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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229934/novel-and-functional-atg12-gene-variants-in-sporadic-parkinson-s-disease
#1
Yuequn Li, Jian Huang, Shuchao Pang, Haihua Wang, Aimei Zhang, Robert G Hawley, Bo Yan
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common and progressive neurodegenerative disease, including familial and sporadic cases. To date, genetic causes for sporadic PD, majority of PD cases, remain largely unknown. Accumulating evidence indicates that dysfunctional autophagy, a highly conserved cellular process, is involved in the PD pathogenesis. We speculated that changed expression levels of autophagy-related genes (ATG) may contribute to PD development. Previously, we have genetically analyzed ATG5 and ATG7 genes in sporadic PD patients and identified several functional DNA sequence variants (DSVs)...
February 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219580/use-of-anti-thymocyte-globulin-for-induction-therapy-in-cardiac-transplantation-a-review
#2
V Ruan, L S C Czer, M Awad, M Kittleson, J Patel, F Arabia, F Esmailian, D Ramzy, J Chung, M De Robertis, A Trento, J A Kobashigawa
The most common causes of death after heart transplantation (HTx) include acute rejection and multi-organ failure in the early period and malignancy and cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) in the late period. Polyclonal antibody preparations such as rabbit anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) may reduce early acute rejection and the later occurrence of CAV after HTx. ATG therapy depletes T cells, modulates adhesion and cell-signaling molecules, interferes with dendritic cell function, and induces B-cell apoptosis and regulatory and natural killer T-cell expansion...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214880/mir-29b-downregulation-induces-phenotypic-modulation-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-implication-for-intracranial-aneurysm-formation-and-progression-to-rupture
#3
Liqian Sun, Manman Zhao, Jingbo Zhang, Ming Lv, Youxiang Li, Xinjian Yang, Aihua Liu, Zhongxue Wu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Our previous microarray results identified numerous microRNAs (miRNAs), including miR-29b, that were differentially expressed in the serum of intracranial aneurysm (IA) patients. The current study aimed to investigate whether miR-29b downregulation in IA could promote the phenotypic modulation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) involved in the pathogenesis of aneurysm by activating ATG14-mediated autophagy. METHODS: First, the levels of miR-29b and autophagy related genes (ATGs) between IA patients and normal subjects were compared...
January 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214429/interplay-between-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-selenium-deficient-cardiomyocytes-in-chicken
#4
Jie Yang, Yuan Zhang, Sattar Hamid, Jingzeng Cai, Qi Liu, Hao Li, Rihong Zhao, Hong Wang, Shiwen Xu, Ziwei Zhang
Dietary selenium (Se) deficiency can cause heart dysfunction, however the exact mechanism remains unclear. To understand this mechanism, 180day-old chicks, divided into two groups, C (control group) and L (low Se group), were fed with either a Se-sufficient (0.23mg/kg) or Se-deficient (0.033mg/kg) diets for 25days, respectively. Heart tissues and blood samples were collected. In L group, the activities of serum creatine kinase (CK) and creatine kinase-myoglobin (CK-MB) increased and typical ultrastructural apoptotic features were observed...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214334/autophagy-impairment-by-helicobacter-pylori-induced-methylation-silencing-of-map1lc3av1-promotes-gastric-carcinogenesis
#5
Jibran Sualeh Muhammad, Sohachi Nanjo, Takayuki Ando, Satoshi Yamashita, Takao Maekita, Toshikazu Ushijima, Yoshiaki Tabuchi, Toshiro Sugiyama
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection induces methylation silencing of tumor suppressor genes causing gastric carcinogenesis. Impairment of autophagy induces DNA damage leading to genetic instability and carcinogenesis. We aimed to identify whether H. pylori infection induced methylation silencing of host autophagy-related (Atg) genes, impairing autophagy and enhancing gastric carcinogenesis. Gastric mucosae were obtained from 41 gastric cancer patients and 11 healthy volunteers (8 H. pylori-uninfected and 3 H...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212627/genome-wide-identification-of-direct-hbx-genomic-targets
#6
Francesca Guerrieri, Laura Belloni, Daniel D'Andrea, Natalia Pediconi, Loredana Le Pera, Barbara Testoni, Cecilia Scisciani, Oceane Floriot, Fabien Zoulim, Anna Tramontano, Massimo Levrero
BACKGROUND: The Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) HBx regulatory protein is required for HBV replication and involved in HBV-related carcinogenesis. HBx interacts with chromatin modifying enzymes and transcription factors to modulate histone post-translational modifications and to regulate viral cccDNA transcription and cellular gene expression. Aiming to identify genes and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) directly targeted by HBx, we performed a chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq) to analyse HBV recruitment on host cell chromatin in cells replicating HBV...
