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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346409/prediction-of-absolute-risk-of-acute-graft-versus-host-disease-following-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
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Catherine Lee, Sebastien Haneuse, Hai-Lin Wang, Sherri Rose, Stephen R Spellman, Michael Verneris, Katharine C Hsu, Katharina Fleischhauer, Stephanie J Lee, Reza Abdi
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is the treatment of choice for a variety of hematologic malignancies and disorders. Unfortunately, acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a frequent complication of HCT. While substantial research has identified clinical, genetic and proteomic risk factors for acute GVHD, few studies have sought to develop risk prediction tools that quantify absolute risk. Such tools would be useful for: optimizing donor selection; guiding GVHD prophylaxis, post-transplant treatment and monitoring strategies; and, recruitment of patients into clinical trials...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346177/no-association-between-foxp2-rs10447760-and-schizophrenia-in-a-replication-study-of-the-chinese-han-population
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Jiajun Yin, Ningren Jia, Yansong Liu, Chunhui Jin, Fuquan Zhang, Shui Yu, Jun Wang, Jianmin Yuan
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a severe and heritable psychiatric disorder, and previous studies have shown that regulation of the forkhead-box P2 gene (FOXP2) may play a role in schizophrenia. Moreover, just a few studies have identified a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs10447760 within the gene that was a risk variant for SCZ in the Chinese Han population. METHODS: To examine whether the variant in the FOXP2 gene contributes toward SCZ susceptibility, we carried out an association analysis of the SNP rs10447760 of the FOXP2 gene in a case-control study (1405 cases, 1137 controls) from China...
January 17, 2018: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345621/the-circulating-t-helper-subsets-and-regulatory-t-cells-in-patients-with-common-variable-immunodeficiency-with-no-known-monogenic-disease
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G Azizi, A Mirshafiey, H Abolhassani, R Yazdani, F J Ansariha, M Shaghaghi, S S Mortazavi-Jahromi, F Noorbakhsh, N Rezaei, A Aghamohammadi
BACKGROUND: Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is the most common symptomatic primary immunodeficiency (PID), characterized by heterogeneous clinical manifestations and defects in B- and T- cells. In the present study, we investigated the T helper (Th) cell subsets and regulatory T (Treg) cells, and their related cytokines and transcription factors in the CVID patients with no definite genetic diagnosis. METHODS: The study population comprised 13 CVID patients and 13 healthy controls (HC)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345597/pediatric-markers-of-adult-cardiovascular-disease
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Micah Olson, Melissa Chambers, Gabe Shaibi
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in the United States . Atherosclerotic CV events do not occur until adulthood, except in the context of rare genetic disorders such as homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia. However, the atherogenic process that leads to CVD begins in childhood and progresses throughout the lifespan . The degree of atherosclerosis early in life is associated with established risk factors for CVD (e.g. family history, obesity, dyslipidemia), indicating that the development and progression of atherosclerosis in childhood is driven by genetic as well as environmental factors...
January 16, 2018: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345518/bacterial-pathogenesis-and-interleukin-17-interconnecting-mechanisms-of-immune-regulation-host-genetics-and-microbial-virulence-that-influence-severity-of-infection
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Michelle N Chamoun, Antje Blumenthal, Matthew J Sullivan, Mark A Schembri, Glen C Ulett
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine involved in the control of many different disorders, including autoimmune, oncogenic, and diverse infectious diseases. In the context of infectious diseases, IL-17 protects the host against various classes of microorganisms but, intriguingly, can also exacerbate the severity of some infections. The regulation of IL-17 expression stems, in part, from the activity of Interleukin-23 (IL-23), which drives the maturation of different classes of IL-17-producing cells that can alter the course of infection...
January 18, 2018: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345424/a-fluorescence-based-sensor-assay-that-monitors-general-protein-aggregation-in-human-cells
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Marisa Pereira, Diogo Tomé, Ana S Domingues, Ana S Varanda, Cristiana Paulo, Manuel A S Santos, Ana R Soares
Protein conformational disorders are characterized by disruption of protein folding and toxic accumulation of protein aggregates. Here we describe a sensitive and simple method to follow and monitor general protein aggregation in human cells. Heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) is an oligomeric small heat shock protein that binds and keeps unfolded proteins in a folding competent state. This high specificity of HSP27 for aggregated proteins can be explored to monitor aggregation in living cells by fusing it to a fluorescent protein as Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)...
January 18, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345394/viruses-as-key-modulators-of-the-tgf-%C3%AE-pathway-a-double-edged-sword-involved-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Habibollah Mirzaei, Ebrahim Faghihloo
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling pathway is a key network in cell signaling that controls vital processes such as proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, and migration, thus acting as a double-edged sword in normal development and diseases, in particular organ fibrosis, vascular disorders, and cancer. Early in tumorigenesis, the pathway exerts anti-tumor effects through suppressing cell cycle and inducing apoptosis, while during late stages, it functions as a tumor promoter by enhancing tumor invasiveness and metastasis...
