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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927260/the-roles-of-the-snare-protein-sed5-in-autophagy-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#1
Shenshen Zou, Dan Sun, Yongheng Liang
Autophagy is a degradation pathway in eukaryotic cells in which aging proteins and organelles are sequestered into double-membrane vesicles, termed autophagosomes, which fuse with vacuoles to hydrolyze cargo. The key step in autophagy is the formation of autophagosomes, which requires different kinds of vesicles, including COPII vesicles and Atg9- containing vesicles, to transport lipid double-membranes to the phagophore assembly site (PAS). In yeast, the cis-Golgi localized t-SNARE protein Sed5 plays a role in endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-Golgi and intra-Golgi vesicular transport...
September 20, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927202/role-of-molecular-biomarkers-in-the-diagnosis-of-invasive-fungal-diseases-in-children
#2
Anna R Huppler, Brian T Fisher, Thomas Lehrnbecher, Thomas J Walsh, William J Steinbach
Invasive fungal diseases are important clinical problems that are often complicated by severe illness and therefore the inability to use invasive measures to definitively diagnose the disease. Tests for a range of fungal biomarkers that do not require an invasive sample-collection procedure have been incorporated into adult clinical practice, but pediatric data and pediatric-specific recommendations for some of these diagnostic tools are lacking. In this review, we summarize the published literature and contemporary strategies for using the biomarkers galactomannan, (1→3)-β-d-glucan, Candida mannan antigen and anti-mannan antibody, and fungal polymerase chain reaction for diagnosing invasive fungal disease in children...
September 1, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927159/diagnostic-value-of-inflammatory-cell-infiltrates-tumor-stroma-percentage-and-disease-free-survival-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
#3
Katarzyna Jakubowska, Wojciech Kisielewski, Luiza Kańczuga-Koda, Mariusz Koda, Waldemar Famulski
The anticancer immune defense mechanism involves humoral and cellular responses. The main effector mechanisms of antitumor responses involve the following: the activity of cytotoxic T cells; the activation of macrophages and neutrophils; the activity of cytokines secreted by T cells; and natural killer cell activity. Selected cell populations are responsible for the stimulation or suppression of the immune system against tumor cells. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the location, extent and composition of the cellular inflammatory infiltration of tumors in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC)...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927137/atypical-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-with-isochromosome-x-p10-a-case-report
#4
Masahide Yamamoto, Sayaka Suzuki, Jun-Ichi Mukae, Keisuke Tanaka, Ken Watanabe, Gaku Oshikawa, Tetsuya Fukuda, Naomi Murakami, Osamu Miura
Atypical chronic myeloid leukemia (aCML) is a rare subtype of myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasm (MDS/MPN). Although recurrent chromosomal and genetic abnormalities are frequently observed in aCML, none are specific to this type of leukemia. The present study reported a case of aCML associated with i(X)(p10), a rare recurrent chromosomal abnormality of hematological malignancy. A 40-year-old female was referred to the Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital (Tokyo, Japan) due to slight leukocytosis and anemia...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927122/mechanism-of-egcg-promoting-apoptosis-of-mcf-7-cell-line-in-human-breast-cancer
#5
Chao-You Huang, Zheng Han, Xi Li, Hui-Hua Xie, Shan-Shan Zhu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) on the apoptosis of the human MCF-7 cancer cell line and the underlying mechanism. MCF-7 cells were divided into the control group and EGCG groups. The proliferation of MCF-7 cells in the two groups was determined using MTT and apoptosis was examined using flow cytometry. Western blot analysis and qRT-PCR were used to analyze P53 and Bcl-2 expression levels. The silencing effect of specific siRNA was evaluated using RT-PCR and western blot analysis...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927088/pcdh8-inhibits-glioma-cell-proliferation-by-negatively-regulating-the-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
#6
Zhenkun Zong, Hui Pang, Rutong Yu, Yunqi Jiao
Protocadherin-8 (PCDH8), a member of the protocadherin superfamily of proteins, is frequently lost in numerous types of cancer. However, the role that PCDH8 serves in human glioma, and the molecular mechanisms underlying this, remain unclear. Data from the present study demonstrated that the expression levels of PCDH8 mRNA and protein were significantly decreased in human glioma tissue compared with normal brain tissue. This suggested that PCDH8 is associated with the development of glioma. Thus, the role of PCDH8 in glioma cell proliferation was investigated by silencing and overexpressing PCDH8 in U251 glioma cells...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927054/methylation-of-stk11-promoter-is-a-risk-factor-for-tumor-stage-and-survival-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
#7
Fufu Zheng, Xiaoxu Yuan, Enjing Chen, Yunlin Ye, Xiaofei Li, Yuping Dai
Inactivation of tumor suppressor gene serine-threonine kinase 11 (STK11) in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) has been demonstrated; however, the mechanism of this inactivation remains to be investigated. To investigate whether epigenetic alteration plays a role in the inactivation of STK11 in RCC, the present study aimed to investigate the methylation status of the STK11 promoter and its association with tumor stage and survival in ccRCC patients. Paraffin-embedded specimens were obtained from 42 ccRCC patients...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926997/effects-of-cellular-methylation-on-transgene-expression-and-site-specific-integration-of-adeno-associated-virus
#8
Diptiman Chanda, Jonathan A Hensel, Jerome T Higgs, Rajat Grover, Niroop Kaza, Selvarangan Ponnazhagan
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic event that affects not only cellular gene expression but that also has the potential to influence bacterial and viral DNA in their host-dependent functions. Adeno-associated virus (AAV) genome contains a high degree of CpG sequences capable of methylation in its terminal repeat sequences, which are the sole elements retained in AAV-based vectors used in gene therapy. The present study determined the influence of methylation status of the host cell on wild type (wt) AAV integration and recombinant (r) AAV transgene expression in HeLa cells...
