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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324454/reward-circuitry-in-addiction
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REVIEW
Sarah Cooper, A J Robison, Michelle S Mazei-Robison
Understanding the brain circuitry that underlies reward is critical to improve treatment for many common health issues, including obesity, depression, and addiction. Here we focus on insights into the organization and function of reward circuitry and its synaptic and structural adaptations in response to cocaine exposure. While the importance of certain circuits, such as the mesocorticolimbic dopamine pathway, are well established in drug reward, recent studies using genetics-based tools have revealed functional changes throughout the reward circuitry that contribute to different facets of addiction, such as relapse and craving...
March 21, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324302/huntington-s-disease-update-on-treatments
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REVIEW
Kara J Wyant, Andrew J Ridder, Praveen Dayalu
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive motor, behavioral, and cognitive decline, ending in death. Despite the discovery of the underlying genetic mutation more than 20 years ago, treatment remains focused on symptomatic management. Chorea, the most recognizable symptom, responds to medication that reduces dopaminergic neurotransmission. Psychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety may also respond well to symptomatic therapies...
April 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324062/gene-hormone-therapy-interaction-and-fracture-risk-in-postmenopausal-women
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Youjin Wang, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Lara E Sucheston-Campbell, Leah Preus, Kathleen M Hovey, Jing Nie, Rebecca D Jackson, Samuel K Handelman, Rami Nassir, Carolyn J Crandall, Heather M Ochs-Balcom
Context: Evidence supports a protective effect of menopausal hormone therapy (HT) on bone. However, whether genetic susceptibility modifies the association of HT and fracture risk is not sufficiently explored. Objective: The objective was to test an interaction between genetic susceptibility and HT on fracture risk. Design: We constructed two weighted genetic risk scores (GRSs) based on 16 fracture-associated variants (Fx-GRS) and 50 bone mineral density (BMD) variants (BMD-GRS)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324025/clinical-and-genetic-features-of-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-and-renal-glycosuria
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Siqian Gong, Jiandong Guo, Xueyao Han, Meng Li, Lingli Zhou, Xiaoling Cai, Yu Zhu, Yingying Luo, Simin Zhang, Xianghai Zhou, Yumin Ma, Linong Ji
Context: A sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, which increases urinary glucose excretion, was recently reported to decrease blood glucose levels and deaths among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and established cardiovascular disease. Mutations in SLC5A2 and HNF1A are associated with renal glycosuria, but their contributions to renal glycosuria in patients with T2DM are not well understood. Objective: To assess the clinical features of T2DM patients with renal glycosuria and those with low urinary glucose excretion (LUGE) and identify variants in the coding regions of SLC5A2 and HNF1A in patients with renal glycosuria and T2DM...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323958/jmjd3-is-crucial-for-female-avpv-rip-cre-neuron-controlled-kisspeptin-estrogen-feedback-loop-and-reproductive-function
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Anying Song, Shujun Jiang, Qinghua Wang, Jianghuan Zou, Zhaoyu Lin, Xiang Gao
The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis controls development, reproduction, and metabolism. While most studies were focusing on the hierarch from brain to gonad, many questions remain unresolved concerning the feedback from gonad to the central nervous system, especially on the potential epigenetic modification in hypothalamic neurons. In this report, we generated genetically modified mice lacking histone H3 lysine 27 demethylase JMJD3 in hypothalamic RIP-Cre neurons. The female mutant mice display late-onset obesity due to reduced locomotor activity and decreased energy expenditure...
