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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435104/drosophila-pink1-and-parkin-loss-of-function-mutants-display-a-range-of-non-motor-parkinson-s-disease-phenotypes
#1
Hannah Julienne, Edgar Buhl, David S Leslie, James J L Hodge
Parkinson's disease (PD) is more commonly associated with its motor symptoms and the related degeneration of dopamine (DA) neurons. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that PD patients also display a wide range of non-motor symptoms, including memory deficits and disruptions of their sleep-wake cycles. These have a large impact on their quality of life, and often precede the onset of motor symptoms, but their etiology is poorly understood. The fruit fly Drosophila has already been successfully used to model PD, and has been used extensively to study relevant non-motor behaviours in other contexts, but little attention has yet been paid to modelling non-motor symptoms of PD in this genetically tractable organism...
April 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433665/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
#2
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428271/master-transcriptional-regulators-in-cancer-discovery-via-reverse-engineering-approaches-and-subsequent-validation
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REVIEW
Bruce Moran, Arman Rahman, Katja Palonen, Fiona T Lanigan, William M Gallagher
Reverse engineering of transcriptional networks using gene expression data enables identification of genes that underpin the development and progression of different cancers. Methods to this end have been available for over a decade and, with a critical mass of transcriptomic data in the oncology arena having been reached, they are ever more applicable. Extensive and complex networks can be distilled into a small set of key master transcriptional regulators (MTR), genes that are very highly connected and have been shown to be involved in processes of known importance in disease...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418626/degradation-of-the-baf-complex-factor-brd9-by-heterobifunctional-ligands
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David Remillard, Dennis L Buckley, Joshiawa Paulk, Gerard L Brien, Matthew Sonnett, Hyuk-Soo Seo, Shiva Dastierdi, Martin Wühr, Sirano Dhe-Paganon, Scott A Armstrong, James E Bradner
The bromodomain-containing protein BRD9, a subunit of the human BAF (SWI/SNF) nucleosome remodeling complex, has emerged as an attractive therapeutic target in cancer. Despite the development of chemical probes targeting the BRD9 bromodomain, there is a limited understanding of BRD9 function beyond acetyl-lysine recognition. We have therefore created the first BRD9-directed chemical degraders, through iterative design and testing of heterobifunctional ligands that bridge the BRD9 bromodomain and the cereblon E3 ubiquitin ligase complex...
April 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406902/bicaudal-c-mutation-causes-myc-and-tor-pathway-up-regulation-and-polycystic-kidney-disease-like-phenotypes-in-drosophila
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Chiara Gamberi, David R Hipfner, Marie Trudel, William D Lubell
Progressive cystic kidney degeneration underlies diverse renal diseases, including the most common cause of kidney failure, autosomal dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Genetic analyses of patients and animal models have identified several key drivers of this disease. The precise molecular and cellular changes underlying cystogenesis remain, however, elusive. Drosophila mutants lacking the translational regulator Bicaudal C (BicC, the fly ortholog of vertebrate BICC1 implicated in renal cystogenesis) exhibited progressive cystic degeneration of the renal tubules (so called "Malpighian" tubules) and reduced renal function...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404203/antifibrotics-in-chronic-liver-disease-tractable-targets-and-translational-challenges
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REVIEW
Prakash Ramachandran, Neil C Henderson
Chronic liver disease prevalence is increasing globally. Iterative liver damage, secondary to any cause of liver injury, results in progressive fibrosis, disrupted hepatic architecture, and aberrant regeneration, which are defining characteristics of liver cirrhosis. Liver transplantation is an effective treatment for end-stage liver disease; however, demand greatly outweighs donor organ supply, and in many parts of the world liver transplantation is unavailable. Hence, effective antifibrotic therapies are urgently required...
