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Wioleta Chajęcka-Wierzchowska, Anna Zadernowska, Łucja Łaniewska-Trokenheim
The objective of the study was to answer the question of whether the ready-to-eat meat products can pose indirect hazard for consumer health serving as reservoir of Enterococcus strains harboring tetracyclines, aminoglycosides, and macrolides resistance genes. A total of 390 samples of ready-to-eat meat products were investigated. Enterococcus strains were found in 74.1% of the samples. A total of 302 strains were classified as: Enterococcus faecalis (48.7%), Enterococcus faecium (39.7%), Enterococcus casseliflavus (4...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Food Science
Katharina Wimmer, Thorsten Rosenbaum, Ludwine Messiaen
Constitutional mismatch repair (MMR) deficiency (CMMRD) is a rare childhood cancer susceptibility syndrome resulting from biallelic germline loss-of-function mutations in one of the MMR genes. Individuals with CMMRD have a high risk to develop a broad spectrum of malignancies and frequently display features reminiscent of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). Evaluation of the clinical findings of genetically proven CMMRD patients shows that not only multiple café-au-lait macules but any of the diagnostic features of NF1 may be present in a CMMRD patient...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Joseph Chi-Ching Tsui, Carol Po-Ying Lau, Alex Chun Cheung, Kwok-Chuen Wong, Lin Huang, Stephen Kwok-Wing Tsui, Shekhar Madhukar Kumta
Giant cell tumor of bone (GCT) is the most commonly reported non-malignant bone tumor in Hong Kong. This kind of tumor usually affects people aged 20-40 years. Also, it is well known for recurrence locally, especially when the tumor cannot be removed completely. Filamins are actin-binding proteins which contain three family members, filamin A, B and C. They are the products of three different genes, FLNA, FLNB and FLNC, which can generate various transcript variants in different cell types. In this study, we focused on the effects of FLNBv2 and FLNBv4 toward GCT cells...
October 24, 2016: Oncology Reports
Xue-Fang Li, Quan-Yong Huang, Wen-Zhong Yang, Hui-Jie Wang, Can-Wei Li
Atropine-induced damage is associated with enzyme and protein alterations. The aim of the present study was to investigate atropine‑induced alterations in testicular expression levels of angiotensin‑converting enzyme (ACE) and adenosine 5'-triphosphate binding cassette sub‑family G member 2 (ABCG2) following atropine treatment. Male Wistar rats received 15 mg/kg/day atropine for 7 days; control rats received an identical volume of saline, Following treatment, the testes were harvested for immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization to examine the protein and gene expression levels of ACE and ABCG2 by digital image analysis...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ziyao Wang, Tinghe Yu, Ping Huang
The Forkhead box O (FOXO) protein family is predominantly involved in apoptosis, oxidative stress, DNA damage/repair, tumor angiogenesis, glycometabolism, regulating life span and other important biological processes. Its activity is affected by a variety of posttranslational modifications (PTMs), including phosphorylation, acetylation, ubiquitination, methylation and glycosylation. When cells are subjected to different environments, the corresponding PTMs act on the FOXO protein family, to change transcriptional activity or subcellular localization, and the expression of downstream target genes, will ultimately affect the biological behavior of the cells...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hong Wang, Xiu-Hong Jia, Jie-Ru Chen, Ying-Jie Yi, Jian-Yong Wang, You-Jie Li, Shu-Yang Xie
Multidrug resistance (MDR) plays a pivotal role in human chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) chemotherapy failure. MDR is mainly associated with the overexpression of drug efflux transporters of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins. Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling cascade is involved in the MDR phenotype and is correlated with multidrug resistance 1 (MDR1)/P-glycoprotein (P-gp), multidrug resistance-associated protein 1 (MRP1) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) expression in many human malignancies...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Lin Yan, Yi Li, Jiang-Tao Tang, Yun-Fei An, Li-Mei Luo, Bo Dai, Yun-Ying Shi, Lan-Lan Wang
OBJECTIVE: A genome-wide association study has identified several gene polymorphisms associated with loss of renal function. The effect of these variants on renal function in kidney transplant recipients receiving immunosuppressive treatment is unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of 189 kidney transplant recipients and their living donors were recruited from West China Hospital of Sichuan University, on whom we assessed the association of five single nucleotide polymorphisms with renal function after kidney transplantation...
