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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437232/epidemiological-physiological-and-molecular-characteristics-of-a-brazilian-collection-of-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Vanessa Cordeiro Dias, Juliana Alves Resende, André Netto Bastos, Lucas Quinet De Andrade Bastos, Victor Quinet De Andrade Bastos, Ricardo Villela Bastos, Cláudio Galuppo Diniz, Vânia Lúcia Da Silva
Nonfermenting Gram-negative bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii are widespread in the environment and are increasingly associated with nosocomial infections, often associated with multidrug-resistance phenotypes. This study aimed to evaluate epidemiological, physiological, and molecular characteristics of carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa and A. baumannii. In total, 63 nonreplicated strains (44 A. baumannii and 19 P. aeruginosa) were isolated from hospitalized patients. Antimicrobial resistance patterns, biocide tolerance, oxidative stress, hemolytic activity, and biofilm formation were assessed...
February 24, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436453/functional-thermodynamics-structural-and-biological-studies-of-in-silico-identified-inhibitors-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-enoyl-acp-coa-reductase-enzyme
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Leonardo K B Martinelli, Mariane Rotta, Anne D Villela, Valnês S Rodrigues-Junior, Bruno L Abbadi, Rogério V Trindade, Guilherme O Petersen, Giuliano M Danesi, Laura R Nery, Ivani Pauli, Maria M Campos, Carla D Bonan, Osmar Norberto de Souza, Luiz A Basso, Diogenes S Santos
Novel chemotherapeutics agents are needed to kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the main causative agent of tuberculosis (TB). The M. tuberculosis 2-trans-enoyl-ACP(CoA) reductase enzyme (MtInhA) is the druggable bona fide target of isoniazid. New chemotypes were previously identified by two in silico approaches as potential ligands to MtInhA. The inhibition mode was determined by steady-state kinetics for seven compounds that inhibited MtInhA activity. Dissociation constant values at different temperatures were determined by protein fluorescence spectroscopy...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436008/a-sea-urchin-in%C3%A2-vivo-model-to-evaluate-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Daniele P Romancino, Letizia Anello, Antonella Lavanco, Valentina Buffa, Maria Di Bernardo, Antonella Bongiovanni
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is an evolutionarily conserved cellular program, which is a prerequisite for the metastatic cascade in carcinoma progression. Here, we evaluate the EMT process using the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus embryo. In sea urchin embryos, the earliest EMT event is related to the acquisition of a mesenchymal phenotype by the spiculogenetic primary mesenchyme cells (PMCs) and their migration into the blastocoel. We investigated the effect of inhibiting the epidermal growth factor (EGF) signaling pathway on this process, and we observed that mesenchyme cell differentiation was blocked...
April 24, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435527/discovery-of-highly-potent-2-sulfonyl-pyrimidinyl-derivatives-for-apoptosis-inhibition-and-ischemia-treatment
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Li Li, Xian Jiang, Shaoqiang Huang, Zhengxin Ying, Zhaolan Zhang, Chenjie Pan, Sisi Li, Xiaodong Wang, Zhiyuan Zhang
A series of 2-sulfonyl-pyrimidinyl derivatives was developed as apoptosis inhibitors. These represent the first class of apoptosis inhibitors that function through stabilizing mitochondrial respiratory complex II. Starting from a phenotypic screen hit with micromolar activity, we optimized the cellular apoptosis inhibition activity of 2-sulfonyl-pyrimidinyl derivatives to picomolar level (compound 42, also named as TC9-305). The therapeutic potential of these new apoptosis inhibitors was further demonstrated by their neuroprotective effect on an ischemic animal model...
April 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435517/inhibition-of-the-platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-beta-pdgfrb-using-gene-silencing-crenolanib-besylate-or-imatinib-mesylate-hampers-the-malignant-phenotype-of-mesothelioma-cell-lines
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Ombretta Melaiu, Calogerina Catalano, Chiara De Santi, Monica Cipollini, Gisella Figlioli, Lucia Pellè, Elisa Barone, Monica Evangelista, Alice Guazzelli, Laura Boldrini, Elisa Sensi, Alessandra Bonotti, Rudy Foddis, Alfonso Cristaudo, Luciano Mutti, Gabriella Fontanini, Federica Gemignani, Stefano Landi
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a cancer of the pleural cavity resistant to chemotherapy. The identification of novel therapeutic targets is needed to improve its poor prognosis. Following a review of literature and a screening of specimens we found that platelet-derived growth factor receptor beta (PDGFRB) is over-expressed, but not somatically mutated, in MPM tissues. We aimed to ascertain whether PDGFRB is a MPM-cancer driver gene. The approaches employed included the use of gene silencing and the administration of small molecules, such as crenolanib and imatinib (PDGFR inhibitors) on MPM cell lines (IstMes2, Mero-14, Mero-25)...
