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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445148/pkc-and-camk-ii-inhibitions-coordinately-rescue-ischemia-induced-gabaergic-neuron-dysfunction
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Li Huang, Chun Wang, Shidi Zhao, Rongjing Ge, Sudong Guan, Jin-Hui Wang
Cerebral ischemia leads to neuronal death for stroke, in which the imbalance between glutamatergic neurons and GABAergic neurons toward neural excitotoxicity is presumably involved. GABAergic neurons are vulnerable to pathological factors and impaired in an early stage of ischemia. The rescue of GABAergic neurons is expected to be the strategy to reserve ischemic neuronal impairment. As protein kinase C (PKC) and calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMK-II) are activated during ischemia, we have investigated whether the inhibitions of these kinases rescue the ischemic impairment of cortical GABAergic neurons...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444170/neuronal-activity-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-and-unpredictable-chronic-stress-modulate-transcription-of-gadd45-family-members-and-dna-methylation-in-the-hippocampus
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Daniela Grassi, Henriette Franz, Riccardo Vezzali, Patrick Bovio, Stefanie Heidrich, Fariba Dehghanian, Natalia Lagunas, Catherine Belzung, Kerstin Krieglstein, Tanja Vogel
Neuronal activity is altered in several neurological and psychiatric diseases. Upon depolarization not only neurotransmitters are released but also cytokines and other activators of signaling cascades. Unraveling their complex implication in transcriptional control in receiving cells will contribute to understand specific central nervous system (CNS) pathologies and will be of therapeutically interest. In this study we depolarized mature hippocampal neurons in vitro using KCl and revealed increased release not only of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) but also of transforming growth factor beta (TGFB)...
April 21, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442314/photodynamic-therapy-in-the-management-of-basal-cell-carcinoma-retrospective-evaluation-of-outcome
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Waseem Jerjes, Zaid Hamdoon, Colin Hopper
INTRODUCTION: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a relatively new method of treating various kinds of pathologies. In this retrospective study, a total of 148 patients with basal cell carcinoma (BCC) were treated with surface illumination methyl aminolevulinate - photodynamic therapy (MAL-PDT) or meta-tetrahydroxyphenylchlorin (mTHPC-PDT). Comparisons with the clinical features, rate of recurrence and overall outcome were made. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Surface illumination PDT was offered under local or general anaesthesia...
April 22, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441491/a-naturally-occurring-isoform-specific-probe-for-highly-selective-and-sensitive-detection-of-human-cytochrome-p450-3a5
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Jing-Jing Wu, Yun-Feng Cao, Liang Feng, Yu-Qi He, James Y Hong, Tong-Yi Dou, Ping Wang, Da-Cheng Hao, Guang-Bo Ge, Ling Yang
Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A5 characterized with polymorphic and extensive expression in multiple tissues is the most important P450 enzyme among the minor CYP3A isoforms. However, a selective and sensitive probe for CYP3A5 remains unavailable. In this study, we identified and characterized a naturally-occurring lignan 12 (Schisantherin E) as an isoform-specific probe for selective detection of CYP3A5 activity in complex biological samples. With thorough characterization including LC-MS and NMR, we found that 12 can be metabolized by CYP3A5 to generate a major metabolite 2-O-demethylated 12...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441426/identification-of-genes-associated-with-dissociation-of-cognitive-performance-and-neuropathological-burden-multistep-analysis-of-genetic-epigenetic-and-transcriptional-data
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Charles C White, Hyun-Sik Yang, Lei Yu, Lori B Chibnik, Robert J Dawe, Jingyun Yang, Hans-Ulrich Klein, Daniel Felsky, Alfredo Ramos-Miguel, Konstantinos Arfanakis, William G Honer, Reisa A Sperling, Julie A Schneider, David A Bennett, Philip L De Jager
INTRODUCTION: The molecular underpinnings of the dissociation of cognitive performance and neuropathological burden are poorly understood, and there are currently no known genetic or epigenetic determinants of the dissociation. METHODS AND FINDINGS: "Residual cognition" was quantified by regressing out the effects of cerebral pathologies and demographic characteristics on global cognitive performance proximate to death. To identify genes influencing residual cognition, we leveraged neuropathological, genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptional data available for deceased participants of the Religious Orders Study (n = 492) and the Rush Memory and Aging Project (n = 487)...
