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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913482/update-on-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria
#1
Charles J Parker
Once suspected, the diagnosis of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is straightforward when flow cytometric analysis of the peripheral blood reveals a population of glycosyl phosphatidylinositol anchor protein-deficient cells. But PNH is clinically heterogeneous, with some patients having a disease process characterized by florid intravascular, complement-mediated hemolysis, whereas in others, bone marrow failure dominates the clinical picture with modest or even no evidence of hemolysis observed. The clinical heterogeneity is due to the close, though incompletely understood, relationship between PNH and immune-mediated bone marrow failure, and that PNH is an acquired, nonmalignant clonal disease of the hematopoietic stem cells...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913438/quantifying-the-dynamics-of-field-cancerization-in-tobacco-related-head-and-neck-cancer-a-multiscale-modeling-approach
#2
Marc D Ryser, Walter T Lee, Neal E Ready, Kevin Z Leder, Jasmine Foo
High rates of local recurrence in tobacco-related head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) are commonly attributed to unresected fields of precancerous tissue. Because they are not easily detectable at the time of surgery without additional biopsies, there is a need for noninvasive methods to predict the extent and dynamics of these fields. Here, we developed a spatial stochastic model of tobacco-related HNSCC at the tissue level and calibrated the model using a Bayesian framework and population-level incidence data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registry...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Research
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
#3
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/27911780/selective-sweep-suggests-transcriptional-regulation-may-underlie-plasmodium-vivax-resilience-to-malaria-control-measures-in-cambodia
#4
Christian M Parobek, Jessica T Lin, David L Saunders, Eric J Barnett, Chanthap Lon, Charlotte A Lanteri, Sujata Balasubramanian, Nicholas Brazeau, Derrick K DeConti, Deen L Garba, Steven R Meshnick, Michele D Spring, Char Meng Chuor, Jeffrey A Bailey, Jonathan J Juliano
Cambodia, in which both Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum are endemic, has been the focus of numerous malaria-control interventions, resulting in a marked decline in overall malaria incidence. Despite this decline, the number of P vivax cases has actually increased. To understand better the factors underlying this resilience, we compared the genetic responses of the two species to recent selective pressures. We sequenced and studied the genomes of 70 P vivax and 80 P falciparum isolates collected between 2009 and 2013...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911727/role-of-the-bone-morphogenic-protein-pathway-in-developmental-haemopoiesis-and-leukaemogenesis
#5
REVIEW
Parto Toofan, Helen Wheadon
Myeloid leukaemias share the common characteristics of being stem cell-derived clonal diseases, characterised by excessive proliferation of one or more myeloid lineage. Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) arises from a genetic alteration in a normal haemopoietic stem cell (HSC) giving rise to a leukaemic stem cell (LSC) within the bone marrow (BM) 'niche'. CML is characterised by the presence of the oncogenic tyrosine kinase fusion protein breakpoint cluster region-abelson murine leukaemia viral oncogene homolog 1 (BCR-ABL), which is responsible for driving the disease through activation of downstream signal transduction pathways...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909827/remediation-of-blowouts-by-clonal-plants-in-maqu-degraded-alpine-grasslands-of-northwest-china
#6
JianJun Kang, WenZhi Zhao, Ming Zhao
The sand-fixation of plants is considered to be the most effective and fundamental measure in desertification control in many arid and semi-arid regions. Carex brunnescens (Carex spp) and Leymus secalinus (Leymus), two perennial clonal herbs native to the Maqu degraded alpine areas of northwest China, are dominant and constructive species in active sand dunes that have excellent adaptability to fix sand dunes found to date. In order to study the ability and mechanism of sandland blowout remediation by two clone plants C...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907004/in-vitro-variant-surface-antigen-expression-in-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites-from-a-semi-immune-individual-is-not-correlated-with-var-gene-transcription
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Ellen Inga Bruske, Sandra Dimonte, Corinna Enderes, Serena Tschan, Matthias Flötenmeyer, Iris Koch, Jürgen Berger, Peter Kremsner, Matthias Frank
Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) is considered to be the main variant surface antigen (VSA) of Plasmodium falciparum and is mainly localized on electron-dense knobs in the membrane of the infected erythrocyte. Switches in PfEMP1 expression provide the basis for antigenic variation and are thought to be critical for parasite persistence during chronic infections. Recently, strain transcending anti-PfEMP1 immunity has been shown to develop early in life, challenging the role of PfEMP1 in antigenic variation during chronic infections...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905065/spatial-measures-of-genetic-heterogeneity-during-carcinogenesis
#8
K Storey, M D Ryser, K Leder, J Foo
In this work we explore the temporal dynamics of spatial heterogeneity during the process of tumorigenesis from healthy tissue. We utilize a spatial stochastic model of mutation accumulation and clonal expansion in a structured tissue to describe this process. Under a two-step tumorigenesis model, we first derive estimates of a non-spatial measure of diversity: Simpson's Index, which is the probability that two individuals sampled at random from the population are identical, in the premalignant population. We next analyze two new measures of spatial population heterogeneity...
