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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150919/a-focus-on-the-beneficial-effects-of-alpha-synuclein-and-a-re-appraisal-of-synucleinopathies
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Larisa Ryskalin, Carla L Busceti, Fiona Limanaqi, Francesca Biagioni, Stefano Gambardella, Francesco Fornai
Alpha synuclein (α-syn) belongs to a class of proteins which are commonly considered to play a detrimental role in neuronal survival. This assumption is based on the occurrence of a severe neuronal degeneration in patients carrying a multiplication of the α-syn gene (SNCA) and in a variety of experimental models, where overexpression of α-syn leads to cell death and neurological impairment. In these conditions, a higher amount of normally structured α-syn produces a damage, which is even worse compared with that produced by α-syn owing an abnormal structure (as occurring following point gene mutations)...
November 16, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150865/enhanced-mu-opioid-receptor-dependent-opioidergic-modulation-of-striatal-cholinergic-transmission-in-dyt1-dystonia
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Giulia Ponterio, Annalisa Tassone, Giuseppe Sciamanna, Valentina Vanni, Maria Meringolo, Massimo Santoro, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Paola Bonsi, Antonio Pisani
BACKGROUND: Mu opioid receptor activation modulates acetylcholine release in the dorsal striatum, an area deeply involved in motor function, habit formation, and reinforcement learning as well as in the pathophysiology of different movement disorders, such as dystonia. Although the role of opioids in drug reward and addiction is well established, their involvement in motor dysfunction remains largely unexplored. METHODS: We used a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the responses to mu activation in 2 mouse models of DYT1 dystonia (Tor1a(+/Δgag) mice, Tor1a(+/-) torsinA null mice, and their respective wild-types)...
November 18, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150834/il-22-neutralizing-autoantibodies-impair-fungal-clearance-in-murine-oropharyngeal-candidiasis-model
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Rudolf Bichele, Jaanika Kärner, Kai Truusalu, Imbi Smidt, Reet Mändar, Heather R Conti, Sarah L Gaffen, Pärt Peterson, Martti Laan, Kai Kisand
Protection against mucocutaneous candidiasis depends on the T helper (Th)17 pathway, as gene defects affecting its integrity result in inability to clear Candida albicans infection on body surfaces. Moreover, autoantibodies neutralizing Th17 cytokines have been related to chronic candidiasis in a rare inherited disorder called autoimmune polyendocriopathy candidiasis ectodermal dystrophy (APECED) caused by mutations in autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. However, the direct pathogenicity of these autoantibodies has not yet been addressed...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150706/application-of-directed-evolution-to-develop-ethanol-tolerant-oenococcus-oeni-for-more-efficient-malolactic-fermentation
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Alice L Betteridge, Krista M Sumby, Joanna F Sundstrom, Paul R Grbin, Vladimir Jiranek
Malolactic fermentation (MLF) is an important step in winemaking, which can be notoriously unreliable due to the fastidious nature of Oenococcus oeni. This study aimed to use directed evolution (DE) to produce a more robust strain of O. oeni having the ability to withstand high ethanol concentrations. DE involves an organism mutating and potentially adapting to a high stress environment over the course of extended cultivation. A continuous culture of O. oeni was established and exposed to progressively increasing ethanol content such that after approximately 330 generations, an isolate from this culture was able to complete MLF in high ethanol content medium earlier than its parent...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150659/ectopic-foxp3-expression-preserves-primitive-features-of-human-hematopoietic-stem-cells-while-impairing-functional-t-cell-differentiation
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F R Santoni de Sio, L Passerini, M M Valente, F Russo, L Naldini, M G Roncarolo, R Bacchetta
FOXP3 is the transcription factor ruling regulatory T cell function and maintenance of peripheral immune tolerance, and mutations in its coding gene causes IPEX autoimmune syndrome. FOXP3 is also a cell-cycle inhibitor and onco-suppressor in different cell types. In this work, we investigate the effect of ectopic FOXP3 expression on HSC differentiation and we challenged this approach as a possible HSC-based gene therapy for IPEX. FOXP3-expressing HSC showed reduced proliferation ability and increased maintenance of primitive markers in vitro in both liquid and OP9-ΔL1 co-cultures...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150638/the-kohlsch%C3%A3-tter-t%C3%A3-nz-syndrome-associated-gene-rogdi-encodes-a-novel-presynaptic-protein
