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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105352/conversion-therapy-of-gastric-cancer-with-massive-malignant-ascites-and-ovarian-metastases-by-systemic-and-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy
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Tomohiro Kondo, Hiromitsu Kitayama, Junko Sugiyama, Michiaki Hirayama, Yoshinori Suzuki, Yumiko Oyamada, Yasushi Tsuji
Intravenous and intraperitoneal paclitaxel with S-1 is showing promising results in gastric cancer with peritoneal metastases. We herein report a successful conversion of unresectable to resectable disease using combination chemotherapy with trastuzumab. The patient was a 39-year-old woman with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive gastric cancer with peritoneal, pulmonary and bilateral ovarian metastases. After 6 cycles of S-1 plus cisplatin with trastuzumab, followed by 15 cycles of intravenous and intraperitoneal paclitaxel with S-1 and trastuzumab, the pulmonary and peritoneal metastases exhibited complete response and no evidence of malignancy was found on diagnostic laparoscopy...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101463/development-of-a-novel-human-single-chain-antibody-against-egfrviii-antigen-by-phage-display-technology
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Leila Rahbarnia, Safar Farajnia, Hossein Babaei, Jafar Majidi, Bahman Akbari, Shiva Ahdi Khosroshahi
Purpose: EGFRvIII as the most common mutant variant of the epidermal growth factor receptor is resulting from deletion of exons 2-7 in the coding sequence and junction of exons 1 and 8 through a novel glycine residue. EGFRvIII is highly expressed in glioblastoma, carcinoma of the breast, ovary, and lung but not in normal cells. The aim of the present study was identification of a novel single chain antibody against EGFRvIII as a promising target for cancer therapy. Methods: In this study, a synthetic peptide corresponding to EGFRvIII protein was used for screening a naive human scFv phage library...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096433/sex-differences-in-the-development-of-prolactinoma-in-mice-overexpressing-hcg%C3%AE-role-of-tgf%C3%AE-1
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Erika Yanil Faraoni, María Andrea Camilletti, Alejandra Inés Abeledo Machado, Laura Daniela Ratner, Fernanda De Fino, Ilpo T Huhtaniemi, Susana B Rulli, Graciela Diaz-Torga
Female transgenic mice that overexpress the human chorionic gonadotrophin β subunit (hCGβ+) develop prolactinomas, while hCGβ+ males do not. The high levels of circulating hCG induces massive luteinization in the ovary of hCGβ+ females, and progesterone becomes the primary steroid hormone produced, but estradiol remains at physiological level. The involvement of high levels of progesterone in lactotroph proliferation is not clearly understood; hence the pathogenesis of prolactinomas in hCGβ+ females remains unclear...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094433/bmp15-knockout-like-effect-in-familial-premature-ovarian-insufficiency-with-persistent-ovarian-reserve
#4
Anne Mayer, Baptiste Fouquet, Michel Pugeat, Micheline Misrahi
Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) affects 1-2% of women under 40 years. BMP15 variants have been described in POI. We studied a family with two sisters compound heterozygous for deletions in the BMP15 gene on chromosome Xp11.22 yielding a human "knockout-like" effect: a c.151_152delGA deletion yielded a p.Glu51IlefsTer27 mutation transmitted by the hemizygous father and a c.189_198delAGGGCATTCAinsTG deletion/insertion yielded a p.Glu64AlafsTer12 mutation transmitted by the heterozygous mother. Both deletions resulted in frameshifts with premature stop codons at positions 78 and 76 in the proregion, precluding mature BMP15 production...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088541/secretory-pathway-optimization-of-cho-producer-cells-by-co-engineering-of-the-mitosrna-1978-target-genes-cers2-and-tbc1d20
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Lisa A Pieper, Michaela Strotbek, Till Wenger, Martin Gamer, Monilola A Olayioye, Angelika Hausser
Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells are the most commonly used host for the production of biopharmaceuticals. Although transcription and translation engineering strategies have been employed to generate high-producer cell clones, the secretory pathway still remains a bottleneck in cellular productivity. In this study we show that ectopic expression of a human mitochondrial genome-encoded small RNA (mitosRNA-1978) in an IgG expressing CHO cell line strongly improved specific productivity by functioning in a microRNA-like fashion...
