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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914932/detection-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-rnas-in-living-cells-using-spinach-rna-aptamers
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Brandon D Burch, Carolina Garrido, David M Margolis
Many techniques currently used to measure HIV RNA production in cells suffer from limitations that include high background signal or the potential to destroy cellular context. Fluorophore-binding RNA aptamers offer the potential for visualizing RNAs directly in living cells with minimal cellular perturbation. We inserted a sequence encoding a fluorophore-binding RNA aptamer, known as Spinach, into the HIV genome such that predicted RNA secondary structures in both Spinach and HIV were preserved. Chimeric HIV-Spinach RNAs were functionally validated in vitro by testing their ability to enhance the fluorescence of a conditional fluorophore (DFHBI), which specifically binds Spinach...
November 30, 2016: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913502/mrd-in-aml-does-it-already-guide-therapy-decision-making
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Gert Ossenkoppele, Gerrit Jan Schuurhuis
Prognostic factors determined at diagnosis are predictive for outcome whereas achievement of morphological complete remission (CR) is still an important end point during treatment. Residual disease after therapy may reflect the sum of all diagnosis and postdiagnosis resistance mechanisms/factors; its measurement could hypothetically be very instrumental for guiding treatment. The possibility of defining residual disease (minimal residual disease [MRD]) far below the level of 5% blast cells is changing the landscape of risk classification...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912729/genomic-insights-from-whole-genome-sequencing-of-four-clonal-outbreak-campylobacter-jejuni-assessed-within-the-global-c-jejuni-population
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Clifford G Clark, Chrystal Berry, Matthew Walker, Aaron Petkau, Dillon O R Barker, Cai Guan, Aleisha Reimer, Eduardo N Taboada
BACKGROUND: Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is useful for determining clusters of human cases, investigating outbreaks, and defining the population genetics of bacteria. It also provides information about other aspects of bacterial biology, including classical typing results, virulence, and adaptive strategies of the organism. Cell culture invasion and protein expression patterns of four related multilocus sequence type 21 (ST21) C. jejuni isolates from a significant Canadian water-borne outbreak were previously associated with the presence of a CJIE1 prophage...
December 3, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906134/tumour-suppressor-micrornas-regulate-ovarian-cancer-cell-physical-properties-and-invasive-behaviour
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Clara K Chan, Yinghong Pan, Kendra Nyberg, Marco A Marra, Emilia L Lim, Steven J M Jones, Dianna Maar, Ewan A Gibb, Preethi H Gunaratne, A Gordon Robertson, Amy C Rowat
The activities of pathways that regulate malignant transformation can be influenced by microRNAs (miRs). Recently, we showed that increased expression of five tumour-suppressor miRs, miR-508-3p, miR-508-5p, miR-509-3p, miR-509-5p and miR-130b-3p, correlate with improved clinical outcomes in human ovarian cancer patients, and that miR-509-3p attenuates invasion of ovarian cancer cell lines. Here, we investigate the mechanism underlying this reduced invasive potential by assessing the impact of these five miRs on the physical properties of cells...