March 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323911/monogenic-diabetes-accounts-for-6-3-of-cases-referred-to-15-italian-pediatric-diabetes-centers-during-2007-2012
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Maurizio Delvecchio, Enza Mozzillo, Giuseppina Salzano, Dario Iafusco, Giulio Frontino, Patrizia I Patera, Ivana Rabbone, Valentino Cherubini, Valeria Grasso, Nadia Tinto, Sabrina Giglio, Giovanna Contreas, Rosa Di Paola, Alessandro Salina, Vittoria Cauvin, Stefano Tumini, Giuseppe d'Annunzio, Lorenzo Iughetti, Vilma Mantovani, Giulio Maltoni, Sonia Toni, Marco Marigliano, Fabrizio Barbetti
Context: Etiologic diagnosis of diabetes may impact on therapeutic strategy, and prognosis of chronic complications. Objective: The aim of the study was to establish the relative percentage of different diabetes subtypes in patients attending Italian pediatric diabetes centers, and the influence of etiologic diagnosis on therapy. Design, Setting and Patients: This was a retrospective study. Clinical records of 3781 consecutive patients (age: 0-18 years) referred to fifteen pediatric diabetes clinics and diagnosed with diabetes or IFG between Jan/1/2007 and Dec/31/2012 were examined...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323747/supporting-a-youth-with-cerebellar-ataxia-into-adolescence
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Veronica Meneses, Zurisadai Gonzalez-Castillo, Veronica B Edgar, Marilyn Augustyn
Zoe, a 13-year-old white girl, presents as a new patient to your pediatric clinic with complaints of frequent emesis, anxiety, and learning problems, and previous diagnosis of cerebellar ataxia. Parents accompany Zoe and state, "it is really hard for her to go out, she gets sick and falls easily." She was born full term by vaginal delivery without complications. Given globally delayed milestones, she received early intervention services. Feeding problems began at infancy, including gastroesophageal reflux and aspiration pneumonia...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323486/enterolactone-induces-g1-phase-cell-cycle-arrest-in-nonsmall-cell-lung-cancer-cells-by-downregulating-cyclins-and-cyclin-dependent-kinases
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Shireen Chikara, Kaitlin Lindsey, Harsharan Dhillon, Sujan Mamidi, Jeffrey Kittilson, Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, Katie M Reindl
Flaxseed is a rich source of the plant lignan secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG), which is metabolized into mammalian lignans enterodiol (ED) and enterolactone (EL) in the digestive tract. The anticancer properties of these lignans have been demonstrated for various cancer types, but have not been studied for lung cancer. In this study, we investigated the anticancer effects of EL for several nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines of various genetic backgrounds. EL inhibited the growth of A549, H441, and H520 lung cancer cells in concentration- and time-dependent manners...
March 21, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320170/evaluating-the-association-of-allergies-with-multiple-sclerosis-susceptibility-risk-and-disease-activity-in-a-pediatric-population
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Theresa Bourne, Michael Waltz, T C Casper, K Kavak, G Aaen, A Belman, L Benson, M Candee, T Chitnis, J Graves, B Greenberg, M Gorman, Y Harris, L Krupp, T Lotze, S Mar, J Ness, C Olsen, S Roalstad, M Rodriguez, J Rose, J Rubin, T Schreiner, J M Tillema, I Kahn, A Waldman, L Barcellos, E Waubant, B Weinstock-Guttman
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and allergies are both considered to be related to imbalanced Th1 and Th2 immune responses. Previous studies evaluating the relationship between MS and allergies provide conflicting results. OBJECTIVE: To assess allergies and asthma as risk factors for MS and as predictors of MS relapses in a pediatric cohort. METHODS: The environment and genetic risk factors for pediatric MS study is a national case-control project with 16 participating US sites...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320117/use-of-social-media-to-assess-the-effectiveness-of-vagal-nerve-stimulation-in-dravet-syndrome-a-caregiver-s-perspective
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Rushna Ali, Mona Elsayed, Manpreet Kaur, Ellen Air, Naznin Mahmood, Jules Constantinou, Jason Schwalb
BACKGROUND: Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare genetic epilepsy syndrome which is particularly pharmacoresistant. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is commonly used in the treatment of DS as an adjunct to medical therapy. A meaningful assessment of post-surgical outcomes with VNS is difficult given the rarity of the condition. OBJECTIVE: In a novel approach, we used social media to contact patients with DS to gather data on post-surgical seizure reduction and overall satisfaction with VNS...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319724/interactions-between-tafenoquine-and-artemisinin-combination-therapy-partner-drug-in-asexual-and-sexual-stage-plasmodium-falciparum
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Karen Kemirembe, Mynthia Cabrera, Liwang Cui
The 8-aminoquinoline tafenoquine (TFQ), a primaquine derivative, is currently in late-stage clinical development for the radical cure of P. vivax. Here drug interactions between TFQ and chloroquine and six artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) partner drugs in P. falciparum asexual stages and gametocytes were investigated. TFQ was mostly synergistic with the ACT-partner drugs in asexual parasites regardless of genetic backgrounds. However, at fixed ratios of 1:3, 1:1 and 3:1, TFQ only interacted synergistically with naphthoquine, pyronaridine and piperaquine in gametocytes...
