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Advances in Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS): Part I: Pathogenesis and Diagnostics.

Sportverletz Sportschaden 2018 Dec 11;32(4):243-250. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Muscle Research Center Erlangen, Interdisciplinary Center for Muscle Research, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a type of ultrastructural muscle injury. The manifestation of DOMS is caused by eccentric or unfamiliar forms of exercise. Clinical signs include reduced force capacities, increased painful restriction of movement, stiffness, swelling, and dysfunction of adjacent joints. Read More

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December 2018

A Novel Variant of the FZD4 Gene in a Chinese Family Causes Autosomal Dominant Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2445-2455. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Key Laboratory of Epigenetics and Oncology, the Research Center for Preclinical Medicine, Southwest Medical University, Luzhou,

Background/aims: Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a complex hereditary eye disorder characterized by incomplete development of the retinal vasculature, thereby affecting retinal angiogenesis.

Methods: In this study, a Chinese autosomal dominant FEVR pedigree was recruited. Ophthalmic examinations were performed, targeted next-generation sequencing was used to identify the causative gene, and Sanger sequencing was conducted to verify the candidate mutation. Read More

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December 2018
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Sodium Fluoride Arrests Renal G2/M Phase Cell-Cycle Progression by Activating ATM-Chk2-P53/Cdc25C Signaling Pathway in Mice.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2421-2433. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

College of Veterinary Medicine, Sichuan Agricultural University, Ya'an, China.

Background/aims: Excessive fluoride intake can induce cytotoxicity, DNA damage and cell-cycle changes in many tissues and organs, including the kidney. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of fluoride-induced renal cell-cycle changes are not well understood at present. In this study, we used a mouse model to investigate how sodium fluoride (NaF) induces cell-cycle changes in renal cells. Read More

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December 2018

Mammalian STE20-Like Kinase 1 Deletion Alleviates Renal Ischaemia-Reperfusion Injury via Modulating Mitophagy and the AMPK-YAP Signalling Pathway.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2359-2376. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Background/aims: The aim of our study is to investigate the molecular mechanism by which mammalian STE20-like kinase 1 (Mst1) participates in renal I/R injury through modifying mitophagy and the AMPK-YAP signalling pathway.

Methods: WT mice and Mst1-knockout mice were subjected to renal ischaemia-reperfusion (I/R) in vivo. In vitro, the hypoxia-reoxygenation model was used with renal tubular epithelial cells to mimic renal I/R injury. Read More

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December 2018

MicroRNA-128 Protects Dopamine Neurons from Apoptosis and Upregulates the Expression of Excitatory Amino Acid Transporter 4 in Parkinson's Disease by Binding to AXIN1.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2275-2289. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Neurosurgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming,

Background/aims: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a frequently occurring condition that resulted from the loss of midbrain neurons, which synthesize the neurotransmitter dopamine. In this study, we established mouse models of PD to investigate the expression of microRNA-128 (miR-128) and mechanism through which it affects apoptosis of dopamine (DA) neurons and the expression of excitatory amino acid transporter 4 (EAAT4) via binding to axis inhibition protein 1 (AXIN1).

Methods: Gene expression microarray analysis was performed to screen differentially expressed miRNAs that are associated with PD. Read More

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December 2018
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lncRNA SNHG8 Promotes the Tumorigenesis and Metastasis by Sponging miR-149-5p and Predicts Tumor Recurrence in Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2262-2274. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Background/aims: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are aberrantly expressed in multiple malignant tumors involved in tumor growth and metastasis. Accumulating data show that small nucleolar RNA host gene (SNHG) 1/12/20 plays a key role in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the molecular mechanisms by which SNHG8 contributes to HCC remain elusive and merit exploration. Read More

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December 2018

RNA-Seq Analyses of the Role of miR-21 in Acute Pancreatitis.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2198-2211. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Institute for Brain Research and Rehabilitation, Guangdong Key Laboratory of Mental Health and Cognitive Science, Center for Studies of Psychological Application, South China Normal University, Guangzhou,

Background/aims: Our previous study demonstrated that a deficiency of microRNA 21 (miR-21) protects mice from acute pancreatitis, yet the underlying molecular networks associated with miR-21 in pancreatitis and pancreatitis-associated lung injury remain unexplored.

