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  1. Rare presentation of familial paraganglioma without evidence of mutation in the SDH, RET and VHL genes: towards further genetic heterogeneity.

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    Persu, Alexandre; Amyere, Mustapha; Gutierrez-Roelens, Ilse; Rustin, Pierre; Sempoux, Christine; Lecouvet, Frédéric E; Van Beers, Bernard E; Horsmans, Yves; De Plaen, Jean-François; MarcHamoir; Vikkula, Miikka

    2009-01-01

    Mutations in genes encoding succinate dehydrogenase and its anchoring subunits (SDH genes) are at the origin of hereditary head and neck paraganglioma (PGL) and a subset of apparently sporadic pheochromocytoma. We describe a family including three patients harbouring bilateral head and neck PGL diagnosed before 25 years of age. Multiple hypervascular hepatic lesions were subsequently discovered in two of them. In both, liver biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of PGL. In addition, in one patient, MRI disclosed multiple target-like lesions of the spine, highly suggestive of metastatic PGL. Family history was compatible with autosomal dominant inheritance with possible maternal imprinting. Combined single-strand conformation polymorphism and heteroduplex analysis followed by sequencing did not show any mutation of the coding parts of SDHB, SDHC, SDHD, RET or VHL genes. Screening of copy number alterations and loss of heterozygosity in the three affected family members showed no deletion or amplification of the SDH, RET and VHL genes. Furthermore, succinate dehydrogenase activity measured in a liver PGL sample was not significantly decreased in the affected patient as compared with controls, underscoring the exclusion of the SDH genes. To our knowledge, this is the first reported family of hereditary head and neck PGL with metastatic dissemination in the liver and the spine. A large body of evidence supports the absence of mutations in SDH, RET and VHL genes, which suggests the existence of a yet unknown gene at the origin of this particular form of familial PGL.

  2. VHL Manifestations

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    ... Us Website References Search Patients / What is VHL? / Manifestations People who have VHL disease may experience tumors ... very important to check regularly for possible VHL manifestations throughout a person’s lifetime. Most of these VHL ...

  3. Dicty_cDB: VHL444 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available library) VHL444 (Link to dictyBase) - - - Contig-U15033-1 VHL444P (Link to Original site) VHL444F 595 VHL444Z...VHL444Z 674 VHL444P 1249 - - Show VHL444 Library VH (Link to library) Clone ID VHL444 (Link to dictyBase)...tsukuba.ac.jp/CSM/VH/VHL4-B/VHL444Q.Seq.d/ Representative seq. ID VHL444P (Link to Original site) Representative...Representative DNA sequence >VHL444 (VHL444Q) /CSM/VH/VHL4-B/VHL444Q.Seq.d/ CACTGTTGGCCTACTGGTATAGTTACA...significant alignments: (bits) Value VHL444 (VHL444Q) /CSM/VH/VHL4-B/VHL444Q.Seq.d/ 2420 0.0 VHN389 (VHN389Q)

  4. Identification of 3 novel VHL germ-line mutations in Danish VHL patients

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    Dandanell, Mette; Friis-Hansen, Lennart Jan; Sunde, Lone

    2012-01-01

    von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a hereditary cancer syndrome in which the patients develop retinal and central nervous system hemangioblastomas, pheochromocytomas and clear-cell renal tumors. The autosomal dominant disease is caused by mutations in the VHL gene.......von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a hereditary cancer syndrome in which the patients develop retinal and central nervous system hemangioblastomas, pheochromocytomas and clear-cell renal tumors. The autosomal dominant disease is caused by mutations in the VHL gene....

  5. NF1 Signal Transduction and Vascular Dysfunction

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    2014-05-01

    the effects of losing a second allele of NF1 in the vascular endothelium of the adult mouse. This will be the first model of NF1 loss in the... adult endothelium and can serve as a model system for investigation of both cardiovascular effects and the tumor microenvironment. Body: Aim 1...would be to try and determine if there were defects in TGF-b signaling (Smad activation/EndMT) prior to doing a wholesale catalog of all the

  6. Cervical neurofibromas in children with NF-1

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    Chung, C.J.; Mukherji, S.K.; Fordham, L.A. [University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (United States). Dept. of Radiology; Armfield, K.B.; Krause, W.L. [Scottish Rite Children`s Medical Center, AtlantA. GA (United States). Dept. of Genetics

    1999-05-01

    Background. Children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) are at increased risk of developing plexiform neurofibroma throughout the body, including the cervical soft tissues. However, the incidence of cervical soft tissue tumors and the value of screening MR for children with NF1 are not known. Purpose. The purposes of this study were to determine the incidence and clinical significance of cervical tumors seen on MR imaging in children with NF1. Materials and methods. A retrospective review of the brain and orbit MR with cervical images obtained on 95 children who meet the NIH consensus criteria for NF1 and who are followed at our neurofibromatosis clinic was carried out. Results. Cervical tumors were found on MR imaging in 21 of 95 (22 %) children. Of 21 children with cervical tumors, 14 children were determined to be surgical candidates. In nine children, MR imaging altered the clinical management by demonstrating tumors for which surgery was indicated, but the tumors were not suspected prior to MR imaging. Conclusion. Cervical tumors are commonly seen in children with NF1. MR imaging may demonstrate a significant number of tumors that require surgery, but were not suspected prior to MR imaging. (orig.) With 3 figs., 1 tab., 17 refs.

  7. NF1 Signal Transduction and Vascular Dysfunction

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    2015-05-01

    malformations, aneurysms, and hypertension . Consequently there is a markedly elevated risk of cerbrovascular accidents(Friedman et al., 2002). NF1...the endothelium seems to trigger a rapid leukemic crisis . This observation is quite unexpected but consistent with the notion that the endothelial

  8. Dicty_cDB: VHL663 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available VH (Link to library) VHL663 (Link to dictyBase) - - - Contig-U15767-1 VHL663P (Link... to Original site) VHL663F 574 VHL663Z 702 VHL663P 1256 - - Show VHL663 Library VH (Link to library) Clone ID VHL663 (Link to dict...yBase) Atlas ID - NBRP ID - dictyBase ID - Link to Contig Contig-U15767-1 Original site URL http://dict...WPDGFKYFFVDNQAGDSESAKSGKNLPIQRDIELNWNGEAYEYSNSNYFPINGQG FNDVSYPV--- ---SYATGKCEPDSSLCNDNNICTIDICVHEGILDGLPQG...ik rqelvgqmvlsifl*itklviqnlpnlvkifqfkeiss*igmekhmniviqitsqltdkv smm*aiq--- ---SYATGKCEPDSSLCNDNNICTIDICVHEGI

  9. Dicty_cDB: VHL434 [Dicty_cDB

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    Full Text Available VH (Link to library) VHL434 (Link to dictyBase) - - - Contig-U16336-1 VHL434P (Link... to Original site) VHL434F 546 VHL434Z 778 VHL434P 1304 - - Show VHL434 Library VH (Link to library) Clone ID VHL434 (Link to dict...yBase) Atlas ID - NBRP ID - dictyBase ID - Link to Contig Contig-U16336-1 Original site URL http://dict...EVMSCNKFSSKRIGYLAASQSFNEGTDVIVLATHQIRKDFLS SNQSEAYLALNCLSNICTTDLARELANDILTLLSTQKTHILKRAITVLYKIFLRYPES-- - --...GFDISWASFKIVEVMSCNKFSSKRIGYLAASQSFNEGTDVIVLATHQIRKDFLS SNQSEAYLALNCLSNICTTDLARELANDILTLLSTQKTHILKRAITVLYKIFL

  10. Playing Tag with HIF: The VHL Story

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    Sherri K. Leung

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Inactivation of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL tumour suppressor gene product pVHL is the cause of inherited VHL disease and is associated with sporadic kidney cancer. pVHL is found in a multiprotein complex with elongins B/C, Cul2, and Rbx1 forming an E3 ubiquitin ligase complex called VEC. This modular enzyme targets the α subunits of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF for ubiquitin-mediated destruction. Consequently, tumour cells lacking functional pVHL overproduce the products of HIF-target genes such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF, which promotes angiogenesis. This likely accounts for the hypervascular nature of VHL-associated neoplasms. Although pVHL has been linked to the cell-cycle, differentiation, and the regulation of extracellular matrix assembly, microenvironment pH, and tissue invasiveness, this review will focus on the recent insights into the molecular mechanisms governing the E3 ubiquitin ligase function of VEC.

  11. A Functional Genomic Analysis of NF1-Associated Learning Disabilities

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    Tang, Shao-Jun

    2008-01-01

    Learning disabilities severely deteriorate the life of many NF1 patients. However, the pathogenic process for NF1-associated learning disabilities has not been fully understood and an effective therapy is not available...

  12. A Functional Genomic Analysis of NF1-Associated Learning Disabilities

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    Tang, Shao-Jun

    2007-01-01

    Learning disabilities severely deteriorate the life of many NF1 patients. However, the pathogenic process for NF1-associated learning disabilities has not been fully understood and an effective therapy is not available...

  13. Ras-Independent Function of NF1

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    2013-05-01

    months 1-12). Perform immunofluorescence staining on pNF B, CD3 (T-cell), CD4 (helper T cells), CD8 (killer T cells), Gr-1 (granulocytes) and MAC-1...including an increased level of pNF B, increased infiltration of immune cells to the dermis as T-cells, granulocytes and macrophages (figure 4A-D). Moreover...Our staining results proved that loss of NF1 results in increased inflammatory responses only in old mice, including an increased level of pNF B

  14. Mosaic type-1 NF1 microdeletions as a cause of both generalized and segmental neurofibromatosis type-1 (NF1)

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    Ludwine M. Messiaen; Vogt, Julia; Bengesser, Kathrin; Fu, Chuanhua; Mikhail, Fady; Serra, Eduard; Garcia-Linares, Carles; Cooper, David N; Lázaro, Conxi; Kehrer-Sawatzki, Hildegard

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Mosaicism is an important feature of type-1 neurofibromatosis (NF1) on account of its impact upon both clinical manifestations and transmission risk. Using FISH and MLPA to screen 3500 NF1 patients, we identified 146 individuals harbouring gross NF1 deletions, 14 of whom (9.6%) displayed somatic mosaicism. The high rate of mosaicism in patients with NF1 deletions supports the postulated idea of a direct relationship between the high new mutation rate in this cancer predisp...

  15. The NF1 somatic mutational landscape in sporadic human cancers.

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    Philpott, Charlotte; Tovell, Hannah; Frayling, Ian M; Cooper, David N; Upadhyaya, Meena

    2017-06-21

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) #162200) is an autosomal dominantly inherited tumour predisposition syndrome. Heritable constitutional mutations in the NF1 gene result in dysregulation of the RAS/MAPK pathway and are causative of NF1. The major known function of the NF1 gene product neurofibromin is to downregulate RAS. NF1 exhibits variable clinical expression and is characterized by benign cutaneous lesions including neurofibromas and café-au-lait macules, as well as a predisposition to various types of malignancy, such as breast cancer and leukaemia. However, acquired somatic mutations in NF1 are also found in a wide variety of malignant neoplasms that are not associated with NF1. Capitalizing upon the availability of next-generation sequencing data from cancer genomes and exomes, we review current knowledge of somatic NF1 mutations in a wide variety of tumours occurring at a number of different sites: breast, colorectum, urothelium, lung, ovary, skin, brain and neuroendocrine tissues, as well as leukaemias, in an attempt to understand their broader role and significance, and with a view ultimately to exploiting this in a diagnostic and therapeutic context. As neurofibromin activity is a key to regulating the RAS/MAPK pathway, NF1 mutations are important in the acquisition of drug resistance, to BRAF, EGFR inhibitors, tamoxifen and retinoic acid in melanoma, lung and breast cancers and neuroblastoma. Other curiosities are observed, such as a high rate of somatic NF1 mutation in cutaneous melanoma, lung cancer, ovarian carcinoma and glioblastoma which are not usually associated with neurofibromatosis type 1. Somatic NF1 mutations may be critical drivers in multiple cancers. The mutational landscape of somatic NF1 mutations should provide novel insights into our understanding of the pathophysiology of cancer. The identification of high frequency of somatic NF1 mutations in sporadic tumours indicates that neurofibromin is

  16. Human stem cell modeling in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1).

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    Wegscheid, Michelle L; Anastasaki, Corina; Gutmann, David H

    2017-04-06

    The future of precision medicine is heavily reliant on the use of human tissues to identify the key determinants that account for differences between individuals with the same disorder. This need is exemplified by the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) neurogenetic condition. As such, individuals with NF1 are born with a germline mutation in the NF1 gene, but may develop numerous distinct neurological problems, ranging from autism and attention deficit to brain and peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Coupled with accurate preclinical mouse models, the availability of NF1 patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) provides new opportunities to define the critical factors that underlie NF1-associated nervous system disease pathogenesis and progression. In this review, we discuss the generation and potential applications of iPSC technology to the study of NF1. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Somatic mutation analysis of the SDHB, SDHC, SDHD, and RET genes in the clinical assessment of sporadic and hereditary pheochromocytoma.

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    Weber, Alexander; Hoffmann, Michael M; Neumann, Hartmut P H; Erlic, Zoran

    2012-08-01

    Systemic analysis of somatic mutations of other susceptibility genes in syndromic tumors as well as apparently sporadic tumors in well-characterized specimens is lacking. Its clinical relevance has not been studied. Our objective was to determine the frequency of second allele inactivation in syndromic tumors and determine the frequency and potential clinical impact of somatic mutations and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) of the known susceptibility genes in syndromic and sporadic tumors. Nine tumor specimens from clinically characterized VHL mutation, five from SDHB mutation, four from SDHD mutation, two from RET mutation carriers, and eight from apparently sporadic cases were analyzed. Tumor DNA mutation screening of the SDHx, VHL, and RET genes and LOH analyses of the SDHx and VHL genes were performed. The Yates-corrected chi-squared test was used for comparison of the clinical data and the molecular-genetic results. Second allele inactivation in tumors was identified in 83% of VHL, 80% of SDHB, and 50% of SDHD specimen. High prevalence of VHL (6/6, p=0.024) and SDHB (7/7, p=0.018) somatic mutations has been identified in the sporadic group compared to all others. In the group of the VHL tumors the SDHB somatic events were significantly lower (2/6; p=0.045). In 18/19 (95%) of cases, we were able to demonstrate the presence of at least two concomitant affected susceptibility genes. We conclude that LOH is the most prevalent second allele-inactivating event. SDHB and VHL somatic mutation might play a role in the sporadic forms of tumor development. There is no clinical impact of mutation screening or LOH analysis of tumor specimens.

  18. Von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL)

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    Binderup, Marie Louise Mølgaard; Bisgaard, Søs Marie Luise; Harbud, Vibeke

    2013-01-01

    These clinical guidelines outline the criteria and recommendations for diagnostic and genetic work-up of families suspected of von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL), as well as recommendations for prophylactic surveillance for vHL patients. The guideline has been composed by the Danish Coordination Group...... for vHL which is comprised of Danish doctors and specialists interested in vHL. The recommendations are based on longstanding clinical experience, Danish original research, and extensive review of the international literature. vHL is a hereditary multi-tumour disease caused by germline mutations...... cell carcinoma), the adrenal glands (pheochromocytoma), the pancreas, as well as in other organs. As many different organs can be affected, several medical specialities often take part in both diagnosis and treatment of manifestations. vHL should be suspected in individuals with a family history...

  19. Mosaic type-1 NF1 microdeletions as a cause of both generalized and segmental neurofibromatosis type-1 (NF1).

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    Messiaen, Ludwine; Vogt, Julia; Bengesser, Kathrin; Fu, Chuanhua; Mikhail, Fady; Serra, Eduard; Garcia-Linares, Carles; Cooper, David N; Lazaro, Conxi; Kehrer-Sawatzki, Hildegard

    2011-02-01

    Mosaicism is an important feature of type-1 neurofibromatosis (NF1) on account of its impact upon both clinical manifestations and transmission risk. Using FISH and MLPA to screen 3500 NF1 patients, we identified 146 individuals harboring gross NF1 deletions, 14 of whom (9.6%) displayed somatic mosaicism. The high rate of mosaicism in patients with NF1 deletions supports the postulated idea of a direct relationship between the high new mutation rate in this cancer predisposition syndrome and the frequency of mosaicism. Seven of the 14 mosaic NF1 deletions were type-2, whereas four were putatively type-1, and three were atypical. Two of the four probable type-1 deletions were confirmed as such by breakpoint-spanning PCR or SNP analysis. Both deletions were associated with a generalized manifestation of NF1. Independently, we identified a third patient with a mosaic type-1 NF1 deletion who exhibited segmental NF1. Together, these three cases constitute the first proven mosaic type-1 deletions so far reported. In two of these three mosaic type-1 deletions, the breakpoints were located within PRS1 and PRS2, previously identified as hotspots for nonallelic homologous recombination (NAHR) during meiosis. Hence, NAHR within PRS1 and PRS2 is not confined to meiosis but may also occur during postzygotic mitotic cell cycles. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  20. Angiogenesis and Therapeutic Approaches to NF1 Tumors

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    2007-04-01

    Medium Wild-type ECGS Nf1+/- ECGS Wild-type bFGF Nf1+/- bFGF Wild-type VEGF NF1+/- VEGF Mitogen treatment Fig. 1. BrdU incorporation assay of brain...anesthetized, and the sciatic nerves of both legs were exposed at midthigh. The cell suspension (5 ll, 5 3 105 cells) was incrementally injected within the...3. Fascicle 24. Washington, DC: Armed Forces Insti- tute of Pathology. p 385–405. Scott JE, Mowry RW. 1970. Alcian blue—a consumer’s guide. J Histo

  1. Aberrant Gene Expression in NF1-Mediated Oncogenesis. Addendum

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    Shields, Janiel M

    2004-01-01

    Neurofibromatosis type I (NF1) is a familial multisystem disease that occurs in approximately one in 3,500 people designating it as one of the most common autosomal-dominant human diseases. Approximately 5...

  2. The Role of NF1 in Memory Retrieval

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    2014-09-01

    critical for olfactory memory , didn’t affect LTM, whereas overexpression within octopamine neurons showed a phenotype of enhanced appetitive LTM (Fig... memory .
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  3. Exploring Neurofibromin Function in a Yeast Model of NF1

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    2011-11-01

    to define NF1 disease mechanisms. Budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae , have two NF1-like genes, called IRA1 and IRA2. In year one of the project...mammalian cells and in Drosophila. References Hohfeld, J., Veenhuis, M., and Kunau, W.H. (1991). PAS3, a Saccharomyces cerevisiae gene...anaerobiosis yes yes PEX 11 Peroxisomal membrane protein required for peroxisome proliferation and medium -chain fatty acid oxidation, most abundant

  4. Potential value of EUS in pancreatic surveillance of VHL patients

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    van Asselt, Sophie Josephien; Brouwers, Adrienne H; van Dullemen, Hendrik M; van der Jagt, Eric J; Bongaerts, Alfons H; Koopmans, Klaas P; Kema, Ido; Zonnenberg, Bernard A; Timmers, Henri Jlm; de Herder, Wouter; Sluiter, Wim; de Vries, Elisabeth G E; Links, T P

    Background: Patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease are prone to develop pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs). However, the best imaging technique for early detection of pNETs in VHL is currently unknown. In a head-to-head comparison, we evaluated endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and

  5. Von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL)

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    Binderup, Marie Louise Mølgaard; Bisgaard, Søs Marie Luise; Harbud, Vibeke

    2013-01-01

    These clinical guidelines outline the criteria and recommendations for diagnostic and genetic work-up of families suspected of von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL), as well as recommendations for prophylactic surveillance for vHL patients. The guideline has been composed by the Danish Coordination Group...... for vHL which is comprised of Danish doctors and specialists interested in vHL. The recommendations are based on longstanding clinical experience, Danish original research, and extensive review of the international literature. vHL is a hereditary multi-tumour disease caused by germline mutations...... of the disease, and/or in individuals with a vHL-associated manifestation; i.e. a hemangioblastoma in the retina or the central nervous system, familial or bilateral pheochromocytomas, familial, multiple, or early onset renal cell carcinomas, and in individuals with an endolymphatic sac tumour in the inner ear...

  6. NF1 germline mutation differentially dictates optic glioma formation and growth in neurofibromatosis-1

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    Toonen, Joseph A.; Anastasaki, Corina; Smithson, Laura J.; Gianino, Scott M.; Li, Kairong; Kesterson, Robert A.; Gutmann, David H.

    2016-01-01

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a common neurogenetic condition characterized by significant clinical heterogeneity. A major barrier to developing precision medicine approaches for NF1 is an incomplete understanding of the factors that underlie its inherent variability. To determine the impact of the germline NF1 gene mutation on the optic gliomas frequently encountered in children with NF1, we developed genetically engineered mice harboring two representative NF1-patient-derived Nf1 gene m...

  7. Familial Lymphoproliferative Malignancies and Tandem Duplication of NF1 Gene

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    Gustavo Fernandes

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Neurofibromatosis type 1 is a genetic disorder caused by loss-of-function mutations in a tumor suppressor gene (NF1 which codifies the protein neurofibromin. The frequent genetic alterations that modify neurofibromin function are deletions and insertions. Duplications are rare and phenotype in patients bearing duplication of NF1 gene is thought to be restricted to developmental abnormalities, with no reference to cancer susceptibility in these patients. We evaluated a patient who presented with few clinical signs of neurofibromatosis type 1 and a conspicuous personal and familiar history of different types of cancer, especially lymphoproliferative malignancies. The coding region of the NF-1 gene was analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction and direct sequencing. Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification was performed to detect the number of mutant copies. The NF1 gene analysis showed the following alterations: mosaic duplication of NF1, TRAF4, and MYO1D. Fluorescence in situ hybridization using probes (RP5-1002G3 and RP5-92689 flanking NF1 gene in 17q11.2 and CEP17 for 17q11.11.1 was performed. There were three signals (RP5-1002G3conRP5-92689 in the interphases analyzed and two signals (RP5-1002G3conRP5-92689 in 93% of cells. These findings show a tandem duplication of 17q11.2. Conclusion. The case suggests the possibility that NF1 gene duplication may be associated with a phenotype characterized by lymphoproliferative disorders.

  8. Association study of the NF1 gene and autistic disorder.

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    Mbarek, O; Marouillat, S; Martineau, J; Barthélémy, C; Müh, J P; Andres, C

    1999-12-15

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is increased about 150-fold in autistic patients. The aim of this study was to test for an association between the NF1 locus and autistic disorder. The allele distributions of three markers of the NF1 gene were studied in 85 autistic patients and 90 controls. No differences in allele distributions were observed. However, we found a new allele (allele 5) of the GXAlu marker in four autistic patients. Allele 5 was absent in a larger control population (213 individuals). The patients with allele 5 had a more severe clinical picture, mainly in the fields of motility and tonus. Our preliminary results suggest that the NF1 region is not a major susceptibility locus for autism. However, the GXAlu marker of the NF1 gene appears as a possible candidate for a susceptibility locus in a small subgroup of severely affected autistic patients. Am. J. Med. Genet. (Neuropsychiatr. Genet.) 88:729-732, 1999. Copyright 1999 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  9. Effects of Pharmacologic and Genetic Inhibition of Alk on Cognitive Impairments in NF1 Mutant Mice

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    2016-08-01

    genetic interaction between Alk and Nf1 in mice is similar to the behavioral phenotypes of Alk and NF1 mutations in flies and that pharmacologic or...the predicted improvement in hippocampal-dependent cognitive function using both genetic and pharmacologic inhibition of Alk in heterozygous NF1...phenotypes of Alk and NF1 mutations in flies and that pharmacologic or genetic inhibition of Alk in NF1 mutant mice will attenuate or even rescue

  10. Children with 5′-end NF1 gene mutations are more likely to have glioma

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    Anastasaki, Corina; Morris, Stephanie M.; Gao, Feng; Gutmann, David H.

    2017-01-01

    Objective: To ascertain the relationship between the germline NF1 gene mutation and glioma development in patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). Methods: The relationship between the type and location of the germline NF1 mutation and the presence of a glioma was analyzed in 37 participants with NF1 from one institution (Washington University School of Medicine [WUSM]) with a clinical diagnosis of NF1. Odds ratios (ORs) were calculated using both unadjusted and weighted analyses of this...

  11. Sediments of a retting yard

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    Remani, K.N.; Venugopal, P.; Devi, K.S.; Unnithan, R.V.

    Sediments of a coconut husk retting yard and a reference station in Cochin backwaters, Kerala, India were studied for 1 yr. Effects of monsoon were found significant Organic carbon and organic matter showed enrichment in the retting ground sediments...

  12. Anmeldelse : Howard Zehr: Genoprettende Ret

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    Adrian, Lin

    2010-01-01

    Anmeldelse af Howard Zehr: Genoprettende ret, der udkom i 2008. Oversat fra engelsk: Restorative Justice Udgivelsesdato: august 2010......Anmeldelse af Howard Zehr: Genoprettende ret, der udkom i 2008. Oversat fra engelsk: Restorative Justice Udgivelsesdato: august 2010...

  13. Small activating RNA induced expression of VHL gene in renal cell carcinoma.

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    Kang, Moo Rim; Park, Ki Hwan; Lee, Chang Woo; Lee, Myeong Youl; Han, Sang-Bae; Li, Long-Cheng; Kang, Jong Soon

    2018-02-06

    Recent studies have reported that chemically synthesized double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs), also known as small activating RNA (saRNAs), can specifically induce gene expression by targeting promoter sequences by a mechanism termed RNA activation (RNAa). In the present study, we designed 4 candidate saRNAs targeting the Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene promoter. Among these saRNAs, dsVHL-821 significantly inhibited cell growth by up-regulating VHL at both the mRNA and protein levels in renal cell carcinoma 769-P cells. Functional analysis showed that dsVHL-821 induced apoptosis by increasing p53, decreasing Bcl-xL, activating caspase 3/7 and poly-ADP-ribose polymerase in a dose-dependent manner. Chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis revealed that dsVHL-821 increased the enrichment of Ago2 and RNA polymerase II at the dsVHL-821 target site. In addition, Ago2 depletion significantly suppressed dsVHL-821-induced up-regulation of VHL gene expression and related effects. Single transfection of dsVHL-821 caused long-lasting (14 days) VHL up-regulation. Furthermore, the activation of VHL by dsVHL-821 was accompanied by an increase in dimethylation of histone 3 at lysine 4 (H3K4me2) and acetylation of histone 4 (H4ac) and a decrease in dimethylation of histone 3 at lysine 9 (H3K9me2) and lysine 27 (H3K27me2) in the dsVHL-821 target region. Taken together, these results demonstrate that dsVHL-821, a novel saRNA for VHL, induces the expression of the VHL gene by epigenetic changes, leading to inhibition of cell growth and induction of apoptosis, and suggest that targeted activation of VHL by dsVHL-821 may be explored as a novel treatment of renal cell carcinoma. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Novel homozygous VHL mutation in exon 2 is associated with congenital polycythemia but not with cancer.

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    Lanikova, Lucie; Lorenzo, Felipe; Yang, Chunzhang; Vankayalapati, Hari; Drachtman, Richard; Divoky, Vladimir; Prchal, Josef T

    2013-05-09

    Germline von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene mutations underlie dominantly inherited familial VHL tumor syndrome comprising a predisposition for renal cell carcinoma, pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma, cerebral hemangioblastoma, and endolymphatic sac tumors. However, recessively inherited congenital polycythemia, exemplified by Chuvash polycythemia, has been associated with 2 separate 3' VHL gene mutations in exon 3. It was proposed that different positions of loss-of-function VHL mutations are associated with VHL syndrome cancer predisposition and only C-terminal domain-encoding VHL mutations would cause polycythemia. However, now we describe a new homozygous VHL exon 2 mutation of the VHL gene:(c.413C>T):P138L, which is associated in the affected homozygote with congenital polycythemia but not in her, or her-heterozygous relatives, with cancer or other VHL syndrome tumors. We show that VHL(P138L) has perturbed interaction with hypoxia-inducible transcription factor (HIF)1α. Further, VHL(P138L) protein has decreased stability in vitro. Similarly to what was reported in Chuvash polycythemia and some other instances of HIFs upregulation, VHL(P138L) erythroid progenitors are hypersensitive to erythropoietin. Interestingly, the level of RUNX1/AML1 and NF-E2 transcripts that are specifically upregulated in acquired polycythemia vera were also upregulated in VHL(P138L) granulocytes.

  15. Management Strategies and Outcomes for VHL-related Craniospinal Hemangioblastomas

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    Christ Ordookhanian

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Hemangioblastomas are rare and benign tumors accounting for less than 2% of all central nervous system (CNS tumors. The vast majority of hemangioblastomas occur sporadically, whereas a small number of cases, especially in younger patients, are associated with Von Hippel–Lindau (VHL syndrome. It is thought that loss of tumor suppressor function of the VHL gene results in stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factor alpha with downstream activation of cellular proliferative and angiogenic genes that promote tumorigenesis. VHL-related hemangioblastomas predominantly occur in the cerebellum and spine. Lesions are often diagnosed on contrast-enhanced craniospinal MRIs, and the diagnosis of VHL occurs through assessment for germline VHL mutations. Surgical resection remains the primary treatment modality for symptomatic or worrisome lesions, with excellent local control rates and neurological outcomes. Stereotactic radiotherapy can be employed in patients who are deemed high risk for surgery, have multiple lesions, or have non-resectable lesions. Given the tendency for development of either new or multiple lesions, close radiographic surveillance is often recommended for asymptomatic lesions.

  16. Differences in regulation of tight junctions and cell morphology between VHL mutations from disease subtypes

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    Isanova Bella

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In von Hippel-Lindau (VHL disease, germline mutations in the VHL tumor suppressor gene cause clear cell renal carcinomas, hemangioblastomas, and pheochromocytomas. The VHL gene product is part of an ubiquitin E3 ligase complex and hypoxia-inducible factor alpha (HIF-α is a key substrate, although additional VHL functions have been described. A genotype-phenotype relationship exists in VHL disease such that specific VHL mutations elicit certain subsets of these tumors. Here, we examine VHL genotype-phenotype correlations at the cellular level, focusing on the regulation of tight junctions and cell morphology. Methods Wild-type and various mutant VHL proteins representing VHL disease subtypes were stably expressed in 3 VHL-negative renal carcinoma cell lines. Using these cell lines, the roles of various VHL-associated cellular functions in regulation of cell morphology were investigated. Results As a whole, type 1 mutants varied greatly from type 2 mutants, demonstrating high levels of HIF-2α, cyclin D1 and α5 integrin, lower p27 levels, and a spindly, fibroblastic cellular appearance. Type 2 mutations demonstrated an epithelial morphology similar to wild-type VHL in the majority of the renal cell lines used. Knockdown of p27 in cells with wild-type VHL led to perturbations of both epithelial morphology and ZO-1 localization to tight junctions. ZO-1 localization correlated well with VHL disease subtypes, with greater mislocalization observed for genotypes associated with a higher risk of renal carcinoma. HIF-2α knockdown in 786-O partially restored ZO-1 localization, but did not restore an epithelial morphology. Conclusion VHL has both HIF-α dependent and HIF-α independent functions in regulating tight junctions and cell morphology that likely impact the clinical phenotypes seen in VHL disease.

  17. Role of VEGFA, CXCR4 and VHL mutation in tumour behaviour

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    Kruizinga, Roeliene

    2014-01-01

    De ziekte van Von Hippel Lindau (VHL) is een zeldzaam kankersyndroom. Patiënten met deze ziekte krijgen zowel goedaardige als kwaadaardige tumoren in verschillende organen. VHL-patiënten hebben een niet goed werkend VHL-eiwit waardoor er meer CXCR4, een chemokine receptor, en VEGFA, een

  18. Motor dysfunction in NF1: Mediated by attention deficit or inherent to the disorder?

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    Haas-Lude, Karin; Heimgärtner, Magdalena; Winter, Sarah; Mautner, Victor-Felix; Krägeloh-Mann, Ingeborg; Lidzba, Karen

    2018-01-01

    Attention deficit and compromised motor skills are both prevalent in Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), but the relationship is unclear. We investigated motor function in children with NF1 and in children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and explored if, in patients with NF1, attention deficit influences motor performance. Motor performance was measured using the Movement Assessment Battery for Children (M-ABC) in 71 children (26 with NF1 plus ADHD, 14 with NF1 without ADHD, and 31 with ADHD without NF1) aged 6-12 years. There was a significant effect of group on motor performance. Both NF1 groups scored below children with ADHD without NF1. Attention performance mediated motor performance in children with ADHD without NF1, but not in children with NF1. Motor function is not mediated by attention performance in children with NF1. While in ADHD, attention deficit influences motor performance, motor problems in NF1 seem to be independent from attention deficit. This argues for different pathomechanisms in these two groups of developmental disorders. Copyright © 2017 European Paediatric Neurology Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) gene: Beyond café au lait spots and dermal neurofibromas.

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    Peltonen, Sirkku; Kallionpää, Roope A; Peltonen, Juha

    2017-07-01

    Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) occurs in 1:2000 births. The main diagnostic signs are visible on the skin, and this opens several interesting aspects for dermatological point of view. The NF1 syndrome is caused by mutations in the NF1 gene which encodes the tumor suppressor protein neurofibromin. Neurofibromin functions as a Ras-GTPase-activating protein (RasGAP), and NF1 mutations lead to overactivation of the Ras signalling pathway. The NF1 gene and neurofibromin have intriguing functions in keratinocytes and melanocytes. Neurofibromin regulates melanin synthesis and keratinocyte differentiation in a currently unknown manner. The NF1 gene has also an important but poorly understood role in tumorigenesis and cancer. Compared to the general population, NF1 patients have a fivefold risk for cancer and a more than 2000-fold risk for neurogenic malignancies. Mutations of the NF1 gene are common in numerous cancer types in patients without NF1, and this suggests a more general role for the NF1 gene in oncogenesis. In melanoma, NF1 mutations seem to drive tumorigenesis and contribute to drug resistance. In this article, we review the literature on neurofibromin with special attention to keratinocytes, melanocytes, NF1-related tumors and melanoma. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  20. Surveillance in von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL)

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    Poulsen, Marie Louise Mølgaard; Budtz-Jørgensen, E; Bisgaard, M L

    2010-01-01

    54 living vHL-mutation carriers, risks of intercurrent manifestations in-between surveillance examinations were determined and clinical consequences of surveillance findings evaluated. Current recommendations of annual ophthalmic and abdominal examinations corresponded to acceptably low intercurrent...... for the patient. Also, pre-symptomatic surveillance increased cumulative incidence of clinical vHL diagnosis from 46% to 72% and from 89% to 94% by age 30 and 50 years, respectively. The present results promote optimization of surveillance, expectantly improving clinical vHL outcomes....

  1. Constitutional and mosaic large NF1 gene deletions in neurofibromatosis type 1.

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    Rasmussen, S. A.; Colman, S. D.; Ho, V.T.; Abernathy, C R; Arn, P H; Weiss, L; Schwartz, C.; Saul, R A; Wallace, M. R.

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    A set of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patients was screened for large NF1 gene deletions by comparing patient and parent genotypes at 10 intragenic polymorphic loci. Of 67 patient/parent sets (47 new mutation patients and 20 familial cases), five (7.5%) showed loss of heterozygosity (LOH), indicative of NF1 gene deletion. These five patients did not have severe NF1 manifestations, mental retardation, or dysmorphic features, in contrast to previous reports of large NF1 deletions. All five de...

  2. Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL inactivation in sporadic clear cell renal cancer: associations with germline VHL polymorphisms and etiologic risk factors.

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    Lee E Moore

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Renal tumor heterogeneity studies have utilized the von Hippel-Lindau VHL gene to classify disease into molecularly defined subtypes to examine associations with etiologic risk factors and prognosis. The aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive analysis of VHL inactivation in clear cell renal tumors (ccRCC and to evaluate relationships between VHL inactivation subgroups with renal cancer risk factors and VHL germline single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs. VHL genetic and epigenetic inactivation was examined among 507 sporadic RCC/470 ccRCC cases using endonuclease scanning and using bisulfite treatment and Sanger sequencing across 11 CpG sites within the VHL promoter. Case-only multivariate analyses were conducted to identify associations between alteration subtypes and risk factors. VHL inactivation, either through sequence alterations or promoter methylation in tumor DNA, was observed among 86.6% of ccRCC cases. Germline VHL SNPs and a haplotype were associated with promoter hypermethylation in tumor tissue (OR = 6.10; 95% CI: 2.28-16.35, p = 3.76E-4, p-global = 8E-5. Risk of having genetic VHL inactivation was inversely associated with smoking due to a higher proportion of wild-type ccRCC tumors [former: OR = 0.70 (0.20-1.31 and current: OR = 0.56 (0.32-0.99; P-trend = 0.04]. Alteration prevalence did not differ by histopathologic characteristics or occupational exposure to trichloroethylene. ccRCC cases with particular VHL germline polymorphisms were more likely to have VHL inactivation through promoter hypermethylation than through sequence alterations in tumor DNA, suggesting that the presence of these SNPs may represent an example of facilitated epigenetic variation (an inherited propensity towards epigenetic variation in renal tissue. A proportion of tumors from current smokers lacked VHL alterations and may represent a biologically distinct clinical entity from inactivated cases.

  3. Endemic polycythemia in Russia: mutation in the VHL gene.

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    Ang, Sonny O; Chen, Hua; Gordeuk, Victor R; Sergueeva, Adelina I; Polyakova, Lydia A; Miasnikova, Galina Y; Kralovics, Robert; Stockton, David W; Prchal, Josef T

    2002-01-01

    Chuvash polycythemia (CP) is an autosomal recessive condition that is endemic in the Russian mid-Volga River region of Chuvashia. We previously found that CP patients may have increased serum erythropoietin (EPO) levels, ruled out linkage to both the EPO and EPO receptor (EPOR) gene loci, and hypothesized that the defect may lie in the oxygen homeostasis pathway. We now report a study of five multiplex Chuvash families which confirms that CP is associated with significant elevations of serum EPO levels and rules out a location for the CP gene on chromosome 11 as had been reported by other investigators or a mutation of the HIF-1 alpha gene. Using a genome-wide screen, we localized a region on chromosome 3 with a LOD score >2. After sequencing three candidate genes, we identified a C to T transition at nucleotide 598 (an R200W mutation) in the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene. The VHL protein (pVHL) downregulates the alpha subunit of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1 alpha), the main regulator of hypoxia adaptation, by targeting the protein for degradation. In the simplest scenario, disruption of pVHL function causes a failure to degrade HIF-1 alpha resulting in accumulation of HIF-1 alpha, upregulation of downstream target genes such as EPO, and the clinical manifestation of polycythemia. These findings strongly suggest that CP is a congenital disorder of oxygen homeostasis.

  4. Von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL)

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    Binderup, Marie Louise Mølgaard; Bisgaard, Søs Marie Luise; Harbud, Vibeke

    2013-01-01

    cell carcinoma), the adrenal glands (pheochromocytoma), the pancreas, as well as in other organs. As many different organs can be affected, several medical specialities often take part in both diagnosis and treatment of manifestations. vHL should be suspected in individuals with a family history...

  5. Proteomic Analyses of NF1-Interacting Proteins in Keratinocytes

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    TBP W T Im iq ui m od tr ea te d #1 Im iq ui m od...expression relative to TBP W T Im iq ui m od tre at ed #1 Im iq ui m od tre at ed #2 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 re la tiv e va lu e W T Sn ail T g 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 N...F1 r el at iv e to a ct in Figure 3. Expression of corneodesmin (CDSN) in Snail transgenic skin ! P7 skin, CDSN relative to TBP W T Sn ail T g

  6. Lipoamide Inhibits NF1 Deficiency-induced Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition in Murine Schwann Cells.

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    Zhang, Yuchen; Zhou, Rongsheng; Qu, Yiping; Shu, Maoguo; Guo, Shuzhong; Bai, Zhuanli

    2017-11-29

    Neurofibromatosis type I (NF1) is one of the most common neurocutaneous syndromes characterized by development of adult neurofibromas which is mainly made up of Schwann cells. The disease is generally accepted to be caused by inactivation mutation of Nf1 gene. And Nf1 deficiency had been reported to lead to ROS overproduction and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype. This study was designed to investigate whether excessive ROS conferred to Nf1 deficiency-induced EMT in Schwann cells. Colony formation, wound healing assay and transwell assay was used to evaluate the effects of stable Nf1 knockdown in SW10 Schwann cells. Western blot and ROS assay was conducted to explore the molecular mechanisms of Nf1 inactivation in tumorigenesis. Animal experiments were performed to assess the inhibitory effects of lipoamide, which is the neutral amide of α-lipoic acid and functions as a potent antioxidant to scavenge ROS, on Nf1-deficiency tumor growth in vivo. Nf1 knockdown enhanced the cellular capacities of proliferation, migration and invasion, promoted ROS generation, decreased the expression of epithelial surface marker E-cadherin, and up-regulated several EMT-associated molecules in Schwann cells. Moreover, lipoamide dose-dependently inhibited not only Nf1 deficiency-induced EMT but also spontaneous EMT. Furthermore, lipoamide markedly suppresses tumor growth in a mouse model of NF1-associated neurofibroma. Our results clearly reveal that ROS overproduction is responsible for Nf1 deficiency-induced EMT and plays a crucial role in NF1 tumor growth. The findings presented herein shed light on the potential of antioxidant therapy to prevent the progression of NF1-associated neurofibroma. Copyright © 2017 IMSS. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Phospholamban Is Downregulated by pVHL-Mediated Degradation through Oxidative Stress in Failing Heart

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    Shunichi Yokoe

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The E3 ubiquitin ligase, von Hippel–Lindau (VHL, regulates protein expression by polyubiquitination. Although the protein VHL (pVHL was reported to be involved in the heart function, the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here, we show that pVHL was upregulated in hearts from two types of genetically dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM mice models. In comparison with the wild-type mouse, both DCM mice models showed a significant reduction in the expression of phospholamban (PLN, a potent inhibitor of sarco(endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase, and enhanced interaction between pVHL and PLN. To clarify whether pVHL is involved in PLN degradation in failing hearts, we used carbonylcyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP, a mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP-lowering reagent, to mimic the heart failure condition in PLN-expressing HEK293 cells and found that CCCP treatment resulted in PLN degradation and increased interaction between PLN and pVHL. However, these effects were reversed with the addition of N-acetyl-l-cysteine. Furthermore, the co-transfection of VHL and PLN in HEK293 cells decreased PLN expression under oxidative stress, whereas knockdown of VHL increased PLN expression both under normal and oxidative stress conditions. Together, we propose that oxidative stress upregulates pVHL expression to induce PLN degradation in failing hearts.

  8. Comprehensive RNA Analysis of the NF1 Gene in Classically Affected NF1 Affected Individuals Meeting NIH Criteria has High Sensitivity and Mutation Negative Testing is Reassuring in Isolated Cases With Pigmentary Features Only

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    D.G. Evans

    2016-05-01

    Interpretation: RNA analysis in individuals with presumed NF1 has high sensitivity and includes a small subset with DNET without an NF1 variant. Furthermore negative analysis for NF1/SPRED1 provides strong reassurance to children with ≥6 CAL that they are unlikely to have NF1.

  9. NF1 Is an Effector and Regulator of the GPCR Signaling in the Nervous System

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    of NF1 by infecting differentiated cultures with AAV carrying Cre recombinase (Task 2 A and B). We used these cultures along with uninfected...activation and regulation of its signaling to downstream protein kinases (Task 3). We infected neurons with the AAV virus encoding Cre-recombinase...cultured striatal neurons on MAPK signaling. Cultured neurons from NF1flx/flx mice were infected with either AAV -Cre deleting NF1 or control AAV

  10. A Transgenic Model for Learning Defects: Role of NF1 in Drosophila Visual-Spatial Learning

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    2008-12-01

    segments of different orientations and elevations, prior to assaying NF1 mutants. We will begin to prepare a manuscript for publication that describes...Role of NF1 in Drosophila Visual- Spatial Learning PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Frances Hannan, Ph.D. CONTRACTING...Model for Learning Defects: Role of NF1 in Drosophila Visual-Spatial Learnings 5b. GRANT NUMBER W81XWH-07-1-0436 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6

  11. Oligodendrocyte Nf1 Controls Aberrant Notch Activation and Regulates Myelin Structure and Behavior

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    Alejandro López-Juárez

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The RASopathy neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 is one of the most common autosomal dominant genetic disorders. In NF1 patients, neurological issues may result from damaged myelin, and mice with a neurofibromin gene (Nf1 mutation show white matter (WM defects including myelin decompaction. Using mouse genetics, we find that altered Nf1 gene-dose in mature oligodendrocytes results in progressive myelin defects and behavioral abnormalities mediated by aberrant Notch activation. Blocking Notch, upstream mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK, or nitric oxide signaling rescues myelin defects in hemizygous Nf1 mutants, and pharmacological gamma secretase inhibition rescues aberrant behavior with no effects in wild-type (WT mice. Concomitant pathway inhibition rescues myelin abnormalities in homozygous mutants. Notch activation is also observed in Nf1+/− mouse brains, and cells containing active Notch are increased in NF1 patient WM. We thus identify Notch as an Nf1 effector regulating myelin structure and behavior in a RASopathy and suggest that inhibition of Notch signaling may be a therapeutic strategy for NF1.

  12. Von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL)

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    Binderup, Marie Louise Mølgaard; Bisgaard, Søs Marie Luise; Harbud, Vibeke

    2013-01-01

    in the VHL gene. vHL is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Predisposed individuals are advised to undergo prophylactic examinations, as they are at lifelong risk of developing multiple cysts and tumours, especially in the cerebellum, the spinal cord, the retina (hemangioblastomas), the kidneys (renal...... are recommended to start in infancy with annual paediatric examinations and ophthalmoscopy until the age of five years. From five to 14 years, annual plasma-metanephrine and plasma-normetanephrine tests, as well as annual hearing examinations are added. Also, an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination....../MRI of the abdomen, e) annual plasma-metanephrine, plasma-normetanephrine, and plasma-chromogranin A tests, and f) annual hearing examination at a department of audiology. It is advised that one doctor takes on the responsibility of coordination of and referral to the many examinations, and the communication...

  13. VHL type 2B mutations retain VBC complex form and function.

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    Kathryn E Hacker

    Full Text Available von Hippel-Lindau disease is characterized by a spectrum of hypervascular tumors, including renal cell carcinoma, hemangioblastoma, and pheochromocytoma, which occur with VHL genotype-specific differences in penetrance. VHL loss causes a failure to regulate the hypoxia inducible factors (HIF-1alpha and HIF-2alpha, resulting in accumulation of both factors to high levels. Although HIF dysregulation is critical to VHL disease-associated renal tumorigenesis, increasing evidence points toward gradations of HIF dysregulation contributing to the degree of predisposition to renal cell carcinoma and other manifestations of the disease.This investigation examined the ability of disease-specific VHL missense mutations to support the assembly of the VBC complex and to promote the ubiquitylation of HIF. Our interaction analysis supported previous observations that VHL Type 2B mutations disrupt the interaction between pVHL and Elongin C but maintain partial regulation of HIF. We additionally demonstrated that Type 2B mutant pVHL forms a remnant VBC complex containing the active members ROC1 and Cullin-2 which retains the ability to ubiquitylate HIF-1alpha.Our results suggest that subtypes of VHL mutations support an intermediate level of HIF regulation via a remnant VBC complex. These findings provide a mechanism for the graded HIF dysregulation and genetic predisposition for cancer development in VHL disease.

  14. Knowledge and Self-Esteem of Individuals with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1).

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    Rosnau, Kayla; Hashmi, S Shahrukh; Northrup, Hope; Slopis, John; Noblin, Sarah; Ashfaq, Myla

    2017-06-01

    Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) is a progressive genetic disorder characterized by physical findings such as café-au-lait macules, Lisch nodules, and neurofibromas in addition to other medical complications. Learning and social problems are more prevalent among individuals affected with NF1. It has been reported that people with NF1 have lower self-esteem (SE) when compared to the general population. Additionally, a study published over 20 years ago found that overall knowledge of NF1 was lacking in individuals affected with the condition. The goals of our study were to evaluate NF1 knowledge in adolescents and adults with the condition, as well as to determine if there is a link between patient knowledge and SE. Furthermore, we explored the impact of other factors, such as attendance at a NF1 support group and having a family history of NF1, on knowledge and SE. A survey comprised of knowledge-based questions and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale was distributed to individuals with NF1 through the Texas NF Foundation. Overall, the 49 respondents (13 to 73 years of age) had a mean knowledge score of 77.9 % correct answers. Consistent with previous studies, the SE of our study population was lower when compared to general population norms. Although no correlation between knowledge and SE was observed, SE scores were on average higher if a person reported the following: having friends with NF1 (p = 0.009); attending a NF1 support group (p = 0.006); receiving care at a NF clinic (p = 0.049); or having received genetic counseling (p = 0.008). Further research is needed to better understand the relationship between these factors and SE in the NF1 population.

  15. Genotype-phenotype associations in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1: an increased risk of tumor complications in patients with NF1 splice-site mutations?

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    Alkindy Adila

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 is a complex neurocutaneous disorder with an increased susceptibility to develop both benign and malignant tumors but with a wide spectrum of inter and intrafamilial clinical variability. The establishment of genotype-phenotype associations in NF1 is potentially useful for targeted therapeutic intervention but has generally been unsuccessful, apart from small subsets of molecularly defined patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical phenotype associated with the specific types of NF1 mutation in a retrospectively recorded clinical dataset comprising 149 NF1 mutation-known individuals from unrelated families. Each patient was assessed for ten NF1-related clinical features, including the number of café-au-lait spots, cutaneous and subcutaneous neurofibromas and the presence/absence of intertriginous skin freckling, Lisch nodules, plexiform and spinal neurofibromas, optic gliomas, other neoplasms (in particular CNS gliomas, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs, juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, rhabdomyosarcoma, phaechromocytoma, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, juvenile xanthogranuloma, and lipoma and evidence of learning difficulties. Gender and age at examination were also recorded. Patients were subcategorized according to their associated NF1 germ line mutations: frame shift deletions (52, splice-site mutations (23, nonsense mutations (36, missense mutations (32 and other types of mutation (6. A significant association was apparent between possession of a splice-site mutation and the presence of brain gliomas and MPNSTs (p = 0.006. If confirmed, these findings are likely to be clinically important since up to a third of NF1 patients harbor splice-site mutations. A significant influence of gender was also observed on the number of subcutaneous neurofibromas (females, p = 0.009 and preschool learning difficulties (females, p = 0.022.

  16. Difference in CXCR4 expression between sporadic and VHL-related hemangioblastoma

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    Kruizinga, Roeliene C; van Marion, Denise M S; den Dunnen, Wilfred F A; de Groot, Jan C; Hoving, Eelco W; Oosting, Sjoukje F; Timmer-Bosscha, Hetty; Derks, Rosalie P H; Cornelissen, Chantal; van der Luijt, Rob B; Links, Thera P; de Vries, Elisabeth G E; Walenkamp, Annemiek M E

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    Central nervous system hemangioblastomas occur sporadically and in patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease due to a VHL germline mutation. This mutation leads to enhanced transcription of chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4), its ligand (CXCL12) and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA). We

  17. Prevalence, birth incidence, and penetrance of von Hippel-Lindau disease (vHL) in Denmark

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    Binderup, Marie Louise Mølgaard; Galanakis, Michael Carter Bisgaard; Budtz-Jørgensen, Esben

    2017-01-01

    . We further used national health registers to identify individuals who fulfilled the clinical diagnostic vHL criteria based on their registered diagnostic codes, but had not been diagnosed with vHL. We also assessed the medical histories of first-degree relatives to identify familial cases. This study...

  18. The VHL-dependent regulation of microRNAs in renal cancer

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    Rawlings Lesley H

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The commonest histological type of renal cancer, clear cell renal cell carcinoma (cc RCC, is associated with genetic and epigenetic changes in the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL tumour suppressor. VHL inactivation leads to induction of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs and a hypoxic pattern of gene expression. Differential levels of specific microRNAs (miRNAs are observed in several tumours when compared to normal tissue. Given the central role of VHL in renal cancer formation, we examined the VHL-dependent regulation of miRNAs in renal cancer. Methods VHL-dependent miRNA expression in cc RCC was determined by microarray analysis of renal cell line RCC4 with mutated VHL (RCC4-VHL and reintroduced wild-type VHL (RCC4 + VHL. Five miRNAs highly upregulated in RCC4 + VHL and five miRNAs highly downregulated in RCC4 + VHL were studied further, in addition to miR-210, which is regulated by the HIF-VHL system. miRNA expression was also measured in 31 cc RCC tumours compared to adjacent normal tissue. Results A significant increase in miR-210, miR-155 and miR-21 expression was observed in the tumour tissue. miR-210 levels also showed a correlation with a HIF-regulated mRNA, carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX, and with VHL mutation or promoter methylation. An inverse correlation was observed between miR-210 expression and patient survival, and a putative target of miR-210, iron-sulfur cluster assembly protein (ISCU1/2, shows reciprocal levels of mRNA expression in the tumours. Conclusions We have identified VHL-regulated miRNAs and found that for some the regulation is HIF-dependent and for others it is HIF-independent. This pattern of regulation was also seen in renal cancer tissue for several of these miRNAs (miR-210, miR-155, let-7i and members of the miR-17-92 cluster when compared with normal tissue. miR-210 showed marked increases in expression in renal cancer and levels correlated with patient survival. The inverse correlation between miR-210

  19. Familial spinal neurofibromatosis due to a multiexonic NF1 gene deletion.

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    Pizzuti, Antonio; Bottillo, Irene; Inzana, Francesca; Lanari, Valentina; Buttarelli, Francesca; Torrente, Isabella; Giallonardo, Anna Teresa; De Luca, Alessandro; Dallapiccola, Bruno

    2011-08-01

    We report the detailed clinical presentation and molecular features of a spinal neurofibromatosis familial case where a 40-year-old woman, presenting with multiple bilateral spinal neurofibromas and no other clinical feature of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), inherited a paternal large multiexonic deletion (c.5944-?_7126+?del) which resulted in NF1 gene haploinsufficiency at the RNA level. In the clinically unaffected 73-year-old father, spinal cord MRI disclosed bilateral and symmetrical hypertrophy of spinal lumbosacral roots. Our study widens the phenotypic and mutational spectrum of NF1 and illustrates the difficulties of counseling patients with border-line or atypical presentation of this disorder.

  20. Central role of RET in thyroid cancer.

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    Santoro, Massimo; Carlomagno, Francesca

    2013-12-01

    RET (rearranged during transfection) is a receptor tyrosine kinase involved in the development of neural crest derived cell lineages, kidney, and male germ cells. Different human cancers, including papillary and medullary thyroid carcinomas, lung adenocarcinomas, and myeloproliferative disorders display gain-of-function mutations in RET. Accordingly, RET protein has become a promising molecular target for cancer treatment.

  1. Thyroid Cancer: Role of RET and Beyond.

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    Carlomagno, Francesca

    2012-04-01

    Specific thyroid cancer histotypes, such as papillary and medullary thyroid carcinoma, display genetic rearrangements or point mutations of the RET gene, resulting in its oncogenic conversion. The molecular mechanisms mediating RET rearrangement with other genes and the role of partner genes in tumorigenesis have been described. In addition, the RET protein has become a molecular target for medullary thyroid carcinoma treatment.

  2. ret en daarna

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    Dommering, E.; Geus, M.J.; Hins, A.W.; Kroes, Q.R.; Nieuwenhuis, A.J.; Pietermaat, E.C.; Turner, C.J.; Voorhoof, D.

    2013-01-01

    In de zaak Féret1 veroordeelde het EHRM de haatzaaiende politicus voor discriminatie en aanzetten tot racisme, zonder dat in concreto een daad tot aanzetten van geweld of discriminatie door de nationale rechter was vastgesteld. Dit blijft, ondanks interne discussie in het Hof, vaste jurisprudentie.

  3. Refleksiv ret og virksomheders samfundsansvar

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    Buhmann, Karin

    2013-01-01

    virksomheder opretholde deres samfundsmæssige ’licence to operate’. Gennem to cases - udviklingen af FNs Global Compact, og den første fase (2002-2004) af EUs Multistakeholder Forum (MSF) om CSR – forklares, hvordan den systemteori-inspirerede retsvidenskabelige teori og reguleringsstrategi refleksiv ret...

  4. Health-Related Quality of Life for Pediatic NF1 Patients

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    Bradlyn, Andrew

    2003-01-01

    ...) instrument for pediatric patients. Semi-structured interviews with children with NF1, their parents, health care professionals, and teachers will yield relevant domains and content that can be used to develop the first-generation instrument...

  5. Health-Related Quality of Life for Pediatric NF1 Patients

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    Bradlyn, Andrew S; Harris, Carole V

    2006-01-01

    ...) instrument for use with pediatric patients. Semistructured interviews with children with NF1, their parents, and teachers were used to derive important domains and item content, and the first generation instrument was developed...

  6. Health-Related Quality of Life for Pediatric NF1 Patients

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    Bradlyn, Andrew S

    2005-01-01

    ...) instrument for pediatric patients and their parents. Semi-structured interviews with children with NF1, their parents, and teachers yielded relevant domains and content that were used to develop the first-generation instrument...

  7. Health-Related Quality of Life for Pediatric NF1 Patients

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    Bradlyn, Andrew S; Harris, Carole V

    2004-01-01

    ...) instrument for pediatric patients. Semi-structured interviews with children with NF-1, their parents, and teachers have yielded relevant domains and content that have been used to develop the first-generation instrument...

  8. Health-Related Quality of Life for Pediatric NF-1 Patients

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    Bradlyn, Andrew S

    2007-01-01

    ...) instrument for use with pediatric patients. Semi. structured interviews with children with NF1, their parents, and teachers were used to derive important domains and item content, and the first generation instrument was developed...

  9. Modulation of Ras Signaling by NF1 and CRKL in Development

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    Imamoto, Akira

    2003-01-01

    Mutations in the NF1 gene are the genetic basis of neurofibromatosis type I, a common genetic disorder which predisposes the patient to neoplasia in the peripheral nervous system as well as other tissues...

  10. Intrachromosomal mitotic nonallelic homologous recombination is the major molecular mechanism underlying type-2 NF1 deletions.

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    Roehl, Angelika C; Vogt, Julia; Mussotter, Tanja; Zickler, Antje N; Spöti, Helene; Högel, Josef; Chuzhanova, Nadia A; Wimmer, Katharina; Kluwe, Lan; Mautner, Victor-Felix; Cooper, David N; Kehrer-Sawatzki, Hildegard

    2010-10-01

    Nonallelic homologous recombination (NAHR) is responsible for the recurrent rearrangements that give rise to genomic disorders. Although meiotic NAHR has been investigated in multiple contexts, much less is known about mitotic NAHR despite its importance for tumorigenesis. Because type-2 NF1 microdeletions frequently result from mitotic NAHR, they represent a good model in which to investigate the features of mitotic NAHR. We have used microsatellite analysis and SNP arrays to distinguish between the various alternative recombinational possibilities, thereby ascertaining that 17 of 18 type-2 NF1 deletions, with breakpoints in the SUZ12 gene and its highly homologous pseudogene, originated via intrachromosomal recombination. This high proportion of intrachromosomal NAHR causing somatic type-2 NF1 deletions contrasts with the interchromosomal origin of germline type-1 NF1 microdeletions, whose breakpoints are located within the NF1-REPs (low-copy repeats located adjacent to the SUZ12 sequences). Further, meiotic NAHR causing type-1 NF1 deletions occurs within recombination hotspots characterized by high GC-content and DNA duplex stability, whereas the type-2 breakpoints associated with the mitotic NAHR events investigated here do not cluster within hotspots and are located within regions of significantly lower GC-content and DNA stability. Our findings therefore point to fundamental mechanistic differences between the determinants of mitotic and meiotic NAHR. Hum Mutat 31:1163-1173, 2010. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  11. VHL genetic alteration in CCRCC does not determine de-regulation of HIF, CAIX, hnRNP A2/B1 and osteopontin.

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    Nyhan, Michelle J

    2012-01-31

    BACKGROUND: von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumour suppressor gene inactivation is associated with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC) development. The VHL protein (pVHL) has been proposed to regulate the expression of several proteins including Hypoxia Inducible Factor-alpha (HIF-alpha), carbonic anhydrase (CA)IX, heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein (hnRNP) A2\\/B1 and osteopontin. pVHL has been characterized in vitro, however, clinical studies are limited. We evaluated the impact of VHL genetic alterations on the expression of several pVHL protein targets in paired normal and tumor tissue. METHODS: The VHL gene was sequenced in 23 CCRCC patients and VHL transcript levels were evaluated by real-time RT-PCR. Expression of pVHL\\'s protein targets were determined by Western blotting in 17 paired patient samples. RESULTS: VHL genetic alterations were identified in 43.5% (10\\/23) of CCRCCs. HIF-1alpha, HIF-2alpha and CAIX were up-regulated in 88.2% (15\\/17), 100% (17\\/17) and 88.2% (15\\/17) of tumors respectively and their expression is independent of VHL status. hnRNP A2\\/B1 and osteopontin expression was variable in CCRCCs and had no association with VHL genetic status. CONCLUSION: As expression of these proposed pVHL targets can be achieved independently of VHL mutation (and possibly by hypoxia alone), these data suggests that other pVHL targets may be more crucial in renal carcinogenesis.

  12. Forårets urter

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    Jensen, Kirsten

    2016-01-01

    Om foråret kommer der liv i naturen. Planter og dyr får en ny begyndelse. Fugleæg, dyreunger, små nye træer i skovbunden og lysegrønne planter dukker op. Forårsmånederne hedder marts, april og maj. Her pibler alt det grønne op ad jorden. Meget af det kan faktisk spises, selvom vi kalder det ukrud...

  13. Influence of learning disabilities on the tumour predisposition syndrome NF1--survey from adult patients' perspective.

