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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784666/nomogram-integrating-genomics-with-clinicopathological-features-improves-prognosis-prediction-for-colorectal-cancer
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Yongfu Xiong, Wenxian You, Min Hou, Linglong Peng, He Zhou, Zhongxue Fu
The current tumor staging system is insufficient for predicting the outcomes of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) because of its phenotypic and genomic heterogeneity. Integrating gene expression signatures with clinicopathological factors may yield a predictive accuracy exceeding that of the currently available system. Twenty-seven signatures that used gene expression data to predict CRC prognosis were identified and re-analyzed using bioinformatic methods. Next, clinically annotated CRC samples (n=1710) with the corresponding expression profiles, that predicted a patient's probability of cancer recurrence, were pooled to evaluate their prognostic values and establish a clinicopathologic-genomic nomogram...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782499/tgf%C3%AE-signaling-limits-lineage-plasticity-in-prostate-cancer
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Yi Hao, Glen A Bjerke, Karolina Pietrzak, Tiffany A Melhuish, Yu Han, Stephen D Turner, Henry F Frierson, David Wotton
Although treatment options for localized prostate cancer (CaP) are initially effective, the five-year survival for metastatic CaP is below 30%. Mutation or deletion of the PTEN tumor suppressor is a frequent event in metastatic CaP, and inactivation of the transforming growth factor (TGF) ß signaling pathway is associated with more advanced disease. We previously demonstrated that mouse models of CaP based on inactivation of Pten and the TGFß type II receptor (Tgfbr2) rapidly become invasive and metastatic...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779236/arabidopsis-inositol-phosphate-kinases-ipk1-and-itpk1-constitute-a-metabolic-pathway-in-maintaining-phosphate-homeostasis
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Hui-Fen Kuo, Yu-Ying Hsu, Wei-Chi Lin, Kai-Yu Chen, Teun Munnik, Charles A Brearley, Tzyy-Jen Chiou
Emerging studies have implicated a close link between inositol phosphate (InsP) metabolism and cellular phosphate (Pi ) homeostasis in eukaryotes; however, whether a common InsP species is deployed as an evolutionarily conserved metabolic messenger to mediate Pi signaling remains unknown. Here, using genetics and InsP profiling combined with Pi starvation response (PSR) analysis in Arabidopsis thaliana, we showed that the kinase activity of inositol pentakisphosphate 2-kinase (IPK1), an enzyme required for phytate (inositol hexakisphosphates; InsP6 ) synthesis, is indispensable for maintaining Pi homeostasis under Pi -replete conditions, and inositol 1,3,4-trisphosphate 5/6-kinase 1 (ITPK1) plays an equivalent role...
May 19, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777150/risk-factors-of-treatment-failure-and-30-day-mortality-in-patients-with-bacteremia-due-to-mrsa-with-reduced-vancomycin-susceptibility
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Chien-Chang Yang, Cheng-Len Sy, Yhu-Chering Huang, Shian-Sen Shie, Jwu-Ching Shu, Pang-Hsin Hsieh, Ching-Hsi Hsiao, Chih-Jung Chen
Bacteremia caused by MRSA with reduced vancomycin susceptibility (MRSA-RVS) frequently resulted in treatment failure and mortality. The relation of bacterial factors and unfavorable outcomes remains controversial. We retrospectively reviewed clinical data of patients with bacteremia caused by MRSA with vancomycin MIC = 2 mg/L from 2009 to 2012. The significance of bacterial genotypes, agr function and heterogeneous vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (hIVSA) phenotype in predicting outcomes were determined after clinical covariates adjustment with multivariate analysis...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774119/periostin-a-signal-transduction-intermediate-in-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-emt-in-u-87mg-human-glioblastoma-cells-and-its-inhibition-by-anthocyanidins
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Amira Ouanouki, Sylvie Lamy, Borhane Annabi
Periostin is a secreted protein that is highly expressed in glioblastoma cells as compared to normal brain tissue, and is therefore considered as a potential biomarker in therapeutic modalities. Its contribution in the cancer cells invasive phenotype is, however, poorly understood. This work investigates the role of periostin in U-87 MG glioblastoma cell invasion, cell migration and in Transforming Growth Factor β (TGF-β)-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Periostin gene silencing, using small interfering RNA, decreased TGF-β-induced mesenchymal marker expression of fibronectin and vimentin, partly through reduced Smad2, Akt and Fak phosphorylation as well as U-87 MG cell invasion and migration...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774027/clinical-remission-of-sight-threatening-non-infectious-uveitis-is-characterized-by-an-upregulation-of-peripheral-t-regulatory-cell-polarized-towards-t-bet-and-tigit
