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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914074/common-challenges-in-studying-the-structure-and-function-of-bacterial-proteins-case-studies-from-helicobacter-pylori
#1
Daniel A Bonsor, Eric J Sundberg
Employing biophysical and structural methods is a powerful way to elucidate mechanisms of molecular recognition in bacterial pathogenesis. Such studies invariably depend on the production of pure, folded and stable proteins. Many proteins that can be expressed recombinantly ultimately fail to meet one or more of these criteria. The cag proteins from Helicobacter pylori form a secretion system that delivers the oncoprotein, CagA, into human gastric epithelial cells through an interaction between CagL and host cell integrins, where it can cause gastric adenocarcinoma...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913793/inflammatory-signaling-pathways-induced-by-helicobacter-pylori-in-primary-human-gastric-epithelial-cells
#2
Cong Tri Tran, Magali Garcia, Martine Garnier, Christophe Burucoa, Charles Bodet
Inflammatory signaling pathways induced by Helicobacter pylori remain unclear, having been studied mostly on cell-line models derived from gastric adenocarcinoma with potentially altered signaling pathways and nonfunctional receptors. Here, H. pylori-induced signaling pathways were investigated in primary human gastric epithelial cells. Inflammatory response was analyzed on chemokine mRNA expression and production after infection of gastric epithelial cells by H. pylori strains, B128 and B128ΔcagM, a cag type IV secretion system defective strain...
December 1, 2016: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913616/genetic-contributors-to-intergenerational-cag-repeat-instability-in-huntington-s-disease-knock-in-mice
#3
João Luís Neto, Jong-Min Lee, Ali Afridi, Tammy Gillis, Jolene R Guide, Stephani Dempsey, Brenda Lager, Isabel Alonso, Vanessa C Wheeler, Ricardo Mouro Pinto
Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by the expansion of a CAG trinucleotide repeat in exon 1 of the HTT gene. Longer repeat sizes are associated with increased disease penetrance and earlier ages of onset. Intergenerationally unstable transmissions are common in Huntington's disease families, partly underlying the genetic anticipation seen in this disorder. Huntington's disease CAG knock-in mouse models also exhibit a propensity for intergenerational repeat size changes. In this work, we examine intergenerational instability of the CAG repeat in over 20,000 transmissions in the largest Huntington's disease knock-in mouse model breeding datasets reported to date...
December 2, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913290/early-and-brain-region-specific-decrease-of-de-novo-cholesterol-biosynthesis-in-huntington-s-disease-a-cross-validation-study-in-q175-knock-in-mice
#4
Mahalakshmi Shankaran, Eleonora Di Paolo, Valerio Leoni, Claudio Caccia, Costanza Ferrari Bardile, Hussein Mohammed, Stefano Di Donato, Seung Kwak, Deanna Marchionini, Scott Turner, Elena Cattaneo, Marta Valenza
Cholesterol precursors and cholesterol levels are reduced in brain regions of Huntington's disease (HD) mice. Here we quantified the rate of in vivo de novo cholesterol biosynthesis in the HD brain. Samples from different brain regions and blood of the heterozygous knock-in mouse model carrying 175 CAG repeats (Q175) at different phenotypic stages were processed independently by two research units to quantify cholesterol synthesis rate by (2)H2O labeling and measure the concentrations of lathosterol, cholesterol and its brain-specific cholesterol catabolite 24-hydroxy-cholesterol (24OHC) by isotope dilution mass spectrometry...
