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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280050/single-stranded-dna-library-preparation-preferentially-enriches-short-maternal-dna-in-maternal-plasma
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Joaquim S L Vong, Jason C H Tsang, Peiyong Jiang, Wing-Shan Lee, Tak Yeung Leung, K C Allen Chan, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested that single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) library preparation can enrich short DNA species from the plasma of healthy individuals, cancer patients, and transplant recipients. Based on previous observations that fetal DNA molecules in the maternal plasma are shorter than maternal DNA molecules, ssDNA library preparation may potentially enrich fetal DNA and provide substantial improvement in noninvasive prenatal testing. METHODS: We tested this hypothesis by comparing the maternal plasma DNA sequencing results using 2 types of ssDNA library preparation methods and a standard double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) library method using samples from first- and third-trimester pregnancies...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238813/genomewide-bisulfite-sequencing-reveals-the-origin-and-time-dependent-fragmentation-of-urinary-cfdna
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Timothy H T Cheng, Peiyong Jiang, Jacqueline C W Tam, Xiao Sun, Wing-Shan Lee, Stephanie C Y Yu, Jeremy Y C Teoh, Peter K F Chiu, Chi-Fai Ng, Kai-Ming Chow, Cheuk-Chun Szeto, K C Allen Chan, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo
Urinary cell-free (cf) DNA holds great potential as a completely noninvasive form of liquid biopsy. Knowledge of the composition of cfDNA by tissue of origin is useful for guiding its clinical uses. We conducted a global survey of urinary cfDNA composition using genomewide bisulfite sequencing. While previous studies focused on detecting cfDNA from a single source at a time, genomewide tissue specific methylation signatures allow us to simultaneously deduce the proportional contribution from each contributing tissue...
February 23, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194040/abnormal-degradation-of-the-neuronal-stress-protective-transcription-factor-hsf1-in-huntington-s-disease
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Rocio Gomez-Pastor, Eileen T Burchfiel, Daniel W Neef, Alex M Jaeger, Elisa Cabiscol, Spencer U McKinstry, Argenia Doss, Alejandro Aballay, Donald C Lo, Sergey S Akimov, Christopher A Ross, Cagla Eroglu, Dennis J Thiele
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by poly-glutamine expansion in the Htt protein, resulting in Htt misfolding and cell death. Expression of the cellular protein folding and pro-survival machinery by heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) ameliorates biochemical and neurobiological defects caused by protein misfolding. We report that HSF1 is degraded in cells and mice expressing mutant Htt, in medium spiny neurons derived from human HD iPSCs and in brain samples from patients with HD...
February 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165140/coffee-control-free-noninvasive-fetal-chromosomal-examination-using-maternal-plasma-dna
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Kun Sun, K C Allen Chan, Irena Hudecova, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo, Peiyong Jiang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to develop an approach for analyzing plasma DNA sequencing data for noninvasive fetal chromosomal aneuploidy testing that does not require the comparison with control samples or a series of selected genomic regions. RESULTS: We developed the control-free noninvasive fetal chromosomal examination (COFFEE) algorithm by utilizing the size differences between the fetally derived and maternally derived DNA molecules in maternal plasma...
