Expression Analysis

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    Kuehn, Heidi; Liberzon, Arthur; Reich, Michael; Mesirov, Jill P.

    2013-01-01

    The abundance of genomic data now available in biomedical research has stimulated the development of sophisticated statistical methods for interpreting the data, and of special visualization tools for displaying the results in a concise and meaningful manner. However, biologists often find these methods and tools difficult to understand and use correctly. GenePattern is a freely available software package that addresses this issue by providing more than 100 analysis and visualization tools for genomic research in a comprehensive user-friendly environment for users at all levels of computational experience and sophistication. This unit demonstrates how to prepare and analyze microarray data in GenePattern. PMID:18551415

  20. The KCNE genes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: a candidate gene study

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    Hedley, Paula L; Haundrup, Ole; Andersen, Paal S

    2011-01-01

    The gene family KCNE1-5, which encode modulating β-subunits of several repolarising K+-ion channels, has been associated with genetic cardiac diseases such as long QT syndrome, atrial fibrillation and Brugada syndrome. The minK peptide, encoded by KCNE1, is attached to the Z-disc of the sarcomere...... as well as the T-tubules of the sarcolemma. It has been suggested that minK forms part of an "electro-mechanical feed-back" which links cardiomyocyte stretching to changes in ion channel function. We examined whether mutations in KCNE genes were associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic...

  1. Gene replacement in Penicillium roqueforti.

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    Goarin, Anne; Silar, Philippe; Malagnac, Fabienne

    2015-05-01

    Most cheese-making filamentous fungi lack suitable molecular tools to improve their biotechnology potential. Penicillium roqueforti, a species of high industrial importance, would benefit from functional data yielded by molecular genetic approaches. This work provides the first example of gene replacement by homologous recombination in P. roqueforti, demonstrating that knockout experiments can be performed in this fungus. To do so, we improved the existing transformation method to integrate transgenes into P. roqueforti genome. In the meantime, we cloned the PrNiaD gene, which encodes a NADPH-dependent nitrate reductase that reduces nitrate to nitrite. Then, we performed a deletion of the PrNiaD gene from P. roqueforti strain AGO. The ΔPrNiaD mutant strain is more resistant to chlorate-containing medium than the wild-type strain, but did not grow on nitrate-containing medium. Because genomic data are now available, we believe that generating selective deletions of candidate genes will be a key step to open the way for a comprehensive exploration of gene function in P. roqueforti.

  2. Gene Ontology Consortium: going forward.

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    2015-01-01

    The Gene Ontology (GO; http://www.geneontology.org) is a community-based bioinformatics resource that supplies information about gene product function using ontologies to represent biological knowledge. Here we describe improvements and expansions to several branches of the ontology, as well as updates that have allowed us to more efficiently disseminate the GO and capture feedback from the research community. The Gene Ontology Consortium (GOC) has expanded areas of the ontology such as cilia-related terms, cell-cycle terms and multicellular organism processes. We have also implemented new tools for generating ontology terms based on a set of logical rules making use of templates, and we have made efforts to increase our use of logical definitions. The GOC has a new and improved web site summarizing new developments and documentation, serving as a portal to GO data. Users can perform GO enrichment analysis, and search the GO for terms, annotations to gene products, and associated metadata across multiple species using the all-new AmiGO 2 browser. We encourage and welcome the input of the research community in all biological areas in our continued effort to improve the Gene Ontology. © The Author(s) 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Nucleic Acids Research.

  3. Gene Ontology Consortium: going forward

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    2015-01-01

    The Gene Ontology (GO; http://www.geneontology.org) is a community-based bioinformatics resource that supplies information about gene product function using ontologies to represent biological knowledge. Here we describe improvements and expansions to several branches of the ontology, as well as updates that have allowed us to more efficiently disseminate the GO and capture feedback from the research community. The Gene Ontology Consortium (GOC) has expanded areas of the ontology such as cilia-related terms, cell-cycle terms and multicellular organism processes. We have also implemented new tools for generating ontology terms based on a set of logical rules making use of templates, and we have made efforts to increase our use of logical definitions. The GOC has a new and improved web site summarizing new developments and documentation, serving as a portal to GO data. Users can perform GO enrichment analysis, and search the GO for terms, annotations to gene products, and associated metadata across multiple species using the all-new AmiGO 2 browser. We encourage and welcome the input of the research community in all biological areas in our continued effort to improve the Gene Ontology. PMID:25428369

  4. Clock Genes in Glia Cells

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    Chi-Castañeda, Donají

    2016-01-01

    Circadian rhythms are periodic patterns in biological processes that allow the organisms to anticipate changes in the environment. These rhythms are driven by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), the master circadian clock in vertebrates. At a molecular level, circadian rhythms are regulated by the so-called clock genes, which oscillate in a periodic manner. The protein products of clock genes are transcription factors that control their own and other genes’ transcription, collectively known as “clock-controlled genes.” Several brain regions other than the SCN express circadian rhythms of clock genes, including the amygdala, the olfactory bulb, the retina, and the cerebellum. Glia cells in these structures are expected to participate in rhythmicity. However, only certain types of glia cells may be called “glial clocks,” since they express PER-based circadian oscillators, which depend of the SCN for their synchronization. This contribution summarizes the current information about clock genes in glia cells, their plausible role as oscillators and their medical implications. PMID:27666286

  5. Melatonin Receptor Genes in Vertebrates

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    Hua Dong Yin

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Melatonin receptors are members of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR family. Three genes for melatonin receptors have been cloned. The MT1 (or Mel1a or MTNR1A and MT2 (or Mel1b or MTNR1B receptor subtypes are present in humans and other mammals, while an additional melatonin receptor subtype, Mel1c (or MTNR1C, has been identified in fish, amphibians and birds. Another melatonin related orphan receptor, GPR50, which does not bind melatonin, is found exclusively in mammals. The hormone melatonin is secreted primarily by the pineal gland, with highest levels occurring during the dark period of a circadian cycle. This hormone acts systemically in numerous organs. In the brain, it is involved in the regulation of various neural and endocrine processes, and it readjusts the circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This article reviews recent studies of gene organization, expression, evolution and mutations of melatonin receptor genes of vertebrates. Gene polymorphisms reveal that numerous mutations are associated with diseases and disorders. The phylogenetic analysis of receptor genes indicates that GPR50 is an outgroup to all other melatonin receptor sequences. GPR50 may have separated from a melatonin receptor ancestor before the split between MTNR1C and the MTNR1A/B ancestor.

