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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922244/a-novel-de-novo-mutation-involving-the-mll2-gene-in-a-kabuki-syndrome-patient-presenting-with-seizures
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Can Ebru Bekircan-Kurt, Pelin Özlem Şimşek-Kiper, Koray Boduroğlu, Neşe Dericioğlu
Kabuki syndrome is a rare multiple congenital anomaly disorder. Although mental retardation is one of the main features, various neurological symptoms such as hypotonia and seizures can occur. Here we report on a 18-year-old Turkish male patient who was diagnosed previously as Kabuki syndrome. Molecular genetic analysis showed a novel de novo heterozygous mutation (c.12964C > T [p.Gln4322*] ) in the MLL2 gene, that leads to the synthesis of a truncated protein. The aim of the present report is to increase the awareness of Kabuki Syndrome among adult neurologists and to present a previously unreported non-sense mutation in the MLL2 gene...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922054/first-insight-into-the-proteome-landscape-of-the-porcine-short-posterior-ciliary-arteries-key-signalling-pathways-maintaining-physiologic-functions
#2
Caroline Manicam, Natarajan Perumal, Norbert Pfeiffer, Franz H Grus, Adrian Gericke
Short posterior ciliary arteries (sPCA) provide the major blood supply to the optic nerve head. Emerging evidence has linked structural and functional anomalies of sPCA to the pathogenesis of several ocular disorders that cause varying degrees of visual loss, particularly anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy and glaucoma. Although the functional relevance of this vascular bed is well-recognized, the proteome of sPCA remains uncharacterized. Since the porcine ocular system closely resembles that of the human's and is increasingly employed in translational ophthalmic research, this study characterized the proteome of porcine sPCA employing the mass spectrometry-based proteomics strategy...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922005/wrn-regulates-pathway-choice-between-classical-and-alternative-non-homologous-end-joining
#3
Raghavendra A Shamanna, Huiming Lu, Jessica K de Freitas, Jane Tian, Deborah L Croteau, Vilhelm A Bohr
Werner syndrome (WS) is an accelerated ageing disorder with genomic instability caused by WRN protein deficiency. Many features seen in WS can be explained by the diverse functions of WRN in DNA metabolism. However, the origin of the large genomic deletions and telomere fusions are not yet understood. Here, we report that WRN regulates the pathway choice between classical (c)- and alternative (alt)-nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ) during DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair. It promotes c-NHEJ via helicase and exonuclease activities and inhibits alt-NHEJ using non-enzymatic functions...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921323/the-application-of-strand-invasion-phenomenon-directed-by-peptide-nucleic-acid-pna-and-single-stranded-dna-binding-protein-ssb-for-the-recognition-of-specific-sequences-of-human-endogenous-retroviral-herv-w-family
#4
Grzegorz Machnik, Łukasz Bułdak, Jarosław Ruczyński, Tomasz Gąsior, Małgorzata Huzarska, Dariusz Belowski, Magdalena Alenowicz, Piotr Mucha, Piotr Rekowski, Bogusław Okopień
The HERV-W family of human endogenous retroviruses represents a group of numerous sequences that show close similarity in genetic composition. It has been documented that some members of HERV-W-derived expression products are supposed to play significant role in humans' pathology, such as multiple sclerosis or schizophrenia. Other members of the family are necessary to orchestrate physiological processes (eg, ERVWE1 coding syncytin-1 that is engaged in syncytiotrophoblast formation). Therefore, an assay that would allow the recognition of particular form of HERV-W members is highly desirable...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921253/aberrant-alterations-of-mitochondrial-factors-drp1-and-opa1-in-the-brains-of-scrapie-experiment-rodents
#5
