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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919633/clinical-presentation-and-outcomes-in-light-chain-amyloidosis-patients-with-non-evaluable-serum-free-light-chains
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S Sidana, N Tandon, A Dispenzieri, M A Gertz, F K Buadi, M Q Lacy, D Dingli, A L Fonder, S R Hayman, M A Hobbs, W I Gonsalves, Y L Hwa, P Kapoor, R A Kyle, N Leung, R S Go, J A Lust, S J Russell, S R Zeldenrust, V Rajkumar, S K Kumar
Hematologic response criteria in light chain (AL) amyloidosis require the difference in involved and uninvolved free light chains (dFLC) to be at least 5 mg/dl. We describe the clinical presentation and outcomes of newly diagnosed amyloidosis patients with dFLC<5 mg/dl (non-evaluable dFLC; 14%, n=165) compared to patients with dFLC ⩾5 mg/dl (evaluable dFLC; 86%, n=975). Patients with non-evaluable dFLC had less cardiac involvement (40 vs 80%, P<0.001), less liver involvement (11 vs 17%, P=0.04) and a trend towards less gastrointestinal involvement (18 vs 25%, P=0...
September 18, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910799/effects-of-hemodialysis-therapy-using-dialyzers-with-medium-cut-off-membranes-on-middle-molecules
#2
Alexander H Kirsch, Alexander R Rosenkranz, Raphael Lyko, Detlef H Krieter
The removal of larger middle molecules, such as free immunoglobulin light chains (FLC), is poor with most currently used dialysis technologies. While hemodiafiltration (HDF) provides enhanced clearance of middle molecules compared to high-flux hemodialysis (HD), this technique is currently not approved in some regions and, hence, not accessible for all patients. The retention of middle molecules is thought to be one factor, which contributes to excessive morbidity and mortality in HD patients. The development of medium cut-off (MCO) dialysis membranes is aimed at a more efficient clearance of larger uremic toxins while retaining albumin and may extend the benefit of enhanced solute removal to more patients...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893254/skip-controls-flowering-time-via-the-alternative-splicing-of-sef-pre-mrna-in-arabidopsis
#3
Zhibo Cui, Aizi Tong, Yiqiong Huo, Zhiqiang Yan, Weiqi Yang, Xianli Yang, Xiao-Xue Wang
BACKGROUND: Similar to other eukaryotes, splicing is emerging as an important process affecting development and stress tolerance in plants. Ski-interacting protein (SKIP), a splicing factor, is essential for circadian clock function and abiotic stress tolerance; however, the mechanisms whereby it regulates flowering time are unknown. RESULTS: In this study, we found that SKIP is required for the splicing of serrated leaves and early flowering (SEF) pre-messenger RNA (mRNA), which encodes a component of the ATP-dependent SWR1 chromatin remodeling complex (SWR1-C)...
September 11, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878488/research-progress-on-the-autonomous-flowering-time-pathway-in-arabidopsis
#4
REVIEW
Jing-Zhi Cheng, Yu-Ping Zhou, Tian-Xiao Lv, Chu-Ping Xie, Chang-En Tian
The transition from vegetative to reproductive growth phase is a pivotal and complicated process in the life cycle of flowering plants which requires a comprehensive response to multiple environmental aspects and endogenous signals. In Arabidopsis, six regulatory flowering time pathways have been defined by their response to distinct cues, namely photoperiod, vernalization, gibberellin, temperature, autonomous and age pathways, respectively. Among these pathways, the autonomous flowering pathway accelerates flowering independently of day length by inhibiting the central flowering repressor FLC...
July 2017: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865407/immunoglobulin-free-light-chains-in-the-pathogenesis-of-lung-disorders
#5
Esmaeil Mortaz, Ian M Adcock, Hamidreza Jamaati, Adnan Khosravi, Masoud Movassaghi, Johan Garssen, Mostafa Alavi Mogadam, Frank A Redegeld
Inflammation is an important component of numerous cancers and chronic diseases and many inflammatory mediators have been shown to have potential prognostic roles. Tumor-infiltrating mast cells can promote tumor growth and angiogenesis, but the mechanism of mast cell activation is unclear. Early studies have shown that immunoglobulin free light chains (FLC) can trigger mast cell activation in an antigen-specific manner. Increased expression of FLC is observed within the stroma of many human cancers including those of breast, colon, lung, pancreas, kidney, and skin...
