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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328795/hepatitis-b-serological-markers-and-plasma-dna-concentrations-baseline-results-from-the-dart-trial
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Huw Price, David Dunn, Tamale Zachary, Tobias Vudriko, Michael Chirara, Cissy Kityo, Paula Munderi, Moira Spyer, James Hakim, Charles Gilks, Pontiano Kaleebu, Deenan Pillay, Richard Gilson
OBJECTIVES: To examine hepatitis B serological markers and plasma DNA concentrations in a large group of untreated HIV-HBV co-infected individuals in two sub-Saharan settings. DESIGN: Baseline analysis of a randomised controlled trial. METHODS: DART was a large trial of treatment monitoring practices in HIV-infected adults with advanced disease starting antiretroviral therapy at centres in Kampala or Entebbe, Uganda (n = 2,317) and Harare, Zimbabwe (n = 999)...
March 21, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327938/targeting-the-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-2-in-gastric-cancer-promise-or-pitfall
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C Hierro, M Alsina, M Sánchez, V Serra, J Rodon, J Tabernero
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of death from cancer worldwide. Systemic chemotherapy remains the mainstay therapeutic option for this poor prognosis cancer. Trastuzumab, the epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (ERBB2 or HER2)-antibody, is the only biological agent approved for the molecularly-selected population of HER2-positive gastric cancer patients. Over the last decade, several groups have been working for deepening into the molecular characterization of gastric cancer, shedding some light into the heterogeneity of this tumour...
March 7, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325688/current-and-emerging-molecular-tests-for-human-papillomavirus-related-neoplasia-in-the-genomic-era
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REVIEW
Sixto M Leal, Margaret L Gulley
Laboratory tests have a key role in preventing human papillomavirus (HPV)-driven carcinomas and in guiding therapeutic interventions. An understanding of the virology, immunology, and carcinogenesis of HPV is essential for choosing appropriate diagnostic test modalities and developing new and even more effective cancer prevention strategies. HPV infects basal epithelial cells on multiple surfaces and induces carcinoma primarily in the cervix and the oropharynx. HPV types are stratified as high risk or low risk based on their carcinogenic potential, driven largely by viral interference with cell cycle regulation and the DNA damage response to promote continuous cell division while thwarting apoptosis, which enables mutation accumulation...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325525/clinical-heterogeneity-of-glycine-encephalopathy-in-three-palestinian-siblings-a-novel-mutation-in-the-glycine-decarboxylase-gldc-gene
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Waseem Khraim, Bassam Abu-Libdeh, Suhail Ayesh, Imad Dweikat
INTRODUCTION: Glycine encephalopathy (GE), also known as non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH), is a rare inborn error of glycine metabolism caused by a defect in glycine cleavage system, a multi-enzyme complex located in mitochondrial membrane. This defect results in elevated glycine concentration in plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Clinical manifestations vary from severe lethargy, hypoactivity and apneic episodes in the neonatal form, mild or moderate psychomotor delay and seizures in the infantile form, and abnormal behaviors, ataxia and choreoathetoid movements in late onset form...
March 18, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321960/hiv-infection-is-influenced-by-dynamin-at-three-independent-points-in-the-viral-life-cycle
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Anupriya Aggarwal, Tina L Hitchen, Lars Ootes, Samantha McAllery, Andrew Wong, Khanh Nguyen, Adam McCluskey, Phillip J Robinson, Stuart G Turville
CD4 T cells are important cellular targets for HIV-1, yet the primary site of HIV fusion remains unresolved. Candidate fusion sites are either the plasma membrane or from within endosomes. One area of investigation compounding the controversy of this field, is the role of the protein dynamin in the HIV life cycle. To understand the role of dynamin in primary CD4 T cells we combined dynamin inhibition with a series of complementary assays based on single particle tracking, HIV fusion, detection of HIV DNA products and active viral transcription...
