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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107734/patient-and-medical-barriers-preclude-uptake-of-tamoxifen-preventative-therapy-in-women-with-a-strong-family-history
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Anita R Skandarajah, Susan Thomas, Kylie Shackleton, Laura Chin-Lenn, Geoffrey J Lindeman, G Bruce Mann
AIMS: To assess the eligibility, uptake and impediments to tamoxifen use in high-risk women attending a risk management clinic due to family history. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients with a germline mutation in a cancer predisposing gene or at high genetic risk (based on family history) attending a Breast and Ovarian cancer risk management clinic from February 2014 to May 2015 received both verbal and written evidence-based information on preventive therapy and were recommended to consider endocrine prevention if not contraindicated...
January 17, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107692/rna-binding-protein-msi2-positively-regulates-flt3-expression-in-myeloid-leukemia
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Ayuna Hattori, Daniel McSkimming, Natarajan Kannan, Takahiro Ito
FLT3 is frequently mutated and overexpressed in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and other hematologic malignancies. Although signaling events downstream of FLT3 receptor tyrosine kinase has been studied in depth, molecular mechanisms of how FLT3 expression is regulated at the post-transcriptional level in particular remain elusive. In this study, we investigated the roles of an RNA binding protein MSI2 as a regulator of FLT3 expression. MSI2 and FLT3 are significantly co-regulated in human AML and chronic myelogenous leukemia in blast crisis (BC-CML)...
January 11, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107502/rnai-based-functional-genomics-identifies-new-virulence-determinants-in-mucormycosis
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Trung Anh Trieu, María Isabel Navarro-Mendoza, Carlos Pérez-Arques, Marta Sanchis, Javier Capilla, Patricia Navarro-Rodriguez, Loida Lopez-Fernandez, Santiago Torres-Martínez, Victoriano Garre, Rosa María Ruiz-Vázquez, Francisco E Nicolás
Mucorales are an emerging group of human pathogens that are responsible for the lethal disease mucormycosis. Unfortunately, functional studies on the genetic factors behind the virulence of these organisms are hampered by their limited genetic tractability, since they are reluctant to classical genetic tools like transposable elements or gene mapping. Here, we describe an RNAi-based functional genomic platform that allows the identification of new virulence factors through a forward genetic approach firstly described in Mucorales...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107222/romidepsin-induced-hiv-1-viremia-during-effective-art-contains-identical-viral-sequences-with-few-deleterious-mutations
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Anni Winckelmann, Kirston Barton, Bonnie Hiener, Timothy E Schlub, Wei Shao, Thomas A Rasmussen, Lars Østergaard, Ole S Søgaard, Martin Tolstrup, Sarah Palmer
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the origin of the HIV-1 viremia induced by the latency-reversing agent romidepsin. DESIGN: Six individuals on suppressive antiretroviral therapy received romidepsin administered intravenously once weekly for three consecutive weeks. CD4+ T-cells were obtained at baseline, following the second and third romidepsin infusion, and 10 weeks after the final romidepsin treatment. METHODS: Single-genome sequencing of the env region was used to genetically characterize the virus from proviral DNA, the transcribed cell-associated RNA and the plasma RNA pool...
January 19, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106467/follicular-lymphoma-a-b-cell-malignancy-addicted-to-epigenetic-mutations
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Koorosh Korfi, Sara Ali, James A Heward, Jude Fitzgibbon
While follicular lymphoma (FL) is exquisitely responsive to immuno-chemotherapy, many patients follow a relapsing remitting clinical course driven in part by a common precursor cell (CPC) population. Advances in next generation sequencing have provided valuable insights into the genetic landscape of FL and its clonal evolution in response to therapy, implicating perturbations of epigenetic regulators as a hallmark of the disease. Recurrent mutations of histone modifiers KMT2D, CREBBP, EP300, EZH2, ARIDIA, and linker histones are likely early events arising in the CPC pool, rendering epigenetic based therapies conceptually attractive for treatment of indolent and transformed FL...
