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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636952/human-leukocyte-antigen-f-presents-peptides-and-regulates-immunity-through-interactions-with-nk-cell-receptors
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Charles L Dulberger, Curtis P McMurtrey, Angelique Hölzemer, Karlynn E Neu, Victor Liu, Adriana M Steinbach, Wilfredo F Garcia-Beltran, Michael Sulak, Bana Jabri, Vincent J Lynch, Marcus Altfeld, William H Hildebrand, Erin J Adams
Evidence is mounting that the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecule HLA-F (human leukocyte antigen F) regulates the immune system in pregnancy, infection, and autoimmunity by signaling through NK cell receptors (NKRs). We present structural, biochemical, and evolutionary analyses demonstrating that HLA-F presents peptides of unconventional length dictated by a newly arisen mutation (R62W) that has produced an open-ended groove accommodating particularly long peptides. Compared to empty HLA-F open conformers (OCs), HLA-F tetramers bound with human-derived peptides differentially stained leukocytes, suggesting peptide-dependent engagement...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632032/plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-type-1-tag-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-type-2-and-diabetic-retinopathy
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Vasileios Siokas, Efthimios Dardiotis, Thomas Sokolakis, Maria Kotoula, Sophia V Tachmitzi, Dimitrios Z Chatzoulis, Pavlina Almpanidou, Ioannis Stefanidis, Georgios M Hadjigeorgiou, Evangelia E Tsironi
BACKGROUND: There is accumulating evidence for genetic susceptibility to the development of diabetic retinopathy (DR). The role of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in DR risk remains controversial. OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to investigate possible influence of PAI-1 gene region polymorphisms on the risk of DR and on the risk of developing DR early vs late in the course of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). METHODS: A total of 138 patients with DR, 107 patients with T2DM without DR, and 315 healthy controls were recruited...
February 28, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630914/deregulated-ca-2-cycling-underlies-the-development-of-arrhythmia-and-heart-disease-due-to-mutant-obscurin
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Li-Yen R Hu, Maegen A Ackermann, Peter A Hecker, Benjamin L Prosser, Brendan King, Kelly A O'Connell, Alyssa Grogan, Logan C Meyer, Christopher E Berndsen, Nathan T Wright, W Jonathan Lederer, Aikaterini Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos
Obscurins are cytoskeletal proteins with structural and regulatory roles encoded by OBSCN. Mutations in OBSCN are associated with the development of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Specifically, the R4344Q mutation present in immunoglobulin domain 58 (Ig58) was the first to be linked with the development of HCM. To assess the effects of R4344Q in vivo, we generated the respective knock-in mouse model. Mutant obscurins are expressed and incorporated normally into sarcomeres...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630228/the-achilles-heel-of-cancer-and-its-implications-for-the-development-of-novel-immunotherapeutic-strategies
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Kroopa Joshi, Benjamin M Chain, Karl S Peggs, Sergio A Quezada
Over the last century, scientists have embraced the idea of mobilizing antitumor immune responses in patients with cancer. In the last decade, we have seen the rebirth of cancer immunotherapy and its validation in a series of high profile clinical trials following the discovery of several immune-regulatory receptors. Recent studies point toward the tumor mutational load and resulting neoantigen burden as being crucial to tumor cell recognition by the immune system, highlighting a potentially targetable Achilles heel in cancer...
June 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630115/discovering-complete-quasispecies-in-bacterial-genomes
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Frederic Bertels, Chaitanya S Gokhale, Arne Traulsen
Mobile genetic elements can be found in almost all genomes. Possibly the most common non-autonomous mobile genetic elements in bacteria are REPINs that can occur hundreds of times within a genome. The sum of all REPINs in a genome can be viewed as an evolving population because REPINs replicate and mutate. In contrast to most other biological populations, we know the exact composition of the REPIN population and the sequence of each member of the population. Here, we model the evolution of REPINs as quasispecies...
