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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346778/diverse-brain-myeloid-expression-profiles-reveal-distinct-microglial-activation-states-and-aspects-of-alzheimer-s-disease-not-evident-in-mouse-models
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Brad A Friedman, Karpagam Srinivasan, Gai Ayalon, William J Meilandt, Han Lin, Melanie A Huntley, Yi Cao, Seung-Hye Lee, Patrick C G Haddick, Hai Ngu, Zora Modrusan, Jessica L Larson, Joshua S Kaminker, Marcel P van der Brug, David V Hansen
Microglia, the CNS-resident immune cells, play important roles in disease, but the spectrum of their possible activation states is not well understood. We derived co-regulated gene modules from transcriptional profiles of CNS myeloid cells of diverse mouse models, including new tauopathy model datasets. Using these modules to interpret single-cell data from an Alzheimer's disease (AD) model, we identified microglial subsets-distinct from previously reported "disease-associated microglia"-expressing interferon-related or proliferation modules...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346763/derepression-of-the-iroquois-homeodomain-transcription-factor-gene-irx3-confers-differentiation-block-in-acute-leukemia
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Tim D D Somerville, Fabrizio Simeoni, John A Chadwick, Emma L Williams, Gary J Spencer, Katalin Boros, Christopher Wirth, Eleni Tholouli, Richard J Byers, Tim C P Somervaille
The Iroquois homeodomain transcription factor gene IRX3 is expressed in the developing nervous system, limb buds, and heart, and transcript levels specify obesity risk in humans. We now report a functional role for IRX3 in human acute leukemia. Although transcript levels are very low in normal human bone marrow cells, high IRX3 expression is found in ∼30% of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), ∼50% with T-acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and ∼20% with B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia, frequently in association with high-level HOXA gene expression...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346752/epitranscriptomic-m6a-regulation-of-axon-regeneration-in-the-adult-mammalian-nervous-system
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Yi-Lan Weng, Xu Wang, Ran An, Jessica Cassin, Caroline Vissers, Yuanyuan Liu, Yajing Liu, Tianlei Xu, Xinyuan Wang, Samuel Zheng Hao Wong, Jessica Joseph, Louis C Dore, Qiang Dong, Wei Zheng, Peng Jin, Hao Wu, Bin Shen, Xiaoxi Zhuang, Chuan He, Kai Liu, Hongjun Song, Guo-Li Ming
N6-methyladenosine (m6A) affects multiple aspects of mRNA metabolism and regulates developmental transitions by promoting mRNA decay. Little is known about the role of m6A in the adult mammalian nervous system. Here we report that sciatic nerve lesion elevates levels of m6A-tagged transcripts encoding many regeneration-associated genes and protein translation machinery components in the adult mouse dorsal root ganglion (DRG). Single-base resolution m6A-CLIP mapping further reveals a dynamic m6A landscape in the adult DRG upon injury...
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346643/genetic-characterization-of-a-vang-type-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecium-clinical-isolate
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Mohamed Sassi, François Guérin, Léonie Lesec, Christophe Isnard, Marguerite Fines-Guyon, Vincent Cattoir, Jean-Christophe Giard
Objectives: To characterize, phenotypically and genotypically, the first Enterococcus faecium clinical isolate harbouring a vanG operon. Methods: The antibiotic resistance profile of E. faecium 16-346 was determined and its whole genome sequenced using PacBio technology. Attempts to transfer vancomycin resistance by filter mating were performed and the inducibility of expression of the vanG operon was studied by reverse-transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) in the presence or absence of subinhibitory concentrations of vancomycin...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346610/novel-mutations-in-the-lipase-h-gene-lead-to-secretion-defects-of-liph-in-chinese-patients-with-autosomal-recessive-woolly-hair-hypotrichosis-arwh-ht
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Xiao-Dan Chang, Ya-Juan Gu, Shan Dai, Xue-Rong Chen, Chun-Lei Zhang, Hong-Shan Zhao, Qing-Hua Song
Autosomal recessive woolly hair/hypotrichosis (ARWH/HT: OMIM #278150/604379) is a rare hereditary hair disease characterized by tightly curled hair at birth which can lead to sparse hair later in life. The mutations in both LIPH and LPAR6/P2RY5 are responsible for autosomal recessive woolly hair with or without hypotrichosis (ARWH/HT). To conduct clinical and genetic investigations in four patients from three unrelated Chinese Han families with ARWH/HT, we performed mutation screening of LIPH and LPAR6/P2RY5 gene and identified four mutations in LIPH: c...
