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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922847/apolipoprotein-e-metabolism-and-functions-in-brain-and-its-role-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#1
Fan Liao, Hyejin Yoon, Jungsu Kim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: APOE4 genotype is the strongest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Prevailing evidence suggests that amyloid β plays a critical role in Alzheimer's disease. The objective of this article is to review the recent findings about the metabolism of apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and amyloid β and other possible mechanisms by which ApoE contributes to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. RECENT FINDINGS: ApoE isoforms have differential effects on amyloid β metabolism...
December 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920337/effect-of-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-on-acrylamide-induced-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-pc12-cells
#2
Y He, D Tan, Y Mi, B Bai, D Jiang, X Zhou, S Ji
Acrylamide (ACR) is a chemical intermediate utilized in industry. ACR is also formed during heating of foods containing carbohydrates and amino acids. Therefore, humans are widely exposed to ACR, and ACR neurotoxicity in humans is a significant public health issue attracting wide attention. In this study, we investigated the potential neuroprotective effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the most abundant polyphenolic compound in green tea, in PC12 cells treated with ACR. ACR-treated PC12 cells pretreated with various concentrations of EGCG (2...
December 5, 2016: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915160/histone-deacetylase-9-plays-a-role-in-the-antifibrogenic-effect-of-astaxanthin-in-hepatic-stellate-cells
#3
Yue Yang, Minkyung Bae, Young-Ki Park, Yoojin Lee, Tho X Pham, Swetha Rudraiah, José Manautou, Sung I Koo, Ji-Young Lee
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is critical for liver fibrosis development. Previously, we showed that astaxanthin (ASTX), a xanthophyll carotenoid, has antifibrogenic effects in LX-2 cells, a human HSC cell line. We sought to determine the effect of ASTX on HSC activation, and to identify molecular mediators that are critically involved in the processes. ASTX prevented the activation of mouse primary HSCs, as evidenced by attenuated induction of procollagen type I α1. In human primary HSCs, ASTX also inhibited transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1)-induced fibrogenic gene expression...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913544/treatment-of-rare-factor-deficiencies-in-2016
#4
Flora Peyvandi, Marzia Menegatti
Rare bleeding disorders (RBDs) are a heterogeneous group of coagulation disorders characterized by fibrinogen, prothrombin, factors V, VII, X, XI, or XIII (FV, FVII, FX, FXI, or FXIII, respectively), and the combined factor V + VIII and vitamin K-dependent proteins deficiencies, representing roughly 5% of all bleeding disorders. They are usually transmitted as autosomal, recessive disorders, and the prevalence of the severe forms could range from 1 case in 500 000 for FVII up to 1 in 2-3 million for FXIII in the general population...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913133/a-comparative-study-of-different-strategies-for-removal-of-endotoxins-from-bacteriophage-preparations
#5
Jonas D Van Belleghem, Maya Merabishvili, Bjorn Vergauwen, Rob Lavigne, Mario Vaneechoutte
Bacterial endotoxins have high immunogenicity. Phage biology studies as well as therapeutic phage applications necessitate highly purified phage particles. In this study, we compared combinations of seven different endotoxin removal strategies and validated their endotoxin removal efficacy for five different phages (i.e. four Pseudomonas aeruginosa phages and one Staphylococcus aureus phage). These purification strategies included Endotrap HD column purification and/or CsCl density centrifugation in combination with Endotrap purification, followed by organic solvent (1-octanol), detergent (Triton X-100), enzymatic inactivation of the endotoxin using alkaline phosphatase and CIM monolytic anion exchange chromatography...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912126/evaluation-of-the-inactivation-effect-of-triton-x-100-on-ebola-virus-infectivity
#6
Francesca Colavita, Serena Quartu, Eleonora Lalle, Licia Bordi, Daniele Lapa, Silvia Meschi, Antonella Vulcano, Antonietta Toffoletti, Eugenio Bordi, Maria Grazia Paglia, Antonino Di Caro, Giuseppe Ippolito, Maria Rosaria Capobianchi, Concetta Castilletti
