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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930669/development-of-rna-fish-assay-for-detection-of-oncogenic-fgfr3-tacc3-fusion-genes-in-ffpe-samples
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Masahiro Kurobe, Takahiro Kojima, Kouichi Nishimura, Shuya Kandori, Takashi Kawahara, Takayuki Yoshino, Satoshi Ueno, Yuichi Iizumi, Koji Mitsuzuka, Yoichi Arai, Hiroshi Tsuruta, Tomonori Habuchi, Takashi Kobayashi, Yoshiyuki Matsui, Osamu Ogawa, Mikio Sugimoto, Yoshiyuki Kakehi, Yoshiyuki Nagumo, Masakazu Tsutsumi, Takehiro Oikawa, Koji Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Nishiyama
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Oncogenic FGFR3-TACC3 fusions and FGFR3 mutations are target candidates for small molecule inhibitors in bladder cancer (BC). Because FGFR3 and TACC3 genes are located very closely on chromosome 4p16.3, detection of the fusion by DNA-FISH (fluorescent in situ hybridization) is not a feasible option. In this study, we developed a novel RNA-FISH assay using branched DNA probe to detect FGFR3-TACC3 fusions in formaldehyde-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) human BC samples...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928921/discovery-of-natural-mouse-serum-derived-hiv-1-entry-inhibitor-s
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M Wei, Y Chen, J Xi, S Ru, M Ji, D Zhang, Q Fang, B Tang
Among rationally designed human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) inhibitors, diverse natural factors have showed as potent anti-HIV activity in human blood. We have discovered that the boiled supernatant of healthy mouse serum could suppress HIV-1 entry, and exhibited reduced inhibitory activity after trypsin digestion. Further analysis demonstrated that only the fraction containing 10-25 K proteins could inhibit HIV-1 mediated cell-cell fusion. These results suggest that the 10-25 K protein(s) is novel natural HIV-1 entry inhibitor(s)...
2016: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928159/effect-of-trem-1-blockade-and-single-nucleotide-variants-in-experimental-renal-injury-and-kidney-transplantation
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A Tammaro, J Kers, D Emal, I Stroo, G J D Teske, L M Butter, N Claessen, J Damman, M Derive, G Navis, S Florquin, J C Leemans, M C Dessing
Renal ischemia reperfusion (IR)-injury induces activation of innate immune response which sustains renal injury and contributes to the development of delayed graft function (DGF). Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) is a pro-inflammatory evolutionary conserved pattern recognition receptor expressed on a variety of innate immune cells. TREM-1 expression increases following acute and chronic renal injury. However, the function of TREM-1 in renal IR is still unclear. Here, we investigated expression and function of TREM-1 in a murine model of renal IR using different TREM-1 inhibitors: LP17, LR12 and TREM-1 fusion protein...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927993/suppression-of-extracellular-invertase-inhibitor-gene-expression-improves-seed-weight-in-soybean-glycine-max
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Xiaofei Tang, Tao Su, Mei Han, Lai Wei, Weiwei Wang, Zhiyuan Yu, Yongguo Xue, Hongbin Wei, Yejie Du, Steffen Greiner, Thomas Rausch, Lijun Liu
Cell wall invertase (CWI) and vacuolar invertase (VI) play multiple functions in plant growth. As well as depending on transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation, there is growing evidence that CWI and VI are also subject to post-translational control by small inhibitory proteins. Despite the significance of this, genes encoding inhibitors, their molecular and biochemical properties, and their potential roles in regulating seed production have not been well documented in soybean (Glycine max). In this study, two invertase inhibitor isoforms, GmCIF1 and GmC/VIF2, were characterized to possess inhibitory activities in vitro via heterologous expression...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920885/cloning-and-expression-of-soluble-recombinant-hiv-1-crf35-protease-hp-thioredoxin-fusion-protein
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Asaad Azarnezhad, Zohreh Sharifi, Rahmatollah Seyedabadi, Arshad Hosseini, Behrooz Johari, Mahsa Sobhani Fard
BACKGROUND: As a drug target and an antigenic agent, HIV-1 protease (HIV-1 PR) is at the center of attention for designing anti-AIDS inhibitors and diagnostic tests. In previous studies, the production of the recombinant protease has been faced with several difficulties; therefore, the aims of this study were the easy production, purification of the soluble form of protease in E. coli and investigation of its immunoreactivity. METHODS: Protease coding region was isolated from the serum of an infected individual, amplified by RT-PCR and cloned into PTZ57R using TA-cloning...
