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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205541/identification-of-a-substrate-domain-that-determines-system-specificity-in-mycobacterial-type-vii-secretion-systems
#1
Trang H Phan, Roy Ummels, Wilbert Bitter, Edith N G Houben
Type VII secretion (T7S) systems are specialized machineries used by mycobacterial pathogens to transport important virulence factors across their highly hydrophobic cell envelope. There are up to five mycobacterial T7S systems, named ESX-1 to ESX-5, at least three of which specifically secrete a different subset of substrates. The T7S substrates or substrate complexes are defined by the general secretion motif YxxxD/E. However this motif does not determine system specificity. Here, we show that the substrate domain recognized by the EspG chaperone is the determinant factor for this specificity...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201865/prolongation-of-prothrombin-time-in-the-presence-of-rivaroxaban-is-this-the-only-cause
#2
Safoorah Sagheer, Simon McRae
Rivaroxaban is an oral direct Xa inhibitor that can lead to prolongation of prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time. However, these basic coagulation tests are not specific for the anticoagulant effect of rivaroxaban and other confounding factors should be considered while interpreting the test results. We report a case of a patient on rivaroxaban, where underlying factor VII deficiency led to confusion in the interpretation of prothrombin time results and delayed her surgery.
February 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195355/factor-vii-and-incidence-of-myocardial-infarction-in-a-japanese-population-the-jichi-medical-school-cohort-study
#3
Takuya Shiraishi, Shizukiyo Ishikawa, Kazuomi Kario, Kazunori Kayaba, Eiji Kajii
BACKGROUND: The role of factor VII (FVII) as a risk factor in myocardial infarction (MI) has been the subject of numerous studies. However, it remains uncertain whether the FVII levels are associated with development of MI. METHODS: The subjects were 4142 men and women whose activated FVII (FVIIa) and FVII coagulant (FVIIc) levels were measured in the Jichi Medical School Cohort Study. Subjects were divided into tertiles by FVIIa and FVIIc levels, and Cox's proportional hazard model was used to calculate hazard ratios (HRs) for MI...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190698/therapeutic-effects-of-cannabinoids-in-animal-models-of-seizures-epilepsy-epileptogenesis-and-epilepsy-related-neuroprotection
#4
REVIEW
Evan C Rosenberg, Pabitra H Patra, Benjamin J Whalley
The isolation and identification of the discrete plant cannabinoids in marijuana revived interest in analyzing historical therapeutic claims made for cannabis in clinical case studies and anecdotes. In particular, sources as old as the 11th and 15th centuries claimed efficacy for crude marijuana extracts in the treatment of convulsive disorders, prompting a particularly active area of preclinical research into the therapeutic potential of plant cannabinoids in epilepsy. Since that time, a large body of literature has accumulated describing the effects of several of the >100 individual plant cannabinoids in preclinical models of seizures, epilepsy, epileptogenesis, and epilepsy-related neuroprotection...
February 9, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180234/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-tecarfarin-a-novel-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulant
#5
Detlef Albrecht, David Ellis, Daniel M Canafax, Daniel Combs, Pascal Druzgala, Peter G Milner, Mark G Midei
Tecarfarin is a vitamin K antagonist (VKA) with reduced propensity for drug interactions. To evaluate the pharmacokinetic (PK), pharmacodynamic (PD), and safety of tecarfarin, we performed single ascending dose (SAD) (n=66), multiple ascending dose (MAD) (n=43), and tecarfarin versus warfarin (n=28) studies in human volunteers. In the SAD, tecarfarin was administered to 5 of 6 subjects (1 received placebo) in each of 11 cohorts. AUC0-∞ exhibited linearity and dose proportionality. Elimination T1/2 ranged from 87-136 hours (h) across all doses...
