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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454293/changes-in-mitochondrial-function-during-emt-induced-by-tgf%C3%AE-1-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Qingqu Guo
Mitochondrial dysfunction is linked to cancer. Differences in the number, morphology and function of mitochondria have been observed between normal cells and cancer cells. However, changes in mitochondrial function during epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in pancreatic cancer are less known. In the present study, the cultured human pancreatic cancer cell line Panc-1 was treated with transforming growth factor (TGF)β-1. Mitochondrial functions following TGFβ-1 exposure in pancreatic cancer were investigated...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454256/high-expression-of-mmp9-in-glioma-affects-cell-proliferation-and-is-associated-with-patient-survival-rates
#2
Qiang Xue, Li Cao, Xiao-Yan Chen, Jing Zhao, Liang Gao, San-Zhong Li, Zhou Fei
Human gliomas are a heterogeneous group of primary malignant brain tumors, which most commonly occur in the central nervous system of children and adults. Previous studies have suggested a prognostic role of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) in glioma, however, the frequency and significance of the protein expression of MMP9 in glioma remain to be fully elucidated. In the present study, the expression of MMP9 was detected by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), western blotting and immunohistochemical staining...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448692/a-complex-homozygous-mutation-in-abhd12-responsible-for-pharc-syndrome-discovered-with-ngs-and-review-of-the-literature
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Justine Lerat, Pascal Cintas, Hélène Beauvais-Dzugan, Corinne Magdelaine, Franck Sturtz, Anne-Sophie Lia
PHARC syndrome (MIM612674) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative pathology that leads to demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Hearing loss, cerebellar Ataxia, Retinitis pigmentosa, and early-onset Cataracts (PHARC). These various symptoms can appear at different ages. PHARC syndrome is caused by mutations in ABHD12 (α-β Hydrolase Domain 12), of which several have been described. We report here a new complex homozygous mutation c.379_385delAACTACTinsGATTCCTTATATACCATTGTAGTCTTACTGCTTTTGGTGAACACA (p.Asn127Aspfs*23)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448559/hexa-is-a-versatile-regulator-involved-in-the-control-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity-of-photorhabdus-luminescens
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Angela Langer, Adriana Moldovan, Christian Harmath, Susan A Joyce, David J Clarke, Ralf Heermann
Phenotypic heterogeneity in microbial communities enables genetically identical organisms to behave differently even under the same environmental conditions. Photorhabdus luminescens, a bioluminescent Gram-negative bacterium, contains a complex life cycle, which involves a symbiotic interaction with nematodes as well as a pathogenic association with insect larvae. P. luminescens exists in two distinct phenotypic cell types, designated as the primary (1°) and secondary (2°) cells. The 1° cells are bioluminescent, pigmented and can support nematode growth and development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447100/f7-gene-variants-modulate-protein-levels-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-factor-vii-deficiency-results-from-a-genotype-phenotype-study
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Gabriele Quintavalle, Federica Riccardi, Gianna Franca Rivolta, Davide Martorana, Caterina Di Perna, Antonio Percesepe, Annarita Tagliaferri
Congenital factor VII (FVII) deficiency is a rare bleeding disorder caused by mutations in F7 gene with autosomal recessive inheritance. A clinical heterogeneity with poor correlation with FVII:C levels has been described. It was the objective of this study to identify genetic defects and to evaluate their relationships with phenotype in a large cohort of patients with FVII:C<50 %. One hundred twenty-three probands were genotyped for F7 mutations and three polymorphic variants and classified according to recently published clinical scores...
