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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528510/immunogenomics-using-genomics-to-personalize-cancer-immunotherapy
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Rance C Siniard, Shuko Harada
While the use of genomic data has the potential to revolutionize patient care, there is still much work to be done with regard to the transformation of host-tumor interactions into favorable clinical outcomes for our patients. High-throughput technologies, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS), have rapidly advanced our understanding of oncology, and we are learning that most tumors do not simply possess consistently mutated genes that are responsible for tumorigenesis, facilitating the need for personalized cancer therapy...
May 20, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528452/tumor-suppressor-protein-p53-exerts-negative-transcriptional-regulation-on-human-sodium-iodide-symporter-gene-expression-in-breast-cancer
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Madhura G Kelkar, Bhushan Thakur, Abhishek Derle, Sushmita Chatterjee, Pritha Ray, Abhijit De
PURPOSE: Aberrant expression of human sodium iodide symporter (NIS) in breast cancer (BC) is well documented but the transcription factors (TF) regulating its aberrant expression is poorly known. We identify the presence of three p53 binding sites on the human NIS promoter sequence by conducting genome-wide TF analysis, and further investigate their regulatory role. METHODS: The differences in transcription and translation were measured by real-time PCR, luciferase reporter assay, site-directed mutagenesis, in vivo optical imaging, and chromatin immunoprecipitation...
May 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528358/dna-topoisomerase-targeting-chemotherapeutics-what-s-new
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REVIEW
Selma M Cuya, Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Robert C A M van Waardenburg
To resolve the topological problems that threaten the function and structural integrity of nuclear and mitochondrial genomes and RNA molecules, human cells encode six different DNA topoisomerases including type IB enzymes (TOP1 and TOP1mt), type IIA enzymes (TOP2α and TOP2β) and type IA enzymes (TOP3α and TOP3β). DNA entanglements and the supercoiling of DNA molecules are regulated by topoisomerases through the introduction of transient enzyme-linked DNA breaks. The covalent topoisomerase-DNA complexes are the cellular targets of a diverse group of cancer chemotherapeutics, which reversibly stabilize these reaction intermediates...
May 20, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527892/outbreak-of-zika-virus-infection-in-singapore-an-epidemiological-entomological-virological-and-clinical-analysis
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BACKGROUND: An outbreak of Zika virus infection was detected in Singapore in August, 2016. We report the first comprehensive analysis of a national response to an outbreak of Zika virus infection in Asia. METHODS: In the first phase of the outbreak, patients with suspected Zika virus infection were isolated in two national referral hospitals until their serum tested negative for the virus. Enhanced vector control and community engagement measures were deployed in disease clusters, including stepped-up mosquito larvicide and adulticide use, community participation in source reduction (destruction of mosquito breeding sites), and work with the local media to promote awareness of the outbreak...
May 17, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527830/crispr-cas9-mediated-precise-targeted-integration-in-vivo-using-a-double-cut-donor-with-short-homology-arms
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Xuan Yao, Xing Wang, Junlai Liu, Xinde Hu, Linyu Shi, Xiaowen Shen, Wenqin Ying, Xinyao Sun, Xin Wang, Pengyu Huang, Hui Yang
Precisely targeted genome editing is highly desired for clinical applications. However, the widely used homology-directed repair (HDR)-based genome editing strategies remain inefficient for certain in vivo applications. We here demonstrate a microhomology-mediated end-joining (MMEJ)-based strategy for precisely targeted gene integration in transfected neurons and hepatocytes in vivo with efficiencies up to 20%, much higher (up to 10 fold) than HDR-based strategy in adult mouse tissues. As a proof of concept of its therapeutic potential, we demonstrate the efficacy of MMEJ-based strategy in correction of Fah mutation and rescue of Fah(-/-) liver failure mice, offering an efficient approach for precisely targeted gene therapies...
May 11, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527735/advances-in-combination-therapy-of-lung-cancer-rationales-delivery-technologies-and-dosage-regimens
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REVIEW
Lan Wu, Donglei Leng, Dongmei Cun, Camilla Foged, Mingshi Yang
Lung cancer is a complex disease caused by a multitude of genetic and environmental factors. The progression of lung cancer involves dynamic changes in the genome and a complex network of interactions between cancer cells with multiple, distinct cell types that form tumors. Combination therapy using different pharmaceuticals has been proven highly effective due to the ability to affect multiple cellular pathways involved in the disease progression. However, the currently used drug combination designs are primarily based on empirical clinical studies, and little attention has been given to dosage regimens, i...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527665/therapeutic-editing-of-hepatocyte-genome-in-vivo
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REVIEW
Marina Ruiz de Galarreta, Amaia Lujambio
The recent development of gene editing platforms enables making precise changes in the genome of eukaryotic cells. Programmable nucleases, such as meganucleases, zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-associated nucleases, have revolutionized the way research is conducted as they facilitate the rapid production of mutant or knock-out cellular and animal models. These same genetic tools can potentially be applied to cure or alleviate a variety of diseases, including genetic diseases that lack an efficient therapy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527622/genome-wide-copy-number-analysis-reveals-candidate-gene-loci-that-confer-susceptibility-to-high-grade-prostate-cancer
#8
Prevathe Poniah, Shamsul Mohd Zain, Azad Hassan Abdul Razack, Shanggar Kuppusamy, Shankar Karuppayah, Hooi Sian Eng, Zahurin Mohamed
BACKGROUND: Two key issues in prostate cancer (PCa) that demand attention currently are the need for a more precise and minimally invasive screening test owing to the inaccuracy of prostate-specific antigen and differential diagnosis to distinguish advanced vs. indolent cancers. This continues to pose a tremendous challenge in diagnosis and prognosis of PCa and could potentially lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment complications. Copy number variations (CNVs) in the human genome have been linked to various carcinomas including PCa...