January 11, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079292/germ-cell-tumors-insights-from-the-drosophila-ovary-and-the-mouse-testis
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REVIEW
Helen K Salz, Emily P Dawson, Jason D Heaney
Ovarian and testicular germ cell tumors of young adults are thought to arise from defects in germ cell development, but the molecular mechanisms underlying malignant transformation are poorly understood. In this review, we focus on the biology of germ cell tumor formation in the Drosophila ovary and the mouse testis, for which the evidence supports common underlying mechanisms such as blocking initiation into the differentiation pathway, impaired lineage progression, and sexual identity instability. We then discuss how these concepts inform our understanding of the disease in humans...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077167/role-of-anopheles-cellia-rufipes-gough-1910-and-other-local-anophelines-in-human-malaria-transmission-in-the-northern-savannah-of-cameroon-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Raymond N Tabue, Parfait Awono-Ambene, Josiane Etang, Jean Atangana, Antonio-Nkondjio C, Jean C Toto, Salomon Patchoke, Rose G F Leke, Etienne Fondjo, Abraham P Mnzava, Tessa B Knox, Alexis Tougordi, Martin J Donnelly, Jude D Bigoga
BACKGROUND: As part of a study to determine the impact of insecticide resistance on the effectiveness of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in the north of Cameroon, the unexpectedly high density and anthropophilic behaviour of Anopheles rufipes lead us to investigate this species bionomics and role in human malaria parasite transmission. METHODS: For four consecutive years (2011-2014), annual cross-sectional sampling of adult mosquitoes was conducted during the peak malaria season (September-October) in three health districts in northern Cameroon...
January 11, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074319/trans-fatty-acid-stimulated-mammary-gland-growth-in-ovariectomized-mice-is-fatty-acid-type-and-isomer-specific
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Grace E Berryhill, Susan G Miszewski, Josephine F Trott, Jana Kraft, Adam L Lock, Russell C Hovey
We previously reported that the trans-18:2 fatty acid trans-10, cis-12 conjugated linoleic acid (t10,c12-CLA) stimulates mammary gland development independent of estrogen and its receptor. Given the negative consequences of dietary trans-fatty acids on various aspects of human health, we sought to establish whether other trans-fatty acids could similarly induce ovary-independent mammary gland growth in mice. Prepubertal BALB/cJ mice were ovariectomized at 21 days of age then were fed diets enriched with cis-9, trans-11 CLA (c9,t11-CLA), or mixtures of trans-18:1 fatty acids supplied by partially hydrogenated sunflower, safflower, or linseed oil...
January 10, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074024/whole-genome-sequencing-of-invasion-resistant-cells-identifies-laminin-%C3%AE-2-as-a-host-factor-for-bacterial-invasion
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Xander M van Wijk, Simon Döhrmann, Björn M Hallström, Shangzhong Li, Bjørn G Voldborg, Brandon X Meng, Karen K McKee, Toin H van Kuppevelt, Peter D Yurchenco, Bernhard O Palsson, Nathan E Lewis, Victor Nizet, Jeffrey D Esko
: To understand the role of glycosaminoglycans in bacterial cellular invasion, xylosyltransferase-deficient mutants of Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells were created using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated gene 9 (CRISPR-cas9) gene targeting. When these mutants were compared to the pgsA745 cell line, a CHO xylosyltransferase mutant generated previously using chemical mutagenesis, an unexpected result was obtained. Bacterial invasion of pgsA745 cells by group B Streptococcus (GBS), group A Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus aureus was markedly reduced compared to the invasion of wild-type cells, but newly generated CRISPR-cas9 mutants were only resistant to GBS...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073973/human-foetal-ovary-shares-meiotic-preventing-factors-with-the-developing-testis
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Nelly Frydman, Marine Poulain, Brahim Arkoun, Clotilde Duquenne, Sophie Tourpin, Sébastien Messiaen, René Habert, Virginie Rouiller-Fabre, Alexandra Benachi, Gabriel Livera
STUDY QUESTION: How can pre-meiotic germ cells persist in the human foetal ovary? SUMMARY ANSWER: Numerous oogonia escaping meiotic entry were retrieved throughout human ovarian development simultaneously with the expression of signalling pathways preventing meiosis, typically described in the rodent embryonic testis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The transition from mitosis to meiosis is a key event in female germ cells that remains poorly documented in research on the human ovary...
