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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923259/-established-therapies-and-new-therapeutic-strategies-in-alcoholic-liver-disease
#1
Helmut Karl Seitz, Sebastian Mueller
Chronical alcohol abuse causes more than 200 diseases and/or symptoms and among these alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is of special importance since it occurs frequently and may be life-threatening. In Europe alcohol consumption as well as ALD increased as compared to the rest of the world. It has been estimated that in Europe approximately 500 000 people die every year due to ALD. ALD consists of alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic steatohepatitis (ASH), alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatocellar cancer (HCC ). Alcohol hepatitis (AH) is a clinical feature with jaundice and liver failure and a high mortality...
December 6, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923069/characterization-in-helicobacter-pylori-of-a-nickel-transporter-essential-for-colonization-that-was-acquired-during-evolution-by-gastric-helicobacter-species
#2
Frédéric Fischer, Marie Robbe-Saule, Evelyne Turlin, Francesco Mancuso, Valérie Michel, Pierre Richaud, Frédéric J Veyrier, Hilde De Reuse, Daniel Vinella
Metal acquisition is crucial for all cells and for the virulence of many bacterial pathogens. In particular, nickel is a virulence determinant for the human gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori as it is the cofactor of two enzymes essential for in vivo colonization, urease and a [NiFe] hydrogenase. To import nickel despite its scarcity in the human body, H. pylori requires efficient uptake mechanisms that are only partially defined. Indeed, alternative ways of nickel entry were predicted to exist in addition to the well-described NixA permease...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922620/relevance-of-necroptosis-in-cancer
#3
REVIEW
Najoua Lalaoui, Gabriela Brumatti
Resistance to caspase-dependent apoptosis is often responsible for treatment failures in cancer. Finding novel therapeutic strategies that can activate alternative cell death programs appears to be appealing. Necroptosis is a form of programmed necrosis that occurs under caspase deficient conditions. This alternative form of cell death has recently emerged as a potential anti-cancer therapy that could overcome apoptosis resistance. A growing understanding of the molecular events triggering necroptosis helped to examine its implication in cancer development and to define new therapeutic strategies...
December 6, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922501/an-overview-of-congenital-myopathies
#4
Jean K Mah, Jeffrey T Joseph
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article uses a case-based approach to highlight the clinical features as well as recent advances in molecular genetics, muscle imaging, and pathophysiology of the congenital myopathies. RECENT FINDINGS: Congenital myopathies refer to a heterogeneous group of genetic neuromuscular disorders characterized by early-onset muscle weakness, hypotonia, and developmental delay. Congenital myopathies are further classified into core myopathies, centronuclear myopathies, nemaline myopathies, and congenital fiber-type disproportion based on the key pathologic features found in muscle biopsies...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922499/the-dystrophic-and-nondystrophic-myotonias
#5
Valeria A Sansone
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article describes clinical and electrical myotonia and provides an update on the classification, diagnosis, and management of myotonic disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: In the myotonic dystrophies, antisense oligonucleotides provide a general strategy to correct RNA gain of function and modulate the expression of CTG expanded repeats; they are currently being tested in a phase 1-2 randomized controlled trial in patients with adult-onset myotonic dystrophy type 1...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922051/catalysis-and-structure-of-zebrafish-urate-oxidase-provide-insights-into-the-origin-of-hyperuricemia-in-hominoids
#6
Marialaura Marchetti, Anastasia Liuzzi, Beatrice Fermi, Romina Corsini, Claudia Folli, Valentina Speranzini, Francesco Gandolfi, Stefano Bettati, Luca Ronda, Laura Cendron, Rodolfo Berni, Giuseppe Zanotti, Riccardo Percudani
