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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782975/roles-of-germline-jak2-activation-mutation-jak2-v625f-in-the-pathology-of-myeloproliferative-neoplasms
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Qing-Yun Wu, Meng-Meng Ma, Lin Fu, Yuan-Yuan Zhu, Yang Liu, Jiang Cao, Ping Zhou, Zhen-Yu Li, Ling-Yu Zeng, Feng Li, Xiao-Yun Wang, Kai-Lin Xu
Janus tyrosine kinase 2 (JAK2) mediates downstream signaling of cytokine receptors in all hematological lineages, constitutively active somatic JAK2 mutations play key roles in the pathology of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). Recently, germline JAK2 mutations are also associated with triple-negative MPNs. A novel germline mutation JAK2 V625F is reported to be involved in a subset of MPNs patients. However, the pathogenesis of this mutation caused MPN is still unclear. In this study, the homology models of JAK2 V625F showed that the newly formed interaction between F625 and Y613 disrupted the JAK2 JH1-JH2 domain interactions was responsible for its activation, when F625 and Y613 interaction was disrupted, its activity significantly decreased...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782889/development-of-robust-genotype-1a-hepatitis-c-replicons-harboring-adaptive-mutations-for-facilitating-the-antiviral-drug-discovery-and-study-of-virus-replication
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Hui-Mei Lin, Pei-Shan Wu, Han-Shu Hu, Wan-Chun Chang, Ren-Huang Wu, Jia-Ni Tian, Jyh-Haur Chern, Andrew Yueh
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) subgenomic replicon is a valuable tool for studying virus replication and HCV drug development. Despite the fact that HCV genotype 1a (HCV1a) is the most prevalent genotype in the United States, few HCV1a reporter replicon constructs have been reported, and their replication capacities are not as efficient as those of HCV1b or 2a, especially in transient expression. In this study, we selected efficient HCV1a replicons and characterized the novel adaptive mutations derived from stable HCV1a (strain H77) replicon cells after G418 selection...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782529/molecular-effect-of-an-optn-common-variant-associated-to-paget-s-disease-of-bone
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Iris A L Silva, Natércia Conceição, Édith Gagnon, Jacques P Brown, M Leonor Cancela, Laëtitia Michou
Paget's disease of bone (PDB) is a chronic bone disorder and although genetic factors appear to play an important role in its pathogenesis, to date PDB causing mutations were identified only in the Sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1) gene at the PDB3 locus. PDB6 locus, also previously linked to PDB, contains several candidate genes for metabolic bone diseases. We focused our analysis in the most significantly associated variant with PDB, within the Optineurin (OPTN) gene, i.e. the common variant rs1561570. Although it was previously shown to be strongly associated with PDB in several populations, its contribution to PDB pathogenesis remains unclear...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782237/effect-of-porins-and-bla-kpc-expression-on-activity-of-imipenem-with-relebactam-in-klebsiella-pneumoniae-can-antibiotic-combinations-overcome-resistance
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Gregory Balabanian, Michael Rose, Nyla Manning, David Landman, John Quale
Imipenem with relebactam is a novel β-lactam-β-lactamase inhibitor that has activity against most KPC-producing Enterobacteriaceae. Using 10 isolates of KPC-possessing Klebsiella pneumoniae, we assessed the relationship between imipenem-relebactam minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) and mechanisms known to contribute to antimicrobial resistance. The effect of adding a second agent was assessed by time-kill experiments. Mutations affecting the genes encoding porins ompK35 and ompK36 and identification of β-lactamases were assessed by PCR...
May 21, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782051/the-novel-sodium-channel-modulator-gs-458967-gs967-is-an-effective-treatment-in-a-mouse-model-of-scn8a-encephalopathy
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Erin M Baker, Christopher H Thompson, Nicole A Hawkins, Jacy L Wagnon, Eric R Wengert, Manoj K Patel, Alfred L George, Miriam H Meisler, Jennifer A Kearney
OBJECTIVE: De novo mutations of SCN8A, encoding the voltage-gated sodium channel NaV 1.6, have been associated with a severe infant onset epileptic encephalopathy. Individuals with SCN8A encephalopathy have a mean age of seizure onset of 4-5 months, with multiple seizure types that are often refractory to treatment with available drugs. Anecdotal reports suggest that high-dose phenytoin is effective for some patients, but there are associated adverse effects and potential for toxicity...
