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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515487/functional-interaction-between-fus-and-smn-underlies-sma-like-splicing-changes-in-wild-type-hfus-mice
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Alessia Mirra, Simona Rossi, Silvia Scaricamazza, Michela Di Salvio, Illari Salvatori, Cristiana Valle, Paola Rusmini, Angelo Poletti, Gianluca Cestra, Maria Teresa Carrì, Maur O Cozzolino
Several of the identified genetic factors in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) point to dysfunction in RNA processing as a major pathogenic mechanism. However, whether a precise RNA pathway is particularly affected remains unknown. Evidence suggests that FUS, that is mutated in familial ALS, and SMN, the causative factor in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), cooperate to the same molecular pathway, i.e. regulation of alternative splicing, and that disturbances in SMN-regulated functions, either caused by depletion of SMN protein (as in the case of SMA) or by pathogenic interactions between FUS and SMN (as in the case of ALS) might be a common theme in both diseases...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511006/novel-focused-ultrasound-gene-therapy-approach-noninvasively-restores-dopaminergic-neuron-function-in-a-rat-parkinson-s-disease-model
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Brian P Mead, Namho Kim, G Wilson Miller, David Hodges, Panagiotis Mastorakos, Alexander L Klibanov, James W Mandell, Jay Hirsh, Jung Soo Suk, Justin Hanes, Richard J Price
Therapies capable of decelerating, or perhaps even halting, neurodegeneration in Parkinson's disease (PD) remain elusive. Clinical trials of PD gene therapy testing the delivery of neurotrophic factors, such as the glial cell-line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), have been largely ineffective due to poor vector distribution throughout the diseased regions in the brain. In addition, current delivery strategies involve invasive procedures that obviate the inclusion of early stage patients who are most likely to benefit from GDNF-based gene therapy...
May 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505004/a-subset-of-malignant-mesotheliomas-in-young-adults-are-associated-with-recurrent-ewsr1-fus-atf1-fusions
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Patrice Desmeules, Philippe Joubert, Lei Zhang, Hikmat A Al-Ahmadie, Christopher D Fletcher, Efsevia Vakiani, Deborah F Delair, Natasha Rekhtman, Marc Ladanyi, William D Travis, Cristina R Antonescu
Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is a rare, aggressive tumor often associated with asbestos exposure and characterized by complex genetic abnormalities, including deletions of chromosome 22. A gene fusion involving EWSR1 and YY1 gene on 14q32 has been reported in 2 patients over the age of 60 with peritoneal MM. However, the incidence of EWSR1 rearrangements in MM and the spectrum of its fusion partners remain unknown. We recently encountered 2 MM cases with EWSR1-ATF1 fusions and sought to investigate the prevalence and clinicopathologic features associated with this abnormality...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493834/establishing-a-patient-derived-xenograft-model-of-human-myxoid-and-round-cell-liposarcoma
#4
Yiming Qi, Yu Hu, Hua Yang, Rongyuan Zhuang, Yingyong Hou, Hanxing Tong, Yi Feng, Yuan Huang, Quan Jiang, Qunsheng Ji, Qingyang Gu, Zhixiang Zhang, Xuzhen Tang, Weiqi Lu, Yuhong Zhou
Myxoid and round cell liposarcoma (MRCL) is a common type of soft tissue sarcoma. The lack of patient-derived tumor xenograft models that are highly consistent with human tumors has limited the drug experiments for this disease. Hence, we aimed to develop and validate a patient-derived tumor xenograft model of MRCL. A tumor sample from a patient with MRCL was implanted subcutaneously in an immunodeficient mouse shortly after resection to establish a patient-derived tumor xenograft model. After the tumor grew, it was resected and divided into several pieces for re-implantation and tumor passage...
