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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828732/coding-of-class-i-and-ii-aminoacyl-trna-synthetases
#1
Charles W Carter
The aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases and their cognate transfer RNAs translate the universal genetic code. The twenty canonical amino acids are sufficiently diverse to create a selective advantage for dividing amino acid activation between two distinct, apparently unrelated superfamilies of synthetases, Class I amino acids being generally larger and less polar, Class II amino acids smaller and more polar. Biochemical, bioinformatic, and protein engineering experiments support the hypothesis that the two Classes descended from opposite strands of the same ancestral gene...
August 22, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828731/pharmacological-properties-and-biological-functions-of-the-gpr17-receptor-a-potential-target-for-neuro-regenerative-medicine
#2
Marta Fumagalli, Davide Lecca, Giusy T Coppolino, Chiara Parravicini, Maria P Abbracchio
In 2006, cells heterologously expressing the "orphan" receptor GPR17 were shown to acquire responses to both uracil nucleotides and cysteinyl-leukotrienes, two families of signaling molecules accumulating in brain or heart as a result of hypoxic/traumatic injuries. In subsequent years, evidence of GPR17 key role in oligodendrogenesis and myelination has highlighted it as a "model receptor" for new therapies in demyelinating and neurodegenerative diseases. The apparently contrasting evidence in the literature about the role of GPR17 in promoting or inhibiting myelination can be due to its transient expression in the intermediate stages of differentiation, exerting a pro-differentiating function in early oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), and an inhibitory role in late stage maturing cells...
August 22, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815513/an-update-on-p2y13-receptor-signalling-and-function
#3
Raquel Pérez-Sen, Rosa Gómez-Villafuertes, Felipe Ortega, Javier Gualix, Esmerilda G Delicado, María Teresa Miras-Portugal
The distribution of nucleotide P2Y receptors across different tissues suggests that they fulfil key roles in a number of physiological and pathological conditions. P2Y13 is one of the latest P2Y receptors identified, a novel member of the Gi-coupled P2Y receptor subfamily that responds to ADP, together with P2Y12 and P2Y14. Pharmacological studies drew attention to this new ADP receptor, with a pharmacology that overlaps that of P2Y12 receptors but with unique features and roles. The P2RY12-14 genes all reside on human chromosome 3 at 3q25...
August 17, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815512/p2y2-receptor-functions-in-cancer-a-perspective-in-the-context-of-colorectal-cancer
#4
Fernand-Pierre Gendron, Morgane Placet, Guillaume Arguin
Purinergic signaling has recently emerged as a network of signaling molecules, enzymes and receptors that coordinates the action and behavior of cancerous cells. Extracellular adenosine 5' triphosphate activates a plethora of P2 nucleotide receptors that can putatively modulate cancer cell proliferation, survival and dissemination. In this context, the G protein-coupled P2Y2 receptor was identified as one of the entities coordinating the cellular and molecular events that characterize cancerous cells. In this chapter, we will look at the contribution of the P2Y2 receptor in cancer outcomes and use this information to demonstrate that the P2Y2 receptor represents a drug target of interest in the setting of colorectal cancer, for which the role and function of this receptor is poorly defined...
August 17, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815511/the-structure-forming-juncture-in-oxidative-protein-folding-what-happens-in-the-er
#5
Mahesh Narayan
The folding of disulfide bond containing proteins proceeds in a biphasic manner. Initially, cysteines are oxidized to form disulfide bonds. Structure is largely absent during this phase. Next, when a minimally correct number of native linkages of disulfide bonds have been acquired, the biopolymer conformationally folds into the native, or a native-like, state. Thus, at the end of this "oxidative folding" process, a stable and biologically active protein is formed. This review focuses on dissecting the "structure-forming step" in oxidative protein folding...
