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P Fabbrini, K Finkel, M Gallieni, G Capasso, M Cavo, A Santoro, S Pasquali
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a frequent complication of multiple myeloma and is associated with increased short-term mortality. Additionally, even a single episode of AKI can eventually lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), significantly reducing quality of life and long-term survival. In the setting of multiple myeloma, severe AKI (requiring dialysis) is typically secondary to cast nephropathy (CN). Renal injury in CN is due to intratubular obstruction from precipitation of monoclonal serum free light chains (sFLC) as well as direct tubular toxicity of sFLC via stimulation of nuclear factor (NF)κB inflammatory pathways...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
Juan Felipe Osorio-Méndez, Andrea Vizcaíno-Castillo, Rebeca Manning-Cela, Roberto Hernandez, Ana María Cevallos
The role and regulation of actin in Trypanosoma cruzi and other related parasites is largely unknown. Based on early genome analysis, it was proposed that there was a reduced dependency on the acto-myosin system in the trypanosomatid parasites. However, more recent studies have extended the set of potential actin regulatory proteins, particularly for T. cruzi. One of the identified actin-binding proteins in trypanosomatids is profilin. In other systems, it is capable of simultaneously binding both monomeric actin and several actin-regulatory factors...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Susanne Lütje, Sebastian Blex, Benedikt Gomez, Benedikt M Schaarschmidt, Lale Umutlu, Michael Forsting, Walter Jentzen, Andreas Bockisch, Thorsten D Poeppel, Axel Wetter
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this optimization study was to minimize the acquisition time of 68Ga-HBED-CC-PSMA positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) in patients with local and metastatic prostate cancer (PCa) to obtain a sufficient image quality and quantification accuracy without any appreciable loss. METHODS: Twenty patients with PCa were administered intravenously with the 68Ga-HBED-CC-PSMA ligand (mean activity 99 MBq/patient, range 76-148 MBq) and subsequently underwent PET/MRI at, on average, 168 min (range 77-320 min) after injection...
2016: PloS One
Alessia Pepe, Fausto Pizzino, Paola Gargiulo, Pasquale Perrone-Filardi, Christian Cadeddu, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Concetta Zito, Gianluca Di Bella
Chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity (CTX) is a determining factor for the quality of life and mortality of patients administered potentially cardiotoxic drugs and in long-term cancer survivors. Therefore, prevention and early detection of CTX are highly desirable, as is the exploration of alternative therapeutic strategies and/or the proposal of potentially cardioprotective treatments. In recent years, cardiovascular imaging has acquired a pivotal role in this setting. Although echocardiography remains the diagnostic method most used to monitor cancer patients, the need for more reliable, reproducible and accurate detection of early chemotherapy-induced CTX has encouraged the introduction of second-line advanced imaging modalities, such as cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and nuclear techniques, into the clinical setting...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Fanny Orlhac, Christophe Nioche, Michael Soussan, Irene Buvat
INTRODUCTION: The use of texture indices (TI) to characterize tumor heterogeneity from Positron Emission Tomography (PET) images is increasingly investigated in retrospective studies. Yet, the interpretation of PET-derived TI values has not been thoroughly reported. Furthermore, the calculation of TI lacks a standardized methodology, making it difficult to compare published results. To allow for TI value interpretation, we investigated the changes in value of six TI computed from simulated and real patient data...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Anish Khalil, Muhammad Faheem, Ammad Fahim, Haran Innocent, Zainab Mansoor, Shehrbano Rizvi, Hizra Farrukh
Background. The biomedical care for cancer has not been complemented by psychosocial progressions in cancer care. Objectives. To find the prevalence of anxiety and depression amongst cancer patients in a hospital setting. Design and Setting. This cross-sectional study was conducted at the tertiary care hospitals Shifa International Hospital Islamabad and Nuclear Medicine, Oncology, and Radiotherapy Institute [NORI]. Patients and Methods. 300 patients were interviewed from both the outpatient and inpatient department using The Aga Khan University Anxiety and Depression Scale (AKUADS)...