November 29, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913212/vcp-cooperates-with-ubxd1-to-degrade-mitochondrial-outer-membrane-protein-mcl1-in-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#5
Xing Guo, Xin Qi
Proteasome-dependent turnover of mitochondrial outer membrane (OMM)-associated proteins is one of the mechanisms for maintaining proper mitochondrial quality and function. However, the underlying pathways and their implications in human disease are poorly understood. Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal, inherited neurodegenerative disorder caused by expanded CAG repeats in the N terminal of the huntingtin gene (mutant Huntingtin, mtHtt). In this study, we show an extensive degradation of the OMM protein MCL1 (Myeloid cell leukemia sequence 1) in both HD mouse striatal cells and HD patient fibroblasts...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912201/anxiety-levels-of-patients-undergoing-coronary-procedures-in-the-catheterization-laboratory
#6
Ronak Delewi, Wieneke Vlastra, Wim J Rohling, Tineke C Wagenaar, Max Zwemstra, Martin G Meesterman, Marije M Vis, Joanna J Wykrzykowska, Karel T Koch, Robbert J de Winter, Jan Baan, Jan J Piek, Mirjam A G Sprangers, José P S Henriques
BACKGROUND: High levels of anxiety are associated with worse outcomes in coronary artery disease patients. Little is known about anxiety levels in patients undergoing coronary procedures. Our objective is to examine the levels of anxiety in patients undergoing coronary angiography (CAG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) during the different phases of hospital stay and to evaluate which patient characteristics are associated with increased anxiety. METHODS: Patients undergoing CAG or PCI between April 2009 and April 2010 were included in this prospective cohort study...
November 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910134/effectiveness-of-handmade-jacky-like-catheter-as-a-single-multipurpose-catheter-in-transradial-coronary-angiography-a-randomized-comparison-with-conventional-two-catheter-strategy
#7
Ismail Erden, Ebru Golcuk, Serdar Bozyel, Emine Cakcak Erden, Yakup Balaban, Kivanc Yalın, Burak Turan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate safety and efficacy of specialized hand-modified "Jacky-Like" catheter (JLC) as a single dual-purpose catheter in transradial coronary angiography. METHODS: Patients over 18 years undergoing diagnostic CAG through right radial artery (RRA) were prospectively enrolled. Procedures were performed with a single JLC modified from a left Judkins (JL) 3.5 catheter or by using 2-catheter approach (2C). Procedures with coronary artery bypass grafts or ventricular angiographies were excluded from the study...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906441/ten-years-experience-with-breast-reconstruction-after-salvage-mastectomy-in-previously-irradiated-patients-analysis-of-outcomes-satisfaction-and-well-being
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B Cagli, M Barone, E Ippolito, A Cogliandro, S Silipigni, S Ramella, P Persichetti
OBJECTIVE: Reconstruction following mastectomy offers women an opportunity to mollify some of the emotional and aesthetic effects of this devastating disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The authors reviewed the files of 83 patients who underwent immediate postmastectomy reconstruction with tissue expander between January of 2003 and June of 2012 at our hospital. The patients were divided into two groups: Group A (study group) included 30 patients with previous quadrantectomy and radiotherapy who underwent salvage mastectomy after local recurrence; Group B (control group) included 53 patients submitted to primary radical mastectomy...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899419/progressive-cl-channel-defects-reveal-disrupted-skeletal-muscle-maturation-in-r6-2-huntington-s-mice
#9
Daniel R Miranda, Monica Wong, Shannon H Romer, Cynthia McKee, Gabriela Garza-Vasquez, Alyssa C Medina, Volker Bahn, Andrew D Steele, Robert J Talmadge, Andrew A Voss
Huntington's disease (HD) patients suffer from progressive and debilitating motor dysfunction. Previously, we discovered reduced skeletal muscle chloride channel (ClC-1) currents, inwardly rectifying potassium (Kir) channel currents, and membrane capacitance in R6/2 transgenic HD mice. The ClC-1 loss-of-function correlated with increased aberrant mRNA processing and decreased levels of full-length ClC-1 mRNA (Clcn1 gene). Physiologically, the resulting muscle hyperexcitability may help explain involuntary contractions of HD...
November 29, 2016: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896316/compound-heterozygous-intermediate-mjd-alleles-cause-cerebellar-ataxia-with-sensory-neuropathy
#10
Yuji Takahashi, Masahiro Kanai, Tomoya Taminato, Shoko Watanabe, Chihiro Matsumoto, Toshiyuki Araki, Tomoko Okamoto, Masafumi Ogawa, Miho Murata
Spinocerebellar degeneration (SCD) is a group of disorders characterized by progressive ataxia caused by dysfunction and atrophy of the cerebellum or its projections. Approximately one-third of SCD cases are familial SCD, the majority of which are attributed to CAG triplet repeat expansions including spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA)1, SCA2, Machado-Joseph disease (MJD)/SCA3, SCA6, SCA8, SCA12, SCA17, and dentate-rubro-pallido-luysian atrophy (DRPLA). The triplet repeat number of the alleles representing complete penetrance varies among diseases...
