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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324001/cyp3a4-induction-by-rifampin-an-alternative-pathway-for-vitamin-d-inactivation-in-patients-with-cyp24a1-mutations
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Colin Patrick Hawkes, Dong Li, Hakon Hakonarson, Kevin E Meyers, Kenneth Thummel, Michael A Levine
Context: The P450 enzyme CYP24A1 is the principal inactivator of vitamin D metabolites. Biallelic loss-of-function mutations in CYP24A1 are associated with elevated serum levels of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 with consequent hypercalcemia and hypercalciuria, and represent the most common form of idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia (IIH). Current management strategies for this condition include a low calcium diet, reduced dietary vitamin D intake and limited sunlight exposure. CYP3A4 is a P450 enzyme that inactivates many drugs and xenobiotics and may represent an alternative pathway for inactivation of vitamin D metabolites...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323952/randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-mufa-or-fiber-rich-diet-on-hepatic-fat-in-pre-diabetes
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Isabel Errazuriz, Simmi Dube, Michael Slama, Roberto Visentin, Sunita Nayar, Helen O'Connor, Claudio Cobelli, Swapan Kumar Das, Ananda Basu, Walter Karl Kremers, John Port, Rita Basu
Context: Increased prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus and prediabetes worldwide has been attributed, at least in part, to a modern lifestyle, in particular, to an unhealthy diet. Objective: To evaluate whether 12 weeks of high MUFA or fiber-rich weight maintenance diet lowers hepatic fat and improves glucose tolerance in people with prediabetes. Design: Subjects underwent a [6, 6-2H2] labeled 75 g oral glucose tolerance test to estimate hepatic insulin sensitivity (Siliver) along with measurement of liver fat fraction (LFF) using magnetic resonance spectroscopy before and after intervention...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319292/high-n-dry-experimental-nitrogen-deposition-exacerbates-native-shrub-loss-and-nonnative-plant-invasion-during-extreme-drought
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Justin M Valliere, Irina C Irvine, Louis Santiago, Edith B Allen
Hotter, longer, and more frequent global change-type drought events may profoundly impact terrestrial ecosystems by triggering widespread vegetation mortality. However, severe drought is only one component of global change, and ecological effects of drought may be compounded by other drivers, such as anthropogenic nitrogen (N) deposition and nonnative plant invasion. Elevated N deposition, for example, may reduce drought tolerance through increased plant productivity, thereby contributing to drought-induced mortality...
March 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318808/t-cell-receptor-assessment-in-autoimmune-disease-requires-access-to-the-most-adjacent-immunologically-active-organ
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Bergithe E Oftedal, Brita Ardesjö Lundgren, David Hamm, Poh-Yi Gan, Stephen R Holdsworth, Christopher N Hahn, Andreas W Schreiber, Hamish S Scott
Next generation sequencing of T and B cell receptors is emerging as a valuable and effective method to diagnose and monitor hematopoietic malignancies. So far, this approach has not been fully explored in regard to autoimmune diseases. T cells develop in the thymus where they undergo positive and negative selection, and the autoimmune regulator (Aire) is central in the establishment of immunological tolerance. Loss of Aire leads to severe multiorgan autoimmune disease with infiltration of autoreactive T cells in affected organs...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318489/deletion-of-the-mad2l1-spindle-assembly-checkpoint-gene-is-tolerated-in-mouse-models-of-acute-t-cell-lymphoma-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Floris Foijer, Lee A Albacker, Bjorn Bakker, Diana C Spierings, Ying Yue, Stephanie Z Xie, Stephanie H Davis, Annegret Lutum-Jehle, Darin Takemoto, Brian Hare, Brinley Furey, Roderick T Bronson, Peter M Lansdorp, Allan Bradley, Peter K Sorger
Chromosome instability (CIN) is deleterious to normal cells because of the burden of aneuploidy. However, most human solid tumors have an abnormal karyotype implying that gain and loss of chromosomes by cancer cells confers a selective advantage. CIN can be induced in the mouse by inactivating the spindle assembly checkpoint. This is lethal in the germline but we show here that adult T cells and hepatocytes can survive conditional inactivation of the Mad2l1 SAC gene and resulting CIN. This causes rapid onset of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) and progressive development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), both lethal diseases...