March 21, 2017: Traffic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320758/tumor-cell-free-dna-copy-number-instability-predicts-therapeutic-response-to-immunotherapy
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Glen J Weiss, Julia Beck, Donald P Braun, Kristen Bornemann-Kolatzki, Heather Barilla, Rhiannon Cubello, Walter Quan, Ashish Sangal, Vivek Khemka, Jordan Waypa, William M Mitchell, Howard Urnovitz, Ekkehard Schütz
PURPOSE: Chromosomal instability is a fundamental property of cancer, which can be quantified by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) from plasma/serum derived cell-free DNA (cfDNA). We hypothesized that cfDNA could be used as a real time surrogate for imaging analysis of disease status as a function of response to immunotherapy and as a more reliable tool than tumor biomarkers. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Plasma cfDNA sequences from 56 patients with diverse advanced cancers, were prospectively collected and analyzed in a single-blinded study for copy number variations, expressed as a quantitative chromosomal number instability (CNI) score versus 126 non-cancer controls in a training set of 23 and a blinded validation set of 33...
March 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319850/methylation-of-hpa-axis-related-genes-in-men-with-hypersexual-disorder
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Jussi Jokinen, Adrian E Boström, Andreas Chatzittofis, Diana M Ciuculete, Katarina Görts Öberg, John N Flanagan, Stefan Arver, Helgi B Schiöth
Hypersexual Disorder (HD) defined as non-paraphilic sexual desire disorder with components of compulsivity, impulsivity and behavioral addiction, and proposed as a diagnosis in the DSM 5, shares some overlapping features with substance use disorder including common neurotransmitter systems and dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function. In this study, comprising 67 HD male patients and 39 male healthy volunteers, we aimed to identify HPA-axis coupled CpG-sites, in which modifications of the epigenetic profile are associated with hypersexuality...
March 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319849/the-association-between-three-major-physiological-stress-systems-and-oxidative-dna-and-lipid-damage
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Catherine N Black, Mariska Bot, Dóra Révész, Peter G Scheffer, Brenda Penninx
BACKGROUND: Increased activity of the three major physiological stress systems (immune-inflammatory system, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis [HPA-axis], and autonomic nervous system [ANS]) is part of the pathophysiology of various somatic and psychiatric diseases. Oxidative damage is a key mechanism in both ageing and disease. Elucidating the relationship between these stress systems and oxidative damage would contribute to the understanding of the role of physiological stress in disease...
March 6, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317034/european-mitochondrial-dna-haplogroups-are-associated-with-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-of-inflammation-in-hiv-infection
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David C Samuels, Asha R Kallianpur, Ronald J Ellis, William S Bush, Scott Letendre, Donald Franklin, Igor Grant, Todd Hulgan
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroups are ancestry-related patterns of single-nucleotide polymorphisms that are associated with differential mitochondrial function in model systems, neurodegenerative diseases in HIV-negative populations, and chronic complications of HIV infection, including neurocognitive impairment. We hypothesized that mtDNA haplogroups are associated with neuroinflammation in HIV-infected adults. METHODS: CNS HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) is a US-based observational study of HIV-infected adults who underwent standardized neurocognitive assessments...
October 2016: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315952/kinetic-analysis-size-profiling-and-bioenergetic-association-of-dna-released-by-selected-cell-lines-in-vitro
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Janine Aucamp, Abel J Bronkhorst, Dimetrie L Peters, Hayley C Van Dyk, Francois H Van der Westhuizen, Piet J Pretorius
Although circulating DNA (cirDNA) analysis shows great promise as a screening tool for a wide range of pathologies, numerous stumbling blocks hinder the rapid translation of research to clinical practice. This is related directly to the inherent complexity of the in vivo setting, wherein the influence of complex systems of interconnected cellular responses and putative DNA sources creates a seemingly arbitrary representation of the quantitative and qualitative properties of the cirDNA in the blood of any individual...