August 17, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804812/predominance-of-comorbidities-in-the-detriment-of-daily-activity-in-sarcoidosis-patients
#6
S Kostorz, D Jastrzębski, M Sikora, A Zebrowska, A Margas, D Stepanik, H Swinder, D Ziora
Sarcoidosis may affect lung function, working ability, overall mobility, and daily activity. In the present study we performed an analysis of clinical settings in patients with sarcoidosis to disentangle its influence on daily physical activity (PA). PA assessment (number of steps per day, daily energy expenditure) was performed by accelerometry during consecutive 7 days after discharge from hospital. Thirty patients with sarcoidosis, aged 46.4 ± 10.5, were enrolled in the study. Clinical data (age, gender, steroid consumption, weight, and comorbidities), lung function tests (forced expiratory volume in one second - FEV1, forced vital capacity - FVC, and lung diffusion for carbon monoxide - DLCO), mobility (6-minute walk test- 6MWT) and physical performance (oxygen consumption at anaerobic threshold - VO2/AT) were estimated...
August 15, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804811/serum-diamine-oxidase-in-pseudoallergy-in-the-pediatric-population
#7
Joanna Kacik, Barbara Wróblewska, Sławomir Lewicki, Robert Zdanowski, Bolesław Kalicki
Histamine intolerance (pseudoallergy) is a poorly investigated type of food hypersensitivity. The main enzyme responsible for histamine degradation in the extracellular matrix is diamine oxidase (DAO). Disturbances in the concentration or activity of DAO may lead to the development of clinical signs of allergy. The aim of the present work was to assess the DAO concentration, peripheral blood morphology, lymphocytes phenotyping (CD3+, CD4+, CD8+, CD19+, NK cells, NKT cells, and activated T-cells), and natural regulatory Treg (nTregs) cell population (CD4+, CD25+, CD127low, and FoxP3) in 34 pediatric patients with histamine-dependent syndromes...
August 15, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801792/electronic-cigarettes-and-awareness-of-their-health-effects
#8
A Daniluk, A Gawlikowska-Sroka, M Stępien-Słodkowska, E Dzięciołowska-Baran, K Michnik
The use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes is strongly on the rise. The literature confirms that in the process of quitting smoking using an electronic device dispensing nicotine should be a transitional stage before the complete cessation of smoking. The aim of the present study was to assess the popularity of e-cigarettes, the underlying reasons for use of such nicotine products, and the level of awareness of health hazards associated with e-cigarettes. The study is of a survey type. The material consisted of data collected from an anonymous survey distributed among 46 female and 23 male users of e-cigarettes in 2015...
August 12, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801791/effectiveness-of-healthcare-coordination-in-patients-with-chronic-respiratory-diseases
#9
Donata Kurpas, Katarzyna Szwamel, Dorota Lenarcik, Marika Guzek, Artur Prusaczyk, Paweł Żuk, Jolanta Michalowska, Agnieszka Grzeda, Bożena Mroczek
Coordination of healthcare effectively prevents exacerbations and reduces the number of hospitalizations, emergency visits, and the mortality rate in patients with chronic respiratory diseases. The purpose of this study was to determine clinical effectiveness of ambulatory healthcare coordination in chronic respiratory patients and its effect on the level of healthcare services as an indicator of direct medical costs. We conducted a retrospective health record survey, using an online database of 550 patients with chronic respiratory diseases...
August 12, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795361/metachronous-lung-cancer-clinical-characteristics-and-effects-of-surgical-treatment
#10
Adam Rzechonek, Piotr Błasiak, Beata Muszczyńska-Bernhard, Konrad Pawełczyk, Grzegorz Pniewski, Maciej Ornat, Jędrzej Grzegrzółka, Anna Brzecka
The occurrence of a second lung tumor after surgical removal of lung cancer usually indicates a lung cancer metastasis, but sometimes a new lesion proves to be a new primary lung cancer, i.e., metachronous lung cancer. The goal of the present study was to conduct a clinical evaluation of patients with metachronous lung cancer and lung cancer metastasis, and to compare the early and distant outcomes of surgical treatment in both cancer types. There were 26 age-matched patients with lung cancer metastases and 23 patients with metachronous lung cancers, who underwent a second lung cancer resection...
