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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102487/assessment-of-vascularity-in-glioblastoma-and-its-implications-on-patient-outcomes
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Ben G McGahan, Beth K Neilsen, David L Kelly, Rodney D McComb, S A Jaffar Kazmi, Matt L White, Yan Zhang, Michele R Aizenberg
There is little data on why glioblastomas (GBM) hemorrhage and how it may affect patient outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanisms of hemorrhage in glioblastoma by examining molecular and genetic features by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and mRNA expression profiles in association with imaging and clinical outcomes. An observational retrospective cohort analysis was performed on 43 FFPE GBM tissue samples. MR images were assessed for the presence of hemorrhage and extent of resection. Specimens were examined for CD34 and CD105 expression using IHC...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102082/characterization-of-the-molecular-mechanisms-underlying-the-chronic-phase-of-stroke-in-a-cynomolgus-monkey-model-of-induced-cerebral-ischemia
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Henry C H Law, Samuel S W Szeto, Quan Quan, Yun Zhao, Zaijun Zhang, Olga Krakovska, Leong Ting Lui, Chengyou Zheng, Simon Ming Yuen Lee, K W Michael Siu, Yuqiang Wang, Ivan K Chu
Stroke is one of the main causes of mortality and long-term disability worldwide. The pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this disease are not well understood, particularly in the chronic phase after the initial ischemic episode. In this study, a Macaca fascicularis stroke model consisting of two sample groups, as determined by MRI-quantified infarct volumes as a measure of the stroke severity 28 days after the ischemic episode, was evaluated using qualitative and quantitative proteomics analyses. By using multiple online multidimensional liquid chromatography platforms, 8790 non-redundant proteins that condensed to 5223 protein groups at 1% global false discovery rate (FDR)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101966/the-free-energy-of-locking-a-ring-changing-a-deoxyribonucleoside-to-a-locked-nucleic-acid
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You Xu, Alessandra Villa, Lennart Nilsson
Locked nucleic acid (LNA), a modified nucleoside which contains a bridging group across the ribose ring, improves the stability of DNA/RNA duplexes significantly, and therefore is of interest in biotechnology and gene therapy applications. In this study, we investigate the free energy change between LNA and DNA nucleosides. The transformation requires the breaking of the bridging group across the ribose ring, a problematic transformation in free energy calculations. To address this, we have developed a 3-step (easy to implement) and a 1-step protocol (more efficient, but more complicated to setup), for single and dual topologies in classical molecular dynamics simulations, using the Bennett Acceptance Ratio method to calculate the free energy...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101863/lessons-from-animal-models-of-cytoplasmic-intermediate-filament-proteins
#5
Jamal-Eddine Bouameur, Thomas M Magin
Cytoplasmic intermediate filaments (IFs) represent a major cytoskeletal network contributing to cell shape, adhesion and migration as well as to tissue resilience and renewal in numerous bilaterians, including mammals. The observation that IFs are dispensable in cultured mammalian cells, but cause tissue-specific, life-threatening disorders, has pushed the need to investigate their function in vivo. In keeping with human disease, the deletion or mutation of murine IF genes resulted in highly specific pathologies...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101581/the-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-5-promotes-malignant-phenotype-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-and-is-associated-with-adverse-patient-outcomes-after-curative-hepatectomy
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Dai Shimizu, Mitsuro Kanda, Hiroyuki Sugimoto, Masahiro Shibata, Haruyoshi Tanaka, Hideki Takami, Naoki Iwata, Masamichi Hayashi, Chie Tanaka, Daisuke Kobayashi, Suguru Yamada, Goro Nakayama, Masahiko Koike, Michitaka Fujiwara, Tsutomu Fujii, Yasuhiro Kodera
The prognosis of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is dismal. Novel molecular targets for diagnosis and therapy is urgently required. This study evaluated expression and functions of the protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) in HCC. Using HCC cell lines, the expression levels of PRMT5 mRNA were determined using the quantitative real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction, and the effect of a small interfering PRMT5-siRNA on cell phenotype was evaluated. Further, PRMT5 expression was determined in 144 pairs of resected liver tissues to evaluate its clinical significance...