April 27, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446779/functional-neuronal-differentiation-of-injury-induced-muscle-derived-stem-cell-like-cells-with-therapeutic-implications
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Kinga Vojnits, Haiying Pan, Xiaojing Dai, Hao Sun, Qingchun Tong, Radbod Darabi, Johnny Huard, Yong Li
Mammalian skeletal muscles contain a number of heterogeneous cell populations. Our previous study characterized a unique population of myogenic lineage stem cells that can be isolated from adult mammalian skeletal muscles upon injury. These injury-induced muscle-derived stem cell-like cells (iMuSCs) displayed a multipotent state with sensitiveness and strong migration abilities. Here, we report that these iMuSCs have the capability to form neurospheres that represent multiple neural phenotypes. The induced neuronal cells expressed various neuron-specific proteins, their mRNA expression during neuronal differentiation recapitulated embryonic neurogenesis, they generated action potentials, and they formed functional synapses in vitro...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446698/adaptation-to-a-latitudinal-thermal-gradient-within-a-widespread-copepod-species-the-contributions-of-genetic-divergence-and-phenotypic-plasticity
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Ricardo J Pereira, Matthew C Sasaki, Ronald S Burton
Understanding how populations adapt to heterogeneous thermal regimes is essential for comprehending how latitudinal gradients in species diversification are formed, and how taxa will respond to ongoing climate change. Adaptation can occur by innate genetic factors, by phenotypic plasticity, or by a combination of both mechanisms. Yet, the relative contribution of such mechanisms to large-scale latitudinal gradients of thermal tolerance across conspecific populations remains unclear. We examine thermal performance in 11 populations of the intertidal copepod Tigriopus californicus, ranging from Baja California Sur (Mexico) to British Columbia (Canada)...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446151/novel-mutation-in-the-slc12a3-gene-in-a-sri-lankan-family-with-gitelman-syndrome-coexistent-diabetes-a-case-report
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Chandrika Jayakanthi Subasinghe, Nirmala Dushyanthi Sirisena, Chula Herath, Knut Erik Berge, Trond Paul Leren, Uditha Bulugahapitiya, Vajira Harshadeva Weerabaddana Dissanayake
BACKGROUND: Gitelman syndrome (GS) is a rare autosomal recessively inherited salt-wasting tubulopathy associated with mutations in the SLC12A3 gene, which encodes for NaCl cotransporter (NCC) in the kidney. CASE PRESENTATION: In this report, we describe two siblings from a Sri Lankan non-consanguineous family presenting with hypokalaemia associated with renal potassium wasting, hypomagnesemia, hypocalciuria and hypereninemic hyperaldosteronism with normal blood pressure...
April 26, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446142/differences-in-peripheral-myelin-antigen-specific-t-cell-responses-and-t-memory-subsets-in-atypical-versus-typical-cidp
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M Staudt, J M Diederich, C Meisel, A Meisel, J Klehmet
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is presented by a large heterogeneity of clinical phenotypes. Around 50% of patients suffer from typical CIDP and show better therapy response than atypical variants. The goal of our study was to search for cellular immunological differences in typical versus atypical CIDP in comparison to controls. METHODS: We evaluated 26 (9 typical, 17 atypical) patients with mainly active-unstable CIDP using clinical and immunological examinations (enzyme-linked immunospot assay ELISPOT, fluorescence-activated cell sorting FACS) in comparison to 28 healthy, age-matched controls (HC)...
April 26, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445609/exosomes-derived-from-mesenchymal-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-promote-chemoresistance
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Richard J Lobb, Rosa van Amerongen, Adrian Wiegmans, Sunyoung Ham, Jill E Larsen, Andreas Möller
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common lung cancer type and the most common cause of mortality in lung cancer patients. NSCLC is often associated with resistance to chemotherapeutics and together with rapid metastatic spread, results in limited, mostly palliative, treatment options and poor patient survival. NSCLC are heterogeneous, and consist of epithelial and mesenchymal NSCLC cells. Mesenchymal NSCLC cells are thought to be responsible for the chemoresistance phenotype, but if and how this phenotype can be transferred to other NSCLC cells is currently not known...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444220/a-panel-study-on-patients-with-dominant-cerebellar-ataxia-highlights-the-frequency-of-channelopathies
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Marie Coutelier, Giulia Coarelli, Marie-Lorraine Monin, Juliette Konop, Claire-Sophie Davoine, Christelle Tesson, Rémi Valter, Mathieu Anheim, Anthony Behin, Giovanni Castelnovo, Perrine Charles, Albert David, Claire Ewenczyk, Mélanie Fradin, Cyril Goizet, Didier Hannequin, Pierre Labauge, Florence Riant, Pierre Sarda, Yves Sznajer, François Tison, Urielle Ullmann, Lionel Van Maldergem, Fanny Mochel, Alexis Brice, Giovanni Stevanin, Alexandra Durr
Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias have a marked heterogeneous genetic background, with mutations in 34 genes identified so far. This large amount of implicated genes accounts for heterogeneous clinical presentations, making genotype-phenotype correlations a major challenge in the field. While polyglutamine ataxias, linked to CAG repeat expansions in genes such as ATXN1, ATXN2, ATXN3, ATXN7, CACNA1A and TBP, have been extensively characterized in large cohorts, there is a need for comprehensive assessment of frequency and phenotype of more 'conventional' ataxias...