April 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487554/improved-thrombolytic-effect-with-focused-ultrasound-and-neuroprotective-agent-against-acute-carotid-artery-thrombosis-in-rat
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Tsong-Hai Lee, Jih-Chao Yeh, Chih-Hung Tsai, Jen-Tsung Yang, Shyh-Liang Lou, Chen-June Seak, Chao-Yung Wang, Kuo-Chen Wei, Hao-Li Liu
Combination therapy with focused ultrasound (FUS) and a neuroprotective agent, BNG-1, was examined in an acute carotid thrombotic occlusion model using LED irradiation in rat to improve the thrombolytic effect of rt-PA. Seven treatment groups included (A) intravenous bolus injection of 0.45 mg/kg rt-PA, (B) intravenous bolus injection of 0.9 mg/kg, (C) sonothrombolysis with FUS alone, (D) oral administration of 2 g/kg BNG-1 for 7 days alone, (E) A + D, (F) A + C, and (G) A + C + D. Four comparison groups were made including (H) 0...
May 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483047/follicular-unit-extraction-for-hair-transplantation-an-update
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F Jiménez-Acosta, I Ponce-Rodríguez
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a hair transplantation technique that uses small punches (0.8-1 mm in diameter) to extract the follicular units (FUs). Though initially the technique was not widely accepted because of the difficulty of extracting intact follicular units with such small punches, it has since gained in popularity due mainly to rising patient demand, the availability of better instrumentation and greater surgical skill acquired from experience. It is now a recognised alternative to follicular unit transplantation (FUT), a technique based on harvesting the FUs from a strip of tissue...
May 5, 2017: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476311/transcranial-functional-ultrasound-imaging-in-freely-moving-awake-mice-and-anesthetized-young-rats-without-contrast-agent
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Elodie Tiran, Jérémy Ferrier, Thomas Deffieux, Jean-Luc Gennisson, Sophie Pezet, Zsolt Lenkei, Mickaël Tanter
Functional ultrasound (fUS) imaging by ultrasensitive Doppler detection of blood volume was previously reported to measure adult rat brain activation and functional connectivity with unmatched spatiotemporal sampling (100 μm, 1 ms), but skull-induced attenuation of ultrasonic waves imposed skull surgery or contrast agent use. Also, fUS feasibility remains to be validated in mice, a major pre-clinical model organism. In the study described here, we performed full-depth ultrasensitive Doppler imaging and 3-D Doppler tomography of the entire mouse brain under anesthesia, non-invasively through the intact skull and skin, without contrast agents...
May 2, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473660/pegylated-plga-based-phase-shift-nanodroplets-combined-with-focused-ultrasound-for-blood-brain-barrier-opening-in-rats
#8
Xiang Zhang, Jiangang Hu, Guanjian Zhao, Ning Huang, Ying Tan, Li Pi, Qing Huang, Feng Wang, Zhigang Wang, Zhibiao Wang, Yuan Cheng
Previous studies have shown that focused ultrasound (FUS) combined with systematic administration of microbubbles (MBs) can open the blood brain barrier (BBB) locally, transiently and reversibly. However, because of the micro size diameters, MBs are restricted in the intravascular space and cannot extravasate into diseased sites through the opened BBB. In this study, we fabricated one kind of nanoscale droplets which consisted of encapsulated liquid perfluoropentane cores and poly (ethyleneglycol) - poly (lactide-co-glycolic acid) shells...
April 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468939/modelling-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-progress-and-possibilities
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REVIEW
Philip Van Damme, Wim Robberecht, Ludo Van Den Bosch
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects the motor system and presents with progressive muscle weakness. Most patients survive for only 2-5 years after disease onset, often due to failure of the respiratory muscles. ALS is a familial disease in ∼10% of patients, with the remaining 90% developing sporadic ALS. Over the past decade, major advances have been made in our understanding of the genetics and neuropathology of ALS. To date, around 20 genes are associated with ALS, with the most common causes of typical ALS associated with mutations in SOD1, TARDBP, FUS and C9orf72 Advances in our understanding of the genetic basis of ALS have led to the creation of different models of this disease...
May 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458041/the-neuroprotective-effect-of-focused-ultrasound-new-perspectives-on-an-old-tool
#10
REVIEW
Burak Yulug, Lutfu Hanoglu, Ertugrul Kilic
INTRODUCTION: Transcranial focused ultrasound (tFUS) is a novel technique that can noninvasively modulate the cortical function. Moreover, there are rapidly replicating evidence suggesting the role of tFUS for targeted neuroprotective drug delivery by increasing the permeability of the central nervous system barrier that results with increased neuroprotective activity. In contrast to the indirect neuroprotective effect, there is rare evidence suggesting the direct parenchymal neuroprotective effect of transcranial focused ultrasound (tFUS)...
