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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732214/crispr-cas9-technology-based-xenograft-tumors-as-candidate-reference-materials-for-multiple-eml4-alk-rearrangements-testing
#1
Rongxue Peng, Rui Zhang, Guigao Lin, Xin Yang, Ziyang Li, Kuo Zhang, Jiawei Zhang, Jinming Li
The echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) receptor tyrosine kinase (EML4-ALK) rearrangement is an important biomarker that plays a pivotal role in therapeutic decision making for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Ensuring accuracy and reproducibility of EML4-ALK testing by fluorescence in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, RT-PCR, and next-generation sequencing requires reliable reference materials for monitoring assay sensitivity and specificity...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731870/the-association-of-cognitive-reserve-in-chronic-phase-functional-and-neuropsychological-outcomes-following-traumatic-brain-injury
#2
Jacob B Leary, Grace Y Kim, Catherine L Bradley, Uzma Z Hussain, Maryanne Sacco, Martha Bernad, John Collins, John Dsurney, Leighton Chan
OBJECTIVE: Examine the association of cognitive reserve (CR) factors (estimated premorbid intelligence quotient [IQ], years of education, and occupational attainment) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) severity with functional and neuropsychological outcomes 1 to 5 years following TBI. PARTICIPANTS: Patients with mild (N = 58), moderate (N = 25), or severe (N = 17) TBI. MAIN MEASURES: Cognitive reserve factors (estimated premorbid IQ, years of education, and occupational attainment); neuropsychological test battery; Glasgow Outcome Scale-Extended; Short Form-36 Health Survey...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731685/lipophilic-polycation-vehicles-display-high-plasmid-dna-delivery-to-multiple-cell-types
#3
Yaoying Wu, Adam E Smith, Theresa M Reineke
A class of cationic poly(alkylamidoamine)s (PAAAs) containing lipophilic methylene linkers were designed and examined as in vitro plasmid DNA (pDNA) delivery agents. The PAAAs were synthesized via step-growth polymerization between a diamine monomer and each of four different diacid chloride monomers with varying methylene linker lengths, including glutaryl chloride, adipoyl chloride, pimeloyl chloride, and suberoyl chloride, which served to systematically increase the lipophilicity of the polymers. The synthesized polymers successfully complexed with pDNA in reduced serum medium at N/P ratios of 5 and greater, resulting in polyplexes with hydrodynamic diameters of approximately 1 μm...
July 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731263/commercial-strain-derived-clinical-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-can-evolve-new-phenotypes-without-higher-pathogenicity
#4
Walter P Pfliegler, Enikő Boros, Kitti Pázmándi, Ágnes Jakab, Imre Zsuga, Renátó Kovács, Edit Urbán, Zsuzsa Antunovics, Attila Bácsi, Matthias Sipiczki, László Majoros, István Pócsi
SCOPE: Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the most important microbes in food industry, but there is growing evidence on its potential pathogenicity as well. Its status as a member of human mycobiome is still not fully understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we characterise clinical S. cerevisiae isolates from Hungarian hospitals along with commercial baking and probiotic strains, and determine their phenotypic parameters, virulence factors, interactions with human macrophages, and pathogenicity...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731201/a-technological-and-regulatory-outlook-on-crispr-crop-editing
#5
Rea Globus, Udi Qimron
Generating plants with increased yields while maintaining low production and maintenance costs is highly important since plants are the major food source for humans and animals, as well as important producers of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and fuels. Gene editing approaches, particularly the CRISPR-Cas system, are the preferred methods for improving crops, enabling quick, robust, and accurate gene manipulation. Nevertheless, new breeds of genetically-modified crops have initiated substantial debates concerning their biosafety, commercial use, and regulation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730258/morphology-with-immunohistochemical-and-genetic-profiling-of-high-grade-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-colon-a-case-report-with-review-of-literature
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Andrzej Wincewicz, Artur Kowalik, Sebastian Zięba, Stanisław Sułkowski, Stanisław Góźdź
Here we present a challenging case of a hepatic flexure colon tumor of 61-year-old woman with no primary lesion of lung cancer. Immunohistochemistry was applied and 50 genes were analyzed by next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology. The tumor contained medium to large size neoplastic cells with evident nucleoli to be diagnosed poorly differentiated neuroendocrine predominantly large cell carcinoma of colon [G3: World Health Organization (WHO) 2010] (pT3 N0: 7th edition pTNM). Cytokeratin (CK) AE1÷AE3 staining was predominantly membranous with partial distribution in "dot-like" pattern in perinecrotic cancer fields to be reminiscent of small cell carcinoma...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730250/metastatic-high-grade-myxofibrosarcoma-review-of-a-clinical-case
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Tiberiu Paul Neagu, Ruxandra Diana Sinescu, Valentin Enache, Sanda Claudia Achim, Mirela Ţigliş, Liliana Elena Mirea
We present the particular clinical and histological features of a metastatic high-grade myxofibrosarcoma (MFS) of the left buttock in a 77-year-old male patient. The tumor was biopsied and surgically removed in order to increase the patient's comfort, due to its increased size and aggressive clinical behavior. Computed tomography (CT) revealed metastases in the pleura and mediastinal lymph nodes, so limb-sparing tumor excision followed by palliative care was the best practice for the patient until the fatal outcome...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730142/taming-parasites-by-tailoring-them
#8
Bingjian Ren, Nishith Gupta
