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I-K Park, W Blum, S D Baker, M A Caligiuri
Leukemia accepted article preview online, 24 October 2016. doi:10.1038/leu.2016.293.
October 24, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Michael Chalick, Oded Jacobi, Edward Pichinuk, Christian Garbar, Armand Bensussan, Alan Meeker, Ravit Ziv, Tania Zehavi, Nechama I Smorodinsky, John Hilkens, Franz-Georg Hanisch, Daniel B Rubinstein, Daniel H Wreschner
Translation of mRNA in alternate reading frames (ARF) is a naturally occurring process heretofore underappreciated as a generator of protein diversity. The MUC1 gene encodes MUC1-TM, a signal-transducing trans-membrane protein highly expressed in human malignancies. Here we show that an AUG codon downstream to the MUC1-TM initiation codon initiates an alternate reading frame thereby generating a novel protein, MUC1-ARF. MUC1-ARF, like its MUC1-TM 'parent' protein, contains a tandem repeat (VNTR) domain. However, the amino acid sequence of the MUC1-ARF tandem repeat as well as N- and C- sequences flanking it differ entirely from those of MUC1-TM...
2016: PloS One
John I Shin, Kevin Phan, Parth Kothari, Jun S Kim, Javier Z Guzman, Samuel K Cho
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective analysis of administrative database. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the effect of glycemic control on surgical outcomes of middle-aged and elderly idiopathic scoliosis patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a condition thought to adversely affect outcomes of spine surgery. However, no study has stratified glycemic control levels and their impact on outcome for idiopathic scoliosis patients receiving a spinal fusion surgery...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Shu Yang, Anne Rosenwald
Macroautophagy, a highly conserved process in eukaryotic cells, is initiated in response to stress, especially nutrient starvation. Macroautophagy helps cells survive by engulfing proteins and organelles into an unusual double-membraned structure called the autophagosome, which then fuses with the lysosome. Upon degradation of the engulfed contents, the building blocks are recycled for synthesis of new macromolecules. Recent work has demonstrated that construction of the autophagosome requires a variety of small GTPases in variations of their normal roles in membrane traffic...
October 20, 2016: Small GTPases
Jiang Zhu, Li Qi, Yusi Miao, Teng Ma, Cuixia Dai, Yueqiao Qu, Youmin He, Yiwei Gao, Qifa Zhou, Zhongping Chen
Elastography provides a powerful tool for histopathological identification and clinical diagnosis based on information from tissue stiffness. Benefiting from high resolution, three-dimensional (3D), and noninvasive optical coherence tomography (OCT), optical micro-elastography has the ability to determine elastic properties with a resolution of ~10 μm in a 3D specimen. The shear wave velocity measurement can be used to quantify the elastic modulus. However, in current methods, shear waves are measured near the surface with an interference of surface waves...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Michele Carron
Non-invasive ventilation (NIV) has assumed an important role in the management of acute respiratory failure (ARF). NIV, compared with standard medical therapy, improves survival and reduces complications in selected patients with ARF. NIV represents the first-line intervention for some forms of ARF, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations and acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema. The use of NIV is also well supported for immunocompromised patients who are at high risk for infectious complications from endotracheal intubation...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Carol L Hodgson, Alison E Turnbull, Theodore J Iwashyna, Ann Parker, Wesley Davis, Clifton O Bingham, Nicola R Watts, Simon Finfer, Dale M Needham
BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in measuring the quality of survivorship for patients admitted to the intensive care (ICU) for acute respiratory failure (ARF). However, there is substantial variability in the patient outcomes reported in studies evaluating these patients, with few data on which outcomes are essential to inform clinical practice. PURPOSE: To determine clinicians' perspectives on the outcome domains that should always be reported in studies evaluating ARF survivors after hospital discharge, and to compare findings between the US and Australian perspectives...
October 6, 2016: Physical Therapy
Yue Cai, Zhengyu Huang, Michelle Hoi Ching Cheung, Vincent Motto-Ros, Po-Chun Chu, Yuanwei Wang, Haoyi Zhong, Ronald Yuen, Kelvin Sze-Yin Leung, Judy T S Lum, Sut Kam Phoebe Ho, Nai Ho H Cheung
Chemical analysis of Chinese black ink on xuan paper is useful for the authentication of Asian artwork. The analysis has to be non-destructive and has to accommodate artworks of all sizes. We apply three analytical techniques, ArF laser-induced plume fluorescence, Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy and portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) to analyze five commercial Chinese black inks on two kinds of xuan paper. The FTIR signal is found to be interfered by the substrate which is inevitable because the pigments diffuse extensively into the xuan fiber network...
