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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637305/left-atrial-structure-and-function-in-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Kotaro Nochioka, Candida Cristina Quarta, Brian Claggett, Gabriela Querejeta Roca, Claudio Rapezzi, Rodney H Falk, Scott D Solomon
Aims: Although cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is characterized by significant left atrial (LA) dilatation, the characteristics of LA function remain to be fully investigated. Methods and results: We assessed LA function by speckle-tracking echocardiography in 124 patients with CA and sinus rhythm: 68 with light chain (AL), 29 with mutant (ATTRm), 27 with wild-type (ATTRwt) transthyretin amyloidosis. Conventional and strain-derived parameters, including LA peak longitudinal strain (LS) and strain rate (peak LSR: reservoir function; early LSR: conduit function; late LSR: active function), were assessed compared between CA patients and 20 healthy controls of similar age and gender...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637094/acclimation-responses-to-high-light-by-guazuma-ulmifolia-lam-malvaceae-leaves-at-different-stages-of-development
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Anderson Kikuchi Calzavara, Juliana Silva Rocha, Geovana Lourenço, Karina Sanada, Cristiano Medri, Edmilson Bianchini, José Antonio Pimenta, Renata Stolf-Moreira, Halley Caixeta Oliveira
The recomposition of deforested environments requires the prior acclimation of seedlings to full sun in nurseries. Seedlings can overcome excessive light either through the acclimation of pre-existing fully expanded leaves or through the development of new leaves that are acclimated to the new light environment. Here, we compared the acclimation capacity of mature (MatL, fully expanded at the time of transfer) and newly expanded leaves (NewL, expanded after the light shift) of Guazuma ulmifolia Lam. (Malvaceae) seedlings to high light...
June 21, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636627/plasma-cell-neoplasia-after-kidney-transplantation-french-cohort-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Raphaël Kormann, Hélène François, Thibault Moles, Jacques Dantal, Nassim Kamar, Karine Moreau, Thomas Bachelet, Anne-Elisabeth Heng, Antoine Garstka, Charlotte Colosio, Didier Ducloux, Johnny Sayegh, Benjamin Savenkoff, Denis Viglietti, Rebecca Sberro, Eric Rondeau, Julie Peltier
Although post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is the second most common type of cancer in kidney transplantation (KT), plasma cell neoplasia (PCN) occurs only rarely after KT, and little is known about its characteristics and evolution. We included twenty-two cases of post-transplant PCN occurring between 1991 and 2013. These included 12 symptomatic multiple myeloma, eight indolent myeloma and two plasmacytomas. The median age at diagnosis was 56.5 years and the median onset after transplantation was 66...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636576/vitamin-d-levels-and-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphism-in-major-depression
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Merve Şahin Can, Hayriye Baykan, Özgür Baykan, Nevin Erensoy, Tunay Karlıdere
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to evaluate vitamin D levels and rs2228570 (FokI) polymorphism of vitamin D in patients with established diagnosis of major depressive disorder in order to investigate the impact of vitamin D levels and genetic polymorphisms on etiology and/or severity of the disease. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study included 86 patients who were diagnosed with major depressive disorder in Hospital of Balıkesir University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and 89 healthy volunteers with similar age, sex, education level and BMI...
June 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635401/inhibition-of-long-non-coding-rna-ror-reverses-resistance-to-tamoxifen-by-inducing-autophagy-in-breast-cancer
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Yuehua Li, Baohong Jiang, Hongbo Zhu, Xiaofei Qu, Liqin Zhao, Yeru Tan, Yiling Jiang, Mingchu Liao, Xiaoping Wu
This study explored the mechanism underlying long non-coding RNA ROR regulating autophagy on Tamoxifen resistance in breast cancer. Cancer tissues and adjacent normal tissues were collected from 74 breast cancer patients. Human breast cancer BT474 cells were assigned into blank, phosphate buffered saline, Tamoxifen, negative control + Tamoxifen, siROR + Tamoxifen, 3-methyladenine + Tamoxifen, and siROR + 3-methyladenine + TA groups. The expression of long non-coding RNA ROR and expressions of multi-drug resistance-associated P-glycoprotein and glutathione S-transferase-π messenger RNA were detected using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634122/mapping-the-binding-interface-in-a-non-covalent-size-variant-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-using-native-mass-spectrometry-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry-and-computational-analysis
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Yuetian Yan, Hui Wei, Sutjano Jusuf, Stanley R Krystek, Jie Chen, Guodong Chen, Richard T Ludwig, Li Tao, Tapan K Das
Variants of monoclonal antibody containing an extra light chain has been reported in protein products(1-3). Due to potential impact on potency and immunogenicity, it is important to understand the formation mechanism of such variants so that appropriate control strategies can be implemented to assure product quality. In a model monoclonal antibody, we observed a size variant with an extra light chain non-covalently associated with the monomer (later named as "1.2mer"). The interaction between monomer and the extra light chain was characterized by native spray and hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX MS) techniques...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632471/lenalidomide-as-a-treatment-for-relapsed-al-amyloidosis-in-an-hiv-positive-patient
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Johanna Denman, Kaveh Manavi, Mark Cook
We present a case of an HIV-positive man with systemic immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloid with cardiac involvement. At relapse, he was treated with lenalidomide and dexamethasone having previously developed autonomic neuropathy with bortezomib-based chemotherapy. The patient achieved a serological complete response with symptomatic improvement. After 11 cycles, lenalidomide was discontinued due to extensive ischaemia of the gastrointestinal tract. The patient remains symptomatically stable with normal levels of serum-free light chains 11 months after the treatment was discontinued...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632454/localized-amyloidogenic-immunoglobulin-light-chain-derived-amyloidosis-in-a-young-boy-and-an-adolescent-girl