August 10, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795360/benign-acute-childhood-myositis-during-influenza-b-outbreak
#11
Leszek Szenborn, K Toczek-Kubicka, J Zaryczański, M Marchewka-Kowalik, K Miśkiewicz, E Kuchar
Benign acute childhood myositis (BACM) is a syndrome classically occurring in children during the convalescent phase from a febrile upper respiratory tract infection, most commonly after influenza B. BACM can cause difficulty walking due to severe calf pain. Laboratory results show increased serum creatinine kinase and AST. Although alarming, BACM is self-limiting with symptoms disappearing within a week. Herein, we described a case series of BCAM in children in two cities in Poland during the influenza outbreaks in 2012/2013 and 2014/2015...
August 10, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795359/the-diagnostics-of-human-steroid-hormone-disorders
#12
Małgorzata Dobosz, Aneta Manda-Handzlik, Beata Pyrżak, Urszula Demkow
Disturbances of the steroidogenesis or altered peripheral metabolism of steroids may result in severe clinical manifestations. Therefore, prompt diagnosis and initiation of medical treatment are desirable. The diagnostics of disorders of steroid hormone production, metabolism, and action have been previously based on immunoassay tests. However, in a modern medical laboratory, due to low accuracy of immunoassays, this technique is continuously replaced by chromatographic separation methods coupled to mass spectrometric detection systems...
August 10, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28785923/a-case-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-with-novel-translocation-t-6-11-p22-2-q23-and-concurrent-insertion-ins-11-9-q23-p21-3p21-3
#13
I Malinowska, B Sikorska-Fic, M Romiszewska, A Stefaniak, A Pastwińska, E Górska, K Popko, C Meyer, R Marschalek, T Szczepański
We describe the case of a boy with acute myeloid leukemia with translocation t(6;11)(p22.2;q23) and insertion ins(11;9)(q23;p21.3p21.3). Translocation t(6;11)(p22.2;q23) involving the short arm of chromosome 6 has not been previously described. The LDI-PCR showed the presence of KMT2A-MLLT3 fusion and identified the BTN3A1 (butyrophilin subfamily 3 member A1) gene on 6p22.2 as the other KMT2A translocation partner. The BTN3A1 gene has never been described in the context of acute leukemia. Although this fusion is out of frame, as the antisense strand of BTN3A1 is fused to the sense strand of KMT2A, the loss of heterozygosity of the BTN3A1 gene might contribute to the malignancy of leukemic cells...
August 8, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770523/healthcare-professionals-knowledge-of-influenza-and-influenza-vaccination-results-of-a-national-survey-in-poland
#14
Ernest Kuchar, Kamila Ludwikowska, Adam Antczak, Aneta Nitsch-Osuch
In Poland, the seasonal influenza vaccination rate is just barely 3% which may be related to the unsatisfactory knowledge of influenza among healthcare professionals, poor recognition of the benefits of influenza immunization and the fear of side effects. To address these issues, we surveyed healthcare professionals through an online questionnaire consisting of 18 closed-ended items. The questionnaire was completed by 495 healthcare professionals, mostly physicians (83%). The results revealed gaps in the knowledge concerning influenza diagnosis, complications, risk groups, and prognostic factors...
August 3, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770522/hoffa-s-fat-pad-abnormality-in-the-development-of-knee-osteoarthritis
#15
Wojciech Paduszyński, Mateusz Jeśkiewicz, Paweł Uchański, Sebastian Gackowski, Marek Radkowski, Urszula Demkow
Over the past two decades, many hypotheses have been put forward to explain the cause of knee osteoarthritis. Scientific reports bring up the role of adipose tissue in the activation of the inflammatory mechanisms, which is a characteristic feature of osteoarthritis natural history. Adipose tissue produces and releases cytokines, interleukins, and growth factors by means of paracrine, endocrine, and autocrine mechanisms. Hoffa's fat pad (infrapatellar adipose tissue) plays a viable role in the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis due to its role in the activation and release of pro-inflammatory mediators...
