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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342421/the-relation-between-plasma-%C3%AE-synuclein-level-and-clinical-symptoms-or-signs-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Michalina Malec-Litwinowicz, Andrzej Plewka, Danuta Plewka, Edyta Bogunia, Michał Morek, Andrzej Szczudlik, Michał Szubiga, Monika Rudzińska-Bar
INTRODUCTION: Parkinson disease (PD) is the common neurodegenerative disease. α-Synuclein (ASN), main aggregating protein in neural cells of CNS in PD, was found in peripheral fluids. Testing ASN in plasma is potential test for diagnose PD, but previous studies are controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate if plasma ASN level may be a valuable biomarker, is the level of plasma ASN concentration different in various motor subtypes of diseases, is there a relation between the level of plasma ASN and the severity of motor symptoms...
November 21, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342275/hot-spot-kif5a-mutations-cause-familial-als
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David Brenner, Rüstem Yilmaz, Kathrin Müller, Torsten Grehl, Susanne Petri, Thomas Meyer, Julian Grosskreutz, Patrick Weydt, Wolfgang Ruf, Christoph Neuwirth, Markus Weber, Susana Pinto, Kristl G Claeys, Berthold Schrank, Berit Jordan, Antje Knehr, Kornelia Günther, Annemarie Hübers, Daniel Zeller, Christian Kubisch, Sibylle Jablonka, Michael Sendtner, Thomas Klopstock, Mamede de Carvalho, Anne Sperfeld, Guntram Borck, Alexander E Volk, Johannes Dorst, Joachim Weis, Markus Otto, Joachim Schuster, Kelly Del Tredici, Heiko Braak, Karin M Danzer, Axel Freischmidt, Thomas Meitinger, Tim M Strom, Albert C Ludolph, Peter M Andersen, Jochen H Weishaupt
Heterozygous missense mutations in the N-terminal motor or coiled-coil domains of the kinesin family member 5A (KIF5A) gene cause monogenic spastic paraplegia (HSP10) and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 (CMT2). Moreover, heterozygous de novo frame-shift mutations in the C-terminal domain of KIF5A are associated with neonatal intractable myoclonus, a neurodevelopmental syndrome. These findings, together with the observation that many of the disease genes associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disrupt cytoskeletal function and intracellular transport, led us to hypothesize that mutations in KIF5A are also a cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
January 12, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341476/a-rare-male-patient-with-classic-rett-syndrome-caused-by-mecp2_e1-mutation
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Narumi Tokaji, Hiromichi Ito, Tomohiro Kohmoto, Takuya Naruto, Rizu Takahashi, Aya Goji, Tatsuo Mori, Yoshihiro Toda, Masako Saito, Shoichiro Tange, Kiyoshi Masuda, Shoji Kagami, Issei Imoto
Rett syndrome (RTT) is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder typically affecting females. It is mainly caused by loss-of-function mutations that affect the coding sequence of exon 3 or 4 of methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2). Severe neonatal encephalopathy resulting in death before the age of 2 years is the most common phenotype observed in males affected by a pathogenic MECP2 variant. Mutations in MECP2 exon 1 affecting the MeCP2_e1 isoform are relatively rare causes of RTT in females, and only one case of a male patient with MECP2-related severe neonatal encephalopathy caused by a mutation in MECP2 exon 1 has been reported...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341259/child-syndrome-mimicking-verrucous-nevus-in-a-chinese-patient-responded-well-to-the-topical-therapy-of-compound-of-simvastatin-and-cholesterol
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Xia Yu, Jia Zhang, Yan Gu, Dan Deng, Zhouwei Wu, Lei Bao, Ming Li, Zhirong Yao
BACKGROUND: Congenital hemidysplasia with ichthyosiform erythroderma and limb defects (CHILD) syndrome is a rare X-linked dominant disorder characterized by peculiar cutaneous presentations and ipsilateral skeletal abnormalities. CHILD syndrome is caused by mutations in NSDHL gene, which involves in cholesterol synthesis. OBJECTIVES: To verify the diagnosis of CHILD syndrome and seek effective pathogenesis-based therapy with little side effects. METHOD: We comprehensively evaluated the patient's conditions...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341147/genotype-and-risk-of-tumour-rupture-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumour
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K Boye, J-M Berner, I Hompland, Ø S Bruland, S Stoldt, K Sundby Hall, B Bjerkehagen, T Hølmebakk