February 6, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146470/rare-and-low-frequency-coding-variants-alter-human-adult-height
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Eirini Marouli, Mariaelisa Graff, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Ken Sin Lo, Andrew R Wood, Troels R Kjaer, Rebecca S Fine, Yingchang Lu, Claudia Schurmann, Heather M Highland, Sina Rüeger, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Anne E Justice, David Lamparter, Kathleen E Stirrups, Valérie Turcot, Kristin L Young, Thomas W Winkler, Tõnu Esko, Tugce Karaderi, Adam E Locke, Nicholas G D Masca, Maggie C Y Ng, Poorva Mudgal, Manuel A Rivas, Sailaja Vedantam, Anubha Mahajan, Xiuqing Guo, Goncalo Abecasis, Katja K Aben, Linda S Adair, Dewan S Alam, Eva Albrecht, Kristine H Allin, Matthew Allison, Philippe Amouyel, Emil V Appel, Dominique Arveiler, Folkert W Asselbergs, Paul L Auer, Beverley Balkau, Bernhard Banas, Lia E Bang, Marianne Benn, Sven Bergmann, Lawrence F Bielak, Matthias Blüher, Heiner Boeing, Eric Boerwinkle, Carsten A Böger, Lori L Bonnycastle, Jette Bork-Jensen, Michiel L Bots, Erwin P Bottinger, Donald W Bowden, Ivan Brandslund, Gerome Breen, Murray H Brilliant, Linda Broer, Amber A Burt, Adam S Butterworth, David J Carey, Mark J Caulfield, John C Chambers, Daniel I Chasman, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Rajiv Chowdhury, Cramer Christensen, Audrey Y Chu, Massimiliano Cocca, Francis S Collins, James P Cook, Janie Corley, Jordi Corominas Galbany, Amanda J Cox, Gabriel Cuellar-Partida, John Danesh, Gail Davies, Paul I W de Bakker, Gert J de Borst, Simon de Denus, Mark C H de Groot, Renée de Mutsert, Ian J Deary, George Dedoussis, Ellen W Demerath, Anneke I den Hollander, Joe G Dennis, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Fotios Drenos, Mengmeng Du, Alison M Dunning, Douglas F Easton, Tapani Ebeling, Todd L Edwards, Patrick T Ellinor, Paul Elliott, Evangelos Evangelou, Aliki-Eleni Farmaki, Jessica D Faul, Mary F Feitosa, Shuang Feng, Ele Ferrannini, Marco M Ferrario, Jean Ferrieres, Jose C Florez, Ian Ford, Myriam Fornage, Paul W Franks, Ruth Frikke-Schmidt, Tessel E Galesloot, Wei Gan, Ilaria Gandin, Paolo Gasparini, Vilmantas Giedraitis, Ayush Giri, Giorgia Girotto, Scott D Gordon, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Mathias Gorski, Niels Grarup, Megan L Grove, Vilmundur Gudnason, Stefan Gustafsson, Torben Hansen, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Tamara B Harris, Andrew T Hattersley, Caroline Hayward, Liang He, Iris M Heid, Kauko Heikkilä, Øyvind Helgeland, Jussi Hernesniemi, Alex W Hewitt, Lynne J Hocking, Mette Hollensted, Oddgeir L Holmen, G Kees Hovingh, Joanna M M Howson, Carel B Hoyng, Paul L Huang, Kristian Hveem, M Arfan Ikram, Erik Ingelsson, Anne U Jackson, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Gail P Jarvik, Gorm B Jensen, Min A Jhun, Yucheng Jia, Xuejuan Jiang, Stefan Johansson, Marit E Jørgensen, Torben Jørgensen, Pekka Jousilahti, J Wouter Jukema, Bratati Kahali, René S Kahn, Mika Kähönen, Pia R Kamstrup, Stavroula Kanoni, Jaakko Kaprio, Maria Karaleftheri, Sharon L R Kardia, Fredrik Karpe, Frank Kee, Renske Keeman, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Hidetoshi Kitajima, Kirsten B Kluivers, Thomas Kocher, Pirjo Komulainen, Jukka Kontto, Jaspal S Kooner, Charles Kooperberg, Peter Kovacs, Jennifer Kriebel, Helena Kuivaniemi, Sébastien Küry, Johanna Kuusisto, Martina La Bianca, Markku Laakso, Timo A Lakka, Ethan M Lange, Leslie A Lange, Carl D Langefeld, Claudia Langenberg, Eric B Larson, I-Te Lee, Terho Lehtimäki, Cora E Lewis, Huaixing Li, Jin Li, Ruifang Li-Gao, Honghuang Lin, Li-An Lin, Xu Lin, Lars Lind, Jaana Lindström, Allan Linneberg, Yeheng Liu, Yongmei Liu, Artitaya Lophatananon, Jian'an