April 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436051/a-novel-mass-spectrometry-based-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-asymmetric-and-symmetric-dimethylarginine-l-arginine-and-l-citrulline-optimized-for-lc-ms-tof-and-lc-ms-ms
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Jerzy Wiśniewski, Mariusz G Fleszar, Joanna Piechowicz, Małgorzata Krzystek-Korpacka, Angelika Chachaj, Andrzej Szuba, Katarzyna Lorenc-Kukula, Leszek Masłowski, Wojciech Witkiewicz, Andrzej Gamian
Nitric oxide (NO) is a regulatory molecule involved in many biological processes. NO is produced by nitric oxide synthase by conversion of L-arginine to L-citrulline. L-arginine methylated derivatives, asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginines (ADMA and SDMA), regulate L-arginine availability and the activity of nitric oxide synthase. As such, they have been frequently investigated as potential biomarkers in pathologies associated with dysfunctions in NO synthesis. Here, we present a new multistep analytical methodology based on liquid chromatography combined with mass spectrometry for the accurate identification of L-arginine, L-citrulline, ADMA, and SDMA...
April 24, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429275/tgf-%C3%AE-1-neuroprotection-via-inhibition-of-microglial-activation-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Xiao Chen, Zhan Liu, Bei-Bei Cao, Yi-Hua Qiu, Yu-Ping Peng
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 is a pleiotropic cytokine with immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory properties. Recently we have shown that TGF-β1 pretreatment in vitro protects against 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+))-induced dopaminergic neuronal loss that characterizes in Parkinson's disease (PD). Herein, we aimed to demonstrate that TGF-β1 administration in vivo after MPP(+) toxicity has neuroprotection that is achieved by a mediation of microglia. A rat model of PD was prepared by injecting MPP(+) unilaterally in the striatum...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427903/atrial-fibrillation-is-associated-with-hypermethylation-in-human-left-atrium-and-treatment-with-decitabine-reduces-atrial-tachyarrhythmias-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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R Doñate Puertas, E Meugnier, C Romestaing, C Rey, E Morel, J Lachuer, N Gadot, A Scridon, C Julien, F Tronc, B Chapuis, C Valla, A Janin, L Pirola, A Méjat, S Rome, P Chevalier
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. As the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathology are largely unknown, this cardiac arrhythmia remains difficult to treat. To identify specific molecular actors involved in AF, we have performed a transcriptomic analysis on left atrium (LA) from patients with valvular heart disease with or without AF. We showed that 1627 genes had altered basal expression level in LA tissue of AF patients compared with the control group. The significantly enriched gene ontology biological process "anatomical structure morphogenesis" contained the highest number of genes in line with changes in structure that occur when the human heart remodels following AF development (ie, LA dilatation and interstitial fibrosis)...
March 30, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424484/the-tandem-agenet-domain-of-fragile-x-mental-retardation-protein-interacts-with-fus
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Qingzhong He, Wei Ge
The tandem Agenet domain (TAD) of fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP) protein is considered to be a member of the methyl-lysine-binding Tudor domain "Royal family". Several groups have reported that the TAD binds with methylated histones and plays a role in DNA damage responses. FMRP is a RNA-binding protein predominantly resident in cytoplasm. Therefore, in this study, we identified DDX5, FUS, EWSR1 and LSM14A as TAD-interacting proteins sensitive to F32L and/or Y96L mutation by pull-down assays and mass spectrometry...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424060/effects-of-a-combination-treatment-of-kd5040-and-l-dopa-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Sora Ahn, Taek-Jin Song, Seong-Uk Park, Songhee Jeon, Jongpil Kim, Joo-Young Oh, Jaehwan Jang, Sanhwa Hong, Min-A Song, Hye-Seoung Shin, Young-Rim Jung, Hi-Joon Park
BACKGROUND: Although the dopamine precursor L-3, 4-dihydroxyphenylalanine ( l -dopa) remains the gold standard pharmacological therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), long-term treatment with this drug has been known to result in several adverse effects, including l -dopa-induced dyskinesia (LID). Recently, our group reported that KD5040, a modified herbal remedy, had neuroprotective effects in both in vitro and in vivo models of PD. Thus, the present study investigated whether KD5040 would have synergistic effects with l -dopa and antidyskinetic effects caused by l -dopa as well...
