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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449558/in-silicomodel-driven-assessment-of-the-effects-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-deficiency-on-glutamate-and-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-implications-for-understanding-schizophrenia-pathophysiology
#1
Rimjhim Agrawal, Sunil Vasu Kalmady, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Objective: Deficient brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of the important mechanisms underlying the neuroplasticity abnormalities in schizophrenia. Aberration in BDNF signaling pathways directly or circuitously influences neurotransmitters like glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). For the first time, this study attempts to construct and simulate the BDNF-neurotransmitter network in order to assess the effects of BDNF deficiency on glutamate and GABA. Methods: Using CellDesigner, we modeled BDNF interactions with calcium influx via N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)- Calmodulin activation; synthesis of GABA via cell cycle regulators protein kinase B, glycogen synthase kinase and β-catenin; transportation of glutamate and GABA...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448535/alpha-1-antitrypsin-supplementation-improves-alveolar-macrophages-efferocytosis-and-phagocytosis-following-cigarette-smoke-exposure
#2
Karina A Serban, Daniela N Petrusca, Andrew Mikosz, Christophe Poirier, Angelia D Lockett, Lauren Saint, Matthew J Justice, Homer L Twigg, Michael A Campos, Irina Petrache
Cigarette smoking (CS), the main risk factor for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in developed countries, decreases alveolar macrophages (AM) clearance of both apoptotic cells and bacterial pathogens. This global deficit of AM engulfment may explain why active smokers have worse outcomes of COPD exacerbations, episodes characterized by airway infection and inflammation that carry high morbidity and healthcare cost. When administered as intravenous supplementation, the acute phase-reactant alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT) reduces the severity of COPD exacerbations in A1AT deficient (AATD) individuals and of bacterial pneumonia in murine models, but the effect of A1AT on AM scavenging functions has not been reported...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447936/ppp1r15a-mediated-dephosphorylation-of-eif2%C3%AE-is-unaffected-by-sephin1-or-guanabenz
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Ana Crespillo-Casado, Joseph E Chambers, Peter M Fischer, Stefan J Marciniak, David Ron
Dephosphorylation of translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2α) terminates signalling in the mammalian integrated stress response (ISR) and has emerged as a promising target for modifying the course of protein misfolding diseases. The [(o-chlorobenzylidene)amino]guanidines (Guanabenz and Sephin1) have been proposed to exert protective effects against misfolding by interfering with eIF2α-P dephosphorylation through selective disruption of a PP1-PPP1R15A holophosphatase complex. Surprisingly, they proved inert in vitro affecting neither stability of the PP1-PPP1R15A complex nor substrate-specific dephosphorylation...
April 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447667/tweak-blockade-decreases-atherosclerotic-lesion-size-and-progression-through-suppression-of-stat1-signaling-in-diabetic-mice
#4
Valvanera Fernández-Laso, Cristina Sastre, Nerea Méndez-Barbero, Jesús Egido, Jose L Martín-Ventura, Carmen Gómez-Guerrero, Luis M Blanco-Colio
Tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK/Tnfsf12) is a cytokine implicated in different steps associated with vascular remodeling. However, the role of TWEAK under hyperglycemic conditions is currently unknown. Using two different approaches, genetic deletion of Tnfsf12 and treatment with a TWEAK blocking mAb, we have analyzed the effect of TWEAK inhibition on atherosclerotic plaque progression and stability in streptozotocin-induced diabetic ApoE deficient mice. Genetic inactivation of Tnfsf12 reduced atherosclerosis extension and severity in diabetic ApoE deficient mice...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447433/serum-vitamin-d-level-is-related-to-disease-severity-in-pediatric-alopecia-areata
#5
Mehmet Unal, Gulsum Gonulalan
BACKGROUND: Alopecia areata (AA) is the most common cause of inflammatory hair loss. AA is considered an autoimmune disease and occurs with various autoimmune disorders. Recent studies have revealed connection between autoimmune diseases and vitamin D deficiency. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we investigated vitamin D status in AA and its relationship with disease severity, number of patches, and disease duration. METHODS: This study included 20 pediatric patients with AA and 34 pediatric healthy controls...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447419/controversies-in-the-diagnosis-of-type-1-von-willebrand-disease
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REVIEW
M L Bowman, P D James
von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the most common bleeding disorder. Type 1 VWD represents the majority of cases and results from a partial quantitative deficiency of von Willebrand factor (VWF). The diagnosis of Type 1 VWD presents many challenges, despite there being three established diagnostic criteria: a personal history of mucocutaneous bleeding, a family history and low VWF levels. These criteria do not always coexist, and there is great overlap of clinical phenotypes and laboratory parameters between healthy individuals and those with VWD...
