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Alexander Bernt, Ashraf Y Rangrez, Matthias Eden, Andreas Jungmann, Sylvia Katz, Claudia Rohr, Oliver J Müller, Hugo A Katus, Samuel T Sossalla, Tatjana Williams, Oliver Ritter, Derk Frank, Norbert Frey
The objective of this study was to identify unknown modulators of Calcineurin (Cn)-NFAT signaling. Measurement of NFAT reporter driven luciferase activity was therefore utilized to screen a human cardiac cDNA-library (~10(7) primary clones) in C2C12 cells through serial dilutions until single clones could be identified. This extensive screening strategy culminated in the identification of SUMO2 as a most efficient Cn-NFAT activator. SUMO2-mediated activation of Cn-NFAT signaling in cardiomyocytes translated into a hypertrophic phenotype...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shanmugaraj Gowrishankar, Arumugam Kamaladevi, Krishnaswamy Balamurugan, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian
The present investigation was deliberately aimed at evaluating the biofilm-forming ability of 63 clinical MRSA isolates recovered from pharyngitis patients through different phenotypic assays. The molecular detection of adhesion (icaA/icaD/icaB/icaC), adhesins (fnbA/fnbB, clfA, and cna), staphylococcal accessory regulator (sarA), and α-toxin (hla) genes was done by employing polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Out of 63 isolates, 49 (77.8%) were found slime positive by the Congo red agar (CRA) method and 44 (69...
2016: BioMed Research International
Ni Ai, Haoyang Cai, Caius Solovan, Michael Baudis
BACKGROUND: DNA copy number profiles from microarray and sequencing experiments sometimes contain wave artefacts which may be introduced during sample preparation and cannot be removed completely by existing preprocessing methods. Besides, large derivative log ratio spread (DLRS) of the probes correlating with poor DNA quality is sometimes observed in genome screening experiments and may lead to unreliable copy number profiles. Depending on the extent of these artefacts and the resulting misidentification of copy number alterations/variations (CNA/CNV), it may be desirable to exclude such samples from analyses or to adapt the downstream data analysis strategy accordingly...
October 12, 2016: BMC Genomics
Evert van den Broek, Oscar Krijgsman, Daoud Sie, Marianne Tijssen, Sandra Mongera, Mark A van de Wiel, Eric J. Belt, Sjoerd H den Uil, Herman Bril, Hein B A C Stockmann, Bauke Ylstra, Beatriz Carvalho, Gerrit A Meijer, Remond J A Fijneman
Tumor profiling of DNA alterations, i.e. gene point mutations, somatic copy number aberrations (CNAs) and structural variants (SVs), improves insight into the molecular pathology of cancer and clinical outcome. Here, associations between genomic aberrations and disease recurrence in stage II and III colon cancers were investigated. A series of 114 stage II and III microsatellite stable colon cancer samples were analyzed by high-resolution array-comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) to detect CNAs and CNA-associated chromosomal breakpoints (SVs)...
October 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Gian Piero Malfense Fierro, Michele Meo
Recently, there has been high interest in the capabilities of nonlinear ultrasound techniques for damage/defect detection as these techniques have been shown to be quite accurate in imaging some particular type of damage. This paper presents a Constructive Nonlinear Array (CNA) method, for the detection and imaging of material defects/damage in a complex composite stiffened panel. CNA requires the construction of an ultrasound array in a similar manner to standard phased arrays systems, which require multiple transmitting and receiving elements...
September 22, 2016: Ultrasonics
O Nibourel, S Guihard, C Roumier, N Pottier, C Terre, A Paquet, P Peyrouze, S Geffroy, S Quentin, A Alberdi, R B Abdelali, A Renneville, C Demay, K Celli-Lebras, P Barbry, B Quesnel, S Castaigne, H Dombret, J Soulier, C Preudhomme, M H Cheok
Recent advances in genomic technologies have revolutionized acute myeloid leukemia (AML) understanding by identifying potential novel actionable genomic alterations. Consequently, current risk stratification at diagnosis not only relies on cytogenetics but also on the inclusion of several of these abnormalities. Despite this progress, AML remains a heterogeneous and complex malignancy with variable response to current therapy. Although copy number alterations (CNA) are accepted prognostic markers in cancers, large-scale genomic studies aiming at identifying specific prognostic CNA-based markers in AML are still lacking...
