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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145503/zinc-sulfate-contributes-to-promote-telomere-length-extension-via-increasing-telomerase-gene-expression-telomerase-activity-and-change-in-the-tert-gene-promoter-cpg-island-methylation-status-of-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#1
Raheleh Farahzadi, Ezzatollah Fathi, Seyed Alireza Mesbah-Namin, Nosratollah Zarghami
The use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for cell therapy and regenerative medicine has received widespread attention over the past few years, but their application can be complicated by factors such as reduction in proliferation potential, the senescent tendency of the MSCs upon expansion and their age-dependent decline in number and function. It was shown that all the mentioned features were accompanied by a reduction in telomerase activity and telomere shortening. Furthermore, the role of epigenetic changes in aging, especially changes in promoter methylation, was reported...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145502/hi-fidelity-discrimination-of-isomirs-using-g-quadruplex-gatekeepers
#2
Nianjia Seow, Renzo A Fenati, Ashley R Connolly, Amanda V Ellis
Core microRNA (miRNA) sequences exist as populations of variants called isomiRs made up of different lengths and nucleotide compositions. In particular, the short sequences of miRNA make single-base isomiR mismatches very difficult to be discriminated. Non-specific hybridizations often arise when DNA probe-miRNA target hybridization is the primary, or initial, mode of detection. These errors then become exacerbated through subsequent amplification steps. Here, we present the design of DNA probes modified with poly-guanine (PG) tracts that were induced to form G-quadruplexes (G4) for hi-fidelity discrimination of miRNA core target sequence from single-base mismatched isomiRs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143565/hiv-1-resistance-rarely-observed-in-subjects-using-darunavir-once-daily-regimens-across-clinical-studies
#3
Erkki Lathouwers, Eric Y Wong, Donghan Luo, Sareh Seyedkazemi, Sandra De Meyer, Kimberley Brown
BACKGROUND: Darunavir 800 mg once daily (QD) is indicated for HIV-1-infected treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced (without darunavir resistance-associated mutations [RAMs]) individuals, and has been evaluated in phase 2/3 studies with durations between 48 and 192 weeks. OBJECTIVE: To summarize the development (or identification) of post-baseline resistance (RAMs and antiretroviral phenotypic susceptibility) among subjects receiving darunavir QD dosing. METHODS: Seven phase 2/3 studies with available genotypes/phenotypes for subjects treated with ritonavir- or cobicistat-boosted darunavir 800 mg QD regimens were assessed: ARTEMIS (NCT00258557; n = 343), GS-US-299-0102 (NCT01565850; n = 153), GS-US-216-0130 (NCT01440569; n = 313), ODIN (NCT00524368; n = 294), INROADS (NCT01199939; n = 54), MONET (NCT00458302; n = 256), and PROTEA (NCT01448707; n = 273)...
November 16, 2017: HIV Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143441/cellular-aging-dynamics-after-acute-malaria-infection-a-12-month-longitudinal-study
#4
Muhammad Asghar, Victor Yman, Manijeh Vafa Homann, Klara Sondén, Ulf Hammar, Dennis Hasselquist, Anna Färnert
Accelerated cellular aging and reduced lifespan have recently been shown in birds chronically infected with malaria parasites. Whether malaria infection also affects cellular aging in humans has not been reported. Here, we assessed the effect of a single acute Plasmodium falciparum malaria infection on cellular aging dynamics in travelers prospectively followed over one year in Sweden. DNA and RNA were extracted from venous blood collected at the time of admission and repeatedly up to one year. Telomere length was measured using real-time quantitative PCR, while telomerase activity and CDKN2A expression were measured by reverse transcriptase (RT)-qPCR...
