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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922185/relaxin-family-peptides-structure-activity-relationship-studies
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REVIEW
Nitin A Patil, K Johan Rosengren, Frances Separovic, John D Wade, Ross A D Bathgate, Mohammed Akhter Hossain
The human relaxin peptide family consists of seven cystine-rich peptides, four of which are known to signal through relaxin family peptide receptors, RXFP1-4. Considering the vital roles these peptides play in physiology and various diseases, they are of considerable importance for drug discovery and development. Detailed structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies towards understanding the role of important residues in each of these peptides have been reported over the years and utilised for design of antagonists and minimised agonist variants...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922110/%C3%AE-h2ax-53bp1-pkap-1-foci-and-their-linear-tracks-induced-by-in-vitro-exposure-to-radon-and-its-progeny-in-human-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes
#2
Defang Ding, Yaping Zhang, Jing Wang, Xufei Wang, Dunhuang Fan, Linfeng He, Xuxia Zhang, Yun Gao, Qiang Li, Honghong Chen
The biodosimetric information is critical for evaluating the human health hazards caused by radon and its progeny. Here, we demonstrated that the formation of phosphorylated histone variant H2AX (γ-H2AX), p53-binding protein 1 (53BP1) and phosphorylated KRAB-associated protein 1 (pKAP-1) foci and their linear tracks in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HPBLs) in vitro exposed to radon and its progeny were dependent on the cumulative absorbed dose of radon exposure but was unrelated to the concentration of radon...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922063/design-and-mechanistic-insight-into-ultrafast-calcium-indicators-for-monitoring-intracellular-calcium-dynamics
#3
Nordine Helassa, Borbala Podor, Alan Fine, Katalin Török
Calmodulin-based genetically encoded fluorescent calcium indicators (GCaMP-s) are powerful tools of imaging calcium dynamics from cells to freely moving animals. High affinity indicators with slow kinetics however distort the temporal profile of calcium transients. Here we report the development of reduced affinity ultrafast variants of GCaMP6s and GCaMP6f. We hypothesized that GCaMP-s have a common kinetic mechanism with a rate-limiting process in the interaction of the RS20 peptide and calcium-calmodulin...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921326/correlation-of-genetic-results-with-testicular-histology-hormones-and-sperm-retrieval-in-nonobstructive-azoospermia-patients-with-testis-biopsy
#4
W Liu, X Gao, G Ma, L Yan, T Chen, T Li, R-M Yu, J-L Ma
To investigate the frequency and types of genetic results in different testicular histology of patients with nonobstructive azoospermia (NOA), and correlated with hormones and sperm retrieval (SR), a retrospective study was conducted in 286 Chinese NOA patients who underwent testis biopsy and 100 age-matched fertile men as the control group. Chromosome karyotype analyses were performed by the peripheral blood chromosome G-band detection method. Screening of Y chromosome microdeletions of azoospermia factor (AZF) region was performed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of 11 sequence-tagged sites (STS)...
December 6, 2016: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921167/the-real-world-in-the-clinic-before-and-after-the-establishment-of-guidelines-for-coronary-artery-spasm-a-questionnaire-for-members-of-the-japanese-cine-angio-association
#5
Shozo Sueda, Hiroaki Kohno, Hideaki Yoshino
We investigated the clinical situations and the present knowledge of Japanese cardiologists about coronary artery spasm before and after the establishment of guidelines for this condition in the real world. A questionnaire was developed regarding the number of cases of coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention, and invasive/non-invasive spasm provocation tests before (2008) and after (2014) the establishment of the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS) guidelines for coronary artery spasm and the status of spasm provocation tests...
