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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454163/exacerbations-in-adults-with-asthma-a-systematic-review-and-external-validation-of-prediction-models
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Rik Jb Loymans, Thomas Pa Debray, Persijn J Honkoop, Evelien H Termeer, Jiska B Snoeck-Stroband, Tjard Rj Schermer, Willem Jj Assendelft, Merel Timp, Kian Fan Chung, Ana R Sousa, Jaap K Sont, Peter J Sterk, Helen K Reddel, Gerben Ter Riet
BACKGROUND: Several prediction models assessing future risk of exacerbations in adult patients with asthma have been published. Applicability of these models is uncertain because their predictive performance has often not been assessed beyond the population in which they were derived. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to identify and critically appraise prediction models for asthma exacerbations and validate them in two clinically distinct populations. METHODS: PubMed and EMBASE were searched to April 2017 for reports describing adult asthma populations in which multivariable models were constructed to predict exacerbations during any time frame...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29367243/immunogenicity-in-rabbits-of-sosip-trimers-from-clades-a-b-and-c-given-individually-sequentially-or-in-combinations
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Alba Torrents de la Peña, Steven W de Taeye, Kwinten Sliepen, Celia C LaBranche, Judith A Burger, Edith E Schermer, David C Montefiori, John P Moore, Per Johan Klasse, Rogier W Sanders
Recombinant soluble HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) SOSIP trimers are a design platform for inducing broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) by vaccination. To date, these and alternative designs of native-like trimers given singly or in pairs, have not induced bNAbs in test animals such as rabbits or macaques. Here, we have evaluated whether trivalent and tetravalent combinations of SOSIP trimers from clades A, B and C, delivered simultaneously or sequentially, induce better neutralizing antibody responses in rabbits than when given alone...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222332/stabilization-of-the-gp120-v3-loop-through-hydrophobic-interactions-reduces-the-immunodominant-v3-directed-non-neutralizing-response-to-hiv-1-envelope-trimers
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Steven W de Taeye, Alba Torrents de la Peña, Andrea Vecchione, Enzo Scutigliani, Kwinten Sliepen, Judith A Burger, Patricia van der Woude, Anna Schorcht, Edith E Schermer, Marit J van Gils, Celia C LaBranche, David C Montefiori, Ian A Wilson, John P Moore, Andrew B Ward, Rogier W Sanders
To provide protective immunity against circulating primary HIV-1 strains, a vaccine most likely has to induce broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) to the HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoprotein spike. Recombinant Env trimers such as the prototype BG505 SOSIP.664 that closely mimic the native Env spike can induce autologous neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) against relatively resistant (tier-2) primary viruses. Ideally, Env immunogens should present bNAb epitopes, but limit the presentation of immunodominant non-NAb epitopes that might induce off-target and potentially interfering responses...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974677/longitudinal-outcomes-of-different-asthma-phenotypes-in-primary-care-an-observational-study
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Rishi J Khusial, Jacob K Sont, Rik J B Loijmans, Jiska B Snoeck-Stroband, Pim J J Assendelft, Tjard R J Schermer, Persijn J Honkoop
While asthma presentation is heterogeneous, current asthma management guidelines in primary care are quite homogeneous. In this study we aim to cluster patients together into different phenotypes, that may aid the general practitioner in individualised asthma management. We analysed data from the ACCURATE trial, containing 611 adult asthmatics, 18-50 year-old, treated in primary care, with one year follow-up. Variables obtained at baseline (n = 14), were assessed by cluster analysis. Subsequently, established phenotypes were assessed separately on important asthma outcomes after one year follow-up: asthma control (Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ)), quality of life (Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (AQLQ)), exacerbation-rate and medication-usage...
October 3, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890740/public-attitudes-towards-moral-enhancement-evidence-that-means-matter-morally
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Jona Specker, Maartje H N Schermer, Peter B Reiner
To gain insight into the reasons that the public may have for endorsing or eschewing pharmacological moral enhancement for themselves or for others, we used empirical tools to explore public attitudes towards these issues. Participants (N = 293) from the United States were recruited via Amazon's Mechanical Turk and were randomly assigned to read one of several contrastive vignettes in which a 13-year-old child is described as bullying another student in school and then is offered an empathy-enhancing program...
