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Maliha Khan, Tariq Muzzafar, Hagop Kantarjian, Ifra Badar, Nicholas Short, Xuemei Wang, Kamal Chamoun, Preetesh Jain, Courtney DiNardo, Naveen Pemmaraju, Prithviraj Bose, Gautam Borthakur, Jorge Cortes, Srdan Verstovsek, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Zeev Estrov
The impact of bone marrow fibrosis grade on the prognosis of patients with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) remains controversial. Therefore, we examined the records of 82 patients diagnosed with CMML at our institution and summarized baseline characteristics and molecular profiles by subgroups of absent or mild (grades 0/1) and moderate (grade 2) fibrosis. Cox proportional hazards models were constructed to assess the prognostic significance of fibrosis grade. Grade 2 fibrosis was identified in 63 patients (76...
March 20, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Kengran Yang, V Ongun Özçelik, Nishant Garg, Kai Gong, Claire E White
Conventional drying of colloidal materials and gels (including cement) can lead to detrimental effects due to the buildup of internal stresses as water evaporates from the nano/microscopic pores. However, for these gel materials the underlying nanoscopic alterations that are, in part, responsible for macroscopically-measured strain values (especially at low relative humidity) remain a topic of open debate in the literature. In this study, sodium-based calcium-alumino-silicate-hydrate (C-(N)-A-S-H) gel, the major binding phase of silicate-activated blast furnace slag (one type of low-CO2 cement), is investigated from a drying perspective, since it is known to suffer extensively from drying-induced microcracking...
March 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Apuã C M Paquola, Huma Asif, Carlos Alberto de Bragança Pereira, Bruno César Feltes, Diego Bonatto, Wanessa Cristina Lima, Carlos Frederico Martins Menck
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) has a major impact on the evolution of prokaryotic genomes, as it allows genes evolved in different contexts to be combined in a single genome, greatly enhancing the ways evolving organisms can explore the gene content space and adapt to the environment. A systematic analysis of HGT in a large number of genomes is of key importance in understanding the impact of HGT in the evolution of prokaryotes. We developed a method for the detection of genes that potentially originated by HGT based on the comparison of BLAST scores between homologous genes to 16S rRNA-based phylogenetic distances between the involved organisms...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Evolution
Rong Deng, Na Shen, Yang Yang, Hongliang Yu, Shuping Xu, Ying-Wei Yang, Shujun Liu, Kamel Meguellati, Fei Yan
Leukemia remains a fatal disease for most patients and novel therapeutic strategies are urgently needed. Aberrant DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification that is important in the initiation and progression of leukemia. Here, we demonstrated NCL/miR-221/NFκB/DNMT1 axis as a new molecular pathway promoting aggressive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) leukemogenesis and successfully designed and prepared a nuclear localization signal (NLS) peptide-targeted gold nanoparticles with co-loaded anti-221 and AS1411 (NPsN-AS1411/a221), which can specifically target NCL/miR-221/NFκB/DNMT1 signaling pathway in AML...
March 14, 2018: Biomaterials
Jing Yang, Lin Liu, Yunfen Wang, Chunmei Wang, Jinlu Yan, Yanqin Liu, Changmi Wang, Chengyun Li
Background: BAS1 is biotrophy-associated secreted protein of rice blast strain ( Magnaporthe oryzae ). In order to study the effect of BAS1 on virulence of rice blast strain, we characterized function of BAS1 using a purified prokaryotic expression product of BAS1 and its overexpression strain. Results: Our results showed in vitro the purified expression product caused rapid callose deposition and ROS production in rice leaves and calli, indicated it triggered transient basal defense. When the purified expression product of BAS1 was sprayed onto rice leaves, and 24 h later the leaves were inoculated with blast strain, the results showed the size and number of lesions, on purified BAS1 product-pretreated leaves of the Lijiangxintuanheigu (LTH) challenged with blast strain, was higher than those in BAS1-untreated leaves directly challenged with the same strain, which suggested the defense response trigged by BAS1 can be overcome by other effectors of the fungus...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Sevgi Buyukbese Sarsu, Aydin Budeyri
INTRODUCTION: Previously, the majority of wars were fought on remote battlefields between opposing armies due to conflicts preventing civilians from sustaining war-related burn injuries (WRBI). In recent years, WRBI has had a tremendous harmful impact on the pediatric population. This study aimed to investigate the demographics, causes, mechanisms of burns, surgical procedures, the major and minor risk factors affecting mortality, and outcomes of pediatric WRBI amidst the Syrian refugees and the Turkey neighborhood population, treated at our Burn Center...
