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Yangyang Chang, Yaohui Bai, Yang Huo, Jiuhui Qu
Interactions between microbes and micropollutants (MPs) play a crucial role in water purification or treatment. Current studies have generally focused on the direct degradation or co-metabolism of MPs. Considering the increasing interest in and importance of the roles of MPs in microbial metabolism, we adopted a Mn(II)-oxidizing Pseudomonas sp. QJX-1 using tyrosine (Tyr) as the sole carbon and nitrogen source to investigate the effects of seven MPs on its growth and function. Six MPs exhibited an inhibition effect on bacterial growth and Mn(II) oxidation...
January 16, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Felipe Damas, Cleiton A Libardi, Carlos Ugrinowitsch, Felipe C Vechin, Manoel E Lixandrão, Tim Snijders, Joshua P Nederveen, Aline V Bacurau, Patricia Brum, Valmor Tricoli, Hamilton Roschel, Gianni Parise, Stuart M Phillips
Satellite cells (SC) are associated with skeletal muscle remodelling after muscle damage and/or extensive hypertrophy resulting from resistance training (RT). We recently reported that early increases in muscle protein synthesis (MPS) during RT appear to be directed toward muscle damage repair, but MPS contributes to hypertrophy with progressive muscle damage attenuation. However, modulations in acute-chronic SC content with RT during the initial (1st-wk: high damage), early (3rd-wk: attenuated damage), and later (10th-wk: no damage) stages is not well characterized...
2018: PloS One
Lirong Yang, Evelyn Bracho-Sanchez, Lawrence P Fernando, Jamal S Lewis, Matthew R Carstens, Craig L Duvall, Benjamin G Keselowsky
Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) based microparticles (MPs) are widely investigated for their ability to load a range of molecules with high efficiency, including antigenic proteins, and release them in a controlled manner. Micron-sized PLGA MPs are readily phagocytosed by antigen presenting cells, and localized to endosomes. Due to low pH and digestive enzymes, encapsulated protein cargo is largely degraded and processed in endosomes for MHC-II loading and presentation to CD4+ T cells, with very little antigen delivered into the cytosol, limiting MHC-I antigenic loading and presentation to CD8+ T cells...
June 2017: Bioengineering & Translational Medicine
Can Ficicioglu, Roberto Giugliani, Paul Harmatz, Nancy J Mendelsohn, Virginie Jego, Rossella Parini
Several cases of phenotypic variability among family members with mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II) have been reported, but the data are limited. Data from patients enrolled in the Hunter Outcome Survey (HOS) were used to investigate intrafamilial variability in male siblings with MPS II. As of July 2015, data were available for 78 patients aged ≥5 years at last visit who had at least one affected sibling (39 sibling pairs). These patients were followed prospectively (i.e., they were alive at enrollment in HOS)...
February 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
D Baux, C Vaché, C Blanchet, M Willems, C Baudoin, M Moclyn, V Faugère, R Touraine, B Isidor, D Dupin-Deguine, M Nizon, M Vincent, S Mercier, C Calais, G García-García, Z Azher, L Lambert, Y Perdomo-Trujillo, F Giuliano, M Claustres, M Koenig, M Mondain, A F Roux
Hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder and because of its high genetic heterogeneity, implementation of Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS) in diagnostic laboratories is greatly improving the possibilities of offering optimal care to patients. We present the results of a two-year period of molecular diagnosis that included 207 French families referred for non-syndromic hearing loss. Our multi-step strategy involved (i) DFNB1 locus analysis, (ii) MPS of 74 genes, and (iii) additional approaches including Copy Number Variations, in silico analyses, minigene studies coupled when appropriate with complete gene sequencing, and a specific assay for STRC...
December 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
Maria L Escolar, Simon A Jones, Elsa G Shapiro, Dafne D G Horovitz, Christina Lampe, Hernán Amartino
The mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) disorders are caused by deficiencies of specific lysosomal enzymes, resulting in progressive glycosaminoglycan (GAG) accumulation in cells and tissues throughout the body. Excessive GAG storage can lead to a variety of somatic manifestations as well as primary and secondary neurological symptoms. Behavioral problems (like hyperactivity, attention difficulties, and severe frustration) and sleeping problems are typical primary neurological symptoms of MPS caused by GAG accumulation in neurons, and are frequently observed in patients with MPS I, II, III, and VII...
December 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Maurizio Scarpa, Paul J Orchard, Angela Schulz, Patricia I Dickson, Mark E Haskins, Maria L Escolar, Roberto Giugliani
The mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) disorders are a group of lysosomal storage diseases caused by lysosomal enzyme deficits that lead to glycosaminoglycan accumulation, affecting various tissues throughout the body based on the specific enzyme deficiency. These disorders are characterized by their progressive nature and a variety of somatic manifestations and neurological symptoms. There are established treatments for some MPS disorders, but these mostly alleviate somatic and non-neurological symptoms and do not cure the disease...