May 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447197/role-of-zinc-in-the-development-progression-of-alcoholic-liver-disease
#7
REVIEW
Craig McClain, Vatsalya Vatsalya, Matthew Cave
Many variables, aside from the amount and duration of alcohol consumption, play a role in the development and progression of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). One critical factor that can be modified is diet/nutrition. We have made major recent advances in our understanding of the interactions of nutrition and ALD. In this article, we review advances made in zinc metabolism/therapy for ALD. There is major zinc dyshomeostasis with ALD which is mediated, in part, by poor intake and absorption, increased excretion, and altered zinc transporters, especially ZIP14...
April 26, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447100/f7-gene-variants-modulate-protein-levels-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-factor-vii-deficiency-results-from-a-genotype-phenotype-study
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Gabriele Quintavalle, Federica Riccardi, Gianna Franca Rivolta, Davide Martorana, Caterina Di Perna, Antonio Percesepe, Annarita Tagliaferri
Congenital factor VII (FVII) deficiency is a rare bleeding disorder caused by mutations in F7 gene with autosomal recessive inheritance. A clinical heterogeneity with poor correlation with FVII:C levels has been described. It was the objective of this study to identify genetic defects and to evaluate their relationships with phenotype in a large cohort of patients with FVII:C<50 %. One hundred twenty-three probands were genotyped for F7 mutations and three polymorphic variants and classified according to recently published clinical scores...
April 27, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446959/gestational-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Anna A E Vinkhuyzen, Darryl W Eyles, Thomas H J Burne, Laura M E Blanken, Claudia J Kruithof, Frank Verhulst, Tonya White, Vincent W Jaddoe, Henning Tiemeier, John J McGrath
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in linking vitamin D deficiency with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The association between vitamin D deficiency during gestation, a critical period in neurodevelopment, and ASD is not well understood. AIMS: To determine the association between gestational vitamin D status and ASD. METHOD: Based on a birth cohort (n=4334), we examined the association between 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD), assessed from both maternal mid-gestation sera and neonatal sera, and ASD (defined by clinical records; n=68 cases)...
March 2017: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446631/combined-vitamin-b-12-and-balanced-protein-energy-supplementation-affect-homocysteine-remethylation-in-the-methionine-cycle-in-pregnant-south-indian-women-of-low-vitamin-b-12-status
#10
Sarita Devi, Arpita Mukhopadhyay, Pratibha Dwarkanath, Tinku Thomas, Julian Crasta, Annamma Thomas, C N Sheela, Jean W Hsu, Grace J Tang, Farook Jahoor, Anura V Kurpad
Background: Low-quality dietary protein intake and vitamin B-12 deficiency could interact to decrease methionine transmethylation and remethylation rates during pregnancy and may affect epigenetic modifications of the fetal genome.Objective: The objective of this randomized, partially open-labeled intervention trial was to examine the effect of supplemental high-quality protein and vitamin B-12 on third-trimester methionine kinetics in pregnant Indian women with a low vitamin B-12 status.Methods: Pregnant women with low serum vitamin B-12 concentrations (<200 pmol/L) were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: the first group received balanced protein-energy supplementation of 500 mL milk/d plus a 10-μg vitamin B-12 tablet/d (M+B-12 group; n = 30), the second group received milk (500 mL/d) plus a placebo tablet (M+P group; n = 30), and the third group received a placebo tablet alone (P group; n = 33)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446502/correspondence-of-folate-dietary-intake-and-biomarker-data
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Regan L Bailey, Victor L Fulgoni, Christine L Taylor, Christine M Pfeiffer, Sowmyanarayanan V Thuppal, George P McCabe, Elizabeth A Yetley