November 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904738/recent-developments-in-the-management-of-invasive-fungal-infections-in-patients-with-oncohematological-diseases
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Markus Ruhnke, Stefan Schwartz
Patients with hematological cancer have a high risk of invasive fungal diseases (IFDs). These infections are mostly life threatening and an early diagnosis and initiation of appropriate antifungal therapy are essential for the clinical outcome. Most commonly, Aspergillus and Candida species are involved. However, other non-Aspergillus molds are increasingly be identified in cases of documented IFDs. Important risk factors are long lasting granulocytopenia with neutrophil counts below 500/μl for more than 10 days or graft-versus-host disease resulting from allogeneic stem-cell transplantation...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902480/down-regulation-of-rna-binding-motif-single-stranded-interacting-protein-3-along-with-up-regulation-of-nuclear-hif1a-correlates-with-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-gastric-cancer
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Youliang Wu, Dapeng Yun, Yingjie Zhao, Yuqi Wang, Ruochuan Sun, Qiang Yan, Shangxin Zhang, Mingdian Lu, Zhen Zhang, Daru Lu, Yongxiang Li
Frequent loss of multiple regions in short arm of chromosome 3 is found in various tumors including gastric cancer (GC). RNA binding motif, single-stranded interacting protein 3 (RBMS3) is a tumor suppressor gene located in this region and mediates cancer angiogenesis. However, the role of RBMS3 in GC remains unclear.To evaluate whether RBMS3, together with HIF1A, another key regulator of angiogenesis, predicts GC prognosis, the levels of RBMS3 and HIF1A were first examined by quantitative PCR (qPCR) and western blot from 27 fresh frozen GC and paired normal gastric tissues and then tested by immunohistochemistry (IHC) from 191 GC and 46 normal controls...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901001/ultraviolet-a-enhances-cathepsin-l-expression-and-activity-via-jnk-pathway-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
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Qing-Fang Xu, Yue Zheng, Jian Chen, Xin-Ya Xu, Zi-Jian Gong, Yun-Fen Huang, Chun Lu, Howard I Maibach, Wei Lai
BACKGROUND: Cathepsin L (CatL) is a cysteine protease with strong matrix degradation activity that contributes to photoaging. Mannose phosphate-independent sorting pathways mediate ultraviolet A (UVA)-induced alternate trafficking of CatL. Little is known about signaling pathways involved in the regulation of UVA-induced CatL expression and activity. This study aims to investigate whether a single UVA irradiation affects CatL expression and activity and whether mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)/activator protein-1 (AP-1) pathway is involved in the regulation of UVA-induced CatL expression and activity in human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs)...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896842/il-12b-gene-polymorphisms-and-il-12-p70-serum-levels-among-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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A Paradowska-Gorycka, A Sowinska, B Stypińska, E Haladyj, A Pawlik, K Romanowska-Próchnicka, M Olesinska
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one of the autoimmune diseases, where different polymorphisms in cytokine genes play a pathogenic role. IL-12 is now recognized as a critical cytokine in terms of regulating the balance between Th1 and Th2 cells. We investigated the role of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (rs3212227 (A/C) and rs17860508 (CTCTAA/GC)) of the IL-12B gene in the genetic susceptibility to RA and in the severity of the disease. METHODS: Six hundred and thirty four Caucasian RA patients and 341 healthy matched controls were studied using PCR-RFLP method and High-resolution melting analysis...
November 29, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896559/antiviral-activity-of-hemolymph-of-podalia-against-rubella-virus
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N D Carvalho, R Z Mendonça, M I Oliveira, S P Curti, T F Barbosa, P E Silva, N N Taniwaki, M Tonelotto, D N S Giovanni, R H P Moraes, C A Figueiredo
Many active principles produced by animals, plants and microorganisms have been employed in the development of new drugs for the treatment of human diseases. Among animals known to produce pharmacologically active molecules that interfere in human cell physiology. Rubella virus (genus Rubivirus, family Togaviridae) is a single stranded RNA virus of positive genome polarity. Rubella virus infection of susceptible women during the first trimester of pregnancy often results in long-term virus persistence in the fetus causing multiple organ abnormalities...