May 17, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527522/precision-medicine-genomic-profiles-to-individualize-therapy
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REVIEW
Oscar E Streeter, Phillip J Beron, Prashant Natarajan Iyer
Precision medicine is the application of genotypic and Omics biomarkers to determine the most appropriate, outcome-driven therapy for individual patients. To determine the best choice of therapy, institutions use significant information technology-enabled data from imaging, electronic medical records, sensors in the clinic/hospitals, and wearable sensors to determine treatment response. With genomic profiling, targets to affect a disease course are continuing to be developed. As clonal mutational prevalence continues to be understood, information can be communicated to patients to inform them that resistance is common, requiring collection of more genetic mutations from patients with further biopsies or blood collection...
May 17, 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527269/-first-evidence-of-lymphocytic-choriomeningitis-virus-arenavirus-infection-in-mus-musculus-rodents-captured-in-the-urban-area-of-the-municipality-of-sincelejo-sucre-colombia
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Anais Castellar, Marco Guevara, Juan D Rodas, Andrés F Londoño, Esteban Arroyave, Francisco J Díaz, Silvana Levis, Pedro J Blanco
INTRODUCTION: The lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus is an Old World arenavirus that infects Mus musculus, and can cause congenital hydrocephalus, chorioretinitis and multisystemic failure in transplant human recipients. Although the disease has not been clinically diagnosed in Colombia yet, there have been reports of infection with the Pichindé virus in rodents from Cauca and Valle del Cauca departments, and with the Guanarito virus in rodents from Córdoba department. OBJECTIVE: To identify the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus from Mus musculus captured in the municipality of Sincelejo...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527107/an-immune-related-six-lncrna-signature-to-improve-prognosis-prediction-of-glioblastoma-multiforme
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Meng Zhou, Zhaoyue Zhang, Hengqiang Zhao, Siqi Bao, Liang Cheng, Jie Sun
Recent studies have demonstrated the utility and superiority of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) as novel biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy. In the present study, the prognostic value of lncRNAs in glioblastoma multiforme was systematically investigated by performing a genome-wide analysis of lncRNA expression profiles in 419 glioblastoma patients from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project. Using survival analysis and Cox regression model, we identified a set of six lncRNAs (AC005013.5, UBE2R2-AS1, ENTPD1-AS1, RP11-89C21...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526489/intravitreous-injection-of-aav2-sflt01-in-patients-with-advanced-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-phase-1-open-label-trial
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Jeffrey S Heier, Saleema Kherani, Shilpa Desai, Pravin Dugel, Shalesh Kaushal, Seng H Cheng, Cheryl Delacono, Annie Purvis, Susan Richards, Annaig Le-Halpere, John Connelly, Samuel C Wadsworth, Rafael Varona, Ronald Buggage, Abraham Scaria, Peter A Campochiaro
BACKGROUND: Long-term intraocular injections of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-neutralising proteins can preserve central vision in many patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. We tested the safety and tolerability of a single intravitreous injection of an AAV2 vector expressing the VEGF-neutralising protein sFLT01 in patients with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: This was a phase 1, open-label, dose-escalating study done at four outpatient retina clinics in the USA...
