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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231563/hypoxia-pathway-mutations-in-pheochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas
#1
Diana Amorim-Pires, Joana Peixoto, Jorge Lima
Pheochromocytomas (PCC) and sympathetic paragangliomas (PGL) are rare neuroendocrine tumors, which derive from chromaffin cells occurring in the adrenal medulla and extra-adrenal sympathetic paraganglia. PCC and PGL are often benign, catecholamine-producing tumors, responsible for a myriad of symptoms that may be potentially hazardous to the patient. In contrast, nonsecreting parasympathetic PGL, derived from chief cells, develop mainly in the head and neck region. Although PCC/PGL are more commonly sporadic tumors, germline mutations are present in up to 40% of the patients, ranking these tumors among those with the highest degree of heritability...
February 24, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231253/community-analysis-of-pigment-patterns-from-37-microalgae-strains-reveals-new-carotenoids-and-porphyrins-characteristic-of-distinct-strains-and-taxonomic-groups
#2
Benoît Serive, Elodie Nicolau, Jean-Baptiste Bérard, Raymond Kaas, Virginie Pasquet, Laurent Picot, Jean-Paul Cadoret
Phytoplankton, with an estimated 30 000 to 1 000 000 species clustered in 12 phyla, presents a high taxonomic and ecophysiological diversity, reflected by the complex distribution of pigments among the different algal classes. High performance liquid chromatography is the gold standard method for qualitative and quantitative analysis of phytoplankton pigments in seawater and culture samples, but only a few pigments can be used as robust chemotaxonomic markers. A major challenge is thus to identify new ones, characteristic of a strain, species, class or taxon that cannot be currently identified on the basis of its pigment signature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230847/building-better-biomarkers-brain-models-in-translational-neuroimaging
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REVIEW
Choong-Wan Woo, Luke J Chang, Martin A Lindquist, Tor D Wager
Despite its great promise, neuroimaging has yet to substantially impact clinical practice and public health. However, a developing synergy between emerging analysis techniques and data-sharing initiatives has the potential to transform the role of neuroimaging in clinical applications. We review the state of translational neuroimaging and outline an approach to developing brain signatures that can be shared, tested in multiple contexts and applied in clinical settings. The approach rests on three pillars: (i) the use of multivariate pattern-recognition techniques to develop brain signatures for clinical outcomes and relevant mental processes; (ii) assessment and optimization of their diagnostic value; and (iii) a program of broad exploration followed by increasingly rigorous assessment of generalizability across samples, research contexts and populations...
February 23, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230825/molecular-markers-of-apoptosis-in-cancer-patients-exposed-to-ionizing-radiation-the-post-chornobyl-view
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A A Philchenkov, E K Balcer-Kubiczek
During the past three decades, the deleterious consequences of Chornobyl accident including carcinogenic effects in the people who were accidentally exposed to radiation have been intensively studied. In particular, recent studies provided increased knowledge of the molecular pathogenesis of thyroid tumors in children exposed to Chornobyl fallout. The risk of several forms of leukemia including myelodysplastic syndromes is elevated in Chornobyl liquidators. Furthermore, the upward trends of increases in a variety of other tumors including breast cancer, cancers of central nervous system and renal cancer have been reported in the persons exposed to Chornobyl fallout...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230237/parasitism-drives-host-genome-evolution-insights-from-the-pasteuria-ramosa-daphnia-magna-system
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Yann Bourgeois, Anne C Roulin, Kristina Müller, Dieter Ebert
Because parasitism is thought to play a major role in shaping host genomes, it has been predicted that genomic regions associated with resistance to parasites should stand out in genome scans, revealing signals of selection above the genomic background. To test whether parasitism is indeed such a major factor in host evolution and to better understand host-parasite interaction at the molecular level, we studied genome-wide polymorphisms in 97 genotypes of the planktonic crustacean Daphnia magna originating from three localities across Europe...
