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REVIEW
Hua Xie, Vince Calhoun, Javier Gonzalez-Castillo, Eswar Damaraju, Robyn Miller, Peter Bandettini, Sunanda Mitra
Functional connectivity (FC) has been widely used to study the functional organization of temporally correlated and spatially distributed brain regions. Recent studies of FC dynamics, quantified by windowed correlations, provide new insights to analyze dynamic, context-dependent reconfiguration of brain networks. A set of reoccurring whole-brain connectivity patterns at rest, referred to as FC states, have been identified, hypothetically reflecting underlying cognitive processes or mental states. We posit that the mean FC information for a given subject represents a significant contribution to the group-level FC dynamics...
May 23, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549650/effect-of-picalm-rs3851179-polymorphism-on-the-default-mode-network-function-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Ding-Ming Sun, Hai-Feng Chen, Qi-Long Zuo, Fan Su, Feng Bai, Chun-Feng Liu
Alterations in default mode network (DMN) functional connectivity (FC) might accompany the dysfunction of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Indeed, episodic memory impairment is a hallmark of AD, and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) has been associated with a high risk for AD. Phosphatidylinositol-binding clathrin assembly protein (PICALM) (rs3851179) has been associated with AD; in particular, the A allele may serve a protective role, while the G allele serves as a strong genetic risk factor. Therefore, the identification of genetic polymorphisms associated with the DMN is required in MCI subjects...
May 23, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549445/fibrinogen-early-in-severe-trauma-study-feisty-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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James Winearls, Martin Wullschleger, Elizabeth Wake, Catherine Hurn, Jeremy Furyk, Glenn Ryan, Melita Trout, James Walsham, Anthony Holley, Jeremy Cohen, Megan Shuttleworth, Wayne Dyer, Gerben Keijzers, John F Fraser, Jeffrey Presneill, Don Campbell
BACKGROUND: Haemorrhage is a leading cause of death in severe trauma. Fibrinogen plays a critical role in maintaining haemostasis in traumatic haemorrhage. Early fibrinogen replacement is recommended by several international trauma guidelines using either fibrinogen concentrate (FC) or cryoprecipitate (Cryo). There is limited evidence to support one product over the other with widespread geographic and institutional variation in practice. This pilot trial is the first randomised controlled trial comparing FC to Cryo in traumatic haemorrhage...
May 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549428/rheumatoid-factors-do-not-predict-cardiovascular-disease-and-mortality-in-the-general-population-in-the-busselton-health-survey
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Johannes Nossent, Warren Raymond, Mark Divitini, Matthew Knuiman
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid Factors (RF) are antibodies directed against the Fc portion of IgG and are involved in clearance of immune complexes. While RF can develop in a wide range of conditions, higher RF levels indicate a greater risk for a severe disease course in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients including cardiovascular complications and premature death. We investigated whether RF also constitute a risk factor for these outcomes in the general population. METHODS: We included 2,323 participants (46% male, mean age 50 years) free of CVD at baseline in 1972...
May 26, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547754/impact-of-igg-fc-oligosaccharides-on-recombinant-monoclonal-antibody-structure-stability-safety-and-efficacy
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REVIEW
Hongcheng Liu, Christine Nowak, Bruce Andrien, Mei Shao, Gomathinayagam Ponniah, Alyssa Neill
Glycosylation of the conserved asparagine residue in the CH2 domain is the most common posttranslational modification of recombinant monoclonal antibodies. Ideally, a consistent oligosaccharide profile should be maintained from early clinical material to commercial material for the development of recombinant monoclonal therapeutics, though variation in the profile is a typical result of process changes. The risk of oligosaccharide variation posed to further development is required to be thoroughly evaluated based on its impact on antibody structure, stability, efficacy and safety...
