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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334892/inhibition-of-homologous-phosphorolytic-ribonucleases-by-citrate-may-represent-an-evolutionarily-conserved-communicative-link-between-rna-degradation-and-central-metabolism
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Carlanne M Stone, Louise E Butt, Joshua C Bufton, Daniel C Lourenco, Darren M Gowers, Andrew R Pickford, Paul A Cox, Helen A Vincent, Anastasia J Callaghan
Ribonucleases play essential roles in all aspects of RNA metabolism, including the coordination of post-transcriptional gene regulation that allows organisms to respond to internal changes and environmental stimuli. However, as inherently destructive enzymes, their activity must be carefully controlled. Recent research exemplifies the repertoire of regulatory strategies employed by ribonucleases. The activity of the phosphorolytic exoribonuclease, polynucleotide phosphorylase (PNPase), has previously been shown to be modulated by the Krebs cycle metabolite citrate in Escherichia coli...
March 3, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334681/fluorescent-proteins-such-as-egfp-lead-to-catalytic-oxidative-stress-in-cells
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Douglas Ganini, Fabian Leinisch, Ashutosh Kumar, JinJie Jiang, Erik J Tokar, Christine C Malone, Robert M Petrovich, Ronald P Mason
Fluorescent proteins are an important tool that has become omnipresent in life sciences research. They are frequently used for localization of proteins and monitoring of cells [1,2]. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) was the first and has been the most used fluorescent protein. Enhanced GFP (eGFP) was optimized from wild-type GFP for increased fluorescence yield and improved expression in mammalian systems [3]. Many GFP-like fluorescent proteins have been discovered, optimized or created, such as the red fluorescent protein TagRFP [4]...
March 10, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296810/activation-associated-accelerated-apoptosis-of-memory-b-cells-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis
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Manu Shankar-Hari, David Fear, Paul Lavender, Tracey Mare, Richard Beale, Chad Swanson, Mervyn Singer, Jo Spencer
OBJECTIVE: Sepsis is life-threatening organ dysfunction due to dysregulated host responses to infection. Current knowledge of human B-cell alterations in sepsis is sparse. We tested the hypothesis that B-cell loss in sepsis involves distinct subpopulations of B cells and investigated mechanisms of B-cell depletion. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Critical care units. PATIENTS: Adult sepsis patients without any documented immune comorbidity...
March 14, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293679/research-conference-summary-from-the-2014-international-task-force-on-atp1a3-related-disorders
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Hendrik Rosewich, Matthew T Sweney, Suzanne DeBrosse, Kevin Ess, Laurie Ozelius, Eva Andermann, Frederick Andermann, Gene Andrasco, Alice Belgrade, Allison Brashear, Sharon Ciccodicola, Lynn Egan, Alfred L George, Aga Lewelt, Joshua Magelby, Mario Merida, Tara Newcomb, Vicky Platt, Dominic Poncelin, Sandra Reyna, Masayuki Sasaki, Marcio Sotero de Menezes, Kathleen Sweadner, Louis Viollet, Mary Zupanc, Kenneth Silver, Kathryn Swoboda
OBJECTIVE: ATP1A3-related neurologic disorders encompass a broad range of phenotypes that extend well beyond initial phenotypic criteria associated with alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) and rapid-onset dystonia parkinsonism. METHODS: In 2014, the Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation hosted a multidisciplinary workshop intended to address fundamental challenges surrounding the diagnosis and management of individuals with ATP1A3-related disorders...
April 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292731/pathway-cross-talk-network-analysis-identifies-critical-pathways-in-neonatal-sepsis
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Yu-Xiu Meng, Quan-Hong Liu, Deng-Hong Chen, Ying Meng
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in neonatal care, sepsis remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates worldwide. Pathway cross-talk analysis might contribute to the inference of the driving forces in bacterial sepsis and facilitate a better understanding of underlying pathogenesis of neonatal sepsis. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the critical pathways associated with the progression of neonatal sepsis by the pathway cross-talk analysis. METHODS: By integrating neonatal transcriptome data with known pathway data and protein-protein interaction data, we systematically uncovered the disease pathway cross-talks and constructed a disease pathway cross-talk network for neonatal sepsis...
