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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646324/expression-purification-and-characterization-of-gmz2-10c-a-complex-disulphide-bonded-fusion-protein-vaccine-candidate-against-the-asexual-and-sexual-life-stages-of-the-malaria-causing-plasmodium-falciparum-parasite
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Ulrik H Mistarz, Susheel K Singh, Tam T T N Nguyen, Will Roeffen, Fen Yang, Casper Lissau, Søren M Madsen, Astrid Vrang, Régis W Tiendrebeogo, Ikhlaq H Kana, Robert W Sauerwein, Michael Theisen, Kasper D Rand
PURPOSE: Production and characterization of a chimeric fusion protein (GMZ2'.10C) which combines epitopes of key malaria parasite antigens: glutamate-rich protein (GLURP), merozoite surface protein 3 (MSP3), and the highly disulphide bonded Pfs48/45 (10C). GMZ2'.10C is a potential candidate for a multi-stage malaria vaccine that targets both transmission and asexual life-cycle stages of the parasite. METHODS: GMZ2'.10C was produced in Lactococcus lactis and purified using either an immunoaffinity purification (IP) or a conventional purification (CP) method...
June 23, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645760/effects-of-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-edcs-on-bacterial-communities-in-mangrove-sediments
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Ke Yuan, Sirui Xiao, Xiaotao Jiang, Lihua Yang, Baowei Chen, Tiangang Luan, Li Lin, Nora Fung Yee Tam
The diversity and composition of bacterial communities in mudflat and mangrove sediments were investigated under the stresses of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) using high-throughput sequencing technique. Bacterial diversity in the original sediments was highest among all samples, followed by non-sterilized and sterilized sediments after 84-day incubation. Proteobacteria were the predominant phylum in both mangrove and mudflat sediments, which accounted for 40-60% of the total tags, followed by Cyanobacteria, Chloroflexi, Planctomycetes and Acidobacteria...
June 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644842/investigation-of-discriminant-metabolites-in-tamoxifen-resistant-and-choline-kinase-alpha-downregulated-breast-cancer-cells-using-1h-nuclear-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
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Hoe Suk Kim, Lianji Tian, Hyeonjin Kim, Woo Kyung Moon
Metabolites linked to changes in choline kinase-α (CK-α) expression and drug resistance, which contribute to survival and autophagy mechanisms, are attractive targets for breast cancer therapies. We previously reported that autophagy played a causative role in driving tamoxifen (TAM) resistance of breast cancer cells (BCCs) and was also promoted by CK-α knockdown, resulting in the survival of TAM-resistant BCCs. There is no comparative study yet about the metabolites resulting from BCCs with TAM-resistance and CK-α knockdown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643021/the-effect-of-14-3-3%C3%AE-expression-on-tamoxifen-resistance-and-breast-cancer-recurrence-a-danish-population-based-study
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Jake E Thistle, Ylva Hellberg, Kristina Mortensen, Stephen Hamilton-Dutoit, Anders Kjærsgaard, Deirdre Cronin-Fenton, Henrik Toft Sørensen, Timothy L Lash
PURPOSE: Overexpression of 14-3-3ζ has been linked to breast cancer recurrence in several studies, including studies assessing its effect on tamoxifen resistance. The study was performed to estimate the effect of 14-3-3ζ and differentiate potential prognostic or predictive utility. METHODS: A case-control study, nested in a population of 11,251 females residing on the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark, was performed. Participants were aged 35-69, diagnosed with stage I, II, or III breast cancer between 1985 and 2001, and registered with the Danish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group...
June 22, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642035/improving-the-efficacy-of-hormone-therapy-in-breast-cancer-the-role-ofcholesterol-metabolism-in-serm-mediated-autophagy-cell-differentiation-and-death
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Julie Leignadier, Florence Dalenc, Marc Poirot, Sandrine Silvente-Poirot
Breast cancer (BC) is one of the most common female cancers in the world, with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive BC the most frequent subtype. Tamoxifen (Tam) is an effective drug that competitively binds to the ER and is routinely used for the treatment of ER-positive BC. However, a number of ER-positive BC do not respond to Tam treatment and acquired resistance is often observed, constituting a major challenge for extending patient life expectancy. The mechanisms responsible for these treatment failures remain unclear, indicating the requirement for other targets and better predictors for patient response to Tam...
