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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914063/episweep-computationally-driven-reengineering-of-therapeutic-proteins-to-reduce-immunogenicity-while-maintaining-function
#1
Yoonjoo Choi, Deeptak Verma, Karl E Griswold, Chris Bailey-Kellogg
Therapeutic proteins are yielding ever more advanced and efficacious new drugs, but the biological origins of these highly effective therapeutics render them subject to immune surveillance within the patient's body. When recognized by the immune system as a foreign agent, protein drugs elicit a coordinated response that can manifest a range of clinical complications including rapid drug clearance, loss of functionality and efficacy, delayed infusion-like allergic reactions, more serious anaphylactic shock, and even induced auto-immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913475/molecular-monitoring-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-how-low-can-you-go
#2
Susan Branford
Molecular monitoring of BCR-ABL1 transcripts for patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is now used to assess response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), including treatment failure that mandates a change of therapy. Therefore, many centers have adopted the molecular technique for measuring BCR-ABL1 and rely on conversion of values to the international reporting scale for appropriate clinical interpretation. However, the technique has a degree of inherent variability despite standardized procedures, which means care should be taken by the clinician when assessing response based on BCR-ABL1 cutoff limits...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911848/global-analysis-of-genomic-instability-caused-by-dna-replication-stress-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#3
Dao-Qiong Zheng, Ke Zhang, Xue-Chang Wu, Piotr A Mieczkowski, Thomas D Petes
DNA replication stress (DRS)-induced genomic instability is an important factor driving cancer development. To understand the mechanisms of DRS-associated genomic instability, we measured the rates of genomic alterations throughout the genome in a yeast strain with lowered expression of the replicative DNA polymerase δ. By a genetic test, we showed that most recombinogenic DNA lesions were introduced during S or G2 phase, presumably as a consequence of broken replication forks. We observed a high rate of chromosome loss, likely reflecting a reduced capacity of the low-polymerase strains to repair double-stranded DNA breaks (DSBs)...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910065/pathology-of-endometrial-carcinoma
#4
Sigurd F Lax
On a clinicopathological and molecular level, two distinctive types of endometrial carcinoma, type I and type II, can be distinguished. Endometrioid carcinoma, the typical type I carcinoma, seems to develop through an estrogen-driven "adenoma carcinoma" pathway from atypical endometrial hyperplasia/endometrioid intraepithelial neoplasia (AEH/EIN). It is associated with elevated serum estrogen and high body mass index and expresses estrogen and progesterone receptors. They are mostly low grade and show a favorable prognosis...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907910/a-mononucleotide-repeat-in-prrt2-is-an-important-frequent-target-of-mismatch-repair-deficiency-in-cancer
#5
Inês Teles Alves, David Cano, René Böttcher, Hetty van der Korput, Winand Dinjens, Guido Jenster, Jan Trapman
The DNA mismatch repair (MMR) system corrects DNA replication mismatches thereby contributing to the maintenance of genomic stability. MMR deficiency has been observed in prostate cancer but its impact on the genomic landscape of these tumours is not known. In order to identify MMR associated mutations in prostate cancer we have performed whole genome sequencing of the MMR deficient PC346C prostate cancer cell line. We detected a total of 1196 mutations in PC346C which was 1.5-fold higher compared to a MMR proficient prostate cancer sample (G089)...
November 19, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907901/serum-amh-levels-in-healthy-women-from-brca1-2-mutated-families-are-they-reduced
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Theodora C van Tilborg, Inge A P Derks-Smeets, Anna M E Bos, Jan C Oosterwijk, Ron J van Golde, Christine E de Die-Smulders, Lizet E van der Kolk, Wendy A G van Zelst-Stams, Maria E Velthuizen, Annemieke Hoek, Marinus J C Eijkemans, Joop S E Laven, Margreet G E M Ausems, Frank J M Broekmans
STUDY QUESTION: Do BRCA1/2 mutation carriers have a compromised ovarian reserve compared to proven non-carriers, based on serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels? SUMMARY ANSWER: BRCA1/2 mutation carriers do not show a lower serum AMH level in comparison to proven non-carriers, after adjustment for potential confounders. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: It has been suggested that the BRCA genes play a role in the process of ovarian reserve depletion, although previous studies have shown inconsistent results regarding the association between serum AMH levels and BRCA mutation status...
