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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351002/significance-of-lipoprotein-a-levels-in-familial-hypercholesterolemia-and-coronary-artery-disease
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Sha Li, Na-Qiong Wu, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Yan Zhang, Yuan-Lin Guo, Ying Gao, Xiao-Lin Li, Ping Qing, Chuan-Jue Cui, Rui-Xia Xu, Jing Sun, Geng Liu, Qian Dong, Jian-Jun Li
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) are often characterized by premature coronary artery disease (CAD) with heterogeneity at onset. The aim of the present study was to investigate the associations of lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] with the FH phenotype, genotype and roles of Lp(a) in determining CAD risk among patients with and without FH. METHODS: We enrolled 8050 patients undergoing coronary angiography, from our Lipid clinic. Clinical FH was diagnosed using the Dutch Lipid Clinic Network criteria...
March 18, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350539/personalized-precision-medicine-in-extreme-preterm-infants-with-transient-neonatal-diabetes-mellitus
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Ranjit I Kylat, Rajan Senguttuvan, Mohammed Y Bader
Although hyperglycemia is common in neonates, especially preterm infants, a diagnosis of neonatal diabetes mellitus (NDM) is rarely made. NDM can be permanent (45%), transient (45%) or syndromic (10%). Of the 95% of identifiable mutations for NDM, methylation defects in 6q24, KCNJ11, ABCC8, and INS account for the majority. Two cases of transient NDM in extremely preterm, 24 weeks' gestational age (GA) triplets, due to a missense mutation c.685G>A in the KCNJ11 gene are presented. Both patients were successfully transitioned from insulin to Glyburide (Glibenclamide) at 2 months of age...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350472/development-of-a-cho-based-cell-free-platform-for-synthesis-of-active-monoclonal-antibodies
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Rey W Martin, Natalia I Majewska, Cindy X Chen, Thomas E Albanetti, Rod Brian Jimenez, Albert E Schmelzer, Michael C Jewett, Varnika Roy
Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells are routinely optimized to stably express monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) at high titers. At the early stages of lead isolation and optimization, hundreds of sequences for the target protein of interest are screened. Typically, cell-based transient expression technology platforms are used for expression screening, but these can be time- and resource-intensive. Here, we have developed a cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) platform utilizing a commercially available CHO extract for the rapid in vitro synthesis of active, aglycosylated mAbs...
March 28, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346866/prevalence-and-potential-risk-factors-for-bartonella-infection-in-tunisian-stray-dogs
#4
Jaber Belkhiria, Bruno B Chomel, Taoufik Ben Hamida, Rickie W Kasten, Matthew J Stuckey, Drew A Fleischman, Mary M Christopher, Henri-Jean Boulouis, Thomas B Farver
Bartonellae are blood-borne and vector-transmitted pathogens, some are zoonotic, which have been reported in several Mediterranean countries. Transmission from dogs to humans is suspected, but has not been clearly demonstrated. Our objectives were to determine the seroprevalence of Bartonella henselae, Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii, Bartonella clarridgeiae, and Bartonella bovis (as a proxy for Candidatus Bartonella merieuxii) in stray dogs from Tunisia, identify the Bartonella species infecting the dogs and evaluate potential risk factors for canine infection...