June 19, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628011/-criteria-for-selection-of-tumor-cells-and-prospects-for-specific-immunotherapy-for-bladder-cancer
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T Slavyanskaya, S -Salnikova, R Sepiashvili
Specific antitumor immunotherapy with autologous dendritic cell vaccines is one of the new approaches of modern medicine. For activation of dendritic cells highly immunogenic antigens are used, however optimal antigens in case of bladder cancer (BC) are still not researched. Cancer-testis antigens (CTA) are the most promising target in the context of creation of antitumor vaccines, because they are distinguished by pronounced immunogenicity, they are detected in different types of tumors and have limited pattern of expression in healthy tissues of grown-up organism...
May 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624958/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-compound-heterozygous-variants-in-mmks-in-a-chinese-pedigree-with-bardet-biedl-syndrome
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Zhan Qi, Ying Shen, Qian Fu, Wei Li, Wei Yang, Wenshan Xu, Ping Chu, Yaxin Zhang, Hui Wang
Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by retinal dystrophy, polydactyly, obesity, developmental delay, and renal defects. At least 21 candidate BBS-associated genes (BBS1-19, NPHP1, and IFT172) have previously been identified, and all of them play important roles in ciliary function. Here, we collected a BBS pedigree with four members and performed whole-exome sequencing on the proband. The variants were analyzed and evaluated to confirm their pathogenicity. We found compound heterozygous variants (c...
June 14, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622345/the-infection-staging-and-profile-of-genotypic-distribution-and-drug-resistance-mutation-among-the-human-immunodeficiency-virus-1-infected-blood-donors-from-five-chinese-blood-centers-2012-2014
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Peibin Zeng, Yu Liu, Miao He, Jingxing Wang, Sheila Keating, Wei Mao, Mei Huang, Hongli Ma, Weilan He, Xinhong Bi, Dan Liao, Michael Busch, Paul Ness, Jing Liu, Hua Shan
The increasing complexity and diversity of the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infections challenge the disease control and anti-retrovirus treatment in China. The infection stages and molecular characteristics of HIV-1 from infected Chinese blood donors were examined to shed light on the HIV genotype distribution and the status of drug resistance mutations (DRMs) in the changing HIV epidemic in China. Western blot (WB) confirmed HIV-1 positive plasma samples were collected from blood donors at five Chinese blood centers from April 16, 2012, through June 30, 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619747/successful-immune-checkpoint-blockade-in-a-patient-with-advanced-stage-microsatellite-unstable-biliary-tract-cancer
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Elena Czink, Matthias Kloor, Benjamin Goeppert, Stefan Froehling, Sebastian Uhrig, Tim F Weber, Joern Meinel, Christian Sutter, Karl Heinz Weiss, Peter Schirmacher, Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz, Dirk Jaeger, Christoph Springfeld
Cancers acquire multiple somatic mutations that can lead to the generation of immunogenic mutation-induced neoantigens. These neoantigens can be recognized by the host's immune system. However, continuous stimulation of immune cells against tumor antigens can lead to immune cell exhaustion, which allows uncontrolled outgrowth of tumor cells. Recently, immune checkpoint inhibitors have emerged as a novel approach to overcome immune cell exhaustion and re-activate anti-tumor immune responses. In particular, antibodies blocking the exhaustion-mediating programmed death receptor (PD-1)/PD-L1 pathway have shown clinical efficacy...
June 15, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612290/deficiency-of-tyrobp-an-adapter-protein-for-trem2-and-cr3-receptors-is-neuroprotective-in-a-mouse-model-of-early-alzheimer-s-pathology
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Jean-Vianney Haure-Mirande, Mickael Audrain, Tomas Fanutza, Soong Ho Kim, William L Klein, Charles Glabe, Ben Readhead, Joel T Dudley, Robert D Blitzer, Minghui Wang, Bin Zhang, Eric E Schadt, Sam Gandy, Michelle E Ehrlich
Conventional genetic approaches and computational strategies have converged on immune-inflammatory pathways as key events in the pathogenesis of late onset sporadic Alzheimer's disease (LOAD). Mutations and/or differential expression of microglial specific receptors such as TREM2, CD33, and CR3 have been associated with strong increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). DAP12 (DNAX-activating protein 12)/TYROBP, a molecule localized to microglia, is a direct partner/adapter for TREM2, CD33, and CR3...
