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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815618/effect-on-gene-expression-of-three-allelic-variants-in-gata-motifs-of-abo-rhd-and-rhce-regulatory-elements
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Katie Fennell, Roser Hoffman, Ken Yoshida, Sadahiko Iwamoto, Lavendri Govender, Kuben Vather, Ashika Sookraj, Ute Jentsch, Chantale Pambrun, Catherine McAuley, Margaret A Keller, Gorka Ochoa-Garay
BACKGROUND: Only a few genetic variants have been reported in regulatory elements of blood group genes. Most of them affect GATA motifs, binding sites for the GATA-1 transcription factor. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Samples from two patients and one donor with unusual or discrepant serology for ABO, RhD, and RhCE antigens were analyzed by DNA sequencing. Analyzed regions included the coding sequence and portions of regulatory elements. The effect of some variants on gene expression was evaluated in reporter gene assays...
August 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812421/right-hemispatial-ipsilesional-neglect-with-chronic-right-hemisphere-strokes
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John B Williamson, Damon G Lamb, D Brandon Burtis, Salsabil Haque, Eduardo M Zilli, Tigran Kesayan, Michal Harciarek, Kenneth M Heilman
BACKGROUND: Patients who present with spatial neglect after stroke often perform normally on tests for neglect after a few weeks. Whereas tests for neglect are often performed directly in front of a patient, in their actual environments many important stimuli may be present within their left or right hemispace. The presence and severity of neglect often depends on the hemisphere injured. It is possible, in chronic stroke, for spatial judgments to be influenced by an interaction of stroke laterality and the spatial location of stimuli...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810598/differentially-methylated-regions-in-patients-with-rheumatic-heart-disease-and-secondary-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Dawei Zheng, Xiaoying Chen, Ni Li, Lebo Sun, Qingyun Zhou, Huoshun Shi, Guodong Xu, Jing Liu, Limin Xu, Shiwei Duan, Guofeng Shao
The aim of the present study was to identify differentially methylated regions (DMRs) in patients with rheumatic heart disease and secondary pulmonary arterial hypertension (RHD-PAH). A genome-wide DNA methylation assay was performed between 6 patients with RHD-PAH and 6 healthy controls using an Illumina Infinium HumanMethylation450 BeadChip kit. The Limma software package was subsequently used to identify significant DMRs. A total of 40 hypome-thylated and 64 hypermethylated CpG sites were identified between the RHD-PAH group and the control group...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808053/navigating-the-conformational-landscape-of-g-protein-coupled-receptor-kinases-during-allosteric-activation
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Xin-Qiu Yao, M Claire Cato, Emily Labudde, Tyler S Beyett, John J G Tesmer, Barry J Grant
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are essential for transferring extracellular signals into carefully choreographed intracellular responses controlling diverse aspects of cell physiology. The duration of GPCR mediated signaling is primarily regulated via GPCR kinase (GRK)-mediated phosphorylation of activated receptors. Although many GRK structures have been reported, the mechanisms underlying GRK activation are not well understood, in part because it is unknown how these structures map to the conformational landscape available to this enzyme family...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796682/a-guide-to-terminology-for-rh-immunoprophylaxis
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S Gerald Sandler, John T Queenan
Rh immunoprophylaxis for Rh-negative women requires an understanding of terminology used for Rh blood typing laboratory reports. The pathophysiology of Rh hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn was elucidated by studies in rhesus monkeys. Subsequent studies revealed that the human blood group antigen responsible for Rh hemolytic disease of the newborn (D antigen) is related to, but different from, the rhesus monkey antigen. Weak expression of the D antigen on red cells, originally termed D, is currently reported by laboratories as a "serologic weak D phenotype," which can be further defined by RHD genotyping to be either an RHD weak D type or a partial D phenotype...
August 4, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791349/ubiquitin-specific-peptidase-4-stabilizes-interferon-regulatory-factor-protein-and-promotes-its-function-to-facilitate-interleukin-4-expression-in-t-helper-type-2-cells
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Zhixiang Guo, Peng Xu, Shangqing Ge, Chengxin Zhang, Xiaoyan Zheng, Jinguo Xu, Zhuang Liu, Bin Li, Shenglin Ge
We speculated that ubiquitin specific peptidase 4 (USP4) may deubiquitinate interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4) and affect T helper type 2 (Th2) cell function. This study aimed to validate this hypothesis. Here, the interaction between USP4 and IRF4 were analyzed by co-immunoprecipitation assay. The deubiquitin effect of USP4 on IRF4 was analyzed by the Ni-NTA pull down assay. Luciferase reporter gene constructs were used to analyze the effects of USP4, IRF4 and nuclear factor of activated T cell-2 (NFATc2) on the activation of the interleukin-4 (IL-4) promoter...