Methods: We used next generation sequencing to analyze gene expression profiles of pancreatic tissues from wild-type (WT) and miR-21 knockout (KO) mice treated with caerulein by using a 1-day treatment protocol. The Database for Annotation, Visualization, and Integrated Discovery gene annotation tool and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis were used to analyze the molecular pathways, while quantitative real-time PCR, western blotting, and immunohistochemistry were used to explore the molecular mechanisms. Read More

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December 2018
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Inhibition of Glutathione Synthesis via Decreased Glucose Metabolism in Stored RBCs.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2172-2184. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Immunology, Binzhou Medical University, Yantai,

Background/aims: Although red blood cells (RBCs) transfusions can be lifesaving, they are not without risk. RBCs storage is associated with the abnormal metabolism of glutathione (GSH), which may increase the risk of the oxidative damage of RBCs after transfusion. The responsible mechanisms remain unknown. Read More

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December 2018

Biology of Nodal Spread in Colon Cancer: Insights from Molecular and Genetic Studies.

Eur Surg Res 2018 Dec 11;59(5-6):361-370. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan,

Colorectal cancer (CRC) lymph node metastases are common but their genetics and the mechanism whereby these metastases occur are not well understood. Here we present recent data regarding genetic heterogeneity in primary CRCs and their metastasis. In addition, we explain the different potential models describing the mechanisms of metastasis and the data supporting them. Read More

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December 2018

Role and mechanisms of a three-dimensional bioprinted microtissue model in promoting proliferation and invasion of growth-hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma cells.

Biofabrication 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Biomanufacturing Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, CHINA.

Growth-hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma (GHSPA) is a benign tumour with a high incidence and large economic burden, which greatly affects quality of life. The aetiological factors are yet to be clarified for GHSPA. Conventional two-dimensional (2D) monolayer culture of tumour cells cannot ideally reflect the growth status of tumours in the physiological environment, and insufficiencies of in vitro models have severely restricted the progress of cancer research. Read More

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December 2018

Polymer spreading on substrates with nanoscale grooves using molecular dynamics.

Nanotechnology 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, UNITED STATES.

Understanding how liquid polymer interacts with and spreads on surfaces with nanoscale texture features is crucial for designing complex nanoscale systems. We use molecular dynamics to simulate different types of polymer as they spread on substrates with a single nanoscale groove. We study how groove design affects the potential energy of a substrate and how this governs polymer spreading and orientation. Read More

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December 2018

Microfluidics for real-time direct monitoring of self- and co-assembly biomolecular processes.

Nanotechnology 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL.

Molecular self-assembly is a major approach for the fabrication of functional supramolecular nanomaterials. This dynamic, straightforward, bottom-up procedure may result in the formation of various architectures at the nano-scale, with remarkable physical and chemical characteristics. Biological and bio-inspired building blocks are especially attractive due to their intrinsic tendency to assemble into layered well-organized structures, as well as their inherent biocompatibility. Read More

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December 2018

Conformational and solution dynamics of hemoglobin (Hb) in presence of a cleavable gemini surfactant: Insights from spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, molecular docking and density functional theory.

J Colloid Interface Sci 2018 Dec 3;538:489-498. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Chemistry, Arba Minch University, Ethiopia.

Herein, we have explored the conformational alterations of hemoglobin (Hb) in presence of a cleavable gemini surfactant (C16-C4O2-C16). The concerned surfactant was found to induce significant structural perturbations in Hb. UV-vis spectroscopy, steady-state/time-resolved fluorescence, and other utilized techniques have authenticated the complexation of Hb with the gemini surfactant. Read More

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December 2018

Cumulus-oocyte interactions and programmed cell death in bovine embryos produced in vitro.

