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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646264/magnitude-and-temporal-trends-in-avoidable-blindness-in-children-abc-in-india
#1
Venkata S Murthy Gudlavalleti
The World Health Organization estimates that 19 million children are visually impaired, among whom, 1.4 million are blind. Childhood blindness is an excellent indicator of the state of child health and primary care services in a country. Childhood blindness is important not just due to the number of children blind but also because the number of years that the surviving child has to live with blindness (blind years lived). Childhood blindness is next only to adult cataract in terms of the number of blind person years lived...
June 23, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646116/tonic-b-cell-receptor-signaling-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
#2
Ondrej Havranek, Jingda Xu, Stefan Köhrer, Zhiqiang Wang, Lisa Becker, Justin M Comer, Jared Henderson, Wencai Ma, John Man Chun Ma, Jason R Westin, Dipanjan Ghosh, Nicholas Shinners, Luhong Sun, Allen F Yi, Anusha R Karri, Jan A Burger, Tomasz Zal, R Eric Davis
We used CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genomic modification to investigate B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling in cell lines of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Three manipulations that altered BCR genes without affecting surface BCR levels showed that BCR signaling differs between the germinal center B-cell (GCB) subtype, which is insensitive to BTK inhibition by ibrutinib, and the activated B-cell (ABC) subtype. Replacing antigen-binding BCR regions had no effect on BCR signaling in GCB-DLBCL lines, reflecting this subtype's exclusive use of tonic BCR signaling...
June 23, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646074/divergence-of-the-floral-a-function-between-an-asterid-and-a-rosid-species
#3
Patrice Morel, Klaas Heijmans, Frederique Rozier, Jan Zethof, Sophy Chamot, Suzanne Rodrigues Bento, Aurelie Vialette-Guiraud, Pierre Chambrier, Trehin Christophe, Michiel Vandenbussche
The ABC model is widely used as a genetic framework for understanding floral development and evolution. In this model, the A-function is required for the development of sepals and petals and to antagonize the C-function in the outer floral whorls. In the rosid species Arabidopsis thaliana, the AP2-type AP2 transcription factor represents a major A-function protein, but how the A-function is encoded in other species is not well understood. Here we show that in the asterid species petunia (Petunia hybrida), AP2B/BLIND ENHANCER (BEN) confines the C-function to the inner petunia floral whorls, in parallel with the microRNA BLIND...
June 23, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645934/repeated-measurements-of-cardiac-biomarkers-in-atrial-fibrillation-and-validation-of-the-abc-stroke-score-over-time
#4
Ziad Hijazi, Bertil Lindahl, Jonas Oldgren, Ulrika Andersson, Johan Lindbäck, Christopher B Granger, John H Alexander, Bernard J Gersh, Michael Hanna, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Elaine M Hylek, Renato D Lopes, Agneta Siegbahn, Lars Wallentin
BACKGROUND: Cardiac biomarkers are independent risk markers in atrial fibrillation, and the novel biomarker-based ABC stroke score (age, biomarkers, and clinical history of prior stroke) was recently shown to improve the prediction of stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation. Our aim was to investigate the short-term variability of the cardiac biomarkers and evaluate whether the ABC stroke risk score provides a stable short-term risk estimate. METHODS AND RESULTS: According to the study protocol, samples were obtained at entry and also at 2 months in 4796 patients with atrial fibrillation followed for a median of 1...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645831/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-jl-a7-derivatives-as-potent-abcb1-inhibitors
#5
Miaobo Pan, Jian Cui, Lei Jiao, Hesham Ghaleb, Chen Liao, Jiaqi Zhou, Mutta Kairuki, Haiyan Lin, Wenlong Huang, Hai Qian
Cancer chemotherapy failure is often due to the overexpression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters (particularly ABCB1), resulting in a variety of structurally and pharmacologically unrelated drugs efflux. The multidrug resistance (MDR) phenomenon could be reversed by ABCB1 inhibitors. Now, JL-A7 as the lead compound based on a triazol-N-ethyl-tetrahydroisoquinoline scaffold, 18 compounds were designed and synthesized. Substitution in para positions yielded high activities toward ABCB1. Moreover, compound 5 could effectively block the drug efflux function of ABCB1 and increase the accumulation of anti-cancer drugs to achieve effective treatment concentration in MDR cells...
June 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645773/abc-protein-cgabcf2-is-required-for-asexual-and-sexual-development-appressorial-formation-and-plant-infection-in-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
#6
Zongshan Zhou, Jianyuan Wu, Meiyu Wang, Junxiang Zhang
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins are exclusively found in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. In this study, we have characterized a gene from Glomerella leaf spot pathogen Colletotrichum gloeosporioides that encodes an ABC protein, whose function to date remains unknown. We designated this gene as CgABCF2. Deletion of CgABCF2 showed drastic reduction both growing rate and conidial production in C. gloeosporioides. The Δcgabcf2 mutant did not form the appressoria, lost the capability to infect apple and failed to form lesions on the wounded leaves and fruits...
