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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098136/exome-and-genome-sequencing-of-nasopharynx-cancer-identifies-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-activating-mutations
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Yvonne Y Li, Grace T Y Chung, Vivian W Y Lui, Ka-Fai To, Brigette B Y Ma, Chit Chow, John K S Woo, Kevin Y Yip, Jeongsun Seo, Edwin P Hui, Michael K F Mak, Maria Rusan, Nicole G Chau, Yvonne Y Y Or, Marcus H N Law, Peggy P Y Law, Zoey W Y Liu, Hoi-Lam Ngan, Pok-Man Hau, Krista R Verhoeft, Peony H Y Poon, Seong-Keun Yoo, Jong-Yeon Shin, Sau-Dan Lee, Samantha W M Lun, Lin Jia, Anthony W H Chan, Jason Y K Chan, Paul B S Lai, Choi-Yi Fung, Suet-Ting Hung, Lin Wang, Ann Margaret V Chang, Simion I Chiosea, Matthew L Hedberg, Sai-Wah Tsao, Andrew C van Hasselt, Anthony T C Chan, Jennifer R Grandis, Peter S Hammerman, Kwok-Wai Lo
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is an aggressive head and neck cancer characterized by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and dense lymphocyte infiltration. The scarcity of NPC genomic data hinders the understanding of NPC biology, disease progression and rational therapy design. Here we performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) on 111 micro-dissected EBV-positive NPCs, with 15 cases subjected to further whole-genome sequencing (WGS), to determine its mutational landscape. We identified enrichment for genomic aberrations of multiple negative regulators of the NF-κB pathway, including CYLD, TRAF3, NFKBIA and NLRC5, in a total of 41% of cases...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095804/pulmonary-manifestations-in-niemann-pick-type-c-disease-with-mutations-in-npc2-gene-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Jayesh Sheth, Jijo John Joseph, Krati Shah, Mamta Muranjan, Mehul Mistri, Frenny Sheth
BACKGROUND: Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is an inherited metabolic disorder; due to defect in cellular cholesterol trafficking. It is clinically a heterogeneous disease with variable age of onset with multiple organ systems being involved. NPC1 gene is involved in 95% cases where as remaining ~5% cases are linked with NPC2 gene. CASE PRESENTATION: Case-1, a 14-months-old female presented with recurrent respiratory distress, failure to thrive and hepatosplenomegaly...
January 17, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095087/binocular-and-accommodative-characteristics-in-a-normal-population
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AbbasAli Yekta, Mehdi Khabazkhoob, Hassan Hashemi, Hadi Ostadimoghaddam, Somayeh Ghasemi-Moghaddam, Javad Heravian, Asgar Doostdar, Payam Nabovati
PURPOSE: To study binocular and accommodative characteristics and their associations with age and gender in an Iranian young adult population. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, multistage cluster sampling was done from the students of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences. All participants had visual acuity, refraction, and cover tests followed by measurements of the near point of convergence (NPC), amplitude of accommodation (AA), monocular and binocular accommodative facility (MAF and BAF) using ±2...
January 17, 2017: Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093081/the-most-important-questions-in-cancer-research-and-clinical-oncology-question-1-could-the-vertical-transmission-of-human-papilloma-virus-hpv-infection-account-for-the-cause-characteristics-and-epidemiology-of-hpv-positive-oropharyngeal-carcinoma-non-smoking
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Joseph T S Wee, Sharon Shuxian Poh
Specific research foci: (1) Mouse models of gamma-herpes virus-68 (γHV-68) and polyomavirus (PyV) infections during neonatal versus adult life. (2) For human papilloma virus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal carcinoma (OPC)-(a) Asking the question: Is oral sex a powerful carcinogen? (b) Examining the evidence for the vertical transmission of HPV infection. (c) Examining the relationship between HPV and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infections and nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) in West European, East European, and East Asian countries...
