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Heng Zhang, Bo Zhou, Su Qin, Jing Xu, Rachel Harding, Wolfram Tempel, Vinod Nayak, Yanjun Li, Peter Loppnau, Yali Dou, Jinrong Min
The mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL)-AF10 fusion oncoprotein recruits DOT1L to the homeobox A ( HOXA ) gene cluster through the octapeptide motif leucine zipper (OM-LZ), thereby inducing and maintaining the MLL-AF10-associated leukemogenesis. However, the recognition mechanism between DOT1L and MLL-AF10 is unclear. Here, we present the crystal structures of both apo AF10OM-LZ and its complex with the coiled-coil domain of DOT1L. Disruption of the DOT1L-AF10 interface abrogates MLL-AF10-associated leukemic transformation...
March 21, 2018: Genes & Development
Tianzhe Liu, Rabia Mazmouz, Brett A Neilan
Phosphopantetheinyl transferases catalyze the post-translational modification of carrier proteins involved in both primary and secondary metabolism. The functional expression of polyketide synthases and non-ribosomal peptide synthetases requires the activation of all carrier protein domains by phosphopantetheinyl transferases. Here we describe the characterization of five bacterial phosphopantetheinyl transferases by their substrate specificity and catalytic efficiency of four bacterial carrier proteins. Comparative in vitro phosphopantetheinylation analysis showed Sfp possesses the highest catalytic efficiency over various carrier proteins...
March 21, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
Andrea De Lorenzo, Juliana Duarte Lopes da Silva, Cinthia E James, Alexandre C Pereira, Annie Seixas Bello Moreira
BACKGROUND: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common autosomal dominant disorder, characterized by a high level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and a high risk of premature cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinical and anthropometric characteristics of patients with the familiar hypercholesterolemia (FH) phenotype, with or without genetic confirmation of FH. METHODS: Forty-five patients with LDL-C > 190 mg/dl were genotyped for six FH-related genes: LDLR, APOB, PCSK9, LDLRAP1, LIPA and APOE...
February 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
V N Shishkova, T V Adasheva, A Yu Remenik, V N Valyaeva, V M Shklovsky
AIM: To study the relationship between clinical-anthropometric, biochemical, metabolic, vascular-inflammatory, molecular-genetic parameters and the development of the first ischemic stroke, and to develop a prognostic model for determining the probability of its occurrence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 196 first ischemic stroke patients and 119 healthy people matched for age, place of residence and nationality to the group of patients. The main anthropometric, clinical, biochemical, metabolic parameters and markers of vascular inflammation and endothelial dysfunction were assessed...
2018: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Ena Xiao, Qiang Chen, Aaron L Goldman, Hao Yang Tan, Kaitlin Healy, Brad Zoltick, Saumitra Das, Bhaskar Kolachana, Joseph H Callicott, Dwight Dickinson, Karen F Berman, Daniel R Weinberger, Venkata S Mattay
BACKGROUND: We explored the cumulative effect of several late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD) risk loci using a polygenic risk profile score (RPS) approach on measures of hippocampal function, cognition, and brain morphometry. METHODS: In a sample of 231 healthy control subjects (19-55 years of age), we used an RPS to study the effect of several LOAD risk loci reported in a recent meta-analysis on hippocampal function (determined by its engagement with blood oxygen level-dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging during episodic memory) and several cognitive metrics...
November 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
Jessica Alber, Kelly McGarry, Richard B Noto, Peter J Snyder
Background: Recent genome-wide association screening (GWAS) studies have linked Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathology to gene networks that regulate immune function. Kan et al. recently reported that Arg1 (an anti-inflammatory gene that codes for arginase-1) is expressed in parts of the brain associated with amyloidosis prior to the onset of neuronal loss, suggesting that chronic brain arginine deprivation promotes AD-related neuropathology. They blocked arginine catabolism in their mouse AD model by administration of eflornithine (DFMO) to juvenile animals, effectively blocking the expression of AD-related amyloid pathology as the mice aged...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Steven A Harris, Elizabeth A Harris
This review focuses on research in the areas of epidemiology, neuropathology, molecular biology and genetics that implicates herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) as a causative agent in the pathogenesis of sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). Molecular mechanisms whereby HSV-1 induces AD-related pathophysiology and pathology, including neuronal production and accumulation of amyloid beta (Aβ), hyperphosphorylation of tau proteins, dysregulation of calcium homeostasis, and impaired autophagy, are discussed. HSV-1 causes additional AD pathologies through mechanisms that promote neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial damage, synaptic dysfunction, and neuronal apoptosis...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Maolin Gu, Jing Qiu, Daoxia Guo, Yunfang Xu, Xingxiang Liu, Chong Shen, Chen Dong
BACKGROUND: Recent GWAS-associated studies reported that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in ABCB1, TGFβ1, XRCC1 genes were associated with hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection, and variants of APOA4 and APOE genes were associated with and hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in US population. However, the associations of these loci with HAV or HEV infection in Chinese Han population remain unclear. METHODS: A total of 3082 Chinese Han persons were included in this study...