September 30, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Jungwon Moon, Jae-Hun Kim, Dongil Choi, Jehoon Yang, Min Woo Lee, Yoon-La Choi, Hyunchul Rhim
The purpose of this study was to examine the correlation of quantitative dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with microvessel density (MVD) in necrotic, partial necrotic, and viable tumors using a rabbit VX2 liver tumor model. Nine rabbits were used for this study. The complete necrotic area (CNA), partial necrotic area (PNA), and viable tumor area (VTA) of liver tumors were experimentally induced by radiofrequency ablation (RFA). DCE-MRI data were processed based on the extended Kety model to estimate Ktrans, ve and vp parameters...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Marina Gonçalves Diniz, Alessandra Pires Duarte, Rolando A Villacis, Bruna V A Guimarães, Luiz Cláudio Pires Duarte, Sílvia R Rogatto, Ricardo Santiago Gomez, Carolina Cavaliéri Gomes
BACKGROUND: Ameloblastoma (unicystic, UA, or multicystic, MA) is a rare tumor associated with bone destruction and facial deformity. Its malignant counterpart is the ameloblastic carcinoma (AC). The BRAFV600E mutation is highly prevalent in all these tumors subtypes and cannot account for their different clinical behaviors. METHODS: We assessed copy number alterations (CNAs) and copy-neutral loss of heterozygosity (cnLOH) in UA (n = 2), MA (n = 3), and AC (n = 1) using the CytoScan HD Array (Affymetrix) and the BRAFV600E status...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
D Fumagalli, T R Wilson, R Salgado, X Lu, J Yu, C O'Brien, K Walter, L Y Huw, C Criscitiello, I Laios, V Jose, D N Brown, F Rothé, M Maetens, D Zardavas, P Savas, D Larsimont, M J Piccart-Gebhart, S Michiels, M R Lackner, C Sotiriou, S Loi
BACKGROUND: Estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancers (BCs) constitute the most frequent BC subtype. The molecular landscape of ER+ relapsed disease is not well characterized. In this study, we aimed to describe the genomic evolution between primary (P) and matched metastatic (M) ER+ BCs after failure of adjuvant therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 182 ER+ metastatic BC patients with long-term follow-up were identified from a single institution. P tumor tissue was available for all patients, with 88 having matched M material...
October 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Cathy L Wogamon
The certified nursing assistant (CNA) is the caregiver who frequently identifies the first signs and symptoms of pressure ulcers (PUs) in the long-term care setting. A quality improvement effort was implemented to explore the effect of a 1-hour CNA education program about early identification, treatment, and prevention of PUs on PU knowledge, PU incidence, and PU prevention interventions, including skin checks. All 33 CNAs employed in a care facility for residents 55+ years old were invited to participate. CNA demographic and PU education variables were obtained...
September 2016: Ostomy/wound Management
Chao Liu, Florian Rohart, Peter T Simpson, Kum Kum Khanna, Mark A Ragan, Kim-Anh Lê Cao
DNA repair genes and pathways that are transcriptionally dysregulated in cancer provide the first line of evidence for the altered DNA repair status in tumours, and hence have been explored intensively as a source for biomarker discovery. The molecular mechanisms underlying DNA repair dysregulation, however, have not been systematically investigated in any cancer type. In this study, we performed a statistical analysis to dissect the roles of DNA copy number alteration (CNA), DNA methylation (DM) at gene promoter regions and the expression changes of transcription factors (TFs) in the differential expression of individual DNA repair genes in normal versus tumour breast samples...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Bahija Serray, Salwa Oufrid, Imane Hannaoui, Fatna Bourjilate, Nabila Soraa, Mostafa Mliji, Mohammed Sobh, Abderrahmane Hammoumi, Mohammed Timinouni, Mohamed El Azhari
INTRODUCTION: Infections involving methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) remain a serious threat to hospitalized patients worldwide. MRSA is characterized by recalcitrance to antimicrobial therapy, which is a function not only of widespread antimicrobial resistance, but also the capacity to form biofilms. The present study evaluated the presence of genes encoding adhesion factors and the biofilm-forming capacity in MRSA. METHODOLOGY: In this study, 53 isolates of MRSA, recovered from December 2010 to May 2014 in a mother and child hospital, CHU Mohamed VI in Marrakech, Morocco, were screened for the presence of bap and ica genes associated with biofilm formation, and for bbp, cna, ebpS, eno, fib, fnbA, fnbB, clfA, and clfB genes that encode microbial surface components recognizing adhesive matrix molecules (MSCRAMMs)...
2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
Darcie M Brady
High levels of staff turnover of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) are costly and disruptive to patient care. A variety of factors contribute to a 36% turnover rate of CNAs nationwide (2015 Staffing Report, 2015). According to Stone and Wiener, high rates of turnover and staff vacancies have multilayered consequences; patient care suffers, cost of constantly replacing workers soars, and worker job dissatisfaction increases. This study examined the CNAs' beliefs about job satisfaction as an approach to prevent job turnover and retain high achieving staff in one acute care hospital in a south eastern region...