November 30, 2016: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903532/acquired-somatic-mutations-in-pnh-reveal-long-term-maintenance-of-adaptive-nk-cells-independent-from-hspc
#9
Marcus A F Corat, Heinrich Schlums, Chuanfeng Wu, Jakob Theorell, Diego A Espinoza, Stephanie E Sellers, Danielle M Townsley, Neal S Young, Yenan T Bryceson, Cynthia E Dunbar, Thomas Winkler
Natural killer (NK) cells have long been considered short-lived effectors of innate immunity. However, recent animal models and human studies suggest that subsets of NK cells have adaptive features. We investigate clonal relationships of various NK cell subsets, including the adaptive population, by taking advantage of naturally occurring X-linked somatic PIGA mutations in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPC) from patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). The affected HSPCs and their progeny lack expression of glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors on their cell surfaces, allowing quantification of PIGA-mutant (GPI-negative) HSPC-derived peripheral blood cell populations...
November 30, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900889/campylobacter-jejuni-strains-coresistant-to-tetracycline-and-ciprofloxacin-in-patients-with-gastroenteritis-in-croatia
#10
Merica Carev, Ana Kovačić, Anita Novak, Marija Tonkić, Ana Jerončić
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter jejuni strains are rapidly emerging worldwide. Here, we aimed to determine the antibiotic-resistance patterns and genetic structure of C. jejuni from stool samples of symptomatic patients in Dalmatia, the largest Croatian county. METHODS: In a population-based laboratory surveillance programme for campylobacteriosis in Dalmatia from May 2012 to May 2013, C. jejuni (n = 76) were collected from stool samples of all the patients hospitalized with gastroenteritis and matched positive outpatients (n = 77)...
November 30, 2016: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899074/antibiotic-resistance-and-clonal-diversity-of-invasive-staphylococcus-aureus-in-the-rural-ashanti-region-ghana
#11
Denise Dekker, Manuel Wolters, Eva Mertens, Kennedy Gyau Boahen, Ralf Krumkamp, Daniel Eibach, Norbert G Schwarz, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Holger Rohde, Martin Christner, Florian Marks, Nimako Sarpong, Jürgen May
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus is among the most common pathogens isolated from blood cultures in Ghana; yet the epidemiology of blood infections in rural settings is poorly described. This study aims to investigate antimicrobial susceptibility and clonal diversity of S. aureus causing bloodstream infections in two hospitals in the Ashanti Region, Ghana. METHODS: Blood cultures were performed for all febrile patients (≥37.5 °C) on hospital admission. Antibiotic susceptibility testing for S...
November 29, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898764/genetic-gain-and-inbreeding-from-genomic-selection-in-a-simulated-commercial-breeding-program-for-perennial-ryegrass
#12
Zibei Lin, Noel O I Cogan, Luke W Pembleton, German C Spangenberg, John W Forster, Ben J Hayes, Hans D Daetwyler
Genomic selection (GS) provides an attractive option for accelerating genetic gain in perennial ryegrass () improvement given the long cycle times of most current breeding programs. The present study used simulation to investigate the level of genetic gain and inbreeding obtained from GS breeding strategies compared with traditional breeding strategies for key traits (persistency, yield, and flowering time). Base population genomes were simulated through random mating for 60,000 generations at an effective population size of 10,000...
March 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897011/a-spatiotemporal-model-to-simulate-chemotherapy-regimens-for-heterogeneous-bladder-cancer-metastases-to-the-lung
#13
Kimberly R Kanigel Winner, James C Costello
Tumors are composed of heterogeneous populations of cells. Somatic genetic aberrations are one form of heterogeneity that allows clonal cells to adapt to chemotherapeutic stress, thus providing a path for resistance to arise. In silico modeling of tumors provides a platform for rapid, quantitative experiments to inexpensively study how compositional heterogeneity contributes to drug resistance. Accordingly, we have built a spatiotemporal model of a lung metastasis originating from a primary bladder tumor, incorporating in vivo drug concentrations of first-line chemotherapy, resistance data from bladder cancer cell lines, vascular density of lung metastases, and gains in resistance in cells that survive chemotherapy...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894837/cd4-virtual-memory-antigen-inexperienced-t-cells-reside-in-the-na%C3%A3-ve-regulatory-and-memory-t-cell-compartments-at-similar-frequencies-implications-for-autoimmunity
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Alina I Marusina, Yoko Ono, Alexander A Merleev, Michiko Shimoda, Hiromi Ogawa, Elizabeth A Wang, Kayo Kondo, Laura Olney, Guillaume Luxardi, Yoshinori Miyamura, Tilahun D Yilma, Itzel Bustos Villalobos, Jennifer W Bergstrom, Daniel G Kronenberg, Athena M Soulika, Iannis E Adamopoulos, Emanual Maverakis
It is widely accepted that central and effector memory CD4(+) T cells originate from naïve T cells after they have encountered their cognate antigen in the setting of appropriate co-stimulation. However, if this were true the diversity of T cell receptor (TCR) sequences within the naïve T cell compartment should be far greater than that of the memory T cell compartment, which is not supported by TCR sequencing data. Here we demonstrate that aged mice with far fewer naïve T cells, respond to the model antigen, hen eggwhite lysozyme (HEL), by utilizing the same TCR sequence as their younger counterparts...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894267/prevalence-of-colonization-by-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-st398-in-pigs-and-pig-farm-workers-in-an-area-of-catalonia-spain
#15
Esteban Reynaga, Marian Navarro, Anna Vilamala, Pere Roure, Manuel Quintana, Marian Garcia-Nuñez, Raül Figueras, Carmen Torres, Gianni Lucchetti, Miquel Sabrià
BACKGROUND: A livestock-associated clonal lineage (ST398) of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been identified causing colonization or infection in farm workers. The aim of the study was to analyze the prevalence of MRSA-ST398 colonization in pigs and in pig farmers in an area with a high pig population (Osona, Barcelona province, Catalonia, Spain). METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional prevalence study in Osona (Catalonia, Spain), from June 2014 to June 2015...
