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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334855/slc30a9-mutation-affecting-intracellular-zinc-homeostasis-causes-a-novel-cerebro-renal-syndrome
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Yonatan Perez, Zamir Shorer, Keren Liani-Leibson, Pauline Chabosseau, Rotem Kadir, Michael Volodarsky, Daniel Halperin, Shiran Barber-Zucker, Hanna Shalev, Ruth Schreiber, Libe Gradstein, Evgenia Gurevich, Raz Zarivach, Guy A Rutter, Daniel Landau, Ohad S Birk
A novel autosomal recessive cerebro-renal syndrome was identified in consanguineous Bedouin kindred: neurological deterioration was evident as of early age, progressing into severe intellectual disability, profound ataxia, camptocormia and oculomotor apraxia. Brain MRI was normal. Four of the six affected individuals also had early-onset nephropathy with features of tubulo-interstitial nephritis, hypertension and tendency for hyperkalemia, though none had rapid deterioration of renal function. Genome wide linkage analysis identified an ∼18 Mb disease-associated locus on chromosome 4 (maximal logarithm of odds score 4...
February 9, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333124/bap31-is-involved-in-t-cell-activation-through-tcr-signal-pathways
#2
Kunwei Niu, Jialin Xu, Yuhua Cao, Yue Hou, Mu Shan, Yanqing Wang, Yang Xu, Mingyi Sun, Bing Wang
BAP31 is a ubiquitously expressed endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane protein. The functions of BAP31 in the immune system have not been investigated due to the lack of animal models. Therefore we created a BAP31 conditional knockdown mouse by performing a knockdown of BAP31 in the thymus. In doing so, we demonstrate that the maturation of T cells is normal but the number of T cells is less in the thymus of the knockout mouse. In addition, the spleen and lymph nodes of peripheral immune organs contained a lesser proportion of the mature T cells in the thymus specific BAP31 knockout mice...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331940/acute-thymic-involution-and-mechanisms-for-recovery
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REVIEW
Abdur Rahman Ansari, Huazhen Liu
Acute thymic involution (ATI) is usually regarded as a virulence trait. It is caused by several infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi) and other factors, including stress, pregnancy, malnutrition and chemotherapy. However, the complex mechanisms that operate during ATI differ substantially from each other depending on the causative agent. For instance, a transient reduction in the size and weight of the thymus and depletion of populations of T cell subsets are hallmarks of ATI in many cases, whereas severe disruption of the anatomical structure of the organ is also associated with some factors, including fungal, parasitic and viral infections...
March 22, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331843/curative-effect-of-hf10-on-liver-and-peritoneal-metastasis-mediated-by-host-antitumor-immunity
#4
Yoshihiro Hotta, Hideki Kasuya, Itzel Bustos, Yoshinori Naoe, Toru Ichinose, Maki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Kodera
BACKGROUND: HF10 is a highly attenuated type 1 herpes simplex virus (HSV) with proven effective oncolytic effect. Previous investigations have demonstrated that colon cancer mice model treated with HF10 not only had better survival but were also resistant to the reimplantation of the antitumor effect mediated by host antitumor immunity. Importantly, it has also been noted that in mice with antitumors implanted on both sides of the back, an injection of HF10 on only one side strongly restrains not only the injected antitumor but also the non-injected ones...
2017: Oncolytic Virotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327732/properties-of-polyplexes-formed-through-interaction-between-hydrophobically-modified-poly-ethylene-imine-s-and-calf-thymus-dna-in-aqueous-solution
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I C Bellettini, S J Fayad, V G Machado, E Minatti
Polycationic polymers and DNA form soluble complexes in aqueous solution, which allows the transfer of genetic material into cells. Therefore, these chemically-modified polymers are of interest for use in studies aimed at better transfection efficiency and gene expression along with reduced cytotoxicity. In this study, branched poly(ethylene imine) (PEI) was modified by alkylation with n-alkyl groups (n = 4, 6, 8 and 12 carbons). The polyplexes formed through interaction of the modified PEIs and calf thymus DNA (ctDNA) were investigated using UV-Vis spectrophotometry, ethidium bromide fluorescence emission, circular dichroism spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and small-angle X-ray scattering techniques along with the determination of the zeta potential and viscosity...
