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Agnieszka Fiszer, Marianna E Ellison-Klimontowicz, Wlodzimierz J Krzyzosiak
Polyglutamine (polyQ) diseases comprise a group of nine genetic disorders that are caused by the expansion of the CAG triplet repeat, which encodes glutamine, in unrelated single genes. Various oligonucleotide (ON)-based therapeutic approaches have been considered for polyQ diseases. The very attractive CAG repeat-targeting strategy offers selective silencing of the mutant allele by directly targeting the mutation site. CAG repeat-targeting miRNA-like siRNAs have been shown to specifically inhibit the mutant gene expression, and their characteristic feature is the formation of mismatches in their interactions with the target site...
October 21, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Tobias Wiedemann, Stefan Hofbaur, Eva Loell, Gabriele Rieder
Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is a potent neutrophil-activating chemokine which triggers the infiltration and migration of neutrophils into areas of bacterial infection. Helicobacter pylori-infected patient studies as well as animal models have revealed that H. pylori type I strains carrying an intact cytotoxin-associated gene pathogenicity island (cag-PAI) with a functional type IV secretion system (T4SS) induce IL-8 expression and secretion in gastric mucosa. This gastric mucosal IL-8 expression correlates with severe histological changes due to H...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology
Matthew Gordon Varga, Maria Blanca Piazuelo, Judith Romero-Gallo, Alberto G Delgado, Giovanni Suarez, Morgan E Whitaker, Uma S Krishna, Rachna V Patel, Eric P Skaar, Keith T Wilson, Holly M Scott Algood, Richard M Peek
Helicobacter pylori induces chronic gastritis in humans and infection can persist for decades. One H. pylori strain-specific constituent that augments disease risk is the cag pathogenicity island. The cag island encodes a type IV secretion system (T4SS) that translocates DNA into host cells. Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) is an innate immune receptor that detects hypo-methylated CpG DNA motifs. In this study, we sought to define the role of the H. pylori cag T4SS on TLR9-mediated responses in vivo H. pylori strain PMSS1 or its cagE(-) mutant, which fails to assemble a T4SS, were used to infect wild-type or Tlr9(-/-) C57BL/6 mice...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Hack-Lyoung Kim, Myung-A Kim, Wan-Joo Shim, Mina Kim, Seong Mi Park, Mi Seung Shin, Kyung-Soon Hong, Yong Hyun Kim, Hyun Ju Yoon, Gil Ja Shin, Kyoung Im Cho
OBJECTIVE: Data from systemic evaluation of the influence of each component of blood pressure (BP) on various target organ damages (TODs) has been limited. This study was performed to elucidate which BP component was associated with TODs in patients with high risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). DESIGN AND METHOD: Study data were obtained from a nation-wide registry, composed of 652 patiens (471 women with 58.4 ± 10.5 year old) with suspected CAD who underwent invasive coronary angiography (CAG)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Toshihiro Shoji, Sho Okada, Yuji Ohno, Atsushi Nakagomi, Yoshihide Fujimoto, Yosihio Kobayashi
OBJECTIVE: Pulse wave velocity is a non-invasive method that is useful not only for estimating arterial stiffness but also screening cardiovascular events in the general population. Upstroke time (UT) and % mean artery pressure (% MAP) are novel, adjunctive indices for arterial stiffness that are derived from morphology analysis of the pulse wave during brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) measurement. Several studies have shown the association between UT and coronary artery calcification score as assessed by multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Russell L Margolis, Dobrila D Rudnicki
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Huntington's disease-like 2 (HDL2) is a rare, progressive, autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder that genetically, clinically, and pathologically closely resembles Huntington's disease. We review HDL2 pathogenic mechanisms and examine the implications of these mechanisms for Huntington's disease and related diseases. RECENT FINDINGS: HDL2 is caused by a CTG/CAG repeat expansion in junctophilin-3. Available data from cell and animal models and human brain suggest that HDL2 is a complex disease in which transcripts and proteins expressed bidirectionally from the junctophilin-3 locus contribute to pathogenesis through both gain-and loss-of-function mechanisms...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
Shuai-Yin Chen, Rong-Guang Zhang, Guang-Cai Duan
Infection with Helicobacter pylori is the strongest risk factor for the development of chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer and gastric carcinoma. The majority of the H. pylori-infected population remains asymptomatic, and only 1% of individuals may progress to gastric cancer. The clinical outcomes caused by H. pylori infection are considered to be associated with bacterial virulence, genetic polymorphism of hosts as well as environmental factors. Most H. pylori strains possess a cytotoxin-associated gene (cag) pathogenicity island (cagPAI), encoding a 120-140 kDa CagA protein, which is the most important bacterial oncoprotein...
