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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149756/residual-anxiety-may-be-associated-with-depressive-relapse-during-continuation-therapy-of-bipolar-ii-depression
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Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces, Jay D Amsterdam, Robert J DeRubeis
BACKGROUND: Anxiety symptoms are common in bipolar disorder. We explored the effect of anxiety on the outcome of acute and continuation pharmacotherapy of bipolar II depression. METHODS: Data were derived from a randomized double-blind 12-week acute (N = 129) and 6-month continuation (N = 55) comparison of venlafaxine versus lithium monotherapy in bipolar II depression in adults. We distinguished between the items of the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) that capture depression vs...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149672/the-application-of-bacteriophages-as-novel-indicators-of-viral-pathogens-in-wastewater-treatment-systems
#2
Edgard Dias, James Ebdon, Huw Taylor
Many wastewater treatment technologies have been shown to remove bacterial pathogens more effectively than viral pathogens and, in aquatic environments, levels of traditional faecal indicator bacteria (FIB) do not appear to correlate consistently with levels of human viral pathogens. There is, therefore, a need for novel viral indicators of faecal pollution and surrogates of viral pathogens, especially given the increasing importance of indirect and direct wastewater reuse. Potential candidates include bacteriophages (phages) and the study described here sought to elucidate the relationship between three groups of phages (somatic coliphages (SOMPH), F-RNA coliphages (F-RNAPH) and human-specific phages infecting B...
November 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149612/cancer-evolution-no-room-for-negative-selection
#3
Samuel F Bakhoum, Dan A Landau
In this issue of Cell, Martincorena et al. and Campbell et al. interrogated the selection dynamics during tumor evolution using large-scale genomics datasets. They found that somatic mutations in cancer are largely neutral, highlighting a near-complete absence of negative selection. Neutral evolution enables tolerance of hypermutation, which defines a surprisingly large fraction of adult cancer.
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149307/tumour-tif1-mutations-and-loss-of-heterozygosity-related-to-cancer-associated-myositis
#4
Iago Pinal-Fernandez, Berta Ferrer-Fabregas, Ernesto Trallero-Araguas, Eva Balada, Maria Angeles Martínez, Jose César Milisenda, Gloria Aparicio-Español, Moises Labrador-Horrillo, Vicente Garcia-Patos, Josep M Grau-Junyent, Albert Selva-O'Callaghan
Objectives: To analyse the influence of genetic alterations and differential expression of transcription intermediary factor 1 ( TIF1 ) genes in the pathophysiology of cancer-associated myositis (CAM). Methods: Paired blood and tumour DNA samples from patients with anti-TIF1γ-positive CAM and from controls were analysed by whole-exome sequencing for the presence of somatic mutations and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in their TIF1 genes. The genesis and maintenance of the autoimmune process were investigated immunohistochemically by studying TIF1γ expression in the different tissues involved in CAM (skin, muscle and tumour) based on the immunohistochemical H-score...
November 14, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148973/the-somatically-generated-portion-of-the-t-cell-receptor-cdr3%C3%AE-contributes-to-the-mhc-allele-specificity-of-the-t-cell-receptor
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Philippa Marrack, Sai Harsha Krovi, Daniel Silberman, Janice White, Eleanor Kushnir, Maki Nakayama, James Crooks, Thomas Danhorn, Sonia Leach, Randy Anselment, James Scott-Browne, Laurent Gapin, John Kappler
Mature T cells bearing αβ T cell receptors react with foreign antigens bound to alleles of major histocompatibility complex proteins (MHC) that they were exposed to during their development in the thymus, a phenomenon known as positive selection. The structural basis for positive selection has long been debated. Here, using mice expressing one of two different T cell receptor β chains and various MHC alleles, we show that positive selection-induced MHC bias of T cell receptors is affected both by the germline encoded elements of the T cell receptor α and β chain and, surprisingly, dramatically affected by the non germ line encoded portions of CDR3 of the T cell receptor α chain...