October 24, 2016: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
Jia-Ze Tan, Yuan Man, Fei Xiao
BACKGROUND: Congenital myasthenic syndromes are a group of rare disorders that are clinically and genetically heterogeneous and caused by mutations in the genes encoding proteins of the neuromuscular junction. Here, we described a Chinese family that presented with phenotypes of classic slow-channel congenital myasthenic syndrome (SCCMS). METHODS: Clinical characteristics and electrophysiological features of three patients from a Chinese family were examined, and next-generation sequencing followed by direct sequencing was carried out...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Marie Eliade, Jeremy Skrzypski, Amandine Baurand, Caroline Jacquot, Geoffrey Bertolone, Catherine Loustalot, Charles Coutant, France Guy, Pierre Fumoleau, Yannis Duffourd, Laurent Arnould, Alexandra Delignette, Marie-Martine Padéano, Côme Lepage, Géraldine Raichon-Patru, Axelle Boudrant, Marie-Christine Bône-Lépinoy, Anne-Laure Villing, Aurélie Charpin, Karine Peignaux, Sandy Chevrier, Frédérique Vegran, François Ghiringhelli, Romain Boidot, Nicolas Sevenet, Sarab Lizard, Laurence Faivre
Until recently, the molecular diagnosis of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) was mostly based on BRCA1/2 testing. Next generation sequencing and the recent discovery of new genes involved in HBOC now permit the transfer of genomic capture targeting multiple candidate genes from research to clinical use. However, the implications for the management of patients and their families have not been extensively studied, in particular since some of these genes are not well-established cancer predisposing genes...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Jose Luis Ramírez-Bellver, Joaquín López, Elena Macías, Victoria Alegría, Ignacio Gimeno, Alejandra Pérez-Plaza, Heinz Kutzner, Luis Requena
Liposarcoma usually arises in deep soft tissues and pleomorphic liposarcoma is the rarest histopathologic variant. However, 15 cases of entirely dermal pleomorphic liposarcoma have been reported. We describe a case of a 79 year-old male who developed a rapidly growing nodule on his thorax. Excisional biopsy was performed and immunohistochemical studies were carried. The lesion was a well-circumscribed dermal nodule composed of multivacuolated pleomorphic lipoblasts and atypical mitotic figures. Neoplastic cells expressed CD10 and resulted negative S100 protein, Melan A, MITF-1, AE1/AE3, CD4, CD68 (PGM1), Retinoblastoma gene family protein, pericentrine and lysozyme...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Sharon Grundfest-Broniatowski, JingLiang Yan, Matthew Kroh, Holly Kilim, Andrew Stephenson
Familial partial lipodystrophy type 2 (FPLD2) is a rare disorder associated with LMNA gene mutations. It is usually marked by loss of subcutaneous fat on the limbs and trunk and severe insulin resistance. Scattered reports have indicated that Roux-en-Y bypass helps to control the diabetes mellitus in these patients. We present here a very unusual patient with FPLD2 who had life-threatening retroperitoneal and renal fat accumulation accompanied by bilateral renal cancers. Following cryotherapy of one renal cancer and a contralateral nephrectomy with debulking of the retroperitoneal fat, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) has successfully controlled the disease for 3 years...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Koji Shimozaki
Adult neurogenesis originates from neural stem cells (NSCs) in specific regions of the adult brain. The molecular mechanisms that control the self-renewal and multipotency of NSCs have not been fully elucidated. In recent years, emerging evidence has revealed that ten-eleven translocation (TET) family DNA dioxygenases TET1 and TET2 play important roles in the central nervous system. Here, I present evidence that Tet1 and Tet2 are expressed in cultured NSCs derived from adult mouse brain and play an important role in the proliferative self-renewal of NSCs in an undifferentiated state...
October 24, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
June Ho Shin, Mikel D Haggadone, John B Sunwoo
The Distal-less (Dlx) homeobox transcription factors (TFs) play a prominent role in regulating multiple facets of vertebrate biology. Though widely studied as mediators of tissue development, recent work has uncovered a role for this TF family in modulating the vertebrate hematopoietic compartment. Pertinent to our study, murine Dlx1-3 are expressed in an innate lymphocyte population known as natural killer (NK) cells, and they are implicated to assume a functional role in the NK cell maturation pathway. However, Dlx target genes are poorly understood...
September 2016: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
Pomila Singh, Malaney O'Connell, Sarkar Shubhashish
Colorectal carcinogenesis is a multi-step process. While ~25% of colorectal cancers (CRCs) arise in patients with a family history (genetic predisposition), ~75% of CRCs are due to age-associated accumulation of epigenetic alterations which can result in the suppression of key tumor suppressor genes leading to mutations and activation of oncogenic pathways. Sporadic colon-carcinogenesis is facilitated by many molecular pathways of genomic instability which include chromosomal instability (CIN), micro-satellite instability (MSI) and CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP), leading towards loss of homeostasis and onset of neoplastic transformation...
