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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351663/mini-review-can-non-human-leucocyte-antigen-genes-determine-susceptibility-to-severe-dengue-syndromes
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Dorothy Ng, Aparna Ghosh, Mark Jit, Suranjith L Seneviratne
Dengue viral infections are endemic or epidemic in virtually all tropical countries. Among individuals infected with the dengue virus, severe dengue syndromes (i.e., dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndromes) tend to affect only some and this may be due to a combination of host genetic susceptibility and viral factors. In this review article we analyse and discuss the present knowledge of non-human leucocyte antigen host genetic susceptibility to severe dengue syndromes. The relevance of genetic polymorphisms in the pathways of antigen recognition, uptake, processing and presentation, activation of interferon α responses, mast cell and complement activation and T cell activation and dengue disease severity has been reviewed and analysed...
January 17, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348261/complement-receptor-c5ar1-plays-an-evolutionarily-conserved-role-in-successful-cardiac-regeneration
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Niranjana Natarajan, Yamen Abbas, Donald M Bryant, Juan Manuel Gonzalez-Rosa, Michka Sharpe, Aysu Uygur, Lucas H Cocco-Delgado, Nhi Ngoc Ho, Norma P Gerard, Craig J Gerard, Calum A Macrae, Caroline E Burns, C Geoffrey Burns, Jessica L Whited, Richard T Lee
Background -Defining conserved molecular pathways in animal models of successful cardiac regeneration could yield insight into why adult mammals have inadequate cardiac regeneration after injury. Insight into the transcriptomic landscape of early cardiac regeneration from model organisms will shed light on evolutionarily conserved pathways in successful cardiac regeneration. Methods -Here we describe a cross-species transcriptomic screen in three model organisms for cardiac regeneration -axolotl, neonatal mice and zebrafish...
January 18, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346638/standardized-languages-and-notations-for-graphical-modelling-of-patient-care-processes-a-systematic-review
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Pierpaolo Mincarone, Carlo Giacomo Leo, Maria Del Mar Trujillo-Martín, Jan Manson, Roberto Guarino, Giuseppe Ponzini, Saverio Sabina
Purpose: The importance of working toward quality improvement in healthcare implies an increasing interest in analysing, understanding and optimizing process logic and sequences of activities embedded in healthcare processes. Their graphical representation promotes faster learning, higher retention and better compliance. The study identifies standardized graphical languages and notations applied to patient care processes and investigates their usefulness in the healthcare setting. Data sources: Peer-reviewed literature up to 19 May 2016...
January 16, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346407/relaxin-reverses-inflammatory-and-immune-signals-in-aged-hearts
#4
Brian Martin, Beth Ann Gabris-Weber, Rajiv Reddy, Guillermo Romero, Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Guy Salama
BACKGROUND: 'Healthy' aging drives structural and functional changes in the heart including maladaptive electrical remodeling, fibrosis and inflammation, which lower the threshold for cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure (HF) and atrial fibrillation (AF). Despite mixed results in recent clinical trials, Relaxin-therapy for 2-days could reduce mortality by 37% at 180-days post-treatment, in patients with acute decompensated HF. Relaxin's short life-span (hours) but long-lasting protective actions led us to test the hypothesis that relaxin acts at a genomic level to reverse maladaptive remodeling in aging and HF...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344374/cardioprotection-by-an-anti-masp-2-antibody-in-a-murine-model-of-myocardial-infarction
#5
James E Clark, Thomas Dudler, Michael S Marber, Wilhelm Schwaeble
Background: Myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the developed world. Many approaches have been investigated to counteract the pathological consequences associated with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and cardiac remodelling. It is accepted that inflammation, and therefore activation of the complement pathway, is a crucial step in the pathogenesis of this injury, and many attempts have been made to ameliorate the infarction and consequent dysfunction using anticomplement therapy, with mixed success...
2018: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343412/implementing-genome-driven-personalized-cardiology-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Ares Pasipoularides
Genomics designates the coordinated investigation of a large number of genes in the context of a biological process or disease. It may be long before we attain comprehensive understanding of the genomics of common complex cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as inherited cardiomyopathies, valvular diseases, primary arrhythmogenic conditions, congenital heart syndromes, hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerotic heart disease, hypertensive syndromes, and heart failure with preserved/reduced ejection fraction. Nonetheless, as genomics is evolving rapidly, it is constructive to survey now pertinent concepts and breakthroughs...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343274/coexistent-sickle-cell-anemia-and-autoimmune-disease-in-eight-children-pitfalls-and-challenges
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Valerie Li-Thiao-Te, Florence Uettwiller, Pierre Quartier, Florence Lacaille, Brigitte Bader-Meunier, Valentine Brousse, Mariane de Montalembert
BACKGROUND: Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) present a defective activation of the alternate complement pathway that increases the risk of infection and is thought to predispose to autoimmune disease (AID). However, coexisting AID and SCD is rarely reported, suggesting possible underdiagnosis due to an overlapping of the symptoms. STUDY DESIGN: Among 603 patients with SCD followed between 1999 and June 2016, we retrospectively searched for patients with coexisting SCD and AID...
