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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433200/the-case-against-performing-pleural-biopsies-for-the-aetiological-diagnosis-of-exudates
#1
J M Porcel
In most cases, the etiological diagnosis of pleural exudates does not require a pleural biopsy. However, when it is considered necessary, the biopsy should seldom be conducted using invasive methods such as thoracoscopy. Two paradigmatic examples are pleural tuberculosis and malignant effusions. In many centres, pleural fluid adenosine deaminase measurement has replaced closed pleural biopsies in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Similarly, pathological and molecular studies on pleural fluid cell blocks or alternatively, image-guided pleural biopsies have drastically reduced the need for thoracoscopy...
April 19, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432556/enzymes-that-hydrolyze-adenine-nucleotides-in-a-model-of-hypercholesterolemia-induced-by-triton-wr-1339-protective-effects-of-%C3%AE-caryophyllene
#2
Matheus D Baldissera, Carine F Souza, Pedro H Doleski, Daniela B R Leal, Lenita M Stefani, Aline A Boligon, Silvia G Monteiro
Purinergic system has been proven to play a critical role in the inflammatory process and to represent an important therapeutic target to improve the immune response during hypercholesterolemia. β-caryophyllene, a phytocannabinoid compound, has a powerful hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory actions. However, the effects of β-caryophyllene on seric enzymes of purinergic system have not been evaluated. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether β-caryophyllene is able to ameliorate the seric activities of NTPDase and adenosine deaminase (ADA) in a model of hypercholesterolemia induced by Triton WR-1339...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429755/opossum-apobec1-is-a-dna-mutator-with-retrovirus-and-retroelement-restriction-activity
#3
Terumasa Ikeda, Mayuko Shimoda, Diako Ebrahimi, John L VandeBerg, Reuben S Harris, Atsushi Koito, Kazuhiko Maeda
APOBEC3s (A3s) are single-stranded DNA cytosine deaminases that provide innate immune defences against retroviruses and mobile elements. A3s are specific to eutherian mammals because no direct homologs exist at the syntenic genomic locus in metatherian (marsupial) or prototherian (monotreme) mammals. However, the A3s in these species have the likely evolutionary precursors, the antibody gene deaminase AID and the RNA/DNA editing enzyme APOBEC1 (A1). Here, we used cell culture-based assays to determine whether opossum A1 restricts the infectivity of retroviruses including human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and the mobility of LTR/non-LTR retrotransposons...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429285/the-organogermanium-compound-ge-132-interacts-with-nucleic-acid-components-and-inhibits-the-catalysis-of-adenosine-substrate-by-adenosine-deaminase
#4
Yasuhiro Shimada, Katsuyuki Sato, Tomoya Takeda, Yoshihiko Tokuji
Poly-trans-[(2-carboxyethyl)germasesquioxane] (Ge-132) is a water-soluble organogermanium compound that exerts various physiological effects, including anti-inflammatory activity and pain relief. In water, Ge-132 is hydrolyzed to 3-(trihydroxygermyl)propanoic acid (THGP), which in turn is capable of interacting with cis-diol compounds through its trihydroxy group, indicating that this compound could also interact with diol-containing nucleic acid constituents. In this study, we evaluated the ability of THGP to interact with nucleosides or nucleotides via nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis...
April 20, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427701/multiple-sclerosis-showing-elevation-of-adenosine-deaminase-levels-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid
#5
Miharu Samuraki, Kenji Sakai, Yasuko Odake, Mitsuhiro Yoshita, Kouichi Misaki, Mitsutoshi Nakada, Masahito Yamada
An 80-year-old man developed dysarthria, quadriplegia, sensory disturbance and ataxia in all limbs. Brain and spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed multiple enhanced lesions. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of adenosine deaminase (ADA) remarkably elevated. Tuberculosis DNA was not detected, and tuberculosis was not cultured either in the CSF. Brain biopsy revealed the inflammatory demyelinating lesions. With the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, corticosteroid therapy resulted in rapid improvement of his symptoms and MRI abnormalities...
