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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734179/computational-analysis-for-the-determination-of-deleterious-nssnps-in-human-mthfd1-gene
#1
Mansi Desai, J B Chauhan
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the most common genetic polymorphisms and play a major role in many inherited diseases. Methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase 1 (MTHFD1) is one of the enzymes involved in folate metabolism. In the present study, the functional and structural consequences of nsSNPs of human MTHFD1 gene was analyzed using various computational tools like SIFT, PolyPhen2, PANTHER, PROVEAN, SNAP2, nsSNPAnalyzer, PhD-SNP, SNPs&GO, I-Mutant, MuPro, ConSurf, InterPro, NCBI Conserved Domain Search tool, ModPred, SPARKS-X, RAMPAGE, FT Site and PyMol...
July 11, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731851/the-frequency-of-occurrence-of-fish-shaped-red-blood-cells-in-different-haematologic-disorders
#2
Christoph Robier, Carolin Körber, Franz Quehenberger, Manfred Neubauer, Albert Wölfler
BACKGROUND: Red blood cells (RBC) resembling the silhouette of a fish are rarely observed in peripheral blood (PB) smears. In this study, we determined the frequency of occurrence of fish-shaped RBC in different haematologic diseases. METHODS: We examined PB smears of patients with iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) (n=23), β-thalassaemia minor (BTM) (n=30), sickle cell disease (SCD) (n=7), autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA) (n=13), microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia (MAHA) (n=11), hereditary sphaerocytosis (HS) (n=4), hereditary elliptocytosis (HE) (n=3), vitamin B12 and folate deficiency (n=15), anaemia in liver disease (LD) (n=17), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) (n=15), acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) (n=29), chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) (n=18), primary myelofibrosis (PMF) (n=12), chronic myelo-monocytic leukaemia (CMML) (n=15) and 21 healthy controls by light microscopy for the occurrence of fish-shaped erythrocytes...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731321/conjugation-dependent-interaction-of-folic-acid-with-folate-binding-protein
#3
Rachel Leah Merzel, Carolina Frey, Junjie Chen, Rachel Garn, Mallory A van Dongen, Casey A Dougherty, Ananda Kandaluru, Philip S Low, E Neil G Marsh, Mark M Banaszak Holl
Serum proteins play a critical role in the transport, uptake, and efficacy of targeted drug therapies, and here we investigate the interactions between folic acid-polymer conjugates and serum folate binding protein (FBP), the soluble form of the cellular membrane-bound folate receptor. We demonstrate that both choice of polymer and method of ligand conjugation affect the interactions between folic acid-polymer conjugates and serum FBP, resulting in changes in the folic acid-induced protein aggregation process...
July 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729765/meta-analysis-study-to-evaluate-the-association-of-mthfr-c677t-polymorphism-with-risk-of-ischemic-stroke
#4
P A Abhinand, M Manikandan, R Mahalakshmi, P K Ragunath
Ischemic stroke is a condition characterized by reduced blood supply to part of the brain, initiating the ischemic cascade, leading to dysfunction of the brain tissue in that area. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability and is estimated to cause around 5.7 million deaths worldwide. Methyl tetra hydro-folate reductase (MTHFR) is a rate limiting enzyme in the methyl cycle which catalyzes the only biochemical reaction which produces 5, Methyl tetra hydro folate, the co-substrate for the re-methylation of homocystiene to produce methionine...
2017: Bioinformation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727945/micronutrient-alterations-during-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-critically-ill-adults-a-retrospective-study
#5
Amir Y Kamel, Nisha J Dave, Vivian M Zhao, Daniel P Griffith, Michael J Connor, Thomas R Ziegler
BACKGROUND: Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is commonly used to provide renal replacement therapy in the intensive care unit. Limited published data suggest that CRRT may lead to depletion of water-soluble vitamins and trace elements. The goal of this study was to identify the incidence of trace element and vitamin deficiencies in critically ill patients during CRRT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study is based on a retrospective chart review of patients who were referred to Emory University Hospital's nutrition support services and had at least 1 serum micronutrient level measured during CRRT (thiamin, pyridoxine, ascorbic acid, folate, zinc, and copper) between April 1, 2009, and June 1, 2012...