2016: Psychiatry Journal
Jinniu Hu, Hiroshi Toki, Hong Shen
We study the properties of nuclear matter with lattice nucleon-nucleon (NN) potential in the relativistic Brueckner-Hartree-Fock (RBHF) theory. To use this potential in such a microscopic many-body theory, we firstly have to construct a one-boson-exchange potential (OBEP) based on the latest lattice NN potential. Three mesons, pion, σ meson, and ω meson, are considered. Their coupling constants and cut-off momenta are determined by fitting the on-shell behaviors and phase shifts of the lattice force, respectively...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yetunde A Onimode, John E Ejeh, Akintunde T Orunmuyi
OBJECTIVE: Radioactive iodine therapy (RAIT) is established as an efficient means of treating toxic goiter (TG) globally. The field of nuclear medicine (NM) still appears novel to many Nigerian clinicians and patients. A culturally embedded dread of radiation may raise ethical and moral concerns about potential adverse effects in the wake of RAIT in our setting. An adverse drug reaction may be described as "a response to a drug which is noxious and unintended, and which occurs at doses normally used in man"...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy
Zachery R Reichert, Maha Hussain
The development of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) signals the terminal disease phase. The preceding hormone-dependent disease setting is effectively managed with androgen deprivation therapy. This foundation of treatment has a high rate of biochemical and clinical response and meaningful clinical benefit but is finite in duration as most cancers will progress to castration resistance. Historically, treatment for mCRPC entailed androgen receptor (AR) inhibitors (nilutamide, flutamide, bicalutamide), nonspecific steroidal biosynthesis inhibitors (ketoconazole, itraconazole), steroids (prednisone, diethylstilbesterol, dexamethasone), or palliative chemotherapy (mitoxantrone, estramustine), but none of these strategies impacted survival...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Mauro Maniscalco, Debora Paris, Dominique J Melck, Maria D'Amato, Anna Zedda, Matteo Sofia, Cristiana Stellato, Andrea Motta
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological and clinical evidence supports the existence of an obesity-related asthma phenotype. No distinct pathophysiological elements or specific biomarkers have been identified so far but increased oxidative stress has been reported. OBJECTIVE: We aimed at verifying whether metabolomics of exhaled breath condensate (EBC) from obese asthmatic (OA), lean asthmatic (LA) and obese non-asthmatic (ONA) patients could recognize specific, statistically validated biomarkers for a separate "asthma-obesity" respiratory metabolic phenotype, here defined as "metabotype"...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Wanqing Liu, Quentin M Anstee, Xiaoliang Wang, Samer Gawrieh, Eric R Gamazon, Shaminie Athinarayanan, Yang-Lin Liu, Rebecca Darlay, Heather J Cordell, Ann K Daly, Chris P Day, Naga Chalasani
The increased expression of PNPLA3(148M) leads to hepatosteatosis in mice. This study aims to investigate the genetic control of hepatic PNPLA3 transcription and to explore its impact on NAFLD risk in humans. Through a locus-wide expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) mapping in two human liver sample sets, a PNPLA3 intronic SNP, rs139051 A>G was identified as a significant eQTL (p = 6.6×10(-8)) influencing PNPLA3 transcription, with the A allele significantly associated with increased PNPLA3 mRNA. An electrophoresis mobility shift assay further demonstrated that the A allele has enhanced affinity to nuclear proteins than the G allele...
October 13, 2016: Aging
Larissa Becirovic, Ian R Brown
Heat shock proteins (Hsps) are a set of highly conserved proteins involved in cellular repair and protective mechanisms. The intracellular localization of inducible members of the HSPA (HSP70) family can be used as an index to identify stress-sensitive sites in differentiated human neuronal cells. Following thermal stress, the little studied HSPA6 (HSP70B') was targeted to the periphery of nuclear speckles (perispeckles) that are sites of transcription factories. Triptolide, a fast-acting transcription inhibitor, knocked down levels of the large subunit of RNA polymerase II, RPB1, during the time-frame when HSPA6 associated with perispeckles...
October 14, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Olga Villamar Cruz, Tatiana Y Prudnikova, Daniela Araiza-Olivera, Carlos Perez-Plasencia, Neil Johnson, Andrea J Bernhardy, Michael Slifker, Catherine Renner, Jonathan Chernoff, Luis E Arias-Romero
Cells that are deficient in homologous recombination, such as those that have mutations in any of the Fanconi Anemia (FA)/BRCA genes, are hypersensitive to inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). However, FA/BRCA-deficient tumors represent a small fraction of breast cancers, which might restrict the therapeutic utility of PARP inhibitor monotherapy. The gene encoding the serine-threonine protein kinase p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) is amplified and/or overexpressed in several human cancer types including 25-30% of breast tumors...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Stephen O Evans, Michael B Jameson, Ray T M Cursons, Linda M Peters, Steve Bird, Gregory M Jacobson
DNA damage quantitation assays such as the comet assay have focused on the measurement of total nuclear damage per cell. The adoption of PCR-based techniques to quantify DNA damage has enabled sequence- and organelle-specific assessment of DNA lesions. Here we report on an adaptation of a qPCR technique to assess DNA damage in nuclear and mitochondrial targets relative to control. Novel aspects of this assay include application of the assay to the Rotor-Gene platform with optimized DNA polymerase/fluorophore/primer set combination in a touchdown PCR protocol...
