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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724039/treatment-of-digital-ulcers-in-systemic-sclerosis-case-series-study-of-thirteen-patients-and-discussion-on-outcome
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Yahia Abuowda, Raquel Sousa Almeida, Ana Alves Oliveira, Petra Pego, Cristina Santos, João Matos-Costa
Introduction: In systemic sclerosis (SSc), digital ulcers (DU) are debilitating and recurrent. They are markers of prognosis and are associated with disability and mortality. Treatment strategies have been developed to block the proposed mechanisms of this complication. Objective: Clinical description of a population of SSc patients with DU, treatment, complications and outcome. Method: Analysis of 48 SSc patients meeting 2013 ACR-EULAR criteria, followed between 1999-2015; 13 patients had DU...
May 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721844/cd81-large-extracellular-loop-containing-fusion-proteins-with-a-dominant-negative-effect-on-hcv-cell-spread-and-replication
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Boyan Grigorov, Jennifer Molle, Eric Rubinstein, Fabien Zoulim, Birke Bartosch
The roles of CD81 in the hepatitis C virus (HCV) life cycle are multiple but remain ill characterized. CD81 is known to interact with the HCV glycoproteins as an attachment factor. It also has an important role in the post-attachment entry process. Its interaction with claudin-1, for example, is vital for viral uptake and trafficking. Furthermore, CD81 and its role in membrane organization and trafficking are thought to play a pivotal role in HCV replication. Some of these functions are particularly limited to human CD81; others can be substituted with CD81 molecules from other species...
July 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714084/applying-the-erythrocyte-pig-a-assay-concept-to-rat-epididymal-sperm-for-germ-cell-mutagenicity-evaluation
#3
Zhiying Ji, Matthew J LeBaron
The Pig-a assay, a recently developed in vivo somatic gene mutation assay, is based on the identification of mutant erythrocytes that have an altered repertoire of glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored cell surface markers. We hypothesized that the erythrocyte Pig-a assay concept could be applied to rat cauda epididymal spermatozoa (sperm) for germ cell mutagenicity evaluation. We used GPI-anchored CD59 as the Pig-a mutation marker and examined the frequency of CD59-negative sperm using flow cytometry...
July 17, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713858/life-stage-specific-cargo-receptors-facilitate-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored-surface-coat-protein-transport-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#4
Emilia K Kruzel, George P Zimmett, James D Bangs
The critical virulence factor of bloodstream-form Trypanosoma brucei is the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored variant surface glycoprotein (VSG). Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) exit of VSG is GPI dependent and relies on a discrete subset of COPII machinery (TbSec23.2/TbSec24.1). In other systems, p24 transmembrane adaptor proteins selectively recruit GPI-anchored cargo into nascent COPII vesicles. Trypanosomes have eight putative p24s (TbERP1 to TbERP8) that are constitutively expressed at the mRNA level...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712991/low-beta-cortico-pallidal-coherence-decreases-during-movement-and-correlates-with-overall-reaction-time
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Bernadette C M van Wijk, Wolf-Julian Neumann, Gerd-Helge Schneider, Tilmann H Sander, Vladimir Litvak, Andrea A Kühn
Beta band oscillations (13-30 Hz) are a hallmark of cortical and subcortical structures that are part of the motor system. In addition to local population activity, oscillations also provide a means for synchronization of activity between regions. Here we examined the role of beta band coherence between the internal globus pallidus (GPi) and (motor) cortex during a simple reaction time task performed by nine patients with idiopathic dystonia. We recorded local field potentials from deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrodes implanted in bilateral GPi in combination with simultaneous whole-head magneto-encephalography (MEG)...
July 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709405/rehabilitation-access-and-effectiveness-for-persons-with-back-pain-the-protocol-of-a-cohort-study-rehab-bp-drks00011554
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Matthias Bethge, Kerstin Mattukat, David Fauser, Wilfried Mau
BACKGROUND: Back pain is one of the most common chronic diseases in Germany and has a major impact on work ability and social participation. The German Pension Insurance (GPI) is the main provider of medical rehabilitation to improve work ability and prevent disability pensions in Germany. However, over half of the persons granted a disability pension have never used a medical rehabilitation service. Furthermore, evidence on the effects of medical rehabilitation in Germany is inconclusive...