Urate oxidase (Uox) catalyses the first reaction of oxidative uricolysis, a three-step enzymatic pathway that allows some animals to eliminate purine nitrogen through a water-soluble compound. Inactivation of the pathway in hominoids leads to elevated levels of sparingly soluble urate and puts humans at risk of hyperuricemia and gout. The uricolytic activities lost during evolution can be replaced by enzyme therapy. Here we report on the functional and structural characterization of Uox from zebrafish and the effects on the enzyme of the missense mutation (F216S) that preceded Uox pseudogenization in hominoids...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921426/-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
#7
Hana Krejčí
The present generation of women of childbearing age more frequently suffer from overweight, obesity, initial as well as fully established metabolic syndrome, which together with postponing motherhood until the third decade in life plays an important role in the increasing incidence of gestational diabetes (GDM) that currently affects about 1/5 of pregnant women. However the causal link between diabetes during pregnancy and metabolic diseases in the whole population is mutual. By way of epigenetic changes, maternal diabetes unfavourably programmes metabolism of the offspring, who tend to transfer the disorder to the next generations...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920829/clinical-and-genetic-features-of-australian-families-with-long-qt-syndrome-a-registry-based-study
#8
Charlotte Burns, Jodie Ingles, Andrew M Davis, Vanessa Connell, Belinda Gray, Lauren Hunt, Julie McGaughran, Christopher Semsarian
BACKGROUND: Familial long QT syndrome (LQTS) is a primary arrhythmogenic disorder caused by mutations in ion channel genes. The phenotype ranges from asymptomatic individuals to sudden cardiac arrest and death. LQTS is a rare but significant health problem for which global data should exist. This study sought to provide the first clinical and genetic description of Australian families with LQTS. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study to evaluate clinical and genetic features of families with LQTS...
December 2016: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920806/hereditary-multiple-exostoses-a-review-of-clinical-appearance-and-metabolic-pattern
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Giovanni Beltrami, Gabriele Ristori, Guido Scoccianti, Angela Tamburini, Rodolfo Capanna
Hereditary multiple exostoses (HME) is an inherited genetic condition characterized by the presence of multiple exostoses (osteochondromas). MHE is a relatively rare autosomal dominant disorder, mainly caused by loss of function mutations in two genes: exostosin-1 (EXT1) and exostosin-2 (EXT2). These genes are linked to heparan sulfate (HS) synthesis, but the specific molecular mechanism leading to the disruption of the cartilage structure and the consequent exostoses formation is still not resolved. The aim of this paper is to encounter the main aspects of HME reviewing the literature, in order to improve clinical features and evolution, and the metabolic-pathogenetic mechanisms underlying...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920481/new-real-time-pcr-method-to-identify-single-point-mutations-in-hepatitis-c-virus
#10
Qian Chen, Irene Belmonte, Maria Buti, Leonardo Nieto, Damir Garcia-Cehic, Josep Gregori, Celia Perales, Laura Ordeig, Meritxell Llorens, Maria Eugenia Soria, Rafael Esteban, Juan Ignacio Esteban, Francisco Rodriguez-Frias, Josep Quer
AIM: To develop a fast, low-cost diagnostic strategy to identify single point mutations in highly variable genomes such as hepatitis C virus (HCV). METHODS: In patients with HCV infection, resistance-associated amino acid substitutions within the viral quasispecies prior to therapy can confer decreased susceptibility to direct-acting antiviral agents and lead to treatment failure and virological relapse. One such naturally occurring mutation is the Q80K substitution in the HCV-NS3 protease gene, which confers resistance to PI inhibitors, particularly simeprevir...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920137/oncogenic-met-as-an-effective-therapeutic-target-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-resistant-to-egfr-inhibitors-the-rise-of-the-phoenix
#11
Livio Trusolino
Anecdotal reports have shown that concomitant inhibition of EGFR and MET can be clinically effective in patients with non-small cell lung cancer carrying EGFR mutations and MET amplification, but large phase III trials in genetically unselected individuals have failed to confirm the benefit of this combination therapy. A new study corroborates the evidence that lung cancer susceptibility to EGFR and MET blockade is sustained by genetically based activation of both targets and identifies a mutation in MET that confers acquired resistance to standard MET inhibitors hitting the active kinase, yet is vulnerable to other MET-directed compounds with a different binding mode...
