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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194447/g%C3%AE-11-mutation-in-mice-causes-hypocalcemia-rectifiable-by-calcilytic-therapy
#1
Caroline M Gorvin, Fadil M Hannan, Sarah A Howles, Valerie N Babinsky, Sian E Piret, Angela Rogers, Andrew J Freidin, Michelle Stewart, Anju Paudyal, Tertius A Hough, M Andrew Nesbit, Sara Wells, Tonia L Vincent, Stephen D M Brown, Roger D Cox, Rajesh V Thakker
Heterozygous germline gain-of-function mutations of G-protein subunit α11 (Gα11), a signaling partner for the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR), result in autosomal dominant hypocalcemia type 2 (ADH2). ADH2 may cause symptomatic hypocalcemia with low circulating parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations. Effective therapies for ADH2 are currently not available, and a mouse model for ADH2 would help in assessment of potential therapies. We hypothesized that a previously reported dark skin mouse mutant (Dsk7) - which has a germline hypermorphic Gα11 mutation, Ile62Val - may be a model for ADH2 and allow evaluation of calcilytics, which are CaSR negative allosteric modulators, as a targeted therapy for this disorder...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194446/knockin-mouse-with-mutant-g%C3%AE-11-mimics-human-inherited-hypocalcemia-and-is-rescued-by-pharmacologic-inhibitors
#2
Kelly L Roszko, Ruiye Bi, Caroline M Gorvin, Hans Bräuner-Osborne, Xiao-Feng Xiong, Asuka Inoue, Rajesh V Thakker, Kristian Strømgaard, Thomas Gardella, Michael Mannstadt
Heterotrimeric G proteins play critical roles in transducing extracellular signals generated by 7-transmembrane domain receptors. Somatic gain-of-function mutations in G protein α subunits are associated with a variety of diseases. Recently, we identified gain-of-function mutations in Gα11 in patients with autosomal-dominant hypocalcemia type 2 (ADH2), an inherited disorder of hypocalcemia, low parathyroid hormone (PTH), and hyperphosphatemia. We have generated knockin mice harboring the point mutation GNA11 c...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194445/diverse-repetitive-element-rna-expression-defines-epigenetic-and-immunologic-features-of-colon-cancer
#3
Niyati Desai, Dipti Sajed, Kshitij S Arora, Alexander Solovyov, Mihir Rajurkar, Jacob R Bledsoe, Srinjoy Sil, Ramzi Amri, Eric Tai, Olivia C MacKenzie, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Martin J Aryee, Cristina R Ferrone, David L Berger, Miguel N Rivera, Benjamin D Greenbaum, Vikram Deshpande, David T Ting
There is tremendous excitement for the potential of epigenetic therapies in cancer, but the ability to predict and monitor response to these drugs remains elusive. This is in part due to the inability to differentiate the direct cytotoxic and the immunomodulatory effects of these drugs. The DNA-hypomethylating agent 5-azacitidine (AZA) has shown these distinct effects in colon cancer and appears to be linked to the derepression of repeat RNAs. LINE and HERV are two of the largest classes of repeats in the genome, and despite many commonalities, we found that there is heterogeneity in behavior among repeat subtypes...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194444/adipocyte-jak2-mediates-growth-hormone-induced-hepatic-insulin-resistance
#4
Kevin C Corbit, João Paulo G Camporez, Jennifer L Tran, Camella G Wilson, Dylan A Lowe, Sarah M Nordstrom, Kirthana Ganeshan, Rachel J Perry, Gerald I Shulman, Michael J Jurczak, Ethan J Weiss
For nearly 100 years, growth hormone (GH) has been known to affect insulin sensitivity and risk of diabetes. However, the tissue governing the effects of GH signaling on insulin and glucose homeostasis remains unknown. Excess GH reduces fat mass and insulin sensitivity. Conversely, GH insensitivity (GHI) is associated with increased adiposity, augmented insulin sensitivity, and protection from diabetes. Here, we induce adipocyte-specific GHI through conditional deletion of Jak2 (JAK2A), an obligate transducer of GH signaling...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194443/sustained-inflammation-after-pericyte-depletion-induces-irreversible-blood-retina-barrier-breakdown
#5
Shuntaro Ogura, Kaori Kurata, Yuki Hattori, Hiroshi Takase, Toshina Ishiguro-Oonuma, Yoonha Hwang, Soyeon Ahn, Inwon Park, Wataru Ikeda, Sentaro Kusuhara, Yoko Fukushima, Hiromi Nara, Hideto Sakai, Takashi Fujiwara, Jun Matsushita, Masatsugu Ema, Masanori Hirashima, Takashi Minami, Masabumi Shibuya, Nobuyuki Takakura, Pilhan Kim, Takaki Miyata, Yuichiro Ogura, Akiyoshi Uemura