June 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641866/t-bet-expressing-b-cells-novel-target-for-autoimmune-therapies
#7
Anatoly V Rubtsov, Philippa Marrack, Kira Rubtsova
Autoimmune diseases affect more than 23.5million Americans. Traditional therapies for autoimmune diseases involve immunosuppressive drugs that globally dampen immune responses or target and kill large populations of normal immune cells. Both approaches lead to severe dysfunction of the immune system increasing the risk of infections and cancer. Therefore, a more targeted approach, modulating only the pathogenic autoimmune response, would be tremendously beneficial for autoimmune patients. However, only some novel targets involved in pathogenic autoimmune response have been discovered and it is likely that more remain, currently unknown...
May 23, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641133/abc-transporters-in-megakaryopoiesis-and-platelet-activity
#8
REVIEW
Wei Wang, Lorena Buitrago, Ying Wang
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) is a family of transporters that facilitates the translocation of substrates across cell membrane using its ATPase subunit. These transporters have key roles in multidrug resistance, lipid homeostasis, antigen processing, immunity, cell proliferation and hematopoiesis. Some ABC transporters are selectively expressed on megakaryocyte progenitor, megakaryocyte and its cellular fragment platelet. However, the role of ABC transporters in hemostasis and thrombosis were not well explored until recently...
June 14, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641010/alpha-mangostin-reverses-multidrug-resistance-by-attenuating-the-function-of-the-multidrug-resistance-linked-abcg2-transporter
#9
Chung-Pu Wu, Sung-Han Hsiao, Megumi Murakami, Yu-Jen Lu, Yan-Qing Li, Yang-Hui Huang, Tai-Ho Hung, Suresh V Ambudkar, Yu-Shan Wu
The ATP-binding cassette (ABC) drug transporter ABCG2 can actively efflux a wide variety of chemotherapeutic agents out of cancer cells and subsequently reduce the intracellular accumulation of these drugs. Therefore, the overexpression of ABCG2 often contributes to the development of multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer cells, which is one of the major obstacles to successful cancer chemotherapy. Moreover, ABCG2 is highly expressed in various tissues including the intestine and blood-brain barrier (BBB), limiting the absorption and bioavailability of many therapeutic agents...
June 22, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640808/transmembrane-helical-interactions-in-the-cftr-channel-pore
#10
Jhuma Das, Andrei A Aleksandrov, Liying Cui, Lihua He, John R Riordan, Nikolay V Dokholyan
Mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene affect CFTR protein biogenesis or its function as a chloride channel, resulting in dysregulation of epithelial fluid transport in the lung, pancreas and other organs in cystic fibrosis (CF). Development of pharmaceutical strategies to treat CF requires understanding of the mechanisms underlying channel function. However, incomplete 3D structural information on the unique ABC ion channel, CFTR, hinders elucidation of its functional mechanism and correction of cystic fibrosis causing mutants...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640078/prospective-observational-pharmacogenetic-study-of-side-effects-induced-by-intravenous-morphine-for-postoperative-analgesia
#11
Li-Kuei Chen, Mao-Hsien Wang, Hong-Jyh Yang, Shou-Zen Fan, Shiou-Sheng Chen
Nausea and vomiting are probably the most unpleasant side effects that occur when morphine used. A number of studies have investigated the effect on pain relief of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes involved in morphine's metabolism, distribution, binding, and cellular action. The mechanism through which morphine causes nausea and vomiting has not been elucidated clearly. We examined all the reported SNPs which are associated with the complications of morphine, including SNPs in genes for phase I and phase II metabolic enzymes, ABC binding cassette drug transporters, κ and δ opioid receptors, and ion channels implicated in the postreceptor action of morphine...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633642/prediction-and-analysis-of-three-gene-families-related-to-leaf-rust-puccinia-triticina-resistance-in-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
#12
Fred Y Peng, Rong-Cai Yang
BACKGROUND: The resistance to leaf rust (Lr) caused by Puccinia triticina in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) has been well studied over the past decades with over 70 Lr genes being mapped on different chromosomes and numerous QTLs (quantitative trait loci) being detected or mapped using DNA markers. Such resistance is often divided into race-specific and race-nonspecific resistance. The race-nonspecific resistance can be further divided into resistance to most or all races of the same pathogen and resistance to multiple pathogens...
June 20, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633640/biological-mechanisms-discriminating-growth-rate-and-adult-body-weight-phenotypes-in-two-chinese-indigenous-chicken-breeds
#13
Tengfei Dou, Sumei Zhao, Hua Rong, Dahai Gu, Qihua Li, Ying Huang, Zhiqiang Xu, Xiaohui Chu, Linli Tao, Lixian Liu, Changrong Ge, Marinus F W Te Pas, Junjing Jia
BACKGROUND: Intensive selection has resulted in increased growth rates and muscularity in broiler chickens, in addition to adverse effects, including delayed organ development, sudden death syndrome, and altered metabolic rates. The biological mechanisms underlying selection responses remain largely unknown. Non-artificially-selected indigenous Chinese chicken breeds display a wide variety of phenotypes, including differential growth rate, body weight, and muscularity. The Wuding chicken breed is a fast growing large chicken breed, and the Daweishan mini chicken breed is a slow growing small chicken breed...
