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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775902/type-1-diabetes-through-the-lens-of-human-genome-and-metagenome-interplay
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REVIEW
Sepideh Zununi Vahed, Hakimeh Moghaddas Sani, Yalda Rahbar Saadat, Abolfazl Barzegari, Yadollah Omidi
Diabetes is a genetic- and epigenetic-related disease from which a large population worldwide suffers. Some genetic factors along with various mutations related to the immune system for disease mechanism(s) have contrastively been determined. However, sometimes mechanisms have not been fully managed for the clarification of the initiation and/or progression of diseases to help patients. In the recent years, due to familiarity with the role of gut microbiota in the health, it has been found that the changes of the microbial balance in the industrialized societies can cause a battery of modern diseases, for which we have no specific definition of how they emerge...
May 15, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775471/host-directed-combinatorial-rnai-improves-inhibition-of-diverse-strains-of-influenza-a-virus-in-human-respiratory-epithelial-cells
#2
Michael A Estrin, Islam T M Hussein, Wendy B Puryear, Anne C Kuan, Stephen C Artim, Jonathan A Runstadler
Influenza A virus infections are important causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, and currently available prevention and treatment methods are suboptimal. In recent years, genome-wide investigations have revealed numerous host factors that are required for influenza to successfully complete its life cycle. However, only a select, small number of influenza strains were evaluated using this platform, and there was considerable variation in the genes identified across different investigations. In an effort to develop a universally efficacious therapeutic strategy with limited potential for the emergence of resistance, this study was performed to investigate the effect of combinatorial RNA interference (RNAi) on inhibiting the replication of diverse influenza A virus subtypes and strains...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772252/sulfiredoxin-1-enhances-cardiac-progenitor-cell-survival-against-oxidative-stress-via-the-upregulation-of-the-erk-nrf2-signal-pathway
#3
Xiuchun Li, Pan He, Xiaoliang Wang, Shuning Zhang, Neil Devejian, Edward Bennett, Chuanxi Cai
Cardiac stem/progenitor cells (CPCs) have recently emerged as a potentially transformative regenerative medicine to repair the infarcted heart. However, the limited survival of donor cells is one of the major challenges for CPC therapy. Our recent research effort on preconditioning human CPCs (hCPCs) with cobalt protoporphyrin (CoPP) indicated that sulfiredoxin-1 (SRXN1) is upregulated upon preconditioning aldehyde dehydrogenase bright hCPCs (ALDHbr -hCPCs) with CoPP. Further studies demonstrated that overexpressing SRXN1 enhanced the survival capacity for ALDHbr -hCPCs...
May 14, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770611/the-changing-aetiology-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-cancer-a-tale-of-three-cancers
#4
Steven J Thomas, Chris M Penfold, Andrea Waylen, Andrew R Ness
Head and neck cancers are the sixth most common cancers worldwide and an important cause of ill health.(1) Each year about 9000 cases are reported in the UK.(2) Survival is poor and despite advances in treatment, has not improved until recently.(3) The majority of head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, affecting the larynx, oropharynx and oral cavity. The aetiology is changing and this has implications for prevention and treatment. Twenty years ago, tobacco and alcohol consumption were considered to be the established risk factors and it was estimated that these risk factors accounted for about 75% of cases...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770355/host-regulated-hepatitis-b-virus-capsid-assembly-in-a-mammalian-cell-free-system
#5
Kuancheng Liu, Jianming Hu
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is an important global human pathogen and represents a major cause of hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. The HBV capsid is composed of multiple copies of a single viral protein, the capsid or core protein (HBc), plays multiple roles in the viral life cycle, and has emerged recently as a major target for developing antiviral therapies against HBV infection. Although several systems have been developed to study HBV capsid assembly, including heterologous overexpression systems like bacteria and insect cells, in vitro assembly using purified protein, and mammalian cell culture systems, the requirement for non-physiological concentrations of HBc and salts and the difficulty in manipulating host regulators of assembly presents major limitations for detailed studies on capsid assembly under physiologically relevant conditions...