In the central nervous system, endothelial cells (ECs) and pericytes (PCs) of blood vessel walls cooperatively form a physical and chemical barrier to maintain neural homeostasis. However, in diabetic retinopathy (DR), the loss of PCs from vessel walls is assumed to cause breakdown of the blood-retina barrier (BRB) and subsequent vision-threatening vascular dysfunctions. Nonetheless, the lack of adequate DR animal models has precluded disease understanding and drug discovery. Here, by using an anti-PDGFRβ antibody, we show that transient inhibition of the PC recruitment to developing retinal vessels sustained EC-PC dissociations and BRB breakdown in adult mouse retinas, reproducing characteristic features of DR such as hyperpermeability, hypoperfusion, and neoangiogenesis...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194442/redirecting-n-acetylaspartate-metabolism-in-the-central-nervous-system-normalizes-myelination-and-rescues-canavan-disease
#6
Dominic J Gessler, Danning Li, Hongxia Xu, Qin Su, Julio Sanmiguel, Serafettin Tuncer, Constance Moore, Jean King, Reuben Matalon, Guangping Gao
Canavan disease (CD) is a debilitating and lethal leukodystrophy caused by mutations in the aspartoacylase (ASPA) gene and the resulting defect in N-acetylaspartate (NAA) metabolism in the CNS and peripheral tissues. Recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and widely transduce the CNS. We developed a rAAV-based and optimized gene replacement therapy, which achieves early, complete, and sustained rescue of the lethal disease phenotype in CD mice. Our treatment results in a super-mouse phenotype, increasing motor performance of treated CD mice beyond that of WT control mice...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194441/deletion-of-neuropilin-2-enhances-detrusor-contractility-following-bladder-outlet-obstruction
#7
Evalynn Vasquez, Vivian Cristofaro, Stefan Lukianov, Fiona C Burkhard, Ali Hashemi Gheinani, Katia Monastyrskaya, Diane R Bielenberg, Maryrose P Sullivan, Rosalyn M Adam
Chronic urethral obstruction and the ensuing bladder wall remodeling can lead to diminished bladder smooth muscle (BSM) contractility and debilitating lower urinary tract symptoms. No effective pharmacotherapy exists to restore BSM contractile function. Neuropilin 2 (Nrp2) is a transmembrane protein that is highly expressed in BSM. Nrp2 deletion in mice leads to increased BSM contraction. We determined whether genetic ablation of Nrp2 could restore BSM contractility following obstruction. Partial bladder outlet obstruction (pBOO) was created by urethral occlusion in mice with either constitutive and ubiquitous, or inducible smooth muscle-specific deletion of Nrp2, and Nrp2-intact littermates...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194440/transient-antibody-targeting-of-cd45rc-induces-transplant-tolerance-and-potent-antigen-specific-regulatory-t-cells
#8
Elodie Picarda, Séverine Bézie, Laetitia Boucault, Elodie Autrusseau, Stéphanie Kilens, Dimitri Meistermann, Bernard Martinet, Véronique Daguin, Audrey Donnart, Eric Charpentier, Laurent David, Ignacio Anegon, Carole Guillonneau
Rat and human CD4(+) and CD8(+) Tregs expressing low levels of CD45RC have strong immunoregulatory properties. We describe here that human CD45 isoforms are nonredundant and identify distinct subsets of cells. We show that CD45RC is not expressed by CD4(+) and CD8(+) Foxp3(+) Tregs, while CD45RA/RB/RO are. Transient administration of a monoclonal antibody (mAb) targeting CD45RC in a rat cardiac allotransplantation model induced transplant tolerance associated with inhibition of allogeneic humoral responses but maintained primary and memory responses against cognate antigens...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194439/an-early-biomarker-algorithm-predicts-lethal-graft-versus-host-disease-and-survival
#9
Matthew J Hartwell, Umut Özbek, Ernst Holler, Anne S Renteria, Hannah Major-Monfried, Pavan Reddy, Mina Aziz, William J Hogan, Francis Ayuk, Yvonne A Efebera, Elizabeth O Hexner, Udomsak Bunworasate, Muna Qayed, Rainer Ordemann, Matthias Wölfl, Stephan Mielke, Attaphol Pawarode, Yi-Bin Chen, Steven Devine, Andrew C Harris, Madan Jagasia, Carrie L Kitko, Mark R Litzow, Nicolaus Kröger, Franco Locatelli, George Morales, Ryotaro Nakamura, Ran Reshef, Wolf Rösler, Daniela Weber, Kitsada Wudhikarn, Gregory A Yanik, John E Levine, James L M Ferrara
BACKGROUND. No laboratory test can predict the risk of nonrelapse mortality (NRM) or severe graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after hematopoietic cellular transplantation (HCT) prior to the onset of GVHD symptoms. METHODS. Patient blood samples on day 7 after HCT were obtained from a multicenter set of 1,287 patients, and 620 samples were assigned to a training set. We measured the concentrations of 4 GVHD biomarkers (ST2, REG3α, TNFR1, and IL-2Rα) and used them to model 6-month NRM using rigorous cross-validation strategies to identify the best algorithm that defined 2 distinct risk groups...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194438/a-role-for-muscarinic-receptors-in-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-formation-and-levamisole-induced-autoimmunity