February 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208060/rna-toxicity-and-foci-formation-in-microsatellite-expansion-diseases
#7
REVIEW
Nan Zhang, Tetsuo Ashizawa
More than 30 incurable neurological and neuromuscular diseases are caused by simple microsatellite expansions consisted of 3-6 nucleotides. These repeats can occur in non-coding regions and often result in a dominantly inherited disease phenotype that is characteristic of a toxic RNA gain-of-function. The expanded RNA adopts unusual secondary structures, sequesters various RNA binding proteins to form insoluble nuclear foci, and causes cellular defects at a multisystem level. Nuclear foci are dynamic in size, shape and colocalization of RNA binding proteins in different expansion diseases and tissue types...
February 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199755/incidence-and-risk-factor-of-hemorrhagic-cystitis-after-allogeneic-transplantation-with-fludarabine-busulfan-and-anti-thymocyte-globulin-myeloablative-conditioning
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Wilson Lam, Jan Storek, Haocheng Li, Michelle Geddes, Andrew Daly
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic cystitis (HC) is a complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT), associated with factors such as BK polyomavirus reactivation, age, conditioning regimen, and presence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The incidence and impact of HC in patients receiving fludarabine (Flu), busulfan (Bu), and anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) conditioning is unknown. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study of patients undergoing SCT at our center between January 1, 2003 and Dec 31, 2012, to determine the incidence of HC and its effect on patient outcomes including overall survival (OS), relapse, non-relapse mortality, GVHD, and healthcare resource use...
February 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198767/anti-gal-and-anti-neu5gc-responses-in-nonimmunosuppressed-patients-following-treatment-with-rabbit-anti-thymocyte-polyclonal-iggs
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Apolline Salama, Gwénaëlle Evanno, Noha Lim, Juliette Rousse, Ludmilla Le Berre, Arnaud Nicot, Sophie Brouard, Kristina M Harris, Mario R Ehlers, Stephen E Gitelman, Jean-Paul Soulillou
BACKGROUND: Polyclonal anti-human thymocyte rabbit IgGs (anti-thymocyte globulin, ATG) are popular immunosuppressive drugs used to prevent or treat organ or bone-marrow allograft rejection, graft versus host disease, and autoimmune diseases. However, animal-derived glycoproteins are also strongly immunogenic and rabbit ATG induces serum sickness disease in almost all patients without additional immunosuppressive drugs, as seen in the START trial of ATG therapy in new-onset type 1 diabetes...
