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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453285/pharmacological-reprogramming-of-somatic-cells-for-regenerative-medicine
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Min Xie, Shibing Tang, Ke Li, Sheng Ding
Lost or damaged cells in tissues and organs can be replaced by transplanting therapeutically competent cells. This approach requires methods that effectively manipulate cellular identities and properties to generate sufficient numbers of desired cell types for transplantation. These cells can be generated by reprogramming readily available somatic cells, such as fibroblasts, into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which can replicate indefinitely and give rise to any somatic cell type. This reprogramming can be achieved with genetic methods, such as forced expression of pluripotency-inducing transcription factors (TFs), which can be further improved, or even avoided, with pharmacological agents...
April 28, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447115/human-genetics-as-a-model-for-target-validation-finding-new-therapies-for-diabetes
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REVIEW
Soren K Thomsen, Anna L Gloyn
Type 2 diabetes is a global epidemic with major effects on healthcare expenditure and quality of life. Currently available treatments are inadequate for the prevention of comorbidities, yet progress towards new therapies remains slow. A major barrier is the insufficiency of traditional preclinical models for predicting drug efficacy and safety. Human genetics offers a complementary model to assess causal mechanisms for target validation. Genetic perturbations are 'experiments of nature' that provide a uniquely relevant window into the long-term effects of modulating specific targets...
April 26, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447046/genetic-diversity-analysis-of-morchella-sp-by-rapd
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Muhammad Irfan, Shuang Yang, Luo Yuxin, Jia-Xing Sun
This study investigated the genetic diversity of morchella species using randomly amplified polymorphic DNA markers. Morchella species are an important group of edible mushrooms belonging to the family Helveliaceae with medicinal and economical significance. In this study we have developed an efficient method of genomic DNA isolation which was amplified by eight RAPD primers to test the polymorphism in three species of morchella. Out of all eight primers tested in current study, one of them (B8) resulted 100% polymorphism among the three studied species...
March 2017: Molecular Biology Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446504/feasibility-of-ultra-high-throughput-functional-screening-of-melanoma-biopsies-for-discovery-of-novel-cancer-drug-combinations
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Adam A Friedman, Yun Xia, Lorenzo Trippa, Long P Le, Vivien Igras, Dennie T Frederick, Jennifer A Wargo, Kenneth K Tanabe, Donald P Lawrence, Donna S Neuberg, Keith T Flaherty, David Fisher
Purpose: Successful development of targeted therapy combinations for cancer patients depends on first discovering such combinations in predictive preclinical models. Stable cell lines and mouse xenograft models can have genetic and phenotypic drift and may take too long to generate to be useful as a personalized medicine tool. <p>Experimental Design: To overcome these limitations, we have used a platform of ultra-high-throughput functional screening of primary biopsies preserving both cancer and stroma cell populations from melanoma patients to nominate such novel combinations from a library of  thousands of drug combinations in a patient-specific manner within days of biopsy...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445615/status-epilepticus-in-dogs-and-cats-part-1-etiopathogenesis-epidemiology-and-diagnosis
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Susan Blades Golubovic, John H Rossmeisl
OBJECTIVE: To review current knowledge of the etiopathogenesis, diagnosis, and consequences of status epilepticus (SE) in veterinary patients. DATA SOURCES: Human and veterinary literature, including clinical and laboratory research and reviews. ETIOPATHOGENESIS: Status epilepticus is a common emergency in dogs and cats, and may be the first manifestation of a seizure disorder. It results from the failure of termination of an isolated seizure...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444740/chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-genomics-and-the-precision-medicine-era
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REVIEW
Hussein Ghamlouch, Florence Nguyen-Khac, Olivier A Bernard
Massive genomic analyses have underscored the diversity of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) between patients. Genetic heterogeneity of tumour clones within a patient may fuel tumour evolution. Several recurrently deregulated intra-cellular pathways are candidates for targeted therapies that are very promising and are dramatically changing clinical patients' perspectives. In this review we present an overview of the genetic and epigenetic features of CLL and their clinical and biological implications.
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444624/targeting-ntrk-fusion-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-rationale-and-clinical-evidence
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REVIEW
Biagio Ricciuti, Marta Brambilla, Giulio Metro, Sara Baglivo, Roberta Matocci, Matteo Pirro, Rita Chiari
In the era of personalized medicine, the identification of targetable genetic alterations represented a major step forward in anticancer therapy. NTRK rearrangements represent the molecular driver of a subset of solid tumors, including 3% of non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs). Preliminary data indicate that molecularly selected NSCLC patients harboring NTRK fusions derive an unprecedented clinical benefit from Trk-directed targeted therapies. The aim of this review is to describe the molecular biology of NTRK signaling pathway and to summarize the preclinical data on novel Trk inhibitors, touching upon the clinical development of these inhibitors for the treatment of advanced NSCLC, which have already shown encouraging anticancer activity and acceptable safety profile in early phase I clinical trials...
