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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159789/heart-failure-and-kidney-disease
#1
Dario Grande, Margherita Ilaria Gioia, Paola Terlizzese, Massimo Iacoviello
Kidney disease is commonly found in heart failure (HF) patients. They share many risk factors and common pathophysiological pathways which often lead to mutual dysfunction. Both haemodynamic and non-haemodynamic mechanisms are involved in the development of renal impairment in heart failure patients. Moreover, the presence of a chronic kidney disease is a significant independent predictor of worse outcome in chronic as well as in acute decompensated HF. As a consequence, an accurate evaluation of renal function plays a key role in the management of HF patients...
November 21, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159468/hba1c-is-associated-with-altered-expression-in-blood-of-cell-cycle-and-immune-response-related-genes
#2
Roderick C Slieker, Amber A W A van der Heijden, Nienke van Leeuwen, Hailiang Mei, Giel Nijpels, Joline W J Beulens, Leen M 't Hart
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Individuals with type 2 diabetes are heterogeneous in their glycaemic control as tracked by blood HbA1c levels. Here, we investigated the extent to which gene expression levels in blood reflect current and future HbA1c levels. METHODS: HbA1c levels at baseline and 1 and 2 year follow-up were compared with gene expression levels in 391 individuals with type 2 diabetes from the Hoorn Diabetes Care System Cohort (15,564 genes, RNA sequencing). The functions of associated baseline genes were investigated further using pathway enrichment analysis...
November 20, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157988/de-novo-thrombotic-microangiopathy-after-kidney-transplantation
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REVIEW
Neetika Garg, Helmut G Rennke, Martha Pavlakis, Kambiz Zandi-Nejad
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) is a serious complication of transplantation that adversely affects kidney transplant recipient and allograft survival. Post-transplant TMA is usually classified into two categories: 1) recurrent TMA and 2) de novo TMA. Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) resulting from dysregulation and over-activation of the alternate complement pathway is a rare disease but the most common diagnosis associated with recurrence in the allografts. De novo TMA, on the other hand, represents an overwhelming majority of the cases of post-transplant TMA and is a substantially more heterogeneous entity than recurrent aHUS...
November 4, 2017: Transplantation Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157267/transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-the-key-immune-related-signalling-pathways-of-sebastiscus-marmoratus-in-response-to-infection-with-the-parasitic-ciliate-cryptocaryon-irritans
#4
Fei Yin, Dong Qian
BACKGROUND: False kelpfish (Sebastiscus marmoratus) is one of the target species in artificial breeding in China, and is susceptible to infection by Cryptocaryon irritans, which is an obligate parasitic ciliate that lives in the epithelium of the fish gills, skin and fins. Here, we sought to understand the mechanisms of molecular immunity of S. marmoratus against C. irritans infection. METHODS: We carried out an extensive analysis of the transcriptome of S. marmoratus immune-related tissues...
