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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434209/urine-clusterin-apolipoprotein-j-is-linked-to-tubular-damage-and-renal-outcomes-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Sang Soo Kim, Sang Heon Song, Jong Ho Kim, Yun Kyung Jeon, Bo Hyun Kim, Min-Cheol Kang, Sung Wan Chun, Soo Hyun Hong, Michelle Chung, Yong Ki Kim, In Joo Kim, Young-Bum Kim
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of urine clusterin/apolipoprotein J (Apo J) with the development and/or progression of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) in type 2 diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 159 type 2 diabetic patients and 20 non-diabetic subjects with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥60 mL/min/1.73 m(2) were enrolled. The baseline values of urine clusterin and tubular damage markers were measured. The primary outcome was the annual decline rate in eGFR and secondary outcomes were the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 3 or greater and the persistence/progression of albuminuria...
April 23, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433630/loss-of-murc-cavin-4-induces-jnk-and-mmp-9-activity-enhancement-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-exacerbates-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Kotaro Miyagawa, Takehiro Ogata, Tomomi Ueyama, Takeru Kasahara, Naohiko Nakanishi, Daisuke Naito, Takuya Taniguchi, Tetsuro Hamaoka, Naoki Maruyama, Masahiro Nishi, Taizo Kimura, Hiroyuki Yamada, Hiroki Aoki, Satoaki Matoba
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is relatively common in elderly patients with atherosclerosis. MURC (muscle-restricted coiled-coil protein)/Cavin-4 modulating the caveolae function of muscle cells is expressed in cardiomyocytes, skeletal muscle cells and smooth muscle cells. Here, we show a novel functional role of MURC/Cavin-4 in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and AAA development. Both wild-type (WT) and MURC/Cavin-4 knockout (MURC(-/-)) mice subjected to periaortic application of CaCl2 developed AAAs...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433497/clostridium-difficile-toxin-glucosyltransferase-domains-in-complex-with-a-non-hydrolyzable-udp-glucose-analogue
#3
Joseph W Alvin, D Borden Lacy
Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of hospital-acquired diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis worldwide. The organism produces two homologous toxins, TcdA and TcdB, which enter and disrupt host cell function by glucosylating and thereby inactivating key signalling molecules within the host. As a toxin-mediated disease, there has been a significant interest in identifying small molecule inhibitors of the toxins' glucosyltransferase activities. This study was initiated as part of an effort to identify the mode of inhibition for a small molecule inhibitor of glucosyltransferase activity called apigenin...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433108/genetic-and-environmental-modifiers-of-wilson-disease
#4
Valentina Medici, Karl-Heinz Weiss
Wilson disease (WD) is characterized by remarkable variety in its phenotypic presentation. Patients with WD can present with hepatic, neurologic, and psychiatric symptoms combined in different and unpredictable ways. Importantly, no convincing phenotype-genotype correlation has ever been identified, opening the possibility that other genes, aside from ATPase copper-transporting beta (ATP7B), are involved in the pathogenesis of this condition. In addition, modifier genes, or genes that can affect the expression of other genes, may be involved...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431521/a-reference-floral-transcriptome-of-sexual-and-apomictic-paspalum-notatum
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Juan Pablo A Ortiz, Santiago Revale, Lorena A Siena, Maricel Podio, Luciana Delgado, Juliana Stein, Olivier Leblanc, Silvina C Pessino
BACKGROUND: Paspalum notatum Flügge is a subtropical grass native to South America, which includes sexual diploid and apomictic polyploid biotypes. In the past decade, a number of apomixis-associated genes were discovered in this species through genetic mapping and differential expression surveys. However, the scarce information on Paspalum sequences available in public databanks limited annotations and functional predictions for these candidates. RESULTS: We used a long-read 454/Roche FLX+ sequencing strategy to produce robust reference transcriptome datasets from florets of sexual and apomictic Paspalum notatum genotypes and delivered a list of transcripts showing differential representation in both reproductive types...