November 28, 2016: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895798/exploring-the-impact-of-egfr-t790m-neighboring-snps-on-arms-based-t790m-mutation-assay
#10
Sanpeng Xu, Yaqi Duan, Liping Lou, Fengjuan Tang, Juan Shou, Guoping Wang
The present study aimed to explore the influence of T790M neighboring single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) on the sensitivity of amplification refractory mutation system (ARMS)-based T790M mutation assay. Three ARMS-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) systems (system 1 had a forward ARMS primer without rs1050171, system 2 included a forward ARMS primer with rs1050171 and system 3 contained the above two forward ARMS primers) were used to detect the T790M mutation in two series plasmid samples and genomic DNA (gDNA) of the cell line H1975...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895732/effect-of-matrine-combined-with-cisplatin-on-the-expression-of-xiap-in-human-rhabdomyosarcoma-rd-cells
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Li Li, Tianyang Xue, Wei Xu, Bin Zhou
The combined effects of matrine (Mat) and cisplatin on the survival and apoptosis of rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) RD cells, as well as the possible mechanism of the synergistic effect of Mat and cisplatin were investigated in the present study. RMS RD cells were divided and treated as follows: control group, 5 mg/l cisplatin group, Mat groups (0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 g/l), and Mat (0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 g/l) combined with 5 mg/l cisplatin groups. An MTT assay and flow cytometry were applied to detect the survival and apoptotic rates, respectively, while RT-PCR was applied to detect the expression levels of X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) mRNA in the RD cells of each group...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895657/implication-of-the-whitefly-bemisia-tabaci-cyclophilin-b-protein-in-the-transmission-of-tomato-yellow-leaf-curl-virus
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Surapathrudu Kanakala, Murad Ghanim
Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) is a single-stranded (ssDNA) begomoviruses that causes severe damage to tomato and several other crops worldwide. TYLCV is exclusively transmitted by the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci in a persistent circulative and propagative manner. Previous studies have shown that the transmission, retention, and circulation of TYLCV in its vector involves interaction with insect and endosymbiont proteins, which aid in the transmission of the virus, or have a protective role in response to the presence of the virus in the insect body...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895275/sequence-independent-single-primer-amplification-next-generation-sequencing-of-hantaan-virus-cell-culture-based-isolates
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Dong Hyun Song, Won-Keun Kim, Se Hun Gu, Daesang Lee, Jeong-Ah Kim, Jin Sun No, Seung-Ho Lee, Michael R Wiley, Gustavo Palacios, Jin-Won Song, Seong Tae Jeong
Hantaan virus (HTNV), identified in the striped field mouse (Apodemus agrarius), belongs to the hantavirus genus of the Bunyaviridae family and contains tripartite RNA genomes, small (S), medium (M), and large (L) segments. HTNV is a major causative for hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) with fatality rates ranging from 1% to 15% in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and China. Defining of HTNV whole-genome sequences and isolation of the infectious particle play a critical role in the characterization and preventive and therapeutic strategies of hantavirus outbreaks...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894167/salinomycin-reduces-stemness-and-induces-apoptosis-on-human-ovarian-cancer-stem-cell
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Hyun Gyo Lee, So Jin Shin, Hye Won Chung, Sang Hoon Kwon, Soon Do Cha, Jin Eui Lee, Chi Heum Cho
OBJECTIVE: Cancer stem cells (CSCs) represent a subpopulation of undifferentiated tumorigenic cells thought to be responsible for tumor initiation, maintenance, drug resistance, and metastasis. The role of CSCs in drug resistance and relapse of cancers could significantly affect outcomes of ovarian cancer patient. Therefore, therapies that target CSCs could be a promising approach for ovarian cancer treatment. The antibiotic salinomycin has recently been shown to deplete CSCs. In this study, we evaluated the effect of salinomycin on ovarian cancer stem cells (OCSCs), both alone and in combination with paclitaxel (PTX)...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893850/a-convenient-in-vivo-model-using-small-interfering-rna-silencing-to-rapidly-assess-skeletal-gene-function
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Wen Zhang, Can Liu, Bao Hai, Guohong Du, Hong Wang, Huijie Leng, Yingsheng Xu, Chunli Song
