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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637305/left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Kotaro Nochioka, Candida Cristina Quarta, Brian Claggett, Gabriela Querejeta Roca, Claudio Rapezzi, Rodney H Falk, Scott D Solomon
Aims: Although cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is characterized by significant left atrial (LA) dilatation, the characteristics of LA function remain to be fully investigated. Methods and results: We assessed LA function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in 124 patients with CA and sinus rhythm: 68 with light chain (AL), 29 with mutant (ATTRm), 27 with wild-type (ATTRwt) transthyretin amyloidosis. Conventional and strain-derived parameters, including LA peak longitudinal strain (LS) and strain rate (peak LSR: reservoir function; early LSR: conduit function; late LSR: active function), were assessed compared between CA patients and 20 healthy controls of similar age and gender...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637178/the-at04a-vaccine-against-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-reduces-total-cholesterol-vascular-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-3leiden-cetp-mice
#2
Christine Landlinger, Marianne G Pouwer, Claudia Juno, José W A van der Hoorn, Elsbet J Pieterman, J Wouter Jukema, Guenther Staffler, Hans M G Princen, Gergana Galabova
Aims: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) has emerged as a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia and atherosclerosis. PCSK9 binds to the low density lipoprotein receptor and enhances its degradation, which leads to the reduced clearance of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLc) and a higher risk of atherosclerosis. In this study, the AT04A anti-PCSK9 vaccine was evaluated for its therapeutic potential in ameliorating or even preventing coronary heart disease in the atherogenic APOE*3Leiden...
June 19, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636911/direct-conversion-of-an-enzyme-from-native-like-to-amyloid-like-aggregates-within-inclusion-bodies
#3
Francesco Elia, Francesca Cantini, Fabrizio Chiti, Christopher Martin Dobson, Francesco Bemporad
The acylphosphatase from Sulfolobus solfataricus (Sso AcP) is a globular protein able to aggregate in vitro from a native-like conformational ensemble without the need for a transition across the major unfolding energy barrier. This process leads to the formation of assemblies in which the protein retains its native-like structure, which subsequently convert into amyloid-like aggregates. Here, we investigate the mechanism by which Sso AcP aggregates in vivo to form bacterial inclusion bodies after expression in E...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636676/mitochondrion-to-endoplasmic-reticulum-apposition-length-in-zebrafish-embryo-spinal-progenitors-is-unchanged-in-response-to-perturbations-associated-with-alzheimer-s-disease
#4
Morgan Newman, Lena Halter, Anne Lim, Michael Lardelli
Mutations in the human genes PRESENILIN1 (PSEN1), PRESENILIN2 (PSEN2) and AMYLOID BETA A4 PRECURSOR PROTEIN (APP) have been identified in familial Alzheimer's disease (AD). The length of mitochondrion-endoplasmic reticulum (M-ER) appositions is increased in Psen1-/-/Psen2-/- double knockout murine embryonic fibroblasts and in fibroblasts from AD-affected individuals. Development of an easily accessible, genetically manipulable, in vivo system for studying M-ER appositions would be valuable so we attempted to manipulate M-ER apposition length in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636345/levels-of-organochlorine-pesticides-are-associated-with-amyloid-aggregation-in-apex-avian-brains
#5
Kelly A Heys, Richard F Shore, M Gloria Pereira, Francis Luke Martin
Organochlorine (OC) pesticides pose a significant environmental risk to wildlife and humans and have been associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study aims to spectroscopically analyse brains from free-flying birds and link the results to OC exposure and consequent amyloid aggregation. As long-lived apex predators, predatory birds represent a sentinel species similar to humans. Therefore, the results have implications for both species and may also add to our understanding of the role OC pesticides play in the development of AD...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635419/multimodal-imaging-gd-nanoparticles-functionalized-with-pittsburgh-compound-b-or-a-nanobody-for-amyloid-plaques-targeting
#6
