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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636929/intrinsic-functional-connectivity-alteration-of-dorsal-and-rostral-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-a-resting-fmri-study
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Zongfeng Zhang, Qing Fan, Yajing Zhu, Ling Tan, Yongjun Chen, Rui Gao, Haiyin Zhang, Yao Li, Zeping Xiao
Cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical (CSTC) circuit has been implicated in OCD pathophysiology by converging neuroimaging findings. The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), as an important part within CSTC circuit, plays a critical role in OCD etiology. The ACC can be divided into dorsal and rostral parts anatomically, which are involved in cognitive process and emotional function, respectively. However, the diverse function of intrinsic signals from dorsal and rostral ACC regions remains unclear in OCD study. In this work, we applied resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) technology to investigate and differentiate the functional connectivity (FC) characteristics between dACC and rACC in unmedicated OCD patients...
June 18, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636654/characterization-of-human-fcrl4-positive-b-cells
#2
Michel Jourdan, Nicolas Robert, Maïlys Cren, Coraline Thibaut, Christophe Duperray, Alboukadel Kassambara, Michel Cogné, Karin Tarte, Bernard Klein, Jérôme Moreaux
FCRL4 is an immunoregulatory receptor that belongs to the Fc receptor-like (FCRL) family. In healthy individuals, FCRL4 is specifically expressed by memory B cells (MBCs) localized in sub-epithelial regions of lymphoid tissues. Expansion of FCRL4+ B cells has been observed in blood and other tissues in various infectious and autoimmune disorders. Currently, the mechanisms involved in pathological FCRL4+ B cell generation are actively studied, but they remain elusive. As in vivo FCRL4+ cells are difficult to access and to isolate, here we developed a culture system to generate in vitro FCRL4+ B cells from purified MBCs upon stimulation with soluble CD40 ligand and/or CpG DNA to mimic T-cell dependent and/or T-cell independent activation, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636371/iron-oxidation-and-core-formation-in-recombinant-heteropolymeric-human-ferritins
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Matthew R Mehlenbacher, Maura Poli, Paolo Arosio, Paolo Santambrogio, Sonia Levi, N Dennis Chasteen, Fadi Bou-Abdallah
In animals, the iron storage and detoxification protein, ferritin, is composed of two functionally and genetically distinct subunit types, H (Heavy) and L (Light), which co-assemble in various ratios with tissue specific distributions to form shell-like protein structures of 24 subunits within which a mineralized iron core is stored. The H-subunit possesses a ferroxidase center (FC) which catalyzes Fe(II) oxidation whereas the L-subunit does not. To assess the role of the L-subunit in iron oxidation and core formation, two human recombinant heteropolymeric ferritins, designated H-rich and L-rich with ratios of ~ 20H:4L and ~ 22L:2H, respectively, were employed and compared to the human homopolymeric H-subunit ferritin (HuHF)...
June 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636351/heats-of-formation-of-medium-size-organic-compounds-from-contemporary-electronic-structure-methods
#4
Yury Minenkov, Heng Wang, Zhandong Wang, S Mani Sarathy, Luigi Cavallo
Computational electronic structure calculations are routinely undertaken to predict thermodynamic properties of the various species. However, the application of highly accurate wave function theory methods, such as the "gold standard" coupled cluster approach including single, double and partly triple excitations in perturbative fashion, CCSD(T), to large molecules is limited due to high computational cost. In this work, the promising domain based local pair natural orbital coupled cluster approach, DLPNO-CCSD(T), has been tested to reproduce 113 accurate formation enthalpies of medium-size molecules (few dozens heavy atoms) important for bio- and combustion chemistry via the reaction based Feller-Peterson-Dixon approach...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636181/identification-of-biomarkers-for-early-diagnosis-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
#5
Wen-Han Ge, Yong Lin, Sen Li, Xuefeng Zong, Zhong-Chun Ge
Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a common disease with serious consequences in mortality and cost. Here we aim to screen the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) as biomarkers for early diagnosis of AMI. The microarray data of AMI was downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO), including two independent types of research GSE66360 and GSE62646. The DEGs between control and processed samples were screened out by using limma package. Meanwhile, we performed functional analysis of GO terms and/or KEGG pathways to observe the enriched pathways of the DEGs...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635253/discovery-and-characterization-of-histidine-oxidation-initiated-cross-links-in-an-igg1-monoclonal-antibody
#6
Chong-Feng Xu, Rachel Chen, Linda Yi, Tim Brantley, Brad Stanley, Zoran Sosic, Li Zang
Novel cross-links between an oxidized histidine and intact histidine, lysine or cysteine were discovered and characterized from high-molecular weight (HMW) fractions of an IgG1 monoclonal antibody (mAb). The mAb HMW fractions were col-lected using preparative size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) and extensively characterized to understand the mechanism of formation of the non-reducible and covalently linked portion of the HMWs. The HMW fractions were IdeS digested, reduced and analyzed by size-exclusion chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (SEC-MS)...