March 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324142/a-phase-ii-study-of-partial-and-subtotal-thymectomy-for-thymoma-jart02
#6
Motoki Yano, Yoshitaka Fujii, Junji Yoshida, Tomoki Utsumi, Hiroyuki Shiono, Motoshi Takao, Masayuki Tanahashi, Yushi Saito
BACKGROUND: We believe the merit of preservation of a part of the thymus following surgery for thymoma. We evaluated the efficacy of partial or subtotal thymectomy for early-stage thymoma in the prospective study. METHODS: The Japanese Association for Research on the Thymus conducted a multiple institutional study of thymectomy for thymoma localized in the thymus without total thymectomy. Patients without autoimmune disease who had an anterior mediastinal tumor that had been clinically diagnosed as an early-stage thymoma were enrolled in the study...
March 21, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322763/thymus-conservation-in-evolution
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REVIEW
Antonella Franchini, Enzo Ottaviani
From an evolutionary point of view, the thymus is a new organ observed for the first time in fish concomitantly with the appearance of adaptive clonotypical immunity. Hormone and neuropeptide expression was demonstrated in different species suggesting a conserved role of these molecules. An integrated evolution of immune and neuroendocrine responses appears to have been realized by means of the re-use of ancestral material, such as neuroendocrine cells and mediators, to create a thymic microenvironment for the maturation and differentiation of T cells...
March 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321121/dnmt3a-regulates-t-cell-development-and-suppresses-t-all-transformation
#8
A C Kramer, A Kothari, W C Wilson, H Celik, J Nikitas, C Mallaney, E L Ostrander, E Eultgen, A Martens, M C Valentine, A L Young, T E Druley, M E Figueroa, B Zhang, G A Challen
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive hematopoietic neoplasm resulting from the malignant transformation of T-cell progenitors, and comprises approximately 15 and 25% of pediatric and adult ALL cases respectively. It is well-established that activating NOTCH1 mutations are the major genetic lesions driving T-ALL in most patients, but efforts to develop targeted therapies against this pathway have produced limited success in decreasing leukemic burden and come with significant clinical side effects...
March 21, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319462/late-effects-of-exposure-to-ionizing-radiation-and-age-on-human-thymus-morphology-and-function
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Reiko Ito, Laura P Hale, Susan M Geyer, Jie Li, Andrew Sornborger, Junko Kajimura, Yoichiro Kusunoki, Kengo Yoshida, Marcel R M van den Brink, Seishi Kyoizumi, Nancy R Manley, Kei Nakachi, Gregory D Sempowski
The thymus is essential for proper development and maintenance of a T-cell repertoire that can respond to newly encountered antigens, but its function can be adversely affected by internal factors such as pregnancy and normal aging or by external stimuli such as stress, infection, chemotherapy and ionizing radiation. We have utilized a unique archive of thymus tissues, obtained from 165 individuals, exposed to the 1945 atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima, to study the long-term effects of receiving up to ∼3 Gy dose of ionizing radiation on human thymus function...
