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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550722/inflammasome-expression-and-cytomegalovirus-viremia-in-critically-ill-patients-with-sepsis
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Nina Singh, Makoto Inoue, Ryosuke Osawa, Marilyn M Wagener, Mari L Shinohara
BACKGROUND: CMV viremia is a contributor to poor outcomes in critically ill patients with sepsis. OBJECTIVES: To assess the expression levels of genes encoding inflammasome-related proteins in the development of CMV viremia in critically ill patients with sepsis. STUDY DESIGN: A cohort of CMV-seropositive critically ill patients with sepsis due to bloodstream infection underwent weekly testing for CMV viremia. Blood samples to evaluate mRNA levels of genes encoding CASP1, ASC, NLRP1, NLRP3, and NLRP12 were collected at the time of enrollment...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550528/prion-like-seeding-of-misfolded-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-the-brains-of-dementia-with-lewy-body-patients-in-rt-quic
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Kazunori Sano, Ryuichiro Atarashi, Katsuya Satoh, Daisuke Ishibashi, Takehiro Nakagaki, Yasushi Iwasaki, Mari Yoshida, Shigeo Murayama, Kenichi Mishima, Noriyuki Nishida
The prion-like seeding of misfolded α-synuclein (αSyn) involved in the pathogenesis of Lewy body diseases (LBD) remains poorly understood at the molecular level. Using the real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QUIC) seeding assay, we investigated whether brain tissues from cases of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which contain serine 129 (Ser129)-phosphorylated insoluble aggregates of αSyn, can convert Escherichia coli-derived recombinant αSyn (r-αSyn) to fibrils. Diffuse neocortical DLB yielded 50% seeding dose (SD50) values of 10(7)~10(10)/g brain...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550517/early-prediction-of-autoimmune-type-1-diabetes
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Simon E Regnell, Åke Lernmark
Underlying type 1 diabetes is a genetic aetiology dominated by the influence of specific HLA haplotypes involving primarily the class II DR-DQ region. In genetically predisposed children with the DR4-DQ8 haplotype, exogenous factors, yet to be identified, are thought to trigger an autoimmune reaction against insulin, signalled by insulin autoantibodies as the first autoantibody to appear. In children with the DR3-DQ2 haplotype, the triggering reaction is primarily against GAD signalled by GAD autoantibodies (GADA) as the first-appearing autoantibody...
May 26, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550501/grass-carp-reovirus-gd108-fiber-protein-is-involved-in-cell-attachment
#4
Yuanyuan Tian, Zhenzhen Jiao, Junjian Dong, Chengfei Sun, Xiaoyan Jiang, Xing Ye
Viral attachment to specific host receptors is the first step in viral infection and serves an essential function in the selection of target cells. In this study, structure analysis, neutralization assays, and cell attachment assays were carried out to evaluate the cell attachment functions of the outer capsid fiber protein of grass carp reovirus GD108 strain (GCRV-GD108). The GCRV-GD108 fiber protein contained 512 amino acids encoded by S7 segment and shared sequence similarities with mammalian reovirus cell attachment protein σ1 and adenovirus fiber...
May 26, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550491/influence-of-diet-on-the-course-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Laura Tasson, Cristina Canova, Maria Grazia Vettorato, Edoardo Savarino, Renzo Zanotti
BACKGROUND: While the importance of diet in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is generally recognized, influence of food on the course of IBD is little understood. AIM: The purpose of this study was to assess the association between food intake and course of disease in patients with IBD. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study on 103 adult patients (50 with active disease and 53 in remission, divided by their calprotectin level), who completed a food frequency questionnaire on their intake of several foods over 1 year...
May 26, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550453/exchange-of-genetic-sequences-between-viruses-and-hosts
#6
Robin A Weiss
Although genetic transfer between viruses and vertebrate hosts occurs less frequently than gene flow between bacteriophages and prokaryotes, it is extensive and has affected the evolution of both parties. With retroviruses, the integration of proviral DNA into chromosomal DNA can result in the activation of adjacent host gene expression and in the transduction of host transcripts into retroviral genomes as oncogenes. Yet in contrast to lysogenic phage, there is little evidence that viral oncogenes persist in a chain of natural transmission or that retroviral transduction is a significant driver of the horizontal spread of host genes...
May 28, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550440/csf-concentrations-of-adipsin-and-adiponectin-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Héctor R Martínez, César E Escamilla-Ocañas, Carlos R Camara-Lemarroy, María T González-Garza, Juan M Tenorio-Pedraza, Martín Hernández-Torre
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is described as a neurodegenerative disorder. However, neuroinflammation and chemokine expression are prominent pathological finding at sites of injury. Adipsin and adiponectin are molecules that are implicated in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative and neuroimmune disorders. Adipsin and adiponectin concentrations were determined in the CSF of ALS patients and controls and the relationship of these chemokines with clinical severity and disease duration in ALS was determined...