August 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857614/attitudes-about-when-and-how-to-treat-patients-with-al-amyloidosis-an-international-survey
#6
Paolo Milani, Morie A Gertz, Giampaolo Merlini, Angela Dispenzieri
The aim of this survey was to describe the treatment decision making of expert physicians in when and how to treat patients with AL amyloidosis. Fifty amyloid expert physicians completed the survey. Autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) was considered the first line therapy, if medically feasible, by 73% of the physicians. Excluding ASCT, cyclophosphamide-bortezomib-dexamethasone regimen was the preferred strategy by 72%. Depending on organ involvement, the goal for treatment was CR for 27-35% and very good partial response (VGPR) for 65-72%...
August 31, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857427/the-extent-of-b-cell-activation-and-dysfunction-preceding-lymphoma-development-in-hiv-positive-people
#7
L Shepherd, Á H Borges, R Harvey, M Bower, A Grulich, M Silverberg, J Weber, M Ristola, J-P Viard, J R Bogner, P Gargalianos-Kakolyris, C Mussini, K Mansinho, I Yust, D Paduta, D Jilich, T Smiatacz, R Radoi, J Tomazic, P Plomgaard, R Frikke-Schmidt, J Lundgren, A Mocroft
OBJECTIVES: B-cell dysfunction and activation are thought to contribute to lymphoma development in HIV-positive people; however, the mechanisms are not well understood. We investigated levels of several markers of B-cell dysfunction [free light chain (FLC)-κ, FLC-λ, immunoglobulin G (IgG), IgA, IgM and IgD] prior to lymphoma diagnosis in HIV-positive people. METHODS: A nested matched case-control study was carried out within the EuroSIDA cohort, including 73 HIV-positive people with lymphoma and 143 HIV-positive lymphoma-free controls...
August 31, 2017: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855477/the-current-status-of-feline-sporotrichosis-in-malaysia
#8
Han Hock Siew
Feline sporotrichosis has been reported in Malaysia since the 1990's. Since then, studies have revealed that clinical clade D, Sporothrix schenckii sensu stricto, of a single clonal strain is the most common cause of this disease in Malaysia. The prevalence of a single clonal strain from a clinical clade was never before reported in Asia in a specific geographical niche. This raises the possibility of a process of purifying selection and subsequent clonal proliferation. While agricultural practices may serve as the selective pressure, direct causality has yet to be established...
2017: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846777/efficacy-of-a-fixed-combination-of-tetracycline-chloramphenicol-and-colistimethate-sodium-for-treatment-of-candida-albicans-keratitis
#9
Anna R Blanco, Antonia Nostro, Valeria D'Angelo, Manuela D'Arrigo, Maria G Mazzone, Andreana Marino
Purpose: To evaluate the antifungal activity of a fixed antibiotic combination (AC) containing tetracycline (TET), chloramphenicol (CAF), and colistimethate sodium (CS). Methods: In vitro: Candida ATCC and clinical strains were used. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of AC and of each antibiotic were determined. Fluconazole (FLC) was tested for comparison. Time-killing curves of selected strains were performed. Ex vivo keratitis: corneas were injected intrastromally with the selected strains...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822451/-the-value-of-serum-free-light-chain-in-differential-diagnosis-of-monoclonal-gammopathy-of-renal-significance
#10
C Li, Y B Wen, H Li, W Su, J Li, J F Cai, L M Chen, X M Li, X W Li
Objective: To investigate the value of serum free light chain (FLC) in differential diagnosis of monoclonal gammopathy of renal significance (MGRS). Methods: Forty-nine hospitalized patients who underwent renal biopsy in Peking Union Medical College Hospital between January 2013 and December 2015 were included. Monoclonal gammopathy was detected by serum protein electrophoresis (SPE), serum immunofixation electrophoresis (IFE), urine IFE and serum FLC. All patients were classified as MGRS (n=32) and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) (n=17)...