Jonathan Pansieri, Marie Plissonneau, Nathalie Stransky-Heilkron, Mireille Dumoulin, Laurence Heinrich-Balard, Pascaline Rivory, Jean-François Morfin, Eva Toth, Maria Joao Saraiva, Eric Allémann, Olivier Tillement, Vincent Forge, François Lux, Christel Marquette
AIM: Gadolinium-based nanoparticles were functionalized with either the Pittsburgh compound B or a nanobody (B10AP) in order to create multimodal tools for an early diagnosis of amyloidoses. MATERIALS & METHODS: The ability of the functionalized nanoparticles to target amyloid fibrils made of β-amyloid peptide, amylin or Val30Met-mutated transthyretin formed in vitro or from pathological tissues was investigated by a range of spectroscopic and biophysics techniques including fluorescence microscopy...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635355/aberrant-wnt-signaling-a-special-focus-in-cns-diseases
#7
Mercedes Arnés, Sergio Casas Tintó
Wnt signals regulate cell proliferation, migration and differentiation during development, as well as synaptic transmission and plasticity in the adult brain. Abnormal Wnt signaling is central to a number of brain pathologies. We review here, the significance of this pathway focused in the contribution of the most frequent alterations in receptors, secretable modulators and downstream targets in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Glioblastoma (GBM). β-catenin and GSK3 levels are pivotal in the neurodegeneration associated to AD contributing to memory deficits, tau phosphorylation, increased β-amyloid production and modulation of Apolipoprotein E in the brain...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635330/multiple-functions-of-insulin-degrading-enzyme-a-metabolic-crosslight
#8
Grazia R Tundo, Diego Sbardella, Chiara Ciaccio, Giuseppe Grasso, Magda Gioia, Andrea Coletta, Fabio Polticelli, Donato Di Pierro, Danilo Milardi, Peter Van Endert, Stefano Marini, Massimo Coletta
Insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) is a ubiquitous zinc peptidase of the inverzincin family, which has been initially discovered as the enzyme responsible for insulin catabolism; therefore, its involvement in the onset of diabetes has been largely investigated. However, further studies on IDE unraveled its ability to degrade several other polypeptides, such as β-amyloid, amylin, and glucagon, envisaging the possible implication of IDE dys-regulation in the "aggregopathies" and, in particular, in neurodegenerative diseases...
June 21, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635142/protective-effects-induced-by-microwave-assisted-aqueous-harpagophytum-extract-on-rat-cortex-synaptosomes-challenged-with-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide
#9
Claudio Ferrante, Lucia Recinella, Marcello Locatelli, Paolo Guglielmi, Daniela Secci, Lidia Leporini, Annalisa Chiavaroli, Sheila Leone, Sara Martinotti, Luigi Brunetti, Michele Vacca, Luigi Menghini, Giustino Orlando
Harpagophytum procumbens is a plant species that displays anti-inflammatory properties in multiple tissues. The iridoid glycosides arpagoside, harpagide, and procumbide appear to be the most therapeutically important constituents. In addition, harpagoside treatment exerted neuroprotective effects both in vitro and in vivo. Considering these findings, the aim of the present work is to explore the possible protective role of the previously described microwave-assisted aqueous extract of H. procumbens on rat hypothalamic (Hypo-E22) cells, and in rat cortex challenged with amyloid β-peptide (1-40)...
June 21, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634774/learning-from-synthetic-models-of-extracellular-matrix-differential-binding-of-wild-type-and-amyloidogenic-human-apolipoprotein-a-i-to-hydrogels-formed-from-molecules-having-charges-similar-to-those-found-in-natural-gags
#10
Silvana A Rosú, Leandro Toledo, Bruno F Urbano, Susana A Sanchez, Graciela C Calabrese, M Alejandra Tricerri
Among other components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), glycoproteins and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) have been strongly associated to the retention or misfolding of different proteins inducing the formation of deposits in amyloid diseases. The composition of these molecules is highly diverse and a key issue seems to be the equilibrium between physiological and pathological events. In order to have a model in which the composition of the matrix could be finely controlled, we designed and synthesized crosslinked hydrophilic polymers, the so-called hydrogels varying the amounts of negative charges and hydroxyl groups that are prevalent in GAGs...
