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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918559/mutations-along-a-tet2-active-site-scaffold-stall-oxidation-at-5-hydroxymethylcytosine
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Monica Yun Liu, Hedieh Torabifard, Daniel J Crawford, Jamie E DeNizio, Xing-Jun Cao, Benjamin A Garcia, G Andrés Cisneros, Rahul M Kohli
Ten-eleven translocation (TET) enzymes catalyze stepwise oxidation of 5-methylcytosine (mC) to yield 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (hmC) and the rarer bases 5-formylcytosine (fC) and 5-carboxylcytosine (caC). Stepwise oxidation obscures how each individual base forms and functions in epigenetic regulation, and prompts the question of whether TET enzymes primarily serve to generate hmC or are adapted to produce fC and caC as well. By mutating a single, conserved active site residue in human TET2, Thr1372, we uncovered enzyme variants that permit oxidation to hmC but largely eliminate fC and caC...
December 5, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916431/2016-scct-str-guidelines-for-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-of-noncontrast-noncardiac-chest-ct-scans-a-report-of-the-society-of-cardiovascular-computed-tomography-and-society-of-thoracic-radiology
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Harvey S Hecht, Paul Cronin, Michael J Blaha, Matthew J Budoff, Ella A Kazerooni, Jagat Narula, David Yankelevitz, Suhny Abbara
The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) and the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR) have jointly produced this document. Experts in this subject have been selected from both organizations to examine subject-specific data and write this guideline in partnership. A formal literature review, weighing the strength of evidence has been performed. When available, information from studies on cost was considered. Computed tomography (CT) acquisition, CAC scoring methodologies and clinical outcomes are the primary basis for the recommendations in this guideline...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915990/possible-molecular-mechanisms-by-which-vitamin-d-prevents-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-colitis-associated-colorectal-cancer
#3
Zijian Luan, Yiming Ma, Yu Xin, Jiaming Qian, Hongying Wang
It is well accepted that inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, is one of high risk factors for colorectal cancer (CRC). This supports the notion that inflammation plays a key role in cancer development. Epidemiologic studies have shown that vitamin D (Vit D) deficiency is associated with IBD and various types of cancer including colorectal cancer. Clinical trials and mouse models have shown that Vit D is beneficial in preventing or ameliorating inflammation and carcinogenesis...
December 2, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915288/modification-of-orthogonal-trnas-unexpected-consequences-for-sense-codon-reassignment
#4
Wil Biddle, Margaret A Schmitt, John D Fisk
Breaking the degeneracy of the genetic code via sense codon reassignment has emerged as a way to incorporate multiple copies of multiple non-canonical amino acids into a protein of interest. Here, we report the modification of a normally orthogonal tRNA by a host enzyme and show that this adventitious modification has a direct impact on the activity of the orthogonal tRNA in translation. We observed nearly equal decoding of both histidine codons, CAU and CAC, by an engineered orthogonal M. jannaschii tRNA with an AUG anticodon: tRNA(Opt) We suspected a modification of the tRNA(Opt)AUG anticodon was responsible for the anomalous lack of codon discrimination and demonstrate that adenosine 34 of tRNA(Opt)AUG is converted to inosine...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914237/religion-in-child-sexual-abuse-forensic-interviews
#5
Amy C Tishelman, Lisa A Fontes
Religion is an under-studied factor affecting children's sexual victimization and their willingness to discuss such experiences. In this qualitative study, 39 child forensic interviewers and child advocacy center (CAC) directors in the United States discussed religious influences on children's sexual abuse experiences, their relationships to CACs, and their disclosures in the forensic setting. Participants reported both harmonious and dissonant interactions between religiously observant children and families on one hand and child advocacy centers on the other...