March 15, 2018: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Afroz Rais, Muhammad Shakeel, Kamran Malik, Fauzia Yusuf Hafeez, Humaira Yasmin, Saqib Mumtaz, Muhammad Nadeem Hassan
Rice blast is a severe threat for agricultural production. Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria could be suitable biocontrol agents to reduce the disease incidence. In this study, Bacillus spp. KFP-5, KFP-7, KFP-17 significantly reduced disease severity by 40-52% with grain yield of 3.2-3.9 t ha-1 in two rice varieties i.e., basmati super and basmati 385. Bacillus spp. significantly colonized the rice rhizosphere with a cell population of 2.40E+06-5.6E+07CFU. Rice plants treated with antagonistic bacterial suspension followed by challenge inoculation with P...
March 2018: Microbiological Research
X Ren, T Zhao, J Wang, H H Zhu, H Jiang, J S Jia, S M Yang, B Jiang, D B Wang, X J Huang, Q Jiang
Objective: To explore outcomes in adult with de novo acute myeloid leukemia (AML) received IA10 (10 mg/m(2) d1-3 idarubicin plus cytarabine 100 mg/m(2) d1-7) regimen as induction chemotherapy. Methods: From January 2008 to February 2016, data of consecutive newly-diagnosed AML (non-M(3)) adults treated with IA10 who achieved morphologic leukemia-free state (MLFS) but not accepted allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) were assessed retrospectively. Results: A total of 198 patients were included in this study with 96 (48...
January 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Raymond Yokomi, Vijayanandraj Selvaraj, Yogita Maheshwari, Michela Chiumenti, Maria Saponari, Annalisa Giampetruzzi, Ziming Weng, Zhongguo Xiong, Subhas Hajeri
Strain differentiating marker profiles of citrus tristeza virus (CTV) isolates from California have shown the presence of multiple genotypes. To better define the genetic diversity involved, full-length genome sequences from four California CTV isolates were determined by small-interfering RNA sequencing. Phylogenetic analysis and nucleotide sequence comparisons differentiated these isolates into the genotypes VT (CA-VT-AT39), T30 (CA-T30-AT4), and a new strain called S1 (CA-S1-L and CA-S1-L65). S1 isolates had three common recombination events within portions of genes from VT, T36 and RB strains and were transmissible by Aphis gossypii...
March 17, 2018: Archives of Virology
Maro Ohanian, Ana Tari Ashizawa, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Naveen Pemmaraju, Tapan Kadia, Elias Jabbour, Farhad Ravandi, Gautam Borthakur, Michael Andreeff, Marina Konopleva, Miranda Lim, Sherry Pierce, Susan O'Brien, Yesid Alvarado, Srdan Verstovsek, William Wierda, Hagop Kantarjian, Jorge Cortes
BACKGROUND: Activating mutations of tyrosine kinases are common in leukaemias. Oncogenic tyrosine kinases use the growth factor receptor-bound protein 2 (Grb2) for signal transduction, leading to activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) 1 and MAPK3 (ERK2 and ERK1). We hypothesised that inhibition of Grb2 would suppress ERK1 and ERK2 activation and inhibit leukaemia progression. To inhibit Grb2, a liposome-incorporated antisense oligodeoxynucleotide that blocks Grb2 protein expression, BP1001, was developed...
March 14, 2018: Lancet Haematology
Qinghong Zheng, Xiaohong Peng, Hai Yu
BACKGROUND: Apart from the known anesthetic and antiarrhythmic effects, recent studies also highlight the anticancer activities of local anesthetics. In line with the findings, our work shows that ropivacaine, an amide-linked local anesthetic drug, targets chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) via inhibiting PI3K/Akt/mTOR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of ropivacaine in CML cell lines and primary stem or progenitor cells were investigated using apoptosis, proliferation and colony formation assays...
