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Rebba C Boswell-Casteel, Yu Fukuda, John D Schuetz
Recent findings have discovered how insufficiency of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter, ABCB6, can negatively impact human health. These advances were made possible by, first, finding that ABCB6 deficiency was the genetic basis for some severe transfusion reactions and by, second, determining that functionally impaired ABCB6 variants enhanced the severity of porphyria, i.e., diseases associated with defects in heme synthesis. ABCB6 is a broad-spectrum porphyrin transporter that is capable of both exporting and importing heme and its precursors across the plasma membrane and outer mitochondrial membrane, respectively...
November 30, 2017: AAPS Journal
Elizna M Schoeman, Eileen V Roulis, Yew-Wah Liew, Jacqueline R Martin, Tanya Powley, Brett Wilson, Glenda M Millard, Eunike C McGowan, Genghis H Lopez, Helen O'Brien, Jennifer A Condon, Robert L Flower, Catherine A Hyland
BACKGROUND: We previously demonstrated that targeted exome sequencing accurately defined blood group genotypes for reference panel samples characterized by serology and single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping. Here we investigate the application of this approach to resolve problematic serology and SNP-typing cases. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: The TruSight One sequencing panel and MiSeq platform was used for sequencing. CLC Genomics Workbench software was used for data analysis of the blood group genes implicated in the serology and SNP-typing problem...
November 8, 2017: Transfusion
Patrick G Gallagher
The erythrocyte contains a network of pathways that regulate salt and water content in the face of extracellular and intracellular osmotic perturbations. This allows the erythrocyte to maintain a narrow range of cell hemoglobin concentration, a process critical for normal red blood cell function and survival. Primary disorders that perturb volume homeostasis jeopardize the erythrocyte and may lead to its premature destruction. These disorders are marked by clinical, laboratory, and physiologic heterogeneity...
December 21, 2017: Blood
Yun-Kai Zhang, Chunling Dai, Chun-Gang Yuan, Hsiang-Chun Wu, Zhijie Xiao, Zi-Ning Lei, Dong-Hua Yang, X Chris Le, Liwu Fu, Zhe-Sheng Chen
Arsenic trioxide (ATO) is used as a chemotherapeutic agent for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia. However, increasing drug resistance is reducing its efficacy. Therefore, a better understanding of ATO resistance mechanism is required. In this study, we established an ATO-resistant human epidermoid carcinoma cell line, KB/ATO, from its parental KB-3-1 cells. In addition to ATO, KB/ATO cells also exhibited cross-resistance to other anticancer drugs such as cisplatin, antimony potassium tartrate, and 6-mercaptopurine...
September 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
Maria Claudia Barrera, Laura Jimena Rojas, Austin Weiss, Olga Fernandez, Diane McMahon-Pratt, Nancy G Saravia, Maria Adelaida Gomez
The mechanisms of Leishmania resistance to antimonials have been primarily determined in experimentally derived Leishmania strains. However, their participation in the susceptibility phenotype in field isolates has not been conclusively established. Being an intracellular parasite, the activity of antileishmanials is dependent on internalization of drugs into host cells and effective delivery to the intracellular compartments inhabited by the parasite. In this study we quantified and comparatively analyzed the gene expression of nine molecules involved in mechanisms of xenobiotic detoxification and Leishmania resistance to antimonial drugs in resistant and susceptible laboratory derived and clinical L...
December 2017: Acta Tropica
Haina Sun, Nicolas Buchon, Jeffrey G Scott
ABC transporters are ubiquitous membrane-bound proteins, present in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The major function of eukaryotic ABC transporters is to mediate the efflux of a variety of substrates (including xenobiotics) out of cells. ABC transporters have been widely investigated in humans, particularly for their involvement in multidrug resistance (MDR). Considerably less is known about their roles in transport and/or excretion in insects. ABC transporters are only known to function as exporters in insects...
October 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sami Samiullah, Juliet Roberts, Shu-Biao Wu
Shell colour is an important trait for eggs and an understanding of pigment deposition will assist potential management of egg shell colour loss. We demonstrated that nicarbazin feeding down-regulated ALAS1 and reduced protoporphyrin IX (PP IX) in both shell gland and eggshell, indicating the role of nicarbazin in inhibiting the synthesis of PP IX. Additionally, the expression levels of the genes did not show sequential upregulation in the same order of diurnal time-points (TP) during egg formation. The gene SLC25A38, responsible for transporting glycine from cytoplasm to mitochondria, and the gene ALAS1, encoding rate-limiting enzyme (delta-aminolevulinic acid synthase 1), had higher expression at 15 hr, as compared with 2, 5 and 23...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Toni Schumacher, Ralf A Benndorf
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-binding cassette (ABC) transporters may play an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerotic vascular diseases due to their involvement in cholesterol homeostasis, blood pressure regulation, endothelial function, vascular inflammation, as well as platelet production and aggregation. In this regard, ABC transporters, such as ABCA1, ABCG5 and ABCG8, were initially found to be responsible for genetically-inherited syndromes like Tangier diseases and sitosterolemia. These findings led to the understanding of those transporter's function in cellular cholesterol efflux and thereby also linked them to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases (CVD)...