February 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101541/inner-salt-shaped-small-molecular-photosensitizer-with-extremely-enhanced-two-photon-absorption-for-mitochondrial-targeted-photodynamic-therapy
#7
Wenbo Hu, Tingchao He, Rongcui Jiang, Jun Yin, Lin Li, Xiaomei Lu, Hui Zhao, Lei Zhang, Ling Huang, Handong Sun, Wei Huang, Quli Fan
Herein, we experimentally and theoretically demonstrate an unprecedentedly enhanced two-photon absorption in a small organic molecule by a simple introduction of an inner salt-shaped structure. Moreover, such an inner salt-shaped small molecule also exhibits superior singlet oxygen quantum yield and fascinating structure-inherent mitochondrial-targeting ability for highly efficient two-photon photodynamic therapy via a mitochondrial apoptosis pathway.
January 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101219/n-terminal-truncated-carboxypeptidase-e-expression-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-of-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Jing Sun, Dawei Meng, Li Li, Xin Tian, Yunji Jia, Hongyue Wang, Huihui Yu, Tiemin Sun, Aibing Qu, Hui Shen, Jimin Bao, Guirong Zhang
Lung cancer is a malignant tumor with high morbidity and mortality rates. To date, no suitable molecular diagnostic tool to predict disease recurrence and metastasis has been identified. The current study aimed to evaluate the potential of N-terminal truncated carboxypeptidase E (CPEΔN) to predict the recurrence and metastasis of lung adenocarcinoma. Western blotting revealed the co-expression of CPE and CPEΔN in the surgically collected pathological and pericarcinoma tissues tissues of 62.1% (59/95) lung adenocarcinoma patients...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100850/molecular-characteristic-and-physiological-role-of-dopa-decarboxylase
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Joanna Guenter, Robert Lenartowski
The enzyme DOPA decarboxylase (aromatic-L-amino-acid decarboxylase, DDC) plays an important role in the dopaminergic system and participates in the uptake and decarboxylation of amine precursors in the peripheral tissues. Apart from catecholamines, DDC catalyses the biosynthesis of serotonin and trace amines. It has been shown that the DDC amino acid sequence is highly evolutionarily conserved across many species. The activity of holoenzyme is regulated by stimulation/blockade of membrane receptors, phosphorylation of serine residues, and DDC interaction with regulatory proteins...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100344/-recurrent-syncope-related-to-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-due-to-de-novo-ryr2-r2401h-mutation
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X Liu, J X Li, J Z Hu, Y Shen, R Wan, Q M Xiong, Q Q Zhou, J Y Xie, J J Jin, X Yan, J H Yu, K Hong
Objective: To explore the clinical and molecular genetic features of a Chinese patient with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT). Methods: Clinical data including resting electrocardiography, echocardiography and treadmill exercise testing of a patient with CPVT admitted to our department in March 2013 were analyzed, and the peripheral venous blood samples of the patient and his family members and 400 ethnicity-matched healthy controls were obtained. All exons and exon-intron boundaries of the six CPVT-related genes including RYR2, CASQ2, TRDN, CALM1, KCNJ2 and ANKB were sequenced to detect the variants related to CPVT...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100275/cell-in-cell-structures-are-more-potent-predictors-of-outcome-than-senescence-or-apoptosis-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinomas
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Hannah Schenker, Maike Büttner-Herold, Rainer Fietkau, Luitpold V Distel
BACKGROUND: This study sheds light on cell inactivating processes with focus on the phenomenon of cell-in-cell (CIC). Cell-in-cell describes a cell process where one cell is being engulfed by another non-professional phagocyte. We determined frequency and prognostic impact of CIC structures (CICs) as well as of senescent and apoptotic cells in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC). METHODS: These different forms of cell inactivation as well as the proportion of proliferating and tumor cells were assessed in 169 pre-radiochemotherapy biopsies and 32 post-therapy tumor resections by immunohistochemistry of tissue microarrays...