February 14, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197542/the-proline-arginine-dipeptide-from-hexanucleotide-repeat-expanded-c9orf72-inhibits-the-proteasome
#10
Rahul Gupta, Matthews Lan, Jelena Mojsilovic-Petrovic, Won Hoon Choi, Nathaniel Safren, Sami Barmada, Min Jae Lee, Robert Kalb
An intronic hexanucleotide repeat expansion (HRE) mutation in the C9ORF72 gene is the most common cause of familial ALS and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and is found in ∼7% of individuals with apparently sporadic disease. Several different diamino acid peptides can be generated from the HRE by noncanonical translation (repeat-associated non-ATG translation, or RAN translation), and some of these peptides can be toxic. Here, we studied the effects of two arginine containing RAN translation products [proline/arginine repeated 20 times (PR20) and glycine/arginine repeated 20 times (GR20)] in primary rat spinal cord neuron cultures grown on an astrocyte feeder layer...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178130/de-escalation-empirical-antibiotic-therapy-improved-survival-for-patients-with-severe-aplastic-anemia-treated-with-antithymocyte-globulin
#11
Rong Fu, Tong Chen, Jia Song, Guojin Wang, Lijuan Li, Erbao Ruan, Hui Liu, Yihao Wang, Huaquan Wang, Limin Xing, Yuhong Wu, Hong Liu, Wen Qu, Zonghong Shao
We aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of de-escalation empirical therapy for controlling infection in patients with severe aplastic anaemia (SAA) treated with antithymocyte globulin (ATG). Eighty-seven ATG-treated SAA patients who had microbiological culture-confirmed infections from 2006 to 2015 in our center were retrospectively analyzed. The efficacy of de-escalation and non-de-escalation therapy was compared. Among all 87 patients, 63 patients were treated with de-escalation therapy and 24 patients with non-de-escalation therapy...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177828/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-novel-pollen-specific-promoter-in-maize%C3%AF-i-zea-mays-l-i-%C3%AF
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He Wang, Mingxia Fan, Guohong Wang, Chunyu Zhang, Lei Shi, Zhengyi Wei, Wenjuan Ma, Jing Chang, Senxin Huang, Feng Lin
<i>ZmSTK2_USP</i>, located on the long arm of chromosome 4, belongs to the serine/threonine kinase gene in maize. The sequence analysis of 2,100 bp upstream from the start codon ATG has shown that it contains <i>cis</i>-element motifs and two types of anther/pollen-specific promoter elements (GTGA and AGAAA), suggesting that it is the pollen-specific promoter. To investigate the function of <i>ZmSTK2_USP</i> promoter, the GUS gene fusion system was employed. In pro<i>ZmSTK2_USP-GUS</i> genetically modified plants, GUS activity was detected in mature pollen grains and pollen tubes but not found in other floral and vegetable tissues...
January 4, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177256/synthesis-structure-and-magnetic-electrochemical-properties-of-a-family-of-tungstoarsenates-containing-just-co-ii-centers-or-both-co-ii-and-fe-iii-centers
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Charyle S Ayingone Mezui, Pedro de Oliveira, Anne-Lucie Teillout, Jérôme Marrot, Patrick Berthet, Mounim Lebrini, Israël M Mbomekallé
The three polyoxotungstates [(NaOH2)2Co(II)2(As2W15O56)2](18-) (1), [(NaOH2)(Co(II)OH2)Co(II)2(As2W15O56)2](17-) (2), and [(Co(II)OH2)2Co(II)2(As2W15O56)2](16-) (3) have been prepared in aqueous solution upon mixing cobalt(II) salts with the ligand [As2W15O56](12-). The reaction of 1 or 2 with the Fe(3+) ion leads invariably to the same species [(Fe(III)OH2)(Co(II)OH2)Co(II)2(As2W15O56)2](15-) (4) possessing three cobalt atoms and a single iron atom. However, if the Fe-containing homologue of compound 1, that is, the polyoxotungstate [(NaOH2)2Fe(III)2(As2W15O56)2](16-) (5), is employed instead to react with the Co(2+) ion, the species [(Co(II)OH2)2Fe(III)2(As2W15O56)2](14-) (6) is obtained, having two cobalt atoms and two iron atoms...
February 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159471/microrna-211-and-autophagy-related-gene-14-signaling-regulate-osteoblast-like-cell-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Nobuaki Ozeki, Naoko Hase, Taiki Hiyama, Hideyuki Yamaguchi, Rie Kawai-Asano, Kazuhiko Nakata, Makio Mogi
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been the subject of recent attention as key regulatory factors in cell differentiation. In the current study, to explore the early signaling cascade of osteogenic differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cells, we investigated miR-211 regulation and autophagy-related gene (Atg) signaling in osteogenic differentiation. In addition to reciprocal strong induction of miR-211 expression in differentiated cells following osteogenic differentiation, we found abundant Argonaute 3 bound to miR-211⊡ There were also dramatic increases in the mRNA and protein levels of Atg14 together with increases in the amount of autophagosomes as well as autophagic fluxes...