BACKGROUND: The recent Ebola virus disease outbreak occurred in West Africa since December 2013 highlighted the need of appropriate virus inactivation procedures to be set up to allow the necessary processing of specimens outside BSL-4 facilities and to perform laboratory tests without affecting clinical decisions. For this purpose, international guidelines suggest the pre-treatment of the samples with Triton X-100. OBJECTIVES: Due to the limited scientific evidence about the efficacy of Triton X-100 on enveloped-viruses, the aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of Triton X-100 on the virus infectivity and to establish the optimal conditions for its use...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903650/structural-analysis-of-single-domain-antibodies-bound-to-a-second-neutralizing-hot-spot-on-ricin-toxin-s-enzymatic-subunit
#7
Michael J Rudolph, David J Vance, Michael S Cassidy, Yinghui Rong, Nicholas J Mantis
Ricin toxin is a heterodimer consisting of RTA, a ribosome-inactivating protein, and RTB, a lectin that facilitates receptor-mediated uptake into mammalian cells. In previous studies, we demonstrated that toxin-neutralizing antibodies target four spatially distinct hotspots on RTA, which we refer to as epitope Clusters I-IV. In this report we identified and characterized three single domain camelid antibodies (VHH) against Cluster II. One of these VHHs, V5E1, ranks as one of the most potent ricin-neutralizing antibodies described to date...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902768/human-lung-tissue-transcriptome-influence-of-sex-and-age
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Matteo Dugo, Chiara E Cotroneo, Emilie Lavoie-Charland, Matteo Incarbone, Luigi Santambrogio, Lorenzo Rosso, Maarten van den Berge, David Nickle, Peter D Paré, Yohan Bossé, Tommaso A Dragani, Francesca Colombo
BACKGROUND: Sex and age strongly influence the pathophysiology of human lungs, but scarce information is available about their effects on pulmonary gene expression. METHODS: We followed a discovery-validation strategy to identify sex- and age-related transcriptional differences in lung. RESULTS: We identified transcriptional profiles significantly associated with sex (215 genes; FDR < 0.05) and age at surgery (217 genes) in non-involved lung tissue resected from 284 lung adenocarcinoma patients...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899806/preleukemia-one-name-many-meanings
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REVIEW
H P Koeffler, G Leong
Definition of preleukemia has evolved. It was first used to describe the myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with a propensity to progress to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Individuals with germline mutations of either RUNX1, CEBPA, or GATA2 can also be called as preleukemic because they have a markedly increased incidence of evolution into AML. Also, alkylating chemotherapy or radiation can cause MDS/preleukemia which nearly always progress to AML. More recently investigators noted that AML patients who achieved complete morphological remission after chemotherapy often have clonal hematopoiesis predominantly marked by either DNMT3A, TET2 or IDH1/2 mutations which were also present at diagnosis of AML...
November 30, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899143/presymptomatic-diagnosis-of-fabry-s-disease-a-case-report
#10
Rasmus Bo Hasselbalch, Per Lav Madsen, Henning Bundgaard, Juliane Theilade
BACKGROUND: Fabry's disease is a rare X-linked genetic disorder characterized by reduced levels of the α-galactosidase A enzyme. It may present with a cardiac phenotype resembling hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. However, as a specific enzyme replacement therapy is available, it remains an important differential diagnoses in patients presenting with cardiac hypertrophy. In boys, onset has been reported in early childhood with complaints initially comprising neuropathic pain, reduced sweat production, and gastrointestinal symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896428/xci-escaping-gene-kdm5c-contributes-to-ovarian-development-via-downregulating-mir-320a
#11
Yi-Xi Sun, Yi-Xin Zhang, Dan Zhang, Chen-Ming Xu, Song-Chang Chen, Jun-Yu Zhang, Ye-Chun Ruan, Feng Chen, Run-Ju Zhang, Ye-Qing Qian, Yi-Feng Liu, Lu-Yang Jin, Tian-Tian Yu, Hai-Yan Xu, Yu-Qin Luo, Xin-Mei Liu, Fei Sun, Jian-Zhong Sheng, He-Feng Huang
Mechanisms underlying female gonadal dysgenesis remain unclarified and relatively unstudied. Whether X-chromosome inactivation (XCI)-escaping genes and microRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to this condition is currently unknown. We compared 45,X Turner Syndrome women with 46,XX normal women, and investigated differentially expressed miRNAs in Turner Syndrome through plasma miRNA sequencing. We found that miR-320a was consistently upregulated not only in 45,X plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), but also in 45,X fetal gonadal tissues...