April 27, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453628/post-transcriptional-regulation-of-fus-and-ews-protein-expression-by-mir-141-during-neural-differentiation
#11
Francesca Svetoni, Elisa De Paola, Piergiorgio La Rosa, Neri Mercatelli, Daniela Caporossi, Claudio Sette, Maria Paola Paronetto
Brain development involves proliferation, migration and specification of neural progenitor cells, culminating in neuronal circuit formation. Mounting evidence indicates that improper regulation of RNA binding proteins (RBPs), including members of the FET (FUS, EWS, TAF15) family, results in defective cortical development and/or neurodegenerative disorders. However, in spite of their physiological relevance, the precise pattern of FET proteins expression in developing neurons is largely unknown. Herein, we found that FUS, EWS and TAF15 expression is differentially regulated during brain development, both in time and in space...
April 27, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453527/altered-nucleocytoplasmic-proteome-and-transcriptome-distributions-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Jee-Eun Kim, Yoon Ho Hong, Jin Young Kim, Gye Sun Jeon, Jung Hee Jung, Byung-Nam Yoon, Sung-Yeon Son, Kwang-Woo Lee, Jong-Il Kim, Jung-Joon Sung
Aberrant nucleocytoplasmic localization of proteins has been implicated in many neurodegenerative diseases. Evidence suggests that cytoplasmic mislocalization of nuclear proteins such as transactive response DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) and fused in sarcoma (FUS) may be associated with neurotoxicity in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. This study investigated the changes in nucleocytoplasmic distributions of the proteome and transcriptome in an in vitro model of ALS...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451920/cortical-thickness-reductions-associate-with-abnormal-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-non-neuropsychiatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Chen Niu, Xiangliang Tan, Xiaojin Liu, Kai Han, Meiqi Niu, Jun Xu, Ling Zhao, Yuankui Wu, Feng Deng, Qin Huang, Xiaoyan Wu, Huiyuan Huang, Yikai Xu, Ruiwang Huang
To detect the abnormal cortical thickness and disrupted brain resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) without neuropsychiatric symptoms (non-NPSLE). Using T1-weighted 3D brain structural data, we first determined the regions with abnormal cortical thickness in a cohort of 33 adult female non-NPSLE patients. By taking brain regions with significantly reduced cortical thickness as the seeds, we calculated their RSFC based on the resting-fMRI data and detected the relationship between the RSFC and cortical thickness in the non-NPSLE patients...
April 27, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447036/recent-translational-research-into-targeted-therapy-for-liposarcoma
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REVIEW
Rashi Bharat Patel, Ting Li, Zhichao Liao, Jivani Aakash Jaldeepbhai, H A Pavanika N V Perera, Sujani Kaushalya Muthukuda, Dholiya Hardeep Dhirubhai, Vaibhav Singh, Xiaoling Du, Jilong Yang
Liposarcomas (LPS) are among the most common soft tissue sarcomas, originating from adipocytes. Treatment for LPS typically involves surgical resection and radiation therapy, while the use of conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy for unresectable or metastatic LPS remains controversial. This review summarizes the results of recent translational research and trials of novel therapies targeting various genetic and molecular aberrations in different subtypes of LPS. Genetic aberrations such as the 12q13-15 amplicon, genetic amplification of MDM2, CDK4, TOP2A, PTK7, and CHEK1, point mutations in CTNNB1, CDH1, FBXW7, and EPHA1, as the fusion of FUS-DDIT3/EWSR1-DDIT3 are involved in the pathogenesis LPS and represent potential therapeutic candidates...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444573/the-effect-of-different-types-of-nanoparticles-on-fus-and-tdp-43-solubility-and-subcellular-localization
#15
Jasna Lojk, Sonja Prpar Mihevc, Vladimir Boštjan Bregar, Mojca Pavlin, Boris Rogelj
Increased environmental pollution has been suggested as one of the possible causes for increased incidence of neurodegenerative and developmental disorders. Through the environmental pollution, everyday consumer products and nanomedical applications, we are also exposed to various nanoparticles (NPs). Specific types of NPs have been shown to be able to cause neural damage in vivo through processes such as disruption of the blood-brain barrier, induction of neuroinflammation, increase in oxidative stress and protein aggregation...