February 2016: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895975/anti-helicobacter-pylori-effect-of-cag-nana-a-new-sialic-acid-derivative
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Yun-Hee Rhee, Hyun-Jeong Ku, Hye-Ji Noh, Hyang-Hyun Cho, Hee-Kyong Kim, Jin-Chul Ahn
AIM: To investigate the bactericidal effects of calcium chelated N-acetylneuraminic acid-glycomacropeptide (CaG-NANA) against Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). METHODS: For manufacture of CaG-NANA, calcium (Ca) was combined with glycomacropeptide (GMP) by chelating, and N-acetylneuraminic acid (NANA) was produced with Ca-GMP substrate by an enzymatic method. The final concentration of each component was 5% Ca, 7% NANA, 85% GMP, and 3% water. For in vitro study, various concentrations of CaG-NANA were investigated under the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC)...
November 15, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895927/expansion-mosaicism-and-interruption-mechanisms-of-the-cag-repeat-mutation-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-1
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Cara Kraus-Perrotta, Sarita Lagalwar
Spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) is an autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects the cerebellum and brainstem. The genetic mutation is an expansion of CAG trinucleotide repeats within the coding region of the ataxin-1 gene, characterizing SCA1 as a polyglutamine expansion disease like Huntington's. As with most polyglutamine expansion diseases, SCA1 follows the rules of genetic anticipation: the larger the expansion, the earlier and more rapid the symptoms. Unlike the majority of polyglutamine expansion diseases, the presence of histidine interruptions within the polyglutamine tract of ataxin-1 protein can prevent or mitigate disease...
2016: Cerebellum & Ataxias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894348/change-in-luminal-diameter-of-the-left-internal-thoracic-artery-anastomosed-to-the-totally-occluded-left-anterior-descending-coronary-artery
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Yochun Jung, Byoung Hee Ahn, Gwan Sic Kim, In Seok Jeong, Kyo Seon Lee, Sang Yun Song, Kook Joo Na, Sang Gi Oh
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with a composite Y-graft made of the left internal thoracic artery (LITA) and another arterial graft has a risk for hypoperfusion. Changes over time in the diameter of the LITA anastomosed to the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) are not known. METHODS: Data were collected for 71 patients who had undergone coronary angiography (CAG) immediately and at 1 year following off-pump CABG with a composite Y-graft made of the LITA and either the radial artery or the right gastroepiploic artery...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891114/comparative-analysis-of-two-helicobacter-pylori-strains-using-genomics-and-mass-spectrometry-based-proteomics
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Roger Karlsson, Kaisa Thorell, Shaghayegh Hosseini, Diarmuid Kenny, Carina Sihlbom, Åsa Sjöling, Anders Karlsson, Intawat Nookaew
Helicobacter pylori, a gastroenteric pathogen believed to have co-evolved with humans over 100,000 years, shows significant genetic variability. This motivates the study of different H. pylori strains and the diseases they cause in order to identify determinants for disease evolution. In this study, we used proteomics tools to compare two H. pylori strains. Nic25_A was isolated in Nicaragua from a patient with intestinal metaplasia, and P12 was isolated in Europe from a patient with duodenal ulcers. Differences in the abundance of surface proteins between the two strains were determined with two mass spectrometry-based methods, label-free quantification (MaxQuant) or the use of tandem mass tags (TMT)...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873769/androgen-receptor-gene-cag-and-ggn-repeat-lengths-as-predictors-of-recovery-of-spermatogenesis-following-testicular-germ-cell-cancer-treatment
#15
Karolina Bogefors, Yvonne Lundberg Giwercman, Jakob Eberhard, Olof Stahl, Eva Cavallin-Stahl, Gabriella Cohn-Cedermark, Stefan Arver, Aleksander Giwercman
Spermatogenesis is an androgen-regulated process that depends on the action of androgen receptor (AR). Sperm production may be affected in men treated for testicular cancer (TC), and it is important to identify the factors influencing the timing of spermatogenesis recovery following cancer treatment. It is known that the CAG and GGN repeat numbers affect the activity of the AR; therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate if the CAG and GGN polymorphisms in the AR gene predict recovery of sperm production after TC treatment...