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    Granström, Sofia; Friedrich, Reinhard E; Langenbruch, Anna Katharina; Augustin, Matthias; Mautner, Victor-Felix

    2014-07-01

    To analyze psychosocial burdens associated with neurofibromatosis type-1 (NF1) phenotype--visible symptoms, medical complications, learning disabilities (LD)--from patients' perspective with focus on LD. A survey of 228 adult patients with NF1 was carried-out. Symptoms to estimate disease severity and visibility, and learning disability were assessed. Outcome parameters were social situation and psychosocial aspects. Social situation and psychosocial aspects differed depending on NF1 phenotype. Patients with LD (n=55) were less frequently in a partnership (p=0.005) or had children (p=0.015) than those without (n=132). They also reported a higher frequency of depression (p=0.019) and sensitivity to stress (p<0.001) and more uncertainty regarding NF1-associated symptoms. These differences were significant when adjusting for disease severity and self-perceived disease visibility. Beside the psychosocial needs of patients with LD with NF1, medical management of this sub-group should include doctor-patient communication in easy language to compensate for patients' lack of knowledge about symptoms associated with cancer. Copyright© 2014 International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. John G. Delinassios), All rights reserved.

  14. Inactivation of NF1 in CNS causes increased glial progenitor proliferation and optic glioma formation

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    Zhu, Yuan; Harada, Takayuki; Liu, Li; Lush, Mark E.; Guignard, Frantz; Harada, Chikako; Burns, Dennis K.; Bajenaru, M. Livia; Gutmann, David H.; Parada, Luis F.

    2009-01-01

    Summary The gene responsible for neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) encodes a tumor suppressor that functions as a negative regulator of the Ras proto-oncogene. Individuals with germline mutations in NF1 are predisposed to the development of benign and malignant tumors of the peripheral and central nervous system (CNS). Children with this disease suffer a high incidence of optic gliomas, a benign but potentially debilitating tumor of the optic nerve; and an increased incidence of malignant astrocytoma, reactive astrogliosis and intellectual deficits. In the present study, we have sought insight into the molecular and cellular basis of NF1-associated CNS pathologies. We show that mice genetically engineered to lack NF1 in CNS exhibit a variety of defects in glial cells. Primary among these is a developmental defect resulting in global reactive astrogliosis in the adult brain and increased proliferation of glial progenitor cells leading to enlarged optic nerves. As a consequence, all of the mutant optic nerves develop hyperplastic lesions, some of which progress to optic pathway gliomas. These data point to hyperproliferative glial progenitors as the source of the optic tumors and provide a genetic model for NF1-associated astrogliosis and optic glioma. PMID:16314489

  15. Spinal neurofibromatosis in a family with classical neurofibromatosis type 1 and a novel NF1 gene mutation.

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    Nicita, Francesco; Torrente, Isabella; Spalice, Alberto; Bottillo, Irene; Papetti, Laura; Pinna, Valentina; Ursitti, Fabiana; Ruggieri, Martino

    2014-02-01

    Familial spinal neurofibromatosis (FSNF) is a rare form of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) characterized by multiple, histologically proven neurofibromas of the spinal roots leaving no intact segments and associated neurofibromas of major peripheral nerves. It is sometimes associated with other NF1 stigmata. Most patients have NF1 gene mutations. We describe a patient who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for spinal neurofibromatosis and belonged to a family in which other affected members exhibited classical NF1 stigmata. A novel missense (c.7109 T>A; p.Val2370Asp) mutation in exon 39 of the NF1 gene was present in the affected family members. The family displayed extreme phenotypic variability in the spectrum of NF1. To our knowledge, this is the first patient with spinal neurofibromatosis in the context of classical NF1 with an NF1 gene mutation. The term FSNF is inaccurate as this condition simply reflects the typical autosomal dominant pattern of NF1 inheritance with phenotypoc variability and does not encompass patients with sporadic disease or those in the context of a classical NF1 phenotype as reported in the present family. The term could be replaced by "spinal neurofibromatosis". Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Segmental neurofibromatosis is caused by somatic mutation of the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) gene.

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    Tinschert, S; Naumann, I; Stegmann, E; Buske, A; Kaufmann, D; Thiel, G; Jenne, D E

    2000-06-01

    Segmental neurofibromatosis (NF) is generally thought to result from a postzygotic NF1 (neurofibromatosis type 1) gene mutation. However, this has not yet been demonstrated at the molecular level. Using fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) we identified an NF1 microdeletion in a patient with segmental NF in whom café-au-lait spots and freckles are limited to a single body region. The mutant allele was present in a mosaic pattern in cultured fibroblasts from a café-au-lait spot lesion, but was absent in fibroblasts from normal skin as well as in peripheral blood leukocytes. These findings prove the hypothesis that the molecular basis of segmental cutaneous NF is a mutation in the NF1 gene and that the regional distribution of manifestations reflects different cell clones, commensurate with the concept of somatic mosaicism.

  17. Molecular screening strategies for NF1-like syndromes with café-au-lait macules (Review).

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    Zhang, Jia; Li, Ming; Yao, Zhirong

    2016-11-01

    Multiple café-au-lait macules (CALM) are usually associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), one of the most common hereditary disorders. However, a group of genetic disorders presenting with CALM have mutations that are involved in human skin pigmentation regulation signaling pathways, including KIT ligand/KIT proto‑oncogene receptor tyrosine kinase and Ras/mitogen‑activated protein kinase. These disorders, which include Legius syndrome, Noonan syndrome with multiple lentigines or LEOPARD syndrome, and familial progressive hyperpigmentation) are difficult to distinguish from NF1 at early stages, using skin appearance alone. Furthermore, certain syndromes are clinically overlapping and molecular testing is a vital diagnostic method. The present review aims to provide an overview of these 'NF1‑like' inherited diseases and recommend a cost‑effective strategy for making a clear diagnosis among these diseases with an ambiguous borderline.

  18. Molecular screening strategies for NF1-like syndromes with café-au-lait macules

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    Zhang, Jia; Li, Ming; Yao, Zhirong

    2016-01-01

    Multiple café-au-lait macules (CALM) are usually associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), one of the most common hereditary disorders. However, a group of genetic disorders presenting with CALM have mutations that are involved in human skin pigmentation regulation signaling pathways, including KIT ligand/KIT proto-oncogene receptor tyrosine kinase and Ras/mitogen-activated protein kinase. These disorders, which include Legius syndrome, Noonan syndrome with multiple lentigines or LEOPARD syndrome, and familial progressive hyperpigmentation) are difficult to distinguish from NF1 at early stages, using skin appearance alone. Furthermore, certain syndromes are clinically overlapping and molecular testing is a vital diagnostic method. The present review aims to provide an overview of these ‘NF1-like’ inherited diseases and recommend a cost-effective strategy for making a clear diagnosis among these diseases with an ambiguous borderline. PMID:27666661

  19. Non-coding RNA ANRIL and the number of plexiform neurofibromas in patients with NF1 microdeletions

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    Mußotter Tanja

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Neurofibromatosis type-1 (NF1 is caused by mutations of the NF1 gene at 17q11.2. In 95% of non-founder NF1 patients, NF1 mutations are identifiable by means of a comprehensive mutation analysis. 5-10% of these patients harbour microdeletions encompassing the NF1 gene and its flanking regions. NF1 is characterised by tumours of the peripheral nerve sheaths, the pathognomonic neurofibromas. Considerable inter- and intra-familial variation in expressivity of the disease has been observed which is influenced by genetic modifiers unrelated to the constitutional NF1 mutation. The number of plexiform neurofibromas (PNF in NF1 patients is a highly heritable genetic trait. Recently, SNP rs2151280 located within the non-coding RNA gene ANRIL at 9p21.3, was identified as being strongly associated with PNF number in a family-based association study. The T-allele of rs2151280, which correlates with reduced ANRIL expression, appears to be associated with higher PNF number. ANRIL directly binds to the SUZ12 protein, an essential component of polycomb repressive complex 2, and is required for SUZ12 occupancy of the CDKN2A/CDKN2B tumour suppressor genes as well as for their epigenetic silencing. Methods Here, we explored a potential association of PNF number and PNF volume with SNP rs2151280 in 29 patients with constitutional NF1 microdeletions using the exact Cochran-Armitage test for trends and the exact Mann–Whitney–Wilcoxon test. Both the PNF number and total tumour volume in these 29 NF1 patients were assessed by whole-body MRI. The NF1 microdeletions observed in these 29 patients encompassed the NF1 gene as well as its flanking regions, including the SUZ12 gene. Results In the 29 microdeletion patients investigated, neither the PNF number nor PNF volume was found to be associated with the T-allele of rs2151280. Conclusion Our findings imply that, at least in patients with NF1 microdeletions, PNF susceptibility is not associated with

  20. Non-coding RNA ANRIL and the number of plexiform neurofibromas in patients with NF1 microdeletions.

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    Mußotter, Tanja; Kluwe, Lan; Högel, Josef; Nguyen, Rosa; Cooper, David N; Mautner, Victor-Felix; Kehrer-Sawatzki, Hildegard

    2012-10-26

    Neurofibromatosis type-1 (NF1) is caused by mutations of the NF1 gene at 17q11.2. In 95% of non-founder NF1 patients, NF1 mutations are identifiable by means of a comprehensive mutation analysis. 5-10% of these patients harbour microdeletions encompassing the NF1 gene and its flanking regions. NF1 is characterised by tumours of the peripheral nerve sheaths, the pathognomonic neurofibromas. Considerable inter- and intra-familial variation in expressivity of the disease has been observed which is influenced by genetic modifiers unrelated to the constitutional NF1 mutation. The number of plexiform neurofibromas (PNF) in NF1 patients is a highly heritable genetic trait. Recently, SNP rs2151280 located within the non-coding RNA gene ANRIL at 9p21.3, was identified as being strongly associated with PNF number in a family-based association study. The T-allele of rs2151280, which correlates with reduced ANRIL expression, appears to be associated with higher PNF number. ANRIL directly binds to the SUZ12 protein, an essential component of polycomb repressive complex 2, and is required for SUZ12 occupancy of the CDKN2A/CDKN2B tumour suppressor genes as well as for their epigenetic silencing. Here, we explored a potential association of PNF number and PNF volume with SNP rs2151280 in 29 patients with constitutional NF1 microdeletions using the exact Cochran-Armitage test for trends and the exact Mann-Whitney-Wilcoxon test. Both the PNF number and total tumour volume in these 29 NF1 patients were assessed by whole-body MRI. The NF1 microdeletions observed in these 29 patients encompassed the NF1 gene as well as its flanking regions, including the SUZ12 gene. In the 29 microdeletion patients investigated, neither the PNF number nor PNF volume was found to be associated with the T-allele of rs2151280. Our findings imply that, at least in patients with NF1 microdeletions, PNF susceptibility is not associated with rs2151280. Although somatic inactivation of the NF1 wild-type allele

  1. Neurofibromin C terminus-specific antibody (clone NFC) is a valuable tool for the identification of NF1-inactivated GISTs.

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    Rossi, Sabrina; Gasparotto, Daniela; Cacciatore, Matilde; Sbaraglia, Marta; Mondello, Alessia; Polano, Maurizio; Mandolesi, Alessandra; Gronchi, Alessandro; Reuss, David E; von Deimling, Andreas; Maestro, Roberta; Dei Tos, Angelo Paolo

    2017-09-01

    An increasing body of evidence supports the involvement of NF1 mutations, constitutional or somatic, in the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). Due to the large size of the NF1 locus, the existence of multiple pseudogenes and the wide spectrum of mechanisms of gene inactivation, the analysis of NF1 gene status is still challenging for most laboratories. Here we sought to assess the efficacy of a recently developed neurofibromin-specific antibody (NFC) in detecting NF1-inactivated GISTs. NFC reactivity was analyzed in a series of 98 GISTs. Of these, 29 were 'NF1-associated' (17 with ascertained NF1 mutations and 12 arising in the context of clinically diagnosed Neurofibromatosis type 1 syndrome and thus considered bona fine NF1 inactivated); 38 were 'NF1-unrelated' (either wild-type or carrying non-pathogenic variants of NF1). Thirty-one additional GISTs with no available information on NF1 gene status or with NF1 gene variants of uncertain pathogenic significance were also included in the analysis. Cases were scored as NFC negative when, in the presence of NFC positive internal controls, no cytoplasmic staining was detected in the neoplastic cells. NFC immunoreactivity was lost in 24/29 (83%) NF1-associated GISTs as opposed to only 2/38 (5%) NF1-unrelated GISTs (P=3e-11). NFC staining loss significantly correlated (P=0.007) with the presence of biallelic NF1 inactivation, due essentially to large deletions or truncating mutations. NFC reactivity was instead retained in two cases in which the NF1 alteration was heterozygous and in one case where the pathogenic NF1 variant, although homo/hemizygous, was a missense mutation predicted not to affect neurofibromin half-life. Overall this study provides evidence that NFC is a valuable tool for identifying NF1-inactivated GISTs, thus serving as a surrogate for molecular analysis.Modern Pathology advance online publication, 1 September 2017; doi:10.1038/modpathol.2017.105.

  2. The phenotype of polycythemia due to Croatian homozygous VHL (571C>G:H191D) mutation is different from that of Chuvash polycythemia (VHL 598C>T:R200W).

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    Tomasic, Nikica Ljubas; Piterkova, Lucie; Huff, Chad; Bilic, Ernest; Yoon, Donghoon; Miasnikova, Galina Y; Sergueeva, Adelina I; Niu, Xiaomei; Nekhai, Sergei; Gordeuk, Victor; Prchal, Josef T

    2013-04-01

    Mutations of VHL (a negative regulator of hypoxia-inducible factors) have position-dependent distinct cancer phenotypes. Only two known inherited homozygous VHL mutations exist and they cause polycythemia: Chuvash R200W and Croatian H191D. We report a second polycythemic Croatian H191D homozygote distantly related to the first propositus. Three generations of both families were genotyped for analysis of shared ancestry. Biochemical and molecular tests were performed to better define their phenotypes, with an emphasis on a comparison with Chuvash polycythemia. The VHL H191D mutation did not segregate in the family defined by the known common ancestors of the two subjects, suggesting a high prevalence in Croatians, but haplotype analysis indicated an undocumented common ancestor ∼six generations ago as the founder of this mutation. We show that erythropoietin levels in homozygous VHL H191D individuals are higher than in VHL R200W patients of similar ages, and their native erythroid progenitors, unlike Chuvash R200W, are not hypersensitive to erythropoietin. This observation contrasts with a report suggesting that polycythemia in VHL R200W and H191D homozygotes is due to the loss of JAK2 regulation from VHL R200W and H191D binding to SOCS1. In conclusion, our studies further define the hematologic phenotype of VHL H191D and provide additional evidence for phenotypic heterogeneity associated with the positional effects of VHL mutations.

  3. [Prenatal exclusion of von Hippel-Lindau syndrome in a Mexican family carrying a novel VHL gene mutation].

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    Chacón-Camacho, Oscar Francisco; Benitez-Granados, Jesús; Zenteno, Juan Carlos

    2014-03-01

    von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is an autosomal dominant and familial multisystemic syndrome that is caused by the inactivation of the VHL gene and it is characterized by diverse types of high vasculated tumours of benign and malign nature. In this work we describe the clinical characteristics and the prenatal diagnosis of a woman with VHL. Describe the first exclusion prenatal case by DNA analysis of the VHL syndrome in Latinoamerican population. Analysis of a Mexican familial pedigree showed 5 affected subjects with VHL on 3 consecutive generations. The proband was a 7 weeks pregnancy woman who was referred to our service for familiar and personal history of this disease. Maternal DNA was obtained from peripheral blood leukocytes, while fetal DNA was isolated from amniotic liquid cells on the 15th week. The maternal and fetal DNA analysis were done by the Polymerase Chain reaction (PCR) and the direct nucleotide sequence of the VHL gene. A novel mutation (c. 161_168 dup GGAGGCCG) in the VHL gene was identified in maternal DNA. Fetal DNA analysis indicated that the fetus inherited the wild-type allele from the mother. A novel VHL gene mutation was identified in a familial case of the disease, expanding the mutational spectrum in this disorder. The molecular prenatal testing in the affected woman at 15 weeks of gestation, demonstrated that the fetus did nor inherited the mutated allele. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first example of prenatal-molecular exclusion on VHL syndrome in Latinoamerica population.

  4. Multiple Components of the VHL Tumor Suppressor Complex Are Frequently Affected by DNA Copy Number Loss in Pheochromocytoma

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    David A. Rowbotham

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Pheochromocytomas (PCC are rare tumors that arise in chromaffin tissue of the adrenal gland. PCC are frequently inherited through predisposing mutations in genes such as the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL tumor suppressor. VHL is part of the VHL elongin BC protein complex that also includes CUL2/5, TCEB1, TCEB2, and RBX1; in normoxic conditions this complex targets hypoxia-inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF1A for degradation, thus preventing a hypoxic response. VHL inactivation by genetic mechanisms, such as mutation and loss of heterozygosity, inhibits HIF1A degradation, even in the presence of oxygen, and induces a pseudohypoxic response. However, the described <10% VHL mutation rate cannot account for the high frequency of hypoxic response observed. Indeed, little is known about genetic mechanisms disrupting other complex component genes. Here, we show that, in a panel of 171 PCC tumors, 59.6% harbored gene copy number loss (CNL of at least one complex component. CNL significantly reduced gene expression and was associated with enrichment of gene targets controlled by HIF1. Interestingly, we show that VHL-related renal clear cell carcinoma harbored disruption of VHL alone. Our results indicate that VHL elongin BC protein complex components other than VHL could be important for PCC tumorigenesis and merit further investigation.

  5. Gonosomal mosaicism for an NF1 deletion in a sperm donor

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    Callum, P; Messiaen, L M; Bower, P V

    2012-01-01

    Screening of gamete donors can reduce but cannot eliminate the risks for medical problems in donor-conceived offspring. We present a case of gonosomal mosaicism discovered in an anonymous sperm donor after receiving two reports of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) in donor-conceived offspring...

  6. Association between the neurofibromatosis-1 (NF1) locus and autism in the Japanese population.

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    Marui, Tetsuya; Hashimoto, Ohiko; Nanba, Eiji; Kato, Chieko; Tochigi, Mamoru; Umekage, Tadashi; Ishijima, Michiko; Kohda, Kazuhisa; Kato, Nobumasa; Sasaki, Tsukasa

    2004-11-15

    Autistic patients have a 100 to 190-fold increased risk of neurofibromatosis compared to the general population. This suggests that the two diseases may share a common etiological background. Recently, a new allele (or the six-repeat allele) of the (AAAT)(n) repeat polymorphism in an Alu sequence in the neurofibromatosis-1 (NF1) gene was observed exclusively in severe autistic patients, not in controls, in Caucasians of French ancestry. This suggests a role of the NF1 gene in the development of autism. We investigated three microsatellite polymorphisms within the intron-27b and intron-38 of the NF1 region, including the (AAAT)(n) and two (CA)n repeat polymorphisms, in Japanese subjects with autism (n = 74) and controls (n = 122). The six-repeat allele of the (AAAT)(n) polymorphism was not found either in patients or controls, possibly indicating an ethnic difference in the polymorphism. However, significant differences were observed in the allele distributions of the (AAAT)(n) and a (CA)(n), which were located at intron-27b, between patients and controls, although an association was not significant between autism and another polymorphism at intron-38. This may suggest an involvement of the NF1 locus in susceptibility to autism, although further investigations are recommended.

  7. Do hormonal contraceptives stimulate growth of neurofibromas? A survey on 59 NF1 patients

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    Mautner Victor-Felix

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Neurofibromas are benign tumors of the peripheral nerves and hallmark of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1, a tumor suppressor gene syndrome. Neurofibromas mostly start developing at puberty and can increase in size and number during pregnancy. Expression of progesterone receptors has been found in 75% of the tumors. Many female NF1 patients are thus concerned about the possibility that hormonal contraceptives may stimulate the growth of their neurofibromas. Methods A survey was carried out on 59 female NF1 patients who are practicing or have practiced hormonal contraception to examine the effect of the various contraceptives on the growth of neurofibromas. Results Majority (53 out of 58 of patients who received oral estrogen-progestogen or pure progestogen preparations reported no associated tumor growth. In contrast, significant tumor growth was reported by two patients who received depot contraceptive containing high dose of synthetic progesterone. Conclusions Oral contraceptives do not seem to stimulate the growth of neurofibromas in NF1 patients. High doses of progesterone might stimulate the growth of neurofibromas and deserve more caution.

  8. The NF1 gene contains hotspots for L1 endonuclease-dependent de novo insertion.

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    Katharina Wimmer

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Long interspersed (L1 and Alu elements are actively amplified in the human genome through retrotransposition of their RNA intermediates by the -100 still retrotranspositionally fully competent L1 elements. Retrotransposition can cause inherited disease if such an element is inserted near or within a functional gene. Using direct cDNA sequencing as the primary assay for comprehensive NF1 mutation analysis, we uncovered in 18 unrelated index patients splicing alterations not readily explained at the genomic level by an underlying point-mutation or deletion. Improved PCR protocols avoiding allelic drop-out of the mutant alleles uncovered insertions of fourteen Alu elements, three L1 elements, and one poly(T stretch to cause these splicing defects. Taken together, the 18 pathogenic L1 endonuclease-mediated de novo insertions represent the largest number of this type of mutations characterized in a single human gene. Our findings show that retrotransposon insertions account for as many as -0.4% of all NF1 mutations. Since altered splicing was the main effect of the inserted elements, the current finding was facilitated by the use of RNA-based mutation analysis protocols, resulting in improved detection compared to gDNA-based approaches. Six different insertions clustered in a relatively small 1.5-kb region (NF1 exons 21(16-23(18 within the 280-kb NF1 gene. Furthermore, three different specific integration sites, one of them located in this cluster region, were each used twice, i.e. NM_000267.3(NF1:c.1642-1_1642 in intron 14(10c, NM_000267.3(NF1:c.2835_2836 in exon 21(16, and NM_000267.3(NF1:c.4319_4320 in exon 33(25. Identification of three loci that each served twice as integration site for independent retrotransposition events as well as 1.5-kb cluster region harboring six independent insertions supports the notion of non-random insertion of retrotransposons in the human genome. Currently, little is known about which features make sites

  9. Phenotypic Variability Among Café-au-lait Macules in NF1

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    Boyd, Kevin P.; Gao, Liyan; Feng, Rui; Beasley, Mark; Messiaen, Ludwine; Korf, Bruce R.; Theos, Amy

    2009-01-01

    Background Cafe-au-lait macules (CALMs) in NF1 are an early and accessible phenotype in NF1, but have not been extensively studied. Objective To more fully characterize the phenotype of CALMs in patients with NF1. Methods Twenty-four patients with a diagnosis of NF1 confirmed through clinical diagnosis or molecular genetic testing were recruited from patients seen in the Genetics Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. CALM locations were mapped using standard digital photography. Pigment intensity was measured with a narrowband spectrophotometer, which estimates the relative amount of melanin (M) based on its absorption of visible light. The major response was defined as the difference between the mean M from the CALM and the mean M from the surrounding skin. The major response for each spot was compared to spots within an individual and across individuals in the study population. Results There was significant variability of the major response, primarily attributable to intrapersonal variability (48.4%, <0.0001) and secondly to interpersonal variability (33.0%, <0.0094). Subsequent analysis based on genetic mutation type showed significantly darker spots in individuals with germline mutations leading to haploinsufficiency. Limitations The study was performed on a small population of patients and the method utilized has not yet been used extensively for this purpose. Conclusions CALMs vary in pigment intensity not only across individuals, but also within individuals and this variability was unrelated to sun exposure. Further studies may help elucidate the molecular basis of this finding, leading to an increased understanding of the pathogenesis of CALMs in NF1. PMID:20605257

  10. Evidence of perturbations of cell cycle and DNA repair pathways as a consequence of human and murine NF1-haploinsufficiency

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    Stewart Douglas R

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 is a common monogenic tumor-predisposition disorder that arises secondary to mutations in the tumor suppressor gene NF1. Haploinsufficiency of NF1 fosters a permissive tumorigenic environment through changes in signalling between cells, however the intracellular mechanisms for this tumor-promoting effect are less clear. Most primary human NF1+/- cells are a challenge to obtain, however lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs have been collected from large NF1 kindreds. We hypothesized that the genetic effects of NF1-haploinsufficiency may be discerned by comparison of genome-wide transcriptional profiling in somatic, non-tumor cells (LCLs from NF1-affected and -unaffected individuals. As a cross-species filter for heterogeneity, we compared the results from two human kindreds to whole-genome transcriptional profiling in spleen-derived B lymphocytes from age- and gender-matched Nf1+/- and wild-type mice, and used gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA, Onto-Express, Pathway-Express and MetaCore tools to identify genes perturbed in NF1-haploinsufficiency. Results We observed moderate expression of NF1 in human LCLs and of Nf1 in CD19+ mouse B lymphocytes. Using the t test to evaluate individual transcripts, we observed modest expression differences in the transcriptome in NF1-haploinsufficient LCLs and Nf1-haploinsuffiicient mouse B lymphocytes. However, GSEA, Onto-Express, Pathway-Express and MetaCore analyses identified genes that control cell cycle, DNA replication and repair, transcription and translation, and immune response as the most perturbed in NF1-haploinsufficient conditions in both human and mouse. Conclusions Haploinsufficiency arises when loss of one allele of a gene is sufficient to give rise to disease. Haploinsufficiency has traditionally been viewed as a passive state. Our observations of perturbed, up-regulated cell cycle and DNA repair pathways may functionally contribute to NF1

  11. Functional expression of NF1 tumor suppressor protein: association with keratin intermediate filaments during the early development of human epidermis

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    Peltonen Sirkku

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background NF1 refers to type 1 neurofibromatosis syndrome, which has been linked with mutations of the large NF1 gene. NF1 tumor suppressor protein, neurofibromin, has been shown to regulate ras: the NF1 protein contains a GTPase activating protein (GAP related domain which functions as p21rasGAP. Our studies have previously demonstrated that the NF1 protein forms a high affinity association with cytokeratin 14 during the formation of desmosomes and hemidesmosomes in cultured keratinocytes. Methods The expression of NF1 protein was studied in developing human epidermis using western transfer analysis, indirect immunofluorescence, confocal laser scanning microscopy, immunoelectron microscopy, and in situ hybridization. Results The expression of NF1 protein was noted to be highly elevated in the periderm at 8 weeks estimated gestational age (EGA and in the basal cells at 8–14 weeks EGA. During this period, NF1 protein was associated with cytokeratin filaments terminating to desmosomes and hemidesmosomes. NF1 protein did not display colocalization with α-tubulin or actin of the cytoskeleton, or with adherens junction proteins. Conclusions These results depict an early fetal period when the NF1 tumor suppressor is abundantly expressed in epidermis and associated with cytokeratin filaments. This period is characterized by the initiation of differentiation of the basal cells, maturation of the basement membrane zone as well as accentuated formation of selected cellular junctions. NF1 tumor suppressor may function in the regulation of epidermal histogenesis via controlling the organization of the keratin cytoskeleton during the assembly of desmosomes and hemidesmosomes.

  12. Drosophila Cancer Models Identify Functional Differences between Ret Fusions

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    Sarah Levinson

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    Full Text Available We generated and compared Drosophila models of RET fusions CCDC6-RET and NCOA4-RET. Both RET fusions directed cells to migrate, delaminate, and undergo EMT, and both resulted in lethality when broadly expressed. In all phenotypes examined, NCOA4-RET was more severe than CCDC6-RET, mirroring their effects on patients. A functional screen against the Drosophila kinome and a library of cancer drugs found that CCDC6-RET and NCOA4-RET acted through different signaling networks and displayed distinct drug sensitivities. Combining data from the kinome and drug screens identified the WEE1 inhibitor AZD1775 plus the multi-kinase inhibitor sorafenib as a synergistic drug combination that is specific for NCOA4-RET. Our work emphasizes the importance of identifying and tailoring a patient’s treatment to their specific RET fusion isoform and identifies a multi-targeted therapy that may prove effective against tumors containing the NCOA4-RET fusion.

  13. Injury Signals Cooperate with Nf1 Loss to Relieve the Tumor-Suppressive Environment of Adult Peripheral Nerve

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    Sara Ribeiro

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    Full Text Available Schwann cells are highly plastic cells that dedifferentiate to a progenitor-like state following injury. However, deregulation of this plasticity, may be involved in the formation of neurofibromas, mixed-cell tumors of Schwann cell (SC origin that arise upon loss of NF1. Here, we show that adult myelinating SCs (mSCs are refractory to Nf1 loss. However, in the context of injury, Nf1-deficient cells display opposing behaviors along the wounded nerve; distal to the injury, Nf1−/− mSCs redifferentiate normally, whereas at the wound site Nf1−/− mSCs give rise to neurofibromas in both Nf1+/+ and Nf1+/− backgrounds. Tracing experiments showed that distinct cell types within the tumor derive from Nf1-deficient SCs. This model of neurofibroma formation demonstrates that neurofibromas can originate from adult SCs and that the nerve environment can switch from tumor suppressive to tumor promoting at a site of injury. These findings have implications for both the characterization and treatment of neurofibromas.

  14. Hypoxia-inducible factor-2α stabilizes the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease suppressor, Myb-related protein 2.

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    Okumura, Fumihiko; Joo-Okumura, Akiko; Nakatsukasa, Kunio; Kamura, Takumi

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    Ubiquitin ligase von Hippel-Lindau tumor suppressor (pVHL) negatively regulates protein levels of hypoxia-inducible factor-α (HIF-α). Loss of pVHL causes HIF-α accumulation, which contributes to the pathogenesis of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease. In contrast, v-Myb avian myeloblastosis viral oncogene homolog-like 2 (MYBL2; B-Myb), a transcription factor, prevents VHL pathogenesis by regulating gene expression of HIF-independent pathways. Both HIF-α and B-Myb are targets of pVHL-mediated polyubiquitination and proteasomal degradation. Here, we show that knockdown of HIF-2α induces downregulation of B-Myb in 786-O cells, which are deficient in pVHL, and this downregulation is prevented by proteasome inhibition. In the presence of pVHL and under hypoxia-like conditions, B-Myb and HIF-2α are both upregulated, and the upregulation of B-Myb requires expression of HIF-2α. We also show that HIF-2α and B-Myb interact in the nucleus, and this interaction is mediated by the central region of HIF-2α and the C-terminal region of B-Myb. These data indicate that oncogenic HIF-2α stabilizes B-Myb to suppress VHL pathogenesis.

  15. Retórica y derecho hoy

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    Francisco Javier Dorantes-Díaz

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    Full Text Available Basándose en las propuestas de Perelman y su nueva retórica, el autor analiza la importancia de la retórica en la argumentación jurídica, particularmente en las repúblicas democráticas donde se han instituido los juicios orales, y argumenta a favor de que la retórica vuelva a ser un instrumento para la búsqueda de soluciones justas en el derecho.

  16. Increased rate of missense/in-frame mutations in individuals with NF1-related pulmonary stenosis: a novel genotype-phenotype correlation.

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    Ben-Shachar, Shay; Constantini, Shlomi; Hallevi, Hen; Sach, Emma K; Upadhyaya, Meena; Evans, Gareth D; Huson, Susan M

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    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and its related disorders (NF1-Noonan syndrome (NFNS) and Watson syndrome (WS)) are caused by heterozygous mutations in the NF1 gene. Pulmonary stenosis (PS) occurs more commonly in NF1 and its related disorders than in the general population. This study investigated whether PS is associated with specific types of NF1 gene mutations in NF1, NFNS and WS. The frequency of different NF1 mutation types in a cohort of published and unpublished cases with NF1/NFNS/WS and PS was examined. Compared with NF1 in general, NFNS patients had higher rates of PS (9/35=26% vs 25/2322=1.1%, P valuerate appears to be driven by the NFNS group with non-truncating mutations. Eight of twelve (66.7%) NFNS cases with non-truncating mutations had PS compared with a 1.1% PS frequency in NF1 in general (Phigher frequency than the 19% reported in NF1 cohorts (P<0.015). Only three cases of WS have been published with intragenic mutations, two of three had non-truncating mutations. Therefore, PS in NF1 and its related disorders is clearly associated with non-truncating mutations in the NF1 gene providing a new genotype-phenotype correlation. The data indicate a specific role of non-truncating mutations on the NF1 cardiac phenotype.

  17. Mice with missense and nonsense NF1 mutations display divergent phenotypes compared with human neurofibromatosis type I

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    Kairong Li

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 is a common genetic disorder characterized by the occurrence of nerve sheath tumors and considerable clinical heterogeneity. Some translational studies have been limited by the lack of animal models available for assessing patient-specific mutations. In order to test therapeutic approaches that might restore function to the mutated gene or gene product, we developed mice harboring NF1 patient-specific mutations including a nonsense mutation (c.2041C>T; p.Arg681* and a missense mutation (c.2542G>C; p.Gly848Arg. The latter is associated with the development of multiple plexiform neurofibromas along spinal nerve roots. We demonstrate that the human nonsense NF1Arg681* and missense NF1Gly848Arg mutations have different effects on neurofibromin expression in the mouse and each recapitulates unique aspects of the NF1 phenotype, depending upon the genetic context when assessed in the homozygous state or when paired with a conditional knockout allele. Whereas the missense Nf1Gly848Arg mutation fails to produce an overt phenotype in the mouse, animals homozygous for the nonsense Nf1Arg681* mutation are not viable. Mice with one Nf1Arg681* allele in combination with a conditional floxed Nf1 allele and the DhhCre transgene (Nf14F/Arg681*; DhhCre display disorganized nonmyelinating axons and neurofibromas along the spinal column, which leads to compression of the spinal cord and paralysis. This model will be valuable for preclinical testing of novel nonsense suppression therapies using drugs to target in-frame point mutations that create premature termination codons in individuals with NF1.

  18. RET is a potential tumor suppressor gene in colorectal cancer

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    Luo, Yanxin; Tsuchiya, Karen D.; Park, Dong Il; Fausel, Rebecca; Kanngurn, Samornmas; Welcsh, Piri; Dzieciatkowski, Slavomir; Wang, Jianping; Grady, William M.

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    Cancer arises as the consequence of mutations and epigenetic alterations that activate oncogenes and inactivate tumor suppressor genes. Through a genome-wide screen for methylated genes in colon neoplasms, we identified aberrantly methylated RET in colorectal cancer. RET, a transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase and a receptor for the GDNF-family ligands, was one of the first oncogenes to be identified and has been shown to be an oncogene in thyroid cancer and pheochromocytoma. However, unexpectedly, we found RET is methylated in 27% of colon adenomas and in 63% of colorectal cancers, and now provide evidence that RET has tumor suppressor activity in colon cancer. The aberrant methylation of RET correlates with decreased RET expression, whereas the restoration of RET in colorectal cancer cell lines results in apoptosis. Furthermore, in support of a tumor suppressor function of RET, mutant RET has also been found in primary colorectal cancer. We now show that these mutations inactivate RET, which is consistent with RET being a tumor suppressor gene in the colon. These findings suggest that the aberrant methylation of RET and the mutational inactivation of RET promote colorectal cancer formation and that RET can serve as a tumor suppressor gene in the colon. Moreover, the increased frequency of methylated RET in colon cancers compared to adenomas suggests RET inactivation is involved in the progression of colon adenomas to cancer. PMID:22751117

  19. VHL and HIF-1α: gene variations and prognosis in early-stage clear cell renal cell carcinoma.

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    Lessi, Francesca; Mazzanti, Chiara Maria; Tomei, Sara; Di Cristofano, Claudio; Minervini, Andrea; Menicagli, Michele; Apollo, Alessandro; Masieri, Lorenzo; Collecchi, Paola; Minervini, Riccardo; Carini, Marco; Bevilacqua, Generoso

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    Von Hipple-Lindau gene (VHL) inactivation represents the most frequent abnormality in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) expression is regulated by O2 level. In normal O2 conditions, VHL binds HIF-1α and allows HIF-1α proteasomal degradation. A single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) has been found located in the oxygen-dependent degradation domain at codon 582 (C1772T, rs11549465, Pro582Ser). In hypoxia, VHL/HIF-1α interaction is abolished and HIF-1α activates target genes in the nucleus. This study analyzes the impact of genetic alterations and protein expression of VHL and the C1772T SNP of HIF-1α gene (HIF-1α) on prognosis in early-stage ccRCC (pT1a, pT1b, and pT2). Mutational analysis of the entire VHL sequence and the genotyping of HIF-1α C1772T SNP were performed together with VHL promoter methylation analysis and loss of heterozygosis (LOH) analysis at (3p25) locus. Data obtained were correlated with VHL and HIF-1α protein expression and with tumor-specific survival (TSS). VHL mutations, methylation status, and LOH were detected in 51, 11, and 12% of cases, respectively. Our results support the association between biallelic alterations and/or VHL silencing with a worse TSS. Moreover, we found a significant association between the HIF-1α C1772C genotype and a worse TSS. The same association was found when testing the presence of HIF-1α protein in the nucleus. Our results highlight the role of VHL/HIF-1α pathway in RCC and support the molecular heterogeneity of early-stage ccRCC. More important, we show the involvement of HIF-1α C1772T SNP in ccRCC progression.

  20. Mutation Screening of Her-2, N-ras and Nf1 Genes in Brain Tumor Biopsies.

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    Yapijakis, Christos; Adamopoulou, Maria; Tasiouka, Konstantina; Voumvourakis, Costas; Stranjalis, George

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    A deeper understanding of the complex molecular pathology of brain malignancies is needed in order to develop more effective and targeted therapies of these highly lethal disorders. In an effort to further enlighten the molecular pathology of brain oncogenesis involving the her-2 (erbB-2/neu/ngl)/N-ras/nf1 pathway, we screened the genotypes of specimens from various types of brain tumors. The studied specimens included 35 biopsies of four general categories: 13 neuroglial tumors (4 astrocytomas, 2 oligodendrogliomas, 7 glioblastomas multiforme), 14 meningiomas, 3 other nervous system tumors (2 schwannomas, 1 craniopharyngioma) and 5 metastatic tumors (such as lung carcinomas and chronic myelocytic leukemia). Screening for most common mutations in oncogenes her-2, N-ras and tumor suppressor gene nf1 was conducted with molecular hybridization techniques (Southern blotting, dot blot and single-strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) analysis, respectively), and was confirmed by DNA sequencing. Gene amplification of her-2 was observed in only two cases (6%), namely in one glioblastoma and in one meningioma. Screening of 3 hot spot codons of the N-ras gene (12, 13 and 61) and subsequent DNA sequencing revealed mutations in 19 biopsies encompassing all categories (54%). Screening for mutations in exons of the nf1 gene by SSCP analysis detected a novel nonsense mutation in exon 31 in a unique case of a glioblastoma biopsy (3%) taken from a patient without neurofibromatosis type I. Activated N-ras appears to be a major oncogene in brain oncogenesis, exhibiting the most important role in the her-2/N-ras/nf1 pathway. Copyright© 2016 International Institute of Anticancer Research (Dr. John G. Delinassios), All rights reserved.

  1. Mitotic recombination and compound-heterozygous mutations are predominant NF1-inactivating mechanisms in children with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia and neurofibromatosis type 1

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    Steinemann, Doris; Arning, Larissa; Praulich, Inka; Stuhrmann, Manfred; Hasle, Henrik; Starý, Jan; Schlegelberger, Brigitte; Niemeyer, Charlotte M.; Flotho, Christian

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    Children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1), being constitutionally deficient for one allele of the NF1 gene, are at greatly increased risk of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). NF1 is a negative regulator of RAS pathway activity, which has a central role in JMML. To further clarify the role of biallelic NF1 gene inactivation in the pathogenesis of JMML, we investigated the somatic NF1 lesion in 10 samples from children with JMML/NF-1. We report that two-thirds of somatic events invol...

  2. RET mutations in MEN 2 associated diseases

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    Hofstra, R.M.W.; Stelwagen, T.; Stulp, R.P. [Univ. of Groningen (Netherlands)] [and others

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    Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2) comprises three clinically distinct dominantly inherited cancer syndromes namely MEN 2A, MEN 2B and familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (FMTC). Germline (point) mutations of the RET proto-oncogene have been reported to occur in all these syndromes. In MEN 2A and FMTC patients the mutations occurred within codons specifying cysteine residues in the transition of the RET extracellular and transmembrane domains, while in MEN 2B patients we could detect a single RET mutation in the tyrosine kinase domain in all patients. Also in patients suffering from Hirschsprung`s disease (HSCR), mutations in the RET gene have been found. These mutations are spread all over the gene. Several families have been described in which MEN 2 and HSCR are associated. MEN 2A is also found associated with cutaneous lichen amyloidosis (CLA). It might be that specific RET mutations correlate with these disease associations. We therefore scanned DNA from patients from a family with MEN 2A and HSCR, MEN 2A and CLA and CLA only for RET mutations. Results obtained thus far do not support the existence of specific correlations.

  3. Genetic analyses of the NF1 gene in Turkish neurofibromatosis type I patients and definition of three novel variants

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    Ulusal SD

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Neurofibromatosis Type I (NF1 is a multi systemic autosomal dominant neurocutaneous disorder predisposing patients to have benign and/or malignant lesions predominantly of the skin, nervous system and bone. Loss of function mutations or deletions of the NF1 gene is responsible for NF1 disease. Involvement of various pathogenic variants, the size of the gene and presence of pseudogenes makes it difficult to analyze. We aimed to report the results of 2 years of multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA and next generation sequencing (NGS for genetic diagnosis of NF1 applied at our genetic diagnosis center. The MLPA, semiconductor sequencing and Sanger sequencing were performed in genomic DNA samples from 24 unrelated patients and their affected family members referred to our center suspected of having NF1. In total, three novel and 12 known pathogenic variants and a whole gene deletion were determined. We suggest that next generation sequencing is a practical tool for genetic analysis of NF1. Deletion/duplication analysis with MLPA may also be helpful for patients clinically diagnosed to carry NF1 but do not have a detectable mutation in NGS.

  4. Neurofibromin 1 (NF1 Defects Are Common in Human Ovarian Serous Carcinomas and Co-occur with TP53 Mutations

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    Navneet Sangha

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Ovarian serous carcinoma (OSC is the most common and lethal histologic type of ovarian epithelial malignancy. Mutations of TP53 and dysfunction of the Brca1 and/or Brca2 tumor-suppressor proteins have been implicated in the molecular pathogenesis of a large fraction of OSCs, but frequent somatic mutations in other well-established tumor-suppressor genes have not been identified. Using a genome-wide screen of DNA copy number alterations in 36 primary OSCs, we identified two tumors with apparent homozygous deletions of the NF1 gene. Subsequently, 18 ovarian carcinoma-derived cell lines and 41 primary OSCs were evaluated for NF1 alterations. Markedly reduced or absent expression of Nf1 protein was observed in 6 of the 18 cell lines, and using the protein truncation test and sequencing of cDNA and genomic DNA, NF1 mutations resulting in deletion of exons and/or aberrant splicing of NF1 transcripts were detected in 5 of the 6 cell lines with loss of NF1 expression. Similarly, NF1 alterations including homozygous deletions and splicing mutations were identified in 9 (22% of 41 primary OSCs. As expected, tumors and cell lines with NF1 defects lacked mutations in KRAS or BRAF but showed Ras pathway activation based on immunohistochemical detection of phosphorylated MAPK (primary tumors or increased levels of GTP-bound Ras (cell lines. The TP53 tumor-suppressor gene was mutated in all OSCs with documented NF1 mutation, suggesting that the pathways regulated by these two tumor-suppressor proteins often cooperate in the development of ovarian carcinomas with serous differentiation.

  5. Conflict processing in juvenile patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 and healthy controls – Two pathways to success

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    Annet Bluschke

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    Full Text Available Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1 is a monogenetic autosomal-dominant disorder with a broad spectrum of clinical symptoms and is commonly associated with cognitive deficits. Patients with NF1 frequently exhibit cognitive impairments like attention problems, working memory deficits and dysfunctional inhibitory control. The latter is also relevant for the resolution of cognitive conflicts. However, it is unclear how conflict monitoring processes are modulated in NF1. To examine this question in more detail, we used a system neurophysiological approach combining high-density ERP recordings with source localisation analyses in juvenile patients with NF1 and controls during a flanker task. Behaviourally, patients with NF1 perform significantly slower than controls. Specifically on trials with incompatible flanker-target pairings, however, the patients with NF1 made significantly fewer errors than healthy controls. Yet, importantly, this overall successful conflict resolution was reached via two different routes in the two groups. The healthy controls seem to arrive at a successful conflict monitoring performance through a developing conflict recognition via the N2 accompanied by a selectively enhanced N450 activation in the case of perceived flanker-target conflicts. The presumed dopamine deficiency in the patients with NF1 seems to result in a reduced ability to process conflicts via the N2. However, NF1 patients show an increased N450 irrespective of cognitive conflict. Activation differences in the orbitofrontal cortex (BA11 and anterior cingulate cortex (BA24 underlie these modulations. Taken together, juvenile patients with NF1 and juvenile healthy controls seem to accomplish conflict monitoring via two different cognitive neurophysiological pathways.

  6. Zebrafish Model of NF1 for Structure-Function Analysis, Mechanisms of Glial Tumorigenesis, and Chemical Biology

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    abnormalities and multiple benign and malignant tumors, including tumors of neural crest origin such as glioma and malignant peripheral nerve sheath...grade gliomas and MPNSTs, but not in the non-malignant neural crest -derived tissues, in the nf1a+/-;nf1b-/-;p53-/-;sox10:GFP adult zebrafish. This...ATRX (a-thalassaemia/mental retardation syndrome X-linked) is a chromatin remodeling factor required for H3.3 incorporation at pericentric

  7. Two-Loop $N_{F}=1$ QED Bhabha Scattering Differential Cross Section

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    Bonciani, R; Mastrolia, Pierpaolo; Remiddi, E; Van der Bij, J J

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    We calculate the two-loop virtual, UV renormalized corrections at order \\alpha^4 (N_F=1) in QED to the Bhabha scattering differential cross section, for arbitrary values of the squared c.m. energy s and momentum transfer t, and on-shell electrons and positrons of finite mass m. The calculation is carried out within the dimensional regularization scheme; the remaining IR divergences appear as polar singularities in (D-4). The result is presented in terms of 1- and 2-dimensional harmonic polylogarithms, of maximum weight 3.

  8. Segmental neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) associated with Cobb syndrome: case report.

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    Pascual-Castroviejo, I; Pascual-Pascual, S-I; Viaño, J

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    We present a 3-month-old girl who showed segmental NF1 and Cobb syndrome. She has a cutaneous vascular malformation located on the middle T (4)-T (6) region superimposed on a giant cutaneous café-au-lait spot. Magnetic resonance arteriography (MRA) revealed bilateral renal artery stenosis, extensive hypertrophy of the spinal epidural venous plexus, coarctation and tubular hypoplasia of the aortic arch and proximal portion of descending aorta. To the best of our knowledge the association of both neurocutaneous disorders has not being previously described.

  9. Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (Nf1 and Pregnancy - Case With Positive Outcomes

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    Full Text Available Apregnancy is categorized as with high-risk when the life of the mother or the fetus becomes fragile due to various diseases. Many health problems can be manifested in women before pregnancy, during and after pregnancy. Some health problems can also begin in early adolescence with very light clinical signs, but during pregnancy because of the hormonal changes that may occur, lead to intensification of the disease. We report the management of a 26-year-old woman patient diagnosed with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1, without any complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

  10. Social learning and amygdala disruptions in Nf1 mice are rescued by blocking p21-activated kinase.

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    Molosh, Andrei I; Johnson, Philip L; Spence, John P; Arendt, David; Federici, Lauren M; Bernabe, Cristian; Janasik, Steven P; Segu, Zaneer M; Khanna, Rajesh; Goswami, Chirayu; Zhu, Weiguo; Park, Su-Jung; Li, Lang; Mechref, Yehia S; Clapp, D Wade; Shekhar, Anantha

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    Children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) are increasingly recognized as having a high prevalence of social difficulties and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). We demonstrated a selective social learning deficit in mice with deletion of a single Nf1 allele (Nf1(+/-)), along with greater activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway in neurons from the amygdala and frontal cortex, structures that are relevant to social behaviors. The Nf1(+/-) mice showed aberrant amygdala glutamate and GABA neurotransmission, deficits in long-term potentiation and specific disruptions in the expression of two proteins that are associated with glutamate and GABA neurotransmission: a disintegrin and metalloprotease domain 22 (Adam22) and heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70), respectively. All of these amygdala disruptions were normalized by the additional deletion of the p21 protein-activated kinase (Pak1) gene. We also rescued the social behavior deficits in Nf1(+/-) mice with pharmacological blockade of Pak1 directly in the amygdala. These findings provide insights and therapeutic targets for patients with NF1 and ASDs.

  11. La retórica en Internet

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    Roberto Gamonal Arroyo

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    Full Text Available La Retórica, una disciplina antigua que data del siglo V a.C., está muy presente enInternet, un medio de comunicación social que nació en el siglo XX. La AntigüedadClásica renace para esclarecer este fenómeno de las nuevas tecnologías de lainformación. La Retórica ayuda a explicar el intrincado concepto de Internet, afacilitar su práctica cotidiana y a su construcción de una forma ordenada y sistemática.

  12. Identification of the Lipodepsipeptide MDN-0066, a Novel Inhibitor of VHL/HIF Pathway Produced by a New Pseudomonas Species.

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    Full Text Available Throughout recent history, metabolites of microbial origin have had an extraordinary impact on the welfare of humanity. In fact, natural products have largely been--and still are--considered an exceedingly valuable platform for the discovery of new drugs against diverse pathologies. Such value is partly due to their higher complexity and chemical diversity as compared to those of synthetic and combinatorial compounds. Mutations in the Von Hippel-Lindau (vhl gene are responsible for VHL disease, congenital polycythemia, and are found in many sporadic tumor types. The primary cause of morbidity and mortality for these patients arises from progression of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC or end-stage renal disease. Inactivation of the Von Hippel-Lindau (vhl tumor suppressor gene arises in the majority of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC as well as in other types of cancer and is associated with a high degree of vascularization and poor prognosis. Loss of pVHL function thus represents a pathognomonic molecular defect for therapeutic exploitation. In this study, renal carcinoma cell lines with naturally occurring vhl mutations (RCC4 VA and their genetically matched wild-type vhl (RCC4 VHL counterparts were seeded onto 96-well plates and treated with a collection of 1,040 organic extracts obtained from 130 bacterial strains belonging to at least 25 genera of the phyla Actinobacteria, Firmicutes, Proteobacteria and Bacteroidetes. This strategy allowed us to identify several extracts obtained from bacterial strain F-278,770T, the type strain of the recently proposed new species Pseudomonas granadensis, showing biological activities not associated with previously known bioactive metabolites. The fractionation and structural elucidation of one of these extracts led to the discovery of a new lipodepsipeptide (MDN-0066 with specific toxicity in pVHL deficient cells that is not detectable in cells with pVHL expression rescue. This specific toxicity is associated with

  13. Identification of the Lipodepsipeptide MDN-0066, a Novel Inhibitor of VHL/HIF Pathway Produced by a New Pseudomonas Species.

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    Cautain, Bastien; de Pedro, Nuria; Schulz, Christian; Pascual, Javier; Sousa, Thiciana da S; Martin, Jesús; Pérez-Victoria, Ignacio; Asensio, Francisco; González, Ignacio; Bills, Gerald F; Reyes, Fernando; Genilloud, Olga; Vicente, Francisca

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    Throughout recent history, metabolites of microbial origin have had an extraordinary impact on the welfare of humanity. In fact, natural products have largely been--and still are--considered an exceedingly valuable platform for the discovery of new drugs against diverse pathologies. Such value is partly due to their higher complexity and chemical diversity as compared to those of synthetic and combinatorial compounds. Mutations in the Von Hippel-Lindau (vhl) gene are responsible for VHL disease, congenital polycythemia, and are found in many sporadic tumor types. The primary cause of morbidity and mortality for these patients arises from progression of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) or end-stage renal disease. Inactivation of the Von Hippel-Lindau (vhl) tumor suppressor gene arises in the majority of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) as well as in other types of cancer and is associated with a high degree of vascularization and poor prognosis. Loss of pVHL function thus represents a pathognomonic molecular defect for therapeutic exploitation. In this study, renal carcinoma cell lines with naturally occurring vhl mutations (RCC4 VA) and their genetically matched wild-type vhl (RCC4 VHL) counterparts were seeded onto 96-well plates and treated with a collection of 1,040 organic extracts obtained from 130 bacterial strains belonging to at least 25 genera of the phyla Actinobacteria, Firmicutes, Proteobacteria and Bacteroidetes. This strategy allowed us to identify several extracts obtained from bacterial strain F-278,770T, the type strain of the recently proposed new species Pseudomonas granadensis, showing biological activities not associated with previously known bioactive metabolites. The fractionation and structural elucidation of one of these extracts led to the discovery of a new lipodepsipeptide (MDN-0066) with specific toxicity in pVHL deficient cells that is not detectable in cells with pVHL expression rescue. This specific toxicity is associated with apoptosis

  14. A patient with bilateral pheochromocytoma as part of a Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL syndrome type 2C

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    Rinkes Inne

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL disease is an autosomal dominant inherited disease. It is relatively recent that type 2C was identified as a separate group solely presenting with pheochromocytomas. As an illustration, an interesting case is presented of a pregnant woman with refractory hypertension. It proved to be the first manifestation of bilateral pheochromocytomas. The family history may indicate the diagnosis, but only identification of a germ line mutation in the DNA of a patient will confirm carriership. Case presentation A 27 year pregnant patient with intra uterine growth retardation presented with hypertension and pre-eclampsia. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed bilateral adrenal pheochromocytoma. She underwent laparoscopic adrenelectomy and a missense mutation (Gly93Ser in exon 1 of the VHL gene on chromosome 3 (p25 – p26 was shown in the patient, her father and her daughter confirming the diagnosis of VHL. Conclusion In almost all VHL families molecular genetic analysis of DNA will demonstrate an inherited mutation. Because of the involvement in several organs, periodic clinical evaluation should take place in a well coordinated, multidisciplinary setting. VHL disease can be classified into several subtypes. VHL type 2C patients present with pheochromocytomas without evidence of haemangioblastomas in the central nervous system and/or retina and a low risk of renal cell carcinoma. Therefore, in such families, periodic clinical screening can be focussed on pheochromocytomas.

  15. Sõna viidi, teine toodi : [rets.] / Ain Kaalep

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    Kaalep, Ain, 1926-

    1997-01-01

    Ilm.: Keel ja Kirjandus 1986, nr. 7, lk. 438-439. Rets. rmt.: Sõja laul. Das Estnische Kriegslied. Zusammengestellt und mit Hilfe von Bertolt Brecht und Margarete Steffin ins Deutsche übertragen vom Hella Wuolijoki, estnisch und deutsch herausgegeben und kommentiert von Hans Peter Neureuter, Ruth Mirov und Ülo Tedre. Helsinki : Otava, 1984. 181 lk.

  16. Development of synchronous VHL syndrome tumors reveals contingencies and constraints to tumor evolution

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    Fisher, Rosalie; Horswell, Stuart; Rowan, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    with a germline VHL mutation. We report that tumors arising in this context are clonally independent and harbour distinct secondary events exemplified by loss of chromosome 3p, despite an identical genetic background and tissue microenvironment. We propose that divergent mutational and copy number anomalies......Background : Genomic analysis of multi-focal renal cell carcinomas from an individual with a germline VHL mutation offers a unique opportunity to study tumor evolution. Results : We perform whole exome sequencing on four clear cell renal cell carcinomas removed from both kidneys of a patient...... are contingent upon the nature of 3p loss of heterozygosity occurring early in tumorigenesis. However, despite distinct 3p events, genomic, proteomic and immunohistochemical analyses reveal evidence for convergence upon the PI3K-AKT-mTOR signaling pathway. Four germline tumors in this young patient...

  17. Chemokine receptor CXCR4 downregulated by von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor pVHL

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    Staller, Peter; Sulitkova, Jitka; Lisztwan, Joanna

    2003-01-01

    Organ-specific metastasis is governed, in part, by interactions between chemokine receptors on cancer cells and matching chemokines in target organs. For example, malignant breast cancer cells express the chemokine receptor CXCR4 and commonly metastasize to organs that are an abundant source...... regulates CXCR4 expression owing to its capacity to target hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) for degradation under normoxic conditions. This process is suppressed under hypoxic conditions, resulting in HIF-dependent CXCR4 activation. An analysis of clear cell renal carcinoma that manifests mutation of the VHL...... gene in most cases revealed an association of strong CXCR4 expression with poor tumour-specific survival. These results suggest a mechanism for CXCR4 activation during tumour cell evolution and imply that VHL inactivation acquired by incipient tumour cells early in tumorigenesis confers not only...

  18. c-RET molecule in malignant melanoma from oncogenic RET-carrying transgenic mice and human cell lines.

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    Full Text Available Malignant melanoma is one of the most aggressive cancers and its incidence worldwide has been increasing at a greater rate than that of any other cancer. We previously reported that constitutively activated RFP-RET-carrying transgenic mice (RET-mice spontaneously develop malignant melanoma. In this study, we showed that expression levels of intrinsic c-Ret, glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (Gdnf and Gdnf receptor alpha 1 (Gfra1 transcripts in malignant melanomas from RET-transgenic mice were significantly upregulated compared with those in benign melanocytic tumors. These results suggest that not only introduced oncogenic RET but also intrinsic c-Ret/Gdnf are involved in murine melanomagenesis in RET-mice. We then showed that c-RET and GDNF transcript expression levels in human malignant melanoma cell lines (HM3KO and MNT-1 were higher than those in primary cultured normal human epithelial melanocytes (NHEM, while GFRa1 transcript expression levels were comparable among NHEM, HM3KO and MNT-1. We next showed c-RET and GFRa1 protein expression in HM3KO cells and GDNF-mediated increased levels of their phosphorylated c-RET tyrosine kinase and signal transduction molecules (ERK and AKT sited potentially downstream of c-RET. Taken together with the finding of augmented proliferation of HM3KO cells after GDNF stimulation, our results suggest that GDNF-mediated c-RET kinase activation is associated with the pathogenesis of malignant melanoma.

  19. Gonosomal mosaicism for a nonsense mutation (R1947X) in the NF1 gene in segmental neurofibromatosis type 1.

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    Consoli, Claudia; Moss, Celia; Green, Stuart; Balderson, Debra; Cooper, David N; Upadhyaya, Meena

    2005-09-01

    Segmental neurofibromatosis type 1 (SNF1), characterized by the regionally limited distribution of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) features, has been attributed to mosaicism for an NF1 gene mutation. The occurrence of classical NF1 in the offspring of a parent with SNF1 suggests that cutaneous mosaicism may be accompanied by gonadal mosaicism. We studied a girl with generalized NF1, and her mother who has SNF1. A recurrent nonsense mutation in exon 31 (R1947X) of the NF1 gene was identified in the lymphocyte DNA of the affected child by denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography and PCR/direct sequencing. DNA sequence analysis failed, however, to identify the R1947X mutation in peripheral lymphocytes, and in keratinocytes and fibroblasts cultured from affected and unaffected skin in the mother. DNA fragments containing exon 31 were then cloned from each cell line and these clones were screened using allele-specific PCR. The R1947X mutation was identified in 29 of 146 clones derived from keratinocytes from the affected region and in 12 of 136 clones derived from fibroblasts from the affected region, but in no clones derived from clinically unaffected tissues. These findings confirm that gonosomal mosaicism can occur in SNF1, with consequent important implications for genetic counselling.

  20. VHL negatively regulates SARS coronavirus replication by modulating nsp16 ubiquitination and stability.

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    Yu, Xiao; Chen, Shuliang; Hou, Panpan; Wang, Min; Chen, Yu; Guo, Deyin

    2015-04-03

    Eukaryotic cellular and most viral RNAs carry a 5'-terminal cap structure, a 5'-5' triphosphate linkage between the 5' end of the RNA and a guanosine nucleotide (cap-0). SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV) nonstructural protein nsp16 functions as a methyltransferase, to methylate mRNA cap-0 structure at the ribose 2'-O position of the first nucleotide to form cap-1 structures. However, whether there is interplay between nsp16 and host proteins was not yet clear. In this report, we identified several potential cellular nsp16-interacting proteins from a human thymus cDNA library by yeast two-hybrid screening. VHL, one of these proteins, was proven to interact with nsp16 both in vitro and in vivo. Further studies showed that VHL can inhibit SARS-CoV replication by regulating nsp16 ubiquitination and promoting its degradation. Our results have revealed the role of cellular VHL in the regulation of SARS-CoV replication. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Vhl deletion in osteoblasts boosts cellular glycolysis and improves global glucose metabolism.

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    Dirckx, Naomi; Tower, Robert J; Mercken, Evi M; Vangoitsenhoven, Roman; Moreau-Triby, Caroline; Breugelmans, Tom; Nefyodova, Elena; Cardoen, Ruben; Mathieu, Chantal; Van der Schueren, Bart; Confavreux, Cyrille B; Clemens, Thomas L; Maes, Christa

    2018-02-12

    The skeleton has emerged as an important regulator of systemic glucose homeostasis, with osteocalcin and insulin representing prime mediators of the interplay between bone and energy metabolism. However, genetic evidence indicates that osteoblasts can influence global energy metabolism through additional, as yet unknown, mechanisms. Here, we report that constitutive or postnatally induced deletion of the hypoxia signaling pathway component von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) in skeletal osteolineage cells of mice led to high bone mass as well as hypoglycemia and increased glucose tolerance, not accounted for by osteocalcin or insulin. In vitro and in vivo data indicated that Vhl-deficient osteoblasts displayed massively increased glucose uptake and glycolysis associated with upregulated HIF-target gene expression, resembling the Warburg effect that typifies cancer cells. Overall, the glucose consumption by the skeleton was increased in the mutant mice, as revealed by 18F-FDG radioactive tracer experiments. Moreover, the glycemia levels correlated inversely with the level of skeletal glucose uptake, and pharmacological treatment with the glycolysis inhibitor dichloroacetate (DCA), which restored glucose metabolism in Vhl-deficient osteogenic cells in vitro, prevented the development of the systemic metabolic phenotype in the mutant mice. Altogether, these findings reveal a novel link between cellular glucose metabolism in osteoblasts and whole-body glucose homeostasis, controlled by local hypoxia signaling in the skeleton.

