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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926943/the-mouse-cytomegalovirus-gene-m42-targets-surface-expression-of-the-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-cd45-in-infected-macrophages
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Nadine Thiel, Kirsten A Keyser, Niels A W Lemmermann, Jennifer D Oduro, Karen Wagner, Carina Elsner, Anne Halenius, Tihana Lenac Roviš, Melanie M Brinkmann, Stipan Jonjić, Luka Cicin-Sain, Martin Messerle
The receptor-like protein tyrosine phosphatase CD45 is expressed on the surface of cells of hematopoietic origin and has a pivotal role for the function of these cells in the immune response. Here we report that following infection of macrophages with mouse cytomegalovirus (MCMV) the cell surface expression of CD45 is drastically diminished. Screening of a set of MCMV deletion mutants allowed us to identify the viral gene m42 of being responsible for CD45 down-modulation. Moreover, expression of m42 independent of viral infection upon retroviral transduction of the RAW264...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926681/influence-of-immediate-and-delayed-lower-limb-amputation-compared-with-lower-limb-salvage-on-functional-and-mental-health-outcomes-post-rehabilitation-in-the-u-k-military
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Peter Ladlow, Rhodri Phillip, Russell Coppack, John Etherington, James Bilzon, M Polly McGuigan, Alexander N Bennett
BACKGROUND: Medical practitioners face difficult decisions over whether to amputate or to salvage a lower limb that has undergone trauma. To our knowledge, there has been little evidence reporting the impact of different surgical decisions on functional and mental health outcomes following intensive rehabilitation that might inform decision-making. METHODS: This study is a retrospective, independent-group comparison of rehabilitation outcomes from a U.K. military complex trauma rehabilitation center...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926628/variants-of-tph2-interact-with-fast-visual-processing-as-assessed-by-metacontrast
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Margus Maksimov, Mariliis Vaht, Carolina Murd, Jaanus Harro, Talis Bachmann
Sensitivity to threatening or otherwise unpleasant visual stimuli has become a widely used measure of potential vulnerability/resilience. Basically, experiments using this strategy present brief stimuli, often followed by a mask, and individuals' sensitivity is measured. However, it has not been asked whether the individual differences in threat detection or adaptive resilience associated with genetic variability-related endophenotypes might be just a function of some basic visual functions involved in processing and reporting brief visual stimuli without any emotional content...
December 6, 2016: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925688/rare-deleterious-pard3-variants-in-the-apkc-binding-region-are-implicated-in-the-pathogenesis-of-human-cranial-neural-tube-defects-via-disrupting-apical-tight-junction-formation
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Xiaoli Chen, Yu An, Yonghui Gao, Liu Guo, Lei Rui, Hua Xie, Mei Sun, Siv Lam Hung, Xiaoming Sheng, Jizhen Zou, Yihua Bao, Hongyan Guan, Bo Niu, Zandong Li, Richard H Finnell, James F Gusella, Bai-Lin Wu, Ting Zhang
Increasing evidence that mutation of planar cell polarity (PCP) genes contributes to human cranial NTD susceptibility prompted us to hypothesize that rare variants of genes in the core apical-basal polarity (ABP) pathway are risk factors for cranial NTDs. In this study, we screened for rare genomic variation of PARD3 in 138 cranial NTD cases and 274 controls. Overall, the rare deleterious variants of PARD3 were significantly associated with increased risk for cranial NTDs (11/138 vs.7/274, p<0.05, OR = 3...
December 7, 2016: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925181/estimation-of-the-tumor-size-at-cure-threshold-among-aggressive-non-small-cell-lung-cancers-nsclcs-evidence-from-the-surveillance-epidemiology-and-end-results-program-seer-and-the-national-lung-screening-trial-nlst
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Deborah L Goldwasser
The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) demonstrated that non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) mortality can be reduced by a program of annual CT screening in high-risk individuals. However, CT screening regimens and adherence vary, potentially impacting the lung cancer mortality benefit. We defined the NSCLC cure threshold as the maximum tumor size at which a given NSCLC would be curable due to early detection. We obtained data from 518,234 NSCLCs documented in the U.S. SEER cancer registry between 1988 and 2012 and 1,769 NSCLCs detected in the NLST...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924807/genetic-and-molecular-analyses-indicate-independent-effects-of-tgifs-on-nodal-and-gli3-in-neural-tube-patterning
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Kenichiro Taniguchi, Anoush E Anderson, Tiffany A Melhuish, Anne L Carlton, Arkadi Manukyan, Ann E Sutherland, David Wotton
Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is a prevalent craniofacial developmental disorder that has both genetic and environmental causes. The gene encoding TG-interacting factor 1 (TGIF1) is among those that are routinely screened in HPE patients. However, the mechanisms by which TGIF1 variants cause HPE are not fully understood. TGIF1 is a transcriptional repressor that limits the output of the Transforming Growth Factor ß (TGFß)/Nodal signaling pathway, and HPE in patients with TGIF1 variants has been suggested to be due to increased Nodal signaling...