March 27, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346811/improved-soluble-scfv-elisa-screening-approach-for-antibody-discovery-using-phage-display-technology
#5
Mohammad R Tohidkia, Maryam Sepehri, Shirin Khajeh, Jaleh Barar, Yadollah Omidi
Phage display technology (PDT) is a powerful tool for the isolation of recombinant antibody (Ab) fragments. Using PDT, target molecule-specific phage-Ab clones are enriched through the "biopanning" process. The individual specific binders are screened by the monoclonal scFv enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that may associate with inevitable false-negative results. Thus, in this study, three strategies were investigated for optimization of the scFvs screening using Tomlinson I and J libraries, including (1) optimizing the expression of functional scFvs, (2) improving the sensitivity of ELISA, and (3) preparing different samples containing scFvs...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346758/commentary-distillation-and-element-based-design-of-psychological-treatments-in-global-mental-health-a-commentary-on-brown-et%C3%A2-al-2017
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Daniel Michelson, Vikram Patel
This commentary reflects on the "elements" approach in psychological treatment research, and its specific application to a systematic review of psychosocial interventions for youth in conflict-affected areas. We discuss three key questions for the field. First, what psychological treatment elements are necessary and/or sufficient to achieve clinically significant change for a given population? Second, how should elements be sequenced to achieve optimal outcomes? Third, what might account for the large heterogeneity observed in psychological treatment trials, other than the constituent practice elements? We conclude by describing a new research programme that aims to develop a transdiagnostic intervention targeting common mental health difficulties among school-going adolescents in India...
April 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346420/hepatic-cyclooxygenase-2-overexpression-induced-spontaneous-hepatocellular-carcinoma-formation-in-mice
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H Chen, W Cai, E S H Chu, J Tang, C-C Wong, S H Wong, W Sun, Q Liang, J Fang, Z Sun, J Yu
Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 is upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the direct causative effect of COX-2 in spontaneous HCC formation remains unknown. We thus investigate the role and molecular pathogenesis of COX-2 in HCC by using liver-specific COX-2 transgenic (TG) mice. We found spontaneous HCC formation with elevated inflammatory infiltrates and neovessels in male TG mice (3/21, 14.3%), but not in any of male WT mice (0/19). Reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) and gene expression microarrays were performed in the HCC tumor and non-HCC liver tissues to investigate the molecular mechanisms of COX-2-driven HCC...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346396/a-pcr-based-molecular-detection-of-strongyloides-stercoralisin-human-stool-samples-from-tabriz-city-iran
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Reza Ghasemikhah, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Seyed Ali Shariatzadeh, Abbas Shahbazi, Teymour Hazratian
Strongyloides stercoralis is a nematode causing serious infections in immunocompromised patients. In chronically infected patients, the low parasitic content as well as the resemblance of the larvae to several other species make diagnosis basedonmorphology difficult. In the present study, a PCR-based method targeting the internal transcribed sequence 2 (ITS2) of the rDNA region was examined for the molecular detection of S. stercoralis infection from the stool samples. A total of 1800 patients were included...
March 27, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346140/em-connectomics-reveals-axonal-target-variation-in-a-sequence-generating-network
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Jörgen Kornfeld, Sam E Benezra, Rajeevan T Narayanan, Fabian Svara, Robert Egger, Marcel Oberlaender, Winfried Denk, Michael A Long
The sequential activation of neurons has been observed in various areas of the brain, but in no case is the underlying network structure well understood. Here we examined the circuit anatomy of zebra finch HVC, a cortical region that generates sequences underlying the temporal progression of the song. We combined serial block-face electron microscopy with light microscopy to determine the cell types targeted by HVC(RA) neurons, which control song timing. Close to their soma, axons almost exclusively targeted inhibitory interneurons, consistent with what had been found with electrical recordings from pairs of cells...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346123/panfungal-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-identification-of-fungal-pathogens-in-formalin-fixed-animal-tissues
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Courtney Meason-Smith, Erin E Edwards, Caitlin E Older, Mackenzie Branco, Laura K Bryan, Sara D Lawhon, Jan S Suchodolski, Gabriel Gomez, Joanne Mansell, Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann
Identification of fungal organisms often poses a problem for pathologists because the histomorphology of some fungal organisms is not specific, fresh tissues may not be available, and isolation and identification in culture may take a long time. The purpose of this study was to validate the use of panfungal polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify fungal organisms from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded curls were tested from 128 blocks containing canine, feline, equine, and bovine tissues with cutaneous, nasal, pulmonary, and systemic fungal infections, identified by the presence of fungi in histologic sections...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346055/a-to-i-editing-in-disease-is-not-fake-news
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Prajakta Bajad, Michael F Jantsch, Liam Keegan, Mary O'Connell
Adenosine deaminases acting on RNA (ADARs) are zinc-containing enzymes that deaminate adenosine bases to inosines within dsRNA regions in transcripts. In short, structured dsRNA hairpins individual adenosine bases may be targeted specifically and edited with up to one hundred percent efficiency, leading to the production of alternative protein variants. However, the majority of editing events occur within longer stretches of dsRNA formed by pairing of repetitive sequences. Here, many different adenosine bases are potential targets but editing efficiency is usually much lower...