March 11, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319562/translating-biomarkers-from-research-to-clinical-use-in-pediatric-neurocritical-care-focus-on-traumatic-brain-injury-and-cardiac-arrest
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Andrew J Prout, Michael S Wolf, Ericka L Fink
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and cardiac arrest are important causes of morbidity and mortality in children. Improved diagnosis and outcome prognostication using validated biomarkers could allow clinicians to better tailor therapies for optimal efficacy. RECENT FINDINGS: Contemporary investigation has yielded plentiful biomarker candidates of central nervous system (CNS) injury, including macromolecules, genetic, inflammatory, oxidative, and metabolic biomarkers...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319560/rash-diagnostics-an-update-on-the-diagnosis-of-allergic-rashes
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Corinne Savides Happel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize recent research regarding the diagnosis of allergic rashes and to suggest future directions for the promotion of accurate diagnosis and endotype specification. RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple cohort studies demonstrate that with appropriate clinical evaluation, drug allergy labels can be removed in up to 90% of cases. Genetic tests can predict severe adverse cutaneous drug reactions in some cases and in vitro tests are being sought to identify causative drugs in others...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319482/immunotherapy-for-food-allergy
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William R Reisacher, Wesley Davison
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review discusses strategies for administering specific immunotherapy (SIT) for the treatment of food allergy. It focuses on three delivery routes for food allergens, immunomodulatory adjuvants and allergen modifications. RECENT FINDINGS: Interest in SIT for food allergy has been increasing significantly. Sublingual immunotherapy is effective for desensitization with a very favorable adverse event profile. Epicutaneous immunotherapy is also effective, most notably in younger children, with a high rate of local reactions...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319448/rationale-and-design-of-a-phase-1-clinical-trial-to-evaluate-hsv-g207-alone-or-with-a-single-radiation-dose-in-children-with-progressive-or-recurrent-malignant-supratentorial-brain-tumors
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Alicia M Waters, James M Johnston, Alyssa T Reddy, John Fiveash, Avi Madan-Swain, Kara Kachurak, Asim K Bag, G Yancey Gillespie, James M Markert, Gregory K Friedman
Primary central nervous system tumors are the most common solid neoplasm of childhood and the leading cause of cancer-related death in pediatric patients. Survival rates for children with malignant supratentorial brain tumors are poor despite aggressive treatment with combinations of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, and survivors often suffer from damaging lifelong sequelae from current therapies. Novel innovative treatments are greatly needed. One promising new approach is the use of a genetically engineered, conditionally replicating herpes simplex virus (HSV) that has shown tumor-specific tropism and potential efficacy in the treatment of malignant brain tumors...
March 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319445/nonclinical-pharmacology-toxicology-study-of-aav8-tbg-mldlr-and-aav8-tbg-hldlr-in-a-mouse-model-of-homozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Jenny A Greig, Maria P Limberis, Peter Bell, Shu-Jen Chen, Roberto Calcedo, Daniel J Rader, James M Wilson
The homozygous form of familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) is an excellent model for developing in vivo gene therapy in humans. The success of orthotropic liver transplantation in correcting the metabolic abnormalities in HoFH suggests that the correction of low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) expression in hepatocytes via gene therapy should be sufficient for therapeutic efficacy. Vectors based on adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (AAV8) have been previously developed for liver-targeted gene therapy of a number of genetic diseases, including HoFH...
