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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548882/finding-conducting-and-nurturing-science-a-virologist-s-memoir
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Anna Marie Ann Skalka Skalka
My laboratory investigations have been driven by an abiding interest in understanding the consequences of genetic rearrangement in evolution and disease, and in using viruses to elucidate fundamental mechanisms in biology. Starting with bacteriophages and moving to the retroviruses, my use of the tools of genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics has spanned more than half a century-from the time when DNA structure was just discovered to the present day of big data and epigenetics. Both riding and contributing to the successive waves of technology, my laboratory has elucidated fundamental mechanisms in DNA replication, repair, and recombination...
May 26, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548464/control-of-cell-death-and-mitochondrial-fission-by-erk1-2-map-kinase-signalling
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Simon J Cook, Kate Stuart, Rebecca Gilley, Matthew J Sale
The ERK1/2 signalling pathway is best known for its role in connecting activated growth factor receptors to changes in gene expression due to activated ERK1/2 entering the nucleus and phosphorylating transcription factors. However, active ERK1/2 also translocate to a variety of other organelles including the endoplasmic reticulum, endosomes, golgi and mitochondria to access specific substrates and influence cell physiology. In this article we review two aspects of ERK1/2 signalling at the mitochondria that are involved in regulating cell fate decisions...
May 26, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548248/the-emerging-role-of-interleukin-37-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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Xinyu Zhuang, Bangwei Wu, Jian Li, Haiming Shi, Bo Jin, Xinping Luo
INTRODUCTION: Interleukin (IL)-37 is a newly identified member of the IL-1 family, and shows a growing role in a variety of diseases. This review aims at summarizing and discussing the role of IL-37 in cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: Data for this review were identified by searches of MEDLINE, Embase, and PubMed using appropriate search terms. RESULTS: IL-37 is a newly identified cytokine belonging to the IL-1 family and is expressed in inflammatory immune cells and several parenchymal cells...
May 26, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548108/drugging-the-pain-epigenome
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Ellen Niederberger, Eduard Resch, Michael J Parnham, Gerd Geisslinger
More than 20% of adults worldwide experience different types of chronic pain, which are frequently associated with several comorbidities and a decrease in quality of life. Several approved painkillers are available, but current analgesics are often hampered by insufficient efficacy and/or severe adverse effects. Consequently, novel strategies for safe, highly efficacious treatments are highly desirable, particularly for chronic pain. Epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation, histone modifications and microRNAs (miRNAs) strongly affect the regulation of gene expression, potentially for long periods over years or even generations, and have been associated with pathophysiological pain...
May 26, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548029/digital-assays-part-ii-digital-protein-and-cell-assays
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Amar S Basu
A digital assay is one in which the sample is partitioned into many containers such that each partition contains a discrete number of biological entities (0, 1, 2, 3, . . .). A powerful technique in the biologist's toolkit, digital assays bring a new level of precision in quantifying nucleic acids, measuring proteins and their enzymatic activity, and probing single-cell genotype and phenotype. Where part I of this review focused on the fundamentals of partitioning and digital PCR, part II turns its attention to digital protein and cell assays...
May 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546787/pepsinogen-c-expression-regulation-and-its-relationship-with-cancer
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Shixuan Shen, Jingyi Jiang, Yuan Yuan
Pepsinogen C (PGC) belongs to the aspartic protease family and is secreted by gastric chief cells. PGC could be activated to pepsin C and digests polypeptides and amino acids, but as a zymogen PGC's functions is unclear. In normal physiological conditions, PGC is initially detected in the late embryonic stage and is mainly expressed in gastric mucosa. The in situ expression of PGC in gastric mucosa is decreased considerably in the process of superficial gastritis → atrophic gastritis → gastric cancer (GC), proving that PGC is a comparatively ideal negative marker of GC...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546766/abcb1-genetic-variants-in-leukemias-current-insights-into-treatment-outcomes
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Ravindran Ankathil
Despite improvements in treatment of different types of leukemia, not all patients respond optimally for a particular treatment. Some treatments will work better for some, while being harmful or ineffective for others. This is due to genetic variation in the form of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that affect gene expression or function and cause inherited interindividual differences in the metabolism and disposition of drugs. Drug transporters are one of the determinants governing the pharmacokinetic profile of chemotherapeutic drugs...