Luan, Steven A Lubitz, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, David A Mackey, Pamela A F Madden, Alisa K Manning, Satu Männistö, Gaëlle Marenne, Jonathan Marten, Nicholas G Martin, Angela L Mazul, Karina Meidtner, Andres Metspalu, Paul Mitchell, Karen L Mohlke, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Anna Morgan, Andrew D Morris, Andrew P Morris, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Patricia B Munroe, Mike A Nalls, Matthias Nauck, Christopher P Nelson, Matt Neville, Sune F Nielsen, Kjell Nikus, Pål R Njølstad, Børge G Nordestgaard, Ioanna Ntalla, Jeffrey R O'Connel, Heikki Oksa, Loes M Olde Loohuis, Roel A Ophoff, Katharine R Owen, Chris J Packard, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Colin N A Palmer, Gerard Pasterkamp, Aniruddh P Patel, Alison Pattie, Oluf Pedersen, Peggy L Peissig, Gina M Peloso, Craig E Pennell, Markus Perola, James A Perry, John R B Perry, Thomas N Person, Ailith Pirie, Ozren Polasek, Danielle Posthuma, Olli T Raitakari, Asif Rasheed, Rainer Rauramaa, Dermot F Reilly, Alex P Reiner, Frida Renström, Paul M Ridker, John D Rioux, Neil Robertson, Antonietta Robino, Olov Rolandsson, Igor Rudan, Katherine S Ruth, Danish Saleheen, Veikko Salomaa, Nilesh J Samani, Kevin Sandow, Yadav Sapkota, Naveed Sattar, Marjanka K Schmidt, Pamela J Schreiner, Matthias B Schulze, Robert A Scott, Marcelo P Segura-Lepe, Svati Shah, Xueling Sim, Suthesh Sivapalaratnam, Kerrin S Small, Albert Vernon Smith, Jennifer A Smith, Lorraine Southam, Timothy D Spector, Elizabeth K Speliotes, John M Starr, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Heather M Stringham, Michael Stumvoll, Praveen Surendran, Leen M 't Hart, Katherine E Tansey, Jean-Claude Tardif, Kent D Taylor, Alexander Teumer, Deborah J Thompson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Betina H Thuesen, Anke Tönjes, Gerard Tromp, Stella Trompet, Emmanouil Tsafantakis, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, Jonathan P Tyrer, Rudolf Uher, André G Uitterlinden, Sheila Ulivi, Sander W van der Laan, Andries R Van Der Leij, Cornelia M van Duijn, Natasja M van Schoor, Jessica van Setten, Anette Varbo, Tibor V Varga, Rohit Varma, Digna R Velez Edwards, Sita H Vermeulen, Henrik Vestergaard, Veronique Vitart, Thomas F Vogt, Diego Vozzi, Mark Walker, Feijie Wang, Carol A Wang, Shuai Wang, Yiqin Wang, Nicholas J Wareham, Helen R Warren, Jennifer Wessel, Sara M Willems, James G Wilson, Daniel R Witte, Michael O Woods, Ying Wu, Hanieh Yaghootkar, Jie Yao, Pang Yao, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Robin Young, Eleftheria Zeggini, Xiaowei Zhan, Weihua Zhang, Jing Hua Zhao, Wei Zhao, Wei Zhao, He Zheng, Wei Zhou, Jerome I Rotter, Michael Boehnke, Sekar Kathiresan, Mark I McCarthy, Cristen J Willer, Kari Stefansson, Ingrid B Borecki, Dajiang J Liu, Kari E North, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Tune H Pers, Cecilia M Lindgren, Claus Oxvig, Zoltán Kutalik, Fernando Rivadeneira, Ruth J F Loos, Timothy M Frayling, Joel N Hirschhorn, Panos Deloukas, Guillaume Lettre
Height is a highly heritable, classic polygenic trait with approximately 700 common associated variants identified through genome-wide association studies so far. Here, we report 83 height-associated coding variants with lower minor-allele frequencies (in the range of 0.1-4.8%) and effects of up to 2 centimetres per allele (such as those in IHH, STC2, AR and CRISPLD2), greater than ten times the average effect of common variants. In functional follow-up studies, rare height-increasing alleles of STC2 (giving an increase of 1-2 centimetres per allele) compromised proteolytic inhibition of PAPP-A and increased cleavage of IGFBP-4 in vitro, resulting in higher bioavailability of insulin-like growth factors...
