Distribution of food-borne Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin genes
We identified and analyzed 5 new-type enterotoxin genes, including SEj, SEl, SEq, SEm, and SEr, to explore the distribution of 5 enterotoxin genes in Staphylococcus aureus of different origins as well as their correlations and differences. We examined the distribution of the S. aureus enterotoxin genes and their pathogenic mechanisms. A total of 660 specimens were collected from January 2011 to December 2014, and 217 strains of S. aureus were isolated. The template DNA of S. aureus was extracted.
Gene annotation and functional analysis of a newly sequenced Synechococcus strain
Synechococcus sp PCC 7336 represents a newly sequenced strain, and its genome is obviously different from that of other Synechococcus strains. In this analysis, local alignment and annotation databases were constructed and combined with various bioinformatic tools to carry out gene annotation and functional analysis of this strain. From this analysis, we identified 5096 protein-coding genes and 47 RNA genes.
Lack of association between the aryl hydrocarbon receptor rs2066853 polymorphism and breast cancer: A meta-analysis on Ahr polymorphism and breast cancer
Published data regarding the association between aryl hydrocarbon receptor (Ahr) rs2066853 polymorphism and the risk of breast cancer shows conflicting results. We performed a meta-analysis on 2999 patients and 3050 controls from three related case-control studies to estimate the association between Ahr rs2066853 polymorphism and the risk of breast cancer. The protocol was approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the University of Florida (America NIH Publication No. 86-231985 Revision).
Association of the PPARγ2 Pro12Ala polymorphism with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases
This meta-analysis investigated the correlation between the PPARγ2 Pro12Ala polymorphism and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Electronic database and manual searches were conducted to retrieve studies published relevant to the PPARγ2 Pro12Ala polymorphism and CVD. Rigorous inclusion and exclusion criteria were employed for selection of high-quality patients-control studies.
Investigation of genes in chronic and acute morphine-treated mice using microarray datasets
Morphine is a psychoactive medication that is used as a standard analgesic treatment to relieve pain in clinics. Many patients rely on chronic or acute treatment of morphine to treat pain. However, morphine is a narcotic and has a reverse effect when inappropriately used. Therefore, it is necessary to study chronic and acute morphine treatment to improve pain relief. In this study, differentially expressed genes of acute and chronic morphine-treated mice were identified using Array Express datasets.
Association of MEF2A gene 3'UTR mutations with coronary artery disease
Association of variants in the myocyte enhancer factor 2A (MEF2A) gene and the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) has drawn much attention but remains controversial. We hypothesized that the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of this gene could harbor functionally relevant nucleotide changes. Here, we assessed the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the 3'-UTR of MEF2A and CAD in the Chinese Han population. A case-control study of 236 CAD patients and 278 controls was carried out.
A novel TSC1 mutation (c.1964delA) in a Chinese patient with tuberous sclerosis complex
Tuberous sclerosis complex is an autosomal-dominant heritable disease caused by mutations in the TSC1 and TSC2 genes. We studied a Chinese patient with sporadic tuberous sclerosis complex. The clinical features of this patient included epilepsy, hypomelanotic macules and angiofibromas on his back; a cranial CT scan showed subependymal nodules along the lateral walls of the lateral ventricles. The TSC1 and TSC2 genes were studied by PCR and direct sequencing of the entire coding region and exon-intron boundaries of these genes.