April 20, 2018: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769725/mxra8-is-a-receptor-for-multiple-arthritogenic-alphaviruses
#6
Rong Zhang, Arthur S Kim, Julie M Fox, Sharmila Nair, Katherine Basore, William B Klimstra, Rebecca Rimkunas, Rachel H Fong, Hueylie Lin, Subhajit Poddar, James E Crowe, Benjamin J Doranz, Daved H Fremont, Michael S Diamond
Arthritogenic alphaviruses comprise a group of enveloped RNA viruses that are transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and cause debilitating acute and chronic musculoskeletal disease 1 . The host factors required for alphavirus entry remain poorly characterized 2 . Here we use a genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9-based screen to identify the cell adhesion molecule Mxra8 as an entry mediator for multiple emerging arthritogenic alphaviruses, including chikungunya, Ross River, Mayaro and O'nyong nyong viruses. Gene editing of mouse Mxra8 or human MXRA8 resulted in reduced levels of viral infection of cells and, reciprocally, ectopic expression of these genes resulted in increased infection...
May 16, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768320/monocyte-chemoattractant-protein-1-as-a-predictor-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-patients-receiving-coronary-angiography
#7
Simon A Mahler, Thomas C Register, Robert F Riley, Ralph B D'Agostino, Jason P Stopyra, Chadwick D Miller
BACKGROUND: Animal studies suggest that monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is a promising biomarker for coronary artery atherosclerosis (CAA), but human studies have been inconclusive. OBJECTIVE: To determine potential relationships between plasma MCP-1 and CAA in patients with acute chest pain. METHODS: A secondary analysis of 150 patients enrolled in emergency department chest pain risk stratification clinical investigations was conducted...
June 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765365/human-activity-determines-the-presence-of-integron-associated-and-antibiotic-resistance-genes-in-southwestern-british-columbia
#8
Miguel I Uyaguari-Díaz, Matthew A Croxen, Zhiyao Luo, Kirby I Cronin, Michael Chan, Waren N Baticados, Matthew J Nesbitt, Shaorong Li, Kristina M Miller, Damion Dooley, William Hsiao, Judith L Isaac-Renton, Patrick Tang, Natalie Prystajecky
The dissemination of antibiotic resistant bacteria from anthropogenic sources into the environment poses an emerging public health threat. Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and gene-capturing systems such as integron-associated integrase genes ( intI ) play a key role in alterations of microbial communities and the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria into the environment. In order to assess the effect of anthropogenic activities on watersheds in southwestern British Columbia, the presence of putative antibiotic resistance and integrase genes was analyzed in the microbiome of agricultural, urban influenced, and protected watersheds...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765318/utility-of-a-novel-three-dimensional-and-dynamic-3dd-cell-culture-system-for-pk-pd-studies-evaluation-of-a-triple-combination-therapy-at-overcoming-anti-her2-treatment-resistance-in-breast-cancer
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Anusha Ande, Tanaya R Vaidya, Bao N Tran, Michael Vicchiarelli, Ashley N Brown, Sihem Ait-Oudhia
Background: Emergence of Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) therapy resistance in HER2-positive (HER2+) breast cancer (BC) poses a major clinical challenge. Mechanisms of resistance include the over-activation of the PI3K/mTOR and Src pathways. This work aims to investigate a novel combination therapy that employs paclitaxel (PAC), a mitotic inhibitor, with everolimus (EVE), an mTOR inhibitor, and dasatinib (DAS), an Src kinase inhibitor, as a modality to overcome resistance. Methods: Static (two dimensional, 2D) and three-dimensional dynamic (3DD) cell culture studies were conducted using JIMT-1 cells, a HER2+ BC cell line refractory to HER2 therapies...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765298/real-time-tracking-of-selective-auditory-attention-from-m-eeg-a-bayesian-filtering-approach
#10
Sina Miran, Sahar Akram, Alireza Sheikhattar, Jonathan Z Simon, Tao Zhang, Behtash Babadi