June 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633057/predicting-falls-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-using-the-activities-specific-balance-confidence-scale
#14
Kimberly Cleary, Elena Skornyakov
OBJECTIVES: Falls are a significant problem associated with aging, and can lead to serious consequences including injury and death. The purpose of this study was to determine whether balance confidence differed between future fallers and non-fallers, and whether the construct prospectively predicted falls. METHODS: Forty-five community dwelling older adults aged 65 or older completed the Activities-specific Balance Confidence scale (ABC) and reported falls experienced during the next 6 months...
June 13, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632894/flavonoids-as-modulators-of-metabolic-enzymes-and-drug-transporters
#15
REVIEW
Anca Miron, Ana Clara Aprotosoaie, Adriana Trifan, Jianbo Xiao
Flavonoids, natural compounds found in plants and in plant-derived foods and beverages, have been extensively studied with regard to their capacity to modulate metabolic enzymes and drug transporters. In vitro, flavonoids predominantly inhibit the major phase I drug-metabolizing enzyme CYP450 3A4 and the enzymes responsible for the bioactivation of procarcinogens (CYP1 enzymes) and upregulate the enzymes involved in carcinogen detoxification (UDP-glucuronosyltransferases, glutathione S-transferases (GSTs))...
June 20, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626426/potential-of-central-eastern-and-western-africa-medicinal-plants-for-cancer-therapy-spotlight-on-resistant-cells-and-molecular-targets
#16
REVIEW
Armelle T Mbaveng, Victor Kuete, Thomas Efferth
Cancer remains a major health hurdle worldwide and has moved from the third leading cause of death in the year 1990 to second place after cardiovascular disease since 2013. Chemotherapy is one of the most widely used treatment modes; however, its efficiency is limited due to the resistance of cancer cells to cytotoxic agents. The present overview deals with the potential of the flora of Central, Eastern and Western African (CEWA) regions as resource for anticancer drug discovery. It also reviews the molecular targets of phytochemicals of these plants such as ABC transporters, namely P-glycoprotein (P-gp), multi drug-resistance-related proteins (MRPs), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP, ABCG2) as well as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR/ErbB-1/HER1), human tumor suppressor protein p53, caspases, mitochondria, angiogenesis, and components of MAP kinase signaling pathways...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626020/lack-of-effect-of-vitamin-d3-supplementation-in-autism-a-20-week-placebo-controlled-rct
#17
Conor P Kerley, Clare Power, Louise Gallagher, David Coghlan
OBJECTIVES: Data suggest a potential role for vitamin D in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We wanted to assess the effect of vitamin D3 supplementation compared with placebo in children with ASD. DESIGN: This was a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. SETTING: A paediatric outpatient centre at high latitude over the winter season in Dublin, Ireland (53°N). PATIENTS: 42 children with ASD. INTERVENTIONS: 2000 IU vitamin D3 supplementation or placebo daily for 20 weeks...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624525/regulation-of-hepatic-abcb4-and-cyp3a65-gene-expression-and-multidrug-multixenobiotic-resistance-mdr-mxr-functional-activity-in-the-model-teleost-danio-rerio-zebrafish
#18
Jeremy S Jackson, Christopher J Kennedy
Multidrug/multixenobiotic resistance (MDR/MXR) confers resistance to a diverse range of potentially toxic pharmaceuticals and environmental contaminants through a cellular response that involves the coordinated induction and activity of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and the Phase I metabolizing enzyme cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A). In mammals, ligand-mediated pregnane X receptor (PXR) transcriptional activity regulates the induction of P-gp and CYP3A; however, this mechanism has not been well-characterized in fish...
June 14, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623509/telomerase-and-drug-resistance-in-cancer
#19
REVIEW
Natalia Lipinska, Aleksandra Romaniuk, Anna Paszel-Jaworska, Ewa Toton, Przemyslaw Kopczynski, Blazej Rubis
It is well known that a decreased expression or inhibited activity of telomerase in cancer cells is accompanied by an increased sensitivity to some drugs (e.g., doxorubicin, cisplatin, or 5-fluorouracil). However, the mechanism of the resistance resulting from telomerase alteration remains elusive. There are theories claiming that it might be associated with telomere shortening, genome instability, hTERT translocation, mitochondria functioning modulation, or even alterations in ABC family gene expression. However, association of those mechanisms, i...
June 16, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623273/arabidopsis-transporter-abcg37-pdr9-contributes-primarily-highly-oxygenated-coumarins-to-root-exudation
#20
Jörg Ziegler, Stephan Schmidt, Nadine Strehmel, Dierk Scheel, Steffen Abel
The chemical composition of root exudates strongly impacts the interactions of plants with microorganisms in the rhizosphere and the efficiency of nutrient acquisition. Exudation of metabolites is in part mediated by ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters. In order to assess the contribution of individual ABC transporters to root exudation, we performed an LC-MS based non-targeted metabolite profiling of semi-polar metabolites accumulating in root exudates of Arabidopsis thaliana plants and mutants deficient in the expression of ABCG36 (PDR8/PEN3), ABCG37 (PDR9) or both transporters...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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