  6. An encyclopedia of mouse genes.

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    Marra, M; Hillier, L; Kucaba, T; Allen, M; Barstead, R; Beck, C; Blistain, A; Bonaldo, M; Bowers, Y; Bowles, L; Cardenas, M; Chamberlain, A; Chappell, J; Clifton, S; Favello, A; Geisel, S; Gibbons, M; Harvey, N; Hill, F; Jackson, Y; Kohn, S; Lennon, G; Mardis, E; Martin, J; Mila, L; McCann, R; Morales, R; Pape, D; Person, B; Prange, C; Ritter, E; Soares, M; Schurk, R; Shin, T; Steptoe, M; Swaller, T; Theising, B; Underwood, K; Wylie, T; Yount, T; Wilson, R; Waterston, R

    1999-02-01

    The laboratory mouse is the premier model system for studies of mammalian development due to the powerful classical genetic analysis possible (see also the Jackson Laboratory web site, http://www.jax.org/) and the ever-expanding collection of molecular tools. To enhance the utility of the mouse system, we initiated a program to generate a large database of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) that can provide rapid access to genes. Of particular significance was the possibility that cDNA libraries could be prepared from very early stages of development, a situation unrealized in human EST projects. We report here the development of a comprehensive database of ESTs for the mouse. The project, initiated in March 1996, has focused on 5' end sequences from directionally cloned, oligo-dT primed cDNA libraries. As of 23 October 1998, 352,040 sequences had been generated, annotated and deposited in dbEST, where they comprised 93% of the total ESTs available for mouse. EST data are versatile and have been applied to gene identification, comparative sequence analysis, comparative gene mapping and candidate disease gene identification, genome sequence annotation, microarray development and the development of gene-based map resources.

  7. Molecular Studies on Preproinsulin Gene

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    Sabir Sarah

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Insulin plays an important role in maintaining the blood glucose level of the body. The β-cells of pancreas produce insulin in the form of precursor that is preproinsulin. The gene of preproinsulin provides an interesting system for addressing question related to molecular evolution. Recombinant DNA technology has made it possible to isolate and sequence the chromosomal genes coding for unique protein products. Although preproinsulin of various organism has been isolated and cloned, but there is no report from buffalo (Bubalus bubalis that is our major livestock. The genomic DNA of buffalo was isolated using Laura-Lee-Boodram method. The part of preproinsulin gene (596bp and 520bp using BPPI-UPS and bpiful_F as forward and BC1-C as reverse primer was amplified. Cloning of amplified fragments of gene were performed in pCR 2.1 vector. Positive clones were screened on the basis of blue white selection. The band obtained on 596bp and 520bp after colony PCR confirmed the successful cloning of preproinsulin gene in pCR 2.1 vector.

  8. Comparative genomic analysis of eutherian kallikrein genes

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    Marko Premzl

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The present study made attempts to update and revise eutherian kallikrein genes implicated in major physiological and pathological processes and in medical molecular diagnostics. Using eutherian comparative genomic analysis protocol and free available genomic sequence assemblies, the tests of reliability of eutherian public genomic sequences annotated most comprehensive curated third party data gene data set of eutherian kallikrein genes including 121 complete coding sequences among 335 potential coding sequences. The present analysis first described 13 major gene clusters of eutherian kallikrein genes, and explained their differential gene expansion patterns. One updated classification and nomenclature of eutherian kallikrein genes was proposed, as new framework of future experiments.

  9. Advancement and prospects of tumor gene therapy

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    Chao Zhang; Qing-Tao Wang; He Liu; Zhen-Zhu Zhang; Wen-Lin Huang

    2011-01-01

    Gene therapy is one of the most attractive fields in tumor therapy. In past decades, significant progress has been achieved. Various approaches, such as viral and non-viral vectors and physical methods, have been developed to make gene delivery safer and more efficient. Several therapeutic strategies have evolved, including gene-based (tumor suppressor genes, suicide genes, antiangiogenic genes, cytokine and oxidative stress-based genes) and RNA-based (antisense oligonucieotides and RNA interference) approaches. In addition, immune response-based strategies (dendritic cell- and T cell-based therapy) are also under investigation in tumor gene therapy. This review highlights the progress and recent developments in gene delivery systems, therapeutic strategies, and possible clinical directions for gene therapy.

  10. Polymorphisms in the interleukin-10 gene and relation to phenotype in patients with ulcerative colitis Polimorfismos del gen de la IL-10 y su relación con los diferentes fenotipos de la colitis ulcerosa

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    J. L. Mendoza

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Background and objectives: interleukin-10 (IL-10 has a key role in regulating mucosal inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease. In our population of Spanish ulcerative colitis (UC patients, we have previously demostrated that two polymorphisms (IL-10.G14 microsatellite allele and homozygous for the -1082G alelle (guanine at position -1082 in the IL-10 gene were susceptibility markers for disease. No data exist regarding the relationship of these IL-10 polymorphims with phenotypic subpopulations in UC. Therefore, this study sought to examine the contribution of IL-10 polymorphims to phenotypical variability in UC. Material and methods: a cohort of 215 Spanish unrelated patients with UC recruited in a single center was studied. All patients were rigorously phenotyped and followed for at least 3 years (mean time: 11.8 years. The clinical phenotype was established before genotyping. Genotyping was performed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR assays. Results: patiens with UC included 129 (60% men and 89 (40% women. Mean age at diagnosis was 38 years, with a range of 8-83. Disease extent included 127 (59.1% left-side patients and 88 (40.9% extensive patients. Neither UC phenotype variable was associated with the presence of susceptibility polymorphims (10G14 microsatellite and -1082G alelle. Conclusions: in Madrid's Spanish population of UC patients, the carrying of the ILG14 microsatellite or -1082G polymorphism in the IL-10 gene was not associated with phenotype of disease.Introducción y objetivo: el gen de la interleuquina 10 (IL-10 tiene un papel clave en la regulación de la inflamación intestinal en la enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal. Recientemente hemos descubierto que dos polimorfismos del gen de la IL-10, el microsatélite IL-10.G14 y ser homocigoto -1082G (guanina en la posición 1082 del gen promotor de la IL-10 son marcadores de susceptibilidad para padecer colitis ulcerosa (CU. No existen datos que demuestren si estos

  11. Novel genes in LDL metabolism

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    Christoffersen, Mette; Tybjærg-Hansen, Anne

    2015-01-01

    -exome sequencing and 'exome chip' studies have additionally suggested several novel genes in LDL metabolism including insulin-induced gene 2, signal transducing adaptor family member 1, lysosomal acid lipase A, patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing protein 5 and transmembrane 6 superfamily member 2. Most......PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize recent findings from genome-wide association studies (GWAS), whole-exome sequencing of patients with familial hypercholesterolemia and 'exome chip' studies pointing to novel genes in LDL metabolism. RECENT FINDINGS: The genetic loci for ATP-binding cassette...... transporters G5 and G8, Niemann-Pick C1-Like protein 1, sortilin-1, ABO blood-group glycosyltransferases, myosin regulatory light chain-interacting protein and cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase have all consistently been associated with LDL cholesterol levels and/or coronary artery disease in GWAS. Whole...

  12. Gene Therapy for Bone Engineering

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    Elizabeth eRosado Balmayor

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Bone has an intrinsic healing capacity that may be exceeded when the fracture gap is too big or unstable. In that moment, osteogenic measures needs to be taken by physicians. It is important to combine cells, scaffolds and growth factors and the correct mechanical conditions. Growth factors are clinically administered as recombinant proteins. They are, however, expensive and needed in high supraphysiological doses. Moreover, their half-life is short when administered to the fracture. Therefore, gene therapy may be an alternative. Cells can constantly produce the protein of interest in the correct folding, with the physiological glycosylation and in the needed amounts. Genes can be delivered in vivo or ex vivo by viral or non-viral methods. Adenovirus is mostly used. For the non-viral methods, hydrogels and recently sonoporation seem to be promising means. This review will give an overview of recent advancements in gene therapy approaches for bone regeneration strategies.

