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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915139/impairment-of-fetal-hematopoietic-stem-cell-function-in-the-absence-of-fancd2
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Sakiko Suzuki, Ronny R Racine, Nathan A Manalo, Sharon B Cantor, Glen D Raffel
Fanconi Anemia (FA), results from mutations in genes necessary for DNA damage repair and often leads to progressive bone marrow failure. Although the exhaustion of the bone marrow leads to cytopenias in FA patients as they age, evidence from human FA and mouse model fetal livers suggests hematopoietic defects originate in utero which may lead to deficient seeding of the bone marrow. To address this possibility, we examined the consequences of loss of Fancd2, a central component of the FA pathway. Examination of E14...
November 30, 2016: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913792/genetic-engineering-approach-to-develop-next-generation-reagents-for-endotoxin-quantification
#2
Hikaru Mizumura, Norihiko Ogura, Jun Aketagawa, Maki Aizawa, Yuki Kobayashi, Shun-Ichiro Kawabata, Toshio Oda
The bacterial endotoxin test, which uses amebocyte lysate reagents of horseshoe crab origin, is a sensitive, reproducible and simple assay to measure endotoxin concentration. To develop sustainable raw materials for lysate reagents that do not require horseshoe crabs, three recombinant protease zymogens (factor C, derived from mammalian cells; factor B; and the proclotting enzyme derived from insect cells) were prepared using a genetic engineering technique. Recombinant cascade reagents (RCRs) were then prepared to reconstruct the reaction cascade in the amebocyte lysate reagent...
December 1, 2016: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911898/bilaterian-giant-ankyrins-have-a-common-evolutionary-origin-and-play-a-conserved-role-in-patterning-the-axon-initial-segment
#3
Timothy Jegla, Michelle M Nguyen, Chengye Feng, Daniel J Goetschius, Esteban Luna, Damian B van Rossum, Bishoy Kamel, Aditya Pisupati, Elliott S Milner, Melissa M Rolls
In vertebrate neurons, the axon initial segment (AIS) is specialized for action potential initiation. It is organized by a giant 480 Kd variant of ankyrin G (AnkG) that serves as an anchor for ion channels and is required for a plasma membrane diffusion barrier that excludes somatodendritic proteins from the axon. An unusually long exon required to encode this 480Kd variant is thought to have been inserted only recently during vertebrate evolution, so the giant ankyrin-based AIS scaffold has been viewed as a vertebrate adaptation for fast, precise signaling...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910832/vacancy-pairing-and-superstructure-in-the-high-pressure-silicate-k1-5mg2si2o7h0-5-a-new-potential-host-for-potassium-in-the-deep-earth
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M D Welch, L Bindi, V Petříček, J Plášil
The high-pressure silicate K1.5Mg2Si2O7H0.5, synthesized and characterized by Welch et al. [(2012), Am. Mineral. 97, 1849-1857], has been re-examined with the aim of determining the nature of the superstructure noted in their study. The composition corresponds to a 1:1 combination of KMg2Si2O7H and K2Mg2Si2O7 end-members, but it is not a solid solution. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction data for one of the original K1.5Mg2Si2O7H0.5 crystals synthesized at 16 GPa/1573 K, has been collected using a much longer exposure time in order to improve the intensity statistics of weak superlattice reflections identified by Welch et al...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910791/effects-of-ethyl-acetate-extracts-from-the-polycephalomyces-nipponicus-isolate-cod-mk1201-ascomycetes-against-human-pathogenic-bacteria-and-a-breast-cancer-cell-line
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Kusavadee Sangdee, Prapairat Seephonkai, Benjaporn Buranrat, Nilawan Surapong, Aphidech Sangdee
This study aimed to identify a suitable organic solvent for extracting bioactive compounds from Polycephalomyces nipponicus and to evaluate the antibacterial and anticancer activities of the extracts obtained. Only extracts obtained with ethyl acetate exhibited antibacterial activity, so ethyl acetate was chosen for large-scale extraction. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) against Gram-positive and Gram-negative human pathogenic bacteria of the 3 ethyl acetate-derived extracts-ethyl acetate extract from P...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909060/cd6-regulates-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-injury-by-modulating-natural-igm-producing-b1a-cell-self-renewal
#6