June 13, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611019/mechanisms-in-endocrinology-aberrations-of-the-x-chromosome-as-cause-of-male-infertility
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Albrecht Röpke, Frank Tüttelmann
Male infertility is most commonly caused by spermatogenetic failure, clinically noted as oligo- or azoospermia. Today, in approximately 20% of azoospermic patients, a causal genetic defect can be identified. The most frequent genetic causes of azoospermia (or severe oligozoospermia) are Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY), structural chromosomal abnormalities and Y-chromosomal microdeletions. Consistently with Ohno's law, the human X chromosome is the most stable of all the chromosomes, but contrary to Ohno's law, the X chromosome is loaded with regions of acquired, rapidly evolving genes, which are of special interest because they are predominantly expressed in the testis...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606415/identification-of-hepatitis-b-virus-a1762t-g1764a-double-mutant-strain-in-patients-in-southern-brazil
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Adaliany Souza, Giórgia Marasca, Nélson Kretzmann-Filho, Aline Dall-Bello, Dimas Kliemann, Cristiane Tovo, Ana Veiga
Infection by hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a worldwide public health problem. Chronic HBV infection with high viral replication may lead to cirrhosis and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. Mutant HBV strains, such as the HBV A1762T/G1764A double mutant, have been associated with poor prognosis and higher risk of the patient for developing cirrhosis and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. This study analyzed the presence of the HBV A1762T/G1764A double mutant in patients with chronic HBV and its association with clinical parameters such as viral load, aminotransferases, and HBV antigens...
June 9, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606137/male-benefit-sexually-antagonistic-genotypes-show-elevated-vulnerability-to-inbreeding
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Karl Grieshop, David Berger, Göran Arnqvist
BACKGROUND: There is theoretical and empirical evidence for strong sexual selection in males having positive effects on population viability by serving to purify the genome of its mutation load at a low demographic cost. However, there is also theoretical and empirical evidence for negative effects of sexual selection on female fitness, and therefore population viability, known as the gender load. This can take the form of sexually antagonistic (SA) genetic variation where alleles with a selective advantage in males pose a detriment to female fitness, and vice versa...
June 12, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604824/decline-in-cd4-t-lymphocytes-with-monotherapy-bridging-strategy-for-non-adherent-adolescents-living-with-hiv-infection-results-of-the-impaact-p1094-randomized-trial
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Allison L Agwu, Meredith G Warshaw, Elizabeth J McFarland, George K Siberry, Ann J Melvin, Andrew A Wiznia, Lee Fairlie, Sandra Boyd, Paul Harding, Hans M L Spiegel, Elaine J Abrams, Vincent J Carey
INTRODUCTION: Management of persistently non-adherent youth living with HIV (YLHIV) with virologic failure (VF) on combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) remains challenging. One strategy has been using 3TC/ FTC monotherapy (3TC/FTC), which in the presence of the M184V resistance mutation, does not suppress viral replication nor select for additional drug resistance mutations, and reduces viral fitness with limited side effects. P1094 compared the immunologic outcome of continuing failing cART vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598822/patient-specific-molecular-alterations-are-associated-with-metastatic-clear-cell-renal-cell-cancer-progressing-under-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-therapy
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Steffen Dietz, Holger Sültmann, YueJun Du, Eva Reisinger, Anja Lisa Riediger, Anna-Lena Volckmar, Albrecht Stenzinger, Matthias Schlesner, Dirk Jäger, Markus Hohenfellner, Stefan Duensing, Carsten Grüllich, Sascha Pahernik
The availability of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) during the past ten years has led to improved response and overall survival of patients suffering from metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). However, most of these tumors will eventually progress due to resistance evolving under therapy. The objective of this pilot study was to determine whether molecular alterations in ccRCC tissues sampled over the course of the disease might be suggestive of potential therapies. We performed whole exome sequencing of nine samples from four patients in the MORE (Molecular Renal Cancer Evolution) trial...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598328/a-novel-twelve-class-fluctuation-test-reveals-higher-than-expected-mutation-rates-for-influenza-a-viruses
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Matthew D Pauly, Megan C Procario, Adam S Lauring
Influenza virus' low replicative fidelity contributes to its capacity for rapid evolution. Clonal sequencing and fluctuation tests have suggested that the influenza virus mutation rate is 2.7x10(-6) - 3.0x10(-5) substitutions per nucleotide per strand copied (s/n/r). However, sequencing assays are biased toward mutations with minimal fitness impacts and fluctuation tests typically investigate only a subset of all possible single nucleotide mutations. We developed a fluctuation test based on reversion to fluorescence in a set of virally encoded mutant green fluorescent proteins, which allowed us to measure the rates of selectively neutral mutations representative of the twelve different mutation types...
