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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087069/safety-tolerability-and-antiviral-effect-of-rg-101-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-a-phase-1b-double-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Meike H van der Ree, J Marleen de Vree, Femke Stelma, Sophie Willemse, Marc van der Valk, Svend Rietdijk, Richard Molenkamp, Janke Schinkel, Ad C van Nuenen, Ulrich Beuers, Salah Hadi, Marten Harbers, Eva van der Veer, Kai Liu, John Grundy, Amy K Patick, Adam Pavlicek, Jacqueline Blem, Michael Huang, Paul Grint, Steven Neben, Neil W Gibson, Neeltje A Kootstra, Hendrik W Reesink
BACKGROUND: miR-122 is an important host factor for hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication. The aim of this study was to assess the safety and tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and antiviral effect of a single dose of RG-101, a hepatocyte targeted N-acetylgalactosamine conjugated oligonucleotide that antagonises miR-122, in patients with chronic HCV infection with various genotypes. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre, phase 1B study, patients were randomly assigned to RG-101 or placebo (7:1)...
January 10, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060411/scarless-cas9-assisted-recombineering-no-scar-in-escherichia-coli-an-easy-to-use-system-for-genome-editing
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Christopher R Reisch, Kristala L J Prather
The discovery and development of genome editing systems that leverage the site-specific DNA endonuclease system CRISPR/Cas9 has fundamentally changed the ease and speed of genome editing in many organisms. In eukaryotes, the CRISPR/Cas9 system utilizes a "guide" RNA to enable the Cas9 nuclease to make a double-strand break at a particular genome locus, which is repaired by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) repair enzymes, often generating random mutations in the process. A specific alteration of the target genome can also be generated by supplying a DNA template in vivo with a desired mutation, which is incorporated by homology-directed repair...
January 5, 2017: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055115/measurement-of-t-cell-telomere-length-using-amplified-signal-fish-staining-and-flow-cytometry
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Andrea L Henning, Danielle E Levitt, Jakob L Vingren, Brian K McFarlin
Exposure to pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPS), damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPS), and physiologically challenging stimuli either positively or negatively affect leukocyte maturity. Cellular maturity has implications for the effectiveness of host response to bacterial or viral infection and/or tissue injury. Thus, the ability to accurately assess cellular maturity and health is important to fully understand immune status and function. The most common technique for measuring cellular maturity is to measure telomere length; however, existing techniques are not optimized for single-cell measurements using flow cytometry...
January 5, 2017: Current Protocols in Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036033/mec1-atr-the-program-manager-of-nucleic-acids-inc
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REVIEW
Wenyi Feng
Eukaryotic cells are equipped with surveillance mechanisms called checkpoints to ensure proper execution of cell cycle events. Among these are the checkpoints that detect DNA damage or replication perturbations and coordinate cellular activities to maintain genome stability. At the forefront of damage sensing is an evolutionarily conserved molecule, known respectively in budding yeast and humans as Mec1 (Mitosis entry checkpoint 1) and ATR (Ataxia telangiectasia and Rad3-related protein). Through phosphorylation, Mec1/ATR activates downstream components of a signaling cascade to maintain nucleotide pool balance, protect replication fork integrity, regulate activation of origins of replication, coordinate DNA repair, and implement cell cycle delay...
December 28, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026860/pioglitazone-together-with-imatinib-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Philippe Rousselot, Stéphane Prost, Joelle Guilhot, Lydia Roy, Gabriel Etienne, Laurence Legros, Aude Charbonnier, Valérie Coiteux, Pascale Cony-Makhoul, Francoise Huguet, Emilie Cayssials, Jean-Michel Cayuela, Francis Relouzat, Marc Delord, Heriberto Bruzzoni-Giovanelli, Laure Morisset, François-Xavier Mahon, François Guilhot, Philippe Leboulch
BACKGROUND: We recently reported that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ agonists target chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) quiescent stem cells in vitro by decreasing transcription of STAT5. Here in the ACTIM phase 2 clinical trial, we asked whether pioglitazone add-on therapy to imatinib would impact CML residual disease, as assessed by BCR-ABL1 transcript quantification. METHODS: CML patients were eligible if treated with imatinib for at least 2 years at a stable daily dose, having yielded major molecular response (MMR) but not having achieved molecular response 4...
