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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636954/germinal-center-selection-and-affinity-maturation-require-dynamic-regulation-of-mtorc1-kinase
#1
Jonatan Ersching, Alejo Efeyan, Luka Mesin, Johanne T Jacobsen, Giulia Pasqual, Brian C Grabiner, David Dominguez-Sola, David M Sabatini, Gabriel D Victora
During antibody affinity maturation, germinal center (GC) B cells cycle between affinity-driven selection in the light zone (LZ) and proliferation and somatic hypermutation in the dark zone (DZ). Although selection of GC B cells is triggered by antigen-dependent signals delivered in the LZ, DZ proliferation occurs in the absence of such signals. We show that positive selection triggered by T cell help activates the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), which promotes the anabolic program that supports DZ proliferation...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620608/a-path-to-implement-precision-child-health-cardiovascular-medicine
#2
REVIEW
Marlin Touma, Brian Reemtsen, Nancy Halnon, Juan Alejos, J Paul Finn, Stanley F Nelson, Yibin Wang
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) affect approximately 1% of live births and are a major source of childhood morbidity and mortality even in countries with advanced healthcare systems. Along with phenotypic heterogeneity, the underlying etiology of CHDs is multifactorial, involving genetic, epigenetic, and/or environmental contributors. Clear dissection of the underlying mechanism is a powerful step to establish individualized therapies. However, the majority of CHDs are yet to be clearly diagnosed for the underlying genetic and environmental factors, and even less with effective therapies...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571768/copper-activation-of-organophosporus-compounds-detoxication-by-chicken-serum
#3
Antonio Monroy-Noyola, Miguel Angel Sogorb, Nuria Díaz-Alejo, Eugenio Vilanova
Avian species contain low levels of enzymes that hydrolyze organophosphorus compounds (OPs), and chickens are used as a model of OPs delayed neurotoxicity. For both reasons, we studied the ability of chicken tissue for OP detoxication. A significant activating effect of Cu(2+) on the hydrolysis of O-hexyl O-2,5-dichlorophenyl phosphoramidate (HDCP) was observed in hen plasma and the microsomal fractions of the liver, brain, and mainly in hen serum, by spectrophotometric and chiral chromatography methods. The concentration of 1 mM of Cu(2+) or Zn(2+) showed 200% and 168% activation, respectively, in hen plasma compared with the Ca(2+)-dependent hydrolysis, whereas these cations had an inhibitory effect on soluble liver and brain fractions...
May 29, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555548/recombination-events-and-variability-among-full-length-genomes-of-co-circulating-molluscum-contagiosum-virus-subtypes-1-and-2
#4
Alberto López-Bueno, Marcos Parras-Moltó, Olivia López-Barrantes, Sylvia Belda, Alí Alejo
Molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) is the sole member of the Molluscipoxvirus genus and causes a highly prevalent human disease of the skin characterized by the formation of a variable number of lesions that can persist for prolonged periods of time. Two major genotypes, subtype 1 and subtype 2, are recognized, although currently only a single complete genomic sequence corresponding to MCV subtype 1 is available. Using next-generation sequencing techniques, we report the complete genomic sequence of four new MCV isolates, including the first one derived from a subtype 2...
May 30, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495125/comparative-study-of-presurgical-hand-hygiene-with-hydroalcoholic-solution-versus-traditional-presurgical-hand-hygiene
#5
M Beatriz López Martín, Alejo Erice Calvo-Sotelo
OBJECTIVE: To compare presurgical hand hygiene with hydroalcoholic solution following the WHO protocol with traditional presurgical hand hygiene. METHODS: Cultures of the hands of surgeons and surgical nurses were performed before and after presurgical hand hygiene and after removing gloves at the end of surgery. Cultures were done in 2different days: the first day after traditional presurgical hand hygiene, and the second day after presurgical hand hygiene with hydroalcoholic solution following the WHO protocol...
May 8, 2017: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483879/an-r2r3-myb-transcription-factor-in-capsaicinoid-biosynthesis
#6
Magda Lisette Arce-Rodríguez, Neftalí Ochoa-Alejo
Capsaicinoids are responsible for the hot taste of chili peppers. They are restricted to the genus Capsicum and are synthesized by the acylation of the aromatic compound vanillylamine (derived from the phenylpropanoid pathway) with a branched-chain fatty acid by the catalysis of the putative enzyme capsaicinoid synthase. R2R3-MYB transcription factors have been reported in different species of plants as regulators of structural genes of the phenylpropanoid pathway; therefore, we hypothesized that MYB genes might be involved in the regulation of the biosynthesis of pungent compounds...