July 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726660/pemetrexed-induced-pseudocellulitis-a-rare-cutaneous-adverse-reaction-to-multi-targeted-antifolate-therapy
#6
U Hansel G Zschuppe E Tchernev G Wollina
Pemetrexed is a multi-targeted folate antagonists approved for non-small cell lung cancer and other malignancies. Adverse cutaneous reactions have been reported in up to 1/3 of patients treated. A rare cutaneous adverse reaction is pseudocellulitis. We report about a 62-year-old male patient treated with a combination of cisplatin and pemetrexed for non-small cell lung cancer stage IV who developed about 4 months after initiation of treatment painful, non-febrile erythematous lesions on feet and lower legs...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726436/is-it-intestinal-tuberculosis-again-case-report
#7
Kristián Brat, Zdeněk Merta, Ivan Čundrle
This case report focuses on an immigrant admitted to the Department of Respiratory Diseases, University Hospital Brno due to suspicion of relapsing intestinal tuberculosis. The patient presented with fever, night sweat, weight loss, diarrhea, and a history of several tuberculosis attacks in the last few years. None of the examinations confirmed the presence of active tuberculosis but raised suspicion of hematological malignancy. Pancytopenia was present in the peripheral blood. However, bone marrow examination and flowcytometry excluded the presence of a hematological malignancy...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724927/dual-functionality-nanobioconjugates-targeting-intracellular-bacteria-in-cancer-cells-with-enhanced-antimicrobial-activity
#8
Rohini Singh, Smita Patil, Neetu Singh, Shalini Gupta
Bacterial drug resistance has emerged as a serious global threat mandating the development of novel methodologies that allow facile modulation of antimicrobial action in a controlled fashion. Conjugating antibiotics to nanoparticles helps to meet this goal by increasing the drug's overall avidity, bioavailability and easier internalisation into mammalian cells, targeting bacteria that otherwise escape antibacterial action by host cell-localisation. We used polymyxin B sulfate (PMB) and sushi peptide as model drugs against Gram-negative bacteria and established their enhanced antimicrobial activity on Escherichia coli (E...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724658/a-daily-dose-of-5-mg-folic-acid-for-90-days-is-associated-with-increased-serum-unmetabolized-folic-acid-and-reduced-natural-killer-cell-cytotoxicity-in-healthy-brazilian-adults
#9
Clovis Paniz, Juliano Felix Bertinato, Maylla Rodrigues Lucena, Eduardo De Carli, Patrícia Mendonça da Silva Amorim, Guilherme Wataru Gomes, Cecília Zanin Palchetti, Maria Stella Figueiredo, Christine M Pfeiffer, Zia Fazili, Ralph Green, Elvira Maria Guerra-Shinohara
Background: The effects of high-dose folic acid (FA) supplementation in healthy individuals on blood folate concentrations and immune response are unknown.Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of daily consumption of a tablet containing 5 mg FA on serum folate; number and cytotoxicity of natural killer (NK) cells; mRNA expression of dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), interferon γ (IFNG), tumor necrosis factor α (TNFA), and interleukin 8 (IL8) genes; and concentrations of serum inflammatory markers...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724645/effect-of-maternal-high-dosages-of-folic-acid-supplements-on-neurocognitive-development-in-children-at-4-5-years-of-age-the-prospective-birth-cohort-infancia-y-medio-ambiente-inma-study
#10
Desirée Valera-Gran, Eva M Navarrete-Muñoz, Manuela Garcia de la Hera, Ana Fernández-Somoano, Adonina Tardón, Jesús Ibarluzea, Nekane Balluerka, Mario Murcia, Llúcia González-Safont, Dora Romaguera, Jordi Julvez, Jesús Vioque
Background: The benefits of the use of folic acid supplements (FASs) during the periconception period to prevent neural tube defects and to ensure normal brain development in offspring are well known. There is concern, however, about the long-term effects of the maternal use of high dosages of FASs that exceed the Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) (≥1000 μg/d) on child neurocognitive outcomes.Objective: The objective of the study was to examine the association between the use of high dosages of FASs during pregnancy and child neuropsychological development at ages 4-5 y...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724354/novel-plasmodium-falciparum-metabolic-network-reconstruction-identifies-shifts-associated-with-clinical-antimalarial-resistance
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Maureen A Carey, Jason A Papin, Jennifer L Guler
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains a major public health burden and resistance has emerged to every antimalarial on the market, including the frontline drug, artemisinin. Our limited understanding of Plasmodium biology hinders the elucidation of resistance mechanisms. In this regard, systems biology approaches can facilitate the integration of existing experimental knowledge and further understanding of these mechanisms. RESULTS: Here, we developed a novel genome-scale metabolic network reconstruction, iPfal17, of the asexual blood-stage P...