May 21, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781975/novel-best1-mutations-detected-by-next-generation-sequencing-in-a-chinese-population-with-vitelliform-macular-dystrophy
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Jingli Guo, Fengjuan Gao, Wenyi Tang, Yuhe Qi, Yi Xuan, Wei Liu, Lei Li, Xiaofeng Ye, Gezhi Xu, Jihong Wu, Yongjin Zhang
PURPOSE: To characterize novel BEST1 mutations and the phenotype-genotype correlations in vitelliform macular dystrophy in a Chinese population. METHODS: Seventeen individuals affected by vitelliform macular dystrophy underwent detailed ophthalmic examinations, including a best-corrected visual acuity test, slit-lamp biomicroscopy, fundus photography, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography, fundus autofluorescence, fluorescein angiography, and optical coherence tomography angiography...
May 16, 2018: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781741/slowly-progressive-retinitis-pigmentosa-caused-by-two-novel-mutations-in-the-mak-gene
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Joanna Monika Gray, Harry Otway Orlans, Morag Shanks, Penny Clouston, Robert Elvis MacLaren
BACKGROUND: The growing number of clinical trials currently underway for inherited retinal diseases has highlighted the importance of achieving a molecular diagnosis for all new cases presenting to hospital eye services. The male germ cell-associated kinase (MAK) gene encodes a cilium-associated protein selectively expressed in the retina and testis, and has recently been implicated in autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Whole exome sequencing has previously identified a homozygous Alu insertion in probands with recessive RP and nonsense and missense mutations have also been reported...
May 21, 2018: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781517/a-homozygous-scn5a-mutation-associated-with-atrial-standstill-and-sudden-death
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Reina Bianca Tan, Ivan Gando, Lei Bu, Frank Cecchin, William Coetzee
BACKGROUND: Atrial standstill is an arrhythmogenic condition characterized by the absence of spontaneous electrical and mechanical atrial activity or in response to stimulation. There are few reported familial cases which have been associated with SCN5A mutations co-segregating with GJA5 or RYR2 however isolated SCN5A mutations are rare. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical and biophysical consequence of a novel SCN5A mutation identified in a family with progressive atrial standstill and sudden death...
May 21, 2018: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781188/a-novel-anti-malarial-drug-derivative-inhibits-cyclic-gmp-amp-synthase-in-trex1-deficient-mice
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Jie An, Joshua J Woodward, Weinan Lai, Mark Minie, Xizhang Sun, Lena Tanaka, Jessica M Snyder, Tomikazu Sasaki, Keith B Elkon
OBJECTIVE: Type I interferon (IFN-I) is strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) as well as rare monogenic 'interferonopathies' such as Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome (AGS) caused by mutations in the DNA exonuclease, TREX1. The DNA-activated IFN-I pathway, cyclic GMP-AMP (cGAMP) synthase (cGAS), is linked to subsets of AGS and lupus. We identified inhibitors of DNA-cGAS interaction and tested lead candidate, X6, in a mouse model of AGS. METHODS: Trex1-/- mice were treated orally from birth with either X6 or HCQ for 8 weeks...
May 21, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780987/role-of-conformational-dynamics-in-the-evolution-of-novel-enzyme-function
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Miguel A Maria-Solano, Eila Serrano-Hervás, Adrian Romero-Rivera, Javier Iglesias-Fernández, Sílvia Osuna
The free energy landscape concept that describes enzymes as an ensemble of differently populated conformational sub-states in dynamic equilibrium is key for evaluating enzyme activity, enantioselectivity, and specificity. Mutations introduced in the enzyme sequence can alter the populations of the pre-existing conformational states, thus strongly modifying the enzyme ability to accommodate alternative substrates, revert its enantiopreferences, and even increase the activity for some residual promiscuous reactions...