March 20, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318808/t-cell-receptor-assessment-in-autoimmune-disease-requires-access-to-the-most-adjacent-immunologically-active-organ
#10
Bergithe E Oftedal, Brita Ardesjö Lundgren, David Hamm, Poh-Yi Gan, Stephen R Holdsworth, Christopher N Hahn, Andreas W Schreiber, Hamish S Scott
Next generation sequencing of T and B cell receptors is emerging as a valuable and effective method to diagnose and monitor hematopoietic malignancies. So far, this approach has not been fully explored in regard to autoimmune diseases. T cells develop in the thymus where they undergo positive and negative selection, and the autoimmune regulator (Aire) is central in the establishment of immunological tolerance. Loss of Aire leads to severe multiorgan autoimmune disease with infiltration of autoreactive T cells in affected organs...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318017/thymic-crosstalk-restrains-the-pool-of-cortical-thymic-epithelial-cells-with-progenitor-properties
#11
Catarina Meireles, Ana R Ribeiro, Rute D Pinto, Catarina Leitão, Pedro M Rodrigues, Nuno L Alves
Cortical (cTEC) and medullary (mTEC) thymic epithelial cells establish key microenvironments for T-cell differentiation and arise from thymic epithelial cell progenitors (TEP). However, the nature of TEPs and the mechanism controlling their stemness in the postnatal thymus remain poorly defined. Using TEC clonogenic assays as a surrogate to survey TEP activity, we found that a fraction of cTECs generates specialized clonal-derived colonies, which contain cells with sustained colony-forming capacity (ClonoTECs)...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317923/generation-of-diversity-in-thymic-epithelial-cells
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REVIEW
Yousuke Takahama, Izumi Ohigashi, Song Baik, Graham Anderson
In the thymus, diverse populations of thymic epithelial cells (TECs), including cortical and medullary TECs and their subpopulations, have distinct roles in coordinating the development and repertoire selection of functionally competent and self-tolerant T cells. Here, we review the expanding diversity in TEC subpopulations in relation to their functions in T cell development and selection as well as their origins and development.
March 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316626/evaluation-of-phenolic-compounds-and-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-some-common-herbs
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Muhammad Abdul Qadir, Syeda Kiran Shahzadi, Asad Bashir, Adil Munir, Shabnam Shahzad
The study was designed to evaluate the phenolic, flavonoid contents and antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of onion (Allium cepa), garlic (Allium sativum), mint (Mentha spicata), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), oak (Quercus), aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller), and ginger (Zingiber officinale). All extracts showed a wide range of total phenolic contents, that is, 4.96 to 98.37 mg/100 g gallic acid equivalents, and total flavonoid contents, that is, 0.41 to 17.64 mg/100 g catechin equivalents. Antioxidant activity (AA) was determined by measuring reducing power, inhibition of peroxidation using linoleic acid system, and 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH) scavenging activity...
2017: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315618/interaction-of-vasicine-with-calf-thymus-dna-molecular-docking-spectroscopic-and-differential-scanning-calorimetric-insights
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Sai Murali R S, Sai Siddhardha R S, Rajesh Babu D, Venketesh S, Basavaraju R, Nageswara Rao G
The present study brings out the interaction between vasicine, an alkaloid and Adhatoda vasica Nees with double stranded DNA. The physico-chemical interaction between small molecules and nucleic acids is a major area of focus in screening drugs against various cancers. Molecular probing in our study using Molecular Operating Environment (MOE) has revealed interaction of vasicine with DNA double helix. Here we report the interaction of vasicine with Calf thymus DNA. We present for the first time the results obtained from UV-visible, fluorescence spectroscopic and differential scanning calorimetric techniques that suggest a moderate to strong electrostatic, hydrophobic and van der Waals interactions mediating the DNA binding properties of vasicine, leading to disruption of DNA secondary structure...