#8
Shu-Ichi Ikeda
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632419/in-vitro-co-expression-of-human-amyloidogenic-immunoglobulin-light-and-heavy-chain-proteins-a-relevant-cell-based-model-of-al-amyloidosis
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Elena S Klimtchuk, Tatiana B Prokaeva, Brian H Spencer, Olga Gursky, Lawreen H Connors
Immunoglobulin (Ig) light chain (LC) amyloidosis (AL) is characterized by the overproduction and tissue deposition of monoclonal LC in various organs and tissues. The plasma circulating monoclonal LC is believed to be the precursor of the deposited protein and in vitro studies aimed at understanding AL pathobiology have mainly focused on LC and its variable domain. While 33% of patients have free circulating monoclonal LC, ∼40% feature LC complexed to heavy chain (HC) forming a monoclonal intact Ig; the significance of free vs...
June 20, 2017: Amyloid: the International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632339/polymorphisms-of-human-leukocyte-antigen-b-27-on-clinical-phenotype-of-spondyloarthritis-in-chinese
#10
Hai-Jun Ma, Qing-Feng Yin, Yun Liu, Yin Wu, Tie-Chui Zhu, Ming-Hao Guo
BACKGROUND: In recent years, an ever-increasing number of alleles of human leukocyte antigen B*27 (HLA-B*27) have been identified. This study aimed to establish an updated method for HLA-B*27 subtyping, and to investigate the impact of HLA-B*27 polymorphisms on the clinical phenotype of spondyloarthritis (SpA). METHODS: Overall, 184 SpA patients were recruited for analyzing diversity of HLA-B*27 via an updated high-resolution polymerase chain reaction amplification with sequence specific primers (PCR-SSP)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632030/ultraviolet-b-radiation-stimulates-the-interaction-between-nuclear-factor-of-activated-t-cells-5-nfat5-and-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-human-lens-epithelial-cells
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Inyoung Chung, Young-Sool Hah, SunMi Ju, Ji-Hye Kim, Woong-Sun Yoo, Hee-Young Cho, Ji-Myong Yoo, Seong-Wook Seo, Wan-Sung Choi, Seong-Jae Kim
PURPOSE: Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) has been proposed as a therapeutic target for the treatment of cataracts. The authors investigated the relationship between nuclear factor of activated T cells 5 (NFAT5) and NF-κB in ultraviolet B (UVB)-irradiated human lens epithelial (HLE) cells. METHODS: Human lens epithelial B-3 (HLE-B3) cells were exposed to UVB light at a dose of 10 mJ/cm(2) and then incubated for 24 h. Cell viability was assessed by using the Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) assay...
February 26, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630463/the-role-of-antibody-v%C3%AE%C2%BA-framework-3-region-towards-antigen-binding-effects-on-recombinant-production-and-protein-l-binding
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Chinh Tran-To Su, Wei-Li Ling, Wai-Heng Lua, Jun-Jie Poh, Samuel Ken-En Gan
Antibody research has traditionally focused on heavy chains, often neglecting the important complementary role of light chains in antibody formation and secretion. In the light chain, the complementarity-determining region 3 (VL-CDR3) is specifically implicated in disease states. By modulating VL-CDR3 exposure on the scaffold through deletions in the framework region 3 (VL-FWR3), we further investigated the effects on secretion in recombinant production and antigen binding kinetics. Our random deletions of two residues in the VL-FWR3 of a Trastuzumab model showed that the single deletions could impact recombinant production without significant effect on Her2 binding...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630449/effect-of-dna-sequence-of-fab-fragment-on-yield-characteristics-and-cell-growth-of-e-coli
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Antti Kulmala, Tuomas Huovinen, Urpo Lamminmäki
Codon usage is one of the factors influencing recombinant protein expression. We were interested in the codon usage of an antibody Fab fragment gene exhibiting extreme toxicity in the E. coli host. The toxic synthetic human Fab gene contained domains optimized by the "one amino acid-one codon" method. We redesigned five segments of the Fab gene with a "codon harmonization" method described by Angov et al. and studied the effects of these changes on cell viability, Fab yield and display on filamentous phage using different vectors and bacterial strains...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630445/myocardial-deformation-in-cardiac-amyloid-light-chain-amyloidosis-assessed-with-3t-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-feature-tracking
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Rui Li, Zhi-Gang Yang, Hua-Yan Xu, Ke Shi, Xi Liu, Kai-Yue Diao, Ying-Kun Guo
Clinically, assessment of myocardial function is essential in patients with amyloid light-chain cardiac amyloidosis (AL-CA) to predict outcome and determine therapeutic approach. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR)-derived feature tracking algorithm for assessing left ventricular (LV) myocardial deformation in AL-CA, and to determine if these abnormal myocardial deformation parameters are correlated to impaired LV myocardial microvascular dysfunction...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628913/age-dependent-effects-of-alk5-inhibition-and-mechanism-of-neuroprotection-in-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury
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Brian H Kim, Mariano Guardia Clausi, Michelle Frondelli, Israel C Nnah, Chaitali Saqcena, Radek Dobrowolski, Steven W Levison
Neonatal encephalopathy due to hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury triggers a wave of neuroinflammatory events attributed to causing the progressive degeneration and functional deficits seen weeks after the initial insult. In a recent set of studies, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of a small molecule antagonist for ALK5 (activin-like kinase 5 ), TGF-β receptor in a rat model of moderate perinatal HI and found significant improvements in neurologic outcomes. Here, we have extended those studies to evaluate the efficacy of delayed TGF-β receptor antagonism on postnatal day (P) 6 and P9 HI rat pups with and without hypothermia...