October 2016: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914931/valosin-containing-protein-vcp-p97-plays-a-role-in-the-replication-of-west-nile-virus
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Wallaya Phongphaew, Shintaro Kobayashi, Michihito Sasaki, Michael Carr, William W Hall, Yasuko Orba, Hirofumi Sawa
Valosin-containing protein (VCP) is classified as a member of the type II AAA(+) ATPase protein family. VCP functions in several cellular processes, including protein degradation, membrane fusion, vesicular trafficking and disassembly of stress granules. Moreover, VCP is considered to play a role in the replication of several viruses, albeit through different mechanisms. In the present study, we have investigated the role of VCP in West Nile virus (WNV) infection. Endogenous VCP expression was inhibited using either VCP inhibitors or by siRNA knockdown...
November 30, 2016: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913524/cellular-and-vaccine-immunotherapy-for-multiple-myeloma
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Alfred L Garfall, Edward A Stadtmauer
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation and donor lymphocyte infusion for multiple myeloma (MM) can induce graft-versus-myeloma immunity and long-term survivorship, but limited efficacy and associated toxicities have prevented its widespread use. Cellular immunotherapies and vaccines seek to induce more specific, reliable, and potent antimyeloma immune responses with less treatment-related risk than is possible with allogeneic transplantation. Advances in molecular biology, and basic and applied immunology, have led to promising approaches such as genetically engineered T cells with chimeric antigen receptors and T-cell receptors targeting myeloma-specific epitopes, vaccine primed ex vivo expanded autologous T cells, expanded marrow-infiltrating lymphocytes, and plasma cell/dendritic cell fusion vaccines...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912827/new-targets-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Soo J Park, Soham More, Ayesha Murtuza, Brian D Woodward, Hatim Husain
With the implementation of genomic technologies into clinical practice, we have examples of the predictive benefit of targeted therapy for oncogene-addicted cancer and identified molecular dependencies in non-small cell lung cancer. The clinical success of tyrosine kinase inhibitors against epidermal growth factor receptor and anaplastic lymphoma kinase activation has shifted treatment emphasize the separation of subsets of lung cancer and genotype-directed therapy. Advances have validated oncogenic driver genes and led to the development of targeted agents...
February 2017: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911875/autophagy-flux-induced-by-ginsenoside-rg3-attenuates-human-prion-protein-mediated-neurotoxicity-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#9
Ji-Hong Moon, Ju-Hee Lee, You-Jin Lee, Sang-Youel Park
Mitochondrial quality control is a process by which mitochondria undergo successive rounds of fusion and fission with dynamic exchange of components to segregate functional and damaged elements. Removal of mitochondrion that contains damaged components is accomplished via autophagy. In this study, we investigated whether ginsenoside Rg3, an active ingredient of the herbal medicine ginseng that is used as a tonic and restorative agent, could attenuate prion peptide, PrP (106-126)-induced neurotoxicity and mitochondrial damage...
November 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911334/matrix-metalloproteinases-and-tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloproteinases-in%C3%A2-inflammation-and-fibrosis-of-skeletal-muscles
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Hala S Alameddine, Jennifer E Morgan
In skeletal muscles, levels and activity of Matrix MetalloProteinases (MMPs) and Tissue Inhibitors of MetalloProteinases (TIMPs) have been involved in myoblast migration, fusion and various physiological and pathological remodeling situations including neuromuscular diseases. This has opened perspectives for the use of MMPs' overexpression to improve the efficiency of cell therapy in muscular dystrophies and resolve fibrosis. Alternatively, inhibition of individual MMPs in animal models of muscular dystrophies has provided evidence of beneficial, dual or adverse effects on muscle morphology or function...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908751/enhanced-potency-of-bivalent-small-molecule-gp41-inhibitors
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Vladimir Sofiyev, Hardeep Kaur, Beth A Snyder, Priscilla A Hogan, Roger G Ptak, Peter Hwang, Miriam Gochin
Low molecular weight peptidomimetic inhibitors with hydrophobic pocket binding properties and moderate fusion inhibitory activity against HIV-1 gp41-mediated cell fusion were elaborated by increasing the available surface area for interacting with the heptad repeat-1 (HR1) coiled coil on gp41. Two types of modifications were tested: 1) increasing the overall hydrophobicity of the molecules with an extension that could interact in the HR1 groove, and 2) forming symmetrical dimers with two peptidomimetic motifs that could potentially interact simultaneously in two hydrophobic pockets on the HR1 trimer...