November 28, 2016: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894403/conditioned-medium-from-neural-stem-cells-inhibits-glioma-cell-growth
#12
Z Li, Q Zhong, H Liu, P Liu, J Wu, D Ma, X Chen, X Yang
Malignant glioma is one of the most common brain tumors in the central nervous system. Although the significant progress has been made in recent years, the mortality is still high and 5-year survival rate is still very low. One of the leading causes to the high mortality for glioma patients is metastasis and invasion. An efficient method to control the tumor metastasis is a promising way to treat the glioma. Previous reports indicated that neural stem cells (NSCs) were served as a delivery vector to the anti-glioma therapy...
October 31, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893709/identification-of-myst3-as-a-novel-epigenetic-activator-of-er%C3%AE-frequently-amplified-in-breast-cancer
#13
L Yu, Y Liang, X Cao, X Wang, H Gao, S-Y Lin, R Schiff, X-S Wang, K Li
Estrogen receptor α (ERα) is a master driver of a vast majority of breast cancers. Breast cancer cells often develop resistance to endocrine therapy via restoration of the ERα activity through survival pathways. Thus identifying the epigenetic activator of ERα that can be targeted to block ERα gene expression is a critical topic of endocrine therapy. Here, integrative genomic analysis identified MYST3 as a potential oncogene target that is frequently amplified in breast cancer. MYST3 is involved in histone acetylation via its histone acetyltransferase domain (HAT) and, as a result, activates gene expression by altering chromatin structure...
November 28, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886076/pathogens-inactivated-by-low-energy-electron-irradiation-maintain-antigenic-properties-and-induce-protective-immune-responses
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Jasmin Fertey, Lea Bayer, Thomas Grunwald, Alexandra Pohl, Jana Beckmann, Gaby Gotzmann, Javier Portillo Casado, Jessy Schönfelder, Frank-Holm Rögner, Christiane Wetzel, Martin Thoma, Susanne M Bailer, Ekkehard Hiller, Steffen Rupp, Sebastian Ulbert
Inactivated vaccines are commonly produced by incubating pathogens with chemicals such as formaldehyde or β-propiolactone. This is a time-consuming process, the inactivation efficiency displays high variability and extensive downstream procedures are often required. Moreover, application of chemicals alters the antigenic components of the viruses or bacteria, resulting in reduced antibody specificity and therefore stimulation of a less effective immune response. An alternative method for inactivation of pathogens is ionizing radiation...
November 23, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884786/osteopontin-and-the-dento-osseous-pathobiology-of-x-linked-hypophosphatemia
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Tchilalo Boukpessi, Betty Hoac, Benjamin R Coyac, Thibaut Leger, Camille Garcia, Philippe Wicart, Michael P Whyte, Francis H Glorieux, Agnès Linglart, Catherine Chaussain, Marc D McKee
Seven young patients with X-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH, having inactivating PHEX mutations) were discovered to accumulate osteopontin (OPN) at the sites of defective bone mineralization near osteocytes - the so-called hallmark periosteocytic (lacunar) "halos" of XLH. OPN was also localized in the pericanalicular matrix extending beyond the osteocyte lacunae, as well as in the hypomineralized matrix of tooth dentin. OPN, a potent inhibitor of mineralization normally degraded by PHEX, is a member of a family of acidic, phosphorylated, calcium-binding, extracellular matrix proteins known to regulate dental, skeletal, and pathologic mineralization...
