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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729658/differential-control-of-dntp-biosynthesis-and-genome-integrity-maintenance-by-the-dutpase-superfamily-enzymes
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Rita Hirmondo, Anna Lopata, Eva Viola Suranyi, Beata G Vertessy, Judit Toth
dUTPase superfamily enzymes generate dUMP, the obligate precursor for de novo dTTP biosynthesis, from either dUTP (monofunctional dUTPase, Dut) or dCTP (bifunctional dCTP deaminase/dUTPase, Dcd:dut). In addition, the elimination of dUTP by these enzymes prevents harmful uracil incorporation into DNA. These two beneficial outcomes have been thought to be related. Here we determined the relationship between dTTP biosynthesis (dTTP/dCTP balance) and the prevention of DNA uracilation in a mycobacterial model that encodes both the Dut and Dcd:dut enzymes, and has no other ways to produce dUMP...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728264/-exploratory-research-on-diagnostic-essentials-of-pediatric-tuberculous-pleurisy
#2
H Xu, J R Liu, S Y Zhao
Objective: To summarize the clinical diagnostic essentials of pediatric tuberculous pleurisy so as to reduce the misdiagnosis rate. Method: A retrospective study was conducted on 113 cases of tuberculous pleurisy who were seen from August 2006 to September 2014 in the second Department of Respiratory Medicine, Beijing Children's Hospital Affiliated to Capital Medical University. Meanwhile, another 113 cases of children over 5 years of age with mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia complicated with pleural effusion were randomly selected as control group...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726179/methionine-and-or-methionine-sulfoxide-alter-ectoenzymes-activities-in-lymphocytes-and-inflammatory-parameters-in-serum-from-young-rats-acute-and-chronic-effects
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Mayara Sandrielly Pereira Soares, Marcelo Zanusso Costa, Tatiane Morgana da Silva, Marta Gazal, Carlus Augustu Tavares do Couto, Gabriela Nogueira Debom, Rodrigo Rodrigues, Juliana Hofstätter Azambuja, Emerson André Casali, Cesar Eduardo Jacintho Moritz, Marta Frescura Duarte, Elizandra Braganhol, Francieli Moro Stefanello, Roselia Maria Spanevello
In this study we investigated the effect of acute and chronic treatment with Met and/or methionine sulfoxide (MetO) on ectonucleotidases and cholinesterases activities from lymphocytes and purine derivatives compounds, C-protein reactive, interleukin-10, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α levels in serum of young rats. Adenosine triphosphate hydrolysis was decreased in lymphocytes 1 h after treatment by MetO and Met + MetO. However, adenosine triphosphate and adenosine diphosphate hydrolysis in lymphocytes was increased in the groups MetO and Met + MetO and adenosine deaminase activity was increased in MetO 3 h after the treatment...
July 19, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726078/peritoneal-lavage-cea-mrna-levels-predict-conversion-gastrectomy-outcomes-after-induction-chemotherapy-with-intraperitoneal-paclitaxel-in-gastric-cancer-patients-with-peritoneal-metastasis
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Hironori Yamaguchi, Yumiko Satoh, Hironori Ishigami, Makiko Kurihara, Yutaka Yatomi, Joji Kitayama
BACKGROUND: The outcome of gastric cancer patients with peritoneal metastasis remains poor. We treated these patients with intraperitoneal and intravenous paclitaxel plus oral S-1 (tegafur/gimeracil/oteracil), followed by gastrectomy in responders. We evaluated the clinical significance of peritoneal lavage carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) messenger RNA (mRNA) levels as a biomarker for indication of conversion gastrectomy. METHODS: The peritoneal lavage of 68 patients who received the above regimen as induction chemotherapy was repeatedly collected via intraperitoneal access ports...
July 19, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724724/brct-domain-protein-brit1-influences-class-switch-recombination
#5
Wei-Feng Yen, Ashutosh Chaudhry, Bharat Vaidyanathan, William T Yewdell, Joseph N Pucella, Rahul Sharma, Yulong Liang, Kaiyi Li, Alexander Y Rudensky, Jayanta Chaudhuri
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) serve as obligatory intermediates for Ig heavy chain (Igh) class switch recombination (CSR). The mechanisms by which DSBs are resolved to promote long-range DNA end-joining while suppressing genomic instability inherently associated with DSBs are yet to be fully elucidated. Here, we use a targeted short-hairpin RNA screen in a B-cell lymphoma line to identify the BRCT-domain protein BRIT1 as an effector of CSR. We show that conditional genetic deletion of BRIT1 in mice leads to a marked increase in unrepaired Igh breaks and a significant reduction in CSR in ex vivo activated splenic B cells...