May 21, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780932/case-series-pyramidal-cataracts-intact-irides-and-nystagmus-from-three-novel-pax6-mutations
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Bharesh K Chauhan, Anagha Medsinge, Matthew P Baumgartner, Hannah L Scanga, Smaragda Kamakari, Eva Gajdosova, Carlos J Camacho, Ken K Nischal
Purpose: To investigate the association between novel PAX6 mutations to bilateral anterior pyramidal congenital cataracts (APyC), complete and intact irides, and nystagmus. Observations: This is a retrospective observational case series in a multi-center setting with genetic testing. Three female patients were diagnosed with bilateral APyC, intact irides and nystagmus. Genetic testing identified the three patients had novel missense mutations in PAX6 - c.128C > T; p...
June 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780795/a-novel-de-novo-mutation-in-the-cd40-ligand-gene-in-a-patient-with-a-mild-x-linked-hyper-igm-phenotype-initially-diagnosed-as-cvid-new-aspects-of-old-diseases
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Tábata T França, Luiz F B Leite, Tiago A Maximo, Christiane G Lambert, Nuria B Zurro, Wilma C N Forte, Antonio Condino-Neto
Mutations in the CD40 ligand (CD40L) gene ( CD40LG ) lead to X-linked hyper-IgM syndrome (X-HIGM), which is a primary immunodeficiency (PID) characterized by decreased serum levels of IgG and IgA and normal or elevated IgM levels. Although most X-HIGM patients become symptomatic during the first or second year of life, during which they exhibit recurrent infections, some patients exhibit mild phenotypes, which are usually associated with hypomorphic mutations that do not abrogate protein expression or function...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780592/preleukemic-and-second-hit-mutational-events-in-an-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patient-with-a-novel-germline-runx1-mutation
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Isaac Ks Ng, Joanne Lee, Christopher Ng, Bustamin Kosmo, Lily Chiu, Elaine Seah, Michelle Meng Huang Mok, Karen Tan, Motomi Osato, Wee-Joo Chng, Benedict Yan, Lip Kun Tan
Background: Germline mutations in the RUNX1 transcription factor give rise to a rare autosomal dominant genetic condition classified under the entity: Familial Platelet Disorders with predisposition to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (FPD/AML). While several studies have identified a myriad of germline RUNX1 mutations implicated in this disorder, second-hit mutational events are necessary for patients with hereditary thrombocytopenia to develop full-blown AML. The molecular picture behind this process remains unclear...
2018: Biomarker Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780561/triple-action-pt-iv-derivatives-of-cisplatin-a-new-class-of-potent-anticancer-agents-that-overcome-resistance
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Emanuele Petruzzella, Roman Sirota, Irene Solazzo, Valentina Gandin, Dan Gibson
A series of triple action Pt(iv) prodrugs was designed to test the hypothesis that multi-action compounds, where each bioactive moiety intervenes in several cellular processes, might be more effective than a single agent at killing cancer cells. In particular, "triple action" Pt(iv) derivatives of cisplatin, where the axial ligands are inhibitors of cyclooxygenase (COXi), histone deacetylase (HDACi) or pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase (PDKi) were developed. All compounds, ctc-[Pt(NH3 )2 (COXi)(PDKi)Cl2 ], ctc-[Pt(NH3 )2 (COXi)(HDACi)Cl2 ] and ctc-[Pt(NH3 )2 (HDACi)(PDKi)Cl2 ], where COXi = aspirin or ibuprofen, PDKi = dichloroacetate and HDACi = valproate or phenylbutyrate, were significantly more cytotoxic than cisplatin against all cell lines of an in-house panel of human cancer cells...