June 19, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641978/angptl4-t266m-variant-is-associated-with-reduced-cancer-invasiveness
#6
Zhen Wei Tan, Ziqiang Teo, Carol Tan, Chee Chong Choo, Wei Sheng Loo, Yiyang Song, Zhi Yang Tam, Sean Pin Ng, Hong Zheng Koh, Yi Siang Ng, Susana Geifman Shochat, Yin Hoe Yau, Pengcheng Zhu, Nguan Soon Tan
Angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) is a secretory protein that can be cleaved to form a N-terminal and a C-terminal protein. Studies performed thus far have linked ANGPTL4 to several cancer-related and metabolic processes. Notably, several point mutations in the C-terminal ANGPTL4 (cANGPTL4) have been reported, although no studies have been performed that ascribed these mutations to cancer-related and metabolic processes. In this study, we compared the characteristics of tumors with and without wild-type (wt) cANGPTL4 and tumors with cANGPTL4 bearing the T266M mutation (T266M cANGPTL4)...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640999/common-and-potentially-prebiotic-origin-for-precursors-of-nucleotide-synthesis-and-activation
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Albert C Fahrenbach, Constantin Giurgiu, Chun Pong Tam, Li Li, Yayoi Hongo, Masashi Aono, Jack W Szostak
We have recently shown that 2-aminoimidazole is a superior nucleotide activating group for nonenzymatic RNA copying. Here we describe a prebiotic synthesis of 2-aminoimidazole that shares a common mechanistic pathway with that of 2-aminooxazole, a previously described key intermediate in prebiotic nucleotide synthesis. In the presence of glycolaldehyde, cyanamide, phosphate and ammonium ion, both 2-aminoimidazole and 2-aminooxazole are produced, with higher concentrations of ammonium ion and acidic pH favoring the former...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640241/long-read-genome-sequencing-identifies-causal-structural-variation-in-a-mendelian-disease
#8
Jason D Merker, Aaron M Wenger, Tam Sneddon, Megan Grove, Zachary Zappala, Laure Fresard, Daryl Waggott, Sowmi Utiramerur, Yanli Hou, Kevin S Smith, Stephen B Montgomery, Matthew Wheeler, Jillian G Buchan, Christine C Lambert, Kevin S Eng, Luke Hickey, Jonas Korlach, James Ford, Euan A Ashley
PurposeCurrent clinical genomics assays primarily utilize short-read sequencing (SRS), but SRS has limited ability to evaluate repetitive regions and structural variants. Long-read sequencing (LRS) has complementary strengths, and we aimed to determine whether LRS could offer a means to identify overlooked genetic variation in patients undiagnosed by SRS.MethodsWe performed low-coverage genome LRS to identify structural variants in a patient who presented with multiple neoplasia and cardiac myxomata, in whom the results of targeted clinical testing and genome SRS were negative...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639726/trend-of-centenarian-deaths-in-hong-kong-between-2001-and-2010
#9
Ruby Yu, Wilson Tam, Jean Woo
AIM: To examine the trends in the leading causes of deaths in centenarians in Hong Kong. METHODS: Descriptive analyses of vital statistics data on mortality in Hong Kong from 2001 to 2010 were carried out. RESULTS: The number of centenarians' deaths increased by 136% in 10 years, from less than 28 men and 166 women in 2001 to 80 men and 378 women in 2010. During the study period, the top leading cause of death was pneumonia, accounting for 33...
June 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639031/opioid-use-among-female-breast-cancer-patients-using-different-adjuvant-endocrine-therapy-regimens
#10
Xi Tan, Tareq Fabian Camacho, Virginia T LeBaron, Leslie J Blackhall, Rajesh Balkrishnan
PURPOSE: To explore differences in opioid use across different adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) regimens, factors associated with opioid use, and the impact of opioid use on overall survival in female breast cancer patients treated with AET. METHODS: This retrospective study analyzed 2006-2012 SEER-Medicare datasets, following patients for at least two years from the index date, defined as the first date they filled an AET prescription. The study included adult women with incident, primary, hormone-receptor-positive, stage I-III breast cancer...