BACKGROUND: Tumour rupture is a strong predictor of poor outcome in gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) of the stomach and small intestine. The objective was to determine whether tumour genotype was associated with risk of rupture. METHODS: Rupture was classified according to the definition proposed by the Oslo Sarcoma Group. Since January 2000, data were registered retrospectively for all patients at Oslo University Hospital undergoing surgery for localized GIST of the stomach or small intestine...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340523/a-case-of-severe-glutathione-synthetase-deficiency-with-novel-gss-mutations
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H Xia, J Ye, L Wang, J Zhu, Z He
Glutathione synthetase deficiency (GSSD) is a rare inborn error of glutathione metabolism with autosomal recessive inheritance. The severe form of the disease is characterized by acute metabolic acidosis, usually present in the neonatal period with hemolytic anemia and progressive encephalopathy. A case of a male newborn infant who had severe metabolic acidosis with high anion gap, hemolytic anemia, and hyperbilirubinemia is reported. A high level of 5-oxoproline was detected in his urine and a diagnosis of generalized GSSD was made...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340223/yabby3-orthologous-genes-in-wild-tomato-species-structure-variability-and-expression
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M A Filyushin, M A Slugina, A V Shchennikova, E Z Kochieva
Evolution of the genes encoding YABBY transcription factors is believed to be one of the key reasons for flat leaf emergence from the radially symmetrical stem and gynoecium diversity. YABBY genes determine the identity of the abaxial surface of all aboveground lateral organs in seed plants. In the present study, complete sequences of YABBY3-orthologous genes were identified and characterized in 13 accessions of cultivated and wild tomato species with diverse morphophysiology of leaves, flowers, and fruits...
October 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340050/molecular-characteristics-and-clinical-outcomes-of-egfr-exon-19-indel-subtypes-to-egfr-tkis-in-nsclc-patients
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Jian Su, Wenzhao Zhong, Xuchao Zhang, Ying Huang, Honghong Yan, Jinji Yang, Zhongyi Dong, Zhi Xie, Qing Zhou, Xiaosui Huang, Danxia Lu, Wenqing Yan, Yi-Long Wu
Patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with activating epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations (exon 19 deletions and L858R) benefit from EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). However, some researchers have reported that responses to TKIs differ by subtypes of EGFR exon 19 mutations. We retrospectively analyzed EGFR exon 19 deletion subtypes and their correlation with clinical outcomes of treatment with TKIs. A cohort of 2664 consecutive patients with NSCLC was enrolled. A total of 440 EGFR exon 19 deletions were defined as 39 subtypes...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339778/a-novel-human-muscle-cell-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-created-by-crispr-cas9-and-evaluation-of-antisense-mediated-exon-skipping
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Takenori Shimo, Kana Hosoki, Yusuke Nakatsuji, Toshifumi Yokota, Satoshi Obika
Oligonucleotide-mediated splicing modulation is a promising therapeutic approach for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Recently, eteplirsen, a phosphorodiamidate morpholino oligomer-based splice-switching oligonucleotide (SSO) targeting DMD exon 51, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as the first antisense-based drug for DMD patients. For further exploring SSOs targeting other exons in the DMD gene, the efficacy of exon skipping and protein rescue with each SSO sequence needs evaluations in vitro...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339067/molecular-characterization-and-function-of-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosaminidase-from-ridgetail-white-prawn-exopalaemon-carinicauda
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Yuying Sun, Jiquan Zhang, Jianhai Xiang
Chitin degradation is catalyzed by a two-component chitinolytic enzyme system, chitinase and β-N-acetylglucosaminidase (NAGase). In this paper, the full-length cDNA sequence encoding NAGase (EcNAG) was obtained from Exopalaemon carinicauda. The deduced amino acid sequence of EcNAG open reading frame (ORF) contained one Glycohydro_20b2 domain and one Glyco_hydro_20 domain. Based on the cDNA sequence, the genomic structure of EcNAG was characterized and it was composed of six exons and five introns. EcNAG mRNA majorly expressed in the hepatopancreas and epidermis...