November 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156743/hepatitis-c-virus-core-overcomes-all-trans-retinoic-acid-induced-apoptosis-in-human-hepatoma-cells-by-inhibiting-p14-expression-via-dna-methylation
#5
Juri Kwak, Jung-Hye Choi, Kyung Lib Jang
All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), the most biologically active metabolite of vitamin A, is known to induce p14 expression via promoter hypomethylation to activate the p14-MDM2-p53 pathway, which leads to activation of the p53-dependent apoptotic pathway and subsequent induction of apoptosis in human hepatoma cells. In the present study, we found that hepatitis C virus (HCV) Core derived from ectopic expression or HCV infection overcomes ATRA-induced apoptosis in p53-positive hepatoma cells. For this effect, HCV Core upregulated both protein levels and enzyme activities of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1), DNMT3a, and DNMT3b and thereby repressed p14 expression via promoter hypermethylation, resulting in inactivation of the pathway leading to p53 accumulation in the presence of ATRA...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155837/reduced-order-modeling-and-analysis-of-the-human-complement-system
#6
Adithya Sagar, Wei Dai, Mason Minot, Rachel LeCover, Jeffrey D Varner
Complement is an important pathway in innate immunity, inflammation, and many disease processes. However, despite its importance, there are few validated mathematical models of complement activation. In this study, we developed an ensemble of experimentally validated reduced order complement models. We combined ordinary differential equations with logical rules to produce a compact yet predictive model of complement activation. The model, which described the lectin and alternative pathways, was an order of magnitude smaller than comparable models in the literature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155828/role-of-co-repressor-genomic-landscapes-in-shaping-the-notch-response
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Stephen K K Chan, Gustavo Cerda-Moya, Robert Stojnic, Kat Millen, Bettina Fischer, Silvie Fexova, Lenka Skalska, Maria Gomez-Lamarca, Zoe Pillidge, Steven Russell, Sarah J Bray
Repressors are frequently deployed to limit the transcriptional response to signalling pathways. For example, several co-repressors interact directly with the DNA-binding protein CSL and are proposed to keep target genes silenced in the absence of Notch activity. However, the scope of their contributions remains unclear. To investigate co-repressor activity in the context of this well defined signalling pathway, we have analysed the genome-wide binding profile of the best-characterized CSL co-repressor in Drosophila, Hairless, and of a second CSL interacting repressor, SMRTER...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155029/molecular-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-complement-component-3-in-dojo-loach-misgurnus-anguillicaudatus
#8
Yongsheng Xu, Yongyao Yu, Xiaoting Zhang, Zhenyu Huang, Huili Li, Shuai Dong, Yangzhou Liu, Fen Dong, Zhen Xu
The complement component 3 (C3) is a central component of complement system. All three pathways converge at formation of C3 convertases and share the terminal pathways of membrane attack complex (MAC) formation. In this study, three isoforms of C3 were discovered in Misgurnus anguillicaudatus, named "C3-1", "C3-2" and "C3-3", respectively. The full-length of C3-1 cDNA sequence was firstly identified and analyzed from dojo loach (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus). The Ma-C3-1 cDNA sequence comprised of 4509 bp encoding 1454 amino acids with a putative signal peptide of 20 amino acid residues...
November 15, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154963/macrophage-scavenger-receptor-1-contributes-to-pathogenesis-of-fulminant-hepatitis-via-neutrophil-mediated-complement-activation
#9
Yuan Tang, Huifang Li, Junru Li, Yunzhi Liu, Yanli Li, Jing Zhou, Jia Zhou, Xiao Lu, Wei Zhao, Jinlin Hou, Xiang-Yang Wang, Zhengliang Chen, Daming Zuo
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The macrophage scavenger receptor 1 (Msr1, also called SRA)is a pattern recognition receptor primarily expressed on myeloid cells, playing an important role in the maintenance of immune homeostasis. Since MSR1 expression was up-regulated in the livers of patients with fulminant hepatitis (FH), we investigated the functional mechanism of Msr1 as related to FH pathogenesis. METHODS: Msr1-deficient (Msr1(-/-)) mice and their wild-type (WT) littermates were infected with mouse hepatitis virus strain-A59 (MHV-A59) to induce FH, and the levels of tissue damage, serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT), inflammatory cytokines and complement C5a were measured and compared...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154829/a-role-for-candida-albicans-superoxide-dismutase-enzymes-in-glucose-signaling
#10
Chynna N Broxton, Bixi He, Vincent M Bruno, Valeria C Culotta
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans yeasts have evolved to differentially use glucose for fermentation versus respiration. S. cerevisiae is Crabtree positive, where glucose represses respiration and promotes fermentation, while the opportunistic fungal pathogen C. albicans is Crabtree negative and does not repress respiration with glucose. We have previously shown that glucose control in S. cerevisiae involves the antioxidant enzyme Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1), where H2O2 generated by SOD1 stabilizes the casein kinase YCK1 for glucose sensing...