December 2016: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388102/a-new-efficient-method-for-the-calculation-of-interior-eigenpairs-and-its-application-to-vibrational-structure-problems
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Taras Petrenko, Guntram Rauhut
Vibrational configuration interaction theory is a common method for calculating vibrational levels and associated IR and Raman spectra of small and medium-sized molecules. When combined with appropriate configuration selection procedures, the method allows the treatment of configuration spaces with up to 10(10) configurations. In general, this approach pursues the construction of the eigenstates with significant contributions of physically relevant configurations. The corresponding eigenfunctions are evaluated in the subspace of selected configurations...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374253/display-of-hiv-1-envelope-protein-on-lambda-phage-scaffold-as-a-vaccine-platform
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Jonelle L Mattiacio, Matt Brewer, Stephen Dewhurst
The generation of a strong antibody response to target antigens is a major goal for vaccine development. Here we describe the display of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) envelope spike protein (Env) on a virus-like scaffold provided by the lambda phage capsid. Phage vectors, in general, have advantages over mammalian virus vectors due to their genetic tractability, inexpensive production, suitability for scale-up, as well as their physical stability, making them an attractive vaccine platform.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352279/development-of-a-double-nuclear-gene-targeting-method-by-two-step-transformation-based-on-a-newly-established-chloramphenicol-selection-system-in-the-red-alga-cyanidioschyzon-merolae
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Takayuki Fujiwara, Mio Ohnuma, Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa, Ryudo Ohbayashi, Shunsuke Hirooka, Shin-Ya Miyagishima
The unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae possesses a simple cellular architecture that consists of one mitochondrion, one chloroplast, one peroxisome, one Golgi apparatus, and several lysosomes. The nuclear genome content is also simple, with very little genetic redundancy (16.5 Mbp, 4,775 genes). In addition, molecular genetic tools such as gene targeting and inducible gene expression systems have been recently developed. These cytological features and genetic tractability have facilitated various omics analyses...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348060/geneimp-fast-imputation-to-large-reference-panels-using-genotype-likelihoods-from-ultra-low-coverage-sequencing
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Athina Spiliopoulou, Marco Colombo, Peter Orchard, Felix Agakov, Paul McKeigue
We address the task of genotype imputation to a dense reference panel given genotype likelihoods computed from ultra-low coverage sequencing as inputs. In this setting the data have a high-level of missingness or uncertainty and are thus more amenable to a probabilistic representation. Most existing imputation algorithms are not well suited for this situation, as they rely on pre-phasing for computational efficiency, and without definite genotype calls the pre-phasing task becomes computationally expensive...
March 27, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346812/identification-of-a-novel-benzimidazole-pyrazolone-scaffold-that-inhibits-kdm4-lysine-demethylases-and-reduces-proliferation-of-prostate-cancer-cells
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David M Carter, Edgar Specker, Jessica Przygodda, Martin Neuenschwander, Jens Peter von Kries, Udo Heinemann, Marc Nazaré, Ulrich Gohlke
Human lysine demethylase (KDM) enzymes (KDM1-7) constitute an emerging class of therapeutic targets, with activities that support growth and development of metastatic disease. By interacting with and co-activating the androgen receptor, the KDM4 subfamily (KDM4A-E) promotes aggressive phenotypes of prostate cancer (PCa). Knockdown of KDM4 expression or inhibition of KDM4 enzyme activity reduces the proliferation of PCa cell lines and highlights inhibition of lysine demethylation as a possible therapeutic method for PCa treatment...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346092/screening-for-protein-protein-interaction-inhibitors-using-a-bioluminescence-resonance-energy-transfer-bret-based-assay-in-yeast
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Caroline Corbel, Sara Sartini, Elisabetta Levati, Pierre Colas, Laurent Maillet, Cyril Couturier, Barbara Montanini, Stéphane Bach
The bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET) technology is a widely used live cell-based method for monitoring protein-protein interactions as well as conformational changes within proteins or molecular complexes. Considering the emergence of protein-protein interactions as a new promising class of therapeutic targets, we have adapted the BRET method in budding yeast. In this technical note, we describe the advantages of using this simple eukaryotic model rather than mammalian cells to perform high-throughput screening of chemical compound collections: genetic tractability, tolerance to solvent, rapidity, and no need of expensive robotic systems...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340538/development-of-high-throughput-screening-assay-for-antihantaviral-therapeutics
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Anuradha Roy, Mohammad A Mir
Humans acquire hantavirus infection by the inhalation of aerosolized excreta of infected rodent hosts. There is no treatment for hantavirus diseases at present. Therapeutic intervention during early stages of viral infection can improve the outcome of this zoonotic viral illness. The interaction between an evolutionary conserved sequence at the 5' terminus of hantaviral genomic RNA and hantavirus nucleocapsid protein plays a critical role in the hantavirus replication cycle. This unique interaction is a novel target for therapeutic intervention of hantavirus disease...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327571/insights-from-early-experience-of-a-rare-disease-genomic-medicine-multidisciplinary-team-a-qualitative-study
