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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352745/negative-supercoiling-of-dna-by-gyrase-is-inhibited-in-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-during-adaptation-to-acid-stress
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Aoife M Colgan, Heather J Quinn, Stefani C Kary, Lesley A Mitchenall, Anthony Maxwell, Andrew Ds Cameron, Charles J Dorman
DNA in intracellular Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium relaxes during growth in the acidified (pH 4 to 5) macrophage vacuole and DNA relaxation correlates with upregulation of Salmonella genes involved in adaptation to the macrophage environment. Bacterial ATP levels did not increase during adaptation to acid pH unless the bacterium was deficient in MgtC, a cytoplasmic-membrane-located inhibitor of proton-driven F1 F0 ATP synthase activity. Inhibiting ATP binding by DNA gyrase and topo IV with novobiocin enhanced the effect of low pH on DNA relaxation...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352590/allergic-proctocolitis-is-a-risk-factor-for-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders-in-children
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Giovanni Di Nardo, Cesare Cremon, Simone Frediani, Sandra Lucarelli, Maria Pia Villa, Vincenzo Stanghellini, Giuseppe La Torre, Luigi Martemucci, Giovanni Barbara
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that allergic proctocolitis, a cause of self-limiting rectal bleeding in infants, can predispose to the development of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) later in childhood. STUDY DESIGN: We studied a cohort of 80 consecutive patients diagnosed with allergic proctocolitis. Their sibling or matched children presenting to the same hospital for minor trauma served as controls. Parents of the patients with allergic proctocolitis and controls participated in a telephone interview every 12 months until the child was at least 4 years old...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352574/mismatch-repair-status-as-a-beneficial-predictor-of-fluorouracil-based-adjuvant-chemotherapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
#3
Dingkong Liang, Si Shi, Chen Liang, Qingcai Meng, Bo Zhang, Quanxing Ni, Jin Xu, Xianjun Yu
BACKGROUND: Prior studies have indicated that patients with colorectal cancer with deficient mismatch repair have particular clinicopathologic features that distinguish them from patients with tumors with proficient mismatch repair. However, the effect of the mismatch repair status on outcomes after adjuvant chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer is still unknown. METHODS: Pancreatic cancer patients who underwent R0 resection between January 2013 and December 2015 at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center were included in this study...
January 15, 2018: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352572/phase-i-combination-study-of-the-parp-inhibitor-veliparib-plus-carboplatin-and-gemcitabine-in-patients-with-advanced-ovarian-cancer-and-other-solid-malignancies
#4
Heidi J Gray, Katherine Bell-McGuinn, Gini F Fleming, Mihaela Cristea, Hao Xiong, Danielle Sullivan, Yan Luo, Mark D McKee, Wijith Munasinghe, Lainie P Martin
OBJECTIVE: Determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended phase II dose (RP2D) of veliparib combined with carboplatin and gemcitabine in patients with advanced ovarian cancer and other nonhematologic malignancies. METHODS: In this phase I study, patients with metastatic or unresectable solid tumors and ≤2 prior chemotherapy regimens received veliparib combined with carboplatin area under the curve (AUC) 4 on day 1 and gemcitabine 800mg/m2 on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle for maximum 10cycles, followed by optional veliparib maintenance therapy...