March 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319174/simultaneous-induction-of-graves-hyperthyroidism-and-graves-ophthalmopathy-by-tshr-genetic-immunization-in-balb-c-mice
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Nan Xia, Xiaozhen Ye, Xiaohao Hu, Shiyu Song, Hui Xu, Mengyuan Niu, Hongwei Wang, Jian Wang
BACKGROUND: Graves' disease is the most common form of autoimmune thyroid disorder, characterized by hyperthyroidism due to circulating autoantibodies. To address the pathological features and establish a therapeutic approach of this disease, an animal model carrying the phenotype of Graves' disease (GD) in concert with Graves' Ophthalmopathy (GO) will be very important. However, there are no ideal animal models that are currently available. The aim of the present study is to establish an animal model of GD and GO disease, and its pathological features were further characterized...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319113/combinatorial-crispr-cas9-screens-for-de-novo-mapping-of-genetic-interactions
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John Paul Shen, Dongxin Zhao, Roman Sasik, Jens Luebeck, Amanda Birmingham, Ana Bojorquez-Gomez, Katherine Licon, Kristin Klepper, Daniel Pekin, Alex N Beckett, Kyle Salinas Sanchez, Alex Thomas, Chih-Chung Kuo, Dan Du, Assen Roguev, Nathan E Lewis, Aaron N Chang, Jason F Kreisberg, Nevan Krogan, Lei Qi, Trey Ideker, Prashant Mali
We developed a systematic approach to map human genetic networks by combinatorial CRISPR-Cas9 perturbations coupled to robust analysis of growth kinetics. We targeted all pairs of 73 cancer genes with dual guide RNAs in three cell lines, comprising 141,912 tests of interaction. Numerous therapeutically relevant interactions were identified, and these patterns replicated with combinatorial drugs at 75% precision. From these results, we anticipate that cellular context will be critical to synthetic-lethal therapies...
March 20, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319094/targeting-c-fos-and-dusp1-abrogates-intrinsic-resistance-to-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-therapy-in-bcr-abl-induced-leukemia
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Meenu Kesarwani, Zachary Kincaid, Ahmed Gomaa, Erika Huber, Sara Rohrabaugh, Zain Siddiqui, Muhammad F Bouso, Tahir Latif, Ming Xu, Kakajan Komurov, James C Mulloy, Jose A Cancelas, H Leighton Grimes, Mohammad Azam
Tyrosine-kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy for human cancers is not curative, and relapse occurs owing to the continued presence of tumor cells, referred to as minimal residual disease (MRD). The survival of MRD stem or progenitor cells in the absence of oncogenic kinase signaling, a phenomenon referred to as intrinsic resistance, depends on diverse growth factors. Here we report that oncogenic kinase and growth-factor signaling converge to induce the expression of the signaling proteins FBJ osteosarcoma oncogene (c-FOS, encoded by Fos) and dual-specificity phosphatase 1 (DUSP1)...
March 20, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319085/synergistic-drug-combinations-for-cancer-identified-in-a-crispr-screen-for-pairwise-genetic-interactions
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Kyuho Han, Edwin E Jeng, Gaelen T Hess, David W Morgens, Amy Li, Michael C Bassik
Identification of effective combination therapies is critical to address the emergence of drug-resistant cancers, but direct screening of all possible drug combinations is infeasible. Here we introduce a CRISPR-based double knockout (CDKO) system that improves the efficiency of combinatorial genetic screening using an effective strategy for cloning and sequencing paired single guide RNA (sgRNA) libraries and a robust statistical scoring method for calculating genetic interactions (GIs) from CRISPR-deleted gene pairs...
March 20, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
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