July 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722661/dck-expression-a-potential-predictive-biomarker-in-the-adjuvant-gemcitabine-chemotherapy-for-biliary-tract-cancer-after-surgical-resection-results-from-a-phase-ii-study
#6
Sang Myung Woo, Kyong-Ah Yoon, Eun Kyung Hong, Weon Seo Park, Sung-Sik Han, Sang-Jae Park, Jungnam Joo, Eun Young Park, Ju Hee Lee, Yun-Hee Kim, Tae Hyun Kim, Woo Jin Lee
The role of adjuvant therapy following resection of biliary tract cancer (BTC) remains unclear. We therefore evaluated the feasibility and toxicity of adjuvant gemcitabine in patients with BTC. This clinical phase II trial was an open-label, single center, single-arm study. Within 8 weeks after gross complete resection of BTC, patients were started on intravenous infusions of gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2 over 30 min on days 1, 8, and 15 of every 28-day cycle. Intratumoral expression of cytidine deaminase (CDA), human equilibrative transporter-1 (hENT1), deoxycytidine kinase (dCK) and ribonucleotide reductase subunit 1 (RRM1) was measured by immunohistochemistry...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716949/biochemical-regulatory-features-of-aid-remain-conserved-from-lamprey-to-humans
#7
Emma M Quinlan, Justin J King, Chris T Amemiya, Ellen Hsu, Mani Larijani
Activation induced cytidine deaminase (AID) is a genome-mutating enzyme that initiates class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation of antibodies in jawed vertebrates. We previously described the biochemical properties of human AID and found that it is an unusual enzyme in that it exhibits binding affinities for its substrate DNA and catalytic rates several orders of magnitude higher and lower, respectively, than a typical enzyme. Recently, we solved the functional structure of AID and demonstrated that these properties are due to non-specific DNA binding on its surface, along with a catalytic pocket that predominantly assumes a closed conformation...
July 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716651/significance-of-a-to-i-rna-editing-of-transcripts-modulating-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics
#8
REVIEW
Masataka Nakano, Miki Nakajima
RNA editing is a post-transcriptional process that alters the nucleotide sequence of RNA transcripts to generate transcriptome diversity. Among the various types of RNA editing, adenosine-to-inosine (A-to-I) RNA editing is the most frequent type of RNA editing in mammals. Adenosine deaminases acting on RNA (ADAR) enzymes, ADAR1 and ADAR2, convert adenosines in double-stranded RNA structures into inosines by hydrolytic deamination. Inosine forms a base pair with cytidine as if it were guanosine; therefore, the conversion may affect the amino acid sequence, splicing, microRNA targeting, and miRNA maturation...
July 14, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714361/rna-editing-is-induced-by-type-i-interferon-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#9
Jinyao Zhang, Zhaoli Chen, Zefang Tang, Jianbing Huang, Xueda Hu, Jie He
In recent years, abnormal RNA editing has been shown to play an important role in the development of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, as such abnormal editing is catalyzed by ADAR (adenosine deaminases acting on RNA). However, the regulatory mechanism of ADAR1 in esophageal squamous cell carcinomas remains largely unknown. In this study, we investigated ADAR1 expression and its association with RNA editing in esophageal squamous cell carcinomas. RNA sequencing applied to esophageal squamous cell carcinoma clinical samples showed that ADAR1 expression was correlated with the expression of STAT1, STAT2, and IRF9...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710241/peritoneal-tuberculosis-as-a-cause-of-ascites-in-a-patient-with-cirrhosis
#10
Ana Margarida Vaz, Bruno Peixe, Rita Ornelas, Horácio Guerreiro
A 59-year-old Portuguese Caucasian man with a history of heavy alcohol intake and no significant medical history presented with ascites, weight loss and general malaise. The ascitic fluid analysis showed 921 cells/mm(3) with mononuclear predominance (93.6%), elevated total proteins and a slightly elevated serum-ascites albumin gradient. The abdominal ultrasound confirmed the presence of chronic liver disease with ascites, and additionally on CT there was evidence of peritoneal thickening. On repeat paracentesis, the ascitic fluid analysis showed elevated adenosine deaminase but it was negative for the presence of mycobacteria by Ziehl-Neelsen stain, Löwenstein-Jensen culture and PCR amplification...