July 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706748/comparison-of-globus-pallidus-interna-and-subthalamic-nucleus-in-deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-disease-an-institutional-experience-and-review
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Shazia Mirza, Umar Yazdani, Richard Dewey Iii, Neepa Patel, Richard B Dewey, Svjetlana Miocinovic, Shilpa Chitnis
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has revolutionized the lives of patients of Parkinson disease, offering therapeutic options to those not benefiting entirely from medications alone. With its proven track record of outperforming the best medical management, the goal is to unlock the full potential of this therapy. Currently, the Globus Pallidus Interna (GPi) and Subthalamic Nucleus (STN) are both viable targets for DBS, and the choice of site should focus on the constellation of symptoms, both motor and nonmotor, which are key determinants to quality of life...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701061/subthalamic-nucleus-and-globus-pallidus-internus-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-systematic-review
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Hao Xu, Feng Zheng, Boris Krischek, Wanhai Ding, Chi Xiong, Xin Wang, Chaoshi Niu
Objective Deep brain stimulation (DBS) for treatment of advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) has two anatomical targets: the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and the globus pallidus internus (GPI). The clinical effectiveness of these two stimulation targets was compared in the present study. Methods A systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to evaluated the postoperative changes in the United Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) on- and off-phase, on-stimulation motor scores; activities of daily living score (ADLS); and levodopa equivalent dose (LED) after STN and GPI stimulation...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696125/synthesis-of-a-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchor-derived-from-leishmania-donovani-that-can-be-functionalized-by-cu-catalyzed-azide-alkyne-cycloadditions
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Ning Ding, Xiuru Li, Zoeisha S Chinoy, Geert-Jan Boons
A flexible assembly strategy has been developed for the synthesis of Leishmania donovani GPI anchors that bear a clickable alkyne tag. This strategy is based on the use of the 2-naphthylmethyl (Nap) ethers and levulinoyl (Lev) ester for permanent protection of hydroxyls. Removal of seven Nap ethers by 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone made it possible to prepare GPIs having an alkyne functionality that could be modified by Cu(I)-catalyzed [3 + 2] cycloadditions to install tags for imaging studies.
July 11, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694219/hepatic-abca1-deficiency-is-associated-with-delayed-apolipoprotein-b-secretory-trafficking-and-augmented-vldl-triglyceride-secretion
#10
Mingxia Liu, Soonkyu Chung, Gregory S Shelness, John S Parks
ATP binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) is a membrane transporter that facilitates nascent HDL formation. Tangier disease subjects with complete ABCA1 deficiency have <5% of normal levels of plasma HDL, elevated triglycerides (TGs), and defective vesicular trafficking in fibroblasts and macrophages. Hepatocyte-specific ABCA1 knockout mice (HSKO) have a similar lipid phenotype with 20% of normal plasma HDL levels and a two-fold elevation of plasma TGs due to hepatic overproduction of large, triglyceride-enriched VLDL...
July 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690015/causes-of-failure-of-pallidal-deep-brain-stimulation-in-cases-with-pre-operative-diagnosis-of-isolated-dystonia
#11
K Amande M Pauls, Joachim K Krauss, Constanze E Kämpfer, Andrea A Kühn, Christoph Schrader, Martin Südmeyer, Niels Allert, Rainer Benecke, Christian Blahak, Jana K Boller, Gereon R Fink, Wolfgang Fogel, Thomas Liebig, Faycal El Majdoub, Philipp Mahlknecht, Josef Kessler, Joerg Mueller, Juergen Voges, Matthias Wittstock, Alexander Wolters, Mohammad Maarouf, Elena Moro, Jens Volkmann, Kailash P Bhatia, Lars Timmermann
INTRODUCTION: Pallidal deep brain stimulation (GPi-DBS) is an effective therapy for isolated dystonia, but 10-20% of patients show improvement below 25-30%. We here investigated causes of insufficient response to GPi-DBS in isolated dystonia in a cross-sectional study. METHODS: Patients with isolated dystonia at time of surgery, and <30% improvement on the Burke-Fahn-Marsden dystonia-rating-scale (BFMDRS) after ≥6 months of continuous GPi-DBS were videotaped ON and OFF stimulation, and history, preoperative videos, brain MRI, medical records, stimulation settings, stimulation system integrity, lead location, and genetic information were obtained and reviewed by an expert panel...