February 9, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077575/effector-attenuating-substitutions-that-maintain-antibody-stability-and-reduce-toxicity-in-mice
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Megan Lo, Hok Seon Kim, Raymond K Tong, Travis W Bainbridge, Jean-Michel Vernes, Yin Zhang, Yuwen Linda Lin, Shan Chung, Mark S Dennis, Y Joy Yu Zuchero, Ryan J Watts, Jessica A Couch, Y Gloria Meng, Jasvinder K Atwal, Randall J Brezski, Christoph Spiess, James A Ernst
The antibody Fc region regulates antibody cytotoxic activities and serum half-life. In a therapeutic context, however, the cytotoxic effector function of an antibody is often not desirable and can create safety liabilities by activating native host immune defenses against cells expressing the receptor antigens. Several amino acid changes in the Fc region have been reported to silence or reduce the effector function of antibodies. These earlier studies focused primarily on the interaction of human antibodies with human Fc-γ receptors, and it remains largely unknown how such changes to Fc might translate to the context of a murine antibody...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974386/combined-count-and-size-based-analysis-of-maternal-plasma-dna-for-noninvasive-prenatal-detection-of-fetal-subchromosomal-aberrations-facilitates-elucidation-of-the-fetal-and-or-maternal-origin-of-the-aberrations
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Stephanie C Y Yu, Peiyong Jiang, K C Allen Chan, Brigitte H W Faas, Kwong W Choy, Wing C Leung, Tak Y Leung, Y M Dennis Lo, Rossa W K Chiu
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive prenatal detection of fetal subchromosomal copy number aberrations (CNAs) can be achieved through massively parallel sequencing of maternal plasma DNA. However, when a mother herself is a carrier of a CNA, one cannot discern if her fetus has inherited the CNA. In addition, false-positive results would become more prevalent when more subchromosomal regions are analyzed. METHODS: We used a strategy that combined count- and size-based analyses of maternal plasma DNA for the detection of fetal subchromosomal CNAs in 7 target regions for 10 test cases...
December 14, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932412/universal-haplotype-based-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-for-single-gene-diseases
#8
Winnie W I Hui, Peiyong Jiang, Yu K Tong, Wing-Shan Lee, Yvonne K Y Cheng, Maria I New, Rezan A Kadir, K C Allen Chan, Tak Y Leung, Y M Dennis Lo, Rossa W K Chiu
BACKGROUND: Researchers have developed approaches for the noninvasive prenatal testing of single gene diseases. One approach that allows for the noninvasive assessment of both maternally and paternally inherited mutations involves the analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in maternal plasma DNA with reference to parental haplotype information. In the past, parental haplotypes were resolved by complex experimental methods or inferential approaches, such as through the analysis of DNA from other affected family members...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799561/second-generation-noninvasive-fetal-genome-analysis-reveals-de-novo-mutations-single-base-parental-inheritance-and-preferred-dna-ends
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K C Allen Chan, Peiyong Jiang, Kun Sun, Yvonne K Y Cheng, Yu K Tong, Suk Hang Cheng, Ada I C Wong, Irena Hudecova, Tak Y Leung, Rossa W K Chiu, Yuk Ming Dennis Lo
Plasma DNA obtained from a pregnant woman was sequenced to a depth of 270× haploid genome coverage. Comparing the maternal plasma DNA sequencing data with the parental genomic DNA data and using a series of bioinformatics filters, fetal de novo mutations were detected at a sensitivity of 85% and a positive predictive value of 74%. These results represent a 169-fold improvement in the positive predictive value over previous attempts. Improvements in the interpretation of the sequence information of every base position in the genome allowed us to interrogate the maternal inheritance of the fetus for 618,271 of 656,676 (94...
December 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784706/dried-blood-spot-reference-intervals-for-steroids-and-amino-acids-in-a-neonatal-cohort-of-the-national-children-s-study
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Dennis J Dietzen, Michael J Bennett, Stanley F Lo, Vijay L Grey, Patti M Jones
BACKGROUND: Reference intervals from children are limited by access to healthy children and their limited blood volumes. In this study we set out to fill gaps in pediatric reference intervals for amino acids and steroid hormones using dried blood spots (DBS) from a cohort of the National Children's Study. METHODS: Deidentified DBS annotated with age, birthweight, sex, and geographic location were obtained from 310 newborns aged 0-4 days and analyzed for 25 amino acids and 4 steroid hormones using LC-MS/MS...