March 20, 2018: Virology Journal
Sven J van der Lee, Frank J Wolters, M Kamran Ikram, Albert Hofman, M Arfan Ikram, Najaf Amin, Cornelia M van Duijn
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease is one of the most heritable diseases in elderly people and the most common type of dementia. In addition to the major genetic determinant of Alzheimer's disease, the APOE gene, 23 genetic variants have been associated with the disease. We assessed the effects of these variants and APOE on cumulative risk and age at onset of Alzheimer's disease and all-cause dementia. METHODS: We studied incident dementia in cognitively healthy participants (aged >45 years) from the community-based Rotterdam Study, an ongoing prospective cohort study based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, focusing on neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, and ophthalmological disorders, and other diseases in elderly people...
March 16, 2018: Lancet Neurology
Yao Dai, Xiaoqin Wu, Dongsheng Dai, Jun Li, Jawahar L Mehta
OBJECTIVE: Several miR/s that regulate gene/s relevant in atherogenesis are being described. We identified a miR (miR-98) that targets LOX-1, a receptor for ox-LDL, and speculated that it might be relevant in atherogenesis. APPROACH AND RESULTS: MicroRNA-98 was predicted by bioinformatics tools. The effects of miR-98 (by use of mimics and inhibitors) on LOX-1 expression and foam cell formation in mouse peritoneal macrophages were assessed. ApoE-/- mice fed by high fat diet were administered with mmu-agomiR-98 and mmu-antagomiR-98, and expression of LOX-1 and foam cell formation in aorta were quantified...
March 8, 2018: Redox Biology
Xi Yang, Jun Zhang, Linmu Chen, Qiong Wu, Chao Yu
Chitosan oligosaccharides (COS), linear polymers of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine and deacetylated glucosamine, exhibit diverse pharmacological effects such as antimicrobial, antitumor, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Here, we explored their hypocholesterolemic effects in vivo and the molecular mechanisms of COS in hepatic cells. Our in vivo study of dyslipidemic ApoE-/- male mice showed that COS treatment of 500mg·kg-1 ·d-1 for 4 weeks clearly reduced the lipid deposits in the aorta and significantly decreased the hepatic proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) protein levels versus HFD groups (p < 0...
March 13, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Tobias Skillbäck, Ronald Lautner, Niklas Mattsson, Jonathan M Schott, Katarina Nägga, Lena Kilander, Anders Wimo, Bengt Winblad, Maria Eriksdotter, Kaj Blennow, Henrik Zetterberg
INTRODUCTION: The ε4 allele of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene is a prominent risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), but its implication in other dementias is less well studied. METHODS: We used a data set on 2858 subjects (1098 AD, 260 vascular dementia [VaD], 145 mixed AD and VaD, 90 other dementia diagnoses, and 1265 controls) to examine the association of APOE polymorphisms with clinical dementia diagnoses, biomarker profiles, and longevity. RESULTS: The ε4 allele was associated with reduced longevity as ε4 versus ε3 homozygotes lived on average 2...
March 13, 2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
Holger Winkels, Erik Ehinger, Melanie Vassallo, Konrad Buscher, Huy Dinh, Kouji Kobiyama, Anouk Hamers, Clément Cochain, Ehsan Vafadarnejad, Antoine-Emmanuel Saliba, Alma Zernecke, Akula Pramod, Amlan Ghosh, Nathaly Anto Michel, Natalie Hoppe, Ingo Hilgendorf, Andreas Zirlik, Catherine Hedrick, Klaus Ley, Dennis Wolf
<u>Rationale:</u> Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that is driven by the interplay of pro- and anti-inflammatory leukocytes in the aorta. Yet, the phenotypic and transcriptional diversity of aortic leukocytes is only poorly understood. <u>Objective:</u> We characterized leukocytes from healthy and atherosclerotic mouse aortas in-depth by single cell RNA-sequencing (scRNAseq) and mass cytometry (CyTOF) to define an atlas of the immune cell landscape in atherosclerosis...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Clément Cochain, Ehsan Vafadarnejad, Panagiota Arampatzi, Pelisek Jaroslav, Holger Winkels, Klaus Ley, Dennis Wolf, Antoine-Emmanuel Saliba, Alma Zernecke
<u>Rationale:</u> It is assumed that atherosclerotic arteries contain several macrophage subsets endowed with specific functions. The precise identity of these subsets is poorly characterized as they ha ve been defined by the expression of a restricted number of markers. <u>Objective:</u> We have applied single-cell RNA-seq as an unbiased profiling strategy to interrogate and classify aortic macrophage heterogeneity at the single-cell level in atherosclerosis. <u>Methods and Results:</u> We performed single-cell RNA sequencing of total aortic CD45+ cells extracted from the non-diseased (chow fed) and atherosclerotic (11 weeks of high fat diet) aorta of Ldlr-/- mice...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Dicson Sheeja Malar, Venkatesan Suryanarayanan, Mani Iyer Prasanth, Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Krishnaswamy Balamurugan, Kasi Pandima Devi
Amyloid beta (Aβ) formation is one of the neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), which induces the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), further leading to the alteration of several signalling pathways. In the present study, vitexin has been evaluated for its neuroprotective activity against Aβ25-35 induced toxicity in Neuro-2a cells. Results of cell free studies indicated that vitexin significantly inhibited the aggregation of Aβ25-35 . Studies in Neuro-2a cells revealed that Aβ25-35 significantly affected the cell viability by inducing ROS mediated toxicity and apoptosis...
