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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351619/repairing-folding-defective-%C3%AE-sarcoglycan-mutants-by-cftr-correctors-a-potential-therapy-for-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-2d
#1
Marcello Carotti, Justine Marsolier, Michela Soardi, Elisa Bianchini, Chiara Gomiero, Chiara Fecchio, Sara F Henriques, Romeo Betto, Roberta Sacchetto, Isabelle Richard, Dorianna Sandonà
Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy type 2D (LGMD2D) is a rare autosomal-recessive disease, affecting striated muscle, due to mutation of SGCA, the gene coding for α-sarcoglycan. Nowadays more than 50 different SGCA missense mutations have been reported. They are supposed to impact folding and trafficking of α-sarcoglycan because the defective polypeptide, although potentially functional, is recognized and disposed of by the quality control of the cell. The secondary reduction of α-sarcoglycan partners, β-, γ- and δ-sarcoglycan, disrupts a key membrane complex that, associated to dystrophin, contributes to assure sarcolemma stability during muscle contraction...
January 16, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351449/personalized-medicine-in-cf-from-modulator-development-to-therapy-for-cystic-fibrosis-patients-with-rare-cftr-mutations
#2
Misak Harutyunyan, Yunjie Huang, Kyu-Shik Mun, Fanmuyi Yang, Kavisha Arora, Anjaparavanda P Naren
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-shortening genetic disease affecting approximately 1 in 3500 of the Caucasian population. CF is caused by mutations in the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene. To date, over 2000 CFTR mutations have been identified and produce a wide range of phenotypes. The CFTR protein, a chloride channel, is normally expressed on epithelial cells lining the lung, gut, and exocrine glands. Mutations in CFTR have led to pleiotropic effects in CF patients and have resulted in early morbidity and mortality...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351395/macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-increases-hepatic-macrophage-content-liver-growth-and-lipid-accumulation-in-neonatal-rats
#3
Clare Pridans, Kristin A Sauter, Katharine M Irvine, Gemma M Davis, Lucas Lefevre, Anna Raper, Rocio Rojo, Ajit J Nirmal, Philippa Beard, Michael Cheeseman, David A Hume
Signaling via the colony stimulating factor 1 receptor (CSF1R) controls the survival, differentiation and proliferation of macrophages. Mutations in CSF1, or CSF1R in mice and rats have pleiotropic effects on postnatal somatic growth. We tested the possible application of CSF1-Fc as a therapy for low birth weight (LBW) at term, using a model based upon maternal dexamethasone treatment in rats. Neonatal CSF1-Fc treatment did not alter somatic growth, and did not increase the blood monocyte count. Instead, there was a substantial increase in the size of liver in both control and LBW rats, and the treatment greatly exacerbated the lipid droplet accumulation seen in the dexamethasone LBW model...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351293/fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-1-amplification-in-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#4
Jesus Monico, Brandon Miller, Luminita Rezeanu, Warren May, Donna C Sullivan
Fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) has been noted to be amplified in a variety of squamous cell carcinomas (SCCa) of the head, neck, and lung and increased copy number (CN) is a predictor of poor outcomes. FGFR1 is a therapeutic target for lung SCCa and inhibition therapy is currently in clinical trials. Absolute quantification of FGFR1 from formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue of laryngeal SCCa was examined in this retrospective study. A droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) was used for absolute quantitation of the FGFR1 gene CN...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351189/the-role-of-cadaverine-synthesis-on-pneumococcal-capsule-and-protein-expression
#5
Mary F Nakamya, Moses B Ayoola, Seongbin Park, Leslie A Shack, Edwin Swiatlo, Bindu Nanduri
Invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a commensal in the nasopharynx, pose significant risk to human health. Limited serotype coverage by the available polysaccharide-based conjugate vaccines coupled with increasing incidence of antibiotic resistance complicates therapeutic strategies. Bacterial physiology and metabolism that allows pathogens to adapt to the host are a promising avenue for the discovery of novel therapeutics. Intracellular polyamine concentrations are tightly regulated by biosynthesis, transport and degradation...