  13. The plant ADH gene family.

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    Strommer, Judith

    2011-04-01

    The structures, evolution and functions of alcohol dehydrogenase gene families and their products have been scrutinized for half a century. Our understanding of the enzyme structure and catalytic activity of plant alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH-P) is based on the vast amount of information available for its animal counterpart. The probable origins of the enzyme from a simple β-coil and eventual emergence from a glutathione-dependent formaldehyde dehydrogenase have been well described. There is compelling evidence that the small ADH gene families found in plants today are the survivors of multiple rounds of gene expansion and contraction. To the probable original function of their products in the terminal reaction of anaerobic fermentation have been added roles in yeast-like aerobic fermentation and the production of characteristic scents that act to attract animals that serve as pollinators or agents of seed dispersal and to protect against herbivores.

  14. Candidate genes in panic disorder

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    Howe, A. S.; Buttenschön, Henriette N; Bani-Fatemi, A.

    2016-01-01

    The utilization of molecular genetics approaches in examination of panic disorder (PD) has implicated several variants as potential susceptibility factors for panicogenesis. However, the identification of robust PD susceptibility genes has been complicated by phenotypic diversity, underpowered...... association studies and ancestry-specific effects. In the present study, we performed a succinct review of case-control association studies published prior to April 2015. Meta-analyses were performed for candidate gene variants examined in at least three studies using the Cochrane Mantel-Haenszel fixed......-effect model. Secondary analyses were also performed to assess the influences of sex, agoraphobia co-morbidity and ancestry-specific effects on panicogenesis. Meta-analyses were performed on 23 variants in 20 PD candidate genes. Significant associations after correction for multiple testing were observed...

  15. Simplifying gene trees for easier comprehension

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    Mundry Marvin; Lott Paul-Ludwig; Sassenberg Christoph; Lorkowski Stefan; Fuellen Georg

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background In the genomic age, gene trees may contain large amounts of data making them hard to read and understand. Therefore, an automated simplification is important. Results We present a simplification tool for gene trees called TreeSimplifier. Based on species tree information and HUGO gene names, it summarizes "monophyla". These monophyla correspond to subtrees of the gene tree where the evolution of a gene follows species phylogeny, and they are simplified to single leaves in ...

  16. Genes Contributing to the Development of Alcoholism

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    Edenberg, Howard J.

    2012-01-01

    Genetic factors (i.e., variations in specific genes) account for a substantial portion of the risk for alcoholism. However, identifying those genes and the specific variations involved is challenging. Researchers have used both case–control and family studies to identify genes related to alcoholism risk. In addition, different strategies such as candidate gene analyses and genome-wide association studies have been used. The strongest effects have been found for specific variants of genes that...

  17. Activities of Human Gene Nomenclature Committee

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    The objective of this project, shared between NIH and DOE, has been and remains to enable the medical genetics communities to use common names for genes that are discovered by different gene hunting groups, in different species. This effort provides consistent gene nomenclature and approved gene symbols to the community at large. This contributes to a uniform and consistent understanding of genomes, particularly the human as well as functional genomics based on comparisons between homologous genes in related species (human and mice).

  18. Los sistemas de gestión ética social y medioambiental como promotores del capital social

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    Alejandro Fernández Baptista

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available La presente investigación se propone disertar acerca la necesidad existente en la vida económica de incorporar en todo tipo de empresa, bien sea de gran magnitud o una pequeña y mediana empresa, de capital público o privado, sistemas de gestión ética, social y medioambiental, para promover un clima de confianza; así como de asociatividad, el cual sirva de marco para el desarrollo del capital social en la comunidad donde esta se desenvuelva. La metodología utilizada fue de tipo descriptivo, documental, para ello se consultaron las teorías de Argan- doña (2003, Guillen (2008, y Debeljuh (2009 en cuanto a la gestión ética se refiere, así como Kliksberg (2003, Putnam (1994 y Fukuyama (1999 referidos al capital social. Las conclusiones a las cuales se llegaron evidencian la necesidad de diseñar e implantar sistemas éticos de gestión para contribuir al desarrollo de la ética empresarial la cual fomente el capital social, como elemento clave para el desarrollo económico, social, humano y medioambiental.

  19. A ATUAÇÃO DO PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE COMO PROMOTOR DO DESEMPENHO INOVADOR DAS ORGANIZAÇÕES

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    Caíque Guilherme Leite Beraldo

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é explorar as funções desempenhadas pelo PMO – Project Management Office - verificando quais destas implicam em desempenho inovador nas organizações. Por meio de um survey dados foram levantados, e após o uso da regressão logística geraram resultados a serem destacados e discutidos.

  20. Programa de fisioterapia geriátrica como promotor de saúde e qualidade de vida

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    Vieira, Gercelina Chagas Moura; Vasconcelos, Renata dos Santos; Chaves, Renata Gomes; Moreira, Maria de Fátima Arcanjo da Ponte; Nogueira, Marineide Meireles; Câmara, Teresa Maria da Silva; Bastos, Vasco Pinheiro Diógenes

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    OBJETIVO: Identificar os benefícios de um programa de fisioterapia geriátrica na promoção de saúde e na qualidade de vida de idosos. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo de caráter descritivo, exploratório e longitudinal. A amostra do estudo foi composta por 12 idosos participantes de um programa de reabilitação em um período superior a três meses. Utilizou-se um questionário de avaliação elaborado pelo pesquisador e a escala de Atividade da Vida Diária (AVD) aplicado de forma individual, constando...

  1. Profesionalización de promotores de lectura con el aprendizaje basado en proyectos mediado por TIC

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    Mario Miguel Ojeda-Ramírez

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Se revisa brevemente e l aprendizaje basado en proyectos (ABP mediado por TIC con el fin de motivar el contexto adecuado y los fundamentos para presentar el plan de estudios y las estrategias de aprendizaje utilizadas en la Especialización en Promoción de la Lectura (EPL, un programa de posgrado de la Universidad Veracruzana. Se describe e l uso de EMINUS, un entorno virtual de aprendizaje institucional , bajo un enfoque bimodal o blended learning; destacando el uso de la bitácora y los resultados asociados con el diseño, la ejecución y el reporte de los proyectos de promoción de la lectura. Se discuten los resultados de las dos primeras generaciones; p or último, se identifican las áreas de oportunidad de mejora de este sistema de entrenamiento basado en un esquema de aprendizaje personalizado med iado por TIC.

  2. Introduccion al Mundo de la Promocion Social (Introduction to the World of Community Development Education). Apuntes de promotor/2.