June 9, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592828/a-highly-conserved-sequence-of-the-viral-tap-inhibitor-icp47-is-required-for-freezing-of-the-peptide-transport-cycle
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Tony Matschulla, Richard Berry, Carolin Gerke, Marius Döring, Julia Busch, Jennifer Paijo, Ulrich Kalinke, Frank Momburg, Hartmut Hengel, Anne Halenius
The transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP) translocates antigenic peptides into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) lumen for loading onto MHC class I molecules. This is a key step in the control of viral infections through CD8+ T-cells. The herpes simplex virus type-1 encodes an 88 amino acid long species-specific TAP inhibitor, ICP47, that functions as a high affinity competitor for the peptide binding site on TAP. It has previously been suggested that the inhibitory function of ICP47 resides within the N-terminal region (residues 1-35)...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592566/combined-immune-checkpoint-blockade-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-for-brca1-mutated-breast-cancer
#18
Emma Nolan, Peter Savas, Antonia N Policheni, Phillip K Darcy, François Vaillant, Christopher P Mintoff, Sathana Dushyanthen, Mariam Mansour, Jia-Min B Pang, Stephen B Fox, Charles M Perou, Jane E Visvader, Daniel H D Gray, Sherene Loi, Geoffrey J Lindeman
Immune checkpoint inhibitors have emerged as a potent new class of anticancer therapy. They have changed the treatment landscape for a range of tumors, particularly those with a high mutational load. To date, however, modest results have been observed in breast cancer, where tumors are rarely hypermutated. Because BRCA1-associated tumors frequently exhibit a triple-negative phenotype with extensive lymphocyte infiltration, we explored their mutational load, immune profile, and response to checkpoint inhibition in a Brca1-deficient tumor model...
June 7, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592242/an-avirulent-burkholderia-pseudomallei-%C3%A2-purm-strain-with-atypical-type-b-lps-expansion-of-the-toolkit-for-biosafe-studies-of-melioidosis
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Michael H Norris, Md Siddiqur Rahman Khan, Herbert P Schweizer, Apichai Tuanyok
BACKGROUND: The work was undertaken to expand the tools available for researching Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bp), the etiological agent of the tropical disease melioidosis. Melioidosis has the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety. In the United States, Bp is listed as a Tier-1 select agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thus requiring high levels of regulation and biosafety level 3 (BSL3) facilities for experimental manipulation of live organisms...
June 7, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591230/frequency-of-respiratory-virus-infections-and-next-generation-analysis-of-influenza-a-h1n1pdm09-dynamics-in-the-lower-respiratory-tract-of-patients-admitted-to-the-icu
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Antonio Piralla, Francesca Rovida, Alessia Girello, Marta Premoli, Francesco Mojoli, Mirko Belliato, Antonio Braschi, Giorgio Iotti, Elena Pariani, Laura Bubba, Alessandro R Zanetti, Fausto Baldanti
Recent molecular diagnostic methods have significantly improved the diagnosis of viral pneumonia in intensive care units (ICUs). It has been observed that 222G/N changes in the HA gene of H1N1pdm09 are associated with increased lower respiratory tract (LRT) replication and worse clinical outcome. In the present study, the frequency of respiratory viruses was assessed in respiratory samples from 88 patients admitted to 16 ICUs during the 2014-2015 winter-spring season in Lombardy. Sixty-nine out of 88 (78.4%) patients were positive for a respiratory viral infection at admission...
2017: PloS One
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