December 2016: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919007/challenges-in-assignment-of-allosteric-effects-in-cytochrome-p450-catalyzed-substrate-oxidations-to-structural-dynamics-in-the-hemoprotein-architecture
#12
Peter Hlavica
Cytochrome P450s (CYP) represent a superfamily of b-type hemoproteins catalyzing NAD(P)H-dependent oxidative biotransformation of a vast array of natural and xenobiotic compounds. Many eu- and prokaryotic members of this class of monooxygenases display complex non-Michaelis-Menten saturation kinetics, suggestive of homo-/heterotropic cooperativity arising from substrate-/effector-induced allosteric interactions. Here, the paradigm of multiple-ligand occupancy of the catalytic pocket in combination with enzyme oligomerization provides the most favored explanations for the atypical kinetic patterns...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918759/the-functional-effect-of-rare-variants-in-complement-genes-on-c3b-degradation-in-patients-with-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Maartje J Geerlings, Mariann Kremlitzka, Bjorn Bakker, Sara C Nilsson, Nicole T Saksens, Yara T Lechanteur, Marc Pauper, Jordi Corominas, Sascha Fauser, Carel B Hoyng, Anna M Blom, Eiko K de Jong, Anneke I den Hollander
Importance: In age-related macular degeneration (AMD), rare variants in the complement system have been described, but their functional consequences remain largely unexplored. Objectives: To identify new rare variants in complement genes and determine the functional effect of identified variants on complement levels and complement regulation in serum samples from carriers and noncarriers. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study evaluated affected (n = 114) and unaffected (n = 60) members of 22 families with AMD and a case-control cohort consisting of 1831 unrelated patients with AMD and 1367 control individuals from the European Genetic Database from March 29, 2006, to April 26, 2013, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Cologne, Germany...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918283/muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-act-in-synergy-to-facilitate-learning-and-memory
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Katherine Leaderbrand, Helen J Chen, Kevin A Corcoran, Anita L Guedea, Vladimir Jovasevic, Jurgen Wess, Jelena Radulovic
Understanding how episodic memories are formed and retrieved is necessary if we are to treat disorders in which they malfunction. Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChR) in the hippocampus and cortex underlie memory formation, but there is conflicting evidence regarding their role in memory retrieval. Additionally, there is no consensus on which mAChR subtypes are critical for memory processing. Using pharmacological and genetic approaches, we found that (1) encoding and retrieval of contextual memory requires mAChR in the dorsal hippocampus (DH) and retrosplenial cortex (RSC), (2) memory formation requires hippocampal M3 and cooperative activity of RSC M1 and M3, and (3) memory retrieval is more impaired by inactivation of multiple M1-M4 mAChR in DH or RSC than inactivation of individual receptor subtypes...
November 2016: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917773/mutations-of-mtdna-polymerase-%C3%AE-and-hyperlactataemia-in-the-hiv-infected-zulu-population-of-south-africa
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D B A Ojwach, C Aldous, P Kochleff, B Sartorius
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial toxicity, particularly symptomatic hyperlactataemia or lactic acidosis (SHL/LA), has been attributed to the use of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), possibly because of their capacity to impede human mitochondrial DNA polymerase-γ (POLG), which is responsible for the replication of mitochondrial DNA. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether known monogenic POLG1 polymorphisms could be linked with the unexpectedly high incidence of SHL/LA observed in HIV-infected Zulu-speaking patients exposed to the NRTIs stavudine or zidovudine in their antiretroviral therapy...