November 30, 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913900/bone-mineral-density-of-extremities-is-associated-with-coronary-calcification-and-biopsy-verified-vascular-calcification-in-living-donor-renal-transplant-recipients
#6
Zhimin Chen, Jia Sun, Mathias Haarhaus, Peter Barany, Lars Wennberg, Jonaz Ripsweden, Torkel B Brismar, Bengt Lindholm, Annika Wernerson, Magnus Söderberg, Peter Stenvinkel, Abdul Rashid Qureshi
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) mineral and bone disorders (CKD-MBD) may lead to low bone mineral density (BMD) and vascular calcification (VC), but links to the latter are unclear. Here we investigated associations between BMD, coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, and histological signs of VC in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing living-donor kidney transplantation (LD-Rtx). In 66 ESRD patients (median age 45 years, 68% males), BMD (by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, DXA), CAC score (by computed tomography, CT; n = 54), and degree of VC score (graded by histological examination of epigastric artery specimens collected at LD-Rtx; n = 55) were assessed at the time of LD-Rtx...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913107/the-influence-of-iterative-reconstruction-on-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-phantom-and-clinical-studies
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Seitaro Oda, Daisuke Utsunomiya, Takeshi Nakaura, Yoshinori Funama, Hideaki Yuki, Masafumi Kidoh, Kenichiro Hirata, Narumi Taguchi, Keiichi Honda, Hiroko Takaoka, Yuji Iyama, Kazuhiro Katahira, Katsuo Noda, Shuichi Oshima, Shinichi Tokuyasu, Yasuyuki Yamashita
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: We compared the effect of iterative model reconstruction (IMR), filtered back projection (FBP), and hybrid iterative reconstruction (HIR) on coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CAC scans of 30 consecutive patients (18 men and 12 women, age 70.1 ± 12.2 years) were reconstructed with FBP, HIR, and IMR, and the image noise was measured on all images. Two radiologists independently measured the CAC scores using semiautomated software, and interobserver agreement was evaluated...
November 29, 2016: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911867/decreased-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-levels-correlate-with-cancer-progression-and-poor-survival-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Zhaoli Chen, Xuejiao Shi, Lanwei Guo, Yuan Li, Mei Luo, Jie He
Ten-eleven translocation (TET) enzymes catalyze the oxidation of 5-methylcytosine (5-mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC) and then to 5-formylcytosine (5-fC) and 5-carboxylcytosine (5-caC), resulting in genomic DNA demethylation. Decreased 5-hmC levels have been reported in a variety of cancers, and loss of 5-hmC might be considered an epigenetic hallmark of cancer. However, the prognostic value of decreased 5-hmC in cancers remain controversial. Here, a systematic review was performed by conducting an electronic search of PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science and the Cochrane Library...
November 30, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909978/il-17a-produced-by-peritoneal-macrophages-promote-the-accumulation-and-function-of-granulocytic-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-in-the-development-of-colitis-associated-cancer
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Yue Zhang, Juan Wang, Wenxin Wang, Jie Tian, Kai Yin, Xinyi Tang, Jie Ma, Huaxi Xu, Shengjun Wang
It is widely acknowledged that a close relationship is between inflammation and colon cancer. Interleukin (IL)-17A and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) play an important role in the development of colitis-associated cancer (CAC). However, the precise changes of IL-17, MDSCs, and Th17 cells during the CAC progression have not been observed in the colorectal chronic inflammation-dependent tumor. In this study, we found the level of IL-17 was increased in pathogenic colon site during the early stage of CAC model...
December 1, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905578/2-r-fluorinated-mc-hmc-fc-and-cac-triphosphates-are-substrates-for-dna-polymerases-and-tet-enzymes
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A S Schröder, E Parsa, K Iwan, F R Traube, M Wallner, S Serdjukow, T Carell
A deeper investigation of the chemistry that occurs on the newly discovered epigenetic DNA bases 5-hydroxymethyl-(hmdC), 5-formyl-(fdC), and 5-carboxy-deoxycytidine (cadC) requires chemical tool compounds, which are able to dissect the different potential reaction pathways in cells. Here we report that the 2'-(R)-fluorinated derivatives F-hmdC, F-fdC, and F-cadC, which are resistant to removal by base excision repair, are good substrates for DNA polymerases and TET enzymes. This result shows that the fluorinated compounds are ideal tool substances to investigate potential C-C-bond cleaving reactions in the context of active demethylation...