January 2017: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435221/phenotypic-evaluation-and-in-silico-admet-properties-of-novel-arylimidamides-in-acute-mouse-models-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Cristiane França da Silva, Denise da Gama Jaén Batista, Julianna Siciliano de Araújo, Edézio Ferreira Cunha-Junior, Chad E Stephens, Moloy Banerjee, Abdelbasset A Farahat, Senol Akay, Mary K Fisher, David W Boykin, Maria de Nazaré Correia Soeiro
Arylimidamides (AIAs), previously termed as reversed amidines, present a broad spectrum of activity against intracellular microorganisms. In the present study, three novel AIAs were evaluated in a mouse model of Trypanosoma cruzi infection, which is the causative agent of Chagas disease. The bis-AIAs DB1957, DB1959 and DB1890 were chosen based on a previous screening of their scaffolds that revealed a very promising trypanocidal effect at nanomolar range against both the bloodstream trypomastigotes (BTs) and the intracellular forms of the parasite...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435202/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characterization-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-from-bovine-mastitis
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S Hamid, Mohd Altaf Bhat, Irfan Ahmad Mir, Anil Taku, Gulzar Ahmad Badroo, Salik Nazki, Andleeb Malik
AIM: This study was conducted to determine the occurrence of methicillin-sensitive and Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) from bovine mastitis and to characterize them with respect to antibiotic resistance gene mecA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 160 mastitic milk samples were screened for the presence of S. aureus. The presumptive positive isolates were confirmed using nuc and 23S rRNA gene-based polymerase chain reaction. All the confirmed isolates were subjected to in vitro antibiogram using a number of antibiotics...
March 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434878/molecular-phenotyping-combines-molecular-information-biological-relevance-and-patient-data-to-improve-productivity-of-early-drug-discovery
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Faye Marie Drawnel, Jitao David Zhang, Erich Küng, Natsuyo Aoyama, Fethallah Benmansour, Andrea Araujo Del Rosario, Sannah Jensen Zoffmann, Frédéric Delobel, Michael Prummer, Franziska Weibel, Coby Carlson, Blake Anson, Roberto Iacone, Ulrich Certa, Thomas Singer, Martin Ebeling, Marco Prunotto
Today, novel therapeutics are identified in an environment which is intrinsically different from the clinical context in which they are ultimately evaluated. Using molecular phenotyping and an in vitro model of diabetic cardiomyopathy, we show that by quantifying pathway reporter gene expression, molecular phenotyping can cluster compounds based on pathway profiles and dissect associations between pathway activities and disease phenotypes simultaneously. Molecular phenotyping was applicable to compounds with a range of binding specificities and triaged false positives derived from high-content screening assays...
April 13, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433799/affinity-proteomics-exploration-of-melanoma-identifies-proteins-in-serum-with-associations-to-t-stage-and-recurrence
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Sanna Byström, Claudia Fredolini, Per-Henrik Edqvist, Etienne-Nicholas Nyaiesh, Kimi Drobin, Mathias Uhlén, Michael Bergqvist, Fredrik Pontén, Jochen M Schwenk
BACKGROUND: Blood-based proteomic profiling may aid and expand our understanding of diseases and their different phenotypes. The aim of the presented study was to profile serum samples from patients with malignant melanoma using affinity proteomic assays to describe proteins in the blood stream that are associated to stage or recurrence of melanoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Multiplexed protein analysis was conducted using antibody suspension bead arrays. A total of 232 antibodies against 132 proteins were selected from (i) a screening with 4595 antibodies and 32 serum samples from melanoma patients and controls, (ii) antibodies used for immunohistochemistry, (iii) protein targets previously related with melanoma...