August 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749400/a-novel-approach-for-characterizing-variations-in-serum-peptides-in-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Xiaochen Wu, Qin Yue, Weikun Jia, Jinbao Zhang, Hui Ouyang, Dong Xin, Yingbin Xiao
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are important public health problems in developing countries. In this study, peptidomic analyses on RHD patients and healthy individuals were performed to characterize variations in serum peptide levels using label-free quantitation approaches. METHODS: Blood samples were obtained from 160 healthy controls and 160 RHD patients. Of the 448 identified peptides, 272 were analyzed by two label-free mass spectrometry methods, the spectral count and spectral index...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745221/rheumatic-heart-disease-pathogenesis-and-vaccine
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L Guilherme, S Freschi de Barros, K F Köhler, S R Santos, F Morais Ferreira, W R Silva, R Alencar, E Postol, J Kalil
Rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) follow untreated S. pyogenes throat infections in children who present susceptible genes that favor the development of autoimmune reactions. In this review, we focus on the genes that confer susceptibility and on the autoimmune reactions that occur due to molecular mimicry between human-tissue proteins and streptococcal M protein. Polyarthritis is the initial manifestation, which can evolve to carditis and severe valve damage; these culminate in rheumatic heart disease (RHD) or Sydenham's chorea, which affects the central nervous system...
July 25, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735063/serum-uric-acid-as-a-simple-risk-factor-in-patients-with-rheumatic-heart-disease-undergoing-valve-replacement-surgery
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Xue-Biao Wei, Lei Jiang, Yuan-Hui Liu, Du Feng, Peng-Cheng He, Jiyan Chen, Dan-Qing Yu, Ning Tan
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the relationship between admission serum uric acid (SUA) and in-hospital and one-year mortality after valve replacement surgery (VRS) for patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). METHODS: One-thousand five-hundred thirty-six consecutive patients with RHD undergoing VRS were divided into 4 groups based on the quartiles of SUA on admission. The association between SUA and adverse outcomes was analyzed. RESULTS: The in-hospital mortality (2...
July 19, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730912/rhd-specific-microrna-for-regulation-of-the-del-blood-group-integration-of-computational-and-experimental-approaches
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J Thongbut, U Kerdpin, T Sakuldamrongpanich, C Isarankura Na-Ayudhya, P Nuchnoi
OBJECTIVE: The discovery of specific microRNAs (miRNA) mediates a better understanding of molecular mechanisms, diagnosis and prognosis of complex phenotypes. Synthesis of the RhD blood group involves multiple factors causing variation in the expression of RHD antigens. The mechanism underlying the extremely weak expression of RHD antigen associated with the RHD variant called DEL (D-elute) is incompletely understood. Down-regulation of gene expression through miRNA is a guide to the potential involvement of miRNAs in the DEL blood group...
July 21, 2017: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729746/the-incidence-and-effects-of-alloimmunization-in-pregnancy-during-the-period-2000%C3%A2-%C3%A2-2013
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Marjana Jerković Raguž, Darinka Šumanovic Glamuzina, Jerko Brzica, Tonći Gruica
INTRODUCTION: The objective of the analysis was to examine the epidemiological aspects of maternal alloimmunization and to determine the most common antibody specificities resulting in hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The retrospective epidemiological study encompasses all pregnant women who underwent immunohematological screening and the newborn treated for HDN in the period from 2000 to 2013 in the Herzegovina region. RESULTS: The indirect Coombs test (ICT) detected antibodies against antigens in 384 (2...
July 2017: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718198/targeted-antenatal-anti-d-prophylaxis-program-for-rhd-negative-pregnant-women-outcome-of-the-first-two-years-of-a-national-program-in-finland
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Katri Haimila, Kati Sulin, Malla Kuosmanen, Inna Sareneva, Anu Korhonen, Suvi Natunen, Jarno Tuimala, Susanna Sainio
The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of the non-invasive fetal RHD test at 24-26 weeks of gestation as part of the national antenatal screening programme to target routine antenatal anti-D prophylaxis (RAADP) at 28-30 weeks at women carrying an RhD-positive fetus MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study involving all maternity care centres and delivery hospitals in Finland between February 2014 and January 2016. Fetal RHD genotyping using cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma was performed with real-time polymerase chain reaction in a centralised setting...
July 17, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717357/high-levels-of-cxcl8-and-low-levels-of-cxcl9-and-cxcl10-in-women-with-maternal-rhd-alloimmunization
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Juliana Araújo de Carvalho Schettini, Thomás Virgílio Gomes, Alexandra Karla Santos Barreto, Claudeir Dias da Silva Júnior, Marina da Matta, Isabela Cristina Neiva Coutinho, Maria do Carmo Valgueiro Costa de Oliveira, Leuridan Cavalcante Torres
Maternal RhD alloimmunization is an inflammatory response against protein antigens in fetal red blood cells (RBC). However, not all women become alloimmunized when exposed to RhD(+) fetal RBC. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate levels of inflammatory chemokines in RhD(-) pregnant women with erythrocyte alloimmunization. CXCL8, CXCL9, CCL5, and CXCL10 levels were determined from cell culture supernatants by flow cytometry in 46 (30 non-alloimmunized RhD(-) and 16 previously alloimmunized RhD(-)) pregnant women...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716486/the-impact-of-a-peer-support-group-for-children-with-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-uganda
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Amy Scheel, Andrea Beaton, Emmy Okello, Chris T Longenecker, Isaac Omara Otim, Peter Lwabi, Craig Sable, Allison R Webel, Twalib Aliku
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of a peer-support group on knowledge, quality of life, and social support for children with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). METHODS: Children diagnosed with RHD and receiving 4-weekly injectable penicillin were invited to participate in a monthly support group for 6 months. Pre- and post-intervention assessments included a baseline RHD knowledge assessment, a measure of health related quality of life (HRQOL) (PedsQLTM4.0), and a measure of social support (Hawthorne Friendship Scale)...