January 12, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338938/distinct-met-protein-localization-associated-with-met-exon-14-mutation-types-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Tian Qiu, Weihua Li, Tongtong Zhang, Puyuan Xing, Wenting Huang, Bingning Wang, Lixia Chu, Lei Guo, Xiuyun Liu, Yan Li, Jianming Ying, Junling Li
BACKGROUND: The MET gene has been recognized as a potential important therapeutic target in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We sought to investigate the MET exon 14 mutations in a cohort of Chinese patients with NSCLC. METHODS: We tested 461 NSCLCs for MET exon 14 mutations by sequencing whole exon 14 and its flanking introns. The protein expression was determined by immunohistochemical analysis. RESULTS: In this study, we identified MET exon 14 mutations in 9 (2...
December 21, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337648/simultaneous-amplification-of-exons-18-to-21-of-the-egfr-gene-using-5-tailed-primers-and-a-two-stage-protocol
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Kai Luo, Qian Wang, Qinwei Qiu, Xiemengdan Li, Xiaoting Jia, Xiaoliang Chen, Zhijie Zhang, Guopei Zheng, Zhiming He
OBJECTIVE: Reduction of non-specific amplification and achievement of efficient amplification of multiple gene fragments under the same reaction condition is the basic goal of PCR diagnosis; however, this is often difficult. This study was conducted to establish a highly specific and effective amplification of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene's exons, 18-21, simultaneously. METHODS: The 5'-tailed primers were synthesized by adding 10 to 20 bp of a non-specific sequence to the 5'-terminus of sequence-specific primers (tailless primers)...
January 16, 2018: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337147/neuronal-pten-deletion-in-adult-cortical-neurons-triggers-progressive-growth-of-cell-bodies-dendrites-and-axons
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Erin A Gallent, Oswald Steward
Deletion of the phosphatase and tensin (PTEN) gene in neonatal mice leads to enlargement of the cell bodies of cortical motoneurons (CMNs) in adulthood (Gutilla et al., 2016). Here, we assessed whether PTEN deletion in adult mice would trigger growth of mature neurons. PTEN was deleted by injecting AAV-Cre into the sensorimotor cortex of adult transgenic mice with a lox-P flanked exon 5 of the PTEN gene and Cre-dependent reporter gene tdTomato. PTEN-deleted CMN's identified by tdT expression and retrograde labeling with fluorogold (FG) were significantly enlarged four months following PTEN deletion, and continued to increase in size through the latest time intervals examined (12-15 months post-deletion)...
January 11, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336840/heterozygous-tyrobp-deletion-ploslfin-is-not-a-strong-risk-factor-for-cognitive-impairment
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Karri Kaivola, Lilja Jansson, Elmo Saarentaus, Anna Kiviharju, Ville Rantalainen, Johan G Eriksson, Timo E Strandberg, Tuomo Polvikoski, Liisa Myllykangas, Pentti J Tienari
Biallelic loss-of-function mutations in TYROBP and TREM2 cause a rare disease that resembles early-onset frontotemporal dementia with bone lesions called polycystic lipomembranous osteodysplasia with sclerosing leukoencephalopathy (PLOSL). Some PLOSL-causing variants in TREM2 have also been associated with Alzheimer's disease when heterozygous. Here, we studied the PLOSLFINTYROBP deletion that covers 4 of the gene's 5 exons. We genotyped 3220 older Finns (mean age 79, range 58-104) and found 11 deletion carriers (mean age 78, range 60-94)...
December 18, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336709/novel-mutation-of-the-dystrophin-gene-in-a-child-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Jingjing Jiang, Tiejia Jiang, Jialu Xu, Jue Shen, Feng Gao
INTRODUCTION: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by mutations in DMD gene. Approximately 70% of the mutations are caused by deletions or duplications of DMD exons, while the remaining were minor mutations. CASE REPORT: We present a 5-year-old boy with typical clinical features of DMD. A novel mutation was identified as a c.9358_9359insA of DMD gene by next-generation sequencing. This mutation which was origined from mother, generated a frameshift mutation and resulted in abnormal synthesis of protein polypeptide chains...