June 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634480/fc-galactosylation-of-human-immunoglobulin-gamma-isotypes-improves-c1q-binding-and-enhances-complement-dependent-cytotoxicity
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Benjamin Peschke, Christian W Keller, Patrick Weber, Isaak Quast, Jan D Lünemann
Binding of the complement component C1q to the CH2 domain of antigen-bound immunoglobulin gamma (IgG) activates the classical complement pathway and depends on its close proximity to Fc fragments of neighboring antibodies. IgG subclasses contain a highly conserved asparagine 297 (N)-linked biantennary glycan within their CH2 domains, the core structure of which can be extended with terminal galactose and sialic acid residues. To investigate whether Fc-glycosylation regulates effector functions of human IgG subclasses, we cloned the antigen-binding region of the CD20-specific monoclonal antibody rituximab into IgG isotype expression vectors...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634285/frequency-of-chest-pain-in-primary-care-diagnostic-tests-performed-and-final-diagnoses
#8
Beatrijs Bn Hoorweg, Robert Ta Willemsen, Lotte E Cleef, Tom Boogaerts, Frank Buntinx, Jan Fc Glatz, Geert Jan Dinant
OBJECTIVE: Observational study of patients with chest pain in primary care: determination of incidence, referral rate, diagnostic tests and (agreement between) working and final diagnoses. METHODS: 118 general practitioners (GPs) in the Netherlands and Belgium recorded all patient contacts during  2weeks. Furthermore, patients presenting with chest pain were registered extensively. A follow-up form was filled in after 30 days. RESULTS: 22 294 patient contacts were registered...
June 20, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634284/co-administration-of-rankl-and-ctla4-antibodies-enhances-lymphocyte-mediated-anti-tumor-immunity-in-mice
#9
Elizabeth Ahern, Heidi Harjunpaa, Deborah Barkauskas, Stacey Allen, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Hideo Yagita, David Wyld, William C Dougall, Michele W L Teng, Mark J Smyth
Purpose: Novel partners for established immune checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of cancer are needed to address the problems of primary and acquired resistance. The efficacy of combination RANKL and CTLA4 blockade in anti-tumor immunity has been suggested by recent case reports in melanoma. Here we provide a rationale for this combination in mouse models of cancer. <br />Experimental Design: The efficacy and mechanism of a combination of RANKL and CTLA4 blockade was examined by tumor infiltrating lymphocyte analysis, tumor growth and metastasis using a variety of neutralizing antibodies and gene-targeted mice...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633076/resting-state-functional-connectivity-of-anterior-and-posterior-hippocampus-in-posttraumatic-stress-disorder
#10
Amit Lazarov, Xi Zhu, Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez, Bret R Rutherford, Yuval Neria
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been associated with altered resting-state functional connectivity (rs-FC) of several brain regions within the salience (SN) and default-mode (DMN) networks, including the hippocampus. However, most rs-FC studies have not focused primarily on the hippocampus, nor have they appreciated its structural heterogeneity, despite clear evidence for a dissociation between posterior and anterior hippocampal connectivity. Here, we examine rs-FC of anterior and posterior hippocampus with key regions in the SN (amygdala, insula, and dorsal anterior cingulate cortex/pre-supplementary motor area) and DMN (ventromedial prefrontal cortex, posterior cingulate cortex, and precuneus) previously implicated in PTSD, using a seed-based approach...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632778/over-expressing-the-soluble-gp130-fc-does-not-ameliorate-methionine-and-choline-deficient-diet-induced-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-mice
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Helene L Kammoun, Tamara Louise Allen, Darren Colin Henstridge, Michael James Kraakman, Lone Peijs, Stefan Rose-John, Mark Anthony Febbraio