April 25, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444446/comparison-of-the-clinical-and-cognitive-features-of-genetically-positive-als-patients-from-the-largest-tertiary-center-in-serbia
#16
Ivan V Marjanović, Biljana Selak-Djokić, Stojan Perić, Milena Janković, Vladimir Arsenijević, Ivana Basta, Dragana Lavrnić, Elka Stefanova, Zorica Stević
Discovering novel mutations in C9orf72, FUS, ANG, and TDP-43 genes in ALS patients arises necessities for better clinical characterizations of these subjects. The aim is to determine clinical and cognitive profile of genetically positive Serbian ALS patients. 241 ALS patients were included in the study (17 familiar and 224 apparently sporadic). The following genes were analyzed: SOD1, C9orf72, ANG, FUS, and TDP-43. An extensive battery of classic neuropsychological tests was used in 27 ALS patients (22 SOD1 positive and 5 SOD1 negative) and 82 healthy controls (HCs)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443681/preventing-the-forgotten-ureteral-stent-by-using-a-mobile-point-of-care-application
#17
Justin Bradley Ziemba, Wesley Ludwig, Leticia Ruiz, Eduardo Carvalhal, Brian Matlaga
INTRODUCTION: The forgotten ureteral stent (FUS) can lead to patient morbidity. To date, tracking ureteral stents is a cumbersome task, given their high frequency of insertion and variable indwelling times. To simplify this process, an application was developed to track patients with indwelling ureteral stents. We report our initial user-experience and clinical outcomes with this application. METHODS: Ureteral Stent Tracker™ (UST) is a secure, HIPPA compliant, cloud based point-of-care (POC) application...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432364/rrm-domain-of-als-ftd-causing-fus-characteristic-of-irreversible-unfolding-spontaneously-self-assembles-into-amyloid-fibrils
#18
Yimei Lu, Liangzhong Lim, Jianxing Song
526-residue FUS functions to self-assemble into reversible droplets/hydrogels, which could be further solidified into pathological fibrils. FUS is intrinsically prone to aggregation, composed of N-terminal low-sequence complexity (LC); RNA-recognition motif (RRM) and C-terminal LC domains. Intriguingly, previous in vivo studies revealed that its RRM is required for manifesting FUS cytotoxicity but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Here, we characterized solution conformations of FUS and its five differentially dissected fragments, followed by detailed investigations on thermal unfolding, NMR dynamics and self-assembly of RRM...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430856/a-comprehensive-analysis-of-rare-genetic-variation-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-the-uk
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Sarah Morgan, Aleksey Shatunov, William Sproviero, Ashley R Jones, Maryam Shoai, Deborah Hughes, Ahmad Al Khleifat, Andrea Malaspina, Karen E Morrison, Pamela J Shaw, Christopher E Shaw, Katie Sidle, Richard W Orrell, Pietro Fratta, John Hardy, Alan Pittman, Ammar Al-Chalabi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of motor neurons. About 25 genes have been verified as relevant to the disease process, with rare and common variation implicated. We used next generation sequencing and repeat sizing to comprehensively assay genetic variation in a panel of known amyotrophic lateral sclerosis genes in 1126 patient samples and 613 controls. About 10% of patients were predicted to carry a pathological expansion of the C9orf72 gene. We found an increased burden of rare variants in patients within the untranslated regions of known disease-causing genes, driven by SOD1, TARDBP, FUS, VCP, OPTN and UBQLN2...
April 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429524/the-investigation-of-genetic-and-clinical-features-in-chinese-patients-with-juvenile-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#20
Z-J Liu, H-X Lin, G-L Liu, Q-Q Tao, W Ni, B-G Xiao, Z-Y Wu
Juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (JALS) occurs at an age of onset below 25 years with a heterogeneous disease onset location, variable progression and survival time. To investigate whether an ALS gene profile could resolve any aspects of clinical symptom heterogeneity, we have used targeted sequencing technology in a cohort of 12 JALS patients of Chinese descent. We detected 5 likely pathogenic mutations, 2 in familial probands and 3 in sporadic patients. One was a known TARDBP mutation (p.G348V) and 4 were FUS frameshift mutations including a known p...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Genetics
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