The next-generation gene editing based on CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) has been successfully implemented in a wide range of organisms including some protozoan parasites. However, application of such a versatile game-changing technology in molecular parasitology remains fairly underexplored. Here, we briefly introduce state-of-the-art in human and mouse research and usher new directions to drive the parasitology research in the years to come. In precise, we outline contemporary ways to embolden existing apicomplexan and kinetoplastid parasite models by commissioning front-line gene-tailoring methods, and illustrate how we can break the enduring gridlock of gene manipulation in non-model parasitic protists to tackle intriguing questions that remain long unresolved otherwise...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729683/a-positive-feedback-loop-mediated-by-sigma-x-enhances-expression-of-the-streptococcal-regulator-comr
#9
Rabia Khan, Roger Junges, Heidi A Åmdal, Tsute Chen, Donald A Morrison, Fernanda C Petersen
Natural transformation is used by bacteria to take up DNA from their surroundings and incorporate it into their genomes. Streptococci do so during a transient period of competence, triggered by pheromones that they produce, secrete and sense under conditions influenced by the environment. In Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus suis, and species of the bovis, salivarius and pyogenic groups of streptococci, the pheromone XIP is sensed by the intra-cellular regulator ComR, that in turn activates the transcription of comS, encoding the XIP precursor, and of sigX, encoding the only known alternative sigma factor in streptococci...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729655/a-crispr-cas9-guidance-rna-screen-platform-for-hiv-provirus-disruption-and-hiv-aids-gene-therapy-in-astrocytes
#10
Zaohua Huang, Madahavan Nair
HIV/AIDS remains a major health threat despite significant advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV infection. The major reason is the inability of existing treatments to eradicate the multiple HIV reservoirs in the human body, including astrocytes in the human brain. CRISPR/Cas9 system is an emerging gene-editing technique with the potential to eliminate or disrupt HIV provirus in HIV reservoir cells, which may lead to a complete cure of HIV/AIDS. The key components of CRISPR/Cas9 are guide RNAs (gRNAs) which determine specific sequence targeting of DNAs...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729543/evaluation-of-atm-heterozygous-mutations-underlying-individual-differences-in-radiosensitivity-using-genome-editing-in-human-cultured-cells
#11
Ekaterina Royba, Tatsuo Miyamoto, Silvia Natsuko Akutsu, Kosuke Hosoba, Hiroshi Tauchi, Yoshiki Kudo, Satoshi Tashiro, Takashi Yamamoto, Shinya Matsuura
Ionizing radiation (IR) induces DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), which are an initial step towards chromosomal aberrations and cell death. It has been suggested that there are individual differences in radiosensitivity within human populations, and that the variations in DNA repair genes might determine this heterogeneity. However, it is difficult to quantify the effect of genetic variants on the individual differences in radiosensitivity, since confounding factors such as smoking and the diverse genetic backgrounds within human populations affect radiosensitivity...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729345/recent-advances-in-understanding-and-managing-body-dysmorphic-disorder
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REVIEW
Georgina Krebs, Lorena Fernández de la Cruz, David Mataix-Cols
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a relatively common and disabling psychiatric disorder characterised by excessive and persistent preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in one's appearance, which are unnoticeable to others, and associated repetitive behaviours (eg, mirror checking). The disorder generally starts in adolescence, but often goes unnoticed and is severely underdiagnosed. Left untreated, BDD typically persists and causes marked functional impairment in multiple domains. This clinical review considers recent advances in the epidemiology and classification of BDD, including its reclassification in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders under the new 'Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders' chapter...
July 20, 2017: Evidence-based Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729086/non-human-primates-as-a-model-for-aging
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REVIEW
Ricki J Colman
There has been, and continues to be, a dramatic shift in the human population towards older ages necessitating biomedical research aimed at better understanding the basic biology of aging and age-related diseases and facilitating new and improved therapeutic options. As it is not practical to perform the breadth of this research in humans, animal models are necessary to recapitulate the complexity of the aging environment. The mouse model is most frequently chosen for these endeavors, however, they are frequently not the most appropriate model...
July 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728985/adjuvant-hepatic-arterial-infusion-chemotherapy-is-beneficial-for-selective-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-undergoing-surgical-treatment
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Jui-Hu Hsiao, Cheng-Chung Tsai, Tsung-Jung Liang, Chia-Ling Chiang, Huei-Lung Liang, I-Shu Chen, Yu-Chia Chen, Po-Ming Chang, Nan-Hua Chou, Being-Whey Wang
BACKGROUND: Recurrence rate after curative surgical resection of Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains high. Postoperative hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy (HAIC) has been suggested to improve survival. This study is to investigate the efficacy of HAIC in the patients with poor tumor factors such as vascular invasion or multiplicity. METHODS: From 2006 to 2014, 221 patients with HCC undergoing hepatectomy and pathologically staged as ≧ T2 (American Joint Committee on Cancer TNM staging system, 7th edition) were included...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728854/potential-use-of-american-college-of-radiology-bi-rads-mammography-atlas-for-reporting-and-assessing-lesions-detected-on-dedicated-breast-ct-imaging-preliminary-study
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Hae Kyoung Jung, Cherie M Kuzmiak, Keum Won Kim, Na Mi Choi, Hye Jeong Kim, Eun Lee Langman, Sora Yoon, Doreen Steen, Donglin Zeng, Fei Gao
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Dedicated breast computed tomography (DBCT) is an emerging and promising modality for breast lesions. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential use of applying the BI-RADS Mammography Atlas 5th Edition for reporting and assessing breast lesions on DBCT. Currently, no atlas exists for DBCT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four radiologists trained in breast imaging were recruited in this institutional review board-approved, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant study...