January 19, 2018: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351188/proangiogenic-effect-of-metformin-in-endothelial-cells-is-via-upregulation-of-vegfr1-2-and-their-signaling-under-hyperglycemia-hypoxia
#6
Sherin Bakhashab, Farid Ahmed, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Fahad W Ahmed, Michael Glanville, Mohammed H Al-Qahtani, Jolanta U Weaver
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity/mortality worldwide. Metformin is the first therapy offering cardioprotection in type 2 diabetes and non-diabetic animals with unknown mechanism. We have shown that metformin improves angiogenesis via affecting expression of growth factors/angiogenic inhibitors in CD34⁺ cells under hyperglycemia-hypoxia. Now we studied the direct effect of physiological dose of metformin on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) under conditions mimicking hypoxia-hyperglycemia...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351106/the-role-of-patient-registries-for-rare-genetic-lipid-disorders
#7
David M Ng, Amanda J Hooper, Matthew I Bellgard, John R Burnett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We review the role, utility and current status of patient registries for rare genetic lipid disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: The creation and maintenance of rare genetic lipid disorder patient registries is critical for disease monitoring, improving clinical best practice, facilitating research and enabling the development of novel therapeutics. An open-source disease registry platform, termed the Rare Disease Registry Framework, has been developed, optimized and deployed for homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351105/stem-cell-modeling-of-lipid-genetics
#8
Kiran Musunuru
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize recent advances with respect to the use of human pluripotent stem cells to study the genetics of blood lipid traits. RECENT FINDINGS: Human pluripotent stem cell models have been used to elucidate the mechanisms by which genes contribute to dyslipidemia, to discover new lipid-related DNA variants and genes, and to perform drug screens. SUMMARY: In addition to enabling a better understanding of the genetic basis of lipid metabolism, human pluripotent stem cells are identifying potential therapeutic targets as well as potential therapies...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351004/duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-dmd-an-updated-review-of-common-available-therapies
#9
Arash Salmaninejad, Saeed Farajzadeh Valilou, Hadi Bayat, Nader Ebadi, Abdolreza Daraei, Meysam Yousefi, Abolfazl Nesaei, Majid Mojarrad
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a lethal progressive pediatric muscle disorder and genetically inherited as an X-linked disease that caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene. DMD leads to progressive muscle weakness, degeneration, and wasting; finally, follows with the premature demise in affected individual's due to respiratory and/or cardiac failure typically by age of 30. For decades, scientists tried massively to find an effective therapy method, but there is no absolute cure currently for patients with DMD, nevertheless, recent advanced progressions on the treatment of DMD will be hopeful in the future...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350683/ccat1-stimulation-of-the-symmetric-division-of-nsclc-stem-cells-through-activation-of-the-wnt-signalling-cascade
#10
Chongwen Xu, Guodong Xiao, Boxiang Zhang, Meng Wang, Jichang Wang, Dapeng Liu, Jing Zhang, Hong Ren, Xin Sun
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the leading cause of cancer-related mortalities worldwide, yet this condition remains a poorly understood malignancy, and the subgroup of cancer stem cells (CSCs) leading to therapeutic resistance and adverse prognosis have not been well studied. CSCs frequently undergo symmetric division, which facilitates expansion of the stem cell pool, contributing to long-term relapse and therapy failure. CCAT1 could act as a miRNA sponge to influence downstream genes; however, its roles in NSCLC stem cell are unclear...
January 19, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350682/conditional-replication-of-oncolytic-viruses-based-on-detection-of-oncogenic-mrna
#11
REVIEW
M Renteln
Recently, split intein-based detection sensors for RNA have been developed that can target custom sequences in a modular fashion. If multi-region, multi-sample sequencing were to be applied to a patient's cancer, truncal (i.e., earliest-occurring) mutations could be identified and could serve as targets for these sense-and-respond modules. The next step would be to utilize an effective vector for treatment. A hyper-virulent herpes simplex virus could possibly serve as this vector, with concurrent immunosuppression to allow for unhindered infection of the tumor regions...