December 5, 2016: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921039/clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-adpkd-in-western-countries
#6
REVIEW
Claudia Sommerer, Martin Zeier
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease in Western countries. The prevalence is between 2.4/10,000 and 3.9/10,000. ADPKD represents a systemic disease resulting in deterioration in renal function. Until now, mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) have been identified. Recently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency connected with ADPKD in adult patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-3 at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921038/the-clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-in-china
#7
REVIEW
Cheng Xue, Chen-Chen Zhou, Ming Wu, Chang-Lin Mei
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common monogenic hereditary kidney disease characterized by progressive enlargement of renal cysts. The incidence is 1-2‰ worldwide. Mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) cause ADPKD. Currently, there is no pharmaceutical treatment available for ADPKD patients in China. Summary: This review focused on advances in clinical manifestation, gene diagnosis, risk factors, and management of ADPKD in China. There is an age-dependent increase in total kidney volume (TKV) and decrease in renal function in Chinese ADPKD patients...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920981/infective-endocarditis-and-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-diagnosed-simultaneously
#8
Fujiko Morita, Yuji Hirai, Kiyozumi Suzuki, Yuki Uehara, Kazunori Mitsuhashi, Atsushi Amano, Toshio Naito
Poor dentition and/or dental infection due to insufficient oral care are presumed to be risk factors for infective endocarditis (IE). We present a case of endocarditis caused by Granulicatella adiacens and Sjögren's syndrome (SS) with oral complications diagnosed simultaneously. A 67-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with fever, general fatigue, arthralgia, and back pain. She was diagnosed with primary SS according to the criteria of the American-European Consensus Group. Transthoracic echocardiography carried out to examine her persistent fever revealed vegetation formation (14 × 5 mm) on the aortic valve and her blood cultures were positive for G...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920854/recurrent-urinary-tract-infections-in-an-adult-with-a-duplicated-renal-collecting-system
#9
Junaid Raja, Amir M Mohareb, Bilori Bilori
Because of advancements in fetal imaging, anatomic variants of the genitourinary tract are most often discovered in the antenatal period. As such, general internists are less likely to encounter adult patients with previously undiagnosed anatomic abnormalities of the renal collecting system, such as duplicated kidneys. These abnormalities put patients at risk for urinary obstruction and recurrent infections of the urinary tract. We report the case of a 40-year-old diabetic patient with a previously undiagnosed duplex kidney who had recurrent episodes of diabetic ketoacidosis triggered by urinary tract infections...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920765/novel-pathways-for-ameliorating-the-fitness-cost-of-gentamicin-resistant-small-colony-variants
#10
Martin Vestergaard, Wilhelm Paulander, Bingfeng Leng, Jesper B Nielsen, Henrik T Westh, Hanne Ingmer
Small colony variants (SCVs) of the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus are associated with persistent infections. Phenotypically, SCVs are characterized by slow growth and they can arise upon interruption of the electron transport chain that consequently reduce membrane potential and thereby limit uptake of aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin). In this study, we have examined the pathways by which the fitness cost of SCVs can be ameliorated. Five gentamicin resistant SCVs derived from S. aureus JE2 were independently selected on agar plates supplemented with gentamicin...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920686/single-agent-carboplatin-for-a-rare-case-of-pilomyxoid-astrocytoma-of-the-spinal-cord-in-an-adult-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1
#11
Anastasie M Dunn-Pirio, Elizabeth Howell, Roger E McLendon, Katherine B Peters
INTRODUCTION: Pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) is a rare and more aggressive variant of pilocytic astrocytoma, which usually affects young children and is most often located in the hypothalamic/chiasmatic region. The association of PMA with underlying genetic disorders is not well known. METHODS: We identified a 23-year-old woman with a PMA of the spinal cord who was simultaneously diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1. Diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type 1 was made clinically and confirmed with genetic testing that revealed a heterozygous one-amino-acid deletion (c...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920682/scleroderma-with-nodular-scleroderma
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Chutika Srisuttiyakorn, Kobkul Aunhachoke
BACKGROUND: Nodular scleroderma is a rare variant of scleroderma which can occur in connection with systemic sclerosis or morphea. A biopsy from the lesion can demonstrate the scleroderma pattern, i.e., keloid pattern or mixed type. Treatment is challenging, and several treatments modalities have been reported with unsatisfactory results. MAIN OBSERVATIONS: We present a case of systemic sclerosis in a 50-year-old female who developed nodular scleroderma in the absence of deterioration of the scleroderma condition...