February 9, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179291/synergistic-inhibitory-effect-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-astragaloside-iv-and-curcumin-on-tumor-growth-and-angiogenesis-in-an-orthotopic-nude-mouse-model-of-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#6
Shuo Zhang, Decai Tang, Wenhua Zang, Gang Yin, Jianguo Dai, Y U Sun, Zhijian Yang, Robert M Hoffman, Xiuxia Guo
AIM: The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), astragaloside IV (AS-IV) and curcumin on tumor growth and angiogenesis in an orthotopic nude-mouse model of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We have previously shown the usefulness of orthotopic models of human cancer for evaluation of the efficacy of TCM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nude mice with orthotopic HepG2 HCC were treated with vehicle control (0...
2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179082/dna-aptamer-affinity-ligands-for-highly-selective-purification-of-human-plasma-related-proteins-from-multiple-sources
#7
Cynthia Forier, Egisto Boschetti, Mohamed Ouhammouch, Agnès Cibiel, Frédéric Ducongé, Michel Nogré, Michel Tellier, Damien Bataille, Nicolas Bihoreau, Patrick Santambien, Sami Chtourou, Gérald Perret
Nucleic acid aptamers are promising ligands for analytical and preparative-scale affinity chromatography applications. However, a full industrial exploitation requires that aptamer-grafted chromatography media provide a number of high technical standards that remained largely untested. Ideally, they should exhibit relatively high binding capacity associated to a very high degree of specificity. In addition, they must be highly resistant to harsh cleaning/sanitization conditions, as well as to prolonged and repeated exposure to biological environment...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176610/bleeding-manifestations-in-heterozygotes-with-congenital-fvii-deficiency-a-comparison-with-unaffected-family-members-during-a-long-observation-period
#8
Antonio Girolami, Elisabetta Cosi, Silvia Ferrari, Bruno Girolami, Anna Maria Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether heterozygotes with FVII deficiency have a bleeding tendency or not. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighty-four patients (OK) heterozygous for FVII deficiency, at the onset of the study, were paired with unaffected family members and followed for a long period of time (mean 22.6 years) for the occurrence of bleeding. Diagnosis of heterozygosis had to be based on family studies, clotting, immunological assays and genetic analysis. RESULTS: The mean FVII activity level was 0...
February 8, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170202/autologous-neohep-derived-from-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-patients-blood-monocytes-by-upregulation-of-c-met-signaling
#9
Jashdeep Bhattacharjee, Barun Das, Disha Sharma, Preeti Sahay, Kshama Jain, Alaknanda Mishra, Srikanth Iyer, Puja Nagpal, Vinod Scaria, Perumal Nagarajan, Prakash Khanduri, Asok Mukhopadhyay, Pramod Upadhyay
In view of the escalating need for autologous cell-based therapy for treatment of liver diseases, a novel candidate has been explored in the present study. The monocytes isolated from hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) nucleic acid test (NAT)-positive (HNP) blood were differentiated to hepatocyte-like cells (NeoHep) in vitro by a two-step culture procedure. The excess neutrophils present in HNP blood were removed before setting up the culture. In the first step of culture, apoptotic cells were depleted and genes involved in hypoxia were induced, which was followed by the upregulation of genes involved in the c-MET signaling pathway in the second step...
January 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164683/diagnostic-error-of-a-patient-with-combined-inherited-factor-vii-and-factor-x-deficiency-due-to-accidental-ingestion-of-a-diphacinone-rodenticide
#10
Min Li, Yanhui Jin, Mingshan Wang, Yaosheng Xie, Hongxiang Ding
BACKGROUND: To explore the characteristics of laboratory examination and confirm the diagnosis of a patient with combined inherited FVII and FX deficiency after he ingested diphacinone rodenticide accidentally. METHODS: The coagulant parameter screening tests and coagulation factor activities were tested many times in the patient due to accidental ingestion of a diphacinone rodenticide. After the patient was treated for more than one year, gene analysis of correlated coagulation factors was analyzed in the patient and other family members by DNA direct sequencing...