February 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230202/ecosystem-composition-controls-the-fate-of-rare-earth-elements-during-incipient-soil-genesis
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Dragos G Zaharescu, Carmen I Burghelea, Katerina Dontsova, Jennifer K Presler, Raina M Maier, Travis Huxman, Kenneth J Domanik, Edward A Hunt, Mary K Amistadi, Emily E Gaddis, Maria A Palacios-Menendez, Maria O Vaquera-Ibarra, Jon Chorover
The rare earth elements (REE) are increasingly important in a variety of science and economic fields, including (bio)geosciences, paleoecology, astrobiology, and mining. However, REE distribution in early rock-microbe-plant systems has remained elusive. We tested the hypothesis that REE mass-partitioning during incipient weathering of basalt, rhyolite, granite and schist depends on the activity of microbes, vascular plants (Buffalo grass), and arbuscular mycorrhiza. Pore-water element abundances revealed a rapid transition from abiotic to biotic signatures of weathering, the latter associated with smaller aqueous loss and larger plant uptake...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229988/endometrial-microrna-signature-during-the-window-of-implantation-changed-in-patients-with-repeated-implantation-failure
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Cheng Shi, Huan Shen, Li-Juan Fan, Jing Guan, Xin-Bang Zheng, Xi Chen, Rong Liang, Xiao-Wei Zhang, Qing-Hua Cui, Kun-Kun Sun, Zhu-Ran Zhao, Hong-Jing Han
BACKGROUND: At present, a diagnostic tool with high specificity for impaired endometrial receptivity, which may lead to implantation failure, remains to be developed. We aimed to assess the different endometrial microRNA (miRNA) signatures for impaired endometrial receptivity by microarray analysis. METHODS: A total of 12 repeated implantation failure (RIF) patients and 10 infertile patients, who conceived and delivered after one embryo transfer attempt, were recruited as RIF and control groups, respectively...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229951/chemical-and-toxicological-characterizations-of-hydraulic-fracturing-flowback-and-produced-water
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Yuhe He, Shannon L Flynn, Erik J Folkerts, Yifeng Zhang, Dongliang Ruan, Daniel S Alessi, Jonathan W Martin, Greg G Goss
Hydraulic fracturing (HF) has emerged as a major method of unconventional oil and gas recovery. The toxicity of hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water (HF-FPW) has not been previously reported and is complicated by the combined complexity of organic and inorganic constituents in HF fluids and deep formation water. In this study, we characterized the solids, salts, and organic signatures in an HF-FPW sample from the Duvernay Formation, Alberta, Canada. Untargeted HPLC-Orbitrap revealed numerous unknown dissolved polar organics...
February 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229819/dabigatran-aggravates-topoisomerase-i-peptide-loaded-dendritic-cells-induced-lung-and-skin-fibrosis
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Heena Mehta, Philippe-Olivier Goulet, Jade Desjardins, Gemma Pérez, Martial Koenig, Jean-Luc Senécal, Marika Sarfati
OBJECTIVES: Dysregulated coagulation cascade has been implicated in development of fibrosis in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Thrombin, a key mediator of the coagulation pathway, has both proinflammatory and procoagulant properties. Here, we evaluated the efficacy of oral dabigatran, a direct thrombin inhibitor, on topoisomerase I dendritic cells (TOPOIA DCs)-induced lung and skin fibrosis, an experimental model of SSc. METHODS: Mice were repeatedly immunized with TOPOIA DCs...