2017: Neuroethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877958/proline-dependent-and-basophilic-kinases-phosphorylate-human-trpc6-at-serine-14-to-control-channel-activity-through-increased-membrane-expression
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Henning Hagmann, Nicole Mangold, Markus M Rinschen, Tim Koenig, Karl Kunzelmann, Bernhard Schermer, Thomas Benzing, Paul T Brinkkoetter
Signaling via the transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channel C6 plays a pivotal role in hereditary and sporadic glomerular kidney disease. Several studies have identified gain-of-function mutations of TRPC6 and report induced expression and enhanced channel activity of TRPC6 in association with glomerular diseases. Interfering with TRPC6 activity may open novel therapeutic pathways. TRPC6 channel activity is controlled by protein expression and stability as well as intracellular trafficking. Identification of regulatory phosphorylation sites in TRPC6 and corresponding protein kinases is essential to understand the regulation of TRPC6 activity and may result in future therapeutic strategies...
September 6, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834745/improving-the-immunogenicity-of-native-like-hiv-1-envelope-trimers-by-hyperstabilization
#7
Alba Torrents de la Peña, Jean-Philippe Julien, Steven W de Taeye, Fernando Garces, Miklos Guttman, Gabriel Ozorowski, Laura K Pritchard, Anna-Janina Behrens, Eden P Go, Judith A Burger, Edith E Schermer, Kwinten Sliepen, Thomas J Ketas, Pavel Pugach, Anila Yasmeen, Christopher A Cottrell, Jonathan L Torres, Charlotte D Vavourakis, Marit J van Gils, Celia LaBranche, David C Montefiori, Heather Desaire, Max Crispin, Per Johan Klasse, Kelly K Lee, John P Moore, Andrew B Ward, Ian A Wilson, Rogier W Sanders
The production of native-like recombinant versions of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env) trimer requires overcoming the natural flexibility and instability of the complex. The engineered BG505 SOSIP.664 trimer mimics the structure and antigenicity of native Env. Here, we describe how the introduction of new disulfide bonds between the glycoprotein (gp)120 and gp41 subunits of SOSIP trimers of the BG505 and other genotypes improves their stability and antigenicity, reduces their conformational flexibility, and helps maintain them in the unliganded conformation...
August 22, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724775/n-degradomic-analysis-reveals-a-proteolytic-network-processing-the-podocyte-cytoskeleton
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Markus M Rinschen, Ann-Kathrin Hoppe, Florian Grahammer, Martin Kann, Linus A Völker, Eva-Maria Schurek, Julie Binz, Martin Höhne, Fatih Demir, Milena Malisic, Tobias B Huber, Christine Kurschat, Jayachandran N Kizhakkedathu, Bernhard Schermer, Pitter F Huesgen, Thomas Benzing
Regulated intracellular proteostasis, controlled in part by proteolysis, is essential in maintaining the integrity of podocytes and the glomerular filtration barrier of the kidney. We applied a novel proteomics technology that enables proteome-wide identification, mapping, and quantification of protein N-termini to comprehensively characterize cleaved podocyte proteins in the glomerulus in vivo We found evidence that defined proteolytic cleavage results in various proteoforms of important podocyte proteins, including those of podocin, nephrin, neph1, α-actinin-4, and vimentin...
October 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499369/characterization-of-a-splice-site-mutation-in-the-tumor-suppressor-gene-flcn-associated-with-renal-cancer
#9
Malte P Bartram, Tripti Mishra, Nadine Reintjes, Francesca Fabretti, Hakam Gharbi, Alexander C Adam, Heike Göbel, Mareike Franke, Bernhard Schermer, Stefan Haneder, Thomas Benzing, Bodo B Beck, Roman-Ulrich Müller
BACKGROUND: Renal cell carcinoma is among the most prevalent malignancies. It is generally sporadic. However, genetic studies of rare familial forms have led to the identification of mutations in causative genes such as VHL and FLCN. Mutations in the FLCN gene are the cause of Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome, a rare tumor syndrome which is characterized by the combination of renal cell carcinoma, pneumothorax and skin tumors. METHODS: Using Sanger sequencing we identify a heterozygous splice-site mutation in FLCN in lymphocyte DNA of a patient suffering from renal cell carcinoma...
May 12, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400537/yap-mediated-mechanotransduction-determines-the-podocyte-s-response-to-damage
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Markus M Rinschen, Florian Grahammer, Ann-Kathrin Hoppe, Priyanka Kohli, Henning Hagmann, Oliver Kretz, Sabine Bertsch, Martin Höhne, Heike Göbel, Malte P Bartram, Rajesh Kumar Gandhirajan, Marcus Krüger, Paul-Thomas Brinkkoetter, Tobias B Huber, Martin Kann, Sara A Wickström, Thomas Benzing, Bernhard Schermer
Podocytes are terminally differentiated cells of the kidney filtration barrier. They are subjected to physiological filtration pressure and considerable mechanical strain, which can be further increased in various kidney diseases. When injury causes cytoskeletal reorganization and morphological alterations of these cells, the filtration barrier may become compromised and allow proteins to leak into the urine (a condition called proteinuria). Using time-resolved proteomics, we showed that podocyte injury stimulated the activity of the transcriptional coactivator YAP and the expression of YAP target genes in a rat model of glomerular disease before the development of proteinuria...