June 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638736/transcriptional-factor-eb-regulates-macrophage-polarization-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
#11
Liang Fang, Johnie Hodge, Fatma Saaoud, Junfeng Wang, Stephen Iwanowycz, Yuzhen Wang, Yvonne Hui, Trent D Evans, Babak Razani, Daping Fan
Tumor microenvironment (TME) contains a variety of infiltrating immune cells. Among them, tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) and their alternative activation contribute greatly to the progression of tumors. The mechanisms governing macrophage polarization in the TME are unclear. Here, we show that in TAMs or macrophages under tumor-conditioned medium treatment, the expression of transcription factor EB (TFEB) is reduced and more of the TFEB protein is in an inactive cytosolic form. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β is identified as a main driving force for the reduced TFEB expression and activity in TAMs via activating ERK signaling...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638475/tamoxifen-activates-nrf2-dependent-sqstm1-transcription-to-promote-endometrial-hyperplasia
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Lifeng Feng, Jiaqiu Li, Lixian Yang, Libo Zhu, Xiufeng Huang, Shuzheng Zhang, Likang Luo, Zhinong Jiang, Tingting Jiang, Wenxia Xu, Xian Wang, Hongchuan Jin
Long-term application of Tamoxifen (TAM) is usually recommended for hormone receptor positive breast cancer patients. Unfortunately, TAM will inevitably increase the incidence of endometrial hyperplasia even endometrial cancer. Despite of substantial investigations, no effective approaches to prevent TAM-induced endometrial carcinogenesis have been acknowledged. In this study, we found that inhibition of Nrf2 could be valuable to prevent TAM-induced endometrial hyperplasia. Upon TAM treatment, the mRNA and protein expression of autophagy adaptor SQSTM1 was specifically increased in endometrial cells but not breast cancer cells...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637484/seasonal-and-geographical-distribution-of-bacillary-dysentery-shigellosis-and-associated-climate-risk-factors-in-kon-tam-province-in-vietnam-from-1999-to-2013
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Hu Suk Lee, T T Ha Hoang, Phuc Pham-Duc, Mihye Lee, Delia Grace, Dac Cam Phung, Vu Minh Thuc, Hung Nguyen-Viet
BACKGROUND: Bacillary dysentery (BD) is an acute bacterial infection of the intestine caused by Shigella spp., with clinical symptoms ranging from fever to bloody diarrhoea to abdominal cramps to tenesmus. In Vietnam, enteric bacterial pathogens are an important cause of diarrhoea and most cases in children under 5 years of age are due to Shigella strains. The serogroups S. flexneri and S. sonnei are considered to be the most common. The main objective of this study was to, for the first time, assess the seasonal patterns and geographic distribution of BD in Vietnam, and to determine the climate risk factors associated with the incidence of BD in Kon Tum Province, where the highest rate of bacillary dysentery was observed from 1999 to 2013...
June 21, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636487/internalized-homonegativity-confucianism-and-self-esteem-at-the-emergence-of-an-lgbtq-identity-in-modern-vietnam
#14
Tam Nguyen, Holly Angelique
We examine the relationships between internalized homonegativity, Confucianism, and self-esteem among LGBTQ adults who grew up during the Open Door Policy, or Đổi Mới, in Vietnam. Participants were identified via activist networks and social media groups. They comopleted on-line survey focused on internalized homo/transphobia, self-estem and confucian values. The study revealed that more exposure to Confucian values in early life is related to higher levels of internalized homonegativity. Male-born participants also had higher level of internalized homonegativity than female-born particiapnts...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636208/a-phase-i-trial-of-prn1008-a-novel-reversible-covalent-inhibitor-of-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-in-healthy-volunteers
#15
Patrick F Smith, Janakan Krishnarajah, Philip A Nunn, Ron J Hill, Dane Karr, D Tam, Mohammad Masjedizadeh, Jens O Funk, Steve G Gourlay
AIM: To evaluate the safety, tolerability, and PK/PD of PRN1008, a novel BTK inhibitor, in healthy volunteers, and thus determine the dose range for future clinical studies. METHODS: This was a two-part randomized, placebo controlled study in healthy volunteers using a liquid formulation. Part I was a single ascending dose design with dose levels of 50 to 1200 mg (n=6 active, 2 placebo per cohort); Part II was a multiple ascending dose design, with dose regimens ranging from 300 mg to 900 mg daily, either qd or bd for 10 days...