Humans are able to identify and track a target speaker amid a cacophony of acoustic interference, an ability which is often referred to as the cocktail party phenomenon. Results from several decades of studying this phenomenon have culminated in recent years in various promising attempts to decode the attentional state of a listener in a competing-speaker environment from non-invasive neuroimaging recordings such as magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG). To this end, most existing approaches compute correlation-based measures by either regressing the features of each speech stream to the M/EEG channels (the decoding approach) or vice versa (the encoding approach)...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764945/a-mechanism-of-unidirectional-transformation-leading-to-antibiotic-resistance-occurs-within-nasopharyngeal-pneumococcal-biofilm-consortia
#11
Santiago M Lattar, Xueqing Wu, Jennifer Brophy, Fuminori Sakai, Keith P Klugman, Jorge E Vidal
Streptococcus pneumoniae acquires genes for resistance to antibiotics such as streptomycin (Str) or trimethoprim (Tmp) by recombination via transformation of DNA released by other pneumococci and closely related species. Using naturally transformable pneumococci, including strain D39 serotype 2 (S2) and TIGR4 (S4), we studied whether pneumococcal nasopharyngeal transformation was symmetrical, asymmetrical, or unidirectional. Incubation of S2Tet and S4Str in a bioreactor simulating the human nasopharynx led to the generation of SpnTet/Str recombinants...
May 15, 2018: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764385/a-qualitative-study-about-the-gendered-experiences-of-motherhood-and-perinatal-mortality-in-mountain-villages-of-nepal-implications-for-improving-perinatal-survival
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Mohan Paudel, Sara Javanparast, Gouranga Dasvarma, Lareen Newman
BACKGROUND: We aim to examine the gendered contexts of poor perinatal survival in the remote mountain villages of Nepal. The study setting comprised two remote mountain villages from a mid-western mountain district of Nepal that ranks lowest on the Human Development Index (0.304), and is reported as having the lowest child survival rates in the country. METHODS: The findings are taken from a larger study of perinatal survival in remote mountain villages of Nepal, conducted through a qualitative methodological approach within a framework of social constructionist and critical theoretical perspectives...
May 15, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764158/what-is-the-role-of-immunotherapy-in-breast-cancer
#13
Tira J Tan, Jack J Chan, Sulastri Kamis, Rebecca Alexandra Dent
The immune system plays a complex role in the recognition/prevention, early eradication as well as progression of cancer. Recently, we have witnessed great momentum in the field of immuno-oncology. Checkpoint inhibitors and chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy have now entered the clinic, with impressive and durable clinical responses seen across a broad array of tumor types. There are several lines of evidence supporting the development of an immune targeted approach in breast cancer. Emerging data of early clinical trials evaluating monotherapy checkpoint inhibition have shown modest activity in breast cancer, in particular high grade and aggressive subtypes such as triple negative, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive and luminal B breast cancers...
April 2018: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763915/serum-from-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-promotes-growth-and-proliferation-via-the-igf-ii-igf-ir-mek-erk-signaling-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#14
Yuanyuan Ji, Zhidong Wang, Haiyan Chen, Lei Zhang, Fei Zhuo, Qingqing Yang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection (CHB) plays a central role in the etiology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Emerging evidence implicates insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-II as a major risk factor for the growth and development of HCC. However, the relationship between HBV infection and IGF-II functions remains to be elucidated. METHODS: Levels of circulating IGF-II and IGF-I receptor (IGF-IR) in healthy donors (HDs) and CHB patients were tested by ELISA...
