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  • Retrospective Screening of Clinical Samples for Monkeypox Virus DNA, California, USA, 2022. Emerging infectious diseases Contag, C. A., Lu, J., Renfro, Z. T., Karan, A., Salinas, J. L., Khan, M., Solis, D., Sahoo, M. K., Yamamoto, F., Pinsky, B. A. 2023; 29 (4): 848-850


    We retrospectively screened oropharyngeal and rectal swab samples originally collected in California, USA, for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae testing for the presence of monkeypox virus DNA. Among 206 patients screened, 17 (8%) had samples with detectable viral DNA. Monkeypox virus testing from mucosal sites should be considered for at-risk patients.

    View details for DOI 10.3201/eid2904.221576

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  • CCAAT enhancer binding protein gamma (C/EBP-gamma): An understudied transcription factor. Advances in biological regulation Renfro, Z., White, B. E., Stephens, K. E. 2022; 84: 100861


    The CCAAT enhancer binding protein (C/EBP) family of transcription factors are important transcriptional mediators of a wide range of physiologic processes. C/EBP-gamma is the shortest C/EBP protein and lacks a canonical activation domain for the recruitment of transcriptional machinery. Despite its ubiquitous expression and ability to dimerize with other C/EBP proteins, C/EBP-gamma has been studied far less than other C/EBP proteins, and, to our knowledge, no review of its functions has been written. This review seeks to integrate the current knowledge about C/EBP-gamma and its physiologic roles, especially in cell proliferation, the integrated stress response, oncogenesis, hematopoietic and nervous system development, and metabolism, as well as to identify areas for future research.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jbior.2022.100861

    View details for PubMedID 35121409