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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214658/an-association-study-of-established-breast-cancer-reproductive-and-lifestyle-risk-factors-with-tumour-subtype-defined-by-the-prognostic-70-gene-expression-signature-mammaprint-%C3%A2
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M Makama, C A Drukker, E J Th Rutgers, L Slaets, F Cardoso, M A Rookus, K Tryfonidis, L J Van't Veer, M K Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Reproductive and lifestyle factors influence both breast cancer risk and prognosis; this might be through breast cancer subtype. Subtypes defined by immunohistochemical hormone receptor markers and gene expression signatures are used to predict prognosis of breast cancer patients based on their tumour biology. We investigated the association between established breast cancer risk factors and the 70-gene prognostication signature in breast cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Standardised questionnaires were used to obtain information on established risk factors of breast cancer from the Dutch patients of the MINDACT trial...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214267/a-japanese-male-with-a-novel-ano5-mutation-with-minimal-muscle-weakness-and-muscle-pain-till-his-late-fifties
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Masato Kadoya, Katsuhisa Ogata, Mikiya Suzuki, Yutaka Honma, Kazunari Momma, Kana Yatabe, Takuhisa Tamura, Kenichi Kaida, Naomasa Miyata, Ichizo Nishino, Ikuya Nonaka, Mitsuru Kawai
Limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2L (LGMD2L) is an adult-onset slowly progressive muscular dystrophy associated with anoctamin 5 (ANO5) gene mutation, mainly reported from Northern and Central Europe. We report the case of a Japanese male patient with a novel homozygous mutation of c.2394dup, p.Arg799Thrfs in ANO5 gene, the second patient in the Asian population. He had had marked elevation of creatine kinase (CK) level for more than 10 years with minimal muscular symptoms consisting of muscle stiffness and occasional cramps, preceding the onset of proximal limb weakness...
January 18, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213959/combining-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-genome-editing-technologies-for-clinical-applications
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Chia-Yu Chang, Hsiao-Chien Ting, Hong-Lin Su, Jing-Ren Jeng
In this review, we introduce current developments in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), site-specific nuclease (SSN)-mediated genome editing tools, and the combined application of these two novel technologies in biomedical research and therapeutic trials. The sustainable pluripotent property of iPSCs in vitro not only provides unlimited cell sources for basic research but also benefits precision medicines for human diseases. In addition, rapidly evolving SSN tools efficiently tailor genetic manipulations for exploring gene functions and can be utilized to correct genetic defects of congenital diseases in the near future...
February 17, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213513/runx1-cooperates-with-flt3-itd-to-induce-leukemia
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Kira Behrens, Katrin Maul, Nilgün Tekin, Neele Kriebitzsch, Daniela Indenbirken, Vladimir Prassolov, Ursula Müller, Hubert Serve, Jörg Cammenga, Carol Stocking
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is induced by the cooperative action of deregulated genes that perturb self-renewal, proliferation, and differentiation. Internal tandem duplications (ITDs) in the FLT3 receptor tyrosine kinase are common mutations in AML, confer poor prognosis, and stimulate myeloproliferation. AML patient samples with FLT3-ITD express high levels of RUNX1, a transcription factor with known tumor-suppressor function. In this study, to understand this paradox, we investigated the impact of RUNX1 and FLT3-ITD coexpression...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212617/surfactant-protein-d-sp-d-gene-polymorphisms-and-serum-level-as-predictors-of-susceptibility-and-prognosis-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-the-chinese-population
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Jiao Liu, Guang Li, Lianghai Li, Zhiyong Liu, Qingshan Zhou, Guirong Wang, Dechang Chen
BACKGROUND: Injury to the kidney epithelial barrier is a characteristic feature of acute kidney injury (AKI). Serum surfactant protein-D (SP-D), a known biomarker of damaged alveolar epithelium, is also secreted by renal tubular epithelial cells. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the possible association of SP-D with AKI susceptibility and prognosis. METHODS: In this study, 159 AKI patients and 120 healthy individuals were included. SP-D polymorphisms Thr11Met and Thr160Ala, AKI patient serum SP-D levels at days 1, 3 and 7 and urine KIM-1 levels in both AKI patients and controls were examined...