December 7, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924559/isolation-and-characterization-of-intrinsically-active-mek-independent-mutants-of-mpk1-erk
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Tal Goshen-Lago, Dganit Melamed, Arie Admon, David Engelberg
The extracellular-regulated kinase (Erk) pathway is a major determinant in the control of diverse cellular processes, such as proliferation, differentiation, survival, and motility. The pathway executes its effects through kinases of the Erk family. Erks are not only critical for a variety of physiological processes, but are also associated with neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and a large number of human cancers. However, the exact role of each Erk molecule in these biological and pathological processes is not fully determined...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924483/rapid-generation-of-mirna-inhibitor-leads-by-bioinformatics-and-efficient-high-throughput-screening-methods
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Christopher L Haga, Sai Pradeep Velagapudi, Jessica L Childs-Disney, Jacqueline Strivelli, Matthew D Disney, Donald G Phinney
The discovery of microRNAs (miRNAs) has opened an entire new avenue for drug development. These short (15-22 nucleotides) noncoding RNAs, which function in RNA silencing and posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression, have been shown to critically affect numerous pathways in both development and disease progression. Current miRNA drug development focuses on either reintroducing the miRNA into cells through the use of a miRNA mimic or inhibiting its function via use of a synthetic antagomir. Although these methods have shown some success as therapeutics, they face challenges particularly with regard to cellular uptake and for use as systemic reagents...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924482/identification-of-small-molecule-modulators-of-microrna-by-library-screening
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Zhangang Xiao, Yangchao Chen
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) function as oncogenes or tumor suppressors and are dysregulated in cancer. miRNAs therefore represent promising therapeutic targets for cancer. Small molecules that could modulate the expression of miRNAs would thus have potential as anticancer agents. Library screening of small molecules targeting miRNAs is a useful technology platform for anticancer drug development. Here, we describe a hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell-based luciferase reporter system which could be used to screen for small molecule modulators of tumor suppressor microRNA-34a...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924481/machine-learning-approaches-toward-building-predictive-models-for-small-molecule-modulators-of-mirna-and-its-utility-in-virtual-screening-of-molecular-databases
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Vinita Periwal, Vinod Scaria
The ubiquitous role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in a number of pathological processes has suggested that they could act as potential drug targets. RNA-binding small molecules offer an attractive means for modulating miRNA function. The availability of bioassay data sets for a variety of biological assays and molecules in public domain provides a new opportunity toward utilizing them to create models and further utilize them for in silico virtual screening approaches to prioritize or assign potential functions for small molecules...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924221/targeting-mll1-h3k4-methyltransferase-activity-to-guide-cardiac-lineage-specific-reprogramming-of-fibroblasts
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Liu Liu, Ienglam Lei, Hacer Karatas, Yangbing Li, Li Wang, Leonid Gnatovskiy, Yali Dou, Shaomeng Wang, Li Qian, Zhong Wang
Generation of induced cardiomyocytes (iCMs) directly from fibroblasts offers a great opportunity for cardiac disease modeling and cardiac regeneration. A major challenge of iCM generation is the low conversion rate. To address this issue, we attempted to identify small molecules that could potentiate the reprogramming ability towards cardiac fate by removing inhibitory roadblocks. Using mouse embryonic fibroblasts as the starting cell source, we first screened 47 cardiac development related epigenetic and transcription factors, and identified an unexpected role of H3K4 methyltransferase Mll1 and related factor Men1 in inhibiting iCM reprogramming...
2016: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924216/atrial-fibrillation-management-in-older-heart-failure-patients-a-complex-clinical-problem
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REVIEW
Giovanni Pulignano, Donatella Del Sindaco, Maria Denitza Tinti, Stefano Tolone, Giovanni Minardi, Antonio Lax, Massimo Uguccioni
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF), two problems of growing prevalence as a consequence of the ageing population, are associated with high morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. AF and HF also share common risk factors and pathophysiologic processes such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, and valvular heart disease often occur together. Although elderly patients with both HF and AF are affected by worse symptoms and poorer prognosis, there is a paucity of data on appropriate management of these patients...
January 2016: Heart International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924039/flyrnai-org-the-database-of-the-drosophila-rnai-screening-center-and-transgenic-rnai-project-2017-update
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Yanhui Hu, Aram Comjean, Charles Roesel, Arunachalam Vinayagam, Ian Flockhart, Jonathan Zirin, Lizabeth Perkins, Norbert Perrimon, Stephanie E Mohr
The FlyRNAi database of the Drosophila RNAi Screening Center (DRSC) and Transgenic RNAi Project (TRiP) at Harvard Medical School and associated DRSC/TRiP Functional Genomics Resources website (http://fgr.hms.harvard.edu) serve as a reagent production tracking system, screen data repository, and portal to the community. Through this portal, we make available protocols, online tools, and other resources useful to researchers at all stages of high-throughput functional genomics screening, from assay design and reagent identification to data analysis and interpretation...