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Elizabeth Ormondroyd, Michael P Mackley, Edward Blair, Jude Craft, Julian C Knight, John Taylor, Jenny C Taylor, Andrew Om Wilkie, Hugh Watkins
Whole-exome/whole-genome sequencing (WES/WGS) has the potential to enhance genetic diagnosis of rare disease, and is increasingly becoming part of routine clinical care in mainstream medicine. Effective translation will require ongoing efforts in a number of areas including: selection of appropriate patients, provision of effective consent, pre- and post-test genetic counselling, improving variant interpretation algorithms and practices, and management of secondary findings including those found incidentally and those actively sought...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299743/computational-approaches-to-matrix-metalloprotease-drug-design
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Tanya Singh, B Jayaram, Olayiwola Adedotun Adekoya
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc-containing enzymes required for homeostasis. These enzymes are an important class of drug targets as their over expression is associated with many disease states. Most of the inhibitors reported against this class of proteins have failed in clinical trials due to lack of specificity. In order to assist in drug design endeavors for MMP targets, a computationally tractable pathway is presented, comprising, (1) docking of small molecule inhibitors against the target MMPs, (2) derivation of quantum mechanical charges on the zinc ion in the active site and the amino acids coordinating with zinc including the inhibitor molecule, (3) molecular dynamics simulations on the docked ligand-MMP complexes, and (4) evaluation of binding affinities of the ligand-MMP complexes via an accurate scoring function for zinc containing metalloprotein-ligand complexes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288121/a-genetic-system-to-study-plasmodium-falciparum-protein-function
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Jakob Birnbaum, Sven Flemming, Nick Reichard, Alexandra Blancke Soares, Paolo Mesén-Ramírez, Ernst Jonscher, Bärbel Bergmann, Tobias Spielmann
Current systems to study essential genes in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum are often inefficient and time intensive, and they depend on the genetic modification of the target locus, a process hindered by the low frequency of integration of episomal DNA into the genome. Here, we introduce a method, termed selection-linked integration (SLI), to rapidly select for genomic integration. SLI allowed us to functionally analyze targets at the gene and protein levels, thus permitting mislocalization of native proteins, a strategy known as knock sideways, floxing to induce diCre-based excision of genes and knocking in altered gene copies...
March 13, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257444/mechanisms-of-fast-and-stringent-search-in-homologous-pairing-of-double-stranded-dna
#17
Amir Bitran, Wei-Yin Chiang, Erel Levine, Mara Prentiss
Self-organization in the cell relies on the rapid and specific binding of molecules to their cognate targets. Correct bindings must be stable enough to promote the desired function even in the crowded and fluctuating cellular environment. In systems with many nearly matched targets, rapid and stringent formation of stable products is challenging. Mechanisms that overcome this challenge have been previously proposed, including separating the process into multiple stages; however, how particular in vivo systems overcome the challenge remains unclear...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252202/a-mouse-model-for-ocular-surface-staphylococcus-aureus-infection
#18
Zhiyong Zhang, Osama Abdel-Razek, Guirong Wang
Creation of an appropriate animal model that accurately reflects the disease and host immune response to bacterial infection in humans is a major challenge in ocular-surface infection research. For decades, mice have been the ideal small animal model for ocular-surface infection research because of the availability and relatively low cost of various genetic backgrounds, targeted defects, and immunologic reagents. By employing different combinations of mouse and bacterial strains, murine infection models can be used to explore a complete picture of bacterial infection and innate immunity of the ocular surface...
March 2, 2017: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212080/improving-registration-robustness-for-image-guided-liver-surgery-in-a-novel-human-to-phantom-data-framework
#19
Jarrod Collins, Jared Weis, Jon Heiselman, Logan Clements, Amber Simpson, Willam Jarnagin, Michael Miga
In open image-guided liver surgery (IGLS), a sparse representation of the intraoperative organ surface can be acquired to drive image-to-physical registration. We hypothesize that uncharacterized error induced by variation in the collection patterns of organ surface data limits the accuracy and robustness of IGLS registration. Clinical validation of such registration methods is challenged due to the difficulty in obtaining data representative of the true state of organ deformation. We propose a novel human-to-phantom validation framework that transforms surface collection patterns from in vivo IGLS procedures (n=13) onto a well-characterized hepatic deformation phantom for the purpose of validating surface-driven, volumetric nonrigid registration methods...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202661/targeting-pak1
#20
REVIEW
Galina Semenova, Jonathan Chernoff
p21-Activated kinase 1 (PAK1) has attracted much attention as a potential therapeutic target due to its central role in many oncogenic signaling pathways, its frequent dysregulation in cancers and neurological disorders, and its tractability as a target for small-molecule inhibition. To date, several PAK1-targeting compounds have been developed as preclinical agents, including one that has been evaluated in a clinical trial. A series of ATP-competitive inhibitors, allosteric inhibitors and peptide inhibitors with distinct biochemical and pharmacokinetic properties represent useful laboratory tools for studies on the role of PAK1 in biology and in disease contexts, and could lead to promising therapeutic agents...
February 8, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
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