March 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318016/the-transporter-synpam71-is-located-in-the-plasma-membrane-and-thylakoids-and-mediates-manganese-tolerance-in-synechocystis-pcc6803
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Chiara Gandini, Sidsel Birkelund Schmidt, Søren Husted, Anja Schneider, Dario Leister
Manganese (Mn) is an essential constituent of photosystem II (PSII) and therefore indispensable for oxygenic photosynthesis. Very little is known about how Mn is transported, delivered and retained in photosynthetic cells. Recently, the thylakoid-localized transporter PAM71 has been linked to chloroplast Mn homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Here, we characterize the function of its homolog in Synechocystis (SynPAM71). We used a loss-of-function line (ΔSynPAM71), wild-type (WT) cells exposed to Mn stress and strains expressing a tagged variant of SynPAM71 to characterize the role of SynPAM71 in cyanobacterial Mn homeostasis...
March 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314257/treatment-of-hematological-malignancies-with-glycyrrhizic-acid
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Bryan J Hostetler, Olga N Uchakina, Hao Ban, Robert J McKallip
The current study examined the effectiveness of glycyrrhizic acid (GA) in reducing cell viability and inducing apoptosis in human chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in vitro and a mouse lymphoma in vivo. Additionally, we assessed GA as a candidate for combinational therapy in CML along with the current frontline treatment, imatinib (IM). Treatment of K562 CML cells with GA alone resulted in significant induction of apoptosis and loss of cell viability. GA was well tolerated by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) up to 2 mM doses which were subsequently used in combination with IM...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304106/therapeutic-plasma-exchange-versus-double-plasma-molecular-absorption-system-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infected-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-treated-by-entercavir-a-prospective-study
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Yue-Meng Wan, Yu-Hua Li, Zhi-Yuan Xu, Jing Yang, Li-Hong Yang, Ying Xu, Jin-Hui Yang
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) and double plasma molecular absorption system (DPMAS) were two extracorporeal liver support systems. Few studies compared their efficacy profile. OBJECTIVE: This study was to compare the efficacy of TPE and DPMAS on acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV-ACLF). METHODS: 60 HBV-ACLF patients were enrolled and prospectively studied. All patients received entecavir therapy, and were assigned to TPE group (n = 33) and DPMAS group (n = 27)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Apheresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303504/do-bariatric-patients-follow-dietary-and-lifestyle-recommendations-during-the-first-postoperative-year
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Shiri Sherf Dagan, Andrei Keidar, Asnat Raziel, Nasser Sakran, David Goitein, Oren Shibolet, Shira Zelber-Sagi
BACKGROUND: Data on adherence to postoperative lifestyle recommendations by bariatric patients are scarce. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate adherence to selected recommendations during the first year following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) surgery. METHODS: A prospective cohort study with 12 months of follow-up on 100 LSG patients was conducted. Data were collected at baseline and at 3 (M3), 6 (M6), and 12 (M12) months post-surgery and included anthropometrics, biochemical tests, food intake, food tolerance, common surgery-related side effects, physical activity (PA), supplementation, and number of follow-up meetings with a dietitian...