February 27, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267875/loggerhead-sea-turtle-embryos-caretta-caretta-regulate-expression-of-stress-response-and-developmental-genes-when-exposed-to-a-biologically-realistic-heat-stress
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Blair P Bentley, Brian J Haas, Jamie N Tedeschi, Oliver Berry
Oviparous reptile embryos are expected to breach their critical thermal maxima if temperatures reach those predicted under current climate change models due to the lack the maternal buffering processes and parental care. Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are integral in the molecular response to thermal stress, and their expression is heritable, but the roles of other candidate families such as the heat shock factors (HSFs) have not been determined in reptiles. Here we subject embryonic sea turtles (Caretta caretta) to a biologically realistic thermal stress and employ de novo transcriptomic profiling of brain tissue to investigate the underlying molecular response...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240821/-invited-review-genetic-research-on-alcohol-use-outcomes-in-african-american-populations-a-review-of-the-literature-associated-challenges-and-implications
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Danielle M Dick, Peter Barr, Mignonne Guy, Aashir Nasim, Denise Scott
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There have been remarkable advances in understanding genetic influences on complex traits; however, individuals of African descent have been underrepresented in genetic research. METHODS: We review the limitations of existing genetic research on alcohol phenotypes in African Americans (AA) including both twin and gene identification studies, possible reasons for underrepresentation of AAs in genetic research, the implications of the lack of racially diverse samples, and special considerations regarding conducting genetic research in AA populations...
February 27, 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238416/quantitative-multiplexed-tandem-pcr-for-direct-detection-of-bacteraemia-in-critically-ill-patients
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Andrew N Ginn, Briony Hazelton, Shereen Shoma, Martin Cullen, Thomas Solano, Jonathan R Iredell
Culture remains the gold standard for diagnosis of blood stream infections (BSI), but its clinical utility is limited by slow turnaround times. Here we describe a method for rapid quantitative detection of bacterial DNA directly extracted from whole blood using a multiplexed tandem real-time PCR (MT-PCR) assay targeting Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Pseudomonas, Enterococcus and Enterobacteriaceae 16S rDNA genes. Results were available less than 3.5 hours after blood collection with all five bacterial targets having limits of detection between 10(1) and 10(3) CFU/mL...
February 23, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231343/occurrence-of-mitochondrial-co1-pseudogenes-in-neocalanus-plumchrus-crustacea-copepoda-hybridization-indicated-by-recombined-nuclear-mitochondrial-pseudogenes
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Ryuji J Machida, Ya-Ying Lin
A portion of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I gene was sequenced using both genomic DNA and complement DNA from three planktonic copepod Neocalanus species (N. cristatus, N. plumchrus, and N. flemingeri). Small but critical sequence differences in CO1 were observed between gDNA and cDNA from N. plumchrus. Furthermore, careful observation revealed the presence of recombination between sequences in gDNA from N. plumchrus. Moreover, a chimera of the N. cristatus and N. plumchrus sequences was obtained from N...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224121/immunological-defects-in-neonatal-sepsis-and-potential-therapeutic-approaches
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REVIEW
Steven L Raymond, Julie A Stortz, Juan C Mira, Shawn D Larson, James L Wynn, Lyle L Moldawer
Despite advances in critical care medicine, neonatal sepsis remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with the greatest risk affecting very low birth weight, preterm neonates. The presentation of neonatal sepsis varies markedly from its presentation in adults, and there is no clear consensus definition of neonatal sepsis. Previous work has demonstrated that when neonates become septic, death can occur rapidly over a matter of hours or days and is generally associated with inflammation, organ injury, and respiratory failure...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222102/anln-truncation-causes-a-familial-fatal-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-dalmatian-dogs
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Saila Holopainen, Marjo K Hytönen, Pernilla Syrjä, Meharji Arumilli, Anna-Kaisa Järvinen, Minna Rajamäki, Hannes Lohi