May 26, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550391/gut-liver-axis-cirrhosis-and-portal-hypertension-the-chicken-and-the-egg
#8
Juan P Arab, Rosa M Martin-Mateos, Vijay H Shah
The term gut-liver axis is used to highlight the close anatomical and functional relationship between the intestine and the liver. The intestine has a highly specialized epithelial membrane which regulates transport across the mucosa. Due to dysbiosis, impairment of the intestinal barrier and altered immunity status, bacterial products can reach the liver through the portal vein, where they are recognized by specific receptors, activate the immune system and lead to a proinflammatory response. Gut microbiota and bacterial translocation play an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic liver diseases, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and its complications, such as portal hypertension, spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and hepatic encephalopaty...
May 26, 2017: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550372/tnf%C3%AE-induced-dlk-activation-contributes-to-apoptosis-in-the-beta-cell-line-hit
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Svenja Börchers, Rohollah Babaei, Catarina Klimpel, Jorge Duque Escobar, Sabine Schröder, Roland Blume, Muhammad Nasir Hayat Malik, Elke Oetjen
Reduction in beta-cell mass and function contributes to the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus type 2. The proinflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor (TNF)α and interleukin (IL)-1β have been implicated in the pathogenesis of this disease. Overexpression of the dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) inhibits beta-cell function and induces apoptosis in the beta-cell line HIT. In the present study, it was investigated whether TNFα or IL-1β stimulates DLK enzymatic activity. Immunoblot analysis, transient transfection with luciferase reporter gene assays, and immunofluorescence were used...
May 27, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550272/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-chronic-disease-of-the-21-st-century
#10
Metrakos Peter, Nilsson Tommy
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) comprises a spectrum of metabolic states ranging from simple steatosis to inflammation with associated fibrosis to cirrhosis. Though accumulation of hepatic fat is not associated with a significant increase in mortality rates, hepatic inflammation is, as this augments the risk of terminal liver disease, i.e., cirrhosis, hepatic decompensation (liver failure) and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. Disease progression is usually slow, over a decade or more and, for the most part, remains asymptomatic...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550262/increased-plasma-homocysteine-level-is%C3%A2-associated-with-executive-dysfunction-in%C3%A2-type-2-diabetic-patients-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
#11
Sai Tian, Jing Han, Rong Huang, Jie Sun, Rongrong Cai, Yanjue Shen, Shaohua Wang
BACKGROUND: Homocysteine (Hcy) is involved in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and Alzheimer's disease. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the role of Hcy in T2DM patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and to determine whether methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T or cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS) 844ins68 polymorphism is related to T2DM-associated MCI. METHODS: We recruited 285 T2DM patients and divided them into two groups, 140 patients with MCI, and 145 healthy-cognition controls, on the basis of Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) scores...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550248/cd44-splice-variants-as-potential-players-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease-pathology
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Elhanan Pinner, Yaron Gruper, Micha Ben Zimra, Don Kristt, Moshe Laudon, David Naor, Nava Zisapel
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by cognitive deficits, deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) plaques, intracellular neurofibrillary tangles, and neuronal cell death. Neuroinflammation is commonly believed to participate in AD pathogenesis. CD44 is an inflammation-related gene encoding a widely-distributed family of alternatively spliced cell surface glycoproteins that have been implicated in inflammation, metastases, and inflammation-linked neuronal injuries. Here we investigated the expression patterns of CD44S (which does not contain any alternative exon) and CD44 splice variants in postmortem hippocampal samples from AD patients and matched non-AD controls...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550247/two-novel-mutations-in-the-first-transmembrane-domain-of-presenilin1-cause-young-onset-alzheimer-s-disease
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Collin Y Liu, Yu Ohki, Taisuke Tomita, Satoko Osawa, Bruce R Reed, William Jagust, Victoria Van Berlo, Lee-Way Jin, Helena C Chui, Giovanni Coppola, John M Ringman
BACKGROUND: The presenilin-1 protein (PS1) is the catalytic unit of γ-secretase implicated in the production of abnormally long forms of amyloid-β (Aβ), including Aβ42, proteins thought critical in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In AD of autosomal dominant inheritance, the majority of pathogenic mutations have been found in the PSEN1 gene within which the location of the mutation can provide clues as to the mechanism of pathogenesis. OBJECTIVE: To describe clinical features of two novel mutations in the transmembrane portion 1 (TMD-1) of PSEN1 as well as biochemical features in one and neuropathological findings in the other...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550244/apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-modulation-of-training-outcomes-in-several-cognitive-domains-in-a-sample-of-cognitively-intact-older-adults
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Ramón López-Higes, Inmaculada C Rodríguez-Rojo, José M Prados, Pedro Montejo, David Del-Río, María Luisa Delgado-Losada, Mercedes Montenegro, David López-Sanz, Ana Barabash