January 19, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350681/aav-9-mediated-phosphatase-1-inhibitor-1-overexpression-improves-cardiac-contractility-in-unchallenged-mice-but-is-deleterious-in-pressure-overload
#12
D M Schwab, L Tilemann, R Bauer, M Heckmann, A Jungmann, M Wagner, J Burgis, C Vettel, H A Katus, A El-Armouche, O J Müller
The downregulation of β-adrenergic receptors (β-AR) and decreased cAMP-dependent protein kinase activity in failing hearts results in decreased phosphorylation and inactivation of phosphatase-inhibitor-1 (I-1), a distal amplifier element of β-adrenergic signaling, leading to increased protein phosphatase 1 activity and dephosphorylation of key phosphoproteins, including phospholamban. Downregulated and hypophosphorylated I-1 likely contributes to β-AR desensitization; therefore its modulation is a promising approach in heart failure treatment...
January 19, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350590/human-genetics-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-vein-of-galen-malformation
#13
Daniel Duran, Philipp Karschnia, Jonathan R Gaillard, Jason K Karimy, Mark W Youngblood, Michael L DiLuna, Charles C Matouk, Beverly Aagaard-Kienitz, Edward R Smith, Darren B Orbach, Georges Rodesch, Alejandro Berenstein, Murat Gunel, Kristopher T Kahle
Vein of Galen malformations (VOGMs) are rare developmental cerebrovascular lesions characterized by fistulas between the choroidal circulation and the median prosencephalic vein. Although the treatment of VOGMs has greatly benefited from advances in endovascular therapy, including technical innovation in interventional neuroradiology, many patients are recalcitrant to procedural intervention or lack accessibility to specialized care centers, highlighting the need for improved screening, diagnostics, and therapeutics...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350470/specific-expression-of-pd-l1-in-rela-fusion-supratentorial-ependymoma-implications-for-pd-1-targeted-therapy
#14
Davis A Witt, Andrew M Donson, Vladimir Amani, Daniel C Moreira, Bridget Sanford, Lindsey M Hoffman, Michael H Handler, Jean M Mulcahy Levy, Kenneth L Jones, Anandani Nellan, Nicholas K Foreman, Andrea M Griesinger
BACKGROUND: A desperate need for novel therapies in pediatric ependymoma (EPN) exists, as chemotherapy remains ineffective and radiotherapy often fails. EPN have significant infiltration of immune cells, which correlates with outcome. Immune checkpoint inhibitors provide an avenue for new treatments. This study characterizes tumor-infiltrating immune cells in EPN and aims at predicting candidates for clinical trials using checkpoint inhibitors targeting PD-L1/PD-1 (programmed death ligand 1/programmed death 1)...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350317/a-study-on-the-role-that-quorum-sensing-play-in-antibiotic-resistant-plasmid-conjugative-transfer-in-escherichia-coli
#15
Yueheng Zhang, Qingping Ma, Bingmei Su, Rui Chen, Juan Lin, Zhifen Lin, Dali Wang, Yang Yu
Horizontal genes transfer (HGT) plays an important role in the dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in the environment. However, the mechanisms of HGT of ARGs under the influence of antibiotics in sub-MIC remain rarely explored. Moreover, given its collective nature, HGT was considered to be relative to quorum sensing (QS) system. To investigate whether QS has any impact on horizontal gene transfer of ARGs, experiments were conducted to determine the conjugative efficiency of plasmid RP4 on Escherichia coli (E...