June 20, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634550/sortilin-related-receptor-expression-in-human-neural-stem-cells-derived-from-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-carrying-the-apoe-epsilon-4-allele
#11
Alen Zollo, Zoe Allen, Helle F Rasmussen, Filomena Iannuzzi, Yichen Shi, Agnete Larsen, Thorsten J Maier, Carmela Matrone
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia in the elderly; important risk factors are old age and inheritance of the apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4) allele. Changes in amyloid precursor protein (APP) binding, trafficking, and sorting may be important AD causative factors. Secretase-mediated APP cleavage produces neurotoxic amyloid-beta (Aβ) peptides, which form lethal deposits in the brain. In vivo and in vitro studies have implicated sortilin-related receptor (SORL1) as an important factor in APP trafficking and processing...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634213/omega-3-fatty-acids-increase-the-unfolded-protein-response-and-improve-amyloid-%C3%AE-phagocytosis-by-macrophages-of-patients-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
#12
Henry M Olivera-Perez, Larry Lam, Johnny Dang, Weilan Jiang, Fabian Rodriguez, Elizabeth Rigali, Sarah Weitzman, Verna Porter, Liudmilla Rubi, Marco Morselli, Matteo Pellegrini, Milan Fiala
Mϕs of patients with Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are defective in amyloid-β1-42 (Aβ) phagocytosis and have low resistance to apoptosis by Aβ. ω-3 in vitro and in vivo and the ω-3 mediator, resolvin D1, in vitro increase Aβ phagocytosis by Mϕs of patients with MCI. We have investigated the unfolded protein response (UPR) to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress by Mϕs in a longitudinal study of fish-derived, ω-3-supplemented patients with MCI. Patients in the apolipoprotein E (ApoE)e3/e3 subgroup over time exhibited an increase of protein kinase RNA-like ER kinase (PERK) expression, Aβ phagocytosis, intermediate M1-M2 Mϕ type, and a Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) rate of change of +1...
June 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633663/targeting-psychologic-stress-signaling-pathways-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#13
REVIEW
Hunter S Futch, Cara L Croft, Van Q Truong, Eric G Krause, Todd E Golde
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is the most prevalent progressive neurodegenerative disease; to date, no AD therapy has proven effective in delaying or preventing the disease course. In the search for novel therapeutic targets in AD, it has been shown that increased chronic psychologic stress is associated with AD risk. Subsequently, biologic pathways underlying psychologic stress have been identified and shown to be able to exacerbate AD relevant pathologies. In this review, we summarize the literature relevant to the association between psychologic stress and AD, focusing on studies investigating the effects of stress paradigms on transgenic mouse models of Amyloid-β (Aβ) and tau pathologies...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633568/the-potential-inhibitory-effect-of-%C3%AE-casein-on-the-aggregation-and-deposition-of-a%C3%AE-1-42-fibrils-in-alzheimer-s-disease-insight-from-in-vitro-and-in-silico-studies
#14
Sedighehsadat Hojati, Arezou Ghahghaei, Milad Lagzian
Aβ1-40 and Aβ1-42 have been shown to be the main components of the amyloid plaques found in the extracellular environment of neurons in Alzheimer's disease. β-Casein, a milk protein, has been shown to display a remarkable chaperone ability in preventing the aggregation of proteins. In this study, the ability of β-casein to suppress the amyloid fibril formation of Aβ1-42 has been examined through in vitro studies and molecular docking simulation. The results demonstrate the inhibitory effect of β-casein on fibril formation in Aβ1-42, in a concentration dependent manner, suggesting that the chaperone binds to the Aβ1-42 and prevents amyloid fibril formation...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633380/epigallocatechin-3-gallate-and-related-phenol-compounds-redirect-the-amyloidogenic-aggregation-pathway-of-ataxin-3-towards-non-toxic-aggregates-and-prevent-toxicity-in-neural-cells-and-caenorhabditis-elegans-animal-model
#15
Cristina Visentin, Francesca Pellistri, Antonino Natalello, Jacopo Vertemara, Marcella Bonanomi, Elena Gatta, Amanda Penco, Annalisa Relini, Luca De Gioia, Cristina Airoldi, Maria E Regonesi, Paolo Tortora
The protein ataxin-3 (ATX3) triggers an amyloid-related neurodegenerative disease when its polyglutamine stretch is expanded beyond a critical threshold. We formerly demonstrated that the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) could redirect amyloid aggregation of a full-length, expanded ATX3 (ATX3-Q55) towards non-toxic, soluble, SDS-resistant aggregates. Here, we have characterized other related phenol compounds, although smaller in size, i.e., (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGC), and gallic acid (GA)...