#10
Carmelo Carmona-Rivera, Monica M Purmalek, Erica Moore, Meryl Waldman, Peter J Walter, H Martin Garraffo, Karran A Phillips, Kenzie L Preston, Jonathan Graf, Mariana J Kaplan, Peter C Grayson
Levamisole, an anthelmintic drug with cholinergic properties, has been implicated in cases of drug-induced vasculitis when added to cocaine for profit purposes. Neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation is a cell death mechanism characterized by extrusion of chromatin decorated with granule proteins. Aberrant NET formation and degradation have been implicated in idiopathic autoimmune diseases that share features with levamisole-induced autoimmunity as well as in drug-induced autoimmunity. This study's objective was to determine how levamisole modulates neutrophil biology and its putative effects on the vasculature...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194437/mitochondrial-quality-control-dysregulation-in-conditional-ho-1-mice
#11
Hagir B Suliman, Jeffrey E Keenan, Claude A Piantadosi
The heme oxygenase-1 (Hmox1; HO-1) pathway was tested for defense of mitochondrial quality control in cardiomyocyte-specific Hmox1 KO mice (HO-1[CM](-/-)) exposed to oxidative stress (100% O2). After 48 hours of exposure, these mice showed persistent cardiac inflammation and oxidative tissue damage that caused sarcomeric disruption, cardiomyocyte death, left ventricular dysfunction, and cardiomyopathy, while control hearts showed minimal damage. After hyperoxia, HO-1(CM)(-/-) hearts showed suppression of the Pgc-1α/nuclear respiratory factor-1 (NRF-1) axis, swelling, low electron density mitochondria by electron microscopy (EM), increased cell death, and extensive collagen deposition...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194436/real-time-genomic-profiling-of-histiocytoses-identifies-early-kinase-domain-braf-alterations-while-improving-treatment-outcomes
#12
Lynn H Lee, Anjelika Gasilina, Jayeeta Roychoudhury, Jason Clark, Francis X McCormack, Joseph Pressey, Michael S Grimley, Robert Lorsbach, Siraj Ali, Mark Bailey, Philip Stephens, Jeffrey S Ross, Vincent A Miller, Nicolas N Nassar, Ashish R Kumar
Many patients with histiocytic disorders such as Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) or Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) have treatment-refractory disease or suffer recurrences. Recent findings of gene mutations in histiocytoses have generated options for targeted therapies. We sought to determine the utility of prospective sequencing of select genes to further characterize mutations and identify targeted therapies for patients with histiocytoses. Biopsies of 72 patients with a variety of histiocytoses underwent comprehensive genomic profiling with targeted DNA and RNA sequencing...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194435/foxp3-drives-oxidative-phosphorylation-and-protection-from-lipotoxicity
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Duncan Howie, Stephen Paul Cobbold, Elizabeth Adams, Annemieke Ten Bokum, Andra Stefania Necula, Wei Zhang, Honglei Huang, David J Roberts, Benjamin Thomas, Svenja S Hester, David J Vaux, Alexander G Betz, Herman Waldmann
Tregs can adopt a catabolic metabolic program with increased capacity for fatty acid oxidation-fueled oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS). It is unclear why this form of metabolism is favored in Tregs and, more specifically, whether this program represents an adaptation to the environment and developmental cues or is "hardwired" by Foxp3. Here we show, using metabolic analysis and an unbiased mass spectroscopy-based proteomics approach, that Foxp3 is both necessary and sufficient to program Treg-increased respiratory capacity and Tregs' increased ability to utilize fatty acids to fuel oxidative phosphorylation...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194434/corticosteroids-inhibit-anti-ige-activities-of-specialized-proresolving-mediators-on-b-cells-from-asthma-patients
#14
Nina Kim, Thomas H Thatcher, Patricia J Sime, Richard P Phipps
Specialized proresolving mediators (SPMs) promote the resolution of inflammation and exert beneficial effects in animal models of chronic inflammatory diseases, including asthma. Previously, we have shown that certain SPMs reduce IgE production in B cells from healthy individuals, which has a critical role in allergic asthma. Here, we investigated the effects of SPMs on B cell IgE production in asthma patients. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from asthma patients were treated with 17-HDHA or RvD1, and IgE levels were measured...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194433/mitochondrial-camkii-inhibition-in-airway-epithelium-protects-against-allergic-asthma
