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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431135/reconstitution-of-a-functional-7sk-snrnp
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John E Brogie, David H Price
The 7SK small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (snRNP) plays a central role in RNA polymerase II elongation control by regulating the availability of active P-TEFb. We optimized conditions for analyzing 7SK RNA by SHAPE and demonstrated a hysteretic effect of magnesium on 7SK folding dynamics including a 7SK GAUC motif switch. We also found evidence that the 5΄ end pairs alternatively with two different regions of 7SK giving rise to open and closed forms that dictate the state of the 7SK motif. We then used recombinant P-TEFb, HEXIM1, LARP7 and MEPCE to reconstruct a functional 7SK snRNP in vitro...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430962/ulk1-prevents-cardiac-dysfunction-in-obesity-through-autophagy-meditated-regulation-of-lipid-metabolism
#2
Minae An, Dong-Ryeol Ryu, Jang Won Park, Ji Ha Choi, Eun-Mi Park, Kyung Eun Lee, Minna Woo, Minsuk Kim
Aims: Autophagy is essential to maintain tissue homeostasis, particularly in long-lived cells such as cardiomyocytes. Whereas many studies support the importance of autophagy in the mechanisms underlying obesity-related cardiac dysfunction, the role of autophagy in cardiac lipid metabolism remains unclear. In the heart, lipotoxicity is exacerbated by cardiac lipoprotein lipase (LPL), which mediates accumulation of fatty acids to the heart through intravascular triglyceride (TG) hydrolysis...
April 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425860/a-novel-recombinant-multi-epitope-vaccine-could-induce-specific-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-response-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#3
Yahong Wu, Wenjie Zhai, Meng Sun, Zhe Zou, Xiuman Zhou, Guodong Li, Zhongyi Yan, Yuanming Qi, Yanfeng Gao
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) against various tumor antigens play an important role in elimination of tumor cells. To develop therapeutic vaccines that can induce specific immune response, we designed a novel recombinant multiepitope vaccine YL66 which consists of HLA-A2-restricted CTL epitopes from two widely expressed tumor antigen cyclooxygenase-2 and MAGE-4, linked with membrane permeable Tat-PTD and the universal T helper epitope. The DNA fragment of YL66 was cloned into pGEX-4T-2-YL66 and pcDNA3.1(+)-YL66, respectively...
April 19, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425748/a-field-analysis-trial-comparing-the-turnaround-times-of-routine-and-stat-red-blood-cell-immunohematology-testing
#4
Katie Sackett, Andrea Kjell, Abigail M Schneider, Claudia S Cohn
The turnaround time (TAT) for pre-transfusion testing is important for prompt clinical decision-making. TAT includes the time between the arrival of the sample and the initiation of testing, plus the processing time (PT) required to generate and report a result. The TAT in larger blood banks is mostly dependent upon the capability of the analyzer used. In smaller blood banks, where manual work is often performed, the TAT is dependent on availability and experience of staff, testing resources, and workload. Our site performed a comparative analysis of the ORTHO VISION® (Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Raritan, NJ) and the Echo® (Immucor, Norcross, GA) blood bank analyzers, using the TAT and PT of standard blood bank tests as the outcome metrics...
January 2017: Immunohematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421460/flow-arrest-intra-arterial-delivery-of-small-tat-decorated-and-neutral-micelles-to-gliomas
#5
Juliane Nguyen, Shaolie S Hossain, Johann R N Cooke, Jason A Ellis, Michael B Deci, Charles W Emala, Jeffrey N Bruce, Irving J Bigio, Robert M Straubinger, Shailendra Joshi
The cell-penetrating trans-activator of transcription (TAT) is a cationic peptide derived from human immunodeficiency virus-1. It has been used to facilitate macromolecule delivery to various cell types. This cationic peptide is capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and therefore might be useful for enhancing the delivery of drugs that target brain tumors. Here we test the efficiency with which relatively small (20 nm) micelles can be delivered by an intra-arterial route specifically to gliomas. Utilizing the well-established method of flow-arrest intra-arterial injection we compared the degree of brain tumor deposition of cationic TAT-decorated micelles versus neutral micelles...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418276/thrombin-antithrombin-iii-complex-tests
#6
Sang Yang Lee, Takahiro Niikura, Takashi Iwakura, Yoshitada Sakai, Ryosuke Kuroda, Masahiro Kurosaka
PURPOSE: Patients with fractures of the pelvis and/or lower extremities are at a high risk of developing postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE). The purpose of this study was to determine whether the thrombin-antithrombin III complex (TAT) tests could be used for postoperative screening of VTE in patients with lower limb or pelvic fractures. METHODS: We enrolled 133 patients who underwent surgical treatment for fracture of the pelvis or lower extremities. TAT and D-dimer levels were compared in patients with and without VTE...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418268/the-folding-competence-of-hiv-1-tat-mediated-by-interaction-with-tar-rna
#7
Jung Min Kim, Hee Sun Choi, Baik Lin Seong
The trans-activator Tat protein of HIV-1 belongs to the large family of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), and is known to recruit various host proteins for the transactivation of viral RNA synthesis. Tat protein interacts with the transactivator response RNA (TAR RNA), exhibiting RNA chaperone activities for structural rearrangement of interacting RNAs. Here, considering that Tat-TAR RNA interaction is mutually cooperative, we examined the potential role of TAR RNA as Chaperna - RNA that provides chaperone function to proteins - for the folding of HIV-1 Tat...