November 28, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890929/extended-time-lapse-in-vivo-imaging-of-tibia-bone-marrow-to-visualize-dynamic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-engraftment
#16
S Kim, L Lin, G A J Brown, K Hosaka, E W Scott
Homing, engraftment and proliferation of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell (HSC/HPCs) are crucial steps required for success of a bone marrow transplant. Observation of these critical events is limited by the opaque nature of bone. Here we demonstrate how individual HSCs engraft in long bones by thinning one side of the tibia for direct and unbiased observation. Intravital imaging enabled detailed visualization of single Sca-1(+), c-Kit(+), Lineage(-) (SKL) cell migration to bone marrow niches and subsequent proliferation to reconstitute hematopoiesis...
November 28, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890075/clone-specific-myd88-l265p-and-cxcr4-mutation-status-can-provide-clinical-utility-in-suspected-waldenstr%C3%A3-m-macroglobulinemia-lymphoplasmacytic-lymphoma
#17
Bettina Burnworth, Zhixing Wang, Timothy P Singleton, Angela Bennington, Wayne Fritschle, Richard Bennington, Lisa Eidenschink Brodersen, Denise A Wells, Michael R Loken, Barbara K Zehentner
MYD88 L265P, a diagnostic marker for lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL)/Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM) can also be detected in other hematopoietic malignancies. We demonstrate a novel approach to increase the specificity of this marker for WM/LPL diagnosis by combining flow cytometric cell sorting with molecular analysis. Clonal B-lymphocyte and co-occurring clonal plasma cell populations of low-grade B-cell lymphomas were sorted by flow cytometry and analyzed for immunoglobulin gene rearrangements (PCR), and for MYD88 and CXCR4 mutations...
December 2016: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889371/identification-and-molecular-characterization-of-escherichia-coli-blashv-genes-in-a-chinese-teaching-hospital
#18
Mei Zhu, Guangjian Yang, Ailing Li, Li Zong, Zhaoguang Dong, Junwan Lu, Kaibo Zhang, Cong Cheng, Qingli Chang, Xiuying Wu, Jianchao Ying, Xianneng Li, Li Ding, Haixiao Zheng, Junping Yu, Jun Ying, Teng Xu, Huiguang Yi, Peizhen Li, Kewei Li, Songquan Wu, Qiyu Bao, Junrong Wang
Escherichia coli (E. coli) commonly reside in human intestine and most E. coli strains are harmless, but some serotypes cause serious food poisoning. This study identified and molecularly characterized E. coli blaSHV genes from 490 E. coli strains with multi-drug resistance in a hospital population. PCR and molecular cloning and southern blot were performed to assess functions and localizations of this resistant E. coli gene and the pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was utilized to demonstrate the clonal relatedness of the positive E...
November 23, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885503/shoot-density-of-miscanthus-sinensis-populations-in-different-habitats-and-their-maintenance-mechanisms-in-relation-to-shoot-growth
#19
Katsumi Kobayashi, Yota Yokoi
How perennial grass populations are maintained in different climates is poorly understood at the level of individual shoots (ramets). During the years 1982-1987 and 1991-1993, measurements of shoot dynamics and growth in populations of a clonal grass, Miscanthus sinensis, were made at two sites in Japan that differed by approximately 5 °C in mean temperature. While annual shoot births were very stable during the period 1982-1987 at both sites, the number of flowering shoots fluctuated cyclically every year...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869755/distribution-of-type-i-restriction-modification-systems-in-streptococcus-suis-an-outlook
#20
Niels Willemse, Constance Schultsz
Streptococcus suis is a porcine commensal and pathogen with zoonotic potential. We recently identified a novel Type I restriction-modification (R-M) system in a zoonotic S. suis clone which has emerged in the Netherlands. Here, we describe the DNA inversions in the specificity subunit of this system in S. suis serotype 2, clonal complex 20 and explain the absence of domain movement by the absence of repeats. In addition, we identified a core Type I R-M system present in 95% of the isolates and found an association of the distribution of Type I R-M systems in the S...
November 18, 2016: Pathogens
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