January 18, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100021/identifying-the-biphasic-role-of-calcineurin-nfat-signaling-enables-replacement-of-sox2-in-somatic-cell-reprogramming
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Sherif Khodeer, Takumi Era
Induction of pluripotency with defined factors (Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, c-Myc) raises hopes for successful clinical trials. Despite considerable efforts, the molecular mechanism of reprogramming remains poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to identify the role of calcineurin/nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) in reprogramming. Our results demonstrated a biphasic role for calcineurin/NFAT signaling during reprogramming. In the early phase of reprogramming, calcineurin activity is required to maintain proper cell cycle division and for mesenchymal-epithelial transition...
January 18, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100002/targeting-i%C3%AE%C2%BAbns-in-allergic-asthma-where-it-resides-matters
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EDITORIAL
Shaon Sengupta, Angela Haczku
The activity NF-κB, a pro-inflammatory transcription factor, and its complex modulation play a central role in in inflammatory airways disease such as allergic airway hyperresponsiveness. In a new study, Yokota and colleagues investigated IκBNS - an atypical inhibitor of NF-kB (IκB). Using elegant bone marrow chimera studies in mice, they found that IκBNS differentially modulated NF-κB activity in hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic cells. They also showed that by binding to the promoter region, this nuclear protein directly induced the MUC5AC gene in airway epithelial cells...
January 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099971/warfarin-associated-nonuremic-calciphylaxis
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Wesley Yung-Hsu Yu, Tina Bhutani, Rachel Kornik, Laura B Pincus, Theodora Mauro, Michael D Rosenblum, Lindy P Fox
Importance: Classic calciphylaxis associated with renal failure is a life-threatening disease. Warfarin-associated calciphylaxis without renal injury has been described, but whether it is a subset of classic calciphylaxis or a different entity remains unknown. We describe 1 case of warfarin-associated calciphylaxis, present data from 2 others from our institution, and review all cases of warfarin-associated calciphylaxis available in the literature. Our review indicates that warfarin-associated calciphylaxis is clinically and pathophysiologically distinct from classic calciphylaxis...
January 11, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099935/frequent-amplification-of-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-genes-in-welldifferentiated-dedifferentiated-liposarcoma
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Naofumi Asano, Akihiko Yoshida, Sachiyo Mitani, Eisuke Kobayashi, Bunsyo Shiotani, Motokiyo Komiyama, Hiroyuki Fujimoto, Hirokazu Chuman, Hideo Morioka, Morio Matsumoto, Masaya Nakamura, Takashi Kubo, Mamoru Kato, Takashi Kohno, Akira Kawai, Tadashi Kondo, Hitoshi Ichikawa
Well-differentiated liposarcoma (WDLPS) and dedifferentiated liposarcoma (DDLPS) are closely related tumors commonly characterized by MDM2/CDK4 gene amplification, and lack clinically effective treatment options when inoperable. To identify novel therapeutic targets, we performed targeted genomic sequencing analysis of 19 WDLPS and 37 DDLPS tumor samples using a panel of 104 cancer-related genes (NCC oncopanel v3) developed specifically for genomic testing to select suitable molecular targeted therapies. The results of this analysis indicated that these sarcomas had very few gene mutations and a high frequency of amplifications of not only MDM2 and CDK4 but also other genes...