January 16, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092815/facile-fabrication-of-fe3o4-octahedra-nanoporous-copper-network-composite-for-high-performance-anode-in-li-ion-batteries
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Jiajia Ye, Zhihong Wang, Qin Hao, Binbin Liu, Caixia Xu
Fe3O4 octahedra embedded in conductive nanoporous copper (NPC) network are straightforwardly fabricated by means of alloy refining followed by facile electroless dealloying in mild condition. During selectively dissolving the Al from FeCuAl alloy, the residual Cu atoms assemble to form sponge-like nanostructure, meanwhile the Fe atoms undergo spontaneous oxidation and aggregation to grow into Fe3O4 octahedra travelled through NPC network. Owing to the combination of conductive NPC network, Fe3O4 octahedra exhibit dramatically enhanced lithium storage performances with excellent reversible capacity, enhanced rate performance, as well outstanding cyclability compared with pure Fe3O4 octahedra...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092362/the-role-of-endothelial-hif-1-%C3%AE-in-the-response-to-sublethal-hypoxia-in-c57bl-6-mouse-pups
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Qi Li, Michael Michaud, Chan Park, Yan Huang, Rachael Couture, Frank Girodano, Michael L Schwartz, Joseph A Madri
Chronic sublethal hypoxia, a complication of premature birth, is associated with cognitive and motor handicaps. Responsiveness to and recovery from this hypoxic environment is dependent on induction of HIF-1 α in the cells affected. Microvascular endothelial-glial and microvascular endothelial-neuronal precursor interactions have been found to be dynamic and reciprocal, involving autocrine and paracrine signaling, with response and recovery correlated with baseline levels and levels of induction of HIF-1 α...
January 16, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092282/neonatal-palliative-care
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Elvira Parravicini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A significant number of newborns are affected by life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. When prolongation of survival is no longer a goal, or prognosis is uncertain, a plan of care focused on the infant's comfort is essential. The aim of this article is to review the most recent and relevant literature regarding neonatal palliative care (NPC). RECENT FINDINGS: A variety of perinatal and NPC programs are described, but most programs focus exclusively on end-of-life care...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092091/preliminary-results-on-long-term-potentiation-like-cortical-plasticity-and-cholinergic-dysfunction-after-miglustat-treatment-in-niemann-pick-disease-type-c
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Alberto Benussi, Maria Sofia Cotelli, Maura Cosseddu, Valeria Bertasi, Marinella Turla, Ettore Salsano, Andrea Dardis, Alessandro Padovani, Barbara Borroni
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a rare autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder, which manifests clinically with a wide range of neurological signs and symptoms. We assessed multiple neurological, neuropsychological and neurophysiological biomarkers using a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) multi-paradigm approach in two patients with NPC carrying a homozygous mutation in the NPC1 gene, and in two heterozygous family members.We assessed short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI), intracortical facilitation (ICF), long-interval intracortical inhibition (LICI), short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) and long-term potentiation (LTP)-like cortical plasticity with a paired associative stimulation (PAS) protocol...
January 17, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091565/-18-f-flt-and-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-in-predicting-response-to-chemoradiotherapy-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-preliminary-results
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Shi Qi, Yang Zhongyi, Zhang Yingjian, Hu Chaosu
The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of (18)F-Fluorothymidine ((18)F-FLT) and (18)F-Fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in predicting treatment response of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Patients with NPC of Stage II-IVB were prospectively enrolled, receiving 2 cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT), followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy. Each patient underwent pretreatment and post-NACT FLT PET/CT and FDG PET/CT. Standard uptake values (SUV) and tumor volume were measured...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081138/overexpression-of-kinesin-family-member-20a-correlates-with-disease-progression-and-poor-prognosis-in-human-nasopharyngeal-cancer-a-retrospective-analysis-of-105-patients
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Sai-Lan Liu, Huan-Xin Lin, Fang Qiu, Wei-Jing Zhang, Chun-Hao Niu, Wen Wen, Xiao-Qing Sun, Li-Ping Ye, Xian-Qiu Wu, Chu-Yong Lin, Li-Bing Song, Ling Guo
