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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350771/concurrent-validity-between-live-and-home-video-observations-using-the-alberta-infant-motor-scale
#1
Marike Boonzaaijer, Ellen van Dam, Ingrid C van Haastert, Jacqueline Nuysink
PURPOSE: Serial assessment of gross motor development of infants at risk is an established procedure in neonatal follow-up clinics. Assessments based on home video recordings could be a relevant addition. METHODS: In 48 infants (1.5-19 months), the concurrent validity of 2 applications was examined using the Alberta Infant Motor Scale: (1) a home video made by parents and (2) simultaneous observation on-site by a pediatric physical therapist. Parents' experiences were explored using a questionnaire...
April 2017: Pediatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346939/a-b12-dependent-radical-sam-enzyme-involved-in-oxetanocin-a-biosynthesis
#2
Jennifer Bridwell-Rabb, Aoshu Zhong, He G Sun, Catherine L Drennan, Hung-Wen Liu
Oxetanocin A (OXT-A) is a potent antitumour, antiviral and antibacterial compound. Biosynthesis of OXT-A has been linked to a plasmid-borne Bacillus megaterium gene cluster that contains four genes: oxsA, oxsB, oxrA and oxrB. Here we show that both the oxsA and oxsB genes are required for the production of OXT-A. Biochemical analysis of the encoded proteins, a cobalamin (Cbl)-dependent S-adenosylmethionine (AdoMet) radical enzyme, OxsB, and an HD-domain phosphohydrolase, OxsA, reveals that OXT-A is derived from a 2'-deoxyadenosine phosphate in an OxsB-catalysed ring contraction reaction initiated by hydrogen atom abstraction from C2'...
March 27, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345603/pja2-ubiquitinates-the-hiv-1-tat-protein-with-atypical-chain-linkages-to-activate-viral-transcription
#3
Tyler B Faust, Yang Li, Gwendolyn M Jang, Jeffrey R Johnson, Shumin Yang, Amit Weiss, Nevan J Krogan, Alan D Frankel
Transcription complexes that assemble at the HIV-1 promoter efficiently initiate transcription but generate paused RNA polymerase II downstream from the start site. The virally encoded Tat protein hijacks positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) to phosphorylate and activate this paused polymerase. In addition, Tat undergoes a series of reversible post-translational modifications that regulate distinct steps of the transcription cycle. To identify additional functionally important Tat cofactors, we performed RNAi knockdowns of sixteen previously identified Tat interactors and found that a novel E3 ligase, PJA2, ubiquitinates Tat in a non-degradative manner and specifically regulates the step of HIV transcription elongation...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345003/expansion-of-human-tregs-from-cryopreserved-umbilical-cord-blood-for-gmp-compliant-autologous-adoptive-cell-transfer-therapy
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Howard R Seay, Amy L Putnam, Judit Cserny, Amanda L Posgai, Emma H Rosenau, John R Wingard, Kate F Girard, Morey Kraus, Angela P Lares, Heather L Brown, Katherine S Brown, Kristi T Balavage, Leeana D Peters, Ashley N Bushdorf, Mark A Atkinson, Jeffrey A Bluestone, Michael J Haller, Todd M Brusko
Umbilical cord blood is a traditional and convenient source of cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Thymic regulatory T cells (Tregs) are also present in cord blood, and there is growing interest in the use of autologous Tregs to provide a low-risk, fully human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched cell product for treating autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes. Here, we describe a good manufacturing practice (GMP)-compatible Treg expansion protocol using fluorescence-activated cell sorting, resulting in a mean 2,092-fold expansion of Tregs over a 16-day culture for a median yield of 1...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344893/integrated-analysis-of-somatic-mutations-and-immune-microenvironment-in-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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Kazuma Kiyotani, Jae-Hyun Park, Hiroyuki Inoue, Aliya Husain, Sope Olugbile, Makda Zewde, Yusuke Nakamura, Wickii T Vigneswaran
To investigate the link between the genomic landscape of cancer cells and immune microenvironment in tumor tissues, we characterized somatic mutations and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), including mutation/neoantigen load, spatial heterogeneity of somatic mutations of cancer cells and TILs (T-cell receptor β (TCRβ) repertoire), and expression profiles of immune-related genes using specimens of three different tumor sites (anterior, posterior, and diaphragm) obtained from six MPM patients...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344889/loss-of-tapasin-in-human-lung-and-colon-cancer-cells-and-escape-from-tumor-associated-antigen-specific-ctl-recognition