#15
Sara C Sebag, Olha M Koval, John D Paschke, Christopher J Winters, Omar A Jaffer, Ryszard Dworski, Fayyaz S Sutterwala, Mark E Anderson, Isabella M Grumbach
Excessive ROS promote allergic asthma, a condition characterized by airway inflammation, eosinophilic inflammation, and increased airway hyperreactivity (AHR). The mechanisms by which airway ROS are increased and the relationship between increased airway ROS and disease phenotypes are incompletely defined. Mitochondria are an important source of cellular ROS production, and our group discovered that Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) is present in mitochondria and activated by oxidation...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194432/bet-inhibitors-block-pancreatic-stellate-cell-collagen-i-production-and-attenuate-fibrosis-in-vivo
#16
Krishan Kumar, Brian T DeCant, Paul J Grippo, Rosa F Hwang, David J Bentrem, Kazumi Ebine, Hidayatullah G Munshi
The fibrotic reaction, which can account for over 70%-80% of the tumor mass, is a characteristic feature of human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) tumors. It is associated with activation and proliferation of pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), which are key regulators of collagen I production and fibrosis in vivo. In this report, we show that members of the bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) family of proteins are expressed in primary PSCs isolated from human PDAC tumors, with BRD4 positively regulating, and BRD2 and BRD3 negatively regulating, collagen I expression in primary cancer-associated PSCs...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194431/polyfunctional-and-ifn-%C3%AE-monofunctional-human-cd4-t-cell-populations-are-molecularly-distinct
#17
Julie G Burel, Simon H Apte, Penny L Groves, James S McCarthy, Denise L Doolan
Pathogen-specific polyfunctional T cell responses have been associated with favorable clinical outcomes, but it is not known whether molecular differences exist between polyfunctional and monofunctional cytokine-producing T cells. Here, we report that polyfunctional CD4(+) T cells induced during Plasmodiumfalciparum (P. falciparum) blood-stage infection in humans have a unique transcriptomic profile compared with IFN-γ monofunctional CD4(+) T cells and, thus, are molecularly distinct. The 14-gene signature revealed in P...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138566/a-successful-launch
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Howard A Rockman
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January 26, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138565/3d-pulmospheres-serve-as-a-personalized-and-predictive-multicellular-model-for-assessment-of-antifibrotic-drugs
#19
Ranu Surolia, Fu Jun Li, Zheng Wang, Huashi Li, Gang Liu, Yong Zhou, Tracy Luckhardt, Sejong Bae, Rui-Ming Liu, Sunad Rangarajan, Joao de Andrade, Victor J Thannickal, Veena B Antony
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a fatal progressive fibrotic lung disease characterized by the presence of invasive myofibroblasts in the lung. Currently, there are only two FDA-approved drugs (pirfenidone and nintedanib) for the treatment of IPF. There are no defined criteria to guide specific drug therapy. New methodologies are needed not only to predict personalized drug therapy, but also to screen novel molecules that are on the horizon for treatment of IPF. We have developed a model system that exploits the invasive phenotype of IPF lung tissue...
January 26, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138564/prostatic-compensation-of-the-vitamin-d-axis-in-african-american-men
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Zachary Richards, Ken Batai, Rachael Farhat, Ebony Shah, Andrew Makowski, Peter H Gann, Rick Kittles, Larisa Nonn
BACKGROUND. African American (AA) men are disproportionately affected by both prostate cancer (PCa) and vitamin D deficiency compared with European American (EA) men. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased PCa aggressiveness and mortality. Therefore, it has been hypothesized that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the PCa disparity between AA and EA men. METHODS. We studied a cross sectional group of 60 PCa patients (AA, n = 31; EA, n = 29) who underwent radical prostatectomy. Vitamin D metabolites 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D) were measured in the serum and tissue by uHPLC-MS-MS...
January 26, 2017: JCI Insight
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