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a liver disease with the potential to lead to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of NASH, with the so-called IL-6 'trans-signaling' cascade being responsible for the pro-inflammatory actions of this cytokine. We aimed to block IL-6 'trans-signaling', using a transgenic mouse that overexpresses human soluble glycoprotein130 (sgp130Fc Tg mice) fed a commonly used dietary model of inducing NASH (methionine and choline deficient-diet; MCD diet) and hypothesized that markers of NASH would be ameliorated in such mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632120/basolateral-amygdala-ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex-connectivity-predicts-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-outcome-in-adults-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Miquel A Fullana, Xi Zhu, Pino Alonso, Narcís Cardoner, Eva Real, Clara López-Solà, Cinto Segalàs, Marta Subirà, Hanga Galfalvy, José M Menchón, H Blair Simpson, Rachel Marsh, Carles Soriano-Mas
BACKGROUND: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), including exposure and ritual prevention, is a first-line treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but few reliable predictors of CBT outcome have been identified. Based on research in animal models, we hypothesized that individual differences in basolateral amygdala-ventromedial prefrontal cortex (BLA-vmPFC) communication would predict CBT outcome in patients with OCD. METHODS: We investigated whether BLA-vmPFC resting-state functional connectivity (rs-fc) predicts CBT outcome in patients with OCD...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631484/ocular-pharmacokinetics-of-therapeutic-antibodies-given-by-intravitreal-injection-estimation-of-retinal-permeabilities-using-a-3-compartment-semi-mechanistic-model
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Laurence A Hutton-Smith, Eamonn A Gaffney, Helen M Byrne, Philip K Maini, Kapil Gadkar, Norman Alan Mazer
Intravitreally (IVT) injected macromolecules for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration must permeate through the inner limiting membrane (ILM) into the retina and through the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) to enter the choroid. A quantitative understanding of intraocular transport mechanisms, elimination pathways and the effect of molecular size, is currently incomplete. We present a semi-mechanistic, 3-compartment (retina, vitreous and aqueous) pharmacokinetic (PK) model, expressed using linear ordinary differential equations (ODEs), to describe the molecular concentrations following a single IVT injection...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630049/comparison-of-electroacupuncture-and-medical-treatment-for-functional-constipation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Sheng-Li Zhou, Xiu-Lai Zhang, Jing-Hua Wang
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of electroacupuncture (EA) relative to conventional medication in functional constipation (FC). DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis SETTING: To be included, studies needed to: (1) have been randomised controlled trials; (2) have recruited adult patients diagnosed with FC according to the Rome II/III criteria or the American Gastroenterological Association guideline for chronic FC; and (3) have randomised patients to be treated with EA or anti-constipation medication...
June 19, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630016/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-sinonovacula-constricta-in-gills-and-hepatopancreas-in-response-to-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-infection
#15
Xuelin Zhao, Xuemei Duan, Zhenhui Wang, Weiwei Zhang, Ye Li, Chunhua Jin, Jinbo Xiong, Chenghua Li
The razor clam Sinonovacula constricta is an important economic species in China. However, bacterial pathogenic diseases limits S. constricta farming industry for large-scale production. In this study, de novo transcriptome sequencing was performed on S. constricta gills and hepatopancreas under Vibrio parahaemolyticus challenge for 12 h and 48 h, respectively. Transcripts assembly constructed 18,330 sequences, each of which was 500 bp long and functionally annotated, and 1781 and 490 transcripts were differentially expressed in the gills and hepatopancreas, respectively...
June 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629951/immunogenicity-of-class-i-hla-but-not-preformed-low-mfi-donor-specific-antibodies-correlates-with-outcomes-after-first-renal-transplantation
#16
A Lobashevsky, W Goggins, K Rosner, T Taber
BACKGROUND: The role of low levels of circulating donor specific antibodies (DSA) producing negative flow cytometry cross match is not completely defined. The purpose of this study was to examine the clinical significance of preexisting low levels of class I DSAs in flow cytometry cross match (FC CM) negative first kidney transplant recipients (KTRs). METHODS: All of the KTRs (n=41) had low levels of anti-class I antibodies only. The kidney transplant outcome was evaluated by the development of a deleterious effect (DE) in recipients in the study cohort (Group 1: DE+, Group 2: DE-)...