August 8, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818969/distinct-phases-of-polycomb-silencing-to-hold-epigenetic-memory-of-cold-in-arabidopsis
#11
Hongchun Yang, Scott Berry, Tjelvar S G Olsson, Matthew Hartley, Martin Howard, Caroline Dean
Gene silencing by Polycomb complexes is central to eukaryotic development. Cold-induced epigenetic repression of FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC) in the plant Arabidopsis provides an opportunity to study initiation and maintenance of Polycomb silencing. Here, we show that a subset of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 factors nucleate silencing in a small region within FLC, locally increasing H3K27me3 levels. This nucleation confers a silenced state that is metastably inherited, with memory held in the local chromatin. Metastable memory is then converted to stable epigenetic silencing through separate Polycomb factors, which spread across the locus after cold to enlarge the domain containing H3K27me3...
August 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771588/mtl-genotypes-phenotypic-switching-and-susceptibility-profiles-of-candida-parapsilosis-species-group-compared-to-lodderomyces-elongisporus
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Aylin Döğen, Banu Metin, Macit Ilkit, G Sybren de Hoog, Joseph Heitman
Reference isolates of Candida parapsilosis (n = 8), Candida metapsilosis (n = 6), Candida orthopsilosis (n = 7), and Lodderomyces elongisporus (n = 11) were analyzed to gain insight into their pathobiology and virulence mechanisms. Initial evaluation using BBL Chromagar Candida medium misidentified L. elongisporus isolates as C. albicans. Polymerase chain reaction analysis of isolate MTL idiomorphs revealed that all C. parapsilosis isolates were MTLa homozygous and no MTL α1, α2, a1, or a2 gene was detected in L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771430/evaluation-of-a-new-free-light-chain-elisa-assay-bringing-coherence-with-electrophoretic-methods
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Joannes F M Jacobs, Corrie M de Kat Angelino, Huberdina M L M Brouwers, Sandra A Croockewit, Irma Joosten, Renate G van der Molen
BACKGROUND: Serum free light chain (sFLC) measurements are increasingly important in the context of screening for monoclonal gammopathies, prognostic stratification, and monitoring of therapy responses. At the same time, analytical limitations have been reported with the currently available nephelometric and turbidimetric sFLC assays. We have evaluated a new quantitative sFLC ELISA for its suitability in routine clinical use. METHODS: Reference ranges of the Sebia FLC assay were calculated from 208 controls...
August 3, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759577/modular-function-of-long-noncoding-rna-coldair-in-the-vernalization-response
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Dong-Hwan Kim, Yanpeng Xi, Sibum Sung
The long noncoding RNA COLDAIR is necessary for the repression of a floral repressor FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC) during vernalization in Arabidopsis thaliana. The repression of FLC is mediated by increased enrichment of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2) and subsequent trimethylation of Histone H3 Lysine 27 (H3K27me3) at FLC chromatin. In this study we found that the association of COLDAIR with chromatin occurs only at the FLC locus and that the central region of the COLDAIR transcript is critical for this interaction...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757594/high-constitutive-overexpression-of-glycosyl-hydrolase-family-17-delays-floral-transition-by-enhancing-flc-expression-in-transgenic-arabidopsis
#15
Shinichi Enoki, Nozomi Fujimori, Chiho Yamaguchi, Tomoki Hattori, Shunji Suzuki
Vitis vinifera glycosyl hydrolase family 17 (VvGHF17) is a grape apoplasmic β-1,3-glucanase, which belongs to glycosyl hydrolase family 17 in grapevines. β-1,3-glucanase is not only involved in plant defense response but also has various physiological functions in plants. Although VvGHF17 expression is negatively related to the length of inflorescence in grapevines, the physiological functions of VvGHF17 are still uncertain. To clarify the physiological functions of VvGHF17, we conducted a phenotypic analysis of VvGHF17-overexpressing Arabidopsis plants...
