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Wei Jiang, Essel Dulaimi, Karthik Devarajan, Theodore Parsons, Qiong Wang, Lili Liao, Eun-Ah Cho, Raymond O'Neill, Charalambos Solomides, Stephen C Peiper, Joseph R Testa, Robert Uzzo, Haifeng Yang
Recent studies have shown that intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) is prevalent in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), based on DNA sequencing and chromosome aberration analysis of multiple regions from the same tumor. VHL mutations were found to be universal throughout individual tumors when it occurred (ubiquitous), while the mutations in other tumor suppressor genes tended to be detected only in parts of the tumors (subclonal). ITH has been studied mostly by DNA sequencing in limited numbers of samples, either by whole genome sequencing or by targeted sequencing...
2016: PloS One
Michael P Chu, Jitra Kriangkum, Christopher P Venner, Irwindeep Sandhu, Joanne Hewitt, Andrew R Belch, Linda M Pilarski
Cancer heterogeneity is a significant factor in response to treatment and escape leading to relapse. Within an individual cancer, especially blood cancers, there exists multiple subclones as well as distinct clonal expansions unrelated to the clinically detected, dominant clone. Over time, multiple subclones and clones undergo emergence, expansion, and extinction. Although sometimes this intra-clonal and inter-clonal heterogeneity can be detected and/or quantified in tests that measure aggregate populations of cells, frequently, such heterogeneity can only be detected using single cell analysis to determine its frequency and to detect minor clones that may subsequently emerge to become drug resistant and dominant...
October 19, 2016: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Jolanta Skalska-Sadowska, Małgorzata Dawidowska, Bronisława Szarzyńska-Zawadzka, Małgorzata Jarmuż-Szymczak, Joanna Czerwińska-Rybak, Ludomiła Machowska, Katarzyna Derwich
We report a pediatric case of acute T-lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) with NOTCH1(wt) , FBXW7(wt) , STIL/TAL1, and PTEN (exons 2, 3, 4, 5) monoallelic deletions, biallelic CDKN2A/B deletion, and a minor t(8;14)(q24;q11)-positive subclone. Undetectable by a flow cytometric minimal residual disease assay, the t(8;14)(q24;q11) subclone expanded as detected by fluorescence in situ hybridization from 5% at diagnosis to 26% before consolidation and 100% at relapse bearing a monoallelic deletion (exons 2, 3) with a new frameshift mutation of PTEN and the same set of remaining molecular alterations...
October 19, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Linda M Slot, Robbert Hoogeboom, Laura A Smit, Thera A M Wormhoudt, Bart J Biemond, Monique E C M Oud, Esther J M Schilder-Tol, André B Mulder, Aldo Jongejan, Antoine H C van Kampen, Philip M Kluin, Jeroen E J Guikema, Richard J Bende, Carel J M van Noesel
Follicular lymphoma (FL) is an indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma able to transform into germinal center-type diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. We describe four extraordinary cases of FL, which progressed to TdT(+)CD20(-) precursor B-lymphoblastic lymphoma (B-LBL). Fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis showed that all four B-LBLs had acquired a MYC translocation on transformation. Comparative genomic hybridization analysis of one case demonstrated that in addition to 26 numerical aberrations that were shared between the FL and B-LBL, deletion of CDKN2A/B and 17q11, 14q32 amplification, and copy-neutral loss of heterozygosity of 9p were gained in the B-LBL cells...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Khadijeh Nasiri, Saeed Zibaee, Mohammadreza Nassiri, Mojtaba Tahmoorespur, Alireza Haghparast
OBJECTIVES: Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) strains are one of the primary causes of diarrhea in newborn calves and in humans, pigs, and sheep. IgY technology has been identified as a promising alternative to generating a mass amount of specific antibody for use in immunotherapy and immunodiagnostics. The purpose of this study was to produce specific antibody by egg yolk antibody (IgY) to recombinant FanC protein from ETEC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: FanC (K99) gene was amplified from ETEC by specific primers and polymerase chain reaction...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Ottó Dócs, Katalin Hegyi, Attila Mokánszky, Anikó Mónusné, Lívia Beke, Csilla András, Judit Bedekovics, Gábor Méhes
Mutation rates determined by allele-specific PCR can be highly different in KRAS exon 2 mutant colorectal carcinoma (CRC) samples suggesting intratumoural heterogeneity. To address the effect of KRAS gene copy number on the relative mutant allele frequency the KRAS locus was individually quantified following FISH analysis in 36 cases. We observed, that mutant KRAS status was associated with an elevated KRAS locus number (2.36 ± 0.42 vs 2.63 ± 0.75; p = 0.037) reflecting an increased aneuploidy status but no true amplification of the locus...