Xiao -Dong Yang, Qi Shi, Jing Sun, Yan Lv, Yue Ma, Cao Chen, Kang Xiao, Wei Zhou, Xiao-Ping Dong
The abnormal mitochondrial dynamics has been reported in the brains of some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD), but limitedly described in prion disease. Dynamin-related protein 1 (Drpl) and optic atrophy protein 1 (Opa1) are two essential elements for mitochondria fission and fusion. To evaluate possible changes of mitochondria dynamics during prion infection, the situations of brain Drp1 and Opa1 of scrapie strains 139A, ME7, and S15 mice, as well as 263K-infected hamsters, were analyzed...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920664/investigation-of-snp-rs2060546-immediately-upstream-to-ntn4-in-a-danish-gilles-de-la-tourette-syndrome-cohort
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Shanmukha S Padmanabhuni, Rayan Houssari, Ann-Louise Esserlind, Jes Olesen, Thomas M Werge, Thomas F Hansen, Birgitte Bertelsen, Fotis Tsetsos, Peristera Paschou, Zeynep Tümer
Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (GTS) is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by multiple motor and vocal tics. GTS is a complex disorder, with environmental factors and several genes involved. Although variations within a few genes such as AADAC, NRXN1, SLITRK1, HDC, and IMMP2L have been tentatively associated with GTS (in a small number of patients), the causative genes underlying GTS pathophysiology remain unknown. In a previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP, rs2060546) near the Netrin-4 (NTN4 - MIM 610401) gene was shown to be associated with GTS [odds ratio (OR) = 1...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920410/a-novel-splice-site-mutation-in-the-aspm-gene-underlies-autosomal-recessive-primary-microcephaly
#7
Jamil A Hashmi, Khalid M Al-Harbi, Khushnooda Ramzan, Alia M Albalawi, Amir Mehmood, Mohammed I Samman, Sulman Basit
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive primary microcephaly (MCPH) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder. Patients with MCPH exhibit reduced occipito-frontal head circumference and non-progressive intellectual disability. To date, 17 genes have been known as an underlying cause of MCPH in humans. ASPM (abnormal spindle-like, microcephaly associated) is the most commonly mutated MCPH gene. OBJECTIVE: Identify the genetic defect underlying MCPH in a Saudi family...
November 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920274/adipose-fatty-acid-binding-protein-promotes-saturated-fatty-acid-induced-macrophage-cell-death-through-enhancing-ceramide-production
#8
Yuwen Zhang, Enyu Rao, Jun Zeng, Jiaqing Hao, Yanwen Sun, Shujun Liu, Edward R Sauter, David A Bernlohr, Margot P Cleary, Jill Suttles, Bing Li
Macrophages play a critical role in obesity-associated chronic inflammation and disorders. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the response of macrophages to elevated fatty acids (FAs) and their contribution to metabolic inflammation in obesity remain to be fully elucidated. In this article, we report a new mechanism by which dietary FAs, in particular, saturated FAs (sFAs), are able to directly trigger macrophage cell death. We demonstrated that excess sFAs, but not unsaturated FAs, induced the production of cytotoxic ceramides (Cers) in macrophage cell lines...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920259/hormone-sensitive-lipase-deficiency-alters-gene-expression-and-cholesterol-content-of-mouse-testis
#9
Feng Wang, Zheng Chen, Xiaofang Ren, Ye Tian, Fucheng Wang, Chao Liu, Pengcheng Jin, Zongyue Li, Feixiong Zhang, Baochang Zhu
Hormone-sensitive lipase-knockout (HSL-/-) mice exhibit azoospermia for unclear reasons. To explore the basis of sterility, we performed the following three experiments. First, HSL protein distribution in the testis was determined. Next, transcriptome analyses were performed on the testes of three experimental groups. Finally, the fatty acid and cholesterol levels in the testes with three different genotypes studied were determined. We found that the HSL protein was present from spermatocyte cells to mature sperm acrosomes in wild-type (HSL+/+) testes...