BACKGROUND: Most research points to the ɛ4 allele of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene as the most recognizable genetic risk factor associated with Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis. It has been also suggested that the APOEɛ4 allele has a negative influence on cognitive functioning, which begins long before cognitive impairment becomes manifest. However, still, little is known about the APOEɛ4 interaction with cognitive intervention programs. OBJECTIVE: The main goal of this study was to explore whether there was a differential APOE genotype modulation effect after cognitive training in different domains, such as language comprehension, executive functions, and memory...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550198/host-derived-cd70-suppresses-murine-graft-versus-host-disease-by-limiting-donor-t-cell-expansion-and-effector-function
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Nicholas D Leigh, Rachel E O'Neill, Wei Du, Chuan Chen, Jingxin Qiu, Jonathan D Ashwell, Philip L McCarthy, George L Chen, Xuefang Cao
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) is a potentially curative treatment for hematologic and immunologic diseases. However, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) may develop when donor-derived T cells recognize and damage genetically distinct normal host tissues. In addition to TCR signaling, costimulatory pathways are involved in T cell activation. CD27 is a TNFR family member expressed on T cells, and its ligand, CD70, is expressed on APCs. The CD27/CD70 costimulatory pathway was shown to be critical for T cell function and survival in viral infection models...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550189/gata1-erythroid-specific-regulation-of-sec23b-expression-and-its-implication-in-the-pathogenesis-of-congenital-dyserythropoietic-anemia-type-ii
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Roberta Russo, Immacolata Andolfo, Antonella Gambale, Gianluca De Rosa, Francesco Manna, Alessandra Arillo, Farooq Wandroo, Maria Grazia Bisconte, Achille Iolascon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 26, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550176/mechanical-behavior-and-matrisome-gene-expression-in-aneurysm-prone-thoracic-aorta-of-newborn-lysyl-oxidase-knockout-mice
#17
Marius Catalin Staiculescu, Jungsil Kim, Robert P Mecham, Jessica Wagenseil
Mutations in lysyl oxidase (LOX) are associated with thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD). Mice that do not express Lox (Lox(-/-)) die soon after birth and have 60% and 40% reductions in elastin- and collagen-specific crosslinks, respectively. LOX inactivation could also change the expression of secreted factors, structural matrix, and matrix-associated proteins that constitute the aortic matrisome. We hypothesize that the absence of Lox will change the mechanical behavior of the aortic wall due to reduced elastin and collagen crosslinking and alter the expression levels of matrisome and smooth muscle cell (SMC) genes in a vascular location-specific manner...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550118/s100a9-potentiates-the-activation-of-neutrophils-by-the-etiological-agent-of-gout-monosodium-urate-crystals
#18
Louis-Simon Rousseau, Guillaume Paré, Asmaa Lachhab, Paul H Naccache, François Marceau, Philippe Tessier, Martin Pelletier, Maria Fernandes
Gout is one of the most painful types of arthritis that arises when the body mounts an acute inflammatory reaction against a crystallized form of uric acid known as monosodium urate crystals (MSUs). Although MSUs are known to activate neutrophils, the most abundant leukocyte in the synovial fluid of patients with gout, few studies have investigated the effect on neutrophils of the simultaneous stimulation with MSU and proinflammatory mediators in the inflamed joint. Herein, we focused on a protein that is highly expressed in the synovium in gout, S100A9...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550099/viral-delivery-of-c9orf72-hexanucleotide-repeat-expansions-in-mice-lead-to-repeat-length-dependent-neuropathology-and-behavioral-deficits
#19
Saul Herranz-Martin, Jayanth Chandran, Katherine Lewis, Padraig Mulcahy, Adrian Higginbottom, Callum Walker, Isabel Martinez-Pena Y Valenzuela, Ross A Jones, Ian Coldicott, Tommaso Iannitti, Mohammed Akaaboune, Sherif F El-Khamisy, Thomas H Gillingwater, Pamela J Shaw, Mimoun Azzouz
Intronic GGGGCC repeat expansions in C9orf72 are the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Two major pathologies stemming from the hexanucleotide RNA expansions (HREs) have been identified in postmortem tissue: intracellular RNA foci and repeat-associated non-ATG dependent (RAN) dipeptides, though it is unclear how these and other hallmarks of disease contribute to the pathophysiology of neuronal injury. Here we generated two novel lines of mice that overexpress either 10 pure or 102 interrupted G4C2 repeats mediated by adeno-associated virus (AAV) and characterized relevant pathology and disease-related behavioral phenotypes...
May 26, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550072/plasma-%C3%AE-synuclein-predicts-cognitive-decline-in-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Chin-Hsien Lin, Shieh-Yueh Yang, Herng-Er Horng, Che-Chuan Yang, Jen-Jie Chieh, Hsin-Hsien Chen, Bing-Hsien Liu, Ming-Jang Chiu
OBJECTIVE: α-Synuclein is critical to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). Few studies examined the plasma levels of α-synuclein due to the exceptionally low level of α-synuclein in plasma compared with cerebrospinal fluid. We aimed to investigate plasma α-synuclein in patients with PD of different disease severity. METHODS: There were total 114 participants, including 80 patients with PD and 34 controls, in the study. Participants received a complete evaluation of motor and non-motor symptoms, including cognitive function...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
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