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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549105/outbreak-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-infection-among-heart-transplant-recipients-molecular-investigation-and-management-of-an-inter-human-transmission
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William Vindrios, Nicolas Argy, Solène Le Gal, François-Xavier Lescure, Laurent Massias, Minh Patrick Le, Michel Wolff, Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Gilles Nevez, Sandrine Houze, Richard Dorent, Jean-Christophe Lucet
Background: An outbreak of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) occurred among heart transplant recipients (HTR) at the outpatient clinic of a university hospital, from March to September 2015. Clinical, therapeutic, biological and molecular data were analyzed to determine its origin and control the outbreak. Methods: Clinical and biological data regarding all HTR followed in the outpatient clinic were collected. PCP diagnosis was based on microscopy and real-time PCR...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549096/the-molecular-mechanisms-of-obesity-paradox
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Alexios S Antonopoulos, Dimitris Tousoulis
Clinical observations suggest a complex relationship between human obesity and cardiovascular disease. Whilst abdominal (visceral) adiposity leads to deleterious metabolic disturbances, subcutaneous fat accumulation has a benign effect on cardiometabolic risk. Notably, an accumulating body of evidence paradoxically links increased body mass index with a better prognosis in patients with established cardiovascular disease, a finding that has been termed the 'obesity paradox'. While this is now acknowledged to be an epidemiological finding, a metabolically healthy obese group associated with low cardiovascular risk has also been identified...
May 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547825/dual-redundant-sequencing-strategy-full-length-gene-characterisation-of-1056-novel-and-confirmatory-hla-alleles
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V Albrecht, C Zweiniger, V Surendranath, K Lang, G Schöfl, A Dahl, S Winkler, V Lange, I Böhme, A H Schmidt
The high-throughput department of DKMS Life Science Lab encounters novel human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles on a daily basis. To characterise these alleles, we have developed a system to sequence the whole gene from 5'- to 3'-UTR for the HLA loci A, B, C, DQB1 and DPB1 for submission to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Nucleotide Archive (EMBL-ENA) and the IPD-IMGT/HLA Database. Our workflow is based on a dual redundant sequencing strategy. Using shotgun sequencing on an Illumina MiSeq instrument and single molecule real-time (SMRT) sequencing on a PacBio RS II instrument, we are able to achieve highly accurate HLA full-length consensus sequences...
May 25, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547816/three-component-aminoalkylations-yielding-dihydronaphthoxazine-based-sirtuin-inhibitors-scaffold-modification-and-exploration-of-space-for-polar-side-chains
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Steffen Vojacek, Katja Beese, Zayan Alhalabi, Sören Swyter, Anja Bodtke, Carola Schulzke, Manfred Jung, Wolfgang Sippl, Andreas Link
Nonpolar derivatives of heterocyclic aromatic screening hits like the non-selective sirtuin inhibitor splitomicin tend to be poorly soluble in biological fluids. Unlike sp(3) -rich natural products, flat aromatic compounds are prone to stacking and often difficult to optimize into leads with activity in cellular systems. The aim of this work was to identify anchor points for the introduction of sp(3) -rich fragments with polar functional groups into the newly discovered active (IC50  = 5 μM) but nonpolar scaffold 1,2-dihydro-3H-naphth[1,2-e][1,3]oxazine-3-thione by a molecular modeling approach...
May 26, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547133/hsf1-acetylation-decreases-its-transcriptional-activity-and-enhances-glucolipotoxicity-induced-apoptosis-in-rat-and-human-beta-cells
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Indri Purwana, Jun J Liu, Bernard Portha, Jean Buteau
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Heat shock factor protein 1 (HSF1) is a transcription factor that regulates the expression of key molecular chaperones, thereby orchestrating the cellular response to stress. This system was recently implicated in the control of insulin sensitivity and is therefore being scrutinised as a novel therapeutic avenue for type 2 diabetes. However, the regulation and biological actions of HSF1 in beta cells remain elusive. Herein, we sought to investigate the regulation of HSF1 in pancreatic beta cells and to study its potential role in cell survival...
May 25, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546550/human-igg2-and-igg4-expressing-memory-b-cells-display-enhanced-molecular-and-phenotypic-signs-of-maturity-and-accumulate-with-age
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Britt G de Jong, Hanna IJspeert, Lemelinda Marques, Mirjam van der Burg, Jacques J M van Dongen, Bruno G Loos, Menno C van Zelm
The mechanisms involved in sequential immunoglobulin (IG)G class switching are still largely unknown. Sequential IG class switching is linked to higher levels of somatic hypermutation (SHM) in vivo, but it remains unclear if these are generated temporally during an immune response or upon activation in a secondary response. We here aimed to uncouple these processes and to distinguish memory B cells from primary and secondary immune responses. SHM levels and IgG subclasses were studied with 454 pyrosequencing on PBMC from young children and adults as models for primary and secondary immunological memory...