October 18, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Chih-Chia Hsieh, Ching-Chi Lee, Hsiang-Chin Hsu, Hsin-I Shih, Chien-Hsin Lu, Chih-Hao Lin
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To determine the impact of delayed admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) on the clinical outcomes of patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF) in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included non-traumatic adult patients with ARF and mechanical ventilation support in the ED of a tertiary university hospital in Taiwan from January 1, 2013, to August 31, 2013. Clinical data were extracted from chart records...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Ryan S D'Souza, James E Casanova
The IQsec/BRAG proteins are a subfamily of Arf-nucleotide exchange factors. Since their discovery almost 15 years ago, the BRAGs have been reported to be involved in diverse physiological processes from myoblast fusion, neuronal pathfinding and angiogenesis, to pathophysiological processes including X-linked intellectual disability and tumor metastasis. In this review we will address how, in each of these situations, the BRAGs are thought to regulate the surface levels of adhesive and signaling receptors. While in most cases BRAGs are thought to enhance the endocytosis of these receptors, how they achieve this remains unclear...
October 14, 2016: Small GTPases
Laveena Munshi, Hayley B Gershengorn, Eddy Fan, Hannah Wunsch, Niall D Ferguson, Therese A Stukel, Gordon D Rubenfeld
RATIONALE: Adoption and de-adoption of adjuvant strategies to mechanical ventilation for acute respiratory failure (ARF), and factors associated with their selection, have not been extensively evaluated. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate change in use of adjuvants to mechanical ventilation for ARF (2008-2013), the impact of landmark publications on adoption and de-adoption, and factors associated with use. METHODS: Changes in use of four adjuvants for ARF from 2008-2013, the impact of landmark publications on use, and factors associated with use were evaluated using the Premier Database...
October 13, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
Arif U Hasan, Koji Ohmori, Takeshi Hashimoto, Kazuyo Kamitori, Fuminori Yamaguchi, Kumi Konishi, Takahisa Noma, Junsuke Igarashi, Tetsuo Yamashita, Katsuya Hirano, Masaaki Tokuda, Tetsuo Minamino, Akira Nishiyama, Masakazu Kohno
Deterioration of adipocyte function due to increased oxidative stress predisposes patients to metabolic disorders in advanced age. However, the roles of tumor suppressors in such conditions remain largely unknown. Therefore, we aimed to address their dynamics in aged adipocytes using a long-term culture model. We compared 3T3-L1 adipocytes at 17-19 days (long-term) with those at 8-10 days (short-term) after initiation of adipogenic induction for mimicking 'aged' and 'young' adipocytes, respectively. H2O2 release and dihydroethidium (DHE) staining was increased, while superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity was reduced in long-term cultured adipocytes, which is suggestive of enhanced oxidative stress in this group...
October 12, 2016: Biogerontology
Deborah A Williamson, Pierre R Smeesters, Andrew C Steer, Julie Morgan, Mark Davies, Philip Carter, Arlo Upton, Stephen Y C Tong, John Fraser, Nicole J Moreland
BACKGROUND: Acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are responsible for a significant disease burden amongst Māori and Pacific populations in New Zealand (NZ). However, contemporary data are lacking regarding circulating group A Streptococcal (GAS) strains in NZ. Such information is important in guiding vaccine development. METHODS: GAS isolates from April to June 2015 were recovered from skin and pharyngeal samples from children living in areas of high social deprivation in Auckland, NZ, a significant proportion of which are Māori or Pacific...