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is the leading cause of death in critical care medicine. The syndrome is typified by an exaggerated inflammatory response within the lungs. ARDS has been reported in many species, including dogs. We have previously reported a fatal familial juvenile respiratory disease accompanied by occasional unilateral renal aplasia and hydrocephalus, in Dalmatian dogs. The condition with a suggested recessive mode of inheritance resembles acute exacerbation of usual interstitial pneumonia in man...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214222/necessity-to-critically-review-the-automatic-results-of-the-xpert-flu-assay
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Ilka Engelmann, Enagnon Kazali Alidjinou, Mouna Lazrek, Anny Dewilde, Didier Hober
While using the Xpert Flu assay we became aware of false-negative results. The study aimed to analyze the causes of these false-negative results. One hundred fifty-nine respiratory specimens were tested in the Xpert Flu assay and in multiplex reverse transcription-polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCRs) for respiratory viruses. Discordant specimens were tested in the Influenza A/B r-gene assay. One hundred fifty-two (96%) and 151 (95%) specimens yielded concordant results for influenza A and B, respectively. Fifteen specimens tested negative in the Xpert Flu assay and positive in a multiplex RT-PCR...
February 2, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213050/reduced-frequency-of-two-activating-kir-genes-in-patients-with-sepsis
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Luciana M Oliveira, Pamela Portela, Joice Merzoni, Juliana D Lindenau, Fernando S Dias, Jaqueline Beppler, Pietra Graebin, Clarice S Alho, Gilberto Schwartsmann, Felipe Dal-Pizzol, Luiz Fernando Jobim, Mariana Jobim, Rafael Roesler
Natural killer (NK) cell activity is regulated by activating and inhibitory signals transduced by killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). Diversity in KIR gene repertoire among individuals may affect disease outcome. Sepsis development and severity may be influenced by genetic factors affecting the immune response. Here, we examined sixteen KIR genes and their human leucocyte antigen (HLA) class I ligands in critical patients, aiming to identify patterns that could be associated with sepsis. Male and female patients (ages ranging between 14 and 94years-old) were included...
February 14, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211064/selecting-postoperative-adjuvant-systemic-therapy-for-early-stage-breast-cancer-a-critical-assessment-of-commercially-available-gene-expression-assays
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REVIEW
David M Hyams, Eric Schuur, Javier Angel Aristizabal, Juan Enrique Bargallo Rocha, Cesar Cabello, Roberto Elizalde, Laura García-Estévez, Henry L Gomez, Artur Katz, Aníbal Nuñez De Pierro
Risk stratification of patients with early stage breast cancer may support adjuvant chemotherapy decision-making. This review details the development and validation of six multi-gene classifiers, each of which claims to provide useful prognostic and possibly predictive information for early stage breast cancer patients. A careful assessment is presented of each test's analytical validity, clinical validity, and clinical utility, as well as the quality of evidence supporting its use.
February 17, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203225/regulation-of-sterol-biosynthesis-in-the-human-fungal-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus-opportunities-for-therapeutic-development
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REVIEW
Sourabh Dhingra, Robert A Cramer
Sterols are a major component of eukaryotic cell membranes. For human fungal infections caused by the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, antifungal drugs that target sterol biosynthesis and/or function remain the standard of care. Yet, an understanding of A. fumigatus sterol biosynthesis regulatory mechanisms remains an under developed therapeutic target. The critical role of sterol biosynthesis regulation and its interactions with clinically relevant azole drugs is highlighted by the basic helix loop helix (bHLH) class of transcription factors known as Sterol Regulatory Element Binding Proteins (SREBPs)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185119/biallelic-brca2-mutations-in-two-black-south-african-children-with-fanconi-anaemia
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Candice Feben, Careni Spencer, Anneline Lochan, Nakita Laing, Karen Fieggen, Engela Honey, Tasha Wainstein, Amanda Krause
Fanconi anaemia (FA) is a genotypically and phenotypically heterogeneous genetic condition, characterized cytogenetically by chromosomal instability and breakage secondary to impaired DNA repair mechanisms. Affected individuals typically manifest growth restriction and congenital physical abnormalities and most progress to hematological disease including bone marrow aplasia. A rare genetic subtype of FA (FA-D1) is caused by biallelic mutations in the BRCA2 gene. Affected individuals manifest severe congenital anomalies and significant pigmentary changes and are additionally at risk for early onset leukemia and certain solid organ malignancies, including Wilms tumors and brain tumors...