August 3, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766174/discriminant-analysis-of-intracranial-volumetric-variables-in-patients-with-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-and-brain-atrophy
#16
Leszek Czerwosz, Ewa Szczepek, Krzysztof Nowiński, Beata Sokołowska, Jerzy Jurkiewicz, Zbigniew Czernicki, Waldemar Koszewski
A method was developed for the computerized volumetric assessment of the intracranial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) distribution. The study involved 62 patients differentiated into two groups: with CSF resorption disorders (normal pressure hydrocephalus - 30 patients) and without CSF resorption disorders (various types of brain atrophy - 32 patients). The goal of the study was to ascertain whether the assessment, depending on the linear discriminant analysis of volumetric brain features, could be an effective tool differentiating the two groups...
August 2, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744781/lung-function-in-pregnancy-in-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis
#17
Elżbieta Radzikowska, Elżbieta Wiatr, Monika Franczuk, Iwona Bestry, Kazimierz Roszkowski-Śliż
Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare disease, affecting usually young people. The course of the disease is variable. In some pulmonary LCH patients a severe lung destruction and progression in spite of chemotherapy is observed, but in others just a cessation of smoking induces a regression of the disease. In the present study we seek to determine the influence of pregnancy on pulmonary function in LCH patients, an unchartered area of research. We addressed the issue by investigating eight pregnant women out of the 45 women hospitalized with the diagnosis of pulmonary LCH in the period from 2000 to 2015...
July 26, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730382/role-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-cancer-development-and-their-use-in-cancer-therapy
#18
Nedime Serakinci, Pinar Tulay, Rasime Kalkan
Stem cells have the ability to perpetuate themselves through self-renewal and generate mature cells of a particular tissue through differentiation. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) play an important role in tissue homeostasis - supporting tissue regeneration. MSCs are rare pluripotent cells supporting hematopoietic and mesenchymal cell lineages. MSCs have a great therapeutic potential in cancer therapy, as well as stem cell exosome and/or microvesicle-mediated tissue regeneration. In this review, the use of hMSCs in stem cell-mediated cancer therapy is discussed...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730381/pooled-human-serum-increases-regenerative-potential-of-in-vitro-expanded-stem-cells-from-human-extracted-deciduous-teeth
#19
Nazmul Haque, Noor Hayaty Abu Kasim
In regenerative therapy, in vitro expansion of stem cells is critical to obtain a significantly higher number of cells for successful engraftment after transplantation. However, stem cells lose its regenerative potential and enter senescence during in vitro expansion. In this study, the influence of foetal bovine serum (FBS) and pooled human serum (pHS) on the proliferation, morphology and migration of stem cells from human extracted deciduous teeth (SHED) was compared. SHED (n = 3) was expanded in KnockOut DMEM supplemented with either pHS (pHS-SM) or FBS (FBS-SM)...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730380/acute-and-chronic-effects-of-oral-erdosteine-on-ciliary-beat-frequency-cough-sensitivity-and-airway-reactivity
#20
L Pappová, I Kazimierová, M Jošková, M Šutovská, S Fraňová
Erdosteine as a mucolytic agent that decreases mucus viscosity and facilitates mucus expulsion from the airways by cough or ciliary movement. Our objective was to determine whether erdosteine can directly contribute to mucus clearance. We addressed the issue by monitoring acute and chronic effects of erdosteine on ciliary beat frequency (CBF), cough sensitivity, and airway smooth muscle reactivity. The experiments were performed in healthy guinea pigs. Erdosteine (10 mg/kg) was administrated orally in a single dose or daily through 7 days...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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