September 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920663/asd-and-genetic-associations-with-receptors-for-oxytocin-and-vasopressin-avpr1a-avpr1b-and-oxtr
#13
Sunday M Francis, Soo-Jeong Kim, Emily Kistner-Griffin, Stephen Guter, Edwin H Cook, Suma Jacob
Background: There are limited treatments available for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Studies have reported significant associations between the receptor genes of oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (AVP) and ASD diagnosis, as well as ASD-related phenotypes. Researchers have also found the manipulation of these systems affects social and repetitive behaviors, core characteristics of ASD. Consequently, research involving the oxytocin/vasopressin pathways as intervention targets has increased. Therefore, further examination into the relationship between these neuropeptides and ASD was undertaken...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920635/clinical-and-molecular-characterisation-of-children-with-pierre-robin-sequence-and-additional-anomalies
#14
Jessie X Xu, Nicky Kilpatrick, Naomi L Baker, Anthony Penington, Peter G Farlie, Tiong Yang Tan
Pierre Robin Sequence (PRS) is usually classified into syndromic and nonsyndromic groups, with a further subclassification of the nonsyndromic group into isolated PRS and PRS with additional anomalies (PRS-Plus). The aim of this research is to provide an accurate phenotypic characterisation of nonsyndromic PRS, specifically the PRS-Plus subgroup. We sought to examine the frequency of sequence variants in previously defined conserved noncoding elements (CNEs) in the putative enhancer region upstream of SOX9, the regulation of which has been associated with PRS phenotypes...
November 2016: Molecular Syndromology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920423/de-novo-renal-neoplasia-after-kidney-transplantation-according-to-new-2016-who-classification-of-renal-tumors
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Albino Eccher, Luigino Boschiero, Brett Delahunt, Luca Cima, Francesca Fior, Francesco Nacchia, Momo Rostand, Amedeo Carraro, Umberto Tedeschi, Gianluigi Zaza, Marilena Casartelli Liviero, Laura Zampicinini, Marco Chilosi, Giuseppe Feltrin, Claudio Rago, Antonietta D'Errico, Claudio Ghimenton, Guido Martignoni, Matteo Brunelli
BACKGROUND De novo renal neoplasia developing after kidney transplantation at Verona Kidney Transplant Center were reviewed according to new 2016 WHO Renal Tumor Classification. MATERIAL AND METHODS Primary renal tumors developed in native or transplanted kidneys de novo following renal transplantation were retrieved and histologically reviewed by three expert uropathologists. Immunoexpression of the diagnostic antigens CD13, CD10, CK7, CK34bE12, AMACR, CAIX, AE1/AE3, CK14, GATA-3, HMB-45, cathepsin-k, S100A1, and parvalbumin was assessed...
December 6, 2016: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920410/a-novel-splice-site-mutation-in-the-aspm-gene-underlies-autosomal-recessive-primary-microcephaly
#16
Jamil A Hashmi, Khalid M Al-Harbi, Khushnooda Ramzan, Alia M Albalawi, Amir Mehmood, Mohammed I Samman, Sulman Basit
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder. Patients with MCPH exhibit reduced occipito-frontal head circumference and non-progressive intellectual disability. To date, 17 genes have been known as an underlying cause of MCPH in humans. ASPM (abnormal spindle-like, microcephaly associated) is the most commonly mutated MCPH gene. OBJECTIVE: Identify the genetic defect underlying MCPH in a Saudi family...
November 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920387/adaptive-capabilities-and-fitness-consequences-associated-with-pollution-exposure-in-fish
#17
REVIEW
Patrick B Hamilton, Gregor Rolshausen, Tamsyn M Uren Webster, Charles R Tyler
Many fish populations are exposed to harmful levels of chemical pollution and selection pressures associated with these exposures have led to the evolution of tolerance. Our understanding of the physiological basis for these adaptations is limited, but they are likely to include processes involved with the absorption, distribution, metabolism and/or excretion of the target chemical. Other potential adaptive mechanisms include enhancements in antioxidant responses, an increased capacity for DNA and/or tissue repair and alterations to the life cycle of fish that enable earlier reproduction...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920291/teaching-neuroimages-nonfluent-variant-primary-progressive-aphasia-a-distinctive-clinico-anatomical-syndrome
