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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343363/sample-pooling-for-real-time-pcr-detection-and-virulence-determination-of-the-footrot-pathogen-dichelobacter-nodosus
#1
Sara Frosth, Ulrika König, Ann-Kristin Nyman, Anna Aspán
Dichelobacter nodosus is the principal cause of ovine footrot and strain virulence is an important factor in disease severity. Therefore, detection and virulence determination of D. nodosus is important for proper diagnosis of the disease. Today this is possible by real-time PCR analysis. Analysis of large numbers of samples is costly and laborious; therefore, pooling of individual samples is common in surveillance programs. However, pooling can reduce the sensitivity of the method. The aim of this study was to develop a pooling method for real-time PCR analysis that would allow sensitive detection and simultaneous virulence determination of D...
March 25, 2017: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343361/genetic-dissociation-of-morphine-analgesia-from-hyperalgesia-in-mice
#2
Gina F Marrone, Valerie Le Rouzic, Andras Varadi, Jin Xu, Anjali M Rajadhyaksha, Susruta Majumdar, Ying-Xian Pan, Gavril W Pasternak
RATIONALE: Morphine is the prototypic mu opioid, producing its analgesic actions through traditional 7 transmembrane domain (7TM) G-protein-coupled receptors generated by the mu opioid receptor gene (Oprm1). However, the Oprm1 gene undergoes extensive alternative splicing to yield three structurally distinct sets of splice variants. In addition to the full-length 7TM receptors, it produces a set of truncated variants comprised of only 6 transmembrane domains (6TM). OBJECTIVES: This study explored the relative contributions of 7TM and 6TM variants in a range of morphine actions...
March 25, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343327/osteolytic-variant-poems-syndrome-an-uncommon-presentation-of-osteosclerotic-myeloma
#3
Michael S Clark, Benjamin M Howe, Katrina N Glazebrook, Michelle L Mauermann, Stephen M Broski
Polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, M protein, and skin changes (POEMS) syndrome, a form of osteosclerotic myeloma, is a multisystem disease related to a monoclonal plasma cell proliferative disorder. Osseous lesions are most commonly sclerotic on radiographs and computed tomography (CT), demonstrate low T1 and T2 signal intensity on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and have variable degrees of avidity on positon emission tomography (PET) imaging using 18-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG). We present three cases of POEMS syndrome manifesting as osteolytic lesions with indolent features, including well-defined thin sclerotic rims, no cortical disruption or periosteal reaction, no associated soft-tissue mass, and a periarticular location, all features that could lead to misinterpretation as benign bone lesions...
March 25, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343306/the-ins-and-outs-of-molecular-pathology-reporting
#4
REVIEW
Véronique Tack, Kelly Dufraing, Zandra C Deans, Han J van Krieken, Elisabeth M C Dequeker
The raid evolution in molecular pathology resulting in an increasing complexity requires careful reporting. The need for standardisation is clearer than ever. While synoptic reporting was first used for reporting hereditary genetic diseases, it is becoming more frequent in pathology, especially molecular pathology reports too. The narrative approach is no longer feasible with the growing amount of essential data present on the report, although narrative components are still necessary for interpretation in molecular pathology...
March 26, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343297/association-of-the-cx3cr1-v249i-variant-with-neurofibrillary-pathology-progression-in-late-onset-alzheimer-s-disease
#5
Alan López-López, Ellen Gelpi, Diana Maria Lopategui, Jose M Vidal-Taboada
Neuroinflammation and microglial dysfunction have a prominent role in the pathogenesis of late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD). CX3CR1 is a microglia-specific gene involved in microglia-neuron crosstalk and neuroinflammation. Numerous evidence show the involvement of CX3CR1 in AD. The aim of this study was to investigate if some functional genetic variants of this gene could influence on LOAD's outcome, in a neuropathologically confirmed Spanish cohort. We designed an open, pragmatic, case-control retrospective study including a total of 475 subjects (205 pathologically confirmed AD cases and 270 controls)...
March 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343170/mirnas-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-snps-and-age-related-macular-degeneration-amd
#6
John Paul SanGiovanni, Peter M SanGiovanni, Przemysław Sapieha, Vincent De Guire
Advanced age-related macular degeneration (AAMD) is a complex sight-threating disease of public health significance. Micro RNAs (miRNAs) have been proposed as biomarkers for AAMD. The presence of certain single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may influence the explanatory value of these biomarkers. Here we present findings from an integrated approach used to determine whether AAMD-associated SNPs have the capacity to influence miRNA-mRNA pairing and, if so, to what extent such pairing may be manifested in a discrete AAMD transcriptome...