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have shown Kinesin family member 20A (KIF20A) may play a critical role in the development and progression of cancer. However, the clinical value of KIF20A in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is unknown. Here, we investigated the expression pattern of KIF20A in NPC and its correlation with clinicopathological features of patients. METHODS: Real-time PCR and Western blotting were used to quantify KIF20A expression in NPC cell lines and clinical specimens compared with normal controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079815/morning-breathing-exercises-prolong-lifespan-by-improving-hyperventilation-in-people-living-with-respiratory-cancer
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Wei-Jie Wu, Shan-Huan Wang, Wei Ling, Li-Jun Geng, Xiao-Xi Zhang, Lan Yu, Jun Chen, Jiang-Xi Luo, Hai-Lu Zhao
Disturbance of oxygen-carbon dioxide homeostasis has an impact on cancer. Little is known about the effect of breath training on cancer patients. Here we report our 10-year experience with morning breathing exercises (MBE) in peer-support programs for cancer survivors.We performed a cohort study to investigate long-term surviving patients with lung cancer (LC) and nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) who practiced MBE on a daily basis. End-tidal breath holding time (ETBHT) after MBE was measured to reflect improvement in alveolar O2 pressure and alveolar CO2 pressure capacity...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078787/targeting-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-by-artesunate-through-inhibiting-akt-mtor-and-inducing-oxidative-stress
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Qin Li, Wei Ni, Zhifeng Deng, Minghe Liu, Lazhi She, Qiong Xie
Drug repurposing has become an alternative therapeutic strategy for cancer treatment given the known pharmacokinetics and toxicity. The inhibitory effects of artesunate have been reported in various cancers. In this work, we investigated the effects of artesunate in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). We demonstrate that artesunate significantly inhibits proliferation via arresting NPC cells at G2/M phase. It also induces apoptosis through caspase-dependent and mitochondria-independent pathways in multiple NPC cell lines...
January 11, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077791/carcinoma-risk-variant-of-ebna1-deregulates-epstein-barr-virus-episomal-latency
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Jayaraju Dheekollu, Kimberly Malecka, Andreas Wiedmer, Henri-Jacques Delecluse, Alan Ks Chiang, Dario C Altieri, Troy E Messick, Paul M Lieberman
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) latent infection is a causative co-factor for endemic Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC). NPC-associated variants have been identified in EBV-encoded nuclear antigen EBNA1. Here, we solve the X-ray crystal structure of an NPC-derived EBNA1 DNA binding domain (DBD) and show that variant amino acids are found on the surface away from the DNA binding interface. We show that NPC-derived EBNA1 is compromised for DNA replication and episome maintenance functions. Recombinant virus containing the NPC EBNA1 DBD are impaired in their ability to immortalize primary B-lymphocytes and suppress lytic transcription during early stages of B-cell infection...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076758/polysaccharides-from-ganoderma-lucidum-promote-cognitive-function-and%C3%A2-neural-progenitor-proliferation-in-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Shichao Huang, Jianxin Mao, Kan Ding, Yue Zhou, Xianglu Zeng, Wenjuan Yang, Peipei Wang, Cun Zhao, Jian Yao, Peng Xia, Gang Pei
Promoting neurogenesis is a promising strategy for the treatment of cognition impairment associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Ganoderma lucidum is a revered medicinal mushroom for health-promoting benefits in the Orient. Here, we found that oral administration of the polysaccharides and water extract from G. lucidum promoted neural progenitor cell (NPC) proliferation to enhance neurogenesis and alleviated cognitive deficits in transgenic AD mice. G. lucidum polysaccharides (GLP) also promoted self-renewal of NPC in cell culture...
January 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075486/highly-expandable-human-ips-cell-derived-neural-progenitor-cells-npc-and-neurons-for-central-nervous-system-disease-modeling-and-high-throughput-screening
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Chialin Cheng, Daniel M Fass, Kat Folz-Donahue, Marcy E MacDonald, Stephen J Haggarty
Reprogramming of human somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells has greatly expanded the set of research tools available to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Realizing the promise of iPS cell technology for the identification of novel therapeutic targets and for high-throughput drug screening requires implementation of methods for the large-scale production of defined CNS cell types. Here we describe a protocol for generating stable, highly expandable, iPS cell-derived CNS neural progenitor cells (NPC) using multi-dimensional fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) to purify NPC defined by cell surface markers...