November 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148537/adenomatoid-tumors-of-the-male-and-female-genital-tract-are-defined-by-traf7-mutations-that-drive-aberrant-nf-kb-pathway-activation
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Benjamin Goode, Nancy M Joseph, Meredith Stevers, Jessica Van Ziffle, Courtney Onodera, Eric Talevich, James P Grenert, Iwei Yeh, Boris C Bastian, Joanna J Phillips, Karuna Garg, Joseph T Rabban, Charles Zaloudek, David A Solomon
Adenomatoid tumors are the most common neoplasm of the epididymis, and histologically similar adenomatoid tumors also commonly arise in the uterus and fallopian tube. To investigate the molecular pathogenesis of these tumors, we performed genomic profiling on a cohort of 31 adenomatoid tumors of the male and female genital tracts. We identified that all tumors harbored somatic missense mutations in the TRAF7 gene, which encodes an E3 ubiquitin ligase belonging to the family of tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factors (TRAFs)...
November 17, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148248/recurrent-coarctation-of-aorta-after-norwood-operation-in-single-ventricle-patients-the-case-of-the-missing-ideal-stent
#7
EDITORIAL
Dhaval R Parekh, Zvonimir Krajcer
Recurrent coarctation postoperative Norwood is poorly tolerated in single ventricle patients. Although transcatheter balloon angioplasty is considered first line, it often leads to inadequate or non-durable relief of obstruction. Transcatheter stent implantation provides excellent relief of obstruction but necessitates staged redilation to account for somatic growth in children. Stent technology, delivery systems, and procedural techniques will need to evolve to obviate reported adverse events mainly due to patient size...
November 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147822/psychiatric-sequelae-of-concussions
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REVIEW
David A Brent, Jeffrey Max
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to review the frequency, risk factors, phenomenology, and course of prolonged recovery from concussion and of psychiatric sequelae in pediatric populations. RECENT FINDINGS: Youth with prolonged recovery from concussions have higher initial symptoms, a history of multiple and/or recent concussions, and a tendency to somatization. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, behavioral disorders, and perhaps, suicidal behavior disorder are more common as both short- and longer-term sequelae of concussions...
November 17, 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147590/paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria-in-pregnancy-a-dilemma-in-treatment-and-thromboprophylaxis
#9
Arpan Patel, Athira Unnikrishnan, Martina Murphy, Robert Egerman, Sarah Wheeler, Ashley Richards, John Wingard
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a hematologic disorder characterized by an acquired somatic mutation in the phosphatidylinositol glycan class A gene which leads to a higher risk for increased venous and arterial thrombosis. Current treatment for PNH includes eculizumab. Pregnant patients who have PNH have higher risk for thrombosis and hemorrhage with both pregnancy and their underlying PNH. Treatment frequently poses conundrum. The safety and efficacy of eculizumab during pregnancy and breast feeding have not been extensively studied and contraception has been recommended due to potential for teratogenicity...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146938/computational-investigation-of-homologous-recombination-dna-repair-deficiency-in-sporadic-breast-cancer
#10
Yue Wang, Matthew H Ung, Sharon Cantor, Chao Cheng
BRCAness has important implications in the management and treatment of patients with breast and ovarian cancer. In this study, we propose a computational framework to measure the BRCAness of breast and ovarian tumor samples based on their gene expression profiles. We define a characteristic profile for BRCAness by comparing gene expression differences between BRCA1/2 mutant familial tumors and sporadic breast cancer tumors while adjusting for relevant clinical factors. With this BRCAness profile, our framework calculates sample-specific BRCA scores, which indicates homologous recombination (HR)-mediated DNA repair pathway activity of samples...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146900/the-genomic-landscape-of-pediatric-myelodysplastic-syndromes
#11
Jason R Schwartz, Jing Ma, Tamara Lamprecht, Michael Walsh, Shuoguo Wang, Victoria Bryant, Guangchun Song, Gang Wu, John Easton, Chimene Kesserwan, Kim E Nichols, Charles G Mullighan, Raul C Ribeiro, Jeffery M Klco
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are uncommon in children and have a poor prognosis. In contrast to adult MDS, little is known about the genomic landscape of pediatric MDS. Here, we describe the somatic and germline changes of pediatric MDS using whole exome sequencing, targeted amplicon sequencing, and/or RNA-sequencing of 46 pediatric primary MDS patients. Our data show that, in contrast to adult MDS, Ras/MAPK pathway mutations are common in pediatric MDS (45% of primary cohort), while mutations in RNA splicing genes are rare (2% of primary cohort)...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146145/adars-and-editing-the-role-of-a-to-i-rna-modification-in-cancer-progression
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REVIEW
Kajsa Fritzell, Lidi Xu, Jens Lagergren, Marie Öhman
Cancer arises when pathways that control cell functions such as proliferation and migration are dysregulated to such an extent that cells start to divide uncontrollably and eventually spread throughout the body, ultimately endangering the survival of an affected individual. It is well established that somatic mutations are important in cancer initiation and progression as well as in creation of tumor diversity. Now also modifications of the transcriptome are emerging as a significant force during the transition from normal cell to malignant tumor...