December 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Elsa G Shapiro, Maria L Escolar, Kathleen A Delaney, John J Mitchell
The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are a group of rare, inherited lysosomal storage disorders in which accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) leads to progressive tissue and organ dysfunction. In addition to a variety of somatic signs and symptoms, patients with rapidly progressing MPS I (Hurler), II, III, and VII can present with significant neurological manifestations, including impaired cognitive abilities, difficulties in language and speech, behavioral abnormalities, sleep problems, and/or seizures. Neurological symptoms have a substantial impact on the quality of life of MPS patients and their families...
December 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Chedly Kastally, Patrick Mardulyn
Mitochondrial genome heteroplasmy-the presence of more than one genomic variant in individuals-is considered only occasional in animals, and most often involves molecules differing only by a few recent mutations. Thanks to new sequencing technologies, a large number of DNA fragments from a single individual can now be sequenced and visualized separately, allowing new insights into intra-individual mitochondrial genome variation. Here, we report evidence from both (i) massive parallel sequencing (MPS) of genomic extracts and (ii) Sanger sequencing of PCR products, for the widespread co-occurrence of two distantly related (greater than 1% nucleotide divergence, excluding the control region) mitochondrial genomes in individuals of a natural population of the leaf beetle Gonioctena intermedia Sanger sequencing of PCR products using universal primers previously failed to identify heteroplasmy in this population...
November 2017: Biology Letters
Elsa G Shapiro, Simon A Jones, Maria L Escolar
The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are a group of rare, inherited lysosomal storage disorders, caused by mutations in lysosomal enzymes involved in the degradation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). The resulting accumulation of GAGs in the body leads to widespread tissue and organ dysfunction. The spectrum, severity, and progression rate of clinical manifestations varies widely between and within the different MPS types. In addition to somatic signs and symptoms, which vary between the different MPS disorders, patients with MPS I, II, III, and VII present with significant neurological signs and symptoms, including impaired cognitive abilities, difficulties in language and speech, and/or behavioral and sleep problems...
December 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Fabiano Poswar, Guilherme Baldo, Roberto Giugliani
The mucopolysaccharidoses are lysosomal diseases characterized by deficient activity of one of the enzymes that degrades glycosaminoglycans. Treatment options are limited; therefore, new treatments are under investigation. Areas covered: We review the medicinal products for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidoses that are currently being investigated in phase I and phase II clinical trials. Expert opinion: The number of alternatives to treat MPS diseases increased dramatically in an attempt to provide therapy options for orphan MPS diseases and to address the unmet needs of the MPS that already have a treatment available...
December 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
Till Koehne, Anja Köhn, Reinhard E Friedrich, Uwe Kordes, Thorsten Schinke, Nicole Muschol, Bärbel Kahl-Nieke
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to analyze the maxillomandibular morphology of patients with mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type I, II, III, IVa and VI and to evaluate the craniofacial effect of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCST) in MPS I. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred head magnetic resonance images were retrospectively analyzed from 41 MPS and 27 control individuals. The width, height and length of the maxilla and mandible were plotted against age and the means of controls, MPS I, MPS II and MPS III were statistically compared...
October 18, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
Monique Emily Francois, Etienne Myette-Cote, Tyler Daniel Bammert, Cody Durrer, Helena Neudorf, Christopher A DeSouza, Jonathan Peter Little
Postprandial hyperglycemia has deleterious effects on endothelial function. Restricting carbohydrate intake and postmeal walking have each been shown to reduce postprandial hyperglycemia but their combination and subsequent effects on endothelial function have not been investigated. Here, we sought to examine the effect of blunting postprandial hyperglycemia by following a low-carbohydrate diet, with or without postmeal walking exercise, on markers of vascular health in type 2 diabetes (T2D). In a randomized crossover design, individuals with T2D (N=11) completed three four-day controlled diet interventions consisting of i) low-carbohydrate diet alone (LC), ii) low-carbohydrate diet with 15-minute postmeal walks (LC+Ex), and iii) Low-fat control diet (CON)...
October 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
José Francisco da Silva Franco, Regina El Dib, Arnav Agarwal, Diogo Soares, Noala Vicensoto Moreira Milhan, Lilian Maria José Albano, Chong Ae Kim
Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) types I, II and VI are associated with deficiencies in alpha-L-iduronidase, iduronate-2-sulfatase and N-acetylgalactosamine-4-sulfatase, respectively, and generally involve progressive and multi-systemic clinical manifestations. Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) appears to be reasonably well tolerated. The aim of this study was to examine clinical and diagnostic findings of a series of pediatric and adult MPS patients, and assess the safety and efficacy of ERT in children and adults with MPS type I, II and VI...