May 8, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457016/patterns-of-primary-care-utilization-before-and-after-living-kidney-donation
#7
Jennifer L Alejo, Xun Luo, Allan B Massie, Macey L Henderson, Sandra R DiBrito, Jayme E Locke, Tanjala Purnell, Brian J Boyarsky, Saad Anjum, Samantha E Halpern, Dorry L Segev
BACKGROUND: Annual visits with a primary care provider (PCP) are recommended for living kidney donors to monitor long-term health post-donation, yet adherence to this recommendation is unknown. METHODS: We surveyed 1170 living donors from our center from 1970-2012 to ascertain frequency of PCP visits pre- and post-donation. Interviews occurred median (IQR) 6.6 (3.8 - 11.0) years post-transplant. We used multivariate logistic regression to examine associations between donor characteristics and PCP visit frequency...
April 29, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441961/the-influence-of-insulin-resistance-on-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-plasma-biomarkers-of-alzheimer-s-pathology
#8
REVIEW
Sarah Westwood, Benjamine Liu, Alison L Baird, Sneha Anand, Alejo J Nevado-Holgado, Danielle Newby, Maria Pikkarainen, Merja Hallikainen, Johanna Kuusisto, Johannes R Streffer, Gerald Novak, Kaj Blennow, Ulf Andreasson, Henrik Zetterberg, Ulf Smith, Markku Laakso, Hilkka Soininen, Simon Lovestone
BACKGROUND: Insulin resistance (IR) has previously been associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), although the relationship between IR and AD is not yet clear. Here, we examined the influence of IR on AD using plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers related to IR and AD in cognitively healthy men. We also aimed to characterise the shared protein signatures between IR and AD. METHODS: Fifty-eight cognitively healthy men, 28 IR and 30 non-IR (age and APOE ε4 matched), were drawn from the Metabolic Syndrome in Men study in Kuopio, Finland...
April 26, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440881/overexpression-of-a-type-i-isopentenyl-pyrophosphate-isomerase-of-artemisia-annua-in-the-cytosol-leads-to-high-arteannuin-b-production-and-artemisinin-increase
#9
Dongming Ma, Gui Li, Fatima Alejos-Gonzalez, Yue Zhu, Zhen Xue, Aimin Wang, Hui Zhang, Xing Li, Hechun Ye, Hong Wang, Benye Liu, De-Yu Xie
We recently characterized a gene-terpene network that is associated with artemisinin biosynthesis in self-pollinated (SP) Artemisia annua, an effective antimalarial plant. We hypothesize that an alteration of gene expression in the network may improve the production of artemisinin and its precursors. In this study, we cloned an isopentenyl pyrophosphate isomerase (IPPI) cDNA, AaIPPI1, from Artemisia annua (Aa). The full-length cDNA encodes a type I IPPI containing a plastid transit peptide (PTP) at its amino terminus...
April 25, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420735/correction-the-soluble-pattern-recognition-receptor-ptx3-links-humoral-innate-and-adaptive-immune-responses-by-helping-marginal-zone-b-cells
#10
Alejo Chorny, Sandra Casas-Recasens, Jordi Sintes, Meimei Shan, Nadia Polentarutti, Ramón García-Escudero, A Cooper Walland, John R Yeiser, Linda Cassis, Jorge Carrillo, Irene Puga, Cristina Cunha, Hélder Bastos, Fernando Rodrigues, João F Lacerda, António Morais, Rebeca Dieguez-Gonzalez, Peter S Heeger, Giovanni Salvatori, Agostinho Carvalho, Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, J Magarian Blander, Alberto Mantovani, Cecilia Garlanda, Andrea Cerutti
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May 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410690/eye-lens-dose-correlations-with-personal-dose-equivalent-and-patient-exposure-in-paediatric-interventional-cardiology-performed-with-a-fluoroscopic-biplane-system
#11
L Alejo, C Koren, E Corredoira, F Sánchez, J Bayón, A Serrada, E Guibelalde
PURPOSE: To analyse the correlations between the eye lens dose estimates performed with dosimeters placed next to the eyes of paediatric interventional cardiologists working with a biplane system, the personal dose equivalent measured on the thorax and the patient dose. METHODS: The eye lens dose was estimated in terms of Hp(0.07) on a monthly basis, placing optically stimulated luminescence dosimeters (OSLDs) on goggles. The Hp(0.07) personal dose equivalent was measured over aprons with whole-body OSLDs...