  2. Elevated homocysteine, glutathione and cysteinylglycine concentrations in patients homozygous for the Chuvash polycythemia VHL mutation

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    Sergueeva, Adelina I.; Miasnikova, Galina Y.; Okhotin, Daniel J.; Levina, Alla A.; Debebe, Zufan; Ammosova, Tatiana; Niu, Xiaomei; Romanova, Elena A.; Nekhai, Sergei; DiBello, Patricia M.; Jacobsen, Donald W.; Prchal, Josef T.; Gordeuk, Victor R.

    2010-01-01

    In Chuvash polycythemia, homozygous von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) 598C>T leads to increased hypoxia inducible factor-1α and 2α, thromboses and lower systemic blood pressures. Circulating homocysteine, glutathione, γ-glutamyltransferase and cysteinylglycine concentrations were higher in 34 VHL598C>T homozygotes than in 37 normal controls and cysteine was lower. Multivariate analysis showed elevated homocysteine independently associated with higher mean systemic blood pressures and elevated glutathione was associated with lower pressures to a similar degree. Among VHL598C>T homozygotes, homocysteine was elevated with low and normal folate concentrations, consistent with a possible defect in the remethylation pathway. The elevated glutathione and γ-glutamyltranserase levels correlated positively with cysteinylglycine, consistent with possible upregulation of a glutathione synthetic enzyme and γ-glutamyltransferase. Cysteinylglycine correlated inversely with cysteine, consistent with possible reduced cysteinyldipeptidase activity. We conclude that up-regulated hypoxia-sensing may influence multiple steps in thiol metabolism. The effects of the resultant elevated levels of homocysteine and glutathione on systemic blood pressure may largely balance each other out. PMID:18223282

  3. Crystal Structure of the Cul2-Rbx1-EloBC-VHL Ubiquitin Ligase Complex.

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    Cardote, Teresa A F; Gadd, Morgan S; Ciulli, Alessio

    2017-06-06

    Cullin RING E3 ubiquitin ligases (CRLs) function in the ubiquitin proteasome system to catalyze the transfer of ubiquitin from E2 conjugating enzymes to specific substrate proteins. CRLs are large dynamic complexes and attractive drug targets for the development of small-molecule inhibitors and chemical inducers of protein degradation. The atomic details of whole CRL assembly and interactions that dictate subunit specificity remain elusive. Here we present the crystal structure of a pentameric CRL2VHL complex, composed of Cul2, Rbx1, Elongin B, Elongin C, and pVHL. The structure traps a closed state of full-length Cul2 and a new pose of Rbx1 in a trajectory from closed to open conformation. We characterize hotspots and binding thermodynamics at the interface between Cul2 and pVHL-EloBC and identify mutations that contribute toward a selectivity switch for Cul2 versus Cul5 recognition. Our findings provide structural and biophysical insights into the whole Cul2 complex that could aid future drug targeting. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.

  4. Mitotic recombination and compound-heterozygous mutations are predominant NF1-inactivating mechanisms in children with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia and neurofibromatosis type 1

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    Steinemann, Doris; Arning, Larissa; Praulich, Inka; Stuhrmann, Manfred; Hasle, Henrik; Starý, Jan; Schlegelberger, Brigitte; Niemeyer, Charlotte M.; Flotho, Christian

    2010-01-01

    Children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1), being constitutionally deficient for one allele of the NF1 gene, are at greatly increased risk of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). NF1 is a negative regulator of RAS pathway activity, which has a central role in JMML. To further clarify the role of biallelic NF1 gene inactivation in the pathogenesis of JMML, we investigated the somatic NF1 lesion in 10 samples from children with JMML/NF-1. We report that two-thirds of somatic events involved loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at the NF1 locus, predominantly caused by segmental uniparental disomy of large parts of chromosome arm 17q. One-third of leukemias showed compound-heterozygous NF1-inactivating mutations. A minority of cases exhibited somatic interstitial deletions. The findings reinforce the emerging role of somatic mitotic recombination as a leukemogenic mechanism. In addition, they support the concept that biallelic NF1 inactivation in hematopoietic progenitor cells is required for transformation to JMML in children with NF-1. PMID:20015894

  5. Homology modeling and molecular dynamics simulation of the HIF2α degradation-related HIF2α-VHL complex.

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    Dong, Xiaotian; Su, Xiaoru; Yu, Jiong; Liu, Jingqi; Shi, Xiaowei; Pan, Qiaoling; Yang, Jinfeng; Chen, Jiajia; Li, Lanjuan; Cao, Hongcui

    2017-01-01

    Hypoxia-inducible factor 2 alpha (HIF2α), prolyl hydroxylase domain protein 2 (PHD2), and the von Hippel Lindau tumor suppressor protein (pVHL) are three principal proteins in the oxygen-sensing pathway. Under normoxic conditions, a conserved proline in HIF2α is hydroxylated by PHD2 in an oxygen-dependent manner, and then pVHL binds and promotes the degradation of HIF2α. However, the crystal structure of the HIF2α-pVHL complex has not yet been established, and this has limited research on the interaction between HIF and pVHL. Here, we constructed a structural model of a 23-residue HIF2α peptide (528-550)-pVHL-ElonginB-ElonginC complex by using homology modeling and molecular dynamics simulations. We also applied these methods to HIF2α mutants (HYP531PRO, F540L, A530 V, A530T, and G537R) to reveal structural defects that explain how these mutations weaken the interaction with pVHL. Homology modeling and molecular dynamics simulations were used to construct a three-dimensional (3D) structural model of the HIF2α-VHL complex. Subsequently, MolProbity, an active validation tool, was used to analyze the reliability of the model. Molecular mechanics energies combined with the generalized Born and surface area continuum solvation (MM-GBSA) and solvated interaction energy (SIE) methods were used to calculate the binding free energy between HIF2a and pVHL, and the stability of the simulation system was evaluated by using root mean square deviation (RMSD) analysis. We also determined the secondary structure of the system by using the definition of secondary structure of proteins (DSSP) algorithm. Finally, we investigated the structural significance of specific point mutations known to have clinical implications. We established a reliable structural model of the HIF2α-pVHL complex, which is similar to the crystal structure of HIF1α in 1LQB. Furthermore, we compared the structural model of the HIF2α-pVHL complex and the HIF2α (HYP531P, F540L, A530V, A530T, and G537

  6. A Pleural Solitary Fibrous Tumor, Multiple Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors, Moyamoya Disease, and Hyperparathyroidism in a Patient Associated with NF1

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    Yoko Yamamoto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1, also called von Recklinghausen’s disease, is a multisystemic disease caused by an alteration of the NF1 gene, a tumor suppressor located on the long arm of chromosome 17 (17q11.2. Loss of the gene function, due to a point mutation, leads to an increase in cell proliferation and the development of several tumors. We report a 60-year-old female patient manifesting hypercalcemia due to hyperparathyroidism, a solitary fibrous tumor (SFT of the pleura, multiple gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs, and moyamoya disease associated with NF1. The SFT and GISTs were removed by staged operations. Then, hypercalcemia was successfully controlled after resection of the parathyroid adenoma. Based on a literature review, these combinations have never been reported, and the relevant literature is briefly discussed.

  7. Mutational analysis of the GAP-related domain of the neurofibromatosis type 1 gene in Brazilian NF1 patients

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    Alessandra B. Trovó

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 is a common autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in the NF1 gene. In the present study, a total of 55 unrelated NF1 patients were screened for mutations in the GAP-related domain/GRD (exons 20-27a by single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP. Four different mutations were identified and, taken together, they comprise one nonsense substitution (Q1189X, one deletion (3525-3526delAA, one missense substitution (E1356G and one mutation in the splice acceptor site (c.4111-1G>A. One novel polymorphism (c.4514+11C>G and other three putative polymorphisms were also found (c.3315-27G>A, V1146I and V1317A. Genotype-phenotype correlations were investigated, but no particular association was detected.

  8. Identification of novel deletion breakpoints bordered by segmental duplications in the NF1 locus using high resolution array‐CGH

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    Mantripragada, K K; Thuresson, A‐C; Piotrowski, A; de Ståhl, T Díaz; Menzel, U; Grigelionis, G; Ferner, R E; Griffiths, S; Bolund, L; Mautner, V; Nordling, M; Legius, E; Vetrie, D; Dahl, N; Messiaen, L; Upadhyaya, M; Bruder, C E G; Dumanski, J P

    2006-01-01

    Background Segmental duplications flanking the neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) gene locus on 17q11 mediate most gene deletions in NF1 patients. However, the large size of the gene and the complexity of the locus architecture pose difficulties in deletion analysis. We report the construction and application of the first NF1 locus specific microarray, covering 2.24 Mb of 17q11, using a non‐redundant approach for array design. The average resolution of analysis for the array is ∼12 kb per measurement point with an increased average resolution of 6.4 kb for the NF1 gene. Methods We performed a comprehensive array‐CGH analysis of 161 NF1 derived samples and identified heterozygous deletions of various sizes in 39 cases. The typical deletion was identified in 26 cases, whereas 13 samples showed atypical deletion profiles. Results The size of the atypical deletions, contained within the segment covered by the array, ranged from 6 kb to 1.6 Mb and their breakpoints could be accurately determined. Moreover, 10 atypical deletions were observed to share a common breakpoint either on the proximal or distal end of the deletion. The deletions identified by array‐CGH were independently confirmed using multiplex ligation‐dependent probe amplification. Bioinformatic analysis of the entire locus identified 33 segmental duplications. Conclusions We show that at least one of these segmental duplications, which borders the proximal breakpoint located within the NF1 intron 1 in five atypical deletions, might represent a novel hot spot for deletions. Our array constitutes a novel and reliable tool offering significantly improved diagnostics for this common disorder. PMID:15944227

  9. Computed tomography (CT) findings in 88 neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) patients: Prevalence rates and correlations of thoracic findings

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    Ueda, Ken, E-mail: k-ueda@radiol.med.osaka-u.ac.jp [Department of Radiology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan); Honda, Osamu [Department of Radiology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan); Satoh, Yukihisa [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases (Japan); Kawai, Misa; Gyobu, Tomoko; Kanazawa, Toru; Hidaka, Shojiro; Yanagawa, Masahiro [Department of Radiology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan); Sumikawa, Hiromitsu [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Osaka Rosai Hospital (Japan); Tomiyama, Noriyuki [Department of Radiology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan)

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    Highlights: • Various thoracic CT findings, including cysts, mediastinal masses, etc. were found. • Cysts show upper and peripheral dominant distribution. • The number, size, and distribution of the pulmonary cysts in NF-1 revealed significant correlation. • It is suspected that thoracic CT findings in NF-1 occur independently. - Abstract: Purpose: To evaluate the prevalence rates and the correlations of thoracic computed tomography (CT) findings of neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) in 88 patients. Materials and methods: Chest CT images of 88 NF1 patients were independently reviewed by three observers, and the CT findings were evaluated. If abnormal findings were present, their number, size, and distribution were recorded. The prevalence rate of each CT finding was calculated, and the correlations between CT findings were analyzed. Results: Of the 88 cases, 13 were positive for cysts, 16 for emphysema, 8 for nodules, 8 for GGNs (ground glass nodules), 13 for mediastinal masses, 20 for scoliosis, 44 for subcutaneous nodules, and 34 for skin nodules. Cysts showed upper and peripheral dominant distributions. Regarding 13 mediastinal masses, 2 were diagnosed as malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs), 1 was diagnosed as primary lung cancer, 2 were diagnosed as lateral meningocele, 3 were diagnosed as neurofibromas, and the remaining 7 were considered neurofibromas. There was a significant correlation between the prevalence of subcutaneous nodules and that of skin nodules. Significant positive correlations were also seen between size and number, size and rate of central distribution, and number and rate of central distribution of cysts. Conclusion: Various CT findings were found in NF-1 patients, and the prevalence rates of subcutaneous and skin nodules were higher than other findings. Though the prevalence rates of subcutaneous nodules and skin nodules were significantly correlated, the other CT findings in NF-1 occurred independently. The number, size, and

  10. Comparison of traditional field retting and Phlebia radiata Cel 26 retting of hemp fibres for fibre-reinforced composites.

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    Liu, Ming; Ale, Marcel T; Kołaczkowski, Bartłomiej; Fernando, Dinesh; Daniel, Geoffrey; Meyer, Anne S; Thygesen, Anders

    2017-12-01

    Classical field retting and controlled fungal retting of hemp using Phlebia radiata Cel 26 (a mutant with low cellulose degrading ability) were compared with pure pectinase treatment with regard to mechanical properties of the produced fibre/epoxy composites. For field retting a classification of the microbial evolution (by gene sequencing) and enzyme profiles were conducted. By phylogenetic frequency mapping, different types of fungi, many belonging to the Ascomycota phylum were found on the fibres during the first 2 weeks of field retting, and thereafter, different types of bacteria, notably Proteobacteria, also proliferated on the field retted fibres. Extracts from field retted fibres exhibited high glucanase activities, while extracts from P. radiata Cel 26 retted fibres showed high polygalacturonase and laccase activities. As a result, fungal retting gave a significantly higher glucan content in the fibres than field retting (77 vs. 67%) and caused a higher removal of pectin as indicated by lower galacturonan content of fibres (1.6%) after fibres were retted for 20 days with P. radiata Cel 26 compared to a galacturonan content of 3.6% for field retted fibres. Effective fibre stiffness increased slightly after retting with P. radiata Cel 26 from 65 to 67 GPa, while it decreased after field retting to 52 GPa. Effective fibre strength could not be determined similarly due to variations in fibre fracture strain and fibre-matrix adhesion. A maximum composite strength with 50 vol% fibres of 307 MPa was obtained using P. radiata Cel 26 compared to 248 MPa with field retting.

  11. High Frequency of Mosaicism among Patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) with Microdeletions Caused by Somatic Recombination of the JJAZ1 Gene

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    Kehrer-Sawatzki, H; Kluwe, L; Sandig, C.; Kohn, M.; Wimmer, K.; Krammer, U.; Peyrl, A.; Jenne, D E; Hansmann, I; Mautner, V.-F.

    2004-01-01

    Detailed analyses of 20 patients with sporadic neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) microdeletions revealed an unexpected high frequency of somatic mosaicism (8/20 [40%]). This proportion of mosaic deletions is much higher than previously anticipated. Of these deletions, 16 were identified by a screen of unselected patients with NF1. None of the eight patients with mosaic deletions exhibited the mental retardation and facial dysmorphism usually associated with NF1 microdeletions. Our study demonstr...

  12. Microbial diversity observed during hemp retting.

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    Ribeiro, Alexandra; Pochart, Philippe; Day, Arnaud; Mennuni, Sarah; Bono, Pierre; Baret, Jean-Luc; Spadoni, Jean-Louis; Mangin, Irène

    2015-05-01

    Historically used in textile and paper industry, hemp fibres have started to find new applications in composite materials with important economic and ecological advantages. However, their applications are limited since manufacturers have some difficulties to standardise fabrication processes. This study is a first step before selection and isolation of strains that could later be used to optimise microbial retting efficiency and hence fibre quality. We studied six samples harvested on different ground types, at different dates and with different retting durations on field to obtain an exhaustive representation of the process. After DNA extraction, total bacteria and fungi associated with stems during retting were specifically quantified using real-time PCR. Then, using sequence analysis of randomly cloned 16S and 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes, a phylogenetic characterisation of the dominant microorganisms was carried out. Quantitatively, we showed that there were 8.1-9.5 log₁₀ 16S rRNA gene copies per gram of hemp straw for bacteria and 8.6-9.6 log₁₀ 18S rRNA gene copies per gram for fungi. Qualitatively, we noticed a higher bacterial diversity in comparison to fungi. This work showed that in the different samples, the same species were present but in significantly different proportions according to ground type, harvest dates and retting durations on field. The most frequent bacterial sequences were affiliated to species Escherichia coli, Pantoea agglomerans, Pseudomonas rhizosphaerae, Rhodobacter sp., Pseudomonas fulva, Rhizobium huautlense and Massilia timonae, whereas fungal sequences were principally related to the genera Cladosporium and Cryptococcus.

  13. LOSS OF JAK2 REGULATION VIA VHL-SOCS1 E3 UBIQUITIN HETEROCOMPLEX UNDERLIES CHUVASH POLYCYTHEMIA

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    Russell, Ryan C.; Sufan, Roxana I.; Zhou, Bing; Heir, Pardeep; Bunda, Severa; Sybingco, Stephanie S.; Greer, Samantha N.; Roche, Olga; Heathcote, Samuel A.; Chow, Vinca W.K.; Boba, Lukasz M.; Richmond, Terri D.; Hickey, Michele M.; Barber, Dwayne L.; Cheresh, David A.; Simon, M. Celeste; Irwin, Meredith S.; Kim, William Y.; Ohh, Michael

    2011-01-01

    SUMMARY Chuvash polycythemia (CP) is a rare congenital form of polycythemia caused by homozygous R200W and H191D mutations in the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene whose gene product is the principal negative regulator of hypoxia-inducible factor. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying some of the hallmark features of CP such as hypersensitivity to erythropoietin are unclear. Here, we show that VHL directly binds suppressor of cytokine signalling 1 (SOCS1) to form a heterodimeric E3 ligase that targets phosphorylated (p)JAK2 for ubiquitin-mediated destruction. In contrast, CP-associated VHL mutants have altered affinity for SOCS1 and fail to engage and degrade pJAK2. Systemic administration of a highly selective JAK2 inhibitor, TG101209, reverses the disease phenotype in vhlR200W/R200W knock-in mice, a model that faithfully recapitulates human CP. These results reveal VHL as a SOCS1-cooperative negative regulator of JAK2 and provide compelling biochemical and preclinical evidence for JAK2- targeted therapy in CP patients. PMID:21685897

  14. Loss of JAK2 regulation via a heterodimeric VHL-SOCS1 E3 ubiquitin ligase underlies Chuvash polycythemia.

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    Russell, Ryan C; Sufan, Roxana I; Zhou, Bing; Heir, Pardeep; Bunda, Severa; Sybingco, Stephanie S; Greer, Samantha N; Roche, Olga; Heathcote, Samuel A; Chow, Vinca W K; Boba, Lukasz M; Richmond, Terri D; Hickey, Michele M; Barber, Dwayne L; Cheresh, David A; Simon, M Celeste; Irwin, Meredith S; Kim, William Y; Ohh, Michael

    2011-06-19

    Chuvash polycythemia is a rare congenital form of polycythemia caused by homozygous R200W and H191D mutations in the VHL (von Hippel-Lindau) gene, whose gene product is the principal negative regulator of hypoxia-inducible factor. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying some of the hallmark abnormalities of Chuvash polycythemia, such as hypersensitivity to erythropoietin, are unclear. Here we show that VHL directly binds suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1) to form a heterodimeric E3 ligase that targets phosphorylated JAK2 (pJAK2) for ubiquitin-mediated destruction. In contrast, Chuvash polycythemia-associated VHL mutants have altered affinity for SOCS1 and do not engage with and degrade pJAK2. Systemic administration of a highly selective JAK2 inhibitor, TG101209, reversed the disease phenotype in Vhl(R200W/R200W) knock-in mice, an experimental model that recapitulates human Chuvash polycythemia. These results show that VHL is a SOCS1-cooperative negative regulator of JAK2 and provide biochemical and preclinical support for JAK2-targeted therapy in individuals with Chuvash polycythemia.

  15. Hybridization Capture-Based Next-Generation Sequencing to Evaluate Coding Sequence and Deep Intronic Mutations in the NF1 Gene

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    Karin Soares Cunha

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1 is one of the most common genetic disorders and is caused by mutations in the NF1 gene. NF1 gene mutational analysis presents a considerable challenge because of its large size, existence of highly homologous pseudogenes located throughout the human genome, absence of mutational hotspots, and diversity of mutations types, including deep intronic splicing mutations. We aimed to evaluate the use of hybridization capture-based next-generation sequencing to screen coding and noncoding NF1 regions. Hybridization capture-based next-generation sequencing, with genomic DNA as starting material, was used to sequence the whole NF1 gene (exons and introns from 11 unrelated individuals and 1 relative, who all had NF1. All of them met the NF1 clinical diagnostic criteria. We showed a mutation detection rate of 91% (10 out of 11. We identified eight recurrent and two novel mutations, which were all confirmed by Sanger methodology. In the Sanger sequencing confirmation, we also included another three relatives with NF1. Splicing alterations accounted for 50% of the mutations. One of them was caused by a deep intronic mutation (c.1260 + 1604A > G. Frameshift truncation and missense mutations corresponded to 30% and 20% of the pathogenic variants, respectively. In conclusion, we show the use of a simple and fast approach to screen, at once, the entire NF1 gene (exons and introns for different types of pathogenic variations, including the deep intronic splicing mutations.

  16. Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma and multiple thoraco-lumbar lateral meningoceles: two rare pathological entities in a patient with NF-1

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    Reis, C.; Carneiro, E.; Fonseca, J.; Salgado, A. [Hospital S. Joao, Departments of Neuroradiology, Porto (Portugal); Pereira, P.; Vaz, R. [Hospital S. Joao, Department of Neurosurgery, Porto (Portugal); Pinto, R. [Hospital S. Joao, Department of Orthopaedics, Porto (Portugal); Capelinha, A.F.; Lopes, J.M. [Hospital S. Joao, Department of Pathology, Porto (Portugal)

    2005-02-01

    Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a rare vascular soft-tissue tumour of intermediate malignancy. Neurofibromatosis type I (NF-1) is a genetic syndrome associated with soft tissue sarcoma and higher risk of developing neoplasia. Lateral meningoceles are uncommon entities, being mostly associated with NF-1. We report a case of a 31-year-old woman, with NF-1 and past history of right thalamic/peduncular astrocytoma WHO grade II, admitted to the Neurosurgery Department in December 2003 due to severe low back pain, irradiating to the left leg without a radicular pattern. Thoraco-lumbar magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a large left posterior paravertebral expansive lesion, bilateral and multiple thoraco-lumbar lateral meningoceles and dural ectasias with scalloping of the vertebral bodies. Biopsy of the paravertebral mass lesion disclosed EHE. We present this case because of the novel association between NF-1 and EHE, and the unusual aggressiveness of the neoplasia. Additionally, we highlight the co-existence of bilateral and multiple lateral meningoceles. (orig.)

  17. Nf1 Loss and Ras Hyperactivation in Oligodendrocytes Induce NOS-Driven Defects in Myelin and Vasculature

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    Debra A. Mayes

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    Full Text Available Patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 and Costello syndrome Rasopathy have behavioral deficits. In NF1 patients, these may correlate with white matter enlargement and aberrant myelin. To model these features, we induced Nf1 loss or HRas hyperactivation in mouse oligodendrocytes. Enlarged brain white matter tracts correlated with myelin decompaction, downregulation of claudin-11, and mislocalization of connexin-32. Surprisingly, non-cell-autonomous defects in perivascular astrocytes and the blood-brain barrier (BBB developed, implicating a soluble mediator. Nitric oxide (NO can disrupt tight junctions and gap junctions, and NO and NO synthases (NOS1–NOS3 were upregulated in mutant white matter. Treating mice with the NOS inhibitor NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester or the antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine corrected cellular phenotypes. CNP-HRasG12V mice also displayed locomotor hyperactivity, which could be rescued by antioxidant treatment. We conclude that Nf1/Ras regulates oligodendrocyte NOS and that dysregulated NO signaling in oligodendrocytes can alter the surrounding vasculature. The data suggest that antioxidants may improve some behavioral deficits in Rasopathy patients.

  18. Mutation spectrum of NF1 gene in Italian patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 using Ion Torrent PGM™ platform.

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    Calì, Francesco; Chiavetta, Valeria; Ruggeri, Giuseppa; Piccione, Maria; Selicorni, Angelo; Palazzo, Daniela; Bonsignore, Maria; Cereda, Anna; Elia, Maurizio; Failla, Pinella; Figura, Maria Grazia; Fiumara, Agata; Maitz, Silvia; Luana Mandarà, Giuseppa Maria; Mattina, Teresa; Ragalmuto, Alda; Romano, Corrado; Ruggieri, Martino; Salluzzo, Roberto; Saporoso, Antonino; Schepis, Carmelo; Sorge, Giovanni; Spanò, Maria; Tortorella, Gaetano; Romano, Valentino

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    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is caused by mutations of the NF1 gene and is one of the most common human autosomal dominant disorders. The patient shows different signs on the skin and other organs from early childhood. The best known are six or more café au lait spots, axillary or inguinal freckling, increased risk of developing benign nerve sheath tumours and plexiform neurofibromas. Mutation detection is complex, due to the large gene size, the large variety of mutations and the presence of pseudogenes. Using Ion Torrent PGM™ Platform, 73 mutations were identified in 79 NF1 Italian patients, 51% of which turned out to be novel mutations. Pathogenic status of each variant was classified using "American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics" guidelines criteria, thus enabling the classification of 96% of the variants identified as being pathogenic. The use of Next Generation Sequencing has proven to be effective as for costs, and time for analysis, and it allowed us to identify a patient with NF1 mosaicism. Furthermore, we designed a new approach aimed to quantify the mosaicism percentage using electropherogram of capillary electrophoresis performed on Sanger method. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  19. pVHL co-ordinately regulates CXCR4/CXCL12 and MMP2/MMP9 expression in human clear-cell renal cell carcinoma

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    Struckmann, K; Mertz, Kd; Steu, S

    2008-01-01

    Loss of pVHL function, characteristic for clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), causes increased expression of CXCR4 chemokine receptor, which triggers expression of metastasis-associated MMP2/MMP9 in different human cancers. The impact of pVHL on MMP2/MMP9 expression and their relationship...

  20. Whole exome sequencing of urachal adenocarcinoma reveals recurrent NF1 mutations.

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    Singh, Harshabad; Liu, Yang; Xiao, Xiuli; Lin, Ling; Kim, Jaegil; Van Hummelen, Paul; Wu, Chin-Lee; Bass, Adam J; Saylor, Philip J

    2016-05-17

    Urachal adenocarcinoma is a rare bladder malignancy arising from the urachal remnant. Given its rarity and the lack of knowledge about its genetic characteristics, optimal management of this cancer is not well defined. Practice patterns vary and outcomes remain poor. In order to identify the genomic underpinnings of this malignancy, we performed whole exome sequencing using seven tumor/normal pairs of formalin fixed archival specimens. We identified recurrent evidence of MAP-kinase pathway activation as three patients had neurofibromin 1 (NF1) mutations, with one of these patients also harboring an oncogenic KRAS G13D mutation. We also observed recurrent evidence of Wnt/β-catenin pathway activation as three patients had oncogenic mutations in APC or RNF43. In addition, somatic copy number analysis revealed focal chromosome 12p amplifications in three samples, resembling findings from testicular germ cell tumors. We describe the genomic landscape of this malignancy in our institutional cohort and propose investigation of the therapeutic potential for MAP-K pathway inhibition in the subset of patients who show evidence of its activation.

  1. Could an osteoinductor result in degeneration of a neurofibroma in NF1?

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    Julia, Bouchaïb; Axel, Walter; Sébastien, Schuller; Philippe, Charles

    2010-01-01

    We report a case of fatal evolution of neurofibromatosis in a young boy. A laminectomy was performed when he was 9 years old. A secondary hyperkyphosis led to many surgeries resulting in recurrent malunions. When he was 23 years old, a breakage of his rods was treated by a new instrumentation and a T12–L1 interbody cage fitted with rh-BMP. Five months later, he developed a huge posterior tumour on his back. The biopsy diagnosed a neurofibrosarcoma. The growth of the tumour was extremely rapid. He died after several months from a septic shock. NF1 is characterised by neurofibromas that have a possibility of malign degeneration and conversion to a sarcoma. However, the chronology, rapidity of evolution and the exceptional volume of the tumour made us wonder whether the BMP had a part of responsibility as osteoinductor in the malignant degeneration, in this particular case, of neurofibromatosis. It seemed important to point out this case to the medical community. PMID:20449613

  2. Functional Analysis of Mutations in Exon 9 of NF1 Reveals the Presence of Several Elements Regulating Splicing.

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    Elisabete Hernández-Imaz

    Full Text Available Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 is one of the most common human hereditary disorders, predisposing individuals to the development of benign and malignant tumors in the nervous system, as well as other clinical manifestations. NF1 is caused by heterozygous mutations in the NF1 gene and around 25% of the pathogenic changes affect pre-mRNA splicing. Since the molecular mechanisms affected by these mutations are poorly understood, we have analyzed the splicing mutations identified in exon 9 of NF1, which is particularly prone to such changes, to better define the possible splicing regulatory elements. Using a minigene approach, we studied the effect of five splicing mutations in this exon described in patients. These highlighted three regulatory motifs within the exon. An in vivo splicing analysis of an extensive collection of changes generated in the minigene demonstrated that the CG motif at c.910-911 is critical for the recognition of exon 9. We also found that the GC motif at c.945-946 is involved in exon recognition through SRSF2 and that this motif is part of a Composite Exon Splicing Regulatory Element made up of physically overlapping enhancer and silencer elements. Finally, through an in vivo splicing analysis and in vitro binding assays, we demonstrated that the c.1007G>A mutation creates an Exonic Splicing Silencer element that binds the hnRNPA1 protein. The complexity of the splicing regulatory elements present in exon 9 is most likely responsible for the fact that mutations in this region represent 25% of all exonic changes that affect splicing in the NF1 gene.

  3. Identification of Novel Small Molecule Inhibitors of Oncogenic RET Kinase.

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    Marialuisa Moccia

    Full Text Available Oncogenic mutation of the RET receptor tyrosine kinase is observed in several human malignancies. Here, we describe three novel type II RET tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI, ALW-II-41-27, XMD15-44 and HG-6-63-01, that inhibit the cellular activity of oncogenic RET mutants at two digit nanomolar concentration. These three compounds shared a 3-trifluoromethyl-4-methylpiperazinephenyl pharmacophore that stabilizes the 'DFG-out' inactive conformation of RET activation loop. They blocked RET-mediated signaling and proliferation with an IC50 in the nM range in fibroblasts transformed by the RET/C634R and RET/M918T oncogenes. They also inhibited autophosphorylation of several additional oncogenic RET-derived point mutants and chimeric oncogenes. At a concentration of 10 nM, ALW-II-41-27, XMD15-44 and HG-6-63-01 inhibited RET kinase and signaling in human thyroid cancer cell lines carrying oncogenic RET alleles; they also inhibited proliferation of cancer, but not non-tumoral Nthy-ori-3-1, thyroid cells, with an IC50 in the nM range. The three compounds were capable of inhibiting the 'gatekeeper' V804M mutant which confers substantial resistance to established RET inhibitors. In conclusion, we have identified a type II TKI scaffold, shared by ALW-II-41-27, XMD15-44 and HG-6-63-01, that may be used as novel lead for the development of novel agents for the treatment of cancers harboring oncogenic activation of RET.

  4. La multidisciplinariedad de la retórica

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    Rodríguez Pequeño, Mercedes

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    Reseña de: PERELMAN, CH. y OLBRECHTS-TYTECA, L.: Tratado de la argumentación. La nueva retórica, Madrid, Gredos, 1989. ALBALADEJO, Tomás: Retórica, Madrid, Sintesis, 1990. GONZÁLEZ BEDOYA, JESÚS: Tratado histórico de retórica filosófica, 2 vols., Madrid, Nájera, 1990

  5. Vhl deletion in renal epithelia causes HIF-1?-dependent, HIF-2?-independent angiogenesis and constitutive diuresis

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    Schönenberger, Désirée; Rajski, Michal; Harlander, Sabine; Frew, Ian J

    2016-01-01

    One of the earliest requirements for the formation of a solid tumor is the establishment of an adequate blood supply. Clear cell renal cell carcinomas (ccRCC) are highly vascularized tumors in which the earliest genetic event is most commonly the biallelic inactivation of the VHL tumor suppressor gene, leading to constitutive activation of the HIF-1α and HIF-2α transcription factors, which are known angiogenic factors. However it remains unclear whether either or both HIF-1α or HIF-2α stabili...

  6. The homozygous VHL(D126N) missense mutation is associated with dramatically elevated erythropoietin levels, consequent polycythemia, and early onset severe pulmonary hypertension.

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    Sarangi, Susmita; Lanikova, Lucie; Kapralova, Katarina; Acharya, Suchitra; Swierczek, Sabina; Lipton, Jeffrey M; Wolfe, Lawrence; Prchal, Josef T

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    von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) protein is the principal negative regulator of hypoxia sensing mediated by transcription factors. Mutations in exon 3 of the VHL gene lead to Chuvash (VHL(R200W)) and Croatian (VHL(H191D)) polycythemias. Here, we describe an infant of Bangladesh ethnicity with a novel homozygous VHL(D126N) mutation with congenital polycythemia and dramatically elevated erythropoietin (EPO) levels, who developed severe fatal pulmonary hypertension. In contrast to Chuvash polycythemia, erythroid progenitors (BFU-Es) did not reveal a marked EPO hypersensitivity. Further, NF-E2 and RUNX1 transcripts that correlate with BFU-Es EPO hypersensitivity in polycythemic mutations were not elevated. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Cognición y Retórica

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    Coronel Ramos, Marco Antonio; GIMÉNEZ MORENO, ROSA

    2004-01-01

    Pocos términos existen tan mudables en la cultura occidental como el de retórica. Se le define como arte de la persuasión, como teoría de la argumentación o incluso como ciencia literaria. Todas estas perspectivas tienen un denominador común: entienden los tropos y figuras retóricas como instrumentos comunicativos y literarios. Sin obviar estos desarrollos de la retórica, los autores de este trabajo tratan de discernir los aspectos cognitivos rastreables en la retórica clásica y, al...

  8. Microtubular stability affects pVHL-mediated regulation of HIF-1alpha via the p38/MAPK pathway in hypoxic cardiomyocytes.

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    Miao Teng

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Our previous research found that structural changes of the microtubule network influence glycolysis in cardiomyocytes by regulating the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF-1α during the early stages of hypoxia. However, little is known about the underlying regulatory mechanism of the changes of HIF-1α caused by microtubule network alternation. The von Hippel-Lindau tumor suppressor protein (pVHL, as a ubiquitin ligase, is best understood as a negative regulator of HIF-1α. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In primary rat cardiomyocytes and H9c2 cardiac cells, microtubule-stabilization was achieved by pretreating with paclitaxel or transfection of microtubule-associated protein 4 (MAP4 overexpression plasmids and microtubule-depolymerization was achieved by pretreating with colchicine or transfection of MAP4 siRNA before hypoxia treatment. Recombinant adenovirus vectors for overexpressing pVHL or silencing of pVHL expression were constructed and transfected in primary rat cardiomyocytes and H9c2 cells. With different microtubule-stabilizing and -depolymerizing treaments, we demonstrated that the protein levels of HIF-1α were down-regulated through overexpression of pVHL and were up-regulated through knockdown of pVHL in hypoxic cardiomyocytes. Importantly, microtubular structure breakdown activated p38/MAPK pathway, accompanied with the upregulation of pVHL. In coincidence, we found that SB203580, a p38/MAPK inhibitor decreased pVHL while MKK6 (Glu overexpression increased pVHL in the microtubule network altered-hypoxic cardiomyocytes and H9c2 cells. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: This study suggests that pVHL plays an important role in the regulation of HIF-1α caused by the changes of microtubular structure and the p38/MAPK pathway participates in the process of pVHL change following microtubule network alteration in hypoxic cardiomyocytes.

  9. Cephalometry in adults and children with neurofibromatosis type 1: Implications for the pathogenesis of sphenoid wing dysplasia and the "NF1 facies".

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    Cung, Winnie; Freedman, Laura A; Khan, Nicholas E; Romberg, Elaine; Gardner, Pamela J; Bassim, Carol W; Baldwin, Andrea M; Widemann, Brigitte C; Stewart, Douglas R

    2015-11-01

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a common, autosomal dominant tumor-predisposition disorder that arises secondary to mutations in the tumor suppressor gene NF1. Cephalometry is an inexpensive, readily available and non-invasive technique that is under-utilized in studying the NF1 craniofacial phenotype. An analysis of NF1 cephalometry was first published by Heervä et al. in 2011. We expand here on that first investigation with a larger cohort of adult and pediatric patients affected with NF1 and sought objective insight into the NF1 facies, said to feature hypertelorism and a broad nasal base, from cephalometric analysis. We obtained cephalograms from 101 patients with NF1 (78 adults and 23 children) from two NF1 protocols at the National Institutes of Health. Each subject had an age-, gender- and ethnicity-matched control. We used Dolphin software to make the cephalometric measurements. We assessed the normality of differences between paired samples using the Shapiro-Wilk test and evaluated the significance of mean differences using paired t-tests and adjusted for multiple testing. We explored the relationship between the cephalometric measurements and height, head circumference and interpupillary distance. In this dataset of American whites with NF1, we confirmed in a modestly larger sample many of the findings found by Heerva et al. in an NF1 Finnish cohort. We found a shorter maxilla, mandible, cranial base, (especially anteriorly, p = 0.0001) and diminished facial height in adults, but not children, with NF1. Only one adult exhibited hypertelorism. The cephalometric differences in adults arise in part from cranial base shortening and thus result in a shorter face, mid-face hypoplasia, reduced facial projection, smaller jaw, and increased braincase globularity. In addition, we suggest that NF1 sphenoid bone shortening, a common event, is consistent with an intrinsic NF1 bone cell defect, which renders the bone more vulnerable to a random "second hit" in

  10. Cephalometry in adults and children with neurofibromatosis type 1: implications for the pathogenesis of sphenoid wing dysplasia and the “NF1 facies”

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    Cung, Winnie; Friedman, Laura; Khan, Nicholas E.; Romberg, Elaine E.; Gardner, Pamela J.; Bassim, Carol W.; Baldwin, Andrea M.; Widemann, Brigitte C.; Stewart, Douglas R.

    2015-01-01

    Background Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a common, autosomal dominant tumor-predisposition disorder that arises secondary to mutations in the tumor suppressor gene NF1. Cephalometry is an inexpensive, readily available and non-invasive technique that is under-utilized in studying the NF1 craniofacial phenotype. An analysis of NF1 cephalometry was first published by Heervä et al. in 2011. We expand here on that first investigation with a larger cohort of adult and pediatric patients affected with NF1 and sought objective insight into the NF1 facies, said to feature hypertelorism and a broad nasal base, from cephalometric analysis. Methods We obtained cephalograms from 101 patients with NF1 (78 adults and 23 children) from two NF1 protocols at the National Institutes of Health. Each subject had an age-, gender- and ethnicity-matched control. We used Dolphin software to make the cephalometric measurements. We assessed the normality of differences between paired samples using the Shapiro-Wilk test and evaluated the significance of mean differences using paired t-tests and adjusted for multiple testing. We explored the relationship between the cephalometric measurements and height, head circumference and interpupillary distance. Results In this dataset of American whites with NF1, we confirmed in a modestly larger sample many of the findings found by Heerva et al. in an NF1 Finnish cohort. We found a shorter maxilla, mandible, cranial base, (especially anteriorly, p = 0.0001) and diminished facial height in adults, but not children, with NF1. Only one adult exhibited hypertelorism. Conclusions The cephalometric differences in adults arise in part from cranial base shortening and thus result in a shorter face, mid-face hypoplasia, reduced facial projection, smaller jaw, and increased braincase globularity. In addition, we suggest that NF1 sphenoid bone shortening, a common event, is consistent with an intrinsic NF1 bone cell defect, which renders the bone more

  11. Characteristics of scientific production in Special Education in Virtual Health Library (VHL: a bibliometric study

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    Luciana Pizzani

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To characterize, through bibliometric approach, the scientific literature in this Special Education in the databases of the Virtual Health Library (VHL. The VHL is coordinated by BIREME - Specialized Center of the Pan American Health Organization whose objective is to promote the dissemination and use of scientific information in health. Method: The research methodology was performed by observing the following steps: a literature review on education special and bibliometrics, data collection from the site of BIREME about the presence of special education in the databases, organization, processing and bibliometric analysis of data collected using the software MS Excel and Vantage Point. Results: indicators produced allow signal that the predominant language of scientific production was the Portuguese and the majority of records were written individually, the themes addressed were psychology and developmental psychology. Conclusion: These bibliometric indicators characterizing the state of the art of scientific literature in Special Education at the various bases Data Bireme and also showed a field of interconnections between Health Sciences and Special Education.

  12. Comparison of traditional field retting and Phlebia radiata Cel 26 retting of hemp fibres for fibre-reinforced composites

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    Liu, Ming; Ale, Marcel Tutor; Kołaczkowski, Bartłomiej

    2017-01-01

    Classical field retting and controlled fungal retting of hemp using Phlebia radiata Cel 26 (a mutant with low cellulose degrading ability) were compared with pure pectinase treatment with regard to mechanical properties of the produced fibre/epoxy composites. For field retting a classification...... Proteobacteria, also proliferated on the field retted fibres. Extracts from field retted fibres exhibited high glucanase activities, while extracts from P. radiata Cel 26 retted fibres showed high polygalacturonase and laccase activities. As a result, fungal retting gave a significantly higher glucan content...... in the fibres than field retting (77 vs. 67%) and caused a higher removal of pectin as indicated by lower galacturonan content of fibres (1.6%) after fibres were retted for 20 days with P. radiata Cel 26 compared to a galacturonan content of 3.6% for field retted fibres. Effective fibre stiffness increased...

  13. An Update on Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Not Just Café-au-Lait Spots and Freckling. Part II. Other Skin Manifestations Characteristic of NF1. NF1 and Cancer.

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    Hernández-Martín, A; Duat-Rodríguez, A

    2016-01-01

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is the most common neurocutaneous syndrome and probably the one best known to dermatologists. Although the genetic locus of NF1 was identified on chromosome 17 in 1987, diagnosis of the disease is still based primarily on clinical observations. The 7 diagnostic criteria of the National Institutes of Health, which were established in 1988, include 3 skin manifestations (café-au-lait spots, freckling on flexural areas, and cutaneous neurofibromas). The age at which these diagnostic lesions appear is variable: onset can be late in some patients while others never develop certain symptoms. Definitive diagnosis may therefore be delayed by years. Although the appearance of the characteristic café-au-lait spots and freckling in the early years of childhood are very suggestive of the disease, these signs are not pathognomonic and, in isolation, do not constitute sufficient evidence to establish a definitive diagnosis. Thus, other diagnoses should be considered in patients whose only symptoms are café-au-lait spots and freckling. By contrast, the presence of multiple cutaneous neurofibromas or at least 1 plexiform neurofibroma is a very specific indication of NF1. Identification of the different types of neurofibroma allows us to confirm the diagnosis and initiate appropriate management. Copyright © 2016 AEDV. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. RET Fusion Genes in Korean Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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    Yoo, Seung Soo; Jin, Guang; Jung, Hye Jin; Hong, Mi Jeong; Choi, Jin Eun; Jeon, Hyo-Sung; Lee, Shin Yup; Lim, Jeong Ok; Park, Jae Yong

    2013-01-01

    Recently, rearranged during transfection (RET) fusions have been identified in approximately 1% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). To know the prevalence of RET fusion genes in Korean NSCLCs, we examined the RET fusion genes in 156 surgically resected NSCLCs using a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Two KIF5B-RET fusions and one CCDC6-RET fusion were identified. All three patients were females and never smokers with adenocarcinomas. RET fusion genes were mutually exclusive ...

  15. A rare case of recurrent malignant triton tumor in a male with NF1: Case report and mini-review

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    B. Aykut

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: Clinically, MTTs are characterized as highly aggressive tumors that are fast-growing and prone to local recurrence and distant metastasis. To date, there is no treatment consensus available yet and many patients succumb to the disease shortly after diagnosis. This is because the pathogenesis of MTT remains unknown and patients with MTT are often diagnosed at a late stage of disease. Our case presents valuable teaching points in terms of providing a possible progression model based on the coexistence of a low-grade MPNST and MTT in the context of NF1 and an atypical neurofibroma in this patient. Close monitoring of patients with NF1 and atypical neurofibromas or MPNST might therefore help to diagnose MTT at an earlier stage.

  16. Plant factors influencing enzyme retting of fiber and seed flax.

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    Akin, D E; Morrison, W H; Rigsby, L L; Dodd, R B

    2001-12-01

    Retting, which is the microbial activity through which bast fibers are released from nonfiber tissues, is the limiting factor in flax processing. The objective of this work is to identify chemical and structural characteristics in a variety of fiber and seed flax types that influence enzyme retting in a recently developed method. Analyses of flax retted in a series of tests, including two enzyme rettings in some cases, indicated that lignin did not limit the separation of fibers from shive and showed that pectinases in enzyme-retting mixtures could ret fiber and seed flax. However, mature stems, such as that in flax produced for seed, had greater amounts of cutin and wax in the cleaned fiber product, suggesting that the cuticle could be a greater antiquality factor in seed versus fiber flax. With seed flax, the fraction of finer fibers produced during retting was significantly lower than with fiber flax. Results indicated that enzyme retting could be used to obtain flax fibers from seed flax stem residues and add value to this agricultural material.

  17. Functional analyses of RET mutations in Chinese hirschsprung disease patients

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    Leon, Thomas Y. Y.; So, Man-Ting; Lui, Vincent C. H.; Hofstra, Robert M. W.; Tam, Paul K. H.; Ngan, Elly S. W.; Garcia-Barcelo, Maria-Merce

    BACKGROUND Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is a congenital disease characterized by the absence of ganglion cells in various length of distal digestive tract. The rearranged during transfection gene (RET) is considered the major gene in HSCR. Although an increasing number of HSCR-associated RET coding

  18. Cognición y Retórica

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    Coronel Ramos, Marco Antonio

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Pocos términos existen tan mudables en la cultura occidental como el de retórica. Se le define como arte de la persuasión, como teoría de la argumentación o incluso como ciencia literaria. Todas estas perspectivas tienen un denominador común: entienden los tropos y figuras retóricas como instrumentos comunicativos y literarios. Sin obviar estos desarrollos de la retórica, los autores de este trabajo tratan de discernir los aspectos cognitivos rastreables en la retórica clásica y, al tiempo, ofrecer un acercamiento a lo que sería una retórica cognitiva, basada en el presupuesto de que tropos y figuras son redes conceptuales que estructuran el pensamiento humano.…

  19. Histone acetylation characterizes chromatin presetting by NF1 and Oct1 and enhances glucocorticoid receptor binding to the MMTV promoter

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    Astrand, Carolina, E-mail: ca340@cam.ac.uk [Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm (Sweden); Belikov, Sergey, E-mail: Sergey.Belikov@ki.se [Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm (Sweden); Wrange, Orjan, E-mail: Orjan.Wrange@ki.se [Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2009-09-10

    Transcription from the mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV) promoter is induced by the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). This switch was reconstituted in Xenopus oocytes. Previously, we showed that Nuclear Factor 1 (NF1) and Octamer Transcription Factor 1 (Oct1) bind constitutively to the MMTV promoter and thereby induce translational nucleosome positioning representing an intermediary, i.e. preset, state of nucleosome organization. Here we further characterize this NF1 and Oct1 induced preset chromatin in relation to the inactive and the hormone-activated state. The preset chromatin exhibits increased histone acetylation but does not cause dissociation of histone H1 as oppose to the hormone-activated state. Furthermore, upon hormone induction the preset MMTV chromatin displays an enhanced and prolonged GR binding capacity and transcription during an intrinsic and time-dependent silencing of the injected template. The silencing process correlates with a reduced histone acetylation. However, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, trichostatin A (TSA), does not counteract silencing in spite of its distinct stimulation of GR-DNA binding. The latter indicates the importance of histone acetylation to maintain DNA access for inducible factor binding. We discuss how constitutively bound factors such as NF1 and Oct1 may participate in the maintenance of tissue specificity of hormone responsive genes.

  20. A functional tetranucleotide (AAAT) polymorphism in an Alu element in the NF1 gene is associated with mental retardation.

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    Védrine, Sylviane Marouillat; Vourc'h, Patrick; Tabagh, Refaat; Mignon, Laurence; Höfflin, Saskya; Cherpi-Antar, Catherine; Mbarek, Olivier; Paubel, Agathe; Moraine, Claude; Raynaud, Martine; Andres, Christian R

    2011-03-17

    Mental retardation (MR) is frequent in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). Allele 5 of a tetranucleotide polymorphism in an Alu element (GXAlu) localized in intron 27b of the NF1 gene has previously been associated with autism. We considered that the microsatellite GXAlu could also represent a risk factor in MR without autism. We developed a rapid method for genotyping by non-denaturing HPLC and assayed the allelic variation of GXAlu marker on in vitro gene expression in Cos-7 cells. A French population of 157 individuals (68 non syndromic non familial MR (NS-MR) patients diagnosed in the University Hospital of Tours; 89 controls) was tested in a case-control assay. We observed a significant association (χ(2)=7.96; p=0.005) between alu4 carriers (7 AAAT repeats) and MR (OR: 7.86; 95% C.I.: 2.13-28.9). The relative in vitro expression of a reporter gene encoding chloramphenicol acetyl transferase (CAT) was higher for alu4 and alu5, suggesting a regulation effect for these alleles on gene expression in vivo. Our results showed an association with a polymorphism regulating the NF1 gene or other genes during brain development. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Parallel Regulation of von Hippel-Lindau Disease by pVHL-Mediated Degradation of B-Myb and Hypoxia-Inducible Factor α

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    Uematsu, Keiji; Byrne, Stuart D.; Hirano, Mie; Joo-Okumura, Akiko; Nishikimi, Akihiko; Shuin, Taro; Fukui, Yoshinori; Nakatsukasa, Kunio

    2016-01-01

    pVHL, the protein product of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene, is a ubiquitin ligase that targets hypoxia-inducible factor α (HIF-α) for proteasomal degradation. Although HIF-α activation is necessary for VHL disease pathogenesis, constitutive activation of HIF-α alone did not induce renal clear cell carcinomas and pheochromocytomas in mice, suggesting the involvement of an HIF-α-independent pathway in VHL pathogenesis. Here, we show that the transcription factor B-Myb is a pVHL substrate that is degraded via the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway and that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)- and/or platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-dependent tyrosine 15 phosphorylation of B-Myb prevents its degradation. Mice injected with B-Myb knockdown 786-O cells developed dramatically larger tumors than those bearing control cell tumors. Microarray screening of B-Myb-regulated genes showed that the expression of HIF-α-dependent genes was not affected by B-Myb knockdown, indicating that B-Myb prevents HIF-α-dependent tumorigenesis through an HIF-α-independent pathway. These data indicate that the regulation of B-Myb by pVHL plays a critical role in VHL disease. PMID:27090638

  2. NF1, Sp1 and HSF1 are synergistically involved in sulfide-induced sqr activation in echiuran worm Urechis unicinctus

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    Liu, Xiaolong; Qin, Zhenkui; Li, Xueyu; Ma, Xiaoyu; Gao, Beibei; Zhang, Zhifeng, E-mail: zzfp107@ouc.edu.cn

    2016-06-15

    Highlights: • Sulfide activates sqr transcription against respiratory toxicity in Urechis unicinctus. • Sulfide increases expressions and activities of NF1, Sp1 and HSF1 in a time-dependent manner. • NF1 and Sp1 participate in both basal and early sulfide-induced sqr transcription. • HSF1 functions more significantly than NF1 and Sp1 in sulfide-induced sqr transcription. • Transcription factors NF1, Sp1 and HSF1 enhance sqr promoter activity synergistically. - Abstract: Background: Sulfide is a well-known environmental toxic substance. Mitochondrial sulfide oxidation is a main mechanism of sulfide detoxification in organisms, and sulfide: quinone oxidoreductase (SQR) is a key enzyme which is involved in transferring electrons from sulfide to ubiquinone and converting sulfide into thiosulfate. Previous studies have revealed the SQR-mediated mitochondrial sulfide oxidation exists in the echiuran worm Urechis unicinctus, and its sqr mRNA level increased significantly when the worm is exposed to sulfide. In this study, we attempt to reveal the synergistic regulation of transcription factors on sulfide-induced sqr transcription in U. unicinctus. Methods: ChIP and EMSA were used to identify the interactions between sqr proximal promoter (from −391 to +194 bp) and transcription factors NF1 (nuclear factor 1) and Sp1 (specificity protein 1). Site-directed mutation and transfection assays further revealed their binding sites and synergistic roles of HSF1, NF1 and Sp1 in the sqr transcription. When U. unicinctus were exposed to 150 μM sulfide, the expression levels and nuclear contents of NF1 and Sp1 were examined by Western blotting, and the binding contents between NF1 or Sp1 and the sqr promoter were also detected by ChIP. Results: Transcription factors NF1 and Sp1 were confirmed to interact with the sqr proximal promoter, and their binding sites were identified in −75 to −69 bp for NF1 and −210 to −201 bp for Sp1. Transfection assays showed mutation

  3. Differential recruitment of E3 ubiquitin ligase complexes regulates RET isoform internalization.

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    Hyndman, Brandy D; Crupi, Mathieu J F; Peng, Susan; Bone, Leslie N; Rekab, Aisha N; Lian, Eric Y; Wagner, Simona M; Antonescu, Costin N; Mulligan, Lois M

    2017-10-01

    The RET receptor tyrosine kinase is implicated in normal development and cancer. RET is expressed as two isoforms, RET9 and RET51, with unique C-terminal tail sequences that recruit distinct protein complexes to mediate signals. Upon activation, RET isoforms are internalized with distinct kinetics, suggesting differences in regulation. Here, we demonstrate that RET9 and RET51 differ in their abilities to recruit E3 ubiquitin ligases to their unique C-termini. RET51, but not RET9, interacts with, and is ubiquitylated by CBL, which is recruited through interactions with the GRB2 adaptor protein. RET51 internalization was not affected by CBL knockout but was delayed in GRB2-depleted cells. In contrast, RET9 ubiquitylation requires phosphorylation-dependent changes in accessibility of key RET9 C-terminal binding motifs that facilitate interactions with multiple adaptor proteins, including GRB10 and SHANK2, to recruit the NEDD4 ubiquitin ligase. We showed that NEDD4-mediated ubiquitylation is required for RET9 localization to clathrin-coated pits and subsequent internalization. Our data establish differences in the mechanisms of RET9 and RET51 ubiquitylation and internalization that may influence the strength and duration of RET isoform signals and cellular outputs.This article has an associated First Person interview with the first authors of the paper. © 2017. Published by The Company of Biologists Ltd.

  4. Targeted NF1 cancer therapeutics with multiple modes of action: small molecule hormone-like agents resembling the natural anticancer metabolite, 2-methoxyoestradiol

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    Shen, Yu-chi; Upadhyayula, Ravi; Cevallos, Stephanie; Messick, Ryan J; Hsia, Tammy; Leese, Mathew P; Jewett, Douglas M; Ferrer-Torres, Daysha; Roth, Therese M; Dohle, Wolfgang; Potter, Barry V L; Barald, Kate F

    2015-01-01

    ...), a naturally occurring anticancer metabolite of 17-β estradiol. Previous reports of treatment with sulfamoylated steroidal and non-steroidal derivatives of 2ME2 showed promising reductions in tumour burden in hormone-responsive cancers other than NF1...

  5. RET fusion genes in Korean non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Yoo, Seung Soo; Jin, Guang; Jung, Hye Jin; Hong, Mi Jeong; Choi, Jin Eun; Jeon, Hyo-Sung; Lee, Shin Yup; Lim, Jeong Ok; Park, Jae Yong

    2013-10-01

    Recently, rearranged during transfection (RET) fusions have been identified in approximately 1% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). To know the prevalence of RET fusion genes in Korean NSCLCs, we examined the RET fusion genes in 156 surgically resected NSCLCs using a reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Two KIF5B-RET fusions and one CCDC6-RET fusion were identified. All three patients were females and never smokers with adenocarcinomas. RET fusion genes were mutually exclusive from EGFR, KRAS mutations and EML4-ALK fusion. RET fusion genes occur 1.9% (3 of 156) of surgically treated NSCLC patients in Koreans.

  6. Ret receptor tyrosine kinase sustains proliferation and tissue maturation in intestinal epithelia

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    Perea, Daniel; Guiu, Jordi; Hudry, Bruno

    2017-01-01

    site of Ret expression in the intestine: the intestinal epithelium. Experiments in Drosophila indicate that Ret is expressed both by enteric neurons and adult intestinal epithelial progenitors, which require Ret to sustain their proliferation. Mechanistically, Ret is engaged in a positive feedback loop...... role for Ret in promoting epithelial maturation and regulating Wnt signalling. Our findings reveal evolutionary conservation of the positive Ret/Wnt signalling feedback in both developmental and homeostatic contexts. They also suggest an epithelial contribution to Ret loss-of-function disorders...

  7. Four-year follow-up study in a NF1 Boy with a focal pontine hamartoma

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    Parisi Pasquale

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Neurofibromatosis is a collective name for a group of genetic conditions in which benign tumours affect the nervous system. Type 1 is caused by a genetic mutation in the NF1 gene (OMIM 613113 and symptoms can vary dramatically between individuals, even within the same family. Some people have very mild skin changes, whereas others suffer severe medical complications. The condition usually appears in childhood and is diagnosed if two of the following are present: six or more café-au-lait patches larger than 1.5 cm in diameter, axillary or groin freckling, 2 or more Lisch nodules (small pigmented areas in the iris of the eye, 2 or more neurofibromas, optic pathway gliomas, bone dysplasia, and a first-degree family relative with Neurofibromatosis type 1. The pattern of inheritance is autosomal dominant, however, half of all NF1 cases are ‘sporadic’ and there is no family history. Neurofibromatosis type 1 is an extremely variable condition whose morbidity and mortality is largely dictated by the occurrence of the many complications that may involve any of the body systems. We describe a family affected by NF1 in whom genetic molecular analysis identified the same mutation in the son and father. Routine MRI showed pontine focal lesions in the eight-year-old son, though not in the father. We performed a four years follow-up study and at follow-up pontine hamartoma size remained unchanged in the son, and the father showed still no brain lesions, confirming thus an intra-familial phenotype variability.

  8. Comparison of DNA variants in the PRNP and NF1 regions between bovine spongiform encephalopathy and control cattle.

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    Geldermann, H; He, H; Bobal, P; Bartenschlager, H; Preuss, S

    2006-10-01

    DNA from 252 bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) cattle and 376 non-diseased control cattle were genotyped for nine loci in the prion protein (PRNP) gene region, three loci in the neurofibromin 1 (NF1) region and four control loci on different chromosomes. The allele and genotype frequencies of the control loci were similar in BSE and control cattle. In the analysed 7.4 Mb PRNP region, the largest differences between BSE and control cattle were found for the loci REG2, R16 and R18, which are located between +300 and +5600 bp, spanning PRNP introns 1 to 2. Carriers of the REG2 genotype 128/128 were younger at BSE diagnosis than those with the other genotypes (128/140 or 140/140). The predominant haplotype REG2 128 bp-R18 173 bp occurred more frequently (P < 0.001), and the second-most frequent haplotype (REG2 140 bp-R18 175 bp) occurred less frequently (P < 0.05) in BSE than in control cattle. The largest frequency differences between BSE and control groups were observed in the Brown Swiss breed. Across all breeds, most of the same alleles and haplotypes of the PRNP region were associated with BSE. In the 23-cM NF1 region, associations with BSE incidence were found for the RM222 allele and for the DIK4009 genotype frequencies. Cattle carrying RM222 genotypes with the 127- or 129-bp alleles were about half a year older at BSE incidence than those with other genotypes. Across the breeds, different alleles and genotypes of the NF1 region were associated with BSE. The informative DNA markers were used to localize the genetic disposition to BSE and may be useful for the identification of the causative DNA variants.

  9. Dysregulated gene expressions of MEX3D, FOS and BCL2 in human induced-neuronal (iN) cells from NF1 patients: a pilot study.

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    Sagata, Noriaki; Kato, Takahiro A; Kano, Shin-Ichi; Ohgidani, Masahiro; Shimokawa, Norihiro; Sato-Kasai, Mina; Hayakawa, Kohei; Kuwano, Nobuki; Wilson, Ashley M; Ishizuka, Koko; Kato, Shiori; Nakahara, Takeshi; Nakahara-Kido, Makiko; Setoyama, Daiki; Sakai, Yasunari; Ohga, Shouichi; Furue, Masutaka; Sawa, Akira; Kanba, Shigenobu

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    Direct conversion technique to produce induced-neuronal (iN) cells from human fibroblasts within 2 weeks is expected to discover unknown neuronal phenotypes of neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we present unique gene expression profiles in iN cells from patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a single-gene multifaceted disorder with comparatively high co-occurrence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Microarray-based transcriptomic analysis on iN cells from male healthy controls and male NF1 patients (NF1-iN cells) revealed that 149 genes expressions were significantly different (110 upregulated and 39 downregulated). We validated that mRNA of MEX3D (mex-3 RNA binding family member D) was lower in NF1-iN cells by real-time PCR with 12 sex-mixed samples. In NF1-iN cells on day 14, higher expression of FOS mRNA was observed with lower expression of MEX3D mRNA. Interestingly, BCL2 mRNA was higher in NF1-iN cells on day 5 (early-period) but not on day 14. Our data suggest that aberrant molecular signals due to NF1 mutations may disturb gene expressions, a subset of which defines continuum of the neuronal phenotypes of NF1 with ASD. Further translational studies using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell-derived neuronal cells are needed to validate our preliminary findings especially confirming meanings of analysis using early-period iN cells.