September 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926981/antibiofilm-activity-and-mechanism-of-action-of-the-disinfectant-chloramine-t-on-candida-spp-and-its-toxicity-against-human-cells
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Gabriela Lacet Silva Ferreira, Pedro Luiz Rosalen, Larissa Rangel Peixoto, Ana Luiza Alves de Lima Pérez, Fabíola Galbiatti de Carvalho Carlo, Lúcio Roberto Cançado Castellano, Jefferson Muniz de Lima, Irlan Almeida Freires, Edeltrudes de Oliveira Lima, Ricardo Dias de Castro
We evaluated the antifungal and anti-biofilm activity, mechanism of action and cytotoxicity of chloramine T trihydrate (CAT) against Candida spp. The Minimum Inhibitory and Fungicidal Concentrations (MIC/MFC) of CAT were determined. Changes in CAT-treated C. albicans growth kinetics and micromorphology were evaluated, as well as the mechanism of action, and its effects on biofilm. Cytotoxicity was assessed by the hemolysis method. The data were analyzed by inferential statistics (p ≤ 0.05). CAT showed antifungal activity against all strains, with MIC values ranging between 1...
September 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926962/anti-nkg2d-mab-a-new-treatment-for-crohn-s-disease
#10
REVIEW
Kasper Vadstrup, Flemming Bendtsen
Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are immunologically-mediated, debilitating conditions resulting from destructive inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The pathogenesis of IBD is incompletely understood, but is considered to be the result of an abnormal immune response with a wide range of cell types and proteins involved. Natural Killer Group 2D (NKG2D) is an activating receptor constitutively expressed on human Natural Killer (NK), γδ T, mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT), CD56⁺ T, and CD8⁺ T cells...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926956/carbonic-anhydrase-inhibition-and-the-management-of-hypoxic-tumors
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REVIEW
Claudiu T Supuran
Hypoxia and acidosis are salient features of many tumors, leading to a completely different metabolism compared to normal cells. Two of the simplest metabolic products, protons and bicarbonate, are generated by the catalytic activity of the metalloenzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4.2.1.1), with at least two of its isoforms, CA IX and XII, mainly present in hypoxic tumors. Inhibition of tumor-associated CAs leads to an impaired growth of the primary tumors, metastases and reduces the population of cancer stem cells, leading thus to a complex and beneficial anticancer action for this class of enzyme inhibitors...
September 16, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926891/-advances-in-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-gastrointestinal-cancer
#12
X R Zhu, L Z Zheng
Currently, immunotherapy is considered as the fourth major modality of cancer treatment except surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The new therapeutic approach based on immune checkpoint inhibitors is a landmark innovation. Strategies considering checkpoint inhibitors have shown good anti-tumor effect by targeting cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) or programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1). Moreover, DNA mismatch repair-deficient tumors appear to be potential candidates for these therapies...
September 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926888/-accelerated-transepithelial-corneal-collagen-cross-linking-for-progressive-keratoconus-with-a-thin-cornea-one-year-results
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Z R Lin, H P Wu, S R Luo, Z S Liu, N Dong, X M Shang, Z W Xie, L Yan, X Fang
Objective: To evaluate the clinical results of keratoconic eyes with a thin cornea treated with accelerated transepithelial corneal collagen cross-linking (A-TE-CXL) within 1 year. Methods: Nineteen eyes of 19 patients with progressive keratoconus with a minimum corneal thickness from 380 μm to 420 μm (including the epithelium) were included in this prospective, nonrandomized clinical study and treated with A-TE-CXL. Scoring of pain and foreign body sensation, slit lamp examination, uncorrected visual acuity, best corrected distance visual acuity, corneal topography, anterior segment optical coherence tomography, in vivo corneal confocal microscopy and endothelial cell count were assessed before surgery and at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months postoperatively...
September 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926886/-keratectomy-combined-with-intrastromal-injection-of-voriconazole-in-treating-fungal-keratitis
#14
S X Li, J Biang, X Li, L T Zhang, W Y Shi
Objective: To investigate the treatment effect of keratectomy combined with intrastromal injection of voriconazole on fungal keratitis. Methods: Retrospective study. Ninety-eight fungal keratitis patients (98 eyes) were treated by keratectomy combined with intrastromal injection of voriconazole in Shandong Eye Hospital from January 2013 to May 2015. The corneal ulcers were mostly located in the paracentral or peripheral cornea, which incompletely blocked the pupil area. Slit lamp and anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) were used for lesion detection...