October 15, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
E Stelloo, A M L Jansen, E M Osse, R A Nout, C L Creutzberg, D Ruano, D N Church, H Morreau, V T H B M Smit, T van Wezel, T Bosse
BACKGROUND: Mismatch repair (MMR)-deficiency analysis is increasingly recommended for all endometrial cancers, as it identifies Lynch syndrome-patients, and is emerging as a prognostic classifier to guide adjuvant treatment. The aim of this study was to define the optimal approach for MMR-deficiency testing and to clarify discrepancies between microsatellite instability (MSI) analysis and immunohistochemical (IHC) analysis of MMR protein expression. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 696 endometrial cancers were analyzed for MSI (pentaplex panel) and MMR protein expression (IHC)...
October 13, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Julio Delgado, Neus Villamor, Armando López-Guillermo, Elías Campo
Next-generation sequencing provides a comprehensive understanding of the genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic underpinnings of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Recent studies have uncovered new drivers, including mutations in non-coding regions, and signalling pathways whose role in cancer was previously unknown or poorly understood. Moreover, massive scale epigenomics and transcriptomics have supplied the foundations for the cellular origin of the disease. Some drivers could be targeted pharmacologically, and the ability to detect mutations present in minority subclones might even allow treatment before clonal selection occurs, thus preventing disease refractoriness...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Emili Montserrat, Tycho Bauman, Julio Delgado
Medicine has been 'personalized' (i.e. centred in persons) since its foundation. Recently, however, the term 'personalized medicine' (or, better, 'precision medicine') has been introduced to define 'a form of medicine that uses information about a person's genes, proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease'. This concept has gained momentum thanks to next-generation-sequencing (NGS) techniques that allow identification of molecular characteristics unique to the patient and to the tumour...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
G L Uy, E J Duncavage, G S Chang, M A Jacoby, C A Miller, J Shao, S Heath, K Elliott, T Reinick, R S Fulton, C C Fronick, M O'Laughlin, L Ganel, C N Abboud, A F Cashen, J F DiPersio, R K Wilson, D C Link, J S Welch, T J Ley, T A Graubert, P Westervelt, M J Walter
Traditional response criteria in MDS and AML are based on bone marrow morphology and may not accurately reflect clonal tumor burden in patients treated with non-cytotoxic chemotherapy. We used next-generation sequencing of serial bone marrow samples to monitor MDS and AML tumor burden during treatment with epigenetic therapy (decitabine and panobinostat). Serial bone marrow samples (and skin as a source of normal DNA) from 25 MDS and AML patients were sequenced (exome or 285 gene panel). We observed that responders, including those in complete remission (CR), can have persistent measurable tumor burden (i...
October 14, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
David Rizzo, Pierre-Julien Viailly, Sylvain Mareschal, Elodie Bohers, Jean-Michel Picquenot, Dominique Penther, Sydney Dubois, Vinciane Marchand, Philippe Bertrand, Catherine Maingonnat, Pascaline Etancelin, Jean Feuillard, Christian Bastard, Hervé Tilly, Fabrice Jardin, Philippe Ruminy
Little is known on the phylogenetic relationship between diagnostic and relapse clones of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). We applied High Throughput Sequencing (HTS) of the VDJ locus of Immunoglobulin Heavy chain (IGHV) on fourteen DLBCL patients with serial samples, including tumor biopsies and/or peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Phylogenetic data were consolidated with targeted sequencing and cytogenetics. Phylogeny clearly showed that DLBCL relapse could occur according either an early or a late divergent mode...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Silvia L Carvalho, Tatsuya Nagata, Bruna R Junqueira, Larissa G Zanardo, Ana C S Paiva, Claudine M Carvalho
Infectious cDNA clones are an important tool to study the molecular and cellular process of RNA virus infection. In vitro and in vivo transcription systems are the two main strategies used in the generation of infectious cDNA clones for RNA viruses. This study describes the first generation of a full-length infectious cDNA clone of Cowpea mild mottle virus (CPMMV), a Carlavirus. The full-length genome was synthesized by Overlap Extension PCR of two overlapping fragments and cloned in a pUC-based vector under control of the SP6 RNA polymerase promoter...
October 11, 2016: Virus Genes
Sebastiaan J van Hal, Camilla L C Ip, M Azim Ansari, Daniel J Wilson, Bjorn A Espedido, Slade O Jensen, Rory Bowden
Enterococcus faecium, a major cause of hospital-acquired infections, remains problematic because of its propensity to acquire resistance to vancomycin, which currently is considered first-line therapy. Here, we assess the evolution and resistance acquisition dynamics of E. faecium in a clinical context using a series of 132 bloodstream infection isolates from a single hospital. All isolates, of which 49 (37 %) were vancomycin-resistant, underwent whole-genome sequencing. E. faecium was found to be subject to high rates of recombination with little evidence of sequence importation from outside the local E...