Gospel Enyindah-Asonye, Yan Li, Wei Xin, Nora Singer, Neetu Gupta, John Fung, Feng Lin
Intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is a relatively common pathological condition that can lead to multi-organ failure and mortality. Regulatory mechanism for this disease is poorly understood, although it is established that circulating pathogenic natural IgM, which is primarily produced by B1a cells outside of the peritoneal cavity, are integrally involved. CD6 was originally identified as a marker for T cells and later found to be present on some subsets of B cells in humans, however, whether CD6 plays any role in intestinal I/R induced injury and if so, what are the underlying mechanisms, remain unknown...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907874/synthesis-of-copper-and-zinc-2-pyridin-2-yl-imidazo-1-2-a-pyridine-complexes-and-their-potential-anticancer-activity
#7
Jean Dam, Zeenat Ismail, Taurai Kurebwa, Nadia Gangat, Leonie Harmse, Helder M Marques, Andreas Lemmerer, Moira L Bode, Charles B de Koning
A small library of novel copper and zinc imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine complexes have been synthesized. Their structures were confirmed by X-ray diffraction crystallography and a selection of these compounds was tested against five cancer cell lines originating from breast cancer (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231), leukemia (K562 and HL-60) and colorectal cancer (HT-29). The imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines and their zinc complexes showed poor anticancer activity, while the copper complexes were active against the cancer cell lines with IC50 values comparable to and lower than camptothecin...
November 11, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907150/molecular-characterization-of-two-monoclonal-antibodies-against-the-same-epitope-on-b-cell-receptor-associated-protein-31
#8
Won-Tae Kim, Saemina Shin, Hyo Jeong Hwang, Min Kyu Kim, Han-Sung Jung, Hwangseo Park, Chun Jeih Ryu
Previously, we showed that B-cell receptor associated protein 31 (BAP31), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane chaperone, is also expressed on the cell surface by two monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) 297-D4 and 144-A8. Both MAbs recognize the same linear epitope on the C-terminal domain of BAP31, although they were independently established. Here, flow cytometric analysis showed that 144-A8 had additional binding properties to some cells, as compared to 297-D4. Quantitative antigen binding assays also showed that 144-A8 had higher antigen binding capacity than 297-D4...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906621/isolation-of-a-novel-protein-p12-from-adult-drosophila-melanogaster-that-inhibits-deoxyribonucleoside-and-protein-kinase-activities-and-activates-3-5-exonuclease-activity
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Louise Slot Christiansen, Gabriella van Zanten, Dvora Berenstein, Marianne Lauridsen, Søren Kjærulff, Leif Søndergaard, Birgitte Munch-Petersen
We have previously found that Drosophila melanogaster only has one deoxyribonucleoside kinase, Dm-dNK, however, capable to phosphorylate all four natural deoxyribonucleosides. Dm-dNK was originally isolated from an embryonic cell line. We wanted to study the expression of Dm-dNK during development from embryonic cells to adult flies and found declining Dm-dNK activity during development and no activity in adult flies. Surprisingly, the extract from adult flies exhibited a strong inhibitory effect on deoxyribonucloside kinase activity...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906112/chromatin-wide-and-transcriptome-profiling-integration-uncovers-p38%C3%AE-mapk-as-a-global-regulator-of-skeletal-muscle-differentiation
#10
Jessica Segalés, Abul B M M K Islam, Roshan Kumar, Qi-Cai Liu, Pedro Sousa-Victor, F Jeffrey Dilworth, Esteban Ballestar, Eusebio Perdiguero, Pura Muñoz-Cánoves
BACKGROUND: Extracellular stimuli induce gene expression responses through intracellular signaling mediators. The p38 signaling pathway is a paradigm of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family that, although originally identified as stress-response mediator, contributes to establishing stem cell differentiation fates. p38α is central for induction of the differentiation fate of the skeletal muscle stem cells (satellite cells) through not fully characterized mechanisms. METHODS: To investigate the global gene transcription program regulated by p38α during satellite cell differentiation (myogenesis), and to specifically address whether this regulation occurs through direct action of p38α on gene promoters, we performed a combination of microarray gene expression and genome-wide binding analyses...