January 20, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105368/clinical-and-immunologic-correlates-of-response-to-pd-1-blockade-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-renal-medullary-carcinoma
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Kathryn E Beckermann, Pradeep C Jolly, Ju Y Kim, Jennifer Bordeaux, Igor Puzanov, W Kimryn Rathmell, Douglas B Johnson
BACKGROUND: Renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) is a rare kidney tumor that occurs in adolescent and young adults, typically in association with sickle cell trait. RMC exhibits rapid disease progression, frequent metastases at diagnosis, and dismal clinical outcomes. Currently available therapies, including cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy, multi-tyrosine kinase, and mTOR inhibitor strategies demonstrate either transient responses or minimal activity. Therefore, further molecular characterization and additional treatment strategies are urgently needed in this aggressive disease...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104789/a-novel-humanized-mouse-model-of-huntington-disease-for-preclinical-development-of-therapeutics-targeting-mutant-huntingtin-alleles
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Amber L Southwell, Niels H Skotte, Erika B Villanueva, Michael E Østergaard, Xiaofeng Gu, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Chris Kay, Daphne Cheung, Yuanyun Xie, Sabine Waltl, Louisa Dal Cengio, Hailey Findlay-Black, Crystal N Doty, Eugenia Petoukhov, Diepiriye Iworima, Ramy Slama, Jolene Ooi, Mahmoud A Pouladi, William X Yang, Eric E Swayze, Punit P Seth, Michael R Hayden
Huntington disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by a mutation in the huntingtin (HTT) gene. HTT is a large protein, interacts with many partners and is involved in many cellular pathways, which are perturbed in HD. Therapies targeting HTT directly are likely to provide the most global benefit. Thus there is a need for preclinical models of HD recapitulating human HTT genetics. We previously generated a humanized mouse model of HD, Hu97/18, by intercrossing BACHD and YAC18 mice with knockout of the endogenous mouse HD homolog (Hdh)...
January 18, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104732/iatrogenic-cushing-s-syndrome-due-to-topical-ocular-glucocorticoid-treatment
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Daisuke Fukuhara, Toshihiko Takiura, Hiroshi Keino, Annabelle A Okada, Kunimasa Yan
Iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome (CS) is a severe adverse effect of systemic glucocorticoid (GC) therapy in children, but is extremely rare in the setting of topical ocular GC therapy. In this article, we report the case of a 9-year-old girl suffering from idiopathic uveitis who developed CS due to topical ocular GC treatment. She was referred to the ophthalmology department with a complaint of painful eyes, at which time she was diagnosed with bilateral iridocyclitis and started on a treatment of betamethasone sodium phosphate eye drops...
January 19, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104455/a-novel-role-for-endothelial-tetrahydrobiopterin-in-mitochondrial-redox-balance
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Jade Bailey, Andrew Shaw, Roman Fischer, Brent J Ryan, Benedikt M Kessler, James McCullagh, Richard Wade-Martins, Keith M Channon, Mark J Crabtree
The redox co-factor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) regulates nitric oxide (NO) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by endothelial NOS (eNOS) and is an important redox-dependent signalling molecule in the endothelium. Loss of endothelial BH4 is observed in cardiovascular disease (CVD) states and results in decreased NO and increased superoxide (O2(-)) generation via eNOS uncoupling. Genetic mouse models of augmented endothelial BH4 synthesis have shown proof of concept that endothelial BH4 can alter CVD pathogenesis...
January 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103819/telbivudine-versus-entecavir-in-patients-with-undetectable-hepatitis-b-virus-dna-a-randomized-trial
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Jihyun An, Young-Suk Lim, Gi-Ae Kim, Seong-Bong Han, Wonhee Jeong, Danbi Lee, Ju Hyun Shim, Han Chu Lee, Yung Sang Lee
BACKGROUND: Telbivudine has been suggested to induce hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) decline to the similar degree as pegylated interferon. We aimed to investigate whether telbivudine could further decrease HBsAg titer in patients who maintain undetectable serum hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA after initial entecavir treatment. METHODS: In this open-label trial, patients who had serum HBsAg and HBV DNA levels ≥1,000 IU/mL and <60 IU/mL, respectively, following entecavir (0...