June 21, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635128/development-of-a-classification-model-for-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-using-confocal-raman-micro-spectroscopy
#16
Jie Yan, Yang Yu, Jeon Woong Kang, Zhi Yang Tam, Shuoyu Xu, Eliza Li Shan Fong, Surya Pratap Singh, Ziwei Song, Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, Peter T C So, Hanry Yu
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disorder in developed countries [1]. A subset of individuals with NAFLD progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), an advanced form of NAFLD which predisposes individuals to cirrhosis, liver failure and hepatocellular carcinoma. The current gold standard for NASH diagnosis and staging is based on histological evaluation, which is largely semi-quantitative and subjective. To address the need for an automated and objective approach to NASH detection, we combined Raman micro-spectroscopy and machine learning techniques to develop a classification model based on a well-established NASH mouse model, using spectrum pre-processing, biochemical component analysis (BCA) and logistic regression...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634284/co-administration-of-rankl-and-ctla4-antibodies-enhances-lymphocyte-mediated-anti-tumor-immunity-in-mice
#17
Elizabeth Ahern, Heidi Harjunpaa, Deborah Barkauskas, Stacey Allen, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Hideo Yagita, David Wyld, William C Dougall, Michele W L Teng, Mark J Smyth
Purpose: Novel partners for established immune checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of cancer are needed to address the problems of primary and acquired resistance. The efficacy of combination RANKL and CTLA4 blockade in anti-tumor immunity has been suggested by recent case reports in melanoma. Here we provide a rationale for this combination in mouse models of cancer. <br />Experimental Design: The efficacy and mechanism of a combination of RANKL and CTLA4 blockade was examined by tumor infiltrating lymphocyte analysis, tumor growth and metastasis using a variety of neutralizing antibodies and gene-targeted mice...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633143/tumor-associated-macrophages-in-the-development-of-4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide-induced-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-a-mouse-model
#18
Kentaro Miki, Yorihisa Orita, Yuka Gion, Soshi Takao, Kyotaro Ohno, Mai Takeuchi, Toshihiro Ito, Akira Minoura, Tomoyasu Tachibana, Hidenori Marunaka, Takuma Makino, Akihiro Matsukawa, Kazunori Nishizaki, Tadashi Yoshino, Yasuharu Sato
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine the distribution of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in the development of tongue squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and to elucidate the role of TAMs in the progression of tongue SCC. METHODS: The expression of the macrophage markers nitric oxide synthase, Retnla, and mannose receptor 1 in the development of tongue SCC was longitudinally observed using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Additionally, an immunohistochemical study using an anti-mannose receptor (MR) antibody was performed...
June 21, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632401/motifsim-2-1-an-enhanced-software-platform-for-detecting-similarity-in-multiple-dna-motif-data-sets
#19
Ngoc Tam L Tran, Chun-Hsi Huang
Finding binding site motifs plays an important role in bioinformatics as it reveals the transcription factors that control the gene expression. The development for motif finders has flourished in the past years with many tools have been introduced to the research community. Although these tools possess exceptional features for detecting motifs, they report different results for an identical data set. Hence, using multiple tools is recommended because motifs reported by several tools are likely biologically significant...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632096/racial-ethnic-differences-in-life-course-heavy-drinking-from-adolescence-to-midlife
#20
Nina Mulia, Tammy W Tam, Jason Bond, Sarah E Zemore, Libo Li
Information on heavy drinking over the life course might help to explain racial/ethnic disparities in alcohol-related problems, morbidity, and mortality. Using data from the 2009-2010 U.S. National Alcohol Survey (n = 3,026), we analyzed retrospective decades-based measures of heavy drinking during respondents' teens, 20s, 30s, and 40s. Results indicate that Latino men and African American women have greater risk for persistent-high (vs. declining) heavy-drinking trajectories than Caucasian men and women, and that socioeconomic disadvantage partly accounts for this disparity in women...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
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