It is difficult to study bone in vitro because it contains various cell types that engage in cross-talk. Bone biologically links various organs, and it has thus become increasingly evident that skeletal physiology must be studied in an integrative manner in an intact animal. We developed a model using local intraosseous small interfering RNA (siRNA) injection to rapidly assess the effects of a target gene on the local skeletal environment. In this model, 160-g male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated for 1-2 weeks...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890856/sirna-cell-penetrating-peptides-complexes-as-a-combinatorial-therapy-against-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-using-bv173-cell-line-as-model
#16
João Miguel Freire, Inês Rego de Figueiredo, Javier Valle, Ana Salomé Veiga, David Andreu, Francisco J Enguita, Miguel A R B Castanho
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a myeloproliferative disorder caused by a single gene mutation, a reciprocal translocation that originates the Bcr-Abl gene with constitutive tyrosine kinase activity. As a monogenic disease, it is an optimum target for RNA silencing therapy. We developed a siRNA-based therapeutic approach in which the siRNA is delivered by pepM or pepR, two cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) derived from the dengue virus capsid (DENV C) protein. These peptides have a dual role: siRNA delivery into cells and direct action as bioportides, i...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890641/specific-point-mutations-in-key-redox-enzymes-are-associated-with-chemoresistance-in-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
#17
Nicole M Fletcher, Jimmy Belotte, Mohammed G Saed, Ira Memaj, Michael P Diamond, Robert T Morris, Ghassan M Saed
Oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathophysiology of ovarian cancer. Resistance to chemotherapy presents a significant challenge for ovarian cancer treatment. Specific single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in key redox enzymes have been associated with ovarian cancer survival and progression. The objective of this study was to determine whether chemotherapy induces point mutations in key redox enzymes that lead to the acquisition of chemoresistance in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Human EOC cell lines and their chemoresistant counterpart were utilized for this study...
November 24, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888613/psmc2-is-up-regulated-in-osteosarcoma-and-regulates-osteosarcoma-cell-proliferation-apoptosis-and-migration
#18
Mingzhi Song, Yong Wang, Zhen Zhang, Shouyu Wang
Proteasome 26S subunit ATPase 2 (PSMC2) is a recently identified gene potentially associated with certain human carcinogenesis. However, the expressional correlation and functional importance of PSMC2 in osteosarcoma is still unclear. Current study was focused on elucidating the significance of PSMC2 on malignant behaviors in osteosarcoma including proliferation, apoptosis, colony formation, migration as well as invasion. The high protein levels of PSMC2 in osteosarcoma samples were identified by tissue microarrays analysis...
November 23, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888111/neutralizing-human-recombinant-antibodies-against-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-glycoproteins-b-from-a-phage-displayed-scfv-antibody-library
#19
Vahid Bagheri, Foroogh Nejatollahi, Seyed Alireza Esmaeili, Amir Abbas Momtazi, Mohamad Motamedifar, Amirhossein Sahebkar
The HSV-1 envelope glycoprotein B (gB) plays a critical role in virus entry into host cells. Neutralizing antibodies can therefore potentially prevent virus entry into target cells and cell-to-cell spread of infection. Our present study focused on the selection of neutralizing single-chain Fv (scFv) antibodies of a phage-displayed nonimmune human scFv antibody library against gB of HSV-1. To enrich specific scFvs, two phage antibodies were isolated against amino acid residues 31-43 derived from the N-terminal part of gB using panning technique...
November 22, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887573/in-vitro-function-of-upstream-visfatin-polymorphisms-that-are-associated-with-adverse-cardiometabolic-parameters-in-obese-children
#20
Delicia Shu Qin Ooi, Siong Gim Ong, Chew Kiat Heng, Kah Yin Loke, Yung Seng Lee
BACKGROUND: Visfatin is an adipokine associated with glucose and lipid metabolism. We previously reported two visfatin upstream single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), c.-3187G > A (rs11977021) and c.-1537C > T (rs61330082), which were in perfect linkage disequilibrium, in a Singaporean cohort of severely obese children and are associated with visfatin level and adverse cardiometabolic parameters. We aim to functionally characterize the effect of c.-3187G > A and c...
November 25, 2016: BMC Genomics
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