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Yosuke Shionoya, Takayuki Kanaseki, Sho Miyamoto, Serina Tokita, Ayumi Hongo, Yasuhiro Kikuchi, Vitaly Kochin, Kazue Watanabe, Ryota Horibe, Hiroshi Saijo, Tomohide Tsukahara, Yoshihiko Hirohashi, Hiroki Takahashi, Noriyuki Sato, Toshihiko Torigoe
Cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs) lyse target cells after recognizing the complexes of peptides and MHC class I molecules (pMHC I) on cell surfaces. Tapasin is an essential component of the peptide-loading complex (PLC) and its absence influences the surface repertoire of MHC class I peptides. In the present study, we assessed tapasin expression in 85 primary tumor lesions of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, demonstrating that tapasin expression positively correlated with patient survival. CD8(+) T-cell infiltration of tumor lesions was synergistically observed with tapasin expression and correlated positively with survival...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344667/m%C3%A3-ller-cells-and-retinal-axons-can-be-primary-targets-in-experimental-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder
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REVIEW
Bleranda Zeka, Hans Lassmann, Monika Bradl
Recent work from our laboratory, using different models of experimental neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), has led to a number of observations that might be highly relevant for NMOSD patients. For example: (i) in the presence of neuromyelitis optica immunoglobulin G, astrocyte-destructive lesions can be initiated by CD4+ T cells when these cells recognize aquaporin 4 (AQP4), but also when they recognize other antigens of the central nervous system. The only important prerequisite is that the T cells have to be activated within the central nervous system by "their" specific antigen...
January 2017: Clinical & Experimental Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343985/functional-connectivity-dynamically-evolves-on-multiple-time-scales-over-a-static-structural-connectome-models-and-mechanisms
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Joana Cabral, Morten Kringelbach, Gustavo Deco
Over the last decade, we have observed a revolution in brain structural and functional Connectomics. On one hand, we have an ever-more detailed characterization of the brain's white matter structural connectome. On the other, we have a repertoire of consistent functional networks that form and dissipate over time during rest. Despite the evident spatial similarities between structural and functional connectivity, understanding how different time-evolving functional networks spontaneously emerge from a single structural network requires analyzing the problem from the perspective of complex network dynamics and dynamical system's theory...
March 23, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343934/hitchhiker-s-guide-to-the-red-cell-storage-galaxy-omics-technologies-and-the-quality-issue
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Angelo D'Alessandro, Jerard Seghatchian
Red blood cell storage in the blood bank makes millions of units of available for transfusion to civilian and military recipients every year. From glass bottles to plastic bags, from anticoagulants to complex additives, from whole blood to leukocyte filtered packed red blood cells: huge strides have been made in the field of blood component processing and storage in the blood bank during the last century. Still, refrigerated preservation of packed red blood cells under blood bank conditions results in the progressive accumulation of a wide series of biochemical and morphological changes to the stored erythrocytes, collectively referred to as the storage lesion(s)...
March 9, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343731/endoplasmic-reticulum-aminopeptidase-2-a-common-immunological-link-to-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-and-cancer-clearance
#10
Eun D Lee
Endoplasmic Reticulum Aminopeptidase 2 (ERAP2) trims HLA class I-binding peptides, determining the peptide repertoire presented for immune recognition. Variation in the ERAP2 amino acid sequence could affect the ability of some fetuses and tumors to achieve immune evasion. For example, homozygosity for an ERAP2 variant that has increased trimming efficiency for hydrophobic molecules has never been detected in mothers and fetuses. Thus, it is possible that this single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the ERAP2 gene has been selected against in order to prevent alteration of the immune privileged uterine environment, and to allow tumors to escape immune recognition...
