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Charles D Warne, Sophie G Zaloumis, Nadine A Bertalli, Martin B Delatycki, Amanda J Nicoll, Christine E McLaren, John L Hopper, Graham G Giles, Greg J Anderson, John K Olynyk, Lawrie W Powell, Katrina J Allen, Lyle C Gurrin
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Women who are homozygous for the p.C282Y mutation in the HFE gene are at much lower risk of iron overload-related disease than p.C282Y homozygous men, presumably due to the iron-depleting effects of menstruation and pregnancy. We used data from a population cohort study to model the impact of menstruation cessation at menopause on serum ferritin (SF) levels in female p.C282Y homozygotes, with p.C282Y/p.H63D simple or compound heterozygotes and those with neither p...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Siham Bibi, Yanyan Zhang, Caroline Hugonin, Mallorie Depond Mangean, Liang He, Ghaith Wedeh, Jean-Marie Launay, Sjoerd Van Rijn, Thomas Würdinger, Fawzia Louache, Michel Arock
Systemic mastocytosis are rare neoplasms characterized by accumulation of mast cells in at least one internal organ. The majority of systemic mastocytosis patients carry KIT D816V mutation, which activates constitutively the KIT receptor. Patient with advanced forms of systemic mastocytosis, such as aggressive systemic mastocytosis or mast cell leukemia, are poorly treated to date. Unfortunately, the lack of in vivo models reflecting KIT D816V+ advanced disease hampers pathophysiological studies and preclinical development of new therapies for such patients...
October 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Wenhui Zhou, Thomas K Ni, Ania Wronski, Benjamin Glass, Adam Skibinski, Andrew Beck, Charlotte Kuperwasser
Overabundance of Slug protein is common in human cancer and represents an important determinant underlying the aggressiveness of basal-like breast cancer (BLBC). Despite its importance, this transcription factor is rarely mutated in BLBC, and the mechanism of its deregulation in cancer remains unknown. Here, we report that Slug undergoes acetylation-dependent protein degradation and identify the deacetylase SIRT2 as a key mediator of this post-translational mechanism. SIRT2 inhibition rapidly destabilizes Slug, whereas SIRT2 overexpression extends Slug stability...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
Jocelyn P Wong, Jason R Todd, Martina A Finetti, Frank McCarthy, Malgorzata Broncel, Simon Vyse, Maciej T Luczynski, Stephen Crosier, Karen A Ryall, Kate Holmes, Leo S Payne, Frances Daley, Patty Wai, Andrew Jenks, Barbara Tanos, Aik-Choon Tan, Rachael C Natrajan, Daniel Williamson, Paul H Huang
Subunits of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex are mutated in a significant proportion of human cancers. Malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRTs) are lethal pediatric cancers characterized by a deficiency in the SWI/SNF subunit SMARCB1. Here, we employ an integrated molecular profiling and chemical biology approach to demonstrate that the receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) PDGFRα and FGFR1 are coactivated in MRT cells and that dual blockade of these receptors has synergistic efficacy. Inhibitor combinations targeting both receptors and the dual inhibitor ponatinib suppress the AKT and ERK1/2 pathways leading to apoptosis...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
David S Wald, Jonathan P Bestwick, Joan K Morris, Ken Whyte, Lucy Jenkins, Nicholas J Wald
Background Child-parent screening for familial hypercholesterolemia has been proposed to identify persons at high risk for inherited premature cardiovascular disease. We assessed the efficacy and feasibility of such screening in primary care practice. Methods We obtained capillary blood samples to measure cholesterol levels and to test for familial hypercholesterolemia mutations in 10,095 children 1 to 2 years of age during routine immunization visits. Children were considered to have positive screening results for familial hypercholesterolemia if their cholesterol level was elevated and they had either a familial hypercholesterolemia mutation or a repeat elevated cholesterol level 3 months later...
October 27, 2016: New England Journal of Medicine
Patrick T Walsh, Padraic G Fallon
The recently discovered interleukin (IL)-36 family of cytokines form part of the broader IL-1 family and are emerging as important mediators of inflammatory disease. The IL-36 subfamily consists of three ligands-IL-36α, IL-36β, and IL-36γ-and the natural antagonist IL-36Ra. The cytokines exert their effects through a specific IL-36 receptor consisting of IL-36R and IL-1RAcP chains. IL-36 cytokines can direct both innate and adaptive immune responses by acting on parenchymal, stromal, and specific immune cell subsets...