October 2016: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
Clara Berridge, Denise A Tyler, Susan C Miller
This article examines whether staff empowerment practices common to nursing home culture change are associated with certified nursing assistant (CNA) retention. Data from 2,034 nursing home administrators from a 2009/2010 national nursing home survey and ordered logistic regression were used. After adjustment for covariates, a greater staff empowerment practice score was positively associated with greater retention. Compared with the low empowerment category, nursing homes with scores in the medium category had a 44% greater likelihood of having higher CNA retention (odds ratio [OR] = 1...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
Jordi Serra-Musach, Francesca Mateo, Eva Capdevila-Busquets, Gorka Ruiz de Garibay, Xiaohu Zhang, Raj Guha, Craig J Thomas, Judit Grueso, Alberto Villanueva, Samira Jaeger, Holger Heyn, Miguel Vizoso, Hector Pérez, Alex Cordero, Eva Gonzalez-Suarez, Manel Esteller, Gema Moreno-Bueno, Andreas Tjärnberg, Conxi Lázaro, Violeta Serra, Joaquín Arribas, Mikael Benson, Mika Gustafsson, Marc Ferrer, Patrick Aloy, Miquel Àngel Pujana
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients often show no or only modest benefit from a given therapy. This major problem in oncology is generally attributed to the lack of specific predictive biomarkers, yet a global measure of cancer cell activity may support a comprehensive mechanistic understanding of therapy efficacy. We reasoned that network analysis of omic data could help to achieve this goal. METHODS: A measure of "cancer network activity" (CNA) was implemented based on a previously defined network feature of communicability...
2016: Genome Medicine
Lieselot Deleye, Dieter De Coninck, Annelies Dheedene, Petra De Sutter, Björn Menten, Dieter Deforce, Filip Van Nieuwerburgh
Starting from only a few cells, current whole genome amplification (WGA) methods provide enough DNA to perform massively parallel sequencing (MPS). Unfortunately, all current WGA methods introduce representation bias which limits detection of copy number aberrations (CNAs) smaller than 3 Mb. A recent WGA method, called TruePrime single cell WGA, uses a recently discovered DNA primase, TthPrimPol, instead of artificial primers to initiate DNA amplification. This method could lead to a lower representation bias, and consequently to a better detection of CNAs...
2016: Scientific Reports
Curtis B Hughesman, X J David Lu, Kelly Y P Liu, Yuqi Zhu, Catherine F Poh, Charles Haynes
The ability of droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) to accurately determine the concentrations of amplifiable targets makes it a promising platform for measuring copy number alterations (CNAs) in genomic biomarkers. However, its application to clinical samples, particularly formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded specimens, will require strategies to reliably determine CNAs in DNA of limited quantity and quality. When applied to cancerous tissue, those methods must also account for global genetic instability and the associated probability that the abundance(s) of one or more chosen reference loci do not represent the average ploidy of cells comprising the specimen...
2016: PloS One
Yayoi Takahashi, Tamotsu Sugai, Wataru Habano, Kazuyuki Ishida, Makoto Eizuka, Koki Otsuka, Akira Sasaki, Takayuki Matsumoto, Takanori Morikawa, Michiaki Unno, Hiromu Suzuki
Differences in the pathogenesis of microsatellite stable (MSS) sporadic colorectal cancers (CRCs) between left-sided CRC (LC) and right-sided CRC (RC) have not been clarified. To identify pathogenesis-related genomic differences between MSS CRCs within the two locations, we performed a comprehensive molecular analysis using crypt isolation with samples from 92 sporadic CRCs. Microsatellite instability (MSI; high and low/negative) and DNA methylation status (low methylation epigenome; intermediate methylation epigenome [IME] or high methylation epigenome [HME]) were determined using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) microsatellite analysis and PCR-bisulfite pyrosequencing, respectively...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Lijian Yu, Haesook Kim, Siddha N Kasar, Parul Benien, Wei Du, Kevin Hoang, Andrew Aw, Bethany Tesar, Reina Improgo, Stacey Fernandes, Saranya Radhakrishnan, Josephine L Klitgaard, Charles Lee, Gad Getz, Sunita R Setlur, Jennifer R Brown
Purpose Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with 17p deletion typically progresses quickly and is refractory to most conventional therapies. However, some del(17p) patients do not progress for years, suggesting that del(17p) is not the only driving event in CLL progression. We hypothesize that other concomitant genetic abnormalities underlie the clinical heterogeneity of del(17p) CLL. Experimental Design We profiled the somatic mutations and copy number alterations (CNA) in a large group of del(17p) CLL as well as wild type CLL and analyzed the genetic basis of their clinical heterogeneity...
August 8, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Ilda Patrícia Ribeiro, Francisco Caramelo, Francisco Marques, Ana Domingues, Margarida Mesquita, Leonor Barroso, Hugo Prazeres, Maria José Julião, Isabel Poiares Baptista, Artur Ferreira, Joana Barbosa Melo, Isabel Marques Carreira
PURPOSE: Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a frequently occurring aggressive malignancy with a heterogeneous clinical behavior. Based on the paucity of specific early diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers, which hampers the appropriate treatment and, ultimately the development of novel targeted therapies, we aimed at identifying such biomarkers through a genetic and epigenetic analysis of these tumors. METHODS: 93 primary OSCCs were subjected to DNA copy number alteration (CNA) and methylation status analyses using methylation-specific multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MS-MPLA)...
August 4, 2016: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
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