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Donatus Riemann, Rebecca Wallrafen, Thomas Dresbach
Mutations in the human homolog of the Drosophila gene Rogdi cause Kohlschütter-Tönz syndrome. This disorder is characterised by amelogenesis imperfecta, as well as severe neurological symptoms including epilepsy and psychomotor delay. However, little is known about the protein encoded by Rogdi, and hence the pathogenic mechanisms underlying Kohlschütter-Tönz syndrome have remained elusive. Using immunofluorescence of rat cultured hippocampal neurons and brain sections we find that Rogdi is enriched at synaptic sites...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150636/a-genetic-system-for-targeted-mutations-to-disrupt-and-restore-genes-in-the-obligate-bacterium-ehrlichia-chaffeensis
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Ying Wang, Lanjing Wei, Huitao Liu, Chuanmin Cheng, Roman R Ganta
Obligate intracellular bacteria (obligates) belonging to Rickettsiales and Chlamydiales cause diseases in hundreds of millions of people worldwide and in many animal species. Lack of an efficient system for targeted mutagenesis in obligates remains a major impediment in understanding microbial pathogenesis. Challenges in creating targeted mutations may be attributed to essential nature of majority of the genes and intracellular replication dependence. Despite success in generating random mutations, a method that works well in creating mutations in specific genes of interest followed by complementation remains problematic for obligates and is a highly sought-after goal...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150592/the-influence-of-genetic-stability-on-aspergillus-fumigatus-virulence-and-azole-resistance
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Thaila Fernanda Dos Reis, Lilian Pereira Silva, Patrícia Alves de Castro, Pollyne Borborema Almeida de Lima, Rafaela Andrade do Carmo, Marjorie Mendes Marini, José Franco da Silveira, Beatriz Henriques Ferreira, Fernando Rodrigues, Iran Malavazi, Gustavo H Goldman
Genetic stability is extremely important for the survival of every living organism and a very complex set of genes have evolved to cope with DNA repair upon DNA damage. Here, we investigated the Aspergillus fumigatus AtmA (Ataxia-telangiectasia mutated) and AtrA kinases and how they impact virulence and the evolution of azole resistance. We demonstrated that A. fumigatus atmA and atrA null mutants are haploid and have a discrete chromosomal polymorphism. The ΔatmA and ΔatrA strains are sensitive to several DNA damaging agents but surprisingly both strains were more resistant than the wild-type strain to paraquat, menadione, and hydrogen peroxide...
November 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150501/glna-truncation-in-salmonella-enterica-results-in-a-small-colony-variant-phenotype-attenuated-host-cell-entry-and-reduced-expression-of-flagellin-and-spi-1-associated-effector-genes
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Philipp Aurass, Juliane Düvel, Susanne Karste, Ulrich Nübel, Wolfgang Rabsch, Antje Flieger
Many pathogenic bacteria use sophisticated survival strategies to overcome harsh environmental conditions. One is the formation of slow-growing subpopulations termed small colony variants (SCVs). Here we characterize an SCV, which spontaneously emerged from an axenic Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium water culture. We found that the SCV harbors a frameshift mutation in the glutamine synthetase gene glnA leading to a ∼90% truncation of the corresponding protein. Glutamine synthetase, a central enzyme in nitrogen assimilation, converts glutamate and ammonia to glutamine...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150498/identification-of-a-chez-like-gene-in-azorhizobium-caulinodans-a-key-gene-in-the-control-of-chemotaxis-and-colonization-of-the-host-plant
#10
Xiaolin Liu, Wei Liu, Yu Sun, Chunlei Xia, Claudine Elmerich, Zhihong Xie
Chemotaxis can provide bacteria with competitive advantages for survival in complex environments. The CheZ chemotaxis protein is a phosphatase, affecting the flagellar motor in Escherichia coli, by dephosphorylating the response regulator CheY-P protein responsible for clockwise rotation. A cheZ gene has been found in Azorhizobium caulinodans ORS571, in contrast to other rhizobial species studied so far. The CheZ protein in ORS571 has a conserved motif similar to that corresponding to the phosphatase active site in E...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150341/increased-prevalence-of-clinical-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-damaging-mutations-in-abca1-or-apoa1
