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Islam MS, Yang XW, Euler CW, Han XQ, Liu JH, Hossen I, Zhou Y, Li JQ
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Application of a novel phage ZPAH7 for controlling multidrug-resistant Aeromonas hydrophila on lettuce and reducing biofilms

FOOD CONTROL 2021 APR; 122(?):? Article 107785
Aeromonas hydrophila is an important pathogenic bacterium that causes foodborne illness worldwide. In this study, virulent phages from the sediment of a fish farm were propagated and isolated on a multidrug-resistant strain of A. hydrophila, ZYAH75. One phage, designated as ZPAH7, featured a unique turbid halo around a clear plaque on the bacterial lawn (indicative of potential depolymerase activity), and was selected for further analysis. ZPAH7 was classified as podophage by morphological and genomic methods. Further comparisons of genome nucleotide similarity, ratios of homologous proteins and phylogenetic relatedness among the terminase large subunit and major capsid proteins of similar phage deposited in GENBANK, led us to propose a new genus, ZPAH7virus, in the Autographivirinae subfamily of Podoviridae. ZPAH7 had an adsorption rate of 79% in 5 min, an eclipse period of 15 min, a latent period of 25 min, and a burst size of 148 +/- 9 PFU/cell. Antimicrobial application experiments showed that ZPAH7 lead to significantly reduction on A. hydrophila on lettuce. Additionally, ZPAH7 was able to inhibit biofilm formation, as well as degrade and kill bacteria in established biofilms. Furthermore, lytic activity of ZPAH7 remained stable across a wide range of temperatures and pH measurements. These results suggest ZPAH7 could be used as a potential biological control agent against A. hydrophila on food and/or biofilms on food contact surfaces.
Showalter K, Spiera R, Magro C, Agius P, Martyanov V, Franks JM, Sharma R, Geiger H, Wood TA, Zhang YX, Hale CR, Finik J, Whitfield ML, Orange DE, Gordon JK
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Machine learning integration of scleroderma histology and gene expression identifies fibroblast polarisation as a hallmark of clinical severity and improvement

Objective We sought to determine histologic and gene expression features of clinical improvement in early diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc; scleroderma). Methods Fifty-eight forearm biopsies were evaluated from 26 individuals with dcSSc in two clinical trials. Histologic/immunophenotypic assessments of global severity, alpha-smooth muscle actin (aSMA), CD34, collagen, inflammatory infiltrate, follicles and thickness were compared with gene expression and clinical data. Support vector machine learning was performed using scleroderma gene expression subset (normal-like, fibroproliferative, inflammatory) as classifiers and histology scores as inputs. Comparison of w-vector mean absolute weights was used to identify histologic features most predictive of gene expression subset. We then tested for differential gene expression according to histologic severity and compared those with clinical improvement (according to the Combined Response Index in Systemic Sclerosis). Results aSMA was highest and CD34 lowest in samples with highest local Modified Rodnan Skin Score. CD34 and aSMA changed significantly from baseline to 52 weeks in clinical improvers. CD34 and aSMA were the strongest predictors of gene expression subset, with highest CD34 staining in the normal-like subset (p<0.001) and highest aSMA staining in the inflammatory subset (p=0.016). Analysis of gene expression according to CD34 and aSMA binarised scores identified a 47-gene fibroblast polarisation signature that decreases over time only in improvers (vs non-improvers). Pathway analysis of these genes identified gene expression signatures of inflammatory fibroblasts. Conclusion CD34 and aSMA stains describe distinct fibroblast polarisation states, are associated with gene expression subsets and clinical assessments, and may be useful biomarkers of clinical severity and improvement in dcSSc.
Chandra V, Kronauer DJC
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Foraging and feeding are independently regulated by social and personal hunger in the clonal raider ant