November 16, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142990/the-chemical-chaperone-pba-reduces-er-stress-and-autophagy-and-increases-collagen-iv-%C3%AE-5-expression-in-cultured-fibroblasts-from-men-with-x-linked-alport-syndrome-and-missense-mutations
#5
Dongmao Wang, Mardhiah Mohammad, Yanyan Wang, Rachel Tan, Lydia S Murray, Sharon Ricardo, Hayat Dagher, Tom van Agtmael, Judy Savige
Introduction: X-linked Alport syndrome (OMIM 301050) is caused by COL4A5 missense variants in 40% of families. This study examined the effects of chemical chaperone treatment (sodium 4-phenylbutyrate) on fibroblast cell lines derived from men with missense mutations. Methods: Dermal fibroblast cultures were established from 2 affected men and 3 normals. Proliferation rates were examined, the collagen IV α5 chain localized with immunostaining, and levels of the intra- and extracellular chains quantitated with an in-house enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
July 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142417/inhibition-of-phosphorylated-c-jun-nh-2-terminal-kinase-by-2-4-dihydroxy-6-methoxy-3-5-dimethylchalcone-isolated-from-eugenia-aquea-burm-f-leaves-in-jurkat-t-cells
#6
Melisa I Barliana, Ajeng Diantini, Anas Subarnas, Rizky Abdulah, Takashi Izumi
Background: Indonesian medicinal plants have been used for their anticancer activity for decades. However, the therapeutic effects of medicinal plants have not been fully examined scientifically. As cancer is a major health problem worldwide, searching for a new anticancer compound has attracted considerable attention. Our previous study found that 2',4'-dihydroxy-6-methoxy-3,5-dimethylchalcone, an active compound isolated from leaves of Indonesian medicinal plants Eugenia aquea Burm f...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142030/plasma-microrna-profiles-in-patients-with-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-responding-to-adalimumab-plus-methotrexate-vs-methotrexate-alone-a-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Jacob Sode, Sophine B Krintel, Anting Liu Carlsen, Merete L Hetland, Julia S Johansen, Kim Hørslev-Petersen, Kristian Stengaard-Pedersen, Torkell Ellingsen, Mark Burton, Peter Junker, Mikkel Østergaard, Niels H H Heegaard
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to identify plasma (i.e., cell-free) microRNA (miRNA) predicting antitumor necrosis and/or methotrexate (MTX) treatment response in patients enrolled in an investigator-initiated, prospective, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial (The OPERA study, NCT00660647). METHODS: We included 180 disease-modifying antirheumatic drug-naive patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) randomized to adalimumab (ADA; n = 89) or placebo (n = 91) in combination with MTX...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141576/analysis-of-elevated-levels-of-nandrolone-decanoate-induced-cytochrome-p450-alterations-in-mice
#8
Parmita Chowdhury, Rita Mahantab
BACKGROUND: Frequent non-medicated use of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) is an instance of substance abuse which mimics the status of a natural hormone and upon prolonged exposure may lead to adverse drug reactions. These adverse drug reactions proceed in a manner so as to alter the normal metabolism of an enzyme mediated pathway such as the cytochrome P450 (CYP) family of enzymes. OBJECTIVE: The present study was conducted to investigate the impact of overuse of Nandrolone Decanoate (ND), an AAS, upon CYP enzyme activity and a CYP gene, belonging to CYP1 family...
November 14, 2017: Drug Metabolism Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141053/clinical-and-prognostic-value-of-htert-mrna-expression-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#9
Marzena Zalewska-Ziob, Katarzyna Dobija-Kubica, Krzysztof Biernacki, Brygida Adamek, Janusz Kasperczyk, Krzysztof Bruliński, Zofia Ostrowska
Telomerase, undetectable in normal somatic cells, plays a critical role in carcinogenesis of the majority of human tumors including lung carcinoma. The aim of our study was to determine human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) mRNA expression in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in order to estimate its usefulness as diagnostic and/or prognostic factor. hTERT expression was analyzed in a group of 12 females and 28 males with NSCLC using Quantitative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (QRT-PCR method) in cancerous and non-cancerous lung tissues...
November 15, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140932/characteristics-of-treatment-experienced-hiv-infected-african-children-and-adolescents-initiating-darunavir-and-or-etravirine-based-antiretroviral-treatment
#10
Bethany Corrigan, Irene Mukui, Lloyd Mulenga, Nobuhle Mthethwa, Mosilinyane Letsie, Stephanie Bruno, Natella Rakhmanina
BACKGROUND: Data are limited on the selection and sequencing of second and third-line pediatric antiretroviral treatment (ART) in resource-limited settings. This study aimed to evaluate characteristics of African pediatric patients initiated on darunavir (DRV) and/or etravirine (ETR) through a specific drug donation program. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of baseline immunologic, virologic and demographic characteristics of children and adolescents initiating DRV- and/or ETR-based ART...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139200/allosteric-mechanism-of-quinoline-inhibitors-for-hiv-rt-associated-rnase-with-md-simulation-and-dynamics-fluctuation-network
#11
Yi Cai, Hao Liu, Haifeng Chen
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus which infects T lymphocyte of human body and causes Immunodeficiency. Reverse transcriptase inhibitors (RTIs) can inhibit some functions of RT, preventing virus synthesis (double-stranded DNA), so that HIV virus replication can be reduced. Experimental results indicate a series of benzimidazole-based inhibitors which target HIV RT-associate RNase to inhibit the reverse transcription of HIV virus. However, the allosteric mechanism is still unclear. Here, molecular dynamics simulations and dynamics fluctuation network analysis were used to reveal the binding mode between the inhibitors and RT-associate RNase...