May 25, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545501/pregnancy-induced-gene-expression-changes-in-vivo-among-women-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-pilot-study
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Dana E Goin, Mette Kiel Smed, Lior Pachter, Elizabeth Purdom, J Lee Nelson, Hanne Kjærgaard, Jørn Olsen, Merete Lund Hetland, Vibeke Zoffmann, Bent Ottesen, Damini Jawaheer
BACKGROUND: Little is known about gene expression changes induced by pregnancy in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and healthy women because the few studies previously conducted did not have pre-pregnancy samples available as baseline. We have established a cohort of women with RA and healthy women followed prospectively from a pre-pregnancy baseline. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that pregnancy-induced changes in gene expression among women with RA who improve during pregnancy (pregDASimproved) overlap substantially with changes observed among healthy women and differ from changes observed among women with RA who worsen during pregnancy (pregDASworse)...
May 25, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545486/depression-in-patients-with-sapho-syndrome-and-its-relationship-with-brain-activity-and-connectivity
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Jie Lu, Yanping Duan, Zhentao Zuo, Wenrui Xu, Xuewei Zhang, Chen Li, Rong Xue, Hanzhang Lu, Weihong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Synovitis-acne-pustulosis-hyperostosis-osteitis (SAPHO) syndrome is a rare disease and there is no related literature concerning psychiatric symptoms in SAPHO patients. Thus, we believe that this will be the first paper to explore the episode and the neurobiological basis of depression symptoms in SAPHO patients using resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI). Twenty-eight SAPHO patients and fifteen age- and gender- matched normal controls (NC) were consecutively submitted to psychiatric evaluation and rs-fMRI scanning...
May 25, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542406/human-igg3-with-extended-half-life-does-not-improve-fc-gamma-receptor-mediated-cancer-antibody-therapies-in-mice
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Rens Braster, Simran Grewal, Remco Visser, Helga K Einarsdottir, Marjolein van Egmond, Gestur Vidarsson, Marijn Bögels
BACKGROUND: Current anti-cancer therapeutic antibodies that are used in the clinic are predominantly humanized or fully human immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1). These antibodies bind with high affinity to the target antigen and are efficient in activating the immune system via IgG Fc receptors and/or complement. In addition to IgG1, three more isotypes are present in humans, of which IgG3 has been found to be superior compared to human IgG1 in inducing antibody dependent cell cytotoxicity (ADCC), phagocytosis or activation of complement in some models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542350/t0001-a-variant-of-tnfr2-fc-fusion-protein-exhibits-improved-fc-effector-functions-through-increased-binding-to-membrane-bound-tnf%C3%AE
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Yijun Shen, Gang Li, Chunying Gu, Ben Chen, Aihua Chen, Hua Li, Bei Gao, Chencai Liang, Jingsong Wu, Tong Yang, Li Jin, Yong Su
T0001 is a recombinant human TNFR-Fc fusion protein mutant; it exhibits higher affinity to TNFα than etanercept and is now being tested in a Phase 1 study in China (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02481180). T0001 can inhibit the binding of soluble TNFα (sTNFα) or membrane-bound TNFα (mTNFα) to TNF receptors. When bound to mTNFα, the Fc-bearing TNFα antagonists have the potential to induce Fc-mediated effects, such as antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and complement-mediated cytotoxicity (CDC) as well as outside-to-inside signals (apoptosis mainly)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541259/functional-gastrointestinal-disorders-in-children-a-survey-on-clinical-approach-in-the-mediterranean-area
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Elena Scarpato, Paolo Quitadamo, Enriqueta Roman, Danijela Jojkic-Pavkov, Sanja Kolacek, Alexandra Papadopoulou, Eleftheria Roma, Raanan Shamir, Michal R B Lev, Branko Lutovac, Veselinka Djurisic, Rok Orel, Aziz Koleilat, Sirin Mneimneh, Vincenzo Coppola, Enrico Corazziari, Annamaria Staiano
OBJECTIVES: Childhood functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) are common conditions associated with significant morbidity and high healthcare costs. This multicenter study aimed at assessing the clinical approach to infants (0-6 months) and children/adolescents (4-18 years) with suspected FGIDs by pediatricians from the Mediterranean Area. METHODS: A survey evaluating the diagnostic approach, including the use of Rome II and III criteria, and the therapeutic management of some of the most prevalent FGIDs, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional constipation (FC), and functional regurgitation (FR), was distributed to a sample of pediatricians...