April 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417934/expression-of-adenosine-a2b-receptor-and-adenosine-deaminase-in-rabbit-gastric-mucosa-ecl-cells
#6
Rosa María Arin, Ana Isabel Vallejo, Yuri Rueda, Olatz Fresnedo, Begoña Ochoa
Adenosine is readily available to the glandular epithelium of the stomach. Formed continuously in intracellular and extracellular locations, it is notably produced from ATP released in enteric cotransmission. Adenosine analogs modulate chloride secretion in gastric glands and activate acid secretion in isolated parietal cells through A2B adenosine receptor (A2BR) binding. A functional link between surface A2BR and adenosine deaminase (ADA) was found in parietal cells, but whether this connection is a general feature of gastric mucosa cells is unknown...
April 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416670/alterations-in-cellular-metabolism-triggered-by-ura7-or-gln3-inactivation-cause-imbalanced-dntp-pools-and-increased-mutagenesis
#7
Tobias T Schmidt, Gloria Reyes, Kerstin Gries, Cemile Ümran Ceylan, Sushma Sharma, Matthias Meurer, Michael Knop, Andrei Chabes, Hans Hombauer
Eukaryotic DNA replication fidelity relies on the concerted action of DNA polymerase nucleotide selectivity, proofreading activity, and DNA mismatch repair (MMR). Nucleotide selectivity and proofreading are affected by the balance and concentration of deoxyribonucleotide (dNTP) pools, which are strictly regulated by ribonucleotide reductase (RNR). Mutations preventing DNA polymerase proofreading activity or MMR function cause mutator phenotypes and consequently increased cancer susceptibility. To identify genes not previously linked to high-fidelity DNA replication, we conducted a genome-wide screen in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using DNA polymerase active-site mutants as a "sensitized mutator background...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416533/capturing-in-vivo-rna-transcriptional-dynamics-from-the-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum
#8
Heather J Painter, Manuela Carrasquilla, Manuel Llinás
To capture the transcriptional dynamics within proliferating cells, methods to differentiate nascent transcription from pre-existing mRNAs are desired. One approach is to label newly synthesized mRNA transcripts in vivo through the incorporation of modified pyrimidines. However, the human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, is incapable of pyrimidine salvage for mRNA biogenesis. To capture cellular mRNA dynamics during Plasmodium development, we engineered parasites that can salvage pyrimidines through the expression of a single bifunctional yeast fusion gene, cytosine deaminase/uracil phosphoribosyltransferase (FCU)...
April 17, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414287/-metabolic-effects-of-combined-introduction-of-adrenalin-and-blocker-of-methanoprolol-beta-adrenophyleters
#9
S O Tapbergenov, B S Sovetov, A T Tapbergenov, Elina Hahn
The effect of combined administration of adrenaline (0.4 mg/kg, i.p.) and b1-blocker metoprolol (25 mg/kg) on the activity of glutathione peroxidase (GPO), glutathione reductase (GR), catalase, adenosine deaminase (AD), AMP deaminase (AMPD), 5¢-nucleotidase (5¢N), on the level ofmalonic dialdehyde (MDA) and conjugated dienes (CD) was investigated. In blood adrenaline administration to animals caused an increase in the activity of AMPD, AD, 5¢N and GPO, and the increase the level of CD in the blood increases...
March 2017: Biomedit︠s︡inskai︠a︡ Khimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410823/the-case-for-performing-pleural-biopsies-for-the-aetiological-diagnosis-of-exudates-yes
#10
F Rodriguez-Panadero
Pleural biopsies are especially indicated in the following circumstances: a) inconclusive pleural fluid analysis and negative sputum study, if adenosine deaminase (ADA) levels are unavailable; b) suspected multi-resistant tuberculosis; c) a need for differentiating tuberculous pleurisy (if it progresses with neutrophilia) and complicated parapneumonic effusion; d) malignant pleural effusion coexisting with very high ADA levels; e) effusion coexisting with lung cancer and negative pleural cytology; f) suspected mesothelioma; and g) need for implementing re-treatment for patients with relapse after chemotherapy...