Ant colonies must assess the internal states of their members and coordinate their responses to changes in state. One important example of this is the sensing of colony hunger and the regulation of foraging behavior. In many ant species, workers' own nutritional states at least partially determine how much they forage, and poorly nourished workers usually forage more, while well-nourished workers remain inside the nest. Workers in some species, such as the clonal raider ant Ooceraea biroi, mostly forage in response to larval signals. Here, we ask whether O. biroi larvae directly affect worker nutrition, and whether nutritional states in turn regulate workers' foraging and feeding behavior. We find that larval signals do not detectably influence workers' nutritional states or feeding behavior. Unlike in most other ant species, however, when colonies forage in response to larval signals, better-nourished O. biroi workers forage more. This suggests evolutionary modifications to the nature and strength of the relationship between nutritional state and foraging behavior in some ants. Nonetheless, worker nutritional states regulate feeding behavior as expected, with workers eating in proportion to their level of food deprivation. We discuss the implications of these results for the life history of O. biroi and the evolution of foraging regulation in social insects more generally. We suggest that the decoupling of regulatory mechanisms for feeding and foraging has parallels in the evolutionary elaboration of animal multicellularity. Significance statement Foraging in social insects is a cooperative behavior: workers forage for the colony, rather than just for themselves. In most species, workers primarily use their own hunger as proxies for the colony's needs. However, some species use other sources of information. Clonal raider ants, for example, forage in response to signals from their larvae. Here, we ask whether they also forage when deprived of nutrition. Surprisingly, we find instead that they forage more when better fed, and that in unmanipulated colonies, larval signals override worker nutrition, suggesting that the regulation of foraging has been rewired in this species. We also find that workers feed in proportion to their nutrient deprivation, suggesting that the regulation of feeding has been conserved. We propose that the uncoupling of feeding and foraging machinery has parallels in the evolutionary elaboration of animal multicellularity.
Gleicher N, Weghofer A, Darmon SK, Barad DH
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Rate of rebound in follicle growth after cessation of ovarian stimulation in initial non-responders: a prospective cohort study

JOURNAL OF OVARIAN RESEARCH 2021 JAN 9; 14(1):? Article 11
Previously anecdotally observed rebounds in follicle growth after interruption of exogenous gonadotropins in absolute non-responders were the impetus for here reported study. In a prospective cohort study, we investigated 49 consecutive patients, absolutely unresponsive to maximal exogenous gonadotropin stimulation, for a so-called rebound response to ovarian stimulation. A rebound response was defined as follicle growth following complete withdrawal of exogenous gonadotropin stimulation after complete failure to respond to maximal gonadotropin stimulation over up to 5-7 days. Median age of study patients was 40.5 +/- 5.1 years (range 23-52). Women with and without rebound did not differ significantly (40.0 +/- 6.0 vs. 41.0 +/- 7.0 years, P = 0.41), with 24 (49.0%) recording a rebound and 25 (51.0%) not. Among the former, 21 (87.5%) reached retrieval of 1-3 oocytes and 15 (30.6%) reached embryo transfer. A successful rebound in almost half of prior non-responders was an unsuspected response rate, as was retrieval of 1-3 oocytes in over half of rebounding patients. Attempting rebounds may, thus, represent another incremental step in very poor prognosis patients before giving up on utilization of autologous oocytes. Here presented findings support further investigations into the underlying physiology leading to such an unexpectedly high rebound rate.
Gondim MVP, Sherrill-Mix S, Bibollet-Ruche F, Russell RM, Trimboli S, Smith AG, Li YY, Liu WM, Avitto AN, DeVoto JC, Connell J, Fenton-May AE, Pellegrino P, Williams I, Papasavvas E, Lorenzi JCC, Salantes DB, Mampe F, Monroy MA, Cohen YZ, Heath S, Saag MS, Montaner LJ, Collman RG, Siliciano JM, Siliciano RF, Plenderleith LJ, Sharp PM, Caskey M, Nussenzweig MC, Shaw GM, Borrow P, Bar KJ, Hahn BH
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Heightened resistance to host type 1 interferons characterizes HIV-1 at transmission and after antiretroviral therapy interruption

SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE 2021 JAN 13; 13(576):? Article eabd8179
Type 1 interferons (IFN-I) are potent innate antiviral effectors that constrain HIV-1 transmission. However, harnessing these cytokines for HIV-1 cure strategies has been hampered by an incomplete understanding of their antiviral activities at later stages of infection. Here, we characterized the IFN-I sensitivity of 500 clonally derived HIV-1 isolates from the plasma and CD4(+) T cells of 26 individuals sampled longitudinally after transmission or after antiretroviral therapy (ART) and analytical treatment interruption. We determined the concentration of IFN.2 and IFN. that reduced viral replication in vitro by 50% (IC50) and found consistent changes in the sensitivity of HIV-1 to IFN-I inhibition both across individuals and over time. Resistance of HIV-1 isolates to IFN-I was uniformly high during acute infection, decreased in all individuals in the first year after infection, was reacquired concomitant with CD4(+) T cell loss, and remained elevated in individuals with accelerated disease. HIV-1 isolates obtained by viral outgrowth during suppressive ART were relatively IFN-I sensitive, resembling viruses circulating just before ART initiation. However, viruses that rebounded after treatment interruption displayed the highest degree of IFN.2 and IFN. resistance observed at any time during the infection course. These findings indicate a dynamic interplay between host innate responses and the evolving HIV-1 quasispecies, with the relative contribution of IFN-I to HIV-1 control affected by both ART and analytical treatment interruption. Although elevated at transmission, host innate pressures are the highest during viral rebound, limiting the viruses that successfully become reactivated from latency to those that are IFN-I resistant.
Halling AS, Loft N, Silverberg JI, Guttman-Yassky E, Thyssen JP
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Real-world evidence of dupilumab efficacy and risk of adverse events: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Background: Dupilumab, the first biological drug to be approved for the treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in adolescents and adults, has shown good efficacy and safety in clinical trials. Objective: To evaluate real-world data on the efficacy and safety of dupilumab in atopic dermatitis. Methods: PubMed and EMBASE were searched for observational studies with data on efficacy, drug survival, and safety of dupilumab for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Primary outcomes were mean percentage change in Eczema Area and Severity Index (EASI) score and proportion of atopic dermatitis patients achieving 50%, 75%, and 90% improvement in EASI score after dupilumab therapy. Results: Twenty-two unique studies encompassing 3303 atopic dermatitis patients were included. After 16 weeks of dupilumab therapy, the pooled proportion of patients achieving 50%, 75%, and 90% EASI score improvement was 85.1%, 59.8%, and 26.8%, respectively, and the weighted mean reduction in EASI score was 69.6%. Conjunctivitis was the most common adverse event, reported in a pooled proportion of 26.1%. Limitations: Limited data in terms of size and follow-up time were available. Conclusion: Real-world data show that dupilumab is a successful and well-tolerated therapy for atopic dermatitis, but ocular adverse events commonly occur. Registries are needed to monitor for adverse events.
Jin JJ, Lu P, Xu YL, Li ZF, Yu SZ, Liu J, Wang H, Chua NH, Cao PJ
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PLncDB V2.0: a comprehensive encyclopedia of plant long noncoding RNAs

NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH 2021 JAN 8; 49(D1):D1489-D1495
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are transcripts longer than 200 nucleotides with little or no protein coding potential. The expanding list of lncRNAs and accumulating evidence of their functions in plants have necessitated the creation of a comprehensive database for lncRNA research. However, currently available plant lncRNA databases have some deficiencies, including the lack of lncRNA data from some model plants, uneven annotation standards, a lack of visualization for expression patterns, and the absence of epigenetic information. To overcome these problems, we upgraded our Plant Long noncoding RNA Database (PLncDB, http://plncdb., which was based on a uniform annotation pipeline. PLncDB V2.0 currently contains 1 246 372 lncRNAs for 80 plant species based on 13 834 RNA-Seq datasets, integrating lncRNA information from four other resources including EVLncRNAs, RNAcentral and etc. Expression patterns and epigenetic signals can be visualized using multiple tools (JBrowse, eFP Browser and EPexplorer). Targets and regulatory networks for lncRNAs are also provided for function exploration. In addition, PLncDB V2.0 is hierarchical and user-friendly and has five builtin search engines. We believe PLncDB V2.0 is useful for the plant lncRNA community and data mining studies and provides a comprehensive resource for data-driven lncRNA research in plants.
Mendoza P, Lorenzi JCC, Gaebler C
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COVID-19 antibody development fueled by HIV-1 broadly neutralizing antibody research