Theriogenology 2018 Nov 26;126:81-87. Epub 2018 Nov 26.

Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Animal Science, University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

This study investigated the interactions between cumulus cells (CCs) and oocytes and programmed cell death in bovine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) with different morphological characteristics. DNA fragmentation was assessed in CCs at 0 and 24 h of maturation, as well as parthenogenetic developmental competence on the 9th day post-activation, blastocyst quality and BCL-2 and BAX transcript levels in matured CCs. Most immature oocytes in the COC-A group (full cumulus and several compact layers) were in the initial germinal vesicle (iGV) stage, exhibiting minimal or no DNA damage. Read More

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November 2018

Metabolic profiling study on potential toxicity in male mice treated with Dechlorane 602 using UHPLC-ESI-IT-TOF-MS.

Environ Pollut 2018 Nov 27;246:141-147. Epub 2018 Nov 27.

Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. Electronic address:

Dechlorane 602 (Dec 602), a chlorinated flame retardant, has been widely detected in different environmental matrices and biota. However, toxicity data for Dec 602 seldom have been reported. A metabolomics study based on ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with ion trap time-of-flight mass spectrometry was employed to study the urine and sera metabolic profiles of mice administered with Dec 602 (0, 0. Read More

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November 2018

Molecular docking, molecular dynamics simulations and QSAR studies on some of 2-arylethenylquinoline derivatives for inhibition of Alzheimer's amyloid-beta aggregation: Insight into mechanism of interactions and parameters for design of new inhibitors.

J Mol Graph Model 2018 Dec 4;87:129-143. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran. Electronic address:

Alzheimer's disease is characterized using amyloid-beta (Aβ) aggregation. The present work was carried out to extend and design a novel quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) model on inhibition efficiency of some of new 2-arylethenylquinoline derivatives against the Aβ peptide aggregation. The QSAR study, molecular docking and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to explore the influence of the structural features and investigate the molecular mechanism of ligands interactions with the Aβ peptide. Read More

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December 2018

Interacted mechanism of functional groups in ligand targeted with folate receptor via docking, molecular dynamic and MM/PBSA.

J Mol Graph Model 2018 Dec 5;87:121-128. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

School of Science, TianJin ChengJian University, Tianjin, China.

Twenty novel compounds with different functional groups (-COOH, -OH, -NH2 and -CH3) were designed to study the interaction mechanism of ligands with folate receptors (FRs). The optimized structure and the dipole moment of the novel compounds were calculated by a density functional tight-binding method (DFTB). The binding mechanism of the compounds with FRs was studied by molecular docking, molecular dynamic (MD) simulations and MM/PBSA free energy calculations. Read More

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December 2018

QSPR estimation models of normal boiling point and relative liquid density of pure hydrocarbons using MLR and MLP-ANN methods.

J Mol Graph Model 2018 Nov 29;87:109-120. Epub 2018 Nov 29.

Laboratory of Biomaterials and Transport Phenomena (LBMPT), University of Médéa, Médéa, 26000, Algeria.

This work aimed to predict the normal boiling point temperature (Tb) and relative liquid density (d20) of petroleum fractions and pure hydrocarbons, through a multi-layer perceptron artificial neural network (MLP-ANN) based on the molecular descriptors. A set of 223 and 222 diverse data points for Tb and d20 were respectively used to build two quantitative structure property relationships-artificial neural network (QSPR-ANN) models. For each model, the total database was divided respectively into two subsets: 80% for the training set and 20% for the test set. Read More

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November 2018

In vitro profiling of volatile organic compounds released by Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome adipocytes.

J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci 2018 Nov 28;1104:256-261. Epub 2018 Nov 28.

Vorarlberg Institute for Vascular Investigation and Treatment (VIVIT), Carinagasse 47, A-6800 Feldkirch, Austria; Private University of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Triesen, Liechtenstein; Medical Central Laboratories, A-6800 Feldkirch, Austria.