April 11, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364132/challenges-in-establishing-genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-arpkd-case-report-on-a-toddler-with-two-severe-pkhd1-mutations
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Kathrin Ebner, Claudia Dafinger, Nadina Ortiz-Bruechle, Friederike Koerber, Bernhard Schermer, Thomas Benzing, Jörg Dötsch, Klaus Zerres, Lutz Thorsten Weber, Bodo B Beck, Max Christoph Liebau
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) constitutes an important cause of pediatric end stage renal disease and is characterized by a broad phenotypic variability. The disease is caused by mutations in a single gene, Polycystic Kidney and Hepatic Disease 1 (PKHD1), which encodes a large transmembrane protein of poorly understood function called fibrocystin. Based on current knowledge of genotype-phenotype correlations in ARPKD, two truncating mutations are considered to result in a severe phenotype with peri- or neonatal mortality...
July 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282587/feasibility-of-magnetic-marker-localisation-for-non-palpable-breast-cancer
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B Schermers, J A van der Hage, C E Loo, M T F D Vrancken Peeters, H A O Winter-Warnars, F van Duijnhoven, B Ten Haken, S H Muller, T J M Ruers
OBJECTIVES: Accurate tumour localisation is essential for breast-conserving surgery of non-palpable tumours. Current localisation technologies are associated with disadvantages such as logistical challenges and migration issues (wire guided localisation) or legislative complexities and high administrative burden (radioactive localisation). We present MAgnetic MArker LOCalisation (MaMaLoc), a novel technology that aims to overcome these disadvantages using a magnetic marker and a magnetic detection probe...
March 7, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025920/impact-of-overactive-bladder-step-therapy-policies-on-medication-utilization-and-expenditures-among-treated-medicare-members
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Ibrahim M Abbass, Eleanor O Caplan, Daniel B Ng, Rita Kristy, Carol R Schermer, Pamela Bradt, Jenna M Collins, Wai Man Maria Chan, Brandon T Suehs
BACKGROUND: The impact of formulary management strategies on utilization and expenditures in overactive bladder (OAB) treatment has not been extensively investigated. In 2013, step therapy (ST) policies for 2 branded OAB treatments, mirabegron and fesoterodine, were removed from Humana Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) plans and Medicare prescription drug plans (PDP), allowing for an examination of the effect of ST policies on OAB medication use patterns and costs. OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of removal of formulary restriction policies for mirabegron and fesoterodine on medication utilization patterns and costs associated with OAB treatment in Medicare patients...
January 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27508243/dataset-and-standard-operating-procedure-for-newborn-screening-of-six-lysosomal-storage-diseases-by-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Susan Elliott, Norman Buroker, Jason J Cournoyer, Anna M Potier, Joseph D Trometer, Carole Elbin, Mack J Schermer, Jaana Kantola, Aaron Boyce, Frantisek Turecek, Michael H Gelb, C Ronald Scott
In this data article we provide a detailed standard operating procedure for performing a tandem mass spectrometry, multiplex assay of 6 lysosomal enzymes for newborn screening of the lysosomal storage diseases Mucopolysaccharidosis-I, Pompe, Fabry, Niemann-Pick-A/B, Gaucher, and Krabbe, (Elliott, et al., 2016) [1]. We also provide the mass spectrometry peak areas for the product and internal standard ions typically observed with a dried blood spot punch from a random newborn, and we provide the daily variation of the daily mean activities for all 6 enzymes...
September 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27357545/quantitative-deep-mapping-of-the-cultured-podocyte-proteome-uncovers-shifts-in-proteostatic-mechanisms-during-differentiation
#15
Markus M Rinschen, Christina B Schroeter, Sybille Koehler, Christina Ising, Bernhard Schermer, Martin Kann, Thomas Benzing, Paul T Brinkkoetter
The renal filtration barrier is maintained by the renal podocyte, an epithelial postmitotic cell. Immortalized mouse podocyte cell lines-both in the differentiated and undifferentiated state-are widely utilized tools to estimate podocyte injury and cytoskeletal rearrangement processes in vitro. Here, we mapped the cultured podocyte proteome at a depth of more than 8,800 proteins and quantified 7,240 proteins. Copy numbers of proteins mutated in forms of hereditary nephrotic syndrome or focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) were assessed...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27238910/pilot-study-of-newborn-screening-for-six-lysosomal-storage-diseases-using-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#16
Susan Elliott, Norman Buroker, Jason J Cournoyer, Anna M Potier, Joseph D Trometer, Carole Elbin, Mack J Schermer, Jaana Kantola, Aaron Boyce, Frantisek Turecek, Michael H Gelb, C Ronald Scott
BACKGROUND: There is current expansion of newborn screening (NBS) programs to include lysosomal storage disorders because of the availability of treatments that produce an optimal clinical outcome when started early in life. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of a multiplex-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) enzymatic activity assay of 6 lysosomal enzymes in a NBS laboratory for the identification of newborns at risk for developing Pompe, Mucopolysaccharidosis-I (MPS-I), Fabry, Gaucher, Niemann Pick-A/B, and Krabbe diseases...