October 4, 2016: Oncology Reports
Anahita Javaheri, Tobias Kruse, Kristof Moonens, Raquel Mejías-Luque, Ayla Debraekeleer, Carmen I Asche, Nicole Tegtmeyer, Behnam Kalali, Nina C Bach, Stephan A Sieber, Darryl J Hill, Verena Königer, Christof R Hauck, Roman Moskalenko, Rainer Haas, Dirk H Busch, Esther Klaile, Hortense Slevogt, Alexej Schmidt, Steffen Backert, Han Remaut, Bernhard B Singer, Markus Gerhard
Helicobacter pylori specifically colonizes the human gastric epithelium and is the major causative agent for ulcer disease and gastric cancer development. Here, we identify members of the carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule (CEACAM) family as receptors of H. pylori and show that HopQ is the surface-exposed adhesin that specifically binds human CEACAM1, CEACAM3, CEACAM5 and CEACAM6. HopQ-CEACAM binding is glycan-independent and targeted to the N-domain. H. pylori binding induces CEACAM1-mediated signalling, and the HopQ-CEACAM1 interaction enables translocation of the virulence factor CagA into host cells and enhances the release of pro-inflammatory mediators such as interleukin-8...
October 17, 2016: Nature Microbiology
Verena Königer, Lea Holsten, Ute Harrison, Benjamin Busch, Eva Loell, Qing Zhao, Daniel A Bonsor, Alexandra Roth, Arnaud Kengmo-Tchoupa, Stella I Smith, Susanna Mueller, Eric J Sundberg, Wolfgang Zimmermann, Wolfgang Fischer, Christof R Hauck, Rainer Haas
Helicobacter pylori (Hp) strains that carry the cag type IV secretion system (cag-T4SS) to inject the cytotoxin-associated antigen A (CagA) into host cells are associated with peptic ulcer disease and gastric adenocarcinoma. CagA translocation by Hp is mediated by β1 integrin interaction of the cag-T4SS. However, other cellular receptors or bacterial outer membrane adhesins essential for this process are unknown. Here, we identify the HopQ protein as a genuine Hp adhesin, exploiting defined members of the carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule family (CEACAMs) as host cell receptors...
October 17, 2016: Nature Microbiology
Rachael L Cohen, Russell L Margolis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spinocerebellar ataxia type 12 (SCA12) is a rare autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disease characterized by tremor, gait abnormalities, and neuropsychiatric syndromes. The location of the causative CAG/CTG expansion mutation in PPP2R2B, a gene encoding regulatory units of the protein phosphatase 2A, may provide unique insights into the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration. RECENT FINDINGS: The first neuropathological examination of a brain from an SCA12 patient revealed both cerebellar and cerebral cortical atrophy, with a noted loss of Purkinje cells and no evidence of polyglutamine aggregates...
September 29, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
Haiyan Zhu, Xuejie Zhu, Lihong Zheng, Xiaoli Hu, LuZhe Sun, Xueqiong Zhu
Ovarian cancer is the major cause of death in women with gynecologic malignancies. There is emerging evidence that Androgen/androgen receptor (AR) signaling plays a critical role in the etiology and progression of this disease. Androgen receptor is frequently expressed in various subtypes of ovarian cancers and androgen/AR signaling has been shown to promote proliferation, migration, and invasion of ovarian cancer cells. Furthermore, shorter AR CAG repeats length and increased AR activity are associated with increased ovarian cancer risk and may be a useful prognosticator under certain circumstances...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Kimberly A Quaid, Shirley W Eberly, Elise Kayson-Rubin, David Oakes, Ira Shoulson
Huntington disease (HD) is a late onset ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG triplet repeat expansion in the Huntingtin gene which was discovered in 1993. The PHAROS study is a unique observational study of 1001 individuals at risk for HD who had not been previously tested for HD and who had no plans to do so. In this cohort, 104 (10%) individuals changed their minds and chose to be tested during the course of the study but outside of the study protocol. Baseline behavioral scores, especially apathy, were more strongly associated with later genetic testing than motor and chorea scores, particularly among subjects with expanded CAG repeat length...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Chih-Ho Lai, Ju-Chun Huang, Chuan Chiang-Ni, Ju-Pi Li, Lii-Tzu Wu, Hua-Shan Wu, Yu-Chen Sun, Mei-Ling Lin, Ju-Fang Lee, Hwai-Jeng Lin
Background. Persistent Helicobacter pylori infection may induce several upper gastrointestinal diseases. Two major virulence factors of H. pylori, vacuolating cytotoxin A (VacA) and cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA), are thought to be associated with the severity of disease progression. The distribution of vacA and cag-pathogenicity island (cag-PAI) alleles varies in H. pylori isolated from patients in different geographic regions. Aim. To assess the association between mixed infection of H. pylori clinical isolates from Taiwanese patients and the severity of gastrointestinal diseases...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Min Jae Kang, Jeong Seon Lee, Hwa Young Kim, Hae Woon Jung, Young Ah Lee, Sun Hee Lee, Ji-Young Seo, Jae Hyun Kim, Hye Rim Chung, Se Young Kim, Choong Ho Shin, Sei Won Yang
The CAG repeat length of the androgen receptor (AR) gene, which exhibits an inverse relationship to AR sensitivity, might influence the development of the pubarche along with hyperandrogenemia. There are ethnic differences in the AR CAG repeat length, however, no Asian studies on premature pubarche (PP) have been reported, including Korea. Our objectives were to examine the hormone levels and AR CAG repeat length, and to assess their contributions to PP in Korean girls. Subjects with PP (n=16) and normal pubarche (NP, n=16), and normal controls (NC, n=16) were enrolled...