January 18, 2018: Reviews in Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345055/npas4-deficiency-interacts-with-adolescent-stress-to-disrupt-prefrontal-gabaergic-maturation-and-adult-cognitive-flexibility
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Chloe Page, Jonathan Alexander, Ryan Shepard, Laurence Coutellier
Healthy cognitive and emotional functioning relies on a balance between excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission in the prefrontal cortex. This balance is largely established during early postnatal and adolescent developmental periods by maturation of the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system, including increased density of parvalbumin cells and perineuronal nets. Genetic and/or environmental factors during adolescence can disrupt GABAergic maturation and lead to behavioral dysfunction in adulthood. The present study examined the interaction between chronic mild stress during adolescence and genetic deficiency of neuronal PAS domain 4 (Npas4), a brain-specific transcription factor that regulates inhibitory neurotransmission and that contributes to adolescent prefrontal GABAergic maturation...
January 18, 2018: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344929/pla2g6-deficiency-in-zebrafish-leads-to-dopaminergic-cell-death-axonal-degeneration-increased-%C3%AE-synuclein-expression-and-defects-in-brain-functions-and-pathways
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Elena Sánchez, Luis J Azcona, Coro Paisán-Ruiz
This study aimed to gain insights into the pathophysiology underlying PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration that is implicated in three different neurological disorders, suggesting that other, unknown genetic or environmental factors might contribute to its wide phenotypic expression. To accomplish this, we downregulated the function of pla2g6 in the zebrafish nervous system, performed parkinsonism-related phenotypic characterization, and determined the effects of gene regulation upon the loss of pla2g6 function by using RNA sequencing and downstream analyses...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344858/laser-capture-microdissection-as-a-tool-to-study-the-mucosal-immune-response-in-celiac-disease
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Giuseppe Iacomino, Vera Rotondi Aufiero, Pasquale Marena, Antonella Venezia, Riccardo Troncone, Salvatore Auricchio, Giuseppe Mazzarella
Laser capture microdissection (LCM) is a powerful tool for selection and isolation of single cells or compartments from complex primary tissues to perform molecular analyses. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. Increased intraepithelial lymphocytes and the presence of the lamina propria inflammatory infiltrate of the duodenal mucosa is a common part of the disease. These cells promote inflammatory processes through the release of cytokines...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344653/a-novel-variant-of-osteogenesis-imperfecta-type-iv-and-low-serum-phosphorus-level-caused-by-a-val94asp-mutation-in-col1a1
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Qi Yang, Hong Xu, Jinsi Luo, Qinle Zhang, Bobo Xie, Sheng Yi, Xiuliang Rong, Jin Wang, Zailong Qin, Tingting Jiang, Li Lin, Yangjin Zuo, Xin Fan
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a rare congenital disorder characterized by bone fragility and fractures, and associated with bone deformity, short stature, dentin, ligament and blue‑gray eye sclera. OI is caused by a heterozygous mutation in collagen α‑1(I) chain (COL1A1) or collagen α‑2(I) chain (COL1A2) genes that encode α chains of type I collagen. Collagen α chain peptide contains an N‑propeptide, which has a role in assembly and processing of collagen. Point mutations in the N‑propeptide domain appear to trigger OI...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344503/genetics-of-magnesium-disorders
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REVIEW
Heng Li, Shiren Sun, Jianghua Chen, Goushuang Xu, Hanmin Wang, Qi Qian
Background: Magnesium (Mg2+), the second most abundant cation in the cell, is woven into a multitude of cellular functions. Dysmagnesemia is associated with multiple diseases and, when severe, can be life-threatening. Summary: This review discusses Mg2+ homeostasis and function with specific focus on renal Mg2+ handling. Intrarenal channels and transporters related to Mg2+ absorption are discussed. Unraveling the rare genetic diseases with manifestations of dysmagnesemia has greatly increased our understanding of the complex and intricate regulatory network in the kidney, specifically, functions of tight junction proteins including claudin-14, -16, -19, and -10; apical ion channels including: TRPM6, Kv1...
December 2017: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344314/aberrant-expression-and-dna-methylation-of-lipid-metabolism-genes-in-pcos-a-new-insight-into-its-pathogenesis
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Jie-Xue Pan, Ya-Jing Tan, Fang-Fang Wang, Ning-Ning Hou, Yu-Qian Xiang, Jun-Yu Zhang, Ye Liu, Fan Qu, Qing Meng, Jian Xu, Jian-Zhong Sheng, He-Feng Huang
Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), whose etiology remains uncertain, is a highly heterogenous and genetically complex endocrine disorder. The aim of this study was to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in granulosa cells (GCs) from PCOS patients and make epigenetic insights into the pathogenesis of PCOS. Results: Included in this study were 110 women with PCOS and 119 women with normal ovulatory cycles undergoing in vitro fertilization acting as the control group...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344005/biological-clocks-their-relevance-to-immune-allergic-diseases
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REVIEW
Roberto Paganelli, Claudia Petrarca, Mario Di Gioacchino
The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, awarded for the discoveries made in the past 15 years on the genetic and molecular mechanisms regulating many physiological functions, has renewed the attention to the importance of circadian rhythms. These originate from a central pacemaker in the suprachiasmatic nucleus in the brain, photoentrained via direct connection with melanopsin containing, intrinsically light-sensitive retinal ganglion cells, and it projects to periphery, thus creating an inner circadian rhythm...