November 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164334/ethylene-response-factor-74-erf74-plays-an-essential-role-in-controlling-a-respiratory-burst-oxidase-homolog-d-rbohd-dependent-mechanism-in-response-to-different-stresses-in-arabidopsis
#11
Yuan Yao, Run Jun He, Qiao Li Xie, Xian Hai Zhao, Xiao Mei Deng, Jun Bo He, Lili Song, Jun He, Alan Marchant, Xiao-Yang Chen, Ai-Min Wu
Recent studies indicate that the ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR VII (ERF-VII) transcription factor is an important regulator of osmotic and hypoxic stress responses in plants. However, the molecular mechanism of ERF-VII-mediated transcriptional regulation remains unclear. Here, we investigated the role of ERF74 (a member of the ERF-VII protein family) by examining the abiotic stress tolerance of an ERF74 overexpression line and a T-DNA insertion mutant using flow cytometry, transactivation and electrophoretic mobility shift assays...
March 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159767/ticagrelor-reversal-in-vitro-assessment-of-four-haemostatic-agents
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Leyla Calmette, Anne-Céline Martin, Bernard Le Bonniec, Diane Zlotnik, Isabelle Gouin-Thibault, Christilla Bachelot-Loza, Pascale Gaussem, Anne Godier
AIM: Management of ticagrelor-induced bleeding is challenging as platelet transfusion is ineffective. An effective strategy is needed. This study aimed to investigate in vitro the efficacy of four haemostatic drugs (HDs), namely recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa), fibrinogen concentrate (Fib), tranexamic acid (TXA) and factor XIII concentrate (FXIII) to improve the haemostatic capacity in the presence of ticagrelor. METHODS: Blood was spiked with ticagrelor then supplemented by either HD or control...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153606/herpesvirus-dna-polymerases-structures-functions-and-inhibitors
#13
REVIEW
Karima Zarrouk, Jocelyne Piret, Guy Boivin
Human herpesviruses are large double-stranded DNA viruses belonging to the Herpesviridae family. These viruses have the ability to establish lifelong latency into the host and to periodically reactivate. Primary infections and reactivations of herpesviruses cause a large spectrum of diseases and may lead to severe complications in immunocompromised patients. The viral DNA polymerase is a key enzyme in the lytic phase of the infection by herpesviruses. This review focuses on the structures and functions of viral DNA polymerases of herpes simplex virus (HSV) and human cytomegalovirus (HCMV)...
January 30, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153531/a-selective-cb2r-agonist-jwh133-restores-neuronal-circuit-after-germinal-matrix-hemorrhage-in-the-preterm-via-cx3cr1-microglia
#14
Jun Tang, Hongping Miao, Bing Jiang, Qianwei Chen, Liang Tan, Yihao Tao, Jianbo Zhang, Fabao Gao, Hua Feng, Gang Zhu, Zhi Chen
Microglia play dual roles after germinal matrix hemorrhage, and the neurotrophic phenotype maybe neuroprotective. However, the phenotype transformation and the way by which neuron-microglia dialogue remain unclear. We raise the hypothesis that a cannabinoid receptor2 agonist (JWH133) accelerates the CX3CR1(+) microglia secreting neurotrophic factors and restores damaged neuronal circuit. Here, we report a novel function of JWH133 in transforming the microglia CX3CR1 positive that secrete brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which triggers neuron proliferation and neuronal restoration...