November 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152520/a-case-of-escherichia-coli-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-in-a-10-year-old-male-with-severe-neurologic-involvement-successfully-treated-with-eculizumab
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Malia Rasa, James Musgrave, Keith Abe, Len Tanaka, Konstantine Xoinis, Bruce Shiramizu, Gretchen Foskett, Rhiana Lau
Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) can be classified as typical and atypical, and the treatment recommendations currently differ between the 2 types. Eculizumab is recommended as first-line treatment for atypical HUS; however, its use in typical HUS has been controversial. We report a case of a 10-year-old male with severe neurologic impairment who was successfully treated with eculizumab, which was started 4 days after onset of neurologic symptoms. Our case supports the use of eculizumab in typical HUS with neurologic involvement, even when given later in the course, as the pathophysiology of typical HUS has been shown to involve activation of the complement pathway, similar to atypical HUS...
October 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151252/dominant-c3-glomerulopathy-new-roles-for-an-old-actor-in-renal-pathology
#12
REVIEW
Nicola Pirozzi, Antonella Stoppacciaro, Paolo Menè
Recently, a number of reports have described dominant C3 deposits in renal biopsies of patients with infection-related glomerulonephritis (GN). While acute post-infectious GN and membranoproliferative GN are commonly characterized by immune deposits containing C3 and/or C4, the absence of immunoglobulin (Ig) and/or immune complexes at light or electron microscopy is a rather unusual observation. Dominant C3 deposition is believed to result from the alternative pathway of complement activation via the C3bBb "tickover" convertase...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150548/defense-against-reactive-carbonyl-species-involves-at-least-three-subcellular-compartments-where-individual-components-of-the-system-respond-to-cellular-sugar-status
#13
Jessica Schmitz, Isabell C Dittmar, Jörn D Brockmann, Marc Schmidt, Meike Hüdig, Alessandro W Rossoni, Veronica G Maurino
Methylglyoxal (MGO) and glyoxal (GO) are toxic reactive carbonyl species generated as by-products of glycolysis. The pre-emption pathway for detoxification of these products, the glyoxalase (GLX) system, involves two consecutive reactions catalyzed by GLXI and GLXII. In Arabidopsis thaliana, the GLX system is encoded by three homologs of GLXI and three homologs of GLXII, from which several predicted GLXI and GLXII isoforms can be derived through alternative splicing. We identified the physiologically relevant splice forms using sequencing data and demonstrated that the resulting isoforms have different subcellular localizations...
November 17, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149247/quantitative-proteomic-profiling-of-bovine-follicular-fluid-during-follicle-development
#14
Rodrigo de Andrade Ferrazza, Elizabeth Moreira Dos Santos Schmidt, Monika Mihm Carmichael, Fabiana Ferreira de Souza, Richard Burchmore, Roberto Sartori, Peter David Eckersall, João Carlos Pinheiro Ferreira
Bovine follicular fluid (FF) constitutes the microenvironment of follicles and includes various biologically active proteins. We performed a study involving 18 healthy non-lactating Holstein cows to determine the protein expression profile of FF at key-stages of follicular development. Follicles were individually aspirated in vivo at pre-deviation (F1∼7.0mm); deviation (F1∼8.5mm); post-deviation (F1∼12.0mm); and pre-ovulatory stages of follicle development, which were confirmed by measurement of follicular estradiol and progesterone concentrations...
November 15, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148534/genetic-testing-of-complement-and-coagulation-pathways-in-patients-with-severe-hypertension-and-renal-microangiopathy
#15
Christopher P Larsen, Jon D Wilson, Alejandro Best-Rocha, Marjorie L Beggs, Randolph A Hennigar
A diagnosis of thrombotic microangiopathy on kidney biopsy in a patient presenting with hypertensive emergency has historically elicited the diagnosis of malignant hypertension-associated thrombotic microangiopathy. Recent studies, however, have raised awareness that a number of these patients may actually represent atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. To further investigate this premise, we performed next-generation sequencing to interrogate the coding regions of 29 complement and coagulation cascade genes associated with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome in 100 non-elderly patients presenting with severe hypertension, renal failure and a kidney biopsy showing microangiopathic changes limited to the classic accelerated hypertension-associated lesion of arterial intimal edema ('mucoid intimal hyperplasia') in isolation and without accompanying glomerular microthrombi...