April 21, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444195/dna-methylome-analysis-reveals-distinct-epigenetic-patterns-of-ascending-aortic-dissection-and-bicuspid-aortic-valve
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Sun Pan, Hao Lai, Yiru Shen, Charles Breeze, Stephan Beck, Tao Hong, Chunsheng Wang, Andrew E Teschendorff
Epigenetics may mediate the effects of environmental risk factors on disease, including heart disease. Thus, measuring the DNA methylome offers the opportunity to identify novel disease biomarkers and novel insights into disease mechanisms. The DNA methylation landscape of ascending aortic dissection (AD) and bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) with aortic aneurysmal dilatation remain uncharacterized. The present study aimed to explore the genome-wide DNA methylation landscape underpinning these two diseases. Methods and results: We used Illumina 450k DNA methylation beadarrays to analyze 21 ascending aorta samples, including 10 cases with AD, 5 with BAV and 6 healthy controls...
April 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442884/cone-dystrophy-or-macular-dystrophy-associated-with-novel-autosomal-dominant-guca1a-mutations
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Gaël Manes, Sonia Mamouni, Emilie Hérald, Anne-Claire Richard, Audrey Sénéchal, Karim Aouad, Béatrice Bocquet, Isabelle Meunier, Christian P Hamel
PURPOSE: Sixteen different mutations in the guanylate cyclase activator 1A gene (GUCA1A), have been previously identified to cause autosomal dominant cone dystrophy (adCOD), cone-rod dystrophy (adCORD), macular dystrophy (adMD), and in an isolated patient, retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The purpose of this study is to report on two novel mutations and the patients' clinical features. METHODS: Clinical investigations included visual acuity and visual field testing, fundus examination, high-resolution spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT), fundus autofluorescence imaging, and full-field and multifocal electroretinogram (ERG) recordings...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442506/genome-wide-association-studies-of-chemotherapeutic-toxicities-genomics-of-inequality
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Brandon Mapes, Omar El Charif, Shereen Al-Sawwaf, M Eileen Dolan
With an estimated global population of cancer survivors exceeding 32 million and growing, there is a heightened awareness of the long-term toxicities resulting from cancer treatments and their impact on quality of life. Unexplained heterogeneity in the persistence and development of toxicities, as well as an incomplete understanding of their mechanisms have generated a growing need for the identification of predictive pharmacogenomic markers. Early studies addressing this need used a candidate gene approach; however, over the last decade, unbiased and comprehensive genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have provided markers of phenotypic risk and potential targets to explore the mechanistic and regulatory pathways of biological functions associated with chemotherapeutic toxicity...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441660/the-phenotype-and-outcome-of-infantile-cardiomyopathy-caused-by-a-homozygous-elac2-mutation
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Zarghuna M A Shinwari, Abdulrahman Almesned, Ali Alakhfash, Ahmad M Al-Rashdan, Eissa Faqeih, Zainab Al-Humaidi, Ahmed Alomrani, Malak Alghamdi, Dilek Colak, Abdullah Alwadai, Monther Rababh, Majid Al-Fayyadh, Zuhair N Al-Hassnan
OBJECTIVE: Cardiomyopathy (CMP) in children is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders. Disease-associated mutations have been identified in more than 50 genes. Recently, mutations in the mitochondrial tRNA processing gene, ELAC2, were reported to be associated with the recessively inherited form of hypertrophic CMP (HCM). This study is aimed at describing the cardiac phenotype and outcome of ELAC2 mutation. METHODS: We performed whole exome sequencing followed by targeted mutation screening to identify the genetic etiology of severe infantile-onset CMP in 64 consanguineous Saudi families...