November 13, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145898/making-gametes-from-alternate-sources-of-stem-cells-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Deepa Bhartiya, Sandhya Anand, Hiren Patel, Seema Parte
Infertile couples including cancer survivors stand to benefit from gametes differentiated from embryonic or induced pluripotent stem (ES/iPS) cells. It remains challenging to convert human ES/iPS cells into primordial germ-like cells (PGCLCs) en route to obtaining gametes. Considerable success was achieved in 2016 to obtain fertile offspring starting with mouse ES/iPS cells, however the specification of human ES/iPS cells into PGCLCs in vitro is still not achieved. Human ES cells will not yield patient-specific gametes unless and until hES cells are derived by somatic cell nuclear transfer (therapeutic cloning) whereas iPS cells retain the residual epigenetic memory of the somatic cells from which they are derived and also harbor genomic and mitochondrial DNA mutations...
November 16, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145719/maintained-mpf-level-after-oocyte-vitrification-improves-embryonic-development-after-ivf-but-not-after-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer
#14
Ji I Baek, Dong-Won Seol, Ah-Reum Lee, Woo Sik Lee, Sook-Young Yoon, Dong Ryul Lee
Levels of maturation-promoting factor (MPF) in oocytes decline after vitrification, and this decline has been suggested as one of the main causes of low developmental competence resulting from cryoinjury. Here, we evaluated MPF activity in vitrified mouse eggs following treatment with caffeine, a known stimulator of MPF activity, and/or the proteasome inhibitor MG132. Collected MII oocytes were vitrified and divided into four groups: untreated, 10 mM caffeine (CA), 10 μM MG132 (MG), and 10 mM caffeine +10 μM MG132 (CA+MG)...
November 16, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145650/loss-of-p300-and-cbp-disrupts-histone-acetylation-at-the-mouse-sry-promoter-and-causes-xy-gonadal-sex-reversal
#15
Gwenn-Aël Carré, Pam Siggers, Marilena Xipolita, Paul Brindle, Beat Lutz, Sara Wells, Andy Greenfield
CREB-binding protein (CBP, CREBBP, KAT3A) and its closely related paralogue p300 (EP300, KAT3B), together termed p300/CBP, are histone/lysine acetyl-transferases that control gene expression by modifying chromatin-associated proteins. Here, we report roles for both of these chromatin-modifying enzymes in mouse sex determination, the process by which the embryonic gonad develops into a testis or an ovary. By targeting gene ablation to embryonic gonadal somatic cells using an inducible Cre line, we show that gonads lacking either gene exhibit major abnormalities of XY gonad development at 14...