July 19, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724269/association-of-human-methionine-synthase-a2756g-transition-with-prostate-cancer-a-case-control-study-and-in-silico-analysis
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Arezou Ebrahimi, Abasalt Hosseinzadeh Colagar, Mohammad Karimian
Methionine synthase (MTR) is one of the key enzymes of folate pathway, which play a key role in the construction, repair, and methylation of DNA. In this study, an association of MTR A2756G gene transition with prostate cancer in men populations of Kashan-Iran was investigated by a case-control study and an in silico analysis. The 200 samples including 100 patients with prostate cancer, as case group and 100 healthy men, as control group included in this study. MTR-A2756G genotyping was performed by PCR-RFLP technique...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723675/tumor-antigen-ca125-suppresses-antibody-dependent-cellular-cytotoxicity-adcc-via-direct-antibody-binding-and-suppressed-fc-%C3%AE-receptor-engagement
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James Bradford Kline, Rina P Kennedy, Earl Albone, Qimin Chao, Shawn Fernando, Jennifer M McDonough, Katherine Rybinski, Wenquan Wang, Elizabeth B Somers, Charles Schweizer, Luigi Grasso, Nicholas C Nicolaides
Cancers employ a number of mechanisms to evade host immune responses. Here we report the effects of tumor-shed antigen CA125/MUC16 on suppressing IgG1-mediated antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC). This evidence stems from prespecified subgroup analysis of a Phase 3 clinical trial testing farletuzumab, a monoclonal antibody to folate receptor alpha, plus standard-of-care carboplatin-taxane chemotherapy in patients with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. Patients with low serum CA125 levels treated with farletuzumab demonstrated improvements in progression free survival (HR 0...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723303/folate-serum-levels-in-italian-women-entering-an-in-vitro-fertilization-program
#14
Adalisa Ponzano, Gian Mario Tiboni
Italian public health authorities recommend women of childbearing age to assume a daily dose of 0.4 mg of folic acid (FA) from at least one month before conception in order to reduce the risk of having children affected by neural tube defects (NTDs). In this study, folate, homocysteine and vitamin B12 serum levels were determined in 77 women entering an in vitro fertilization program. About 75% of patients had serum folate values compatible with the intake of the recommended dose of FA for at least three months, whereas only the 61% of them reached or exceeded the serum folate concentration regarded as the optimal concentration during the periconceptional period...