#18
Charles R Marshall, Christopher J D Hardy, Martin N Rossor, Jason D Warren
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 6, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920155/sos2-and-acp1-loci-identified-through-large-scale-exome-chip-analysis-regulate-kidney-development-and-function
#19
Man Li, Yong Li, Olivia Weeks, Vladan Mijatovic, Alexander Teumer, Jennifer E Huffman, Gerard Tromp, Christian Fuchsberger, Mathias Gorski, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Teresa Nutile, Sanaz Sedaghat, Rossella Sorice, Adrienne Tin, Qiong Yang, Tarunveer S Ahluwalia, Dan E Arking, Nathan A Bihlmeyer, Carsten A Böger, Robert J Carroll, Daniel I Chasman, Marilyn C Cornelis, Abbas Dehghan, Jessica D Faul, Mary F Feitosa, Giovanni Gambaro, Paolo Gasparini, Franco Giulianini, Iris Heid, Jinyan Huang, Medea Imboden, Anne U Jackson, Janina Jeff, Min A Jhun, Ronit Katz, Annette Kifley, Tuomas O Kilpeläinen, Ashish Kumar, Markku Laakso, Ruifang Li-Gao, Kurt Lohman, Yingchang Lu, Reedik Mägi, Giovanni Malerba, Evelin Mihailov, Karen L Mohlke, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Antonietta Robino, Douglas Ruderfer, Erika Salvi, Ursula M Schick, Christina-Alexandra Schulz, Albert V Smith, Jennifer A Smith, Michela Traglia, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Wei Zhao, Mark O Goodarzi, Aldi T Kraja, Chunyu Liu, Jennifer Wessel, Eric Boerwinkle, Ingrid B Borecki, Jette Bork-Jensen, Erwin P Bottinger, Daniele Braga, Ivan Brandslund, Jennifer A Brody, Archie Campbell, David J Carey, Cramer Christensen, Josef Coresh, Errol Crook, Gary C Curhan, Daniele Cusi, Ian H de Boer, Aiko P J de Vries, Joshua C Denny, Olivier Devuyst, Albert W Dreisbach, Karlhans Endlich, Tõnu Esko, Oscar H Franco, Tibor Fulop, Glenn S Gerhard, Charlotte Glümer, Omri Gottesman, Niels Grarup, Vilmundur Gudnason, Tamara B Harris, Caroline Hayward, Lynne Hocking, Albert Hofman, Frank B Hu, Lise Lotte N Husemoen, Rebecca D Jackson, Torben Jørgensen, Marit E Jørgensen, Mika Kähönen, Sharon L R Kardia, Wolfgang König, Charles Kooperberg, Jennifer Kriebel, Lenore J Launer, Torsten Lauritzen, Terho Lehtimäki, Daniel Levy, Pamela Linksted, Allan Linneberg, Yongmei Liu, Ruth J F Loos, Antonio Lupo, Christine Meisinger, Olle Melander, Andres Metspalu, Paul Mitchell, Matthias Nauck, Peter Nürnberg, Marju Orho-Melander, Afshin Parsa, Oluf Pedersen, Annette Peters, Ulrike Peters, Ozren Polasek, David Porteous, Nicole M Probst-Hensch, Bruce M Psaty, Lu Qi, Olli T Raitakari, Alex P Reiner, Rainer Rettig, Paul M Ridker, Fernando Rivadeneira, Jacques E Rossouw, Frank Schmidt, David Siscovick, Nicole Soranzo, Konstantin Strauch, Daniela Toniolo, Stephen T Turner, André G Uitterlinden, Sheila Ulivi, Dinesh Velayutham, Uwe Völker, Henry Völzke, Melanie Waldenberger, Jie Jin Wang, David R Weir, Daniel Witte, Helena Kuivaniemi, Caroline S Fox, Nora Franceschini, Wolfram Goessling, Anna Köttgen, Audrey Y Chu
Genome-wide association studies have identified >50 common variants associated with kidney function, but these variants do not fully explain the variation in eGFR. We performed a two-stage meta-analysis of associations between genotypes from the Illumina exome array and eGFR on the basis of serum creatinine (eGFRcrea) among participants of European ancestry from the CKDGen Consortium (nStage1: 111,666; nStage2: 48,343). In single-variant analyses, we identified single nucleotide polymorphisms at seven new loci associated with eGFRcrea (PPM1J, EDEM3, ACP1, SPEG, EYA4, CYP1A1, and ATXN2L; PStage1<3...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920148/epilepsy-associated-kcnq2-channels-regulate-multiple-intrinsic-properties-of-layer-2-3-pyramidal-neurons
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Zachary Niday, Virginia E Hawkins, Heun Soh, Daniel K Mulkey, Anastasios V Tzingounis
: KCNQ2 potassium channels are critical for normal brain function, as both loss- and gain-of-function KCNQ2 variants can lead to various forms of neonatal epilepsy. Despite recent progress, the full spectrum of consequences as a result of KCNQ2 dysfunction in neocortical pyramidal neurons is still unknown. Here, we report that conditional ablation of Kcnq2 from mouse neocortex leads to hyperexcitability of layer 2/3 (L2/3) pyramidal neurons, exhibiting an increased input resistance and action potential frequency, as well as a reduced medium afterhyperpolarization (mAHP), a conductance partly mediated by KCNQ2 channels...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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