April 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431321/atherogenicity-of-amino-acids-in-the-lipid-laden-macrophage-model-system-in-vitro-and-in-atherosclerotic-mice-a-key-role-for-triglyceride-metabolism
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Oren Rom, Claudia Grajeda-Iglesias, Mahmoud Najjar, Niroz Abu-Saleh, Nina Volkova, Dalit Esther Dar, Tony Hayek, Michael Aviram
Atherosclerosis-related research has focused mainly on the effects of lipids on macrophage foam cell formation and atherogenesis, whereas the role of amino acids (AAs) was understudied. The current study aimed to identify anti- or pro-atherogenic AA in the macrophage model system and to elucidate the underlying metabolic and molecular mechanisms. J774A.1 cultured macrophages were treated with increasing concentrations of each 1 of the 20 AAs. Macrophage atherogenicity was assessed in terms of cellular toxicity, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cellular cholesterol or triglyceride content...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430712/apolipoprotein-e-variants-and-genetic-susceptibility-to-combat-related-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-a-meta-analysis
#7
Yang Roby
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein E (APOE) has recently been studied as a risk factor for association with developing combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the military population. These studies have yielded inconsistent findings. The present study carried out a meta-analysis to establish whether the APOE polymorphism confers increased susceptibility to combat-related PTSD. METHODS: PubMed, Medline, Embase, PsycInfo, and Google Scholar were searched for potential publications relating to patients with PTSD in military settings with combat exposure...
April 18, 2017: Psychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430632/association-analysis-of-apo-gene-polymorphisms-with-ischemic-stroke-risk-a-case-control-study-in-a-chinese-han-population
#8
Rongjun Xiao, Shuaiqi Sun, Jiayi Zhang, Yongri Ouyang, Ning Zhang, Min Yang, Tianbo Jin, Ying Xia
This study aimed to assess the association of APO gene polymorphisms and ischemic stroke risk in a Chinese Han population. In this case-control study, we geno-typed 14 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 3 APO genes in 488 cases and 503 controls using Sequenom Mass-ARRAY technology and evaluated their association with ischemic stroke using the χ2 and genetic model analysis. In the allelic model analysis, we determined three SNPs were significantly associated with ischemic stroke: rs693 with a p value of 0...
February 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429734/neuroprotective-pentapeptide-cn-105-is-associated-with-reduced-sterile-inflammation-and-improved-functional-outcomes-in-a-traumatic-brain-injury-murine-model
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Daniel T Laskowitz, Haichen Wang, Tony Chen, David T Lubkin, Viviana Cantillana, Tian Ming Tu, Dawn Kernagis, Guanen Zhou, Gary Macy, Bradley J Kolls, Hana N Dawson
At present, there are no proven pharmacological treatments demonstrated to improve long term functional outcomes following traumatic brain injury(TBI). In the setting of non-penetrating TBI, sterile brain inflammatory responses are associated with the development of cerebral edema, intracranial hypertension, and secondary neuronal injury. There is increasing evidence that endogenous apolipoprotein E(apoE) modifies the neuroinflammatory response through its role in downregulating glial activation, however, the intact apoE holoprotein does not cross the blood-brain barrier due to its size...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429420/the-crystal-structure-of-a-new-o-demethylase-from-sphingobium-sp-strain-syk-6
#10
Ayaka Harada, Naofumi Kamimura, Koh Takeuchi, Hong Yang Yu, Eiji Masai, Toshiya Senda
In the cell, tetrahydrofolate derivatives with a C1 unit are utilized in various ways, such as for the synthesis of amino acids and nucleic acids. While tetrahydrofolate derivatives with the C1 unit are typically produced in the glycine cleavage system, Sphingobium sp. strain SYK-6, which can utilize lignin-derived aromatic compounds as a sole source of carbon and energy, lacks this pathway, probably due to its unique nutrient requirements. In this bacterium, tetrahydrofolate-dependent O-demethylases in catabolic pathways for lignin-derived aromatic compounds seem to be involved in the C1 metabolism...