July 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708393/selective-deamination-of-mutagens-by-a-mycobacterial-enzyme
#11
Vandana Gaded, Ruchi Anand
Structure-based methods are powerful tools that are being exploited to unravel new functions with therapeutic advantage. Here, we report the discovery of a new class of deaminases, predominantly found in mycobacterial species that act on the commercially important s-triazine class of compounds. The enzyme, Msd from Mycobacterium smegmatis was taken as a representative candidate from an evolutionarily conserved sub-group that possesses high density of Mycobacterium deaminases. Biochemical investigation reveals that Msd specifically acts on mutagenic nucleobases like 5-azacytosine and isoguanine, and does not accept natural bases as substrates...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707393/malaria-epstein-barr-virus-infection-and-the-pathogenesis-of-burkitt-s-lymphoma
#12
Anthony R Mawson, Suvankar Majumdar
A geographical and causal connection has long been recognized between malaria, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and Burkitt's lymphoma (BL), but the underlying mechanisms remain obscure. Potential clues are that the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum selectively absorbs vitamin A from the host and depends on it for its biological activities; secondly, alterations in vitamin A (retinoid) metabolism have been implicated in many forms of cancer, including BL. The first author has proposed that the merozoite-stage malaria parasite, emerging from the liver, uses its absorbed vitamin A as a cell membrane destabilizer to invade the red blood cells, causing anemia and other signs and symptoms of the disease as manifestations of an endogenous form of hypervitaminosis A (Mawson AR...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703313/mesenchymal-stem-cells-a-new-platform-for-targeting-suicide-genes-in-cancer
#13
REVIEW
Rana Moradian Tehrani, Javad Verdi, Mahdi Noureddini, Rasoul Salehi, Reza Salarinia, Meysam Mosalaei, Miganosh Simonian, Behrang Alani, Moosa Rahimi Ghiasi, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Hamid Reza Mirzaei, Hamed Mirzaie
One of the important strategies for the treatment of cancer is gene therapy which has the potential to exclusively eradicate malignant cells, without any damage to the normal tissues. Gene-directed enzyme prodrug therapy (GDEPT) is a two-step gene therapy approach, where a suicide gene is directed to tumor cells. The gene encodes an enzyme that expressed intracellularly where it is able to convert a prodrug into cytotoxic metabolites. Various delivery systems have been developed to achieve the appropriate levels of tumor restricted expression of chemotherapeutic drugs...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702782/immunohistochemical-localization-of-histidine-rich-glycoprotein-in-human-skeletal-muscle-preferential-distribution-of-the-protein-at-the-sarcomeric-i-band
#14
L Mattii, L Rossi, C Ippolito, G Alì, D Martini, A Raggi, Antonietta R M Sabbatini
Histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG) is a relatively abundant plasma protein that is synthesized by parenchymal liver cells. Using Western blot analysis and immunoperoxidase techniques, we have previously shown the presence of HRG in human skeletal muscle. This paper reports the results of immunofluorescence experiments carried out on sections of human normal skeletal muscle biopsies to investigate the subcellular localization of HRG. The HRG localization was also compared with that of skeletal muscle AMP deaminase (AMPD1), since we have previously described an association of the enzyme with the protein...
July 12, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699781/application-of-bacillus-megaterium-mcr-8-improved-phytoextraction-and-stress-alleviation-of-nickel-in-vinca-rosea
#15
Waheed Ullah Khan, Sajid Rashid Ahmad, Nasim Ahmad Yasin, Aamir Ali, Aqeel Ahmad, Waheed Akram
The current research was performed to evaluate the effect of Bacillus megaterium MCR-8 on mitigation of nickel (Ni) stress in Vinca rosea grown on Ni-contaminated soil (50, 100, and 200 mg Ni kg(-1) soil). The treated plants exhibited reduced growth, biomass, gas exchange capacity, and chlorophyll (Chl) content under Ni stress. The inoculated plants growing in Ni-contaminated media exhibited relatively higher growth, total soluble protein, and proline contents. Similarly, bacterial inoculation improved the activity of antioxidant enzymes including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), peroxidase (POD), and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) under Ni stress...