December 1, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905548/neurexin-regulates-nighttime-sleep-by-modulating-synaptic-transmission
#11
Huawei Tong, Qian Li, Zi Chao Zhang, Yi Li, Junhai Han
Neurexins are cell adhesion molecules involved in synaptic formation and synaptic transmission. Mutations in neurexin genes are linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), which are frequently associated with sleep problems. However, the role of neurexin-mediated synaptic transmission in sleep regulation is unclear. Here, we show that lack of the Drosophila α-neurexin homolog significantly reduces the quantity and quality of nighttime sleep and impairs sleep homeostasis. We report that neurexin expression in Drosophila mushroom body (MB) αβ neurons is essential for nighttime sleep...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904029/coronary-artery-calcium-and-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-and-plaque-clinical-use-in-need-of-clarification
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Maryam Zaid, Akira Fujiyoshi, Aya Kadota, Robert D Abbott, Katsuyuki Miura
Atherosclerosis begins in early life and has a long latent period prior to onset of clinical disease. Measures of subclinical atherosclerosis, therefore, may have important implications for research and clinical practice of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). In this review, we focus on coronary artery calcium (CAC) and carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT) and plaque as many population-based studies have investigated these measures due to their non-invasive features and ease of administration...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903540/greater-volume-but-not-higher-density-of-abdominal-aortic-calcium-is-associated-with-increased-cardiovascular-disease-risk-mesa-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Nketi I Forbang, Erin D Michos, Robyn L McClelland, Rosemay A Remigio-Baker, Matthew A Allison, Veit Sandfort, Joachim H Ix, Isac Thomas, Dena E Rifkin, Michael H Criqui
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic calcium (AAC) and coronary artery calcium (CAC) independently and similarly predict cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. The standard AAC and CAC score, the Agatston method, upweights for greater calcium density, thereby modeling higher calcium density as a CVD hazard. METHODS AND RESULTS: Computed tomography scans were used to measure AAC and CAC volume and density in a multiethnic cohort of community-dwelling individuals, and Cox proportional hazard was used to determine their independent association with incident coronary heart disease (CHD, defined as myocardial infarction, resuscitated cardiac arrest, or CHD death), cardiovascular disease (CVD, defined as CHD plus stroke and stroke death), and all-cause mortality...
November 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900990/prognostic-value-of-gai-s-plaque-score-and-agatston-coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-functionally-significant-coronary-artery-stenosis
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Chuang Zhang, Shuang Yang, Lu-Yue Gai, Zhi-Qi Han, Qian Xin, Xiao-Bo Yang, Jun-Jie Yang, Qin-Hua Jin
BACKGROUND: The prognostic values of the coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) score for predicting future cardiovascular events have been previously demonstrated in numerous studies. However, few studies have used the rich information available from CCTA to detect functionally significant coronary lesions. We sought to compare the prognostic values of Gai's plaque score and the coronary artery calcium score (CACS) of CCTA for predicting functionally significant coronary lesions, using fractional flow reserve (FFR) as the gold standard...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895933/influence-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-and-histamine-h2-receptor-antagonists-on-serum-phosphorus-level-control-by-calcium-carbonate-in-patients-undergoing-hemodialysis-a-retrospective-medical-chart-review
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Masaomi Tatsuzawa, Ryuichi Ogawa, Atsushi Ohkubo, Kazuyo Shimojima, Kunimi Maeda, Hirotoshi Echizen, Akihisa Miyazaki
BACKGROUND: Hyperphosphatemia is one of the common complications in patients undergoing hemodialysis. Although calcium carbonate (CaC) is often used to control serum inorganic phosphorus level in dialysis patients, co-administration of gastric acid reducers (ARs) may interfere with the phosphate binding effect of CaC. We performed a retrospective medical chart review to study whether ARs attenuate the hypophosphatemic effect of CaC in patients undergoing hemodialysis. METHODS: One hundred and eight chronic hemodialysis patients receiving either CaC alone or CaC concomitant with one of the ARs (proton pump inhibitors and histamine H2-receptor antagonists) were retrieved from the medical charts in Juntendo University Nerima Hospital...