March 27, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343162/mesothelin-promoter-variants-are-associated-with-increased-soluble-mesothelin-related-peptide-levels-in-asbestos-exposed-individuals
#7
Chiara De Santi, Perla Pucci, Alessandra Bonotti, Ombretta Melaiu, Monica Cipollini, Roberto Silvestri, Veronika Vymetalkova, Elisa Barone, Elisa Paolicchi, Alda Corrado, Irene Lepori, Irene Dell'Anno, Lucia Pellè, Pavel Vodicka, Luciano Mutti, Rudy Foddis, Alfonso Cristaudo, Federica Gemignani, Stefano Landi
BACKGROUND: Soluble mesothelin-related peptide (SMRP) is a promising diagnostic biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), but various confounders hinder its usefulness in surveillance programmes. We previously showed that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) within the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of the mesothelin (MSLN) gene could affect the levels of SMRP. OBJECTIVES: To focus on SNPs located within MSLN promoter as possible critical genetic variables in determining SMRP levels...
March 25, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343093/influence-of-genetic-variants-of-cyp2d6-cyp2c9-cyp2c19-and-cyp3a4-on-antiepileptic-drug-metabolism-in-pediatric-patients-with-refractory-epilepsy
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Miguel A López-García, Iris A Feria-Romero, Héctor Serrano, Darío Rayo-Mares, Pietro Fagiolino, Marta Vázquez, Consuelo Escamilla-Núñez, Israel Grijalva, David Escalante-Santiago, Sandra Orozco-Suarez
BACKGROUND: Identified the polymorphisms of CYP2D6, CYP2C9, CYP2C19 and CYP3A4, within a rigorously selected population of pediatric patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. METHOD: The genomic DNA of 23 drug-resistant epilepsy patients and 7 patients with good responses were analyzed. Ten exons in these four genes were genotyped, and the drug concentrations in saliva and plasma were determined. RESULTS: The relevant SNPs with pharmacogenomics relations were CYP2D6*2 (rs16947) decreased your activity and CYP2D6*4 (rs1065852), CYP2C19*2 (rs4244285) and CYP3A4*1B (rs2740574) by association with poor metabolizer...
January 19, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343026/comparison-of-unilateral-versus-bilateral-pedicle-screw-fixation-at-the-level-of-fracture-using-posterior-short-segment-pedicle-instrumentation-in-the-treatment-of-severe-thoracolumbar-burst-fractures
#9
Chao Sun, Xinhui Liu, Jiwei Tian, Guoping Guan, Hailong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Thoracolumbar burst fractures (TBFs) are often followed by bilateral pedicle screw fixation(BPSF) at the level of fracture using posterior short-segment pedicle instrumentation (SSPI). There has been increasing support for unilateral pedicle screw fixation (UPSF) in an attempt to reduce complications and costs. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical and radiologic results of UPSF versus BPSF at the level of fracture using SSPI in the treatment of severe TBFs. METHODS: The records of 42 consecutive patients with severe TBFs who underwent SSPI were divided into 2 groups according to the number of screws in the fracture level, including 20 patients (five screws) in UPSF group and 22 patients(six screws) in BPSF...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342996/induction-of-neuroendocrine-differentiation-in-prostate-cancer-cells-by-dovitinib-tki-258-and-its-therapeutic-implications
#10
Shalini S Yadav, Jinyi Li, Jennifer A Stockert, Bryan Herzog, James O'Connor, Luis Garzon-Manco, Ramon Parsons, Ashutosh K Tewari, Kamlesh K Yadav
Prostate cancer (PCa) remains the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American men with an estimated mortality of more than 26,000 in 2016 alone. Aggressive and metastatic tumors are treated with androgen deprivation therapies (ADT); however, the tumors acquire resistance and develop into lethal castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). With the advent of better therapeutics, the incidences of a more aggressive neuroendocrine prostate cancer (NEPC) variant continue to emerge. Although de novo occurrences of NEPC are rare, more than 25% of the therapy-resistant patients on highly potent new-generation anti-androgen therapies end up with NEPC...