April 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406942/the-brain-anatomy-of-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-in-young-adults-a-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
#12
Jean-G Gehricke, Frithjof Kruggel, Tanyaporn Thampipop, Sharina Dyan Alejo, Erik Tatos, James Fallon, L Tugan Muftuler
BACKGROUND: This is one of the first studies to examine the structural brain anatomy and connectivity associated with an ADHD diagnosis and child as well as adult ADHD symptoms in young adults. It was hypothesized that an adult ADHD diagnosis and in particular childhood symptoms, are associated with widespread changes in the brain macro- and microstructure, which can be used to develop a morphometric biomarker for ADHD. METHODS: Voxel-wise linear regression models were used to examine structural and diffusion-weighted MRI data in 72 participants (31 young adults with ADHD and 41 controls without ADHD) in relation to diagnosis and the number of self-reported child and adult symptoms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390712/safe-intrathecal-fluorescein-use-for-identification-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-leaks-case-report-and-perioperative-algorithm-description
#13
M Á Rodríguez-Navarro, C Díaz-Alejo, M L Padilla-Del Rey, A B Alcaraz, P González-Pérez, M Benítez
Intrathecal injection of fluorescein is a method for repairing cerebrospinal fluid fistulas. The most frequent surgical procedure is endonasal endoscopy and the purpose of injecting this dye is to locate the fistula. The anaesthesiologists usually perform the puncture, therefore it is necessary to review this method and to specify some anaesthetic considerations such as correct dosing, safe management protocols and medical-legal aspects. In this case-report we describe the pre, intra and postoperative protocol of action implemented in our department that basically consists of: obtaining a specific consent, prior neurological/ophthalmologic assessment to rule out hypertension and brain damage, use of corticosteroids and previous antihistamines, choosing the correct dose and concentration of intrathecal sodium fluorescein (maximum 1ml at a concentration of 5% diluted in 9ml of cerebrospinal fluid) and close intra and postoperative monitoring...
April 5, 2017: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366467/aortic-root-replacement-for-children-with-loeys-dietz-syndrome
#14
Nishant D Patel, Diane Alejo, Todd Crawford, Narutoshi Hibino, Harry C Dietz, Duke E Cameron, Luca A Vricella
BACKGROUND: Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is an aggressive aortopathy with a proclivity for aortic aneurysm rupture and dissection at smaller diameters than other connective tissue disorders. We reviewed our surgical experience of children with LDS to validate our guidelines for prophylactic aortic root replacement (ARR). METHODS: We reviewed all children (younger than 18 years) with a diagnosis of LDS who underwent ARR at our institution. The primary endpoint was mortality, and secondary endpoints included complications and the need for further interventions...
May 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343259/numerical-and-experimental-analysis-of-the-transitional-flow-across-a-real-stenosis
#15
R Agujetas, C Ferrera, A C Marcos, J P Alejo, J M Montanero
In this paper, we present a numerical study of the pulsatile transitional flow crossing a severe real stenosis located right in front of the bifurcation between the right subclavian and right common carotid arteries. The simulation allows one to determine relevant features of this subject-specific flow, such as the pressure waves in the right subclavian and right common carotid arteries. We explain the subclavian steal syndrome suffered by the patient in terms of the drastic pressure drop in the right subclavian artery...
March 25, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322010/cholesterol-can-modulate-mitochondrial-aquaporin-8-expression-in-human-hepatic-cells
#16
Mauro Danielli, Alejo M Capiglioni, Julieta Marrone, Giuseppe Calamita, Raúl A Marinelli
Hepatocyte mitochondrial aquaporin-8 (mtAQP8) works as a multifunctional membrane channel protein that facilitates the uptake of ammonia for its detoxification to urea as well as the mitochondrial release of hydrogen peroxide. Since early oligonucleotide microarray studies in liver of cholesterol-fed mice showed an AQP8 downregulation, we tested whether alterations of cholesterol content per se modulate mtAQP8 expression in human hepatocyte-derived Huh-7 cells. Cholesterol loading with methyl-β-cyclodextrin (mβCD):cholesterol complexes downregulated the proteolytic activation of cholesterol-responsive sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) transcriptions factors 1 and 2, and the expression of the target gene 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA reductase (HMGCR)...