June 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541130/measuring-functional-connectivity-in-stroke-approaches-and-considerations
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Joshua S Siegel, Gordon L Shulman, Maurizio Corbetta
Recent research has demonstrated the importance of global changes to the functional organization of brain network following stroke. Resting functional magnetic resonance imaging (R-fMRI) is a non-invasive tool that enables the measurement of functional connectivity (FC) across the entire brain while placing minimal demands on the subject. For these reasons, it is a uniquely appealing tool for studying the distant effects of stroke. However, R-fMRI studies rely on a number of premises that cannot be assumed without careful validation in the context of stroke...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539449/anti-hiv-1-adcc-antibodies-following-latency-reversal-and-treatment-interruption
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Wen Shi Lee, Anne B Kristensen, Thomas A Rasmussen, Martin Tolstrup, Lars Østergaard, Ole S Søgaard, Bruce D Wines, P Mark Hogarth, Arnold Reynaldi, Miles P Davenport, Sean Emery, Janaki Amin, David A Cooper, Virginia L Kan, Julie Fox, Henning Gruell, Matthew S Parsons, Stephen J Kent
There is growing interest in utilizing antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) to eliminate infected cells following reactivation from HIV-1 latency. A potential barrier is that HIV-1-specific ADCC antibodies decline in patients on long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) and may not be sufficient to eliminate reactivated latently infected cells. It is not known whether reactivation from latency with latency-reversing agents (LRA) could provide sufficient antigenic stimulus to boost HIV-1-specific ADCC...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539432/golgi-associated-protein-kinase-c-%C3%AE%C2%B5-is-delivered-to-phagocytic-cups-role-of-phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate
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Cheryl M Hanes, Anna E D'Amico, Takehiko Ueyama, Alexander C Wong, Xuexin Zhang, W Frederick Hynes, Margarida M Barroso, Nathaniel C Cady, Mohamed Trebak, Naoaki Saito, Michelle R Lennartz
Protein kinase C-ε (PKC-ε) at phagocytic cups mediates the membrane fusion necessary for efficient IgG-mediated phagocytosis. The C1B and pseudosubstrate (εPS) domains are necessary and sufficient for this concentration. C1B binds diacylglycerol; the docking partner for εPS is unknown. Liposome assays revealed that the εPS binds phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI4P) and PI(3,5)P2 Wortmannin, but not LY294002, inhibits PKC-ε concentration at cups and significantly reduces the rate of phagocytosis. As Wortmannin inhibits PI4 kinase, we hypothesized that PI4P mediates the PKC-ε concentration at cups and the rate of phagocytosis...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539226/fecal-calprotectin-as-an-alternative-to-ulcerative-colitis-endoscopic-index-of-severity-to-predict-the-response-to-corticosteroids-of-acute-severe-ulcerative-colitis-a-prospective-observational-study
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Tingbin Xie, Chenyan Zhao, Chao Ding, Tenghui Zhang, Xujie Dai, Tengfei Lv, Yi Li, Zhen Guo, Jianfeng Gong, Weiming Zhu
BACKGROUND: Fecal calprotectin (FC) might be an alternative to ulcerative colitis endoscopic index of severity (UCEIS) to predict the response to corticosteroids (CS) in acute severe colitis (ASC). METHODS: One hundred and seventeen ASC patients were prospectively enrolled. Demographic, clinical, laboratory and sigmoidoscopic data were documented. Multivariate and ROC analyses were performed to identify risk factors for non-response to CS, and the predictive accuracy of possible predictors was assessed...