October 26, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Hirokazu Taniguchi, Shinji Takeuchi, Koji Fukuda, Takayuki Nakagawa, Sachiko Arai, Shigeki Nanjo, Tadaaki Yamada, Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Mukae, Seiji Yano
Crizotinib, a first-generation anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) tyrosine-kinase inhibitor, is known to be effective against echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 (EML4)-ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancers. Nonetheless, the tumors subsequently become resistant to crizotinib and recur in almost every case. The mechanism of the acquired resistance needs to be deciphered. In this study, we established crizotinib-resistant cells (A925LPE3-CR) via long-term administration of crizotinib to a mouse model of pleural carcinomatous effusions; this model involved implantation of the A925LPE3 cell line, which harbors the EML4-ALK gene rearrangement...
October 26, 2016: Cancer Science
James M Holaska
The nucleus is separated from the cytosol by the nuclear envelope, which is a double lipid bilayer composed of the outer nuclear membrane and the inner nuclear membrane. The intermediate filament proteins lamin A, lamin B, and lamin C form a network underlying the inner nuclear membrane. This proteinaceous network provides the nucleus with its strength, rigidity, and elasticity. Positioned within the inner nuclear membrane are more than 150 inner nuclear membrane proteins, many of which interact directly with lamins and require lamins for their inner nuclear membrane localization...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
Y Zhang, F Zhang, D Chen, Q Lü, L Tang, C Yang, M Lei, N Tong
Loss of function of mutated solute carrier family 12 member 3 (SLC12A3) gene is the most frequent etiology for Gitelman syndrome (GS), which is mainly manifested by hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia and hypocalciuria. We report the genetic characteristics of one suspicious Chinese GS pedigree by gene sequencing. Complete sequencing analysis of the SLC12A3 gene revealed that both the proband and his elder sister had a novel homozygous SLC12A3 mutation: c.2099T>C and p.Leu700Pro. Moreover, the SLC12A3 genes of his mother and daughter encoded the same mutated heterozygote...
October 24, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Huib H Rabouw, Martijn A Langereis, Robert C M Knaap, Tim J Dalebout, Javier Canton, Isabel Sola, Luis Enjuanes, Peter J Bredenbeek, Marjolein Kikkert, Raoul J de Groot, Frank J M van Kuppeveld
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) causes severe respiratory infections that can be life-threatening. To establish an infection and spread, MERS-CoV, like most other viruses, must navigate through an intricate network of antiviral host responses. Besides the well-known type I interferon (IFN-α/β) response, the protein kinase R (PKR)-mediated stress response is being recognized as an important innate response pathway. Upon detecting viral dsRNA, PKR phosphorylates eIF2α, leading to the inhibition of cellular and viral translation and the formation of stress granules (SGs), which are increasingly recognized as platforms for antiviral signaling pathways...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Denise F R Rawcliffe, Lennart Österman, Hans Lindsten, Monica Holmberg
Hereditary myopathy with lactic acidosis (HML) is an autosomal recessive disease caused by an intronic one-base mutation in the iron-sulfur cluster assembly (ISCU) gene, resulting in aberrant splicing. The incorrectly spliced transcripts contain a 100 or 86 bp intron sequence encoding a non-functional ISCU protein, which leads to defects in several Fe-S containing proteins in the respiratory chain and the TCA cycle. The symptoms in HML are restricted to skeletal muscle, and it has been proposed that this effect is due to higher levels of incorrectly spliced ISCU in skeletal muscle compared with other energy-demanding tissues...
2016: PloS One
Marc B Anglès d'Auriac
Avoiding complementarity between primers when designing a PCR assay constitutes a central rule strongly anchored in the mind of the molecular scientist. 3'-complementarity will extend the primers during PCR elongation using one another as template, consequently disabling further possible involvement in traditional target amplification. However, a 5'-complementarity will leave the primers unchanged during PCR cycles, albeit sequestered to one another, therefore also suppressing target amplification. We show that 5'-complementarity between primers may be exploited in a new PCR method called COMplementary-Primer-Asymmetric (COMPAS)-PCR, using asymmetric primer concentrations to achieve target PCR amplification...
2016: PloS One
Alireza Mashaghi, Sergey Bezrukavnikov, David P Minde, Anne S Wentink, Roman Kityk, Beate Zachmann-Brand, Matthias P Mayer, Günter Kramer, Bernd Bukau, Sander J Tans
The Hsp70 system is a central hub of chaperone activity in all domains of life. Hsp70 performs a plethora of tasks, including folding assistance, protection against aggregation, protein trafficking, and enzyme activity regulation, and interacts with non-folded chains, as well as near-native, misfolded, and aggregated proteins. Hsp70 is thought to achieve its many physiological roles by binding peptide segments that extend from these different protein conformers within a groove that can be covered by an ATP-driven helical lid...