May 26, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545467/expression-of-deleted-atoxic-atypical-recombinant-beta2-toxin-in-a-baculovirus-system-and-production-of-polyclonal-and-monoclonal-antibodies
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Anna Serroni, Chiara Francesca Magistrali, Giovanni Pezzotti, Luca Bano, Martina Pellegrini, Giulio Severi, Chiara Di Pancrazio, Mirella Luciani, Manuela Tittarelli, Silvia Tofani, Antonio De Giuseppe
BACKGROUND: Clostridium perfringens is an important animal and human pathogen that can produce more than 16 different major and minor toxins. The beta-2 minor toxin (CPB2), comprising atypical and consensus variants, appears to be involved in both human and animal enterotoxaemia syndrome. The exact role of CPB2 in pathogenesis is poorly investigated, and its mechanism of action at the molecular level is still unknown because of the lack of specific reagents such as monoclonal antibodies against the CPB2 protein and/or the availability of a highly purified antigen...
May 25, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544484/neglected-issues-concerning-teaching-human-adrenal-steroidogenesis-in-popular-biochemistry-textbooks
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Zhiyong Han, Mark S Elliott
In the human body, the adrenal steroids collectively regulate a plethora of fundamental functions, including electrolyte and water balance, blood pressure, stress response, intermediary metabolism, inflammation, and immunity. Therefore, adrenal steroidogenesis is an important biochemistry topic for students to learn in order for them to understand health consequences caused by deficiencies of enzymes in the adrenal steroidogenic pathways. However, popular biochemistry textbooks contain insufficient information and may sometimes give students a misimpression about certain aspects of human adrenal steroidogenesis...
May 19, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544374/long-non-coding-rna-h19-promotes-the-proliferation-and-invasion-of-breast-cancer-through-upregulating-dnmt1-expression-by-sponging-mir-152
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Zhen Li, Yan Li, Ya Li, Kewei Ren, Xin Li, Xinwei Han, Jiaxiang Wang
Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) H19 in tumors played important roles in various biological processes. However, the biological role and molecular mechanism of H19 in breast cancer are unclear. Here, we found that H19 was aberrantly upregulated in human breast tumor tissues and cells. A negative correlation between H19 and miR-152 and positive correlation between H19 and DNMT1 mRNA were observed. Downregulation of H19 and DNMT1 significantly retarded breast cancer cell proliferation and invasion. H19 act as an endogenous sponge by directly binding to miR-152...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544158/molecular-and-physiological-manifestations-and-measurement-of-aging-in-humans
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REVIEW
Sadiya S Khan, Benjamin D Singer, Douglas E Vaughan
Biological aging is associated with a reduction in the reparative and regenerative potential in tissues and organs. This reduction manifests as a decreased physiological reserve in response to stress (termed homeostenosis) and a time-dependent failure of complex molecular mechanisms that cumulatively create disorder. Aging inevitably occurs with time in all organisms and emerges on a molecular, cellular, organ, and organismal level with genetic, epigenetic, and environmental modulators. Individuals with the same chronological age exhibit differential trajectories of age-related decline, and it follows that we should assess biological age distinctly from chronological age...
May 23, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544002/biological-effects-and-osteoarthritic-disease-modifying-activity-of-small-molecule-cm-01
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Yubo Sun, Andrea Roberts, David R Mauerhan, Michael Cox, Edward N Hanley
Phosphocitrate inhibits cartilage degeneration, however, the prospect of phosphocitrate as an oral disease modifying drug might be limited. The purpose of this study was to investigate the biological effects and disease-modifying activity of a phosphocitrate "analogue", CM-01 (Carolinas Molecule-01), and test the hypothesis that CM-01 is a disease modifying drug for osteoarthritis therapy. The effects of CM-01 on calcium crystal-induced expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 and interleukin-1 beta, cell-mediated calcification and production of proteoglycan by chondrocytes were examined in cell cultures...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543688/glycated-human-albumin-alters-mitochondrial-respiration-in-preadipocyte-3t3-l1-cells
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Pascal Baret, Fanny Le Sage, Cynthia Planesse, Olivier Meilhac, Anne Devin, Emmanuel Bourdon, Philippe Rondeau
Diabetes and obesity are strongly associated with increased levels of circulating advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and reactive oxygen species (ROS). These two molecular phenomena affect the physiology of adipose tissue, a biological driver of the metabolic syndrome, leading to an inflammatory profile and insulin resistance, which could contribute to obesity/diabetes-associated complications, such as cardiovascular diseases. Herein, we investigated the impact of AGEs on mitochondrial bioenergetics in murine preadipocyte cells (3T3-L1) and cellular redox homeostasis...
May 22, 2017: BioFactors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543362/commd1-a-multifunctional-regulatory-protein
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Mario Riera Romo
The COMMD Protein Family is highly conserved among multicellular eukaryotic organisms and many orthologs of human COMMD genes have been found in different species of plants, invertebrates, lower vertebrates and mammals. COMMD1 is the best characterized member of the family and is conserved among vertebrates. This protein represents a pleiotropic factor involved in the regulation of many cellular and physiological processes that include copper and cholesterol homeostasis, ionic transport, oxidative stress, protein aggregation, protein trafficking, NF-κB-mediated transcription, hypoxia induced transcription, DNA damage response and oncogenesis...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541666/unveiling-the-molecular-structure-of-pulmonary-surfactant-corona-on-nanoparticles
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Qinglin Hu, Xuan Bai, Guoqing Hu, Yi Y Zuo
The growing risk of human exposure to airborne nanoparticles (NPs) causes a general concern on the biosafety of nanotechnology. Inhaled NPs can deposit in the deep lung at which interacting with the pulmonary surfactant (PS). Despite the increasing study of nano-bio interactions, detailed molecular mechanisms by which inhaled NPs interact with the natural PS system remain unclear. Using coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation, we studied the interaction between NPs and the PS system in the alveolar fluid...