2016: Stem Cell Investigation
Andrea Orellana-Manzano, Miguel G O'Ryan, Anne J Lagomarcino, Sergio George, Mindy S Muñoz, Nora Mamani, Carolina A Serrano, Paul R Harris, Octavio Ramilo, Asunción Mejías, Juan P Torres, Yalda Lucero, Andrew F G Quest
Background:Helicobacter pylori infects half of the world's population and causes gastric cancer in a subset of infected adults. Previous blood microarray findings showed that apparently healthy children, persistently infected with H. pylori have differential gene expression compared to age-matched, non-infected children. SLC5A8, a cancer suppressor gene with decreased expression among infected children, was chosen for further study based on bioinformatics analysis. Methods: A pilot study was conducted using specific qRT-PCR amplification of SLC5A8 in blood samples from H...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Tomiko Takeuchi, Koko Muraoka, Megumi Yamada, Yuri Nishio, Isao Hozumi
PURPOSE: Idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (IBGC) is a rare, intractable disease with unknown etiology. IBGC3 is a familial genetic disease defined by genetic mutations in the major causative gene (SLC20A2). People with IBGC3 experience distress from the uncommon nature of their illness and uncertainty about treatment and prognoses. The present study aimed to describe the lives and illness of people with IBGC3. METHODS: Participants were recruited from patients aged 20 years or older enrolled in a genetic study, who were diagnosed with IBGC3 and wanted to share their experiences...
2016: SpringerPlus
Dhouha Bacha, Abir Chaabane, Fatma Khanche, Saloua Néchi, Hassen Touinsi, Emna Chelbi
Adrenal hemangioma is an uncommon benign vascular tumor that is often discovered incidentally. It has never been reported in association with familial adenomatous polyposis. We report a case of a 60-year old man with a history of familial adenomatous polyposis, in whom a huge retroperitoneal cyst of 18x17 cm was discovered during routine radiologic evaluation. Because of the impossibility of ruling out the presence of malignancy, surgical cystectomy was performed, associated to a scheduled total colectomy. Pathological examination revealed that the cyst corresponded to an adrenal cavernous hemangioma...
August 8, 2016: Clinics and Practice
Shahid Manzoor, Anna Schnürer, Erik Bongcam-Rudloff, Bettina Müller
Methanoculleus bourgensis strain MAB1 has been identified as the hydrogenotrophic partner of mesophilic acetate-oxidising bacteria, a syntrophic relationship operating close to the thermodynamic equilibrium and of considerable importance in ammonia-rich engineered biogas processes. Methanoculleus bourgensis strain MAB1 belongs to the order Methanomicrobiales, family Methanomicrobiaceae, within the phylum Euryarchaeota. The genome shows a total size of 2,859,299 bp encoding 3450 predicted protein-encoding genes, of which only 1472 (43 %) have been assigned tentative functions...
2016: Standards in Genomic Sciences
Le Li, Creed M Stary
Astrocytes and microglia play crucial roles in the response to cerebral ischemia and are effective targets for stroke therapy in animal models. MicroRNAs (miRs) are important posttranscriptional regulators of gene expression that function by inhibiting the translation of select target genes. In astrocytes, miR expression patterns regulate mitochondrial function in response to oxidative stress via targeting of Bcl2 and heat shock protein 70 family members. Mitochondria play an active role in microglial activation, and miRs regulate the microglial neuroinflammatory response...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Sara J Bowne, Lori S Sullivan, Dianna K Wheaton, Kirsten G Locke, Kaylie D Jones, Daniel C Koboldt, Robert S Fulton, Richard K Wilson, Susan H Blanton, David G Birch, Stephen P Daiger
PURPOSE: To identify the underlying cause of disease in a large family with North Carolina macular dystrophy (NCMD). METHODS: A large four-generation family (RFS355) with an autosomal dominant form of NCMD was ascertained. Family members underwent comprehensive visual function evaluations. Blood or saliva from six affected family members and three unaffected spouses was collected and DNA tested for linkage to the MCDR1 locus on chromosome 6q12. Three affected family members and two unaffected spouses underwent whole exome sequencing (WES) and subsequently, custom capture of the linkage region followed by next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
2016: Molecular Vision
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