April 6, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Savitha Varatharajan, Ajay Abraham, Sreeja Karathedath, Sukanya Ganesan, Kavitha M Lakshmi, Nancy Arthur, Vivi M Srivastava, Biju George, Alok Srivastava, Vikram Mathews, Poonkuzhali Balasubramanian
INTRODUCTION: Drug resistance and relapse are considered to be the major reasons for treatment failure in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). There is limited data on the role of ABC transporter expression on in vitro sensitivity to cytarabine (Ara-C) and daunorubicin (Dnr) in primary AML cells. PATIENTS & METHODS: RNA expression levels of 12 ABC transporters were analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR in 233 de novo adult acute myeloid leukemia patients. Based on cytarabine or Dnr IC50, the samples were categorized as sensitive, intermediate and resistant...
February 2017: Pharmacogenomics
Taku Nakayama, Shimpei Otsuka, Tatsuya Kobayashi, Hodaka Okajima, Kentaro Matsumoto, Yuichiro Hagiya, Keiji Inoue, Taro Shuin, Motowo Nakajima, Tohru Tanaka, Shun-Ichiro Ogura
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) and diagnosis (PDD) using 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) to drive the production of an intracellular photosensitizer, protoporphyrin IX (PpIX), are in common clinical use. However, the tendency to accumulate PpIX is not well understood. Patients with cancer can develop recurrent metastatic disease with latency periods. This pause can be explained by cancer dormancy. Here we created uniformly sized PC-3 prostate cancer spheroids using a 3D culture plate (EZSPHERE). We demonstrated that cancer cells exhibited dormancy in a cell density-dependent manner not only in spheroids but also in 2D culture...
November 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Immacolata Andolfo, Roberta Russo, Antonella Gambale, Achille Iolascon
After the first proposed model of the red blood cell membrane skeleton 36 years ago, several additional proteins have been discovered during the intervening years, and their relationship with the pathogenesis of the related disorders have been somewhat defined. The knowledge of erythrocyte membrane structure is important because it represents the model for spectrin-based membrane skeletons in all cells and because defects in its structure underlie multiple hemolytic anemias. This review summarizes the main features of erythrocyte membrane disorders, dividing them into structural and altered permeability defects, focusing particularly on the most recent advances...
November 2016: Haematologica
J Zhang, R Cheng, J Liang, C Ni, M Li, Z Yao
Pathogenic mutations in genes (SASH1 and PTPN11) can cause a rare genetic disorder associated with pigmentation defects and the well-known LEOPARD syndrome, respectively. Both conditions presented with lentiginous phenotypes. The aim of this study was to arrive at definite diagnoses of three Chinese boys with clinically suspected lentigines-related syndromes. ADAR1, ABCB6, SASH1 and PTPN11 were candidate genes for mutational screening. Sanger sequencing was performed to identify the mutations, whereas bioinformatic analysis was used to predict the pathogenicity of novel missense mutations...
October 2016: Clinical Genetics
Yu Fukuda, Pak Leng Cheong, John Lynch, Cheryl Brighton, Sharon Frase, Vasileios Kargas, Evadnie Rampersaud, Yao Wang, Vijay G Sankaran, Bing Yu, Paul A Ney, Mitchell J Weiss, Peter Vogel, Peter J Bond, Robert C Ford, Ronald J Trent, John D Schuetz
Hereditary porphyrias are caused by mutations in genes that encode haem biosynthetic enzymes with resultant buildup of cytotoxic metabolic porphyrin intermediates. A long-standing open question is why the same causal porphyria mutations exhibit widely variable penetrance and expressivity in different individuals. Here we show that severely affected porphyria patients harbour variant alleles in the ABCB6 gene, also known as Lan, which encodes an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter. Plasma membrane ABCB6 exports a variety of disease-related porphyrins...