February 17, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212413/scarless-deletion-of-up-to-seven-methyl-accepting-chemotaxis-genes-with-an-optimized-method-highlights-key-function-of-chem-in-salmonella-typhimurium
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Stefanie Hoffmann, Christiane Schmidt, Steffi Walter, Jennifer K Bender, Roman G Gerlach
Site-directed scarless mutagenesis is an essential tool of modern pathogenesis research. We describe an optimized two-step protocol for genome editing in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to enable multiple sequential mutagenesis steps in a single strain. The system is based on the λ Red recombinase-catalyzed integration of a selectable antibiotics resistance marker followed by replacement of this cassette. Markerless mutants are selected by expressing the meganuclease I-SceI which induces double-strand breaks in bacteria still harboring the resistance locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211875/a-hyaluronan-hydrogel-scaffold-based-xeno-free-culture-system-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-human-corneal-epithelial-stem-cells
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D Chen, Y Qu, X Hua, L Zhang, Z Liu, S C Pflugfelder, D-Q Li
PurposeTo develop a hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system for ex vivo cultivation of human corneal epithelial stem cells (CESCs).Patients and MethodsCESCs were cultivated from donor limbal explants on the HyStem-C Hydrogel bio-scaffold in 12-well plates for 3 weeks. Group A used the traditional supplemented hormonal epidermal medium (SHEM) and group B used the defined SHEM (without fetal bovine serum and toxin A, adding 20% serum replacement). The growth and morphology of the cultured cells were assessed by phase contrast microscope...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210626/osteogenic-differentiation-capacity-of-in-vitro-cultured-human-skeletal-muscle-for-expedited-bone-tissue-engineering
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Chunlei Miao, Lulu Zhou, Lufeng Tian, Yingjie Zhang, Wei Zhang, Fanghong Yang, Tianyi Liu, Shengjian Tang, Fangjun Liu
Expedited bone tissue engineering employs the biological stimuli to harness the intrinsic regenerative potential of skeletal muscle to trigger the reparative process in situ to improve or replace biological functions. When genetically modified with adenovirus mediated BMP2 gene transfer, muscle biopsies from animals have demonstrated success in regenerating bone within rat bony defects. However, it is uncertain whether the human adult skeletal muscle displays an osteogenic potential in vitro when a suitable biological trigger is applied...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210098/mertk-gene-expression-and-photoreceptor-outer-segment-phagocytosis-by-cultured-rat-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Rong-Mei Peng, Jing Hong, Ying Jin, Yu-Zhao Sun, Yi-Qian Sun, Pei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) are multipotential stem cells that have been used for a broad spectrum of indications. Several investigations have used BM-MSCs to promote photoreceptor survival and suggested that BM-MSCs are a potential source of cell replacement therapy for some forms of retinal degeneration. PURPOSE: To investigate the expression of the MER proto-oncogene, tyrosine kinase (Mertk), involved in the disruption of RPE phagocytosis and the onset of autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa in rat BM-MSCs and to compare phagocytosis of the photoreceptor outer segment (POS) by BM-MSCs and RPE cells in vitro...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208639/biological-control-strategies-for-mosquito-vectors-of-arboviruses
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REVIEW
Yan-Jang S Huang, Stephen Higgs, Dana L Vanlandingham
Historically, biological control utilizes predatory species and pathogenic microorganisms to reduce the population of mosquitoes as disease vectors. This is particularly important for the control of mosquito-borne arboviruses, which normally do not have specific antiviral therapies available. Although development of resistance is likely, the advantages of biological control are that the resources used are typically biodegradable and ecologically friendly. Over the past decade, the advancement of molecular biology has enabled optimization by the manipulation of genetic materials associated with biological control agents...
February 10, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207863/identification-of-age-dependent-motor-and-neuropsychological-behavioural-abnormalities-in-a-mouse-model-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii
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Hélène F E Gleitz, Claire O'Leary, Rebecca J Holley, Brian W Bigger
Severe mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II) is a progressive lysosomal storage disease caused by mutations in the IDS gene, leading to a deficiency in the iduronate-2-sulfatase enzyme that is involved in heparan sulphate and dermatan sulphate catabolism. In constitutive form, MPS II is a multi-system disease characterised by progressive neurocognitive decline, severe skeletal abnormalities and hepatosplenomegaly. Although enzyme replacement therapy has been approved for treatment of peripheral organs, no therapy effectively treats the cognitive symptoms of the disease and novel therapies are in development to remediate this...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203234/inducible-prophage-mutant-of-escherichia-coli-can-lyse-new-host-and-the-key-sites-of-receptor-recognition-identification
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Mianmian Chen, Lei Zhang, Sipei Xin, Huochun Yao, Chengping Lu, Wei Zhang
The use of bacteriophages as therapeutic agents is hindered by their narrow and specific host range, and by a lack of the knowledge concerning the molecular mechanism of receptor recognition. Two P2-like coliphages, named P88 and pro147, were induced from Escherichia coli strains K88 and DE147, respectively. A comparison of the genomes of these two and other P2-like coliphages obtained from GenBank showed that the tail fiber protein genes, which are the key genes for receptor recognition in other myoviridae phages, showed more diversity than the conserved lysin, replicase, and terminase genes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202388/viral-vector-reprogramming-of-adult-resident-striatal-oligodendrocytes-into-functional-neurons
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Marc S Weinberg, Hugh E Criswell, Sara K Powell, Aadra P Bhatt, Thomas J McCown
Recent advances suggest that in vivo reprogramming of endogenous cell populations provides a viable alternative for neuron replacement. Astrocytes and oligodendrocyte precursor cells can be induced to transdifferentiate into neurons in the CNS, but, in these instances, reprogramming requires either transgenic mice or retroviral-mediated gene expression. We developed a microRNA (miRNA)-GFP construct that in vitro significantly reduced the expression of polypyrimidine tract-binding protein, and, subsequently, we packaged this construct in a novel oligodendrocyte preferring adeno-associated virus vector...