December 2016: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774548/a-biotin-conjugated-glutathione-responsive-fret-based-fluorescent-probe-with-a-ferrocenyl-bodipy-as-the-dark-quencher
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Wen-Jing Shi, Pui-Chi Lo, Shirui Zhao, Roy C H Wong, Qiong Wang, Wing-Ping Fong, Dennis K P Ng
An efficient ferrocenyl BODIPY based dark quencher has been developed and employed to construct a FRET-based fluorescent probe that contains a biotin moiety as a potential directing ligand for cancer cells and a glutathione-cleavable disulfide linker connecting the quencher and a distyryl BODIPY fluorophore. This molecular probe is deactivated in the native form through FRET followed by intramolecular charge transfer due to the ferrocenyl unit. However, upon interaction with glutathione in phosphate buffered saline and inside cancer cells, the fluorescence emission is significantly increased due to detachment of the fluorophore from the quencher...
October 24, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27620950/cell-free-dna-in-maternal-plasma-and-serum-a-comparison-of-quantity-quality-and-tissue-origin-using-genomic-and-epigenomic-approaches
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Felix C K Wong, Kun Sun, Peiyong Jiang, Yvonne K Y Cheng, K C Allen Chan, Tak Y Leung, Rossa W K Chiu, Yuk Ming Dennis Lo
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to compare the concentrations, size profiles and major tissue contributors of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in plasma and in serum. DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirteen pregnant women in the third trimester were recruited for this study. We collected EDTA-plasma and serum samples using various collection tubes. We determined their cfDNA concentrations and fetal cfDNA fractions using a zinc-finger X (ZFX)/zinc-finger Y (ZFY) droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ZFX/ZFY ddPCR) assay...
December 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27525383/tracing-the-tissue-of-origin-of-plasma-dna-feasibility-and-implications
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Yuk Ming Dennis Lo, Wai Kei Jacky Lam
Scientists have been exploring cell-free DNA in plasma for a wider clinical application in addition to noninvasive prenatal testing. Tracing the tissue of origin of plasma DNA is the next important step. In this perspective, we discuss different approaches recently reported for tracing the tissue of origin of plasma DNA and the implications.
July 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27396392/an-acid-cleavable-phthalocyanine-tetramer-as-an-activatable-photosensitiser-for-photodynamic-therapy
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Sun Y S Chow, Pui-Chi Lo, Dennis K P Ng
An acetal-linked self-quenched zinc(ii) phthalocyanine tetramer has been prepared. In an acidic environment in phosphate buffered saline or inside tumour cells, the phthalocyanine units of the tetramer are separated thereby restoring the fluorescence emission and singlet oxygen production. This response enables this compound to serve as a promising activatable photosensitiser for photodynamic therapy.
August 16, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27383789/corrigendum-sfrp2-in-the-aged-microenvironment-drives-melanoma-metastasis-and-therapy-resistance
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Amanpreet Kaur, Marie R Webster, Katie Marchbank, Reeti Behera, Abibatou Ndoye, Curtis H Kugel, Vanessa M Dang, Jessica Appleton, Michael P O'Connell, Phil Cheng, Alexander A Valiga, Rachel Morissette, Nazli B McDonnell, Luigi Ferrucci, Andrew V Kossenkov, Katrina Meeth, Hsin-Yao Tang, Xiangfan Yin, William H Wood, Elin Lehrmann, Kevin G Becker, Keith T Flaherty, Dennie T Frederick, Jennifer A Wargo, Zachary A Cooper, Michael T Tetzlaff, Courtney Hudgens, Katherine M Aird, Rugang Zhang, Xiaowei Xu, Qin Liu, Edmund Bartlett, Giorgos Karakousis, Zeynep Eroglu, Roger S Lo, Matthew Chan, Alexander M Menzies, Georgina V Long, Douglas B Johnson, Jeffrey Sosman, Bastian Schilling, Dirk Schadendorf, David W Speicher, Marcus Bosenberg, Antoni Ribas, Ashani T Weeraratna
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 8, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27379603/group-relationships-in-early-and-late-sessions-and-improvement-in-interpersonal-problems
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Gianluca Lo Coco, Salvatore Gullo, Carla Di Fratello, Cecilia Giordano, Dennis M Kivlighan
Groups are more effective when positive bonds are established and interpersonal conflicts resolved in early sessions and work is accomplished in later sessions. Previous research has provided mixed support for this group development model. We performed a test of this theoretical perspective using group members' (actors) and aggregated group members' (partners) perceptions of positive bonding, positive working, and negative group relationships measured early and late in interpersonal growth groups. Participants were 325 Italian graduate students randomly (within semester) assigned to 1 of 16 interpersonal growth groups...