Breath analysis offers a non-invasive and rapid diagnostic method for detecting various volatile organic compounds that could be indicators for different diseases, particularly metabolic disorders including type 2 diabetes mellitus. The development of type 2 diabetes mellitus is closely linked to metabolic dysfunction of adipose tissue and adipocytes. However, the VOC profile of human adipocytes has not yet been investigated. Read More

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November 2018

The presence of the low molecular mass carbonic anhydrase in photosystem II of C3 higher plants.

J Plant Physiol 2018 Nov 20;232:94-99. Epub 2018 Nov 20.

Institute of Basic Biological Problems of Russian Academy of Sciences, Pushchino, Moscow Region, 142290, Russia.

The carrier of carbonic anhydrase (CA) activity was detected in gel among low molecular mass proteins from pea, spinach and Arabidopsis, after nondenaturing electrophoresis in PAAG of the dodecyl-β-d-maltoside treated PSII membranes (the fragments of thylakoid membrane containing PSII complexes). The elimination of Mn-stabilizing protein PsbO by treatment of PSII membranes with salts, did not lead to a decrease in CA activity observed in the gel although it reduced the amount of this protein down to 25% compared to the original sample. The isolated protein PsbO did not demonstrated CA activity. Read More

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November 2018

A roadmap towards a functional paradigm for learning & memory in plants.

J Plant Physiol 2018 Nov 8;232:209-215. Epub 2018 Nov 8.

Institute of Applied Biosciences, Center for Research & Technology (CERTH), Thessaloniki, Greece.

In plants, the acquisition, processing and storage of empirical information can result in the modification of their behavior according to the nature of the stimulus, and yet this area of research remained relatively understudied until recently. As the body of evidence supporting the inclusion of plants among the higher organisms demonstrating the adaptations to accomplish these tasks keeps increasing, the resistance by traditional botanists and agricultural scientists, who were at first cautious in allowing the application of animal models onto plant physiology and development, subsides. However, the debate retains much of its heat, a good part of it originating from the controversial use of nervous system terms to describe plant processes. Read More

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November 2018

Defense responses of Thuja orientalis to infestation of anholocyclic species aphid Cinara tujafilina.

J Plant Physiol 2018 Nov 22;232:160-170. Epub 2018 Nov 22.

Department of Plant Physiology, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Wołyńska 35, 60-637 Poznań, Poland. Electronic address:

The aim of this study was to determine an interdependence between generation of semiquinone radicals, superoxide anion (O-), manganese ions (Mn) and phenolic content in leaves of Thuja orientalis in response to infestation by varying populations of Cinara tujafilina, i.e. 40 or 80 aphids per plant. Read More

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November 2018

Sclerosing bone dysplasias with hallmarks of dysosteosclerosis in four patients carrying mutations in SLC29A3 and TCIRG1.

Bone 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Institut für Medizinische Genetik und Humangenetik, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health, Berlin, Germany; Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany; Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health, Berlin, Germany. Electronic address:

The osteopetroses and related sclerosing bone dysplasias can have a broad range of manifestations. Especially in the milder forms, sandwich vertebrae are an easily recognizable and reliable radiological hallmark. We report on four patients from three families presenting with sandwich vertebrae and platyspondyly. Read More

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December 2018
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Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, especially haploidentical HSCT, may improve long-term survival for high-risk pediatric patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the tyrosine kinase inhibitor era.

Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Department of Hematology, Peking University People's Hospital, Peking University Institute of Hematology, Beijing Key Laboratory of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Peking University, Beijing, China. Electronic address:

Background: The role of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), particularly haploidentical (haplo)-HSCT, in pediatric patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ALL) in the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) era is unclear. This study aimed to identify prognostic factors and explore the role of haplo-HSCT in the treatment of Ph+ALL in the TKI era.

Methods: We analyzed clinical data of Ph+ALL patients aged 1-18 years who received imatinib added to intensive chemotherapy at the start of induction therapy. Read More

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December 2018

Fluid and PET biomarkers for amyloid pathology in Alzheimer's disease.