July 17, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728646/efficacy-of-naltrexone-for-the-treatment-of-alcohol-dependence-in-latino-populations
#16
Cristina M López, Simone C Barr, Kathryn Reid-Quiñones, Michael A de Arellano
OBJECTIVE: Naltrexone has been identified as a promising psychopharmacological treatment for alcohol dependence. Previous studies have suggested that its efficacy may vary based on ethnic background. The current study examined the efficacy of naltrexone in the treatment of alcohol dependence in Latino adults, a previously unexplored population. METHOD: This was a secondary analysis of the Combined Pharmacotherapies and Behavioral Interventions for Alcohol Dependence (COMBINE) Study...
May 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728633/drinking-status-between-ages-50-and-55-for-men-from-the-san-diego-prospective-study-who-developed-dsm-iv-alcohol-abuse-or-dependence-in-prior-follow-ups
#17
Priscila Dib Gonçalves, Marc A Schuckit, Tom L Smith
OBJECTIVE: Although alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are prevalent among older individuals, few studies have examined the course and predictors of AUDs from their onset into the person's 50s. This study describes the AUD course from ages 50 to 55 in participants who developed AUDs according to criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), during the San Diego Prospective Study (SDPS). METHOD: Among the 397 university students in the SDPS who were followed about every 5 years from age 20 (before AUD onset), 165 developed AUDs, 156 of whom were interviewed at age 55...
July 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728459/effect-of-a-12-week-physical-activity-program-on-gross-motor-skills-in-children
#18
Ryan D Burns, You Fu, Yi Fang, James C Hannon, Timothy A Brusseau
This study examined the effects of a 12-week Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) on gross motor skill development in children from low-income families. Participants were 1,460 school-aged children (mean age = 8.4 ± 1.8 years; 730 girls, 730 boys) recruited from three schools receiving U.S. governmental financial assistance. Students were recruited from grades K-6. CSPAP was implemented over one semester during the 2014-2015 school year. Select gross motor skill items were assessed during each student's physical education class at baseline and at a 12-week follow-up using the Test for Gross Motor Development-2nd Edition (TGMD-2)...
January 1, 2017: Perceptual and Motor Skills
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728294/-depletion-of-gp73-inhibits-invasion-and-metastasis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#19
L P Liu, J K Chen, Y M Liu, D H Zhang, J Zhang, X L Yang
Objective: To explore the in vitro and in vivo effect of GP73 on the proliferation, invasion and metastasis in hepatocellular carcinoma. Methods: GP73 gene was knocked out using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system in H22 and HepG2 cells, and stable knock out strains were constructed. The knockout efficiency was measured by western blot. Colony formation assay was used to detect the effect of GP73 on long-term survival ability. Cells were then highly synchronized in G(1) phase upon treatment with cell synchronization reagents (mimosine), and the percentage of cells in G(2)/M phase at different time points was detected by flow cytometry...
July 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727142/genomic-and-transcriptomic-heterogeneity-of-colorectal-tumors-arising-in-lynch-syndrome
#20
Hans Binder, Lydia Hopp, Michal R Schweiger, Steve Hoffmann, Frank Jühling, Martin Kerick, Bernd Timmermann, Susann Siebert, Christina Grimm, Lilit Nersisyan, Arsen Arakelyan, Maria Herberg, Peter Buske, Henry Loeffler-Wirth, Maciej Rosolowski, Christoph Engel, Jens Przybilla, Martin Peifer, Nicolaus Friedrichs, Gabriela Moeslein, Margarete Odenthal, Michelle Hussong, Sophia Peters, Stefanie Holzapfel, Jacob Nattermann, Robert Hueneburg, Wolff Schmiegel, Brigitte Royer-Pokora, Stefan Aretz, Michael Kloth, Matthias Kloor, Reinhard Buettner, Jörg Galle, Markus Loeffler
Colorectal cancer (CRC) arising in Lynch Syndrome (LS) comprises tumors with constitutional mutations in DNA mismatch-repair genes. Whole-genome and transcriptome studies of LS-CRC are still missing to address questions about similarities and differences of mutation and gene expression characteristics between LS-CRC and sporadic CRC, about the molecular heterogeneity of LS-CRC and about specific mechanisms of LS-CRC genesis linked to dysfunctional mismatch-repair in LS colonic mucosa and the possible role of immune editing...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pathology
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