2018: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343972/targeting-histone-methyltransferase-and-demethylase-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-therapy
#15
REVIEW
Germana Castelli, Elvira Pelosi, Ugo Testa
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a clonal disorder of myeloid progenitors characterized by the acquisition of chromosomal abnormalities, somatic mutations, and epigenetic changes that determine a consistent degree of biological and clinical heterogeneity. Advances in genomic technologies have increasingly shown the complexity and heterogeneity of genetic and epigenetic alterations in AML. Among the genetic alterations occurring in AML, frequent are the genetic alterations at the level of various genes involved in the epigenetic control of the DNA methylome and histone methylome...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343513/using-genetic-buffering-relationships-identified-in-fission-yeast-to-reveal-susceptibilities-in-cells-lacking-hamartin-or-tuberin-function
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Ashyad Rayhan, Adam Faller, Ryan Chevalier, Alannah Mattice, Jim Karagiannis
Tuberous sclerosis complex is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by benign tumors arising from the abnormal activation of mTOR signaling in cells lacking TSC1 (hamartin) or TSC2 (tuberin) activity. To expand the genetic framework surrounding this group of growth regulators, we utilized the model eukaryote Schizosaccharomyces pombe to uncover and characterize genes that buffer the phenotypic effects of mutations in the orthologous tsc1 or tsc2 loci. Our study identified two genes: fft3 (encoding a DNA helicase) and ypa1 (encoding a peptidyle-prolyl cis/trans isomerase)...
January 17, 2018: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343286/diagnosis-and-management-of-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-in-japan-red-flag-symptom-clusters-and-treatment-algorithm
#17
REVIEW
Yoshiki Sekijima, Mitsuharu Ueda, Haruki Koike, Sonoko Misawa, Tomonori Ishii, Yukio Ando
Hereditary ATTR (ATTRm) amyloidosis (also called transthyretin-type familial amyloid polyneuropathy [ATTR-FAP]) is an autosomal-dominant, adult-onset, rare systemic disorder predominantly characterized by irreversible, progressive, and persistent peripheral nerve damage. TTR gene mutations (e.g. replacement of valine with methionine at position 30 [Val30Met (p.Val50Met)]) lead to destabilization and dissociation of TTR tetramers into variant TTR monomers, which form amyloid fibrils that deposit in peripheral nerves and various organs, giving rise to peripheral and autonomic neuropathy and several non-disease specific symptoms...
January 17, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343077/delayed-onset-of-sleep-in-adolescents-with-pax6-haploinsufficiency
#18
Alyson E Hanish, Joan C Han
OBJECTIVE: PAX6 haploinsufficiency ( +/-) can occur due to mutations involving only PAX6 in patients with isolated aniridia or as contiguous gene deletions in patients with Wilms tumor, aniridia, genitourinary anomalies, and range of developmental and intellectual disabilities syndrome. Given the role of PAX6 in pineal development and circadian regulation, adolescents with PAX6+/- may experience sleep-wake disturbances. The purpose of this observational study was to explore sleep-related phenotypes in adolescents with PAX6+/-...
January 1, 2018: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342922/can-egcg-alleviate-symptoms-of-down-syndrome-by-altering-proteolytic-activity
#19
REVIEW
Marzena Wyganowska-Świątkowska, Maja Matthews-Kozanecka, Teresa Matthews-Brzozowska, Ewa Skrzypczak-Jankun, Jerzy Jankun
Down syndrome (DS), also known as "trisomy 21", is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. Silencing these extra genes is beyond existing technology and seems to be impractical. A number of pharmacologic options have been proposed to change the quality of life and lifespan of individuals with DS. It was reported that treatment with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) improves cognitive performance in animal models and in humans, suggesting that EGCG may alleviate symptoms of DS...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342921/rna-targeted-therapies-and-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#20
REVIEW
Stéphane Mathis, Gwendal Le Masson
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal motor disease in adults. Its pathophysiology remains mysterious, but tremendous advances have been made with the discovery of the most frequent mutations of its more common familial form linked to the C9ORF72 gene. Although most cases are still considered sporadic, these genetic mutations have revealed the role of RNA production, processing and transport in ALS, and may be important players in all ALS forms. There are no disease-modifying treatments for adult human neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS...
January 15, 2018: Biomedicines
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