July 25, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757000/characteristics-of-vitamin-b12-deficiency-in-patients-with-plasma-cell-disorders
#16
Caitlyn Braschi, John Doucette, Ajai Chari
BACKGROUND: Although increased rates of vitamin B12 deficiency have been reported in patients with plasma cell dyscrasias (PCDs), no mechanism has been identified. Excess free light chains (FLCs) could disrupt the renal proximal tubule receptors where B12 is reabsorbed. We sought to characterize the relationship between B12 deficiency and PCDs. We hypothesized that rates of B12 deficiency would be highest in patients with PCDs with high FLC burdens. METHODS: We reviewed the electronic medical records of 501 patients who met inclusion criteria (diagnosed PCD with documented serum B12 and FLC levels) to obtain clinical data recorded prior to patients' lowest B12 levels...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740501/hac1-and-haf1-histone-acetyltransferases-have-different-roles-in-uv-b-responses-in-arabidopsis
#17
Julieta P Fina, Fiorella Masotti, Sebastián P Rius, Franco Crevacuore, Paula Casati
Arabidopsis has 12 histone acetyltransferases grouped in four families: the GNAT/HAG, the MYST/HAM, the p300/CBP/HAC and the TAFII250/HAF families. We previously showed that ham1 and ham2 mutants accumulated higher damaged DNA after UV-B exposure than WT plants. In contrast, hag3 RNA interference transgenic plants showed less DNA damage and lower inhibition of plant growth by UV-B, and increased levels of UV-B-absorbing compounds. These results demonstrated that HAM1, HAM2, and HAG3 participate in UV-B-induced DNA damage repair and signaling...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729759/transcriptome-wide-identification-and-characterization-of-starch-branching-enzyme-in-finger-millet
#18
Rajhans Tyagi, Apoorv Tiwari, Vijay Kumar Garg, Sanjay Gupta
Starch-branching enzymes (SBEs) are one of the four major enzyme classes involved in starch biosynthesis in plants and play an important role in determining the structure and physical properties of starch granules. Multiple SBEs are involved in starch biosynthesis in plants. Finger millet is calcium rich important serial crop belongs to grass family and the transcriptome data of developing spikes is available on NCBI. In this study it was try to find out the gene sequence of starch branching enzyme and annotate the sequence and submit the sequence for further use...
2017: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728609/multiple-myeloma-can-be-accurately-diagnosed-in-acute-kidney-injury-patients-using-a-rapid-serum-free-light-chain-test
#19
Jennifer L J Heaney, John P Campbell, Punit Yadav, Ann E Griffin, Meena Shemar, Jennifer H Pinney, Mark T Drayson
BACKGROUND: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Whether serum free light chain (sFLC) measurements can distinguish between myeloma and other causes of AKI requires confirmation to guide early treatment. A rapid and portable sFLC test (Seralite®) is newly available and could reduce delays in obtaining sFLC results and accelerate diagnosis in patients with unexplained AKI. This study evaluated the accuracy of Seralite® to identify MM as the cause of AKI...
July 20, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709348/dielectric-relaxation-process-of-a-partially-unwound-helical-structure-in-ferroelectric-liquid-crystals
#20
Amit Choudhary, Ambika Bawa, Rajesh, Surinder P Singh, Ashok M Biradar
The fluctuations of unwound helical structure have been observed in deformed helix ferroelectric liquid crystal (DHFLC) and conventional FLC sample cells. The helix is partially unwound by strong anchoring on the substrates. In such sample cells, the helical decarlization lines are not observed in the texture under crossed polarized microscope. The dielectric spectroscopy is employed to observe the behavior of dielectric relaxation processes in these sample cells. A dielectric relaxation process is observed at a lower frequency than the Goldstone mode processes in DHFLC and FLC, which we call partially unwound helical mode (p-UHM)...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
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