February 9, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129117/immunosuppressive-myeloid-cells-blockade-in-the-glioma-microenvironment-enhances-the-efficacy-of-immune-stimulatory-gene-therapy
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Neha Kamran, Padma Kadiyala, Meghna Saxena, Marianela Candolfi, Youping Li, Mariela A Moreno-Ayala, Nicholas Raja, Diana Shah, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro
Survival of glioma (GBM) patients treated with the current standard of care remains dismal. Immunotherapeutic approaches that harness the cytotoxic and memory potential of the host immune system have shown great benefit in other cancers. GBMs have developed multiple strategies, including the accumulation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) to induce immunosuppression. It is therefore imperative to develop multipronged approaches when aiming to generate a robust anti-tumor immune response. Herein, we tested whether combining MDSC depletion or checkpoint blockade would augment the efficacy of immune-stimulatory herpes simplex type-I thymidine kinase (TK) plus Fms-like tyrosine kinase ligand (Flt3L)-mediated immune stimulatory gene therapy...
January 4, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106320/classification-of-genes-standardized-clinical-validity-assessment-of-gene-disease-associations-aids-diagnostic-exome-analysis-and-reclassifications
#18
Erica D Smith, Kelly Radtke, Mari Rossi, Deepali N Shinde, Sourat Darabi, Dima El-Khechen, Zöe Powis, Katherine Helbig, Kendra Waller, Dorothy K Grange, Sha Tang, Kelly D Farwell Hagman
Ascertaining a diagnosis through exome sequencing can provide potential benefits to patients, insurance companies, and the healthcare system. Yet as diagnostic sequencing is increasingly employed, vast amounts of human genetic data are produced that need careful curation. We discuss methods for accurately assessing the clinical validity of gene-disease relationships to interpret new research findings in a clinical context and increase the diagnostic rate. The specifics of a gene-disease scoring system adapted for use in a clinical laboratory are described...
January 20, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102514/carbapenemase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bloodstream-infection-in-critically-ill-patients-risk-factors-and-predictors-of-mortality
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M Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, F Fligou, C Bartzavali, A Zotou, A Spyropoulou, K Koutsileou, S Vamvakopoulou, N Sioulas, V Karamouzos, E D Anastassiou, I Spiliopoulou, M Christofidou, M Marangos
A significant increase in carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (CP-Kp) bacteraemias has been observed worldwide. The objective of the present work was to study the risk factors and predictors of mortality of CP-Kp bacteraemias among critically ill patients. During a 4-year period (2012-3015), a matched 1:2 case-control study was conducted. Klebsiella pneumoniae was identified by Vitek 2 technology. Antibiotic susceptibility was performed by the agar disc diffusion method and Etest. The presence of the bla KPC, bla VIM and bla NDM genes was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068459/does-pharmacogenomic-testing-improve-clinical-outcomes-for-major-depressive-disorder-a-systematic-review-of-clinical-trials-and-cost-effectiveness-studies
#20
Joshua D Rosenblat, Yena Lee, Roger S McIntyre
OBJECTIVE: Pharmacogenomic testing has become scalable and available to the general public. Pharmacogenomics has shown promise for predicting antidepressant response and tolerability in the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). In theory, pharmacogenomics can improve clinical outcomes by guiding antidepressant selection and dosing. The current systematic review examines the extant literature to determine the impact of pharmacogenomic testing on clinical outcomes in MDD and assesses its cost-effectiveness...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
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