July 2016: Journal of Counseling Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27139139/ph-and-thiol-responsive-bodipy-based-photosensitizers-for-targeted-photodynamic-therapy
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Xiong-Jie Jiang, Janet T F Lau, Qiong Wang, Dennis K P Ng, Pui-Chi Lo
A diiodo distyryl boron dipyrromethene (BODIPY) core was conjugated to two ferrocenyl quenchers through acid-labile ketal and/or thiol-cleavable disulfide linkers, of which the fluorescence and photosensitizing properties were significantly quenched through a photoinduced electron-transfer process. The two symmetrical analogues that contained either the ketal or disulfide linkers could only be activated by a single stimulus, whereas the unsymmetrical analogue was responsive to dual stimuli. Upon interaction with acid and/or dithiothreitol (DTT), these linkers were cleaved selectively...
June 6, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27129983/the-long-and-short-of-circulating-cell-free-dna-and-the-ins-and-outs-of-molecular-diagnostics
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REVIEW
Peiyong Jiang, Y M Dennis Lo
The discovery of cell-free tumor and fetal DNA molecules in the plasma of cancer patients and pregnant women, respectively, has opened up exciting opportunities in molecular diagnosis. The understanding of the biological properties of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) molecules would be essential for us to make the best use of such molecules in different clinical settings. In this review we start by exploring the technologies that have been used for analyzing the size profiles of cfDNA in plasma. We then review the size profiles of cfDNA in different clinical scenarios, including cancer, pregnancy, transplantation, and autoimmune diseases...
June 2016: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27126326/screening-for-depression-in-older-people-on-acute-medical-wards-the-validity-of-the-edinburgh-depression-scale
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Collins Esiwe, Sarah Baillon, Aniruddha Rajkonwar, James Lindesay, Nelson Lo, Michael Dennis
BACKGROUND: depression is common in people with poor physical health, particularly within the acute medical in-patient setting. Co-morbid depression contributes to poor outcomes, and screening for depression in acute medical in-patients has been advocated. The Edinburgh Depression Scale (EDS) has been validated in a variety of general hospital patient groups, but not previously in older acute medical in-patients. METHODS: one hundred and eighteen patients aged 65 and older on acute medical wards were assessed using a standardised diagnostic interview (Present State Examination-Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry) to identify depression according to ICD-10 criteria...
July 2016: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27042933/sfrp2-in-the-aged-microenvironment-drives-melanoma-metastasis-and-therapy-resistance
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Amanpreet Kaur, Marie R Webster, Katie Marchbank, Reeti Behera, Abibatou Ndoye, Curtis H Kugel, Vanessa M Dang, Jessica Appleton, Michael P O'Connell, Phil Cheng, Alexander A Valiga, Rachel Morissette, Nazli B McDonnell, Luigi Ferrucci, Andrew V Kossenkov, Katrina Meeth, Hsin-Yao Tang, Xiangfan Yin, William H Wood, Elin Lehrmann, Kevin G Becker, Keith T Flaherty, Dennie T Frederick, Jennifer A Wargo, Zachary A Cooper, Michael T Tetzlaff, Courtney Hudgens, Katherine M Aird, Rugang Zhang, Xiaowei Xu, Qin Liu, Edmund Bartlett, Giorgos Karakousis, Zeynep Eroglu, Roger S Lo, Matthew Chan, Alexander M Menzies, Georgina V Long, Douglas B Johnson, Jeffrey Sosman, Bastian Schilling, Dirk Schadendorf, David W Speicher, Marcus Bosenberg, Antoni Ribas, Ashani T Weeraratna
Cancer is a disease of ageing. Clinically, aged cancer patients tend to have a poorer prognosis than young. This may be due to accumulated cellular damage, decreases in adaptive immunity, and chronic inflammation. However, the effects of the aged microenvironment on tumour progression have been largely unexplored. Since dermal fibroblasts can have profound impacts on melanoma progression, we examined whether age-related changes in dermal fibroblasts could drive melanoma metastasis and response to targeted therapy...
April 14, 2016: Nature
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