May 9, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760887/distribution-of-alien-animal-species-richness-in-the-czech-republic
#15
Radek Gebauer, Jan Divíšek, Miloš Buřič, Martin Večeřa, Antonín Kouba, Bořek Drozd
Biogeographical barriers formed by natural forces over billions of years have been substantially disrupted by human activity, particularly in recent centuries. In response to these anthropogenic changes, global homogenization of biota is observed at an ever-increasing rate, causing environmental and economic losses as well as emerging health risks. Identifying factors underlying alien species richness is essential for prevention of future introductions and subsequent spread. In this study, we examined the effects of environmental and human-related factors on distribution of alien animal species richness in the Czech Republic (Central Europe)...
May 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759817/enhancer-logic-and-mechanics-in-development-and-disease
#16
REVIEW
Ryan Rickels, Ali Shilatifard
Enhancers are distally located genomic cis-regulatory elements that integrate spatiotemporal cues to coordinate gene expression in a tissue-specific manner during metazoan development. Enhancer function depends on a combination of bound transcription factors and cofactors that regulate local chromatin structure, as well as on the topological interactions that are necessary for their activity. Numerous genome-wide studies concur that the vast majority of disease-associated variations occur within non-coding genomic sequences, in other words the 'cis-regulome', and this underscores their relevance for human health...
May 11, 2018: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759007/contemporary-trends-emerging-in-epigenomics-and-metabolism
#17
Assam El-Osta
Diabetes is the disease of our time. It is a complex disorder. It is increasingly appreciated that genetic factors cannot fully explain susceptibility to diabetic complications. For almost a decade, the epigenetics field has grown tremendously becoming an alternative but integral component of how we interpret gene regulation. Some consider the field an epiphenomenon with an evidence base awaiting critical testing. The advent of experimental tools combined with the development of research methods have brought with the field technological advancements that allow scientists to assess ideas that have not yet been tested critically...
May 15, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757967/epigenetics-of-subcellular-structure-functioning-in-the-origin-of-risk-or-resilience-to-comorbidity-of-neuropsychiatric-and-cardiometabolic-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Carlos Manuel Zapata-Martín Del Campo, Martín Martínez-Rosas, Verónica Guarner-Lans
Mechanisms controlling mitochondrial function, protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and nuclear processes such as telomere length and DNA repair may be subject to epigenetic cues that relate the genomic expression and environmental exposures in early stages of life. They may also be involved in the comorbid appearance of cardiometabolic (CMD) and neuropsychiatric disorders (NPD) during adulthood. Mitochondrial function and protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum are associated with oxidative stress and elevated intracellular calcium levels and may also underlie the vulnerability for comorbid CMD and NPD...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756746/factors-influencing-consent-to-organ-donation-after-brain-death-certification-a-survey-of-29-intensive-care-units
#19
Guya Piemonte, Maria L Migliaccio, Stefano Bambi, Marco Bombardi, Lorenzo D'antonio, Andrea Guazzini, Caterina Di Pasquale, Laura Tadini-Buoninsegni, Cristiana Guetti, Manuela Bonizzoli, Sara Bagatti, Paolo Lopane, Anna Nativi, Laura Rasero, Adriano Peris
BACKGROUND: Family refusal (FR) to heart beating donation (HBD) in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is increasing in recent years with a significant impact on the number of transplantable organs. Fostering setting humanization, quality of relationships, respect for will and family reliance towards ICU could be relevant in containing FR to organ donation (OD) in ICU. Our aims were to highlight the effects of structural features of ICUs and humanization determinants on FR in HBD process, and to describe visiting policies, structure and modalities of support in ICUs...
May 14, 2018: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755452/influenza-virus-a-master-tactician-in-innate-immune-evasion-and-novel-therapeutic-interventions
#20
REVIEW
Alan Chen-Yu Hsu
Influenza is a contagion that has plagued mankind for many decades, and continues to pose concerns every year, with millions of infections globally. The frequent mutations and recombination of the influenza A virus (IAV) cast a looming threat that antigenically novel strains/subtypes will rise with unpredictable pathogenicity and fear of it evolving into a pandemic strain. There have been four major influenza pandemics, since the beginning of twentieth century, with the great 1918 pandemic being the most severe, killing more than 50 million people worldwide...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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