September 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926878/-effects-of-arnebia-root-oil-on-wound-healing-of-rats-with-full-thickness-skin-defect-and-the-related-mechanism
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J Y Shen, Q Ma, Z B Yang, J J Gong, Y S Wu
Objective: To observe the effects of arnebia root oil on wound healing of rats with full-thickness skin defect, and to explore the related mechanism. Methods: Eighty SD rats were divided into arnebia root oil group and control group according to the random number table, with 40 rats in each group, then full-thickness skin wounds with area of 3 cm×3 cm were inflicted on the back of each rat. Wounds of rats in arnebia root oil group and control group were treated with sterile medical gauze and bandage package infiltrated with arnebia root oil gauze or Vaseline gauze, respectively, with dressing change of once every two days...
September 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926857/the-amelioration-of-insulin-resistance-in-salt-loading-subjects-by-potassium-supplementation-is-associated-with-a-reduction-in-plasma-il-17a-levels
#16
Wen Wen, Zhaofei Wan, Dong Zhou, Juan Zhou, Zuyi Yuan
Background High dietary salt intake contributes to the development of autoimmune/inflammatory diseases including metabolic syndrome (MetS) which potassium supplementation can potentially reverse. T helper (Th) 17 cells as well as its production interleukin (IL)-17A are involved in the pathogenesis of MetS. The polarization of Th17 cells and enhanced IL-17A production induced by high salt might increase the risk of autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. Methods 45 normotensive subjects (aged 29 to 65 years) were enrolled from a rural community of Northern China at random...
September 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926770/1-25-oh-2d3-induces-regulatory-t-cell-differentiation-by-influencing-the-vdr-plc-%C3%AE-1-tgf-%C3%AE-1-pathway
#17
Qiang Zhou, Shengying Qin, Jinyan Zhang, Lin Zhon, Zhihai Pen, Tonghai Xing
Vitamin D has been recommended as an immune modulator in recent years, in addition to regulating calcium-phosphorous-bone metabolism. Clinical studies on organ transplantation found that vitamin D sufficiency patients were less likely to develop acute cellular rejection within one year after transplantation compared to those with vitamin D deficiency. Thus, a high percentage of regulatory T cells might play a key role in preventing acute cellular rejection (ACR). In this report, we studied the specific effects of 1,25(OH)2D3 on human T cell diff ;erentiation, and determined the potential molecule mechanism behind...
September 16, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926763/synthesis-and-2d-qsar-studies-of-neolignan-based-diaryl-tetrahydrofuran-and-furan-analogues-with-remarkable-activity-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-assessment-of-the-trypanothione-reductase-activity
#18
Ana Paula Hartmann, Marcelo Rodrigues de Carvalho, Lilian Sibelle Campos Bernardes, Milena Hoehr de Moraes, Eduardo Borges de Melo, Carla Duque Lopes, Mario Steindel, João Santana da Silva, Ivone Carvalho
Two series of diaryl-tetrahydrofuran and -furan were synthesised and screened for anti-trypanosomal activity against trypomastigote and amastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease. Based on evidence that modification of a natural product may result in a more effective drug than the natural product itself, and using known neolignan inhibitors veraguensin 1 and grandisin 2 as templates to synthesise simpler analogues, remarkable anti-trypanosomal activity and selectivity were found for 3,5-dimethoxylated diaryl-furan 5c and 2,4-dimethoxylated diaryl-tetrahydrofuran 4e analogues with EC50 0...
September 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926759/instructed-subsets-or-agile-swarms-how-t-helper-cells-may-adaptively-counter-uncertainty-with-variability-and-plasticity
#19
REVIEW
Edward C Schrom, Andrea L Graham
Over recent years, extensive phenotypic variability and plasticity have been revealed among the T-helper cells of the mammalian adaptive immune system, even within clonal lineages of identical antigen specificity. This challenges the conventional view that T-helper cells assort into functionally distinct subsets following differential instruction by the innate immune system. We argue that the adaptive value of coping with uncertainty can reconcile the 'instructed subset' framework with T-helper variability and plasticity...
September 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926727/early-pregnancy-intrauterine-fetal-exposure-to-maternal-smoking-and-impact-on-fetal-telomere-length
#20
Hooman Mirzakhani, Immaculata De Vivo, J Steven Leeder, Roger Gaedigk, Carrie A Vyhlidal, Scott T Weiss, Kelan Tantisira
BACKGROUND: Reduced telomere length, or its accelerated attrition, has been implicated in aging, mortality, and several human diseases, including respiratory diseases. Age dependent manifestation of telomere-mediated disease during life span indicates the role of developmental stage in these diseases and highlights the importance of fetal developmental process in utero and at earlier life stages. Environmental determinants during developmental and later stages of life could affect telomere length...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
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