March 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314856/ubc9-is-required-for-positive-selection-and-late-stage-maturation-of-thymocytes
#15
Aibo Wang, Xiao Ding, Maud Demarque, Xindong Liu, Deng Pan, Huawei Xin, Bo Zhong, Xiaohu Wang, Anne Dejean, Wei Jin, Chen Dong
SUMOylation is an important posttranslational modification that regulates protein function in diverse biological processes. However, its role in early T cell development has not been genetically studied. UBC9 is the only E2 enzyme for all SUMOylation. In this study, by selectively deleting Ubc9 gene in T cells, we have investigated the functional roles of SUMOylation in T cell development. Loss of Ubc9 results in a significant reduction of CD4 and CD8 single-positive lymphocytes in both thymus and periphery...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302468/spectroscopic-electrochemical-and-molecular-docking-study-of-the-binding-interaction-of-a-small-molecule-5h-naptho-2-1-f-1-2-oxathieaphine-2-2-dioxide-with-calf-thymus-dna
#16
Abhijit Mukherjee, Shovan Mondal, Bula Singh
The interaction of 5H-naptho[2,1-f][1,2]oxathieaphine2,2-dioxide (NOTD) with calf thymus DNA in Tris-HCl buffer at physiological pH was investigated with the help of various spectroscopic and electrochemical methods along with molecular docking study. Studying the non-covalent binding interaction of a neutral fluorophore with ctDNA has become an active field of research at the interface between medicinal chemistry and biological science. NOTD is known for its various toxicological, skin sensitization, and antiviral properties...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302402/novel-benzimidazolyl-tetrahydroprotoberberines-design-synthesis-antimicrobial-evaluation-and-multi-targeting-exploration
#17
Ponmani Jeyakkumar, Han-Bo Liu, Lavanya Gopala, Yu Cheng, Xin-Mei Peng, Rong-Xia Geng, Cheng-He Zhou
A series of novel benzimidazolyl tetrahydroprotoberberines were conveniently designed and efficiently synthesized from berberine via direct cyclization of tetrahydroprotoberberine aldehyde and o-phenylene diamines under metal-free aerobic oxidation. All the new compounds were characterized by IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and HRMS spectra. The antimicrobial evaluation revealed that the 5-fluorobenzimidazolyl derivative 5b was the most active antibacterial and antifungal molecule with broad spectrum in comparison to Berberine, Chloromycin, Norfloxacin and Fluconazole...
February 28, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302212/-effects-of-%C3%AF-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-on-lymphocyte-apoptosis-rate-in-rats-with-sepsis
#18
Hong-Jun Miao, Dan Wang, Xu-Hua Ge, Xiao-Nan Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFAs) on the apoptosis of thymic and splenic lymphocytes in rats with sepsis. METHODS: A total of 80 female Sprague-Dawley rats aged 7-8 weeks were randomly divided into model group, conventional lipid emulsion group (0.1 g/kg daily), low-dose ω-3 PUFAs group (0.1 g/kg daily), middle-dose ω-3 PUFAs group (0.2 g/kg daily), and high-dose ω-3 PUFAs group (0.3 g/kg daily). Cecal ligation and puncture were used to establish a rat model of sepsis...
March 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301021/cytotoxic-effect-of-thymus-caramanicus-jalas-on-human-oral-epidermoid-carcinoma-kb-cells
#19
Reza Fekrazad, Mehrad Afzali, Hamzeh Pasban-Aliabadi, Saeed Esmaeili-Mahani, Maryam Aminizadeh, Ali Mostafavi
Identifying new chemotherapeutic agents with fewer side effects is a major concern for scientists today. Thymus caramanicus Jalas (Lamiaceae family) is one of the species of Thymus that grows wild in different regions of Iran. Traditionally, leaves of this plant are used in the treatment of diabetes, arthritis and cancer. Here was investigated the cytotoxic property of Thymus caramanicus essential oil and extract in human oral epidermoid carcinoma KB cells. Cell viability was measured by MTT and neutral red assays...
January 2017: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299711/pathological-findings-in-myasthenia-gravis-patients-with-thymic-hyperplasia-and-thymoma
#20
Ping Chen, Ying-Peng Wang, Dan-Lei Mou, Zheng-Yi Li, Qiu-Min Qu, Hong-Yan Wang, Yuan Deng, Xiao-Feng Li, Ting Wang, Xian-Hao Xu, Gang Zhao
Thymectomy is routinely carried out in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) and thymomas. However, there is still a dispute as to whether MG patients with thymic hyperplasia should undergo thymectomy. We aimed to investigate the pathological findings in the thymus in patients with co-existing MG and thymic hyperplasia or thymomas treated with thymectomy, as well as effects of immunosuppression. Thirty-three patients with MG were selected and grouped accordingly: patients with no thymic abnormalities, patients with thymic hyperplasia, and patients with thymomas...
March 15, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
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