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    Shugurensky, Daniel

    This booklet presents a discussion that focuses on the relationship between adult literacy and the economic development of a community. The principal characteristics of the currents that have had most influence in Latin American during the last decade are described, and a new alternative for community development education is presented. This…

  3. O esporte como promotor da saúde em crianças com deficiência

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    Ana Elizabeth Gondim Gomes

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available A Revista Brasileira em Promoção da Saúde (Brazilian Journal in Health Promotion, movida pela necessidade de uma cultura que estimule a participação de crianças com deficiência em atividades esportivas, quer enfatizar a sua preocupação com o conteúdo de suas publicações relativas à temática. Para tanto, pretende propiciar o pensamento acerca da promoção de saúde em crianças com deficiência, despertando entre os profissionais atuantes e em formação, o alargamento do compromisso profissional e o reconhecimento da sua importância. Para iniciar, vociferar o termo “equidade” é imprescindível, mesmo que este só venha sendo mais pronunciado há alguns anos, graças ao empurrão dado pelas políticas públicas e pela entrada dos meios de comunicação virtuais nos lares. Que o vocábulo causa alergia a alguns não é novidade, mas é nítido que o termo tem dado cobertura a desigualdades gritantes. A equidade, no caso da possibilidade de acesso ao esporte, é um sinal de evolução, sobretudo no que tange à civilidade. Os países desenvolvidos possibilitam, com algumas limitações, um maior acesso ao esporte, e o Brasil, que se encontra em fase de engatinhar, precisa contar com o suporte de todos para deambular mais brevemente. Assim, afigura-se pertinente levantar algumas referências, sendo a primeira o termo “equidade”, que quer dizer igualdade, retidão na maneira de agir, reconhecimento dos direitos de cada um, justiça reta e natural(1. Como obreiros de uma nova humanidade, pautados pela ética profissional, é indispensável considerar a palavra “equidade” na gestação de um plano de aula a ser desenvolvido, independentemente da modalidade esportiva. No tocante às crianças, com ou sem deficiência, tratar a equidade com menoscabo é um gesto semelhante a uma castração. Castra-se, melindra-se um ser humano que está em fase de desenvolvimento e carece de trato e cuidado por estar formando a sua identidade. Aos profissionais de Educação Física, assim como das demais disciplinas que dividem conosco o dia a dia laboral, é oportuno separar o fazer do pensar, a prática da teoria. Quanto à prática pedagógica, o foco deve manter-se na pessoa que pratica o esporte. No caso de alguém com deficiência, é condição sine qua non que o profissional considere as especificidades que cercam o sujeito, como o tempo e a causa da deficiência, a funcionalidade e as experiências prévias(2. A segunda referência retrata a equidade como algo bem familiar à acessibilidade, pois ambas são capazes de despertar inquietação, caso não sejam levadas a cabo. Nessa era de subalimentados valores, sonhos e ideias, prover um ambiente acolhedor pode tornar-se utópico, porém deve ser idealizado, já que todo acolhimento é considerado um divisor de águas na vida das crianças. Independentemente da limitação sensorial, motora ou intelectual apresentada, o respeito deve tornar-se uma constante, assim a segurança brotará, os talentos despertarão e as oportunidades surgirão. Três fatores figuram na lista como responsáveis pelo crescimento do esporte para pessoas com deficiência, denominado esporte adaptado: a efetividade do com deficiência à prática e o caráter da modalidade enquanto entretenimento(3. Já uma terceira referência vê para além do óbvio: o nascer, o crescer e o encorpar somente têm sentido com o auxílio do suporte familiar e das escolas das letras e da vida. Para nascer, não tanto, mas para crescer e se encorpar, faz-se necessário conviver, sentir-se incluído e ter vez e voz. A inclusão das crianças com deficiência nos esportes é uma via para a promoção da saúde e para a melhoria na qualidade de vida. A prática esportiva deve ser estimulada precocemente, através dos familiares e das intervenções dos profissionais da área educacional e da saúde. Acerca do papel do educador, é oportuno mencionar Rubem Alves, pois é dele o alerta de que um mestre ou um doutor deve ser um agente e um propagador da sensibilidade essencial(4. Nesse caso, atenção aos professores de Educação Física, sobretudo por conta da possibilidade de atuação nos campos da licenciatura e do bacharelado. A prática esportiva deve ser considerada um facilitador da inclusão social, afinal, possibilita que atletas façam parte de um grupo no qual existem mais pessoas com as mesmas condições e seus feitos são valorizados(5. Entretanto, não é apenas na convivência entre atletas com deficiência que a inclusão social reside. O mais adequado é o viver em sociedade, entre pessoas com e sem deficiência. Obviamente que alguns optam por conviver com pessoas com deficiência, porém, o ideal é oportunizar um ambiente inclusivo, heterogêneo, onde haja respeito à diversidade, à potencialidade e aos limites dos demais. Pesquisas associam à prática esportiva os benefícios relativos à reabilitação(6, inclusão social(7 e saúde(8. Mas para as pessoas com deficiência, o esporte é um constructo complexo, que não pode ser encarado de forma reduzida à condição de preparação física, reabilitação ou ao status de ferramenta de inclusão. Portanto, estimular as crianças com deficiência para a realização da prática esportiva é considerar que elas não têm menos competência que as demais(9. É por meio desse estímulo que os benefícios relacionados à composição corporal, à função cardiorrespiratória e aos parâmetros neuromotores melhoram. Com isso, entende-se como um direito basilar civilizacional a oportunização de escolhas entre o fazer e o não fazer um esporte, bem como qual esporte mais apetece a uma criança com ou sem deficiência praticar. A propósito do direito basilar, os holofotes estiveram aqui voltados para aquele denominado equidade.

  4. Nachweis von Punktmutationen im TNF-alpha- und INF-gamma-Promotor bei Patienten nach allogener Stammzelltransplantation oder Knochenmarktransplantation

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    Allogene stammzelltransplantierte Patienten sind einem höherem Risiko für opportunistische Infektionen und andere Komplikationen ausgesetzt. Dabei spielt CMV eine wichtige Rolle und trägt zur Mortalität bei. Eine weitere gefürchtete Komplikation nach allogener Stammzelltransplantation ist die akute und chronische Graft-versus-Host-Disease. Angesichts der Rolle der Zytokine als Mediatorstoffe der Immunantwort ist es wichtig, ihren Einfluß auf den Auftritt und Verlauf der CMV-Infektionen und Gv...

  5. Evaluación del efecto de promotores de maduración oocitaria in vitro en bovinos

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    Pedro J. Ferreira

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de esta investigación fue comparar la influencia de los suplementos en los medios de maduración oocitaria y su posterior ferti-lización. Los suplementos probados fueron el suero fetal bovino (SFB, el suero de vaca en estro (SVE, el suero de neonato precalostral (SNP y el suero de yegua en estro (SYE. Los oocitos se obtuvieron de ovarios de vacas de abasto público. Los ovarios fueron transportados hasta el laboratorio en solución salina a una temperatura de 37 ºC; después se lavaron durante cinco minutos en hipoclorito y en solución de NaCl 0,9% y posteriormente fueron aspirados. Los oocitos encontrados se depositaron en los medios de maduración que contenían 108 oocitos por cada tratamiento. Una vez madurados, los oocitos fueron de-positados en medio de fecundación por un período de 18 horas, al cabo de las cuales se llevaron al medio de maduración de embriones (PBS+SFB 10%. Al sexto día, se hizo el respectivo conteo con ayuda del microscopio. Con la aplicación de la prueba estadística de CHI2 se pudo comprobar la diferencia significativa entre los diferentes sueros en la maduración y fertilización de los oocitos.

