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Carmela Nardelli, Ilaria Granata, Laura Iaffaldano, Valeria D'Argenio, Valentina Del Monaco, Giuseppe Maria Maruotti, Daniela Omodei, Luigi Del Vecchio, Pasquale Martinelli, Francesco Salvatore, Mario Rosario Guarracino, Lucia Sacchetti, Lucio Pastore
Clinical findings and data obtained in animal models indicate that nutrient uptake and exposure to environmental agents during pregnancy may affect fetal/newborn gestational programming thereby resulting in obesity and/or obesity-related disorders in offspring. Human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (hA-MSCs) differentiate into adipocytes, and are thus a suitable model to investigate adipocyte functions in obesity. The aim of this study was to elucidate the miRNome of hA-MSCs and its contribution to obesity in pregnancy...
October 20, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Ana I Robles, Karina Standahl Olsen, Dana W T Tsui, Vassilis Georgoulias, Jenette Creaney, Katalin Dobra, Mogens Vyberg, Nagahiro Minato, Robert A Anders, Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, Jianwei Zhou, Pål Sætrom, Boye Schnack Nielsen, Michaela B Kirschner, Hans E Krokan, Vassiliki Papadimitrakopoulou, Ioannis Tsamardinos, Oluf D Røe
The goal of biomarker research is to identify clinically valid markers. Despite decades of research there has been disappointingly few molecules or techniques that are in use today. The "1st International NTNU Symposium on Current and Future Clinical Biomarkers of Cancer: Innovation and Implementation", was held June 16th and 17th 2016, at the Knowledge Center of the St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, under the auspices of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the HUNT biobank and research center...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Rama Raghavan, Stephen Hyter, Harsh B Pathak, Andrew K Godwin, Gottfried Konecny, Chen Wang, Ellen L Goode, Brooke L Fridley
BACKGROUND: Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States (5 % of cancer deaths). The standard treatment for patients with advanced EOC is initial debulking surgery followed by carboplatin-paclitaxel combination chemotherapy. Unfortunately, with chemotherapy most patients relapse and die resulting in a five-year overall survival around 45 %. Thus, finding novel therapeutics for treating EOC is essential. Connectivity Mapping (CMAP) has been used widely in cancer drug discovery and generally has relied on cancer cell line gene expression and drug phenotype data...
October 19, 2016: BMC Genomics
Seong-Tshool Hong
The human intestine contains a massive and complex microbial community called gut microbiota. A typical human carries 100 trillion microbes in his/her body which is 10 times greater than the number of their host cells, i.e. whole number of human cells. A combined microbial genome constituting gut microbiota is well excess our own human genome. The microbial composition of gut microbiotata and its role on diseases became a booming area of research, presenting a new paradigm of opportunities for modern medicines...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Francine Marques, Nina Eikelis, Richard Bayles, Nora Straznicky, Dagmara Hering, Murray Esler, Geoffrey Head, Markus Schlaich, Gavin Lambert
OBJECTIVE: Noradrenaline released from sympathetic nerves is removed from the neuroeffector junction via the action of the noradrenaline transporter (NET). NET impairment is evident in several clinically important conditions including essential hypertension, major depressive disorder, panic disorder and the postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Only in rare instances, however, do coding single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) seem to account for a defect in NET. The aim of this study was to determine whether rs7194256 (C/T), a SNP in the 3' untranslated region (UTR) of the NET gene, is associated with diseases associated with NET dysfunction, and to elucidate the mechanism involved...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Alessandro Didonna, Puneet Opal
Importance: The hereditary progressive ataxias comprise genetic disorders that affect the cerebellum and its connections. Even though these diseases historically have been among the first familial disorders of the nervous system to have been recognized, progress in the field has been challenging because of the large number of ataxic genetic syndromes, many of which overlap in their clinical features. Observations: We have taken a historical approach to demonstrate how our knowledge of the genetic basis of ataxic disorders has come about by novel techniques in gene sequencing and bioinformatics...