October 23, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923918/identification-of-bicarbonate-as-a-trigger-and-genes-involved-with-extracellular-dna-export-in-mycobacterial-biofilms
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Sasha J Rose, Luiz E Bermudez
: Extracellular DNA (eDNA) is an integral biofilm matrix component of numerous pathogens, including nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Cell lysis is the source of eDNA in certain bacteria, but the source of eDNA remains unidentified for NTM, as well as for other eDNA-containing bacterial species. In this study, conditions affecting eDNA export were examined, and genes involved with the eDNA export mechanism were identified. After a method for monitoring eDNA in real time in undisturbed biofilms was established, different conditions affecting eDNA were investigated...
December 6, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923786/retinal-microvascular-network-alterations-potential-biomarkers-of-cerebrovascular-and-neural-diseases
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Delia Cabrera DeBuc, Gabor Mark Somfai, Akos Koller
Increasing evidence suggests that the conditions of retinal microvessels are indicators to a variety of cerebrovascular, neurodegenerative, psychiatric and developmental diseases. Thus, non-invasive visualization of the human retinal microcirculation offers an exceptional opportunity for the investigation of not only the retinal but also cerebral microvasculature. In this review, we show how the conditions of the retinal microvessels could be used to assess the conditions of brain microvessels because of the microvascular network of the retina and brain share in many aspects standard features in development, morphology, function and pathophysiology...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923425/sleep-disturbances-in-individuals-with-phelan-mcdermid-syndrome-correlation-with-caregivers-sleep-quality-and-daytime-functioning
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Della Bro, Ruth O'Hara, Michelle Primeau, Andrea Hanson-Kahn, Joachim Hallmayer, Jonathan A Bernstein
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were: to document sleep disturbances in individuals with Phelan-McDermid syndrome, to assess whether these individuals had been evaluated for sleep disorders, and to examine relationships between the sleep behavior of these individuals and the sleep behavior and daytime functioning of their caregivers. METHODS: Participants were 193 caregivers of individuals with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome recruited by the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation...
November 28, 2016: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923191/a-highly-specific-ratiometric-two-photon-fluorescent-probe-to-detect-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-in-plasma-and-living-systems
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Li-Wei Zou, Ping Wang, Xing-Kai Qian, Lei Feng, Yang Yu, Dan-Dan Wang, Qiang Jin, Jie Hou, Zhi-Hong Liu, Guang-Bo Ge, Ling Yang
In this study, a highly specific ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe GP-BAN was developed and well-characterized to monitor dipeptidyl peptidase IV in plasma and living systems. GP-BAN was designed on the basis of the catalytic properties and substrate preference of DPP-IV, and it could be readily hydrolyzed upon addition of DPP-IV under physiological conditions. Both reaction phenotyping and inhibition assays demonstrated that GP-BAN displayed good reactivity and high selectivity towards DPP-IV over other human serine hydrolases including FAP, DPP-VIII, and DPP-IX...
November 30, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923109/generation-of-domain-specific-monoclonal-antibodies-against-human-glutaredoxin3
#18
Xin Dai, Yanqing Li, Xiaohong Sun, Kai Cai, Qinwen Mao, Haibin Xia
Human Glutaredoxin3 (hGLRX3), which encodes a 37.4 kDa protein, possesses an N-terminal Trx homology domain followed by two tandem repeats of Grx domains. GLRX3 is expressed in many tissues and plays important roles in iron metabolism, antioxidant effect, cell proliferation and development, regulation of immune reaction, and tumorigenesis. The mechanisms underlying the biological function of GLRX3 are still not clear. To facilitate the functional research of GLRX3, in this study, monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against hGLRX3 were produced by using purified prokaryotic recombinant 6His-hGLRX3 fusion protein as the immunogen...
December 6, 2016: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923069/characterization-in-helicobacter-pylori-of-a-nickel-transporter-essential-for-colonization-that-was-acquired-during-evolution-by-gastric-helicobacter-species
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Frédéric Fischer, Marie Robbe-Saule, Evelyne Turlin, Francesco Mancuso, Valérie Michel, Pierre Richaud, Frédéric J Veyrier, Hilde De Reuse, Daniel Vinella
Metal acquisition is crucial for all cells and for the virulence of many bacterial pathogens. In particular, nickel is a virulence determinant for the human gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori as it is the cofactor of two enzymes essential for in vivo colonization, urease and a [NiFe] hydrogenase. To import nickel despite its scarcity in the human body, H. pylori requires efficient uptake mechanisms that are only partially defined. Indeed, alternative ways of nickel entry were predicted to exist in addition to the well-described NixA permease...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922680/identification-of-key-genes-induced-by-platelet-rich-plasma-in-human-dermal-papilla-cells-using-bioinformatics-methods
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Haiyan Shen, Hanxiao Cheng, Haihua Chen, Jufang Zhang
Dermal papilla cells (DPCs) are located at the base of hair follicles, and are known to induce hair follicle regeneration. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) functions in hair follicle regeneration. To investigate the influence of PRP on DPCs, the present study analyzed RNA‑seq data of human hair dermal papilla cells (HHDPCs) that were treated or untreated by PRP. The data included in the RNA‑seq were from two normal and two treated HHDPC samples. Following identification by Cuffdiff software, differentially expressed genes (DEGs) underwent enrichment analyses, and protein-protein interaction networks were constructed using Cytoscape software...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
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