Mol Cell Neurosci 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Clinical Neurochemistry Laboratory, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Molndal, Sweden; Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, University College, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Department of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by amyloid plaques and tau pathology (neurofibrillary tangles and neuropil threads). Amyloid plaques are primarily composed of aggregated and oligomeric β-amyloid (Aβ) peptides ending at position 42 (Aβ42). The development of fluid and PET biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease (AD), has allowed for detection of Aβ pathology in vivo and marks a major advancement in understanding the role of Aβ in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Read More

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December 2018

Allicin enhances antimicrobial activity of macrophages during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.

J Ethnopharmacol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Electronic address:

Ethnopharmacological Relevance: The emergence of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) strains has severely hampered global efforts towards tuberculosis (TB) eradication. The internationally accepted therapy "Directly Observed Treatment Short-course (DOTS)" is lengthy, and incorporates risks for the generation of drug-resistant M. Read More

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December 2018
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cDNA cloning and expression analysis of glutaredoxin (Grx) 2 in the Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei.

Fish Shellfish Immunol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Hainan Provincial Key Laboratory for Functional Components Research and Utilization of Marine Bio-resources, Institute of Tropical Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Haikou, 571101, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

Glutaredoxin (Grx) is a class molecule oxidoreductase, which can regulate the redox state of proteins and plays a key role in antioxidant defense. However, the informations of Grx cDNA sequences and their functions are lack in decapod crustacea. In the present study, the cDNA of LvGrx 2 was cloned from the Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei. Read More

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December 2018

Molecular Evolution of Early-Onset Prostate Cancer Identifies Molecular Risk Markers and Clinical Trajectories.

Cancer Cell 2018 Dec;34(6):996-1011.e8

Finsen Laboratory, Rigshospitalet, DK-2200, Copenhagen, Denmark; Biotech Research & Innovation Centre (BRIC), University of Copenhagen, DK-2200, Copenhagen, Denmark; European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Genome Biology Unit, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany; Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Charitéplatz 1, D-10117 Berlin, Germany. Electronic address:

Identifying the earliest somatic changes in prostate cancer can give important insights into tumor evolution and aids in stratifying high- from low-risk disease. We integrated whole genome, transcriptome and methylome analysis of early-onset prostate cancers (diagnosis ≤55 years). Characterization across 292 prostate cancer genomes revealed age-related genomic alterations and a clock-like enzymatic-driven mutational process contributing to the earliest mutations in prostate cancer patients. Read More

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December 2018

Targeting PKCδ as a Therapeutic Strategy against Heterogeneous Mechanisms of EGFR Inhibitor Resistance in EGFR-Mutant Lung Cancer.

Cancer Cell 2018 Dec;34(6):954-969.e4

Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA; Center for Molecular Medicine and Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences, China Medical University, Taichung 404, Taiwan; Department of Biotechnology, Asia University, Taichung 413, Taiwan. Electronic address:

Multiple mechanisms of resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have been identified in EGFR-mutant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); however, recurrent resistance to EGFR TKIs due to the heterogeneous mechanisms underlying resistance within a single patient remains a major challenge in the clinic. Here, we report a role of nuclear protein kinase Cδ (PKCδ) as a common axis across multiple known TKI-resistance mechanisms. Specifically, we demonstrate that TKI-inactivated EGFR dimerizes with other membrane receptors implicated in TKI resistance to promote PKCδ nuclear translocation. Read More

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December 2018

Lymphocyte-Specific Chromatin Accessibility Pre-determines Glucocorticoid Resistance in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Cancer Cell 2018 Dec;34(6):906-921.e8

Children's Cancer Institute, Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia. Electronic address:

Glucocorticoids play a critical role in the treatment of lymphoid malignancies. While glucocorticoid efficacy can be largely attributed to lymphocyte-specific apoptosis, its molecular basis remains elusive. Here, we studied genome-wide lymphocyte-specific open chromatin domains (LSOs), and integrated LSOs with glucocorticoid-induced RNA transcription and chromatin modulation using an in vivo patient-derived xenograft model of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Read More

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December 2018

Initiation and Evolution of Early Onset Prostate Cancer.