October 17, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Shaoyu Yang, Xueqin Chen, Yuelong Pan, Jiekai Yu, Xin Li, Shenglin Ma
The present study aimed to identify potential serum biomarkers for predicting the clinical outcomes of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR‑TKIs). A total of 61 samples were collected and analyzed using the integrated approach of magnetic bead‑based weak cation exchange chromatography and matrix‑assisted laser desorption/ionization‑time of flight‑mass spectrometry. The Zhejiang University Protein Chip Data Analysis system was used to identify the protein spectra of patients that are resistant and sensitive to EGFR‑TKIs...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Priyanka Sharma, Anoop Saraya, Rinu Sharma
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Insidious symptomatology, late clinical presentation and poor prognosis of oesophageal cancer (EC) highlight the pressing need for novel non-invasive biomarkers for early tumour diagnosis and better prognosis. The present study was carried out to evaluate the clinical significance of circulating and tissue miR-144 expression in oesophageal cancer. METHODS: Clinical significance of miR-144 expression was evaluated in preneoplastic (12) and neoplastic (35) oesophageal cancer tissues as well as matched distant non-malignant tissues using real-time PCR (qPCR)...
May 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
András Lánczky, Ádám Nagy, Giulia Bottai, Gyöngyi Munkácsy, András Szabó, Libero Santarpia, Balázs Győrffy
PURPOSE: The proper validation of prognostic biomarkers is an important clinical issue in breast cancer research. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as a new class of promising breast cancer biomarkers. In the present work, we developed an integrated online bioinformatic tool to validate the prognostic relevance of miRNAs in breast cancer. METHODS: A database was set up by searching the GEO, EGA, TCGA, and PubMed repositories to identify datasets with published miRNA expression and clinical data...
October 15, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Joseph H Marcus, John Novembre
: One of the key characteristics of any genetic variant is its geographic distribution. The geographic distribution can shed light on where an allele first arose, what populations it has spread to, and in turn on how migration, genetic drift, and natural selection have acted. The geographic distribution of a genetic variant can also be of great utility for medical/clinical geneticists and collectively many genetic variants can reveal population structure. Here we develop an interactive visualization tool for rapidly displaying the geographic distribution of genetic variants...
October 14, 2016: Bioinformatics
Xiang Wang, Dongjian Zuo, Yufang Yuan, Xiaochun Yang, Ze Hong, Rongrong Zhang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate roles of microRNA (miR)-183 in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia (AML). METHODS: miR-183 expression in bone marrow and patients' sera of childhood AML was detected by real-time quantitative PCR. Functions of miR-183 in malignant phenotypes of two leukemia cell lines were then evaluated. Additionally, putative targets of miR-183 were predicted using three miRNA target prediction algorithms and validated by luciferase reporter assay...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Chinn-Woan Lowe, Benjamin A Satterfield, Daniel B Nelson, Joseph D Thiriot, Michael J Heder, Jordon K March, David S Drake, Cynthia S Lew, Annette J Bunnell, Emily S Moore, Kim L O'Neill, Richard A Robison
The Burkholderia pseudomallei complex classically consisted of B. mallei, B. pseudomallei, and B. thailandensis, but has now expanded to include B. oklahomensis, B. humptydooensis, and three unassigned Burkholderia clades. Methods for detecting and differentiating the B. pseudomallei complex has been the topic of recent research due to phenotypic and genotypic similarities of these species. B. mallei and B. pseudomallei are recognized as CDC Tier 1 select agents, and are the causative agents of glanders and melioidosis, respectively...
2016: PloS One
Xingyun Su, Weibin Wang, Guodong Ruan, Min Liang, Jing Zheng, Ye Chen, Huiling Wu, Thomas J Fahey, Minxin Guan, Lisong Teng
Nuclear genetic alterations have been widely investigated in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC), however, the characteristics of the mitochondrial genome remain uncertain. We sequenced the entire mitochondrial genome of 66 PTCs, 16 normal thyroid tissues and 376 blood samples of healthy individuals. There were 2508 variations (543 sites) detected in PTCs, among which 33 variations were novel. Nearly half of the PTCs (31/66) had heteroplasmic variations. Among the 31 PTCs, 28 specimens harbored a total of 52 somatic mutations distributed in 44 sites...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Kai Chen, Fan Lv, Guofeng Xu, Min Zhang, Yeming Wu, Zhixiang Wu
Emerging evidence suggests receptor tyrosine kinase ALK as a promising therapeutic target in neuroblastoma. However, clinical trials reveal that a limited proportion of ALK-positive neuroblastoma patients experience clinical benefits from Crizotinib, a clinically approved specific inhibitor of ALK. The precise molecular mechanisms of aberrant ALK activity in neuroblastoma remain elusive, limiting the clinical application of ALK as a therapeutic target in neuroblastoma. Here, we describe a deep quantitative phosphoproteomic approach in which Crizotinib-treated neuroblastoma cell lines bearing aberrant ALK are used to investigate downstream regulated phosphoproteins...
