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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353467/high-resolution-melting-analysis-for-rapid-detection-of-pik3ca-gene-mutations-in-bladder-cancer-a-mutated-target-for-cancer-therapy
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Zahra Ousati Ashtiani, Abdol Rasoul Mehrsai, Mohammad Reza Pourmand, Gholam Reza Pourmand
PURPOSE: PIK3CA gene mutations have clinical importance and their presence is associated with therapy response. They are also considered as a molecule for targeted therapy. As regards to their importance, genetic variation within a population as well as among different populations, this study was conducted to detect common mutations of exons 9 and 20 and other probable mutations in PIK3CA gene as well as their frequencies in Iranian bladder cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Paired tumor and adjacent normal tissues samples were obtained from 50 bladder cancer patients...
January 21, 2018: Urology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353451/analysis-of-circulating-mediators-of-bone-remodeling-in-prader-willi-syndrome
#2
G Brunetti, G Grugni, L Piacente, M Delvecchio, A Ventura, P Giordano, M Grano, G D'Amato, D Laforgia, A Crinò, M F Faienza
We tested the hypothesis that the levels of bone remodeling mediators may be altered in Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). We assessed RANKL, OPG, sclerostin, DKK-1 serum levels, and bone metabolism markers in 12 PWS children (7.8 ± 4.3 years), 14 PWS adults (29.5 ± 7.2 years), and 31 healthy controls matched for sex and age. Instrumental parameters of bone mineral density (BMD) were also evaluated. Lumbar spine BMD Z-scores were reduced in PWS children (P < 0.01), reaching osteopenic levels in PWS adults...
January 20, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353432/post-translational-modifications-in-tumor-biomarkers-the-next-challenge-for-aptamers
#3
Ana Díaz-Fernández, Rebeca Miranda-Castro, Noemí de-Los-Santos-Álvarez, María Jesús Lobo-Castañón
Advances in proteomics have fueled the search for novel cancer biomarkers with higher selectivity. Differential expression of low abundant proteins has been the usual way of finding those biomarkers. The existence of a selective receptor for each biomarker is compulsory for their use in diagnostic/prognostic assays. Antibodies are the receptors of choice in most cases although aptamers are becoming familiar because of their facile and reproducible synthesis, chemical stability as well as comparable affinity and selectivity...
January 20, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353431/sensitive-electrochemical-detection-of-microrna-21-based-on-propylamine-functionalized-mesoporous-silica-with-glucometer-readout
#4
Kun Deng, Yong Zhang, Xuedong Tong
A new homogeneous electrochemical sensing system was developed for sensitive detection of microRNA-21 (miRNA-21) based on target-induced glucose release from propylamine-functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) with glucometer readout. Glucose molecules (as the signal tracers) were initially gated into the pores through the interaction of the negatively charged anchor DNA with the aminated MSN. Upon addition of target miRNA, the analyte competitively hybridized with anchor DNA to form the RNA-DNA duplex, thus resulting in detachment of anchor DNA from the MSN accompanying the pore opening...
January 20, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353429/a-sensitive-method-using-spme-pre-concentration-for-the-quantification-of-aromatic-amines-in-indoor-air
#5
Vincent Lucaire, Jean-Jacques Schwartz, Olivier Delhomme, Ruben Ocampo-Torres, Maurice Millet
Monitoring the levels of aliphatic and aromatic amines (AA) in indoor air is important to protect human health because of exposure to these compounds through diet and inhalation. A sampling and analytical method using XAD-2 cartridges and gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry used for assessing 25 AA in different smoking and non-smoking indoor environment was developed. After sampling and delivering 1 m3 of air (6-8 h sampling), an adsorbent was ultrasonically extracted with acetonitrile, concentrated to 1 mL and diluted in 25 mL of water (pH = 9; 5% NaCl), and then extracted for 40 min at 80 °C using a divinylbenzene/carboxen/polydimethylsiloxane (DVB/CAR/PDMS) fiber and injected in a GC/MS system...
