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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812274/oxytocin-and-anxiety-disorders
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Michael G Gottschalk, Katharina Domschke
In the present chapter, we review the literature focusing on oxytocin (OT)-centered research in anxiety spectrum conditions, comprising separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and anxiety-related endophenotypes (e.g., trust behavior, behavioral inhibition, neuroticism, and state/trait anxiety). OT receptor gene (OXTR) polymorphisms have been implicated in gene-environment interactions with attachment style and childhood maltreatment and to influence clinical outcomes, including SAD intensity and limbic responsiveness...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812273/a-precision-medicine-approach-to-oxytocin%C3%A2-trials
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Elissar Andari, Rene Hurlemann, Larry J Young
In this chapter, we introduce a new area of social pharmacology that encompasses the study of the role of neuromodulators in modulating a wide range of social behaviors and brain function, with the interplay of genetic and epigenetic factors. There are increasing evidences for the role of the neuropeptide oxytocin in modulating a wide range of social behaviors, in reducing anxiety, and in impacting the social brain network. Oxytocin also promotes social functions in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism and reduces anxiety and fear in anxiety disorders...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807232/ovarian-cancer-novel-molecular-aspects-for-clinical-assessment
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REVIEW
Raffaele Palmirotta, Erica Silvestris, Stella D'Oronzo, Angela Cardascia, Franco Silvestris
Ovarian cancer is a very heterogeneous tumor which has been traditionally characterized according to the different histological subtypes and differentiation degree. In recent years, innovative molecular screening biotechnologies have allowed to identify further subtypes of this cancer based on gene expression profiles, mutational features, and epigenetic factors. These novel classification systems emphasizing the molecular signatures within the broad spectrum of ovarian cancer have not only allowed a more precise prognostic prediction, but also proper therapeutic strategies for specific subgroups of patients...
September 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799801/cross-generational-effects-of-alcohol-dependence-in-humans-on-hras-and-tp53-methylation-in-offspring
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Shirley Y Hill, Gregory Rompala, Gregg E Homanics, Nicholas Zezza
AIM: We hypothesized that cross-generational effects of alcohol exposure could alter DNA methylation and expression of the HRAS oncogene and TP53 tumor suppressor gene that drive cancer development. METHODS: DNA methylation of the HRAS and TP53 genes was tested in samples from young participants (Mean age of 13.4 years). RESULTS: Controlling for both personal use and maternal use of substances during pregnancy, familial alcohol dependence was associated with hypomethylation of CpG sites in the HRAS promoter region and hypermethylation of the TP53 gene...
August 11, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797806/towards-personalized-medicine-for-patients-with-autoimmune-diseases-opportunities-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Soheil Tavakolpour
There is generally no cure for autoimmune disorders, but the symptoms can be managed. Currently available drugs/treatments are more potent than those in the past decades. However, finding the right drug and right patients has remained a serious problem. We should revise our diagnosis criteria to more accurate ones. During the recent years, personalized medicine has attracted much attention. However, it needs to be well-explained for autoimmune diseases. Personalized medicine aims to find the most optimum drugs for a patient...
August 7, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758855/targeting-dna-hypermethylation-computational-modeling-of-dna-demethylation-treatment-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Jens Przybilla, Lydia Hopp, Michael Lübbert, Markus Loeffler, Joerg Galle
In acute myeloid leukemia (AML) DNA hypermethylation of gene promoters is frequently observed and often correlates with a block of differentiation. Treatment of AML patients with DNA methyltransferase inhibitors results in global hypomethylation of genes and, thereby, can lead to a reactivation of the differentiation capability. Unfortunately, after termination of treatment both hypermethylation and differentiation block return in most cases. Here, we apply, for the first time, a computational model of epigenetic regulation of transcription in order to: i) provide a mechanistic understanding of the DNA (de-) methylation process in AML and; ii) improve DNA demethylation treatment strategies...
July 31, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754822/epigenetic-research-in-multiple-sclerosis-progress-challenges-and-opportunities
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Galina Zheleznyakova, Eliane Piket, Francesco Marabita, Majid Pahlevan Kakhki, Ewoud Ewing, Sabrina Ruhrmann, Maria Needhamsen, Maja Jagodic, Lara Kular
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory and demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. MS likely results from a complex interplay between predisposing causal gene variants (the strongest influence coming from HLA class II locus) and environmental risk factors such as smoking, infectious mononucleosis and lack of sun exposure/vitamin D. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying MS development and progression. Moreover, the clinical heterogeneity and variable response to treatment represent additional challenges to a comprehensive understanding and efficient treatment of disease...