January 19, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103787/lessons-learned-from-two-decades-of-clinical-trial-experience-in-gene-therapy-for-fanconi-anemia
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Jennifer E Adair, Julian Sevilla, Cristina Díaz de Heredia, Pamela S Becker, Hans-Peter Kiem, Juan Bueren
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant is the only curative treatment for patients with the non-malignant bone marrow failure syndrome called Fanconi anemia (FA). However, early and late complications associated with this approach underscore the need for alternative treatments. Gene therapy approaches aiming to correct the genetic defect in the patient's own hematopoietic stem cells remain the most promising strategy to overcome FA-associated bone marrow failure. Yet, despite more than two decades of clinical research, a therapeutic "success" has not yet been achieved...
January 19, 2017: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103738/pharmacological-management-of-relapsed-refractory-nsclc-with-chemical-drugs
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Niki Karachaliou, Aaron E Sosa, Feliciano Barron Barron, Maria Gonzalez Cao, Mariacarmela Santarpia, Rafael Rosell
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both genders. In the early stages the disease is asymptomatic and most patients appear with metastasis at the time of the diagnosis. The discovery of key oncogenic events mainly in lung adenocarcinoma, like EGFR mutations or ALK rearrangements has changed the treatment landscape and has improved the prognosis of lung cancer patients. Inevitably, all patients initially treated with either chemotherapy or targeted therapies develop resistance and require a second-line therapeutic approach...
January 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103626/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-the-next-frontier-in-the-epidemic
#13
REVIEW
Iliana Doycheva, Kymberly D Watt, Naim Alkhouri
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a significant health burden in adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with substantial rise in prevalence over the last decades. This parallels high rates of obesity and metabolic syndrome in this age group, with unhealthy lifestyle also playing an independent role. Genetic factors, gender, and ethnicity should be considered in a risk stratification model. NAFLD and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in AYAs often go unrecognized and if untreated, can progress eventually to cirrhosis requiring liver transplantation before the age of 40...
January 19, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103613/tissue-based-next-generation-sequencing-application-in-a-universal-healthcare-system
#14
REVIEW
Seán O Hynes, Brendan Pang, Jacqueline A James, Perry Maxwell, Manuel Salto-Tellez
In the context of solid tumours, the evolution of cancer therapies to more targeted and nuanced approaches has led to the impetus for personalised medicine. The targets for these therapies are largely based on the driving genetic mutations of the tumours. To track these multiple driving mutations the use of next generation sequencing (NGS) coupled with a morphomolecular approach to tumours, has the potential to deliver on the promises of personalised medicine. A review of NGS and its application in a universal healthcare (UHC) setting is undertaken as the technology has a wide appeal and utility in diagnostic, clinical trial and research paradigms...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103575/piwil2-transfected-human-fibroblasts-are-cancer-stem-cell-like-and-genetically-unstable
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Deying Zhang, Xin Wu, Xing Liu, Chunhong Cai, Guangping Zeng, Jan Rohozinski, Yuanyuan Zhang, Guanghui Wei, Dawei He
Uncontrolled cell proliferation and inhibition of apoptosis are considered to be vital for cancer initiation, maintenance, infiltration, metastasis and recurrence after anti-cancer therapy. Here we report the generation of a novel cell line by reprogramming child foreskin fibroblast with the full length apoptosis inhibitor gene PIWIL2. The fibroblasts transfected with PIWIL2 expressed the stem cell markers OCT-4, NANOG, SOX-2, KLF-4 and C-MYC; endoderm marker AFP and GATA6; mesoderm markers ACTA2 and BRACHYURY; and ectoderm markers NESTIN and TUBB3...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103510/exo-organoplasty-interventions-a-brief-review-of-past-present-and-future-directions-for-advance-heart-failure-management