April 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428550/structure-based-dynamic-arrays-in-regulatory-domains-of-sodium-calcium-exchanger-ncx-isoforms
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Moshe Giladi, Su Youn Lee, Yarden Ariely, Yotam Teldan, Rotem Granit, Roi Strulovich, Yoni Haitin, Ka Young Chung, Daniel Khananshvili
Mammalian Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchangers, NCX1 and NCX3, generate splice variants, whereas NCX2 does not. The CBD1 and CBD2 domains form a regulatory tandem (CBD12), where Ca(2+) binding to CBD1 activates and Ca(2+) binding to CBD2 (bearing the splicing segment) alleviates the Na(+)-induced inactivation. Here, the NCX2-CBD12, NCX3-CBD12-B, and NCX3-CBD12-AC proteins were analyzed by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass-spectrometry (HDX-MS) to resolve regulatory variances in the NCX2 and NCX3 variants...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428482/triglyceride-rich-lipoprotein-lpl-vldl-receptor-and-lp-a-vldl-receptor-pathways-for-macrophage-foam-cell-formation
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Sadao Takahashi
Very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) receptor is a member of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor family. It binds triglyceride rich lipoprotein (TGRL) but not LDL, because it recognizes apolipoprotein (apo)E only but not apoB. The VLDL receptor functions as a peripheral lipoprotein receptor in concert with lipoprotein lipase (LPL) in heart, muscle, adipose tissue and macrophages. In contrast to the LDL receptor, VLDL receptor binds apo E2/2 VLDL and apoE3/3 VLDL particles, and its expression is not down-regulated by intracellular lipoproteins...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427934/cognitive-subtypes-of-probable-alzheimer-s-disease-robustly-identified-in%C3%A2-four-cohorts
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Nienke M E Scheltens, Betty M Tijms, Teddy Koene, Frederik Barkhof, Charlotte E Teunissen, Steffen Wolfsgruber, Michael Wagner, Johannes Kornhuber, Oliver Peters, Brendan I Cohn-Sheehy, Gil D Rabinovici, Bruce L Miller, Joel H Kramer, Philip Scheltens, Wiesje M van der Flier
INTRODUCTION: Patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) show heterogeneity in profile of cognitive impairment. We aimed to identify cognitive subtypes in four large AD cohorts using a data-driven clustering approach. METHODS: We included probable AD dementia patients from the Amsterdam Dementia Cohort (n = 496), Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (n = 376), German Dementia Competence Network (n = 521), and University of California, San Francisco (n = 589)...
April 17, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427397/hvc1-ameliorates-hyperlipidemia-and-inflammation-in-ldlr-mice
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Se-Yun Cheon, Kyung-Sook Chung, Kyung-Jin Lee, Ho-Young Choi, In-Hye Ham, Dong-Hoon Jung, Yun-Yeop Cha, Hyo-Jin An
BACKGROUND: HVC1 consists of Coptidis Rhizoma (dried rhizome of Coptischinensis), Scutellariae Radix (root of Scutellariabaicalensis), Rhei Rhizoma (rhizome of Rheum officinale), and Pruni Cortex (cortex of Prunusyedoensis Matsum). Although the components are known to be effective in various conditions such as inflammation, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia, there are no reports of the molecular mechanism of its hypolipidemic effects. METHODS: We investigated the hypolipidemic effect of HVC1 in low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient (LDLR(-/-)) mice fed a high-cholesterol diet for 13 weeks...
April 20, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425466/crystal-structures-of-the-no-sensor-nsrr-reveal-how-its-iron-sulfur-cluster-modulates-dna-binding
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Anne Volbeda, Erin L Dodd, Claudine Darnault, Jason C Crack, Oriane Renoux, Matthew I Hutchings, Nick E Le Brun, Juan C Fontecilla-Camps
NsrR from Streptomyces coelicolor (Sc) regulates the expression of three genes through the progressive degradation of its [4Fe-4S] cluster on nitric oxide (NO) exposure. We report the 1.95 Å resolution crystal structure of dimeric holo-ScNsrR and show that the cluster is coordinated by the three invariant Cys residues from one monomer and, unexpectedly, Asp8 from the other. A cavity map suggests that NO displaces Asp8 as a cluster ligand and, while D8A and D8C variants remain NO sensitive, DNA binding is affected...