  10. Inactivation of Vhl in Osteochondral Progenitor Cells Causes High Bone Mass Phenotype and Protects Against Age-Related Bone Loss in Adult Mice

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    Weng, Tujun; Xie, Yangli; Huang, Junlan; Luo, Fengtao; Yi, Lingxian; He, Qifen; Chen, Di; Chen, Lin

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that disruption of von Hippel–Lindau gene (Vhl) coincides with activation of hypoxia-inducible factor α (HIFα) signaling in bone cells and plays an important role in bone development, homeostasis, and regeneration. It is known that activation of HIF1α signaling in mature osteoblasts is central to the coupling between angiogenesis and bone formation. However, the precise mechanisms responsible for the coupling between skeletal angiogenesis and osteogenesis during bone remodeling are only partially elucidated. To evaluate the role of Vhl in bone homeostasis and the coupling between vascular physiology and bone, we generated mice lacking Vhl in osteochondral progenitor cells (referred to as Vhl cKO mice) at postnatal and adult stages in a tamoxifen-inducible manner and changes in skeletal morphology were assessed by micro–computed tomography (µCT), histology, and bone histomorphometry. We found that mice with inactivation of Vhl in osteochondral progenitor cells at the postnatal stage largely phenocopied that of mice lacking Vhl in mature osteoblasts, developing striking and progressive accumulation of cancellous bone with increased microvascular density and bone formation. These were accompanied with a significant increase in osteoblast proliferation, upregulation of differentiation marker Runx2 and osteocalcin, and elevated expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and phosphorylation of Smad1/5/8. In addition, we found that Vhl deletion in osteochondral progenitor cells in adult bone protects mice from aging-induced bone loss. Our data suggest that the VHL-mediated signaling in osteochondral progenitor cells plays a critical role in bone remodeling at postnatal/adult stages through coupling osteogenesis and angiogenesis. © 2014 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. PMID:23999831

  11. Generation of KCL025 research grade human embryonic stem cell line carrying a mutation in NF1 gene

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    Heema Hewitson

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The KCL025 human embryonic stem cell line was derived from an embryo donated for research that carried an autosomal dominant mutation in the NF1 gene encoding neurofibromin (c.3739–3742 ΔTTTG. Mutations in this gene have been linked to neurofibromatosis type 1, juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia and Watson syndrome. The ICM was isolated using laser microsurgery and plated on γ-irradiated human foreskin fibroblasts. Both the derivation and cell line propagation were performed in an animal product-free environment. Pluripotent state and differentiation potential were confirmed by in vitro assays.

  12. High Incidence of Noonan Syndrome Features Including Short Stature and Pulmonic Stenosis in Patients carrying NF1 Missense Mutations Affecting p.Arg1809: Genotype–Phenotype Correlation

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    Rojnueangnit, Kitiwan; Xie, Jing; Gomes, Alicia; Sharp, Angela; Callens, Tom; Chen, Yunjia; Liu, Ying; Cochran, Meagan; Abbott, Mary‐Alice; Atkin, Joan; Babovic‐Vuksanovic, Dusica; Barnett, Christopher P.; Crenshaw, Melissa; Bartholomew, Dennis W.; Basel, Lina; Bellus, Gary; Ben‐Shachar, Shay; Bialer, Martin G.; Bick, David; Blumberg, Bruce; Cortes, Fanny; David, Karen L.; Destree, Anne; Duat‐Rodriguez, Anna; Earl, Dawn; Escobar, Luis; Eswara, Marthanda; Ezquieta, Begona; Frayling, Ian M.; Frydman, Moshe; Gardner, Kathy; Gripp, Karen W.; Hernández‐Chico, Concepcion; Heyrman, Kurt; Ibrahim, Jennifer; Janssens, Sandra; Keena, Beth A; Llano‐Rivas, Isabel; Leppig, Kathy; McDonald, Marie; Misra, Vinod K.; Mulbury, Jennifer; Narayanan, Vinodh; Orenstein, Naama; Galvin‐Parton, Patricia; Pedro, Helio; Pivnick, Eniko K.; Powell, Cynthia M.; Randolph, Linda; Raskin, Salmo; Rosell, Jordi; Rubin, Karol; Seashore, Margretta; Schaaf, Christian P.; Scheuerle, Angela; Schultz, Meredith; Schorry, Elizabeth; Schnur, Rhonda; Siqveland, Elizabeth; Tkachuk, Amanda; Tonsgard, James; Upadhyaya, Meena; Verma, Ishwar C.; Wallace, Stephanie; Williams, Charles; Zackai, Elaine; Zonana, Jonathan; Lazaro, Conxi; Claes, Kathleen; Korf, Bruce; Martin, Yolanda; Legius, Eric

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    ABSTRACT Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is one of the most frequent genetic disorders, affecting 1:3,000 worldwide. Identification of genotype–phenotype correlations is challenging because of the wide range clinical variability, the progressive nature of the disorder, and extreme diversity of the mutational spectrum. We report 136 individuals with a distinct phenotype carrying one of five different NF1 missense mutations affecting p.Arg1809. Patients presented with multiple café‐au‐lait macules (CALM) with or without freckling and Lisch nodules, but no externally visible plexiform neurofibromas or clear cutaneous neurofibromas were found. About 25% of the individuals had Noonan‐like features. Pulmonic stenosis and short stature were significantly more prevalent compared with classic cohorts (P segmental NF1‐patient showed two different somatic NF1 mutations, p.Arg1809Cys and a multi‐exon deletion, providing genetic evidence that p.Arg1809Cys is a loss‐of‐function mutation in the melanocytes and causes a pigmentary phenotype. Constitutional missense mutations at p.Arg1809 affect 1.23% of unrelated NF1 probands in the UAB cohort, therefore this specific NF1 genotype–phenotype correlation will affect counseling and management of a significant number of patients. PMID:26178382

  13. Ocular Alterations in a Rare Case of Segmental Neurofibromatosis Type 1 with a Non-Classified Mutational Variant of the NF-1 Gene.

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    Abdolrahimzadeh, Solmaz; Piraino, Domenica Carmen; Plateroti, Rocco; Scuderi, Gianluca; Recupero, Santi Maria

    2016-06-01

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1) is an autsomal dominant disorder which can occasionally result from somatic mosaicism and manifest as segmental forms of the disease. A 37-year-old woman with ascertained NF-1, based on clinical diagnostic criteria and genetic analysis, was referred for ophthalmological evaluation. Genetic analysis, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), complete ophthalmological examination, and near infrared reflectance (NIR) images at 815 nm of the retina were obtained. Genetic analysis revealed a non-classified mutational variant of the NF-1 gene identified as NM_000267.3:c2084T > C (p.Leu695Pro.T). MRI demonstrated non-symptomatic bilateral optic nerve gliomas. The only cutaneous sign was a subcutaneous neurofibroma of the posterior cervical region. Slit-lamp examination showed bilateral Lisch nodules. NIR images of the retina did not show any choroidal hamartomas. We report a rare case of segmental neurofibromatosis with a non-classified mutational variant of the NF-1 gene described in only one previous case in the literature. The patient presented with clinical features of NF-1 localized to the head and neck region, compatible with diagnosis of segmental NF-1. Interestingly, ocular manifestations included bilateral optic nerve gliomas and Lisch nodules, but no choroidal hamartomas.

  14. Modification of cell wall polysaccharides during retting of cassava roots.

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    Ngolong Ngea, Guillaume Legrand; Guillon, Fabienne; Essia Ngang, Jean Justin; Bonnin, Estelle; Bouchet, Brigitte; Saulnier, Luc

    2016-12-15

    Retting is an important step in traditional cassava processing that involves tissue softening of the roots to transform the cassava into flour and various food products. The tissue softening that occurs during retting was attributed to the degradation of cell wall pectins through the action of pectin-methylesterase and pectate-lyase that possibly originated from a microbial source or the cassava plant itself. Changes in cell wall composition were investigated during retting using chemical analysis, specific glycanase degradation and immuno-labelling of cell wall polysaccharides. Pectic 1,4-β-d-galactan was the main cell wall polysaccharide affected during the retting of cassava roots. This result suggested that better control of pectic galactan degradation and a better understanding of the degradation mechanism by endogenous endo-galactanase and/or exogenous microbial enzymes might contribute to improve the texture properties of cassava products. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Easily available enzymes as natural retting agents.

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    Antonov, Viktor; Marek, Jan; Bjelkova, Marie; Smirous, Prokop; Fischer, Holger

    2007-03-01

    Easily available commercial enzymes currently have great potential in bast fibre processing and can be modified for different end uses. There are several new technologies using enzymes that are able to modify fibre parameters, achieve requested properties, improve processing results and are more beneficial to the ecology in the area of bast fibre processing and fabrics finishing. Enzymatic methods for retting of flax, "cottonisation" of bast fibres, hemp separation, and processing of flax rovings before wet spinning, etc., fall into this group of new technologies. Such enzymatic biotechnologies can provide benefits in textile, composite, reinforced plastic and other technical applications. Laboratory, pilot and industrial scale results and experiences have demonstrated the ability of selected enzymes to decompose interfibre-bonding layers based on pectin, lignin and hemicelluloses. Texazym SER spray is able to increase flax long fibre yields by more than 40%. Other enzymes in combination with mild mechanical treatment can replace aggressive and energy-intensive processing like Laroche "cottonisation". Texazym SCW and DLG pretreatments of flax rovings are presented.

  16. ERK5/BMK1 Is a Novel Target of the Tumor Suppressor VHL: Implication in Clear Cell Renal Carcinoma12

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    Arias-González, Laura; Moreno-Gimeno, Inmaculada; del Campo, Antonio Rubio; Serrano-Oviedo, Leticia; Valero, María Llanos; Esparís-Ogando, Azucena; de la Cruz-Morcillo, Miguel Ángel; Melgar-Rojas, Pedro; García-Cano, Jesús; Cimas, Francisco José; Hidalgo, María José Ruiz; Prado, Alfonso; Callejas-Valera, Juan Luis; Nam-Cha, Syong Hyun; Giménez-Bachs, José Miguel; Salinas-Sánchez, Antonio S; Pandiella, Atanasio; del Peso, Luis; Sánchez-Prieto, Ricardo

    2013-01-01

    Extracellular signal-regulated kinase 5 (ERK5), also known as big mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) 1, is implicated in a wide range of biologic processes, which include proliferation or vascularization. Here, we show that ERK5 is degraded through the ubiquitin-proteasome system, in a process mediated by the tumor suppressor von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene, through a prolyl hydroxylation-dependent mechanism. Our conclusions derive from transient transfection assays in Cos7 cells, as well as the study of endogenous ERK5 in different experimental systems such as MCF7, HMEC, or Caki-2 cell lines. In fact, the specific knockdown of ERK5 in pVHL-negative cell lines promotes a decrease in proliferation and migration, supporting the role of this MAPK in cellular transformation. Furthermore, in a short series of fresh samples from human clear cell renal cell carcinoma, high levels of ERK5 correlate with more aggressive and metastatic stages of the disease. Therefore, our results provide new biochemical data suggesting that ERK5 is a novel target of the tumor suppressor VHL, opening a new field of research on the role of ERK5 in renal carcinomas. PMID:23730213

  17. ERK5/BMK1 Is a Novel Target of the Tumor Suppressor VHL: Implication in Clear Cell Renal Carcinoma

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    Laura Arias-González

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Extracellular signal-regulated kinase 5 (ERK5, also known as big mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK 1, is implicated in a wide range of biologic processes, which include proliferation or vascularization. Here, we show that ERK5 is degraded through the ubiquitin-proteasome system, in a process mediated by the tumor suppressor von Hippel-Lindau (VHL gene, through a prolyl hydroxylation-dependent mechanism. Our conclusions derive from transient transfection assays in Cos7 cells, as well as the study of endogenous ERK5 in different experimental systems such as MCF7, HMEC, or Caki-2 cell lines. In fact, the specific knockdown of ERK5 in pVHL-negative cell lines promotes a decrease in proliferation and migration, supporting the role of this MAPK in cellular transformation. Furthermore, in a short series of fresh samples from human clear cell renal cell carcinoma, high levels of ERK5 correlate with more aggressive and metastatic stages of the disease. Therefore, our results provide new biochemical data suggesting that ERK5 is a novel target of the tumor suppressor VHL, opening a new field of research on the role of ERK5 in renal carcinomas.

  18. Identification of Somatic Mutations in the von Hippel–Lindau (VHL Gene in a Patient With Renal Cell Carcinoma

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    Wen-Chung Wang

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available One of the known causal molecular events in renal cell carcinoma is somatic mutation in the von Hippel–Lindau (VHL gene. Our study describes a 51-year-old Taiwanese man who had bilateral renal cell carcinoma. The patient underwent radical nephrectomy without postoperative chemotherapy or radiotherapy, and is still alive after renal transplantation without tumor recurrence after > 5 years. To clarify his predisposition for bilateral tumors, we performed molecular genetic analysis of the VHL gene in this study. Polymerase chain reaction–single-strand conformation polymorphism and direct sequencing were performed on DNA of blood samples and paraffin-embedded tumor specimens from this patient. DNA from peripheral blood lymphocytes tested negative for germline mutations. However, there were two heterozygous alleles in the promoter and 3′ untranslated regions of this gene. Nonetheless, the DNA from his tumors showed loss of heterozygosity (LOH in these two loci. In addition to the LOH, we identified some different somatic mutations in his tumor tissues: C287T and G460A in the right-sided tumor, and G244A and G390A in the left-sided tumor. The possible roles of these genetic polymorphisms and point mutations in his renal tumorigenesis are discussed. This report provides new insights into renal cell carcinoma that result from VHL gene alterations in Taiwan.

  19. Retórica jurídica Retórica jurídica

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    Gerardo Ribeiro Toral

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The legal rhetoric is a technique of argument and a way to build the truth. The legal rhetoric suggested in the article conceives language as a process of construction of the linguistic competence (understood as the ability of the subject to act linguistically, and is considered the cornerstone of the legal discursive practices. We stipulate that he legal discourse language is a construction in constantly giving, opposing us to the idea of language as a given. La retórica jurídica es una técnica de argumentación y un modo de construir la verdad. La retórica jurídica que se propone en el artículo concibe al lenguaje como un proceso de construcción en el que la competencia lingüística, entendida como la capacidad de actuar lingüísticamente del sujeto, constituye el eje fundamental de las prácticas discursivas jurídicas. Proponemos que el discurso del lenguaje legal es una construcción en permanente desarrollo, oponiéndonos a la idea del lenguaje como algo dado.

  20. Chromosome 10 and RET gene copy number alterations in hereditary and sporadic Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma.

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    Ciampi, Raffaele; Romei, Cristina; Cosci, Barbara; Vivaldi, Agnese; Bottici, Valeria; Renzini, Giulia; Ugolini, Clara; Tacito, Alessia; Basolo, Fulvio; Pinchera, Aldo; Elisei, Rossella

    2012-01-02

    About 30% of hereditary Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma (MTC) have been demonstrated to harbour imbalance between mutant and wild-type RET alleles. We studied the RET copy number alterations (RET CNA) in 65 MTC and their correlation with RET mutation and patients' outcome. Fluorescence in situ Hybridization and Real-time PCR revealed RET CNA in 27.7% MTC but only in a variable percentage of cells. In sporadic MTC, RET CNA were represented by chromosome 10 aneuploidy while in hereditary MTC by RET amplification. A significant higher prevalence of RET CNA was observed in RET mutated MTC (P=0.003). RET CNA was also associated to a poorer outcome (P=0.005). However, the multivariate analysis revealed that only RET mutation and advanced clinical stage correlated with the worst outcome. In conclusion, 30% MTC harbour RET CNA in variable percentage of cells suggesting cell heterogeneity. RET CNA can be considered a poor prognostic factor potentiating the poor prognostic role of RET mutation. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. NF1 regulation of RAS/ERK signaling is required for appropriate granule neuron progenitor expansion and migration in cerebellar development.

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    Sanchez-Ortiz, Efrain; Cho, Woosung; Nazarenko, Inga; Mo, Wei; Chen, Jian; Parada, Luis F

    2014-11-01

    Cerebellar development is regulated by a coordinated spatiotemporal interplay between granule neuron progenitors (GNPs), Purkinje neurons, and glia. Abnormal development can trigger motor deficits, and more recent data indicate important roles in aspects of memory, behavior, and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Germline mutation in the NF1 tumor suppressor gene underlies Neurofibromatosis type 1, a complex disease that enhances susceptibility to certain cancers and neurological disorders, including intellectual deficits and ASD. The NF1 gene encodes for neurofibromin, a RAS GTPase-activating protein, and thus negatively regulates the RAS signaling pathway. Here, using mouse models to direct conditional NF1 ablation in either embryonic cerebellar progenitors or neonatal GNPs, we show that neurofibromin is required for appropriate development of cerebellar folia layering and structure. Remarkably, neonatal administration of inhibitors of the ERK pathway reversed the morphological defects. Thus, our findings establish a critical cell-autonomous role for the NF1-RAS-ERK pathway in the appropriate regulation of cerebellar development and provide a basis for using neonatal ERK inhibitor-based therapies to treat NF1-induced cerebellar disorders. © 2014 Sanchez-Ortiz et al.; Published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

  2. Integrated Genomic Analysis Identifies Clinically Relevant Subtypes of Glioblastoma Characterized by Abnormalities in PDGFRA, IDH1, EGFR, and NF1

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    Verhaak, Roel GW; Hoadley, Katherine A; Purdom, Elizabeth; Wang, Victoria; Qi, Yuan; Wilkerson, Matthew D; Miller, C Ryan; Ding, Li; Golub, Todd; Mesirov, Jill P; Alexe, Gabriele; Lawrence, Michael; O' Kelly, Michael; Tamayo, Pablo; Weir, Barbara A; Gabriel, Stacey; Winckler, Wendy; Gupta, Supriya; Jakkula, Lakshmi; Feiler, Heidi S; Hodgson, J Graeme; James, C David; Sarkaria, Jann N; Brennan, Cameron; Kahn, Ari; Spellman, Paul T; Wilson, Richard K; Speed, Terence P; Gray, Joe W; Meyerson, Matthew; Getz, Gad; Perou, Charles M; Hayes, D Neil; Network, The Cancer Genome Atlas Research

    2009-09-03

    The Cancer Genome Atlas Network recently cataloged recurrent genomic abnormalities in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). We describe a robust gene expression-based molecular classification of GBM into Proneural, Neural, Classical, and Mesenchymal subtypes and integrate multidimensional genomic data to establish patterns of somatic mutations and DNA copy number. Aberrations and gene expression of EGFR, NF1, and PDGFRA/IDH1 each define the Classical, Mesenchymal, and Proneural subtypes, respectively. Gene signatures of normal brain cell types show a strong relationship between subtypes and different neural lineages. Additionally, response to aggressive therapy differs by subtype, with the greatest benefit in the Classical subtype and no benefit in the Proneural subtype. We provide a framework that unifies transcriptomic and genomic dimensions for GBM molecular stratification with important implications for future studies.

  3. Dual QED$_3$ at "$N_F = 1/2$" is an interacting CFT in the infrared

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    Roscher, Dietrich; Strack, Philipp

    2016-01-01

    We study the fate of weakly coupled dual QED$_3$ in the infrared, that is, a single two-component Dirac fermion coupled to an emergent U(1) gauge field, but without Chern-Simons term. This theory has recently been proposed as a dual description of 2D surfaces of certain topological insulators. Using the renormalization group, we find that the interplay of gauge fluctuations with generated interactions in the four-fermi sector stabilizes an interacting conformal field theory (CFT) with finite four-fermi coupling in the infrared. The emergence of this CFT is due to cancellations in the $\\beta$-function of the four-fermi coupling special to "$N_F = 1/2$". We also quantify how a possible "strong" Dirac fermion duality between a free Dirac cone and dual QED$_3$ would constrain the universal constants of the topological current correlator of the latter.

  4. BET Bromodomain Inhibition Triggers Apoptosis of NF1-Associated Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors through Bim Induction

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs are highly aggressive sarcomas that develop sporadically or in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 patients. There is no effective treatment for MPNSTs and they are typically fatal. To gain insights into MPNST pathogenesis, we utilized an MPNST mouse model that allowed us to study the evolution of these tumors at the transcriptome level. Strikingly, in MPNSTs we found upregulation of a chromatin regulator, Brd4, and show that BRD4 inhibition profoundly suppresses both growth and tumorigenesis. Our findings reveal roles for BET bromodomains in MPNST development and report a mechanism by which bromodomain inhibition induces apoptosis through induction of proapoptotic Bim, which may represent a paradigm shift in therapy for MPNST patients. Moreover, these findings indicate epigenetic mechanisms underlying the balance of anti- and proapoptotic molecules and that bromodomain inhibition can shift this balance in favor of cancer cell apoptosis.

  5. A novel NF1 mutation in a Chinese patient with giant café-au-lait macule in neurofibromatosis type 1 associated with a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor and bone abnormality.

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    Tong, H-X; Li, M; Zhang, Y; Zhu, J; Lu, W-Q

    2012-08-29

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1; OMIM#162200) is a common neurocutaneous disorder that is characterized by multiple café-au-lait, skinfold freckling, Lisch nodules, and neurofibromas. Mutations in the NF1 gene, which encodes the neurofibromin protein, have been identified as the pathogenic gene of NF1. In this study, we present a clinical and molecular study of a Chinese patient with giant café-au-lait in NF1. The patient showed >6 café-au-lait spots on the body, axillary freckling, and multiple subcutaneous neurofibromas. He also had a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor and bone abnormalities. The germline mutational analysis of the NF1 gene revealed a novel missense mutation in exon 13. It is a novel heterozygous nucleotide G>A transition at position 2241 of the NF1 gene. We found no mutation in malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor DNA from this patient. This expands the database for NF1 gene mutations in NF1. Its absence in the normal chromosomes suggests that it is responsible for the NF1 phenotype. To our knowledge, this is the first case of giant café-au-lait macule in NF1 associated with a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor and bone abnormality.

  6. Role of VHL, HIF1A and SDH on the expression of miR-210: Implications for tumoral pseudo-hypoxic fate.

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    Merlo, Anna; Bernardo-Castiñeira, Cristóbal; Sáenz-de-Santa-María, Inés; Pitiot, Ana S; Balbín, Milagros; Astudillo, Aurora; Valdés, Nuria; Scola, Bartolomé; Del Toro, Raquel; Méndez-Ferrer, Simón; Piruat, José I; Suarez, Carlos; Chiara, María-Dolores

    2017-01-24

    The hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) and its microRNA target, miR-210, are candidate tumor-drivers of metabolic reprogramming in cancer. Neuroendocrine neoplasms such as paragangliomas (PGLs) are particularly appealing for understanding the cancer metabolic adjustments because of their associations with deregulations of metabolic enzymes, such as succinate dehydrogenase (SDH), and the von Hippel Lindau (VHL) gene involved in HIF-1α stabilization. However, the role of miR-210 in the pathogenesis of SDH-related tumors remains an unmet challenge. Herein is described an in vivo genetic analysis of the role of VHL, HIF1A and SDH on miR-210 by using knockout murine models, siRNA gene silencing, and analyses of human tumors. HIF-1α knockout abolished hypoxia-induced miR-210 expression in vivo but did not alter its constitutive expression in paraganglia. Normoxic miR-210 levels substantially increased by complete, but not partial, VHL silencing in paraganglia of knockout VHL-mice and by over-expression of p76del-mutated pVHL. Similarly, VHL-mutated PGLs, not those with decreased VHL-gene/mRNA dosage, over-expressed miR-210 and accumulate HIF-1α in most tumor cells. Ablation of SDH activity in SDHD-null cell lines or reduction of the SDHD or SDHB protein levels elicited by siRNA-induced gene silencing did not induce miR-210 whereas the presence of SDH mutations in PGLs and tumor-derived cell lines was associated with mild increase of miR-210 and the presence of a heterogeneous, HIF-1α-positive and HIF-1α-negative, tumor cell population. Thus, activation of HIF-1α is likely an early event in VHL-defective PGLs directly linked to VHL mutations, but it is a late event favored but not directly triggered by SDHx mutations. This combined analysis provides insights into the mechanisms of HIF-1α/miR-210 regulation in normal and tumor tissues potentially useful for understanding the pathogenesis of cancer and other diseases sharing similar underpinnings.

  7. Ret/PTC activation does not influence clinical and pathological features of adult papillary thyroid carcinomas.

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    Puxeddu, Efisio; Moretti, Sonia; Giannico, Angela; Martinelli, Marco; Marino, Cecilia; Avenia, Nicola; Cristofani, Roberto; Farabi, Raffaele; Reboldi, Gianpaolo; Ribacchi, Rodolfo; Pontecorvi, Alfredo; Santeusanio, Fausto

    2003-05-01

    RET proto-oncogene rearrangements (ret/PTCs) represent the most common genetic alterations found in papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs). Correlation of ret/PTC expression with clinical outcome is controversial. The aim of the present study was to analyze the frequency of RET rearrangements in adult PTCs, and to investigate if ret/PTCs influence biological behavior and clinical features of the cancers. Ret/PTC rearrangements were looked for in tIssue samples of 48 PTCs collected at our institution. Data about clinical and pathological features of the tumors were also reviewed. Three separate association analyses were carried out on the cohort evaluating the effects of, respectively, ret/PTC positivity, preferential RET tyrosine kinase domain (RET-TK) expression, and ret/PTC plus RET-TK positivity, on age, sex, tumor size, staging, number of neoplastic foci, and histological subtype. The genetic study was conducted with the RT-PCR-Southern blot technique. Standard Student's t-test and Fisher exact test were applied for the association analyses. The molecular genetic study demonstrated the positivity of ret/PTC1 and ret/PTC3 in 13 of 48 tumors (27.1%), and an exclusive or preferential RET-TK expression in 17 cases (35.4%). None of the three genetico-clinical analyses showed any significant association between ret/PTC expression and the clinical and pathological features of the cancers. These data indicate that RET rearrangements may not play any distinctive role in driving histotype development and cancer progression in these neoplasms. Moreover, they weaken the possibility of using ret/PTC as a prognostic marker for papillary thyroid carcinomas.

  8. Disease Burden and Symptom Structure of Autism in Neurofibromatosis Type 1: A Study of the International NF1-ASD Consortium Team (INFACT).

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    Morris, Stephanie M; Acosta, Maria T; Garg, Shruti; Green, Jonathan; Huson, Susan; Legius, Eric; North, Kathryn N; Payne, Jonathan M; Plasschaert, Ellen; Frazier, Thomas W; Weiss, Lauren A; Zhang, Yi; Gutmann, David H; Constantino, John N

    2016-12-01

    Recent reports have demonstrated a higher incidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and substantially elevated autistic trait burden in individuals with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). However, important discrepancies regarding the distribution of autistic traits, sex predominance, and association between ASD symptoms and attentional problems have emerged, and critical features of the ASD phenotype within NF1 have never been adequately explored. Establishing NF1 as a monogenic cause for ASD has important implications for affected patients and for future research focused on establishing convergent pathogenic mechanisms relevant to the potential treatment targets for ASD. To characterize the quantitative autistic trait (QAT) burden in a pooled NF1 data set. Anonymized, individual-level primary data were accumulated from 6 tertiary referral centers in the United States, Belgium, United Kingdom, and Australia. A total of 531 individuals recruited from NF1 clinical centers were included in the study. Distribution of ASD traits (Social Responsiveness Scale, second edition [SRS-2], with T scores of ≥75 associated with a categorical ASD diagnosis); attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) traits (4 versions of Conners Rating Scale, with T scores of ≥65 indicating clinically significant ADHD symptoms); ASD symptom structure, latent structure, base rate derived from mixture modeling; and familiality. Of the 531 patients included in the analysis, 247 were male (46.5%); median age was 11 years (range, 2.5-83.9 years). QAT scores were continuously distributed and pathologically shifted; 13.2% (95% CI, 10.3%-16.1%) of individuals scored within the most severe range (ie, above the first percentile of the general population distribution) in which the male to female ratio was markedly attenuated (1.6:1) relative to idiopathic ASD. Autistic symptoms in this NF1 cohort demonstrated a robust unitary factor structure, with the first principal component explaining 30.9% of

  9. A Phase II Trial on the Effect of Low-Dose versus High-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation on Bone Mass in Adults with Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1)

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    of vitamin D that people with lighter skin can produce in 20 minutes of summer sun. You drink less than four glasses of milk or beverages forti!ed...Dose versus High-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation on Bone Mass in Adults with Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: David Viskochil...Low-Dose versus High-Dose 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER W18XWH-12-1-0487 Vitamin D Supplementation on Bone Mass in Adults with Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) 5b

  10. The RET proto-oncogene induces apoptosis: a novel mechanism for Hirschsprung disease

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    Bordeaux, Marie-Claire; Forcet, Christelle; Granger, Laure; Corset, Véronique; Bidaud, Christelle; Billaud, Marc; Bredesen, Dale E.; Edery, Patrick; Mehlen, Patrick

    2000-01-01

    The RET (rearranged during transfection) proto-oncogene encodes a tyrosine kinase receptor involved in both multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2), an inherited cancer syndrome, and Hirschsprung disease (HSCR), a developmental defect of enteric neurons. We report here that the expression of RET receptor induces apoptosis. This pro-apoptotic effect of RET is inhibited in the presence of its ligand glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF). Furthermore, we present evidence that RET induces apoptosis via its own cleavage by caspases, a phenomenon allowing the liberation/exposure of a pro-apoptotic domain of RET. In addition, we report that Hirschsprung-associated RET mutations impair GDNF control of RET pro-apoptotic activity. These results indicate that HSCR may result from apoptosis of RET-expressing enteric neuroblasts. PMID:10921886

  11. Characterization of the Direct Interaction between Hybrid Sensor Kinases PA1611 and RetS That Controls Biofilm Formation and the Type III Secretion System in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Bhagirath, Anjali Y; Pydi, Sai P; Li, Yanqi; Lin, Chen; Kong, Weina; Chelikani, Prashen; Duan, Kangmin

    2017-02-10

    One of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is pulmonary infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and the pathophysiology of pulmonary infection in CF is affected by the lifestyle of this micro-organism. RetS-GacS/A-RsmA is a key regulatory pathway in P. aeruginosa that determines the bacterium's lifestyle choice. Previously, we identified PA1611, a hybrid sensor kinase, as a new player in this pathway that interacts with RetS and influences biofilm formation and type III secretion system. In this study, we explored the structural and mechanistic basis of the interaction between PA1611 and RetS. We identified the amino acid residues critical for PA1611-RetS interactions by molecular modeling. These residues were then targeted for site-directed mutagenesis. Amino acid substitutions were carried out at seven key positions in PA1611 and at six corresponding key positions in RetS. The influence of such substitutions in PA1611 on the interaction was analyzed by bacterial two-hybrid assays. We carried out functional analysis of these mutants in P. aeruginosa for their effect on specific phenotypes. Two residues, F269 and E276, located within the histidine kinase A and histidine kinase-like ATPase domains of PA1611 were found to play crucial roles in the PA1611-RetS interaction and had profound effects on phenotypes. Corresponding mutations in RetS demonstrated similar results. We further confirmed that these mutations in PA1611 function through the GacS/GacA-RsmY/Z signaling pathway. Collectively, our findings provide a noncognate sensor kinase direct interaction model for a signaling pathway, key for lifestyle selection in P. aeruginosa, and targeting such interaction may serve as a novel way of controlling infections with P. aeruginosa.

  12. Kidney Tumor in a von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) Patient With Intensely Increased Activity on 68Ga-DOTA-TATE PET/CT.

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    Papadakis, Georgios Z; Millo, Corina; Sadowski, Samira M; Bagci, Ulas; Patronas, Nicholas J

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    Renal and pancreatic cysts and tumors are the most common visceral manifestations of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, a heritable multisystem cancer syndrome characterized by development of a variety of malignant and benign tumors. We report a case of a VHL patient with multiple renal cystic and complex cystic/solid lesions. The patient underwent Ga-DOTA-TATE-PET/CT showing intensely increased activity by a solid lesion which demonstrated enhancement on both CT and MRI scans, raising high suspicion for malignancy. The presented case indicates application of SSTR-imaging using Ga-DOTA-conjugated peptides in VHL-patients and emphasizes the need for cautious interpretation of renal parenchyma Ga-DOTATATE activity.

  13. Forårets konflikter godt for den danske model

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    Scheuer, Steen

    2008-01-01

    Den store vinder ved forårets konflikter var den danske model for aftaler på arbejdsmarkedet. De offentlige fagforeninger fik sig en lærestreg, da regeringen og Folketinget til de flestes overraskelse lod de lovlige konflikter løbe i ugevis. For hermed tvang man parterne, og især forbundene, til...

  14. Meie esimese luuletõlke-antoloogia puhul : [rets.] / Ain Kaalep

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    Kaalep, Ain, 1926-

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    Ilm.: Kirjandus kriitiku pilguga : artikleid, arvustusi ja aastaülevaateid 1975-1976. Tallinn : Eesti Raamat, 1978, lk. 25-31 ; Keel ja Kirjandus 1975, nr. 5, lk. 309-311 . Rets. rmt.: Sang, August. Laenatud laulud I: luuletõlkeid. Tallinn : Eesti Raamat, 1973. 336 lk.; Sang, August. Laenatud laulud II: luuletõlkeid. Tallinn : Eesti Raamat, 1974. 392 lk.

  15. Dancing Around My Technology Classroom Box (My Second RET Lab)

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    Carter, Terry

    2010-01-01

    The laboratory the author had been assigned for his RET (Research Experience for Teachers) at Vanderbilt University is new and different from the one he had previously experienced. This summer he was assigned to the Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-chip laboratory to help research dielectrophoresis. As this is an emerging technology, there was not a lot…

  16. Incidence of RET mutations in patients with Hirschsprung's disease

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    Sancandi, M; Ceccherini, [No Value; Costa, M; Fava, M; Chen, B; Wu, Y; Hofstra, R; Laurie, T; Griffths, M; Burge, D; Tam, PKH

    Background: RET mutations have been reported variously to affect 7% to 41% of Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR) patients depending on familial or sporadic occurrence of the disease, length of aganglionosis and possible association with other disease phenotypes. The authors report a study of the

  17. Microbiological Qualities of Hawked Retted Cassava Fufu in Aba ...

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    Retted cassava fufu samples obtained from five local government areas in Aba Metropolis were analyzed. Their microbial counts, chemical and organoleptic properties were determined from the day of preparation and every day for the eight days of hawking. There were increases in the microbial counts from initial average ...

  18. Oncological implications of RET gene mutations in Hirschsprung's disease

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    Sijmons, RH; Hofstra, RMW; Wijburg, FA; Links, TP; Zwierstra, RP; Vermey, A; Aronson, DC; Tan-Sindhunata, G; Brouwers-Smalbraak, GJ; Maas, SM; Buys, CHCM

    1998-01-01

    Background-Germline mutations of the RET proto-oncogene identical to those found in the tumour predisposition syndrome multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN2A), were detected in 2.5-5% of sporadic and familial cases of Hirschsprung's disease. Some patients with Hirschsprung's disease may

  19. Når politik og journalistik, ret og krig blandes

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    Harste, Gorm

    2007-01-01

    Artiklen analyserer den manglende politiske dømmekraft som er opstået i debatten om Christoffer Guldbrandsens tv'dokumentar 'Den hemmelige krig'. Den offentlige og politiske debat herom er en erstatningsdebat for den kommisionsdomstol, der burde nedsættes om de løgne, der har været fremsat 2002 -...

  20. Peripheral nerve sheath tumors of the gastrointestinal tract: a multicenter study of 58 patients including NF1-associated gastric schwannoma and unusual morphologic variants.

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    Agaimy, Abbas; Märkl, Bruno; Kitz, Julia; Wünsch, Peter H; Arnholdt, Hans; Füzesi, Laszlo; Hartmann, Arndt; Chetty, Runjan

    2010-04-01

    The frequency and morphological spectrum of gastrointestinal peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNSTs) from consecutive case material has not been studied in the c-KIT era. We reviewed all mesenchymal gastrointestinal (GI) lesions at our departments according to current diagnostic criteria. PNSTs formed the third commonest group of mesenchymal GI tumors with a lower frequency (schwannomas (n = 22) were the most common types of PNSTs encountered. Rare tumors included neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1)-associated PNSTs (n = 5) and gastric perineurioma (n = 1). Thirteen schwannomas (including also some recent cases) were initially diagnosed as GIST, leiomyoma, or neurofibroma. Unusual histological variants included sigmoid GCT with prominent lipomatous component (n = 1), reticular-microcystic schwannoma of small (n = 1) and large (n = 1) bowel, NF1-associated gastric schwannoma (the first case to date), and psammomatous melanotic colonic schwannoma unrelated to Carney complex (n = 1). PNSTs coexisted with GIST in four patients (three had definite NF1). In conclusion, PNSTs of the GI tract are rare uniformly benign neoplasms that may show schwannian, perineurial, fibroblastic, or mixed differentiation. Most of them (92%) occurred sporadically unassociated with NF1 or NF2. Gastrointestinal PNSTs are still underrecognized by general pathologists. Awareness of their diverse morphology will help to avoid confusing them with smooth muscle neoplasms and GIST that they may closely mimic.

  1. Distribution of RET immunoreactivity in the rodent spinal cord and changes after nerve injury.

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    Jongen, Joost L M; Jaarsma, Dick; Hossaini, Mehdi; Natarajan, Dipa; Haasdijk, Elize D; Holstege, Jan C

    2007-02-20

    RET (for "rearranged during transfection") is a transmembrane tyrosine kinase signaling receptor for members of the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family of ligands. We used RET immunohistochemistry (IHC), double-labeling immunofluorescence (IF), and in situ hybridization (ISH) in adult naïve and nerve-injured rats to study the distribution of RET in the spinal cord. In the dorsal horn, strong RET-immunoreactive (-ir) fibers were abundant in lamina II-inner (II(i)), although this labeling was preferentially observed after an antigen-unmasking procedure. After dorsal rhizotomy, RET-ir fibers in lamina II(i) completely disappeared from the dorsal horn, indicating that they were all primary afferents. After peripheral axotomy, RET-ir in primary afferents decreased in lamina II(i) and appeared to increase slightly in laminae III and IV. RET-ir was also observed in neurons and dendrites throughout the dorsal horn. Some RET-ir neurons in lamina I had the morphological appearance of nociceptive projection neurons, which was confirmed by the finding that 53% of RET-ir neurons in lamina I colocalized with neurokinin-1. GDNF-ir terminals were in close proximity to RET-ir neurons in the superficial dorsal horn. In the ventral horn, RET-ir was strongly expressed by motoneurons, with the strongest staining in small, presumably gamma-motoneurons. Increased RET expression following peripheral axotomy was most pronounced in alpha-motoneurons. The expression and regulation pattern of RET in the spinal cord are in line with its involvement in regenerative processes following nerve injury. The presence of RET in dorsal horn neurons, including nociceptive projection neurons, suggests that RET also has a role in signal transduction at the spinal level. This role may include mediating the effects of GDNF released from nociceptive afferent fibers.

  2. N-type calcium current, Cav2.2, is enhanced in small-diameter sensory neurons isolated from Nf1+/- mice.

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    Duan, J-H; Hodgdon, K E; Hingtgen, C M; Nicol, G D

    2014-06-13

    Major aspects of neuronal function are regulated by Ca(2+) including neurotransmitter release, excitability, developmental plasticity, and gene expression. We reported previously that sensory neurons isolated from a mouse model with a heterozygous mutation of the Nf1 gene (Nf1+/-) exhibited both greater excitability and evoked release of neuropeptides compared to wildtype mice. Furthermore, augmented voltage-dependent sodium currents but not potassium currents contribute to the enhanced excitability. To determine the mechanisms giving rise to the enhanced release of substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide in the Nf1+/- sensory neurons, the potential differences in the total voltage-dependent calcium current (ICa) as well as the contributions of individual Ca(2+) channel subtypes were assessed. Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from small-diameter capsaicin-sensitive sensory neurons demonstrated that the average peak ICa densities were not different between the two genotypes. However, by using selective blockers of channel subtypes, the current density of N-type (Cav2.2) ICa was significantly larger in Nf1+/- neurons compared to wildtype neurons. In contrast, there were no significant differences in L-, P/Q- and R-type currents between the two genotypes. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction measurements made from the isolated but intact dorsal root ganglia indicated that N-type (Cav2.2) and P/Q-type (Cav2.1) Ca(2+) channels exhibited the highest mRNA expression levels although there were no significant differences in the levels of mRNA expression between the genotypes. These results suggest that the augmented N-type (Cav2.2) ICa observed in the Nf1+/- sensory neurons does not result from genomic differences but may reflect post-translational or some other non-genomic modifications. Thus, our results demonstrate that sensory neurons from Nf1+/- mice, exhibit increased N-type ICa and likely account for the increased release of substance P and

  3. The molecular basis for RET tyrosine-kinase inhibitors in thyroid cancer.

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    De Falco, Valentina; Carlomagno, Francesca; Li, Hong-Yu; Santoro, Massimo

    2017-06-01

    RET receptor tyrosine kinase acts as a mutated oncogenic driver in several human malignancies and it is over-expressed in other cancers. Small molecule compounds with RET tyrosine kinase inhibitory activity are being investigated for the targeted treatment of these malignancies. Multi-targeted compounds with RET inhibitory concentration in the nanomolar range have entered clinical practice. This review summarizes mechanisms of RET oncogenic activity and properties of new compounds that, at the preclinical stage, have demonstrated promising anti-RET activity. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Dual mTORC1/2 inhibition induces anti-proliferative effect in NF1-associated plexiform neurofibroma and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor cells

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    Hivelin, Mikael; Nusbaum, Patrick; Hubas, Arnaud; Laurendeau, Ingrid; Lantieri, Laurent; Wolkenstein, Pierre; Vidaud, Michel; Pasmant, Eric; Chapuis, Nicolas; Parfait, Béatrice

    2016-01-01

    Approximately 30-50% of individuals with Neurofibromatosis type 1 develop benign peripheral nerve sheath tumors, called plexiform neurofibromas (PNFs). PNFs can undergo malignant transformation to highly metastatic malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) in 5-10% of NF1 patients, with poor prognosis. No effective systemic therapy is currently available for unresectable tumors. In tumors, the NF1 gene deficiency leads to Ras hyperactivation causing the subsequent activation of the AKT/mTOR and Raf/MEK/ERK pathways and inducing multiple cellular responses including cell proliferation. In this study, three NF1-null MPNST-derived cell lines (90-8, 88-14 and 96-2), STS26T sporadic MPNST cell line and PNF-derived primary Schwann cells were used to test responses to AZD8055, an ATP-competitive “active-site” mTOR inhibitor. In contrast to rapamycin treatment which only partially affected mTORC1 signaling, AZD8055 induced a strong inhibition of mTORC1 and mTORC2 signaling in MPNST-derived cell lines and PNF-derived Schwann cells. AZD8055 induced full blockade of mTORC1 leading to an efficient decrease of global protein synthesis. A higher cytotoxic effect was observed with AZD8055 compared to rapamycin in the NF1-null MPNST-derived cell lines with IC50 ranging from 70 to 140 nM and antiproliferative effect was confirmed in PNF-derived Schwann cells. Cell migration was impaired by AZD8055 treatment and cell cycle analysis showed a G0/G1 arrest. Combined effects of AZD8055 and PD0325901 MEK inhibitor as well as BRD4 (BromoDomain-containing protein 4) inhibitors showed a synergistic antiproliferative effect. These data suggest that NF1-associated peripheral nerve sheath tumors are an ideal target for AZD8055 as a single molecule or in combined therapies. PMID:26840085

  5. Acceptance and commitment therapy in youth with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and chronic pain and their parents: A pilot study of feasibility and preliminary efficacy.

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    Martin, Staci; Wolters, Pamela L; Toledo-Tamula, Mary Anne; Schmitt, Shawn Nelson; Baldwin, Andrea; Starosta, Amy; Gillespie, Andrea; Widemann, Brigitte

    2016-06-01

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder affecting about 1 in 3,500 individuals. Chronic pain is commonly reported among individuals with NF1 and plexiform neurofibroma tumors (PNs). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an empirically supported method for addressing chronic pain, helps individuals re-focus on valued relationships and activities. This pilot study investigated the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a brief ACT workshop in the NF1 population. Eligible participants included adolescents and young adults (AYA; 12-21 years) with NF1 and chronic pain that interfered with daily functioning and their parents. Patients and parents completed baseline measures of pain interference, pain intensity, functional disability, pain acceptance, depression, and anxiety. Then, AYA and parents participated separately in a 2-day small-group ACT workshop. A telephone booster session occurred 1 month post-intervention. Three-month post-treatment measures were completed by mail. Ten adolescents (4 males; M age = 16.9 years) and seven parents provided baseline and 3-month data. Mean satisfaction with the study was moderate to high (3.9 for patients and 4.6 for parents on a 1-5 scales). Patients and parents reported significant declines in patients' pain interference at 3 months post-treatment. Patient-reported pain intensity significantly declined from baseline to 3 months. Parents reported marginally greater acceptance of their child's pain. No changes emerged in functional ability or mood. Preliminary findings suggest that a brief ACT group intervention is feasible and may help AYA with NF1 and PNs cope with their chronic pain, although larger randomized studies are needed to confirm treatment efficacy. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Correlation of RET somatic mutations with clinicopathological features in sporadic medullary thyroid carcinomas

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    Moura, M M; Cavaco, B M; Pinto, A E; Domingues, R; Santos, J R; Cid, M O; Bugalho, M J; Leite, V

    2009-01-01

    Screening of REarranged during Transfection (RET) gene mutations has been carried out in different series of sporadic medullary thyroid carcinomas (MTC). RET-positive tumours seem to be associated to a worse clinical outcome. However, the correlation between the type of RET mutation and the patients' clinicopathological data has not been evaluated yet. We analysed RET exons 5, 8, 10–16 in fifty-one sporadic MTC, and found somatic mutations in thirty-three (64.7%) tumours. Among the RET-positive cases, exon 16 was the most frequently affected (60.6%). Two novel somatic mutations (Cys630Gly, c.1881del18) were identified. MTC patients were divided into three groups: group 1, with mutations in RET exons 15 and 16; group 2, with other RET mutations; group 3, having no RET mutations. Group 1 had higher prevalence (P=0.0051) and number of lymph node metastases (P=0.0017), and presented more often multifocal tumours (P=0.037) and persistent disease at last control (P=0.0242) than group 2. Detectable serum calcitonin levels at last screening (P=0.0119) and stage IV disease (P=0.0145) were more frequent in group 1, than in the other groups. Our results suggest that, among the sporadic MTC, cases with RET mutations in exons 15 and 16 are associated with the worst prognosis. Cases with other RET mutations have the most indolent course, and those with no RET mutations have an intermediate risk. PMID:19401695

  7. Effektivitet af naturligt drevne radontiltag året rundt

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    Haker Høegh, Britt; Rasmussen, Torben Valdbjørn

    Denne rapport omhandler projektet Effektivitet af naturligt drevne radontiltag året rundt. Projektet er et spireprojekt finansieret af Innovationsnetværket InnoBYG og Forsknings- og Innovationsstyrelsen. Projektet er gennemført af Teknologisk Institut i samarbejde med Statens Byggeforskningsinsti...... bygningsejerne, som har stillet deres bygninger til rådighed. Rapporten er udarbejdet af Britt Haker Høegh, Teknologisk Institut, og Torben Valdbjørn Rasmussen, SBi....

  8. Prognostic and Predictive Values of Subcellular Localisation of RET in Renal Clear-Cell Carcinoma

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    Lei Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC presents a poor prognosis and an unpredictable course. To date, no validated biomarkers can predict the outcome of RCC. Ongoing efforts are conducted to identify the molecular markers of RCC progression, as well as the targets for novel therapeutic approaches. RET is a tyrosine kinase receptor which has been investigated as a possible target in other cancers because it is involved in oncogenic activation. To evaluate the predictive and prognostic functions of RET in ccRCC, a tissue microarray study was conducted on 273 ccRCC patients. Results showed that both RET cytoplasmic and nuclear expression were independently associated with PFS and OS, and the combined RET cytoplasmic and nuclear statuses demonstrated that the ratio of high nuclear RET and cytoplasmic RET was the strongest predictor of both PFS and OS. The high cytoplasmic RET expression retained its independent poor prognostic value in targeted drug treated patients. The RET nuclear expression was associated with distant metastasis. Moreover, the RET nuclear expression was an independent predictor of ccRCC postoperative metastasis. In conclusion, RET may be useful in prognostication and can be used at initial diagnosis to identify patients with high potential to develop metastasis.

  9. RET single nucleotide polymorphism in Indonesians with sporadic Hirschsprung’s disease

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    Saryono

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The tyrosine kinase receptor RET, which is the protein product of the RET gene, is involved in the development of the mammalian nervous system that causes Hirschsprung’s disease (HSCR. RETs are cell surface molecules that are expressed in cells derived from the neural crest. The purpose of this study was to investigate the polymorphism of the RET gene in HSCR in the Yogyakarta population. Genomic DNA was extracted from surgically removed bowel tissues of 54 unrelated HSCR patients. Exon 2 of the RET gene was amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR and analyzed by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP. Molecular results were compared with clinical performance of Hirschsprung patients. RET polymorphism was detected in exon 2 in all of the 54 Indonesian HSCR patients. The allelic distribution of the c135GàA polymorphism in the RET exon 2 indicated that the A allele was more frequent in patients than in control individuals (chi-square test, p= 0.001. Thus the RET variant allele A is over-represented in patients affected with the HSCR phenotype. Polymorphism of exon 2 of the RET gene was found in sporadic Hirschsprung’s disease in the Yogyakarta population, which suggests that the RET gene plays important roles in the pathogenesis of HSCR.

  10. RET single nucleotide polymorphism in Indonesians with sporadic Hirschsprung’s disease

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    Saryono Saryono

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The tyrosine kinase receptor RET, which is the protein product of the RET gene, is involved in the development of the mammalian nervous system that causes Hirschsprung’s disease (HSCR. RETs are cell surface molecules that are expressed in cells derived from the neural crest. The purpose of this study was to investigate the polymorphism of the RET gene in HSCR in the Yogyakarta population. Genomic DNA was extracted from surgically removed bowel tissues of 54 unrelated HSCR patients. Exon 2 of the RET gene was amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR and analyzed by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP. Molecular results were compared with clinical performance of Hirschsprung patients. RET polymorphism was detected in exon 2 in all of the 54 Indonesian HSCR patients. The allelic distribution of the c135GàA polymorphism in the RET exon 2 indicated that the A allele was more frequent in patients than in control individuals (chi-square test, p= 0.001. Thus the RET variant allele A is over-represented in patients affected with the HSCR phenotype. Polymorphism of exon 2 of the RET gene was found in sporadic Hirschsprung’s disease in the Yogyakarta population, which suggests that the RET gene plays important roles in the pathogenesis of HSCR.

  11. RET is a heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) client protein and is knocked down upon HSP90 pharmacological block.

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    Alfano, Luigi; Guida, Teresa; Provitera, Livia; Vecchio, Giancarlo; Billaud, Marc; Santoro, Massimo; Carlomagno, Francesca

    2010-07-01

    Mutations of the RET receptor tyrosine kinase are associated to multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2) and sporadic medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). The heat shock protein (HSP) 90 chaperone is required for folding and stability of several kinases. HSP90 is specifically inhibited by 17-allyl-amino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17-AAG). Our aim was to investigate whether RET protein half-life depends on HSP90 and to dissect the molecular pathway responsible for the degradation of RET upon HSP90 inhibition by 17-AAG. 17-AAG effects were studied in RAT1 fibroblasts exogenously expressing MEN2-associated RET mutants and human MTC-derived cell lines. 17-AAG induced a 26S proteasome-dependent degradation of wild-type RET and MEN2-associated RET mutants. The compound hampered HSP90/RET interaction and stabilized RET binding to HSP70, leading to the recruitment of the HSP70-associated E3 ligase C-terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein. In turn, C-terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein polyubiquitinated RET, promoting its proteasomal degradation. 17-AAG blocked RET downstream effectors and RET-dependent transcriptional activation of gene promoters. In human MTC cells carrying oncogenic RET mutants, HSP90 inhibition induced receptor degradation and signaling hindrance leading to cell cycle arrest. RET and MEN2-associated RET mutants rely on HSP90 for protein stability, and HSP90 blockade by 17-AAG promotes RET degradation.

  12. Two-Loop N_F =1 QED Bhabha Scattering: Soft Emission and Numerical Evaluation of the Differential Cross-section

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    Bonciani, R.; Mastrolia, P.; Remiddi, E.; van der Bij, J.J.

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    Recently, we evaluated the virtual cross-section for Bhabha scattering in pure QED, up to corrections of order alpha^4 (N_F =1). This calculation is valid for arbitrary values of the squared center of mass energy s and momentum transfer t; the electron and positron mass m was considered a finite, non vanishing quantity. In the present work, we supplement the previous calculation by considering the contribution of the soft photon emission diagrams to the differential cross-section, up to and including terms of order alpha^4 (N_F=1). Adding the contribution of the real corrections to the renormalized virtual ones, we obtain an UV and IR finite differential cross-section; we evaluate this quantity numerically for a significant set of values of the squared center of mass energy s.

  13. Ret Finger Protein: An E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Juxtaposed to the XY Body in Meiosis

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    Isabelle Gillot

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available During prophase I of male meiosis, the sex chromosomes form a compact structure called XY body that associates with the nuclear membrane of pachytene spermatocytes. Ret Finger Protein is a transcriptional repressor, able to interact with both nuclear matrix-associated proteins and double-stranded DNA. We report the precise and unique localization of Ret Finger Protein in pachytene spermatocytes, in which Ret Finger Protein takes place of lamin B1, between the XY body and the inner nuclear membrane. This localization of Ret Finger Protein does not seem to be associated with O-glycosylation or sumoylation. In addition, we demonstrate that Ret Finger Protein contains an E3 ubiquitin ligase activity. These observations lead to an attractive hypothesis in which Ret Finger Protein would be involved in the positioning and the attachment of XY body to the nuclear lamina of pachytene spermatocytes.

  14. RET/PTC activation in papillary thyroid carcinoma: European Journal of Endocrinology Prize Lecture.

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    Santoro, Massimo; Melillo, Rosa Marina; Fusco, Alfredo

    2006-11-01

    Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is frequently associated with RET gene rearrangements that generate the so-called RET/PTC oncogenes. In this review, we examine the data about the mechanisms of thyroid cell transformation, activation of downstream signal transduction pathways and modulation of gene expression induced by RET/PTC. These findings have advanced our understanding of the processes underlying PTC formation and provide the basis for novel therapeutic approaches to this disease.

  15. HOXB5 cooperates with NKX2-1 in the transcription of human RET.

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    Jiang Zhu

    Full Text Available The enteric nervous system (ENS regulates peristaltic movement of the gut, and abnormal ENS causes Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR in newborns. HSCR is a congenital complex genetic disorder characterised by a lack of enteric ganglia along a variable length of the intestine. The receptor tyrosine kinase gene (RET is the major HSCR gene and its expression is crucial for ENS development. We have previously reported that (i HOXB5 transcription factor mediates RET expression, and (ii mouse with defective HOXB5 activity develop HSCR phenotype. In this study, we (i elucidate the underlying mechanisms that HOXB5 mediate RET expression, and (ii examine the interactions between HOXB5 and other transcription factors implicated in RET expression. We show that human HOXB5 binds to the promoter region 5' upstream of the binding site of NKX2-1 and regulates RET expression. HOXB5 and NKX2-1 form a protein complex and mediate RET expression in a synergistic manner. HSCR associated SNPs at the NKX2-1 binding site (-5G>A rs10900296; -1A>C rs10900297, which reduce NKX2-1 binding, abolish the synergistic trans-activation of RET by HOXB5 and NKX2-1. In contrast to the synergistic activation of RET with NKX2-1, HOXB5 cooperates in an additive manner with SOX10, PAX3 and PHOX2B in trans-activation of RET promoter. Taken together, our data suggests that HOXB5 in coordination with other transcription factors mediates RET expression. Therefore, defects in cis- or trans-regulation of RET by HOXB5 could lead to reduction of RET expression and contribute to the manifestation of the HSCR phenotype.

  16. Retórica y estudios críticos de medios

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    Butterworth, Michael; Ohio University

    2014-01-01

    En un breve recorrido histórico y a partir del análisis del concepto de retórica y sus usos en la tradición de Estados Unidos, el autor hace una diferenciación entre estudios retóricos y estudios de medios de comunicación. Señala su trayectoria en la investigación, y a la vez hace diferenciaciones entre los autores que hacen análisis retóricos y los que hacen estudios de medios para enfatizar en la relación: retórica, comunicación, medios.

  17. Clinicopathologic characteristics, genetic variability and therapeutic options of RET rearrangements patients in lung adenocarcinoma.

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    Song, Zhengbo; Yu, Xinmin; Zhang, Yiping

    2016-11-01

    RET fusion gene is identified as a novel oncogene in a subset of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, few data are available about the prevalence, clinicopathologic characteristics, genetic variability and therapeutic options in RET-positive lung adenocarcinoma patients. For 615 patients with lung adenocarcinoma, RET status was detected by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Next-generation sequencing (NGS) and FISH were performed in positive cases. Thymidylate synthetase (TS) mRNA level was assayed by RT-PCR. Overall survival (OS) was evaluated by Kaplan-Meier method and compared with log-rank test. Twelve RET-positive patients were identified by RT-PCR. However, one patient failed the detection of RET rearrangement by FISH and NGS. Totally, 11 patients (1.8%) confirmed with RET rearrangements by three methods, including six females and five males with a median age of 54 years. The presence of RET rearrangements was associated with lepidic predominant lung adenocarcinoma subtype in five of 11 patients. RET rearrangements comprised of nine KIF5B-RET and two CCDC6-RET fusions. Four patients had concurrent gene variability by NGS detection,including EGFR(n=1),MAP2K1 (n=1), CTNNB1 (n=1) and AKT1 (n=1). No survival difference existed between RET-positive and negative patients (58.1 vs. 52.0 months, P=0.504). The median progression-free survival of first-line pemetrexed/platinum regimen was 7.5 months for four recurrent cases. And the level of TS mRNA was lower in RET-positive patients than that in those RET-negative counterparts (239±188×10(-4) vs. 394±457×10(-4), P=0.019). The prevalence of RET fusion is approximately 1.8% in Chinese patients with lung adenocarcinoma. RET rearrangements are characterized by lepidic predominance and a lower TS level. RET-rearranged patients may benefit more from pemetrexed-based regimen. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Nexos estratégicos entre la retórica y la publicidad

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    2011-01-01

    El presente artículo contribuye a establecer nexos estratégicos entre la retórica y la publicidad. La adopción del prisma estratégico en los estudios retóricos de la publicidad no es común, sin embargo, la relación entre retórica y publicidad a un nivel estratégico es evidente, teniendo presente los estudios que han investigado la simbiosis entre las dos actividades.Del universo compuesto por las investigaciones sobre retórica y publicidad se seleccionó una muestra de las obras susceptibles d...

  19. Pulmonary artery pressure and iron deficiency in patients with upregulation of hypoxia sensing due to homozygous VHL(R200W) mutation (Chuvash polycythemia).

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    Sable, Craig A; Aliyu, Zakari Y; Dham, Niti; Nouraie, Mehdi; Sachdev, Vandana; Sidenko, Stanislav; Miasnikova, Galina Y; Polyakova, Lydia A; Sergueeva, Adelina I; Okhotin, Daniel J; Bushuev, Vladimir; Remaley, Alan T; Niu, Xiaomei; Castro, Oswaldo L; Gladwin, Mark T; Kato, Gregory J; Prchal, Josef T; Gordeuk, Victor R

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    Patients with Chuvash polycythemia, (homozygosity for the R200W mutation in the von Hippel Lindau gene (VHL)), have elevated levels of hypoxia inducible factors HIF-1 and HIF-2, often become iron-deficient secondary to phlebotomy, and have elevated estimated pulmonary artery pressure by echocardiography. The objectives of this study were to provide a comprehensive echocardiographic assessment of cardiovascular physiology and to identify clinical, hematologic and cardiovascular risk factors for elevation of tricuspid regurgitation velocity in children and adults with Chuvash polycythemia. This cross-sectional observational study of 120 adult and pediatric VHL(R200W) homozygotes and 31 controls at outpatient facilities in Chuvashia, Russian Federation included echocardiography assessment of pulmonary artery pressure (tricuspid regurgitation velocity), cardiac volume, and systolic and diastolic function, as well as hematologic and clinical parameters. We determined the prevalence and risk factors for elevation of tricuspid regurgitation velocity in this population and its relationship to phlebotomy. The age-adjusted mean ± SE tricuspid regurgitation velocity was higher in VHL(R200W) homozygotes than controls with normal VHL alleles (2.5±0.03 vs. 2.3±0.05 m/sec, P=0.005). The age-adjusted left ventricular diastolic diameter (4.8±0.05 vs. 4.5±0.09 cm, P=0.005) and left atrial diameter (3.4±0.04 vs. 3.2±0.08 cm, P=0.011) were also greater in the VHL(R200W) homozygotes, consistent with increased blood volume, but the elevation in tricuspid regurgitation velocity persisted after adjustment for these variables. Among VHL(R200W) homozygotes, phlebotomy therapy was associated with lower serum ferritin concentration, and low ferritin independently predicted higher tricuspid regurgitation velocity (standardized beta=0.29; P=0.009). Children and adults with Chuvash polycythemia have higher estimated right ventricular systolic pressure, even after adjustment for

  20. A estrutura retórica do verbete Spinoza

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    Marilena Chaui

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Propomos uma análise do verbete "Spinoza" do Dictionnaire Historique et Critique salientando a estrutura retórica do texto, em cujo centro se encontra a nova figura do ateu, construída por Bayle, o ateu especulativo ou "o ateu de sistema".The paper presents a study of the rhetorical framework of the article "Spinoza" in Bayle's Dictionnaire Historique et Critique and the new image of the atheist as athée de système.