April 12, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407558/cd11b-regulates-antibody-class-switching-via-induction-of-aid
#11
Seohyun Park, Hyunsub Sim, Hye-In Kim, Daecheol Jeong, Guang Wu, Soo Young Cho, Young Seek Lee, Hyung-Joo Kwon, Keunwook Lee
The integrin CD11b, which is encoded by the integrin subunit alpha M (ITGAM), is primarily expressed on the surface of innate immune cells. Genetic variations in ITGAM are among the strongest risk factors for systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of autoantibodies. However, the regulatory function of CD11b in the antibody responses remains unclear. Here, we report the induction of CD11b in activated B2 B cells and define its unexpected role in immunoglobulin heavy chain class switch recombination (CSR)...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407499/alleviation-of-heavy-metal-toxicity-and-phytostimulation-of-brassica-campestris-l-by-endophytic-mucor-sp-mhr-7
#12
Mahwish Zahoor, Muhammad Irshad, Hazir Rahman, Muhammad Qasim, Sahib Gul Afridi, Muhammad Qadir, Anwar Hussain
Heavy metal (HM) pollution is of great concern in countries like Pakistan where a huge proportion of human population is exposed to it. These toxic metals are making their way from water bodies to soil where it not only interferes with plant growth and development but also initiates serious health issues in human consuming the produce of such soils. Bioremediation is one of the most viable and efficient solution for the problem. Purpose of the current study was to isolate endophytic fungi from plants grown on HM contaminated soil and screen them for their ability to tolerate multiple HM including chromium (Cr(6+)), manganese (Mn(2+)), cobalt (Co(2+)), copper (Cu(2+)) and zinc (Zn(2+))...
April 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405512/high-expression-of-pd-1-ligands-is-associated-with-kataegis-mutational-signature-and-apobec3-alterations
#13
Amélie Boichard, Igor F Tsigelny, Razelle Kurzrock
Immunotherapy with checkpoint inhibitors, such as antibodies blocking the programmed cell-death receptor-1 (PD-1), has resulted in remarkable responses in patients having traditionally refractory cancers. Although response to PD-1 inhibitors correlates with PD-1 ligand (PD-L1 or PD-L2) expression, PD-1 ligand positivity represents only a part of the predictive model necessary for selecting patients predisposed to respond to immunotherapy. We used all genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and phenotypic data related to 8,475 pan-cancer samples available in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and conducted a logistic regression analysis based on a large set of variables, such as microsatellite instability (MSI-H), mismatch repair (MMR) alterations, polymerase δ (POLD1) and polymerase ε (POLE) mutations, activation-induced/apolipoprotein-B editing cytidine deaminases (AID/APOBEC) alterations, lymphocyte markers and mutation burden estimates to determine independent factors that associate with PD-1 ligand overexpression...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401019/a-tumor-vessel-targeting-fusion-protein-elicits-a-chemotherapeutic-bystander-effect-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#14
Chun-Te Chen, Yi-Chun Chen, Yi Du, Zhenbo Han, Haoqiang Ying, Richard R Bouchard, Jennifer L Hsu, Jung-Mao Hsu, Trevor M Mitcham, Mei-Kuang Chen, Hui-Lung Sun, Shih-Shin Chang, Donghui Li, Ping Chang, Ronald A DePinho, Mien-Chie Hung
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly lethal disease characterized by a prominent desmoplastic stroma that may constrain tumor progression but also limit the access of therapeutic drugs. In this study, we explored a tumor-targeting strategy that enlists an engineered anti-angiogenic protein consisting of endostatin and cytosine deaminase linked to uracil phosphoribosyltransferase (EndoCD). This protein selectively binds to tumor vessels to compromise tumor angiogenesis and converts the non-toxic 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC) to the cytotoxic 5-fluorouracil to produce a chemotherapeutic bystander effect at the pancreatic tumor site...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398345/genome-wide-target-specificities-of-crispr-rna-guided-programmable-deaminases
#15
Daesik Kim, Kayeong Lim, Sang-Tae Kim, Sun-Heui Yoon, Kyoungmi Kim, Seuk-Min Ryu, Jin-Soo Kim
Cas9-linked deaminases, also called base editors, enable targeted mutation of single nucleotides in eukaryotic genomes. However, their off-target activity is largely unknown. Here we modify digested-genome sequencing (Digenome-seq) to assess the specificity of a programmable deaminase composed of a Cas9 nickase (nCas9) and the deaminase APOBEC1 in the human genome. Genomic DNA is treated with the base editor and a mixture of DNA-modifying enzymes in vitro to produce DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) at uracil-containing sites...