March 20, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319048/amino-acid-insensitive-mtorc1-regulation-enables-nutritional-stress-resilience-in-hematopoietic-stem-cells
#17
Demetrios Kalaitzidis, Dongjun Lee, Alejo Efeyan, Youmna Kfoury, Naema Nayyar, David B Sykes, Francois E Mercier, Ani Papazian, Ninib Baryawno, Gabriel D Victora, Donna Neuberg, David M Sabatini, David T Scadden
The mTOR pathway is a critical determinant of cell persistence and growth wherein mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) mediates a balance between growth factor stimuli and nutrient availability. Amino acids or glucose facilitates mTORC1 activation by inducing RagA GTPase recruitment of mTORC1 to the lysosomal outer surface, enabling activation of mTOR by the Ras homolog Rheb. Thereby, RagA alters mTORC1-driven growth in times of nutrient abundance or scarcity. Here, we have evaluated differential nutrient-sensing dependence through RagA and mTORC1 in hematopoietic progenitors, which dynamically drive mature cell production, and hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), which provide a quiescent cellular reserve...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315777/appetite-disorders-in-cancer-patients-impact-on-nutritional-status-and-quality-of-life
#18
David E Barajas Galindo, Alfonso Vidal-Casariego, Alicia Calleja-Fernández, Ana Hernández-Moreno, Begoña Pintor de la Maza, Manuela Pedraza-Lorenzo, María Asunción Rodríguez-García, Dalia María Ávila-Turcios, Miran Alejo-Ramos, Rocío Villar-Taibo, Ana Urioste-Fondo, Isidoro Cano-Rodríguez, María D Ballesteros-Pomar
Cancer patients are at high risk of malnutrition due to several symptoms such as lack of appetite. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of different appetite disorders in cancer patients and their influence on dietary intake, nutritional status, and quality of life. We conducted a cross-sectional study of cancer patients at risk of malnutrition. Nutritional status was studied using Subjective Global Assessment, anthropometry, and grip strength. Dietary intake was evaluated with a 24-h recall, and patients were questioned about the presence of changes in appetite (none, anorexia, early satiety, or both)...
March 16, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306219/characterization-of-a-novel-pold1-missense-founder-mutation-in-a-spanish-population
#19
Rosario Ferrer-Avargues, Virginia Díez-Obrero, Ester Martín-Tomás, Eva Hernández-Illán, María-Isabel Castillejo, Alan Codoñer-Alejos, Víctor-Manuel Barberá, Ana-Beatriz Sánchez-Heras, Ángel Segura, María-José Juan, Isabel Tena, Adela Castillejo, José-Luis Soto
BACKGROUND: We identified a new and a recurrent POLD1 mutation associated with predisposition to colorectal cancer (CRC). We characterized the molecular and clinical nature of the potential POLD1 founder mutation in families from Valencia (Spain). METHODS: Clinical and molecular data were collected from 4 independent families known to have a POLD1 Leu474Pro mutation. To establish its founder effect, haplotype construction was performed using 14 flanking POLD1 polymorphic markers...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296296/biplane-interventional-pediatric-system-with-cone-beam-ct-dose-and-image-quality-characterization-for-the-default-protocols
#20
Eva Corredoira, Eliseo Vañó, Luis Alejo, Carlos Ubeda, Federico Gutiérrez-Larraya, Julia Garayoa
The aim of this study was to assess image quality and radiation dose of a biplane angiographic system with cone-beam CT (CBCT) capability tuned for pediatric cardiac procedures. The results of this study can be used to explore dose reduction techniques. For pulsed fluoroscopy and cine modes, polymethyl methacrylate phantoms of various thicknesses and a Leeds TOR 18-FG test object were employed. Various fields of view (FOV) were selected. For CBCT, the study employed head and body dose phantoms, Catphan 504, and an anthropomorphic cardiology phantom...
July 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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