November 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906690/the-long-road-to-leptin
#7
Jeffrey Friedman
Leptin is an adipose tissue hormone that functions as an afferent signal in a negative feedback loop that maintains homeostatic control of adipose tissue mass. This endocrine system thus serves a critical evolutionary function by protecting individuals from the risks associated with being too thin (starvation) or too obese (predation and temperature dysregulation). Mutations in leptin or its receptor cause massive obesity in mice and humans, and leptin can effectively treat obesity in leptin-deficient patients...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906636/urat1-uox-double-knockout-mice-are-experimental-animal-models-of-renal-hypouricemia-and-exercise-induced-acute-kidney-injury
#8
Makoto Hosoyamada, Yu Tsurumi, Hidenori Hirano, Naoko H Tomioka, Yuko Sekine, Takayuki Morisaki, Shunya Uchida
Renal hypouricemia (RHUC) is a hereditary disease characterized by a low level of plasma urate but with normal urinary urate excretion. RHUC type 1 is caused by mutations of the urate transporter URAT1 gene (SLC22A12). However, the plasma urate levels of URAT1 knockout mice are no different from those of wild-type mice. In the present study, a double knockout mouse, in which the URAT1 and uricase (Uox) genes were deleted (Urat1-Uox-DKO), were used as an experimental animal model of RHUC type 1 to investigate RHUC and excise-induced acute kidney injury (EIAKI)...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906053/attenuated-ca-2-release-in-a-mouse-model-of-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-2a
#9
Marino DiFranco, Irina Kramerova, Julio L Vergara, Melissa Jan Spencer
BACKGROUND: Mutations in CAPN3 cause limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 2A (LGMD2A), a progressive muscle wasting disease. CAPN3 is a non-lysosomal, Ca-dependent, muscle-specific proteinase. Ablation of CAPN3 (calpain-3 knockout (C3KO) mice) leads to reduced ryanodine receptor (RyR1) expression and abnormal Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (Ca-CaMKII)-mediated signaling. We previously reported that Ca(2+) release measured by fura2-FF imaging in response to single action potential stimulation was reduced in old C3KO mice; however, the use of field stimulation prevented investigation of the mechanisms underlying this impairment...
February 24, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905394/uvr2-ensures-transgenerational-genome-stability-under-simulated-natural-uv-b-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#10
Eva-Maria Willing, Thomas Piofczyk, Andreas Albert, J Barbro Winkler, Korbinian Schneeberger, Ales Pecinka
Ground levels of solar UV-B radiation induce DNA damage. Sessile phototrophic organisms such as vascular plants are recurrently exposed to sunlight and require UV-B photoreception, flavonols shielding, direct reversal of pyrimidine dimers and nucleotide excision repair for resistance against UV-B radiation. However, the frequency of UV-B-induced mutations is unknown in plants. Here we quantify the amount and types of mutations in the offspring of Arabidopsis thaliana wild-type and UV-B-hypersensitive mutants exposed to simulated natural UV-B over their entire life cycle...