April 26, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441453/brainstem-response-patterns-in-deeply-sedated-critically-ill-patients-predict-28-day-mortality
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Benjamin Rohaut, Raphael Porcher, Tarik Hissem, Nicholas Heming, Patrick Chillet, Kamel Djedaini, Guy Moneger, Stanislas Kandelman, Jeremy Allary, Alain Cariou, Romain Sonneville, Andréa Polito, Marion Antona, Eric Azabou, Djillali Annane, Shidasp Siami, Fabrice Chrétien, Jean Mantz, Tarek Sharshar
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Deep sedation is associated with acute brain dysfunction and increased mortality. We had previously shown that early-assessed brainstem reflexes may predict outcome in deeply sedated patients. The primary objective was to determine whether patterns of brainstem reflexes might predict mortality in deeply sedated patients. The secondary objective was to generate a score predicting mortality in these patients. METHODS: Observational prospective multicenter cohort study of 148 non-brain injured deeply sedated patients, defined by a Richmond Assessment sedation Scale (RASS) <-3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439535/a-murine-preclinical-syngeneic-transplantation-model-for-breast-cancer-precision-medicine
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Lorenzo Federico, Zechen Chong, Dong Zhang, Daniel J McGrail, Wei Zhao, Kang Jin Jeong, Christopher P Vellano, Zhenlin Ju, Mihai Gagea, Shuying Liu, Shreya Mitra, Jennifer B Dennison, Philip L Lorenzi, Robert Cardnell, Lixia Diao, Jing Wang, Yiling Lu, Lauren A Byers, Charles M Perou, Shiaw-Yih Lin, Gordon B Mills
We previously demonstrated that altered activity of lysophosphatidic acid in murine mammary glands promotes tumorigenesis. We have now established and characterized a heterogeneous collection of mouse-derived syngeneic transplants (MDSTs) as preclinical platforms for the assessment of personalized pharmacological therapies. Detailed molecular and phenotypic analyses revealed that MDSTs are the most heterogeneous group of genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) of breast cancer yet observed. Response of MDSTs to trametinib, a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) kinase inhibitor, correlated with RAS/MAPK signaling activity, as expected from studies in xenografts and clinical trials providing validation of the utility of the model...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438779/human-alternative-macrophages-populate-calcified-areas-of-atherosclerotic-lesions-and-display-impaired-rankl-induced-osteoclastic-bone-resorption-activity
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Giulia Chinetti-Gbaguidi, Mehdi Daoudi, Mickael Rosa, Manjula Vinod, Loïc Louvet, Corinne Copin, Melanie Fanchon, Jonathan Vanhoutte, Bruno Derudas, Loic Belloy, Stephan Haulon, Christophe Zawadzki, Sophie Susen, Ziad A Massy, Jérôme Eeckhoute, Bart Staels
Rationale: Vascular calcification is a process similar to bone formation leading to an inappropriate deposition of calcium phosphate minerals in advanced atherosclerotic plaques. Monocyte-derived macrophages, located in atherosclerotic lesions and presenting heterogeneous phenotypes, from classical pro-inflammatory M1 to alternative anti-inflammatory M2 macrophages, could potentially display osteoclast-like functions. Objective: To characterize the phenotype of macrophages located in areas surrounding the calcium deposits in human atherosclerotic plaques...
April 24, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436936/the-u2af1s34f-mutation-induces-lineage-specific-splicing-alterations-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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Bon Ham Yip, Violetta Steeples, Emmanouela Repapi, Richard N Armstrong, Miriam Llorian, Swagata Roy, Jacqueline Shaw, Hamid Dolatshad, Stephen Taylor, Amit Verma, Matthias Bartenstein, Paresh Vyas, Nicholas C P Cross, Luca Malcovati, Mario Cazzola, Eva Hellström-Lindberg, Seishi Ogawa, Christopher W J Smith, Andrea Pellagatti, Jacqueline Boultwood
Mutations of the splicing factor-encoding gene U2AF1 are frequent in the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), a myeloid malignancy, and other cancers. Patients with MDS suffer from peripheral blood cytopenias, including anemia, and an increasing percentage of bone marrow myeloblasts. We studied the impact of the common U2AF1S34F mutation on cellular function and mRNA splicing in the main cell lineages affected in MDS. We demonstrated that U2AF1S34F expression in human hematopoietic progenitors impairs erythroid differentiation and skews granulomonocytic differentiation toward granulocytes...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436934/biopolymers-codelivering-engineered-t-cells-and-sting-agonists-can-eliminate-heterogeneous-tumors
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Tyrel T Smith, Howell F Moffett, Sirkka B Stephan, Cary F Opel, Amy G Dumigan, Xiuyun Jiang, Venu G Pillarisetty, Smitha P S Pillai, K Dane Wittrup, Matthias T Stephan
Therapies using T cells that are programmed to express chimeric antigen receptors (CAR T cells) consistently produce positive results in patients with hematologic malignancies. However, CAR T cell treatments are less effective in solid tumors for several reasons. First, lymphocytes do not efficiently target CAR T cells; second, solid tumors create an immunosuppressive microenvironment that inactivates T cell responses; and third, solid cancers are typified by phenotypic diversity and thus include cells that do not express proteins targeted by the engineered receptors, enabling the formation of escape variants that elude CAR T cell targeting...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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