March 16, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303406/drought-induced-expression-of-aquaporin-genes-in-leaves-of-two-common-bean-cultivars-differing-in-tolerance-to-drought-stress
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Mateja Zupin, Aleš Sedlar, Marjetka Kidrič, Vladimir Meglič
Aquaporin proteins are part of the complex response of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to drought which affects the quality and quantity of yield of this important crop. To better understand the role of aquaporins in common bean, drought-induced gene expression of several aquaporins was determined in two cultivars, the more drought tolerant Tiber and the less tolerant Starozagorski čern. The two bean cultivars were selected among 16 European genotypes based on the tolerance to drought determined by time needed for plants to wilt after withholding irrigation and yield at harvest...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303146/an-assessment-of-genetic-diversity-and-drought-tolerance-in-argan-tree-argania-spinosa-populations-potential-for-the-development-of-improved-drought-tolerance
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Abdelghani Chakhchar, Matthew Haworth, Cherkaoui El Modafar, Marco Lauteri, Claudia Mattioni, Said Wahbi, Mauro Centritto
The argan tree (Argania spinosa) occurs in a restricted area of Southwestern Morocco characterized by low water availability and high evapotranspirative demand. Despite the adaptation of the argan tree to drought stress, the extent of the argan forest has declined markedly due to increased aridity, land use changes and the expansion of olive cultivation. The oil of the argan seed is used for cooking and as the basis for numerous cosmetics. The identification of argan tree varieties with enhanced drought tolerance may minimize the economic losses associated with the decline of the argan forest and constrain the spread of desertification...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301425/dolutegravir-with-tenofovir-disoproxil-fumarate-emtricitabine-as-hiv-post-exposure-prophylaxis-in-gay-and-bisexual-men
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John Mcallister, Janet M Towns, Anna Mcnulty, Anna B Pierce, Rosalind Foster, Robyn Richardson, Andrew Carr
OBJECTIVES: Completion rates for HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) are often low. We investigated the adherence and safety of dolutegravir (DTG 50 mg daily) with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate 300 mg/emtricitabine 200 mg (TDF-FTC) as 3-drug PEP in gay and bisexual men (GBM). DESIGN: Open-label, single-arm study at 3 sexual health clinics and 2 emergency departments in Australia. METHODS: One hundred HIV-uninfected GBM requiring PEP received DTG plus TDF-FTC for 28 days...
March 15, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300148/evolution-of-the-chitin-synthase-gene-family-correlates-with-fungal-morphogenesis-and-adaption-to-ecological-niches
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Ran Liu, Chuan Xu, Qiangqiang Zhang, Shiyi Wang, Weiguo Fang
The fungal kingdom potentially has the most complex chitin synthase (CHS) gene family, but evolution of the fungal CHS gene family and its diversification to fulfill multiple functions remain to be elucidated. Here, we identified the full complement of CHSs from 231 fungal species. Using the largest dataset to date, we characterized the evolution of the fungal CHS gene family using phylogenetic and domain structure analysis. Gene duplication, domain recombination and accretion are major mechanisms underlying the diversification of the fungal CHS gene family, producing at least 7 CHS classes...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298911/autoantibodies-against-the-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-subunit-nr1-untangling-apparent-inconsistencies-for-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Hannelore Ehrenreich
This viewpoint review provides an integrative picture of seemingly contradictory work published on N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor 1 (NMDAR1) autoantibodies (AB). Based on the present state of knowledge, it gives recommendations for the clinical decision process regarding immunosuppressive treatment. Brain antigen-directed AB in general and NMDAR1-AB in particular belong to a preexisting autoimmune repertoire of mammals including humans. Specific autoimmune reactive B cells may get repeatedly (perhaps transiently) boosted by various potential stimulants (e...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298341/life-history-evolution-in-ants-the-case-of-cardiocondyla
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REVIEW
Jürgen Heinze
Ants are important components of most terrestrial habitats, and a better knowledge of the diversity of their life histories is essential to understand many aspects of ecosystem functioning. The myrmicine genus Cardiocondyla shows a wide range of colony structures, reproductive behaviours, queen and male lifespans, and habitat use. Reconstructing the evolutionary pathways of individual and social phenotypic traits suggests that the ancestral life history of Cardiocondyla was characterized by the presence of multiple, short-lived queens in small-sized colonies and a male polyphenism with winged dispersers and wingless fighters, which engage in lethal combat over female sexuals within their natal nests...