January 20, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353380/crystal-structure-of-the-nadp-and-tartrate-bound-complex-of-l-serine-3-dehydrogenase-from-the-hyperthermophilic-archaeon-pyrobaculum-calidifontis
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Kazunari Yoneda, Haruhiko Sakuraba, Tomohiro Araki, Toshihisa Ohshima
A gene encoding L-serine dehydrogenase (L-SerDH) that exhibits extremely low sequence identity to the Agrobacterium tumefaciens L-SerDH was identified in the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrobaculum calidifontis. The predicted amino acid sequence showed 36% identity with that of Pseudomonas aeruginosa L-SerDH, suggesting that P. calidifontis L-SerDH is a novel type of L-SerDH, like Ps. aeruginosa L-SerDH. The overexpressed enzyme appears to be the most thermostable L-SerDH described to date, and no loss of activity was observed by incubation for 30 min at temperatures up to 100 °C...
January 20, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353331/construction-of-a-plasmid-vector-containing-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-and-c-jun-shrna
#7
Hong Xiao, Ruinian Yang, Fang Yang, Yanan Zhao, Yin Liu
The objective of this study was to construct a plasmid vector for EGFR-hm-1 and C-Junh-825 small interfering RNA (siRNA). EGFR-hm-1 and C-Jun-hm-825 oligonucleotide fragments were synthesized and short hairpin RNA (shRNA) were amplified by PCR. Plasmids were isolated from E. coli TOP10 bacterium by restriction enzyme digestion using pst1 and BamH1 and oligonucleotide fragments were cloned into the pSilencer plasmid containing the U6 promoter. Recombinant clones were generated by transforming JM109 competent cells with plasmid vectors containing shRNA molecules...
January 20, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353325/a-head-to-tail-view-of-l-selectin-and-its-impact-on-neutrophil-behaviour
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REVIEW
Aleksandar Ivetic
L-selectin is a type I transmembrane cell adhesion molecule expressed on most circulating leukocytes, including neutrophils. Engagement of L-selectin with endothelial-derived ligands initiates neutrophil tethering and rolling behaviour along luminal walls of post-capillary venules, constituting the first step of the multi-step adhesion cascade. There is a large body of evidence to suggest that signalling downstream of L-selectin can influence neutrophil behaviour: adhesion, migration and priming. This review will cover aspects of L-selectin form and function and introduce the "triad of L-selectin regulation", highlighting the inextricable links between adhesion, signalling and ectodomain shedding and also highlighting the cytosolic proteins that interconnect them...
January 20, 2018: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353317/tumor-suppressor-c-rassf-proteins
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REVIEW
Hiroaki Iwasa, Shakhawoat Hossain, Yutaka Hata
Human genome has ten genes that are collectedly called Ras association domain family (RASSF). RASSF is composed of two subclasses, C-RASSF and N-RASSF. Both N-RASSF and C-RASSF encode Ras association domain-containing proteins and are frequently suppressed by DNA hypermethylation in human cancers. However, C-RASSF and N-RASSF are quite different. Six C-RASSF proteins (RASSF1-6) are characterized by a C-terminal coiled-coil motif named Salvador/RASSF/Hippo domain, while four N-RASSF proteins (RASSF7-10) lack it...
January 20, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353288/quercetin-inhibits-breast-cancer-stem-cells-via-downregulation-of-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-1a1-aldh1a1-chemokine-receptor-type-4-cxcr4-mucin-1-muc1-and-epithelial-cell-adhesion-molecule-epcam
#10
Rong Wang, Laixiu Yang, Shen Li, Dongmei Ye, Lihong Yang, Qingyan Liu, Zibo Zhao, Qing Cai, Junzhen Tan, Xiuli Li
BACKGROUND Quercetin, nature's most common flavonoid, possesses anticarcinogenic properties against various forms of cancer. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of quercetin on breast cancer stem cells in the MDA-MB-231 cell line, and to elucidate the possible mechanisms for those effects. MATERIAL AND METHODS We evaluated breast cancer stem cell proliferation, clone generation, and mammosphere formation to determine the effect of quercetin treatment on breast cancer stem cells. RESULTS In our study, quercetin suppressed breast cancer stem cell proliferation, self-renewal, and invasiveness...