2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890524/the-dancavas-pilot-study-of-multifaceted-screening-for-subclinical-cardiovascular-disease-in-men-and-women-aged-65-74%C3%A2-years
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T V Kvist, J S Lindholt, L M Rasmussen, R Søgaard, J Lambrechtsen, F H Steffensen, L Frost, M H Olsen, H Mickley, J Hallas, G Urbonaviciene, M Busk, K Egstrup, A C P Diederichsen
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: This pilot study of a large population based randomised screening trial investigated feasibility, acceptability, and relevance (prevalence of clinical and subclinical cardiovascular disease [CVD] and proportion receiving insufficient prevention) of a multifaceted screening for CVD. METHODS: In total, 2060 randomly selected Danish men and women aged 65-74 years were offered (i) low dose non-contrast computed tomography to detect coronary artery calcification (CAC) and aortic/iliac aneurysms; (ii) detection of atrial fibrillation (AF); (iii) brachial and ankle blood pressure measurements; and (iv) blood levels of cholesterol and hemoglobin A1c...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884729/rationale-and-design-of-the-coronary-artery-calcium-consortium-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Michael J Blaha, Seamus P Whelton, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Zeina A Dardari, Leslee J Shaw, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Kuni Matsushita, John A Rumberger, Daniel S Berman, Matthew J Budoff, Michael D Miedema, Khurram Nasir
BACKGROUND: Although coronary artery calcium (CAC) has been investigated for over two decades, there is very limited data on the association of CAC with cause of death. The CAC Consortium is a large ongoing multi-center observational cohort of individuals who underwent non-contrast cardiac-gated CAC testing and systematic, prospective, long-term follow-up for mortality with ascertainment of cause of death. METHODS: Four participating institutions from three states within the US (California, Minnesota, and Ohio) have contributed individual-level patient data to the CAC Consortium (spanning years 1991-2010)...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884313/normal-body-mass-index-with-central-obesity-has-increased-risk-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-korean-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#18
Mi Jung Lee, Jung Tak Park, Kyoung Sook Park, Young Eun Kwon, Seung Hyeok Han, Shin-Wook Kang, Kyu Hun Choi, Kook-Hwan Oh, Sue Kyung Park, Dong Wan Chae, Kyubeck Lee, Young-Hwan Hwang, Soo Wan Kim, Yeong Hoon Kim, Sun Woo Kang, Joongyub Lee, Curie Ahn, Tae-Hyun Yoo
In chronic kidney disease (CKD), overweight and mild obesity have shown the lowest cardiovascular (CV) risk. However, central obesity has been directly associated with CV risk in these patients. This bidirectional relationship of body mass index (BMI) and central obesity prompted us to evaluate CV risk based on a combination of BMI and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) in nondialysis CKD patients. We included 1078 patients with CKD stage 2 through 5 (nondialysis) enrolled in a nationwide prospective cohort of Korea...
December 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883980/progression-of-coronary-artery-calcium-in-japanese-american-men-and-white-men-in-the-era-jump-study
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Vasudha Ahuja, Kamal Masaki, Abhishek Vishnu, Lei Ye, Bradley Wilcox, Christina Wassel, Akira Fujiyoshi, Emma J M Barinas-Mitchell, Katsuyuki Miura, Hirotsuga Ueshima, Beatriz L Rodriguez, Daniel Edmundowicz, Akira Sekikawa
BACKGROUND: Progression of coronary artery calcium (CAC) is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and is reported to be greater in whites than blacks, Hispanics, and Chinese in the US. Our objective was to compare progression of CAC between Japanese Americans and whites. METHODS: Population-based sample of 303 Japanese American men and 310 white men aged 40-49years, free of clinical cardiovascular disease at baseline, were examined for CAC at baseline (2004-2007) and follow-up (2008-2013)...
November 14, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882428/progression-of-noncalcified-and-calcified-coronary-plaque-by-ct-angiography-in-sle
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Aisha Khan, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Adnan N Kiani, Laurence S Magder, Michelle Petri
Premature coronary artery disease remains the major cause of late death in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Coronary artery calcium (CAC) represents an advanced stage of atherosclerosis, whereas noncalcified coronary atherosclerotic plaque (NCP) typically is more prone to trigger acute coronary events. The aim of this study was to assess the stability of NCP over time and identify factors associated with changes in NCP in patients with SLE. CT coronary angiography and calcium scanning were performed at baseline and follow-up in thirty-six SLE patients...
November 23, 2016: Rheumatology International
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