August 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27044486/identifying-patients-at-risk-for-severe-exacerbations-of-asthma-development-and-external-validation-of-a-multivariable-prediction-model
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Rik J B Loymans, Persijn J Honkoop, Evelien H Termeer, Jiska B Snoeck-Stroband, Willem J J Assendelft, Tjard R J Schermer, Kian Fan Chung, Ana R Sousa, Peter J Sterk, Helen K Reddel, Jacob K Sont, Gerben Ter Riet
BACKGROUND: Preventing exacerbations of asthma is a major goal in current guidelines. We aimed to develop a prediction model enabling practitioners to identify patients at risk of severe exacerbations who could potentially benefit from a change in management. METHODS: We used data from a 12-month primary care pragmatic trial; candidate predictors were identified from GINA 2014 and selected with a multivariable bootstrapping procedure. Three models were constructed, based on: (1) history, (2) history+spirometry and (3) history+spirometry+FeNO...
September 2016: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26792178/the-ubiquitin-ligase-ubr4-controls-stability-of-podocin-mec-2-supercomplexes
#18
Markus M Rinschen, Puneet Bharill, Xiongwu Wu, Priyanka Kohli, Matthäus J Reinert, Oliver Kretz, Isabel Saez, Bernhard Schermer, Martin Höhne, Malte P Bartram, Sriram Aravamudhan, Bernard R Brooks, David Vilchez, Tobias B Huber, Roman-Ulrich Müller, Marcus Krüger, Thomas Benzing
The PHB-domain protein podocin maintains the renal filtration barrier and its mutation is an important cause of hereditary nephrotic syndrome. Podocin and its Caenorhabditis elegans orthologue MEC-2 have emerged as key components of mechanosensitive membrane protein signalling complexes. Whereas podocin resides at a specialized cell junction at the podocyte slit diaphragm, MEC-2 is found in neurons required for touch sensitivity. Here, we show that the ubiquitin ligase Ubr4 is a key component of the podocin interactome purified both from cultured podocytes and native glomeruli...
April 1, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26740551/three-layered-proteomic-characterization-of-a-novel-actn4-mutation-unravels-its-pathogenic-potential-in-fsgs
#19
Malte P Bartram, Sandra Habbig, Caroline Pahmeyer, Martin Höhne, Lutz T Weber, Holger Thiele, Janine Altmüller, Nina Kottoor, Andrea Wenzel, Marcus Krueger, Bernhard Schermer, Thomas Benzing, Markus M Rinschen, Bodo B Beck
Genetic diseases constitute the most important cause for end-stage renal disease in children and adolescents. Mutations in the ACTN4 gene, encoding the actin-binding protein α-actinin-4, are a rare cause of autosomal dominant familial focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Here, we report the identification of a novel, disease-causing ACTN4 mutation (p.G195D, de novo) in a sporadic case of childhood FSGS using next generation sequencing. Proteome analysis by quantitative mass spectrometry (MS) of patient-derived urinary epithelial cells indicated that ACTN4 levels were significantly decreased when compared with healthy controls...
March 15, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26268269/the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-essential-modulator-nemo-controls-podocyte-cytoskeletal-dynamics-independently-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Sebastian Brähler, Christina Ising, Belén Barrera Aranda, Martin Höhne, Bernhard Schermer, Thomas Benzing, Paul Thomas Brinkkoetter
Maintenance of the glomerular filtration barrier with its fenestrated endothelium, the glomerular basement membrane, and the podocytes as the outer layer, is a major prerequisite for proper renal function. Tight regulation of the balance between plasticity and rigidity of the podocytes' architecture is required to prevent the onset of glomerular disease, mainly proteinuria. The underlying cellular signaling pathways that regulate the organization of the podocytes' cytoskeleton are still a matter of controversial debate...
October 1, 2015: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
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