#11
Omar Abdel-Razek, Singh N Sadananda, Xuan Li, Lubomira Cermakova, Jiri Frohlich, Liam R Brunham
BACKGROUND: A low level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) is a common clinical scenario and poses challenges for management. Many patients with low HDL-C harbor a damaging mutation in ABCA1 or APOA1, but the clinical implications of genetic testing for these mutations are unclear. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of clinical or subclinical atherosclerosis among patients with low HDL-C due to a mutation in ABCA1 or APOA1, compared with patients with low HDL-C without such a mutation...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150295/paternal-transmission-of-early-life-traumatization-through-epigenetics-do-fathers-play-a-role
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Enrique d'Harcourt Rowold, Lara Schulze, Sandra Van der Auwera, Hans Jörgen Grabe
Traumatizing events are known to have consequences for the victim which may lead to the development of several well-known mental disorders. Recent research has shown that traumatic events may affect not only the victims' lives, but also that of their progeny. It is generally accepted that this transmission of trauma occurs through parental behavior; however as has been recently discovered, the effects of trauma may also be inherited due to induced alterations in gene expression. These changes, so called epigenetic modifications, illuminate the interaction between genes and the environment...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150249/accuracy-of-the-cobas-egfr-mutation-assay-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-compared-with-three-laboratory-developed-tests
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Haruhiko Nakamura, Hirotaka Koizumi, Hiroki Sakai, Hiroyuki Kimura, Tomoyuki Miyazawa, Hideki Marushima, Hisashi Saji, Masayuki Takagi
BACKGROUND: The reliability of the cobas EGFR assay to detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as an in vitro diagnostic test was compared with 3 laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: After screening for EGFR mutations using formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded NSCLC tissue sections using the cobas EGFR assay, 151 samples were further tested with 3 LDTs; the peptide nucleic acid-locked nucleic acid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) clamp, PCR invader, and Cycleave assays...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150108/economy-class-syndrome-what-is-it-and-who-are-the-individuals-at-risk
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Luci Maria SantAna Dusse, Marcos Vinícius Ferreira Silva, Letícia Gonçalves Freitas, Milena Soriano Marcolino, Maria das Graças Carvalho
The term 'economy class syndrome' refers to the occurrence of thrombotic events during long-haul flights that mainly occur in passengers in the economy class of the aircraft. This syndrome results from several factors related to the aircraft cabin (immobilization, hypobaric hypoxia and low humidity) and the passenger (body mass index, thrombophilia, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy, cancer), acting together to predispose to excessive blood coagulation, which can result in venous thromboembolism...
October 2017: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150092/generation-of-integration-free-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-lines-derived-from-two-patients-with-x-linked-alport-syndrome-xlas
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Bernd Kuebler, Begoña Aran, Laia Miquel-Serra, Yolanda Muñoz, Elisabet Ars, Gemma Bullich, Monica Furlano, Roser Torra, Merce Marti, Anna Veiga, Angel Raya
Skin biopsies were obtained from two male patients with X-linked Alport syndrome (XLAS) with hemizygous COL4A5 mutations in exon 41 or exon 46. Dermal fibroblasts were extracted and reprogrammed by nucleofection with episomal plasmids carrying OCT3/4, SOX2, KLF4 LIN28, L-MYC and p53 shRNA. The generated induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) lines AS-FiPS2-Ep6F-28 and AS-FiPS3-Ep6F-9 were free of genomically integrated reprogramming genes, had the specific mutations, a stable karyotype, expressed pluripotency markers and generated embryoid bodies which were differentiated towards the three germ layers in vitro...