February 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229543/developmental-trajectories-of-amphibian-microbiota-response-to-bacterial-therapy-depends-on-initial-community-structure
#10
Leyla R Davis, Laurent Bigler, Douglas C Woodhams
Improving host health through microbial manipulation requires untangling factors that shape the microbiome. There is currently little understanding of how initial community structure may drive the microbiota trajectory across host development or influence bacterial therapy. Probiotic baths of surface symbionts, Pseudomonas fluorescens and Flavobacterium johnsoniae were administered to 240 tadpoles of the midwife toad, Alytes obstetricans in semi-natural outdoor mesocosms originating from geographically and genetically distinct populations in Switzerland...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229364/molecular-subtyping-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-closer-to-an-approach-of-precision-therapy
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REVIEW
Reem Karmali, Leo I Gordon
It has become clear that there is immense biological heterogeneity in diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Developing technology has allowed better characterization of patient subsets at a molecular level, allowing for a link of phenotype and clinical outcomes to oncogenic mechanisms and biologic signatures. Cell of origin and double hit status are able to identify aggressive subsets, with molecular profiling allowing for a clearer understanding of biologic pathways that contribute to cellular resistance to conventional treatment in these subsets...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229308/eeg-signatures-of-dynamic-functional-network-connectivity-states
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E A Allen, E Damaraju, T Eichele, L Wu, V D Calhoun
The human brain operates by dynamically modulating different neural populations to enable goal directed behavior. The synchrony or lack thereof between different brain regions is thought to correspond to observed functional connectivity dynamics in resting state brain imaging data. In a large sample of healthy human adult subjects and utilizing a sliding windowed correlation method on functional imaging data, earlier we demonstrated the presence of seven distinct functional connectivity states/patterns between different brain networks that reliably occur across time and subjects...
February 22, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229133/towards-enhanced-optical-sensor-performance-seira-and-sers-with-plasmonic-nanostars
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O Bibikova, J Haas, A I López-Lorente, A Popov, M Kinnunen, I Meglinski, B Mizaikoff
We report the preparation and characterization of plasmonic chip-based systems comprising self-assembled gold nanostars at silicon substrates that enable concomitantly enhanced Raman (surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy; SERS) and mid-infrared (surface enhanced infrared reflection or absorption spectroscopy; SEIRA) spectral signatures. The high-aspect-ratio structure of gold nanostars provides an increased number of hot spots at their surface, which results in an electric field enhancement around the nanomaterial...
February 23, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229027/risk-analysis-of-colorectal-cancer-incidence-by-gene-expression-analysis
#14
Wei-Chuan Shangkuan, Hung-Che Lin, Yu-Tien Chang, Chen-En Jian, Hueng-Chuen Fan, Kang-Hua Chen, Ya-Fang Liu, Huan-Ming Hsu, Hsiu-Ling Chou, Chung-Tay Yao, Chi-Ming Chu, Sui-Lung Su, Chi-Wen Chang
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the leading cancers worldwide. Several studies have performed microarray data analyses for cancer classification and prognostic analyses. Microarray assays also enable the identification of gene signatures for molecular characterization and treatment prediction. OBJECTIVE: Microarray gene expression data from the online Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database were used to to distinguish colorectal cancer from normal colon tissue samples...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228863/medulloblastoma-and-ependymoma-cells-display-increased-levels-of-5-carboxylcytosine-and-elevated-tet1-expression
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Ashley Ramsawhook, Lara Lewis, Beth Coyle, Alexey Ruzov