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Rose M Gilbert, Xiaozhe Zhang, Robert D Sampson, Michael R Ehrenstein, Dao X Nguyen, Mahid Chaudhry, Charles Mein, Nadiya Mahmud, Grazyna Galatowicz, Oren Tomkins-Netzer, Virginia L Calder, Sue Lightman
Background: Non-infectious uveitis can cause chronic relapsing and remitting ocular inflammation, which may require high dose systemic immunosuppression to prevent severe sight loss. It has been classically described as an autoimmune disease, mediated by pro-inflammatory Th1 and Th17 T-cell subsets. Studies suggest that natural immunosuppressive CD4+ CD25+ FoxP3+ T-regulatory cells (Tregs) are involved in resolution of inflammation and may be involved in the maintenance of clinical remission...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773647/altered-sterol-metabolism-in-budding-yeast-affects-mitochondrial-iron-sulfur-fe-s-cluster-synthesis
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Diane M Ward, Opal S Chen, Liangtao Li, Jerry Kaplan, Shah Alam Bhuiyan, Selvamuthu K Natarajan, Martin Bard, James E Cox
Ergosterol synthesis is essential for cellular growth and viability of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and intracellular sterol distribution and homeostasis are therefore highly regulated in this species. Erg25 is an iron-containing C4-methyl sterol oxidase that contributes to the conversion of 4,4-dimethylzymosterol to zymosterol, a precursor of ergosterol. The ERG29 gene encodes an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated protein, and here we identified a role for Erg29 in the methyl sterol oxidase step of ergosterol synthesis...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768191/loss-of-a-negative-regulator-of-mtorc1-induces-aerobic-glycolysis-and-altered-fiber-composition-in-skeletal-muscle
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Paul A Dutchak, Sandi J Estill-Terpack, Abigail A Plec, Xiaozheng Zhao, Chendong Yang, Jun Chen, Bookyung Ko, Ralph J Deberardinis, Yonghao Yu, Benjamin P Tu
The conserved GATOR1 complex consisting of NPRL2-NPRL3-DEPDC5 inhibits mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) in response to amino acid insufficiency. Here, we show that loss of NPRL2 and GATOR1 function in skeletal muscle causes constitutive activation of mTORC1 signaling in the fed and fasted states. Muscle fibers of NPRL2 knockout animals are significantly larger and show altered fiber-type composition, with more fast-twitch glycolytic and fewer slow-twitch oxidative fibers. NPRL2 muscle knockout mice also have altered running behavior and enhanced glucose tolerance...
May 15, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767432/open-sepulchers-and-closed-boundaries-biodistance-analysis-of-cemetery-structure-and-postmarital-residence-in-the-late-prehispanic-andes
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Matthew C Velasco
OBJECTIVES: In the Late Intermediate Period Andes (AD 1100-1450), the proliferation of above-ground sepulchers reconfigured social boundaries within and between communities engaged in protracted conflict. However, the biosocial dimensions of these mortuary practices, and their implications for conflict and alliance formation, remain unexplored. This study examines patterns of phenotypic variation to: (1) evaluate if open sepulchers were organized on the basis of biological relatedness, and (2) explore if sex-specific phenotypic variability conforms to models of postmarital residence...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766359/two-types-of-ectopic-cushing-syndrome-or-a-continuum-review
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REVIEW
Marta Araujo Castro, Mónica Marazuela Azpiroz
BACKGROUND: Two types of ectopic Cushing syndrome (ECS) are described: ECS associated with aggressive neoplasms, and ECS with indolent and occult tumors, however, there is a lack of studies that thoroughly review their characteristics. METHODS: A systematic review was carried out on PUBMED of all the papers about the ECS, in order to better define the types of this subcategory of Cushing's syndrome, highlighting the differential aspects between these subgroups. RESULTS: It was found that in 50% of cases the prototypic "aggressive" ECS is caused by small cell lung carcinomas (SCLC)...