Purpose of review The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caught the world unprepared, with no prevention or treatment strategies in place. In addition to the efforts to develop an effective vaccine, alternative approaches are essential to control this pandemic, which will most likely require multiple readily available solutions. Among them, monoclonal anti-severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies have been isolated by multiple laboratories in record time facilitated by techniques that were first pioneered for HIV-1 antibody discovery. Here, we summarize how lessons learned from anti-HIV-1 antibody discovery have provided fundamental knowledge for the rapid development of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Recent findings Research laboratories that successfully identified potent broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV-1 have harnessed their antibody discovery techniques to isolate novel potent anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, which have efficacy in animal models. These antibodies represent promising clinical candidates for treatment or prevention of COVID-19. Passive transfer of antibodies is a promising approach when the elicitation of protective immune responses is difficult, as in the case of HIV-1 infection. Antibodies can also play a significant role in post-exposure prophylaxis, in high-risk populations that may not mount robust immune responses after vaccination, and in therapy. We provide a review of the recent approaches used for anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody discovery and upcoming challenges in the field.
Schneider WM, Luna JM, Hoffmann HH, Sanchez-Rivera FJ, Leal AA, Ashbrook AW, Le Pen J, Ricardo-Lax I, Michailidis E, Peace A, Stenzel AF, Lowe SW, MacDonald MR, Rice CM, Poirier JT
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Genome-Scale Identification of SARS-CoV-2 and Pan-coronavirus Host Factor Networks

CELL 2021 JAN 7; 184(1):120-132.e14
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide. The causative agent, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is a member of the Coronaviridae family of viruses that can cause respiratory infections of varying severity. The cellular host factors and pathways co-opted during SARS-CoV-2 and related coronavirus life cycles remain ill defined. To address this gap, we performed genome-scale CRISPR knockout screens during infection by SARS-CoV-2 and three seasonal coronaviruses (HCoV-OC43, HCoV-NL63, and HCoV-229E). These screens uncovered host factors and pathways with pan-coronavirus and virus-specific functional roles, including major dependency on glycosaminoglycan biosynthesis, sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) signaling, bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling, and glycosylphosphatidylinositol biosynthesis, as well as a requirement for several poorly characterized proteins. We identified an absolute requirement for the VMP1, TMEM41, and TMEM64 (VTT) domain-containing protein transmembrane protein 41B (TMEM41B) for infection by SARS-CoV-2 and three seasonal coronaviruses. This human coronavirus host factor compendium represents a rich resource to develop new therapeutic strategies for acute COVID-19 and potential future coronavirus pandemics.
Joglekar A, Prjibelski A, Mahfouz A, Collier P, Lin S, Schlusche AK, Marrocco J, Williams SR, Haase B, Hayes A, Chew JG, Weisenfeld NI, Wong MY, Stein AN, Hardwick SA, Hunt T, Wang Q, Dieterich C, Bent Z, Fedrigo O, Sloan SA, Risso D, Jarvis ED, Flicek P, Luo WJ, Pitt GS, Frankish A, Smit AB, Ross ME, Tilgner HU
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A spatially resolved brain region- and cell type-specific isoform atlas of the postnatal mouse brain

NATURE COMMUNICATIONS 2021 JAN 19; 12(1):? Article 463
Splicing varies across brain regions, but the single-cell resolution of regional variation is unclear. We present a single-cell investigation of differential isoform expression (DIE) between brain regions using single-cell long-read sequencing in mouse hippocampus and prefrontal cortex in 45 cell types at postnatal day 7 ( Isoform tests for DIE show better performance than exon tests. We detect hundreds of DIE events traceable to cell types, often corresponding to functionally distinct protein isoforms. Mostly, one cell type is responsible for brain-region specific DIE. However, for fewer genes, multiple cell types influence DIE. Thus, regional identity can, although rarely, override cell-type specificity. Cell types indigenous to one anatomic structure display distinctive DIE, e.g. the choroid plexus epithelium manifests distinct transcription-start-site usage. Spatial transcriptomics and long-read sequencing yield a spatially resolved splicing map. Our methods quantify isoform expression with cell-type and spatial resolution and it contributes to further our understanding of how the brain integrates molecular and cellular complexity. Alternative RNA splicing varies across the brain. Its mapping at single cell resolution is unclear. Here, the authors provide a spatial and single-cell splicing atlas reporting brain region- and cell type-specific expression of different isoforms in the postnatal mouse brain.