February 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920201/the-streptococcus-gordonii-adhesin-csha-binds-host-fibronectin-via-a-catch-clamp-mechanism
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Catherine R Back, Maryta N Sztukowska, Marisa Till, Richard J Lamont, Howard F Jenkinson, Angela H Nobbs, Paul R Race
Adherence of bacteria to biotic or abiotic surfaces is a prerequisite for host colonization and represents an important step in microbial pathogenicity. This attachment is facilitated by bacterial adhesins at the cell surface. Due to their size and often elaborate multi-domain architectures, these polypeptides represent challenging targets for detailed structural and functional characterization. The multifunctional fibrillar adhesin CshA, which mediates binding to both host molecules and other microorganisms, is an important determinant of colonisation by Streptococcus gordonii, an oral commensal and opportunistic pathogen of animals and humans...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920152/toll-like-receptor-9-stimulation-induces-aberrant-expression-of-a-proliferation-inducing-ligand-by-tonsillar-germinal-center-b-cells-in-iga-nephropathy
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Masahiro Muto, Benoit Manfroi, Hitoshi Suzuki, Kensuke Joh, Masaaki Nagai, Sachiko Wakai, Christian Righini, Masayuki Maiguma, Shozo Izui, Yasuhiko Tomino, Bertrand Huard, Yusuke Suzuki
The TNF family member a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL; also known as TNFSF13), produced by myeloid cells, participates in the generation and survival of antibody-producing plasma cells. We studied the potential role of APRIL in the pathogenesis of IgA nephropathy (IgAN). We found that a significant proportion of germinal centers (GCs) in tonsils of patients with IgAN contained cells aberrantly producing APRIL, contributing to an overall upregulation of tonsillar APRIL expression compared with that in tonsils of control patients with tonsillitis...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920150/heterotrimeric-kinesin-2-together-with-kinesin-1-steers-vesicular-acetylcholinesterase-movements-toward-the-synapse
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Anuttama Kulkarni, Yasmin Khan, Krishanu Ray
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which is implicated in the pathophysiology of neurological disorders, is distributed along the axon and enriched at the presynaptic basal lamina. It hydrolyses the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which inhibits synaptic transmission. Aberrant AChE activity and ectopic axonal accumulation of the enzyme are associated with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. The molecular mechanism that underlies AChE transport is still unclear. Here, we show that expression of Drosophila AChE tagged with photoactivable green fluorescent protein and m-Cherry (GPAC) in cholinergic neurons compensates for the RNA interference-mediated knockdown of endogenous AChE activity...
December 5, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920026/the-transcellular-propagation-and-intracellular-trafficking-of-%C3%AE-synuclein
#13
George K Tofaris, Michel Goedert, Maria Grazia Spillantini
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, with only partial symptomatic therapy and no mechanism-based therapies. The accumulation and aggregation of α-synuclein is causatively linked to the sporadic form of the disease, which accounts for 95% of cases. The pathology is a result of a gain of toxic function of misfolded α-synuclein conformers, which can template the aggregation of soluble monomers and lead to cellular dysfunction, at least partly by interfering with membrane fusion events at synaptic terminals...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920025/biology-and-genetics-of-prp-prion-strains
#14
Sina Ghaemmaghami
Prion diseases are a group of fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by the misfolding of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into a pathogenic conformation (PrP(Sc)). PrP(Sc) is capable of folding into multiple self-replicating prion strains that produce phenotypically distinct neurological disorders. Evidence suggests that the structural heterogeneity of PrP(Sc) is the molecular basis of strain-specific prion properties. The self-templating of PrP(Sc) typically ensures that prion strains breed true upon passage...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919796/the-bad-seed-gardener-deubiquitinases-in-the-cancer-stem-cell-signaling-network-and-therapeutic-resistance
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REVIEW
Guan-Zhong Qiu, Wei Sun, Ming-Zhu Jin, Jing Lin, Pei-Gang Lu, Wei-Lin Jin
Tumors are comprised of highly heterogeneous populations of cells, of which only a small subset of stem-like cells possess the ability to regenerate tumors in vivo. These rare cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been regarded as the "bad seeds" accounted for tumor initiation, progression, metastasis, relapse and therapeutic resistance. CSC-targeted therapy seems to be a better avenue for radical cure of cancer. Deubiquitinases (DUBs), specifically disassembling ubiquitin chains, have been demonstrated to play an important role in rigidly maintaining the balance between ubiquitination and deubiquitination for protein quality control and homeostasis in normal circumstances...