June 16, 2017: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629912/calprotectin-and-the-magnitude-of-antibodies-to-infliximab-in-clinically-stable-ulcerative-colitis-patients-are-more-relevant-than-infliximab-trough-levels-and-pharmacokinetics-for-therapeutic-escalation
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Fernando Magro, Joana Afonso, Susana Lopes, Rosa Coelho, Raquel Gonçalves, Paulo Caldeira, Paula Lago, Helena Tavares de Sousa, Jaime Ramos, Ana Rita Gonçalves, Paula Ministro, Isadora Rosa, Ana Isabel Vieira, Patrícia Andrade, João-Bruno Soares, Diana Carvalho, Paula Sousa, Tânia Meira, Joanne Lopes, Joana Moleiro, Cláudia Camila Dias, Amílcar Falcão, Karel Geboes, Fatima Carneiro
Although infliximab (IFX) is an efficient therapy for ulcerative colitis (UC) patients, a considerably high rate of therapeutic failures still occurs. This study aimed at a better understanding of IFX pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics among clinically-asymptomatic UC patients. This was a multicentric and prospective study involving 65 UC patients in the maintenance phase of IFX therapy. There were no significant differences between patients with positive and negative clinical, endoscopic and histological outcomes concerning their IFX trough levels (TLs), area under the IFX concentration vs...
June 7, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629361/decoy-receptor-3-an-endogenous-immunomodulator-in-cancer-growth-and-inflammatory-reactions
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Shie-Liang Hsieh, Wan-Wan Lin
Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3), also known as tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily member 6b (TNFRSF6B), is a soluble decoy receptor which can neutralize the biological functions of three members of tumor necrosis factor superfamily (TNFSF): Fas ligand (FasL), LIGHT, and TL1A. In addition to 'decoy' function, recombinant DcR3.Fc is able to modulate the activation and differentiation of dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages via 'non-decoy' action. DcR3-treated DCs skew T cell differentiation into Th2 phenotype, while DcR3-treated macrophages behave M2 phenotype...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628042/a-therapeutic-t-cell-receptor-mimic-antibody-targets-tumor-associated-prame-peptide-hla-i-antigens
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Aaron Y Chang, Tao Dao, Ron S Gejman, Casey A Jarvis, Andrew Scott, Leonid Dubrovsky, Melissa D Mathias, Tatyana Korontsvit, Victoriya Zakhaleva, Michael Curcio, Ronald C Hendrickson, Cheng Liu, David A Scheinberg
Preferentially expressed antigen in melanoma (PRAME) is a cancer-testis antigen that is expressed in many cancers and leukemias. In healthy tissue, PRAME expression is limited to the testes and ovaries, making it a highly attractive cancer target. PRAME is an intracellular protein that cannot currently be drugged. After proteasomal processing, the PRAME300-309 peptide ALYVDSLFFL (ALY) is presented in the context of human leukocyte antigen HLA-A*02:01 molecules for recognition by the T cell receptor (TCR) of cytotoxic T cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627725/proteomic-analysis-of-host-cell-protein-dynamics-in-the-supernatant-of-fc-fusion-protein-producing-cho-dg44-and-dukx-b11-cell-lines-in-batch-and-fed-batch-cultures
#20
Jin Hyoung Park, Jong Hwa Jin, In Jung Ji, Hyun Joo An, Jong Won Kim, Gyun Min Lee
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are the most widely used host cell lines for the commercial production of therapeutic proteins including Fc-fusion proteins. During the culture of recombinant CHO (rCHO) cells, host cell proteins (HCPs), secreted from viable cells and released from dead cells, accumulate extracellularly, potentially impairing product quality. In this study, the HCPs that accumulated extracellularly in batch and fed-batch cultures of Fc-fusion protein-producing rCHO cell lines (DG-Fc and DUKX-Fc) were identified and quantified using nanoflow liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), followed by gene ontology and functional analysis...
June 19, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
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