June 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632948/nodular-cutaneous-amyloidoma-of-the-extremity-secondary-to-chronic-granulomatous-inflammation-in-setting-of-sarcoidosis
#16
Victoria Billero, Audrey A Jacobsen, Mariya I Miteva, Adam J Wulkan, Claudio Marasca, Roanelli Paolo
Soft tissue amyloidoma is a rare condition that presents primarily in the abdomen and/or mediastinum and more uncommonly on the extremities(1) . Soft tissue amyloidomas on the extremities have been associated with chronic inflammation, particularly when accompanied by AA-type amyloid deposition as seen in local trauma, surgery, hypertension, and diabetes(2) . To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of nodular cutaneous amyloidoma in the setting of systemic and cutaneous sarcoidosis. A 65-year-old woman presented with an asymptomatic subcutaneous nodule above her left lateral malleolus...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632471/lenalidomide-as-a-treatment-for-relapsed-al-amyloidosis-in-an-hiv-positive-patient
#17
Johanna Denman, Kaveh Manavi, Mark Cook
We present a case of an HIV-positive man with systemic immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloid with cardiac involvement. At relapse, he was treated with lenalidomide and dexamethasone having previously developed autonomic neuropathy with bortezomib-based chemotherapy. The patient achieved a serological complete response with symptomatic improvement. After 11 cycles, lenalidomide was discontinued due to extensive ischaemia of the gastrointestinal tract. The patient remains symptomatically stable with normal levels of serum-free light chains 11 months after the treatment was discontinued...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632446/multitarget-drug-design-strategy-in-alzheimer-s-disease-focus-on-cholinergic-transmission-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-aggregation
#18
Elena Simoni, Manuela Bartolini, Izuddin F Abu, Alix Blockley, Cecilia Gotti, Giovanni Bottegoni, Roberta Caporaso, Christian Bergamini, Vincenza Andrisano, Andrea Cavalli, Ian R Mellor, Anna Minarini, Michela Rosini
AIM: Alzheimer pathogenesis has been associated with a network of processes working simultaneously and synergistically. Over time, much interest has been focused on cholinergic transmission and its mutual interconnections with other active players of the disease. Besides the cholinesterase mainstay, the multifaceted interplay between nicotinic receptors and amyloid is actually considered to have a central role in neuroprotection. Thus, the multitarget drug-design strategy has emerged as a chance to face the disease network...
June 20, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632419/in-vitro-co-expression-of-human-amyloidogenic-immunoglobulin-light-and-heavy-chain-proteins-a-relevant-cell-based-model-of-al-amyloidosis
#19
Elena S Klimtchuk, Tatiana B Prokaeva, Brian H Spencer, Olga Gursky, Lawreen H Connors
Immunoglobulin (Ig) light chain (LC) amyloidosis (AL) is characterized by the overproduction and tissue deposition of monoclonal LC in various organs and tissues. The plasma circulating monoclonal LC is believed to be the precursor of the deposited protein and in vitro studies aimed at understanding AL pathobiology have mainly focused on LC and its variable domain. While 33% of patients have free circulating monoclonal LC, ∼40% feature LC complexed to heavy chain (HC) forming a monoclonal intact Ig; the significance of free vs...
June 20, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632387/poly-trehalose-nanoparticle-prevents-amyloid-aggregation-and-suppress-polyglutamine-aggregation-in-huntington-s-disease-model-mouse
#20
Koushik Debnath, Nibedita Pradhan, Brijesh Kumar Singh, Nihar R Jana, Nikhil R Jana
Prevention and therapeutic strategy of various neurodegenerative disease focus on inhibiting protein fibrillation, clearing of aggregated protein plaques from brain and lowering of protein aggregate-induced toxicity. We have designed poly(trehalose) nanoparticle that can inhibit amyloid/polyglutamine aggregation under extra-/intra-cellular condition, reduce such aggregation-derived cytotoxicity and prevents polyglutamine aggregation in Huntington's disease (HD) model mouse brain. Nanoparticle has 20-30 nm hydrodynamic size, composed of 6 nm iron oxide core and zwitterionic polymer shell with covalently linked trehalose of ~5-12 wt %...
June 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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