January 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070055/superovulatory-responses-in-cynomolgus-monkeys-macaca-fascicularis-depend-on-the-interaction-between-donor-status-and-superovulation-method-used
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Ji-Su Kim, Seung-Bin Yoon, Kang-Jin Jeong, Bo-Woong Sim, Seon-A Choi, Sang-Il Lee, Yeung Bae Jin, Bong-Seok Song, Sang-Rae Lee, Sun-Uk Kim, Kyu-Tae Chang
The current study was performed to investigate the effect of oocyte donor status, including age and body weight, on metaphase II (MII) oocyte recovery using two superovulation methods in cynomolgus monkeys. The use of Method A [recombinant gonadotrophin (75 IU/kg, 3×, 3-day intervals) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)] led to great increases in ovary size and the mean number of MII oocytes retrieved in age- and body-weight-dependent manner; in contrast, both the parameters were similar in Method B [recombinant gonadotrophin (60 IU, twice daily, 6 days), recombinant gonadotropin and recombinant human luteinizing hormone (rhLH) (60 IU, twice daily, 3 days), and hCG]...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067781/gestational-zearalenone-exposure-causes-reproductive-and-developmental-toxicity-in-pregnant-rats-and-female-offspring
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Xin Gao, Lvhui Sun, Niya Zhang, Chong Li, Jiacai Zhang, Zhuohui Xiao, Desheng Qi
Zearalenone (ZEN) is an oestrogenic mycotoxin commonly found in food and feed products and can affect reproduction and development in both humans and animals. This study aimed to determine the toxic effects of ZEN on maternal SD rats and the F1 female offspring. Sixty-four pregnant rats were divided into 4 groups and exposed to feed contaminated with ZEN (0, 5, 10, and 20 mg/kg feed) on gestational days (GDs) 0-21. Compared with the controls, the groups exposed to 10 and 20 mg/kg ZEN showed significantly decreased feed intake and body weight of pregnant rats and/or female offspring...
January 5, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052592/innocent-but-deadly-nontoxic-organoiridium-catalysts-promote-selective-cancer-cell-death
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Lu Yang, Sohini Bose, Anh H Ngo, Loi H Do
We demonstrate that nontoxic organoiridum complexes can selectively chemosensitize cancer cells toward platinum antiproliferative agents. Treatment of human cancer cells (breast, colon, eye/retina, head/neck, lung, ovary, and blood) with the iridium chemosensitizers led to lowering of the 50 % growth inhibition concentration (IC50 ) of the Pt drug carboplatin by up to ∼30-50 %. Interestingly, non-cancer cells were mostly resistant to the chemosensitizing effects of the iridium complexes. Cell culture studies indicate that cancer cells that were administered with Ir show significantly higher reactive oxygen species concentrations as well as NAD(+) /NADH ratios (oxidized vs...
January 4, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051267/reduced-expression-of-scf-in-serum-and-follicle-from-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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J Tan, X-Y Wen, Q Su, Z-H Huang, J-X He, C-L Xin, Q-F Wu, Y Zou
OBJECTIVE: In humans, stem cell factor (SCF), produced by cumulus granulosa cells during the follicular phase, plays a crucial role in follicular development. Remarkably, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), one of the main reasons affecting women fertility, is accompanied by some abnormal follicles. Is there a relationship between SCF and PCOS? This study aimed to compare the expression of SCF in follicle and serum from patients with and without PCOS undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment and to investigate the potential relationship between aberrant SCF expression and PCOS...