September 2, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699699/involvement-of-cholinergic-and-adenosinergic-systems-on-the-branchial-immune-response-of-experimentally-infected-silver-catfish-with-streptococcus-agalactiae
#16
M D Baldissera, C F Souza, P H Doleski, K L S Moreira, M L da Veiga, M I U M da Rocha, R C V Santos, B Baldisserotto
It has been recognized that the cholinergic and adenosinergic systems have an essential role in immune and inflammatory responses during bacterial fish pathogens, such as the enzymes acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and adenosine deaminase (ADA), which are responsible for catalysis of the anti-inflammatory molecules acetylcholine (ACh) and adenosine (Ado) respectively. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the involvement of the cholinergic and adenosinergic systems on the immune response and inflammatory process in gills of experimentally infected Rhamdia quelen with Streptococcus agalactiae...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693209/frequent-aberrant-p53-and-fhit-expression-in-endoscopically-resected-superficial-hypopharyngeal-cancer-and-esophageal-cancer
#17
Sohei Yamamoto, Kazuo Yashima, Soichiro Kawata, Kohei Hosoda, Akihiro Tamoto, Yuichiro Ikebuchi, Kazuya Matsumoto, Koichiro Kawaguchi, Kenichi Harada, Yoshikazu Murawaki, Hajime Isomoto
In the last decade, the incidence rate of detection rate of superficial head, neck and esophageal squamous cell carcinomas has increased with the development of endoscopic imaging techniques. These cancers are thought to arise independently subsequent to tissue exposure to a common carcinogen e.g. alcohol or tobacco. This phenomenon has been termed field cancerization. To determine the molecular background of the development of hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (HPSCCs) and double esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (DESCCs), the present study immunohistochemically assessed tumor-related protein expression [p53, Fhit (fragile histidine triad), E-cadherin and activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID)], and subsequently determined the correlation between protein expression and clinicopathological data...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686889/serpentine-endophytic-bacterium-pseudomonas-azotoformans-ass1-accelerates-phytoremediation-of-soil-metals-under-drought-stress
#18
Ying Ma, Mani Rajkumar, António Moreno, Chang Zhang, Helena Freitas
This study evaluates the potential of serpentine endophytic bacterium to foster phytoremediation efficiency of Trifolium arvense grown on multi-metal (Cu, Zn and Ni) contaminated soils under drought stress. A drought resistant endophytic bacterial strain ASS1 isolated from the leaves of Alyssum serpyllifolium grown in serpentine soils was identified as Pseudomonas azotoformans based on biochemical tests and partial 16S rRNA gene sequencing. P. azotoformans ASS1 possessed abiotic stress resistance (heavy metals, drought, salinity, antibiotics and extreme temperature) and plant growth promoting (PGP) properties (phosphate solubilization, nitrogen fixation, production of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase, siderophore and ammonia)...
July 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681577/tuberculous-meningitis-mimicking-varicella-zoster-meningitis
#19
Sun In Hong, Taeeun Kim, Jiwon Jung, Se Yoon Park, Yong Pil Chong, Sang Oh Lee, Sang Ho Choi, Yang Soo Kim, Jun Hee Woo, Sang Ahm Lee, Sung Han Kim
BACKGROUND: Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is one of the most common etiologies of aseptic meningitis. The severest manifestation of VZV meningitis is occasionally confused with tuberculous meningitis (TBM). Thus, we investigated the clinical manifestations of VZV meningitis as compared with those of TBM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All adult patients who were diagnosed with VZV meningitis or TBM were enrolled at a tertiary hospital in Seoul, South Korea, during an 8-year period...
June 2017: Infection & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681302/hydrocarbon-degradation-potential-and-plant-growth-promoting-activity-of-culturable-endophytic-bacteria-of-lotus-corniculatus-and-oenothera-biennis-from-a-long-term-polluted-site
#20
Małgorzata Pawlik, Barbara Cania, Sofie Thijs, Jaco Vangronsveld, Zofia Piotrowska-Seget
Many endophytic bacteria exert beneficial effects on their host, but still little is known about the bacteria associated with plants growing in areas heavily polluted by hydrocarbons. The aim of the study was characterization of culturable hydrocarbon-degrading endophytic bacteria associated with Lotus corniculatus L. and Oenothera biennis L. collected in long-term petroleum hydrocarbon-polluted site using culture-dependent and molecular approaches. A total of 26 hydrocarbon-degrading endophytes from these plants were isolated...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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