November 21, 2016: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880931/an-xist-related-small-rna-regulates-kras-g-quadruplex-formation-beyond-x-inactivation
#16
Yuli C Chang, Chien-Chih Chiu, Chung-Yee Yuo, Wen-Ling Chan, Ya-Sian Chang, Wen-Hsin Chang, Shou-Mei Wu, Han-Lin Chou, Ta-Chih Liu, Chi-Yu Lu, Wen-Kuang Yang, Jan-Gowth Chang
X-inactive-specific transcript (XIST), a long non-coding RNA, is essential for the initiation of X-chromosome inactivation. However, little is known about other roles of XIST in the physiological process in eukaryotic cells. In this study, the bioinformatics approaches revealed XIST could be processed into a small non-coding RNA XPi2. The XPi2 RNA was confirmed by a northern blot assay; its expression was gender-independent, suggesting the role of XPi2 was beyond X-chromosome inactivation. The pull-down assay combined with LC-MS-MS identified two XPi2-associated proteins, nucleolin and hnRNP A1, connected to the formation of G-quadruplex...
November 17, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875932/hybrid-soliwave-technique-for-mitigating-sulfate-reducing-bacteria-in-controlling-biocorrosion-a-case-study-on-crude-oil-sample
#17
Muhammad Khairool Fahmy Bin Mohd Ali, Akrima Abu Bakar, Norhazilan Md Noor, Nordin Yahaya, Mardhiah Ismail, Ahmad Safuan Rashid
Corrosion is one of the leading causes of failure in onshore and offshore transmission pipelines, threatening pipeline integrity internally and externally. Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) is among the common corrosion types for buried and deep-water pipelines that result in costly repair and pipeline failure. Sulfate Reducing Bacteria (SRB) are commonly known as the culprit of MIC. Many countries have very stringent regulations for the usage of chemical substances (biocides) to inhibit microorganism growth...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870435/a-general-theory-of-sexual-differentiation
#18
REVIEW
Arthur P Arnold
A general theory of mammalian sexual differentiation is proposed. All biological sex differences are the result of the inequality in effects of the sex chromosomes, which are the only factors that differ in XX vs. XY zygotes. This inequality leads to male-specific effects of the Y chromosome, including expression of the testis-determining gene Sry that causes differentiation of testes. Thus, Sry sets up lifelong sex differences in effects of gonadal hormones. Y genes also act outside of the gonads to cause male-specific effects...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870409/cognitive-behavioral-and-neural-consequences-of-sex-chromosome-aneuploidy
#19
REVIEW
Frida Printzlau, Jeanne Wolstencroft, David H Skuse
The X chromosome has played a critical role in the development of sexually selected characteristics for over 300 million years, and during that time it has accumulated a disproportionate number of genes concerned with mental functions. There are relatively specific effects of X-linked genes on social cognition, language, emotional regulation, visuospatial, and numerical skills. Many human X-linked genes outside the X-Y pairing pseudoautosomal regions escape X-inactivation. Dosage differences in the expression of such genes (which constitute at least 15% of the total) are likely to play an important role in male-female neural differentiation, and in cognitive deficits and behavioral characteristics, particularly in the realm of social communication, that are associated with sex chromosome aneuploidies...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869828/tumor-suppressor-genes-that-escape-from-x-inactivation-contribute-to-cancer-sex-bias
#20
Andrew Dunford, David M Weinstock, Virginia Savova, Steven E Schumacher, John P Cleary, Akinori Yoda, Timothy J Sullivan, Julian M Hess, Alexander A Gimelbrant, Rameen Beroukhim, Michael S Lawrence, Gad Getz, Andrew A Lane
There is a striking and unexplained male predominance across many cancer types. A subset of X-chromosome genes can escape X-inactivation, which would protect females from complete functional loss by a single mutation. To identify putative 'escape from X-inactivation tumor-suppressor' (EXITS) genes, we examined somatic alterations from >4,100 cancers across 21 tumor types for sex bias. Six of 783 non-pseudoautosomal region (PAR) X-chromosome genes (ATRX, CNKSR2, DDX3X, KDM5C, KDM6A, and MAGEC3) harbored loss-of-function mutations more frequently in males (based on a false discovery rate < 0...
November 21, 2016: Nature Genetics
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