October 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Daniel Humphreys, Vikash Singh, Vassilis Koronakis
To establish pathogenicity, bacteria must evade phagocytosis directed by remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton. We show that macrophages facilitate pathogen phagocytosis through actin polymerization mediated by the WAVE regulatory complex (WRC), small GTPases Arf and Rac1, and the Arf1 activator ARNO. To establish extracellular infections, enteropathogenic (EPEC) and enterohaemorrhagic (EHEC) Escherichia coli hijack the actin cytoskeleton by injecting virulence effectors into the host cell. Here, we find that the virulence effector EspG counteracts WRC-dependent phagocytosis, enabling EPEC and EHEC to remain extracellular...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Michaela Dümmer, Christian Michalski, Lars-Oliver Essen, Magnus Rath, Paul Galland, Christoph Forreiter
The ADP-RIBOSYLATION FACTOR GTPase-ACTIVATING PROTEIN (AGD) 12, a member of the ARF-GAP protein family, affects gravitropism in Arabidopsis thaliana. A loss-of-function mutant lacking AGD12 displayed diminished gravitropism in roots and hypocotyls indicating that both organs are affected by this regulator. AGD12 is structurally related to ENHANCED BENDING (EHB) 1, previously described as a negative effector of gravitropism. In contrast to agd12 mutants, ehb1 loss-of function seedlings displayed enhanced gravitropic bending...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
Michael Devos, Barbara Gilbert, Geertrui Denecker, Kirsten Leurs, Conor Mc Guire, Kelly Lemeire, Tino Hochepied, Marnik Vuylsteke, Jo Lambert, Caroline Van Den Broecke, Louis Libbrecht, Jody Haigh, Geert Berx, Saskia Lippens, Peter Vandenabeele, Wim Declercq
Unlike its family member p53, the p63 gene is rarely mutated in human cancer. However, ΔNp63α protein levels are often elevated in tumors of epithelial origin, such as squamous cell carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma. In order to study the oncogenic properties of ΔNp63α in vivo, we generated transgenic mice overexpressing ΔNp63α from the Rosa26 locus promoter controlled by K5Cre. We found that these mice spontaneously develop epidermal cysts and ectopic ΔNp63α expression in the bile duct epithelium that leads to dilatation of the intrahepatic biliary ducts, to hepatic cyst formation and bile duct adenoma...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Sheng Xu, Yumei Jiang, Ning Wang, Bing Xia, Yilong Jiang, Xiaodan Li, Zhengzhi Zhang, Yikui Li, Ren Wang
BACKGROUND: Lycoris aurea is a medicine-valuable and ornamental herb widely distributed in China. Former studied have showed that methyl jasmonate (MJ) treatment could increase the content of glanthamine-a worldwide medicine for symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer's disease in genus Lycoris plants. To explore the possible role of miRNAs in the regulation of jasmonic acid signaling pathway and uncover their potential correlations, we investigated the expression profiles of small RNAs (sRNAs) and their targets in Lycoris aurea, with MJ treatment by using next-generation deep sequencing...
October 10, 2016: BMC Genomics
Matthias Heringlake, Efstratios I Charitos, Kira Erber, Astrid Ellen Berggreen, Hermann Heinze, Hauke Paarmann
BACKGROUND: Growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) is an emerging humoral marker for risk stratification in cardiovascular disease. Cardiac-surgery-associated acute kidney injury (CSA-AKI), an important complication in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, is associated with poor prognosis. The present secondary analysis of an observational cohort study aimed to determine the role of GDF-15 in predicting CSA-AKI compared with the Cleveland-Clinic Acute Renal Failure (CC-ARF) score and a logistic regression model including variables associated with renal dysfunction...
October 8, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Miranda Arnold, Rebecca Cross, Kaela S Singleton, Stephanie Zlatic, Christopher Chapleau, Ariana P Mullin, Isaiah Rolle, Carlene C Moore, Anne Theibert, Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Victor Faundez, Jennifer Larimore
AGAP1 is an Arf1 GTPase activating protein that interacts with the vesicle-associated protein complexes adaptor protein 3 (AP-3) and Biogenesis of Lysosome Related Organelles Complex-1 (BLOC-1). Overexpression of AGAP1 in non-neuronal cells results in an accumulation of endosomal cargoes, which suggests a role in endosome-dependent traffic. In addition, AGAP1 is a candidate susceptibility gene for two neurodevelopmental disorders, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia (SZ); yet its localization and function in neurons have not been described...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Antonella Arcadu, Teng Moua
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Acute respiratory failure (ARF) in patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Recommended assessment for acute exacerbation (AE) of ILD includes exclusion of secondary causes via fibreoptic bronchoscopy. Our aim is to assess the role of bronchoscopy during ARF-ILD. METHODS: Consecutive ILD patients (2002-2014) hospitalized with ARF who underwent bronchoscopy were included. Baseline demographics, underlying ILD diagnoses and presenting clinical features were reviewed...
October 6, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
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