December 1, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904782/prognostic-values-of-dlk1-for-surgery-and-imatinib-mesylate-adjuvant-therapy-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors
#11
Jia Xu, Ming Wang, Zizhen Zhang, Wenyi Zhao, Chaojie Wang, Lin Tu, Yeqian Zhang, Hui Cao
The Delta-like 1 homolog (DLK1) gene is a paternal imprinting gene located on human chromosome 14q32, a site associated with frequent chromosomal mutations in GIST. The expression level of DLK1 is closely associated with the outcome of tumours. However, no study has reported the DLK1 expression in GIST. Here, we demonstrated that DLK1 showed low expression in GIST patients with low risk according to the modified National Institute of Health (NIH) criteria. With increasing tumour risk level, DLK1 gene and protein expression levels gradually increased...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904769/disruption-of-actin-filaments-and-suppression-of-pancreatic-cancer-cell-viability-and-migration-following-treatment-with-polyisoprenylated-cysteinyl-amides
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Augustine T Nkembo, Olufisayo Salako, Rosemary A Poku, Felix Amissah, Elizabeth Ntantie, Hernan Flores-Rozas, Nazarius S Lamango
Pancreatic cancer is characterized by K-Ras mutations in over 90% of the cases. The mutations make the tumors aggressive and resistant to current therapies resulting in very poor prognoses. Valiant efforts to drug mutant K-Ras and related proteins for the treatment of cancers with Ras mutations have been elusive. The need thus persists for therapies to target and suppress the hyperactive K-Ras mutant proteins to normal levels of activity. Polyisoprenylated cysteinyl amide inhibitors (PCAIs) of polyisoprenylated methylated protein methyl esterase (PMPMEase) were designed to disrupt polyisoprenylated protein metabolism and/or functions...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904112/a-renal-variant-of-fabry-disease-diagnosed-by-the-presence-of-urinary-mulberry-cells
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Homare Shimohata, Yujiro Ogawa, Hiroshi Maruyama, Kouichi Hirayama, Masaki Kobayashi
Fabry disease is a lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency of α-galactosidase A. This disease is classified into two types, namely a classical and variant type. We herein present the case of a 36-year-old man who showed a renal variant of Fabry disease and was diagnosed at an early stage by the presence of mulberry cells. He had no history of general symptoms except for proteinuria. The presence of mulberry cells caused us to suspect Fabry disease and he was thereafter diagnosed to have a renal variant of Fabry disease based on the findings of a renal biopsy, a mutation analysis and a low level of α-galactosidase A activity...
2016: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903986/adult-t-cell-leukemia-aggressivenness-correlates-with-loss-of-both-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-and-tet2-expression
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Ambroise Marçais, Laetitia Waast, Julie Bruneau, Katia Hanssens, Vahid Asnafi, Philippe Gaulard, Felipe Suarez, Patrice Dubreuil, Antoine Gessain, Olivier Hermine, Claudine Pique
Mutations in TET2, encoding one of the TET members responsible for the conversion of DNA cytosine methylation to hydroxymethylation (5-hmc), have been recently described in Human T-lymphotropic virus type 1-associated adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). However, neither the amount of genomic 5-hmc in ATLL tumor cells nor TET2 expression has been studied yet. In this study, we analyzed these two parameters as well as the mutational status of TET2 in ATLL patients. By employing a direct in situ approach, we documented that tumor T cells infiltrating lymph nodes exhibit low level of 5-hmc compared to residual normal T cells...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903916/scnaphase-using-haplotype-resolved-read-depth-to-genotype-somatic-copy-number-alterations-from-low-cellularity-aneuploid-tumors
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Wenhan Chen, Alan J Robertson, Devika Ganesamoorthy, Lachlan J M Coin
Accurate identification of copy number alterations is an essential step in understanding the events driving tumor progression. While a variety of algorithms have been developed to use high-throughput sequencing data to profile copy number changes, no tool is able to reliably characterize ploidy and genotype absolute copy number from tumor samples that contain less than 40% tumor cells. To increase our power to resolve the copy number profile from low-cellularity tumor samples, we developed a novel approach that pre-phases heterozygote germline single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in order to replace the commonly used 'B-allele frequency' with a more powerful 'parental-haplotype frequency'...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901576/the-high-frequency-of-pik3ca-mutations-in-iranian-breast-cancer-patients
#16
Ghasem Azizi Tabesh, Pantea Izadi, Forouzandeh Fereidooni, Amir Nader Emami Razavi, Javad Tavakkoly Bazzaz
In breast cancer, somatic mutations of PIK3CA oncogene are common. We investigated the mutational status of exons 9 and 20 of the PIK3CA gene by polymerase chain reaction and direct sequencing in 80 breast tumors, and observed that 45% of these contained PIK3CA mutations in the mentioned exons. These mutations were found more in progesterone receptor positive and Her2- tumors, but this association did not reach a statistically significant level. Also, we observed a significant association between PIK3CA mutations and low-grade tumors...