January 13, 2018: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346516/deletion-of-nrip1-extends-female-mice-longevity-increases-autophagy-and-delays-cell-senescence
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Jinyu Wang, Xundi Chen, Jared Osland, D Skyler Gerber, Chao Luan, Kristin Delfino, Leslie Goodwin, Rong Yuan
Using age of female sexual maturation as a biomarker, we previously identified nuclear receptor interacting protein 1 (Nrip1) as a candidate gene that may regulate aging and longevity. In the current report, we found that the deletion of Nrip1 can significantly extend longevity of female mice (log rank test, P=0.0004). We also found that Nrip1 expression is altered differently in various tissues during aging and under diet restriction. Remarkably, Nrip1 expression is elevated with aging in visceral white adipose tissue (WAT), but significantly reduced after four months of diet restriction...
January 13, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346507/activity-and-safety-of-afatinib-in-a-window-pre-operative-eortc-study-in-patients-with-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-scchn
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J P Machiels, P Bossi, J Menis, M Lia, C Fortpied, Y Liu, R Lhommel, M Lemort, S Schmitz, S Canevari, L De Cecco, M Guzzo, R Bianchi, P Quattrone, F Crippa, T Duprez, Y Lalami, M Quiriny, N de Saint Aubain, P M Clement, R Coropciuc, E Hauben, L F Licitra
Background: To investigate the activity and safety of afatinib in the pre-operative treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). Patients and methods: This study was an open-label, randomized, multicenter, phase II window of opportunity trial. Treatment-naïve SCCHN patients selected for primary curative surgery were randomized (5:1 ratio) to receive afatinib during 14 days (day -15 until day -1) before surgery (day 0) or no treatment. Tumor biopsies, 2-[fluorine-18]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed at diagnosis and just before surgery...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346450/cloning-and-spatiotemporal-expression-of-xenopus-laevis-apolipoprotein-ci
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Jyotsna Sridharan, Tomomi Haremaki, Daniel C Weinstein
Apolipoprotein CI (ApoCI) belongs to the Apolipoprotein superfamily, members of which are involved in lipid transport, uptake and homeostasis. Excessive ApoCI has been implicated in atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease in humans. In this study we report the isolation of Xenopus laevis apoCI and describe the expression pattern of this gene during early development, using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and whole mount in situ hybridization. Xenopus apoCI is enriched in the dorsal ectoderm during gastrulation, and is subsequently expressed in sensory placodes, neural tube and cranial neural crest...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346421/the-absence-of-specific-yeast-heat-shock-proteins-leads-to-abnormal-aggregation-and-compromised-autophagic-clearance-of-mutant-huntingtin-proteins
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Ryan Higgins, Marie-Helene Kabbaj, Alexa Hatcher, Yanchang Wang
The functionality of a protein depends on its correct folding, but newly synthesized proteins are susceptible to aberrant folding and aggregation. Heat shock proteins (HSPs) function as molecular chaperones that aid in protein folding and the degradation of misfolded proteins. Trinucleotide (CAG) repeat expansion in the Huntingtin gene (HTT) results in the expression of misfolded Huntingtin protein (Htt), which contributes to the development of Huntington's disease. We previously found that the degradation of mutated Htt with polyQ expansion (Htt103QP) depends on both ubiquitin proteasome system and autophagy...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346364/mutations-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-neuroligin-like-glit-1-the-apoptosis-pathway-and-the-calcium-chaperone-crt-1-increase-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-after-6-ohda-treatment
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Sarah-Lena Offenburger, Elisabeth Jongsma, Anton Gartner
The loss of dopaminergic neurons is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease, the aetiology of which is associated with increased levels of oxidative stress. We used C. elegans to screen for genes that protect dopaminergic neurons against oxidative stress and isolated glit-1 (gliotactin (Drosophila neuroligin-like) homologue). Loss of the C. elegans neuroligin-like glit-1 causes increased dopaminergic neurodegeneration after treatment with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), an oxidative-stress inducing drug that is specifically taken up into dopaminergic neurons...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346284/double-heterozygosity-for-brca1-pathogenic-variant-and-brca2-polymorphic-stop-codon-k3326x-a-case-report-in-a-southern-italian-family