May 14, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780507/crystal-structure-and-functional-analysis-of-large-terpene-synthases-belonging-to-a-newly-found-subclass
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Masahiro Fujihashi, Tsutomu Sato, Yuma Tanaka, Daisuke Yamamoto, Tomoyuki Nishi, Daijiro Ueda, Mizuki Murakami, Yoko Yasuno, Ai Sekihara, Kazuma Fuku, Tetsuro Shinada, Kunio Miki
Thousands of terpenes have been identified to date. However, only two classes of enzymes are known to be involved in their biosynthesis, and each class has characteristic amino-acid motifs. We recently identified a novel large-terpene (C25 /C30 /C35 ) synthase, which shares no motifs with known enzymes. To elucidate the molecular mechanism of this enzyme, we determined the crystal structure of a large-β-prene synthase from B. alcalophilus (BalTS). Surprisingly, the overall structure of BalTS is similar to that of the α-domain of class I terpene synthases although their primary structures are totally different from each other...
April 21, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780457/highly-efficient-base-editing-in-staphylococcus-aureus-using-an-engineered-crispr-rna-guided-cytidine-deaminase
#16
Tongnian Gu, Siqi Zhao, Yishuang Pi, Weizhong Chen, Chuanyuan Chen, Qian Liu, Min Li, Dali Han, Quanjiang Ji
Novel therapeutic means against Staphylococcus aureus infections are urgently needed due to the emergence of drug-resistant S. aureus . We report the development of a CRISPR RNA-guided cytidine deaminase (pnCasSA-BEC), enabling highly efficient gene inactivation and point mutations in S. aureus . We engineered a fusion of a Cas9 nickase (Cas9D10A) and a cytidine deaminase (APOBEC1) that can be guided to a target genomic locus for gene inactivation via generating a premature stop codon. The pnCasSA-BEC system nicks the non-edited strand of the genomic DNA, directly catalyzes the conversion of cytidine (C) to uridine (U), and relies on DNA replication to achieve C → T (G → A) conversion without using donor repair templates...
March 28, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780256/the-utilization-of-next-generation-sequencing-to-detect-somatic-mutations-and-predict-clinical-prognosis-of-chinese-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
#17
Liming Cao, Long Long, Min Li, Huaping Yang, Pengbo Deng, Xinru Mao, Jianxing Xiang, Bing Li, Tengfei Zhang, Chengping Hu
Purpose: The development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized the understanding of oncogenesis of multiple types of cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, there has been some debate over the utility of NGS for predicting patient prognosis and determining molecular targeted therapy. Therefore, we sought to demonstrate the numerous applications of NGS in the prognostic predictions and treatment of NSCLC patients. Materials and methods: We performed NGS on either liquid or tissue tumor biopsies obtained from 53 NSCLC patients...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779579/genetically-modified-mouse-models-to-investigate-thyroid-development-function-and-growth
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C Löf, K Patyra, A Kero, J Kero
The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones (TH), which are essential regulators for growth, development and metabolism. The thyroid is mainly controlled by the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) that binds to its receptor (TSHR) on thyrocytes and mediates its action via different G protein-mediated signaling pathways. TSH primarily activates the Gs -pathway, and at higher concentrations also the Gq/11 -pathway, leading to an increase of intracellular cAMP and Ca2+ , respectively. To date, the physiological importance of other G protein-mediated signaling pathways in thyrocytes is unclear...
June 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779375/redefining-molecular-amphipathicity-in-reversing-the-coffee-ring-effect-implications-for-single-base-mutation-detection
#19
Chi Huang, Jie Wang, Xiaobo Lv, Liu Liu, Ling Liang, Wei Hu, Changliang Luo, Fubing Wang, Quan Yuan
The "coffee ring effect" is a natural phenomenon where sessile drops leave ring-shaped structures on solid surfaces upon drying. It drives non-uniform deposition of suspended compounds on substrates, which adversely affects many processes, including surface-assisted biosensing and molecular self-assembly. In this study, we describe how the coffee ring effect can be eliminated by controlling the amphipathicity of the suspended compounds, for example DNA modified with hydrophobic dye. Specifically, nuclease digestion of the hydrophilic DNA end converts the dye-labeled molecule into an amphipathic molecule (one with comparably weighted hydrophobic and hydrophilic ends) and reverses the coffee ring effect and results in uniform disc-shaped feature deposition of the dye...
May 21, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779337/-a-case-report-of-cyclic-neutropenia-caused-by-novel-double-elane-gene-mutations
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J Liu, J S Jia, H Jiang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
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