April 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423671/genome-wide-dna-methylation-analysis-reveals-molecular-subtypes-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Nitish Kumar Mishra, Chittibabu Guda
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States with a five-year patient survival rate of only 6%. Early detection and treatment of this disease is hampered due to lack of reliable diagnostic and prognostic markers. Recent studies have shown that dynamic changes in the global DNA methylation and gene expression patterns play key roles in the PC development; hence, provide valuable insights for better understanding the initiation and progression of PC. In the current study, we used DNA methylation, gene expression, copy number, mutational and clinical data from pancreatic patients...
March 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423572/acceleration-of-leukocytes-epigenetic-age-as-an-early-tumor-and-sex-specific-marker-of-breast-and-colorectal-cancer
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Danielle Fernandes Durso, Maria Giulia Bacalini, Claudia Sala, Chiara Pirazzini, Elena Marasco, Massimiliano Bonafé, Ítalo Faria do Valle, Davide Gentilini, Gastone Castellani, Ana Maria Caetano Faria, Claudio Franceschi, Paolo Garagnani, Christine Nardini
Changes in blood epigenetic age have been associated with several pathological conditions and have recently been described to anticipate cancer development. In this work, we analyze a publicly available leukocytes methylation dataset to evaluate the relation between DNA methylation age and the prospective development of specific types of cancer. We calculated DNA methylation age acceleration using five state-of-the-art estimators (three multi-site: Horvath, Hannum, Weidner; and two CpG specific: ELOV2 and FHL2) in a cohort including 845 subjects from the EPIC-Italy project and we compared 424 samples that remained cancer-free over the approximately ten years of follow-up with 235 and 166 subjects who developed breast and colorectal cancer, respectively...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422722/the-clinical-value-regulatory-mechanisms-and-gene-network-of-the-cancer-testis-gene-stk31-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Kai Zhang, Zipeng Lu, Yi Zhu, Lei Tian, Jingjing Zhang, Chunhua Xi, Wentao Gao, Kuirong Jiang, Yi Miao
We aimed to identify STK31 as a cancer-testis (CT) gene and to explore its potential clinical value, regulatory mechanisms, and gene network in pancreatic cancer (PC). Gene expression data were generated from normal organ samples and pancreatic cancer samples from three public databases. STK31 expression patterns in normal and PC tissues were identified, and we explored its regulatory mechanisms. Gene ontology (GO) and pathway analyses of STK31-related genes were performed and an STK31 protein-protein interaction (PPI) network was constructed...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416568/pharmacological-and-toxicological-properties-of-the-potent-oral-%C3%AE-secretase-modulator-bpn-15606
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Steven L Wagner, Kevin D Rynearson, Steven K Duddy, Can Zhang, Phuong D Nguyen, Ann Becker, Uyen Vo, Deborah Masliah, Louise Monte, Justin B Klee, Corinne M Echmalian, Weiming Xia, Luisa Quinti, Graham Johnson, Jiunn H Lin, Doo Y Kim, William C Mobley, Robert A Rissman, Rudolph E Tanzi
Alzheimer's disease is characterized neuropathologically by an abundance of 1) neuritic plaques, which are primarily composed of a fibrillar 42 amino acid amyloid β peptide, as well as 2) neurofibrillary tangles composed of aggregates of hyperphosporylated tau. Elevations in the concentrations of the Aβ42 peptide in the brain, as a result of either increased production or decreased clearance are postulated to initiate and drive the AD pathological process. We initially introduced a novel class of bridged aromatics referred to as γ-secretase modulators that inhibited the production of the Aβ42 peptide and to a lesser degree the Aβ40 peptide while concomitantly increasing the production of the carboxyl-truncated Aβ38 and Aβ37 peptides...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416510/erythrocyte-sialoglycoproteins-engage-siglec-9-on-neutrophils-to-suppress-activation
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Anel Lizcano, Ismael Secundino, Simon Döhrmann, Ross Corriden, Cristina Rohena, Sandra Diaz, Pradipta Ghosh, Lingquan Deng, Victor Nizet, Ajit Varki
Healthy blood neutrophils are functionally quiescent in the bloodstream, have a short lifespan, and exit the circulation to carry out innate immune functions, or undergo rapid apoptosis and macrophage-mediated clearance to mitigate host tissue damage. Limitation of unnecessary intravascular neutrophil activation is also important to prevent serious inflammatory pathologies. Since neutrophils become easily activated after purification, we carried out ex vivo comparisons with neutrophils maintained in whole blood...