October 8, 2016: Biology
Attila Forgacs, Hermann Pall Jonsson, Magnus Dahlbom, Freddie Daver, Matthew D DiFranco, Gabor Opposits, Aron K Krizsan, Ildiko Garai, Johannes Czernin, Jozsef Varga, Lajos Tron, Laszlo Balkay
Textural analysis might give new insights into the quantitative characterization of metabolically active tumors. More than thirty textural parameters have been investigated in former F18-FDG studies already. The purpose of the paper is to declare basic requirements as a selection strategy to identify the most appropriate heterogeneity parameters to measure textural features. Our predefined requirements were: a reliable heterogeneity parameter has to be volume independent, reproducible, and suitable for expressing quantitatively the degree of heterogeneity...
2016: PloS One
Naomi Moris, Jaya Shrivastava, Linda Jeffery, Juan-Juan Li, Jacqueline Hayles, Paul Nurse
We have carried out a haploinsufficiency (HI) screen in fission yeast using heterozygous deletion diploid mutants of a genome-wide set of cell cycle genes to identify genes encoding products whose level determines the rate of progression through the cell cycle. Cell size at division was used as a measure of advancement or delay of the G2-M transition of rod-shaped fission yeast cells. We found that 13 mutants were significantly longer or shorter (greater than 10%) than control cells at cell division. These included mutants of the cdc2, cdc25, wee1 and pom1 genes, which have previously been shown to play a role in the timing of entry into mitosis, and which validate this approach...
October 13, 2016: Cell Cycle
Xiang-Sheng Zhang, Qi Wu, Ling-Yun Wu, Zhen-Nan Ye, Tian-Wei Jiang, Wei Li, Zong Zhuang, Meng-Liang Zhou, Xin Zhang, Chun-Hua Hang
Increasing evidence indicates that sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) is implicated in a wide range of cellular functions, such as oxidative stress, inflammation and apoptosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the change of SIRT1 in the brain after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and its role on SAH-induced early brain injury (EBI). In the first set of experiments, rats were randomly divided into sham group and SAH groups at 2, 6, 12, 24, 48 and 72 h. The expression of SIRT1 was evaluated by western blot analysis, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Mike T Page, Alex C McCormac, Alison G Smith, Matthew J Terry
Retrograde signals from the plastid regulate photosynthesis-associated nuclear genes and are essential to successful chloroplast biogenesis. One model is that a positive haem-related signal promotes photosynthetic gene expression in a pathway that is abolished by the herbicide norflurazon. Far-red light (FR) pretreatment and transfer to white light also results in plastid damage and loss of photosynthetic gene expression. Here, we investigated whether norflurazon and FR pretreatment affect the same retrograde signal...
October 13, 2016: New Phytologist
Che-Chia Hsu, Hui-Cheng Huang, Po-Ting Wu, Ta-Wei Tai, I-Ming Jou
Peripheral nervous injury (PNI) is a common form of trauma in modern society, especially in sport players. Despite the advance of therapy for PNI, the recovery of function can never reach the preinjury level after treatments. Recently, inhibiting neural oxidative stress shows a beneficial effect in improving functional recovery after PNI. In addition, sesame oil has been reported to possess the excellent antioxidative properties. However, whether sesame oil can improve the functional recovery after PNI by its antioxidative effect has never been investigated...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
William C Plaxton
Leucoplasts are colorless plastids of nonphotosynthetic plant tissues that support a variety of anabolic roles, particularly the biosynthesis of long-chain fatty acids in storage tissues of developing oil seeds. They also perform other important metabolic functions including the biosynthesis of amino acids and tetrapyrrole compounds. Leucoplasts use a complex set of membrane carriers and channels to actively translocate nuclear-encoded precursor proteins from the cytosol, while exchanging various metabolites with the cytosol...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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