November 15, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138945/glioblastoma-in-neurofibromatosis-1-patients-without-idh1-braf-v600e-and-tert-promoter-mutations
#12
Ichiyo Shibahara, Yukihiko Sonoda, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Akifumi Mayama, Masayuki Kanamori, Ryuta Saito, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Shoji Mashiyama, Hiroshi Uenohara, Mika Watanabe, Toshihiro Kumabe, Teiji Tominaga
Pilocytic astrocytomas and low-grade gliomas are more common compared with glioblastomas in patients with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1). A recent genome-wide analysis has shown frequent NF1 gene alterations in the mesenchymal subtype of a glioblastoma; however, little is known about clinicopathological features of glioblastomas in NF1 patients (NF1 glioblastomas). We analyzed four NF1 glioblastomas. Radiographical and intraoperative findings showed well-circumscribed tumors from surrounding brain. Pathological analysis presented a paucity of processes with an eosinophilic cytoplasm, bizarre nuclei, xanthomatous-like appearance, multinucleated giant cells, and histiocytoid appearance...
November 14, 2017: Brain Tumor Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138556/photoactivatable-rnai-for-cancer-gene-therapy-triggered-by-near-infrared-irradiated-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes
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Xueling Ren, Jing Lin, Xuefang Wang, Xiao Liu, Erjuan Meng, Rui Zhang, Yanxiao Sang, Zhenzhong Zhang
The efficacy of RNA interference (RNAi)-based cancer gene therapy is limited by its unexpected side effects, thus necessitating a strategy to precisely trigger conditional gene knockdown. In this study, we engineered a novel photoactivatable RNAi system, named as polyetherimide-modified single-wall carbon nanotube (PEI-SWNT)/pHSP-shT, that enables optogenetic control of targeted gene suppression in tumor cells. PEI-SWNT/pHSP-shT comprises a stimulus-responsive nanocarrier (PEI-SWNT), and an Hsp70B'-promoter-driven RNAi vector (pHSP-shT)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137167/transmission-dynamics-of-hiv-1-drug-resistance-among-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-individuals-in-greece-the-added-value-of-molecular-epidemiology-to-public-health
#14
Dimitrios Paraskevis, Evangelia Kostaki, Panagiotis Gargalianos, Georgios Xylomenos, Marios Lazanas, Maria Chini, Athanasios Skoutelis, Vasileios Papastamopoulos, Dimitra Paraskeva, Anastasia Antoniadou, Antonios Papadopoulos, Mina Psichogiou, Georgios L Daikos, Georgios Chrysos, Vasileios Paparizos, Sofia Kourkounti, Helen Sambatakou, Nikolaos V Sipsas, Malvina Lada, Periklis Panagopoulos, Efstratios Maltezos, Stylianos Drimis, Angelos Hatzakis
The presence of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) drug resistance among drug-naïve patients remains stable, although the proportion of patients with virological failure to therapy is decreasing. The dynamics of transmitted resistance among drug-naïve patients remains largely unknown. The prevalence of non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI) resistance was 16.9% among treatment-naïve individuals in Greece. We aimed to investigate the transmission dynamics and the effective reproductive number (Re) of the locally transmitted NNRTI resistance...
November 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136743/-drug-resistance-mutations-and-its-associated-factors-among-579-hiv-aids-patients-experiencing-failure-of-antiretroviral-therapy-in-jiangsu-province-china
#15
P P Xiao, J Lu, H Y Hu, X Q Xu, P Ding, G F Fu, X P Huan, Y Zhou, H T Yang
Objective: To understand the incidence and related factors of HIV-1 drug resistance among HIV/AIDS patients experiencing treatment failure in Jiangsu province, China. Methods: The HIV/AIDS integrated prevention and control data information management system of China were used to collect the basic data of patients, blood specimens were collected from patients who had antiretroviral therapy (ART) failure with ≥12 months and older than 18 years in 2016 in Jiangsu, excluding cases with missing information, 713 cases were enrolled in this study...