Background: Public health concerns with regard to both low and high folate status exist in the United States. Recent publications have questioned the utility of self-reported dietary intake data in research and monitoring.Objectives: The purpose of this analysis was to examine the relation between self-reported folate intakes and folate status biomarkers and to evaluate their usefulness for several types of applications.Design: We examined usual dietary intakes of folate by using the National Cancer Institute method to adjust two 24-h dietary recalls (including dietary supplements) for within-person variation and then compared these intakes with serum and red blood cell (RBC) folate among 4878 men and nonpregnant, nonlactating women aged ≥19 y in NHANES 2011-2012, a nationally representative, cross-sectional survey, with respect to consistency across prevalence estimates and rank order comparisons...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446188/phosphorylation-by-mtorc1-stablizes-skp2-and-regulates-its-oncogenic-function-in-gastric-cancer
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Qirong Geng, Jianjun Liu, Zhaohui Gong, Shangxiang Chen, Shuai Chen, Xiaoxing Li, Yue Lu, Xiaofeng Zhu, Hui-Kuan Lin, Dazhi Xu
BACKGROUND: Both mTOR and Skp2 play critical roles in gastric cancer (GC) tumorigenesis. However, potential mechanisms for the association between these two proteins remains unidentified. METHODS: The regulatory role for mTORC1 in Skp2 stability was tested using ubiquitination assay. The functions of p-Skp2 (phosphorylation of Skp2) were studied in vitro and in vivo. Expression of p-Skp2 and p-mTOR (phosphorylation of mTOR) were shown in GC lines and in 169 human primary GC tissues...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445802/nmnat-it-s-an-nad-synthase%C3%A2-it-s-a-chaperone%C3%A2-it-s-a-neuroprotector
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REVIEW
Jennifer M Brazill, Chong Li, Yi Zhu, R Grace Zhai
Nicotinamide mononucleotide adenylyl transferases (NMNATs) are a family of highly conserved proteins indispensable for cellular homeostasis. NMNATs are classically known for their enzymatic function of catalyzing NAD(+) synthesis, but also have gained a reputation as essential neuronal maintenance factors. NMNAT deficiency has been associated with various human diseases with pronounced consequences on neural tissues, underscoring the importance of the neuronal maintenance and protective roles of these proteins...
April 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445719/kat-independent-gene-regulation-by-tip60-promotes-esc-self-renewal-but-not-pluripotency
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Diwash Acharya, Sarah J Hainer, Yeonsoo Yoon, Feng Wang, Ingolf Bach, Jaime A Rivera-Pérez, Thomas G Fazzio
Although histone-modifying enzymes are generally assumed to function in a manner dependent on their enzymatic activities, this assumption remains untested for many factors. Here, we show that the Tip60 (Kat5) lysine acetyltransferase (KAT), which is essential for embryonic stem cell (ESC) self-renewal and pre-implantation development, performs these functions independently of its KAT activity. Unlike ESCs depleted of Tip60, KAT-deficient ESCs exhibited minimal alterations in gene expression, chromatin accessibility at Tip60 binding sites, and self-renewal, thus demonstrating a critical KAT-independent role of Tip60 in ESC maintenance...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445440/micronutrient-status-among-pregnant-women-in-zinder-niger-and-risk-factors-associated-with-deficiency
#15
K Ryan Wessells, Césaire T Ouédraogo, Rebecca R Young, M Thierno Faye, Alex Brito, Sonja Y Hess
Anemia and micronutrient (MN) deficiencies in pregnant women are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. In Niger, 58.6% of pregnant women are anemic; however, MN statuses are unknown. The study objectives were to estimate the prevalence of MN deficiencies among pregnant women in Zinder, Niger and explore associated risk factors. Pregnant women living in randomly selected rural villages (n = 88) were included. Capillary and venous blood samples (n = 770) were analyzed for hemoglobin (Hb) and plasma ferritin, soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR), zinc (pZn), retinol binding protein (RBP), folate and vitamin B12...