  6. Community Health Workers-Promotores de Salud in Mexico: History and Potential for Building Effective Community Actions.

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    Balcazar, Hector; Perez-Lizaur, Ana Bertha; Izeta, Ericka Escalante; Villanueva, Maria Angeles

    2016-01-01

    This article takes a historical perspective combining 3 illustrative examples of the origins of the community health worker (CHW) model in Mexico, as a community-based participatory strategy. Three examples were identified from the sparse literature about CHWs in Mexico emphasizing their key roles and functions in various community settings. The CHW models illustrate what is known of training-development and planning, implementation, and evaluation of the CHWs model in different settings addressing cardiovascular disease and risk factors. The potential exists for integrating CHW projects to expand the health promotion model with new emphasis on municipality and regional participation.

  7. Bioprospecção de isolados de Bacillus spp. como potenciais promotores de crescimento de Eucalyptus urograndis

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    Ana Ligia de Lima Moreira

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se neste trabalho avaliar características bioquímicas de interesse agronômico e correlação com a promoção de crescimento de plantas em isolados de Bacillus sp. originários da rizosfera de eucalipto. O trabalho foi conduzido em laboratório e casa de vegetação. A partir do isolamento de bactérias da rizosfera de plantas, oriundas de diferentes municípios da região oeste paulista, conseguiu-se 127 isolados de Bacillus spp. Foram realizados testes bioquímicos para caracterização dos isolados bacterianos quanto ao antagonismo a fungos fitopatogênicos, produção de auxinas, produção de amônia e atividade enzimática. Na etapa final foi avaliado o potencial dos isolados, caracterizados previamente em condições de laboratório, para promoção de crescimento de plantas, utilizando-se a inoculação das bactérias em mudas de eucalipto e cultivo das plantas em casa de vegetação durante 90 dias. Avaliou-se variáveis de crescimento do eucalipto objetivando-se selecionar os melhores isolados e também correlacionar as diferentes variáveis analisadas no trabalho. O protocolo de bioprospecção de Bacillus sp. na rizosfera foi válido para se encontrar rizobactérias promissoras no aumento do crescimento do eucalipto. Foram selecionados cinco isolados como promissores para ação no crescimento de eucalipto. O potencial antagônico a fungos fitopatogênicos e produção de amônia apresentados pelos isolados de rizobactérias foi útil na fase inicial de seleção de rizobactérias promotoras do crescimento de eucalipto, pois apresentou correlação significativa com o crescimento das plantas.

  8. Una pequeña historia el cine: Sergio Salinas, promotor de la cultura cinematográfica en Chile

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    Hans Stange-Marcus; Claudio Salinas-Muñoz

    2013-01-01

    El crítico de cine Sergio Salinas afirmaba que no existen películas de arte sino "espacios" de arte, que propician una apreciación reflexiva y crítica de los filmes. El ensayo revisa tres de estos espacios desarrollados por el propio Salinas en Santiago de Chile: el cine club Nexo y las salas de cine arte Toesca y Normandie.

  9. Electroporation-mediated gene delivery.

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    Young, Jennifer L; Dean, David A

    2015-01-01

    Electroporation has been used extensively to transfer DNA to bacteria, yeast, and mammalian cells in culture for the past 30 years. Over this time, numerous advances have been made, from using fields to facilitate cell fusion, delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs to cells and tissues, and most importantly, gene and drug delivery in living tissues from rodents to man. Electroporation uses electrical fields to transiently destabilize the membrane allowing the entry of normally impermeable macromolecules into the cytoplasm. Surprisingly, at the appropriate field strengths, the application of these fields to tissues results in little, if any, damage or trauma. Indeed, electroporation has even been used successfully in human trials for gene delivery for the treatment of tumors and for vaccine development. Electroporation can lead to between 100 and 1000-fold increases in gene delivery and expression and can also increase both the distribution of cells taking up and expressing the DNA as well as the absolute amount of gene product per cell (likely due to increased delivery of plasmids into each cell). Effective electroporation depends on electric field parameters, electrode design, the tissues and cells being targeted, and the plasmids that are being transferred themselves. Most importantly, there is no single combination of these variables that leads to greatest efficacy in every situation; optimization is required in every new setting. Electroporation-mediated in vivo gene delivery has proven highly effective in vaccine production, transgene expression, enzyme replacement, and control of a variety of cancers. Almost any tissue can be targeted with electroporation, including muscle, skin, heart, liver, lung, and vasculature. This chapter will provide an overview of the theory of electroporation for the delivery of DNA both in individual cells and in tissues and its application for in vivo gene delivery in a number of animal models.

  10. The frustrated gene: origins of eukaryotic gene expression

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    Madhani, Hiten D.

    2013-01-01

    Eukarytotic gene expression is frustrated by a series of steps that are generally not observed in prokaryotes and are therefore not essential for the basic chemistry of transcription and translation. Their evolution may have been driven by the need to defend against parasitic nucleic acids.

  11. Candidate Gene Identification of Flowering Time Genes in Cotton

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    Corrinne E. Grover

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Flowering time control is critically important to all sexually reproducing angiosperms in both natural ecological and agronomic settings. Accordingly, there is much interest in defining the genes involved in the complex flowering-time network and how these respond to natural and artificial selection, the latter often entailing transitions in day-length responses. Here we describe a candidate gene analysis in the cotton genus , which uses homologs from the well-described flowering network to bioinformatically and phylogenetically identify orthologs in the published genome sequence from Ulbr., one of the two model diploid progenitors of the commercially important allopolyploid cottons, L. and L. Presence and patterns of expression were evaluated from 13 aboveground tissues related to flowering for each of the candidate genes using allopolyploid as a model. Furthermore, we use a comparative context to determine copy number variability of each key gene family across 10 published angiosperm genomes. Data suggest a pattern of repeated loss of duplicates following ancient whole-genome doubling events in diverse lineages. The data presented here provide a foundation for understanding both the parallel evolution of day-length neutrality in domesticated cottons and the flowering-time network, in general, in this important crop plant.

  12. The KCNE genes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: a candidate gene study

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    Moolman-Smook Johanna C

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The gene family KCNE1-5, which encode modulating β-subunits of several repolarising K+-ion channels, has been associated with genetic cardiac diseases such as long QT syndrome, atrial fibrillation and Brugada syndrome. The minK peptide, encoded by KCNE1, is attached to the Z-disc of the sarcomere as well as the T-tubules of the sarcolemma. It has been suggested that minK forms part of an "electro-mechanical feed-back" which links cardiomyocyte stretching to changes in ion channel function. We examined whether mutations in KCNE genes were associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM, a genetic disease associated with an improper hypertrophic response. Results The coding regions of KCNE1, KCNE2, KCNE3, KCNE4, and KCNE5 were examined, by direct DNA sequencing, in a cohort of 93 unrelated HCM probands and 188 blood donor controls. Fifteen genetic variants, four previously unknown, were identified in the HCM probands. Eight variants were non-synonymous and one was located in the 3'UTR-region of KCNE4. No disease-causing mutations were found and no significant difference in the frequency of genetic variants was found between HCM probands and controls. Two variants of likely functional significance were found in controls only. Conclusions Mutations in KCNE genes are not a common cause of HCM and polymorphisms in these genes do not seem to be associated with a propensity to develop arrhythmia

  13. From gene to disease; hypophosphataemic rickets and the PHEX gene

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    Jansen, M; van Dael, C.M.L.; Verrijn Stuart, A.A.; van der Hout, A.H.; Rump, P.