September 9, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150079/mechanism-hypotheses-for-the-electrophysiological-manifestations-of-two-cases-of-endplate-acetylcholinesterase-deficiency-related-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome
#16
Qingyun Ding, Dongchao Shen, Yi Dai, Youfang Hu, Yuzhou Guan, Mingsheng Liu, Liying Cui
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the electrophysiological characteristics of two cases of endplate acetylcholinesterase deficiency (EAD) related congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) caused by COLQ mutation and to discuss the possible mechanism of these electrophysiological phenomena. METHODS: Electrophysiological examinations were conducted including nerve conduction studies, routine electromyography (EMG), repetitive nerve stimulation (RNS) and single fiber EMG (SFEMG)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150045/spectrum-of-benzo-a-pyrene-induced-mutations-in-the-pig-a-gene-of-l5178ytk-cells-identified-with-next-generation-sequencing
#17
Javier Revollo, Yiying Wang, Page McKinzie, Azra Dad, Mason Pearce, Robert H Heflich, Vasily N Dobrovolsky
We used Sanger sequencing and next generation sequencing (NGS) for analysis of mutations in the endogenous X-linked Pig-a gene of clonally expanded L5178YTk(+/-) cells. The clones developed from single cells that were sorted on a flow cytometer based upon the expression pattern of the GPI-anchored marker, CD90, on their surface. CD90-deficient and CD90-proficient cells were sorted from untreated cultures and CD90-deficient cells were sorted from cultures treated with benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P). Pig-a mutations were identified in all clones developed from CD90-deficient cells; no Pig-a mutations were found in clones of CD90-proficient cells...
December 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149916/whole-exome-sequencing-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-suggests-nek1-is-a-risk-gene-in-chinese
#18
Jacob Gratten, Qiongyi Zhao, Beben Benyamin, Fleur Garton, Ji He, Paul J Leo, Marie Mangelsdorf, Lisa Anderson, Zong-Hong Zhang, Lu Chen, Xiang-Ding Chen, Katie Cremin, Hong-Weng Deng, Janette Edson, Ying-Ying Han, Jessica Harris, Anjali K Henders, Zi-Bing Jin, Zhongshan Li, Yong Lin, Xiaolu Liu, Mhairi Marshall, Bryan J Mowry, Shu Ran, David C Reutens, Sharon Song, Li-Jun Tan, Lu Tang, Robyn H Wallace, Lawrie Wheeler, Jinyu Wu, Jian Yang, Huji Xu, Peter M Visscher, Perry F Bartlett, Matthew A Brown, Naomi R Wray, Dongsheng Fan
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurological disease characterised by the degeneration of motor neurons, which are responsible for voluntary movement. There remains limited understanding of disease aetiology, with median survival of ALS of three years and no effective treatment. Identifying genes that contribute to ALS susceptibility is an important step towards understanding aetiology. The vast majority of published human genetic studies, including for ALS, have used samples of European ancestry...
November 17, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149899/selective-depletion-of-microglial-progranulin-in-mice-is-not-sufficient-to-cause-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-or-neuroinflammation
#19
Terri L Petkau, Natalia Kosior, Kathleen de Asis, Colúm Connolly, Blair R Leavitt
BACKGROUND: Progranulin deficiency due to heterozygous null mutations in the GRN gene are a common cause of familial frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), while homozygous loss-of-function GRN mutations are thought to be a rare cause of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL). Aged progranulin-knockout (Grn-null) mice display highly exaggerated lipofuscinosis, microgliosis, and astrogliosis, as well as mild cell loss in specific brain regions. In the brain, progranulin is predominantly expressed in neurons and microglia, and previously, we demonstrated that neuronal-specific depletion of progranulin does not recapitulate the neuropathological phenotype of Grn-null mice...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149870/first-case-report-of-cohen-syndrome-in-the-tunisian-population-caused-by-vps13b-mutations
#20
Imen Rejeb, Houweyda Jilani, Yasmina Elaribi, Syrine Hizem, Lamia Hila, Julia Lauer Zillahrdt, Jamel Chelly, Lamia Benjemaa
BACKGROUND: Cohen syndrome is a rare autosomal recessive developmental disorder that comprises variable clinical features counting developmental delay, pigmentary retinopathy, myopia, acquired microcephaly, truncal obesity, joint hypermobility, friendly disposition and intermittent neutropenia. VPS13B (vacuolar protein sorting 13, yeast, homologue of B) gene is the only gene responsible for Cohen Syndrome, causative mutations include nonsense, missense, indel and splice-site variants...
November 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
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