2017: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546713/current-concepts-of-epigenetics-in-testicular-cancer
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Alfredo Harb-De la Rosa, Meenakkshy Manoharan, Ahmed Saeed Goolam
Testicular germ cell tumors (GCTs) are characterized into seminomas (SGCTs) and non-seminomatous testicular germ cell tumors (NSGCTs). Serum tumor markers (STMs) play an important role in testicular cancer as they provide useful information for diagnosis, staging, and detection of recurrence. Nonetheless, additional tumor markers for early diagnosis and therapeutic options are required to enhance specificity of serological diagnosis of testes cancers. Epigenetics is defined as inherited changes in gene expression that are not encoded in the DNA structure...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546638/effects-of-obesity-on-liver-cytochromes-p450-in-various-animal-models
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Veronika Tomankova, Pavel Anzenbacher, Eva Anzenbacherova
The prevalence of obesity and other obesity-related diseases is increasing worldwide. Obesity is a disease characterized by increased body weight, or a condition resulting from excessive accumulation of body fat. Due to increased body fat deposits, obesity has also been associated with increased mortality resulting from higher incidence rates of hypertension, diabetes, or various types of cancer, such as breast, colorectal, cervical and prostate cancer. Physiological changes associated with obesity are likely to result in altered drug biotransformation...
May 25, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546131/lipoblasts-in-spindle-cell-and-pleomorphic-lipomas-a-close-scrutiny
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Michael Michal, Dmitry V Kazakov, Ladislav Hadravsky, Kvetoslava Michalova, Petr Grossmann, Petr Steiner, Tomas Vanecek, Valentina Renda, Saul Suster, Michal Michal
The presence and frequency of lipoblasts (LPB) in spindle cell lipomas (SCL) and pleomorphic lipomas (PL) has never been studied in detail on histologically, immunohistochemically and molecular genetically validated set of tumors. The authors investigated this feature by reviewing 91 cases of SCL and 38 PL. When more than three unequivocal LPB were found, the case was regarded as positive for the presence of LPB. All positive cases were then stained with CD34 and Retinoblastoma (Rb) protein antibodies and tested by FISH for MDM2 and CDK4 amplifications and the FUS gene rearrangements...
May 22, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546124/stressor-driven-extracellular-acidosis-as-tumor-inducer-via-aberrant-enzyme-activation-a-review-on-the-mechanisms-and-possible-prophylaxis
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Seema Patel
When the extracellular pH of the human body vacillates in either direction, tissue homeostasis is compromised. Fluctuations in acidosis have been linked to a wide variety of pathological conditions, including bone loss, cancer, allergies, and auto-immune diseases. Stress conditions may affect oxygen tension and hypoxia modulates the expression and/or activity of membrane tethered transporters/pumps, transcription factors, enzymes and intercellular junctions. These modifications provoke erratic gene expression, aberrant tissue remodeling and oncogenesis...
May 22, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545982/canonical-wnt-signaling-in-diabetic-retinopathy
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Qian Chen, Jian-Xing Ma
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a common eye complication of diabetes, and the pathogenic mechanism of DR is still under investigation. The canonical Wnt signaling pathway is an evolutionarily conserved pathway that plays fundamental roles in embryogenesis and adult tissue homeostasis. Wnt signaling regulates expression of multiple genes that control retinal development and eye organogenesis, and dysregulated Wnt signaling plays pathophysiological roles in many ocular diseases, including DR. This review highlights recent progress in studies of Wnt signaling in DR...
May 22, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545922/diseases-of-connexins-expressed-in-myelinating-glia
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Charles K Abrams
Connexins are a family of integral membrane proteins most of which form gap junctions and many of which form hemichannels as well. Mutations in at least 9 of the 21 genes encoding human connexin proteins cause human diseases. Mutations in GJB1 (Cx32), expressed in both Schwann cells and oligodendrocytes, cause both a form of inherited peripheral neuropathy and a variety of CNS symptoms. Mutations in GJC2 (Cx47), expressed only in oligodendrocytes within the nervous system, cause a severe early onset dysmyelinating disorder, Pelizaeus-Merzbacher-Like disease (PMLD1 or HLD2), hereditary spastic paraplegia (SPG44), which has a milder phenotype and later onset, and a subclinical leukodystrophy...