February 12, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202121/-oliguria-and-acute-renal-dysfunction-in-a-six-month-old-infant
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Ya-Jie Cui, Chun-Lan Song, Yi-Bing Cheng
The infant (a girl aged 6 months) was admitted to the hospital because of oliguria and acute renal dysfunction. The laboratory examination results showed serious metabolic acidosis and increased blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine levels. The patient continued to be anuric after 10 days of treatment with continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT). she died a day later. The family history showed that the patient's sister died of acute renal failure 6 months after birth. The genomic sequencing results showed AGXT mutation in the patient and confirmed the diagnosis of primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1)...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198513/sybr-safe-tm-efficiently-replaces-ethidium-bromide-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-gene-disruption
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H M S Canela, L A Takami, M E S Ferreira
Invasive aspergillosis is a disease responsible for high mortality rates, caused mainly by Aspergillus fumigatus. The available drugs are limited and this disease continues to occur at an unacceptable frequency. Gene disruption is essential in the search for new drug targets. An efficient protocol for A. fumigatus gene disruption was described but it requires ethidium bromide, a genotoxic agent, for DNA staining. Therefore, the present study tested SYBR safe(TM), a non-genotoxic DNA stain, in A. fumigatus gene disruption protocol...
February 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197978/managing-cardiovascular-risk-in-lysosomal-acid-lipase-deficiency
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REVIEW
James J Maciejko
Lysosomal acid lipase deficiency (LAL-D) is a rare, life-threatening, autosomal recessive, lysosomal storage disease caused by mutations in the LIPA gene, which encodes for lysosomal acid lipase (LAL). This enzyme is necessary for the hydrolysis of cholesteryl ester and triglyceride in lysosomes. Deficient LAL activity causes accumulation of these lipids in lysosomes and a marked decrease in the cytoplasmic free cholesterol concentration, leading to dysfunctional cholesterol homeostasis. The accumulation of neutral lipid occurs predominantly in liver, spleen, and macrophages throughout the body, and the aberrant cholesterol homeostasis causes a marked dyslipidemia...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195822/microflora-of-retained-intracochlear-electrodes-from-infected-cochlear-implants
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Varun V Varadarajan, Carolyn O Dirain, Patrick J Antonelli
Objectives Cochlear implant infections may be refractory to medical management and require device removal with subsequent reimplantation. During device removal, the intracochlear electrode array is commonly left in place to prevent obliteration of the cochlear lumen. If the electrode is colonized with pathogens, this risks contaminating the replacement implant. In this study, we compare the microorganisms detected on infected cochlear implants against those on the retained electrode using culture and microbial gene-sequencing techniques...
February 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195574/muscle-specific-crispr-cas9-dystrophin-gene-editing-ameliorates-pathophysiology-in-a-mouse-model-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Niclas E Bengtsson, John K Hall, Guy L Odom, Michael P Phelps, Colin R Andrus, R David Hawkins, Stephen D Hauschka, Joel R Chamberlain, Jeffrey S Chamberlain
Gene replacement therapies utilizing adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors hold great promise for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). A related approach uses AAV vectors to edit specific regions of the DMD gene using CRISPR/Cas9. Here we develop multiple approaches for editing the mutation in dystrophic mdx(4cv) mice using single and dual AAV vector delivery of a muscle-specific Cas9 cassette together with single-guide RNA cassettes and, in one approach, a dystrophin homology region to fully correct the mutation...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195350/overcoming-the-divide-between-ataxias-and-spastic-paraplegias-shared-phenotypes-genes-and-pathways
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REVIEW
Matthis Synofzik, Rebecca Schüle
Autosomal-dominant spinocerebellar ataxias, autosomal-recessive spinocerebellar ataxias, and hereditary spastic paraplegias have traditionally been designated in separate clinicogenetic disease classifications. This classification system still largely frames clinical thinking and genetic workup in clinical practice. Yet, with the advent of next-generation sequencing, phenotypically unbiased studies have revealed the limitations of this classification system. Various genes (eg, SPG7, SYNE1, PNPLA6) traditionally rooted in either the ataxia or hereditary spastic paraplegia classification system have now been shown to cause ataxia on the one end of the disease continuum and hereditary spastic paraplegia on the other...
February 14, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194615/how-we-manage-adenosine-deaminase-deficient-severe-combined-immune-deficiency-ada-scid
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Donald B Kohn, H Bobby Gaspar
Adenosine deaminase-deficient severe combined immune deficiency (ADA SCID) accounts for 10-15% of cases of human SCID. From what was once a uniformly fatal disease, the prognosis for infants with ADA SCID has improved greatly based on the development of multiple therapeutic options, coupled with more frequent early diagnosis due to implementation of newborn screening for SCID. We review the various treatment approaches for ADA SCID including allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from a human leukocyte antigen-matched sibling or family member or from a matched unrelated donor or a haplo-identical donor, autologous HSCT with gene correction of the hematopoietic stem cells (gene therapy-GT), and enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with polyethylene glycol-conjugated adenosine deaminase...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Immunology
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