BACKGROUND: Alteration of DNA methylation (5-methylcytosine, 5mC) patterns represents one of the causes of tumorigenesis and cancer progression. Tet proteins can oxidise 5mC to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), 5-formylcytosine and 5-carboxylcytosine (5caC). Although the roles of these oxidised forms of 5mC (oxi-mCs) in cancer pathogenesis are still largely unknown, there are indications that they may be involved in the mechanisms of malignant transformation. Thus, reduction of 5hmC content represents an epigenetic hallmark of human tumours, and according to our recent report, 5caC is enriched in a proportion of breast cancers and gliomas...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228730/a-signature-of-circulating-micrornas-predicts-the-susceptibility-of-acute-mountain-sickness
#16
Bao Liu, He Huang, Gang Wu, Gang Xu, Bing-Da Sun, Er-Long Zhang, Jian Chen, Yu-Qi Gao
Background: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a common disabling condition in individuals experiencing high altitudes, which may progress to life-threatening high altitude cerebral edema. Today, no established biomarkers are available for prediction the susceptibility of AMS. MicroRNAs emerge as promising sensitive and specific biomarkers for a variety of diseases. Thus, we sought to identify circulating microRNAs suitable for prediction the susceptible of AMS before exposure to high altitude. Methods: We enrolled 109 healthy man adults and collected blood samples before their exposure to high altitude...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228602/a-divergent-population-of-autoantigen-responsive-cd4-t-cells-in-infants-prior-to-%C3%AE-cell-autoimmunity
#17
Anne-Kristin Heninger, Anne Eugster, Denise Kuehn, Florian Buettner, Matthias Kuhn, Annett Lindner, Sevina Dietz, Sibille Jergens, Carmen Wilhelm, Andreas Beyerlein, Anette-G Ziegler, Ezio Bonifacio
Autoimmune diabetes is marked by sensitization to β cell self-antigens in childhood. We longitudinally followed at-risk children from infancy and performed single-cell gene expression in β cell antigen-responsive CD4(+) T cells through pre- and established autoimmune phases. A striking divergence in the gene signature of β cell antigen-responsive naïve CD4(+) T cells from children who developed β cell autoimmunity was found in infancy, well before the appearance of β cell antigen-specific memory T cells or autoantibodies...
February 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228595/hepatitis-c-virus-specific-t-cell-receptor-mrna-engineered-human-t-cells-impact-of-antigen-specificity-on-functional-properties
#18
Anangi Balasiddaiah, Haleh Davanian, Soo Aleman, Anna Pasetto, Lars Frelin, Matti Sällberg, Volker Lohmann, Sarene Koh, Antonio Bertoletti, Margaret Chen
Therapy with genetically modified autologous T cells has shown great promise in cancer therapy. For an efficient control of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, cytotoxic T cells (CTL) are pivotal but persistence of activated T cells may lead to liver toxicity. Here, anti-HCV T cell receptors (TCRs) recognising the HCV non-structural (NS) NS3 or NS5 viral peptide target were examined by mRNA transfection of human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) derived from healthy donors as well as chronically infected HCV patients...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228535/genome-wide-prediction-of-metabolic-enzymes-pathways-and-gene-clusters-in-plants
#19
Pascal Schlapfer, Peifen Zhang, Chuan Wang, Taehyong Kim, Michael Banf, Lee Chae, Kate Dreher, Arvind K Chavali, Ricardo Nilo-Poyanco, Thomas Bernard, Daniel Kahn, Seung Y Rhee
Plant metabolism underpins many traits of ecological and agronomic importance. Plants produce numerous compounds to cope with their environments but the biosynthetic pathways for most of these compounds have not yet been elucidated. To engineer and improve metabolic traits, we need comprehensive and accurate knowledge of the organization and regulation of plant metabolism at the genome scale. Here, we present a computational pipeline to identify metabolic enzymes, pathways and gene clusters from a sequenced genome...
February 22, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228281/dysregulation-of-the-cytokine-gm-csf-induces-spontaneous-phagocyte-invasion-and-immunopathology-in-the-central-nervous-system
#20
Sabine Spath, Juliana Komuczki, Mario Hermann, Pawel Pelczar, Florian Mair, Bettina Schreiner, Burkhard Becher
Chronic inflammatory diseases are influenced by dysregulation of cytokines. Among them, granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is crucial for the pathogenic function of T cells in preclinical models of autoimmunity. To study the impact of dysregulated GM-CSF expression in vivo, we generated a transgenic mouse line allowing the induction of GM-CSF expression in mature, peripheral helper T (Th) cells. Antigen-independent GM-CSF release led to the invasion of inflammatory myeloid cells into the central nervous system (CNS), which was accompanied by the spontaneous development of severe neurological deficits...
February 21, 2017: Immunity
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