June 28, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679758/a-cell-fusion-based-screening-method-identifies-the-gpi-anchored-protein-ly6e-as-the-receptor-for-the-mouse-endogenous-retroviral-envelope-syncytin-a
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Agathe Bacquin, Caroline Bireau, Maxime Tanguy, Charlotte Romanet, Cécile Vernochet, Anne Dupressoir, Thierry Heidmann
Syncytins are envelope genes of retroviral origin that have been exapted for a role in placentation. They are involved in the formation of a syncytial structure (the syncytiotrophoblast) at the fetomaternal interface via their fusogenic activity. The mouse placenta is rather unique among placental mammals since the fetomaternal interface comprises two syncytiotrophoblast layers (ST-I and ST-II) instead of one, as observed in humans and all other hemochorial placentae. Each layer specifically expresses a distinct mouse syncytin, namely syncytin-A (SynA) for ST-I and syncytin-B (SynB) for ST-II, which have been shown to be essential to placentogenesis and embryo survival...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678830/adverse-events-in-deep-brain-stimulation-a-retrospective-long-term-analysis-of-neurological-psychiatric-and-other-occurrences
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Carsten Buhmann, Torge Huckhagel, Katja Engel, Alessandro Gulberti, Ute Hidding, Monika Poetter-Nerger, Ines Goerendt, Peter Ludewig, Hanna Braass, Chi-Un Choe, Kara Krajewski, Christian Oehlwein, Katrin Mittmann, Andreas K Engel, Christian Gerloff, Manfred Westphal, Johannes A Köppen, Christian K E Moll, Wolfgang Hamel
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The extent to which deep brain stimulation (DBS) can improve quality of life may be perceived as a permanent trade-off between neurological improvements and complications of therapy, comorbidities, and disease progression. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively investigated 123 consecutive and non-preselected patients. Indications for DBS surgery were Parkinson's disease (82), dystonia (18), tremor of different etiology (21), Huntington's disease (1) and Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (1)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676667/eimeria-tenella-protein-trafficking-differential-regulation-of-secretion-versus-surface-tethering-during-the-life-cycle
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V Marugan-Hernandez, E Long, D Blake, C Crouch, F Tomley
Eimeria spp. are intracellular parasites that have a major impact on poultry. Effective live vaccines are available and the development of reverse genetic technologies has raised the prospect of using Eimeria spp. as recombinant vectors to express additional immunoprotective antigens. To study the ability of Eimeria to secrete foreign antigens or display them on the surface of the sporozoite, transiently transfected populations of E. tenella expressing the fluorescent protein mCherry, linked to endogenous signal peptide (SP) and glycophosphatidylinositol-anchor (GPI) sequences, were examined...
July 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674079/nuclear-cd24-drives-tumor-growth-and-is-predictive-of-poor-patient-prognosis
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Jason E Duex, Charles Owens, Ana Chauca-Diaz, Garrett M Dancik, Lauren A Vanderlinden, Debashis Ghosh, Mariah Z Leivo, Donna E Hansel, Dan Theodorescu
Elevated tumor expression of the cell surface GPI-linked CD24 protein signals poor patient prognosis in many tumor types. However, some cancer cells selected to be negative for surface CD24 (surCD24-) still retain aggressive phenotypes in vitro and in vivo. Here we resolve this apparent paradox with the discovery of biologically active, nuclear CD24 (nucCD24) and finding that its levels are unchanged in surCD24- cells. Using the complementary techniques of biochemical cellular fractionation and immunofluorescence, we demonstrate a signal for CD24 in the nucleus in cells from various histological types of cancer...