December 27, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991686/co-expression-changes-of-lncrnas-and-mrnas-in-the-cervical-sympathetic-ganglia-in-diabetic-cardiac-autonomic-neuropathic-rats
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Guilin Li, Xuan Sheng, Yurong Xu, Huaide Jiang, Chaoran Zheng, Jingjing Guo, Shanshan Sun, Zhihua Yi, Shulan Qin, Shuangmei Liu, Yun Gao, Chunping Zhang, Hong Xu, Bing Wu, Lifang Zou, Shangdong Liang, Gaochun Zhu
Cardiac autonomic neuropathy in Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is often a devastating complication. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have important effects on both normal development and disease pathogenesis. In this study, we explored the expression profiles of some lncRNAs involved in inflammation which may be co-expressed with messenger RNA (mRNA) in superior cervical and stellate ganglia after type 2 diabetic injuries. Total RNA isolated from 10 pairs of superior cervical and stellate ganglia in diabetic and normal male rats was hybridized to lncRNA arrays for detections...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976414/low-testosterone-alters-the-activity-of-mouse-prostate-stem-cells
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Ye Zhou, Ben Copeland, Maya Otto-Duessel, Miaoling He, Susan Markel, Tim W Synold, Jeremy O Jones
BACKGROUND: Low serum testosterone (low T) has been repeatedly linked to worse outcomes in men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer (PC). How low T contributes to these outcomes is unknown. Here we demonstrate that exposure to low T causes significant changes in the mouse prostate and prostate stem cells. METHODS: Mice were castrated and implanted with capsules to achieve castrate, normal, or sub-physiological levels of T. After 6 weeks of treatment, LC-MS/MS was used to quantify the levels of T and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in serum and prostate tissue...
December 14, 2016: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933721/shared-molecular-networks-in-orofacial-and-neural-tube-development
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Youssef A Kousa, Tamer A Mansour, Haitham Seada, Samaneh Matoo, Brian C Schutte
BACKGROUND: Single genetic variants can affect multiple tissues during development. Thus it is possible that disruption of shared gene regulatory networks might underlie syndromic presentations. In this study, we explore this idea through examination of two critical developmental programs that control orofacial and neural tube development and identify shared regulatory factors and networks. Identification of these networks has the potential to yield additional candidate genes for poorly understood developmental disorders and assist in modeling and perhaps managing risk factors to prevent morbidly and mortality...
December 9, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925666/enriching-s-4-u-rna-using-methane-thiosulfonate-mts-chemistry
#9
Erin E Duffy, Matthew D Simon
Metabolic labeling of cellular RNA is a useful approach to study RNA biology. 4-Thiouridine (s(4) U) is a convenient nucleoside for metabolic labeling because it is cell permeable and is incorporated into newly transcribed RNA, and the sulfur moiety provides a handle for biochemical purification. However, a critical step in the purification of s(4) U-RNA is the efficiency of the chemistry used to enrich s(4) U-RNA. Here, we present a protocol for s(4) U-RNA enrichment that includes efficient and reversible covalent chemistry to biotinylate s(4) U-RNA using the activated disulfide methane thiosulfonate conjugated to biotin (MTS-biotin), followed by enrichment on streptavidin beads...
December 7, 2016: Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925173/potential-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-cancer-patients-from-biomarkers-to-therapeutic-targets
#10
REVIEW
Subash Chandra Gupta, Yashoda Nandan Tripathi
Because of high specificity and easy detection in the tissues, serum, plasma, urine and saliva, interest in exploring the potential of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in cancer patients continues to increase. LncRNAs have shown potential as a biomarker in the diagnosis and prognosis of bladder cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and many other cancer types. Some lncRNAs have also been used as adjunct to improve the specificity and sensitivity of existing biomarkers. The molecular tools such as RNA-seq, RNA-FISH, ic-SHAPE and quantitative real-time PCR have been used for examining the lncRNAs' potential...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911495/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-caged-sirna-with-terminal-single-vitamin-e-modification
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Jiali Yang, Lijia Yu, Liangliang Zhang, Xingsu Long, Yuzhuo Ji, Xinjing Tang
RNA-induced gene silencing has been widely applied as a powerful research tool in drug development due to its sequence-specific degradation of target mRNA. Conditional regulation of gene functions with small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) is highly useful, especially when specific gene expression regulation with spatiotemporal resolution and amplitude is desired. Here, the synthesis of a series of new caged siRNAs with vitamin E (vitE) modification and/or a single photolabile linker at the 5' terminal is described...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911494/determining-functional-aptamer-protein-interaction-by-biolayer-interferometry
#12
Xinhui Lou, Martin Egli, Xianbin Yang
Short single-stranded nucleic acids called aptamers are widely being explored as recognition molecules of high affinity and specificity for binding a wide range of target molecules, particularly protein targets. In biolayer interferometry (BLI), a simple Dip-and-Read approach in which the aptamer-coated biosensors are dipped into microplate wells is used to study the interactions between an aptamer and its target protein. Here we describe the protocol for the analysis of the interaction between a well-characterized anti-thrombin RNA aptamer with thrombin (Basic Protocol)...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911493/rna-secondary-structure-prediction
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David H Mathews, Douglas H Turner, Richard M Watson
In this unit, protocols are provided for predicting RNA secondary structure with the user-friendly RNAstructure desktop computer program and the RNAstructure Web server. The minimum free energy structure and a set of suboptimal structures with similar free energies are predicted. Prediction of high-affinity oligonucleotide binding sites to a structured RNA target is also presented. © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900797/evidence-for-feedback-regulation-following-cholesterol-lowering-therapy-in-a-prostate-cancer-xenograft-model
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Elizabeth M Masko, Mahmoud A Alfaqih, Keith R Solomon, William T Barry, Christopher B Newgard, Michael J Muehlbauer, Nikolaos A Valilis, Tameika E Phillips, Susan H Poulton, Alexis R Freedland, Stephanie Sun, Shweta K Dambal, Sergio E Sanders, Everardo Macias, Michael R Freeman, Mark W Dewhirst, Salvatore V Pizzo, Stephen J Freedland
BACKGROUND: Epidemiologic data suggest cholesterol-lowering drugs may prevent the progression of prostate cancer, but not the incidence of the disease. However, the association of combination therapy in cholesterol reduction on prostate or any cancer is unclear. In this study, we compared the effects of the cholesterol lowering drugs simvastatin and ezetimibe alone or in combination on the growth of LAPC-4 prostate cancer in vivo xenografts. METHODS: Proliferation assays were conducted by MTS solution and assessed by Student's t-test...