December 1, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917371/hijacker-of-the-antitumor-immune-response-autophagy-is-showing-its-worst-facet
#16
REVIEW
Elodie Viry, Muhammad Zaeem Noman, Tsolère Arakelian, Audrey Lequeux, Salem Chouaib, Guy Berchem, Etienne Moussay, Jérôme Paggetti, Bassam Janji
Macroautophagy (hereafter referred to as autophagy) is a housekeeping process constitutively executed at basal level in all cells to promote cellular homeostasis by regulating organelle and protein turnover. However, autophagy deregulation caused by several stress factors, such as hypoxia, is prevalent in many cancers. It is now well established that autophagy can act as tumor suppressor or tumor promoter depending on tumor type, stage, and genetic context. In developed tumors, autophagy promotes the survival of cancer cells and therefore operates as a cell resistance mechanism...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916824/graphene-oxide-nanoribbons-induce-autophagic-vacuoles-in-neuroblastoma-cell-lines
#17
Emanuela Mari, Stefania Mardente, Emanuela Morgante, Marco Tafani, Emanuela Lococo, Flavia Fico, Federica Valentini, Alessandra Zicari
Since graphene nanoparticles are attracting increasing interest in relation to medical applications, it is important to understand their potential effects on humans. In the present study, we prepared graphene oxide (GO) nanoribbons by oxidative unzipping of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and analyzed their toxicity in two human neuroblastoma cell lines. Neuroblastoma is the most common solid neoplasia in children. The hallmark of these tumors is the high number of different clinical variables, ranging from highly metastatic, rapid progression and resistance to therapy to spontaneous regression or change into benign ganglioneuromas...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916777/modeling-inherited-arrhythmia-disorders-using-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#18
Vassilios J Bezzerides, Donghui Zhang, William T Pu
Inherited arrhythmia disorders (IADs) are a group of potentially lethal diseases that remain diagnostic and management challenges. Although the genetic basis for many of these disorders is well known, the pathogenicity of individual mutations and the resulting clinical outcomes are difficult to predict. Treatment options remain imperfect, and optimizing therapy for individual patients can be difficult. Recent advances in the derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from patients and creation of genetically engineered human models using CRISPR/Cas9 has the potential to dramatically advance translational arrhythmia research...
December 3, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916615/characterization-of-rare-dormant-and-therapy-resistant-cells-in-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#19
Sarah Ebinger, Erbey Ziya Özdemir, Christoph Ziegenhain, Sebastian Tiedt, Catarina Castro Alves, Michaela Grunert, Michael Dworzak, Christoph Lutz, Virginia A Turati, Tariq Enver, Hans-Peter Horny, Karl Sotlar, Swati Parekh, Karsten Spiekermann, Wolfgang Hiddemann, Aloys Schepers, Bernhard Polzer, Stefan Kirsch, Martin Hoffmann, Bettina Knapp, Jan Hasenauer, Heike Pfeifer, Renate Panzer-Grümayer, Wolfgang Enard, Olivier Gires, Irmela Jeremias
Tumor relapse is associated with dismal prognosis, but responsible biological principles remain incompletely understood. To isolate and characterize relapse-inducing cells, we used genetic engineering and proliferation-sensitive dyes in patient-derived xenografts of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We identified a rare subpopulation that resembled relapse-inducing cells with combined properties of long-term dormancy, treatment resistance, and stemness. Single-cell and bulk expression profiling revealed their similarity to primary ALL cells isolated from pediatric and adult patients at minimal residual disease (MRD)...
November 18, 2016: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916611/cytokine-signatures-in-hereditary-fever-syndromes-hfs
#20
REVIEW
José Noel Ibrahim, Isabelle Jéru, Jean-Claude Lecron, Myrna Medlej-Hashim
Hereditary fever syndromes (HFS) include a group of disorders characterized by recurrent self-limited episodes of fever accompanied by inflammatory manifestations occurring in the absence of infection or autoimmune reaction. Advances in the genetics of HFS have led to the identification of new gene families and pathways involved in the regulation of inflammation and innate immunity. The key role of several cytokine networks in the pathogenesis of HFS has been underlined by several groups, and supported by the rapid response of patients to targeted cytokine blocking therapies...
November 22, 2016: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
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