April 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424539/%C3%AE-3-adrenoceptor-activation-upregulates-apolipoprotein-a-i-expression-in-hepg2-cells-which-might-further-promote-cholesterol-efflux-from-macrophage-foam-cells
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Xia-Qing Gao, Yan-Fang Li, Zhi-Li Jiang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the effects of β3-adrenoceptor (β3-AR) activation on HepG2 cells and its influence on cholesterol efflux from macrophage foam cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HepG2 cells were cultured and treated with the β3-AR agonist, BRL37344, and antagonist, SR52390A, and the expression of apolipoprotein (Apo) A-I, ApoA-II, ApoB, and β3-AR in the supernatants and cells was determined. The expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) γ and PPARα in the HepG2 cells was also assessed...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423226/rvx-208-a-novel-bet-protein-inhibitor-role-as-an-inducer-of-apo-a-i-hdl-and-beyond
#17
Gopal C Ghosh, Rajarshi Bhadra, Raktim K Ghosh, Kinjal Banerjee, Anjan Gupta
Low density cholesterol (LDL) has been the prime target of currently available lipid-lowering therapies although current research is expanding the focus beyond LDL lowering and has included high density cholesterol (HDL) also as the target. Bromo and extra-terminal (BET) proteins are implicated in the regulation of transcription of several regulatory genes and regulation of pro-inflammatory pathways. As atherosclerosis is an inflammatory pathway and studies showed that BET inhibition has a role in inhibiting inflammation, the concept of BET inhibition came in the field of atherosclerosis...
April 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423137/psychometric-properties-of-the-vulnerability-to-abuse-screening-scale-for-screening-abuse-of-older-adults
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Raquel Batista Dantas, Graziella Lage Oliveira, Andréa Maria Silveira
OBJECTIVE: Adapt and evaluate the psychometric properties of the Vulnerability to Abuse Screening Scale to identify risk of domestic violence against older adults in Brazil. METHODS: The instrument was adapted and validated in a sample of 151 older adults from a geriatric reference center in the municipality of Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais, in 2014. We collected sociodemographic, clinical, and abuse-related information, and verified reliability by reproducibility in a sample of 55 older people, who underwent re-testing of the instrument seven days after the first application...
April 10, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422089/thermogenic-adipocytes-promote-hdl-turnover-and-reverse-cholesterol-transport
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Alexander Bartelt, Clara John, Nicola Schaltenberg, Jimmy F P Berbée, Anna Worthmann, M Lisa Cherradi, Christian Schlein, Julia Piepenburg, Mariëtte R Boon, Franz Rinninger, Markus Heine, Klaus Toedter, Andreas Niemeier, Stefan K Nilsson, Markus Fischer, Sander L Wijers, Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, Ludger Scheja, Patrick C N Rensen, Joerg Heeren
Brown and beige adipocytes combust nutrients for thermogenesis and through their metabolic activity decrease pro-atherogenic remnant lipoproteins in hyperlipidemic mice. However, whether the activation of thermogenic adipocytes affects the metabolism and anti-atherogenic properties of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) is unknown. Here, we report a reduction in atherosclerosis in response to pharmacological stimulation of thermogenesis linked to increased HDL levels in APOE*3-Leiden.CETP mice. Both cold-induced and pharmacological thermogenic activation enhances HDL remodelling, which is associated with specific lipidomic changes in mouse and human HDL...
April 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421659/the-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-morin-hydrate-in-atherosclerosis-is-associated-with-autophagy-induction-through-camp-signaling
#20
Yue Zhou, Zhan-Qi Cao, Hong-Yuan Wang, Yan-Na Cheng, Lu-Gang Yu, Xin-Ke Zhang, Yan Sun, Xiu-Li Guo
SCOPE: Although the previous trials of inflammation have indicated that morin hydrate (MO) hold considerable promise, understanding the distinct mechanism of MO against inflammation remains a challenge. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study investigated the effect of MO in atherosclerosis in ApoE(-/-) mice and underlying cell signaling of MO effect in inflammation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Administration of MO significantly reduced serum lipid level, inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α and ICAM-1) and atherosclerotic plaque formation in vivo...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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