December 2, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919712/extracts-from-two-ubiquitous-mediterranean-plants-ameliorate-cellular-and-animal-models-of-neurodegenerative-proteinopathies
#16
Michelle Briffa, Stephanie Ghio, Johanna Neuner, Alison J Gauci, Rebecca Cacciottolo, Christelle Marchal, Mario Caruana, Christophe Cullin, Neville Vassallo, Ruben J Cauchi
A signature feature of age-related neurodegenerative proteinopathies is the misfolding and aggregation of proteins, typically amyloid-β (Aβ) in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and α-synuclein (α-syn) in Parkinson's disease (PD), into soluble oligomeric structures that are highly neurotoxic. Cellular and animal models that faithfully replicate the hallmark features of these disorders are being increasing exploited to identify disease-modifying compounds. Natural compounds have been identified as a useful source of bioactive molecules with promising neuroprotective capabilities...
December 2, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919701/evaluation-of-the-neurotoxic-effects-of-chronic-embryonic-exposure-with-inorganic-mercury-on-motor-and-anxiety-like-responses-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-larvae
#17
Noraini Abu Bakar, Nurul Syafida Asma' Mohd Sata, Nurul Farhana Ramlan, Wan Norhamidah Wan Ibrahim, Syaizwan Zahmir Zulkifli, Che Azurahanim Che Abdullah, Mohammad Noor Amal Azmai
Chronic exposure to mercury (Hg) can lead to cumulative impairments in motor and cognitive functions including alteration in anxiety responses. Although several risk factors have been identified in recent year, little is known about the environmental factors that either due exposure toward low level of inorganic mercury that may led to the developmental disorders. The present study investigated the effects of embryonic exposure of mercury chloride on motor function and anxiety-like behavior. The embryo exposed to 6 different concentrations of HgCl2 (7...
December 2, 2016: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919646/role-of-neurotrophic-factors-in-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#18
Shih-Jen Tsai
Neurotrophins (NTs), a family of proteins including nerve growth factor, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), neurotrophin-3, and neurotrophin-4, are essential for neural growth, survival, and differentiation, and are therefore crucial for brain development. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by problems of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. ADHD is one of the most common childhood onset psychiatric disorders. Studies have suggested that both genetic and environmental factors influence the development of the disorder, although the precise causes of ADHD have not yet been identified...
November 30, 2016: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919344/jcl-roundtable-risk-evaluation-and-mitigation-strategy
#19
REVIEW
W Virgil Brown, Dean A Bramlet, Joyce L Ross, James A Underberg
Many factors enter into the decision by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a new drug for use by physicians and other health care providers in treating diseases. Initially, the FDA authority was restricted to issues of safety and only later did the documentation of efficacy become part of the review process required for approval. However, all drugs have the potential for causing harm at some dose level to all and at lower doses in certain patients with vulnerability to the particular pharmacology of the agent...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918953/cross-talk-between-innate-cytokines-and-the-pancreatic-polypeptide-family-in-acute-pancreatitis
#20
Sayali A Pendharkar, Ruma G Singh, Maxim S Petrov
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Low-grade inflammation persists in patients with acute pancreatitis (AP) after hospital discharge, and is linked to metabolic disorders. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is well recognized as an important mediator of inflammation in these patients but the role of the other two structurally similar peptides, pancreatic polypeptide (PP) and peptide YY (PYY), in inflammation has been sparsely investigated. The aim was to investigate the association between PYY, PP, NPY and circulating levels of innate cytokines in patients after AP...
December 2, 2016: Cytokine
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