  1. High iodine concentration attenuates RET/PTC3 oncogene activation in thyroid follicular cells.

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    Fiore, Ana Paula Zen Petisco; Fuziwara, Cesar Seigi; Kimura, Edna Teruko

    2009-11-01

    Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is frequently associated with a RET gene rearrangement that generates a RET/PTC oncogene. RET/PTC is a fusion of the tyrosine kinase domain of RET to the 5' portion of a different gene. This fusion results in a constitutively active MAPK pathway, which plays a key role in PTC development. The RET/PTC3 fusion is primarily associated with radiation-related PTC. Epidemiological studies show a lower incidence of PTC in radiation-exposed regions that are associated with an iodine-rich diet. Since the influence of excess iodine on the development of thyroid cancer is still unclear, the aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of high iodine concentrations on RET/PTC3-activated thyroid cells. PTC3-5 cells, a rat thyroid cell lineage harboring doxycycline-inducible RET/PTC3, were treated with 10(-3) M NaI. Cell growth was analyzed by cell counting and the MTT assay. The expression and phosphorylation state of MAPK pathway-related (Braf, Erk, pErk, and pRet) and thyroid-specific (natrium-iodide symporter [Nis] and thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor [Tshr]) proteins were analyzed by Western blotting. Thyroid-specific gene expression was further analyzed by quantitative reverse transcription (RT)-polymerase chain reaction. A significant inhibition of proliferation was observed, along with no significant variation in cell death rate, in the iodine-treated cells. Further, iodine treatment attenuated the loss of Nis and Tshr gene and protein expression induced by RET/PTC3 oncogene induction. Finally, iodine treatment reduced Ret and Erk phosphorylation, without altering Braf and Erk expression. Our results indicate an antioncogenic role for excess iodine during thyroid oncogenic activation. These findings contribute to a better understanding of the effect of iodine on thyroid follicular cells, particularly how it may play a protective role during RET/PTC3 oncogene activation.

  2. O cultivo retórico da escuta

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    Jorge Cardoso Filho

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Esse artigo discute o modo como, na cultura contemporânea, hábitos perceptivos podem ser cultivados de forma relacionada ao ambiente sociocultural e técnico, especificamente no campo da escuta musical. Delimita seu foco de investigação nas estratégias empregadas a fim de persuadir a escuta de algoe de determinado modo, demonstrando preocupação com a dimensão retórica atuante no campo da percepção musical. Aponta a necessidade de entendimento dos mecanismos pelos quais a escuta é formatada na relação com os gêneros musicais, com as estratégias de midiatização e com os padrões de sensibilidade. Por fim, toma as estratégias empregadas no processo produtivo de dois álbuns do gênero musical Rock como exemplos de atuação dessa retórica: o álbum The Joshua Tree (1987, da banda irlandesa U2, e Nevermind (1991, da banda estadunidense Nirvana.

  3. No mutations found by RET mutation scanning in sporadic and hereditary neuroblastoma

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    Hofstra, R. M.; Cheng, N. C.; Hansen, C.; Stulp, R. P.; Stelwagen, T.; Clausen, N.; Tommerup, N.; Caron, H.; Westerveld, A.; Versteeg, R.; Buys, C. H.

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    Neuroblastoma occasionally occurs in diseases associated with abnormal neurocrest differentiation, e.g. Hirschsprung disease. Expression studies in developing mice suggest that the proto-oncogene RET plays a role in neurocrest differentiation. In humans expression of RET is limited to certain tumor

  4. The rare intracellular RET mutation p. S891A in a Chinese Han ...

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    We report intracellular RET mutation in a Han Chinese pedigree with familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (FMTC). Direct sequencing of RET proto-oncogene identified a missense c.2671T > G (p.S891A) mutation in 6 of 14 family members. The single nucleotide polymorphisms c. 135A > G (p.A45A), IVS4+48A >G, c. 1296A ...

  5. Linen Most Useful: Perspectives on Structure, Chemistry, and Enzymes for Retting Flax

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    Akin, Danny E.

    2013-01-01

    The components of flax (Linum usitatissimum) stems are described and illustrated, with reference to the anatomy and chemical makeup and to applications in processing and products. Bast fiber, which is a major economic product of flax along with linseed and linseed oil, is described with particular reference to its application in textiles, composites, and specialty papers. A short history of retting methods, which is the separation of bast fiber from nonfiber components, is presented with emphasis on water retting, field retting (dew retting), and experimental methods. Past research on enzyme retting, particularly by the use of pectinases as a potential replacement for the current commercial practice of field retting, is reviewed. The importance and mechanism of Ca2+ chelators with pectinases in retting are described. Protocols are provided for retting of both fiber-type and linseed-type flax stems with different types of pectinases. Current and future applications are listed for use of a wide array of enzymes to improve processed fibers and blended yarns. Finally, potential lipid and aromatic coproducts derived from the dust and shive waste streams of fiber processing are indicated. PMID:25969769

  6. Low prevalence of the somatic M918T RET mutation in micro-medullary thyroid cancer.

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    Romei, Cristina; Ugolini, Clara; Cosci, Barbara; Torregrossa, Liborio; Vivaldi, Agnese; Ciampi, Raffaele; Tacito, Alessia; Basolo, Fulvio; Materazzi, Gabriele; Miccoli, Paolo; Vitti, Paolo; Pinchera, Aldo; Elisei, Rossella

    2012-05-01

    The prevalence of RET somatic mutations in sporadic medullary thyroid cancer (MTCs) is ∼40%-50%, and the most frequent somatic mutation is M918T. RET-positive MTCs have been demonstrated to have a more advanced stage at diagnosis and a worse outcome. The aim of the present work was to compare the prevalence of RET somatic mutations in sporadic microMTCs (1 and 2 and 3 cm. The overall prevalence of the somatic M918T RET mutation was 19.4% (31/160). RET mutations were distributed differently among the four groups. The prevalence was 11.3% (6/53) in group A, 11.8% (8/68) in group B, 31.8% (7/22) in group C, and 58.8% (10/17) in group D, exhibiting an increase with increasing size of the tumor. When comparing the prevalence of mutations in the four groups, we found a lower prevalence in microMTCs (p<0.0001). The overall prevalence of RET somatic mutations was lower than expected, and the prevalence of the somatic M918T RET mutation was significantly lower in microMTCs than in larger tumors. To explain this finding, we can hypothesize either that other oncogene(s) might be responsible for the majority of microMTC, thus identifying a tumor subset, or that the RET mutation might, or might not, occur later during tumor progression.

  7. Kinetics of Natural Detoxification of Hydrogen Cyanide Contained In Retted Cassava Roots

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    Full Text Available This work presents the kinetics of natural detoxification of hydrogen cyanide contained in retted cassava roots. Retting is traditional fermentation of cassava, performed to soften the roots. During retting, cyanide diffuses into water used for the retting. The fresh cassava roots (bitter and sweet varieties used for this experiment were separately retted at ambient 0 temperature of 30 C. The cyanide content and pH were monitored daily. From the analysis of the experimental results, a first order consecutive rate equation is an adequate tool for explaining the mechanism of HCN reduction (or decay in retted cassava roots. The detoxification constants for the bound cyanide in the bitter and sweet cassava roots were 0.378/day and 0.438/day respectively, while that of the free hydrogen cyanide were 0.63/day and 0.74/day for the bitter and sweet varieties respectively. Cassava tubers from different species cannot be fermented with the same retting condition unless they have same or close functional properties. Keywords: Kinetics, Detoxification, Hydrogen Cyanide, Retting, Cassava

  8. Human Papillomavirus 16 E6 Contributes HIF-1α Induced Warburg Effect by Attenuating the VHL-HIF-1α Interaction

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    Yi Guo

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Cervical cancer is still one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in women worldwide, especially in the developing countries. It is a major metabolic character of cancer cells to consume large quantities of glucose and derive more energy by glycolysis even in the presence of adequate oxygen, which is called Warburg effect that can be exaggerated by hypoxia. The high risk subtype HPV16 early oncoprotein E6 contributes host cell immortalization and transformation through interacting with a number of cellular factors. Hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α, a ubiquitously expressed transcriptional regulator involved in induction of numerous genes associated with angiogenesis and tumor growth, is highly increased by HPV E6. HIF-1α is a best-known target of the von Hippel-Lindau tumor suppressor (VHL as an E3 ligase for degradation. In the present work, we found that HPV16 E6 promotes hypoxia induced Warburg effect through hindering the association of HIF-1α and VHL. This disassociation attenuates VHL-mediated HIF-1α ubiquitination and causes HIF-1α accumulation. These results suggest that oncoprotein E6 plays a major role in the regulation of Warburg effect and can be a valuable therapeutic target for HPV-related cancer.

  9. Duplication of the VHL and IRAK2 genes in a patient with mental retardation/multiple congenital anomalies, epilepsy and ectomorphic habitus.

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    Chabchoub, E; Michils, G; Vermeesch, J R; De Cock, P; Lagae, L; Fryns, J P

    2010-01-01

    Partial 3p duplications are very rare. Often they are reported in translocations involving other chromosomes, whereas deletions encompassing the VHL gene in 3p25.3 predispose to Van-Hippel Lindau syndrome. We report here a paternally-inherited microduplication of 3p25.3 detected by array comparative genomic hybridisation (aCGH) in a 17 year-old male patient presenting with mental retardation and multiple congenital anomalies (MR/MCA), epilepsy and ectomorphic habitus. He has no tumour and there is no history of familial cancer. We refined the duplication by Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) to a 251 kb region encompassing the VHL and IRAK2 genes. The duplication is likely to be causal. Interestingly, duplication of IRAK2 can cause epilepsy. Disruption of the GHRL gene can explain the ectomorphic habitus. To our knowledge, this is the smallest 3p duplication encompassing the VHL region. Its prognosis is unknown and a long-term follow-up is essential for an early diagnosis of malignancy.

  10. Lack of association of the (AAAT)6 allele of the GXAlu tetranucleotide repeat in intron 27b of the NF1 gene with autism.

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    Plank, S M; Copeland-Yates, S A; Sossey-Alaoui, K; Bell, J M; Schroer, R J; Skinner, C; Michaelis, R C

    2001-07-08

    A novel allele of the GXAlu tetranucleotide repeat in intron 27b of the neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) gene has recently been reported to be present in 4.7% of autistic patients but not in controls. We have found the novel GXAlu allele absent in 204 patients from the South Carolina Autism Project and 200 controls. The autism population studied includes a significant number of patients with hypotonia, stereotyped behaviors, or postural, gait, and motor abnormalities similar to those seen in the patients previously reported to possess the novel GXAlu allele. This suggests that the novel (AAAT)6 GXAlu allele is not associated with autism. Copyright 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  11. RET oncogene in MEN2, MEN2B, MTC and other forms of thyroid cancer.

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    Lodish, Maya B; Stratakis, Constantine A

    2008-04-01

    Hereditary medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is caused by specific autosomal dominant gain-of-function mutations in the RET proto-oncogene. Genotype-phenotype correlations exist that help predict the presence of other associated endocrine neoplasms as well as the timing of thyroid cancer development. MTC represents a promising model for targeted cancer therapy, as the oncogenic event responsible for initiating malignancy has been well characterized. The RET proto-oncogene has become the target for molecularly designed drug therapy. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors targeting activated RET are currently in clinical trials for the treatment of patients with MTC. This review will provide a brief overview of MTC and the associated RET oncogenic mutations, and will summarize the therapies designed to strategically interfere with the pathologic activation of the RET oncogene.

  12. Identification of tyrosine 806 as a molecular determinant of RET kinase sensitivity to ZD6474.

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    Carlomagno, Francesca; Guida, Teresa; Anaganti, Suresh; Provitera, Livia; Kjaer, Svend; McDonald, Neil Q; Ryan, Anderson J; Santoro, Massimo

    2009-03-01

    ZD6474 (vandetanib, Zactima, Astra Zeneca) is an anilinoquinazoline used to target the receptor tyrosine kinase RET in familial and sporadic thyroid carcinoma (IC(50): 100 nM). The aim of this study was to identify molecular determinants of RET sensitivity to ZD6474. Here, we show that mutation of RET tyrosine 806 to cysteine (Y806C) induced RET kinase resistance to ZD6474 (IC(50): 933 nM). Y806 maps close to the gate-keeper position at the RET kinase nucleotide-binding pocket. Although tyrosine 806 is a RET auto-phosphorylation site, its substitution to phenylalanine (Y806F) did not markedly affect RET susceptibility to ZD6474 (IC(50): 87 nM), suggesting that phosphorylation of Y806 is not required for compound binding. Accordingly, the introduction of a phosphomimetic residue (Y806E) also caused resistance to ZD6474, albeit of a lesser degree (IC(50): 512 nM) than the cysteine mutation. Y806C/E RET mutants were also resistant to ZD6474 with respect to intracellular signalling and activation of an AP1-responsive promoter. We conclude that Y806 is a molecular determinant of RET sensitivity to ZD6474. Y806C is a natural RET mutation identified in a patient affected by multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B. Based on its rare occurrence, it is unlikely that Y806C will be a frequent cause of refractoriness to ZD6474; however, it may be envisaged that mutations at this site can mediate secondary resistance formation in patients treated with the compound.

  13. Nexos estratégicos entre la retórica y la publicidad

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    Luis Gallardo Vera

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    Full Text Available El presente artículo contribuye a establecer nexos estratégicos entre la retórica y la publicidad. La adopción del prisma estratégico en los estudios retóricos de la publicidad no es común, sin embargo, la relación entre retórica y publicidad a un nivel estratégico es evidente, teniendo presente los estudios que han investigado la simbiosis entre las dos actividades.Del universo compuesto por las investigaciones sobre retórica y publicidad se seleccionó una muestra de las obras susceptibles de responder a la pregunta de cuáles son los nexos estratégicos entre la retórica y la publicidad. Con este criterio se conformó una muestra teóricamente conducida del universo. La hipótesis de partida ha sido que, si existen documentos que indaguen en la relación entre la retórica y la publicidad, es posible construir un documento que muestre de un modo amplio cuáles son los nexos estratégicos entre ambas actividades. Finalmente, se contrastó que, efectivamente, este documento es único al mostrar ampliamente cuáles son los nexos estratégicos existentes entre la retórica y la publicidad.

  14. Sporadic Hirschsprung`s disease due to a novel nonsense mutation in the RET protooncogene

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    Carlson, K.M.; Donis-Keller, H.; Langer, J.C. [and others

    1994-09-01

    Hirschsprung`s disease (HSCR, aganglionic megacolon) is characterized by a lack of ganglion cells along variable lengths of the hindgut. This is most likely due to a failure of the progenitor cells (that are destined to become the ganglion cells of the submucosal and myenteric plexuses) to complete their distal migration in the colon. Recently, mutations in the RET protoocogene have been reported in association with HSCR. We report a novel nonsense mutation resulting in a severely truncated protein. Germline DNA from a panel of 6 HSCR patients was analyzed by SSCP for 20 exons of RET. Eight exons were also directly sequenced. We identified a novel mutation within RET exon 2. The mutation (TAC{sub 36}{yields}TAG{sub 36}), which occurs at nucleotide position 108, involves the replacement of tyrosine with a stop codon and results in a truncated 35 amino acid protein. This mutation is the most 5{prime} nonsense mutation reported thus far. Interestingly, the patient has no prior family history of HSCR and was also diagnosed with multiple developmental anomalies including dysplastic kidney. Recent gene targeting studies with mouse models have shown that RET is essential for normal renal development. However, a parallel phenotype has not been seen in other reported HSCR patients with RET mutations. The observations reported here provide evidence that RET plays a role in human renal development. Ongoing studies will determine the extent of RET involvement in sporadic cases of HSCR.

  15. Developmental Wiring of Specific Neurons Is Regulated by RET-1/Nogo-A in Caenorhabditis elegans.

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    Torpe, Nanna; Nørgaard, Steffen; Høye, Anette M; Pocock, Roger

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    Nogo-A is a membrane-bound protein that functions to inhibit neuronal migration, adhesion, and neurite outgrowth during development. In the mature nervous system, Nogo-A stabilizes neuronal wiring to inhibit neuronal plasticity and regeneration after injury. Here, we show that RET-1, the sole Nogo-A homolog in Caenorhabditis elegans, is required to control developmental wiring of a specific subset of neurons. In ret-1 deletion mutant animals, specific ventral nerve cord axons are misguided where they fail to respect the ventral midline boundary. We found that ret-1 is expressed in multiple neurons during development, and, through mosaic analysis, showed that ret-1 controls axon guidance in a cell-autonomous manner. Finally, as in mammals, ret-1 regulates ephrin expression, and dysregulation of the ephrin ligand VAB-2 is partially responsible for the ret-1 mutant axonal defects. Together, our data present a previously unidentified function for RET-1 in the nervous system of C. elegans. Copyright © 2017 by the Genetics Society of America.

  16. RET mutational spectrum in Hirschsprung disease: evaluation of 601 Chinese patients.

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    Full Text Available Rare (RVs and common variants of the RET gene contribute to Hirschsprung disease (HSCR; congenital aganglionosis. While RET common variants are strongly associated with the commonest manifestation of the disease (males; short-segment aganglionosis; sporadic, rare coding sequence (CDS variants are more frequently found in the lesser common and more severe forms of the disease (females; long/total colonic aganglionosis; familial.Here we present the screening for RVs in the RET CDS and intron/exon boundaries of 601 Chinese HSCR patients, the largest number of patients ever reported. We identified 61 different heterozygous RVs (50 novel distributed among 100 patients (16.64%. Those include 14 silent, 29 missense, 5 nonsense, 4 frame-shifts, and one in-frame amino-acid deletion in the CDS, two splice-site deletions, 4 nucleotide substitutions and a 22-bp deletion in the intron/exon boundaries and 1 single-nucleotide substitution in the 5' untranslated region. Exonic variants were mainly clustered in RET the extracellular domain. RET RVs were more frequent among patients with the most severe phenotype (24% vs. 15% in short-HSCR. Phasing RVs with the RET HSCR-associated haplotype suggests that RVs do not underlie the undisputable association of RET common variants with HSCR. None of the variants were found in 250 Chinese controls.

  17. Spectrum of mutations of the ret proto-oncogene in Hirschsprung`s disease

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    Lyonnet, S.; Attie, T.; Pelet, A. [Hopital des Enfants-Malades, Paris (France)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Hirschsprung`s disease (HSCR) is a frequent congenital malformation (1 in 5,000 live births) ascribed to the absence of autonomic ganglia cells in the terminal hindgut. HSCR is a neurocristopathie resulting in intestinal obstruction in neonates and in milder phenotypes in adults. Recently, we have mapped a dominant gene for familial HSCR to chromosome 10q11.2 and identified mutations of the RET proto-oncogene in HSCR families. Studying a large number of HSCR patients by DGGE analysis of the RET coding sequence we observed: (a) various RET mutations in our series of 30 HSCR families, (b) de novo mutations in several sporadic HSCR cases, (c) the variable clinical expression of RET mutations in HSCR families and the absence of genotype/phenotype correlations at the RET locus, (d) the low penetrance of RET mutations in HSCR families supporting the role of one or several modifier genes, and (e) the existence of syndromic HSCR families unlinked to the RET locus.

  18. Ret function in muscle stem cells points to tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.

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    Moyle, Louise A; Blanc, Eric; Jaka, Oihane; Prueller, Johanna; Banerji, Christopher Rs; Tedesco, Francesco Saverio; Harridge, Stephen Dr; Knight, Robert D; Zammit, Peter S

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    Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) involves sporadic expression of DUX4, which inhibits myogenesis and is pro-apoptotic. To identify target genes, we over-expressed DUX4 in myoblasts and found that the receptor tyrosine kinase Ret was significantly up-regulated, suggesting a role in FSHD. RET is dynamically expressed during myogenic progression in mouse and human myoblasts. Constitutive expression of either RET9 or RET51 increased myoblast proliferation, whereas siRNA-mediated knockdown of Ret induced myogenic differentiation. Suppressing RET activity using Sunitinib, a clinically-approved tyrosine kinase inhibitor, rescued differentiation in both DUX4-expressing murine myoblasts and in FSHD patient-derived myoblasts. Importantly, Sunitinib also increased engraftment and differentiation of FSHD myoblasts in regenerating mouse muscle. Thus, DUX4-mediated activation of Ret prevents myogenic differentiation and could contribute to FSHD pathology by preventing satellite cell-mediated repair. Rescue of DUX4-induced pathology by Sunitinib highlights the therapeutic potential of tyrosine kinase inhibitors for treatment of FSHD.

  19. Comparative evaluation of RetCam vs. gonioscopy images in congenital glaucoma

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    Raj V Azad

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    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare clarity, exposure and quality of anterior chamber angle visualization in congenital glaucoma patients, using RetCam and indirect gonioscopy images. Design: Cross-sectional study Participants. Congenital glaucoma patients over age of 5 years. Materials and Methods: A prospective consecutive pilot study was done in congenital glaucoma patients who were older than 5 years. Methods used are indirect gonioscopy and RetCam imaging. Clarity of the image, extent of angle visible and details of angle structures seen were graded for both methods, on digitally recorded images, in each eye, by two masked observers. Outcome Measures: Image clarity, interobserver agreement. Results: 40 eyes of 25 congenital glaucoma patients were studied. RetCam image had excellent clarity in 77.5% of patients versus 47.5% by gonioscopy. The extent of angle seen was similar by both methods. Agreement between RetCam and gonioscopy images regarding details of angle structures was 72.50% by observer 1 and 65.00% by observer 2. Conclusions: There was good agreement between RetCam and indirect gonioscopy images in detecting angle structures of congenital glaucoma patients. However, RetCam provided greater clarity, with better quality, and higher magnification images. RetCam can be a useful alternative to gonioscopy in infants and small children without the need for general anesthesia.

  20. Kinetics of Natural Detoxification of Hydrogen Cyanide Contained In Retted Cassava Roots

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    Full Text Available This work presents the kinetics of natural detoxification of hydrogen cyanide contained in retted cassava roots. Retting is traditional fermentation of cassava, performed to soften the roots. During retting, cyanide diffuses into water used for the retting. The fresh cassava roots (bitter and sweet varieties used for this experiment were separately retted at ambient 0 temperature of 30 C. The cyanide content and pH were monitored daily. From the analysis of the experimental results, a first order consecutive rate equation is an adequate tool for explaining the mechanism of HCN reduction (or decay in retted cassava roots. The detoxification constants for the bound cyanide in the bitter and sweet cassava roots were 0.378/day and 0.438/day respectively, while that of the free hydrogen cyanide were 0.63/day and 0.74/day for the bitter and sweet varieties respectively. Cassava tubers from different species cannot be fermented with the same retting condition unless they have same or close functional properties.

  1. Una aproximación a la historia de la retórica

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    Francisco García García

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available El artículo Una aproximación a la historia de la retórica centra su atención no tanto en un análisis histórico del devenir de la retórica a lo largo del tiempo, cuanto en los nuevos contenidos y perfiles de una retórica que se actualiza por su implicación en los nuevos medios, en los nuevos tipos de discursos, en las nuevas funciones sociales y de relación humana. No se trata pues de una inscripción de los grandes hechos, estudios e investigaciones retóricas a lo largo del tiempo. El objetivo consiste en enfatizar el concepto de retórica vinculado a la comunicación y por el que se explican las funciones de argumentación, persuasión y expresión estética y comunicativa. Recobrar el valor de la palabra, del sentido del discurso, de la eficacia de la retórica, del compromiso de quien habla , el decir compromete ese es uno de los objetivos. Se hace un recorrido por las grandes obras retóricas y por los manuales de retórica. Los últimos tiempos con la invención y desarrollo de las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación le han hecho muchas preguntas a la retórica, como instrumento de la comunicación persuasiva y argumentativa.

  2. Screening of RET gene mutations in Chinese patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma and their relatives.

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    Wang, Junyi; Zhang, Bin; Liu, Wensheng; Zhang, Yongxia; Di, Xuebing; Yang, Yanmei; Yan, Dangui

    2016-01-01

    The rearranged during transfection (RET) gene is a proto-oncogene; active mutations frequently occur in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). This study investigated the spectrum of germline RET mutations and clinical features in Chinese hereditary MTC patients. A total of 53 family members from 11 different hereditary MTC families were recruited for detection of RET exon 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, and 16 mutations, in genomic DNA from peripheral blood leucocytes using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and direct DNA sequencing. Of the 53 participants, eight different germline RET mutations were detected in 37 individuals. These RET mutations were distributed in exons 10, 11, 13, and 16. The most frequent RET mutation was localized at exon 11 codon 634 (67.6 %; 25/37) and the most prevalent mutation was C634R (37.8 %; 14/37). The most frequent phenotype was multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN2A). The incidences of MTC, pheochromocytoma, and hyperparathyroidism in the MEN2A patients were 100, 36.4 and 18.2 %, respectively. The phenotype of families with Y606C or L790F mutation was categorized as familial medullary thyroid carcinoma. Moreover, one proband was identified with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B and carried a de novo mutation of M918T. Two families with C618S/Y mutation were categorized as unclassified multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2. Our results further substantiate that most germline mutations of the RET proto-oncogene were localized at codon 634 in Chinese hereditary MTC patients and carriers. RET mutation at codon 634 was always associated to the phenotype of MEN2A. Screening of RET mutations should be probably limited to exons 10, 11, 13 and 16 initially to be cost-effective in China.

  3. Tipo/retórica. Una aproximación a la retórica tipográfica

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    Roberto Gamonal Arroyo

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available A simple vista la Retórica y la Tipografía parecen dos disciplinas con poco en común, pero en este artículo veremos cómo estas dos materias, con muchos siglos de existencia, tienen nexos inquebrantables que abren nuevas vías de investigación. La letra es la representación verbal y visual de nuestro lenguaje y nuestro pensamiento. Su agrupación en palabras y oraciones conforman textos cuyo objetivo principal es persuadir al lector para ser leídas. Y esta persuasión la ejerce no sólo a través de su contenido, sino también de su forma.

  4. Distinct biological properties of two RET isoforms activated by MEN 2A and MEN 2B mutations.

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    Rossel, M; Pasini, A; Chappuis, S; Geneste, O; Fournier, L; Schuffenecker, I; Takahashi, M; van Grunsven, L A; Urdiales, J L; Rudkin, B B; Lenoir, G M; Billaud, M

    1997-01-23

    Germline mutations of the RET proto-oncogene, which codes for a receptor tyrosine kinase, cause multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN 2A) and 2B (MEN 2B) and familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (FMTC). MEN 2 mutations have been shown to result in RET oncogenic activation. The RET gene encodes several isoforms whose biological properties, when altered by MEN 2 mutations, have not been thoroughly addressed yet. In this study, we have introduced a MEN 2A mutation (Cys634-->Arg) and the unique MEN 2B mutation (Met918-->Thr) in two RET isoforms of 1114 and 1072 amino acids which differ in the carboxy-terminus part. Herein, we report that each RET isoform activated by MEN 2A or MEN 2B mutation was transforming in fibroblasts and induced neuronal differentiation of pheochromocytoma PC12 cells. However, among the different RET-MEN 2 mutants, the long RET isoform activated by the MEN 2B mutation stimulated the most prominent neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells, while the short RET isoform counterpart elicited a very weak differentiation effect in PC12 cells. We further demonstrate that the morphological changes of PC12 cells caused by constitutively activated RET oncoproteins involved the engagement of a Ras-dependent pathway. These findings provide evidence that the biological properties of RET-MEN 2 mutants depend on the interplay between the RET isoforms and the nature of the activating MEN 2 mutation.

  5. Synthesis and structure-activity relationship study of pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidines as tyrosine kinase RET inhibitors.

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    Wang, Chengyan; Liu, Hongchun; Song, Zilan; Ji, Yinchun; Xing, Li; Peng, Xia; Wang, Xisheng; Ai, Jing; Geng, Meiyu; Zhang, Ao

    2017-06-01

    Three series of pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine derivatives were synthesized and evaluated as RET kinase inhibitors. Compounds 23a and 23c were identified to show significant activity both in the biochemical and the BaF3/CCDC6-RET cell assays. Compound 23c was found to significantly inhibit RET phosphorylation and down-stream signaling in BaF3/CCDC6-RET cells, confirming its potent cellular RET-targeting profile. Different from other RET inhibitors with equal potency against KDR that associated with severe toxicity, 23c did not show significant KDR-inhibition even at the concentration of 1μM. These results demonstrated that 23c is a potent and selective RET inhibitor. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Identification of Three Novel Fusion Oncogenes, SQSTM1/NTRK3, AFAP1L2/RET, and PPFIBP2/RET, in Thyroid Cancers of Young Patients in Fukushima.

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    Iyama, Keita; Matsuse, Michiko; Mitsutake, Norisato; Rogounovitch, Tatiana; Saenko, Vladimir; Suzuki, Keiji; Ashizawa, Mai; Ookouchi, Chiyo; Suzuki, Satoshi; Mizunuma, Hiroshi; Fukushima, Toshihiko; Suzuki, Shinichi; Yamashita, Shunichi

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    The BRAFV600E mutation is the most frequent genetic abnormality in adult papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs). On the other hand, various chromosomal rearrangements are more prevalent in childhood and adolescent PTCs. The aim of the present study was to identify novel rearrangements in PTCs from young patients. Among 63 postoperative specimens of childhood and adolescent PTCs, which had been discovered by the thyroid ultrasound screening program in Fukushima, nine samples without prevalent known oncogenes, BRAFV600E, RAS, RET/PTC1, RET/PTC3, and ETV6/NTRK3, were analyzed in the current study by quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction to screen for novel fusion genes by comparing transcript expression between extracellular and kinase domains of ALK, NTRK1, NTRK3, and RET. Of the above nine samples, five samples were suspected to harbor a fusion, and using subsequent 5' rapid amplification of cDNA end (RACE), two already reported fusion oncogenes, STRN/ALK and TPR/NTRK1, and three novel fusions, SQSTM1/NTRK3, AFAP1L2/RET, and PPFIBP2/RET, were identified. Functional analyses of these three chimeric genes were performed, and their transforming abilities were confirmed through the activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). Three novel fusion oncogenes have been identified in young PTC patients in Fukushima, suggesting that rare fusions may be present among the cases negative for known oncogenes in this age group and that such rearrangements can play a significant role in thyroid carcinogenesis.

  7. Modifications Caused by Enzyme-Retting and Their Effect on Composite Performance

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    Jonn A. Foulk

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Bethune seed flax was collected from Canada with seed removed using a stripper header and straw pulled and left in field for several weeks. Unretted straw was decorticated providing a coarse fiber bundle feedstock for enzyme treatments. Enzyme treatments using a bacterial pectinolytic enzyme with lyase activity were conducted in lab-scale reactors. Four fiber specimens were created: no retting, minimal retting, moderate retting, and full retting. Fiber characterization tests: strength, elongation, diameter, metal content, wax content, and pH were conducted with significant differences between fibers. Thermosetting vinyl ester resin was used to produce composite panels via vacuum-assisted infusion. Composite performance was evaluated using fiber bundle pull-out, tensile, impact, and interlaminar shear tests. Composite tests indicate that composite panels are largely unchanged among fiber samples. Variation in composite performance might not be realized due to poor interfacial bonding being of larger impact than the more subtle changes incurred by the enzyme treatment.

  8. A germline RET proto-oncogene mutation in multiple members of an ...

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    oncogene. Abstract Background: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN2A) is a rare cancer associated-syndrome, inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion and caused by germline mutation in RET proto-oncogene. Clinical ...

  9. Multiple endocrine neoplasias type 2B and RET proto-oncogene

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    Martucciello Giuseppe

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 2B (MEN 2B is an autosomal dominant complex oncologic neurocristopathy including medullary thyroid carcinoma, pheochromocytoma, gastrointestinal disorders, marphanoid face, and mucosal multiple ganglioneuromas. Medullary thyroid carcinoma is the major cause of mortality in MEN 2B syndrome, and it often appears during the first years of life. RET proto-oncogene germline activating mutations are causative for MEN 2B. The 95% of MEN 2B patients are associated with a point mutation in exon 16 (M918/T. A second point mutation at codon 883 has been found in 2%-3% of MEN 2B cases. RET proto-oncogene is also involved in different neoplastic and not neoplastic neurocristopathies. Other RET mutations cause MEN 2A syndrome, familial medullary thyroid carcinoma, or Hirschsprung's disease. RET gene expression is also involved in Neuroblastoma. The main diagnosis standards are the acetylcholinesterase study of rectal mucosa and the molecular analysis of RET. In our protocol the rectal biopsy is, therefore, the first approach. RET mutation detection offers the possibility to diagnose MEN 2B predisposition at a pre-clinical stage in familial cases, and to perform an early total prophylactic thyroidectomy. The surgical treatment of MEN 2B is total thyroidectomy with cervical limphadenectomy of the central compartment of the neck. When possible, this intervention should be performed with prophylactic aim before 1 year of age in patients with molecular genetic diagnosis. Recent advances into the mechanisms of RET proto-oncogene signaling and pathways of RET signal transduction in the development of MEN 2 and MTC will allow new treatment possibilities.

  10. Controlled retting of hemp fibres: Effect of hydrothermal pre-treatmen tand enzymatic retting on the mechanical properties of unidirectiona lhemp/epoxy composites

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    Liu, Ming; Silva, Diogo Alexandre Santos; Fernando, Dinesh

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this work was to investigate the use of hydrothermal pre-treatment and enzymatic retting to remove non-cellulosic compounds and thus improve the mechanical properties of hemp fibre/epoxy composites. Hydrothermal pre-treatment at 100 kPa and 121 °C combined with enzymatic retting...... produced fibres with the highest ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of 780 MPa. Compared to untreated fibres, this combined treatment exhibited a positive effect on the mechanical properties of hemp fibre/epoxy composites, resulting in high quality composites with low porosity factor (αpf) of 0.08.Traditional...

  11. Mutation detection in autosomal dominant Hirschsprung disease: SSCP analysis of the RET proto-oncogene

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    Angrist, M.; Bolk, S.; Chakravarti, A. [Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (United States)

    1994-09-01

    Hirschsprung disease (HSCR), or congenital aganglionic megacolon, is the most common cause of congenital bowel obstruction, with an incidence of 1 in 5000. Recently, linkage of an incompletely penetrant, dominant form of HSCR to the pericentromeric region of chromosome 10 was reported, followed by identification of mutations in the RET proto-oncogene in HSCR patients. RET mutations have also been reported in both sporadic and familial forms of three neuroendrocrine tumor syndromes. Unlike the clustered RET mutations observed in these syndromes, the 18 reported HSCR mutations are distributed throughout the extracellular and tryosine kinase domains of RET. In an effort to determine the frequency of RET mutations in HSCR and correlate genotype with phenotype, we have begun to screen for mutations among 80 HSCR probands representing a wide range of phenotypes and pedigree structures. Non-isotopic single strand conformation of polymorphism (SSCP) analysis was carried out using the Pharmacia PhastSystem{trademark}. Initial screening of exons 2 through 6 detected variants in 11 patients not seen in 24 controls. One additional band shift in exon 6 has been observed in both patients and controls. Preliminary sequence analysis has revealed two putative familial mutations in exon 2: a single base pair deletion (49Pro del C 296) and a point mutation that leads to a conservative amino acid substitution (93Gly{r_arrow}Ser). These results suggest that HSCR may be associated with a range of alterations in the coding sequence of the RET extracellular domain. Additional mutations will be described.

  12. Mutations in the Extracellular Domain Cause RET Loss of Function by a Dominant Negative Mechanism

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    Cosma, Maria Pia; Cardone, Monica; Carlomagno, Francesca; Colantuoni, Vittorio

    1998-01-01

    The RET proto-oncogene encodes a tyrosine kinase receptor expressed in neuroectoderm-derived cells. Mutations in specific regions of the gene are responsible for the tumor syndromes multiple endocrine neoplasia types 2A and 2B (MEN 2A and 2B), while mutations along the entire gene are involved in a developmental disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, Hirschsprung’s disease (HSCR disease). Two mutants in the extracellular domain of RET, one associated with HSCR disease and one carrying a flag epitope, were analyzed to investigate the impact of the mutations on RET function. Both mutants were impeded in their maturation, resulting in the lack of the 170-kDa mature form and the accumulation of the 150-kDa immature form in the endoplasmic reticulum. Although not exposed on the cell surface, the 150-kDa species formed dimers and aggregates; this was more pronounced in a double mutant bearing a MEN 2A mutation. Tyrosine phosphorylation and the transactivation potential were drastically reduced in single and double mutants. Finally, in cotransfection experiments both mutants exerted a dominant negative effect over protoRET and RET2A through the formation of a heteromeric complex that prevents their maturation and function. These results suggest that HSCR mutations in the extracellular region cause RET loss of function through a dominant negative mechanism. PMID:9584172

  13. Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome: Mutation analysis of the receptor tyrosine kinase RET

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    Bolk, S.; Angrist, M.; Schwartz, S.; Chakravarti, A. [Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (United States)]|[University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH (United States)] [and others

    1996-06-28

    Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) usually occurs as an isolated phenotype. However, 16% of the index cases are also affected with Hirschsprung disease (HSCR). Complex segregation analysis suggests that CCHS is familial and has the same inheritance pattern with or without HSCR. We postulate that alteration of normal function of the receptor tyrosine kinase, RET, may contribute to CCHS based on RET`s expression pattern and the identification of RET mutations in HSCR patients. To further explore the nature of the inheritance of CCHS, we have undertaken two main routes of investigation: cytogenetic analysis and mutation detection. Cytogenetic analysis of metaphase chromosomes showed normal karyotypes in 13 of the 14 evaluated index cases; one index case carried a familial pericentric inversion on chromosome 2. Mutation analysis showed no sequence changes unique to index cases, as compared to control individuals, and as studied by single strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) analysis of the coding region of RET. We conclude that point mutations in the RET coding region cannot account for a substantial fraction of CCHS in this patient population, and that other candidate genes involved in neural crest cell differentiation and development must be considered. 54 refs.

  14. The dependence receptor Ret induces apoptosis in somatotrophs through a Pit-1/p53 pathway, preventing tumor growth.

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    Cañibano, Carmen; Rodriguez, Noela L; Saez, Carmen; Tovar, Sulay; Garcia-Lavandeira, Montse; Borrello, Maria Grazia; Vidal, Anxo; Costantini, Frank; Japon, Miguel; Dieguez, Carlos; Alvarez, Clara V

    2007-04-18

    Somatotrophs are the only pituitary cells that express Ret, GFRalpha1 and GDNF. This study investigated the effects of Ret in a somatotroph cell line, in primary pituitary cultures and in Ret KO mice. Ret regulates somatotroph numbers by inducing Pit-1 overexpression, leading to increased p53 expression and apoptosis, both of which can be prevented with Ret or Pit-1 siRNA. The Pit-1 overexpression is mediated by sustained activation of PKCdelta, JNK, c/EBPalpha and CREB induced by a complex of Ret, caspase 3 and PKCdelta. In the presence of GDNF, Akt is activated, and the Pit-1 overexpression and resulting apoptosis are blocked. The adenopituitary of Ret KO mice is larger than normal, showing Pit-1 and somatotroph hyperplasia. In normal animals, activation of the Ret/Pit-1/p53 pathway by retroviral introduction of Ret blocked tumor growth in vivo. Thus, somatotrophs have an intrinsic mechanism for controlling Pit-1/GH production through an apoptotic/survival pathway. Ret might be of value for treatment of pituitary adenomas.

  15. RET and DFM techniques for sub 30nm

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    Yesilada, E.; Entradas, J.; Gardin, C.; Pena, J. N.; Villaret, A.; Farys, V.; Beylier, C.; Robert, F.; Postnikov, S.; Armeanu, A. M.; Moyroud, C.; Chaoui, F.; Granger, F. B.; Toublan, O.

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    The resolution enhancement through lithography hardware (wavelength and Numerical Aperture) has come to a stop putting the burden on computational lithography to fill in the resulting gap between design and process until the arrival of EUV tools. New Computational Lithography techniques such as Optical Proximity Correction (OPC), Sub Resolution Assist Feature (SRAF), and Lithography Friendly Design (LFD) constitute a significant transformation of the design. These new Computational Lithography applications have become one of the most computationally demanding steps in the design process. Computing farms of hundreds and even thousands of CPUs are now routinely used to run these applications. The 28nm node presents many difficulties due to low k1 lithography whereas the 20nm requires double patterning solutions. In this paper we present a global view of enhanced RET and DFM techniques deployed to provide a robust 28nm node and prepare for 20nm. These techniques include advanced OPC manipulation through end user IP insertion into EDA software, optimized sub resolution assist features (SRAF) placement and pixilated OPC. These techniques are coupled with a fast litho print check, aka LFD, for 28nm P&R.

  16. On the RET Rearrangements in Chernobyl-Related Thyroid Cancer

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    Sergei V. Jargin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available There is a consensus that Chernobyl accident has induced thyroid cancer increase in children and adolescents. The UNSCEAR report concluded that no somatic disorders other than thyroid cancer were caused by radiation exposure due to the accident except for acute radiation sickness occurred to the people within the Power Plant at the time of the accident. A hypothesis is discussed in this paper that the increase of thyroid cancer was caused predominantly by the screening, overdiagnosis, and registration of nonirradiated persons as Chernobyl victims. A mechanism of thyroid cancer overdiagnosis is described that can be active even today, causing hypertherapy. Older neglected tumors found by the screening shortly after the Chernobyl accident or brought from noncontaminated areas were misclassified as aggressive radiation-induced cancers. Therefore, supposed markers of the radiation-induced thyroid cancer, such as the RET rearrangements, are probably associated with disease duration and tumor progression. The screening effect is obviously dependent on the basis level of medical surveillance: the higher the level, the smaller the screening effect. Absence of any significant increase of thyroid cancer after the Fukushima accident in spite of the vigorous screening would certify the high level of health care in Japan especially for children.

  17. Overexpression of miR-210 is associated with SDH-related pheochromocytomas, paragangliomas, and gastrointestinal stromal tumours.

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    Tsang, V H M; Dwight, T; Benn, D E; Meyer-Rochow, G Y; Gill, A J; Sywak, M; Sidhu, S; Veivers, D; Sue, C M; Robinson, B G; Clifton-Bligh, R J; Parker, N R

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    miR-210 is a key regulator of response to hypoxia. Pheochromocytomas (PCs) and paragangliomas (PGLs) with germline SDHx or VHL mutations have pseudohypoxic gene expression signatures. We hypothesised that PC/PGLs containing SDHx or VHL mutations, and succinate dehydrogenase (SDH)-deficient gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs), would overexpress miR-210 relative to non-SDH or -VHL-mutated counterparts. miR-210 was analysed by quantitative PCR in i) 39 PC/PGLs, according to genotype (one SDHA, five SDHB, seven VHL, three NF1, seven RET, 15 sporadic, one unknown) and pathology (18 benign, eight atypical, 11 malignant, two unknown); ii) 18 GISTs, according to SDHB immunoreactivity (nine SDH-deficient and nine SDH-proficient) and iii) two novel SDHB-mutant neurosphere cell lines. miR-210 was higher in SDHx- or VHL-mutated PC/PGLs (7.6-fold) compared with tumours without SDHx or VHL mutations (P=0.0016). miR-210 was higher in malignant than in unequivocally benign PC/PGLs (P=0.05), but significance was lost when benign and atypical tumours were combined (P=0.08). In multivariate analysis, elevated miR-210 was significantly associated with SDHx or VHL mutation, but not with malignancy. In GISTs, miR-210 was higher in SDH-deficient (median 2.58) compared with SDH-proficient tumours (median 0.60; P=0.0078). miR-210 was higher in patient-derived neurosphere cell lines containing SDHB mutations (6.5-fold increase) compared with normal controls, in normoxic conditions (PSDH deficiency in PC, PGL and GISTs induces miR-210 expression and substantiates the role of aberrant hypoxic-type cellular responses in the development of these tumours.

  18. VHL loss in renal cell carcinoma leads to up-regulation of CUB domain-containing protein 1 to stimulate PKC{delta}-driven migration.

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    Razorenova, Olga V; Finger, Elizabeth C; Colavitti, Renata; Chernikova, Sophia B; Boiko, Alexander D; Chan, Charles K F; Krieg, Adam; Bedogni, Barbara; LaGory, Edward; Weissman, Irving L; Broome-Powell, Marianne; Giaccia, Amato J

    2011-02-01

    A common genetic mutation found in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CC-RCC) is the loss of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene, which results in stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs), and contributes to cancer progression and metastasis. CUB-domain-containing protein 1 (CDCP1) was shown to promote metastasis in scirrhous and lung adenocarcinomas as well as in prostate cancer. In this study, we established a molecular mechanism linking VHL loss to induction of the CDCP1 gene through the HIF-1/2 pathway in renal cancer. Also, we report that Fyn, which forms a complex with CDCP1 and mediates its signaling to PKCδ, is a HIF-1 target gene. Mechanistically, we found that CDCP1 specifically regulates phosphorylation of PKCδ, but not of focal adhesion kinase or Crk-associated substrate. Signal transduction from CDCP1 to PKCδ leads to its activation, increasing migration of CC-RCC. Furthermore, patient survival can be stratified by CDCP1 expression at the cell surface of the tumor. Taken together, our data indicates that CDCP1 protein might serve as a therapeutic target for CC-RCC.

  19. Genetic mosaicism of a frameshift mutation in the RET gene in a family with Hirschsprung disease.

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    Müller, Charlotte M; Haase, Michael G; Kemnitz, Ivonne; Fitze, Guido

    2014-05-10

    Mutations and polymorphisms in the RET gene are a major cause of Hirschsprung disease (HSCR). Theoretically, all true heterozygous patients with a new manifestation of a genetically determined disease must have parents with a genetic mosaicism of some extent. However, no genetic mosaicism has been described for the RET gene in HSCR yet. Therefore, we analyzed families with mutations in the RET gene for genetic mosaicism in the parents of the patients. Blood samples were taken from patients with HSCR and their families/parents to sequence the RET coding region. Among 125 families with HSCR, 33 families with RET mutations were analyzed. In one family, we detected a frameshift mutation due to a loss of one in a row of four cytosines in codon 117/118 of the RET gene (c.352delC) leading to a frameshift mutation in the protein (p.Leu118Cysfs*105) that affected two siblings. In the blood sample of the asymptomatic father we found a genetic mosaicism of this mutation which was confirmed in two independent samples of saliva and hair roots. Quantification of peak-heights and comparison with different mixtures of normal and mutated plasmid DNA suggested that the mutation occurred in the early morula stadium of the founder, between the 4- and 8-cell stages. We conclude that the presence of a RET mutation leading to loss of one functional allele in 20 to 25% of the cells is not sufficient to cause HSCR. The possibility of a mosaicism has to be kept in mind during genetic counseling for inherited diseases. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Effects of RET, NRG1 and NRG3 Polymorphisms in a Chinese Population with Hirschsprung Disease

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    Yang, Dehua; Yang, Jun; Li, Shuai; Jiang, Meng; Cao, Guoqing; Yang, Li; Zhang, Xi; Zhou, Ying; Li, Kang; Tang, Shao-tao

    2017-01-01

    The RET proto-oncogene was identified as a major locus involved in Hirschsprung disease (HSCR). A genome-wide association study (GWAS) and whole exome sequencing identified NRG1 and NRG3 as additional HSCR susceptibility loci. We investigated the effects of RET (rs2506030 and rs2435357), NRG1 (rs2439302, rs16879552 and rs7835688) and NRG3 (rs10748842, rs10883866 and rs6584400) polymorphisms in a Chinese population with HSCR. We assessed single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the RET, NRG1 and NRG3 genes in a cohort of 362 sporadic HSCR patients and 1,448 normal controls using a TaqMan genotyping assay. Significant associations were found between HSCR risk and rs2506030, rs2435357, rs2439302 and rs7835688 (odds ratio [OR] 1.64, P = 1.72E-06; 2.97, P = 5.15E-33; 1.84, P = 9.36E-11; and 1.93, P = 1.88E-12, respectively). Two locus analyses of SNPs indicated increased disease risks of HSCR between NRG1 rs2439302 and RET rs2435357 or rs2506030. RET rs2506030 (GG genotype) and rs2435357 (TT genotype), in combination with NRG1 rs2439302 (GG genotype), were strongly associated with the highest risk of HSCR (OR = 56.53, P = 4.50E-07) compared with the two loci or a single SNP of either RET or NRG1. Our results support the association between genetic variation of RET and NRG1 and susceptibility to HSCR in the Chinese population. PMID:28256518

  1. Differential Contributions of Rare and Common, Coding and Noncoding Ret Mutations to Multifactorial Hirschsprung Disease Liability

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    Emison, Eileen Sproat; Garcia-Barcelo, Merce; Grice, Elizabeth A.; Lantieri, Francesca; Amiel, Jeanne; Burzynski, Grzegorz; Fernandez, Raquel M.; Hao, Li; Kashuk, Carl; West, Kristen; Miao, Xiaoping; Tam, Paul K.H.; Griseri, Paola; Ceccherini, Isabella; Pelet, Anna; Jannot, Anne-Sophie; de Pontual, Loic; Henrion-Caude, Alexandra; Lyonnet, Stanislas; Verheij, Joke B.G.M.; Hofstra, Robert M.W.; Antiñolo, Guillermo; Borrego, Salud; McCallion, Andrew S.; Chakravarti, Aravinda

    2010-01-01

    The major gene for Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) encodes the receptor tyrosine kinase RET. In a study of 690 European- and 192 Chinese-descent probands and their parents or controls, we demonstrate the ubiquity of a >4-fold susceptibility from a C→T allele (rs2435357: p = 3.9 × 10−43 in European ancestry; p = 1.1 × 10−21 in Chinese samples) that probably arose once within the intronic RET enhancer MCS+9.7. With in vitro assays, we now show that the T variant disrupts a SOX10 binding site within MCS+9.7 that compromises RET transactivation. The T allele, with a control frequency of 20%–30%/47% and case frequency of 54%–62%/88% in European/Chinese-ancestry individuals, is involved in all forms of HSCR. It is marginally associated with proband gender (p = 0.13) and significantly so with length of aganglionosis (p = 7.6 × 10−5) and familiality (p = 6.2 × 10−4). The enhancer variant is more frequent in the common forms of male, short-segment, and simplex families whereas multiple, rare, coding mutations are the norm in the less common and more severe forms of female, long-segment, and multiplex families. The T variant also increases penetrance in patients with rare RET coding mutations. Thus, both rare and common mutations, individually and together, make contributions to the risk of HSCR. The distribution of RET variants in diverse HSCR patients suggests a “cellular-recessive” genetic model where both RET alleles' function is compromised. The RET allelic series, and its genotype-phenotype correlations, shows that success in variant identification in complex disorders may strongly depend on which patients are studied. PMID:20598273

  2. Ret and Etv4 Promote Directed Movements of Progenitor Cells during Renal Branching Morphogenesis.

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    Paul Riccio

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Branching morphogenesis of the epithelial ureteric bud forms the renal collecting duct system and is critical for normal nephron number, while low nephron number is implicated in hypertension and renal disease. Ureteric bud growth and branching requires GDNF signaling from the surrounding mesenchyme to cells at the ureteric bud tips, via the Ret receptor tyrosine kinase and coreceptor Gfrα1; Ret signaling up-regulates transcription factors Etv4 and Etv5, which are also critical for branching. Despite extensive knowledge of the genetic control of these events, it is not understood, at the cellular level, how renal branching morphogenesis is achieved or how Ret signaling influences epithelial cell behaviors to promote this process. Analysis of chimeric embryos previously suggested a role for Ret signaling in promoting cell rearrangements in the nephric duct, but this method was unsuited to study individual cell behaviors during ureteric bud branching. Here, we use Mosaic Analysis with Double Markers (MADM, combined with organ culture and time-lapse imaging, to trace the movements and divisions of individual ureteric bud tip cells. We first examine wild-type clones and then Ret or Etv4 mutant/wild-type clones in which the mutant and wild-type sister cells are differentially and heritably marked by green and red fluorescent proteins. We find that, in normal kidneys, most individual tip cells behave as self-renewing progenitors, some of whose progeny remain at the tips while others populate the growing UB trunks. In Ret or Etv4 MADM clones, the wild-type cells generated at a UB tip are much more likely to remain at, or move to, the new tips during branching and elongation, while their Ret-/- or Etv4-/- sister cells tend to lag behind and contribute only to the trunks. By tracking successive mitoses in a cell lineage, we find that Ret signaling has little effect on proliferation, in contrast to its effects on cell movement. Our results show that Ret

  3. RET Functions as a Dual-Specificity Kinase that Requires Allosteric Inputs from Juxtamembrane Elements

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    Iván Plaza-Menacho

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Receptor tyrosine kinases exhibit a variety of activation mechanisms despite highly homologous catalytic domains. Such diversity arises through coupling of extracellular ligand-binding portions with highly variable intracellular sequences flanking the tyrosine kinase domain and specific patterns of autophosphorylation sites. Here, we show that the juxtamembrane (JM segment enhances RET catalytic domain activity through Y687. This phospho-site is also required by the JM region to rescue an otherwise catalytically deficient RET activation-loop mutant lacking tyrosines. Structure-function analyses identified interactions between the JM hinge, αC helix, and an unconventional activation-loop serine phosphorylation site that engages the HRD motif and promotes phospho-tyrosine conformational accessibility and regulatory spine assembly. We demonstrate that this phospho-S909 arises from an intrinsic RET dual-specificity kinase activity and show that an equivalent serine is required for RET signaling in Drosophila. Our findings reveal dual-specificity and allosteric components for the mechanism of RET activation and signaling with direct implications for drug discovery.

  4. A novel activating mutation in the RET tyrosine kinase domain mediates neoplastic transformation.

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    Cranston, Aaron; Carniti, Cristiana; Martin, Sam; Mondellini, Piera; Hooks, Yvette; Leyland, Jean; Hodgson, Shirley; Clarke, Sue; Pierotti, Marco; Ponder, Bruce A J; Bongarzone, Italia

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    We report the finding of a novel missense mutation at codon 833 in the tyrosine kinase of the RET proto-oncogene in a patient with a carcinoma of the thyroid. In vitro experiments demonstrate that the R833C mutation induces transformed foci only when present in the long 3' splice isoform and, in keeping with a model in which the receptor has to dimerize to be completely activated, glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor stimulation leads the RET(R833C) receptor to a higher level of activation. Tyrosine kinase assays show that the RET(R833C) long isoform has weak intrinsic kinase activity and phosphorylation of an exogenous substrate is not elevated even in the presence of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor. Furthermore, the R833C mutation is capable of sustaining the transformed phenotype in vivo but does not confer upon the transformed cells the ability to degrade the basement membrane in a manner analogous to metastasis. Our functional characterization of the R833C substitution suggests that, like the V804M and S891A mutations, this tyrosine kinase mutation confers a weak activating potential upon RET. This is the first report demonstrating that the introduction of an intracellular cysteine can activate RET. However, this does not occur via dimerization in a manner analogous to the extracellular cysteine mutants.

  5. Mutations in exon 10 of the RET proto-oncogene in Hirschsprung`s disease

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    Attie, T.; Eng, C.; Mulligan, L.M. [Hospital des Enfants-Malades, Paris (France)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Hirschsprung`s disease (HSCR) is a frequent congenital malformation ascribed to the absence of autonomic ganglion cells in the terminal hindgut. Recently, we have identified mutations in the RET proto-oncogene in HSCR families. Mutations of the RET gene have also been reported in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN 2A) and familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (FMTC). While RET mutations in HSCR are scattered on the whole coding sequence, MEN 2A and FMTC mutations are clustered in 5 cystein codons of exons 10 and 11. Here, we report on HSCR families carrying mutations in exon 10 of the RET gene, one of them involving a cystein codon. Germ-line mutations in exon 10 of the RET gene may contribute to either an early development defect (HSCR) or inherited predisposition to cancer (MEN 2A and FMTC), probable depending on the nature and location of the mutation. These data also suggest that HSCR patients with mutations in exon 10 might subsequently prove to be at risk for MEN 2A or FMTC since several MEN 2A/HSCR associations have been reported.

  6. The Oncogenic Activity of RET Point Mutants for Follicular Thyroid Cells May Account for the Occurrence of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in Patients Affected by Familial Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma

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    Melillo, Rosa Marina; Cirafici, Anna Maria; De Falco, Valentina; Bellantoni, Marie; Chiappetta, Gennaro; Fusco, Alfredo; Carlomagno, Francesca; Picascia, Antonella; Tramontano, Donatella; Tallini, Giovanni; Santoro, Massimo

    2004-01-01

    Activating germ-line point mutations in the RET receptor are responsible for multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2-associated medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), whereas somatic RET rearrangements are prevalent in papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs). Some rare kindreds, carrying point mutations in RET, are affected by both cancer types, suggesting that, under specific circumstances, point mutations in RET can drive the generation of PTC. Here we describe a family whose siblings, affected by both PTC and MTC, carried a germ-line point mutation in the RET extracellular domain, converting cysteine 634 into serine. We tested on thyroid follicular cells the transforming activity of RET(C634S), RET(K603Q), another mutant identified in a kindred with both PTC and MTC, RET(C634R) a commonly isolated allele in MEN2A, RET(M918T) responsible for MEN2B and also identified in kindreds with both PTC and MTC, and RET/PTC1 the rearranged oncogene that characterizes bona fide PTC in patients without MTC. We show that the various RET point mutants, but not wild-type RET, scored constitutive kinase activity and exerted mitogenic effects for thyroid PC Cl 3 cells, albeit at significantly lower levels compared to RET/PTC1. The low mitogenic activity of RET point mutants paralleled their reduced kinase activity compared to RET/PTC. Furthermore, RET point mutants maintained a protein domain, the intracellular juxtamembrane domain, that exerted negative effects on the mitogenic activity. In conclusion, RET point mutants can behave as dominant oncogenes for thyroid follicular cells. Their transforming activity, however, is rather modest, providing a possible explanation for the rare association of MTC with PTC. PMID:15277225

  7. Exclusion of linkage between RET and Neuronal Intestinal Dysplasia type B

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    Barone, V.; Yin Luo; Brancolini, V.; Romeo, G. [Instituto G. Gaslini, Genova (Italy); Weber, D. [Children`s Hospital, Luzern (Switzerland); Brancolini, V.; Devoto, M. [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)

    1996-03-15

    Neuronal Intestinal Dysplasia type B (NID B) is a complex alteration of the enteric nervous system belonging to the group of intestinal dysganglionoses which may involve rectum, colon, and small intestine. Second only to Hirschsprung diseases (HSCR), NID B is one of the most frequent causes of chronic constipation and pseudo-obstructive intestinal dysmotility. Since NID B is often associated with HSCR and point mutations in the RET proto-oncogene have been identified in HSCR patients, we analyzed two NID B pedigrees to investigate if RET mutations might cause also the NID B phenotype. Linkage analysis demonstrated that the NID B locus is not linked to RET in the pedigrees analysed. Further genetic analyses will possibility improve the understanding of the cause and facilitate diagnostic procedures in NID B. 20 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs.

  8. Frequent RET protooncogene mutations in multiple endocrine neoplasia Type 2A

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    Quadro, L.; Panariello, L.; Salvatore, D.; Carlomagno, F.; Del Prete, M.; Nunziata, V.; Colantuoni, V.; Di Giovanni, G.; Brandi, M.L.; Mannelli, M. [and others

    1994-08-01

    The occurrence of mutations in the RET protooncogene has been investigated in 12 multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A families and 18 cases of sporadic thyroid medullary carcinomas and pheochromocytomas. Ten of 12 families showed single base substitutions in the RET protooncogene exons 10 and 11, coding for the extracellular domain of the protein. Tumor tissues from 2 multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A patients were analyzed at the DNA and ribonucleic acid levels and revealed the same heterozygous mutations found in the peripheral blood lymphocytes. This demonstrates that both the normal and mutant alleles are expressed. No mutations in these exons were detected in the 18 cases of sporadic tumors investigated. These data provide further evidence that the mutated RET protooncogene acts in a dominant fashion and is responsible for the pathogenesis of this syndrome. 28 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Epistasis between RET and BBS mutations modulates enteric innervation and causes syndromic Hirschsprung disease

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    de Pontual, Loïc; Zaghloul, Norann A.; Thomas, Sophie; Davis, Erica E.; Mcgaughey, David M.; Dollfus, Hélène; Baumann, Clarisse; Bessling, Seneca L.; Babarit, Candice; Pelet, Anna; Gascue, Cecilia; Beales, Philip; Munnich, Arnold; Lyonnet, Stanislas; Etchevers, Heather; Attie-Bitach, Tania; Badano, Jose L.; McCallion, Andrew S.; Katsanis, Nicholas; Amiel, Jeanne

    2009-01-01

    Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is a common, multigenic neurocristopathy characterized by incomplete innervation along a variable length of the gut. The pivotal gene in isolated HSCR cases, either sporadic or familial, is RET. HSCR also presents in various syndromes, including Shah–Waardenburg syndrome (WS), Down (DS), and Bardet–Biedl (BBS). Here, we report 3 families with BBS and HSCR with concomitant mutations in BBS genes and regulatory RET elements, whose functionality is tested in physiologically relevant assays. Our data suggest that BBS mutations can potentiate HSCR predisposing RET alleles, which by themselves are insufficient to cause disease. We also demonstrate that these genes interact genetically in vivo to modulate gut innervation, and that this interaction likely occurs through complementary, yet independent, pathways that converge on the same biological process. PMID:19666486

  10. Spatial Positioning of RET and H4 Following Radiation Exposure Leads to Tumor Development

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    Yuri E. Nikiforov

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Exposure to ionizing radiation is a well-known risk factor for a number of human cancers, including leukemia, thyroid cancer, soft tissue sarcomas, and many others. Although it has been known for a long time that radiation exposure to the cell results in extensive DNA damage, including double strand DNA breaks, the exact mechanisms of radiation-induced carcinogenesis remain unknown. Recently, a large increase in incidence of thyroid cancer was observed in children exposed to radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear accident [1]. A high prevalence of chromosomal rearrangements involving the RET gene was found among these radiation-induced thyroid tumors [2,3]. As a result of such rearrangement, a portion of the RET gene is fused with another gene, typically with the H4 or ELE1. However, since the DNA targets of ionizing radiation are randomly distributed throughout the cell nucleus, the reason for predilection for the RET rearrangements in thyroid cells was unclear.