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REVIEW
Waqas Nawaz, Farhan Ullah Khan, Muhammad Zahid Khan, Wang Gang, Mengqi Yang, Xiaoqian Liao, Li Zhang, Awais Ullah Ihsan, Amjad Khan, Lei Han, Xiaohui Zhou
Heart failure (HF) is a debilitating disease in which abnormal function of the heart leads to imbalance of blood demand to tissues and organs. The pathogenesis of HF is very complex and various factors can contribute including myocardial infarction, ischemia, hypertension and genetic cardiomyopathies. HF is the leading cause of death and its prevalence is expected to increase in parallel with the population age. Different kind of therapeutic approaches including lifestyle modification, medication and pacemakers are used for HF patients in NYHA I-III functional class...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103111/oxidative-stress-and-carcinogenesis-potential-of-phytochemicals-in-breast-cancer-therapy
#17
Gilead Ebiegberi Forcados, Dorcas Bolanle James, Abdullahi Balarabe Sallau, Aliyu Muhammad, Peace Mabeta
Breast cancer remains a burden in both developed and developing countries, with higher mortality in developing countries. Attempts to eradicate cancer have not been successful despite the progress made in the development of more novel chemotherapeutic drugs. Reactive-oxygen-species-mediated oxidative stress is known to play a role in breast cancer pathogenesis via genetic and epigenetic modifications, resulting in uncontrolled cell proliferation. Phytochemicals could provide leads for the development of alternative therapeutic agents due to their antioxidant activity, as well as their ability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells...
January 19, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102888/genetic-polymorphisms-in-estrogen-metabolic-pathway-associated-with-risks-of-alzheimer-s-disease-evidence-from-a-southern-chinese-population
#18
Lu Hua Chen, Yan Hui Fan, Patrick Yu Ping Kao, Deborah Tip Yin Ho, Joyce Cheuk Tung Ha, Leung Wing Chu, You-Qiang Song
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether genetic variations on the estrogen metabolic pathway would be associated with risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Individuals were recruited at the Memory Clinic, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. PARTICIPANTS: Chinese individuals with (n = 426) and without (n = 350) AD. MEASUREMENTS: All subjects underwent a standardized cognitive assessment and genotyping of four candidate genes on the estrogen metabolic pathway (estrogen receptor α gene (ESR1), estrogen receptor β gene (ESR2), cytochrome P450 19A1 gene (CYP19A1), cytochrome P450 11A1 gene (CYP11A1))...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102864/transthyretin-v122i-pv142i-cardiac-amyloidosis-an-age-dependent-autosomal-dominant-cardiomyopathy-too-common-to-be-overlooked-as-a-cause-of-significant-heart-disease-in-elderly-african-americans
#19
REVIEW
Joel N Buxbaum, Frederick L Ruberg
Since the identification of a valine-to-isoleucine substitution at position 122 (TTR V122I; pV142I) in the transthyretin (TTR)-derived fibrils extracted from the heart of a patient with late-onset cardiac amyloidosis, it has become clear that the amyloidogenic mutation and the disease occur almost exclusively in individuals of identifiable African descent. In the United States, the amyloidogenic allele frequency is 0.0173 and is carried by 3.5% of community-dwelling African Americans. Genotyping across Africa indicates that the origin of the allele is in the West African countries that were the major source of the slave trade to North America...
January 19, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102740/update-on-functional-and-genetic-laboratory-assays-for-the-detection-of-platelet-microvesicles
#20
Maxime Laroche, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jean Amiral
Functional and genetic assays for measuring platelet microvesicles (PMVs) are presented and discussed. Functional assays concern two groups of methods: a) homogeneous assays using the cofactor activity of phospholipids (PPLs) contained in PMVs and present in assayed plasmas, and a coagulation or a thrombin generation assay (TGA) as "end points"; b) capture-based assays, in which PMVs bind to an immobilized ligand, such as Annexin V in the presence of calcium, or monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) specific for membrane proteins...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
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