    2006-01-01

    X-linked hypophosphataemic rickets is associated with mutations in the PHEX gene on the short arm of the X chromosome, encoding a membrane-bound endoprotease which is predominantly expressed in osteoblasts. Defective PHEX function leaves phosphaturic peptides such as FGF23 uncleaved, enabling these

  14. Genomics of local adaptation with gene flow.

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    Tigano, Anna; Friesen, Vicki L

    2016-05-01

    Gene flow is a fundamental evolutionary force in adaptation that is especially important to understand as humans are rapidly changing both the natural environment and natural levels of gene flow. Theory proposes a multifaceted role for gene flow in adaptation, but it focuses mainly on the disruptive effect that gene flow has on adaptation when selection is not strong enough to prevent the loss of locally adapted alleles. The role of gene flow in adaptation is now better understood due to the recent development of both genomic models of adaptive evolution and genomic techniques, which both point to the importance of genetic architecture in the origin and maintenance of adaptation with gene flow. In this review, we discuss three main topics on the genomics of adaptation with gene flow. First, we investigate selection on migration and gene flow. Second, we discuss the three potential sources of adaptive variation in relation to the role of gene flow in the origin of adaptation. Third, we explain how local adaptation is maintained despite gene flow: we provide a synthesis of recent genomic models of adaptation, discuss the genomic mechanisms and review empirical studies on the genomics of adaptation with gene flow. Despite predictions on the disruptive effect of gene flow in adaptation, an increasing number of studies show that gene flow can promote adaptation, that local adaptations can be maintained despite high gene flow, and that genetic architecture plays a fundamental role in the origin and maintenance of local adaptation with gene flow.

  15. Gene expression throughout a vertebrate's embryogenesis

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    Hinton David E

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Describing the patterns of gene expression during embryonic development has broadened our understanding of the processes and patterns that define morphogenesis. Yet gene expression patterns have not been described throughout vertebrate embryogenesis. This study presents statistical analyses of gene expression during all 40 developmental stages in the teleost Fundulus heteroclitus using four biological replicates per stage. Results Patterns of gene expression for 7,000 genes appear to be important as they recapitulate developmental timing. Among the 45% of genes with significant expression differences between pairs of temporally adjacent stages, significant differences in gene expression vary from as few as five to more than 660. Five adjacent stages have disproportionately more significant changes in gene expression (> 200 genes relative to other stages: four to eight and eight to sixteen cell stages, onset of circulation, pre and post-hatch, and during complete yolk absorption. The fewest differences among adjacent stages occur during gastrulation. Yet, at stage 16, (pre-mid-gastrulation the largest number of genes has peak expression. This stage has an over representation of genes in oxidative respiration and protein expression (ribosomes, translational genes and proteases. Unexpectedly, among all ribosomal genes, both strong positive and negative correlations occur. Similar correlated patterns of expression occur among all significant genes. Conclusions These data provide statistical support for the temporal dynamics of developmental gene expression during all stages of vertebrate development.

  16. Gene therapy: Myth or reality?

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    Fischer, Alain

    2016-01-01

    Gene therapy has become a reality, although still a fragile one. Clinical benefit has been achieved over the last 17years in a limited number of medical conditions for which pathophysiological studies determined that they were favorable settings. They include inherited disorders of the immune system, leukodystrophies, possibly hemoglobinopathies, hemophilia B, and retinal dystrophies. Advances in the treatment of B-cell leukemias and lymphomas have also been achieved. Advances in vector development and possible usage of gene editing may lead to significant advances over the next years. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier SAS.

  17. JavaGenes Molecular Evolution

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    Lohn, Jason; Smith, David; Frank, Jeremy; Globus, Al; Crawford, James

    2007-01-01

    JavaGenes is a general-purpose, evolutionary software system written in Java. It implements several versions of a genetic algorithm, simulated annealing, stochastic hill climbing, and other search techniques. This software has been used to evolve molecules, atomic force field parameters, digital circuits, Earth Observing Satellite schedules, and antennas. This version differs from version 0.7.28 in that it includes the molecule evolution code and other improvements. Except for the antenna code, JaveGenes is available for NASA Open Source distribution.

  18. Zipf's Law in Gene Expression

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    Furusawa, C; Furusawa, Chikara; Kaneko, Kunihiko

    2002-01-01

    Using data from gene expression databases on various organisms and tissues, including yeast, nematodes, human normal and cancer tissues, and embryonic stem cells, we found that the abundances of expressed genes exhibit a power-law distribution with an exponent close to -1, i.e., they obey Zipf's law. Furthermore, by simulations of a simple model with an intra-cellular reaction network, we found that Zipf's law of chemical abundance is a universal feature of cells where such a network optimizes the efficiency and faithfulness of self-reproduction. These findings provide novel insights into the nature of the organization of reaction dynamics in living cells.

  19. Zipf's Law in Gene Expression

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    Furusawa, Chikara; Kaneko, Kunihiko

    2003-02-01

    Using data from gene expression databases on various organisms and tissues, including yeast, nematodes, human normal and cancer tissues, and embryonic stem cells, we found that the abundances of expressed genes exhibit a power-law distribution with an exponent close to -1; i.e., they obey Zipf’s law. Furthermore, by simulations of a simple model with an intracellular reaction network, we found that Zipf’s law of chemical abundance is a universal feature of cells where such a network optimizes the efficiency and faithfulness of self-reproduction. These findings provide novel insights into the nature of the organization of reaction dynamics in living cells.

  20. FunGeneClusterS

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    Vesth, Tammi Camilla; Brandl, Julian; Andersen, Mikael Rørdam

    2016-01-01

    and industrial biotechnology applications. We have previously published a method for accurate prediction of clusters from genome and transcriptome data, which could also suggest cross-chemistry, however, this method was limited both in the number of parameters which could be adjusted as well as in user......Secondary metabolites of fungi are receiving an increasing amount of interest due to their prolific bioactivities and the fact that fungal biosynthesis of secondary metabolites often occurs from co-regulated and co-located gene clusters. This makes the gene clusters attractive for synthetic biology...

  1. Correction of gene expression data

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    Darbani Shirvanehdeh, Behrooz; Stewart, C. Neal, Jr.; Noeparvar, Shahin;

    2014-01-01

    This report investigates for the first time the potential inter-treatment bias source of cell number for gene expression studies. Cell-number bias can affect gene expression analysis when comparing samples with unequal total cellular RNA content or with different RNA extraction efficiencies...... an analytical approach to examine the suitability of correction methods by considering the inter-treatment bias as well as the inter-replicate variance, which allows use of the best correction method with minimum residual bias. Analyses of RNA sequencing and microarray data showed that the efficiencies...