June 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444439/back-to-the-future-part-2-post-mortem-assessment-and-evolutionary-role-of-the-bio-medicolegal-sciences
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REVIEW
Santo Davide Ferrara, Giovanni Cecchetto, Rossana Cecchi, Donata Favretto, Silke Grabherr, Takaki Ishikawa, Toshikazu Kondo, Massimo Montisci, Heidi Pfeiffer, Maurizio Rippa Bonati, Dina Shokry, Marielle Vennemann, Thomas Bajanowski
Part 2 of the review "Back to the Future" is dedicated to the evolutionary role of the bio-medicolegal sciences, reporting the historical profiles, the state of the art, and prospects for future development of the main related techniques and methods of the ancillary disciplines that have risen to the role of "autonomous" sciences, namely, Genetics and Genomics, Toxicology, Radiology, and Imaging, involved in historic synergy in the "post-mortem assessment," together with the mother discipline Legal Medicine, by way of its primary fundament, universally denominated as Forensic Pathology...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444302/draft-genome-of-the-lined-seahorse-hippocampus-erectus
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Qiang Lin, Ying Qiu, Ruobo Gu, Meng Xu, Jia Li, Chao Bian, Huixian Zhang, Geng Qin, Yanhong Zhang, Wei Luo, Jieming Chen, Xinxin You, Mingjun Fan, Min Sun, Pao Xu, Byrappa Venkatesh, Junming Xu, Hongtuo Fu, Qiong Shi
Background: The lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus , is an Atlantic species and mainly inhabits shallow sea-beds or coral reefs. It has become very popular in China for its wide use in traditional Chinese medicine. In order to improve the aquaculture yield of this valuable fish species, we are trying to develop genomic resources for assistant selection in genetic breeding. Here, we provide whole genome sequencing, assembly and gene annotation of the lined seahorse, which can enrich genome resource and further application for its molecular breeding...
April 22, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443112/transcriptome-guided-mining-of-genes-involved-in-crocin-biosynthesis
#10
Aijia Ji, Jing Jia, Zhichao Xu, Ying Li, Wu Bi, Fengming Ren, Chunnian He, Jie Liu, Kaizhi Hu, Jingyuan Song
Gardenia jasminoides is used in traditional Chinese medicine and has drawn attention as a rich source of crocin, a compound with reported activity against various cancers, depression and cardiovascular disease. However, genetic information on the crocin biosynthetic pathway of G. jasminoides is scarce. In this study, we performed a transcriptome analysis of the leaves, green fruits, and red fruits of G. jasminoides to identify and predict the genes that encode key enzymes responsible for crocin production, compared with Crocus sativus...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442515/genetic-polymorphisms-rs699947-rs1570360-and-rs3025039-on-the-vegf-gene-are-correlated-with-extracranial-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis-and-ischemic-stroke
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Binod Kumar Yadav, Renu Yadav, Hyuk Chang, Kangho Choi, Joon-Tae Kim, Man Seok Park, Hyun Goo Kang, Insung Choo, Seong Hwan Ahn, Dong Seok Oh, Yeon Soo Ha, Ihngyu Kim, Man-Wook Seo, Byoung-Soo Shin
Extracranial internal carotid artery (ECICA) stenosis is a modifiable risk factor of ischemic stroke. VEGF plays a crucial role in the maintenance of endothelial integrity and physiological function. This study was designed to assess the correlations of VEGF polymorphisms with ECICA stenosis in ischemic stroke and to explore the relationships between these polymorphisms and different biochemical parameters. This study included a total of 650 ischemic stroke patients, 232 with ECICA stenosis while 418 had no ECICA stenosis as assessed by magnetic resonance angiography...
March 2017: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441061/precisely-where-are-we-going-charting-the-new-terrain-of-precision-prevention
#12
Karen M Meagher, Michelle L McGowan, Richard A Settersten, Jennifer R Fishman, Eric T Juengst
In addition to genetic data, precision medicine research gathers information about three factors that modulate gene expression: lifestyles, environments, and communities. The relevant research tools-epidemiology, environmental assessment, and socioeconomic analysis-are those of public health sciences rather than molecular biology. Because these methods are designed to support inferences and interventions addressing population health, the aspirations of this research are expanding from individualized treatment toward precision prevention in public health...
April 24, 2017: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440187/genetic-modifications-of-icosahedral-plant-virus-based-nanoparticles-for-vaccine-and-immunotherapy-applications
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Kannan Badri Narayanan, Sung Soo Han
Vaccine development is one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Vaccines made of live-attenuated pathogens can revert to virulent live strains, which causes safety concerns. On the other hand, the use of purified antigenic components as subunit vaccines is safer, but less effective, as these components induce lower levels of protective immunity. Multiple copy presentation of an antigenic determinant in a well-ordered and well-defined orientation on a nanosized particle can mimic the natural host-pathogen surface interaction to provide antigen stability and immunogenicity similar to that of conventional vaccines with improved safety...