November 30, 2016: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898186/human-papillomavirus-dna-detection-in-fine-needle-aspirates-as-indicator-of-human-papillomavirus-positive-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-prospective-study
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Lars Sivars, David Landin, Linnea Haeggblom, Nikolaos Tertipis, Nathalie Grün, Cinzia Bersani, Linda Marklund, Mehran Ghaderi, Anders Näsman, Torbjörn Ramqvist, Cecilia Nordfors, Eva Munck-Wikland, Edneia Tani, Tina Dalianis
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) has a better outcome than most head neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) and an HPV-positive lymph node metastasis likely has an HPV-positive oropharyngeal SCC origin. Determining HPV-status in cervical lymph nodes by fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) may be useful for diagnosis. METHODS: FNACs from 66 patients with neck masses were prospectively examined for HPV DNA and HPV16 mRNA by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assay, and the data correlated to diagnosis and HPV-status obtained from histopathological specimens...
November 29, 2016: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870441/sexual-divergence-in-activity-dependent-neuroprotective-protein-impacting-autism-schizophrenia-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Illana Gozes
Discovered in our laboratory, activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP) interacts with key regulatory proteins, including the chromatin remodeling complex SWI/SNF, proteins associated with RNA splicing, RNA translation, microtubule dynamics, and autophagy. ADNP regulates > 400 genes during mouse embryonic development and is essential for neural tube closure. ADNP key functions extend from mice to men, with mutations causing ADNP-related ID/autism syndrome, also known as the Helsmoortel-Van der Aa syndrome...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859387/molecular-simulations-to-delineate-functional-conformational-transitions-in-the-hcv-polymerase
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Ester Sesmero, Jodian A Brown, Ian F Thorpe
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a global health concern for which there is no vaccine available. The HCV polymerase is responsible for the critical function of replicating the RNA genome of the virus. Transitions between at least two conformations (open and closed) are necessary to allow the enzyme to replicate RNA. In this study, molecular dynamic simulations were initiated from multiple crystal structures to understand the free energy landscape (FEL) explored by the enzyme as it interconverts between these conformations...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858971/molecular-identification-and-subtype-analysis-of-blastocystis
#18
C Rune Stensvold, C Graham Clark
Several typing methods have been used in studies aiming to unravel the molecular epidemiology of Blastocystis, which is one of the most common intestinal parasites in human and many non-human hosts. Such studies have the potential to add to knowledge on Blastocystis transmission, host specificity, phylogeography, and clinical and public health significance, but rely on robust, standardized methods by which data can be generated and compared directly between studies. One of the most used methods is "barcoding,", which involves single-round PCR amplification and sequencing of partial small subunit ribosomal RNA genes of the parasites...
November 18, 2016: Current Protocols in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857825/evaluation-of-the-upgraded-version-2-0-of-the-roche-cobas-%C3%A2-ampliprep-cobas-%C3%A2-taqman-hiv-1-qualitative-assay-in-central-african-children
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C D Mossoro-Kpinde, M A Jenabian, J C Gody, L Robin, P Talla, Jdd Longo, G Grésenguet, L Belec
BACKGROUND: Several commercially available molecular techniques were developed based on subtype B of HIV-1, which represents only 10% of HIV strains worldwide. Indeed, in sub-Saharan Africa, non-B subtypes of HIV-1 are predominant. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performances of the COBAS(®) AmpliPrep/COBAS(®) (CAP/CTM) HIV-1 Qualitative assays to detect the broad range of HIV-1 variants circulating in Central Africa and compare to the outgoing CAP/CTM HIV-1 Quantitative test v2...
2016: Open AIDS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800642/p110%C3%AE-inhibition-reduces-histone-h3k4-di-methylation-in-prostate-cancer
#20
Jun Pang, Yue-Wu Yang, Yiling Huang, Jun Yang, Hao Zhang, Ruibao Chen, Liang Dong, Yan Huang, Dongying Wang, Jihong Liu, Benyi Li
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Epigenetic alteration plays a major role in the development and progression of human cancers, including prostate cancer. Histones are the key factors in modulating gene accessibility to transcription factors and post-translational modification of the histone N-terminal tail including methylation is associated with either transcriptional activation (H3K4me2) or repression (H3K9me3). Furthermore, phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3 K) signaling and the androgen receptor (AR) are the key determinants in prostate cancer development and progression...
November 1, 2016: Prostate
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