2016: Nature Communications
Jacek Grebowski, Maciej Studzian, Grzegorz Bartosz, Lukasz Pulaski
The need for large amounts of reproducibly produced and isolated protein arises not only in structural studies, but even more so in biochemical ones, and with regard to ABC transporters it is especially pressing when faced with the prospect of enzymatic/transport activity studies, substrate screening etc. Thus, reliable heterologous expression systems/model organisms for large and complex proteins are at a premium. We have verified the applicability of the recently established novel eukaryotic expression system, using Leishmania tarentolae as a host, for human ABC protein overexpression...
November 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Immacolata Andolfo, Roberta Russo, Francesco Manna, Gianluca De Rosa, Antonella Gambale, Soha Zouwail, Nicola Detta, Catia Lo Pardo, Seth L Alper, Carlo Brugnara, Alok K Sharma, Lucia De Franceschi, Achille Iolascon
Isolated familial pseudohyperkalemia is a dominant red cell trait characterized by cold-induced 'passive leak' of red cell potassium ions into plasma. The causative gene of this condition is ABCB6, which encodes an erythrocyte membrane ABC transporter protein bearing the Langereis blood group antigen system. In this study analyzing three new families, we report the first functional characterization of ABCB6 mutants, including the homozygous mutation V454A, heterozygous mutation R276W, and compound heterozygous mutations R276W and R723Q (in trans)...
August 2016: Haematologica
N S Jayanthi, V Anandan, W Afthab Jameela, V Senthil Kumar, P Lavanya
Dyschromatosis Universalis Hereditaria (DUH) belongs to a group of congenital diffuse reticulate pigmentary disorders characterised by both hypo and hyper pigmented macules. It is both hereditary and sporadic. A number of associated cutaneous and systemic diseases have been reported. The recent discovery of the mutation in ATP binding cassette protein, ABCB6 in DUH attempts to explain the reason behind the pigmentary abnormalities and varied associations. We add a new association by reporting a case of DUH with primary ovarian failure (POF) and hypothyroidism...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Carlo Mangia, Alice Vismarra, Laura Kramer, Lesley Bell-Sakyi, Daniele Porretta, Domenico Otranto, Sara Epis, Giulio Grandi
BACKGROUND: Ticks are among the most important vectors of pathogens causing human and animal disease. Acaricides are used to control tick infestation, although there are increasing reports of resistance. Recently, over-expression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter proteins (P-glycoproteins, PgP) has been implicated in resistance to the acaricide ivermectin in the ticks Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus and Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato. Ixodid tick cell lines have been used to investigate drug resistance mechanisms...
April 18, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
Jia-Wei Liu, Jun Sun, Sergio Vano-Galvan, Feng-Xia Liu, Xiu-Xiu Wei, Dong-Lai Ma
BACKGROUND: The dyschromatoses are a group of disorders characterized by simultaneous hyperpigmented macules together with hypopigmented macules. Dyschromatosis universalis hereditaria (DUH) and dyschromatosis symmetrica hereditaria are two major types. While clinical and histological presentations are similar in these two diseases, genetic diagnosis is critical in the differential diagnosis of these entities. METHODS: Three patients initially diagnosed with DUH were included...
January 5, 2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Omer F Karatas, Esra Guzel, Mehmet B Duz, Michael Ittmann, Mustafa Ozen
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most commonly diagnosed neoplasm and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men in developed countries. There is no clear evidence showing the success of current screening tests in reducing mortality of PCa. In this study, we aimed to profile expressions of nine ABC transporters, ABCA5, ABCB1, ABCB6, ABCC1, ABCC2, ABCC3, ABCC5, ABCC10, and ABCF2, in recurrent, non-recurrent PCa and normal prostate tissues. METHODS: A total of 77 (39 recurrent, 38 non-recurrent) radical prostatectomy and 20 normal prostate samples, obtained from Baylor College of Medicine Prostate Cancer program, were included into the study and divided into two independent groups as test and validation sample sets...
April 2016: Prostate
Nian-Kang Sun, Shang-Lang Huang, Hsing-Pang Lu, Ting-Chang Chang, Chuck C-K Chao
A systematic analysis of the genes involved in taxol resistance (txr) has never been performed. In the present study, we created txr ovarian carcinoma cell lines to identify the genes involved in chemoresistance. Transcriptome analysis revealed 1,194 overexpressed genes in txr cells. Among the upregulated genes, more than 12 cryptic transcription factors were identified using MetaCore analysis (including AR, C/EBPβ, ERα, HNF4α, c-Jun/AP-1, c-Myc, and SP-1). Notably, individual silencing of these transcription factors (except HNF4`)sensitized txr cells to taxol...
September 29, 2015: Oncotarget
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