  2. Clock genes, chronotypes and diseases

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    Bogdan I. Voinescu

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Many common diseases in humans (such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes mellitus orpsychiatric disorders, such as depression seem to be linked to disruptions of circadian cycles and toclock genes variation. It is unlikely that such diseases to be caused by a genetic variation within a singlegene. They must be influenced by complex interactions among multiple genes, as well as environmentaland lifestyle factors. Therefore, it is important to understand how the resulting perturbations in ourcircadian biology could affect our physiological processes and susceptibility to disease. Associationsbetween the polymorphisms of the main components of the circadian molecular clock, circadian type(also known as diurnal preference or chronotype and diseases are presented.

  3. Detecting Sequence Homology at the Gene Cluster Level with MultiGeneBlast

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    Medema, Marnix H.; Takano, Eriko; Breitling, Rainer; Nowick, Katja

    2013-01-01

    The genes encoding many biomolecular systems and pathways are genomically organized in operons or gene clusters. With MultiGeneBlast, we provide a user-friendly and effective tool to perform homology searches with operons or gene clusters as basic units, instead of single genes. The contextualizatio

  4. Detecting Sequence Homology at the Gene Cluster Level with MultiGeneBlast

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    Medema, Marnix H.; Takano, Eriko; Breitling, Rainer; Nowick, Katja

    The genes encoding many biomolecular systems and pathways are genomically organized in operons or gene clusters. With MultiGeneBlast, we provide a user-friendly and effective tool to perform homology searches with operons or gene clusters as basic units, instead of single genes. The

  5. A gene-based information gain method for detecting gene-gene interactions in case-control studies.

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    Li, Jin; Huang, Dongli; Guo, Maozu; Liu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Chunyu; Teng, Zhixia; Zhang, Ruijie; Jiang, Yongshuai; Lv, Hongchao; Wang, Limei

    2015-11-01

    Currently, most methods for detecting gene-gene interactions (GGIs) in genome-wide association studies are divided into SNP-based methods and gene-based methods. Generally, the gene-based methods can be more powerful than SNP-based methods. Some gene-based entropy methods can only capture the linear relationship between genes. We therefore proposed a nonparametric gene-based information gain method (GBIGM) that can capture both linear relationship and nonlinear correlation between genes. Through simulation with different odds ratio, sample size and prevalence rate, GBIGM was shown to be valid and more powerful than classic KCCU method and SNP-based entropy method. In the analysis of data from 17 genes on rheumatoid arthritis, GBIGM was more effective than the other two methods as it obtains fewer significant results, which was important for biological verification. Therefore, GBIGM is a suitable and powerful tool for detecting GGIs in case-control studies.

  6. Gene therapy on demand: site specific regulation of gene therapy.

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    Jazwa, Agnieszka; Florczyk, Urszula; Jozkowicz, Alicja; Dulak, Jozef

    2013-08-10

    Since 1990 when the first clinical gene therapy trial was conducted, much attention and considerable promise have been given to this form of treatment. Gene therapy has been used with success in patients suffering from severe combined immunodeficiency syndromes (X-SCID and ADA-deficiency), Leber's congenital amaurosis, hemophilia, β-thalassemia and adrenoleukodystrophy. Last year, the first therapeutic vector (Glybera) for treatment of lipoprotein lipase deficiency has been registered in the European Union. Nevertheless, there are still several numerous issues that need to be improved to make this technique more safe, effective and easily accessible for patients. Introduction of the therapeutic gene to the given cells should provide the level of expression which will restore the production of therapeutic protein to normal values or will provide therapeutic efficacy despite not fully physiological expression. However, in numerous diseases the expression of therapeutic genes has to be kept at certain level for some time, and then might be required to be switched off to be activated again when worsening of the symptoms may aggravate the risk of disease relapse. In such cases the promoters which are regulated by local conditions may be more required. In this article the special emphasis is to discuss the strategies of regulation of gene expression by endogenous stimuli. Particularly, the hypoxia- or miRNA-regulated vectors offer the possibilities of tight but, at the same time, condition-dependent and cell-specific expression. Such means have been already tested in certain pathophysiological conditions. This creates the chance for the translational approaches required for development of effective treatments of so far incurable diseases.

  7. State-of-the-art human gene therapy: part I. Gene delivery technologies.

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    Wang, Dan; Gao, Guangping

    2014-01-01

    Safe and effective gene delivery is a prerequisite for successful gene therapy. In the early age of human gene therapy, setbacks due to problematic gene delivery vehicles plagued the exciting therapeutic outcome. However, gene delivery technologies rapidly evolved ever since. With the advancement of gene delivery techniques, gene therapy clinical trials surged during the past decade. As the first gene therapy product (Glybera) has obtained regulatory approval and reached clinic, human gene therapy finally realized the promise that genes can be medicines. The diverse gene delivery techniques available today have laid the foundation for gene therapy applications in treating a wide range of human diseases. Some of the most urgent unmet medical needs, such as cancer and pandemic infectious diseases, have been tackled by gene therapy strategies with promising results. Furthermore, combining gene transfer with other breakthroughs in biomedical research and novel biotechnologies opened new avenues for gene therapy. Such innovative therapeutic strategies are unthinkable until now, and are expected to be revolutionary. In part I of this review, we introduced recent development of non-viral and viral gene delivery technology platforms. As cell-based gene therapy blossomed, we also summarized the diverse types of cells and vectors employed in ex vivo gene transfer. Finally, challenges in current gene delivery technologies for human use were discussed.

  8. Gene Expression in Trypanosomatid Parasites

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    Santiago Martínez-Calvillo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The parasites Leishmania spp., Trypanosoma brucei, and Trypanosoma cruzi are the trypanosomatid protozoa that cause the deadly human diseases leishmaniasis, African sleeping sickness, and Chagas disease, respectively. These organisms possess unique mechanisms for gene expression such as constitutive polycistronic transcription of protein-coding genes and trans-splicing. Little is known about either the DNA sequences or the proteins that are involved in the initiation and termination of transcription in trypanosomatids. In silico analyses of the genome databases of these parasites led to the identification of a small number of proteins involved in gene expression. However, functional studies have revealed that trypanosomatids have more general transcription factors than originally estimated. Many posttranslational histone modifications, histone variants, and chromatin modifying enzymes have been identified in trypanosomatids, and recent genome-wide studies showed that epigenetic regulation might play a very important role in gene expression in this group of parasites. Here, we review and comment on the most recent findings related to transcription initiation and termination in trypanosomatid protozoa.

  9. Ethics of Gene Therapy Debated.

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    Borman, Stu

    1991-01-01

    Presented are the highlights of a press conference featuring biomedical ethicist LeRoy Walters of Georgetown University and attorney Andrew Kimbrell of the Foundation on Economic Trends. The opposing points of view of these two speakers serve to outline the pros and cons of the gene therapy issue. (CW)

  10. Patching genes to fight disease

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    Holzman, D.

    1990-09-03

    The National Institutes of Health has approved the first gene therapy experiments, one of which will try to cure cancer by bolstering the immune system. The applications of such therapy are limited, but the potential aid to people with genetic diseases is great.