  11. Thyroid cancer and co-occurring RET mutations in Hirschsprung disease.

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    Virtanen, Valtter B; Pukkala, Eero; Kivisaari, Reetta; Salo, Perttu P; Koivusalo, Antti; Arola, Johanna; Miettinen, Päivi J; Rintala, Risto J; Perola, Markus; Pakarinen, Mikko P

    2013-08-01

    The objective of this study was to assess the occurrence of thyroid cancer and co-occurring RET mutations in a population-based cohort of adult Hirschsprung disease (HD) patients. All 156 patients operated for HD in a tertiary center during 1950-1986 were followed for thyroid malignancies up to 2010 through the nationwide Finnish Cancer Registry. Ninety-one individuals participated in clinical and genetic screening, which included serum calcitonin and thyroid ultrasound (US) with cytology. Exons 10, 11, 13, and 16 were sequenced in all, and all exons of RET in 43 of the subjects, including those with thyroid cancer, RET mutations, suspicious clinical findings, and familial or long-segment disease. Through the cancer registry, two cases (aged 35 and 37 years) of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) were observed; the incidence for MTC was 340-fold (95% CI 52-1600) compared with average population. These individuals had C611R and C620R mutations in exon 10. One papillary thyroid cancer without RET mutations was detected by clinical screening. Four subjects (aged 31-50 years) with co-occurring RET mutations in exons 10 (C609R; n=1) and 13 (Y791F, n=3) had sporadic short-segment HD with normal thyroid US and serum calcitonin. Three novel mutations and five single-nucleotide polymorphisms were found outside exons 10 and 13 without associated signs of thyroid cancer. MTC-associated RET mutations were restricted to exons 10 and 13 affecting ∼5% of unselected adults with HD. Clinical thyroid assessment did not improve accuracy of genetic screening, which should not be limited to patients with familial or long-segment disease.

  12. Interaction Between a Chromosome 10 RET Enhancer and Chromosome 21 in the Down Syndrome-Hirschsprung Disease Association

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    Arnold, Stacey; Pelet, Anna; Amiel, Jeanne; Borrego, Salud; Hofstra, Robert; Tam, Paul; Ceccherini, Isabella; Lyonnet, Stanislas; Sherman, Stephanie; Chakravarti, Aravinda

    Individuals with Down syndrome display a 40-fold greater risk of Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) than the general population of newborns implicating chromosome 21 in HSCR etiology. Here we demonstrate that the RET enhancer polymorphism RET + 9.7 (rs2435357:C > T) at chromosome 10q11.2 is associated with

  13. Oralidade e retórica a serviço da segmentação

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    2008-01-01

    Falar em retórica, para muitos, é abordar questões referentes a um discurso pomposo e bem-articulado. Poucos pensam na Retórica associada ao discurso comunicativo, à Argumentação e, até mesmo, à persuasão, sua finalidade primeira

  14. Resistance to oncolytic myxoma virus therapy in nf1(-/-/trp53(-/- syngeneic mouse glioma models is independent of anti-viral type-I interferon.

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    Franz J Zemp

    Full Text Available Despite promising preclinical studies, oncolytic viral therapy for malignant gliomas has resulted in variable, but underwhelming results in clinical evaluations. Of concern are the low levels of tumour infection and viral replication within the tumour. This discrepancy between the laboratory and the clinic could result from the disparity of xenograft versus syngeneic models in determining in vivo viral infection, replication and treatment efficacy. Here we describe a panel of primary mouse glioma lines derived from Nf1 (+/- Trp53 (+/- mice in the C57Bl/6J background for use in the preclinical testing of the oncolytic virus Myxoma (MYXV. These lines show a range of susceptibility to MYXV replication in vitro, but all succumb to viral-mediated cell death. Two of these lines orthotopically grafted produced aggressive gliomas. Intracranial injection of MYXV failed to result in sustained viral replication or treatment efficacy, with minimal tumour infection that was completely resolved by 7 days post-infection. We hypothesized that the stromal production of Type-I interferons (IFNα/β could explain the resistance seen in these models; however, we found that neither the cell lines in vitro nor the tumours in vivo produce any IFNα/β in response to MYXV infection. To confirm IFNα/β did not play a role in this resistance, we ablated the ability of tumours to respond to IFNα/β via IRF9 knockdown, and generated identical results. Our studies demonstrate that these syngeneic cell lines are relevant preclinical models for testing experimental glioma treatments, and show that IFNα/β is not responsible for the MYXV treatment resistance seen in syngeneic glioma models.

  15. Resistance to oncolytic myxoma virus therapy in nf1(-/-)/trp53(-/-) syngeneic mouse glioma models is independent of anti-viral type-I interferon.

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    Zemp, Franz J; McKenzie, Brienne A; Lun, Xueqing; Maxwell, Lori; Reilly, Karlyne M; McFadden, Grant; Yong, V Wee; Forsyth, Peter A

    2013-01-01

    Despite promising preclinical studies, oncolytic viral therapy for malignant gliomas has resulted in variable, but underwhelming results in clinical evaluations. Of concern are the low levels of tumour infection and viral replication within the tumour. This discrepancy between the laboratory and the clinic could result from the disparity of xenograft versus syngeneic models in determining in vivo viral infection, replication and treatment efficacy. Here we describe a panel of primary mouse glioma lines derived from Nf1 (+/-) Trp53 (+/-) mice in the C57Bl/6J background for use in the preclinical testing of the oncolytic virus Myxoma (MYXV). These lines show a range of susceptibility to MYXV replication in vitro, but all succumb to viral-mediated cell death. Two of these lines orthotopically grafted produced aggressive gliomas. Intracranial injection of MYXV failed to result in sustained viral replication or treatment efficacy, with minimal tumour infection that was completely resolved by 7 days post-infection. We hypothesized that the stromal production of Type-I interferons (IFNα/β) could explain the resistance seen in these models; however, we found that neither the cell lines in vitro nor the tumours in vivo produce any IFNα/β in response to MYXV infection. To confirm IFNα/β did not play a role in this resistance, we ablated the ability of tumours to respond to IFNα/β via IRF9 knockdown, and generated identical results. Our studies demonstrate that these syngeneic cell lines are relevant preclinical models for testing experimental glioma treatments, and show that IFNα/β is not responsible for the MYXV treatment resistance seen in syngeneic glioma models.

  16. Characterization and vectorization of siRNA targeting RET/PTC1 in human papillary thyroid carcinoma cells

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    Massade L.

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available RET/PTC1 fusion oncogene is the most common genetic alteration identified to date in thyroid papillary carcinomas (PTC and represents a good target for small interfering RNA (siRNA. Our aim was: i to target the RET/PTC1 oncogene by siRNAs, ii to assess the knockdown effects on cell growth and cell cycle regulation and iii to vectorize it in order to protect it from degradation. Methods. Human cell lines expressing RET/PTC1 were transfected by siRNA RET/PTC1, inhibition of the oncogene expression was assessed by qRT-PCR and by Western blot. Conjugation of siRNA RET/PTC1 to squalene was performed by coupling it to squalene. In vivo studies are performed in nude mice. Conclusion. In this short communication, we report the main published results obtained during last years.

  17. Retórica versus argumentación. Perspectivas en el nuevo espacio de educación superior

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    Otero Parga, Milagros

    2009-01-01

    La Retórica es un arte muy olvidado e incomprensiblemente poco utilizado, mientras que la Argumentación se ha puesto de moda como señal de legitimación del Estado de Derecho. Sin embargo la Argumentación es una parte de la Retórica, y la Retórica un instrumento para la Argumentación. Retórica y Argumentación son el todo y la parte. La Retórica es el todo, y la Argumentación la parte. Ambas ciencias, artes o técnicas, se complementan. Para que el ser humano comprenda de forma ra...

  18. Investigation Of Contingent Mutations In The Rets-gacas Regulatory System In Clinical Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Isolates From Cystic Fibrosis Patients

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    Lindegaard, Mikkel; Marvig, Rasmus; Molin, Søren

    2015-01-01

    decreases the metabolic repertoires. Conclusions: The sequential nature of the mutations in the RetS-GacAS regulatory system suggests that different behavioral patterns are needed at different times of infection, where the initial mutation in retS results in a defensive behavior, enabling establishment...

  19. Heavily lipidized, calcified giant cell glioblastoma in an 8-year-old patient, associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1): report of a case with long-term survival.

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    Kroh, H; Matyja, E; Marchel, A; Bojarski, P

    2004-01-01

    Giant cell glioblastoma (GCG-BM) with predominance of bizarre, multinucleated giant cells is a rare subtype of glioblastoma, however, its clinical behavior and histological features are still not fully understood. We report an unusual case of a heavily lipidized form of giant cell glioma corresponding mostly to GCGBM in a young patient with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1). Histologically, the tumor revealed numerous characteristic histopathological features of giant cell glioblastoma including cellular pleomorphism with numerous giant tumor cells, pseudopalisades around necrotic foci and mitotic activity, accompanied by additional unique morphological elements such as massive lipidization of the neoplastic cells, abundant microcalcifications and angiomatous pattern of vascularization. Such aberrant morphology might be associated with the unusually long survival period of 12 years without clinical evidence of tumor recurrence. The coexistence of intracerebral heavily lipidized, calcified giant cell glioblastoma with NF1 has not been previously reported in literature.

  20. No mutations found by RET mutation scanning in sporadic and hereditary neuroblastoma

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    Hofstra, RMW; Cheng, NC; Stulp, RP; Stelwagen, T; Clausen, N; Tommerup, N; Caron, H; Westerveld, A; Buys, CHCM

    Neuroblastoma occasionally occurs in diseases associated with abnormal neurocrest differentiation, e.g. Hirschsprung disease. Expression studies in developing mice suggest that the proto-oncogene RET plays a role in neurocrest differentiation. In humans expression of RT is limited to certain tumor

  1. A germline RET proto-oncogene mutation in multiple members of an ...

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    Makia Marafie

    2016-09-17

    Sep 17, 2016 ... fashion and caused by germline mutation in RET proto- ... Many guidelines have been established for improvement of ... mutation carriers. 2. Subjects and methods. 2.1. Family data. The proband (P9) was 35 year old healthy male, approached the cancer genetics clinic seeking genetics counseling and pre ...

  2. [Apply of RetCam Ⅱ and color Doppler imaging in persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous].

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    Han, Mei; Zhao, Kanxing; Zhang, Tongmei; Li, Yan; Gao, Jianmin; Dong, Liu

    2016-05-01

    To observe the manifestations of RetCam Ⅱ and color Doppler imaging (CDI) in a retrospective case series of persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous (PHPV). Retrospective study. The medical records of 9 eyes/9 patients with PHPV went through RetCamⅡ and CDI from 2009 to 2014. There were 6 young boys and 3 young girl in this study, age from 2 months to 5 years. All the patients were born at full term. 9 eyes had complication (cataract). The manifestations of RetCam Ⅱ: There were pale in optic disc. There were white fibre rod connected with optic disc, then prolonged to vitreous cavity, connected with posterior lens capsule. CDI showed arterial blood stream signal in band-shaped echogenic structure within vitreous cavity, prolonged to lens from the optic disc, or showed funnel-shaped echogenic mass at the posterior surface of lens and anterior of vitreous body, adhered to ciliary body, lens and the optic disc. PHPV is congenital ocular anomalies because of a failure of primary vitreous and the hyaloids vascular system to regress. It manifests as unilateral and boys. We diagnosis PHPV by RetCamⅡ and CDI.

  3. RET/PTC rearrangement is prevalent in follicular Hurthle cell carcinomas

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    de Vries, Margriet M.; Celestino, Ricardo; Castro, Patricia; Eloy, Catarina; Maximo, Valdemar; van der Wal, Jacqueline E.; Plukker, John T. M.; Links, Thera P.; Hofstra, Robert M. W.; Sobrinho-Simoes, Manuel; Soares, Paula

    2012-01-01

    Aims: The molecular alterations underlying follicular Hurthle cell carcinomas (FHCCs) are largely unknown. In an attempt to clarify this issue, we analysed a series of Hurthle cell tumours for the presence of RET/PTC and PAX8/PPARG rearrangements and BRAF, HRAS and NRAS mutations. Methods and

  4. Synergistic growth inhibition of cancer cells harboring the RET/PTC1 ...

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    Synergistic growth inhibition of cancer cells harboring the RET/PTC1 oncogene by staurosporine and rotenone involves enhanced cell death. ANTÓNIO PEDRO GONÇALVES, ARNALDO VIDEIRA, VALDEMAR MÁXIMO and PAULA SOARES. J. Biosci. 36(4), September 2011, 639-648, © Indian Academy of Sciences.

  5. Synergistic growth inhibition of cancer cells harboring the RET/PTC1 ...

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    Synergistic growth inhibition of cancer cells harboring the RET/PTC1 oncogene by staurosporine and rotenone involves enhanced cell death. ANTÓNIO PEDRO GONÇALVES. 1,2,*, ARNALDO VIDEIRA. 1,2. , VALDEMAR MÁXIMO. 3,4 and PAULA SOARES. 3,4. 1Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, Universidade do ...

  6. Is thyroidectomy necessary in RET mutations carriers of the familial medullary thyroid carcinoma syndrome?

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    Hansen, H S; Torring, H; Godballe, C

    2000-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The results and consequences of genetic testing in a family with familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (FMTC) are described. METHODS: In the screening of relatives, serum calcitonin is replaced by RET mutation analysis that was performed in families suspected of hereditary medullary th...

  7. A germline RET proto-oncogene mutation in multiple members of an ...

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    Background: Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN2A) is a rare cancer associated-syndrome, inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion and caused by germline mutation in RET proto-oncogene. Clinical diagnosis depends on the manifestation of two or more certain endocrine tumors in an individual, such as ...

  8. Medarbejderes ret til bestyrelsesrepræsentation efter et selskabs grænseoverskridende hjemstedsflytning

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    Hansen, Lone L.

    2013-01-01

    Artiklen analyserer de bestemmelser, der finder anvendelse ved afgørelsen af, om et selskabs medarbejdere har ret til bestyrelsesrepræsentation efter en grænseoverskridende hjemstedsflytning på grundlag af de nye danske regler herom. Reglerne bygger på principperne for grænseoverskridende fusion,...

  9. Effects of RET and NRG1 polymorphisms in Indonesian patients with Hirschsprung disease.

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    Gunadi; Kapoor, Ashish; Ling, Albee Yun; Rochadi; Makhmudi, Akhmad; Herini, Elisabeth Siti; Sosa, Maria X; Chatterjee, Sumantra; Chakravarti, Aravinda

    2014-11-01

    Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is a neurocristopathy characterized by absence of intramural ganglion cells along variable lengths of the gastrointestinal tract in neonates. Three polymorphisms, rs2435357, within a conserved transcriptional enhancer of RET, and, rs7835688 and rs16879552, within intron 1 of NRG1, have been shown to be associated with isolated forms of HSCR. We wished to replicate these findings, and study the interactions between these variants, in Indonesian HSCR patients. Sixty isolated HSCR patients and 124 controls were ascertained for this study. The three genetic markers were examined using TaqMan Genotyping Assays in genomic DNA for association studies. RET rs2435357 showed the strongest association with HSCR both by case-control analysis (p=2.5 × 10(-8)) and transmission disequilibrium test (p=4.2 × 10(-6)). NRG1 rs7835688 was modestly associated with HSCR only by case-control analysis (p=4.3 × 10(-3)), whereas rs16879552 demonstrated no association (p>0.097). Two locus analyses of variants showed significant interactions with increased and decreased disease risks of HSCR at NRG1 but conditional on rs2435357 genotype. RET and NRG1 variants are common susceptibility factors for HSCR in Indonesia. These common variants demonstrate that development of HSCR requires joint effects of RET and NRG1 early in gut development. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Distribution of RET mutations in multiple endocrine neoplasia 2 in Denmark 1994-2014

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    Mathiesen, Jes Sloth; Kroustrup, Jens Peter; Vestergaard, Peter

    2017-01-01

    , and the results were compared to those of other populations. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 1583 patients who underwent RET gene testing in one of three centers covering all of Denmark between September 1994 and December 2014. Primary testing method was Sanger sequencing, which included exons 8...

  11. The Establishment of a Formal Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS) Organization

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    Maria Redmond; Chela Bordas O' Connor

    2010-06-30

    The objectives identified in requesting and utilizing this funding has been met. The goal was to establish a formal, multi-jurisdictional organization to: (1) ensure the policy objectives of the participating jurisdictions are addressed through increased tradability of the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from M-RETS and to eliminate the possibility that a single jurisdiction will be the sole arbiter of the operation of the system; (2) facilitate the establishment of REC standards including the attributes related to, the creation, trading, and interaction with other trading and tracking systems; and (3) have a centralized and established organization that will be responsible for the contracting and governance responsibilities of a multi-jurisdictional tracking system. The M-RETS Inc. Board ensures that the system remains policy neutral; that the attributes of generation are tracked in a way that allows the system users to easily identify and trade relevant RECs; that the system can add jurisdictions as needed or desired; and that the tracking system operate in such a way to allow for the greatest access possible for those participating in other tracking or trading systems by allowing those systems to negotiate with a single M-RETS entity for the import and export of RECs. M-RETS as an organizational body participates and often leads the discussions related to the standardization of RECs and increasing the tradability of M-RETS RECs. M-RETS is a founding member of the Environmental Trading Network of North America (ETNNA) and continues to take a leadership role in the development of processes to facilitate trading among tracking systems and to standardize REC definitions. The Board of Directors of M-RETS, Inc., the non-profit corporation, continues to hold telephone/internet Board meetings. Legal counsel continues working with the board and APX management on a new agreement with APX. The board expects to have an agreement and corresponding fee structure in place by

  12. Distribution of RET Mutations and Evaluation of Treatment Approaches in Hereditary Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma in Turkey.

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    Aydoğan, Berna İmge; Yüksel, Bağdagül; Tuna, Mazhar Müslüm; Navdar Başaran, Mehtap; Akkurt Kocaeli, Ayşen; Ertörer, Melek Eda; Aydın, Kadriye; Güldiken, Sibel; Şimşek, Yasin; Cihan Karaca, Züleyha; Yılmaz, Merve; Aktürk, Müjde; Anaforoğlu, İnan; Kebapçı, Nur; Duran, Cevdet; Taşlıpınar, Abdullah; Kulaksızoğlu, Mustafa; Gürsoy, Alptekin; Dağdelen, Selçuk; Erdoğan, Murat Faik

    2016-03-05

    This retrospective multicenter study, centrally conducted and supported by the Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism of Turkey, aimed to evaluate the impact of free RET proto-oncogene testing in medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) patients. Surgical timing, adequacy of the treatment, and frequency of prophylactic thyroidectomy (PTx) in mutation carriers were also assessed. Genetic testing for MTC and pheochromocytoma was conducted between July 2008 and January 2012 in 512 patients. Application forms and RET mutation analyses of these patients whose blood samples were sent from various centers around Turkey were assessed retrospectively. An evaluation form was sent to the physicians of the eligible 319 patients who had confirmed sporadic MTC, familial MTC (FMTC), multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2), or who were mutation carriers. Physicians were asked to give information about the surgical history, latest calcitonin levels, morbidity, mortality, genetic screening, and PTx among family members. Twenty-five centers responded by filling in the forms of 192 patients. Among the 319 patients, RET mutation was detected in 71 (22.3%). Cys634Arg mutation was the most prevalent mutation (43.7%), followed by Val804Met in 18 patients (25.4%), and Cys634Tyr in 6 patients (8.5%). Among 192 MTC patients, the diagnosis was sporadic MTC in 146 (76.4%), FMTC in 14 (7.3%), MEN2A in 15 patients (7.9%), and MEN2B in one patient. The number of mutation carriers among 154 apparently sporadic MTC patients was 8 (5.2%). Ten patients were submitted to PTx out of twenty-four mutation carriers at a mean age of 35±19 years. Turkish people have a similar RET proto-oncogene mutation distribution when compared to other Mediterranean countries. Despite free RET gene testing, the number of the PTx in Turkey is limited and relatively late in the life span of the carriers. This is mainly due to patient and family incompliance and incomplete family counselling.

  13. Sporadic ret-rearranged papillary carcinoma of the thyroid: a subset of slow growing, less aggressive thyroid neoplasms?

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    Soares, P; Fonseca, E; Wynford-Thomas, D; Sobrinho-Simões, M

    1998-05-01

    Despite the large amount of information accumulated on the role played by ret activation in the oncogenesis of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), the biological and clinical significance of such activation 'in vivo' remains controversial. The aim of this study was to address some of the existing controversies by comparing two groups of unselected PTCs, one with and the other without ret rearrangement, with regard to several clinicopathological and biological features. Thirty-three PTCs were selected at random. ret rearrangement was found in eight cases (24.2 per cent) using Southern blot analysis. The mean age of the patients with tumours displaying ret rearrangement (28 +/- 3.1 years) was significantly lower than that of the patients harbouring cases that did not present rearrangement (45 +/- 2.9 years). The large majority of the tumours with ret rearrangement displayed a papillary or mixed follicular-papillary pattern and very low proliferative activity. ret rearrangement correlated significantly with decreased cytoplasmic expression of E-cadherin. No significant differences were found regarding the gender of the patients, tumour size, multicentricity, extrathyroidal growth, vascular invasion, lymphocytic infiltration, lymph node involvement or the expression of E-cadherin (membrane), c-erb-B2, c-met, Bcl-2, and vimentin. It is proposed that sporadic PTCs harbouring a ret rearrangement occur frequently as slow growing, papillary, or predominantly papillary tumours that do not usually progress towards less differentiated neoplasms representing what might be described as a Bonsai phenotype.

  14. Spectroscopic characterization of enzymatic flax retting: Factor analysis of FT-IR and FT-Raman data

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    Archibald, D. D.; Henrikssen, G.; Akin, D. E.; Barton, F. E.

    1998-06-01

    Flax retting is a chemical, microbial or enzymatic process which releases the bast fibers from the stem matrix so they can be suitable for mechanical processing before spinning into linen yarn. This study aims to determine the vibrational spectral features and sampling methods which can be used to evaluate the retting process. Flax stems were retted on a small scale using an enzyme mixture known to yield good retted flax. Processed stems were harvested at various time points in the process and the retting was evaluated by conventional methods including weight loss, color difference and Fried's test, a visual ranking of how the stems disintegrate in hot water. Spectroscopic measurements were performed on either whole stems or powders of the fibers that were mechanically extracted from the stems. Selected regions of spectra were baseline and amplitude corrected using a variant of the multiplicative signal correction method. Principal component regression and partial least-squares regression with full cross-validation were used to determine the spectral features and rate of spectral transformation by regressing the spectra against the retting time in hours. FT-Raman of fiber powders and FT-IR reflectance of whole stems were the simplest and most precise methods for monitoring the retting transformation. Raman tracks the retting by measuring the decrease in aromatic signal and subtle changes in the C-H stretching vibrations. The IR method uses complex spectral features in the fingerprint and carbonyl region, many of which are due to polysaccharide components. Both spectral techniques monitor the retting process with greater precision than the reference method.

  15. Induction of RET dependent and independent pro-inflammatory programs in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells from Hirschsprung patients.

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    Full Text Available Hirschsprung disease (HSCR is a rare congenital anomaly characterized by the absence of enteric ganglia in the distal intestinal tract. While classified as a multigenic disorder, the altered function of the RET tyrosine kinase receptor is responsible for the majority of the pathogenesis of HSCR. Recent evidence demonstrate a strong association between RET and the homeostasis of immune system. Here, we utilize a unique cohort of fifty HSCR patients to fully characterize the expression of RET receptor on both innate (monocytes and Natural Killer lymphocytes and adaptive (B and T lymphocytes human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs and to explore the role of RET signaling in the immune system. We show that the increased expression of RET receptor on immune cell subsets from HSCR individuals correlates with the presence of loss-of-function RET mutations. Moreover, we demonstrate that the engagement of RET on PBMCs induces the modulation of several inflammatory genes. In particular, RET stimulation with glial-cell line derived neurotrophic factor family (GDNF and glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol membrane anchored co-receptor α1 (GFRα1 trigger the up-modulation of genes encoding either for chemokines (CCL20, CCL2, CCL3, CCL4, CCL7, CXCL1 and cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-8 and the down-regulation of chemokine/cytokine receptors (CCR2 and IL8-Rα. Although at different levels, the modulation of these "RET-dependent genes" occurs in both healthy donors and HSCR patients. We also describe another set of genes that, independently from RET stimulation, are differently regulated in healthy donors versus HSCR patients. Among these "RET-independent genes", there are CSF-1R, IL1-R1, IL1-R2 and TGFβ-1, whose levels of transcripts were lower in HSCR patients compared to healthy donors, thus suggesting aberrancies of inflammatory responses at mucosal level. Overall our results demonstrate that immune system actively participates in the physiopathology of

  16. New insights in the molecular signature of advanced medullary thyroid cancer: evidence of a bad outcome of cases with double RET mutations.

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    Romei, Cristina; Casella, Francesca; Tacito, Alessia; Bottici, Valeria; Valerio, Laura; Viola, David; Cappagli, Virginia; Matrone, Antonio; Ciampi, Raffaele; Piaggi, Paolo; Ugolini, Clara; Torregrossa, Liborio; Basolo, Fulvio; Materazzi, Gabriele; Vitti, Paolo; Elisei, Rossella

    2016-07-28

    The RET proto-oncogene is responsible for the pathogenesis of hereditary (98%) and sporadic (40%) medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). In sporadic MTC, somatic RET mutations are associated with a poor prognosis. We looked at the genetic profile of patients with advanced and metastatic MTC. The correlation between these mutations and outcome was also investigated. 70 patients with advanced and metastatic sporadic MTC were studied. Exons 10-11 and 13-16 of RET were analysed by direct sequencing. All cases were studied for RAS and the majority also for TERT mutations. RET/RAS-negative cases were analysed for other oncogene mutations. 64/70 cases (91.4%) showed a somatic mutation, while 6 (8.6%) were negative. Among the mutated cases, RET mutations, mainly M918T, were the most prevalent (93.8%). K- or H-RAS mutations were present in 6.2% of cases and were mutually exclusive with RET. No other mutations were found. Four tumours showed two RET somatic mutations. We found a complex somatic RET alteration in 6/60 (10%) RET-positive sporadic MTC cases. A positive correlation between a poor prognosis and the multiple number of RET mutations was found. This study showed a high prevalence of somatic RET mutations in advanced and metastatic MTCs. RAS mutations were present in a small percentage of cases and mutually exclusive with RET mutations. In a small number of cases, more than one RET mutation was present in the same tissue. RET double mutations and, to a lesser extent, also complex mutations showed a worse outcome. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  17. Targeting surface nucleolin with a multivalent pseudopeptide delays development of spontaneous melanoma in RET transgenic mice

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    Briand Jean-Paul

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The importance of cell-surface nucleolin in cancer biology was recently highlighted by studies showing that ligands of nucleolin play critical role in tumorigenesis and angiogenesis. By using a specific antagonist that binds the C-terminal tail of nucleolin, the HB-19 pseudopeptide, we recently reported that HB-19 treatment markedly suppressed the progression of established human breast tumor cell xenografts in the athymic nude mice without apparent toxicity. Methods The in vivo antitumoral action of HB-19 treatment was assessed on the spontaneous development of melanoma in the RET transgenic mouse model. Ten days old RET mice were treated with HB-19 in a prophylactic setting that extended 300 days. In parallel, the molecular basis for the action of HB-19 was investigated on a melanoma cell line (called TIII derived from a cutaneous nodule of a RET mouse. Results HB-19 treatment of RET mice caused a significant delay in the onset of cutaneous tumors, several-months delay in the incidence of large tumors, a lower frequency of cutaneous nodules, and a reduction of visceral metastatic nodules while displaying no toxicity to normal tissue. Moreover, microvessel density was significantly reduced in tumors recovered from HB-19 treated mice compared to corresponding controls. Studies on the melanoma-derived tumor cells demonstrated that HB-19 treatment of TIII cells could restore contact inhibition, impair anchorage-independent growth, and reduce their tumorigenic potential in mice. Moreover, HB-19 treatment caused selective down regulation of transcripts coding matrix metalloproteinase 2 and 9, and tumor necrosis factor-α in the TIII cells and in melanoma tumors of RET mice. Conclusions Although HB-19 treatment failed to prevent the development of spontaneous melanoma in the RET mice, it delayed for several months the onset and frequency of cutaneous tumors, and exerted a significant inhibitory effect on visceral metastasis

  18. Expression of the RET/PTC fusion gene as a marker for papillary carcinoma in Hashimoto's thyroiditis

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    Wirtschafter, A; Schmidt, R; Rosen, D

    1997-01-01

    Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an inflammatory disease of the thyroid gland with autoimmune etiology. Patients afflicted with Hashimoto's have a higher risk of thyroid malignancies such as papillary thyroid carcinoma. In the present study, we investigated the frequency of papillary thyroid carcinoma...... specific genes in patients diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. The newly identified oncogenes RET/PTC1 and RET/PTC3 provide useful and specific markers of the early stages of papillary carcinoma as they are highly specific for malignant cells. Using a sensitive and specific reverse transcriptase......-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay, we found messenger RNA (mRNA) expression for the RET/PTC1 and RET/PTC3 oncogenes in 95% of the Hashimoto's patients studied. All Hashimoto's patients presenting without histopathologic evidence of papillary thyroid cancer showed molecular genetic evidence of cancer...

  19. Key Roles for MYC, KIT and RET signaling in secondary angiosarcomas

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    Styring, E; Seinen, J; Dominguez-Valentin, M

    2014-01-01

    of the gene signature to an external data set. RESULTS: In total, 103 genes were significantly deregulated between primary and secondary angiosarcomas. Secondary angiosarcomas showed upregulation of MYC, KIT and RET and downregulation of CDKN2C. Functional annotation analysis identified multiple target genes...... in the receptor protein tyrosine kinase pathway. The results were validated using RT-qPCR and immunohistochemistry. Further, the gene signature was applied to an external data set and, herein, distinguished primary from secondary angiosarcomas. CONCLUSIONS: Upregulation of MYC, KIT and RET and downregulation......BACKGROUND: Angiosarcomas may develop as primary tumours of unknown cause or as secondary tumours, most commonly following radiotherapy to the involved field. The different causative agents may be linked to alternate tumorigenesis, which led us to investigate the genetic profiles of morphologically...

  20. Retórica del videoarte. Estudio aplicado a la videopoesía

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    Giorgio De Marchis

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available No hay estudios académicos de tipo cuantitativo sobre el videoarte. Las posibilidades expresivas son tan amplias que la aproximación de este tipo resulta harto difícil. Este artículo está basado en un estudio cuantitativo de una rama del videoarte, la videopoesía. El corpus de análisis está formado por 28 trabajos en los que se estudia la frecuencia, las relaciones entre diferentes tipos de figuras, además de la densidad retórica. Se logran conclusiones sobre un posible estilo de la videopoesía, relaciones significativas entre grupos de figuras, aunque puedan ser circunstanciales, y sobre la alta densidad retórica de los textos.

  1. Screening for retinopathy of prematurity-a comparison between binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy and RetCam 120

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    Shah Parag

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To compare the photographic screening for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP using RetCam 120 with binocular indirect ophthalmoscope (BIO, which is the current gold standard. Setting and Design: Prospective, comparative study. Materials and Methods: A total of 87 RetCam examinations were performed on 27 premature babies. They were stored in a separate file after deleting the identifying information. At the same visit using the BIO with scleral depression, an experienced vitreoretinal surgeon evaluated the fundus in detail. A masked examiner then evaluated the RetCam photographs for presence or absence of ROP, the stage and zone of the disease, and the presence or absence of plus disease. These data were then compared with the BIO findings to determine the sensitivity, specificity, and the positive and negative predictive values of the method. Results: ROP was detected in 63 of 87 examinations by BIO and in 56 of 87 RetCam examinations. Nine RetCam examinations were false-negative and two were false-positive. Sensitivity of RetCam was 85.71% (54/63 and specificity was 91.66% (22/24. The positive and negative predictive values were 96.43% and 70.97% respectively. Conclusion: Nine cases having ROP were missed by the RetCam. All these cases were either in zone 3 or the outer part of zone 2, which later regressed. These were missed mostly because of the restricted mobility of the camera head caused by its size and the barrier caused by the lid speculum arms. No case of threshold ROP was missed. RetCam may replace BIO for screening of ROP.

  2. SorLA Controls Neurotrophic Activity by Sorting of GDNF and Its Receptors GFRα1 and RET

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    Glerup, Simon; Lume, Maria; Olsen, Ditte

    2013-01-01

    Glial cell-line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is a potent neurotrophic factor that has reached clinical trials for Parkinson's disease. GDNF binds to its coreceptor GFRα1 and signals through the transmembrane receptor tyrosine kinase RET, or RET independently through NCAM or syndecan-3...... function, marked hyperactivity, and reduced anxiety, all of which are phenotypes related to abnormal GDNF activity. Taken together, these findings establish SorLA as a critical regulator of GDNF activity in the CNS....

  3. La retórica como doctrina de la comunicación eficaz

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    Gerardo Ramírez-Vidal

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available En este ensayo se explican conceptos básicos para el conocimiento y la práctica de la retórica, así como sus usos y aplicaciones en ámbitos como la política, la cultura, la enseñanza, la prédica religiosa, el análisis literario, la comunicación de masas y la comunicación interpersonal.

  4. Jean Calvin (1509-1564) - i 500-året for hans fødsel

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    Jørgensen, Ninna

    2010-01-01

    Artiklen er en introduktion til Calvins liv og tankeverden i anledning af 500-året for hans fødsel. Udgangspunkt er hans selvforståelse, som den kommer til udtryk i hans Salmekommentar og den forståelse af Salmerne som en sjælens "anatomi" og en vejledning til bøn, som står ved roden af hans...

  5. Evaluation of RET Tyrosine Kinase as a Novel Driver of Prostatic Small Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma

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    G). Therefore, the potency of androgen withdrawal may override any effects observed by exogenous addition of the RET gene . For Aim 3, we assessed...report. What was the impact on technology transfer ? Nothing to report. 6 What was the impact on society beyond science and technology? Nothing to...vertical treatment approach) and PI3K/ AKT/mTOR inhibitors with AR inhibi tors ( horizontal treatment approach) (Fig. 1). Hence, it would be worthwhile

  6. Detecting ALK, ROS1 and RET Fusion Genes in Cell Block Samples.

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    Zhao, Chao; Li, Xuefei; Li, Jiayu; Zhang, Yishi; Ren, Shengxiang; Chen, Xiaoxia; Zhou, Caicun

    2014-06-01

    Whether Cell block (CB) samples are applicable to detect anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), c-ros oncogene 1 (ROS1) and ret proto-oncogene (RET) fusion genes in lung adenocarcinoma is still unknown. In this study, 108 cytological samples that contained lung adenocarcinoma cells were collected, and made into CB. The CB samples all contained at least 30% lung adenocarcinoma cells. In these patients, 48 harbored EGFR mutation. Among the 50 EGFR wild type patients who detected fusion genes, 14 carried EML4-ALK fusion (28%), 2 had TPM3-ROS1 fusion (4%), and 3 harbored KIF5B-RET fusion (6%). No double fusions were found in one sample. Patients with fusion genes were younger than those without fusion genes (p = 0.032), but no significant difference was found in sex and smoking status (p > 0.05). In the thirty-five patients who received first-line chemotherapy, patients with fusion gene positive had disease control rate (DCR) (72.7% VS 50%, p > 0.05) and objective response rate (ORR) (9.1% VS 4.2%, p > 0.05) compared with those having fusion gene negative. The median progression free survival (mPFS) were 4.0 and 2.7 months in patients harbored fusion mutations and wild type, respectively (p > 0.05). We conclude that CB samples could be used to detect ALK, ROS1 and RET fusions in NSCLC. The frequency distribution of three fusion genes is higher in lung adenocarcinoma with wild-type EGFR, compared with unselected NSCLC patient population. Patients with fusion genes positive are younger than those with fusion gene negative, but they had no significantly different PFS in first-line chemotherapy.

  7. Traditional retting of cassava roots in the ponds or the rivers ...

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    The traditional retting of cassava roots occurs in ponds or in backwaters. The medium pH is slightly acidic (pH 5.54) and the pressure of dissolved oxygen is very low (pO2 1.96). The fermentation of cassava roots lasts for three days in the rainy season (October to April) with an average temperature of 26 °C, but it is longer, ...

  8. Prisen Årets studenter start-up går til Drop Bucket

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    Lassen, Lisbeth

    2015-01-01

    DTU’s ny pris for årets mest innovative studerende blev ved universitetets årsfest givet til Heiða Gunnarsdóttir Nolsøe og Marie Stampe Berggreen, som står bag virksomheden Drop Bucket. Koncerndirektør for innovation og entreprenørskab, Marianne Thellersen, overakte prisen til de to innovatører s...

  9. IMPACT OF JUTE RETTING ON PHYTOPLANKTON DIVERSITY AND AQUATIC HEALTH: BIOMONITORING IN A TROPICAL OXBOW LAKE

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    Dipankar Ghosh

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Phytoplankton acts as a primary producer and biological filter of aquatic ecosystem. Jute retting during monsoon is a common anthropological activity in the rural Bengal. Quantitative seasonal bio-monitoring of phytoplankton community composition with relative abundance and its diversity indices was carried out in this study from April 2013 to March 2014 to assess water quality and the impact of jute retting on phytoplankton diversity of a tropical fresh water oxbow lake in Nadia district of India. We recorded a total of 34 genera of 5 distinct classes, Chlorophyceae (15, Bacillariophyceae (13, Cyanophyceae (4, Dinophyceae (1 and Euglenophyceae (1. Members of Chlorophyceae dominated throughout the year. Unlike Cyanophyceae, Bacillariophyceae was found to be significantly increased during monsoon when compared to the rest of the year. Average phytoplankton density was highest in post-monsoon (8760/L followed by monsoon (4680/L and pre-monsoon (3650/L. Owing to the dominance of class Chlorophyceae and Bacillariophyceae we found this lake to be oligotrophic to mesotrophic. Indices values of genera richness, Shannon-Wiener, evenness and Simpson’s diversity reached their lowest 14, 1.61, 0.61 and 0.68 in monsoon and highest 23, 2.42, 0.77 and 0.86 in post monsoon respectively. The lowest diversity values during monsoon clearly suggested that the selected lake has highest anthropogenic pollution due to jute retting which impacted significantly on phytoplankton diversity. Therefore, the lake is not conducive for fish growth especially during monsoon and we opine that there is a need to regulate jute retting process, intensity and its density in the lake during the monsoon to ensure enhanced biodiversity for sustainable management and conservation of aquatic environment of this Oxbow lake.

  10. RET Recognition of GDNF-GFRα1 Ligand by a Composite Binding Site Promotes Membrane-Proximal Self-Association

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    Kerry M. Goodman

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The RET receptor tyrosine kinase is essential to vertebrate development and implicated in multiple human diseases. RET binds a cell surface bipartite ligand comprising a GDNF family ligand and a GFRα coreceptor, resulting in RET transmembrane signaling. We present a hybrid structural model, derived from electron microscopy (EM and low-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS data, of the RET extracellular domain (RETECD, GDNF, and GFRα1 ternary complex, defining the basis for ligand recognition. RETECD envelopes the dimeric ligand complex through a composite binding site comprising four discrete contact sites. The GFRα1-mediated contacts are crucial, particularly close to the invariant RET calcium-binding site, whereas few direct contacts are made by GDNF, explaining how distinct ligand/coreceptor pairs are accommodated. The RETECD cysteine-rich domain (CRD contacts both ligand components and makes homotypic membrane-proximal interactions occluding three different antibody epitopes. Coupling of these CRD-mediated interactions suggests models for ligand-induced RET activation and ligand-independent oncogenic deregulation.

  11. Identification of selective inhibitors of RET and comparison with current clinical candidates through development and validation of a robust screening cascade [version 2; referees: 4 approved

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    Amanda J. Watson

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available RET (REarranged during Transfection is a receptor tyrosine kinase, which plays pivotal roles in regulating cell survival, differentiation, proliferation, migration and chemotaxis. Activation of RET is a mechanism of oncogenesis in medullary thyroid carcinomas where both germline and sporadic activating somatic mutations are prevalent.   At present, there are no known specific RET inhibitors in clinical development, although many potent inhibitors of RET have been opportunistically identified through selectivity profiling of compounds initially designed to target other tyrosine kinases. Vandetanib and cabozantinib, both multi-kinase inhibitors with RET activity, are approved for use in medullary thyroid carcinoma, but additional pharmacological activities, most notably inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factor - VEGFR2 (KDR, lead to dose-limiting toxicity. The recent identification of RET fusions present in ~1% of lung adenocarcinoma patients has renewed interest in the identification and development of more selective RET inhibitors lacking the toxicities associated with the current treatments.   In an earlier publication [Newton et al, 2016; 1] we reported the discovery of a series of 2-substituted phenol quinazolines as potent and selective RET kinase inhibitors. Here we describe the development of the robust screening cascade which allowed the identification and advancement of this chemical series.  Furthermore we have profiled a panel of RET-active clinical compounds both to validate the cascade and to confirm that none display a RET-selective target profile.

  12. Identification of selective inhibitors of RET and comparison with current clinical candidates through development and validation of a robust screening cascade [version 1; referees: 2 approved

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    Amanda J. Watson

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available RET (REarranged during Transfection is a receptor tyrosine kinase, which plays pivotal roles in regulating cell survival, differentiation, proliferation, migration and chemotaxis. Activation of RET is a mechanism of oncogenesis in medullary thyroid carcinomas where both germline and sporadic activating somatic mutations are prevalent.   At present, there are no known specific RET inhibitors in clinical development, although many potent inhibitors of RET have been opportunistically identified through selectivity profiling of compounds initially designed to target other tyrosine kinases. Vandetanib and cabozantinib, both multi-kinase inhibitors with RET activity, are approved for use in medullary thyroid carcinoma, but additional pharmacological activities, most notably inhibition of vascular endothelial growth factor - VEGFR2 (KDR, lead to dose-limiting toxicity. The recent identification of RET fusions present in ~1% of lung adenocarcinoma patients has renewed interest in the identification and development of more selective RET inhibitors lacking the toxicities associated with the current treatments.   In an earlier publication [Newton et al, 2016; 1] we reported the discovery of a series of 2-substituted phenol quinazolines as potent and selective RET kinase inhibitors. Here we describe the development of the robust screening cascade which allowed the identification and advancement of this chemical series.  Furthermore we have profiled a panel of RET-active clinical compounds both to validate the cascade and to confirm that none display a RET-selective target profile.

  13. Combined treatment of retting flax wastewater using Fenton oxidation and granular activated carbon

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    Sohair I. Abou-Elela

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The process of retting flax produces a huge amount of wastewater which is characterized with bad unpleasant smell and high concentration of organic materials. Treatment of such waste had always been difficult because of the presence of refractory organic pollutants such as lignin. In this study, treatment of retting wastewater was carried out using combined system of Fenton oxidation process followed by adsorption on granular activated carbon (GAC. The effects of operating condition on Fenton oxidation process such as hydrogen peroxide and iron concentration were investigated. In addition, kinetic study of the adsorption process was elaborated. The obtained results indicated that degradation of organic matters follows a pseudo-first order reaction with regression coefficient of 0.98. The kinetic model suggested that the rate of reaction was highly affected by the concentration of hydrogen peroxide. Moreover, the results indicated that the treatment module was very efficient in removing the organic and inorganic pollutants. The average percentage removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD, total suspended solid (TSS, oil, and grease was 98.60%, 86.60%, and 94.22% with residual values of 44, 20, and 5 mg/L, respectively. The treated effluent was complying with the National Regulatory Standards for wastewater discharge into surface water or reuse in the retting process.

  14. T-Cell Mediated Immune Responses Induced in ret Transgenic Mouse Model of Malignant Melanoma

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    Abschuetz, Oliver [Skin Cancer Unit, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg and Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, University Medical Center Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Mannheim , Heidelberg 69120 (Germany); Osen, Wolfram [Division of Translational Immunology, German Cancer Center, Heidelberg 69120 (Germany); Frank, Kathrin [Skin Cancer Unit, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg and Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, University Medical Center Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Mannheim , Heidelberg 69120 (Germany); Kato, Masashi [Unit of Environmental Health Sciences, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Life and Health Sciences, Chubu University, Aichi 487-8501 (Japan); Schadendorf, Dirk [Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Essen, Essen 45122 (Germany); Umansky, Viktor, E-mail: v.umansky@dkfz.de [Skin Cancer Unit, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg and Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, University Medical Center Mannheim, Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg, Mannheim , Heidelberg 69120 (Germany)

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    Poor response of human malignant melanoma to currently available treatments requires a development of innovative therapeutic strategies. Their evaluation should be based on animal models that resemble human melanoma with respect to genetics, histopathology and clinical features. Here we used a transgenic mouse model of spontaneous skin melanoma, in which the ret transgene is expressed in melanocytes under the control of metallothionein-I promoter. After a short latency, around 25% mice develop macroscopic skin melanoma metastasizing to lymph nodes, bone marrow, lungs and brain, whereas other transgenic mice showed only metastatic lesions without visible skin tumors. We found that tumor lesions expressed melanoma associated antigens (MAA) tyrosinase, tyrosinase related protein (TRP)-1, TRP-2 and gp100, which could be applied as targets for the immunotherapy. Upon peptide vaccination, ret transgenic mice without macroscopic melanomas were able to generate T cell responses not only against a strong model antigen ovalbumin but also against typical MAA TRP-2. Although mice bearing macroscopic primary tumors could also display an antigen-specific T cell reactivity, it was significantly down-regulated as compared to tumor-free transgenic mice or non-transgenic littermates. We suggest that ret transgenic mice could be used as a pre-clinical model for the evaluation of novel strategies of melanoma immunotherapy.

  15. Mitos no Desengajamento Moral: Retóricas da Samarco em um Crime Corporativo

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    Cintia Rodrigues de Oliveira Medeiros

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Nesta pesquisa, conduzimos uma análise retórica com o objetivo de explorar os mecanismos de desengajamento moral utilizados pela Samarco no caso do crime ocorrido com a quebra de uma barragem sob sua administração, em novembro de 2015, em Minas Gerais. O corpus de pesquisa submetido à análise retórica constitui-se de publicações contendo declarações da empresa e de seus representantes sobre o caso em questão. Como resultados, mostramos que a Samarco utiliza-se de três mitos na sua retórica: (a Nós estamos fazendo o que deve ser feito; (b Nós não colocamos a sociedade e o meio ambiente em risco; e (c A culpa não é nossa. Esses três mitos são recursos representativos do desengajamento moral (Bandura, 1999 da empresa para cometer um crime corporativo. Nossa análise identificou três mecanismos: deslocamento de culpa; minimização e distorção das consequências; e rotulagem eufemística.

  16. Dispositio: uma leitura retórica da forma musical contemporânea

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    Silvio Ferraz

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available A forma é um dos parâmetros mais presentes nas análises do discurso e, do mesmo modo, o é na análise do discurso musical. Todavia, a complexificação estrutural da música contemporânea tem tornado cada vez mais improvável um pensamento analítico sobre essa dimensão que corresponda à realidade estética de seu material. Tendo em vista que a ideia de uma forma musical surge justamente do contato que a retórica e a música vêm tendo através dos tempos, a forma será discutida aqui a partir do referencial da Nova retórica, movimento importante para a retomada do pensamento retórico no século XX. Essa tão necessária readequação epistemológica faz emergirem outras questões de ordem pressuposicional, sendo discutidas brevemente aqui algumas delas, como a questão do tempo e das noções de matéria e forma. Por fim, a discussão terá sua aplicabilidade verificada através de análises formais da Sequenza XIV e de Les Mots Sont Allés..., ambas escritas pelo compositor Luciano Berio.

  17. Epigenetic regulation by Z-DNA silencer function controls cancer-associated ADAM-12 expression in breast cancer: cross-talk between MeCP2 and NF1 transcription factor family.

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    Ray, Bimal K; Dhar, Srijita; Henry, Carolyn; Rich, Alexander; Ray, Alpana

    2013-01-15

    A disintegrin and metalloprotease domain-containing protein 12 (ADAM-12) is upregulated in many human cancers and promotes cancer metastasis. Increased urinary level of ADAM-12 in breast and bladder cancers correlates with disease progression. However, the mechanism of its induction in cancer remains less understood. Previously, we reported a Z-DNA-forming negative regulatory element (NRE) in ADAM-12 that functions as a transcriptional suppressor to maintain a low-level expression of ADAM-12 in most normal cells. We now report here that overexpression of ADAM-12 in triple-negative MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells and breast cancer tumors is likely due to a marked loss of this Z-DNA-mediated transcriptional suppression function. We show that Z-DNA suppressor operates by interaction with methyl-CpG-binding protein, MeCP2, a prominent epigenetic regulator, and two members of the nuclear factor 1 family of transcription factors, NF1C and NF1X. While this tripartite interaction is highly prevalent in normal breast epithelial cells, both in vitro and in vivo, it is significantly lower in breast cancer cells. Western blot analysis has revealed significant differences in the levels of these 3 proteins between normal mammary epithelial and breast cancer cells. Furthermore, we show, by NRE mutation analysis, that interaction of these proteins with the NRE is necessary for effective suppressor function. Our findings unveil a new epigenetic regulatory process in which Z-DNA/MeCP2/NF1 interaction leads to transcriptional suppression, loss of which results in ADAM-12 overexpression in breast cancer cells.

  18. El olvido de la retórica en el posthumanismo heideggeriano El olvido de la retórica en el posthumanismo heideggeriano

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    Víctor Alonso-rocafort

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available El posthumanismo parte de la premisa de estar superando un humanismo obsoleto en diversos puntos fundamentales. Autores como Peter Sloterdijk retoman así la crítica que, en su momento, Martin Heidegger realizara al humanismo en su ya célebre Carta a Jean Beaufret. Pero el pensador del olvido del ser había olvidado en este caso el humanismo, o al menos a su corriente no platónica y meridional: la retórica humanista y democrática. De este modo el posthumanismo, en sus interesantes propuestas, parte con el déficit no sólo de este olvido poco inocente, sino de lo que implica: la asunción de ciertos rasgos del pensamiento gótico. Frente a ello y a la idea de tabula rasa, invitamos en este trabajo a rescatar la retórica como un modo democrático de enfrentarse a los problemas actuales de la política.Posthumanism is based on the premise that there are several key points at which obsolete humanism must be superseded. Authors such as Peter Sloterdijk have updated the critique that Martin Heidegger levelled at humanism in his well-known Letter to Jean Beaufret. But the thinker who dealt with the forgetting of being forgot to consider the non-platonic and Southern current of humanism: the idea of humanist and democratic rhetoric. In this fashion posthumanism could offer interesting proposals, while starting from a rather less-than-innocent conceptual deficit, and forgetting the implications of its assumption of certain aspects of Gothic thought. In contrast, and against the idea of the tabula rasa, in this study we invite the reader to join us in re-examining Rhetoric as a democratic means of facing current problems in politics.

  19. Clinical case seminar: in vivo and in vitro characterization of a novel germline RET mutation associated with low-penetrant nonaggressive familial medullary thyroid carcinoma.

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    D'Aloiso, Leonardo; Carlomagno, Francesca; Bisceglia, Michele; Anaganti, Suresh; Ferretti, Elisabetta; Verrienti, Antonella; Arturi, Franco; Scarpelli, Daniela; Russo, Diego; Santoro, Massimo; Filetti, Sebastiano

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    RET mutation analysis provides useful information on the clinical outcome of medullary thyroid carcinomas (MTCs) and the risk of disease in the family members. The objective of this study was to document genotype-phenotype relationships in an Italian family with a novel RET mutation. RET gene alterations were investigated in a patient with unifocal MTC and her relatives. The identified mutation was subjected to in vitro functional testing. Patients included a female proband who developed MTC at age 60, her five children, and three grandchildren. DNA extracted from the blood and the proband's tumor were analyzed for RET alterations. The transforming potential and mitogenic properties of the identified mutation were investigated. A novel heterozygous germline RET mutation at codon 777 (AAC-->AGC, N-->S) (RET/N777S) was identified in the proband and three of her relatives. Two of the latter presented thyroid nodules, but none had MTC or C cell hyperplasia. The proband's MTC was characterized by late onset and limited aggressiveness, with no evidence of regional lymph node or distant metastases 10 yr after total thyroidectomy. This phenotype is consistent with the RET/N777S mutant's low-grade transforming potential and limited activation of RET tyrosine kinase. Our findings indicate that the newly identified RET/N777S mutation is a low-penetrant cause of MTC disease. This phenotype might be less aggressive than that associated with MEN2A of familial MTC, although close clinical follow-up of carriers is essential.

  20. PAX8/PPARG and RET/PTC rearrangement detection is feasible in routine air dried fine needle aspiration (FNA) smears

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    Ferraz, Carolina; Rehfeld, Christian; Krogdahl, Annelise

    2012-01-01

    Background: The diagnostic limitations of fine needle aspiration (FNA), like the "indeterminate" category, can be partially overcome by molecular analysis. As PAX8/PPARG and RET/PTC rearrangements have been detected in follicular carcinomas (FTC) and papillary carcinomas (PTC), their detection...... from routine air-dried FNA smears was established which allowed analysis for the presence of four variants of PAX8/PPARG and RET/PTC 1 and RET/PTC 3, which were analyzed in 106 routine FNA smears and the corresponding surgically obtained FFPE tissues using real time-qPCR (RT-qPCR). In order to assess......). Similarly, RET/PTC was found in 3 of 96 FFPEs and in 4 of 96 FNAs. Two of 21 PTC samples and 3 of 42 FA samples carried this rearrangement. Conclusion: These data are the first to show the feasibility of extracting RNA from routine air dried FNA smears for the detection of PAX8/PPARG and RET/PTC...

  1. Mecanismos argumentativos en las cartas al director: La interrogación retórica

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    Joan Gabriel Burguera Serra

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false ES X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tabla normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} El objetivo de este artículo se centra en la descripción de la funcionalidad pragmática de la interrogación retórica en las cartas al director. El punto de partida radica en entender las cartas al director como textos con finalidades comunicativas relacionadas con el asentamiento de actos de habla de queja o desaprobación y aceptar, en consecuencia, que el potencial argumentativo que subyace a las interrogaciones retóricas comporta la idoneidad de las mismas en el marco textual indicado. En último término, se proponen unos mecanismos descriptivos básicos para evidenciar las correspondencias entre estructura formal e interpretación retórica de enunciados interrogativos.

  2. Nuevas estrategias retóricas en la sociedad de la neopublicidad

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    Jesus Bermejo Berros

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo presenta un nuevo tipo de estrategia retórica utilizada por la publicidad en la actualidad que está dando lugar a diferentes manifestaciones publicitarias, entre ellas la aparición de un nuevo tipo de publicidad, que hemos denominado neopublicidad. Esta nueva estrategia, que modifica los procedimientos retóricos seguidos hasta ahora por la publicidad clásica del siglo XX, se caracteriza por el enmascaramiento, que se sirve de recursos como el borrado de los marcadores de género, la hibridación y la fusión informativa. Este procedimiento tiene consecuencias sobre la manera en que el receptor responde al proceso persuasivo. Se ilustra la manifestación y finalidad de este fenómeno de transformación publicitaria en uno de los formatos publicitarios más clásico, el gráfico, donde hemos podido identificar tres tipos de neopublicidad: la publicidad integrada, el neopublireportaje y la publicidad autoreferencial. Estas nuevas estrategias son distintas a aquellas impulsadas en la sociedad de la postpublicidad, favorecidas éstas por las nuevas formas de comunicación resultantes de las nuevas tecnologías de la información y la comunicación, pero convergen con ellas en un marco social común donde la retórica publicitaria está evolucionando hacia nuevas formas de persuasión.

  3. RET variants and haplotype analysis in a cohort of Czech patients with Hirschsprung disease.

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    Eliska Vaclavikova

    Full Text Available Hirschsprung disease (HSCR is a congenital aganglionosis of myenteric and submucosal plexuses in variable length of the intestine. This study investigated the influence and a possible modifying function of RET proto-oncogene's single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs and haplotypes in the development and phenotype of the disease in Czech patients. Genotyping of 14 SNPs was performed using TaqMan Genotyping Assays and direct sequencing. The frequencies of SNPs and generated haplotypes were statistically evaluated using chi-square test and the association with the risk of HSCR was estimated by odds ratio. SNP analysis revealed significant differences in frequencies of 11 polymorphic RET variants between 162 HSCR patients and 205 unaffected controls. Particularly variant alleles of rs1864410, rs2435357, rs2506004 (intron 1, rs1800858 (exon 2, rs1800861 (exon 13, and rs2565200 (intron 19 were strongly associated with increased risk of HSCR (p<0.00000 and were over-represented in males vs. females. Conversely, variant alleles of rs1800860, rs1799939 and rs1800863 (exons 7, 11, 15 had a protective role. The haploblock comprising variants in intron 1 and exon 2 was constructed. It represented a high risk of HSCR, however, the influence of other variants was also found after pruning from effect of this haploblock. Clustering patients according to genotype status in haploblock revealed a strong co-segregation with several SNPs and pointed out the differences between long and short form of HSCR. This study involved a large number of SNPs along the entire RET proto-oncogene with demonstration of their risk/protective role also in haplotype and diplotype analysis in the Czech population. The influence of some variant alleles on the aggressiveness of the disease and their role in gender manifestation differences was found. These data contribute to worldwide knowledge of the genetics of HSCR.

  4. A Retórica do silêncio The rhetoric of silence

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    Cesar Marino Villavicencio

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available A teoria da retórica na música barroca revela-se, de modo geral, interpretativa e heterogênea, não havendo uma linha de pensamento fixa. Essa heterogeneidade torna-se evidente quando se analisa a utilização dos silêncios como figuras retóricas. Para definir as intencionalidades dos silêncios é necessário considerar os afetos que os cercam. Assim, por haver diversos afetos inerentes, há ainda mais deliberações subjetivas na análise dos silêncios. Sugerindo uma visão retórica plural, propõe-se diversos tipos de categorização bem como a coexistência de interpretações. Para apresentar os desdobramentos dos objetivos estéticos da meraviglia, que focam o escopo pragmático de deslumbrar inesperadamente criando percepções chocantes de admiração, busca-se um equilíbrio entre a teoria e a prática através de exemplificações musicais. A retórica é vista como a energia inerente na emoção e no pensamento, transmitida por meio de um sistema de signos, entre os quais a música, com o objetivo de influenciar terceiros em suas decisões e ações.There is a lack of a single doctrine for the use of rhetoric in baroque music. The rhetorical theory has interpretative and heterogeneous qualities. Musical silences are among the rhetorical figures of the baroque. To frame the intentionalities of silences it is necessary to consider the affects that surround them. This means that to describe silences we are even more subjected to a variety of interpretations. In favor of a pluralistic view of rhetoric, embracing a diversity of categorizations is suggested. In order to reveal some of the aesthetic objectives of the meraviglia, which are focused on provoking a shocking sense of wonderment through creating experiences that astonish with delight, musical examples of the pathetic use of silences are presented. Rhetoric is viewed as the energy inherent in emotion and thought, transmitted through a system of signs, including music, to

  5. Análisis retórico del esténcil o estarcido

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    Heiner Mercado-Percia

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available En esta exposición intentaré dar respuesta a las siguientes preguntas: ¿Puede expresarse un discurso retórico por medio de una imagen? Y si esto es posible ¿cómo esta imagen puede persuadir a un auditorio? Estas preguntas surgen a partir de una imagen de esténcil o estarcido llamada Disney War,apareció en los muros de muchas ciudades del mundo, incluida Medellín, y que es promocionada o expuesta a través de la Internet.

  6. Le facteur humain et la sûreté de fonctionnement dans le ...

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    Notre contribution porte sur le rôle fondamental du facteur humain dans le management intégré des risques d'une part et du rôle déterminant qu'il peut avoir à jouer pour que la sûreté de fonctionnement réponde à sa propriété d'autre part. Un rôle illustré à travers une analyse de risque dans un complexe de Gaz Naturel ...

  7. Årets gang i ord og sang, med Axel, Anna og lille Camilla

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    Olesen, Lise Charlotte Sanders; Lefmann, Else

    rets gang i ord og sang med Axel, Anna og lille Camilla" henvender sig til de 5-8 årige i skole, hjem eller daginstitution - og består af: En illustreret bog med: 14 historier, der følger en familie, bestående af far, mor og tre børn. Gennem et helt år, måned for måned, hører vi om deres liv...

  8. Spatiotemporal Heterogeneity Characterizes the Genetic Landscape of Pheochromocytoma and Defines Early Events in Tumorigenesis.

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    Crona, Joakim; Backman, Samuel; Maharjan, Rajani; Mayrhofer, Markus; Stålberg, Peter; Isaksson, Anders; Hellman, Per; Björklund, Peyman

    2015-10-01

    Pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma (PPGL) patients display heterogeneity in the clinical presentation and underlying genetic cause. The degree of inter- and intratumor genetic heterogeneity has not yet been defined. In PPGLs from 94 patients, we analyzed LOH, copy-number variations, and mutation status of SDHA, SDHB, SDHC, SDHD, SDHAF2, VHL, EPAS1, NF1, RET, TMEM127, MAX, and HRAS using high-density SNP array and targeted deep sequencing, respectively. Genetic heterogeneity was determined through (i) bioinformatics analysis of individual samples that estimated absolute purity and ploidy from SNP array data and (ii) comparison of paired tumor samples that allowed reconstruction of phylogenetic trees. Mutations were found in 61% of the tumors and correlated with specific patterns of somatic copy-number aberrations (SCNA) and degree of nontumoral cell admixture. Intratumor genetic heterogeneity was observed in 74 of 136 samples using absolute bioinformatics estimations and in 22 of 24 patients by comparison of paired samples. In addition, a low genetic concordance was observed between paired primary tumors and distant metastases. This allowed for reconstructing the life history of individual tumors, identifying somatic mutations as well as copy-number loss of 3p and 11p (VHL subgroup), 1p (Cluster 2), and 17q (NF1 subgroup) as early events in PPGL tumorigenesis. Genomic landscapes of PPGL are specific to mutation subtype and characterized by genetic heterogeneity both within and between tumor lesions of the same patient. ©2015 American Association for Cancer Research.

  9. Systemic and CNS activity of the RET inhibitor vandetanib combined with the mTOR inhibitor everolimus in KIF5B-RET re-arranged non-small cell lung cancer with brain metastases.