Cancer Cell 2018 Dec;34(6):874-876

Hematology-Oncology Division, Department of Medicine and Cancer Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA. Electronic address:

In this issue of Cancer Cell, Gerhauser et al. analyze early-onset prostate cancers, showing roles for androgen receptor-driven rearrangements, an early APOBEC-driven mutational mechanism, and ESRP1 gene duplication. Through integration of whole-genome, transcriptome, and methylome data, they identify high-risk subgroups and develop an algorithm that may predict molecular evolution. Read More

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December 2018

Exopolysaccharide from Bacillus vallismortis WF4 as an emulsifier for antifungal and antipruritic peppermint oil emulsion.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

School of Pharmacy, Weifang Medical University, Baotong Street, No. 7166, Weifang 261042, China. Electronic address:

The paper aims to study emulsifying capacities of bacterial exopolysaccharides (EPS) on essential oils (EOs), and the antifungal and antipruritic properties of the emulsion. A marine bacterium Bacillus vallismortis was identified and named the WF4 strain. The molecular weight of the EPS was 3. Read More

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December 2018
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Chemical composition, antioxidant activities of polysaccharide from Pine needle (Pinus massoniana) and hypolipidemic effect in high-fat diet-induced mice.

Int J Biol Macromol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Jiangxi Key Laboratory of Natural Product and Functional Food, College of Food Science and Engineering, Jiangxi Agricultural University, Nanchang 330045, China. Electronic address:

The aim of this study is to investigate hypolipidemic and antioxidant effects of Pine needle polysaccharide (PNP) from Pinus massoniana in high-fat diet (HFD)-induced mice. PNP could significantly improve the serum lipid levels (total cholesterol, triacylglycerols, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), enhance the antioxidant enzymes levels (total antioxidant capability, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, catalase), and decrease malondialdehyde (MDA) content in HFD-induced mice. PNP exhibited distinct antioxidant ability on the superoxide anions, 1, 1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and ferric ion reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) in vitro. Read More

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December 2018

Three-gene immunohistochemical panel predicts progression and unfavorable prognosis in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

Hum Pathol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Department of Pathology and Key Laboratory for Xinjiang Endemic and Ethnic Diseases, Shihezi University School of Medicine, Shihezi 832002, China. Electronic address:

Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is a highly invasive disease with a poor long-term survival rate. Although there has been progress in understanding the pathogenesis of ESCC, there are currently no molecular biomarkers that are used in routine clinical practices to determine prognosis. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine a small immunohistochemical (IHC) panel that could predict the prognosis of patients with ESCC. Read More

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December 2018

Molecular characterization of metaplastic breast carcinoma via next generation sequencing.

Hum Pathol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte 91010, USA.

Metaplastic breast carcinoma (MBC) is a rare subtype of breast cancer with variable morphology. MBC is more often triple negative (ER-, PR-, HER2-) and is associated with poorer clinical outcome when compared to infiltrating ductal carcinoma. The purpose of our study is to identify molecular alterations in MBC using next generation sequencing (NGS) which may aid chemotherapy selection and use of targeted therapy. Read More

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December 2018

Chemotherapy sensitization of glioblastoma by focused ultrasound-mediated delivery of therapeutic liposomes.

J Control Release 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland.