May 15, 2018: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764984/parallel-evolution-of-common-allelic-variants-confers-flowering-diversity-in-capsella-rubella
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Li Yang, Hui-Na Wang, Xing-Hui Hou, Yu-Pan Zou, Ting-Shen Han, Xiao-Min Niu, Jie Zhang, Zhong Zhao, Marco Todesco, Sureshkumar Balasubramanian, Ya-Long Guo
Flowering time is an adaptive life history trait. Capsella rubella, a close relative of Arabidopsis thaliana and a young species, displays extensive variation for flowering time but low standing genetic variation due to an extreme bottleneck event, providing an excellent opportunity to understand how phenotypic diversity can occur with a limited initial gene pool. Here, we demonstrate that common allelic variation and parallel evolution at the FLC locus confer variation in flowering time in C. rubella. We show that two overlapping deletions in the 5' UTR region of C...
May 15, 2018: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763929/using-gene-genealogies-to-localize-rare-variants-associated-with-complex-traits-in-diploid-populations
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Charith B Karunarathna, Jinko Graham
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Many methods can detect trait association with causal variants in candidate genomic regions; however, a comparison of their ability to localize causal variants is lacking. We extend a previous study of the detection abilities of these methods to a comparison of their localization abilities. METHODS: Through coalescent simulation, we compare several popular association methods. Cases and controls are sampled from a diploid population to mimic human studies...
May 16, 2018: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763710/diabetes-mellitus-in-friedreich-ataxia-a-case-series-of-19-patients-from-the-german-austrian-diabetes-mellitus-registry
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Angeliki Pappa, Martin G Häusler, Andreas Veigel, Konstantina Tzamouranis, Martin W Pfeifer, Andreas Schmidt, Martin Bökamp, Holger Haberland, Siegfried Wagner, Joachim Brückel, Gideon de Sousa, Lukas Hackl, Esther Bollow, Reinhard W Holl
Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is a multisystem autosomal recessive disease with progressive clinical course involving the neuromuscular and endocrine system. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one typical non-neurological manifestation, caused by beta cell failure and insulin resistance. Because of its rarity, knowledge on DM in FRDA is limited. Based on data from 200 301 patients with DM of the German-Austrian diabetes registry (DPV) and two exemplary patient reports, characteristics of patients with DM and FRDA are compared with classical type 1 or type 2 diabetes...
May 12, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760962/phenotypic-and-molecular-identification-of-vancomycin-resistance-in-clinical-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-in-osogbo-nigeria
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Bosede Titilope Bamigboye, Olugbenga Adekunle Olowe, Samuel Sunday Taiwo
The use of vancomycin for treatment of serious infections caused by MRSA strains has resulted in emergence of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) in clinical settings. Following our previous report of phenotypic VRSA in Nigeria, the current study attempts to determine the genetic basis underlying this resistance. Over a period of 6 months, non-duplicate clinical S. aureus isolates from 73 consecutive patients with infective conditions at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo were tested against a panel of eight selected antibiotics by disk diffusion test...
April 2018: European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759822/multivariate-relationships-between-cognition-and-brain-anatomy-across-the-psychosis-spectrum
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Amanda L Rodrigue, Jennifer E McDowell, Neeraj Tandon, Matcheri S Keshavan, Carol A Tamminga, Godfrey D Pearlson, John A Sweeney, Robert D Gibbons, Brett A Clementz
BACKGROUND: Cognitive and structural brain abnormalities range from mild to severe in psychosis. The relation of specific cognitive functions to specific brain structures across the psychosis spectrum is less certain. METHODS: Participants (n = 678) with bipolar, schizoaffective, or schizophrenia psychoses and healthy control subjects were recruited via the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network for Intermediate Phenotypes. The Schizo-Bipolar Scale was used to create a psychosis continuum (from purely affective to purely nonaffective)...