July 28, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745447/commentary-perspectives-on-alcohol-related-gene-and-environment-interplay-in-diverse-populations
#8
Marcia S Scott
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Racial/ethnic groups comprise more than 20% of the U.S. population, but many experience disproportionately high risk for alcohol misuse, often resulting in higher rates of alcohol-associated consequences. Completion of mapping the human genome has launched rapidly evolving research methods aimed at improved understanding of genetic contribution to disease. Despite decades of research on the influence of genetic and environmental risks on alcohol use disorders and outcomes, few studies have included racial/ethnic subpopulations in sufficient numbers to allow for proper statistical analysis...
August 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735685/utilizing-circulating-tumour-dna-in-radiation-oncology
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REVIEW
Ariana Rostami, Scott V Bratman
Emerging technologies for detection of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) are expanding the possibilities for clinical impact to patients with localized, potentially curable cancer. For such patients, ctDNA analysis could aid in prognostication, prediction of treatment response, longitudinal monitoring for adaptive treatment, and evaluation of minimal residual disease. Radiation oncologists currently have few tools at their disposal for predicting or rapidly assessing treatment efficacy. By reflecting the genetic and epigenetic makeup of tumours as well as dynamic changes with treatment, ctDNA as a biomarker for radiation response could enable new personalized treatment approaches...
July 20, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726153/immunological-issues-after-stem-cell-based-%C3%AE-cell-replacement
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REVIEW
Valeria Sordi, Silvia Pellegrini, Lorenzo Piemonti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Islet and pancreas transplantation prove that β cell replacement can cure the glycemic derangements in type 1 diabetes (T1D). Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can differentiate into functional insulin-producing cells, able to restore normoglycemia in diabetic animal models. iPSCs in particular can be derived from the somatic cells of a person with T1D. This review aims to clarify if it is possible to transplant autologous iPSC-derived β cells without immunosuppression or which are the alternative approaches...
September 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725948/genomics-and-epigenomics-in-rheumatic-diseases-what-do-they-provide-in-terms-of-diagnosis-and-disease-management
#11
Patricia Castro-Santos, Roberto Díaz-Peña
Most rheumatic diseases are complex or multifactorial entities with pathogeneses that interact with both multiple genetic factors and a high number of diverse environmental factors. Knowledge of the human genome sequence and its diversity among populations has provided a crucial step forward in our understanding of genetic diseases, identifying many genetic loci or genes associated with diverse phenotypes. In general, susceptibility to autoimmunity is associated with multiple risk factors, but the mechanism of the environmental component influence is poorly understood...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719907/tumor-heterogeneity-in-lymphomas-a-different-breed
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Christian M Schürch, Birgit Federmann, Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez, Falko Fend
The facts that cancer represents tissues consisting of heterogeneous neoplastic, as well as reactive, cell populations and that cancers of the same histotype may show profound differences in clinical behavior have long been recognized. With the advent of new technologies and the demands of precision medicine, the investigation of tumor heterogeneity has gained much interest. An understanding of intertumoral heterogeneity in patients with the same disease entity is necessary to optimally guide personalized treatment...
July 19, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712426/negative-affect-is-unrelated-to-fluctuations-in-hormone-levels-across-the-menstrual-cycle-evidence-from-a-multisite-observational-study-across-two-successive-cycles
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Michael P Hengartner, Tillmann H C Kruger, Kirsten Geraedts, Enrico Tronci, Toni Mancini, Fabian Ille, Marcel Egli, Susanna Röblitz, Rainald Ehrig, Lanja Saleh, Katharina Spanaus, Cordula Schippert, Yuanyuan Zhang, Brigitte Leeners
BACKGROUND: Female sex hormones may play a crucial role in the occurrence of cycle-related mood disorders. However, the literature is inconsistent and methodologically stringent observational studies on the relationship between sex hormones and negative affect are lacking. METHODS: In this longitudinal multisite study from Hannover, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland, we examined oestrogen, progesterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and testosterone serum levels in association with negative affect as measured with the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS)...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708104/fruit-and-juice-epigenetic-signatures-are-associated-with-independent-immunoregulatory-pathways
#14
Jessie Nicodemus-Johnson, Robert A Sinnott
Epidemiological evidence strongly suggests that fruit consumption promotes many health benefits. Despite the general consensus that fruit and juice are nutritionally similar, epidemiological results for juice consumption are conflicting. Our objective was to use DNA methylation marks to characterize fruit and juice epigenetic signatures within PBMCs and identify shared and independent signatures associated with these groups. Genome-wide DNA methylation marks (Illumina Human Methylation 450k chip) for 2,148 individuals that participated in the Framingham Offspring exam 8 were analyzed for correlations between fruit or juice consumption using standard linear regression...