March 12, 2018: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
Corinna Schmitz, Heidi Noels, Omar El Bounkari, Eva Straussfeld, Remco T A Megens, Marieke Sternkopf, Setareh Alampour-Rajabi, Christine Krammer, Pathricia V Tilstam, Norbert Gerdes, Christina Bürger, Aphrodite Kapurniotu, Richard Bucala, Joachim Jankowski, Christian Weber, Jürgen Bernhagen
The inflammatory cytokine macrophage migration-inhibitory factor (MIF) promotes atherosclerosis via lesional monocyte and T-cell recruitment. B cells have emerged as important components in atherogenesis, but the interaction between MIF and B cells in atherogenesis is unknown. Here, we investigated the atherosclerotic phenotype of Mif-gene deletion in Apoe-/- mice. Apoe-/- Mif-/- mice on a Western-diet exhibited strongly reduced atherosclerotic lesions in brachiocephalic artery (BC) and abdominal aorta compared with controls...
March 15, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Valentin Blanchard, Stephane Ramin-Mangata, Stephanie Billon-Crossouard, Audrey Aguesse, Manon Durand, Kevin Chemello, Brice Nativel, Laurent Flet, Maud Chetiveaux, David Jacobi, Jean-Marie Bard, Khadija Ouguerram, Gilles Lambert, Michel Krempf, Mikael Croyal
Human apolipoprotein E (apoE) exhibits three major isoforms (apoE2, apoE3, and apoE4) corresponding to polymorphism in the APOE gene. Total plasma apoE concentrations are closely related to these isoforms but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. We aimed to describe the kinetics of apoE individual isoforms to explore the mechanisms for variable total apoE plasma concentrations. We used liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to discriminate between isoforms by identifying specific peptide sequences in subjects (3 E2/E3, 3 E3/E3 and 3 E3/E4 phenotypes) who received a primed constant infusion of2 H3 -leucine for 14 hours...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
Linda R Wang, Adam D McIntyre, Robert A Hegele
BACKGROUND: Abetalipoproteinemia and homozygous hypobetalipoproteinemia are classical Mendelian autosomal recessive and co-dominant conditions, respectively, which are phenotypically similar and are usually caused by bi-allelic mutations in MTTP and APOB genes, respectively. Instances of more complex patterns of genomic variants resulting in this distinct phenotype have not been reported. METHODS: A 43 year-old male had a longstanding severe deficiency of apolipoprotein (apo) B-containing lipoproteins and circulating fat soluble vitamins consistent with either abetalipoproteinemia or homozygous familial hypobetalipoproteinemia (FHBL)...
March 14, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Liv Tybjærg Nordestgaard, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen, Katrine Laura Rasmussen, Børge G Nordestgaard, Ruth Frikke-Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Clusterin, also known as apolipoprotein J (apoJ), is one of the most abundantly expressed apolipoproteins in the brain after apolipoprotein E (apoE). Like the ε4 allele of the apolipoprotein E gene (APOE), the clusterin gene (CLU) is a risk locus for Alzheimer's disease, and may play additional roles in atherosclerosis pathogenesis. We tested whether genetic variation in CLU was associated with either Alzheimer's disease or atherosclerosis-related diseases. METHODS: We studied individual data on 103,987 participants from the Copenhagen General Population Study (CGPS) and the Copenhagen City Heart Study (CCHS)...
March 14, 2018: BMC Medicine
Chin-Yuan Chang, Jeremy R Lohman, Tingting Huang, Karolina Michalska, Lance Bigelow, Jeffrey D Rudolf, Robert Jedrzejczak, Xiaohui Yan, Ming Ma, Gyorgy Babnigg, Andrzej Joachimiak, George N Phillips, Ben Shen
C-1027 is a chromoprotein enediyne antitumor antibiotic, consisting of the CagA apo-protein and the C-1027 chromophore. The C-1027 chromophore features a nine-membered enediyne core appended with three peripheral moieties, including an (S)-3-chloro-5-hydroxy--tyrosine. In a convergent biosynthesis of the C-1027 chromophore, the (S)-3-chloro-5-hydroxy--tyrosine moiety is appended to the enediyne core by the free-standing condensation enzyme SgcC5. Unlike canonical condensation domains from the modular nonribosomal peptide synthetases that catalyze amide bond formation, SgcC5 catalyzes ester bond formation, as demonstrated in vitro, between SgcC2-tethered (S)-3-chloro-5-hydroxy-β-tyrosine and (R)-1-phenyl-1,2-ethanediol, a mimic of the enediyne core as an acceptor substrate...
March 13, 2018: Biochemistry
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