April 10, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398248/adar1-and-microrna-a-hidden-crosstalk-in-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Charles J Cho, Seung-Jae Myung, Suhwan Chang
The evolution of cancer cells is believed to be dependent on genetic or epigenetic alterations. However, this concept has recently been challenged by another mode of nucleotide alteration, RNA editing, which is frequently up-regulated in cancer. RNA editing is a biochemical process in which either Adenosine or Cytosine is deaminated by a group of RNA editing enzymes including ADAR (Adenosine deaminase; RNA specific) or APOBEC3B (Apolipoprotein B mRNA Editing Enzyme Catalytic Subunit 3B). The result of RNA editing is usually adenosine to inosine (A-to-I) or cytidine to uridine (C-to-U) transition, which can affect protein coding, RNA stability, splicing and microRNA-target interactions...
April 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395340/testicular-adenosine-to-inosine-rna-editing-in-the-mouse-is-mediated-by-adarb1%C3%A2-%C3%A2
#17
Elizabeth M Snyder, Konstantin Licht, Robert E Braun
Adenosine to inosine (A-to-I) RNA editing occurs in a wide range of tissues and cell types and can be catalyzed by one of the two adenosine deaminase acting on double-stranded RNA enzymes, ADAR and ADARB1. Editing can impact both coding and noncoding regions of RNA, and in higher organisms has been proposed to function in adaptive evolution. Neither the prevalence of A-to-I editing nor the role of either ADAR or ADARB1 has been examined in the context of germ cell development in mammals. Computational analysis of whole testis and cell-type specific RNA-sequencing data followed by molecular confirmation demonstrated that A-to-I RNA editing occurs in both the germ line and in somatic Sertoli cells in two targets, Cog3 and Rpa1...
January 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394399/a-single-target-mitochondrial-rna-editing-factor-of-funaria-hygrometrica-can-fully-reconstitute-rna-editing-at-two-sites-in-physcomitrella-patens
#18
Mareike Schallenberg-Rüdinger, Bastian Oldenkott, Manuel Hiss, Phuong Le Trinh, Volker Knoop, Stefan A Rensing
Nuclear-encoded pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins are key factors for site-specific RNA editing, converting cytidines into uridines in plant mitochondria and chloroplasts. All editing factors in the model moss Physcomitrella patens have a C-terminal DYW domain with similarity to cytidine deaminase. However, numerous editing factors in flowering plants lack such a terminal DYW domain, questioning its immediate role in the pyrimidine base conversion process. Here we further investigate the Physcomitrella DYW-type PPR protein PPR_78, responsible for mitochondrial editing sites cox1eU755SL and rps14eU137SL...
March 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388279/investigation-of-aid-dicer-and-drosha-expressions-in-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#19
Metin Yusuf Gelmez, Ender Coskunpinar, Basak Saracoglu, Gunnur Deniz, Melih Aktan
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common leukemia in Western countries. Cytogenetic lesions such as del13q14, del11q22.3, and del17p13 are identified in 50-60% of patients. Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) plays a central role in somatic hyper mutation (SHM) and class switch recombination (CSR) and functions on Ig genes, but also target non-Ig genes, and over-expression of AID can lead to point mutations or translocations in non-Ig genes such as IgH/Myc translocation. Dicer and Drosha, which have a role in activation process of miRNA, also act in a double-strand DNA break (DSB) repair mechanism...
April 7, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387849/toca-511-gene-transfer-and-treatment-with-the-prodrug-5-fluorocytosine-promotes-durable-antitumor-immunity-in-a-mouse-glioma-model
#20
Leah A Mitchell, Fernando Lopez Espinoza, Daniel Mendoza, Yuki Kato, Akihito Inagaki, Kei Hiraoka, Noriyuki Kasahara, Harry E Gruber, Douglas J Jolly, Joan M Robbins
Background.: Toca 511 (vocimagene amiretrorepvec) is a retroviral replicating vector encoding an optimized yeast cytosine deaminase (CD). Tumor-selective expression of CD converts the prodrug, 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC), into the active chemotherapeutic, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). This therapeutic approach is being tested in a randomized phase II/III trial in recurrent glioblastoma and anaplastic astrocytoma (NCT0241416). The aim of this study was to identify the immune cell subsets contributing to antitumor immune responses following treatment with 5-FC in Toca 511-expressing gliomas in a syngeneic mouse model...
April 6, 2017: Neuro-oncology
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