January 15, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352562/cbs-mutations-are-good-predictors-for-b6-responsiveness-a-study-based-on-the-analysis-of-35-brazilian-classical-homocystinuria-patients
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Soraia Poloni, Fernanda Sperb-Ludwig, Taciane Borsatto, Giovana Weber Hoss, Maria Juliana R Doriqui, Emília K Embiruçu, Ney Boa-Sorte, Charles Marques, Chong A Kim, Carolina Fischinger Moura de Souza, Helio Rocha, Marcia Ribeiro, Carlos E Steiner, Carolina A Moreno, Pricila Bernardi, Eugenia Valadares, Osvaldo Artigalas, Gerson Carvalho, Hector Y C Wanderley, Johanna Kugele, Melanie Walter, Lorena Gallego-Villar, Henk J Blom, Ida Vanessa D Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is a monogenic disease caused by the deficient activity of cystathionine β-synthase (CβS). The objective of this study was to identify the CBS mutations in Brazilian patients with HCU. METHODS: gDNA samples were obtained for 35 patients (30 families) with biochemically confirmed diagnosis of HCU. All exons and exon-intron boundaries of CBS gene were sequenced. Gene expression analysis by qRT-PCR was performed in six patients...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352483/epidermal-aspects-of-type-vii-collagen-implications-for-dystrophic-epidermolysis-bullosa-and-epidermolysis-bullosa-acquisita
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REVIEW
Mika Watanabe, Ken Natsuga, Satoru Shinkuma, Hiroshi Shimizu
Type VII collagen (COL7), a major component of anchoring fibrils in the epidermal basement membrane zone, has been characterized as a defective protein in dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa and as an autoantigen in epidermolysis bullosa acquisita. Although COL7 is produced and secreted by both epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts, the role of COL7 with regard to the epidermis is rarely discussed. This review focuses on COL7 physiology and pathology as it pertains to epidermal keratinocytes. We summarize the current knowledge of COL7 production and trafficking, its involvement in keratinocyte dynamics, and epidermal carcinogenesis in COL7 deficiency and propose possible solutions to unsolved issues in this field...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352447/long-term-endocrine-effects-and-trends-in-body-mass-index-changes-in-patients-with-childhood-onset-brain-tumors
#7
Go Hun Seo, Jin-Ho Choi, Yoon-Myung Kim, Kyung-Nam Koh, Ho Joon Im, Young Shin Ra, Han-Wook Yoo
As survival rates have improved owing to advances in management strategies for pediatric brain tumors, long-term complications such as endocrine dysfunction, have emerged as a major issue. This study investigated the long-term endocrine effects of childhood-onset brain tumors in a large number of patients. This study included 151 patients with brain tumors diagnosed between January 1995 and December 2016. The following data were retrospectively reviewed: tumor location, tumor histology, endocrine abnormalities, hypothalamic involvement on brain imaging, treatment modalities, and trends in body mass index...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352264/cell-autonomous-role-of-iaspp-deficiency-in-causing-cardiocutaneous-disorders
#8
Zinaida Dedeić, Gopinath Sutendra, Ying Hu, Kathryn Chung, Elizabeth A Slee, Michael J White, Felix Y Zhou, Robert D Goldin, David J P Ferguson, Debra McAndrew, Jurgen E Schneider, Xin Lu
Desmosome components are frequently mutated in cardiac and cutaneous disorders in animals and humans and enhanced inflammation is a common feature of these diseases. Previous studies showed that inhibitor of Apoptosis Stimulating p53 Protein (iASPP) regulates desmosome integrity at cell-cell junctions and transcription in the nucleus, and its deficiency causes cardiocutaneous disorder in mice, cattle, and humans. As iASPP is a ubiquitously expressed shuttling protein with multiple functions, a key question is whether the observed cardiocutaneous phenotypes are caused by loss of a cell autonomous role of iASPP in cardiomyocytes and keratinocytes specifically or by a loss of iASPP in other cell types such as immune cells...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352261/insight-into-the-role-of-pikk-family-members-and-nf-%C3%B0%C2%BAb-in-dnadamage-induced-senescence-and-senescence-associated-secretory-phenotype-of-colon-cancer-cells
#9
Anna Strzeszewska, Olga Alster, Grażyna Mosieniak, Agata Ciolko, Ewa Sikora
Senescence of cancer cells is an important outcome of treatment of many cancer types. Cell senescence is a permanent cell cycle arrest induced by stress conditions, including DNA damage. DNA damage activates DNA damage response (DDR), which involves members of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-related kinase (PIKK) superfamily: protein kinases ATM, ATR, and DNA-PKcs. The so-far collected data indicate that ATM, with its downstream targets CHK2, p53, and p21, is the key protein involved in DDR-dependent senescence...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352251/differential-effects-of-sumo1-and-sumo3-on-pkr-activation-and-stability
#10
Ghizlane Maarifi, Faten El Asmi, Mohamed Ali Maroui, Laurent Dianoux, Mounira K Chelbi-Alix
Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)-dependent protein kinase (PKR) is a serine/threonine kinase that exerts its own phosphorylation and the phosphorylation of the α subunit of the protein synthesis initiation factor eIF-2α. PKR was identified as a target of SUMOylation and the triple PKR-SUMO deficient mutant on Lysine residues K60-K150-K440 has reduced PKR activity. We report that SUMO1 and SUMO3 expression exert differential effects on PKR localization, activation and stability. SUMO1 or SUMO3 did not alter the repartition of PKR in the cytoplasm and the nucleus...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352218/nutritional-deficiencies-and-bone-metabolism-after-endobarrier-in-obese-type-2-patients-with-diabetes