April 17, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412965/multireceptor-fingerprints-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
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Wang Zheng Chiu, Laura Donker Kaat, Agnita J W Boon, Wouter Kamphorst, Axel Schleicher, Karl Zilles, John C van Swieten, Nicola Palomero-Gallagher
BACKGROUND: Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) with a frontal presentation, characterized by cognitive deficits and behavioral changes, has been recognized as an early clinical picture, distinct from the classical so-called Richardson and parkinsonism presentations. The midcingulate cortex is associated with executive and attention tasks and has consistently been found to be impaired in imaging studies of patients with PSP. The aim of the present study was to determine alterations in neurotransmission underlying the pathophysiology of PSP, as well as their significance for clinically identifiable PSP subgroups...
April 17, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412746/kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factor-4-klf4-regulates-the-mir-183-96-182-cluster-under-physiologic-and-pathologic-conditions
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Miguel F Segura, Luz Jubierre, SiDe Li, Aroa Soriano, Lisa Koetz, Avital Gaziel-Sovran, Marc Masanas, Kevin Kleffman, John F Dankert, Martin J Walsh, Eva Hernando
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of endogenous non-coding small RNAs that post-transcriptionally control the translation and stability of target mRNAs in a sequence-dependent manner. MiRNAs are essential for key cellular processes including proliferation, differentiation, cell death and metabolism, among others. Consequently, alterations of miRNA expression contribute to developmental defects and a myriad of diseases.The expression of miRNAs can be altered by several mechanisms including gene copy number alterations, aberrant DNA methylation, defects of the miRNA processing machinery or unscheduled expression of transcription factors...
February 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409176/systemic-analysis-of-osteoblast-specific-dna-methylation-marks-reveals-novel-epigenetic-basis-of-osteoblast-differentiation
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Fangtang Yu, Hui Shen, Hong-Wen Deng
DNA methylation is an important epigenetic modification that contributes to the lineage commitment and specific functions of different cell types. In this study, we compared ENCODE-generated genome-wide DNA methylation profiles of human osteoblast with 21 other types of human cells in order to identify osteoblast-specific methylation events. For most of the cell strains, data from two isogenic replicates were included, resulting in a total of 51 DNA methylation datasets. We identified 852 significant osteoblast-specific differentially methylated CpGs (DMCs) and 295 significant differentially methylated regions (DMRs)...
June 2017: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408905/tet-methylcytosine-oxidases-in-t-cell-and-b-cell-development-and-function
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Ageliki Tsagaratou, Chan-Wang J Lio, Xiaojing Yue, Anjana Rao
DNA methylation is established by DNA methyltransferases and is a key epigenetic mark. Ten-eleven translocation (TET) proteins are enzymes that oxidize 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) and further oxidization products (oxi-mCs), which indirectly promote DNA demethylation. Here, we provide an overview of the effect of TET proteins and altered DNA modification status in T and B cell development and function. We summarize current advances in our understanding of the role of TET proteins and 5hmC in T and B cells in both physiological and pathological contexts...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408473/o-glcnacylation-and-chromatin-remodeling-in-mammals-an-up-to-date-overview
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REVIEW
Maïté Leturcq, Tony Lefebvre, Anne-Sophie Vercoutter-Edouart
Post-translational modifications of histones and the dynamic DNA methylation cycle are finely regulated by a myriad of chromatin-binding factors and chromatin-modifying enzymes. Epigenetic modifications ensure local changes in the architecture of chromatin, thus controlling in fine the accessibility of the machinery of transcription, replication or DNA repair to the chromatin. Over the past decade, the nutrient-sensor enzyme O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) has emerged as a modulator of chromatin remodeling. In mammals, OGT acts either directly through dynamic and reversible O-GlcNAcylation of histones and chromatin effectors, or in an indirect manner through its recruitment into chromatin-bound multiprotein complexes...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
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