June 20, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628381/monoclonal-immunoglobulin-associated-proliferative-glomerulonephritis-characterized-by-organized-deposits-of-striated-ultra-substructures-a-case-report
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Shigeo Hara, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Tastufumi Oka, Makiko Kusabe, Masayuki Mizui, Kensuke Joh
We herein report the case of a 64-year-old male who presented with progressive glomerulonephritis notable for organized and striated ultra-substructures. The patient was diagnosed with hypertension and proteinuria 3 years prior to admission and subsequently developed nephrotic syndrome and impairment of renal function. Laboratory tests did not reveal any evidence of infections or autoimmune diseases. Monoclonal gammopathy was not detected in serum or urine, although a small population of abnormal plasma cell clones was detected by flow cytometry...
June 19, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628164/long-alkyl-side-chains-impede-exciton-interaction-in-organic-light-harvesting-crystals
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Kalaivanan Nagarajan, Gopika Gopan, Rijo T Cheriya, Mahesh Hariharan
Side-chains at the imidic position of naphthalimide rendered a firm control over (i) the degrees of π-π overlap and (ii) distances between the perylenimide units in a crystalline naphthalimide-perylenimide dyad as determined using single crystal XRD and Hirshfeld surface analyses. Steady-state and time-resolved electronic spectroscopy in addition to DFT calculations revealed a decline in intermolecular excitonic interaction due to interfering alkyl chains.
June 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628091/the-btg2-prmt1-module-limits-pre-b-cell-expansion-by-regulating-the-cdk4-cyclin-d3-complex
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Elmar Dolezal, Simona Infantino, Friedel Drepper, Theresa Börsig, Aparajita Singh, Thomas Wossning, Gina J Fiala, Susana Minguet, Bettina Warscheid, David M Tarlinton, Hassan Jumaa, David Medgyesi, Michael Reth
Developing pre-B cells in the bone marrow alternate between proliferation and differentiation phases. We found that protein arginine methyl transferase 1 (PRMT1) and B cell translocation gene 2 (BTG2) are critical components of the pre-B cell differentiation program. The BTG2-PRMT1 module induced a cell-cycle arrest of pre-B cells that was accompanied by re-expression of Rag1 and Rag2 and the onset of immunoglobulin light chain gene rearrangements. We found that PRMT1 methylated cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4), thereby preventing the formation of a CDK4-Cyclin-D3 complex and cell cycle progression...
June 19, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627962/plasma-neurofilament-light-chain-levels-in-patients-with-ms-switching-from-injectable-therapies-to-fingolimod
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Fredrik Piehl, Ingrid Kockum, Mohsen Khademi, Kaj Blennow, Jan Lycke, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Olsson
BACKGROUND: Neurofilament light chain (NFL) is a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) marker of neuroaxonal damage in multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE: To determine the correlation of NFL in CSF and serum/plasma, and in plasma after switching from injectable MS therapies to fingolimod. METHODS: A first cohort consisted of MS patients ( n = 39) and neurological disease controls ( n = 27) where CSF and plasma/serum had been collected for diagnostic purposes...
June 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627806/improving-the-quantum-yields-of-perylene-diimide-aggregates-by-increasing-molecular-hydrophobicity-in-polar-media
#20
Jodi Szarko, Jürgen Plenge, Xiaoyu Xu, Ashli Austin, Steven Mylon
Here we report the quantum yield of four aggregated perylene diimide (PDI) species that vary by the length of the branched side chains attached at the N,N' imide positions. The PDI molecules were dissolved in binary water:methanol solvents as a means to vary the solvent polarity and control the degree of aggregation in solution. By performing spectroscopy, kinetics, and light scattering experiments, the nature of the molecular interactions in the solutions was determined. The maximum quantum yield of the aggregated molecules increased from 0...
June 19, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
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