May 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526488/-targeting-the-gut-liver-axis-in-liver-disease
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REVIEW
Reiner Wiest, Agustin Albillos, Michael Trauner, Jashmohan Bajaj, Rajiv Jalan
The gut is open to the outer environment, harbours the microbiome containing several fold more genetic material than the human genome and produces a myriad of metabolites as well as hormones/peptides. The liver is at the nexus between this vast source of nutrients, toxins and hormones and the remaining human body. Not surprisingly, this liver-gut-axis has hence, been demonstrated in experimental models and in-vitro systems to contribute to the pathogenesis of most liver diseases such as alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), -steatohepatitis (NASH), cholestatic liver diseases, hepatocellular carcinoma, acute-on-chronic liver failure, progression to fibrosis/cirrhosis and complications of cirrhosis...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526299/mir-200a-regulates-cdk4-6-inhibitor-effect-by-targeting-cdk6-in-metastatic-melanoma
#14
Matias A Bustos, Shigeshi Ono, Diego M Marzese, Takashi Oyama, Yuuki Iida, Garrett Cheung, Nellie Nelson, Sandy C Hsu, Qiang Yu, Dave S B Hoon
Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) 4 and 6 pathway is frequently dysregulated in cutaneous melanoma. Recently, CDK4/6 inhibitors have shown promising clinical activity against several cancer types, including melanoma. Here, we demonstrate that miR-200a decreases CDK6 expression and thus reduces the response of CDK4/6 inhibitor in highly proliferative metastatic melanoma. Down-regulation of miR-200a expression in melanoma cells is associated with disease progression and a higher number of lymph node metastases. Furthermore, miR-200a expression is epigenetically modulated by both DNA methylation at the promoter region and chromatin accessibility of an upstream genomic region with enhancer activity...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526150/pharmacogenomics-in-pain-management
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REVIEW
Ramsey Saba, Alan D Kaye, Richard D Urman
There is interpatient variability to analgesic administration. Much can be traced to pharmacogenomics variations between individuals. Certain ethnicities are more prone to reduced function of CYP2D6. Weak opioids are subject to interpatient variation based on their CYP2D6 type. Strong opioids have variations based on their transport and individual metabolism. Several cytochrome enzymes have been found to be involved with ketamine but there is no strong evidence of individual polymorphisms manifesting in clinical outcomes...
June 2017: Anesthesiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526069/xlf-mediated-nhej-activity-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-therapy-resistance
#16
Sitian Yang, Xiao Qi Wang
BACKGROUND: DNA repair pathways are used by cancer cells to overcome many standard anticancer treatments, causing therapy resistance. Here, we investigated the role of XRCC4-like factor (XLF), a core member of the non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) repair pathway, in chemoresistance in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: qRT-PCR analysis and western blotting were performed to detect expression levels of genes and proteins related to NHEJ. NHEJ repair capacity was assessed in vitro (cell-free) and in vivo by monitoring the activity of the NHEJ pathway...
May 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526032/multiplex-dnase-free-one-step-reverse-transcription-pcr-for-plasmodium-18s-rrna-and-spliced-gametocyte-specific-mrnas
#17
Amelia E Hanron, Zachary P Billman, Annette M Seilie, Tayla M Olsen, Matthew Fishbaugher, Ming Chang, Thomas Rueckle, Nicole Andenmatten, Bryan Greenhouse, Emmanuel Arinaitwe, John Rek, Smita Das, Gonzalo J Domingo, Kelly Shipman, Stefan H Kappe, James G Kublin, Sean C Murphy
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium gametocytes are sexual stages transmitted to female Anopheles mosquitoes. While Plasmodium parasites can be differentiated microscopically on Giemsa-stained blood smears, molecular methods are increasingly used because of their increased sensitivity. Molecular detection of gametocytes requires methods that discriminate between asexual and sexual stage parasites. Commonly tested gametocyte-specific mRNAs are pfs25 and pfs230 detected by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)...
May 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525563/omics-biomarkers-in-ophthalmology
#18
Susette Lauwen, Eiko K de Jong, Dirk J Lefeber, Anneke I den Hollander
"Omics" refers to high-throughput analyses of genes, proteins, or metabolites in a biological system, and is increasingly used for ophthalmic research. These system-based approaches can unravel disease-related processes and are valuable for biomarker discovery. Furthermore, potential therapeutic targets can be identified based on omics results, and targeted follow-up experiments can be designed to gain molecular understanding of the disease and to test new therapies. Here, we review the application of omics techniques in eye diseases, focusing on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), retinal detachment (RD), myopia, glaucoma, Fuchs' corneal dystrophy (FCD), cataract, keratoconus, and dry eyes...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525377/dna-methylation-mediated-silencing-of-microrna-874-is-a-promising-diagnosis-and-prognostic-marker-in-breast-cancer
#19
Lei Zhang, Da-Li Yan, Fan Yang, Dan-Dan Wang, Xiu Chen, Jian-Zhong Wu, Jin-Hai Tang, Wen-Jie Xia
MicroRNA-874 (miR-874) is downregulated in several human cancers and has been suggested to be a tumor suppressor gene. However, the molecular mechanism of miR-874 downregulation in breast cancer has not been well elucidated. Here we aimed to study the aberrant hyper-methylation of CpG sites with the utility of miR-874 downreregulation in breast cancer and evaluate the clinical function of miR-874 as a prognostic marker. The miR-874 expressions in cells and tissues of two breast cancer lines were measured by real-time PCR...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524624/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-progress-in-understanding-the-disease-and-prioritizing-strategies-for-drug-development
#20
REVIEW
P Ghataorhe, C J Rhodes, L Harbaum, M Attard, J Wharton, M R Wilkins
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), at one time a largely overlooked disease, is now the subject of intense study in many academic and biotech groups. The availability of new treatments has increased awareness of the condition. This in turn has driven a change in the demographics of PAH, with an increase in the mean age at diagnosis. The diagnosis of PAH in more elderly patients has highlighted the need for careful phenotyping of patients and for further studies to understand how best to manage pulmonary hypertension associated with, for example, left heart disease...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
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