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    Subbiah, Vivek; Berry, Jenny; Roxas, Michael; Guha-Thakurta, Nandita; Subbiah, Ishwaria Mohan; Ali, Siraj M; McMahon, Caitlin; Miller, Vincent; Cascone, Tina; Pai, Shobha; Tang, Zhenya; Heymach, John V

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    In-frame fusion KIF5B (the-kinesin-family-5B-gene)-RET transcripts have been characterized in 1-2% of non-small cell lung cancers and are known oncogenic drivers. The RET tyrosine kinase inhibitor, vandetanib, suppresses fusion-induced, anchorage-independent growth activity. In vitro studies have shown that vandetanib is a high-affinity substrate of breast cancer resistance protein (Bcrp1/Abcg2) but is not transported by P-glycoprotein (P-gp), limiting its blood-brain barrier penetration. A co-administration strategy to enhance the brain accumulation of vandetanib by modulating P-gp/Abcb1- and Bcrp1/Abcg2-mediated efflux with mTOR inhibitors, specifically everolimus, was shown to increase the blood-brain barrier penetration. We report the first bench-to-bedside evidence that RET inhibitor combined with an mTOR inhibitor is active against brain-metastatic RET-rearranged lung cancer and the first evidence of blood-brain barrier penetration. A 74-year-old female with progressive adenocarcinoma of the lung (wild-type EGFR and no ALK rearrangement) presented for therapy options. A deletion of 5'RET was revealed by FISH assay, indicating RET-gene rearrangement. Because of progressive disease in the brain, she was enrolled in a clinical trial with vandetanib and everolimus (NCT01582191). Comprehensive genomic profiling revealed fusion of KIF5B (the-kinesin-family-5B-gene) and RET, in addition to AKT2 gene amplification. After two cycles of therapy a repeat MRI brain showed a decrease in the intracranial disease burden and PET/CT showed systemic response as well. Interestingly, AKT2 amplification seen is a critical component of the PI3K/mTOR pathway, alterations of which has been associated with both de novo and acquired resistance to targeted therapy. The addition of everolimus may have both overcome the AKT2 amplification to produce a response in addition to its direct effects on the RET gene. Our case report forms the first evidence of blood-brain barrier penetration by

  10. Population variation in total genetic risk of Hirschsprung disease from common RET, SEMA3 and NRG1 susceptibility polymorphisms

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    Kapoor, Ashish; Jiang, Qian; Chatterjee, Sumantra; Chakraborty, Prakash; Sosa, Maria X.; Berrios, Courtney; Chakravarti, Aravinda

    2015-01-01

    The risk of Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is ∼15/100 000 live births per newborn but has been reported to show significant inter-individual variation from the effects of seven common susceptibility alleles at the RET, SEMA3 and NRG1 loci. We show, by analyses of these variants in 997 samples from 376 HSCR families of European ancestry, that significant genetic risk can only be detected at RET (rs2435357 and rs2506030) and at SEMA3 (rs11766001), but not at NRG1. RET rs2435357 also showed significant frequency differences by gender, segment length of aganglionosis and familiality. Further, in combination, disease risk varied >30-fold between individuals with none and up to 6 susceptibility alleles. Thus, these polymorphisms can be used to stratify the newborn population into distinct phenotypic classes with defined risks to understand HSCR etiology. PMID:25666438

  11. Exclusion of the RET proto-oncogene as candidate for total colonic aganglionsis in the spotting lethal (sl) rat strain

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    Ceccherini, I.; Matera, I.; Devoto, M. [Istituto G. Gaslini, Genova (Italy)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Causative germline mutations and deletions of the RET proto-oncogene have been demonstrated in a number of Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) patients showing either short- or long-segment intestinal aganglionosis, including both sporadic and familial cases with an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance. The spotting lethal (sl) rats show autosomal recessive recurrence of total colonic aganglionosis which resembles the long-segment HSCR type in humans with 100% mortality of the homozygotes at 4-5 weeks of age. Heterozygotes were backcrossed with DA rats and the F2 offspring was used to test the possible cosegregation of the aganglionosis and the RET proto-oncogene. A genomic DNA fragment of the rat RET gene was amplified using degenerated oligonucleotides, subcloned and sequenced. The coding portion of this DNA fragment (300bp) shares 93% and 81% of its amino acids with the murine and human RET proto-oncogene, respectively. An A{yields}G transition in the third nucleotide of the alanine codon corresponding to amino acid Glu90 of the human RET gene was identified in the sl but not in the wild type DA strain. This mutation creates a Bsp 1286I restriction site. Restriction analysis performed on 57 affected rats (mutated homozygotes) of the F2 generation revealed independent segregation between the rat colonic aganglionosis gene and RET, thus allowing the exclusion of the latter proto-oncogene as candidate for the mutation present in the sl rat strain. Several different candidate rat chromosomal regions are being analyzed in order to proceed with the mapping of the genetic defect in the sl rats.

  12. Application of RetCamⅡ in the screening of neonatal fundus disease

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    Zhi-Gang Xiao

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    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the safe and reliable examination method for neonatal fundus screening.METHODS: Fundus information of 2 836 neonates performed by RetCamⅡ in our hospital from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 were retrospectively analyzed, including 1 625 cases(57.30%of premature infants which were first examined 1-4 weeks after birth and 1 211 cases(42.70%of term infants which were first examined within 4 weeks after birth.RESULTS: Totally 454 cases of abnormalfundus were found, including 207 cases(12.74%of retinopathy of prematurity(ROP, ROPⅠ in 118 cases(57%, ROPⅡ in 58 cases(28.02%, ROPⅢ in 23 cases(11.11%, ROPⅣ in 8 cases(3.86%, no case of ROPV. A total of 247(20.40%term infants had abnormal fundus, of which 68 cases(27.53%were developmental or hereditary disease, retinoblastoma in 1 case(0.40%, retinal hemorrhage in 102 cases(41.30%, retinal exudative changes in 68 cases(27.53%, optic atrophy in 5 cases(2.02%and optic disc edema in 3 cases(1.21%.CONCLUSION: Neonatal fundus diseases were so various and harmful that early screening should be attended to. Premature infants and term infants with high risk are treated as focus group of fundus screening and RetCamII examination is safe and effective.

  13. Retórica aplicada a la Enseñanza del Diseño Gráfico

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    Roberto Gamonal Arroyo

    2011-01-01

    Los conceptos fundamentales de la Retórica para la creación del discurso se pueden trasladar al Diseño Gráfico con la finalidad de construir piezas gráficas que son consideradas, a su vez, discursos visuales. En este sentido, tanto las operaciones retóricas como las figuras derivadas de ellas tienen un papel fundamental como elementos detonantes de la creatividad. Para evitar el uso de las figuras como un mero recurso estilístico, un error his...

  14. Mitate 見立: a retórica japonesa da repetição renovada

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    Madalena Hashimoto Cordaro

    Full Text Available A retórica do mitate tem sido discutida nas últimas décadas como central na produção do período Edo, não só no campo da poesia como no da pintura. Almeja-se aqui fazer um estudo monográfico sobre o termo, destacando exemplos literários e pictóricos, bem como uma interpretação sobre os modos pelos quais este artifício retórico permeia a cultura japonesa de vários períodos.

  15. Retóricas del cine de no ficción en la era de la post verdad

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    Cock Peláez, Alejandro

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    En esta investigación doctoral analizo los principales cambios en las retóricas del cine de no ficción en la era de la post verdad, como una forma de intentar cartografiar las borrosas fronteras discursivas de esta forma cinematográfica, la cual al responder a nuevas maneras de entender la verdad y la realidad en la contemporaneidad, está explorando territorios retóricos que van más allá de los paradigmas clásicos y modernos, tan insertados en la centralidad de la institución documental. Así ...

  16. La red de técnicos en salud (rets: logros y desafíos The network of health technicians (rets: achievements and challenges

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    Alcira Castillo Martínez

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    Full Text Available Se presenta una experiencia de cooperación en red de instituciones de formación de técnicos en salud y la facilitación de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS, incluyendo el contexto de cambio y las nuevas políticas de recursos humanos con sus implicaciones en el mundo del trabajo y la educación. Constituye una síntesis integradora de los procesos socio-afectivos y técnicos que le dan fuerza y dinámica a la Red de Técnicos en Salud (Rets. Se considera su creación, objetivos, estructura y organización, así como la gestión de la OPS y de los actores institucionales denominados Núcleos de Desarrollo (Nudes con sus proyectos dinamizadores. Por último, se señalan las valoraciones y avances de lo realizado por los actores de los distintos países de América Latina y el Caribe Hispano. Se destaca la utilización de novedosos mecanismos de gestión en la cooperación técnica al reflexionar sobre los factores que influyen en la sostenibilidad y el éxito de experiencias en red con potencial movilizador y articulador para la cooperación horizontal en un mundo globalizado.This article relates an experience of cooperation through a network of institutions oriented to the training of health technicians, under the guidance of the Pan-American Health Organization (OPS. It also deals with present changes in the field and with the new human resources policies, with their respective implications in the world of work and of education. The experience may be regarded as an attempt to integrate the social-affective and technical processes that give strength and dynamism to the Network of Health Technicians (Rets. We examine its creation, objectives, structure and organization, as well as the OPS' management and the role of the institutional actors called Development Nuclei (Nudes and their stimulating projects. Finally, we point to the advantages and progressive characteristics of the work done by professionals in the various Latin

  17. The Actin Cytoskeleton Is Involved in Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (GDNF-Induced Ret Translocation into Lipid Rafts in Dopaminergic Neuronal Cells

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    Li Li

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    Full Text Available Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF, a potential therapeutic factor for Parkinson’s disease (PD, exerts its biological effects through the Ret receptor tyrosine kinase. The redistribution of Ret into lipid rafts substantially influences Ret signaling, but the mechanisms underlying Ret translocation remain unclear. The purpose of our study was to further explore the signaling mechanisms of GDNF and to determine whether the actin cytoskeleton is involved in the GDNF-induced Ret translocation into lipid rafts. In MN9D dopaminergic neuronal cells, we used density gradient centrifugation and immunofluorescence confocal microscopy to separate and visualize lipid rafts, co-immunoprecipitation to analyze protein-protein interactions, and latrunculin B (Lat B and jasplakinolide (Jas to disrupt and enhance the polymerization of the actin cytoskeleton, respectively. The results showed that Ret translocated into lipid rafts and coimmunoprecipitated with actin in response to GDNF treatment. After Lat B or Jas treatment, the Ret–F-actin association induced by GDNF was impaired or enhanced respectively and then the levels of Ret translocated into lipid rafts were correspondingly inhibited or promoted. These data indicate that actin polymerization and cytoskeletal remodeling are integral to GDNF-induced cell signaling in dopaminergic cells and define a new role of the actin cytoskeleton in promoting Ret redistribution into lipid rafts.

  18. Two distinct mutations of the RET receptor causing Hirschsprung's disease impair the binding of signalling effecters to a multifunctional docking site

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    Geneste, O; Bidaud, C; De Vita, G; Hofstra, RMW; Tartare-Deckert, S; Buys, CHCM; Lenoir, GM; Santoro, M; Billaud, M

    1999-01-01

    The RET gene codes for a transmembrane tyrosine kinase which is a subunit of a multimeric complex that acts as a receptor for four structurally related molecules: the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), neurturin, artemin and persephin, Germline mutations of RET cause a dominantly

  19. Somatic mutations of the RET proto-oncogene are not required for tumor development in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2) gene carriers

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    Landsvater, RM; deWit, MJ; Zewald, RA; Hofstra, RMW; Buys, CHCM; vanAmstel, HKP; Hoppener, JWM; Lips, CJM

    1996-01-01

    Germ line mutations in one allele of the RET proto-oncogene predispose to the multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN 2) syndromes, To investigate whether these inherited mutations alone can cause the development of tumors in vivo (oncogene model) or whether somatic mutations in the homologous RET

  20. Comprehensive analysis of RET common and rare variants in a series of Spanish Hirschsprung patients confirms a synergistic effect of both kinds of events

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    Castaño Luis

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background RET is the major gene associated to Hirschsprung disease (HSCR with differential contributions of its rare and common, coding and noncoding mutations to the multifactorial nature of this pathology. In the present study, we have performed a comprehensive study of our HSCR series evaluating the involvement of both RET rare variants (RVs and common variants (CVs in the context of the disease. Methods RET mutational screening was performed by dHPLC and direct sequencing for the identification of RVs. In addition Taqman technology was applied for the genotyping of 3 RET CVs previously associated to HSCR, including a variant lying in an enhancer domain within RET intron 1 (rs2435357. Statistical analyses were performed using the SPSS v.17.0 to analyze the distribution of the variants. Results Our results confirm the strongest association to HSCR for the "enhancer" variant, and demonstrate a significantly higher impact of it in male versus female patients. Integration of the RET RVs and CVs analysis showed that in 91.66% of cases with both kinds of mutational events, the enhancer allele is in trans with the allele bearing the RET RV. Conclusions A gender effect exists on both the transmission and distribution of rare coding and common HSCR causing mutations. In addition, these RET CVs and RVs seem to act in a synergistic way leading to HSCR phenotype.

  1. Founder effect of the RET C611Y mutation in multiple endocrine neoplasia 2A in Denmark

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    Mathiesen, Jes Sloth; Kroustrup, Jens Peter; Vestergaard, Peter

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) 2A and 2B are caused by REarranged during Transfection (RET) germline mutations. In a recent nationwide study we reported of an unusually high prevalence (33%) of families with the C611Y mutation and hypothesized that this might be due to a founder...

  2. Risøs virksomhedsregnskab 1999. Opfølgning på planerne for året 1999

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    2000-01-01

    Risøs Virksomhedsregnskab 1999 er en opfølgning på planerne for Risøs virksomhed i 1999. Risøs bestyrelse skal som led i resultatkontrakten med Forskningsministeriet aflægge årlige rapporter om opfyldelsen af de fastlagte resultatkrav. Derudover gives engenerel overordnet rapportering af årets re...

  3. Vindicación y elogio de la retórica deliberativa: glosas de Aristóteles

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    Vega Reñón, Luis

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    Full Text Available Today we are witnessing the increasing interest in the argumentative rhetoric because of its close relationship with the public discourse. Two points have been highlighted in this regard: 1, the contribution of rhetoric to the critical revision of the ongoing programs of the so-called “deliberative democracy”; 2, the reading of Aristotle’s Rhetoric in line with these critical purposes. The aim of my paper is to develop this second point through an examination of the Aristotelian conception of rhetoric and his vindication of public deliberation.Hoy estamos asistiendo a un creciente interés por la retórica argumentativa debido a su estrecha relación con el discurso público. Tienen especial relieve dos puntos a este respecto: 1, la contribución de la retórica a la revisión crítica de los programas en curso de la llamada “democracia deliberativa”; 2, la lectura de la Retórica de Aristóteles en la línea de estos propósitos críticos. Mi artículo se propone desarrollar este segundo punto a través de un examen de la concepción aristotélica de la retórica y de su vindicación de la deliberación pública.

  4. INTERACTION BETWEEN A CHROMOSOME 10 RET ENHANCER AND CHROMOSOME 21 IN THE DOWN SYNDROME-HIRSCHSPRUNG DISEASE ASSOCIATION

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    Arnold, Stacey; Pelet, Anna; Amiel, Jeanne; Borrego, Salud; Hofstra, Robert; Tam, Paul; Ceccherini, Isabella; Lyonnet, Stanislas; Sherman, Stephanie; Chakravarti, Aravinda

    2009-01-01

    Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) display a 40-fold greater risk of Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) than the general population of newborns implicating chromosome 21 in HSCR etiology. Here we demonstrate that the RET enhancer polymorphism RET+9.7 (rs2435357:C>T) at chromosome 10q11.2 is associated with HSCR in DS individuals both by transmission disequilibrium (P=0.0015) and case-control (P=0.0115) analysis of matched cases. Interestingly, the RET+9.7 T allele frequency is significantly different between individuals with DS alone (0.26±0.04), HSCR alone (0.61±0.04), and those with HSCR and DS (0.41±0.04), demonstrating an association and interaction between RET and chromosome 21 gene dosage. This is the first report of a genetic interaction between a common functional variant (rs2435357) and a not infrequent copy number error (chromosome 21 dosage) in two human developmental disorders. PMID:19306335

  5. GFRA2 Identifies Cardiac Progenitors and Mediates Cardiomyocyte Differentiation in a RET-Independent Signaling Pathway

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    Hidekazu Ishida

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    Full Text Available A surface marker that distinctly identifies cardiac progenitors (CPs is essential for the robust isolation of these cells, circumventing the necessity of genetic modification. Here, we demonstrate that a Glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchor containing neurotrophic factor receptor, Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor receptor alpha 2 (Gfra2, specifically marks CPs. GFRA2 expression facilitates the isolation of CPs by fluorescence activated cell sorting from differentiating mouse and human pluripotent stem cells. Gfra2 mutants reveal an important role for GFRA2 in cardiomyocyte differentiation and development both in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistically, the cardiac GFRA2 signaling pathway is distinct from the canonical pathway dependent on the RET tyrosine kinase and its established ligands. Collectively, our findings establish a platform for investigating the biology of CPs as a foundation for future development of CP transplantation for treating heart failure.

  6. A retórica testemunhal em narrativas da Trip, TPM e Rolling Stone

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    Bruno Souza Leal

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa reportagens das revistas Trip, TPM e Rolling Stone para refletir sobre a dimensão testemunhal das narrativas jornalísticas em primeira pessoa. Recuperando estudos acerca do testemunho na História, em especial aqueles vinculadas aos sobreviventes da Segunda Guerra Mundial,  e também na Comunicação, artigo pondera, de modo geral, que a narrativa em primeira pessoa não configura a experiência jornalística sempre do mesmo modo, configurando, de formas distintas, ao que se pode denominar “retórica testemunhal”, ou seja, à busca de um efeito de co-presença, fundamental para a autenticação dos relatos, do narrador e dos acontecimentos apresentados.

  7. La retórica paternalista en Diario de una maestra de Dolores Medio

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    Martínez Sariego, Mónica María

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    Full Text Available This paper analyzes the rhetoric of paternalism in Dolores Medio’s Diario de una maestra (1961 and its effectiveness as a means to evade censorship. For that purpose the relationship between the novel and its basic intertexts will be considered: the Ovidian myth of Pygmalion and Benito Pérez Galdós’ El amigo manso (1882.Este trabajo pondera el peso de la retórica del paternalismo en la novela Diario de una maestra (1961 de Dolores Medio y su efectividad como estrategia para burlar la censura. Para ello se aborda la relación de la novela con dos de sus intertextos básicos: el mito ovidiano de Pigmalión y la novela El amigo manso (1882 de Benito Pérez Galdós.

  8. O uso da negação na retórica anti-droga

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    Coelho, Zara Pinto

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    CONGRESSO IBÉRICO DE CIÊNCIAS DA COMUNICAÇÃO, 2, Covilhã, 2004. Ao longo desta comunicação irei falar sobre o uso da negação como estratégia retórica. Fá-lo-ei partindo de um conjunto de exemplos de negativas em textos multimodais que integram o discurso das campanhas públicas anti-droga, e abordarei estes dados numa perspectiva interaccional. Através de uma análise da forma como a negativa é usada para influenciar a credibilidade do dito e a do próprio falante/escritor, em que a polifonia...

  9. El humor gráfico desde una perspectiva retórica

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    Martha C. Chamorro Díaz

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    Full Text Available Normalmente los géneros de opinión devienen en textos argumentativos, puesto que el objetivo del autor es convencer al público sobre su modo de percibir la realidad, exponiendo sus puntos de vista. En este sentido, los chistes gráficos pueden ser herramientas de opinión, y por ello se basan tanto en el análisis gráfico como en el discursivo utilizando básicamente herramientas provenientes de la retórica, dado que las mismas están presentes en la instancia verbal y en la gráfica conformándose como elementos constructivos de la transmisión de pensamientos, puntos de vista y análisis de los acontecimientos.

  10. A rare missense variant in RET exon 8 in a Portuguese family with atypical multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A.

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    Martins, Ana Filipa; Martins, João Martin; do Vale, Sónia; Dias, Teresa; Silveira, Catarina; da Silva, Inês Rodrigues; Carmo-Fonseca, Maria

    2016-07-01

    Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 2 (MEN2) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), pheochromocytoma and primary hyperparathyroidism. MEN2 is an autosomal dominant syndrome caused by mutations in the RET proto-oncogene. In the vast majority of patients, the mutations are localized in exons 10, 11 and 13-15 of the RET gene. Rare variants located in exon 8 were recently identified but their clinical significance remains unclear. We studied two sisters presenting with pheochromocytoma as the first tumor. One of the sisters was diagnosed with a right pheochromocytoma at the age of 44 and at age 53 she developed an invasive left pheochromocytoma with no other endocrine neoplasia. The other sister was diagnosed with a left pheochromocytoma at age 50 and at age 64 she had a right phemochromocytoma and MTC. Neither of the two sisters presented evidence of primary hyperparathyroidism. Mutations of the RET proto-oncogene were investigated by DNA sequencing. We detected a germline missense variant in RET exon 8 (p.Cys531Arg) in both sisters. The p.Cys531Arg variant was not present in a third 50-year-old sister who has remained to date clinically unaffected. This is the first case showing the p.Cys531Arg variant in RET exon 8 co-segregating with family members affected by a syndrome reminiscent of MEN2A. Our results suggest that this variant has a specific genotype-phenotype correlation as it is associated with the development of pheochromocytoma before the onset of MTC.

  11. Low dose irradiation of thyroid cells reveals a unique transcriptomic and epigenetic signature in RET/PTC-positive cells

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    Abou-El-Ardat, Khalil, E-mail: kabouela@sckcen.be [Radiobiology Unit, Molecular and Cellular Biology, GKD Building, Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie - Centre d' Etude de l' Energie Nucleaire (SCK-CEN), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Universiteit Gent, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Monsieurs, Pieter [Radiobiology Unit, Molecular and Cellular Biology, GKD Building, Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie - Centre d' Etude de l' Energie Nucleaire (SCK-CEN), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); Anastasov, Natasa; Atkinson, Mike [Department of Radiation Sciences, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Munich (Germany); Derradji, Hanane [Radiobiology Unit, Molecular and Cellular Biology, GKD Building, Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie - Centre d' Etude de l' Energie Nucleaire (SCK-CEN), Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol (Belgium); De Meyer, Tim [Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Universiteit Gent, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Department of Applied Mathematics, Biometrics and Process Control, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Universiteit Gent, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Bekaert, Sofie [Clinical Research Center, Faculty for Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiteit Gent, 185 De Pintelaan, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Van Criekinge, Wim [Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Universiteit Gent, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); and others

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    The high doses of radiation received in the wake of the Chernobyl incident and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been linked to the increased appearance of thyroid cancer in the children living in the vicinity of the site. However, the data gathered on the effect of low doses of radiation on the thyroid remain limited. We have examined the genome wide transcriptional response of a culture of TPC-1 human cell line of papillary thyroid carcinoma origin with a RET/PTC1 translocation to various doses (0.0625, 0.5, and 4 Gy) of X-rays and compared it to response of thyroids with a RET/PTC3 translocation and against wild-type mouse thyroids irradiated with the same doses using Affymetrix microarrays. We have found considerable overlap at a high dose of 4 Gy in both RET/PTC-positive systems but no common genes at 62.5 mGy. In addition, the response of RET/PTC-positive system at all doses was distinct from the response of wild-type thyroids with both systems signaling down different pathways. Analysis of the response of microRNAs in TPC-1 cells revealed a radiation-responsive signature of microRNAs in addition to dose-responsive microRNAs. Our results point to the fact that a low dose of X-rays seems to have a significant proliferative effect on normal thyroids. This observation should be studied further as opposed to its effect on RET/PTC-positive thyroids which was subtle, anti-proliferative and system-dependent.

  12. Retórica aplicada a la Enseñanza del Diseño Gráfico

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    Roberto Gamonal Arroyo

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Los conceptos fundamentales de la Retórica para la creación del discurso se pueden trasladar al Diseño Gráfico con la finalidad de construir piezas gráficas que son consideradas, a su vez, discursos visuales. En este sentido, tanto las operaciones retóricas como las figuras derivadas de ellas tienen un papel fundamental como elementos detonantes de la creatividad. Para evitar el uso de las figuras como un mero recurso estilístico, un error histórico cometido por la propia Retórica, éstas se convierten en la expresión figurada de un argumento en el que se modifica su grado cero para que resulte más llamativo e impactante a la audiencia a la que va dirigida el mensaje gráfico. A través de unas simples operaciones de adición, supresión, sustitución y permutación se producen variaciones de los elementos gráficos y de su grado cero de expresión (concepto del Grupo m que se cristalizan en figuras retóricas que generan nuevas composiciones con mayor potencia expresiva y creativa. En este artículo veremos cómo los estudiantes aplican estos conceptos retóricos para la conceptualización, creación y diseño de cubiertas para libros.

  13. Characterization of Bacterial and Fungal Community Dynamics by High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS Metabarcoding during Flax Dew-Retting

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    Christophe Djemiel

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Flax dew-retting is a key step in the industrial extraction of fibers from flax stems and is dependent upon the production of a battery of hydrolytic enzymes produced by micro-organisms during this process. To explore the diversity and dynamics of bacterial and fungal communities involved in this process we applied a high-throughput sequencing (HTS DNA metabarcoding approach (16S rRNA/ITS region, Illumina Miseq on plant and soil samples obtained over a period of 7 weeks in July and August 2014. Twenty-three bacterial and six fungal phyla were identified in soil samples and 11 bacterial and four fungal phyla in plant samples. Dominant phyla were Proteobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, and Firmicutes (bacteria and Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and Zygomycota (fungi all of which have been previously associated with flax dew-retting except for Bacteroidetes and Basidiomycota that were identified for the first time. Rare phyla also identified for the first time in this process included Acidobacteria, CKC4, Chlorobi, Fibrobacteres, Gemmatimonadetes, Nitrospirae and TM6 (bacteria, and Chytridiomycota (fungi. No differences in microbial communities and colonization dynamics were observed between early and standard flax harvests. In contrast, the common agricultural practice of swath turning affects both bacterial and fungal community membership and structure in straw samples and may contribute to a more uniform retting. Prediction of community function using PICRUSt indicated the presence of a large collection of potential bacterial enzymes capable of hydrolyzing backbones and side-chains of cell wall polysaccharides. Assignment of functional guild (functional group using FUNGuild software highlighted a change from parasitic to saprophytic trophic modes in fungi during retting. This work provides the first exhaustive description of the microbial communities involved in flax dew-retting and will provide a valuable benchmark in future studies aiming

  14. Characterization of Bacterial and Fungal Community Dynamics by High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) Metabarcoding during Flax Dew-Retting.

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    Djemiel, Christophe; Grec, Sébastien; Hawkins, Simon

    2017-01-01

    Flax dew-retting is a key step in the industrial extraction of fibers from flax stems and is dependent upon the production of a battery of hydrolytic enzymes produced by micro-organisms during this process. To explore the diversity and dynamics of bacterial and fungal communities involved in this process we applied a high-throughput sequencing (HTS) DNA metabarcoding approach (16S rRNA/ITS region, Illumina Miseq) on plant and soil samples obtained over a period of 7 weeks in July and August 2014. Twenty-three bacterial and six fungal phyla were identified in soil samples and 11 bacterial and four fungal phyla in plant samples. Dominant phyla were Proteobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, and Firmicutes (bacteria) and Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and Zygomycota (fungi) all of which have been previously associated with flax dew-retting except for Bacteroidetes and Basidiomycota that were identified for the first time. Rare phyla also identified for the first time in this process included Acidobacteria, CKC4, Chlorobi, Fibrobacteres, Gemmatimonadetes, Nitrospirae and TM6 (bacteria), and Chytridiomycota (fungi). No differences in microbial communities and colonization dynamics were observed between early and standard flax harvests. In contrast, the common agricultural practice of swath turning affects both bacterial and fungal community membership and structure in straw samples and may contribute to a more uniform retting. Prediction of community function using PICRUSt indicated the presence of a large collection of potential bacterial enzymes capable of hydrolyzing backbones and side-chains of cell wall polysaccharides. Assignment of functional guild (functional group) using FUNGuild software highlighted a change from parasitic to saprophytic trophic modes in fungi during retting. This work provides the first exhaustive description of the microbial communities involved in flax dew-retting and will provide a valuable benchmark in future studies aiming to evaluate

  15. Genotyping analysis of 3 RET polymorphisms demonstrates low somatic mutation rate in Chinese Hirschsprung disease patients.

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    Zhang, Zhen; Jiang, Qian; Li, Qi; Cheng, Wei; Qiao, Guoliang; Xiao, Ping; Gan, Liang; Su, Lin; Miao, Chunyue; Li, Long

    2015-01-01

    Genetic mosaicism has been reported for both coding and non-coding sequences in the RET gene in Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) patients. This study aimed to investigate somatic mutation rate in Chinese population by comparing both homozygous genotype percentage and risk allele frequency of 3 RET single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) among blood and colon samples. DNA was extracted from 59 HSCR blood samples, 59 control blood samples and 76 fresh frozen colon tissue samples (grouped into ganglionic, transitional and aganglionic level). Genotype status of rs2435357 and rs2506030 was examined by competitive allele specific hydrolysis probes (Taqman) PCR technology, and rs2506004 was examined by Sanger sequencing. Homozygous genotype percentage and risk allele frequency were calculated for each type of sample and compared by chi-square test. P<0.05 was regarded as being statistically significant. Colon tissue DNA samples showed similar frequency of SNPs as that of the blood DNA samples in HSCR patients, both of which are significantly higher than the control blood group (rs2435357 TT genotype: 71.2%, 74.7% versus 22.0% in HSCR blood, HSCR colon and control blood DNA respectively, P=0.000; rs2506004 AA genotype: 72.4%, 83.1% versus 25.5%, P=0.000; rs2506030 GG genotype: 79.7%, 77.2% versus 54.2%, P=0.000 and 0.004). With respect to DNA extracted from ganglionic, transitional and aganglionic levels, no statistically significant difference was demonstrated in those 3 regions (rs2435357: P=0.897; rs2506004: P=0.740; rs2506030: P=0.901). Our data does not support the notion that high frequency of somatic changes as an underlying etiology of Chinese HSCR population.

  16. Relações retóricas estabelecidas por orações gerundiais adverbiais

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    Juliano Desiderato Antonio

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho é propor critérios para identificação das relações implícitas estabelecidas por orações gerundiais adverbiais em um corpus formado por elocuções formais (aulas e entrevistas. Para isso, tomam-se como fundamento teórico da pesquisa duas teorias funcionalistas, a Teoria da Estrutura Retórica do Texto (RST e a Gramática Discursivo-Funcional (GDF. Na visão da RST, além do conteúdo explícito veiculado pelas orações de um texto, há proposições implícitas que surgem das relações que se estabelecem entre partes do texto. Foram utilizados os parâmetros da GDF, factualidade, pressuposição, e as camadas dos níveis representacional e interpessoal em que ocorrem as orações para a identificação das relações retóricas estabelecidas pelas orações gerundiais adverbiais. Foram encontradas relações de meio, de resultado, de condição e de propósito, o que não significa que não se reconheça, neste trabalho, que outras relações como tempo (anterioridade, posterioridade, simultaneidade, concessão, causa, dentre outras, podem ser estabelecidas por orações gerundiais adverbiais. Os parâmetros da GDF demonstraram ser eficientes na identificação das relações.

  17. Molecular analysis of new subtypes of ELE/RET rearrangements, their reciprocal transcripts and breakpoints in papillary thyroid carcinomas of children after Chernobyl.

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    Klugbauer, S; Demidchik, E P; Lengfelder, E; Rabes, H M

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    A high prevalence of RET rearrangements is found in papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) of children from Belarus after the Chernobyl reactor accident. The ELE/RET rearrangement (PTC3) is prevailing. Aberrant types of ELE/RET rearrangement have been found with a truncated ELE1 gene: As compared with the common form (PTC3r1) one aberrant type is shorter by one 144 bp exon (PTC3r2) (three cases); in the second atypic form (PTC3r3) the ELE1 part is 18 bp shorter than in PTC3r1. In agreement with the observation that the oncogenic RET is generated by a paracentric inversion at chromosome 10, we found not only ELE/RET, but also RET/ELE transcripts in these tumors. Sequencing of the breakpoint regions at the genomic DNA level revealed DNA modifications that might be relevant for illegitimate recombination after DNA doublestrand breaks. The high prevalence of ELE/RET rearrangements and various subtypes appears to be typical for radiation-induced thyroid carcinomas of children after the Chernobyl reactor accident.

  18. A Novel Zebrafish ret Heterozygous Model of Hirschsprung Disease Identifies a Functional Role for mapk10 as a Modifier of Enteric Nervous System Phenotype Severity.

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    Tiffany A Heanue

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    Full Text Available Hirschsprung disease (HSCR is characterized by absence of enteric neurons from the distal colon and severe intestinal dysmotility. To understand the pathophysiology and genetics of HSCR we developed a unique zebrafish model that allows combined genetic, developmental and in vivo physiological studies. We show that ret mutant zebrafish exhibit cellular, physiological and genetic features of HSCR, including absence of intestinal neurons, reduced peristalsis, and varying phenotype expressivity in the heterozygous state. We perform live imaging experiments using a UAS-GAL4 binary genetic system to drive fluorescent protein expression in ENS progenitors. We demonstrate that ENS progenitors migrate at reduced speed in ret heterozygous embryos, without changes in proliferation or survival, establishing this as a principal pathogenic mechanism for distal aganglionosis. We show, using live imaging of actual intestinal movements, that intestinal motility is severely compromised in ret mutants, and partially impaired in ret heterozygous larvae, and establish a clear correlation between neuron position and organised intestinal motility. We exploited the partially penetrant ret heterozygous phenotype as a sensitised background to test the influence of a candidate modifier gene. We generated mapk10 loss-of-function mutants, which show reduced numbers of enteric neurons. Significantly, we show that introduction of mapk10 mutations into ret heterozygotes enhanced the ENS deficit, supporting MAPK10 as a HSCR susceptibility locus. Our studies demonstrate that ret heterozygous zebrafish is a sensitized model, with many significant advantages over existing murine models, to explore the pathophysiology and complex genetics of HSCR.

  19. A Novel Zebrafish ret Heterozygous Model of Hirschsprung Disease Identifies a Functional Role for mapk10 as a Modifier of Enteric Nervous System Phenotype Severity.

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    Heanue, Tiffany A; Boesmans, Werend; Bell, Donald M; Kawakami, Koichi; Vanden Berghe, Pieter; Pachnis, Vassilis

    2016-11-01

    Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is characterized by absence of enteric neurons from the distal colon and severe intestinal dysmotility. To understand the pathophysiology and genetics of HSCR we developed a unique zebrafish model that allows combined genetic, developmental and in vivo physiological studies. We show that ret mutant zebrafish exhibit cellular, physiological and genetic features of HSCR, including absence of intestinal neurons, reduced peristalsis, and varying phenotype expressivity in the heterozygous state. We perform live imaging experiments using a UAS-GAL4 binary genetic system to drive fluorescent protein expression in ENS progenitors. We demonstrate that ENS progenitors migrate at reduced speed in ret heterozygous embryos, without changes in proliferation or survival, establishing this as a principal pathogenic mechanism for distal aganglionosis. We show, using live imaging of actual intestinal movements, that intestinal motility is severely compromised in ret mutants, and partially impaired in ret heterozygous larvae, and establish a clear correlation between neuron position and organised intestinal motility. We exploited the partially penetrant ret heterozygous phenotype as a sensitised background to test the influence of a candidate modifier gene. We generated mapk10 loss-of-function mutants, which show reduced numbers of enteric neurons. Significantly, we show that introduction of mapk10 mutations into ret heterozygotes enhanced the ENS deficit, supporting MAPK10 as a HSCR susceptibility locus. Our studies demonstrate that ret heterozygous zebrafish is a sensitized model, with many significant advantages over existing murine models, to explore the pathophysiology and complex genetics of HSCR.

  20. SDH mutations establish a hypermethylator phenotype in paraganglioma.

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    Letouzé, Eric; Martinelli, Cosimo; Loriot, Céline; Burnichon, Nelly; Abermil, Nasséra; Ottolenghi, Chris; Janin, Maxime; Menara, Mélanie; Nguyen, An Thach; Benit, Paule; Buffet, Alexandre; Marcaillou, Charles; Bertherat, Jérôme; Amar, Laurence; Rustin, Pierre; De Reyniès, Aurélien; Gimenez-Roqueplo, Anne-Paule; Favier, Judith

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    Paragangliomas are neuroendocrine tumors frequently associated with mutations in RET, NF1, VHL, and succinate dehydrogenase (SDHx) genes. Methylome analysis of a large paraganglioma cohort identified three stable clusters, associated with distinct clinical features and mutational status. SDHx-related tumors displayed a hypermethylator phenotype, associated with downregulation of key genes involved in neuroendocrine differentiation. Succinate accumulation in SDH-deficient mouse chromaffin cells led to DNA hypermethylation by inhibition of 2-OG-dependent histone and DNA demethylases and established a migratory phenotype reversed by decitabine treatment. Epigenetic silencing was particularly severe in SDHB-mutated tumors, potentially explaining their malignancy. Finally, inactivating FH mutations were identified in the only hypermethylated tumor without SDHx mutations. These findings emphasize the interplay between the Krebs cycle, epigenomic changes, and cancer. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. La retórica del texto argumentativo en la columna de opinión "Escenas Políticas" de Jaime Campmay (1983)

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    Román Portas, Lourdes

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    La tesis aborda la columna “Escenas Políticas” de Jaime Campmany durante el año 1983 con el objetivo de determinar las propiedades argumentativas y estilísticas más sobresalientes del autor. Para ello analiza, desde la perspectiva de la retórica, los 265 artículos publicados por Jaime Campmany durante ese año en ABC. El análisis efectuado contempla las operaciones retóricas de la intellectio, inventio, dispositio y elocutio. De todo ello se deduce la riqueza retórico-argumentativa de la pr...

  2. Profiling of Somatic Mutations in Phaeochromocytoma and Paraganglioma by Targeted Next Generation Sequencing Analysis

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    Andrea Luchetti

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available At least 12 genes (FH, HIF2A, MAX, NF1, RET, SDHA, SDHB, SDHC, SDHD, SDHAF2, TMEM127, and VHL have been implicated in inherited predisposition to phaeochromocytoma (PCC, paraganglioma (PGL, or head and neck paraganglioma (HNPGL and a germline mutation may be detected in more than 30% of cases. Knowledge of somatic mutations contributing to PCC/PGL/HNPGL pathogenesis has received less attention though mutations in HRAS, HIF2A, NF1, RET, and VHL have been reported. To further elucidate the role of somatic mutation in PCC/PGL/HNPGL tumourigenesis, we employed a next generation sequencing strategy to analyse “mutation hotspots” in 50 human cancer genes. Mutations were identified for HRAS (c.37G>C; p.G13R and c.182A>G; p.Q61R in 7.1% (6/85; for BRAF (c.1799T>A; p.V600E in 1.2% (1/85 of tumours; and for TP53 (c.1010G>A; p.R337H in 2.35% (2/85 of cases. Twenty-one tumours harboured mutations in inherited PCC/PGL/HNPGL genes and no HRAS, BRAF, or TP53 mutations occurred in this group. Combining our data with previous reports of HRAS mutations in PCC/PGL we find that the mean frequency of HRAS/BRAF mutations in sporadic PCC/PGL is 8.9% (24/269 and in PCC/PGL with an inherited gene mutation 0% (0/148 suggesting that HRAS/BRAF mutations and inherited PCC/PGL genes mutations might be mutually exclusive. We report the first evidence for BRAF mutations in the pathogenesis of PCC/PGL/HNPGL.

  3. Discovery of 4-chloro-3-(5-(pyridin-3-yl)-1,2,4-oxadiazole-3-yl)benzamides as novel RET kinase inhibitors.

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    Han, Mei; Li, Shan; Ai, Jing; Sheng, Rong; Hu, Yongzhou; Hu, Youhong; Geng, Meiyu

    2016-12-01

    A series of novel 4-chloro-benzamides derivatives containing substituted five-membered heteroaryl ring were designed, synthesized and evaluated as RET kinase inhibitors for cancer therapy. Most of compounds exhibited moderate to high potency in ELISA-based kinase assay. In particular, compound I-8 containing 1,2,4-oxadiazole strongly inhibited RET kinase activity both in molecular and cellular level. In turn, I-8 inhibited cell proliferation driven by RET wildtype and gatekeeper mutation. The results implied that 4-chloro-3-(5-(pyridin-3-yl)-1,2,4-oxadiazole-3-yl)benzamides are promising lead compounds as novel RET kinase inhibitor for further investigation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. AIRS/Aqua L2 Near Real Time (NRT) Standard Physical Retrieval (AIRS-only) V006 (AIRS2RET_NRT) at GES DISC

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) Level 2 Near Real Time (NRT) Standard Physical Retrieval (AIRS-only) product (AIRS2RET_NRT_006) differs from the routine...

  5. Detection of PAX8/PPARG and RET/PTC Rearrangements Is Feasible in Routine Air-Dried Fine Needle Aspiration Smears

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    Ferraz, Carolina; Rehfeld, Christian; Krogdahl, Annelise

    2012-01-01

    Background: The diagnostic limitations of fine needle aspiration (FNA), like the indeterminate category, can be partially overcome by molecular analysis. As PAX8/PPARG and RET/PTC rearrangements have been detected in follicular thyroid carcinomas (FTCs) and papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs......-PCR). Methods: A new method for RNA extraction from routine air-dried FNA smears was established, which allowed analysis for the presence of four variants of PAX8/PPARG and RET/PTC 1 and RET/PTC 3, which were analyzed in 106 routine FNA smears and the corresponding surgically obtained FFPE tissues using real...... of 42 follicular adenomas (FAs). Similarly, RET/PTC was found in 3 of 96 FFPEs and in 4 of 96 FNAs. Two of 21 PTC samples and 3 of 42 FA samples carried this rearrangement. Conclusion: These data are the first to show the feasibility of extracting RNA from routine air-dried FNA smears for the detection...

  6. Somatotropinomas, but not nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas, maintain a functional apoptotic RET/Pit1/ARF/p53 pathway that is blocked by excess GDNF.

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    Diaz-Rodriguez, Esther; Garcia-Rendueles, Angela R; Ibáñez-Costa, Alejandro; Gutierrez-Pascual, Ester; Garcia-Lavandeira, Montserrat; Leal, Alfonso; Japon, Miguel A; Soto, Alfonso; Venegas, Eva; Tinahones, Francisco J; Garcia-Arnes, Juan A; Benito, Pedro; Angeles Galvez, Maria; Jimenez-Reina, Luis; Bernabeu, Ignacio; Dieguez, Carlos; Luque, Raul M; Castaño, Justo P; Alvarez, Clara V

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    Acromegaly is caused by somatotroph cell adenomas (somatotropinomas [ACROs]), which secrete GH. Human and rodent somatotroph cells express the RET receptor. In rodents, when normal somatotrophs are deprived of the RET ligand, GDNF (Glial Cell Derived Neurotrophic Factor), RET is processed intracellularly to induce overexpression of Pit1 [Transcription factor (gene : POUF1) essential for transcription of Pituitary hormones GH, PRL and TSHb], which in turn leads to p19Arf/p53-dependent apoptosis. Our purpose was to ascertain whether human ACROs maintain the RET/Pit1/p14ARF/p53/apoptosis pathway, relative to nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs). Apoptosis in the absence and presence of GDNF was studied in primary cultures of 8 ACROs and 3 NFPAs. Parallel protein extracts were analyzed for expression of RET, Pit1, p19Arf, p53, and phospho-Akt. When GDNF deprived, ACRO cells, but not NFPAs, presented marked level of apoptosis that was prevented in the presence of GDNF. Apoptosis was accompanied by RET processing, Pit1 accumulation, and p14ARF and p53 induction. GDNF prevented all these effects via activation of phospho-AKT. Overexpression of human Pit1 (hPit1) directly induced p19Arf/p53 and apoptosis in a pituitary cell line. Using in silico studies, 2 CCAAT/enhancer binding protein alpha (cEBPα) consensus-binding sites were found to be 100% conserved in mouse, rat, and hPit1 promoters. Deletion of 1 cEBPα site prevented the RET-induced increase in hPit1 promoter expression. TaqMan qRT-PCR (real time RT-PCR) for RET, Pit1, Arf, TP53, GDNF, steroidogenic factor 1, and GH was performed in RNA from whole ACRO and NFPA tumors. ACRO but not NFPA adenomas express RET and Pit1. GDNF expression in the tumors was positively correlated with RET and negatively correlated with p53. In conclusion, ACROs maintain an active RET/Pit1/p14Arf/p53/apoptosis pathway that is inhibited by GDNF. Disruption of GDNF's survival function might constitute a new therapeutic route in

  7. La retórica: ¿palabrería o condición para la democracia?

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Se aborda —desde el plano filosófico, ético y político—, la manera en que la retórica ofrece una serie de postulados y principios que, altamente articulados en su origen, revelan el poder del discurso. Así, se argumenta que la práctica retórica es una necesidad antropológica y política a la cual toda racionalidad moderna debería recurrir y se le interpreta como primera gran sistematización en la construcción del discurso, al igual que como un saber necesario en la conformación de las sociedades democráticas.

  8. Aproximaciones retóricas al conflicto armado colombiano: una revisión bibliográfica

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    Giohanny Olave

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo relaciona investigaciones interesadas en la retórica del conflicto armado colombiano. Tales indagaciones plantean problemas de investigación alrededor del carácter persuasivo de los discursos del conflicto, desde disciplinas diversas. La consulta bibliográfica de base se complementó con una encuesta electrónica autoadministrada, dirigida a investigadores colombianos del discurso. En los resultados, se explican las principales problematizaciones que emergen de la revisión, presentándolas como aproximaciones retóricas que los autores trabajan con una mayor orientación hacia el ethos , el pathos o el logos . Una mirada relacional entre estos trabajos esclarece las tendencias investigativas sobre la violencia en clave discursiva y apunta el valor de esas contribuciones para los estudios sobre el conflicto armado.

  9. [Detection of ALK, ROS1 and RET fusion genes in non-small cell lung cancer patients and its clinicopathologic correlation].

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    Zhong, Shan; Zhang, Haiping; Bai, Dongyu; Gao, Dehong; Zheng, Jie; Ding, Yi

    2015-09-01

    To study the prevalence of ALK, ROS1 and RET fusion genes in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and its correlation with clinicopathologic features. Formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissue sections from samples of 302 patients with NSCLC were screened for ALK, ROS1, RET fusions by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR). All of the cases were validated by Sanger DNA sequencing. The relationship between ALK, ROS1, RET fusion genes and clinicopathologic features were analyzed. In the cohort of 302 NSCLC samples, 3.97% (12/302) were found to contain ALK fusion genes, including 3 cases with E13; A20 gene fusion, 3 cases with E6; A20 gene fusion and 3 cases with E20; A20 gene fusion. There was no statistically significant difference in patient's gender, age, smoking history and histologic type. Moreover, in the 302 NSCLC samples studied, 3.97% (12/302) were found to contain ROS1 fusion genes, with CD74-ROS1 fusion identified in 9 cases. There was no statistically significant difference in patients' gender, age, smoking history and histologic type. One non-smoking elderly female patient with pulmonary adenocarcinoma had RET gene fusion. None of the cases studied had concurrent ALK, ROS1 and RET mutations. The ALK, ROS1 and RET fusion gene mutation rates in NSCLC are low, they represent some specific molecular subtypes of NSCLC. Genetic testing has significant meaning to guide clinical targeted therapy.

  10. Fragment-based discovery of a dual pan-RET/VEGFR2 kinase inhibitor optimized for single-agent polypharmacology1

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    Frett, Brendan; Carlomagno, Francesca; Moccia, Maria Luisa; Brescia, Annalisa; Federico, Giorgia; De Falco, Valentina; Admire, Brittany; Chen, Zhongzhu; Qi, Wenqing; Santoro, Massimo; Li, Hong-yu

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    Oncogenic conversion of the RET (rearranged during transfection) tyrosine kinase is associated with several cancers. A fragment-based chemical screen lead to the identification of a novel RET inhibitor, Pz-1. Modeling and kinetic analysis identified Pz-1 as a Type-II tyrosine kinase inhibitor, able to bind the DFG-out conformation of the kinase. Importantly, from a single-agent polypharmacology standpoint, Pz-1 was shown active on VEGFR2, which can block blood supply required for RET-stimulated growth. In cell based assays, 1.0 nM of Pz-1 strongly inhibited phosphorylation of all tested RET oncoproteins. At 1.0 mg/kg/day per os, Pz-1 abrogated formation of tumors induced by RET-mutant fibroblasts and blocked phosphorylation of both RET and VEGFR2 in tumor tissue. Pz-1 featured no detectable toxicity up to 100.0 mg/kg, which indicated a large therapeutic window. This study validates the effectiveness and usefulness of a medicinal chemistry polypharmacology approach to obtain an inhibitor capable of targeting multiple oncogenic pathways PMID:26126987

  11. Cosegregation of Hirschsprung`s disease (HSCR) and a RET mutation in a French Canadian family with MEN 2A

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    Chretien, P. [Pharmacia Biotech Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Blanchard, L.; Gaboury, L. [Univ. of Montreal, Quebec (Canada)] [and others

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    We have previously reported the occurrence of HSCR in a French Canadian family with MEN 2A. This B family includes 23 cases of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and 13 cases of HSCR of which 5 died at young age of intestinal obstruction; cases of HSCR are clustered in branches of the family in which MTC is segregating and each case of HSCR has a parent with MTC. HSCR cases with or without MTC harbors cosegregation of the MEN 2A haplotypes markers. A mutation of Cys 620 to Arg in exon 10 of RET identified in family members with MTC (without HSCR) was also present in the cases of HSCR who have not developed MTC yet. Three of the eight live HSCR cases have developed MTC and the other five are 19, 15, 18, 3 and 1 y.o. and have normal or high calcitonin levels. The data from this family suggest that HSCR cosegregated with MEN 2A mutation in this kindred. MEN 2A and recently described HSCR-associated RET mutations were proposed to actiate or repress RET proto-oncogene. The mutation responsible for HSCR in this kindred has not been identified yet; however, the anticipated HSCR mutation does not prevent the occurrence of MTC formation in MEN 2A mutation carriers.

  12. Retórica contrastiva y enseñanza del discurso formal en lenguas afines

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    Pilar Robles Garrote

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    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false ES X-NONE X-NONE El presente artículo trata de evidenciar la utilidad de la retórica contrastiva en la enseñanza del discurso formal en lenguas afines, aportando algunos datos empíricos obtenidos en un análisis lingüístico cuyo objetivo principal es determinar los puntos en común y divergencias encontradas en algunos recursos estilísticos propios del lenguaje formal en lengua española e italiana. Es un estudio de carácter exploratorio realizado a partir de un corpus oral de conferencias dictadas en lengua española e italiana por oradores nativos. Tras analizar y comparar los recursos estilísticos utilizados por los informantes (preguntas, ejemplos, citas y reiteraciones, los resultados revelan que, si bien los recursos del discurso oral formal encontrados en las conferencias analizadas poseen características análogas, existen divergencias entre estas dos lenguas afines que pueden confluir en una percepción distinta del aspecto pragmático.

  13. Resistance to Oncolytic Myxoma Virus Therapy in Nf1−/−/Trp53−/− Syngeneic Mouse Glioma Models Is Independent of Anti-Viral Type-I Interferon

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    Zemp, Franz J.; McKenzie, Brienne A.; Lun, Xueqing; Maxwell, Lori; Reilly, Karlyne M.; McFadden, Grant; Yong, V. Wee; Forsyth, Peter A.

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    Despite promising preclinical studies, oncolytic viral therapy for malignant gliomas has resulted in variable, but underwhelming results in clinical evaluations. Of concern are the low levels of tumour infection and viral replication within the tumour. This discrepancy between the laboratory and the clinic could result from the disparity of xenograft versus syngeneic models in determining in vivo viral infection, replication and treatment efficacy. Here we describe a panel of primary mouse glioma lines derived from Nf1+/−Trp53+/− mice in the C57Bl/6J background for use in the preclinical testing of the oncolytic virus Myxoma (MYXV). These lines show a range of susceptibility to MYXV replication in vitro, but all succumb to viral-mediated cell death. Two of these lines orthotopically grafted produced aggressive gliomas. Intracranial injection of MYXV failed to result in sustained viral replication or treatment efficacy, with minimal tumour infection that was completely resolved by 7 days post-infection. We hypothesized that the stromal production of Type-I interferons (IFNα/β) could explain the resistance seen in these models; however, we found that neither the cell lines in vitro nor the tumours in vivo produce any IFNα/β in response to MYXV infection. To confirm IFNα/β did not play a role in this resistance, we ablated the ability of tumours to respond to IFNα/β via IRF9 knockdown, and generated identical results. Our studies demonstrate that these syngeneic cell lines are relevant preclinical models for testing experimental glioma treatments, and show that IFNα/β is not responsible for the MYXV treatment resistance seen in syngeneic glioma models. PMID:23762429

  14. Modulatory role of phospholipase D in the activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT-3 by thyroid oncogenic kinase RET/PTC

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    Kim Dong Wook

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background RET/PTC (rearranged in transformation/papillary thyroid carcinomas gene rearrangements are the most frequent genetic alterations identified in papillary thyroid carcinoma. Although it has been established that RET/PTC kinase plays a crucial role in intracellular signaling pathways that regulate cellular transformation, growth, and proliferation in thyroid epithelial cells, the upstream signaling that leads to the activation of RET/PTC is largely unknown. Based on the observation of high levels of PLD expression in human papillary thyroid cancer tissues, we investigated whether PLD plays a role in the regulating the RET/PTC-induced STAT3 activation. Methods Cancer tissue samples were obtained from papillary thyroid cancer patients (n = 6. The expression level of PLD was examined using immunohistochemistry and western blotting. Direct interaction between RET/PTC and PLD was analyzed by co-immunoprecipitation assay. PLD activity was assessed by measuring the formation of [3H]phosphatidylbutanol, the product of PLD-mediated transphosphatidylation, in the presence of n-butanol. The transcriptional activity of STAT3 was assessed by m67 luciferase reporter assay. Results In human papillary thyroid cancer, the expression levels of PLD2 protein were higher than those in the corresponding paired normal tissues. PLD and RET/PTC could be co-immunoprecipitated from cells where each protein was over-expressed. In addition, the activation of PLD by pervanadate triggered phosphorylation of tyrosine 705 residue on STAT-3, and its phosphorylation was dramatically higher in TPC-1 cells (from papillary carcinoma that have an endogenous RET/PTC1 than in ARO cells (from anaplastic carcinoma without alteration of total STAT-3 expression. Moreover, the RET/PTC-mediated transcriptional activation of STAT-3 was synergistically increased by over-expression of PLD, whereas the PLD activity as a lipid hydrolyzing enzyme was not affected by RET

  15. Distinct TrkA and Ret modulated negative and positive neuropathic behaviors in a mouse model of resiniferatoxin-induced small fiber neuropathy.

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    Hsieh, Yu-Lin; Kan, Hung-Wei; Chiang, Hao; Lee, Yi-Chen; Hsieh, Sung-Tsang

    2017-10-26

    Neurotrophic factors and their corresponding receptors play key roles in the maintenance of different phenotypic dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, the axons of which degenerate in small fiber neuropathy, leading to various neuropathic manifestations. Mechanisms underlying positive and negative symptoms of small fiber neuropathy have not been systematically explored. This study investigated the molecular basis of these seemingly paradoxical neuropathic behaviors according to the profiles of TrkA and Ret with immunohistochemical and pharmacological interventions in a mouse model of resiniferatoxin (RTX)-induced small fiber neuropathy. Mice with RTX neuropathy exhibited thermal hypoalgesia and mechanical allodynia, reduced skin innervation, and altered DRG expression profiles with decreased TrkA(+) neurons and increased Ret(+) neurons. RTX neuropathy induced the expression of activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3), and ATF3(+) neurons were colocalized with Ret but not with TrkA (P<0.001). As a neuroprotectant, 4-Methylcatechol (4MC) promoted skin reinnervation partially with correlated reversal of the neuropathic behaviors and altered neurochemical expression. Gambogic amide, a selective TrkA agonist, normalized thermal hypoalgesia, and GW441756, a TrkA kinase inhibitor, induced thermal hypoalgesia, which was already reversed by 4MC. Mechanical allodynia was reversed by a Ret kinase inhibitor, AST487, which induced thermal hyperalgesia in naïve mice. The activation of Ret signaling by XIB4035 induced mechanical allodynia and thermal hypoalgesia in RTX neuropathy mice in which the neuropathic behaviors were previously normalized by 4MC. Distinct neurotrophic factor receptors, TrkA and Ret, accounted for negative and positive neuropathic behaviors in RTX-induced small fiber neuropathy, respectively: TrkA for thermal hypoalgesia and Ret for mechanical allodynia and thermal hypoalgesia. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Functional Loss of Semaphorin 3C and/or Semaphorin 3D and Their Epistatic Interaction with Ret Are Critical to Hirschsprung Disease Liability

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    Jiang, Qian; Arnold, Stacey; Heanue, Tiffany; Kilambi, Krishna Praneeth; Doan, Betty; Kapoor, Ashish; Ling, Albee Yun; Sosa, Maria X.; Guy, Moltu; Jiang, Qingguang; Burzynski, Grzegorz; West, Kristen; Bessling, Seneca; Griseri, Paola; Amiel, Jeanne; Fernandez, Raquel M.; Verheij, Joke B.G.M.; Hofstra, Robert M.W.; Borrego, Salud; Lyonnet, Stanislas; Ceccherini, Isabella; Gray, Jeffrey J.; Pachnis, Vassilis; McCallion, Andrew S.; Chakravarti, Aravinda

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    Innervation of the gut is segmentally lost in Hirschsprung disease (HSCR), a consequence of cell-autonomous and non-autonomous defects in enteric neuronal cell differentiation, proliferation, migration, or survival. Rare, high-penetrance coding variants and common, low-penetrance non-coding variants in 13 genes are known to underlie HSCR risk, with the most frequent variants in the ret proto-oncogene (RET). We used a genome-wide association (220 trios) and replication (429 trios) study to reveal a second non-coding variant distal to RET and a non-coding allele on chromosome 7 within the class 3 Semaphorin gene cluster. Analysis in Ret wild-type and Ret-null mice demonstrates specific expression of Sema3a, Sema3c, and Sema3d in the enteric nervous system (ENS). In zebrafish embryos, sema3 knockdowns show reduction of migratory ENS precursors with complete ablation under conjoint ret loss of function. Seven candidate receptors of Sema3 proteins are also expressed within the mouse ENS and their expression is also lost in the ENS of Ret-null embryos. Sequencing of SEMA3A, SEMA3C, and SEMA3D in 254 HSCR-affected subjects followed by in silico protein structure modeling and functional analyses identified five disease-associated alleles with loss-of-function defects in semaphorin dimerization and binding to their cognate neuropilin and plexin receptors. Thus, semaphorin 3C/3D signaling is an evolutionarily conserved regulator of ENS development whose dys-regulation is a cause of enteric aganglionosis. PMID:25839327

  17. IMPACT OF JUTE RETTING ON NATIVE FISH DIVERSITY AND AQUATIC HEALTH OF ROADSIDE TRANSITORY WATER BODIES: AN ASSESSMENT IN EASTERN INDIA

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    Dipankar Ghosh

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Roadside transitory water bodies being manmade depressions have a great ecological and socio-economic importance from years. The effects of agricultural runoffs, jute retting, macro-phytes infestations and inadequate rainfall in changed climate often degrade transitory water bodies’ environment while the biodiversity have impacted severely because of population pressure, over exploitation and indiscriminate use of fine meshed fishing gears as a whole. Physico-chemical and biological analysis with fish species composition, relative abundance, diversity indices like species richness, evenness and Shannon-Wiener index were carried out for pre-, during and post-jute retting season and for year mean as a whole to assess impact of jute retting on the roadside transitory water body’s environmental health and indigenous fish diversity at Sahebnagar village in Nadia District, India. All the physico-chemical parameters barring biochemical oxygen demand and water transparency remained more or less same or marginally got little changed during those three seasons. As much as 19 native fish species with varied relative abundances and dominances were identified. Jute retting impacted lower native fish diversity indices like Shannon-Wiener index values (1.94 to 2.68 clearly indicated poor to moderate pollution status of the transitory water body in that area during monsoon in particular and throughout the year in general. So we opined there should be some control over the intense jute retting in the road side transitory water bodies for sustainable management of these manmade resources.

  18. RET haplotype, not linked to the C620R activating mutation, associated with Hirschsprung disease in a novel MEN2 family.

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    Quedas, Elisangela P S; Longuini, Viviane C; Sekiya, Tomoko; Coutinho, Flavia L; Toledo, Sergio P A; Tannuri, Uenis; Toledo, Rodrigo A

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    Hirschsprung disease is a congenital form of aganglionic megacolon that results from cristopathy. Hirschsprung disease usually occurs as a sporadic disease, although it may be associated with several inherited conditions, such as multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2. The rearranged during transfection (RET) proto-oncogene is the major susceptibility gene for Hirschsprung disease, and germline mutations in RET have been reported in up to 50% of the inherited forms of Hirschsprung disease and in 15-20% of sporadic cases of Hirschsprung disease. The prevalence of Hirschsprung disease in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 cases was recently determined to be 7.5% and the cooccurrence of Hirschsprung disease and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 has been reported in at least 22 families so far. It was initially thought that Hirschsprung disease could be due to disturbances in apoptosis or due to a tendency of the mutated RET receptor to be retained in the Golgi apparatus. Presently, there is strong evidence favoring the hypothesis that specific inactivating haplotypes play a key role in the fetal development of congenital megacolon/Hirschsprung disease. In the present study, we report the genetic findings in a novel family with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2: a specific RET haplotype was documented in patients with Hirschsprung disease associated with medullary thyroid carcinoma, but it was absent in patients with only medullary thyroid carcinoma. Despite the limited number of cases, the present data favor the hypothesis that specific haplotypes not linked to RET germline mutations are the genetic causes of Hirschsprung disease.

  19. Lentiviral expression of retinal guanylate cyclase-1 (RetGC1 restores vision in an avian model of childhood blindness.