January 17, 2018: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340699/long-term-expression-of-glomerular-genes-in-diabetic-nephropathy
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Dominik Chittka, Bernhard Banas, Laura Lennartz, Franz Josef Putz, Kathrin Eidenschink, Sebastian Beck, Thomas Stempfl, Christoph Moehle, Simone Reichelt-Wurm, Miriam C Banas
Background: Although diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the most common cause for end-stage renal disease in western societies, its pathogenesis still remains largely unclear. A different gene pattern of diabetic and healthy kidney cells is one of the probable explanations. Numerous signalling pathways have emerged as important pathophysiological mechanisms for diabetes-induced renal injury. Methods: Glomerular cells, as podocytes or mesangial cells, are predominantly involved in the development of diabetic renal lesions...
January 11, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339504/complement-pathway-gene-activation-and-rising-circulating-immune-complexes-characterize-early-disease-in-hiv-associated-tuberculosis
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Hanif Esmail, Rachel P Lai, Maia Lesosky, Katalin A Wilkinson, Christine M Graham, Stuart Horswell, Anna K Coussens, Clifton E Barry, Anne O'Garra, Robert J Wilkinson
The transition between latent and active tuberculosis (TB) occurs before symptom onset. Better understanding of the early events in subclinical disease will facilitate the development of diagnostics and interventions that improve TB control. This is particularly relevant in the context of HIV-1 coinfection where progression of TB is more likely. In a recent study using [18F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose positron emission/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) on 35 asymptomatic, HIV-1-infected adults, we identified 10 participants with radiographic evidence of subclinical disease, significantly more likely to progress than the 25 participants without...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339271/early-increase-in-complement-terminal-pathway-activation-marker-sc5b-9-is-predictive-for-the-development-of-thrombotic-microangiopathy-after-stem-cell-transplantation
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Orsolya Horváth, Krisztián Kállay, Dorottya Csuka, Blanka Mező, György Sinkovits, Csaba Kassa, Anita Stréhn, Katalin Csordás, János Sinkó, Zoltán Prohászka, Gergely Kriván
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation- (HSCT-) associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA) is a multifactorial complication, and its prediction is largely unresolved.Our aim was to analyze changes of complement profile after HSCT in order to identify potential markers of TA-TMA development. Thirty- three consecutive pediatric patients (9.6 ± 4.4 years old) were included in this study who underwent allogeneic HSCT due to malignant (n=17) or non malignant (n=16) indications. Graft versus host disease (GVHD) was diagnosed using Glucksberg criteria, viral reactivation was monitored, five different TA-TMA diagnostic criteria were applied and all important clinical and laboratory parameters of TA-TMA activity were registered...
January 12, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337984/anteroposterior-axis-patterning-by-early-canonical-wnt-signaling-during-hemichordate-development
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Sébastien Darras, Jens H Fritzenwanker, Kevin R Uhlinger, Ellyn Farrelly, Ariel M Pani, Imogen A Hurley, Rachael P Norris, Michelle Osovitz, Mark Terasaki, Mike Wu, Jochanan Aronowicz, Marc Kirschner, John C Gerhart, Christopher J Lowe
The Wnt family of secreted proteins has been proposed to play a conserved role in early specification of the bilaterian anteroposterior (A/P) axis. This hypothesis is based predominantly on data from vertebrate embryogenesis as well as planarian regeneration and homeostasis, indicating that canonical Wnt (cWnt) signaling endows cells with positional information along the A/P axis. Outside of these phyla, there is strong support for a conserved role of cWnt signaling in the repression of anterior fates, but little comparative support for a conserved role in promotion of posterior fates...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337453/-amd-and-complement-pathway-in-2017
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Francine Behar-Cohen
AMD is the major cause of visual loss in individuals older than 50 in the western countries. Whilst tremendous progress has been made by the intraocular repeated injections of anti-VEGFs in wet AMD, no treatment is recognized to prevent progression of dry AMD, which represents more than 50 % of the cases. Interestingly, an over activation of the complement alternative pathway has been associated to both forms of AMD. But, several clinical studies have failed to demonstrate any efficacy of molecules blocking the complement pathway at various stage of its activation...
January 10, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336991/sirp%C3%AE-cd47-immune-checkpoint-blockade-in-anticancer-therapy
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REVIEW
André Veillette, Jun Chen
Inhibitory immune checkpoint blockade has been one of the most significant advances in anticancer therapy of the past decade. Research so far has largely focused on improving adaptive immune functions, but recent studies have indicated that the signal-regulatory protein (SIRP)α-CD47 pathway, a phagocytosis checkpoint in macrophages and other innate immune cells, may be an interesting therapeutic target. Here, we summarize current knowledge about SIRPα-CD47 blockade, and highlight key issues for future investigations...