March 15, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906059/a-mitochondrial-hsp70-hspa9b-is-linked-to-miltefosine-resistance-and-stress-response-in-leishmania-donovani
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P Vacchina, B Norris-Mullins, E S Carlson, M A Morales
BACKGROUND: Protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania are responsible for leishmaniasis, a neglected tropical disease affecting millions worldwide. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), caused by Leishmania donovani, is the most severe form of leishmaniasis with high rates of mortality if left untreated. Current treatments include pentavalent antimonials and amphotericin B. However, high toxicity and emergence of resistance hinder the success of these options. Miltefosine (HePC) is the first oral treatment available for leishmaniasis...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904554/effect-of-helicobacter-pylori-eradication-on-insulin-resistance-among-prediabetic-patients-a-pilot-study-and-single-blind-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Ali Kachuei, Masoud Amini, Vahid Sebghatollahi, Awat Feizi, Pooria Hamedani, Bijan Iraj
BACKGROUND: Type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is the prevalent type of diabetes in the world. Prediabetic patients are the most probable group to get diabetes. Several studies have mentioned the role of inflammation in the incidence of diabetes. The origin of inflammation can be infection such as Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection. This study was designed to explore the effect of HP eradication on insulin resistance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This single-blind randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted in 2014-2015...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903712/the-myeloma-stem-cell-concept-revisited-from-phenomenology-to-operational-terms
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REVIEW
Hans Erik Johnsen, Martin Bøgsted, Alexander Schmitz, Julie Støve Bødker, Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly, Preben Johansen, Peter Valent, Niklas Zojer, Els Van Valckenborgh, Karin Vanderkerken, Mark van Duin, Pieter Sonneveld, Martin Perez-Andres, Alberto Orfao, Karen Dybkær
The concept of the myeloma stem cell may have important therapeutic implications, yet its demonstration has been hampered by a lack of consistency in terms and definitions. Here, we summarize the current documentation and propose single-cell in vitro studies for future translational studies. By the classical approach, a CD19(-)/CD45(low/-)/CD38(high)/CD138(+) malignant plasma cell, but not the CD19(+)/CD38(low/-) memory B cell compartment, is enriched for tumorigenic cells that initiate myeloma in xenografted immunodeficient mice, supporting that myeloma stem cells are present in the malignant PC compartment...
December 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902946/social-regulation-of-the-lymph-node-transcriptome-in-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
#14
K Chun, J P Capitanio, D M Lamkin, E K Sloan, J M G Arevalo, S W Cole
Previous research has shown that adverse social conditions may promote a conserved transcriptional response to adversity (CTRA) involving up-regulation of proinflammatory gene expression and down-regulation of Type I interferon anti-viral genes in circulating blood cells. However, the impact of social conditions on lymphoid tissue gene regulation remains largely unexplored. This project assessed how social instability in adult male rhesus macaques (N=10, 5 in unstable, and 5 in stable social conditions) might regulate gene expression within secondary lymphoid tissue (lymph nodes; LN)...
November 14, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902570/preprotachykinin-a-ppta-is-expressed-by-a-distinct-population-of-excitatory-neurons-in-the-mouse-superficial-spinal-dorsal-horn-including-cells-that-respond-to-noxious-and-pruritic-stimuli
#15
Maria Gutierrez-Mecinas, Andrew M Bell, Alina Marin, Rebecca Taylor, Kieran A Boyle, Takahiro Furuta, Masahiko Watanabe, Erika Polgár, Andrew J Todd
The superficial dorsal horn, which is the main target for nociceptive and pruritoceptive primary afferents, contains a high density of excitatory interneurons. Our understanding of their roles in somatosensory processing has been restricted by the difficulty of distinguishing functional populations among these cells. We recently defined three non-overlapping populations among the excitatory neurons, based on the expression of neurotensin, neurokinin B (NKB) and gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP). Here we identify and characterise another population: neurons that express the tachykinin peptide substance P...