November 19, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908728/activation-of-evi1-transcription-by-the-lef1-%C3%AE-catenin-complex-with-p53-alteration-in-myeloid-blast-crisis-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Nawin Manachai, Yusuke Saito, Shingo Nakahata, Avinash Govind Bahirvani, Tomomi Osato, Kazuhiro Morishita
The presence of a BCR-ABL1 fusion gene is necessary for the pathogenesis of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) through t(9;22)(q34;q11) translocation. Imatinib, an ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is dramatically effective in CML patients; however, 30% of CML patients will need further treatment due to progression of CML to blastic crisis (BC). Aberrant high expression of ecotropic viral integration site 1 (EVI1) is frequently observed in CML during myeloid-BC as a potent driver with a CML stem cell signature; however, the precise molecular mechanism of EVI1 transcriptional regulation during CML progression is poorly defined...
November 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906013/combination-of-long-acting-hiv-fusion-inhibitor-albuvirtide-and-lpv-r-showed-potent-efficacy-in-hiv-1-patients
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Hongwei Zhang, Ronghua Jin, Cheng Yao, Tong Zhang, Meixia Wang, Wei Xia, Haiyan Peng, Xiaojuan Wang, Rongjian Lu, Changjin Wang, Dong Xie, Hao Wu
BACKGROUND: Long acting antiretroviral drugs represent a promising approach for chronic treatment of HIV infection. Here, we study the efficacy and safety of albuvirtide (ABT), an HIV-1 fusion inhibitor with a half life of 11-12 days in human. METHODS: ABT was evaluated in a 7-week, open-label and randomized trial, combining with LPV/r. Twenty HIV-1-infected adults were assigned to two dose groups, receiving ABT (160 or 320 mg) given weekly and LPV/r given twice daily...
February 10, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905987/factors-associated-with-the-first-antiretroviral-therapy-modification-in-older-hiv-1-positive-patients
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Justyna D Kowalska, Joanna Kubicka, Ewa Siwak, Piotr Pulik, Ewa Firląg-Burkacka, Andrzej Horban
BACKGROUND: Rates of first antiretroviral therapy (cART) modifications are high in most observational studies. The age-related differences in treatment duration and characteristics of first cART modifications remain underinvestigated. With increasing proportion of older patients in HIV population it is important to better understand age-related treatment effects. METHODS: Patients were included into this analysis, if being cART naïve at the first visit at the clinic...
January 7, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905841/cell-delivered-entry-inhibitors-for-hiv-1-ccr5-downregulation-and-blocking-virus-membrane-fusion-in-defending-the-host-cell-population
#15
Geoff Symonds, Jeffrey S Bartlett, Hans-Peter Kiem, Marlene Tsie, Louis Breton
HIV-1 infection requires the presence of the CD4 receptor on the target cell surface and a coreceptor, predominantly CC-chemokine receptor 5 (CCR5). It has been shown that individuals who are homozygous for a defective CCR5 gene are protected from HIV-1 infection. A novel self-inactivating lentiviral vector LVsh5/C46 (Cal-1) has been engineered to block HIV-1 infection with two viral entry inhibitors, conferring resistance to HIV-1 infection from both CCR5 and CXCR4 tropic strains. Cal-1 encodes a short hairpin RNA (sh5) to downregulate CCR5 and C46, an HIV-1 fusion inhibitor...