November 17, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147635/global-and-targeted-pathway-impact-of-gliomas-on-white-matter-integrity-based-on-lobar-localization
#16
David R Ormond, Shawn D'Souza, John A Thompson
Primary brain tumors comprise 28% of all tumors and 80% of malignant tumors. Pathophysiology of high-grade gliomas includes significant distortion of white matter architecture, necrosis, the breakdown of the blood brain barrier, and increased intracranial pressure. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a diffusion weighted imaging technique, can be used to assess white matter architecture. Use of DTI as a non-invasive pathophysiological tool to analyze glioma impact on white matter microstructure has yet to be fully explored...
September 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146178/use-of-mathematical-modelling-to-assess-the-impact-of-vaccines-on-antibiotic-resistance
#17
REVIEW
Katherine E Atkins, Erin I Lafferty, Sarah R Deeny, Nicholas G Davies, Julie V Robotham, Mark Jit
Antibiotic resistance is a major global threat to the provision of safe and effective health care. To control antibiotic resistance, vaccines have been proposed as an essential intervention, complementing improvements in diagnostic testing, antibiotic stewardship, and drug pipelines. The decision to introduce or amend vaccination programmes is routinely based on mathematical modelling. However, few mathematical models address the impact of vaccination on antibiotic resistance. We reviewed the literature using PubMed to identify all studies that used an original mathematical model to quantify the impact of a vaccine on antibiotic resistance transmission within a human population...
November 13, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143341/a-toxicogenomics-approach-to-screen-chlorinated-flame-retardants-tris-2-chloroethyl-phosphate-and-tris-2-chloroisopropyl-phosphate-for-potential-health-effects
#18
Boris V Krivoshiev, Gerrit T S Beemster, Katrien Sprangers, Ronny Blust, Steven J Husson
Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) is a pervasive flame retardant that has been identified as a chemical of concern given its health effects and therefore its use has since been tightly regulated. Tris(2-chloroisopropyl) phosphate (TCIPP), an analogue of TCEP, is believed to be its replacement. However, compared to TCEP, little is known of the toxicological impacts of TCIPP. We used RNA sequencing as unbiased and sensitive tool to identify and compare effects on a transcriptome level of TCEP and TCIPP in the human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line, HepG2...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143298/a-single-nucleotide-mutation-of-ispf-gene-involved-in-the-mep-pathway-for-isoprenoid-biosynthesis-causes-yellow-green-leaf-phenotype-in-rice
#19
Rui Huang, Yang Wang, Pingrong Wang, Chunmei Li, Fuliang Xiao, Nenggang Chen, Na Li, Caixia Li, Changhui Sun, Lihua Li, Rongjun Chen, Zhengjun Xu, Jianqing Zhu, Xiaojian Deng
We identified IspF gene through yellow-green leaf mutant 505ys in rice. OsIspF was expressed in all tissues detected, and its encoded protein was targeted to the chloroplast. On expression levels of genes in this mutant, OsIspF itself and the genes encoding other enzymes of the MEP pathway and chlorophyll synthase were all up-regulated, however, among eight genes associated with photosynthesis, only psaA, psaN and psbA genes for three reaction center subunits of photosystem obviously changed. Isoprenoids are the most abundant natural compounds in all organisms, which originate from the basic five-carbon units isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) and dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP)...
November 15, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142942/complement-activation-induces-neutrophil-adhesion-and-neutrophil-platelet-aggregate-formation-on-vascular-endothelial-cells
#20
Magdalena Riedl, Damien G Noone, Meraj A Khan, Fred G Pluthero, Walter H A Kahr, Nades Palaniyar, Christoph Licht
Introduction: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome is a thrombotic microangiopathy, which is linked to hereditary or autoimmune defects in complement activators or regulators present in blood and on vascular endothelial cells. Acute thrombotic microangiopathy episodes are typically preceded by infections, which by themselves would not be expected to manifest HUS. Thus, it is possible that the host immune response contributes to the precipitation of aHUS. However, the mechanisms involved are not fully understood...
January 2017: KI Reports
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