November 25, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899503/postreplication-roles-of-the-brucella-virb-type-iv-secretion-system-uncovered-via-conditional-expression-of-the-virb11-atpase
#16
Erin P Smith, Cheryl N Miller, Robert Child, Jennifer A Cundiff, Jean Celli
: Brucella abortus, the bacterial agent of the worldwide zoonosis brucellosis, primarily infects host phagocytes, where it undergoes an intracellular cycle within a dedicated membrane-bound vacuole, the Brucella-containing vacuole (BCV). Initially of endosomal origin (eBCV), BCVs are remodeled into replication-permissive organelles (rBCV) derived from the host endoplasmic reticulum, a process that requires modulation of host secretory functions via delivery of effector proteins by the Brucella VirB type IV secretion system (T4SS)...
November 29, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898952/frequency-of-leukochimerism-in-holstein-and-jersey-twinsets
#17
A S Young, B W Kirkpatrick
The current study was conducted to test breed difference in the frequency of leukochimerism. This study used leukochimerism as evidence of placental vascular anastomosis formation and compared its frequency in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. We test the null hypothesis that there is no difference in incidence of leukochimerism in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. Hair and blood samples were collected from 85 Jersey twinsets and 80 Holstein twinsets, ranging in age from 1 d to 8 yr. An additional 7 Holstein twinsets (6 complete and 1 partial where 1 twin died) were sampled originally 48 to 72 h after birth and resampled at 5 to 10 mo of age to provide an assessment of whether leukochimerism changed with age...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897048/a-rapid-cell-expansion-process-for-production-of-engineered-autologous-car-t-cell-therapies
#18
Tangying Lily Lu, Omar Pugach, Robert P T Somerville, Steven A Rosenberg, James N Kochenderfer, Marc Better, Steven A Feldman
The treatment of B cell malignancies by adoptive cell transfer (ACT) of anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor T cells (CD19 CAR-T) has proven to be a highly successful therapeutic modality in several clinical trials<sup>1-6</sup>. The anti-CD19 CAR T cell production method used to support initial trials relied on numerous manual, open process steps, cell culture media supplemented with human serum and 10 days of cell culture to achieve a clinical dose <sup>7</sup>. This approach limited the ability to support large multicenter clinical trials, as well as scale-up for commercial cell production...
November 29, 2016: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895179/thymic-dendritic-cell-subsets-display-distinct-efficiencies-and-mechanisms-of-intercellular-mhc-transfer
#19
Charles J Kroger, Nicholas A Spidale, Bo Wang, Roland Tisch
Thymic dendritic cells (DC) delete self-antigen-specific thymocytes, and drive development of Foxp3-expressing immunoregulatory T cells. Unlike medullary thymic epithelial cells, which express and present peripheral self-antigen, DC must acquire self-antigen to mediate thymic negative selection. One such mechanism entails the transfer of surface MHC-self peptide complexes from medullary thymic epithelial cells to thymic DC. Despite the importance of thymic DC cross-dressing in negative selection, the factors that regulate the process and the capacity of different thymic DC subsets to acquire MHC and stimulate thymocytes are poorly understood...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894880/lymphoma-of-the-eyelid
#20
REVIEW
Frederik Holm Svendsen, Steffen Heegaard
Lymphoma of the eyelid constitutes 5% of ocular adnexal lymphoma. In previously published cases, 56% of lymphomas of the eyelid are of B-cell origin and 44% are of T-cell origin. The most frequent B-cell lymphomas are extranodal marginal zone lymphoma (27 cases--14%) and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (18 cases--9%). T-cell lymphomas are most frequently mycosis fungoides (25 cases--13%), extranodal NK/T-cell, nasal type lymphoma (12 cases--6%) and primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma (12 cases--6%)...
November 25, 2016: Survey of Ophthalmology
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