March 18, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306738/comparative-evaluation-of-the-minimally-invasive-karyotyping-mink-algorithm-for-non-invasive-prenatal-testing
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Tianjiao Chu, Patricia A Shaw, Suveyda Yeniterzi, Mary Dunkel, Aleksander Rajkovic, W Allen Hogge, Kimberly D Bunce, David G Peters
Minimally Invasive Karyotyping (MINK) was communicated in 2009 as a novel method for the non-invasive detection of fetal copy number anomalies in maternal plasma DNA. The original manuscript illustrated the potential of MINK using a model system in which fragmented genomic DNA obtained from a trisomy 21 male individual was mixed with that of his karyotypically normal mother at dilutions representing fetal fractions found in maternal plasma. Although it has been previously shown that MINK is able to non-invasively detect fetal microdeletions, its utility for aneuploidy detection in maternal plasma has not previously been demonstrated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304311/frontotemporal-dementia-due-to-the-novel-grn-arg161glyfsx36-mutation
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Stefano Gazzina, Silvana Archetti, Antonella Alberici, Elisa Bonomi, Maura Cosseddu, Diego Di Lorenzo, Alessandro Padovani, Barbara Borroni
Progranulin is a multifunctional growth factor mainly expressed in neurons and microglia. Loss-of-function mutations in the Granulin (GRN) gene are causative of frontotemporal dementia with TAR DNA-binding protein-43 inclusions. We reported the case of a 51-year-old male patient affected by sporadic agrammatic variant of primary progressive aphasia, in whom we identified a novel heterozygous deletion in the exon 6 (g.10338_39delAG, p.Arg161GlyfsX36). Plasma progranulin levels were significantly reduced and in silico analysis predicted a premature termination codon...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302935/factor-x-deficiency-with-heterozygous-mutations-of-novel-p-g435s-and-known-p-g244r-in-a-patient-presenting-with-severe-umbilical-hemorrhage
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Yoko Matsuo, Tatsuki Mizuochi, Miho Mitsuo, Shinichiro Nakagawa, Shuichi Ozono, Koichiro Ueda, Yoko Sogabe, Ritsuko Seki, Kenji Soejima, Takashi Okamura, Yushiro Yamashita
A 10-day-old male patient was referred to our hospital with severe umbilical bleeding. Prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) were prominently prolonged. Plasma coagulation factor X (FX) activity and antigen levels were 1% and 0.6%, respectively. A DNA sequence analysis of his leukocytes revealed a compound heterozygous state; known Gly244 to Arg (p.G244R) in exon 6 and a novel mutation of Gly 435 to Ser (p.G435S) in exon 8. A pedigree analysis showed that p.G244R originated from the paternal side, while p...
March 15, 2017: Kurume Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301423/no-adverse-safety-or-virological-changes-two-years-following-vorinostat-in-hiv-infected-individuals-on-antiretroviral-therapy
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Talia M Mota, Thomas A Rasmussen, Ajantha Rhodes, Surekha Tennakoon, Ashanti Dantanarayana, Fiona Wightman, Michelle Hagenauer, Janine Roney, Tim Spelman, Damian F J Purcell, James McMahon, Jennifer F Hoy, H Miles Prince, Julian H Elliott, Sharon R Lewin
OBJECTIVE: To determine the long term effects of vorinostat on safety and virological parameters in HIV-infected individuals on suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART). DESIGN: Prospective longitudinal observational extended follow up of 20 HIV-infected individuals on ART previously enrolled in a clinical trial of daily vorinostat 400 mg for 14 days. Extended follow up included visits at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months post enrolment in the initial clinical trial. METHODS: Cell-associated unspliced (CA-US) HIV RNA, total HIV DNA and plasma HIV RNA were quantified by PCR and, CD4+ and CD8+ T cells quantified by flow cytometry...
March 15, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300669/enhanced-plasma-protein-carbonylation-in-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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Alžběta Hlaváčková, Jana Štikarová, Kristýna Pimková, Leona Chrastinová, Pavel Májek, Roman Kotlín, Jaroslav Čermák, Jiří Suttnar, Jan Evangelista Dyr
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) represent a heterogeneous group of pre-leukemic disorders, characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis and the abnormal blood cell development of one or more lineages. Oxidative stress, as an important factor in the carcinogenesis of onco-hematological diseases, is also one of the known factors involved in the pathogenesis of MDS. An increase of reactive oxygen species (ROS) may lead to the oxidation of DNA, lipids, and proteins, thereby causing cell damage. Protein carbonylation caused by ROS is defined as an irreversible post-translational oxidative modification of amino acid side chains, and could play an important role in signaling processes...