October 6, 2016: Endocrine Journal
Laura Rué, Mónica Bañez-Coronel, Jordi Creus-Muncunill, Albert Giralt, Rafael Alcalá-Vida, Gartze Mentxaka, Birgit Kagerbauer, M Teresa Zomeño-Abellán, Zeus Aranda, Veronica Venturi, Esther Pérez-Navarro, Xavier Estivill, Eulàlia Martí
Huntington's disease (HD) is a polyglutamine disorder caused by a CAG expansion in the Huntingtin (HTT) gene exon 1. This expansion encodes a mutant protein whose abnormal function is traditionally associated with HD pathogenesis; however, recent evidence has also linked HD pathogenesis to RNA stable hairpins formed by the mutant HTT expansion. Here, we have shown that a locked nucleic acid-modified antisense oligonucleotide complementary to the CAG repeat (LNA-CTG) preferentially binds to mutant HTT without affecting HTT mRNA or protein levels...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Fiona C A Geraerts, Russell G Snell, Richard L M Faull, Liam Williams, Jessie C Jacobsen, Suzanne J Reid
Huntington's disease is caused by expansion of the CAG repeat in Huntingtin. This repeat has shown tissue-specific instability in mouse models and in a small number of post-mortem human samples. We used small-pool PCR to generate a modified instability index to quantify CAG instability within two brain regions from six human samples where cell loss has been associated with motor and mood symptoms: the motor cortex and cingulate gyrus. The expanded allele demonstrated instability in both regions, with minimal instability in the unexpanded allele...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Huntington's Disease
Yasemin Cag, Hulya Caskurlu, Yanyan Fan, Bin Cao, Haluk Vahaboglu
By definition, the terms sepsis and septic shock refer to a potentially fatal infectious state in which the early administration of an effective antibiotic is the most significant determinant of the outcome. Because of the global spread of resistant bacteria, the efficacy of antibiotics has been severely compromised. S. pneumonia, Escherichia coli (E. coli), Klebsiella, Acinetobacter, and Pseudomonas are the predominant pathogens of sepsis and septic shock. It is common for E. coli, Klebsiella, Acinetobacter and Pseudomonas to be resistant to multiple drugs...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Masanori Kuwabara, Fumiaki Kondo, Tomoyuki Hamada, Jun-Ichi Takahashi, Nanae Takenaka, Takashi Furuno
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to determine whether the use of statins prevents the progression of ischemic heart disease (IHD) in patients with low levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). METHODS: We reviewed data obtained from IHD patients who underwent first percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Patients underwent follow-up coronary angiography (re-CAG) after PCI. However, only patients with LDL-C levels less than 100 mg/dL at PCI were included in this study...
September 2016: Acta Cardiol Sin
Jennifer Ashley Ciarochi, Vince D Calhoun, Spencer Lourens, Jeffrey D Long, Hans J Johnson, H Jeremy Bockholt, Jingyu Liu, Sergey M Plis, Jane S Paulsen, Jessica A Turner
Huntington disease (HD) is caused by an abnormally expanded cytosine-adenine-guanine (CAG) trinucleotide repeat in the HTT gene. Age and CAG-expansion number are related to age at diagnosis and can be used to index disease progression. However, observed onset-age variability suggests that other factors also modulate progression. Indexing prodromal (pre-diagnosis) progression may highlight therapeutic targets by isolating the earliest-affected factors. We present the largest prodromal HD application of the univariate method voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and the first application of the multivariate method source-based morphometry (SBM) to, respectively, compare gray matter concentration (GMC) and capture co-occurring GMC patterns in control and prodromal participants...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
Mixue Xie, Qi Jiang, Li Li, Jingjing Zhu, Lixia Zhu, De Zhou, Yanlong Zheng, Xiudi Yang, Mingyu Zhu, Jianai Sun, Wanzhuo Xie, Xiujin Ye
BACKGROUND: In China, the combination of homoharringtonine, cytarabine, and G-CSF (HAG) has been extensively applied for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of 2,314 patients (AML, n = 1754; MDS, n = 560) to determine the overall safety and efficacy of this regimen. RESULTS: The complete response (CR) rate of AML patients (53%) was significantly higher than that of MDS/transformed-AML patients (45%; P = 0...
2016: PloS One
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