March 2018: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Martha Zakrzewski, Gordana Rašić, Jonathan Darbro, Lutz Krause, Yee S Poo, Igor Filipović, Rhys Parry, Sassan Asgari, Greg Devine, Andreas Suhrbier
Medically important arboviruses such as dengue, Zika, and chikungunya viruses are primarily transmitted by the globally distributed mosquito Aedes aegypti. Increasing evidence suggests that transmission can be influenced by mosquito viromes. Herein RNA-Seq was used to characterize RNA metaviromes of wild-caught Ae. aegypti from Bangkok (Thailand) and from Cairns (Australia). The two mosquito populations showed a high degree of similarity in their viromes. BLAST searches of assembled contigs suggest up to 27 insect-specific viruses may infect Ae...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xin Zhang, Yalin Bao, Deqi Shan, Zhihui Wang, Xiaoning Song, Zhaoyun Wang, Jiansheng Wang, Liqiang He, Liang Wu, Zhengguang Zhang, Dongdong Niu, Hailing Jin, Hongwei Zhao
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play crucial roles in plant responses to pathogen infections. Rice is the major staple food worldwide, and the rice blast disease is the most important disease of rice. To explore the miRNA species participating in rice immunity against the rice blast disease, we compared small RNA expression between mock- and Magnaporthe oryzae-treated rice. We found that infection by M. oryzae strain Guy11 specifically induced rice miR319 expression, and consequently suppressed its target gene, OsTCP21 (TEOSINTE BRANCHED/CYCLOIDEA/PCF), which encodes a transcription factor...
March 16, 2018: Plant Physiology
Claire E Webster, Jon Clasper, Daniel J Stinner, Joseph Eliahoo, Spyros D Masouros
Background: Throughout history, traumatic amputation of the lower extremity has been a notable feature of all conflicts involving explosive incidents. Even at the close of the recent conflicts in Afghanistan, there were deaths that were deemed "potentially survivable." The purpose of this study is to characterize lower extremity blast injury and to determine if their amputation levels and associated injury characteristics correlate with a higher risk of mortality. Methods: the UK Joint Theatre Trauma Registry (JTTR) was interrogated to identify all lower extremity traumatic amputations sustained in both Iraq and Afghanistan between January 2003 and the end of UK operations in August 2014...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Laura Miller, Gerardo J Pacheco, Jud C Janak, Rose C Grimm, Nicole A Dierschke, Janice Baker, Jean A Orman
Background: Military working dogs (MWDs) are a major asset in the theater of operations. Their unique abilities make them ideal for tasks such as tracking, patrol, and scent detection. MWDs deployed to a war zone are exposed to harsh environments and battlefield dangers that increase their risk of disease, injuries, and death. Although canines have been used extensively in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), no published studies have reported detailed causes of death among MWDs deployed to these conflicts...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Harsha T Garimella, Reuben H Kraft, Andrzej J Przekwas
Subject-specific computer models (male and female) of the human head were used to investigate the possible axonal deformation resulting from the primary phase blast-induced skull flexures. The corresponding axonal tractography was explicitly incorporated into these finite element models using a recently developed technique based on the embedded finite element method. These models were subjected to extensive verification against experimental studies which examined their pressure and displacement response under a wide range of loading conditions...
2018: PloS One
Maliha Khan, Rabbia Siddiqi, Kiran Naqvi
Mixed phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL) is an uncommon diagnosis, representing only about 2-5% of acute leukemia cases. The blast cells of MPAL express multilineage immunophenotypic markers and may have a shared B/T/myeloid phenotype. Due to historical ambiguity in the diagnosis of MPAL, the genetics and clinical features of this disease remain poorly characterized. Based on the 2008 and 2016 World Health Organization classifications, myeloid lineage is best determined by presence of myeloperoxidase, while B and T lymphoid lineages are demonstrated by CD19 and cytoplasmic CD3 expression...
March 15, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Nicolle H R Litjens, Lotte van der Wagen, Jurgen Kuball, Jaap Kwekkeboom
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection can cause significant complications after transplantation, but recent emerging data suggest that CMV may paradoxically also exert beneficial effects in two specific allogeneic transplant settings. These potential benefits have been underappreciated and are therefore highlighted in this review. First, after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) using T-cell and natural killer (NK) cell-replete grafts, CMV reactivation is associated with protection from leukemic relapse...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Maria Krevvata, Xiaochuan Shan, Chenghui Zhou, Cedric Dos Santos, Georges Habineza Ndikuyeze, Anthony Secreto, Joshua Glover, Winifred Trotman, Gisela Brake-Silla, Selene Nunez-Cruz, Gerald Wertheim, Hyun-Jeong Ra, Elizabeth Griffiths, Charalampos Papachristou, Gwenn Danet-Desnoyers, Martin Carroll
Patient-derived xenotransplantation models of human myeloid diseases including acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms are essential for studying the disease's biology in pre-clinical studies. However, few studies have used these models for comparison purposes. Previous work has shown that acute myeloid leukemia blasts respond to human hematopoietic cytokines whereas myelodysplastic syndrome cells do not. We compared the engraftment of acute myeloid leukemia cells and myelodyplastic syndrome cells in NSG mice to NSG-S mice, which have transgene expression of human cytokines...
March 15, 2018: Haematologica
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