#11
Nuria Vilarrasa, Alexandra Fabregat, Silvia Toro, Amador García Gordejuela, Anna Casajoana, Mónica Montserrat, Pilar Garrido, Rafael López-Urdiales, Núria Virgili, Alejandra Planas-Vilaseca, Andreu Simó-Servat, Jordi Pujol
Endobarrier® is a minimally invasive, reversible endoscopic treatment for obesity. It provokes malabsorption along 60 cm of the small intestine, which can contribute to the development of vitamin deficiencies and to changes in bone mineral density (BMD). To determine the prevalence of nutrient deficiencies, changes in body composition and BMD during the first year after Endobarrier® placement. Twenty-one patients with type 2 diabetes met inclusion criteria. Levels of vitamins, micro and macronutrients were assessed prior and at 1, 3 and 12 months post-operatively...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352190/autophagy-promotes-msc-mediated-vascularization-in-cutaneous-wound-healing-via-regulation-of-vegf-secretion
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Y An, W J Liu, P Xue, Y Ma, L Q Zhang, B Zhu, M Qi, L Y Li, Y J Zhang, Q T Wang, Y Jin
Vascularization deficiency caused a lot of diseases, such as diabetes ulcer and myocardial infarction. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), with the self-renewal and multipotent differentiation capacities, have been used for many diseases treatment through regulation microenvironment. Numerous studies reported that MSCs transplantation could largely improve cutaneous wound healing via paracrine secretion of growth factors. However, whether MSCs take part in the angiogenesis process directly remains elusive. Previous study proved that autophagy inhibited immunosuppressive function of MSCs and prevented the degradation of MSCs function in inflammatory and senescent microenvironment...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352133/molecular-and-physiological-roles-of-the-adaptor-protein-card9-in-immunity
#13
REVIEW
Xiaoming Zhong, Bin Chen, Liang Yang, Zhiwen Yang
CARD9 is a caspase recruitment domain-containing signaling protein that plays a critical role in innate and adaptive immunity. It has been widely demonstrated that CARD9 adaptor allows pattern recognition receptors to induce NF-κB and MAPK activation, which initiates a "downstream" inflammation cytokine cascade and provides effective protection against microbial invasion, especially fungal infection. Here our aim is to update existing paradigms and summarize the most recent findings on the CARD9 signaling pathway, revealing significant mechanistic insights into the pathogenesis of CARD9 deficiency...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352108/desumoylation-of-mkk7-kinase-by-the-sumo2-3-protease-senp3-potentiates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammatory-signaling-in-macrophages
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Yimin Lao, Kai Yang, Zhaojun Wang, Xueqing Sun, Qiang Zou, Xiaoyan Yu, Jinke Cheng, Xuemei Tong, Edward Th Yeh, Jie Yang, Jing Yi
Protein SUMOylation has been reported to play a role in innate immune response, but the enzymes, substrates, and consequences of the specific inflammatory signaling events are largely unknown. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are abundantly produced during macrophage activation and required for Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-mediated inflammatory signaling. Previously, we demonstrated that SENP3 is a redox-sensitive SUMO2/3 protease. To explore any links between reversible SUMOylation and ROS-related inflammatory signaling in macrophage activation, we generated mice with SENP3 conditional knockout in myeloid cells...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352090/production-of-ophthalmic-acid-using-engineered-escherichia-coli
#15
Tomokazu Ito, Maiko Tokoro, Ran Hori, Hisashi Hemmi, Tohru Yoshimura
Ophthalmic acid (l-γ-glutamyl-l-2-aminobutyryl-glycine, OA) is an analog of glutathione (l-γ-glutamyl-l-cysteinyl-glycine, GSH) in which the cysteine moiety is replaced by l-2-aminobutyrate. OA is a useful peptide for the pharmaceutical and/or food industries. Herein, we report a method for the production of OA using engineered Escherichia coli cells. The yggS-deficient E. coli cells, which lack the highly conserved pyridoxal 5' -phosphate-binding protein YggS and naturally accumulate OA, were selected as the starting strain background...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352080/functional-analysis-of-cancer-associated-dna-polymerase-%C3%AE%C2%B5-variants-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#16
Stephanie R Barbari, Daniel P Kane, Elizabeth A Moore, Polina V Shcherbakova
DNA replication fidelity relies on base selectivity of the replicative DNA polymerases, exonucleolytic proofreading, and post-replicative DNA mismatch repair (MMR). Ultramutated human cancers without MMR defects carry alterations in the exonuclease domain of DNA polymerase ε (Polε). They have been hypothesized to result from defective proofreading. However, modeling in yeast of the most common variant, Polε-P286R, produced an unexpectedly strong mutator effect that exceeded the effect of proofreading deficiency by two orders of magnitude and indicated the involvement of other infidelity factors...