January 21, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353259/non-invasive-prenatal-testing-of-pregnancies-at-risk-for-phenylketonuria
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Huikun Duan, Ning Liu, Zhenhua Zhao, Yiqian Liu, Yin Wang, Zhifeng Li, Mengnan Xu, David S Cram, Xiangdong Kong
BACKGROUND: Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a common metabolic disorder caused predominately by mutations in the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene. The aim of the study was to design and validate the performance of a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) for PKU using circulating single molecule amplification and resequencing technology (cSMART). METHODS: A total of 18 couples at genetic risk for having a child with PKU were recruited to the study. Gold standard invasive prenatal diagnosis (IPD) was performed on amniocyte or villus cell DNA by Sanger sequencing, targeting the known parental PAH mutations...
January 20, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353217/vibrational-spectroscopic-study-of-cationic-phosphorus-dendrimers-with-aminoethylpiperidine-terminal-groups
#12
V L Furer, A E Vandyukov, V Tripathi, J P Majoral, A M Caminade, V I Kovalenko
Two generations of phosphoric dendrimers with piperidine functional groups were synthesized for use in biology and medicine. Neutral samples are soluble in organic solvents but after protonation these dendrimers become water soluble and can be used for biological experiments. The FTIR and FT Raman spectra of two generations of dendrimers Gi constructed from the cyclotriphosphazene core, repeating units OC6H4CHNN(CH3)P(S)< and aminoethylpiperidine end groups NH(CH2)2C5NH11 were recorded. The study of the IR spectra shows that the NH groups form hydrogen bonds...
January 12, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353205/wisp3-prevents-fibroblast-myofibroblast-transdifferentiation-in-nrk-49f-cells
#13
Yang Yi, Jun Ma, Lu Jianrao, Hangqing Wang, Yingdan Zhao
CCN family, a group of six extracellular matrix-associated proteins, plays an important role in fibrosis. WISP3 has addressed as a pro-fibrotic molecule in the development of human lung fibrosis. However, whether WISP3 involved in the activation and proliferation of renal fibroblast, and ultimately inhibited fibroblast-myofibroblast transdifferentiation remained unknown. Herein, we found that down-regulated WISP3 was involved in the fibrogenesis of rat renal NRK-49F cells induced by transforming growth (TGF-β1), which was further confirmed in a rat renal fibrosis induced by unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO)...
January 17, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353104/galactosylated-iodine-based-small-molecule-i-v-ct-contrast-agent-for-bile-duct-imaging
#14
Yeonjin Jung, Hee Sook Hwang, Kun Na
Computed tomography (CT) with contrast plays an important role as a clinical diagnostic tool but still has a limited diagnostic range. In this work, we developed a novel injectable iodine-based small molecule CT contrast agent, even can be used for bile duct diagnostics. The bile duct diagnosable CT contrast agent (BDICA) is synthesized with 5-amino-2,4,6-triiodoisophthaloyl dichloride (ATIPC), tromethamine and lactobionic acid (LBA) for asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR) targeted delivery via receptor-mediated endocytosis and transport to the bile canaliculi...
January 12, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353097/genetics-of-immunoglobulin-a-vasculitis-henoch-sch%C3%A3-nlein-purpura-an-updated-review
#15
REVIEW
Raquel López-Mejías, Santos Castañeda, Fernanda Genre, Sara Remuzgo-Martínez, F David Carmona, Javier Llorca, Ricardo Blanco, Javier Martín, Miguel A González-Gay
Immunoglobulin-A vasculitis (IgAV) is classically a childhood small-sized blood vessel vasculitis with predominant involvement of the skin. Gastrointestinal and joint manifestations are common in patients diagnosed with this condition. Nephritis, which is more severe in adults, constitutes the most feared complication of this vasculitis. The molecular bases underlying the origin of IgAV have not been completely elucidated. Nevertheless, several pieces of evidence support the claim that genes play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of this disease...