May 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539455/functional-consequences-of-rna-5-terminal-deletions-on-coxsackievirus-b3-rna-replication-and-ribonucleoprotein-complex-formation
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Nicolas Lévêque, Magali Garcia, Alexis Bouin, Joseph H C Nguyen, Genevieve P Tran, Laurent Andreoletti, Bert L Semler
Group B coxsackieviruses are responsible for chronic cardiac infections. However, the molecular mechanisms by which the virus can persist in the human heart long after the signs of acute myocarditis have abated are still not completely understood. Recently, coxsackievirus B3 strains with 5' terminal deletions in genomic RNAs were isolated from a patient suffering from idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, suggesting that such mutant viruses may be the forms responsible for persistent infection. These deletions lacked portions of 5' stem-loop I, which is an RNA secondary structure required for viral RNA replication...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537488/capturing-human-na%C3%A3-ve-pluripotency-in-the-embryo-and-in-the-dish
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Ludovic Zimmerlin, Tea Soon Park, Elias T Zambidis
Although human embryonic stem cells (hESC) were first derived almost 20 years ago, it was only recently acknowledged that they share closer molecular and functional identity to post-implantation lineage-primed murine epiblast stem cells (EpiSC) than to naïve pre-implantation ICM-derived mouse embryonic stem cells (ESC). A myriad of transcriptional, epigenetic, biochemical, and metabolic attributes have now been described that distinguish naïve and primed pluripotent states in both rodents and humans. Conventional hESC and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) appear to lack many of the defining hallmarks of naïve mouse ESC...
May 24, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537239/-translational-efficiency-of-bvdv-ires-and-emcv-ires-for-t7-rna-polymerase-driven-cytoplasmic-expression-in-mammalian-cell-lines
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F Ghassemi, O Madadgar, F Roohvand, M Rasekhian, M H Etemadzadeh, G R N Boroujeni, A G Langroudi, K Azadmanesh
Mammalian T7 polymerase-based cytoplasmic expression systems are common tool for molecular studies. The majority of these systems include the internal ribosome entry site (IRES) of the encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV). To carry out a cap-independent translation process, this type of IRES might require the expression of an extensive array of host factors, what is a disadvantage. Other IRESes might be less dependent on the host cell factors, but their biology is characterized to a lesser degree. Here, we compare the translational efficiencies of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) IRES with that of ECMV...
March 2017: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536863/chemical-exposure-and-infant-leukaemia-development-of-an-adverse-outcome-pathway-aop-for-aetiology-and-risk-assessment-research
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REVIEW
Olavi Pelkonen, Andrea Terron, Antonio F Hernandez, Pablo Menendez, Susanne Hougaard Bennekou
Infant leukaemia (<1 year old) is a rare disease of an in utero origin at an early phase of foetal development. Rearrangements of the mixed-lineage leukaemia (MLL) gene producing abnormal fusion proteins are the most frequent genetic/molecular findings in infant B cell-acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. In small epidemiological studies, mother/foetus exposures to some chemicals including pesticides have been associated with infant leukaemia; however, the strength of evidence and power of these studies are weak at best...
May 23, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536698/the-critical-role-of-long-noncoding-rna-in-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Xiaoling Qiu, Bo Jia, Xiang Sun, Weitao Hu, Hongxing Chu, Shuaimei Xu, JianJiang Zhao
Objective. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated to regulate many biological processes including differentiation. However, their role in osteogenic differentiation was poorly known. Materials and Methods. In this study, we first globally profiled the differentially expressed lncRNAs and mRNAs during osteogenic differentiation of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hBMMSCs). Bioinformatics analysis was performed to further analyze these significantly changed molecules. Then the role of lncRNA ENST00000502125...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536419/the-long-non-coding-rna-linc00152-is-essential-for-cell-cycle-progression-through-mitosis-in-hela-cells
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Linda Nötzold, Lukas Frank, Minakshi Gandhi, Maria Polycarpou-Schwarz, Matthias Groß, Manuel Gunkel, Nina Beil, Holger Erfle, Nathalie Harder, Karl Rohr, Jakob Trendel, Jeroen Krijgsveld, Thomas Longerich, Peter Schirmacher, Michael Boutros, Sylvia Erhardt, Sven Diederichs
In recent years, long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) research has identified essential roles of these transcripts in virtually all physiological cellular processes including tumorigenesis, but their functions and molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, we performed a high-throughput siRNA screen targeting 638 lncRNAs deregulated in cancer entities to analyse their impact on cell division by using time-lapse microscopy. We identified 26 lncRNAs affecting cell morphology and cell cycle including LINC00152...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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