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Raffaele Palmirotta, Domenica Lovero, Luigia Stefania Stucci, Erica Silvestris, Davide Quaresmini, Angela Cardascia, Franco Silvestris
Here, we describe a patient with bilateral breast cancer and melanoma, and with a concomitant double variant, namely p.Gln563Ter in BRCA1 and p.Lys3326Ter in BRCA2. The BRCA2 p.Lys3326Ter (K3326X) (rs11571833) mutation identified in our patient is a debated substitution of thymidine for adenine which is currently regarded as benign polymorphism in main gene databases. Recent studies, however, describe this variant as associated with breast and ovarian tumors. Based on the observation of the cancer's earliest age of onset in this subject, our purpose was to reevaluate this variant according to recent papers indicating a role of powerful modifier of the genetic penetrance...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345939/discovery-of-alternative-producers-of-the-enediyne-antitumor-antibiotic-c-1027-with-high-titers
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Xiaohui Yan, Hindra, Huiming Ge, Dong Yang, Tingting Huang, Ivana Crnovcic, Chin-Yuan Chang, Shi-Ming Fang, Thibault Annaval, Xiangcheng Zhu, Yong Huang, Li-Xing Zhao, Yi Jiang, Yanwen Duan, Ben Shen
The potent cytotoxicity and unique mode of action make the enediyne antitumor antibiotic C-1027 an exquisite drug candidate for anticancer chemotherapy. However, clinical development of C-1027 has been hampered by its low titer from the original producer Streptomyces globisporus C-1027. Here we report three new C-1027 alternative producers, Streptomyces sp. CB00657, CB02329, and CB03608, from The Scripps Research Institute actinomycetes strain collection. Together with the previously disclosed Streptomyces sp...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345930/%C3%AE-amino-%C3%AE-carboxymuconate-%C3%AE%C2%B5-semialdehyde-decarboxylase-acmsd-inhibitors-as-novel-modulators-of-de-novo-nicotinamide-adenine-dinucleotide-nad-biosynthesis
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Roberto Pellicciari, Paride Liscio, Nicola Giacchè, Francesca De Franco, Andrea Carotti, Janet Robertson, Lucia Cialabrini, Elena Katsyuba, Nadia Raffaelli, Johan Auwerx
NAD+ has a central function in linking cellular metabolism to major cell signaling and gene regulation pathways. Defects in NAD+ homeostasis underpin a wide range of diseases, including cancer, metabolic disorders, and aging. Whilst the beneficial effects of NAD+ boosting are well established in mitochondrial fitness, metabolism, and lifespan, to date, no therapeutic enhancers of de novo NAD+ biosynthesis have been reported. Herein we report the discovery of 3-[[[5-cyano-1,6-dihydro-6-oxo-4-(2-thienyl)-2-pyrimidinyl]thio]methyl]phenylacetic acid (TES-1025, 22) the first potent and selective inhibitor of human ACMSD (IC50 = 0...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345619/mir-9-regulates-basal-ganglia-dependent-developmental-vocal-learning-and-adult-vocal-performance-in-songbirds
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Zhimin Shi, Zoe Piccus, Xiaofang Zhang, Huidi Yang, Hannah Jarrell, Yan Ding, Zhaoqian Teng, Ofer Tchernichovski, XiaoChing Li
miR-9 is an evolutionarily conserved miRNA that is abundantly expressed in Area X, a basal ganglia nucleus required for vocal learning in songbirds. Here, we report that overexpression of miR-9 in Area X of juvenile zebra finches impairs developmental vocal learning, resulting in a song with syllable omission, reduced similarity to the tutor song, and altered acoustic features. miR-9 overexpression in juveniles also leads to more variable song performance in adulthood, and abolishes social context-dependent modulation of song variability...
January 18, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345618/necaps-are-negative-regulators-of-the-ap2-clathrin-adaptor-complex
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Gwendolyn M Beacham, Edward A Partlow, Jeffrey J Lange, Gunther Hollopeter
Eukaryotic cells internalize transmembrane receptors via clathrin-mediated endocytosis, but it remains unclear how the machinery underpinning this process is regulated. We recently discovered that membrane-associated muniscin proteins such as FCHo and SGIP initiate endocytosis by converting the AP2 clathrin adaptor complex to an open, active conformation that is then phosphorylated (Hollopeter et al., 2014). Here we report that loss of ncap-1, the sole C. elegans gene encoding an adaptiN Ear-binding Coat-Associated Protein (NECAP), bypasses the requirement for FCHO-1...