In glioblastoma, the benefit from temozolomide chemotherapy is largely limited to a subgroup of patients (30-35%) with tumors exhibiting methylation of the promoter region of the O-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) gene. In order to allow more patients to benefit from this treatment, we explored magnetic resonance image-guided microbubble-enhanced low-intensity pulsed focused ultrasound (LIFU) to transiently open the blood-brain barrier and deliver a first-in-class liposome-loaded small molecule MGMT inactivator in mice bearing temozolomide-resistant gliomas. We demonstrate that a liposomal O-(4-bromothenyl)guanine (OBTG) derivative can efficiently target MGMT, thereby sensitizing murine and human glioma cells to temozolomide in vitro. Read More

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December 2018

GNAQ Mutations in Diffuse and Solitary Choroidal Hemangiomas.

Ophthalmology 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY.

Purpose: GNAQ mutations have been identified in port wine stains (both syndromic and non-syndromic) and melanocytic ocular neoplasms. This study investigates the presence of GNAQ mutations in diffuse- (those associated with Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS)) and solitary choroidal hemangiomas.

Participants: Tissue from 11 patients with the following diagnoses: port wine stain (n = 3), diffuse choroidal hemangioma (n = 1), solitary choroidal hemangioma (n = 6), choroidal nevus (n =1) METHODS: Ten specimens were interrogated with Memorial Sloan Kettering-Integrated Mutation Profiling of Actionable Cancer Targets (MSK-IMPACT), a hybridization capture-based next-generation sequencing assay for targeted deep sequencing of all exons and selected introns of 468 key cancer genes in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumors. Read More

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December 2018
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Feature selection and tumor classification for microarray data using relaxed Lasso and generalized multi-class support vector machine.

J Theor Biol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

College of Mathematics and Physics, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266061, China; Artificial Intelligence and Biomedical Big Data Research Center, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266061, China; School of Life Sciences, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230027, China. Electronic address:

At present, the study of gene expression data provides a reference for tumor diagnosis at the molecular level. It is a challenging task to select the feature genes related to the classification from the high-dimensional and small-sample gene expression data and successfully separate the different subtypes of tumor or the normal from the patient. In this paper, we present a new method for tumor classification-relaxed Lasso (least absolute shrinkage and selection operator) and generalized multi-class support vector machine (rL-GenSVM). Read More

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December 2018

Inhibition of HOXB7 suppresses p27-mediated acute lymphoblastic leukemia by regulating basic fibroblast growth factor and ERK1/2.

Life Sci 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Department of hematology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450000, Henan, China.

Aims: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is characterized by abnormal proliferation of immature lymphocytes in the bone marrow, peripheral blood, and other tissues. HOXB7 is upregulated in tumors and is related to cell proliferation and cell cycle. However, the role of HOXB7 in ALL progression remains unclear. Read More

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December 2018

Development of an in house ELISA for human intact osteocalcin and its utility in diagnosis and management of osteoporosis.

Clin Chim Acta 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Department of Molecular Immunodiagnostics, ICMR-National Institute for Research In Reproductive Health, Jehangir Merwanji Street, Parel, Mumbai, India. Electronic address:

Background: Serum Osteocalcin (OC) is a biomarker for evaluating bone turnover in humans. Commercial kits of OC in India are imported, hence expensive prohibiting their use in routine screening of osteoporosis. The present study describes the development, validation of human OC ELISA and establishes cut off values for its use in screening and management of women at risk for osteoporosis. Read More

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December 2018
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The value of immunotherapy in head and neck cancer.

Expert Opin Biol Ther 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

d Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center , University of Maryland School of Medicine , Baltimore , Maryland.

Introduction: Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) previously had limited treatment options once patients had progressed on systemic chemotherapy. With recent advances, immunotherapy now plays an important role in the treatment of advanced disease with improved outcomes as compared to cytotoxic chemotherapy. Areas covered: This article reviews the effects of the immune system and how it influences the development and response to HNSCC therapy. Read More

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December 2018
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The pK values of the catalytic residues in the retaining glycoside hydrolase T26H mutant of T4 lysozyme.

Protein Sci 2018 Dec 7. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6T 1Z3.