April 20, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433619/lack-of-pathogenic-mutations-in-sos1-gene-in-phenytoin-induced-gingival-overgrowth-patients
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Katia Margiotti, Giulia Pascolini, Federica Consoli, Valentina Guida, Carlo Di Bonaventura, Anna Teresa Giallonardo, Antonio Pizzuti, Alessandro De Luca
OBJECTIVE: Gingival overgrowth is a side effect associated with some distinct classes of drugs, such as anticonvulsants, immunosuppressants, and calcium channel blockers. One of the main drugs associated with gingival overgrowth is the antiepileptic phenytoin, which affects gingival tissues by altering extracellular matrix metabolism. It has been shown that mutation of human SOS1 gene is responsible for a rare hereditary gingival fibromatosis type 1, a benign gingival overgrowth. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the possible contribution of SOS1 mutation to gingival overgrowth-related phenotype...
April 5, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433370/assessing-the-true-incidence-of-mosaicism-in-preimplantation-embryos
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REVIEW
Maria Vera-Rodriguez, Carmen Rubio
Modern technologies applied to the field of preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidy screening (PGD-A) have improved the ability to identify the presence of mosaicism. Consequently, new questions can now be addressed regarding the potential impact of embryo mosaicism on diagnosis accuracy and the feasibility of considering mosaic embryos for transfer. The frequency of chromosomal mosaicism in products of conception (POCs) of early miscarriages has been reported to be low. Mosaic embryos with an aneuploid inner cell mass are typically lost during the first trimester owing to spontaneous miscarriages...
April 19, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433102/the-genetics-of-wilson-disease
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Irene J Chang, Si Houn Hahn
Wilson disease (WD) is an autosomal-recessive disorder of hepatocellular copper deposition caused by pathogenic variants in the copper-transporting gene, ATP7B. Early detection and treatment are critical to prevent lifelong neuropsychiatric, hepatic, and systemic disabilities. Due to the marked heterogeneity in age of onset and clinical presentation, the diagnosis of Wilson disease remains challenging to physicians today. Direct sequencing of the ATP7B gene is the most sensitive and widely used confirmatory testing method, and concurrent biochemical testing improves diagnostic accuracy...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432847/genotype-phenotype-correlation-in-paediatric-pheochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma-a-single-centre-experience-from-india
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Kranti Khadilkar, Vijaya Sarathi, Rajeev Kasaliwal, Reshma Pandit, Manjunath Goroshi, Vyankatesh Shivane, Anurag Lila, Tushar Bandgar, Nalini S Shah
BACKGROUND: Data on genotype-phenotype correlation in children is limited. Hence, we studied the prevalence of germline mutations and genotype-phenotype correlation in children with pheochromocytoma (PCC)/paraganglioma (PGL) and compared it with adult PCC/PGL cohort. METHODS: A total of 121 consecutive, unrelated, index PCC/PGL patients underwent genetic testing for five PCC/PGL susceptibility genes (RET, VHL, SDHB, SDHD and SDHC) and were evaluated for clinical diagnosis of neurofibromatosis type1 (NF1)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432274/sensitive-detection-of-viable-circulating-tumor-cells-using-a-novel-conditionally-telomerase-selective-replicating-adenovirus-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
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Shinsaku Togo, Nobuyoshi Katagiri, Yukiko Namba, Miniwan Tulafu, Kumi Nagahama, Kotarou Kadoya, Kazuya Takamochi, Siaki Oh, Kenji Suzuki, Fuminori Sakurai, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi, Yasuo Urata, Kazuhisa Takahashi
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have a crucial role in the clinical outcome of cancer patients. Detection of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) using an antibody against epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) in captured CTCs has low sensitivity; the loss of epithelial markers leads to underestimation of CTCs with mesenchymal phenotype. We propose a new approach for detection of viable CTCs, including those with epithelial-mesenchymal transition status (EMT-CTCs), using the new telomerase-specific replication-selective adenovirus (OBP-1101), TelomeScan F35...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431912/osteosarcopenic-obesity-prevalence-and-relation-with-frailty-and-physical-performance-in-middle-aged-and-older-women
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Claudia Szlejf, Lorena Parra-Rodríguez, Oscar Rosas-Carrasco
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of osteosarcopenic obesity (OSO) and to investigate its association with frailty and physical performance in Mexican community-dwelling middle-aged and older women. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of a prospective cohort. SETTING: The FraDySMex study, a 2-round evaluation of community-dwelling adults from 2 municipalities in Mexico City. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 434 women aged 50 years or older, living in the designated area in Mexico City...