April 24, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439535/a-murine-preclinical-syngeneic-transplantation-model-for-breast-cancer-precision-medicine
#14
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/28439480/development-of-microsatellite-markers-based-on-expressed-sequence-tags-in-asparagus-cochinchinensis-asparagaceae
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Bo-Yun Kim, Han-Sol Park, Jung-Hoon Lee, Myounghai Kwak, Young-Dong Kim
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Transcriptome-derived simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were developed in Asparagus cochinchinensis (Asparagaceae). Due to its application in traditional medicine, its wild populations are threatened by over-collection even in protected areas, requiring immediate conservation efforts. METHODS AND RESULTS: Based on transcriptome data of A. cochinchinensis, 96 primer pairs with two to seven alleles per locus were selected for initial validation; of those, 27 primer pairs amplified across all samples, resulting in 15 polymorphic and 12 monomorphic microsatellite markers...
April 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439188/next-generation-sequencing-reveals-high-prevalence-of-brca1-and-brca2-variants-of-unknown-significance-in-early-onset-breast-cancer-in-african-american-women
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Luisel Ricks-Santi, J Tyson McDonald, Bert Gold, Michael Dean, Nicole Thompson, Muneer Abbas, Bradford Wilson, Yasmine Kanaan, Tammey J Naab, Georgia Dunston
BACKGROUND: Variants of unknown significance (VUSs) have been identified in BRCA1 and BRCA2 and account for the majority of all identified sequence alterations. Notably, VUSs occur disproportionately in people of African descent hampering breast cancer (BCa) management and prevention efforts in the population. Our study sought to identify and characterize mutations associated with increased risk of BCa at young age. METHODS: In our study, the spectrum of mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 was enumerated in a cohort of 31 African American women of early age at onset breast cancer, with a family history of breast or cancer in general and/or with triple negative breast cancer...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439010/cyclops-reveals-human-transcriptional-rhythms-in-health-and-disease
#17
Ron C Anafi, Lauren J Francey, John B Hogenesch, Junhyong Kim
Circadian rhythms modulate many aspects of physiology. Knowledge of the molecular basis of these rhythms has exploded in the last 20 years. However, most of these data are from model organisms, and translation to clinical practice has been limited. Here, we present an approach to identify molecular rhythms in humans from thousands of unordered expression measurements. Our algorithm, cyclic ordering by periodic structure (CYCLOPS), uses evolutionary conservation and machine learning to identify elliptical structure in high-dimensional data...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438806/emerging-affinity-based-proteomic-technologies-for-large-scale-plasma-profiling-in-cardiovascular-disease
#18
REVIEW
J Gustav Smith, Robert E Gerszten
Plasma biomarkers that reflect molecular states of the cardiovascular system are central for clinical decision making. Routinely used plasma biomarkers include troponins, natriuretic peptides, and lipoprotein particles, yet interrogate only a modest subset of pathways relevant to cardiovascular disease. Systematic profiling of a larger portion of circulating plasma proteins (the plasma proteome) will provide opportunities for unbiased discovery of novel markers to improve diagnostic or predictive accuracy. In addition, proteomic profiling may inform pathophysiological understanding and point to novel therapeutic targets...
April 25, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438193/pathos-a-decision-support-system-for-reporting-high-throughput-sequencing-of-cancers-in-clinical-diagnostic-laboratories
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Kenneth D Doig, Andrew Fellowes, Anthony H Bell, Andrei Seleznev, David Ma, Jason Ellul, Jason Li, Maria A Doyle, Ella R Thompson, Amit Kumar, Luis Lara, Ravikiran Vedururu, Gareth Reid, Thomas Conway, Anthony T Papenfuss, Stephen B Fox
BACKGROUND: The increasing affordability of DNA sequencing has allowed it to be widely deployed in pathology laboratories. However, this has exposed many issues with the analysis and reporting of variants for clinical diagnostic use. Implementing a high-throughput sequencing (NGS) clinical reporting system requires a diverse combination of capabilities, statistical methods to identify variants, global variant databases, a validated bioinformatics pipeline, an auditable laboratory workflow, reproducible clinical assays and quality control monitoring throughout...
April 24, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437558/genetic-diversity-of-bromeliaceae-species-from-the-atlantic-forest
#20
Y Sheu, A S Cunha-Machado, A B P L Gontijo, F C Favoreto, T B C Soares, F D Miranda
The Bromeliaceae family includes a range of species used for many purposes, including ornamental use and use as food, medicine, feed, and fiber. The state of Espírito Santo, Brazil is a center of diversity for this family in the Atlantic Forest. We evaluated the genetic diversity of five populations of the Bromeliaceae family, including specimens of the genera Aechmea, Billbergia (subfamily Bromelioideae), and Pitcairnia (subfamily Pitcairnioidea), all found in the Atlantic Forest and distributed in the state of Espírito Santo...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
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