October 26, 2016: Nature
Lei Dong, Wen-Mei Yu, Hong Zheng, Mignon L Loh, Silvia T Bunting, Melinda Pauly, Gang Huang, Muxiang Zhou, Hal E Broxmeyer, David T Scadden, Cheng-Kui Qu
Germline activating mutations of the protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP2 (encoded by PTPN11), a positive regulator of the RAS signalling pathway, are found in 50% of patients with Noonan syndrome. These patients have an increased risk of developing leukaemia, especially juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia (JMML), a childhood myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN). Previous studies have demonstrated that mutations in Ptpn11 induce a JMML-like MPN through cell-autonomous mechanisms that are dependent on Shp2 catalytic activity...
October 26, 2016: Nature
Morten Beck Trelle, Shona H Pedersen, Eva Christina Østerlund, Jeppe Buur Madsen, Søren Risom Kristensen, Thomas J D Jørgensen
Antithrombin deficiency is associated with increased risk of venous thrombosis. In certain families this condition is caused by pathogenic polymerization of mutated antithrombin in the blood. To facilitate future development of pharmaceuticals against antithrombin polymerization an improved understanding of the polymerogenic intermediates is crucial. However, X-ray crystallography of these intermediates is severely hampered by the difficulty in obtaining well-diffracting crystals of transient and heterogeneous noncovalent protein assemblies...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Michael Wesbrook Staude, David A Leonard, Jeffrey W Peng
Gram-negative bacteria resist β-lactam antibiotics primarily by deploying β-lactamase proteins that hydrolytically destroy the antibiotics. In clinical settings, these bacteria are producing variant β-lactamases with "gain of activity" mutations that inactivate a broader range of β-lactams. Learning how these mutations broaden substrate activity is important for coping with β-lactam resistance. Here, we investigate a gain of activity mutation in OXA-24/40, a carbapenem-hydrolyzing Class D β-lactamase (CHDL) in Acinetobacter baumannii...
October 26, 2016: Biochemistry
Michail Nomikos, Angelos Thanassoulas, Konrad Beck, Maria Theodoridou, Jasmine Kew, Junaid Kashir, Brian L Calver, Emily Matthews, Pierre Rizkallah, Zili Sideratou, George Nounesis, Anthony F Lai
Hereditary leukonychia is a rare genetic nail disorder characterized by distinctive whitening of the nail plate of all twenty nails. Hereditary leukonychia may exist as an isolated feature, or in simultaneous occurrence with other cutaneous or systemic pathologies. Associations between hereditary leukonychia and mutations in the gene encoding phospholipase C delta-1 (PLCδ1) have previously been identified. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying PLCδ1-mutations and hereditary leukonychia remain uncharacterized...
October 26, 2016: FEBS Journal
Francis B Panosyan, Rabi Tawil, David N Herrmann
INTRODUCTION: Episodic muscle weakness is the hallmark of a heterogeneous group of disorders known as periodic paralysis. A majority are due to single nucleotide mutations causing membrane depolarization. METHODS: We report 2 family members with chronic, slowly progressive, distal axonal neuropathy or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 (CMT2) and episodic weakness resembling periodic paralysis. RESULTS: Next generation sequencing (NGS) identified a mitochondrial MT-ATP6 mutation m...
October 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Pooja Arora, Monika Malik, Ruchi Sachdeva, Latika Saxena, Joy Das, Vishnampettai G Ramachandran, Rahul Pal
While apoptotic debris is believed to constitute the original antigenic insult in lupus (which is characterized by a time-dependent diversification of autoreactivity), whether such debris and autoantibodies specifically recognizing its constituents, mediate differential effects on innate and humoral responses in lupus-prone mice is currently unknown. Apoptotic blebs (as opposed to cellular lysate), preferentially enhanced the maturation of dendritic cells (DCs) from bone marrow precursors drawn from lupus-prone mice...
October 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Maurizio Ponz de Leon, Monica Pedroni, Luca Roncucci, Federica Domati, Giuseppina Rossi, Giulia Magnani, Annalisa Pezzi, Rossella Fante, Luca Reggiani Bonetti
Attenuated polyposis could be defined as a variant of familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) in which synchronous polyps of the large bowel range between 10 and 99. We analysed all cases of attenuated polyposis observed over the last 30 years with the objectives: (A) to classify the disease according to different type and proportion of polyps; (B) To ascertain the contribution of APC and MutYH genes; (C) to discover features which could arise the suspicion of mutations; (D) To obtain indications for management and follow-up...
October 25, 2016: Familial Cancer
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