January 19, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352038/microenvironment-induced-cd44v6-promotes-early-disease-progression-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#17
Julia C Gutjahr, Eva Szenes, Lisa Tschech, Daniela Asslaber, Michaela Schlederer, Simone Roos, Xiaobing Yu, Tamara Girbl, Christina Sternberg, Alexander Egle, Fritz Aberger, Ronen Alon, Lukas Kenner, Richard Greil, Veronique Orian-Rousseau, Tanja N Hartmann
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) outgrowth depends on signals from the microenvironment. We have previously found that in vitro reconstitution of this microenvironment induces specific variant isoforms of the adhesion molecule CD44, which confer human CLL with high affinity to hyaluronan (HA). Here, we determined the in vivo contribution of standard CD44 and its variants to leukemic B-cell homing and proliferation in Tcl1 transgenic mice with a B-cell-specific CD44 deficiency. In these mice, leukemia onset was delayed and leukemic infiltration of spleen, liver, and lungs, but not of bone marrow was decreased...
January 19, 2018: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352015/sox2-is-required-for-olfactory-pit-formation-and-olfactory-neurogenesis-through-bmp-restriction-and-hes5-upregulation
#18
Tamilarasan K Panaliappan, Walter Wittmann, Vijay K Jidigam, Sara Mercurio, Jessica A Bertolini, Soufien Sghari, Raj Bose, Cedric Patthey, Silvia K Nicolis, Lena Gunhaga
The transcription factor Sox2 is necessary to maintain pluripotency of embryonic stem cells, and to regulate neural development. Neurogenesis in the vertebrate olfactory epithelium persists from embryonic stages through adulthood. The role Sox2 plays for the development of the olfactory epithelium and neurogenesis within has, however, not been determined. Here, by analysing Sox2 conditional knockout mouse embryos and chick embryos deprived of Sox2 in the olfactory epithelium using CRISPR-Cas9, we show that Sox2 activity is crucial for the induction of the neural progenitor gene Hes5 and for subsequent differentiation of the neuronal lineage...
January 19, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352010/genetics-of-syndromic-and-non-syndromic-mitral-valve-prolapse
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REVIEW
Thierry Le Tourneau, Jean Mérot, Antoine Rimbert, Solena Le Scouarnec, Vincent Probst, Hervé Le Marec, Robert A Levine, Jean-Jacques Schott
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common condition that affects 2%-3% of the general population. MVP is thought to include syndromic forms such as Marfan syndrome and non-syndromic MVP, which is the most frequent form. Myxomatous degeneration and fibroelastic deficiency (FED) are regarded as two different forms of non-syndromic MVP. While FED is still considered a degenerative disease associated with ageing, frequent familial clustering has been demonstrated for myxomatous MVP. Familial and genetic studies led to the recognition of reduced penetrance and large phenotypic variability, and to the identification of prodromal or atypical forms as a part of the complex spectrum of the disease...
January 19, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352002/intestinal-epithelial-cell-derived-lkb1-suppresses-colitogenic-microbiota
#20
Xia'nan Liu, Jinfeng Lu, Zhenshan Liu, Junjie Zhao, Hongxiang Sun, Ningbo Wu, Hongzhi Liu, Weiwei Liu, Zhuqin Hu, Guangxun Meng, Lei Shen, Aaron W Miller, Bing Su, Xiaoxia Li, Zizhen Kang
Dysregulation of the immune barrier function of the intestinal epithelium can often result in dysbiosis. In this study we report a novel role of intestinal epithelial cell (IEC) -derived liver kinase B1 (LKB1) in suppressing colitogenic microbiota. IEC-specific deletion of LKB1 (LKB1ΔIEC) resulted in an increased susceptibility to dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis and a definitive shift in the composition of the microbial population in the mouse intestine. Importantly, transfer of the microbiota from LKB1ΔIEC mice was sufficient to confer increased susceptibility to DSS-induced colitis in wild-type recipient mice...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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