November 18, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873085/quantitative-analysis-of-supporting-cell-subtype-labeling-among-creer-lines-in-the-neonatal-mouse-cochlea
#16
Melissa M McGovern, Joseph Brancheck, Auston C Grant, Kaley A Graves, Brandon C Cox
Four CreER lines that are commonly used in the auditory field to label cochlear supporting cells (SCs) are expressed in multiple SC subtypes, with some lines also showing reporter expression in hair cells (HCs). We hypothesized that altering the tamoxifen dose would modify CreER expression and target subsets of SCs. We also used two different reporter lines, ROSA26 (tdTomato) and CAG-eGFP, to achieve the same goal. Our results confirm previous reports that Sox2 (CreERT2) and Fgfr3-iCreER (T2) are not only expressed in neonatal SCs but also in HCs...
November 21, 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871455/episodic-ataxia-and-sca6-within-the-same-family-due-to-the-d302n-cacna1a-gene-mutation
#17
Luca Pradotto, Monica Mencarelli, Matteo Bigoni, Alessandra Milesi, Anna Di Blasio, Alessandro Mauro
Several dominant mutations of CACNA1A gene were associated with at least three different allelic disorders: spino-cerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6), episodic ataxia type 2 (EA2), and familial hemiplegic migraine-1 (FHM1). It is generally thought that loss-of-function mutations are associated with EA2, gain-of-function missense mutations with FHM1, and abnormal CAG expansions with SCA6. But, overlapping features, atypical symptoms and co-occurrence of distinct phenotypes within the same family were reported. We describe a four generation family showing different phenotypes ranging from EA2 to SCA6 and carrying the p...
December 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871242/comparison-of-coronary-arterial-lumen-dimensions-on-angiography-and-plaque-characteristics-on-optical-coherence-tomography-images-and-their-changes-induced-by-statin
#18
Nana Dong, Zulong Xie, Wei Wang, Jiannan Dai, Meng Sun, Zhongyue Pu, Jinwei Tian, Bo Yu
BACKGROUND: Coronary angiography (CAG) is widely used to assess lumen dimensions, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used to evaluate the characteristics of atherosclerotic plaque. This study was aimed to compare coronary lumen dimensions using CAG and plaque characteristics using OCT and their changes during statin therapy. METHODS: We identified 97 lipid-rich plaques from 69 statin-naïve patients, who received statin therapy in the following 12 months...
November 22, 2016: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870886/comparative-genomics-revealed-multiple-helicobacter-pylori-genes-associated-with-biofilm-formation-in-vitro
#19
Eric Hong Jian Wong, Chow Goon Ng, Eng Guan Chua, Alfred Chin Yen Tay, Fanny Peters, Barry J Marshall, Bow Ho, Khean Lee Goh, Jamuna Vadivelu, Mun Fai Loke
BACKGROUND: Biofilm formation by Helicobacter pylori may be one of the factors influencing eradication outcome. However, genetic differences between good and poor biofilm forming strains have not been studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Biofilm yield of 32 Helicobacter pylori strains (standard strain and 31 clinical strains) were determined by crystal-violet assay and grouped into poor, moderate and good biofilm forming groups. Whole genome sequencing of these 32 clinical strains was performed on the Illumina MiSeq platform...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870408/sex-specific-effects-of-the-huntington-gene-on-normal-neurodevelopment
#20
Jessica K Lee, Yue Ding, Amy L Conrad, Elena Cattaneo, Eric Epping, Kathy Mathews, Pedro Gonzalez-Alegre, Larry Cahill, Vincent Magnotta, Bradley L Schlaggar, Joel S Perlmutter, Regina E Y Kim, Jeffrey D Dawson, Peg Nopoulos
Huntington disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by a gene (HTT) with a unique feature of trinucleotide repeats ranging from 10 to 35 in healthy people; when expanded beyond 39 repeats, Huntington disease develops. Animal models demonstrate that HTT is vital to brain development; however, this has not been studied in humans. Moreover, evidence suggests that triplet repeat genes may have been vital in evolution of the human brain. Here we evaluate brain structure using magnetic resonance imaging and brain function using cognitive tests in a sample of school-aged children ages 6 to 18 years old...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
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