July 3, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667788/altered-%C3%AE-2-glycoprotein-i-expression-on-microparticles-in-the-presence-of-antiphospholipid-antibodies
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Fariborz Mobarrez, Iva Gunnarsson, Elisabet Svenungsson
BACKGROUND: Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) together with thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidities characterize the antiphospholipid syndrome. β2-glycoprotein-I (β2 GPI), the most important antigen for aPL, is a scavenger molecule that specifically binds to phosphatidylserine (PS), expressed on microparticles (MPs). OBJECTIVES: We evaluated β2 GPI-expressing MPs in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) stratified for aPL status, and healthy controls...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666081/mhc-class-ii-alleles-influence-induction-of-pathogenic-antiphospholipid-antibodies-in-a-thrombosis-mouse-model
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Elizabeth Papalardo, Zurina Romay-Penabad, Rohan Willis, Premkumar Christadoss, Ana Laura Carrera-Marin, Elba Reyes-Maldonado, Rajani Rudrangi, Silvana Alfieri-Papalardo, Ethel Garcia-Latorre, Miri Blank, Silvia Pierangeli, Allan R Brasier, Emilio B Gonzalez
OBJECTIVE: Both environmental and genetic factors are important in antiphospholipid antibody(aPL) development in antiphospholipid syndrome(APS). Currently, the only available data on predisposing genetic factors have been obtained from epidemiological studies without mechanistic evidence. Therefore, we studied the influence of Major Histocompatibility Complex Class II(MHC-II) alleles on the production of aPL in an APS mouse model. METHODS: Three groups of mice: MHC-II deficient (MHC-II(-/-) ) mice, MHC-II(-/-) mice transgenic for human DQ6, DQ8 or DR4 alleles and their corresponding wild-type(WT) strains were each immunized, half with human β2 glycoprotein-I(β2 GPI) and the other half with control ovalbumin(OA) protein...
June 30, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665252/deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-s-disease-meta-analysis-of-results-of-randomized-trials-at-varying-lengths-of-follow-up
#18
Alireza Mansouri, Shervin Taslimi, Jetan H Badhiwala, Christopher D Witiw, Farshad Nassiri, Vincent J J Odekerken, Rob M A De Bie, Suneil K Kalia, Mojgan Hodaie, Renato P Munhoz, Alfonso Fasano, Andres M Lozano
OBJECTIVE Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is effective in the management of patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). While both the globus pallidus pars interna (GPi) and the subthalamic nucleus (STN) are accepted targets, their relative efficacy in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) has not been established beyond 12 months. The objective of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis of RCTs to compare outcomes among adults with PD undergoing DBS of GPi or STN at various time points, including 36 months of follow-up...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662107/highly-mutable-tandem-dna-repeats-generate-a-cell-wall-protein-variant-more-frequent-in-disease-causing-candida-albicans-isolates-than-in-commensal-isolates
#19
Zhuo Zhou, Zoe Jordens, Shuguang Zhang, Ningxin Zhang, Jan Schmid
During adaptation to host environments, many microorganisms alter their cell surface. One mechanism for doing so is variation in the number of amino acid repeats in cell surface proteins encoded by hypermutable DNA tandem repeats. In the yeast Candida albicans, an opportunistic human pathogen, the gene SSR1 encodes a GPI-anchored cell wall protein with a structural role. It contains two regions consisting of tandem repeats, almost exclusively encoding the amino acid pair Ser-Ala. As expected, the repeat regions make SSR1 highly mutable...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660664/engaging-ly-6a-sca-1-triggers-lipid-raft-dependent-and-independent-responses-in-cd4-t-cell-lines
#20
Melissa A Lang, Sultan A Jenkins, Phillip Balzano, Adeyinka Owoyele, Akshay Patel, Anil K Bamezai
INTRODUCTION: The lymphocyte antigen 6 (Ly-6) supergene family encodes proteins of 12-14 kda in molecular mass that are either secreted or anchored to the plasma membrane through a glycosyl-phosphatidylinisotol (GPI) lipid anchor at the carboxy-terminus. The lipidated GPI-anchor allows localization of Ly-6 proteins to the 10-100 nm cholesterol-rich nano-domains on the membrane, also known as lipid rafts. Ly-6A/Sca-1, a member of Ly-6 gene family is known to transduce signals despite the absence of transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains...
June 28, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
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