July 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697338/hdac-inhibitors-finally-open-up-chromatin-accessibility-signatures-of-ctcl
#15
Christopher J Ott, Catherine J Wu
In this issue of Cancer Cell, Qu et al. describe the chromatin accessibility profiles of cutaneous T cell lymphoma, with dynamic assessments of response and resistance to histone deacetylase inhibitor therapy. Their "personal regulome" analysis framework reveals chromatin features that may be predictive of clinical response to epigenetic therapy.
July 10, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696430/neuropathology-of-suicide-recent-findings-and-future-directions
#16
P-E Lutz, N Mechawar, G Turecki
Suicide is a major public health concern and a leading cause of death in most societies. Suicidal behaviour is complex and heterogeneous, likely resulting from several causes. It associates with multiple factors, including psychopathology, personality traits, early-life adversity and stressful life events, among others. Over the past decades, studies in fields ranging from neuroanatomy, genetics and molecular psychiatry have led to a model whereby behavioural dysregulation, including suicidal behaviour (SB), develops as a function of biological adaptations in key brain systems...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693974/the-added-value-of-type-i-interferons-to-cytotoxic-treatments-of-cancer
#17
Laura Bracci, Antonella Sistigu, Enrico Proietti, Federica Moschella
Type I interferons (IFNs) exert anti-proliferative, antiviral and immunomodulatory activities. They are also involved in cell differentiation and anti-tumor defense processes. A growing body of literature indicates that the success of conventional chemotherapeutics, epigenetic drugs, targeted anticancer agents and radiotherapy (RT) relies, at least in part, on the induction of type I IFN signaling in malignant cells, tumor-infiltrating antigen presenting cells or other immune cells within lymphoid organs or blood...
June 19, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693800/review-of-sequencing-platforms-and-their-applications-in-phaeochromocytoma-and-paragangliomas
#18
REVIEW
Suja Pillai, Vinod Gopalan, Alfred King-Yin Lam
Genetic testing is recommended for patients with phaeochromocytoma (PCC) and paraganglioma (PGL) because of their genetic heterogeneity and heritability. Due to the large number of susceptibility genes associated with PCC/PGL, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology is ideally suited for carrying out genetic screening of these individuals. New generations of DNA sequencing technologies facilitate the development of comprehensive genetic testing in PCC/PGL at a lower cost. Whole-exome sequencing and targeted NGS are the preferred methods for screening of PCC/PGL, both having precise mutation detection methods and low costs...
August 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689206/guide-for-current-nutrigenetic-nutrigenomic-and-nutriepigenetic-approaches-for-precision-nutrition-involving-the-prevention-and-management-of-chronic-diseases-associated-with-obesity
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Omar Ramos-Lopez, Fermín I Milagro, Hooman Allayee, Agata Chmurzynska, Myung Sook Choi, Rui Curi, Raffaele De Caterina, Lynnette R Ferguson, Leticia Goni, Jing X Kang, Martin Kohlmeier, Amelia Marti, Luis A Moreno, Louis Pérusse, Chandan Prasad, Lu Qi, Ram Reifen, Jose I Riezu-Boj, Rodrigo San-Cristobal, Jose Luis Santos, J Alfredo Martínez
Chronic diseases, including obesity, are major causes of morbidity and mortality in most countries. The adverse impacts of obesity and associated comorbidities on health remain a major concern due to the lack of effective interventions for prevention and management. Precision nutrition is an emerging therapeutic approach that takes into account an individual's genetic and epigenetic information, as well as age, gender, or particular physiopathological status. Advances in genomic sciences are contributing to a better understanding of the role of genetic variants and epigenetic signatures as well as gene expression patterns in the development of diverse chronic conditions, and how they may modify therapeutic responses...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673261/paternal-personality-and-social-status-influence-offspring-activity-in-zebrafish
#20
Susanne Zajitschek, James E Herbert-Read, Nasir M Abbasi, Felix Zajitschek, Simone Immler
BACKGROUND: Evidence for the transmission of non-genetic information from father to offspring is rapidly accumulating. While the impact of chemical and physical factors such as toxins or diet on the fitness of the parents and their offspring have been studied extensively, the importance of behavioural and social circumstances has only recently been recognised. Behavioural traits such as personality characteristics can be relatively stable, and partly comprise a genetic component but we know little about the non-genetic transmission of plastic behavioural traits from parents to offspring...
July 3, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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