April 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445205/inhibition-of-microrna-429-in-the-renal-medulla-increased-salt-sensitivity-of-blood-pressure-in-sprague-dawley-rats
#16
Qing Zhu, Junping Hu, Lei Wang, Weili Wang, Zhengchao Wang, Pin-Lan Li, Krishna M Boini, Ningjun Li
BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that high salt intake suppresses the expression of prolyl hydroxylase domain-containing protein 2 (PHD2), an enzyme promoting the degradation of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α, and increases HIF-1α along with its target genes in the renal medulla, which promotes sodium excretion and regulate salt sensitivity of blood pressure. However, it remains unknown how high salt inhibits the expression of PHD2. METHOD AND RESULTS: The current study first revealed that high-salt-induced PHD2 inhibition was due to the enhanced decay of mRNA...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445073/plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-is-critical-in-alcohol-enhanced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice
#17
Lauren G Poole, Veronica L Massey, Deanna L Siow, Edilson Torres-González, Nikole L Warner, James P Luyendyk, Jeffrey D Ritzenthaler, Jesse Roman, Gavin E Arteel
RATIONALE: Chronic alcohol exposure is a clinically important risk factor for development of acute respiratory distress syndrome, the most severe form of acute lung injury (ALI). However, the mechanisms by which alcohol sensitizes the lung to development of this disease are poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: We determined the role of the anti-fibrinolytic protein plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in alcohol enhancement of experimental endotoxin-induced ALI. METHODS: Wild-type (WT), PAI-1(-/-) and Integrin β3(-/-) mice were fed ethanol-containing Lieber-DeCarli liquid or control diet for 6 weeks followed by systemic lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444954/clinical-presentation-and-outcome-of-children-with-central-diabetes-insipidus-associated-with-a-self-limited-or-transient-pituitary-stalk-thickening-diagnosed-as-infundibuloneurohypophysitis
#18
J Schaefers, M Cools, K De Waele, I Gies, V Beauloye, P Lysy, I Francois, D Beckers, J De Schepper
OBJECTIVE: Despite lymphocytic or autoimmune infundibuloneurohypophysitis (INH) is an increasingly recognized etiology in children with central diabetes insipidus, clinical data on epidemiology (clinical evolution, predisposing factors, complications), diagnosis and management of this entity are limited and mostly based on published case reports. The aim of this study was to gain a broader insight in the natural history of this disease by analyzing the clinical presentation, radiological pituitary stalk changes, associated autoimmunity and hormonal deficiencies in children with CDI and a self-limiting or transient stalk thickening (ST), diagnosed as autoimmune INH, during the last 15 years in four Belgian university hospitals...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444847/complement-dependence-of-murine-costimulatory-blockade-resistant-cellular-cardiac-allograft-rejection
#19
Nicholas Chun, Robert L Fairchild, Yansui Li, Jinhua Liu, Ming Zhang, William M Baldwin, Peter S Heeger
Building upon studies showing that ischemia/reperfusion-(IR)-injury is complement-dependent, we tested links among complement activation, transplant associated ischemia-reperfusion injury, and murine cardiac allograft rejection. We transplanted BALB/c hearts subjected to 8h cold ischemic storage (CIS) into CTLA4Ig-treated WT or c3(-/-) B6 recipients. Whereas allografts subjected to 8h CIS rejected in WT recipients with a median survival time (MST) of 37d, identically treated hearts survived >60d in c3(-/-) mice (p<0...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444220/a-panel-study-on-patients-with-dominant-cerebellar-ataxia-highlights-the-frequency-of-channelopathies
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Marie Coutelier, Giulia Coarelli, Marie-Lorraine Monin, Juliette Konop, Claire-Sophie Davoine, Christelle Tesson, Rémi Valter, Mathieu Anheim, Anthony Behin, Giovanni Castelnovo, Perrine Charles, Albert David, Claire Ewenczyk, Mélanie Fradin, Cyril Goizet, Didier Hannequin, Pierre Labauge, Florence Riant, Pierre Sarda, Yves Sznajer, François Tison, Urielle Ullmann, Lionel Van Maldergem, Fanny Mochel, Alexis Brice, Giovanni Stevanin, Alexandra Durr
Autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxias have a marked heterogeneous genetic background, with mutations in 34 genes identified so far. This large amount of implicated genes accounts for heterogeneous clinical presentations, making genotype-phenotype correlations a major challenge in the field. While polyglutamine ataxias, linked to CAG repeat expansions in genes such as ATXN1, ATXN2, ATXN3, ATXN7, CACNA1A and TBP, have been extensively characterized in large cohorts, there is a need for comprehensive assessment of frequency and phenotype of more 'conventional' ataxias...
April 21, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
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