March 18, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342054/tube-task-hand-preference-in-captive-hylobatids
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Luca Morino, Makiko Uchikoshi, Fred Bercovitch, William D Hopkins, Tetsuro Matsuzawa
The link between laterality in humans and other primates is still hotly debated. Hylobatids have been rather neglected in this research area, yet they can provide important insights because: (1) they share with humans a complex vocal repertoire, which in humans is thought to be associated with brain hemispheric specialization and lateralized behaviors; (2) their adaptation to arboreality has produced unique postural constraints; (3) the little that is known about laterality in gibbons is contradictory (captive studies have provided conflicting results, while a field study on siamangs reported a population-level left-hand preference)...
March 24, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341999/immunological-memory-to-hyperphosphorylated-tau-in-asymptomatic-individuals
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Gabriel Pascual, Jehangir S Wadia, Xueyong Zhu, Elissa Keogh, Başak Kükrer, Jeroen van Ameijde, Hanna Inganäs, Berdien Siregar, Gerrard Perdok, Otto Diefenbach, Tariq Nahar, Imke Sprengers, Martin H Koldijk, Els C Brinkman-van der Linden, Laura A Peferoen, Heng Zhang, Wenli Yu, Xinyi Li, Michelle Wagner, Veronica Moreno, Julie Kim, Martha Costa, Kiana West, Zara Fulton, Lucy Chammas, Nancy Luckashenak, Lauren Fletcher, Trevin Holland, Carrie Arnold, R Anthony Williamson, Jeroen J Hoozemans, Adrian Apetri, Frederique Bard, Ian A Wilson, Wouter Koudstaal, Jaap Goudsmit
Several reports have described the presence of antibodies against Alzheimer's disease-associated hyperphosphorylated forms of tau in serum of healthy individuals. To characterize the specificities that can be found, we interrogated peripheral IgG(+) memory B cells from asymptomatic blood donors for reactivity to a panel of phosphorylated tau peptides using a single-cell screening assay. Antibody sequences were recovered, cloned, and expressed as full-length IgGs. In total, 52 somatically mutated tau-binding antibodies were identified, corresponding to 35 unique clonal families...
March 24, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341771/small-chromosomal-regions-position-themselves-autonomously-according-to-their-chromatin-class
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Harmen Jan George van de Werken, Josien C de Haan, Yana Feodorova, Dominika Bijos, An Weuts, Koen Theunis, Sjoerd Holwerda, Wouter Meuleman, Ludo Pagie, Katharina Thanisch, Parveen Kumar, Heinrich Leonhardt, Peter Marynen, Bas van Steesel, Thierry Voet, Wouter de Laat, Irina Solovei, Boris Joffe
The spatial arrangement of chromatin is linked to the regulation of nuclear processes. One striking aspect of nuclear organization is the spatial segregation of heterochromatic and euchromatic domains. The mechanisms of this chromatin segregation are still poorly understood. In this work we investigated the link between the primary genomic sequence and chromatin domains. We analyzed the spatial intranuclear arrangement of a human artificial chromosome (HAC) in a xenospecific mouse background in comparison to an orthologous region of native mouse chromosome...
March 24, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341602/cytosolic-yb-1-and-nsun2-are-the-only-proteins-recognizing-specific-motifs-present-in-mrnas-enriched-in-exosomes
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Olga A Kossinova, Alexander V Gopanenko, Svetlana N Tamkovich, Olga A Krasheninina, Alexey E Tupikin, Elena Kiseleva, Darya D Yanshina, Alexey A Malygin, Alia G Ven'yaminova, Marsel R Kabilov, Galina G Karpova
Exosomes, membranous vesicles secreted by various cells, are involved in intercellular communication and carry vast repertoires of RNAs and proteins. Processes mediating RNA sorting into exosomes are currently poorly understood. Using bioinformatics approaches, three structural motifs ACCAGCCU, CAGUGAGC and UAAUCCCA have been discovered as enriched in exosomal mRNAs and long noncoding RNAs. Here, utilizing short RNA hairpins, each containing one of the motifs, in a pull-down assay of cytosolic extract of human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK293) cells, we prove that multifunctional RNA-binding protein YB-1 specifically interacts with all three motifs, whereas methyltransferase NSUN2 recognizes only the motif CAGUGAGC...