November 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136032/virological-response-and-resistance-among-hiv-infected-children-receiving-long-term-antiretroviral-therapy-without-virological-monitoring-in-uganda-and-zimbabwe-observational-analyses-within-the-randomised-arrow-trial
#16
Alexander J Szubert, Andrew J Prendergast, Moira J Spyer, Victor Musiime, Philippa Musoke, Mutsa Bwakura-Dangarembizi, Patricia Nahirya-Ntege, Margaret J Thomason, Emmanuel Ndashimye, Immaculate Nkanya, Oscar Senfuma, Boniface Mudenge, Nigel Klein, Diana M Gibb, A Sarah Walker
BACKGROUND: Although WHO recommends viral load (VL) monitoring for those on antiretroviral therapy (ART), availability in low-income countries remains limited. We investigated long-term VL and resistance in HIV-infected children managed without real-time VL monitoring. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In the ARROW factorial trial, 1,206 children initiating ART in Uganda and Zimbabwe between 15 March 2007 and 18 November 2008, aged a median 6 years old, with median CD4% of 12%, were randomised to monitoring with or without 12-weekly CD4 counts and to receive 2 nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (2NRTI, mainly abacavir+lamivudine) with a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) or 3 NRTIs as long-term ART...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135907/efavirenz-therapeutic-range-in-hiv-1-treatment-naive-participants
#17
Cindy J Bednasz, Charles S Venuto, Qing Ma, Eric S Daar, Paul E Sax, Margaret A Fischl, Ann C Collier, Kimberly Y Smith, Camlin Tierney, Yang Yang, Gregory E Wilding, Gene D Morse
BACKGROUND: Efavirenz is currently suggested as an alternative to recommended antiretroviral (ARV) regimens by the Department of Health and Human Services for the treatment of HIV-1 in ARV-naive patients. A mid-dosing interval therapeutic range between 1000 and 4000 ng/mL for efavirenz has been proposed in the literature, with patients more likely to experience virologic failure below this range and adverse effects above. The current study reports an analysis of virologic outcome between those above, below, or within the reported efavirenz therapeutic range (1000-4000 ng/mL) and within subgroups...
December 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135577/protease-inhibitors-and-preterm-delivery-another-piece-in-the-puzzle
#18
Graziella Favarato, Claire L Townsend, Heather Bailey, Helen Peters, Pat Tookey, Graham P Taylor, Claire Thorne
BACKGROUND: Questions remain regarding preterm delivery (PTD) risk in HIV-infected women on antiretroviral therapy (ART), including the role of ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitors (PI/r), timing of ART initiation and immune status. METHODS: We examined data from the UK/Ireland National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood on women with HIV delivering a singleton live infant in 2007-2015, including those pregnancies receiving PI/r-based (n=4184) or non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI)-based regimens (n = 1889)...
November 10, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134159/molecular-characterization-of-turnip-mosaic-potyvirus-tumv-infecting-radish-raphanus-sativus-l-crop-in-india
#19
Nehanjali Parmar, Ajay Kumar Thakur, Pardeep Kumar, P D Thakur, Sat Vrat Bhardwaj
Nine isolates of Turnip mosaic potyvirus (TuMV)-infecting radish collected from different regions of Northern India were characterized. All isolates except for New Delhi and Rajasthan isolates resulted positive for TuMV in double antibody sandwich-enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (DAS-ELISA). RNA was isolated from leaves of infected plants and used in reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) with TuMV coat protein (CP) gene-specific primers. Viral amplicons of expected 1000 bp size were obtained, which were further subjected to cloning and sequencing...
December 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130501/tert-promoter-hypermethylation-is-associated-with-metastatic-disease-in-abdominal-paraganglioma
#20
Fredrika Svahn, C Christofer Juhlin, Johan O Paulsson, Omid Fotouhi, Jan Zedenius, Catharina Larsson, Adam Stenman
Telomere maintenance, a hallmark of cancer for cell immortalization, is commonly achieved by telomerase activation through induction of the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene. Pheochromocytomas (PCC) and abdominal paragangliomas (PGL) (together PPGL) are endocrine tumours for which TERT promoter mutations and telomerase activation have been previously reported [1]. Only 10-15% of PPGL metastasize, however in the absence of metastases, the identification of malignant disease is a diagnostic dilemma...
November 11, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
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