March 15, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298021/prophylactic-nimodipine-treatment-and-improvement-in-hearing-outcome-after-vestibular-schwannoma-surgery-a-combined-analysis-of-a-randomized-multicenter-phase-iii-trial-and-its-pilot-study
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Christian Scheller, Andreas Wienke, Marcos Tatagiba, Alireza Gharabaghi, Kristofer F Ramina, Oliver Ganslandt, Barbara Bischoff, Johannes Zenk, Tobias Engelhorn, Cordula Matthies, Thomas Westermaier, Gregor Antoniadis, Maria Teresa Pedro, Veit Rohde, Kajetan von Eckardstein, Thomas Kretschmer, Malte Kornhuber, Jörg Steighardt, Michael Richter, Fred G Barker, Christian Strauss
OBJECT In clinical routines, neuroprotective strategies in neurosurgical interventions are still missing. A pilot study (n = 30) and an analogously performed Phase III trial (n = 112) pointed to a beneficial effect of prophylactic nimodipine and hydroxyethyl starch (HES) in vestibular schwannoma (VS) surgery. Considering the small sample size, the data from both studies were pooled. METHODS The patients in both investigator-initiated studies were assigned to 2 groups. The treatment group (n = 70) received parenteral nimodipine (1-2 mg/hour) and HES (hematocrit 30%-35%) from the day before surgery until the 7th postoperative day...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296918/calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-cpk31-interacts-with-arsenic-transporter-atnip1-1-and-regulates-arsenite-uptake-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Ruijie Ji, Liming Zhou, Jinglong Liu, Yuan Wang, Lei Yang, Qinsong Zheng, Chi Zhang, Bin Zhang, Haiman Ge, Yonghua Yang, Fugeng Zhao, Sheng Luan, Wenzhi Lan
Although arsenite [As(III)] is non-essential and toxic for plants, it is effectively absorbed through various transporters into the roots. Here we identified a calcium-dependent protein kinase (CPK31) response for As(III) tolerance in Arabidopsis. We identified CPK31 as an interacting protein of a nodulin 26-like intrinsic protein (NIP1;1), an aquaporin involved in As(III) uptake. Similarly to the nip1;1 mutants, the loss-of-function mutants of CPK31 improved the tolerance against As(III) but not As(V), and accumulated less As(III) in roots than that of the wild-type plants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296893/hnrnp-i-regulates-neonatal-immune-adaptation-and-prevents-colitis-and-colorectal-cancer
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Zhigang Jin, Feng Liang, Jing Yang, Wenyan Mei
The intestinal epithelium plays a critical role in host-microbe homeostasis by sensing gut microbes and subsequently initiating proper immune responses. During the neonatal stage, the intestinal epithelium is under immune repression, allowing the transition for newborns from a relatively sterile intra-uterine environment to one that is rich in foreign antigens. The mechanism underlying such immune repression remains largely unclear, but involves downregulation of IRAK1 (interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase), an essential component of toll-like receptor-mediated NF-κB signaling...
March 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296247/comprehensive-proteome-analysis-of-human-skeletal-muscle-in-cachexia-and-sarcopenia-a-pilot-study
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H Alexander Ebhardt, Simone Degen, Valentina Tadini, Alain Schilb, Neil Johns, Carolyn A Greig, Kenneth C H Fearon, Ruedi Aebersold, Carsten Jacobi
BACKGROUND: Cancer cachexia (cancer-induced muscle wasting) is found in a subgroup of cancer patients leaving the patients with a poor prognosis for survival due to a lower tolerance of the chemotherapeutic drug. The cause of the muscle wasting in these patients is not fully understood, and no predictive biomarker exists to identify these patients early on. Skeletal muscle loss is an inevitable consequence of advancing age. As cancer frequently occurs in old age, identifying and differentiating the molecular mechanisms mediating muscle wasting in cancer cachexia vs...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292987/-management-of-toxicities-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
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Yoshitsugu Horio
Immune checkpoint inhibitors, including the anti-CTLA-4 antibody ipilimumab, the anti-PD-1 antibodies nivolumab and pembrolizumab, and the anti-PD-L1 antibody atezolizumab had produced long-lasting tumor responses in several malignancies. Immune-related Adverse Events(irAEs)which are different from adverse events of conventional chemotherapy and molecular targeted therapy, occur as a consequence of impaired self-tolerance from loss of T-cell inhibition. The main irAEs of immune checkpoint inhibitors include dermatological, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, hepatic, endocrine, renal toxicities...
March 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
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