January 18, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345446/the-first-south-american-case-of-pre-implantation-genetic-diagnosis-to-select-compatible-embryo-for-cord-blood-transplantation-as-treatment-for-sickle-cell-anemia
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Ciro D Martinhago, Kalina Rn Endo, Mariana A Oliveira, Alex Mm Dias, Gislaine S Pereira, Augusto M Azzolini, Paula Rq Estrada, Caio G Bruzaca, Ana Carolina N Martinhago
Sickle cell anemia is an inherited systemic hemoglobinopathy that affects hemoglobin production in red blood cells, leading to early morbidity and mortality. It is caused by a homozygous nucleotide substitution (c.20A>T) in the β-globin gene (HBB) that changes a glutamic acid to a valine in the protein. We present a case report of a fertile couple, both carriers of the sickle cell anemia mutation, with one affected daughter. Six cycles of assisted reproductive techniques were performed, resulting in 53 embryos in cleavage stage...
January 18, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345424/a-fluorescence-based-sensor-assay-that-monitors-general-protein-aggregation-in-human-cells
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Marisa Pereira, Diogo Tomé, Ana S Domingues, Ana S Varanda, Cristiana Paulo, Manuel A S Santos, Ana R Soares
Protein conformational disorders are characterized by disruption of protein folding and toxic accumulation of protein aggregates. Here we describe a sensitive and simple method to follow and monitor general protein aggregation in human cells. Heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) is an oligomeric small heat shock protein that binds and keeps unfolded proteins in a folding competent state. This high specificity of HSP27 for aggregated proteins can be explored to monitor aggregation in living cells by fusing it to a fluorescent protein as Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)...
January 18, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345406/helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-occurrence-of-celiac-disease-in-subjects-hla-dq2-dq8-positive-a-prospective-study
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Maria P Dore, Roberta Salis, Maria F Loria, Vincenzo Villanacci, Gabrio Bassotti, Giovanni M Pes
BACKGROUND: Celiac disease (CD) occurs in subjects positive for HLA-DQ2 and/or DQ8 gene loci at any age following ingestion of gluten-containing food. An increased permeability of the mucosa allows interactions between gliadin macromolecules and genetic factors. It has been observed that Helicobacter pylori has the ability to modulate the integrity of the duodenal epithelium. We aimed to determine whether H. pylori infection may enhance the occurrence of CD in genetically susceptible subjects...
January 18, 2018: Helicobacter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345357/the-prognostic-value-of-pi3k-mutational-status-in-breast-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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N Sobhani, G Roviello, S P Corona, M Scaltriti, A Ianza, M Bortul, F Zanconati, D Generali
Breast cancer (BC) is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women worldwide. The availability of reliable biomarkers of response/resistance to cancer treatments would benefit patients and clinicians allowing for a better selection of BC patients most likely to respond to a specific treatment. Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) enzymes are involved in numerous cellular- functions and processes. The gene encoding for PI3K catalytic subunit p110α is mutated in 20-40% of BC. We performed a meta-analysis of the current literature on randomized clinical trials, investigating the role of PIK3CA mutational status as prognostic factor and predictor of response to anti-cancer treatments...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345351/k313-a-novel-benzoxazole-derivative-exhibits-anti-inflammatory-properties-via-inhibiting-gsk3%C3%AE-activity-in-lps-induced-raw264-7-macrophages
#20
Bo-Bo Zhao, Hui-Jie Guo, Yang Liu, Xing-Yan Luo, Shu-Xia Yang, Yan-Tang Wang, Xiao Leng, Chun-Fen Mo, Qiang Zou
Benzoxazole and its derivatives have been widely studied in recent years due to their various biological properties. A previous study has demonstrated that K313 (1H-indole-2,3-dione 3-(1,3-benzoxazol-2-ylhydrazone)), a novel benzoxazole derivative, inhibits T cell proliferation to yield immunosuppressive effects. However, there are no related reports about its anti-inflammatory effects. In the present study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory properties and the underlying molecular mechanism of K313 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced RAW264...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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