March 23, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342809/identity-and-function-of-a-cardiac-mitochondrial-small-conductance-ca-2-activated-k-channel-splice-variant
#11
Meiying Yang, Amadou K S Camara, Mohammed Aldakkak, Wai-Meng Kwok, David F Stowe
We provide evidence for location and function of a small conductance, Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SKCa) channel isoform 3 (SK3) in mitochondria (m) of guinea pig, rat and human ventricular myocytes. SKCa agonists protected isolated hearts and mitochondria against ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury; SKCa antagonists worsened IR injury. Intravenous infusion of a SKCa channel agonist/antagonist, respectively, in intact rats was effective in reducing/enhancing regional infarct size induced by coronary artery occlusion...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342703/intracranial-white-epidermoid-cyst-with-dystrophic-calcification-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#12
REVIEW
Krishnan Ravindran, Te Whiti Rogers, Tanya Yuen, Frank Gaillard
White epidermoids are a rare variant of an intracranial epidermoid cyst that do not exhibit typical 'near- cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)' CT density or MRI intensity. Here, the authors present the case of a 58year old man with an acute onset of aphasia and altered consciousness, due to a large heterogeneous cranial mass in the left frontal region with unusual signal intensity. Subsequent histopathological analysis identified the lesion as an epidermoid cyst.
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342698/targeted-exome-sequencing-and-chromosomal-microarray-for-the-molecular-diagnosis-of-nevoid-basal-cell-carcinoma-syndrome
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Yoshihiro Matsudate, Takuya Naruto, Yumiko Hayashi, Mitsuyoshi Minami, Mikiko Tohyama, Kenji Yokota, Daisuke Yamada, Issei Imoto, Yoshiaki Kubo
BACKGROUND: Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS) is an autosomal dominant disorder mainly caused by heterozygous mutations of PTCH1. In addition to characteristic clinical features, detection of a mutation in causative genes is reliable for the diagnosis of NBCCS; however, no mutations have been identified in some patients using conventional methods. OBJECTIVE: To improve the method for the molecular diagnosis of NBCCS. METHODS: We performed targeted exome sequencing (TES) analysis using a multi-gene panel, including PTCH1, PTCH2, SUFU, and other sonic hedgehog signaling pathway-related genes, based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology in 8 cases in whom possible causative mutations were not detected by previously performed conventional analysis and 2 recent cases of NBCCS...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342697/recent-publications-from-the-alzheimer-s-disease-neuroimaging-initiative-reviewing-progress-toward-improved-ad-clinical-trials
#14
REVIEW
Michael W Weiner, Dallas P Veitch, Paul S Aisen, Laurel A Beckett, Nigel J Cairns, Robert C Green, Danielle Harvey, Clifford R Jack, William Jagust, John C Morris, Ronald C Petersen, Andrew J Saykin, Leslie M Shaw, Arthur W Toga, John Q Trojanowski
INTRODUCTION: The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) has continued development and standardization of methodologies for biomarkers and has provided an increased depth and breadth of data available to qualified researchers. This review summarizes the 450+ publications using ADNI data during 2014 and 2015. METHODS: We used standard searches to find publications using ADNI data. RESULTS: (1) Structural and functional changes, including subtle changes to hippocampal shape and texture, atrophy in areas outside of hippocampus, and disruption to functional networks, are detectable in presymptomatic subjects before hippocampal atrophy; (2) In subjects with abnormal β-amyloid deposition (Aβ+), biomarkers become abnormal in the order predicted by the amyloid cascade hypothesis; (3) Cognitive decline is more closely linked to tau than Aβ deposition; (4) Cerebrovascular risk factors may interact with Aβ to increase white-matter (WM) abnormalities which may accelerate Alzheimer's disease (AD) progression in conjunction with tau abnormalities; (5) Different patterns of atrophy are associated with impairment of memory and executive function and may underlie psychiatric symptoms; (6) Structural, functional, and metabolic network connectivities are disrupted as AD progresses...
March 22, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342553/myelin-changes-in-alexander-disease
#15
U Gómez-Pinedo, M Duran-Moreno, S Sirerol-Piquer, J Matias-Guiu
INTRODUCTION: Alexander disease (AxD) is a type of leukodystrophy. Its pathological basis, along with myelin loss, is the appearance of Rosenthal bodies, which are cytoplasmic inclusions in astrocytes. Mutations in the gene coding for GFAP have been identified as a genetic basis for AxD. However, the mechanism by which these variants produce the disease is not understood. DEVELOPMENT: The most widespread hypothesis is that AxD develops when a gain of function mutation causes an increase in GFAP...