March 27, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345992/evaluation-of-a-hypervariable-octameric-oligonucleotide-fingerprints-assay-for-identification-of-and-discrimination-between-wild-type-and-vaccine-strains-of-brucella-melitensis
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Lijuan Tang, Jun Liu, Yuanzhi Wang, Hui Zhang, Chuangfu Chen
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a hypervariable octameric oligonucleotide fingerprints (HOOF-Prints) assay for identification of and discrimination between wild-type and vaccine strains of Brucella melitensis. SAMPLE Brucella melitensis vaccine strain M5 and wild-type strain M43. PROCEDURES 8 pairs of primers (alterable, octameric nucleotides) were designed on the basis of a biological analysis of 8 flanking sequences in the DNA of B melitensis. The HOOF-Prints technique was used to identify wild-type and vaccine strains of B melitensis...
April 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345935/targeting-self-binding-peptides-as-a-novel-strategy-to-regulate-protein-activity-and-function-a-case-study-on-the-proto-oncogene-tyrosine-protein-kinase-c-src
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Zhengya Bai, Shasha Hou, Shilei Zhang, Zhongyan Li, Peng Zhou
Previously, we have reported a new biomolecular phenomenon spanning between protein folding and binding, termed as self-binding peptides (SBPs), where a short peptide segment in monomeric protein functions as molecular switch by dynamically binding to/unbinding from its cognate domain in the monomer (Yang C, Zhang S, He P, Wang C, Huang J, Zhou P. Self-binding peptides: folding or binding? J. Chem. Inf. MODEL: 2015, 55: 329-342). Here, we attempt to raise the SBP as a new class of druggable targets to regulate the biological activity and function of proteins...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345912/fluorogenic-templated-reaction-cascades-for-rna-detection
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Willem A Velema, Eric T Kool
Nucleic acids detection is essential to the study of biological processes and to diagnosis of pathological states. Although PCR is highly effective in vitro, methods that can function without prior sample preparation, thermal cycling, or enzymes are of interest due to their simplicity. Most current non-PCR detection methods rely on linear signal amplification, which hinders the detection of small amounts of genetic material. To address this limitation, we tested a new strategy for attaining higher-order signal amplification, in which a target sequence templates a chemical ligation and the product of this reaction is in turn detected with a second templated reaction...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345896/transcriptomics-and-lipidomics-of-the-environmental-strain-rhodococcus-ruber-point-out-consumption-pathways-and-potential-metabolic-bottlenecks-for-polyethylene-degradation
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Kevin Gravouil, Romain Ferru-Clement, Steven Colas, Reynald Helye, Linette Kadri, Ludivine Bourdeau, Bouziane Moumen, Anne Mercier, Thierry Ferreira
Polyethylene (PE), one of the most prominent synthetic polymer used worldwide, is very poorly biodegradable in the natural environment. Consequently, PE represents by itself more than half of all plastic wastes. PE biodegradation is achieved through the combination of abiotic and biotic processes. Several microorganisms have been shown to grow on the surface of PE materials, among which are the species of the Rhodococcus genus, suggesting a potent ability of these microorganisms to use, at least partly, PE as a potent carbon source...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345652/synergistic-infection-of-bryv-and-pemv-2-increases-the-accumulations-of-both-bryv-and-bryv-derived-sirnas-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
#16
Cui-Ji Zhou, Xiao-Yan Zhang, Song-Yu Liu, Ying Wang, Da-Wei Li, Jia-Lin Yu, Cheng-Gui Han