May 22, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544996/temperate-bacteriophages-as-regulators-of-host-behavior
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Tal Argov, Gil Azulay, Anna Pasechnek, Olga Stadnyuk, Shai Ran-Sapir, Ilya Borovok, Nadejda Sigal, Anat A Herskovits
Bacteriophages are ubiquitous and affect most facets of life, from evolution of bacteria, through ecology and global biochemical cycling to human health. The interactions between phages and bacteria often lead to biological novelty and an important milestone in this process is the ability of phages to regulate their host's behavior. In this review article, we will focus on newly reported cases that demonstrate how temperate phages regulate bacterial gene expression and behavior in a variety of bacterial species, pathogenic and environmental...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544601/the-impact-of-noninvasive-follicular-thyroid-neoplasm-with-papillary-like-nuclear-features-on-the-performance-of-the-afirma-gene-expression-classifier
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Jen-Fan Hang, William H Westra, David S Cooper, Syed Z Ali
BACKGROUND: A recent revision in thyroid tumor nomenclature has resulted in a change from a malignant diagnosis (noninvasive follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma) to one that is nonmalignant (noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features [NIFTP]). The objective of the current study was to evaluate the impact of this change on the performance of the Afirma gene expression classifier (GEC). METHODS: The authors retrospectively analyzed consecutive thyroid fine-needle aspiration specimens with indeterminate diagnoses on which GEC was performed...
May 24, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544521/oral-nucleic-acid-therapy-using-multicompartmental-delivery-systems
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Husain Attarwala, Murui Han, Jonghan Kim, Mansoor Amiji
Nucleic acid-based therapeutics has the potential for treating numerous diseases by correcting abnormal expression of specific genes. Lack of safe and efficacious delivery strategies poses a major obstacle limiting clinical advancement of nucleic acid therapeutics. Oral route of drug administration has greater delivery challenges, because the administered genes or oligonucleotides have to bypass degrading environment of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in addition to overcoming other cellular barriers preventing nucleic acid delivery...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543886/human-hairless-protein-roles-in-skin-hair-and-emerging-connections-to-brain-and-other-cancers
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Anas Maatough, G Kerr Whitfield, Lemlem Brook, David Hsieh, Patricia Palade, Jui-Cheng Hsieh
The mammalian hairless protein (HR) is a 130 kDa nuclear transcription factor that is essential for proper skin and hair follicle function. Previous studies have focused on the role of HR in skin maintenance and hair cycling. However, hairless gene (HR) is also expressed in brain and other tissues, where its role remains poorly understood. HR has been reported to contain functional domains that potentially serve in DNA binding, histone demethylation, nuclear translocation signal, and protein-protein interactions...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542711/preventing-relapse-after-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-acute-leukaemia-the-role-of-post-transplantation-minimal-residual-disease-mrd-monitoring-and-mrd-directed-intervention
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Xiao-Dong Mo, Meng Lv, Xiao-Jun Huang
Relapse is the main cause of treatment failure after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) for acute leukaemia (AL). Post-transplantation minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring enables risk stratification and identifies AL patients at higher risk of relapse. MRD assessment primarily involves the determination of leukaemia-associated immunophenotypic patterns using multiparameter flow cytometry, and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based evaluation of expression levels of leukaemia-related genes (specific reciprocal gene rearrangements and other mutation types)...
May 23, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542357/the-nrf2-transcription-factor-plays-a-dual-role-in-colorectal-cancer-a-systematic-review
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C Gonzalez-Donquiles, J Alonso-Molero, T Fernandez-Villa, L Vilorio-Marqués, A J Molina, V Martín
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, and is influenced by the interplay of various factors, including a very strong genetic component. For instance, incorrect mitochondrial biogenesis is correlated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer. Thus, it is important to understand the consequences of changes in both the expression and the correct function of the transcription factors that regulate mitochondrial biogenesis, namely NRF2. OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this paper is to characterise the relationship between NRF2 and colorectal cancer by compiling data from an exhaustive literature search...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540691/expression-of-micrornas-in-thyroid-carcinoma
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Gaohong Zhu, Lijun Xie, Daniel Miller
MicroRNA (miRNA) are negative regulators of gene expression and subsequent protein production. This method of action translates into regulatory control over cellular processes, including development, signaling, metabolism, and apoptosis. A broad range of miRNA are shown to have abnormal expressions in thyroid cancers which could explain the pathology of tumor oncogenesis and disease progression. A review is conducted of the current research on miRNA dysregulation in thyroid cancers, including papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC), anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), and medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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