January 19, 2018: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350135/plasmid-encoded-transferable-mecb-mediated-methicillin-resistance-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#16
Karsten Becker, Sarah van Alen, Evgeny A Idelevich, Nina Schleimer, Jochen Seggewiß, Alexander Mellmann, Ursula Kaspar, Georg Peters
During cefoxitin-based nasal screening, phenotypically categorized methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was isolated and tested negative for the presence of the mecA and mecC genes as well as for the SCCmec-orfX junction region. The isolate was found to carry a mecB gene previously described for Macrococcus caseolyticus but not for staphylococcal species. The gene is flanked by β-lactam regulatory genes similar to mecR, mecI, and blaZ and is part of an 84.6-kb multidrug-resistance plasmid that harbors genes encoding additional resistances to aminoglycosides (aacA-aphD, aphA, and aadK) as well as macrolides (ermB) and tetracyclines (tetS)...
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350130/ecology-and-evolution-of-chromosomal-gene-transfer-between-environmental-microorganisms-and-pathogens
#17
José Luis Martínez
Inspection of the genomes of bacterial pathogens indicates that their pathogenic potential relies, at least in part, on the activity of different elements that have been acquired by horizontal gene transfer from other (usually unknown) microorganisms. Similarly, in the case of resistance to antibiotics, besides mutation-driven resistance, the incorporation of novel resistance genes is a widespread evolutionary procedure for the acquisition of this phenotype. Current information in the field supports the idea that most (if not all) genes acquired by horizontal gene transfer by bacterial pathogens and contributing to their virulence potential or to antibiotic resistance originate in environmental, not human-pathogenic, microorganisms...
January 2018: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350067/soluble-neuregulin1-is-strongly-up-regulated-in-the-rat-model-of-charcot-marie-tooth-1a-disease
#18
Benedetta Elena Fornasari, Giulia Ronchi, Davide Pascal, Davide Visigalli, Giovanna Capodivento, Lucilla Nobbio, Isabelle Perroteau, Angelo Schenone, Stefano Geuna, Giovanna Gambarotta
Neuregulin1 (NRG1) is a growth factor playing a pivotal role in peripheral nerve development through the activation of the transmembrane co-receptors ErbB2-ErbB3. Soluble NRG1 isoforms, mainly secreted by Schwann cells, are strongly and transiently up-regulated after acute peripheral nerve injury, thus suggesting that they play a crucial role also in the response to nerve damage. Here we show that in the rat experimental model of the peripheral demyelinating neuropathy Charcot-Marie-Tooth 1A (CMT1A) the expression of the different NRG1 isoforms (soluble, type α and β, type a and b) is strongly up-regulated, as well as the expression of NRG1 co-receptors ErbB2-ErbB3, thus showing that CMT1A nerves have a gene expression pattern highly reminiscent of injured nerves...
January 1, 2018: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349926/extracellular-vesicles-from-early-stage-p-falciparum-infected-red-blood-cells-contain-pfemp1-and-induce-transcriptional-changes-in-human-monocytes
#19
Natália G Sampaio, Samantha Emery, Alexandra Garnham, Qiao Y Tan, Xavier Sisquella, Matthew A Pimentel, Neta Regev-Rudzki, Louis Schofield, Emily M Eriksson
Pathogens can release extracellular vesicles (EVs) for cell-cell communication and host modulation. EVs from Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest malaria parasite species, can transfer drug resistance genes between parasites. EVs from late-stage parasite-infected RBC (iRBC-EVs) are immunostimulatory and affect endothelial cell permeability, but little is known about EVs from early-stage iRBC. We detected the parasite virulence factor PfEMP1, which is responsible for iRBC adherence and a major contributor to disease severity, in EVs only up to 12 hours-post RBC invasion...
January 18, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349758/is-dcis-overrated
#20
Joshua Feinberg, Rachel Wetstone, Dana Greenstein, Patrick Borgen
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the noninvasive form of breast cancer (BC), comprises just over 20% of breast cancer cases diagnosed each year in the USA. Most patients are treated with local excision of the disease followed by whole breast radiation therapy. Total mastectomy is not an uncommon approach, and total mastectomy with a contralateral risk-reducing mastectomy has been on the rise in the past decade. In estrogen receptor-positive disease, patients are often offered endocrine ablative therapy with a selective estrogen receptor modulator or an aromatase inhibitor as both treatment and prevention...
2018: Cancer Treatment and Research
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