November 30, 2016: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900368/whole-exome-sequencing-reveals-an-inherited-r566x-mutation-of-the-epithelial-sodium-channel-%C3%AE-subunit-in-a-case-of-early-onset-phenotype-of-liddle-syndrome
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Linda M Polfus, Eric Boerwinkle, Richard A Gibbs, Ginger Metcalf, Donna Muzny, Narayanan Veeraraghavan, Megan Grove, Sanjay Shete, Stephanie Wallace, Dianna Milewicz, Neil Hanchard, James R Lupski, Syed Shahrukh Hashmi, Monesha Gupta-Malhotra
To comprehensively evaluate a European-American child with severe hypertension, whole-exome sequencing (WES) was performed on the child and parents, which identified causal variation of the proband's early-onset disease. The proband's hypertension was resistant to treatment, requiring a multiple drug regimen including amiloride, spironolactone, and hydrochlorothiazide. We suspected a monogenic form of hypertension because of the persistent hypokalemia with low plasma levels of renin and aldosterone. To address this, we focused on rare functional variants and indels, and performed gene-based tests incorporating linkage scores and allele frequency and filtered on deleterious functional mutations...
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899967/heteroplasmy-of-mutant-mitochondrial-dna-a10398g-and-analysis-of-its-prognostic-value-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#18
Yuexiao Qi, Yuehua Wei, Qiaoli Wang, Hui Xu, You Wang, Anqi Yao, Hui Yang, Yan Gao, Fuxiang Zhou
Mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with pathogenic mitochondrial (mt)DNA mutations. The majority of mtDNA point mutations have a heteroplasmic status, which is defined as the coexistence of wild-type and mutated DNA within a cell or tissue. Previous findings demonstrated that certain mtDNA heteroplasmic mutations contribute to widely spread chronic diseases, including cancer, and alterations in the heteroplasmy level are associated with the clinical phenotype and severity of cancer. In the present study, the proportions of mutant mtDNA 10398G were assessed using amplification-refractory mutation system-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay in 129 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tissue samples...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899135/analysis-of-pvama1-genes-from-china-myanmar-border-reveals-little-regional-genetic-differentiation-of-plasmodium-vivax-populations
#19
Xiaotong Zhu, Pan Zhao, Si Wang, Fei Liu, Jun Liu, Jian Wang, Zhaoqing Yang, Guiyun Yan, Qi Fan, Yaming Cao, Liwang Cui
BACKGROUND: With the premise of diminishing parasite genetic diversity following the reduction of malaria incidence, the analysis of polymorphic antigenic markers may provide important information about the impact of malaria control on local parasite populations. Here we evaluated the genetic diversity of Plasmodium vivax apical membrane antigen 1 (Pvama1) gene in a parasite population from the China-Myanmar border and compared it with global P. vivax populations. METHODS: We performed evolutionary analysis to examine the genetic diversity, natural selection, and population differentiation of 73 Pvama1 sequences acquired from the China-Myanmar border as well as 615 publically available Pvama1 sequences from seven global P...
November 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896895/five-year-efficacy-and-safety-of-tenofovir-based-salvage-therapy-for-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-who-previously-failed-lam-adv-therapy
#20
Lucy Lim, Alexander Thompson, Scott Patterson, Jacob George, Simone Strasser, Alice Lee, William Sievert, Amanda Nicoll, Paul Desmond, Stuart Roberts, Kaye Marion, Scott Bowden, Stephen Locarnini, Peter Angus
BACKGROUND: Multidrug resistant HBV continues to be an important clinical problem. The TDF-109 study demonstrated that TDF±LAM is effective salvage therapy through 96 weeks for LAM resistant patients who previously failed ADV add-on or switch therapy. We evaluated the 5 year efficacy and safety outcomes in patients receiving long-term TDF±LAM in the TDF-109 study. METHODS: 59 patients completed the first phase of the TDF-109 study and 54/59 were rolled over into a long-term prospective open-label study of TDF±LAM 300mg daily...
November 29, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
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