August 2017: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Christian Hinderer, Nathan Katz, Jean-Pierre Louboutin, Peter Bell, Jakub Tolar, Paul J Orchard, Troy C Lund, Mohamad Nayal, Liwei Weng, Clementina Mesaros, Carolina F M de Souza, Amauri Dalla Corte, Roberto Giugliani, James M Wilson
The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are rare genetic disorders marked by severe somatic and neurological symptoms. Development of treatments for the neurological manifestations of MPS has been hindered by the lack of objective measures of central nervous system disease burden. Identification of biomarkers for central nervous system disease in MPS patients would facilitate the evaluation of new agents in clinical trials. High throughput metabolite screening of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from a canine model of MPS I revealed a marked elevation of the polyamine, spermine, in affected animals, and gene therapy studies demonstrated that reduction of CSF spermine reflects correction of brain lesions in these animals...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
Tatiana Prieto, Vinicius Santana, Adrianne M M Britto, Juliana C Araujo-Chaves, Otaciro R Nascimento, Iseli L Nantes-Cardoso
Numerous applications have been described for microperoxidases (MPs) such as in photoreceptors, sensing, drugs, and hydrogen evolution. The last application was obtained by replacing Fe(III), the native central metal, by cobalt ion and inspired part of the present study. Here, the Fe(III) of MP-11 was replaced by Cu(II) that is also a stable redox state in aerated medium, and the structure and activity of both MPs were modulated by the interaction with the positively charged interfaces of lipids. Comparative spectroscopic characterization of Fe(III) and Cu(II)MP-11 in the studied media demonstrated the presence of high and low spin species with axial distortion...
July 26, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Rita Ferla, Marialuisa Alliegro, Jean-Brice Marteau, Margherita Dell'Anno, Edoardo Nusco, Severine Pouillot, Stefania Galimberti, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Vincent Zuliani, Alberto Auricchio
In vivo gene therapy with adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors is safe and effective in humans. We recently demonstrated that AAV8-mediated liver gene transfer is effective in animal models of mucopolysaccharidosis type VI (MPS VI), a rare lysosomal storage disease that is caused by arylsulfatase B (ARSB) deficiency. In preparing for a first-in-human trial, we performed non-clinical studies to assess the safety of intravenous administrations of AAV2/8.TBG.hARSB produced under good manufacturing practice-like conditions...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
Surender Kumar, B L Subbarao, Vipin Hallan
Sterility Mosaic Disease (SMD) of pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh) is a complex disease due to various factors including the presence of a mixed infection. Comparison of dsRNA profile and small RNA (sRNA) deep sequencing analysis of samples from three locations revealed the presence of Pigeonpea sterility mosaic virus-I and II (PPSMV-I and II) from Chevella and only PPSMV-II from Bengaluru and Coimbatore. PPSMV-I genome consisted of four while PPSMV-II encompassed six RNAs. The two viruses have modest sequence homology between their corresponding RNA 1-4 encoding RdRp, glycoprotein precursor, nucleocapsid and movement proteins and the corresponding orthologs of other emaraviruses...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
Lidia Gaffke, Karolina Pierzynowska, Ewa Piotrowska, Grzegorz Węgrzyn
Sanfilippo disease is one of mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS), a group of lysosomal storage diseases characterized by accumulation of partially degraded glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). It is classified as MPS type III, though it is caused by four different genetic defects, determining subtypes A, B, C and D. In each subtype of MPS III, the primary storage GAG is heparan sulfate (HS), but mutations leading to A, B, C, and D subtypes are located in genes coding for heparan N-sulfatase (the SGSH gene), α-N-acetylglucosaminidase (the NAGLU gene), acetyl-CoA:α-glucosaminide acetyltransferase (the HGSNAT gene), and N-acetylglucosamine-6-sulfatase (the GNS gene), respectively...
September 18, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
Amauri Dalla Corte, Carolina F M de Souza, Maurício Anés, Fabio K Maeda, Armelle Lokossou, Leonardo M Vedolin, Maria Gabriela Longo, Monica M Ferreira, Solanger G P Perrone, Olivier Balédent, Roberto Giugliani
BACKGROUND: Very little is known about the incidence and prevalence of hydrocephalus in patients with mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). The biggest challenge is to distinguish communicating hydrocephalus from ventricular dilatation secondary to brain atrophy, because both conditions share common clinical and neuroradiological features. The main purpose of this study is to assess the relationship between ventriculomegaly, brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) volumes, aqueductal and cervical CSF flows, and CSF opening pressure in MPS patients, and to provide potential biomarkers for abnormal CSF circulation...
September 18, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
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