March 31, 2018: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756082/altered-cortical-gaba-in-female-veterans-with-suicidal-behavior-sex-differences-and-clinical-correlates
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Andrew Prescot, Chandni Sheth, Margaret Legarreta, Perry F Renshaw, Erin McGlade, Deborah Yurgelun-Todd
Background: Suicide is a public health concern in the civilian and veteran populations. Stressful life events are precipitating factors for suicide. The neurochemical underpinnings of the association between stress/trauma and suicide risk are unclear, especially in regards to sex differences. We hypothesized that gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), the major inhibitory neurotransmitter may be a neurochemical candidate that is critical in the association between stress and suicide risk in veterans...
April 6, 2018: Chronic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755434/a-polyphasic-and-taxogenomic-evaluation-uncovers-arcobacter-cryaerophilus-as-a-species-complex-that-embraces-four-genomovars
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Alba Pérez-Cataluña, Luis Collado, Oscar Salgado, Violeta Lefiñanco, María J Figueras
The species Arcobacter cryaerophilus is found in many food products of animal origin and is the dominating species in wastewater. In addition, it is associated with cases of farm animal and human infectious diseases,. The species embraces two subgroups i.e., 1A (LMG 24291T = LMG 9904T ) and 1B (LMG 10829) that can be differentiated by their 16S rRNA-RFLP pattern. However, some authors, on the basis of the shared intermediate levels of DNA-DNA hybridization, have suggested abandoning the subgroup classification...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753917/assessment-of-intrafamilial-clinical-variability-of-poikiloderma-with-neutropenia-by-a-10-year-follow-up-of-three-affected-siblings
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Daniela Concolino, Simona Sestito, Francesca Falvo, Giusy Romano, Miriam Ceravolo, Elisa Anastasio, Licia Pensabene, Elisa A Colombo, Lidia Larizza
Clericuzio-type poikiloderma with neutropenia is a well-defined nosological entity, but despite a remarkable number of clinical reports, no long term follow-up data has been presented to date regarding patients with this rare condition. Here we describe the results of clinical follow-up of three siblings, one male (Patient 1) and two females (Patients 2 and 3), subsequent to their first clinical and then molecular diagnosis of Clericuzio-type poikiloderma with neutropenia syndrome due to mutation of USB1gene...
May 10, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753135/daptomycin-and-vancomycin-heteroresistance-revealed-among-cc5-sccmecii-mrsa-clone-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-treatment-alternatives
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Jessica Baleiro Okado, Juliana Sposto Avaca-Crusca, Alexandre Lima Oliveira, Andrei Nicoli Gebieluca Dabul, Ilana Lopes Baratella da Cunha Camargo
INTRODUCTION: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a threat to clinical treatment. Besides high resistance, presence of heterogeneous vancomycin intermediate S. aureus (hVISA) and heterogeneous daptomycin non-susceptible S. aureus (hDNSSA) in the hospital environment are underestimated and associated with treatment failure. OBJECTIVES: To investigate a MRSA dissemination in a Brazilian hospital and to evaluate the efficacy of some treatment options in vitro...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753017/size-matters-aurora-a-controls-drosophila-larval-development
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Lucie Vaufrey, Christine Balducci, René Lafont, Claude Prigent, Stéphanie Le Bras
In metazoans, organisms arising from a fertilized egg, the embryo will develop through multiple series of cell divisions, both symmetric and asymmetric, leading to differentiation. Aurora A is a serine threonine kinase highly involved in such divisions. While intensively studied at the cell biology level, its function in the development of a whole organism has been neglected. Here we investigated the pleiotropic effect of Aurora A loss-of-function in Drosophila larval early development. We report that Aurora A is required for proper larval development timing control through direct and indirect means...
May 9, 2018: Developmental Biology
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