March 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341206/alcohol-and-basal-ganglia-circuitry-animal-models
#15
REVIEW
David M Lovinger, Veronica A Alvarez
Brain circuits that include the cortex and basal ganglia make up the bulk of the forebrain, and influence behaviors related to almost all aspects of affective, cognitive and sensorimotor functions. The learning of new actions as well as association of existing action repertoires with environmental events are key functions of this circuitry. Unfortunately, the cortico-basal ganglia circuitry is also the target for all drugs of abuse, including alcohol. This makes the circuitry susceptible to the actions of chronic alcohol exposure that impairs circuit function in ways that contribute to cognitive dysfunction and drug use disorders...
March 21, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341036/advanced-methodologies-in-high-throughput-sequencing-of-immune-repertoires
#16
REVIEW
Simon Friedensohn, Tarik A Khan, Sai T Reddy
In recent years, major efforts have been made to develop sophisticated experimental and bioinformatic workflows for sequencing adaptive immune repertoires. The immunological insight gained has been applied to fields as varied as lymphocyte biology, immunodiagnostics, vaccines, cancer immunotherapy, and antibody engineering. In this review, we provide a detailed overview of these advanced methodologies, focusing specifically on strategies to reduce sequencing errors and bias and to achieve high-throughput pairing of variable regions (e...
March 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340582/optimisation-of-an-exemplar-oculomotor-model-using-multi-objective-genetic-algorithms-executed-on-a-gpu-cpu-combination
#17
Eleftherios Avramidis, Ozgur E Akman
BACKGROUND: Parameter optimisation is a critical step in the construction of computational biology models. In eye movement research, computational models are increasingly important to understanding the mechanistic basis of normal and abnormal behaviour. In this study, we considered an existing neurobiological model of fast eye movements (saccades), capable of generating realistic simulations of: (i) normal horizontal saccades; and (ii) infantile nystagmus - pathological ocular oscillations that can be subdivided into different waveform classes...
March 24, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339927/characterizing-the-early-inflammatory-contribution-of-the-donor-kidney-following-reperfusion
#18
John P Stone, Muna Mohamud, Kavit Amin, William R Critchley, Rebecca J Edge, Marc J Clancy, Alexandra L Ball, James E Fildes
Background.: Donor kidneys contain a large reservoir of passenger leucocytes that contribute to acute rejection via direct alloantigen presentation and pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion. However, the early contribution of these cells following revascularization has not previously been described. We performed a secondary, high-volume preservation flush following cold storage to characterize the inflammatory contribution of the donor kidney upon reperfusion. Methods.: Porcine kidneys were retrieved using a protocol analogous to current UK clinical practice...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339693/neuronal-signaling-repertoire-in-the-mammalian-sperm-functionality
#19
Alfredo Ramírez-Reveco, Franz Villarroel-Espíndola, Joan E Rodríguez-Gil, Ilona I Concha
The common embryonic origin has been a recurrent explanation to understand the presence of "neural receptors" in sperm. However, this designation has conditioned a bias marked by the classical neurotransmission model, dismissing the possibility that neurotransmitters can play specific roles in the sperm function by themselves. For instance, the launching of acrosome reaction, a fundamental sperm function, includes several steps that recall the process of presynaptic secretion. Unlike of postsynaptic neuron, whose activation is mediated by molecular interaction between neurotransmitter and postsynaptic receptors, the oocyte activation is not mediated by receptors, but by cytosolic translocation of sperm phospholipase (PLCζ)...
February 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338988/phylogenetics-of-lophotrochozoan-bhlh-genes-and-the-evolution-of-lineage-specific-gene-duplicates
#20
Yongbo Bao, Fei Xu, Sebastian M Shimeld
The gain and loss of genes encoding transcription factors is of importance to understanding the evolution of gene regulatory complexity. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) genes encode a large superfamily of transcription factors. We systematically classify the bHLH genes from five mollusc, two annelid and one brachiopod genomes, tracing the pattern of bHLH gene evolution across these poorly-studied Phyla. 56 to 88 bHLH genes were identified in each genome, with most identifiable as members of previously described bilaterian families, or of new families we define...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
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