April 18, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431046/brg1-interacts-with-sox10-to-establish-the-melanocyte-lineage-and-to-promote-differentiation
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Himangi G Marathe, Dawn E Watkins-Chow, Matthias Weider, Alana Hoffmann, Gaurav Mehta, Archit Trivedi, Shweta Aras, Tupa Basuroy, Aanchal Mehrotra, Dorothy C Bennett, Michael Wegner, William J Pavan, Ivana L de la Serna
Mutations in SOX10 cause neurocristopathies which display varying degrees of hypopigmentation. Using a sensitized mutagenesis screen, we identified Smarca4 as a modifier gene that exacerbates the phenotypic severity of Sox10 haplo-insufficient mice. Conditional deletion of Smarca4 in SOX10 expressing cells resulted in reduced numbers of cranial and ventral trunk melanoblasts. To define the requirement for the Smarca4 -encoded BRG1 subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, we employed in vitro models of melanocyte differentiation in which induction of melanocyte-specific gene expression is closely linked to chromatin alterations...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430857/repurposed-drugs-targeting-eif2%C3%AE-p-mediated-translational-repression-prevent-neurodegeneration-in-mice
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Mark Halliday, Helois Radford, Karlijn A M Zents, Collin Molloy, Julie A Moreno, Nicholas C Verity, Ewan Smith, Catharine A Ortori, David A Barrett, Martin Bushell, Giovanna R Mallucci
Signalling through the PERK/eIF2α-P branch of the unfolded protein response plays a critical role in controlling protein synthesis rates in cells. This pathway is overactivated in brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders and has recently emerged as a promising therapeutic target for these currently untreatable conditions. Thus, in mouse models of neurodegenerative disease, prolonged overactivation of PERK/eIF2α-P signalling causes sustained attenuation of protein synthesis, leading to memory impairment and neuronal loss...
April 19, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429771/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-in-one-blastomere-of-two-cell-embryos-reveals-a-novel-tet3-function-in-regulating-neocortical-development
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Lingbo Wang, Min-Yin Li, Chao Qu, Wan-Ying Miao, Qi Yin, Jiaoyang Liao, Hua-Teng Cao, Min Huang, Kai Wang, Erwei Zuo, Guangdun Peng, Shu-Xin Zhang, Guodong Chen, Qing Li, Ke Tang, Qian Yu, Zhoujie Li, Catherine Cl Wong, Guoliang Xu, Naihe Jing, Xiang Yu, Jinsong Li
Studying the early function of essential genes is an important and challenging problem in developmental biology. Here, we established a method for rapidly inducing CRISPR-Cas9-mediated mutations in one blastomere of two-cell stage embryos, termed 2-cell embryo-CRISPR-Cas9 injection (2CC), to study the in vivo function of essential (or unknown) genes in founder chimeric mice. By injecting both Cre mRNA and CRISPR-Cas9 targeting the gene of interest into fluorescent reporter mice, the 2CC method can trace both wild-type and mutant cells at different developmental stages, offering internal control for phenotypic analyses of mutant cells...
April 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429524/the-investigation-of-genetic-and-clinical-features-in-chinese-patients-with-juvenile-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Z-J Liu, H-X Lin, G-L Liu, Q-Q Tao, W Ni, B-G Xiao, Z-Y Wu
Juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (JALS) occurs at an age of onset below 25 years with a heterogeneous disease onset location, variable progression and survival time. To investigate whether an ALS gene profile could resolve any aspects of clinical symptom heterogeneity, we have used targeted sequencing technology in a cohort of 12 JALS patients of Chinese descent. We detected 5 likely pathogenic mutations, 2 in familial probands and 3 in sporadic patients. One was a known TARDBP mutation (p.G348V) and 4 were FUS frameshift mutations including a known p...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428983/rapid-inducible-protein-displacement-in-plasmodiumin-vivo-and-in-vitro-using-knocksideways-technology
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Katie R Hughes, Andy P Waters
A deeper understanding of the biology of the Plasmodium parasite is essential in order to identify targets for interventions, with the ultimate aim of eliminating malaria. Determining the function(s) of essential proteins in Plasmodium has, until recently, been hampered by the lack of efficient conditional systems to abrogate proteins. We report the adaptation of a conditional technology, knocksideways (KS), for use in Plasmodium berghei, which can potentially rapidly inactivate proteins of interest through relocalisation...
March 14, 2017: Wellcome Open Research
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