October 7, 2016: Oncotarget
Joseph Markowitz, Zachary Abrams, Naduparambil K Jacob, Xiaoli Zhang, John N Hassani, Nicholas Latchana, Lai Wei, Kelly E Regan, Taylor R Brooks, Sarvani R Uppati, Kala M Levine, Tanios Bekaii-Saab, Kari L Kendra, Gregory B Lesinski, J Harrison Howard, Thomas Olencki, Philip R Payne, William E Carson
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short noncoding RNAs that function to repress translation of mRNA transcripts and contribute to the development of cancer. We hypothesized that miRNA array-based technologies work best for miRNA profiling of patient-derived plasma samples when the techniques and patient populations are precisely defined. METHODS: Plasma samples were obtained from five sources: melanoma clinical trial of interferon and bortezomib (12), purchased normal donor plasma samples (four), gastrointestinal tumor bank (nine), melanoma tumor bank (ten), or aged-matched normal donors (eight) for the tumor bank samples...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Pon Arunachalam Boopathi, Amit Kumar Subudhi, Sheetal Middha, Jyoti Acharya, Raja Chinnadurai Mugasimangalam, Sanjay Kumar Kochar, Dhanpat Kumar Kochar, Ashis Das
High density oligonucleotide microarrays have been used on Plasmodium vivax field isolates to estimate whole genome expression. However, no microarray platform has been experimentally optimized for studying the transcriptome of field isolates. In the present study, we adopted both bioinformatics and experimental testing approaches to select best optimized probes suitable for detecting parasite transcripts from field samples and included them in designing a custom 15K P. vivax microarray. This microarray has long oligonucleotide probes (60mer) that were in-situ synthesized onto glass slides using Agilent SurePrint technology and has been developed into an 8×15K format (8 identical arrays on a single slide)...
October 5, 2016: Acta Tropica
Katharine A Michie, Ann H Kwan, Chang-Shung Tung, J Mitchell Guss, Jill Trewhella
The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) structure of the tri-helix bundle (THB) of the m-domain plus C2 (ΔmC2) of myosin-binding protein C (MyBP-C) has revealed a highly flexible seven-residue linker between the structured THB and C2. Bioinformatics shows significant patterns of conservation across the THB-linker sequence, with the linker containing a strictly conserved serine in all MyBP-C isoforms. Clinically linked mutations further support the functional significance of the THB-linker region. NMR, small-angle X-ray scattering, and binding studies show the THB-linker plus the first ten residues of C2 undergo dramatic changes when ΔmC2 binds Ca(2+)-calmodulin, with the linker and C2 N-terminal residues contributing significantly to the affinity...
October 4, 2016: Structure
John W Belmont, Chad A Shaw
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October 7, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
Tong Ren, Shide Lin, Zhongfeng Wang, Aijia Shang
Astrocytoma is one of the most common types of brain tumor, which is histologically and clinically classified into four grades (I-IV): I (pilocytic astrocytoma), II (diffuse astrocytoma), III (anaplastic astrocytoma), and IV (glioblastoma multiforme). A higher grade astrocytoma represents a worse prognosis and is more aggressive. In this study, we compared the differential proteome profile of astrocytoma from grades I to IV. The protein samples from clinical specimens of grades I, II, III, and IV astrocytoma were analyzed by two-dimensional liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation and quantification...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Bing Wang, Hongmei Yong, Huijun Zhu, Daguang Ni, Sijie Tang, Shu Zhang, Wei Wang, Yan Zhou, Wei Zhao, Guipeng Ding, Jin Zhu, Xiaohua Li, Zhenqing Feng
Gastric cancer (GC) is a global health issue with a high mortality rate. Early diagnosis and tracking of GC is a challenge due to a lack of reliable tools. Amphiregulin (AREG) is a member of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) family that activates growth signaling upon binding of EGF receptors. Elevated AREG expression is associated with various pathological conditions, including cancer. Here, we investigated whether increased AREG expression is a disease indicator and/or prognostic biomarker for GC. We used tissue microarray and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction to assess AREG expression in clinical tissue specimens at various stages of GC and a conducted bioinformatics analysis to evaluate the value of AREG over-expression as a GC biomarker...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
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