March 12, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299312/genetic-screening-of-mutations-associated-with-fabry-disease-in-a-nationwide-cohort-of-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-patients
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Maria J Gonçalves, Ana F Mourão, António Martinho, Olívia Simões, José Melo-Gomes, Manuel Salgado, Paula Estanqueiro, Célia Ribeiro, Iva Brito, João E Fonseca, Helena Canhão
Fabry's disease (FD) is a lysosomal storage disorder associated with an alpha-galactosidase A deficiency. The prevalence of FD among juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients with established diagnosis is unknown, but as musculoskeletal pain may be an important complaint at presentation, misdiagnosed cases are anticipated. With this study, we aim to calculate the frequency of FD-associated mutations in a cohort of JIA patients. Children with JIA from a national cohort were selected. Clinical and laboratorial information was recorded in the Portuguese rheumatic diseases register (http://Reuma...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296285/elevated-seminal-plasma-myeloperoxidase-is-associated-with-a-decreased-sperm-concentration-in-young-men
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J M Pullar, A C Carr, S M Bozonet, P Rosengrave, A J Kettle, M C M Vissers
Myeloperoxidase is a major neutrophil protein which generates oxidants that are highly reactive, and if present in seminal fluid, could be potentially damaging to spermatozoa. We recruited young males aged 18-35 years, unscreened for fertility status, for a pilot study measuring seminal plasma myeloperoxidase. On three occasions, over a 3-month period, we measured parameters of semen quality and correlated these with seminal myeloperoxidase protein and activity. After baseline measurement, participants were supplemented daily with 250 mg of vitamin C, a potent scavenger of reactive oxygen species with antiinflammatory activities...
March 10, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295988/measurement-of-plasma-cell-free-dna-concentrations-in-dogs-with-sepsis-trauma-and-neoplasia
#18
Jo-Annie Letendre, Robert Goggs
OBJECTIVES: To determine if cell-free DNA (cfDNA) was identifiable in canine plasma, to evaluate 3 techniques for the measurement of plasma cfDNA concentrations in dogs presented to an emergency service, and to compare the plasma cfDNA concentrations of healthy dogs to those with sepsis, trauma, and neoplasia. DESIGN: Retrospective study of banked canine plasma samples collected between May 2014 and December 2014. SETTING: Dogs presented to the emergency service of a university veterinary teaching hospital...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295760/variability-in-assessing-for-bk-viremia-whole-blood-is-not-reliable-and-plasma-is-not-above-reproach-a-retrospective-analysis
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Neerja Agrawal, Ignacio A Echenique, Shane M Meehan, Ajit P Limaye, Linda Cook, Anthony Chang, Robert C Harland, Basit Javaid, Pradeep V Kadambi, Scott Matushek, James Williams, Michelle A Josephson
Polyomavirus nephropathy (PVN) is a major complication of kidney transplantation. Most reports describe polyomavirus viremia either precedes or is detectable at the time of diagnosis of PVN. This association is the basis of current screening recommendations. We retrospectively reviewed the PCR results of blood and urine samples from 29 kidney transplant recipients with biopsy proven PVN. Biopsies were performed for a rise in serum creatinine or persistent high-level BK viruria. All biopsies had polyoma virus large T-antigen expression in tubular epithelium by immunohistochemistry...
March 14, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295384/noninvasive-fetal-genotyping-of-paternally-inherited-alleles-using-targeted-massively-parallel-sequencing-in-parentage-testing-cases
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Donggui Yang, Hao Liang, Yu Gao, Shaobin Lin, Zhiming He, Jun Gao, Hongyu Sun, Qing Li, Xiaoyan Ma, Xueling Ou
BACKGROUND: Researchers have sought to develop a noninvasive protocol for paternity analysis that uses fetal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in maternal plasma. Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is expected to overcome this challenge because it enables the analysis of millions of DNA molecules at a single-base resolution. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Seven women were involved in prenatal paternity testing cases. Before conventional invasive procedures, cfDNA was isolated from maternal plasma...
March 10, 2017: Transfusion
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