T4 phage lysozyme (T4L) is an enzyme that cleaves bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan. Remarkably, the single substitution of the active site Thr26 to a His (T26H) converts T4L from an inverting to a retaining glycoside hydrolase with transglycosylase activity. It has been proposed that T26H-T4L follows a double displacement mechanism with His26 serving as a nucleophile to form a covalent glycosyl-enzyme intermediate (Kuroki et al. Read More

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December 2018
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High Performance Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Sensitized Organic Light-Emitting Diodes.

Chem Rec 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Key Lab of Organic Optoelectronics and Molecular Engineering of Ministry of Education, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China.

Recently, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) employing thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) materials have aroused huge attention in both academia and industry. Compared with fluorescent and phosphorescent materials, TADF materials can theoretically capture 100 % excitons without incorporating noble metals, making them effective emitters and hosts for OLEDs simultaneously. Here, in this review, our recent works on mechanisms and materials of high performance TADF-sensitized phosphorescent (TSP) OLEDs, TADF-sensitized fluorescent (TSF) OLEDs and TADF-sensitized TADF (TST) OLEDs are summarized. Read More

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December 2018

GAGA protein is required for multiple aspects of Drosophila oogenesis and female fertility.

Genesis 2018 Dec 10:e23269. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia.

Investigation of Drosophila oogenesis provides the opportunity to understand conservative genetic mechanisms underlying fertile female gamete development. In this work, we showed that the Drosophila DNA-binding protein GAGA factor (GAF) had a multifunctional role in oogenesis and it is involved in the regulation of this process genetic program. We studied the influence on Drosophila oogenesis of a number of mutations in the 5' region of the Trl gene that encodes GAF. Read More

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December 2018

Hyperactivation of Nrf2 increases stress tolerance at the cost of aging acceleration due to metabolic deregulation.

Aging Cell 2018 Dec 10:e12845. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Metazoans viability depends on their ability to regulate metabolic processes and also to respond to harmful challenges by mounting anti-stress responses; these adaptations were fundamental forces during evolution. Central to anti-stress responses are a number of short-lived transcription factors that by functioning as stress sensors mobilize genomic responses aiming to eliminate stressors. We show here that increased expression of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf2) in Drosophila activated cytoprotective modules and enhanced stress tolerance. Read More

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December 2018

The histone-like protein HupB influences biofilm formation and virulence in Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri through the regulation of flagellar biosynthesis.

Mol Plant Pathol 2018 Dec 8. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Dr. César Milstein, Fundación Pablo Cassará, CONICET. Saladillo 2468, C1440FFX, Ciudad de Buenos, Aires, Argentina.

Citrus canker is an important disease of citrus, whose causal agent is the bacterium Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc). In previous studies, we found a group of Xcc mutants, generated by the insertion of the Tn5 transposon, which show impaired ability to attach to an abiotic substrate. Read More

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December 2018

Functional capabilities of probiotic strains on attenuation of intestinal epithelial cell inflammatory response induced by TLR4 stimuli.

Biofactors 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Gyeonggi, Republic of Korea.

Intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) respond to intruders and their cellular molecules by displaying inflammatory state that can be abrogated by probiotics. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the beneficial activity of probiotic strains have yet to be elucidated. This study was conducted to investigate whether probiotic strains have immunoregulatory effects in IECs, and how they respond to bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in vitro. Read More

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December 2018

Stochastic search variable selection based on two mixture components and continuous-scale weighting.

Biom J 2018 Dec 10. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Department of Mathematical Sciences and Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.

Stochastic search variable selection (SSVS) is a Bayesian variable selection method that employs covariate-specific discrete indicator variables to select which covariates (e.g., molecular markers) are included in or excluded from the model. Read More

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December 2018
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Comparison of vitamin D metabolites in wild and captive baboons.

Am J Primatol 2018 Dec;80(12):e22935

Department of Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri.

Vitamin D adequacy is essential for multiple physiologic processes. With limited exposure to sunlight for vitamin D synthesis, captive primates are supplemented with vitamin D (cholecalciferol). Vitamin D metabolite data from wild primates living indigenously could suggest optimum levels. Read More

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