January 30, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150568/structural-modulation-of-factor-viia-by-full-length-tissue-factor-tf1-263-implication-of-novel-interactions-between-egf2-domain-and-tf
#15
Ramesh Prasad, Prosenjit Sen
Tissue factor (TF)-mediated factor VII (FVII) activation and subsequent proteolytic TF-FVIIa binary complex formation is the key step initiating the coagulation cascade, with implications in various homeostatic and pathologic scenarios. TF binding allosterically modifies zymogen-like free FVIIa to its highly catalytically active form. As the result of unresolved crystal structure of the full-length TF1-263-FVIIa binary complex and free FVIIa, allosteric alterations in FVIIa following its binding to full-length TF and the consequences of these on function are not entirely clear...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150393/acquired-hemophilia-a-manifesting-as-plasma-transfusion-uncontrolled-severe-bleeding-2-weeks-after-chorioamnionitis-induced-abortion
#16
Ayumi Matsuoka, Hiromasa Sasaki, Chiharu Sugimori, Shinya Hirabuki, Tsutomu Hoshiba, Hiroshi Fujiwara
Acquired hemophilia A (AHA) is a serious and rare complication of pregnancy, caused by autoantibodies to coagulation factor VIII after delivery. We here report the case of a 36-year-old primigravida woman who developed AHA following chorioamnionitis-caused miscarriage in the second trimester. Thirteen days after abortion, sudden, massive vaginal bleeding occurred with marked prolongation of activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) in the absence of other abnormal coagulation data. Sequential transfusion of fresh frozen plasma did not achieve normalization of APTT...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145219/evaluation-of-mercury-in-environmental-samples-by-a-supramolecular-solventbased-dispersive-liquidliquid-microextraction-method-before-analysis-by-a-cold-vapor-generation-technique
#17
Jamshed Ali, Mustafa Tuzen, Tasneem G Kazi
Supramolecular solvent–based dispersive liquid–liquid microextraction was used as a preconcentration method for the determination of trace levels of Hg. This simple method accurately measured oxidized Hg<sup>II</sup> content in claystone and sandstone samples obtained from the Thar Coalfield in Pakistan. Cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry was used as the detection technique because it is reliable and accurate. The Hg<sup>II</sup> in acidic media forms a complex with dithizone (DTz) in the presence of supramolecular solvent (tetrahydrofuran and 1-undecanol), forming reverse micelles...
February 1, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137735/contact-system-activation-and-high-thrombin-generation-in-hyperthyroidism
#18
Namhee Kim, Ja-Yoon Gu, Hyun Ju Yoo, Se Eun Han, Young Il Kim, Il Seong Nam-Goong, Eun Sook Kim, Hyun Kyung Kim
Background Hyperthyroidism is associated with increased thrombotic risk. Since contact system activation through formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NET) has emerged as an important trigger of thrombosis, we hypothesized that the contact system is activated along with active NET formation in hyperthyroidism and that their markers correlate with disease severity. Materials and Methods In 61 patients with hyperthyroidism and 40 normal controls, the levels of coagulation factors (fibrinogen, and factor VII, VIII, IX, XI, and XII), D-dimer, thrombin generation assay (TGA) markers, NET formation markers (histone-DNA complex, double-stranded DNA, neutrophil elastase), and contact system markers (activated factor XII [XIIa], high-molecular-weight kininogen [HMWK], prekallikrein, and bradykinin) were measured...
January 30, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126522/stromal-microenvironment-in-type-vii-collagen-deficient-skin-the-ground-for-squamous-cell-carcinoma-development
#19
REVIEW
Liliana Guerra, Teresa Odorisio, Giovanna Zambruno, Daniele Castiglia
Recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) is a skin fragility disease caused by mutations that affect the function and/or the amount of type VII collagen (C7), the major component of anchoring fibrils. Hallmarks of RDEB are unremitting blistering and chronic wounds leading to tissue fibrosis and scarring. Nearly all patients with severe RDEB develop highly metastatic squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) which are the main cause of death. Accumulating evidence from a murine RDEB model and human RDEB cells demonstrates that lack of C7 also directly alters the wound healing process...
January 23, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118558/hereditary-factor-vii-deficiency-in-the-asian-elephant-elephas-maximus-caused-by-a-f7-missense-mutation
#20
Michael Lynch, Ken McGrath, Karthik Raj, Philippa McLaren, Karen Payne, Richard McCoy, Urs Giger
Hereditary disorders and genetic predispositions to disease are rarely reported in captive and free-ranging wildlife, and none have been definitively identified and characterized in elephants. A wild-caught, 41-yr-old male Asian elephant ( Elephas maximus ) without an apparent increased bleeding tendency was consistently found to have prolonged prothrombin times (PTs, mean = 55±35 s) compared to 17 other elephants (PT=10±2 s). This elephant's partial thromboplastin times (PTT) fell within the normal range of the other elephants (12-30 s)...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
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