January 19, 2016: Microbial Genomics
Chen Chen, Hui Liang, Xinmei Liao, Jian Pan, Jianhe Chen, Shibi Zhao, Yan Xu, Yun Wu, Jian Ni
Inhibition of tumor vasculature is an effective strategy for cancer therapy. Angiostatin could suppress tumor growth and metastasis by binding and inhibiting F1F0 ATP synthase on the endothelial cell surface. We previously screened a monoclonal antibody (McAb, McAb178-5G10), which specifically bound to ATPase on the surface of cells and showed an angiostatin-like activity. Here, we further generated a panel of CHO-mAb subclone stable expressing a humanized chimeric antibody from hybridoma cell McAb178-5G10 by gene engineer...
October 4, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Dimitri M Drekonja, Michael A Kuskowski, Ruth Anway, Brian D Johnston, James R Johnson
Background.  Antimicrobial resistance among Escherichia coli is increasing, driven largely by the global emergence of sequence type 131 (ST131). However, the clinical significance of ST131 status is unknown. Among veterans, we assessed whether ST131 causes more severe, persistent, or recurrence-prone infections than non-ST131 E. coli. Methods.  Isolates were assessed by polymerase chain reaction for membership in ST131 and relevant subclones thereof (H30R and H30Rx) and by broth microdilution for susceptibility to 11 antibiotics...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
James R Johnson, Gregg Davis, Connie Clabots, Brian D Johnston, Stephen Porter, Chitrita DebRoy, William Pomputius, Peter T Ender, Michael Cooperstock, Billie Savvas Slater, Ritu Banerjee, Sybille Miller, Dagmara Kisiela, Evgeni V Sokurenko, Maliha Aziz, Lance B Price
Background.  Within-household sharing of strains from the resistance-associated H30R1 and H30Rx subclones of Escherichia coli sequence type 131 (ST131) has been inferred based on conventional typing data, but it has been assessed minimally using whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis. Methods.  Thirty-three clinical and fecal isolates of ST131-H30R1 and ST131-H30Rx, from 20 humans and pets in 6 households, underwent WGS analysis for comparison with 52 published ST131 genomes. Phylogenetic relationships were inferred using a bootstrapped maximum likelihood tree based on core genome sequence polymorphisms...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Shardulendra Sherchand, Joyce A Ibana, Alison J Quayle, Ashok Aiyar
Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen that cannot synthesize several amino acids, including tryptophan. Rather, C. trachomatis acquires these essential metabolites from its human host cell. Chlamydial dependence on host-provided tryptophan underlies a major host defense mechanism against the bacterium; namely, the induction of the host tryptophan-catabolizing enzyme, indoleamine 2,3- dioxygenase (IDO1) by interferon gamma (IFNγ), which leads to eradication of C. trachomatis by tryptophan starvation...
August 2016: Journal of Bacteriology & Parasitology
J R Sawyer, E Tian, J D Shaughnessy, J Epstein, C M Swanson, C Stangeby, C L Hale, L Parr, M Lynn, G Sammartino, J L Lukacs, C Stein, C Bailey, M Zangari, F E Davies, F Van Rhee, B Barlogie, G J Morgan
Hyperhaploid clones (24-34 chromosomes) were identified in 33 patients with multiple myeloma (MM), identifying a novel numerical cytogenetic subgroup. Strikingly, all hyperhaploid karyotypes were found to harbor monosomy 17p, the single most important risk stratification lesion in MM. A catastrophic loss of nearly a haploid set of chromosomes results in disomies of chromosomes 3,5,7,9,11,15,18,19, and 21, the same basic set of odd-numbered chromosomes found in trisomy in hyperdiploid myeloma. All other autosomes are found in monosomy, resulting in additional clinically relevant monosomies of 1p, 6q, 13q, and 16q...
October 3, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Mathias Schemmerer, Silke Apelt, Eva Trojnar, Rainer G Ulrich, Jürgen J Wenzel, Reimar Johne
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a human pathogen with increasing importance. The lack of efficient cell culture systems hampers systematic studies on its replication cycle, virus neutralization and inactivation. Here, several cell lines were inoculated with the HEV genotype 3c strain 47832c, previously isolated from a chronically infected transplant patient. At 14 days after inoculation the highest HEV genome copy numbers were found in A549 cells, followed by PLC/PRF/5 cells, whereas HepG2/C3A, Huh-7 Lunet BLR and MRC-5 cells only weakly supported virus replication...
2016: Viruses
Tanner M Johanns, Christopher A Miller, Ian G Dorward, Christina Tsien, Edward Chang, Arie Perry, Ravindra Uppaluri, Cole Ferguson, Robert E Schmidt, Sonika Dahiya, George Ansstas, Elaine R Mardis, Gavin P Dunn
We present the case of a patient with a left frontal glioblastoma with PNET features and hypermutated genotype in the setting of a POLE germline alteration. During standard-of-care chemoradiation, the patient developed a cervical spine metastasis and was subsequently treated with Pembrolizumab. Shortly thereafter, the patient developed an additional metastatic spinal lesion. Using whole exome DNA sequencing and clonal analysis, we report changes in the subclonal architecture throughout treatment. Furthermore, a persistently high neoantigen load was observed within all tumors...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Discovery
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