July 19, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722668/coupling-to-a-cancer-selective-heparan-sulfate-targeted-branched-peptide-can-by-pass-breast-cancer-cell-resistance-to-methotrexate
#15
Lorenzo Depau, Jlenia Brunetti, Chiara Falciani, Silvia Scali, Giulia Riolo, Elisabetta Mandarini, Alessandro Pini, Luisa Bracci
Cancer-selective tetra-branched peptides, named NT4, can be coupled to different functional units for cancer cell imaging or therapy. NT4 peptides specifically bind to lipoprotein receptor-related proteins (LRP) receptors and to heparan sulfate chains on membrane proteoglycans and can be efficiently internalized by cancer cells expressing these membrane targets. Since binding and internalization of NT4 peptides is mediated by specific NT4 receptors on cancer cell membranes and this may allow drug resistance produced by drug membrane transporters to be by-passed, we tested the ability of drug-armed NT4 to by-pass drug resistance in cancer cell lines...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722445/highlighting-cancer-cells-with-halochromic-switches
#16
Sicheng Tang, Yang Zhang, Ek Raj Thapaliya, Adrienne S Brown, James N Wilson, Françisco M Raymo
Halochromic coumarin-oxazine prefluorophores and targeting folate ligands can be connected covalently to the side chains of amphiphilic polymers. The resulting macromolecular constructs assemble into nanoparticles in aqueous environments. The prefluorophores do not produce any detectable fluorescence at neutral pH, but are converted into fluorophores with intense visible emission at acidic pH. Protonation opens the oxazine heterocycle to shift bathochromically the coumarin absorption and activate fluorescence with a brightness per nanoparticle approaching 5 × 10(5) M(-1) cm(-1)...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718091/nutritional-and-micronutrient-care-of-bariatric-surgery-patients-current-evidence-update
#17
REVIEW
Michael A Via, Jeffrey I Mechanick
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The continued success of bariatric surgery to treat obesity and obesity-associated metabolic conditions creates a need for a strong understanding of clinical nutrition both before and after these procedures. RECENT FINDINGS: Surgically induced alteration of gastrointestinal physiology can affect the nutrition of individuals, especially among those who have undergone malabsorptive procedures. While uncommon, a subset of patients may develop protein-calorie malnutrition...
July 17, 2017: Current Obesity Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717039/deletion-of-sigb-causes-increased-sensitivity-to-para-aminosalicylic-acid-and-sulfamethoxazole-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#18
Shan-Shan Yang, Yang-Bo Hu, Xu-De Wang, Yun-Rong Gao, Kun Li, Xian-En Zhang, Shi-Yun Chen, Tian-Yu Zhang, Jing Gu, Jiao-Yu Deng
Although the de novo folate biosynthesis pathway has been well studied in bacteria, little is known about its regulation. In this study, the sigB gene in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) was deleted. Subsequent drug susceptibility tests revealed that M. tb ΔsigB was more sensitive to para-aminosalicylic acid (PAS) and sulfamethoxazole (SMX). Comparative transcriptional analysis was performed and down-regulation of pabB was observed in the sigB deleted strain, which was further verified by qRT-PCR and Western blot assay...
July 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716749/the-targeting-properties-of-folate-conjugate-pluronic-f127-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-nanoparticles
#19
Yue Yuan Luo, Xiang Yuan Xiong, Feng Cheng, Yan Chun Gong, Zi Ling Li, Yu Ping Li
Novel Folated Pluronic F127/poly (lactic-co-glycolic) (FA-F127-PLGA) and PLGA-F127-PLGA block copolymer were synthesized and nanoparticles self-assembled from these two copolymers were prepared by dialysis method. Paclitaxel (PTX) was successfully encapsulated in these two nanoparticles. According to in vitro release studies of PTX-loaded nanoparticles, after an initial burst release during the first 11h, the entrapped PTX released slowly in the following 82h. The cytotoxicity studies demonstrated that the in vitro antitumor effect of PTX could be improved by encapsulating PTX into PLGA-F127-PLGA nanoparticles...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715540/predictors-of-hand-foot-syndrome-and-pyridoxine-for-prevention-of-capecitabine-induced-hand-foot-syndrome-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#20
Yoon-Sim Yap, Li-Lian Kwok, Nicholas Syn, Wen Yee Chay, John Whay Kuang Chia, Chee Kian Tham, Nan Soon Wong, Soo Kien Lo, Rebecca Alexandra Dent, Sili Tan, Zuan Yu Mok, King Xin Koh, Han Chong Toh, Wen Hsin Koo, Marie Loh, Raymond Chee Hui Ng, Su Pin Choo, Richie Chuan Teck Soong
Importance: Hand-foot syndrome (HFS) is a common adverse effect of capecitabine treatment. Objective: To compare the incidence and time to onset of grade 2 or greater HFS in patients receiving pyridoxine vs placebo and to identify biomarkers predictive of HFS. Design, Setting, and Participants: This single-center, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial conducted at National Cancer Centre Singapore assessed whether oral pyridoxine could prevent the onset of grade 2 or higher HFS in 210 patients scheduled to receive single-agent capecitabine chemotherapy for breast, colorectal, and other cancers...
July 13, 2017: JAMA Oncology
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