January 31, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155064/how-to-treat-involvement-of-the-central-nervous-system-in-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis
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REVIEW
AnnaCarin Horne, Ronny Wickström, Michael B Jordan, E Ann Yeh, Ahmed Naqvi, Jan-Inge Henter, Gritta Janka
Central nervous system (CNS)-hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is not a disease in itself, but it is part of a systemic immune response. The vast majority of patients with CNS-HLH also have systemic HLH and a large number of patients with primary and secondary HLH have CNS involvement. Reactivations within the CNS are frequent during the course of HLH treatment and may occur concomitant with or independent of systemic relapses. It is also important to consider primary HLH as an underlying cause of "unknown CNS inflammation" as these patients may present with only CNS disease...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154370/risk-factors-for-acute-graft-versus-host-disease-after-allogeneic-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-single-center-experience
#16
Feiyan Wang, Bo Cai, Li Wang, Zhenyang Gu, Lan Luo, Huaping Wei, Shasha Zhao, Lixun Guan, Xiaoyu Wang, Lili Wang, Daihong Liu, Chunji Gao
BACKGROUND Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) remains the most common and challenging complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). An important obstacle to the therapeutic effect of aGVHD is the inability to identify risk factors for an individual patient at the onset of symptoms. We performed a retrospective study with the aim of defining clinically meaningful pre-transplantation risk factors for grades II-IV aGVHD patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS To identify pre-transplantation risk factors for grades II-IV aGVHD after allo-HSCT, we performed a retrospective study in 292 patients who underwent allo-HSCT at our center from January 2010 to July 2015...
February 3, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152297/ddx53-promotes-cancer-stem-cell-like-properties-and-autophagy
#17
Hyuna Kim, Youngmi Kim, Dooil Jeoung
Although cancer/testis antigen DDX53 confers anti-cancer drug-resistance, the effect of DDX53 on cancer stem cell-like properties and autophagy remains unknown. MDA-MB-231 (CD133(+)) cells showed higher expression of DDX53, SOX-2, NANOG and MDR1 than MDA-MB-231 (CD133(-)). DDX53 increased in vitro self-renewal activity of MCF-7 while decreasing expression of DDX53 by siRNA lowered in vitro self-renewal activity of MDA-MB-231. DDX53 showed an interaction with EGFR and binding to the promoter sequences of EGFR...
January 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130881/transplantation-of-hepatocytes-from-genetically-engineered-pigs-into-baboons
#18
Hayato Iwase, Hong Liu, Eva Schmelzer, Mohamed Ezzelarab, Martin Wijkstrom, Hidetaka Hara, Whayoung Lee, Jagjit Singh, Cassandra Long, Eric Lagasse, Jörg C Gerlach, David K C Cooper, Bruno Gridelli
BACKGROUND: Some patients with acute or acute-on-chronic hepatic failure die before a suitable human liver allograft becomes available. Encouraging results have been achieved in such patients by the transplantation of human hepatocyte progenitor cells from fetal liver tissue. The aim of the study was to explore survival of hepatocytes from genetically engineered pigs after direct injection into the spleen and other selected sites in immunosuppressed baboons to monitor the immune response and the metabolic function and survival of the transplanted hepatocytes...
January 28, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123910/a-comparative-in-silico-analysis-of-autophagy-proteins-in-ciliates
#19
Erhan Aslan, Nurçin Küçükoğlu, Muhittin Arslanyolu
Autophagy serves as a turnover mechanism for the recycling of redundant and/or damaged macromolecules present in eukaryotic cells to re-use them under starvation conditions via a double-membrane structure known as autophagosome. A set of eukaryotic genes called autophagy-related genes (ATGs) orchestrate this highly elaborative process. The existence of these genes and the role they play in different eukaryotes are well-characterized. However, little is known of their role in some eukaryotes such as ciliates...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123106/entire-photodamaged-chloroplasts-are-transported-to-the-central-vacuole-by-autophagy
#20
Masanori Izumi, Hiroyuki Ishida, Sakuya Nakamura, Jun Hidema
Turnover of dysfunctional organelles is vital to maintain homeostasis in eukaryotic cells. As photosynthetic organelles, plant chloroplasts can suffer sunlight-induced damage. However, the process for turnover of entire damaged chloroplasts remains unclear. Here, we demonstrate that autophagy is responsible for the elimination of sunlight-damaged, collapsed chloroplasts in Arabidopsis thaliana. We found that vacuolar transport of entire chloroplasts, termed chlorophagy, was induced by ultraviolet-B (UVB) damage to the chloroplast apparatus...
January 25, 2017: Plant Cell
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