December 2016: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903646/whole-transcriptome-sequencing-identified-a-distinct-subtype-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-with-predominant-genomic-abnormalities-of-ep300-and-crebbp
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Maoxiang Qian, Hui Zhang, Shirley Kow-Yin Kham, Shuguang Liu, Chuang Jiang, Xujie Zhao, Yi Lu, Charnise Goodings, Ting-Nien Lin, Ranran Zhang, Takaya Moriyama, Zhaohong Yin, Zhenhua Li, Thuan Chong Quah, Hany Ariffin, Ah Moy Tan, Shuhong Shen, Deepa Bhojwani, Shaoyan Hu, Suning Chen, Huyong Zheng, Ching-Hon Pui, Allen Eng-Juh Yeoh, Jun J Yang
Chromosomal translocations are a genomic hallmark of many hematologic malignancies. Often as initiating events, these structural abnormalities result in fusion proteins involving transcription factors important for hematopoietic differentiation and/or signaling molecules regulating cell proliferation and cell cycle. In contrast, epigenetic regulator genes are more frequently targeted by somatic sequence mutations, possibly as secondary events to further potentiate leukemogenesis. Through comprehensive whole transcriptome sequencing of 231 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), we identified 58 putative functional and predominant fusion genes in 54...
November 30, 2016: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894077/tyrosine-kinase-fusion-genes-in-pediatric-bcr-abl1-like-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#17
Judith M Boer, Elisabeth M P Steeghs, João R M Marchante, Aurélie Boeree, James J Beaudoin, H Berna Beverloo, Roland P Kuiper, Gabriele Escherich, Vincent H J van der Velden, C Ellen van der Schoot, Hester A de Groot-Kruseman, Rob Pieters, Monique L den Boer
Approximately 15% of pediatric B cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) is characterized by gene expression similar to that of BCR-ABL1-positive disease and unfavorable prognosis. This BCR-ABL1-like subtype shows a high frequency of B-cell development gene aberrations and tyrosine kinase-activating lesions. To evaluate the clinical significance of tyrosine kinase gene fusions in children with BCP-ALL, we studied the frequency of recently identified tyrosine kinase fusions, associated genetic features, and prognosis in a representative Dutch/German cohort...
November 22, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893441/engineering-tumor-cell-targeting-in-nanoscale-amyloidal-materials
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Ugutz Unzueta, Joaquin Seras-Franzoso, María Virtudes Céspedes, Paolo Saccardo, Francisco Cortés, Fabián Rueda, Elena Garcia-Fruitós, Neus Ferrer-Miralles, Ramon Mangues, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde
Bacterial inclusion bodies are non-toxic, mechanically stable and functional protein amyloids within the nanoscale size range that are able to naturally penetrate into mammalian cells, where they deliver the embedded protein in a functional form. The potential use of inclusion bodies in protein delivery or protein replacement therapies is strongly impaired by the absence of specificity in cell binding and penetration, thus preventing targeting. To address this issue, we have here explored whether the genetic fusion of two tumor-homing peptides, the CXCR4 ligands R9 and T22, to an inclusion body-forming green fluorescent protein (GFP), would keep the interaction potential and the functionality of the fused peptides and then confer CXCR4 specificity in cell binding and further uptake of the materials...
January 6, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892929/a-review-of-kinase-fusions-in-melanocytic-tumors
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Sara C Shalin
Translocations resulting in a kinase fusion are well reported in many tumor types and indeed can be defining, particularly in the case of hematopoietic malignancies. The recent reports of multiple protein kinase fusions within melanocytic neoplasms, particularly in those with spitzoid morphology, have heralded a new era of classification of these melanocytic tumors. Seen within approximately half of all spitzoid neoplasms and present within the full spectrum of benign, atypical, and malignant lesions, kinase fusions likely represent an early oncogenic event contributing to cell proliferation and growth...
November 28, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891651/developing-a-bayesian-adaptive-design-for-a-phase-i-clinical-trial-a-case-study-for-a-novel-hiv-treatment
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Alexina J Mason, Juan Gonzalez-Maffe, Killian Quinn, Nicki Doyle, Ken Legg, Peter Norsworthy, Roy Trevelion, Alan Winston, Deborah Ashby
The design of phase I studies is often challenging, because of limited evidence to inform study protocols. Adaptive designs are now well established in cancer but much less so in other clinical areas. A phase I study to assess the safety, pharmacokinetic profile and antiretroviral efficacy of C34-PEG4 -Chol, a novel peptide fusion inhibitor for the treatment of HIV infection, has been set up with Medical Research Council funding. During the study workup, Bayesian adaptive designs based on the continual reassessment method were compared with a more standard rule-based design, with the aim of choosing a design that would maximise the scientific information gained from the study...
November 27, 2016: Statistics in Medicine
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