March 22, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342317/high-androgen-receptor-mrna-expression-is-independently-associated-with-prolonged-cancer-specific-and-recurrence-free-survival-in-stage-t1-bladder-cancer
#16
Danijel Sikic, Johannes Breyer, Arndt Hartmann, Maximilian Burger, Philipp Erben, Stefan Denzinger, Markus Eckstein, Robert Stöhr, Sven Wach, Bernd Wullich, Bastian Keck, Ralph M Wirtz, Wolfgang Otto
INTRODUCTION: High-risk non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) remains challenging given the high probability of progression. Given that the androgen receptor (AR) has been discussed as a possible factor in the development and progression of bladder cancer, we investigated the predictive value of AR in stage pT1 NMIBC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data and AR mRNA expression in 296 patients with stage pT1 NMIBC who underwent a transurethral resection of the bladder...
March 22, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341520/in-silico-prediction-of-the-effects-of-mutations-in-the-human-triose-phosphate-isomerase-gene-towards-a-predictive-framework-for-tpi-deficiency
#17
Conor Oliver, David J Timson
Triose phosphate isomerase (TPI) deficiency is a rare, but highly debilitating, inherited metabolic disease. Almost all patients suffer severe neurological effects and the most severely affected are unlikely to live beyond early childhood. Here, we describe an in silico study into well-characterised variants which are associated with the disease alongside an investigation into 79 currently uncharacterised TPI variants which are known to occur in the human population. The majority of the disease-associated mutations affected amino acid residues close to the dimer interface or the active site...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340506/neuromedin-u-alters-bioenergetics-and-expands-the-cancer-stem-cell-phenotype-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer
#18
Vanesa G Martinez, John Crown, Richard K Porter, Lorraine O'Driscoll
Neuromedin U (NmU) is a neuropeptide belonging to the neuromedin family. Recently, we reported a significant association between NmU and breast cancer, particularly correlating with increased aggressiveness, resistance to HER2-targeted therapies and overall significantly poorer outcome for patients, although the mechanism through which it exerts this effect remained unexplained. Investigating this, here we found that ectopic over-expression of NmU in HER2-positive breast cancer cells induced aberrant metabolism, with increased glycolysis, likely due to enhanced pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase activity...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340356/acquiring-variation-in-an-artificial-language-children-and-adults-are-sensitive-to-socially-conditioned-linguistic-variation
#19
Anna Samara, Kenny Smith, Helen Brown, Elizabeth Wonnacott
Languages exhibit sociolinguistic variation, such that adult native speakers condition the usage of linguistic variants on social context, gender, and ethnicity, among other cues. While the existence of this kind of socially conditioned variation is well-established, less is known about how it is acquired. Studies of naturalistic language use by children provide various examples where children's production of sociolinguistic variants appears to be conditioned on similar factors to adults' production, but it is difficult to determine whether this reflects knowledge of sociolinguistic conditioning or systematic differences in the input to children from different social groups...
March 21, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340352/human-epistatic-interaction-controls-il7r-splicing-and-increases-multiple-sclerosis-risk
#20
Gaddiel Galarza-Muñoz, Farren B S Briggs, Irina Evsyukova, Geraldine Schott-Lerner, Edward M Kennedy, Tinashe Nyanhete, Liuyang Wang, Laura Bergamaschi, Steven G Widen, Georgia D Tomaras, Dennis C Ko, Shelton S Bradrick, Lisa F Barcellos, Simon G Gregory, Mariano A Garcia-Blanco
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder where T cells attack neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) leading to demyelination and neurological deficits. A driver of increased MS risk is the soluble form of the interleukin-7 receptor alpha chain gene (sIL7R) produced by alternative splicing of IL7R exon 6. Here, we identified the RNA helicase DDX39B as a potent activator of this exon and consequently a repressor of sIL7R, and we found strong genetic association of DDX39B with MS risk. Indeed, we showed that a genetic variant in the 5' UTR of DDX39B reduces translation of DDX39B mRNAs and increases MS risk...
March 23, 2017: Cell
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