November 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145629/the-reactome-pathway-knowledgebase
#16
Antonio Fabregat, Steven Jupe, Lisa Matthews, Konstantinos Sidiropoulos, Marc Gillespie, Phani Garapati, Robin Haw, Bijay Jassal, Florian Korninger, Bruce May, Marija Milacic, Corina Duenas Roca, Karen Rothfels, Cristoffer Sevilla, Veronica Shamovsky, Solomon Shorser, Thawfeek Varusai, Guilherme Viteri, Joel Weiser, Guanming Wu, Lincoln Stein, Henning Hermjakob, Peter D'Eustachio
The Reactome Knowledgebase (https://reactome.org) provides molecular details of signal transduction, transport, DNA replication, metabolism, and other cellular processes as an ordered network of molecular transformations-an extended version of a classic metabolic map, in a single consistent data model. Reactome functions both as an archive of biological processes and as a tool for discovering unexpected functional relationships in data such as gene expression profiles or somatic mutation catalogues from tumor cells...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145625/msignaturedb-a-database-for-deciphering-mutational-signatures-in-human-cancers
#17
Po-Jung Huang, Ling-Ya Chiu, Chi-Ching Lee, Yuan-Ming Yeh, Kuo-Yang Huang, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Petrus Tang
Cancer is a genetic disease caused by somatic mutations; however, the understanding of the causative biological processes generating these mutations is limited. A cancer genome bears the cumulative effects of mutational processes during tumor development. Deciphering mutational signatures in cancer is a new topic in cancer research. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) has categorized 30 reference signatures in the COSMIC database based on the analyses of ∼10 000 sequencing datasets from TCGA and ICGC...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145575/validity-of-the-somatic-symptom-disorder-b-criteria-scale-ssd-12-in-primary-care
#18
Anne Toussaint, Bernhard Riedl, Simon Kehrer, Antonius Schneider, Bernd Löwe, Klaus Linde
Aim: The Somatic Symptom Disorder-B Criteria Scale (SSD-12) assesses the psychological features of DSM-5 somatic symptom disorder. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the psychometric characteristics and validity of the 12-item instrument to demonstrate its suitability in primary care. Method: The study was designed as a cross-sectional survey set in five primary care practices from Munich, Germany (n = 501, 52.0% female, mean age 47 ± 16 years)...
November 13, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145573/human-papillomavirus-hpv-and-somatic-egfr-mutations-are-essential-mutually-exclusive-oncogenic-mechanisms-for-inverted-sinonasal-papillomas-and-associated-sinonasal-squamous-cell-carcinomas
#19
A M Udager, J B McHugh, C M Goudsmit, H C Weigelin, M S Lim, K S J Elenitoba-Johnson, B L Betz, T E Carey, N A Brown
Background: Inverted sinonasal papilloma (ISP) is a locally aggressive neoplasm often associated with sinonasal squamous cell carcinoma (SNSCC). While the etiology of ISP is not well understood, human papillomavirus (HPV) has been detected in a subset of cases. Our group recently identified activating somatic EGFR mutations in the majority of ISP and ISP-associated SNSCC. However, the relationship between EGFR mutations and HPV infection has not been explored. Patients and Methods: We evaluated 58 ISP and 22 ISP-associated SNSCC (including 13 patients with matched ISP/SNSCC samples), as well as 14 SNSCC without clinical or pathologic evidence of an associated ISP...
November 14, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145064/dog-cloning-with-in%C3%A2-vivo-matured-oocytes-obtaining-using-serum-estradiol-levels-for-predicting-time-of-ovulation
#20
Minghui Zhao, Seunghoon Lee, Dong-Hoon Kim, Jingu No, Yoonseok Nam, Sun A Ock, Yeoung-Gyu Ko, Tai-Young Hur
Dog cloning using in vivo-matured oocytes has been carried out for a decade. To obtain mature oocytes, serum progesterone (P4) levels are used to evaluate ovulation. However, the accuracy of these methods is not sufficient. Thus, the aim of the present study was to verify the feasibility of serum estradiol (E2) on canine ovulation determination as assessed by the percentage of dogs yielding mature oocytes. In vivo-matured oocytes were utilized for canine somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), and serum P4 and E2 levels were assessed to determine ovulation and oocyte maturation...
October 27, 2017: Theriogenology
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