January 16, 2018: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335600/alteration-in-fluidity-of-cell-plasma-membrane-in-huntington-disease-revealed-by-spectral-phasor-analysis
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Sara Sameni, Leonel Malacrida, Zhiqun Tan, Michelle A Digman
Huntington disease (HD) is a late-onset genetic neurodegenerative disorder caused by expansion of cytosine-adenine-guanine (CAG) trinucleotide in the exon 1 of the gene encoding the polyglutamine (polyQ). It has been shown that protein degradation and lipid metabolism is altered in HD. In many neurodegenerative disorders, impaired lipid homeostasis is one of the early events in the disease onset. Yet, little is known about how mutant huntingtin may affect phospholipids membrane fluidity. Here, we investigated how membrane fluidity in the living cells (differentiated PC12 and HEK293 cell lines) are affected using a hyperspectral imaging of widely used probes, LAURDAN...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335433/conformational-landscape-of-the-prkaca-dnajb1-chimeric-kinase-the-driver-for-fibrolamellar-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Michael D Tomasini, Yingjie Wang, Adak Karamafrooz, Geoffrey Li, Thijs Beuming, Jiali Gao, Susan S Taylor, Gianluigi Veglia, Sanford M Simon
In fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma a single genetic deletion results in the fusion of the first exon of the heat shock protein 40, DNAJB1, which encodes the J domain, with exons 2-10 of the catalytic subunit of protein kinase A, PRKACA. This produces an enzymatically active chimeric protein J-PKAcα. We used molecular dynamics simulations and NMR to analyze the conformational landscape of native and chimeric kinase, and found an ensemble of conformations. These ranged from having the J-domain tucked under the large lobe of the kinase, similar to what was reported in the crystal structure, to others where the J-domain was dislodged from the core of the kinase and swinging free in solution...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335387/clear-cell-carcinoma-of-the-abdominal-wall
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Ewa Kostrzeba, M Barczyk, M Wichtowski, R Garstecki, D Murawa
BACKGROUND: Clear cell carcinoma in scars after cesarean section is extremely rare, with only 22 cases reported in the literature. Management of this condition needs to be further explored. Here, we report of a patient with clear cell carcinoma of the abdominal wall that developed 35 years after cesarean section. CASE REPORT: The material of the study was a group of 61 patients divided into two groups. Group I - 35 deaf or with profound sensorineural hearing loss children (the pupils of the deaf and hard of hearing school), aged 5-17 years (average 9,2 years), 14 males, 21 females, II - control group comprised 26 normal hearing patients, aged 5-16 years (average 10,4 years), 14 males, 12 females (patients of Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Audiology and Phoniatrics, Medical University of Lodz)...
December 30, 2017: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334606/the-association-of-acquired-t790m-mutation-with-clinical-characteristics-after-resistance-to-first-line-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-in-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Yen-Hsiang Huang, Kuo-Hsuan Hsu, Jeng-Sen Tseng, Kun-Chieh Chen, Chia-Hung Hsu, Kang-Yi Su, Jeremy J W Chen, Huei-Wen Chen, Sung-Liang Yu, Tsung-Ying Yang, Gee-Chen Chang
Purpose: The main objective of this study was to investigate the relationship among the clinical characteristics and the frequency of T790M mutation in advanced epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutant lung adenocarcinoma patients with acquired resistance after first-line EGFR‒tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment. Materials and Methods: We enrolled EGFR-mutant stage IIIB-IV lung adenocarcinoma patients, who had progressed to prior EGFR-TKI therapy, and evaluated their rebiopsy EGFR mutation status...
January 4, 2018: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334322/plasma-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-pbdnf-and-executive-dysfunctions-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder
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Stefanie Wagner, Sarah Kayser, Jan Engelmann, Konrad F Schlicht, Nadine Dreimüller, Oliver Tüscher, Florian Müller-Dahlhaus, Dieter F Braus, André Tadić, Alexandra Neyazi, Helge Frieling, Klaus Lieb
OBJECTIVES: Executive dysfunctions are frequently seen in patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and normalize in many cases during effective antidepressant therapy. This study investigated whether a normalization of executive dysfunctions during antidepressant treatment correlates with or can be predicted by clinical parameters or levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). METHODS: In 110 MDD patients with executive dysfunctions (percentile < 16), executive functions and plasma BDNF levels were analysed at baseline, day 14 and 56 of an antidepressant treatment...
January 15, 2018: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
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