July 11, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714065/genotyping-by-sequencing-defines-independent-novel-rhd-variants-for-an-antenatal-patient-and-a-blood-donor
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Genghis H Lopez, Eunike C McGowan, Jennifer A Condon, Elizna M Schoeman, Glenda M Millard, Helen O'Brien, Eileen V Roulis, Gorka Ochoa-Garay, Yew-Wah Liew, Robert L Flower, Catherine A Hyland
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July 16, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689774/expression-of-il-1ra-il-6-il-8-il-18-tnf-%C3%AE-and-ifn-%C3%AE-genes-in-peripheral-blood-leukocytes-of-rabbits-infected-with-rhdv-rabbit-haemorrhagic-disease-virus
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Alicja Trzeciak-Ryczek, Beata Tokarz-Deptuła, Wiesław Deptuła
Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) induces a highly contagious and extremely lethal disease that fulfils many requirements of an animal model of fulminant hepatic failure (FHF); however, the pathogenesis of RHD has still not been fully elucidated. Cytokines play an important role in regulation of the immune response and pathogenesis of many diseases, including those caused by viral infections. Furthermore, recent studies indicate a role of the immune response, especially peripheral blood leukocytes (PBL), in the pathogenesis of RHD...
July 8, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686149/enhanced-opsonisation-of-rhesus-d-positive-human-red-blood-cells-by-recombinant-polymeric-immunoglobulin-g-anti-g-antibodies
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Dylana Díaz-Solano, Jaheli Fuenmayor, Ramon F Montaño
BACKGROUND: Anti-RhD antibodies (anti-D) are important in the prophylaxis of haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn (HDFN) due to RhD incompatibility. Current preparations of anti-D are sourced from hyperimmune human plasma, so its production carries a risk of disease and is dependent on donor availability. Despite the efforts to develop a monoclonal preparation with similar prophylactic properties to the plasma-derived anti-D, no such antibody is yet available. Here we studied the agglutinating, opsonic and haemolytic activities of two recombinant polymeric immunoglobulins (Ig) against the G antigen of the Rh complex...
May 30, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683722/epidemiology-of-pharyngitis-as-reported-by-zambian-school-children-and-their-families-implications-for-demand-side-interventions-to-prevent-rheumatic-heart-disease
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John Musuku, Joyce C Lungu, Elizabeth Machila, Catherine Jones, Laurence Colin, Sherri Schwaninger, Patrick Musonda, Brigitta Tadmor, Jonathan M Spector, Mark E Engel, Liesl J Zühlke
BACKGROUND: Prompt and appropriate treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis decreases the risk of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Understanding public perceptions and behaviors related to sore throat is fundamental to inform health programs aimed at eliminating new cases of RHD in endemic regions. We sought to describe the epidemiology of pediatric pharyngitis and its treatment, as reported by children and their parents or guardians in Lusaka, Zambia. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional investigation using interviews and written surveys, nested in a school-based RHD prevalence study...
July 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681803/molecular-biology-of-group-a-streptococcus-and-its-implications-in-vaccine-strategies
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REVIEW
N K Brahmadathan
Infections due to Streptococcus pyogenes and their complications are a problem of major concern in many countries, including India. Primary prophylaxis with benzathine penicillin is the key to control and prevent sequelae such as acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RF/RHD) or post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (PSGN). Non-compliance to prophylaxis due to fear of injection and anaphylaxis is major issues in RF/RHD control in India and leads to continued high prevalence of infection and post-streptococcal sequelae...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673022/secondary-prevention-for-screening-detected-rheumatic-heart-disease-opportunities-to-improve-adherence
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Daniel Engelman, Maureen Ah Kee, Reapi L Mataika, Joseph H Kado, Samantha M Colquhoun, Jim Tulloch, Andrew C Steer
Background: Secondary prevention is an effective treatment for rheumatic heart disease (RHD), but ensuring high adherence to prophylaxis over many years is challenging and requires understanding of local factors. Methods: Participants were young people diagnosed with RHD through echocardiographic screening in Fiji. We used a structured interview to evaluate the following: health seeking behaviours; attitudes, practice, barriers and potential improvement strategies for adherence to antibiotic prophylaxis; and adolescent-friendly qualities of the health service...
April 1, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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