December 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049825/tbx20-controls-the-expression-of-the-kcnh2-gene-and-of-herg-channels
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Ricardo Caballero, Raquel G Utrilla, Irene Amorós, Marcos Matamoros, Marta Pérez-Hernández, David Tinaquero, Silvia Alfayate, Paloma Nieto-Marín, Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna, Qing-Hua Liu, Roberto Ramos-Mondragón, Daniela Ponce-Balbuena, Todd Herron, Katherine F Campbell, David Filgueiras-Rama, Rafael Peinado, José L López-Sendón, José Jalife, Eva Delpón, Juan Tamargo
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) exhibits great phenotype variability among family members carrying the same mutation, which can be partially attributed to genetic factors. We functionally analyzed the KCNH2 (encoding for Kv11.1 or hERG channels) and TBX20 (encoding for the transcription factor Tbx20) variants found by next-generation sequencing in two siblings with LQTS in a Spanish family of African ancestry. Affected relatives harbor a heterozygous mutation in KCNH2 that encodes for p.T152HfsX180 Kv11.1 (hERG). This peptide, by itself, failed to generate any current when transfected into Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells but, surprisingly, exerted "chaperone-like" effects over native hERG channels in both CHO cells and mouse atrial-derived HL-1 cells...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047358/su-f-t-117-a-pilot-study-of-organ-dose-reconstruction-for-wilms-tumor-patients-treated-with-radiation-therapy
#16
R Makkia, M Gopalakrishnan, C Lee, M Mille, C Pelletier, J Kalapurakal, C Lee, J Jung
PURPOSE: To reconstruct major organ doses for the Wilms tumor pediatric patients treated with radiation therapy using pediatric computational phantoms, treatment planning system (TPS), and Monte Carlo (MC) dose calculation methods. METHODS: A total of ten female and male pediatric patients (15-88 months old) were selected from the National Wilms Tumor Study cohort and ten pediatric computational phantoms corresponding to the patient's height and weight were selected for the organ dose reconstruction...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045643/production-of-human-mutant-biologically-active-hepatocyte-growth-factor-in-chinese-hamster-ovary-cells
#17
Dongsheng Xu, Aini Wan, Lin Peng, Yun Chen, Yang He, Jianfeng Yang, Jian Jin
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a potent multi-functional cytokine that affects proliferation, migration and morphogenesis of various cells. HGF is secreted as an inactive single chain precursor protein and activated by the cleavage of serine proteases to form heterodimers. In our current study, the cleavage site of HGF was blocked by replaced Arg 494 of Glu (R494E) that resulted in the single chain HGF (R494E) unable to be cleaved by serine proteases. We established Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells overexpressing HGF (R494E), the expression of HGF (R494E) achieved 12 mg/L and was similar to a previously reported study...
January 3, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040476/asp73-dependent-and-independent-regulation-of-the-affinity-of-ligands-for-human-histamine-h1-receptors-by-na
#18
Shigeru Hishinuma, Kiyoe Kosaka, Chizuru Akatsu, Yoshihiro Uesawa, Hiroyuki Fukui, Masaru Shoji
The affinity of ligands for G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) is allosterically regulated by Na(+) via a highly conserved aspartate residue (Asp(2.50)) in the second transmembrane domain of GPCRs. In the present study, we examined the Na(+)-mediated regulation of the affinity of ligands for Gq/11-protein-coupled human histamine H1 receptors in Chinese hamster ovary cells. The affinities of 3 agonists and 20 antihistamines were evaluated by their displacement curves against the binding of [(3)H]-mepyramine to membrane preparations in the presence or absence of 100 mM NaCl...
December 28, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038913/rlj-rgd3-induces-apoptosis-via-the-mitochondrial-dependent-pathway-and-inhibits-adhesion-migration-and-invasion-of-human-heya8-cells-via-fak-pathway
#19
Qi Jiang, Qingwei Li, Jianmei Han, Meng Gou, Yuanyuan Zheng, Bowen Li, Rong Xiao, Jihong Wang
Ovarian carcinoma is a tumor derived from ovary, which brings relatively higher mortality rate among the fatal gynecological cancers. Recently, lots of studies have concentrated on the anti-tumor effects of Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) motif containing peptides due to their integrin binding properties. In order to meet the criterion of genetic engineering drugs, a recombinant RGD toxin protein (rLj-RGD3) without a His-tag was cloned from the buccal glands of Lampetra japonica in the present study. After endotoxin removal, the His-tag removed rLj-RGD3 was shown to inhibit the proliferation of HeyA8 cells...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033664/why-boys-will-be-boys-and-girls-will-be-girls-human-sex-development-and-its-defects
#20
REVIEW
Wassim Eid, Anna Biason-Lauber
Among the most defining events of an individual's life, is the development of a human embryo into male or a female. The phenotypic sex of an individual depends on the type of gonad that develops in the embryo, a process which itself is determined by the genetic setting of the individual. The development of the gonads is different from any other organ, as they possess the potential to differentiate into two functionally distinct organs, testes, or ovaries. Sex development can be divided into two distinctive processes, "sex determination," which is the commitment of the undifferentiated gonad into either a testis or an ovary, a process that is genetically programmed in a critically timed manner and "sex differentiation," which takes place through hormones produced by the gonads, once the developmental sex determination decision has been made...
December 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part C, Embryo Today: Reviews
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