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Impaired energy metabolism may play a role in the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders including fragile X syndrome (FXS). We checked brain energy status and some aspects of cell bioenergetics, namely the activity of key glycolytic enzymes, glycerol-3-phosphate shuttle and mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) complexes, in the cerebral cortex of the Fmr1 knockout (KO) mouse model of FXS. We found that, despite a hyperactivation of MRC complexes, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production via mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) is compromised, resulting in brain energy impairment in juvenile and late-adult Fmr1 KO mice. Thus, an altered mitochondrial energy metabolism may contribute to neurological impairment in FXS.

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Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is a dimeric molecular chaperone that plays an essential role in cellular homeostasis. It functions in the context of a structurally dynamic ATP-dependent cycle to promote conformational changes in its clientele to aid stability, maturation, and activation. The client activation cycle is tightly regulated by a cohort of co-chaperone proteins that display specific binding preferences for certain conformations of Hsp90, guiding Hsp90 through its functional ATPase cycle. Aha-type co-chaperones are well-known to robustly stimulate the ATPase activity of Hsp90 but other roles in regulating the functional cycle are being revealed. In this review, we summarize the work done on the Aha-type co-chaperones since the 1990s and highlight recent discoveries with respect to the complexity of Hsp90 cycle regulation.

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Background

Plasma iohexol clearance (CLiohexol) is a reference technique for glomerular filtration rate (GFR) determination. In routine practice, CLiohexol is calculated using one of several formulas, which have never been evaluated in kidney transplant recipients. We aimed to model iohexol pharmacokinetics in this population, evaluate the predictive performance of three simplified formulas and evaluate whether a Bayesian algorithm improves CLiohexol estimation.

Methods

After administration of iohexol, six blood samples were drawn from 151 patients at various time points. The dataset was split into two groups, one to develop the population pharmacokinetic (POPPK) model (n = 103) and the other (n = 48) to estimate the predictive performances of the various GFR estimation methods. GFR reference values (GFRref) in the validation dataset were obtained by non-compartmental pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis. Predictive performances of each method were evaluated in terms of bias (ME), imprecision (root mean square error [RMSE]) and number of predictions out of the ±10% or 15% error interval around the GFRref.

Results

A two-compartment model best fitted the data. The Bayesian estimator with samples drawn at 30, 120 and 270 min allowed accurate prediction of GFRref (ME = 0.47%, RMSE = 3.42%), as did the Brøchner-Mortensen (BM) formula (ME = − 0.0425%, RMSE = 3.40%). With both methods, none of the CL estimates were outside the ±15% interval and only 2.4% were outside the ±10% for the BM formula (and none for the Bayesian estimator). In patients with GFR ≤30 mL/min/1.73 m2, the BM formula performed very well, while the Bayesian method could not be evaluated in depth due to too small a number of patients with adequate sampling times.

Conclusions

GFR can be estimated with acceptable accuracy in kidney transplant patients using the BM formula, but also using a Bayesian algorithm.

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The present study aimed at evaluating the mechanism by which functionality of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is modulated by bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). Induction of apoptosis in HSCs was found to be caused by directly co-culturing HSCs with BMSCs, where the expression of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) increased significantly in HSCs, along with an increase in their proliferation rate. Additionally, expression of Hes1 and Notch1 in HSCs co-cultured with BMSCs increased significantly at both protein and mRNA levels. Blocking of the notch signaling pathway (NSP) either by Notch1 siRNA or by DAPT treatment increased the proliferation rate while decreasing apoptosis and led to activation of the NF-κB signaling pathway in HSCs co-cultured with BMSCs. These effects were found to be reversed in HSCs overexpressing IκB S32/S36 mutants. The Notch signaling-mediated cell-cell contact was partially involved in the significant inhibition of proliferation of HSCs by BMSCs. Additionally, the NF-κB pathway was found to be responsible for NSP-mediated inhibition of growth of HSCs in the co-culture system. Thus, BMSCs might have a potential therapeutic significance in treating hepatic fibrosis.

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The cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) signaling system is one of the most prominent regulators of a variety of physiological and pathophysiological processes in many mammalian and non-mammalian tissues. Targeting this pathway by increasing cGMP levels has been a very successful approach in pharmacology as shown for nitrates, phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors and stimulators of nitric oxide-guanylyl cyclase (NO-GC) and particulate GC (pGC). This is an introductory review to the cGMP signaling system intended to introduce those readers to this system, who do not work in this area. This article does not intend an in-depth review of this system. Signal transduction by cGMP is controlled by the generating enzymes GCs, the degrading enzymes PDEs and the cGMP-regulated enzymes cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channels, cGMP-dependent protein kinases and cGMP-regulated PDEs. Part A gives a very concise introduction to the components. Part B gives a very concise introduction to the functions modulated by cGMP. The article cites many recent reviews for those who want a deeper insight.

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Metastasis is the main cause of increasing cancer morbidity and mortality. However, the underlying mechanism of cancer metastasis remains largely unknown. In the present study, we identified one circular RNA (circRNA) closely related to the metastasis of colorectal cancer (CRC), namely hsa_circ_0001178. CRC patients with high hsa_circ_0001178 were more prone to have metastatic clinical features, advanced TNM stage and adverse prognosis. Stable knockdown of hsa_circ_0001178 significantly weakened CRC cell migratory and invasive capabilities in vitro as well as lung and liver metastases in vivo. Mechanistic study revealed that hsa_circ_0001178 acted as a competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) for miR-382/587/616 to upregulate ZEB1 (a key trigger of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition), thereby promoting CRC metastatic dissemination. Of note, ZEB1 could also increase hsa_circ_0001178 expression via physically binding to hsa_circ_0001178 promoter region. Collectively, our data uncover the crucial role of hsa_circ_0001178 in CRC metastasis, and targeted therapy based on this positive feedback ceRNA axis may be a promising treatment for metastatic CRC patients.

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Background

Capillary B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) testing is attractive in outpatient and emergency settings. The aim of this study was to perform an evaluation of the clinical performances of capillary BNP testing as compared with venous whole blood and plasma point-of-care (POC) BNP as well as plasma N-terminal (NT) proBNP central laboratory testing.

Methods

BNP was measured with a novel single epitope POC assay (Minicare® BV, Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and NT-proBNP with a central laboratory assay (Roche Diagnostics®, Vienna, Austria).

Results

BNP and NT-proBNP were measured in 269 patients of a Department of Cardiology (mean age 67.9 ± 13 years, 26.4% females). Capillary BNP very closely correlated with whole blood venous BNP (r = 0.99, p < 0.001). There was also a close correlation of plasma BNP and NT-proBNP concentrations (r = 0.79, p < 0.001). The diagnostic performances of capillary BNP, whole blood venous BNP, plasma BNP and plasma NT-proBNP for acute heart failure (areas under receiver operating characteristic curves [AUC ROC]: 0.73–0.77) or systolic left ventricular dysfunction in the whole study population (AUC ROC: 0.72–0.76) did not differ significantly. All were significant independent predictors of cardiovascular death during follow-up of the whole study population.

Conclusions

Our study for the first time demonstrated a very close correlation of capillary and venous whole blood or plasma BNP concentrations using the same BNP assay in a large patient cohort. The diagnostic performances of different BNP specimens did not differ significantly, and no significant differences between BNP and NT-proBNP were found either.