January 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099922/pafr-selectively-mediates-radioresistance-and-irradiation-induced-autophagy-suppression-in-prostate-cancer-cells
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Bing Yao, Bingqian Liu, Lei Shi, Xiang Li, Chuanchuan Ren, Mingbo Cai, Wen Wang, Jianhua Li, Yongde Sun, Yudong Wu, Jianguo Wen
Platelet-activating factor receptor (PAFR) promotes tumorigenesis, angiogenesis and metastasis. Here, we defined the PAFR as a yielding new inhibiting target to selectively enhance the sensitivity of prostate cancer (PCa) cells to radiation. The selective responding to PAFR inhibiter may be caused by the differential expression pattern of PAFR in PCa cells. In this study, we also determined PAFR as a molecular basis by which the radiation induces autophagy suppression independent of activating mTOR pathway...
January 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099900/skeletal-muscle-aging-influence-of-oxidative-stress-and-physical-exercise
#17
REVIEW
Mariana Janini Gomes, Paula Felippe Martinez, Luana Urbano Pagan, Ricardo Luiz Damatto, Marcelo Diacardia Mariano Cezar, Aline Regina Ruiz Lima, Katashi Okoshi, Marina Politi Okoshi
Skeletal muscle abnormalities are responsible for significant disability in the elderly. Sarcopenia is the main alteration occurring during senescence and a key public health issue as it predicts frailty, poor quality of life, and mortality. Several factors such as reduced physical activity, hormonal changes, insulin resistance, genetic susceptibility, appetite loss, and nutritional deficiencies are involved in the physiopathology of muscle changes. Sarcopenia is characterized by structural, biochemical, molecular and functional muscle changes...
January 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099515/polymorphisms-and-mutational-covariation-associated-with-death-in-a-prospective-cohort-of-hiv-aids-patients-receiving-long-term-art-in-china
#18
Pengtao Liu, Yi Feng, Jianjun Wu, Suian Tian, Bin Su, Zhe Wang, Lingjie Liao, Hui Xing, Yinghui You, Yiming Shao, Yuhua Ruan
BACKGROUND: HIV drug resistance is associated with faster clinical progression of AIDS. However, the effect of significant polymorphisms and mutational covariation on mortality among HIV/AIDS patients receiving long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART), have rarely been studied. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study from December 2003 to December 2014, we present a new computational modelling approach based on bioinformatics-based models and several statistical methods to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in the acquisition of polymorphisms and mutations on death in HIV/AIDS patients receiving long-term ART in China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099434/mlst-based-population-genetic-analysis-in-a-global-context-reveals-clonality-amongst-cryptococcus-neoformans-var-grubii-vni-isolates-from-hiv-patients-in-southeastern-brazil
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Kennio Ferreira-Paim, Leonardo Andrade-Silva, Fernanda M Fonseca, Thatiana B Ferreira, Delio J Mora, Juliana Andrade-Silva, Aziza Khan, Aiken Dao, Eduardo C Reis, Margarete T G Almeida, Andre Maltos, Virmondes R Junior, Luciana Trilles, Volker Rickerts, Ariya Chindamporn, Jane E Sykes, Massimo Cogliati, Kirsten Nielsen, Teun Boekhout, Matthew Fisher, June Kwon-Chung, David M Engelthaler, Marcia Lazéra, Wieland Meyer, Mario L Silva-Vergara
Cryptococcosis is an important fungal infection in immunocompromised individuals, especially those infected with HIV. In Brazil, despite the free availability of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the public health system, the mortality rate due to Cryptococcus neoformans meningitis is still high. To obtain a more detailed picture of the population genetic structure of this species in southeast Brazil, we studied 108 clinical isolates from 101 patients and 35 environmental isolates. Among the patients, 59% had a fatal outcome mainly in HIV-positive male patients...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099274/can-any-patients-with-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-outside-of-a-clinical-trial-have-their-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-discontinued
#20
Michael J Mauro
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article critically appraises the state of treatment-free remission as a strategy for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in deep remission after therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). RECENT FINDINGS: Approximately half of patients with CML defined fairly narrowly by trial criteria - TKI sensitive, in deep molecular remission for a defined period - can successfully maintain protective levels of response after TKI cessation...
January 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
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