January 11, 2018: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335241/the-mfhr1-fusion-protein-is-a-novel-synthetic-multitarget-complement-inhibitor-with-therapeutic-potential
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Stefan Michelfelder, Friedericke Fischer, Astrid Wäldin, Kim V Hörle, Martin Pohl, Juliana Parsons, Ralf Reski, Eva L Decker, Peter F Zipfel, Christine Skerka, Karsten Häffner
The complement system is essential for host defense, but uncontrolled complement system activation leads to severe, mostly renal pathologies, such as atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome or C3 glomerulopathy. Here, we investigated a novel combinational approach to modulate complement activation by targeting C3 and the terminal pathway simultaneously. The synthetic fusion protein MFHR1 links the regulatory domains of complement factor H (FH) with the C5 convertase/C5b-9 inhibitory fragment of the FH-related protein 1...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332167/non-coding-rnas-and-plant-male-sterility-current-knowledge-and-future-prospects
#15
REVIEW
Ankita Mishra, Abhishek Bohra
Latest outcomes assign functional role to non-coding (nc) RNA molecules in regulatory networks that confer male sterility to plants. Male sterility in plants offers great opportunity for improving crop performance through application of hybrid technology. In this respect, cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) and sterility induced by photoperiod (PGMS)/temperature (TGMS) have greatly facilitated development of high-yielding hybrids in crops. Participation of non-coding (nc) RNA molecules in plant reproductive development is increasingly becoming evident...
January 13, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331587/il-23-il-17-immune-axis-in-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-exploring-newer-vistas-for-understanding-pathobiology-and-therapeutic-implications
#16
REVIEW
Monojit Debnath, Madhu Nagappa, Geetanjali Murari, Arun B Taly
Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a severe disorder of the peripheral nervous system with an inadequately known etiopathology. It is a post infectious immune mediated disorder, characterized by autoantibody production, complement activation as well as T reactivity against gangliosides. However, the precise etiopathogenesis remains poorly understood in a majority of the patients. Th17 cells, a recently identified lineage of Th cells have emerged as a predominant inducer of autoimmunity and inflammation in various immunological disorders...
January 10, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331505/successful-treatment-of-anti-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-antibody-associated-rejection-in-kidney-transplantation-a-case-report
#17
P Wiwattanathum, A Ingsathit, D Thammanichanond, S Worawichawong
Angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) antibody, a non-HLA antibody, has been found to have a detrimental effect on kidney allografts. Similarly to HLA antibodies, recipients who have AT1R antibodies are at risk for allograft rejection and poor long-term graft outcome. Besides mediating allograft rejections via direct effects on endothelial and vascular smooth muscle without complement activation, AT1R antibodies may lead to accelerated hypertension via the renin-angiotensin pathway. There has been no definite level of AT1R antibody that predicts allograft rejection...
January 10, 2018: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330774/a-collection-of-xy-female-cell-lines
#18
Fumio Kasai, Malcolm A Ferguson-Smith
Discordance between sexual phenotype and the 46,XY sex chromosome complement may be found in certain disorders of sexual development (DSD). Many of these DSD patients with female external genitalia and secondary sex characteristics have undescended testes and male internal genitalia. Causative mutations involving genes of the sex determining pathway, including the androgen receptor, SRY and the 5-alpha-reductase genes, are well-known, but the origin of other cases remain unresolved. In this report, we introduce our collection of lymphoblastoid lines derived from female patients with a 46,XY karyotype...
January 12, 2018: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330556/evolution-of-the-phosphatidylcholine-biosynthesis-pathways-in-green-algae-combinatorial-diversity-of-methyltransferases
#19
Takashi Hirashima, Masakazu Toyoshima, Takashi Moriyama, Naoki Sato
Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is one of the most common phospholipids in eukaryotes, although some green algae such as Chlamydomonas reinhardtii are known to lack PC. Recently, we detected PC in four species in the genus Chlamydomonas: C. applanata NIES-2202, C. asymmetrica NIES-2207, C. debaryana NIES-2212, and C. sphaeroides NIES-2242. To reveal the PC biosynthesis pathways in green algae and the evolutionary scenario involved in their diversity, we analyzed the PC biosynthesis genes in these four algae using draft genome sequences...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330311/necrosis-in-anti-srp-and-anti-hmgcr-myopathies-role-of-autoantibodies-and-complement
#20
Yves Allenbach, Louiza Arouche-Delaperche, Corinna Preusse, Helena Radbruch, Gillian Butler-Browne, Nicolas Champtiaux, Kuberaka Mariampillai, Aude Rigolet, Peter Hufnagl, Norman Zerbe, Damien Amelin, Thierry Maisonobe, Sarah Louis-Leonard, Charles Duyckaerts, Bruno Eymard, Hans-Hilmar Goebel, Cecile Bergua, Laurent Drouot, Olivier Boyer, Olivier Benveniste, Werner Stenzel
OBJECTIVE: To characterize muscle fiber necrosis in immune-mediated necrotizing myopathies (IMNM) with anti-signal recognition particle (SRP) or anti-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutarylcoenzyme A reductase (HMGCR) antibodies and to explore its underlying molecular immune mechanisms. METHODS: Muscle biopsies from patients with IMNM were analyzed and compared to biopsies from control patients with myositis. In addition to immunostaining and reverse transcription PCR on muscle samples, in vitro immunostaining on primary muscle cells was performed...
January 12, 2018: Neurology
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