January 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075468/microrna-138-5p-controls-sensitivity-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-to-radiation-by-targeting-eif4ebp1
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Wei Gao, Jacky Wei Kei Lam, John Zeng-Hong Li, Si-Qi Chen, Raymond King-Yin Tsang, Jimmy Yu-Wai Chan, Thian-Sze Wong
Radiation therapy is the standard treatment for primary nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). MicroRNA regulates cancer responsiveness to radiation therapy by controlling the genes involved in radiation responses. Recent studies suggested that downregulation of microRNA-138-5p was clinically significant in NPC. Here, we evaluated the effect of miR-138-5p on radiosensitivity of NPC cells and explored the underlying mechanisms by identifying its target gene that impacted sensitivity to radiation. Our results revealed that overexpression of miR-138-5p reduced the ability to form colonies, inhibited proliferation, and enhanced radiation-induced DNA damage and autophagy in NPC cells upon radiation treatment...
February 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074931/eid3-directly-associates-with-dnmt3a-during-transdifferentiation-of-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-to-npc-like-cells
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Liang Luo, Wen-Jin Chen, James Q Yin, Ru-Xiang Xu
There has been recently been increased interest in the plasticity of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UMSCs) and their potential in the treatment of neurological disorders. In this study, UMSCs were transdifferentiated into neural stem-like cells (uNSCL), these cells grow in neurosphere-like structures and express high levels of NSCs markers. Epigenetics-related gene screening was here used to assess the relationship between E1A-like inhibitor of differentiation 3 (EID3), a p300 inhibitor, and DNA methyltransferase 3 A (DNMT3A) during the transdifferentiation of UMSCs into uNSCL in vitro...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074743/synthesis-of-nanoporous-carbon-for-fast-uptake-of-cr-vi-and-ni-ii-from-aqueous-solution
#18
Imed Ghiloufi
Nanoporous carbon (NPC), based on organic xerogel compounds, was prepared at 650 ºC pyrolysis temperature by sol-gel method from pyrogallol and formaldehyde (PF-650) mixtures in water using picric acid as catalyst. The performance of NPC was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and nitrogen porosimetry. The metal uptake characteristics were explored using effective parameters including pH, contact time, initial metal ion concentration, and temperature...
January 10, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071978/nup82-functions-redundantly-with-nup136-in-a-salicylic-acid-dependent-defense-response-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Kentaro Tamura, Yoichiro Fukao, Noriyuki Hatsugai, Fumiaki Katagiri, Ikuko Hara-Nishimura
The nuclear pore complex (NPC) comprises more than 30 nucleoporins (Nups). NPC mediates macromolecular trafficking between the nucleoplasm and the cytoplasm, but specific roles of individual Nups are poorly understood in higher plants. Here, we show that the novel nucleoporin unique to angiosperm plants (designated as Nup82) functions in a salicylic acid-dependent defense in a redundant manner with Nup136, which is a component of the nuclear basket in the NPC. Arabidopsis thaliana Nup82 had a similar amino acid sequence to the N-terminal half of Nup136 and a Nup82-GFP fusion was localized on the nuclear envelope...
January 10, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070838/late-toxicity-evolving-radiotherapy-techniques-and-quality-of-life-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Luciana Lastrucci, Silvia Bertocci, Vittorio Bini, Simona Borghesi, Roberta De Majo, Andrea Rampini, Paola Pernici, Pietro Giovanni Gennari
PURPOSE: To analyze quality of life (QoL) and functional state (FS) by patient-reported outcome (PRO) questionnaires (FACT-G, FACT-NP, PSS-HN, XeQOLS, and EQ-5D-3L) in long-term survivors nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) treated with conventional radiotherapy (RT) and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT). METHODS: 25 patients answered to five questionnaires about QoL and FS. All patients were assessed also for late toxicity. RESULTS: Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G) and Performance Status Scale Head and Neck (PSS-HN) scores were significantly elevated (better QoL) in age <50 years (p = 0...
January 9, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
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