Viral synergism is caused by co-infection of two unrelated viruses, leading to more severe symptoms or increased titres of one or both viruses. Synergistic infection of phloem-restricted poleroviruses and umbraviruses has destructive effects on crop plants. The mechanism underlying this synergy remains elusive. In our study, synergism was observed in co-infections of a polerovirus Brassica yellows virus (BrYV) and an umbravirus Pea enation mosaic virus 2 (PEMV 2) on Nicotiana benthamiana, which led to (1) increased titres of BrYV, (2) appearance of severe symptoms, (3) gain of mechanical transmission capacity of BrYV, (4) broader distribution of BrYV to non-vascular tissues...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345582/enhancing-titres-of-therapeutic-viral-vectors-using-the-transgene-repression-in-vector-production-trip-system
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H E Maunder, J Wright, B R Kolli, C R Vieira, T T Mkandawire, S Tatoris, V Kennedy, S Iqball, G Devarajan, S Ellis, Y Lad, N G Clarkson, K A Mitrophanous, D C Farley
A key challenge in the field of therapeutic viral vector/vaccine manufacturing is maximizing production. For most vector platforms, the 'benchmark' vector titres are achieved with inert reporter genes. However, expression of therapeutic transgenes can often adversely affect vector titres due to biological effects on cell metabolism and/or on the vector virion itself. Here, we exemplify the novel 'Transgene Repression In vector Production' (TRiP) system for the production of both RNA- and DNA-based viral vectors...
March 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345457/special-at-rich-sequence-binding-protein-1-promotes-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-of-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#18
Jun Ma, Kaiming Wu, Zhenxian Zhao, Rong Miao, Zhe Xu
Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most aggressive malignancies worldwide. Special AT-rich sequence binding protein 1 is a nuclear matrix attachment region binding protein which participates in higher order chromatin organization and tissue-specific gene expression. However, the role of special AT-rich sequence binding protein 1 in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma remains unknown. In this study, western blot and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis were performed to identify differentially expressed special AT-rich sequence binding protein 1 in a series of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma tissue samples...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345455/recurrent-epigenetic-silencing-of-the-ptprd-tumor-suppressor-in-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Marcin Szaumkessel, Sonia Wojciechowska, Joanna Janiszewska, Natalia Zemke, Ewa Byzia, Katarzyna Kiwerska, Magdalena Kostrzewska-Poczekaj, Adam Ustaszewski, Malgorzata Jarmuz-Szymczak, Reidar Grenman, Malgorzata Wierzbicka, Anna Bartochowska, Krzysztof Szyfter, Maciej Giefing
Cellular processes like differentiation, mitotic cycle, and cell growth are regulated by tyrosine kinases with known oncogenic potential and tyrosine phosphatases that downmodulate the first. Therefore, tyrosine phosphatases are recurrent targets of gene alterations in human carcinomas. We and others suggested recently a tumor suppressor function of the PTPRD tyrosine phosphatase and reported homozygous deletions of the PTPRD locus in laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma. In this study, we investigated other gene-inactivating mechanisms potentially targeting PTPRD, including loss-of-function mutations and also epigenetic alterations like promoter DNA hypermethylation...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345224/involvement-of-multiple-chlamydia-suis-genotypes-in-porcine-conjunctivitis
#20
R Chahota, H Ogawa, K Ohya, T Yamaguchi, K D E Everett, H Fukushi
Chlamydia suis has been detected in numerous disease conditions of pigs, particularly in eye infections. This study examined recurring conjunctivitis cases in five commercial pig farms in Japan. 40.5% of the cases were identified as Chlamydia positive using impression cytology of ocular smears and a genus-specific direct fluorescent antibody. C. suis was detected in 59.5% of the samples using PCR tests targeting 16S-23S rRNA intergenic spacer region (ISR) and ompA gene. Genetic analysis of PCR amplicons revealed nine sequence variants of 16S-23S rRNA ISR and 20 sequence variants within ompA gene...
March 27, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
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