  11. Codon Adaptation of Plastid Genes

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    Suzuki, Haruo; Morton, Brian R.

    2016-01-01

    Codon adaptation is codon usage bias that results from selective pressure to increase the translation efficiency of a gene. Codon adaptation has been studied across a wide range of genomes and some early analyses of plastids have shown evidence for codon adaptation in a limited set of highly expressed plastid genes. Here we study codon usage bias across all fully sequenced plastid genomes which includes representatives of the Rhodophyta, Alveolata, Cryptophyta, Euglenozoa, Glaucocystophyceae, Rhizaria, Stramenopiles and numerous lineages within the Viridiplantae, including Chlorophyta and Embryophyta. We show evidence that codon adaptation occurs in all genomes except for two, Theileria parva and Heicosporidium sp., both of which have highly reduced gene contents and no photosynthesis genes. We also show evidence that selection for codon adaptation increases the representation of the same set of codons, which we refer to as the adaptive codons, across this wide range of taxa, which is probably due to common features descended from the initial endosymbiont. We use various measures to estimate the relative strength of selection in the different lineages and show that it appears to be fairly strong in certain Stramenopiles and Chlorophyta lineages but relatively weak in many members of the Rhodophyta, Euglenozoa and Embryophyta. Given these results we propose that codon adaptation in plastids is widespread and displays the same general features as adaptation in eubacterial genomes. PMID:27196606

  12. Codon Adaptation of Plastid Genes.

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    Haruo Suzuki

    Full Text Available Codon adaptation is codon usage bias that results from selective pressure to increase the translation efficiency of a gene. Codon adaptation has been studied across a wide range of genomes and some early analyses of plastids have shown evidence for codon adaptation in a limited set of highly expressed plastid genes. Here we study codon usage bias across all fully sequenced plastid genomes which includes representatives of the Rhodophyta, Alveolata, Cryptophyta, Euglenozoa, Glaucocystophyceae, Rhizaria, Stramenopiles and numerous lineages within the Viridiplantae, including Chlorophyta and Embryophyta. We show evidence that codon adaptation occurs in all genomes except for two, Theileria parva and Heicosporidium sp., both of which have highly reduced gene contents and no photosynthesis genes. We also show evidence that selection for codon adaptation increases the representation of the same set of codons, which we refer to as the adaptive codons, across this wide range of taxa, which is probably due to common features descended from the initial endosymbiont. We use various measures to estimate the relative strength of selection in the different lineages and show that it appears to be fairly strong in certain Stramenopiles and Chlorophyta lineages but relatively weak in many members of the Rhodophyta, Euglenozoa and Embryophyta. Given these results we propose that codon adaptation in plastids is widespread and displays the same general features as adaptation in eubacterial genomes.

  13. Homeobox gene expression in Brachiopoda

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    Altenburger, Andreas; Martinez, Pedro; Wanninger, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    The molecular control that underlies brachiopod ontogeny is largely unknown. In order to contribute to this issue we analyzed the expression pattern of two homeobox containing genes, Not and Cdx, during development of the rhynchonelliform (i.e., articulate) brachiopod Terebratalia transversa. Not...

  14. Positional cloning of deafness genes

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    Kremer, H.; Cremers, F.P.M.

    2009-01-01

    The identification of the majority of the known causative genes involved in nonsyndromic sensorineural hearing loss (NSHL) started with linkage analysis as part of a positional cloning procedure. The human and mouse genome projects in combination with technical developments on genotyping, transcript

  15. [From gene to disease: cystinosis

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    Levtchenko, E.N.; Wilmer, M.J.G.; Graaf-Hess, A.C. de; Heuvel, L.P.W.J. van den; Blom, H.J.; Monnens, L.A.H.

    2004-01-01

    Cystinosis is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by an impaired transport of cystine out of lysosomes. The most severe infantile form of cystinosis starts with Fanconi syndrome at the age of 3-6 months. Untreated patients develop renal failure before the age of 10. The cystinosis gene (CTNS) map

  16. Gene expression studies using microarrays

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    Burgess, Janette

    2001-01-01

    1. The rapid progression of the collaborative sequencing programmes that are unravelling the complete genome sequences of many organisms are opening pathways for new approaches to gene analysis. As the sequence data become available, the bottleneck in biological research will shift to understanding

  17. Gene Testing for Hereditary Ataxia

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    ... should be reviewed. • Psychological assessment/Counseling – prior to testing, psychological evaluation is recommended to ensure the person being tested is as prepared as possible to receive the test results, and to ... Before gene testing is ordered, the coordinating physician may choose to ...

  18. Gene therapy and respiratory neuroplasticity.

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    Mantilla, Carlos B

    2017-01-01

    Breathing is a life-sustaining behavior that in mammals is accomplished by activation of dedicated muscles responsible for inspiratory and expiratory forces acting on the lung and chest wall. Motor control is exerted by specialized pools of motoneurons in the medulla and spinal cord innervated by projections from multiple centers primarily in the brainstem that act in concert to generate both the rhythm and pattern of ventilation. Perturbations that prevent the accomplishment of the full range of motor behaviors by respiratory muscles commonly result in significant morbidity and increased mortality. Recent developments in gene therapy and novel targeting strategies have contributed to deeper understanding of the organization of respiratory motor systems. Gene therapy has received widespread attention and substantial progress has been made in recent years with the advent of improved tools for vector design. Genes can be delivered via a variety of plasmids, synthetic or viral vectors and cell therapies. In recent years, adeno-associated viruses (AAV) have become one of the most commonly used vector systems, primarily because of the extensive characterization conducted to date and the versatility in targeting strategies. Recent studies highlight the power of using AAV to selectively and effectively transduce respiratory motoneurons and muscle fibers with promising therapeutic effects. This brief review summarizes current evidence for the use of gene therapy in respiratory disorders with a primary focus on interventions that address motor control and neuroplasticity, including regeneration, in the respiratory system.

  19. Homeobox genes and melatonin synthesis

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    Rohde, Kristian; Møller, Morten; Rath, Martin Fredensborg

    2014-01-01

    ) transcription factor is believed to control pineal-specific Aanat expression. Based on recent advances in our understanding of Crx in the rodent pineal gland, we here suggest that homeobox genes play a role in adult pineal physiology both by ensuring pineal-specific Aanat expression and by facilitating cAMP...

  20. Gene therapy for heart failure.

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    Greenberg, Barry

    2017-04-01

    Novel strategies are needed to treat the growing population of heart failure patients. While new drug and device based therapies have improved outcomes over the past several decades, heart failure patients continue to experience amongst the lowest quality of life of any chronic disease, high likelihood of being hospitalized and marked reduction in survival. Better understanding of many of the basic mechanisms involved in the development of heart failure has helped identify abnormalities that could potentially be targeted by gene transfer. Despite success in experimental animal models, translating gene transfer strategies from the laboratory to the clinic remains at an early stage. This review provides an introduction to gene transfer as a therapy for treating heart failure, describes some of the many factors that need to be addressed in order for it to be successful and discusses some of the recent studies that have been carried out in heart failure patients. Insights from these studies highlight both the enormous promise of gene transfer and the obstacles that still need to be overcome for this treatment approach to be successful. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.