May 3, 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538779/sweat-test-and-cystic-fibrosis-overview-of-test-performance-at-public-and-private-centers-in-the-state-of-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
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Maria Fátima Servidoni, Carla Cristina Souza Gomez, Fernando Augusto Lima Marson, Adyléia Aparecida Dalbo Contrera Toro, Maria Ângela Gonçalves de Oliveira Ribeiro, José Dirceu Ribeiro, Antônio Fernando Ribeiro
Objective: The sweat test (ST) measures chloride levels in sweat and is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (CF). However, the reliability of a ST depends on their being performed by experienced technicians and in accordance with strict guidelines. Our aim was to evaluate how sweat stimulation, sweat collection, and chloride measurement are performed at 14 centers (9 public centers and 5 private centers) that routinely perform STs in the state of São Paulo, which has the highest frequency of CF in Brazil...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538775/a-murine-model-of-elastase-and-cigarette-smoke-induced-emphysema
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Rubia Rodrigues, Clarice Rosa Olivo, Juliana Dias Lourenço, Alyne Riane, Daniela Aparecida de Brito Cervilha, Juliana Tiyaki Ito, Milton de Arruda Martins, Fernanda Degobbi Tenório Quirino Dos Santos Lopes
Objective: To describe a murine model of emphysema induced by a combination of exposure to cigarette smoke (CS) and instillation of porcine pancreatic elastase (PPE). Methods: A total of 38 C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into four groups: control (one intranasal instillation of 0.9% saline solution); PPE (two intranasal instillations of PPE); CS (CS exposure for 60 days); and CS + PPE (two intranasal instillations of PPE + CS exposure for 60 days). At the end of the experimental protocol, all animals were anesthetized and tracheostomized for calculation of respiratory mechanics parameters...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538520/radiation-induced-cerebellar-cerebral-functional-connectivity-alterations-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
#17
Qiongmin Ma, Ling-Li Zeng, Jian Qin, Zhiguo Luo, Jianpo Su, Donglin Wu, Shijun Qiu, Dewen Hu
The current study aimed to investigate the altered cerebellar-cerebral functional connectivity (FC) induced by radiotherapy to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients. Twenty-four NPC patients without treatment, and 35 NPC patients receiving radiotherapy underwent functional MRI scanning. Montreal cognitive assessment (MoCA) was performed to evaluate the cognitive status of all participants. FC between 10 predefined cerebellar seeds, which were demonstrated to be involved in different brain functional networks, and all brain voxels was obtained for each participant...
May 19, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536674/anti-idiotypic-antibodies-specific-to-prm-monoantibody-prevent-antibody-dependent-enhancement-of-dengue-virus-infection
#18
Miao Wang, Fan Yang, Dana Huang, Yalan Huang, Xiaomin Zhang, Chao Wang, Shaohua Zhang, Renli Zhang
Dengue virus (DENV) co-circulates as four serotypes (DENV1-4). Primary infection only leads to self-limited dengue fever. But secondary infection with another serotype carries a higher risk of increased disease severity, causing life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome (DHF/DSS). Serotype cross-reactive antibodies facilitate DENV infection in Fc-receptor-bearing cells by promoting virus entry via Fcγ receptors (FcγR), a process known as antibody dependent enhancement (ADE). Most studies suggested that enhancing antibodies were mainly specific to the structural premembrane protein (prM) of DENV...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535982/altered-gene-expression-in-early-postnatal-monoamine-oxidase-a-knockout-mice
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Kevin Chen, Abbey Kardys, Yibu Chen, Stephen Flink, Boris Tabakoff, Jean C Shih
We reported previously that monoamine oxidase (MAO) A knockout (KO) mice show increased serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) levels and autistic-like behaviors characterized by repetitive behaviors, and anti-social behaviors. We showed that administration of the serotonin synthesis inhibitor para-chlorophenylalanine (pCPA) from post-natal day 1 (P1) through 7 (P7) in MAO A KO mice reduced the serotonin level to normal and reverses the repetitive behavior. These results suggested that the altered gene expression at P1 and P7 may be important for the autistic-like behaviors seen in MAO A KO mice and was studied here...
May 20, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535565/ephrinb-ephb-signaling-induces-hyperalgesia-through-erk5-creb-pathway-in-rats
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Li-Na Yu, Li-Hong Sun, Min Wang, Lie-Ju Wang, Ying Wu, Jing Yu, Wen-Na Wang, Feng-Jiang Zhang, Xue Li, Min Yan
BACKGROUND: There are numerous studies implicating that EphB receptors and ephrinB ligands play important roles in modulating the transduction of spinal nociceptive information. EphrinB-EphB signaling may contribute to hyperalgesia via various kinds of downstream molecules, the mechanisms of which have not been completely understood. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to identify whether ephrinB-EphB signaling could contribute to hyperalgesia through ERK5/CREB pathway...
May 2017: Pain Physician
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