January 15, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353085/reactions-of-a-tetranuclear-pt-thiosemicarbazone-complex-with-model-proteins
#16
Tiziano Marzo, Francisco Navas, Damiano Cirri, Antonello Merlino, Giarita Ferraro, Luigi Messori, Adoracion G Quiroga
The tetranuclear Pt complex (PtL)4 (where L2- is the anion derived from para-isopropyl thiosemicarbazone) was first described in A.G. Quiroga et al., J. Med. Chem. 41, 1998, 1399-1408. (PtL)4 manifests antiproliferative properties toward various cancer cell lines being a promising anticancer drug candidate. Yet, details of its reactivity with biomolecules have not been elucidated. To this end, we investigated the reactions of (PtL)4 with a few model proteins, i.e. bovine pancreatic ribonuclease (RNase A), cytochrome c (Cyt c) and hen egg white lysozyme (Lysozyme), through electrospray ionization mass spectrometry and other biophysical methods...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353084/creating-diverse-synapses-from-the-same-molecules
#17
REVIEW
Zoltan Nusser
Research over the past half a century has revealed remarkable diversity among chemical synapses of the CNS. The structural, functional and molecular diversity of synapses was mainly concluded from studying different synapses in distinct brain regions and preparations. It is not surprising that synapses made by molecularly distinct pre-synaptic and post-synaptic cells display different morphological and functional properties with distinct underlying molecular mechanisms. However, synapses made by a single presynaptic cell onto distinct types of postsynaptic cells, or distinct presynaptic inputs onto a single postsynaptic cell, also show remarkable heterogeneity...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353075/btla-marks-a-less-cytotoxic-t-cell-subset-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-with-high-expression-of-checkpoints
#18
Lina Quan, Xiuwen Lan, Yuanyuan Meng, Xiuchen Guo, Yiwei Guo, Lina Zhao, Xue Chen, Aichun Liu
Immunotherapy has shown encouraging results in lymphoma. Pre-clinical and clinical trials have proven checkpoint blockade, such as PD-1 antibody, as an effective treatment for lymphoma, including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Combination of checkpoint blockades has emerged as a new way to treat lymphoma, however, the status of checkpoints expression and their function in DLBCL has not been fully elucidated yet. In this study, we examined the expression of BTLA, PD-1, TIM-3, LIGHT and LAG-3 in tumor micro-environmental T cells of DLBCL using flow cytometry, and compared the cytotoxicity and differentiation status of BTLA+ and BTLA- T-cells...
January 15, 2018: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353044/bmp4-signaling-in-npcs-upregulates-bcl-xl-to-promote-their-survival-in-the-presence-of-fgf-2
#19
Hanako Yamamoto, Masashi Kurachi, Masae Naruse, Koji Shibasaki, Yasuki Ishizaki
We previously reported that BMP4 does not promote proliferation or differentiation of CD44-positive astrocyte precursor cells (APCs) but greatly promotes their survival in the presence of fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2). In this study, we examined if BMP4 acts as a survival factor also for neural stem/progenitor cells (NPCs) isolated from ganglionic eminence of neonatal mouse brain. We found BMP4 promotes survival but not proliferation or differentiation of these cells, just as in the case for CD44-positive APCs...
January 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353042/ginkgolic-acid-induces-interplay-between-apoptosis-and-autophagy-regulated-by-ros-generation-in-colon-cancer
#20
Yuxia Liu, Bin Yang, Lirong Zhang, Xianling Cong, Zhen Liu, Yu Hu, Jing Zhang, Haixia Hu
Presently, developing effective anti-colon cancer drugs still remains to be important. Ginkgolic acids (GA), as a botanical drug extracted from the seed coat of Ginkgo biloba L., possess various bioactive properties. Our findings, for the first time, indicated that GA suppressed colon cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion. GA led to cell death through G0/G1 phase arrest. In addition, apoptosis was significantly induced by GA treatment. The intrinsic apoptosis pathway was included, proved by the release of cytochrome c (Cyto-c) from the mitochondria into the cytosol...
January 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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