April 18, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416977/trends-in-physiological-coagulation-factors-in-japanese-patients-receiving-novel-oral-anticoagulants
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Tomoyuki Nagao, Hiroshi Hunakubo, Mayu Suzuki, Takashi Kataoka, Satoshi Okumura, Norihiro Shinoda, Ken Harada, Bunichi Kato, Masataka Kato, Nobuyuki Marui, Shinichi Sakai, Tetsuya Amano, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND: Little is known about physiological anticoagulation effects via antithrombin III (AT III) and protein C/S (PC/PS) in patients using new oral anticoagulants (NOACs). METHODS: We evaluated 120 consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) receiving NOACs. Patients were randomly divided into three groups: a dabigatran group (DG, N=40), a rivaroxaban group (RG, N=40) or an apixaban group (AG, N=40). A warfarin group (WG, N=40) was matched with NOAC groups for age, sex and type of AF during the same time period...
April 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416550/identification-and-optimization-of-thienopyridine-carboxamides-as-inhibitors-of-hiv-regulatory-complexes
#9
Robert L Nakamura, Mark A Burlingame, Shumin Yang, David C Crosby, Dale J Talbot, Kitty Chui, Alan D Frankel, Adam R Renslo
Viral regulatory complexes perform critical functions during virus replication and are important targets for therapeutic intervention. In HIV, the Tat and Rev proteins form complexes with multiple viral and cellular factors to direct transcription and export of the viral RNA. These complexes are composed of many proteins and are dynamic, making them difficult to fully recapitulate in vitro Therefore we developed a cell-based reporter assay to monitor the assembly of viral complexes for inhibitor screening. We screened a small molecule library and identified multiple hits that inhibit the activity of the viral complexes...
April 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415621/usp22-maintains-gastric-cancer-stem-cell-stemness-and-promotes-gastric-cancer-progression-by-stabilizing-bmi1-protein
#10
Yue Ma, Hua-Lin Fu, Zhen Wang, Hai Huang, Jian Ni, Jie Song, Ying Xia, Wei-Lin Jin, Da-Xiang Cui
Increased ubiquitin-specific protease 22 (USP22) has been associated with poor prognosis in several cancers including gastric cancer. However, the role of USP22 in gastric tumorigenesis is still unclear. Gastric cancer stem cells have been identified and shown to correlate with gastric cancer initiation and metastasis. In this study, we found that silencing of USP22 inhibited proliferation of gastric cancer cells and suppressed the cancer stem cell spheroid formation in serum-free culture. Furthermore, cancer stem cell markers, such as CD133, SOX2, OCT4 and NANOG were down-regulated...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414558/th17-inducing-conditions-lead-to-in-vitro-activation-of-both-th17-and-th1-responses-in-behcet-s-disease
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Rabia Deniz, Aysın Tulunay-Virlan, Filiz Ture Ozdemir, Ali Ugur Unal, Gulsen Ozen, Fatma Alibaz-Oner, Imren Aydin-Tatli, Gonca Mumcu, Tulin Ergun, Haner Direskeneli
OBJECTIVES: Interleukin-17 (IL-17) has been associated with the pathogenesis of various autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of Th17-related immunity in an innate immunity-dominated vasculitis, namely Behcet's disease (BD). METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 37 patients (age: 38.5 ± 9.8 years) with BD, and 25 healthy controls (HC) (age: 39.1 ± 9.3 years), were cultured in Th17-inducing conditions (IL-6, Phytohemagglutinin (PHA), IL-1β, and IL-23) for 6 days...
April 17, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414141/temporal-role-of-macrophages-in-cancellous-bone-healing
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Olof Helge Sandberg, Love Tätting, Magnus Erik Bernhardsson, Per Aspenberg
Macrophages are important phagocytosing and cytokine producing cells with effects on fracture healing. We used clodronate-containing liposomes to reduce the number of macrophages, in order to study their role in the early phases of cancellous bone healing. Holes were drilled bilaterally into the cancellous bone of the proximal metaphysis of the tibia of 60 mice. A screw was inserted in the hole in the right tibia. The day of surgery was day 0. Clodronate-containing liposomes were injected intraperitoneally as a single injection either day -4 or -1 (before surgery) or day 1 or 3 (after surgery)...
April 14, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408207/transactivator-protein-an-alternative-for-delivery-of-recombinant-proteins-for-safer-reprogramming-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell
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REVIEW
Fazlina Nordin, Raja Norazireen Raja Ahmad, Farzin Farzaneh
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) are somatic cells reprogrammed to pluripotency by forced expression of pluripotency factors. These cells are shown to have the same pluripotent potential as embryonic stem cells (ESC) and considered as an alternative to the much controversial usage of ESC which involved human embryos. However, the traditional method in reprogramming cells into iPSC using genome-integrating retro- or lenti- viruses remains an obstacle for its application in clinical setting. Although numerous studies have been conducted for a safer DNA-based reprogramming, reprogramming of iPSC by genetic modifications may raise the possibility of malignant transformation and has been a major limitation for its usage in clinical applications...
April 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406849/current-management-practices-in-m%C3%A3-ni%C3%A3-re-s-disease
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Joseph W Clyde, Benjamin S Oberman, Huseyin Isildak
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate current trends in managing Ménière's disease (MD) by both general otolaryngologists and otologists/neurotologists and discuss treatment modalities. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Survey of physicians. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: An electronic questionnaire was disseminated to all members of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). RESULTS: Eight hundred and sixty members replied for a response rate of 14...
April 11, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404980/hiv-1-tat-inhibits-eaat-2-through-aeg-1-upregulation-in-models-of-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorder
#15
Xiang Ye, Yu Zhang, Qiping Xu, Honghua Zheng, Xiaoyan Wu, Jinhua Qiu, Zhou Zhang, Wei Wang, Yiming Shao, Hui Qin Xing
During HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND), decreasing in excitatory amino acid transporter 2 (EAAT-2) in astrocyte plasma membranes leads to elevated levels of extracellular glutamate and, in turn, neuronal apoptosis. We used immunohistochemistry, western blot, qRT-PCR, and RNA interference to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the decreased EAAT-2 expression during HAND at the tissue and cellular levels. We used simian immunodeficiency virus-human immunodeficiency virus chimeric virus (SHIV)-infected macaques as an in vivo model of HAND...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397442/predictive-factors-of-thrombosis-for-patients-with-essential-thrombocythaemia-a-single-center-study
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Iwona Prajs, Kazimierz Kuliczkowski
BACKGROUND: Thrombotembolic complications are the leading cause of mortality in essential thrombocythemia (ET), but the definition of thrombotic risk remains far from clear. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic markers for thrombosis to identify ET patients at risk. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-five consecutive patients with ET were studied. This group was divided into two subgroups ET patients with (A) and without (B) history of thrombosis...
January 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394853/targeting-bdnf-in-the-medial-thalamus-for-the-treatment-of-central-poststroke-pain-in-a-rodent-model
#17
Hsi-Chien Shih, Yung-Hui Kuan, Bai-Chung Shyu
Approximately 7-10% of patients develop a chronic pain syndrome after stroke. This chronic pain condition is called central poststroke pain (CPSP). Recent studies have observed an abnormal increase in the secretion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in spinal cord tissue after spinal cord injury. An animal model of CPSP was established by an intra-thalamus injection of collagenase. Mechanical and thermal allodynia was induced after lesions of the thalamic ventral basal complex in rats. Four weeks after the injection, the number of neurons decreased, the number of astrocytes, microglia, and P2X4 receptors increased, and BDNF mRNA expression increased in the brain lesion area...
April 5, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394057/introduction
#18
M Brownell Anderson, Ang Eng-Tat, Joanna Tai, Wunna Tun
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392737/external-quality-assessment-of-medical-laboratories-in-croatia-preliminary-evaluation-of-post-analytical-laboratory-testing
#19
Jasna Lenicek Krleza, Adrijana Dorotic, Ana Grzunov
INTRODUCTION: Proper standardization of laboratory testing requires assessment of performance after the tests are performed, known as the post-analytical phase. A nationwide external quality assessment (EQA) scheme implemented in Croatia in 2014 includes a questionnaire on post-analytical practices, and the present study examined laboratory responses in order to identify current post-analytical phase practices and identify areas for improvement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In four EQA exercises between September 2014 and December 2015, 145-174 medical laboratories across Croatia were surveyed using the Module 11 questionnaire on the post-analytical phase of testing...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390779/total-laboratory-automation-do-stat-tests-still-matter
#20
REVIEW
Alberto Dolci, Davide Giavarina, Sara Pasqualetti, Dominika Szőke, Mauro Panteghini
During the past decades the healthcare systems have rapidly changed and today hospital care is primarily advocated for critical patients and acute treatments, for which laboratory test results are crucial and need to be always reported in predictably short turnaround time (TAT). Laboratories in the hospital setting can face this challenge by changing their organization from a compartmentalized laboratory department toward a decision making-based laboratory department. This requires the implementation of a core laboratory, that exploits total laboratory automation (TLA) using technological innovation in analytical platforms, track systems and information technology, including middleware, and a number of satellite specialized laboratory sections cooperating with care teams for specific medical conditions...
April 5, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
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