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    Melissa L Williams

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA is a genetically heterogeneous group of retinal diseases that cause congenital blindness in infants and children. Mutations in the GUCY2D gene that encodes retinal guanylate cyclase-1 (retGC1 were the first to be linked to this disease group (LCA type 1 [LCA1] and account for 10%-20% of LCA cases. These mutations disrupt synthesis of cGMP in photoreceptor cells, a key second messenger required for function of these cells. The GUCY1*B chicken, which carries a null mutation in the retGC1 gene, is blind at hatching and serves as an animal model for the study of LCA1 pathology and potential treatments in humans.A lentivirus-based gene transfer vector carrying the GUCY2D gene was developed and injected into early-stage GUCY1*B embryos to determine if photoreceptor function and sight could be restored to these animals. Like human LCA1, the avian disease shows early-onset blindness, but there is a window of opportunity for intervention. In both diseases there is a period of photoreceptor cell dysfunction that precedes retinal degeneration. Of seven treated animals, six exhibited sight as evidenced by robust optokinetic and volitional visual behaviors. Electroretinographic responses, absent in untreated animals, were partially restored in treated animals. Morphological analyses indicated there was slowing of the retinal degeneration.Blindness associated with loss of function of retGC1 in the GUCY1*B avian model of LCA1 can be reversed using viral vector-mediated gene transfer. Furthermore, this reversal can be achieved by restoring function to a relatively low percentage of retinal photoreceptors. These results represent a first step toward development of gene therapies for one of the more common forms of childhood blindness.

  20. Association of RET Genetic Polymorphisms and Haplotypes with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in the Portuguese Population: A Case-Control Study

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    Santos, Marina; Azevedo, Teresa; Martins, Teresa; Rodrigues, Fernando J.; Lemos, Manuel C.

    2014-01-01

    Thyroid cancer has a multifactorial aetiology resulting from the interaction of genetic and environmental factors. Several low penetrance susceptibility genes have been identified but their effects often vary between different populations. Somatic point mutations and translocations of the REarranged during Transfection (RET) proto-oncogene are frequently found in thyroid cancer. The aim of this case-control study was to determine the effect of four well known RET single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on the risk for differentiated thyroid carcinoma. A total of 545 Portuguese patients and 543 controls were genotyped by PCR and restriction enzyme analysis, for the following SNPs: G691S (exon 11, rs1799939 G/A), L769L (exon 13, rs1800861 T/G), S836S (exon 14, rs1800862 C/T), and S904S (exon 15, rs1800863 C/G). The minor allele of S836S was overrepresented in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) when compared to controls (OR 1.57; 95% CI 1.05–2.35; p = 0.026). The GGTC haplotype was also overrepresented in PTC (OR 2.51; 95% CI 1.07–5.91; p = 0.029). No associations were found in follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC). Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed no differences regarding gender, age at diagnosis, lymph node or distant metastasis. However, a near significant overrepresentation of the minor alleles of G691S and S904S was found in patients with tumours greater than 10 mm of diameter at diagnosis. These data suggest that the RET S836S polymorphism in exon 14 and the GGTC haplotype are risk factors for PTC, but not FTC, and that the G691S/S904S polymorphisms might be associated with tumour behaviour. PMID:25330015

  1. Un meta-modele pour la prise en compte de la sûreté de ...

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    Dans cet article, nous avons pour but d'apporter une contribution à la définition de profil UML pour supporter l'analyse de la sûreté de fonctionnement des systèmes complexes qui sont en général, des systèmes temps réels embarqués, ceci, conformément à la méthodologie d'ingénierie dirigée par les modèles.

  2. Generation of an induced pluripotent stem cell line from a patient with hereditary multiple endocrine neoplasia 2B (MEN2B) syndrome with "highest risk" RET mutation.

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    Bennaceur-Griscelli, A; Hadoux, J; Féraud, O; Opolon, P; Divers, D; Gobbo, E; Schlumberger, M; Griscelli, F; Turhan, A G

    2017-08-01

    Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2B (MEN2B) is a cancer-predisposing syndrome that affects patients with germline RET mutations. The clinical spectrum of the syndrome includes medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and pheochromocytoma. Currently, there is no satisfactory model recapitulating all the features of the disease especially at the level of stem cells. We generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from a patient with RET mutation at codon 918 who developed pheochromocytoma and MTC. These iPSC had normal karyotype, harboured the RET(M918T) mutation and expressed pluripotency hallmarks. A comprehensive pathological assessment of teratoma was performed after injection in immunodeficient mice. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. The increased incidence of the RET p.Gly691Ser variant in French-Canadian vesicoureteric reflux patients is not replicated by a larger study in Ireland.

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    Darlow, John M

    2012-02-01

    The p.Gly691Ser variant of the RET protein, resulting from the \\'A\\' allele of the SNP rs1799939 in exon 11 of the RET gene, was recently found to be present in a high proportion of primary vesicoureteric reflux (pVUR) patients in Quebec. We have determined the genotype of this SNP in 221 unrelated index cases of pVUR from the Irish population, in 190 full siblings of 160 of the index cases, and in 592 healthy controls. We found no significant difference in genotype or allele frequencies in patients and controls, and no tendency of affected siblings to share the same genotype. We also found no difference in the presence of additional phenotypic features such as duplex kidneys, between patients with and without the \\'A\\' allele, and no difference in grade of reflux. We find no evidence of any influence of RET SNP rs1799939 on pVUR phenotype.

  4. Imperfect conformation of experimental and epidemiological data for frequency of RET/РТС gene rearrangements in papillary thyroid carcinoma for the Chernobyl accident

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    Ushenkova L.N.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In an overview and analytical study of the epidemiological data on the frequency of RET/РТС gene rearrangements in sporadic and radiogenic (patients after radiotherapy, residents of contaminated after the Chernobyl disaster areas, victims after the atomic bombings, etc. carcinomas of the thyroid gland were examined. In general, the observed epidemiological laws were confirmed in radiobiology experiments by irradiation of different cultures of thyroid cells and ex vivo with the exception of Chernobyl cohorts. Induction of RET/РТС gene rearrangements by 131l exposure in children carcinomas of Chernobyl residents in mice did not observe too. It is concluded that the situation with the frequency of RET/РТС rearrangements in thyroid carcinoma in Chernobyl cohorts once again confirms the multifactorial nature of the induction and development of these tumors with a contribution of radiation and non-radiation factors (iodine deficiency and different stresses.

  5. Somatic mutations of the ret Protooncogene in sporadic medullary thyroid carcinoma are not restricted to exon 16 and are associated with tumor recurrence

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    Romei, C.; Elisei, R.; Pinchera, A. [Univ. of Pisa (Italy)] [and others

    1996-04-01

    Germline point mutations in exons 10, 11, and 16 of the ret protooncogene have been identified as causative in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 and in familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). Somatic point mutations of the same gene, exclusively associated with codon 918 of exon 16, have also been reported in few cases of sporadic medullary thyroid carcinoma. We analyzed the blood and tumor DNA of 19 patients with sporadic MTC and 6 patients with primary parathyroid adenoma for point mutations at exons 10, 11, and 16 of the ret protooncogene by restriction analysis of the PCR-amplified product and by sequence analysis of exons 10 and 11. A Cys{sup 634}{r_arrow}Tyr mutation was found in both the tumoral and blood DNA of one patient, indicating that he was affected by an hereditary form of MTC, erroneously considered sporadic. In the other 18 patients with MTC, somatic point mutations of ret were found in 8 cases (44.4%). In 5 cases the mutation affected exon 16 (Met{sup 918}{r_arrow}Thr), and in 3 cases it affected exon 11 (Cys{sup 634}{r_arrow}Arg in 1 and Cys{sup 634}{r_arrow}Trp in 2); these 3 mutations were confirmed by sequence analysis. The remaining 10 patients had no mutation in exon 10 by either restriction analysis or sequence analysis. Clinical data showed that 75% of the patients whose tumor carried ret mutation had tumor recurrence and/or increased serum calcitonin concentrations during the postsurgical follow-up period as opposed to 10% of the patients without mutations (P < 0.02, by {chi}{sup 2} analysis). No ret mutation was found in the tumoral DNA from parathyroid adenomas. Our findings indicate that the somatic ret point mutation frequently found in sporadic MTC may affect not only exon 16 but also exon 11 and is associated with less favorable clinical outcome. 14 refs., 2 figs., 3 tabs.

  6. Probing the microscopic structural organization of neat ionic liquids (ILs) and ionic liquid-based gels through resonance energy transfer (RET) studies.

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    Majhi, Debashis; Sarkar, Moloy

    2017-08-30

    With the aim to understand the role of the ionic constituents of ionic liquids (ILs) in their structural organization, resonance energy transfer (RET) studies between ionic liquids (donor) and rhodamine 6G (acceptor) have been investigated. RET studies have been exploited for the present investigation due to the fact that the said process is extremely sensitive to the distance, and a change in the donor-acceptor distance due to a change in the structural organization can be probed. Basically, steady state and time-resolved fluorescence measurements have been carried out in two different sets of ILs, where in one set (1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium alkyl sulfate) the alkyl side chain length on the anionic moiety is systematically varied and in the other set variation is done on the cation (aromatic and nonaromatic). The data related to the RET events have been analyzed in light of Förster theory. A clear rise time in the fluorescence intensity decay profile of the acceptor has unequivocally established the RET process between the donor and acceptor. Interestingly, the rise times and energy transfer efficiencies are also observed to vary with a variation in the alkyl chain length as well as the nature of the cations. More interestingly, the donor-acceptor distance (R DA ) is observed to increase from 35.0 Å to 47.5 Å upon increasing the anion chain length from ethyl to octyl. However, R DA is found to decrease (40.5 Å to 34.9 Å) upon going from 1-methyl-3-butylimidazolium to 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium cations. The variation of the relevant RET parameters for the two sets of ILs has been rationalized by considering the change in the structural organization of the respective set of ILs. Additionally, observation of the RET process also in an IL-based gel system indicates the potential use of this fluorescent gel material for future applications.

  7. Mutations of codon 918 in the RET proto-oncogene correlate to poor prognosis in sporadic medullary thyroid carcinomas

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    Zedenius, J.; Svensson, A.; Baeckdahl, M.; Wallin, G. [Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden)] [and others

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    The hereditary multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes types 2A and B (MEN 2A and B) were recently linked to germline mutations in the RET proto-oncogene, altering one of five cysteine residues in exon 10 or 11 (MEN 2A), or substituting a methionine for a threonine at codon 918 in exon 16 (MEN 2B). The latter mutation also occurs somatically in some sporadic medullary thyroid carcinomas (MTC), and has in a previous study been correlated with a less favorable clinical outcome. In the present study, 46 MTCs were selected for investigation of the codon 918 mutation. The mutation was found in 29 tumors (63%), and was significantly correlated with a poor outcome, with regard to distant metastasis or tumor recurrence (p<10{sup 4}). Two tumors showed multifocal growth and C-cell hyperplasia, and these patients were therefore also investigated for germline mutations in exons 10, 11 and 16. The codon 918 mutation was found only in the tumors, thus of somatic origin. The RET codon 918 mutation may have prognostic impact, and therefore preoperative assessment may influence decision-making in the treatment of patients suffering from MTC. 13 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  8. El argumento de probabilidad (τὸ εἰκός en la retórica griega

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    Heiner Mercado Percia

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Los discursos de oradores como Isócrates, Gorgias, Antifonte, Lisias, entre otros, e igualmente, los dos tratados de retórica que conservamos de la segunda mitad del siglo IV a. C no sólo pueden considerarse como piezas literarias construidas con gran habilidad o como manuales con recetas para aplicar, sino como fuente de conceptos de interés para la filosofía. En este artículo se analiza uno de esos conceptos, τὸ εἰκός. Traducido normalmente como “probable” o “verosímil”, los eikóta son recursos argumentativos utilizados desde los orígenes de la práctica de arte retórico, sobre todo en espacios judiciales y, particularmente, fueron usados en aquellos litigios en los que la falta de testigos o testimonios hacía difícil inclinar favorablemente al juez. Pero también los eikóta ocuparon el centro de la crítica platónica por ser definidos como opuestos a la verdad (ἀλήθεια.

  9. A retórica procedimental como agente de articulação entre identidade e alteridade.

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    Full Text Available Resumo O objetivo deste artigo é examinar como a retórica procedimental fundamenta processos dialéticos de corporificação-descorporificação, mantenedores das trocas sucessivas entre seft e other. Em primeiro lugar, exporemos a noção de retórica procedimental, entendida como técnica de argumentação e persuasão, estabelecida com base em sistemas computacionais. Em segundo lugar, analisaremos como a dialética entre corporificação e descorporificação firma-se como aspecto central de influência na construção do sentido de self e other. Em terceiro lugar, discutiremos como a noção de interface pode ser considerada como mapas procedimentais e computacionais que, sedutora e ideologicamente, induzem os comportamentos dos receptores. Por fim, apresentaremos a obra Alter Ego, de Alexa Wright & Alf Linney, como exemplo de trabalho que, de modo crítico e reflexivo, discute o que está na base das experiências de corporificação e descorporificação e como essas experiências potencializam trocas sucessivas entre identidade e alteridade.

  10. Craniopharyngiomas express embryonic stem cell markers (SOX2, OCT4, KLF4, and SOX9) as pituitary stem cells but do not coexpress RET/GFRA3 receptors.

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    Garcia-Lavandeira, Montserrat; Saez, Carmen; Diaz-Rodriguez, Esther; Perez-Romero, Sihara; Senra, Ana; Dieguez, Carlos; Japon, Miguel A; Alvarez, Clara V

    2012-01-01

    Adult stem cells maintain some markers expressed by embryonic stem cells and express other specific markers depending on the organ where they reside. Recently, stem/progenitor cells in the rodent and human pituitary have been characterized as expressing GFRA2/RET, PROP1, and stem cell markers such as SOX2 and OCT4 (GPS cells). Our objective was to detect other specific markers of the pituitary stem cells and to investigate whether craniopharyngiomas (CRF), a tumor potentially derived from Rathke's pouch remnants, express similar markers as normal pituitary stem cells. We conducted mRNA and Western blot studies in pituitary extracts, and immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence on sections from normal rat and human pituitaries and 20 CRF (18 adamantinomatous and two papillary). Normal pituitary GPS stem cells localized in the marginal zone (MZ) express three key embryonic stem cell markers, SOX2, OCT4, and KLF4, in addition to SOX9 and PROP1 and β-catenin overexpression. They express the RET receptor and its GFRA2 coreceptor but also express the coreceptor GFRA3 that could be detected in the MZ of paraffin pituitary sections. CRF maintain the expression of SOX2, OCT4, KLF4, SOX9, and β-catenin. However, RET and GFRA3 expression was altered in CRF. In 25% (five of 20), both RET and GFRA3 were detected but not colocalized in the same cells. The other 75% (15 of 20) lose the expression of RET, GFRA3, or both proteins simultaneously. Human pituitary adult stem/progenitor cells (GPS) located in the MZ are characterized by expression of embryonic stem cell markers SOX2, OCT4, and KLF4 plus the specific pituitary embryonic factor PROP1 and the RET system. Redundancy in RET coreceptor expression (GFRA2 and GFRA3) suggest an important systematic function in their physiological behavior. CRF share the stem cell markers suggesting a common origin with GPS. However, the lack of expression of the RET/GFRA system could be related to the cell mislocation and deregulated

  11. Generation of an induced pluripotent stem cell line from a patient with hereditary multiple endocrine neoplasia 2A (MEN2A syndrome with RET mutation

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    J. Hadoux

    2016-07-01

    Currently, there is no satisfactory animal model recapitulating all the features of the disease especially at the level of stem cells. We generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs from a patient with RET mutation at codon 634 who developed pheochromocytoma and MTC. RETC634Y-mutated cells were reprogrammed by non-integrative viral transduction. These iPSCs had normal karyotype, harboured the RETC634Y mutation and expressed pluripotency hallmarks as well as RET. A comprehensive pathological assessment of teratoma was performed after injection in immunodeficient mice.

  12. Usos retóricos del espacio público: la organización discursiva de un espacio en conflicto

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    2007-01-01

    En este artículo exploro la utilización discursiva del espacio público, entendido como un recurso retórico para la acción social localizada. A partir de extractos de documentos escritos y de entrevistas en profundidad, el análisis se centra en el uso retórico de formulaciones espaciales y construcciones de relaciones persona-lugar por parte de diversos agentes sociales e institucionales confrontados por la definición urbanística de un espacio en conflicto. La labor discursiva detectada incluy...

  13. Diagnostic Limitation of Fine-Needle Aspiration (FNA) on Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules Can Be Partially Overcome by Preoperative Molecular Analysis: Assessment of RET/PTC1 Rearrangement in BRAF and RAS Wild-Type Routine Air-Dried FNA Specimens.

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    Ko, Young Sin; Hwang, Tae Sook; Kim, Ja Yeon; Choi, Yoon-La; Lee, Seung Eun; Han, Hye Seung; Kim, Wan Seop; Kim, Suk Kyeong; Park, Kyoung Sik

    2017-04-12

    Molecular markers are helpful diagnostic tools, particularly for cytologically indeterminate thyroid nodules. Preoperative RET/PTC1 rearrangement analysis in BRAF and RAS wild-type indeterminate thyroid nodules would permit the formulation of an unambiguous surgical plan. Cycle threshold values according to the cell count for detection of the RET/PTC1 rearrangement by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using fresh and routine air-dried TPC1 cells were evaluated. The correlation of RET/PTC1 rearrangement between fine-needle aspiration (FNA) and paired formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens was analyzed. RET/PTC1 rearrangements of 76 resected BRAF and RAS wild-type classical PTCs were also analyzed. Results of RT-PCR and the Nanostring were compared. When 100 fresh and air-dried TPC1 cells were used, expression of RET/PTC1 rearrangement was detectable after 35 and 33 PCR cycles, respectively. The results of RET/PTC1 rearrangement in 10 FNA and paired FFPE papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) specimens showed complete correlation. Twenty-nine (38.2%) of 76 BRAF and RAS wild-type classical PTCs had RET/PTC1 rearrangement. Comparison of RET/PTC1 rearrangement analysis between RT-PCR and the Nanostring showed moderate agreement with a κ value of 0.56 ( p = 0.002). The RET/PTC1 rearrangement analysis by RT-PCR using routine air-dried FNA specimen was confirmed to be technically applicable. A significant proportion (38.2%) of the BRAF and RAS wild-type PTCs harbored RET/PTC1 rearrangements.

  14. Clinically guided genetic screening in a large cohort of italian patients with pheochromocytomas and/or functional or nonfunctional paragangliomas.

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    Mannelli, Massimo; Castellano, Maurizio; Schiavi, Francesca; Filetti, Sebastiano; Giacchè, Mara; Mori, Luigi; Pignataro, Viviana; Bernini, Gianpaolo; Giachè, Valentino; Bacca, Alessandra; Biondi, Bernadette; Corona, Giovanni; Di Trapani, Giuseppe; Grossrubatscher, Erika; Reimondo, Giuseppe; Arnaldi, Giorgio; Giacchetti, Gilberta; Veglio, Franco; Loli, Paola; Colao, Annamaria; Ambrosio, Maria Rosaria; Terzolo, Massimo; Letizia, Claudio; Ercolino, Tonino; Opocher, Giuseppe

    2009-05-01

    The aim of the study was to define the frequency of hereditary forms and the genotype/phenotype correlations in a large cohort of Italian patients with pheochromocytomas and/or functional or nonfunctional paragangliomas. We examined 501 consecutive patients with pheochromocytomas and/or paragangliomas (secreting or nonsecreting). Complete medical and family histories, as well as the results of clinical, laboratory, and imaging studies, were recorded in a database. Patients were divided into different groups according to their family history, the presence of lesions outside adrenals/paraganglia considered syndromic for VHL disease, MEN2, and NF1, and the number and types of pheochromocytomas and/or paragangliomas. Germ-line mutations in known susceptibility genes were investigated by gene sequencing (VHL, RET, SDHB, SDHC, SDHD) or diagnosed according to phenotype (NF1). In 160 patients younger than 50 yr with a wild-type profile, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification assays were performed to detect genomic rearrangements. Germline mutations were detected in 32.1% of cases, but frequencies varied widely depending on the classification criteria and ranged from 100% in patients with associated syndromic lesions to 11.6% in patients with a single tumor and a negative family history. The types and number of pheochromocytomas/paragangliomas as well as age at presentation and malignancy suggest which gene should be screened first. Genomic rearrangements were found in two of 160 patients (1.2%). The frequency of the hereditary forms of pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma varies depending on the family history and the clinical presentation. A positive family history and an accurate clinical evaluation of patients are strong indicators of which genes should be screened first.

  15. Dasatinib reduces FAK phosphorylation increasing the effects of RPI-1 inhibition in a RET/PTC1-expressing cell line

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    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background TPC-1 is a papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC-derived cell line that spontaneously expresses the oncogene RET/PTC1. TPC-1 treated with the RET/PTC1 inhibitor RPI-1 displayed a cytostatic and reversible inhibition of cell proliferation and a strong activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK. As dasatinib inhibition of Src results in reduction of FAK activation, we evaluated the effects of TPC-1 treatment with dasatinib in combination with RPI-1. Results Dasatinib (100 nM strongly reduced TPC-1 proliferation and induced marked changes in TPC-1 morphology. Cells appeared smaller and more contracted, with decreased cell spreading, due to the inhibition of phosphorylation of important cytoskeletal proteins (p130CAS, Crk, and paxillin by dasatinib. The combination of RPI-1 with dasatinib demonstrated enhanced effects on cell proliferation (more than 80% reduction and on the phosphotyrosine protein profile. In particular, RPI-1 reduced the phosphorylation of RET, MET, DCDB2, CTND1, and PLCγ, while dasatinib acted on the phosphorylation of EGFR, EPHA2, and DOK1. Moreover, dasatinib completely abrogated the phosphorylation of FAK at all tyrosine sites (Y576, Y577, Y861, Y925 with the exception of the autoactivation site (Y397. Notably, the pharmacological treatments induced an overexpression of integrin β1 (ITB1 that was correlated with a mild enhancement in phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and STAT3, known for their roles in prevention of apoptosis and in increase of proliferation and survival. A reduction in Akt, p38 and JNK1/2 activation was observed. Conclusions All data demonstrate that the combination of the two drugs effectively reduced cell proliferation (by more than 80%, significantly decreased Tyr phosphorylation of almost all phosphorylable proteins, and altered the morphology of the cells, supporting high cytostatic effects. Following the combined treatment, cell survival pathways appeared to be mediated by STAT3 and ERK

  16. A organização retórica do gênero artigo experimental em comunidades disciplinares distintas

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    Raquel Leite Saboia da Costa

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Com esta pesquisa, investigamos, em artigos científicos das áreas de Linguística, Geografia e Medicina, de que modo as unidades retóricas (SWALES, 1990 dos textos foram organizadas por membros experientes destas comunidades. Como objetivo central, pesquisamos se diferentes comunidades disciplinares (HYLAND, 2000 influenciam na construção dos gêneros acadêmicos partindo da hipótese de que campos disciplinares distintos constroem diferentemente os gêneros que utilizam. Para a análise dos artigos, utilizamos o modelo de organização retórica de Bernardino (2007, elaborado com base no modelo CARS (Create a Research Space proposto por Swales (1990 em sua Análise de Gêneros Textuais, para descrever a organização e a distribuição das unidades. Utilizamos também, como referencial teórico, os estudos de Swales (1990, 1992, 1998, 2004 a respeito de comunidades discursivas e do modelo CARS, o conceito sobre comunidade disciplinar de Hyland (2000 e os pressupostos teóricos de Motta-Roth (2001 e de Bernardino (2007 sobre o gênero artigo experimental (BERNARDINO, 2007. O corpus analisado é formado por seis exemplares do gênero artigo experimental, sendo dois de cada área, selecionados a partir de um levantamento aleatório em periódicos Qualis A e B. Para o reconhecimento das unidades retóricas, buscamos identificar pistas lexicais e pistas fisicamente localizadas no texto, como a marcação dos parágrafos. Os resultados apontaram para a influência das áreas disciplinares na distribuição das informações nos textos, uma vez que cada comunidade acadêmico-científica parece possuir convenções, normas, nomenclaturas e metodologias particulares para a composição de seus textos.

  17. Os meios e a constituição de uma “condição retórica” da cultura

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    Regiane Miranda de Oliveira Nakagawa

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo visa discutir o modo pelo qual ocorre a redefinição das práticas retóricas, como também, a ressignificação da ideia de persuadir, quando a constituição das mensagens persuasivas é entendida pelo processo de modelização ocasionado pela interação entre diferentes ambientes comunicacionais. Tendo por base a compreensão sistêmica da cultura formulada pelos Teóricos da Escola de Tártu-Moscou e a definição ambiental dos meios segundo Marshall McLuhan, procederemos a discriminação semiótica do anúncio veiculado pelo canal a cabo HBO, com o intuito de indicar como a sua articulação retórica não pode prescindir da consideração da fronteira sígnica edificada entre diferentes ambiências. Com isso, criam-se as condições para a constituição de uma “memória textual” comum que é compartilhada por um auditório/texto, como também, de uma “condição retórica”, caracterizada por uma prática eminentemente relacional e responsiva, pela qual o efeito retórico-persuasivo é produzido.

  18. Koncernbegreber i regnskabs- og selskabsretten - et studium i koncernbegrebers tilblivelse og indhold med baggrund i samspillet mellem internationale regnskabsstandarder, EU-retten og national ret

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    Sørensen, Anne Birgitte Søgaard

    kodificerede juridiske bestemmelser. Transformeringen fra vejledende tekniske standarder til europæiske og nationale juridiske bestemmelser sker i en symbiose af en privat organisations regnskabstekniske standarder, EU-retten og national ret, og der opstår herved en form for pluralisme på tværs af europæiske...

  19. Changes in Teachers' Beliefs and Classroom Practices Concerning Inquiry-Based Instruction Following a Year-Long RET-PLC Program

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    Miranda, Rommel J.; Damico, Julie B.

    2015-01-01

    This mixed-methods study examines how engaging science teachers in a summer Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) followed by an academic-year Professional Learning Community (PLC) focused on translating teacher research experiences to inquiry-based classroom lessons might facilitate changes in their beliefs and classroom practices regarding…

  20. Cold DUst around NEarby Stars (DUNES). First results. A resolved exo-Kuiper belt around the solar-like star ζ2 Ret

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    Eiroa, C.; Fedele, D.; Maldonado, J.; Gonzalez-Garcia, B. M.; Rodmann, J.; Heras, A. M.; Pilbratt, G. L.; Augereau, J. -Ch.; Mora, A.; Montesinos, B.; Ardila, D.; Bryden, G.; Liseau, R.; Stapelfeldt, K.; Launhardt, R.; Solano, E.; Bayo, A.; Absil, O.; Arevalo, M.; Barrado, D.; Beichmann, C.; Danchi, W.; del Burgo, C.; Ertel, S.; Fridlund, M.; Fukagawa, M.; Gutierrez, R.; Gruen, E.; Kamp, I.; Krivov, A.; Lebreton, J.; Loehne, T.; Lorente, R.; Marshall, J.; Martinez-Arnaiz, R.; Meeus, G.; Montes, D.; Morbidelli, A.; Mueller, S.; Mutschke, H.; Nakagawa, T.; Olofsson, G.; Ribas, I.; Roberge, A.; Sanz-Forcada, J.; Thebault, P.; White, G. J.; Wolf, S.; Walker, H.

    We present the first far-IR observations of the solar-type stars δ Pav, HR 8501, 51 Peg and ζ2 Ret, taken within the context of the DUNES Herschel open time key programme (OTKP). This project uses the PACS and SPIRE instruments with the objective of studying infrared excesses due to exo-Kuiper belts

  1. Effect of RET c.2307T>G Polymorphism on the Outcomes of Posterior Sagittal Neurectomy for Hirschsprung Disease Procedure in Indonesian Population.

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    Rochadi; Haryana, Sophia Mubarika; Sadewa, Ahmad Hamim; Gunadi

    2014-01-01

    We investigated the effect of RET c.2307T>G polymorphism on the outcomes of posterior sagittal neurectomy for Hirschsprung disease (PSNHD) procedure in Indonesia. Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is a neurocristopathy characterized by absence of enteric ganglia along variable lengths of the intestine in neonates. The RET c.2307T>G polymorphism has been shown to be associated with HSCR. Many surgical techniques with some advantage and disadvantage were established for HSCR. We have conducted PSNHD in short-segment HSCR patients.Thirty-one nonsyndromic HSCR patients underwent PSNHD. The polymorphism was determined using PCR-RFLP in genomic DNA. The rate of enterocolitis and constipation outcomes following PSNHD were 6 (19%) and 4 (13%) patients, respectively. The RET c.2307T>G polymorphism did not influence either enterocolitis or constipation outcome following PSNHD at P value of 0.07 (OR = 0.28; 95% CI = 0.08-1.05) and 0.67 (OR = 0.58; 95% CI = 0.12-2.76), respectively. Our study suggested that RET c.2307T>G polymorphism may not affect outcomes of PSNHD procedure in Indonesia. Furthermore, a multicenter study with a larger sample size is necessary to clarify this result.

  2. El gusto en los cuerpos veracruzanos: retóricas y prácticas culinarias y sexuales

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    Flores Martos, Juan Antonio

    2009-01-01

    Esta contribución se enmarca en la teoría y corriente de la antropología de los sentidos,y en particular, intenta explorar el sentido del gusto ?el gusto sensual? en la cultura urbana de Veracruz, México. El artículo es un estudio etnográfico sobre el lugar que las retóricas y prácticas referidas a comidas y al sexo tienen en la sociedad e imaginación social veracruzana, a partir de mi trabajo de campo realizado en los años 90 en esta ciudad. Historias y discursos diferentes son analizados en...

  3. Influencia de la retórica musical de Los Beatles en los “jingles” y en la publicidad

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    Anton Alvarez Ruiz

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo explora de qué manera los jingles publicitarios se han visto influidos por la música de The Beatles. Para ello, utiliza una metodología descriptiva, comparativa y diacrónica. Tras estudiar brevemente la historia e importancia de los jingles, analizando algunas características de las canciones de The Beatles y su semejanza con los jingles publicitarios. En las canciones mencionadas se detallan las principales figuras retóricas encontradas, tanto en los textos como en las frases musicales y su influencia en la música publicitaria. También se estudia la única pieza publicitaria conocida realizada por The Beatles en su carrera. Por último, se analiza la posterior utilización de sus canciones y su imagen en varias campañas muy significadas, realizadas por la publicidad comercial en las últimas décadas.

  4. RET haplotype, not linked to the C620R activating mutation, associated with Hirschsprung disease in a novel MEN2 family

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    Elisangela P. S. Quedas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hirschsprung disease is a congenital form of aganglionic megacolon that results from cristopathy. Hirschsprung disease usually occurs as a sporadic disease, although it may be associated with several inherited conditions, such as multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2. The rearranged during transfection (RET proto-oncogene is the major susceptibility gene for Hirschsprung disease, and germline mutations in RET have been reported in up to 50% of the inherited forms of Hirschsprung disease and in 15-20% of sporadic cases of Hirschsprung disease. The prevalence of Hirschsprung disease in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 cases was recently determined to be 7.5% and the cooccurrence of Hirschsprung disease and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 has been reported in at least 22 families so far. It was initially thought that Hirschsprung disease could be due to disturbances in apoptosis or due to a tendency of the mutated RET receptor to be retained in the Golgi apparatus. Presently, there is strong evidence favoring the hypothesis that specific inactivating haplotypes play a key role in the fetal development of congenital megacolon/Hirschsprung disease. In the present study, we report the genetic findings in a novel family with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2: a specific RET haplotype was documented in patients with Hirschsprung disease associated with medullary thyroid carcinoma, but it was absent in patients with only medullary thyroid carcinoma. Despite the limited number of cases, the present data favor the hypothesis that specific haplotypes not linked to RET germline mutations are the genetic causes of Hirschsprung disease.

  5. Decreased expression levels of cell cycle regulators and matrix metalloproteinases in melanoma from RET-transgenic mice by single irradiation of non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasmas.

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    Iida, Machiko; Omata, Yasuhiro; Nakano, Chihiro; Yajima, Ichiro; Tsuzuki, Toyonori; Ishikawa, Kenji; Hori, Masaru; Kato, Masashi

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    Since effective therapies for melanoma with BRAF(V600E) mutation are being developed, interest has been shown in the development of therapies for melanoma without BRAF(V600E) mutation. Recently, interest has also been shown in medical application of non-nequilibrium atmospheric pressure plasmas (NEAPPs). We previously suggested that repeated NEAPP irradiation to spontaneously developed benign melanocytic tumors in RFP-RET-transgenic mice (RET-mice) not only suppresses tumor growth but also prevents malignant transformation. In this study, we first confirmed that transcript expression levels of tumor growth regulators (CyclinD1, D2, E1, E2, G2 and PCNA but not CyclinG1) and tumor invasion regulators [Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, -9 and -14 and melanoma cell adhesion molecule (MCAM)] in melanomas were significantly higher than those in benign melanocytic tumors in RET-mice. We then showed that transcript expression levels of CyclinE1, G1 and G2 and MMP-2 and -9 in melanomas from RET-mice were significantly decreased by single NEAPP irradiation, whereas transcript expression levels of CyclinD1, D2, E2, PCNA, MCAM and MMP-14 were comparable in untreated and NEAPP-treated melanomas. Since no Braf(V600E) mutation melanomas have been found in RET-mice, our results suggest that single NEAPP irradiation is a potential therapeutic tool for melanoma without BRAF(V600E) mutation through modulation of the expression levels of tumor growth and invasion regulators.

  6. Nuclear molecular imaging of paragangliomas; Imagerie moleculaire nucleaire des paragangliomes

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    Taieb, D.; Tessonnier, L.; Mundler, O. [Service central de biophysique et de medecine nucleaire, CHU de la Timone, 13 - Marseille (France)

    2010-08-15

    Paragangliomas (PGL) are relatively rare neural crest tumors originating in the adrenal medulla (usually called pheochromocytoma), chemoreceptors (i.e., carotid and aortic bodies) or autonomic ganglia. These tumors are highly vascular, usually benign and slow-growing. PGL may occur as sporadic or familial entities, the latter mostly in association with germline mutations of the succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) B, SDHC, SDHD, SDH5, von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), ret proto-oncogene (RET), neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) (von Recklinghausen's disease), prolyl hydroxylase domain protein 2 (PHD2) genes and TMEM127. Molecular nuclear imaging has a central role in characterization of PGL and include: somatostatin receptor imaging ({sup 111}In, {sup 68}Ga), MIBG scintigraphy ({sup 131}I, {sup 123}I), {sup 18}F-dihydroxy-phenylalanine ({sup 18}F-DOPA) positron emission tomography (PET), and {sup 18}F-deoxyglucose ({sup 18}F-FDG) PET. The choice of the tracer is not yet fully established but the work-up of familial forms often require the combination of multiple approaches. (authors)

  7. Ret, uret og EU-ret

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    Hasselbalch, Ole

    2015-01-01

    Arbejdsretten har udviklet sig på en måde, som afføder så store problemer i praksis, at praktikere nu hævder, at den »danske model« er truet. Artiklen gennemgår problemstillingen og dens årsager. Det påpeges, at det er nødvendigt at komme i gang med en sanering og sammenskrivning af den ansættels...

  8. Oncocytic variant of medullary thyroid carcinoma: a rare case of sporadic multifocal and bilateral RET wild-type neoplasm with revision of the literature

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    Gian Luca Rampioni Vinciguerra

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Oncocytic variant of medullary thyroid carcinoma (OV-MTC is a very unusual entity, up to date only 17 cases have been reported in the literature. MTC is a neuro-endocrine malignancy arising from the para-follicular C cells of the thyroid gland. It generally has a slight female predominance and appears as a single lesion. However in the Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Syndrome 2, linked to the point mutation of RET oncogene, multifocal MTCs may also occur. Herein, we report the case of a 75 years old man with a rare form of sporadic multifocal and bilateral OV-MTC expressing wild-type RET gene. The histological and molecular features of this rare entity are presented and discussed with revision of the pertinent literature.

  9. Retórica de los discursos digitales. Una propuesta metodológica para el análisis de los discursos en Twitter

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    Víctor Gutiérrez-Sanz

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se realiza una propuesta metodológica para el estudio de discursos en Twitter fundamentada en el establecimiento de una serie de puentes entre conceptos con una larga tradición retórica y neologismos surgidos en esta red de microblogging. Concretamente, se estudia cómo se construyen discursivamente marcos ideológicos en las elocuciones que se producen en este entorno digital mediante el examen de dos variables: la persona retórica digital y el discurso fragmentario (compuesto por breves mensajes multimodales. Para ejemplificar de manera práctica los supuestos planteados, se aborda la crisis comunicativa que vivió en junio de 2015 Guillermo Zapata, concejal electo de Ahora Madrid en el Ayuntamiento de la capital española.

  10. Miniundersøgelsen om 20 børns syn på hvordan skolereformen påvirkede skoleåret 2014-15

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    Broström, Stig

    klasse været tilknyttet en pædagog? Hvis ja, hvad lavede pædagogen? Var det helt andre aktiviteter, end hvad I var vant til? Havde du indtryk af, at lærerne og pædagogerne havde planlagt forløbene sammen? 3) Har skolereformen medført flere bevægelsesaktiviteter, som for eksempel sport og leg? Hvis ja, er...

  11. Loss of Etv5 Decreases Proliferation and RET Levels in Neonatal Mouse Testicular Germ Cells and Causes an Abnormal First Wave of Spermatogenesis1

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    Tyagi, Gaurav; Carnes, Kay; Morrow, Carla; Kostereva, Natalia V.; Ekman, Gail C.; Meling, Daryl D.; Hostetler, Chris; Griswold, Michael; Murphy, Kenneth M.; Hess, Rex A.; Hofmann, Marie-Claude; Cooke, Paul S.

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    Mice that are ets variant gene 5 (ETV5) null (Etv5−/−) undergo the first wave of spermatogenesis but lose all spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) during this time. The SSC loss in Etv5−/− mice begins during the neonatal period, suggesting a role for ETV5 in SSC self-renewal during this period. Herein, we show that Etv5 mRNA was present in perinatal mouse testis and that ETV5 was expressed in fetal Sertoli cells and by germ cells and Sertoli cells during the neonatal period. Transplantation of Etv5−/− germ cells failed to establish spermatogenesis in W/Wv mice testes, indicating that germ cell ETV5 has a key role in establishment or self-renewal of transplanted SSCs. The SSC self-renewal is stimulated by glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) acting through the RET/GDNF family receptor alpha 1 (GFRA1) receptor complex in SSCs. Immunohistochemistry, quantitative PCR, and laser capture microdissection revealed decreased RET mRNA and protein expression in spermatogonia of neonatal Etv5−/− mice by Postnatal Days 4–8, indicating that disrupted GDNF/RET/GFRA1 signaling may occur before initial spermatogonial stem/progenitor cell decrease. Etv5−/− spermatogonia had reduced proliferation in vivo and in vitro. Decreased cell proliferation may cause the observed decreases in the number of type A spermatogonia (Postnatal Day 17) and daily sperm production (Postnatal Day 30) in Etv5−/− mice, indicating quantitative impairments in the first wave of spermatogenesis. In conclusion, ETV5 is expressed beginning in fetal Sertoli cells and can potentially have effects on neonatal Sertoli cells and germ cells. In addition, ETV5 has critical effects on neonatal spermatogonial proliferation, which may involve impaired signaling through the RET receptor. PMID:19369650

  12. Diagnostic correlation between RET proto-oncogene mutation, imaging techniques, biochemical markers and morphological examination in MEN2A syndrome: case report and literature review.

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    Sovrea, Alina Simona; Dronca, Eleonora; Galatâr, Mihaela; Radian, Serban; Vornicescu, Corina; Georgescu, Carmen

    2014-01-01

    Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2) is a rare autosomal dominant monogenic disorder caused mostly by missense mutations in the RET (REarranged during Transfection) proto-oncogene on chromosome 10q11.2. MEN2A represents more than 50% of all MEN2 cases, having a regular pattern with medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) incidence of 90-100%, bilateral pheochromocytoma (PCC) incidence of 40-50% and primary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) incidence of 10-25%. Until recently, the diagnosis of MTC was most frequently based on fine-needle aspiration of thyroid nodules, after an ultrasound examination and endocrine evaluation of serum calcitonin levels. Nowadays, RET gene screening (starting with exons 10 and 11) is a mandatory test used for identification of both symptomatic and non-symptomatic MTC carriers or for exclusion of healthy individuals from subsequent periodical clinical/biochemical screening. In this context, and in the idea of PCC preceding MTC, the early detection of germline RET mutations are highly suggestive for hereditary disease. PCC diagnosis is established in classical manner by abdominal ultrasound imaging or computed tomography confirming the presence of adrenal gland masses, elevated plasma metanephrines and normetanephrines values and histopathological examination. Additional HPT diagnosis is acknowledged by serum ionized calcium and parathormone levels. Here we report a hereditary case of MEN2A in a two-generation Romanian family, along with data presenting the importance of correlative plurifactorial diagnostic scheme in this syndrome and a short literature review.

  13. Retórica de influência social e negociação, segundo poder/reconhecimento na sociedade

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    Edson Alves de Souza Filho

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Estudamos o modo de negociar a pressão provocada por personagens considerados mais ou menos poderosos/reconhecidos na sociedade perante a identificação étnica do participante. Tratamos os fenômenos segundo as teorias de influência social ou retóricas de ação social. Trabalhamos com situações simuladas de pressão para recriar experiências possíveis de interação. Participaram 207 estudantes de ensino médio de escolas públicas estaduais, identificados como negros, brancos e morenos. Os resultados indicaram retóricas/ações como recusas, aceitação e não decisão às pressões. As retóricas/ações antecipadas foram de cordialidade, interesse próprio, hostilidade, interesse do outro. Os brancos tenderam a aceitar mais a pressão de personagens poderosos e os negros, em menor proporção, a recusar. Quanto aos personagens minoritários, houve aceitação da pressão nos grupos, indicando menor controvérsia. Discutimos os resultados nos marcos da dinâmica de relações entre grupos na sociedade.

  14. Associations between RET tagSNPs and their haplotypes and susceptibility, clinical severity, and thyroid function in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer.

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    Caiyun He

    Full Text Available It is unclear whether common genetic variants of the RET proto-oncogene contribute to disease susceptibility, clinical severity, and thyroid function in differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC.A total of 300 DTC patients and 252 healthy controls were enrolled in this study. Seven RET tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms were genotyped using the KASPar platform.Subgroup analysis showed that concomitant thyroid benign diseases were less likely to occur in DTC subjects with the rs1799939 AG or AG plus AA genotypes (odds ratio (OR = 1.93 and 1.88, P = 0.009 and 0.011, respectively. A rare haplotype, CGGATAA, was associated statistically with a reduced risk of DTC (OR = 0.18, P = 0.001. Concerning the aggressive features of DTC, higher level of N stage was more likely to occur in subjects carrying the wild-type genotypes at rs1800860 site (for dominant model: OR = 0.48, P = 0.008. Another rare haplotype, CAAGCGT, conferred increased risk for the occurrence of distant metastasis (OR = 7.57, P = 0.009. Notably, higher thyroid stimulating hormone levels and lower parathyroid hormone levels were found in patients with rs2075912, rs2565200, and rs2742240 heterozygotes and rare homozygotes; similar results were observed between PTH levels and rs1800858.This study provided useful information on RET variants that should be subjected to further study.

  15. Plasmando a história: sofística, retórica do tempo e ficção

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    Veridiano Koeffender Moreira

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available O artigo faz parte de uma investigação sobre o problema do falso e da ficção em história, tópico concernente aos estudos sobre a narrativa na historiografia. Partindo da controvérsia envolvendo a primeira sofística e a filosofia platônico-eleata acerca da referencialidade entre discurso e realidade, analisaremos possíveis analogias entre o logos sofístico e o narrativismo histórico enquanto valorizadores da multiplicidade de discursos. Em seguida, apresentaremos a crítica desferida pela retórica sofística (caracterizada como uma retórica inserida no tempo ao historicismo. Por fim, avaliaremos a relação entre história e sofística enquanto atividades passíveis de serem plasmadas, i. é, moldadas, em uma operação que é ao mesmo tempo demiúrgica e ficcional. Palavras-chave: História; Historiografia; Sofista; Retórica.

  16. Retórica del negro, blanco y rojo: razonabilidad y estética para persuadir con imagenes visuales

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    José Luiz Caivano

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Nuestra propuesta analizará cómo el uso del color puede ser un elemento privilegiado para argumentar en una imagen visual. Los valores y connotaciones atribuidos al color en el contexto de un enunciado visual funcionan como "pruebas" en razonamientos de tipo persuasivo. De este modo, el uso de figuras retóricas no es un fin en sí mismo sino el correlato visible de la argumentación que funciona como andamiaje oculto, implícito, de la persuasión. En esta oportunidad hemos elegido el rojo, el negro y el blanco por la frecuencia de su aparición, la cantidad de usos y lo nutrido de sus interpretaciones socioculturales - que incluso pueden resultar aparentemente paradójicas o contradictorias. Todos estos sentidos están latents y coexisten. Los colores son reinterpretados en correspondencia con los contextos de uso en los textos mismos (co-textos, y con los efectivos contextos sociales que los enmarcan en una situación real dada (espacio y tiempo históricos.

  17. XL-184, a MET, VEGFR-2 and RET kinase inhibitor for the treatment of thyroid cancer, glioblastoma multiforme and NSCLC.

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    Zhang, Ying; Guessous, Fadila; Kofman, Alex; Schiff, David; Abounader, Roger

    2010-02-01

    XL-184 (BMS-907351), under development by Exelixis Inc and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, is a pan-tyrosine kinase inhibitor for the potential oral treatment of medullary thyroid cancer, glioblastoma multiforme and NSCLC. The prinicipal targets of XL-184 are MET, VEGFR-2 and RET, but the drug is also reported to display inhibitory activity against KIT, FLT3 and TEK. Preclinical studies demonstrated that XL-184 potently inhibited multiple receptor tyrosine kinases in various cancer cell lines and animal xenograft models, and that the drug exhibited significant oral bioavailability and blood-brain barrier penetration. A phase I clinical trial in patients with advanced solid malignancies indicated that XL-184 accumulated dose-dependently in the plasma and had a long terminal half-life. A phase II trial in patients with progressive or recurrent glioblastoma revealed modest but promising median progression-free survival. Toxicity and side effects for the drug have generally been of low-to-moderate severity. At the time of publication, three additional trials of XL-184 were recruiting patients, including a phase I trial in combination with standard of care in patients with glioblastoma, a phase I/II trial in combination with erlotinib in patients with NSCLC, and a phase III trial in patients with medullary thyroid cancer.

  18. Development and characterization of reference materials for MTHFR, SERPINA1, RET, BRCA1, and BRCA2 genetic testing.

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    Barker, Shannon D; Bale, Sherri; Booker, Jessica; Buller, Arlene; Das, Soma; Friedman, Kenneth; Godwin, Andrew K; Grody, Wayne W; Highsmith, Edward; Kant, Jeffery A; Lyon, Elaine; Mao, Rong; Monaghan, Kristin G; Payne, Deborah A; Pratt, Victoria M; Schrijver, Iris; Shrimpton, Antony E; Spector, Elaine; Telatar, Milhan; Toji, Lorraine; Weck, Karen; Zehnbauer, Barbara; Kalman, Lisa V

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    Well-characterized reference materials (RMs) are integral in maintaining clinical laboratory quality assurance for genetic testing. These RMs can be used for quality control, monitoring of test performance, test validation, and proficiency testing of DNA-based genetic tests. To address the need for such materials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established the Genetic Testing Reference Material Coordination Program (GeT-RM), which works with the genetics community to improve public availability of characterized RMs for genetic testing. To date, the GeT-RM program has coordinated the characterization of publicly available genomic DNA RMs for a number of disorders, including cystic fibrosis, Huntington disease, fragile X, and several genetic conditions with relatively high prevalence in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. Genotypic information about a number of other cell lines has been collected and is also available. The present study includes the development and commutability/genotype characterization of 10 DNA samples for clinically relevant mutations or sequence variants in the following genes: MTHFR; SERPINA1; RET; BRCA1; and BRCA2. DNA samples were analyzed by 19 clinical genetic laboratories using a variety of assays and technology platforms. Concordance was 100% for all samples, with no differences observed between laboratories using different methods. All DNA samples are available from Coriell Cell Repositories and characterization information can be found on the GeT-RM website.

  19. Purification and biochemical characterization of an alkaline pectin lyase from Fusarium decemcellulare MTCC 2079 suitable for Crotalaria juncea fiber retting.

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    Yadav, Sangeeta; Dubey, Amit Kumar; Anand, Gautam; Kumar, Reetesh; Yadav, Dinesh

    2014-07-01

    An extracellular pectin lyase secreted by Fusarium decemcellulare MTCC 2079 under solid state fermentation condition has been purified to electrophoretic homogeniety by using ammonium sulfate fractionation, carboxymethyl cellulose and gel filtration (Sephadex G-100) column chromatographies. The purified enzyme showed single protein band corresponding to molecular mass 45 ± 01 kDa on sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The enzyme had maximum activity at pH 9.0 and showed maximum stability in the pH range of 9.0-12.0. The optimum temperature of the purified enzyme was 50 °C and it showed maximum stability upto 40 °C. The energy of activation for the thermal denaturation (Ea ) was 59.06 kJ mol(-1)  K(-1). The Km and kcat values using citrus pectin as the substrate were 0.125 mg ml(-1) and 72.9 s(-1) in 100 mM sodium carbonate buffer pH 9.0 at 50 °C. The biophysical studies on pectin lyase showed that its secondary structure belongs to α + β class of protein with comparatively less of β-sheets. Purified pectin lyase showed efficient retting of Crotolaria juncea fibers. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Purification and characterization of polygalacturonase from Aspergillus fumigatus MTCC 2584 and elucidating its application in retting of Crotalaria juncea fiber.

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    Anand, Gautam; Yadav, Sangeeta; Yadav, Dinesh

    2016-12-01

    Polygalacturonases represents an important member of pectinases group of enzymes with diverse industrial applications and is widely distributed among fungi, bacteria, yeasts, plants and some plant parasitic nematodes. An endo-polygalacturonase from a new fungal source Aspergillus fumigatus MTCC 2584 was produced under solid-state fermentation conditions and was purified simply by acetone precipitation and gel-filtration chromatography technique. The approximate molecular weight of the purified PG was found to be 43.0 kDa as revealed by SDS-PAGE. The pH optimum of the purified enzyme was found to be 10.0 and was stable in the pH range of 7-10. The optimum temperature of purified PG was found to be 30 °C. The Km and Kcat of the purified enzyme were 2.4 mg/ml and 44 s-1, respectively, and the metal ions Cu2+ and K+ were found to enhance the enzyme activity while Ag+, Ca2+ and Hg2+ were inhibitory in nature. Based on its alkaline nature, the potential of purified PG in retting of natural fiber Crotalaria juncea was elucidated in the absence of EDTA. This is probably the first report of alkaline PG from Aspergillus fumigatus.

  1. Delta-He, Ret-He and a New Diagnostic Plot for Differential Diagnosis and Therapy Monitoring of Patients Suffering from Various Disease-Specific Types of Anemia.

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    Weimann, Andreas; Cremer, Malte; Hernáiz-Driever, Pablo; Zimmermann, Mathias

    2016-01-01

    The present study was aimed to prove the usefulness of a new diagnostic plot (Hema-Plot), illustrating the relationship between the hemoglobin content of reticulocytes (Ret-He) as a marker of functional iron deficiency and the difference between the reticulocyte and erythrocyte hemoglobin content (Delta-He) as a marker of an impaired hemoglobinization of newly formed reticulocytes occurring during inflammatory processes, to differentiate between various disease-specific types of anemia. A complete blood and reticulocyte count was performed on routine EDTA blood samples from 345 patients with and without various disease-specific types of anemia using the Sysmex XN-9000 hematology analyzer: blood healthy newborns (n = 23), blood healthy adults (n = 31), patients suffering from anemia of chronic disease (ACD) due to diverse oncological, chronic inflammatory, or autoimmune diseases (total n = 138) with (n = 65) and without therapy (n = 73), patients with thalassemia and/or hemoglobinopathy (n = 18), patients with iron deficiency anemia (IDA) (n = 35), patients with a combination of ACD and IDA (n = 17), as well as patients suffering from sepsis (total n = 83) with (n = 32) and without therapy (n = 51). The results for Ret-He, Delta-He, and C-reactive protein (CRP) were statistically compared (Mann-Whitney U Test) between the particular patient groups and the diagnostic plots were drawn. Delta-Hemoglobin showed a statistically significant difference between blood healthy newborns and blood healthy adults (p ≤ 0.05), while Ret-He and C-reactive protein did not. In addition, of all three biomarkers only Delta-He showed a statistically significant difference (p ≤ 0.05) between the ACD/IDA and IDA cohort. Delta-He, Ret-He, and CRP showed a statistically significant difference between patient cohorts with and without therapy suffering from ACD, ACD/IDA, and sepsis before and after medical therapy (p ≤ 0.05). The Hema-Plot illustrated the dynamic character of Ret-He and

  2. Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)

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  3. Ciberlenguaje y principios de retórica clásica. Redes sociales: el caso Facebook

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    Inmaculada Berlanga

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación (TICs han propiciado cambios en las formas de comunicarnosy relacionarnos en la sociedad. Como concreción de esta nueva realidad destaca el espectacular auge alcanzadopor las redes sociales on line. El discurso oral se ve enriquecido con el lenguaje icónico y el audiovisual, privilegiadosen la cultura de hoy, por ello, esta investigación se pregunta si el discurso empleado en las redes sociales favorece elobjetivo planteado por estas plataformas tecnológicas al ayudar a compartir información. Se trata de un trabajo decampo que analiza el lenguaje, tanto de la interfaz de la red como el de los usuarios que participan en una de las redessociales más populares de hoy: Facebook. El estudio recorre las tres dimensiones del proceso comunicativo: sintáctica,semántica y pragmática y a través de pantallas se capturan otros elementos que configuran el contexto de este procesoque le confieren dinamismo y creatividad a la interacción. Se plantea la conveniencia de mirar a los personajes que alo largo de la historia han brillado en el arte de comunicar y recuperar algunos parámetros de la retórica clásica en loque atañe a la correcta construcción del discurso y a su veracidad. Finalmente, reclama planteamos algunos elementosteórico del ciberlenguaje y la necesidad de aprovechar la potencialidad que brindan las redes sociales en cuanto asu capacidad de inmediatez, intuitividad e interactividad, para humanizar la conversación con lenguajes atractivos,eficaces, cercanos y correctos.

  4. Association study of 69 genes in the ret pathway identifies low-penetrance loci in sporadic medullary thyroid carcinoma.

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    Ruiz-Llorente, Sergio; Montero-Conde, Cristina; Milne, Roger L; Moya, Christian M; Cebrián, Arancha; Letón, Rocío; Cascón, Alberto; Mercadillo, Fátima; Landa, Iñigo; Borrego, Salud; Pérez de Nanclares, Guiomar; Alvarez-Escolá, Cristina; Díaz-Pérez, José Angel; Carracedo, Angel; Urioste, Miguel; González-Neira, Anna; Benítez, Javier; Santisteban, Pilar; Dopazo, Joaquín; Ponder, Bruce A; Robledo, Mercedes

    2007-10-01

    To date, few association studies have been done to better understand the genetic basis for the development of sporadic medullary thyroid carcinoma (sMTC). To identify additional low-penetrance genes, we have done a two-stage case-control study in two European populations using high-throughput genotyping. We selected 417 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) belonging to 69 genes either related to RET signaling pathway/functions or involved in key processes for cancer development. TagSNPs and functional variants were included where possible. These SNPs were initially studied in the largest known series of sMTC cases (n = 266) and controls (n = 422), all of Spanish origin. In stage II, an independent British series of 155 sMTC patients and 531 controls was included to validate the previous results. Associations were assessed by an exhaustive analysis of individual SNPs but also considering gene- and linkage disequilibrium-based haplotypes. This strategy allowed us to identify seven low-penetrance genes, six of them (STAT1, AURKA, BCL2, CDKN2B, CDK6, and COMT) consistently associated with sMTC risk in the two case-control series and a seventh (HRAS) with individual SNPs and haplotypes associated with sMTC in the Spanish data set. The potential role of CDKN2B was confirmed by a functional assay showing a role of a SNP (rs7044859) in the promoter region in altering the binding of the transcription factor HNF1. These results highlight the utility of association studies using homogeneous series of cases for better understanding complex diseases.

  5. Uso y funciones comunicativas de los atenuantes retóricos en la memoria de arquitectura: un estudio inglés-español

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    Paloma Poveda Cabanes

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available La atenuación retórica es un fenómeno con múltiples facetas que puede abordarse desde distintos puntos de vista y que integra factores semánticos, pragmáticos y cognitivos. El presente trabajo pretende integrar todos estos factores, ofreciendo una aproximación al estudio en inglés y español sobre el uso y los objetivos comunicativos de los mecanismos de modulación del discurso en una memoria de arquitectura, tratando de discernir cuál es la función retórica predominante en cada una de las secciones de la memoria, cuáles son los medios empleados para realizar dicha función y en cuál de estas secciones queda más patente la intencionalidad del autor. El análisis de los textos que constituyen el corpus parece apuntar a que el fenómeno de la atenuación retórica en el género de la memoria de arquitectura atiende a tres objetivos comunicativos fundamentales: expresar el deseo del autor de mostrar deferencia y cortesía hacia su audiencia, manifestar su necesidad de protegerse frente a las posibles consecuencias negativas de haberse equivocado en sus apreciaciones y evidenciar su consideración sobre el grado de precisión que es necesario alcanzar con su comunicación.

  6. DLG1 influences distal ureter maturation via a non-epithelial cell autonomous mechanism involving reduced retinoic acid signaling, Ret expression, and apoptosis.

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    Kim, Sung Tae; Ahn, Sun-Young; Swat, Wojciech; Miner, Jeffrey H

    2014-06-15

    The absence of Discs-large 1 (DLG1), the mouse ortholog of the Drosophila discs-large tumor suppressor, results in congenital hydronephrosis characterized by urinary tract abnormalities, reduced ureteric bud branching, and delayed disconnection of the ureter from the common nephric duct (CND). To define the specific cellular requirements for Dlg1 expression during urogenital development, we used a floxed Dlg1 allele and Pax2-Cre, Pax3-Cre, Six2-Cre, and HoxB7-Cre transgenes to generate cell type-restricted Dlg1 mutants. In addition, we used Ret(GFP) knockin and retinoic acid response element-lacZ transgenic mice to determine the effects of Dlg1 mutation on the respective morphogenetic signaling pathways. Mutation of Dlg1 in urothelium and collecting ducts (via HoxB7-Cre or Pax2-Cre) and in nephron precursors (via Pax2-Cre and Six2-Cre) resulted in no apparent abnormalities in ureteric bud branching or in distal ureter maturation, and no hydronephrosis. Mutation in nephrons, ureteric smooth muscle, and mesenchyme surrounding the lower urinary tract (via the Pax3-Cre transgene) resulted in congenital hydronephrosis accompanied by reduced branching, abnormal distal ureter maturation and insertion, and smooth muscle orientation defects, phenotypes very similar to those in Dlg1 null mice. Dlg1 null mice showed reduced Ret expression and apoptosis during ureter maturation and evidence of reduced retinoic acid signaling in the kidney. Taken together, these results suggest that Dlg1 expression in ureter and CND-associated mesenchymal cells is essential for ensuring distal ureter maturation by facilitating retinoic acid signaling, Ret expression, and apoptosis of the urothelium. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Ciclos económicos y retórica administrativa. Dualidad ideológica en Colombia Ciclos económicos y retórica administrativa. Dualidad ideológica en Colombia

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    César Alexander Toro Suárez

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    Full Text Available En 1992, Stephen R. Barley y Gideon Kunda, profesores de la universidad deStanford y de la universidad de Tel Aviv respectivamente, publicaron un estudiotitulado: “Desing and devotion: surges of rational and normative ideologies ofcontrol in managerial discourse”* en el que encontraron que en Estados Unidos,las teorías administrativas se presentan en oleadas de retórica en correspondenciadirecta con los ciclos económicos. De esta manera, las teorías de contenido racional(dirigidas al control del trabajo sobresalen en períodos de crecimiento, y las decontenido normativo (dirigidas al control del trabajador prevalecen en contraccióneconómica. Partiendo de estos resultados, y retomando la esquematizaciónhistórica del surgimiento de las oleadas de ideología administrativa en Colombiaplanteada por el profesor Francisco López G. (1998, aquí se realizó un estudiosimilar y se encontró que el desarrollo del pensamiento administrativo en Colombiatiene igualmente relación con el ciclo económico, emerge en oleadas y presentacaracterísticas particulares.Professors Stephen R. Barley and Gideon Kunda (1992 conducted a study titled: “Design and Devotion: Surges of Rational and Normative Ideologies of Control in Managerial Discourse” in which they found that in the United States management theories are presented in waves of rhetoric which corresponded directly with economic cycles. In this way, theories with rational content (those directed at controlling work stand out in periods of growth, while those with normative content (those directed at controlling the worker prevail in times of economic shrinking. Based on these results, and returning to the historical scheme of the appearance of waves of management ideology in Colombia proposed by professor Francisco López G. (1998, a similar study was conducted in which the development of management thinking in Colombia was found to also have a relation to the economic cycle, to

  8. Concepção retórica e concepção semântica da metáfora

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    Salvatore D'Onofrio

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    O Autor realiza um estudo sobre as duas principais teorias surgidas para o entendimento da estrutura e do funcionamento do processo metafórico: a teoria retórica, que considera a metáfora apenas como uma figura de estilo, e a teoria semântica, que vê na metáfora o princípio onipresente e indispensável para a renovação da linguagem humana e para a criação do texto poético.

  9. Retórica dialógica y memoria: reparación simbólica de las víctimas del conflicto colombiano

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    Este artículo muestra la manera en que las actuales leyes colombia- nas sobre perdón y olvido invitan a los sujetos implicados en el conflicto a participar en prácticas dialógicas de construcción de memoria a las que subyace una retórica dialógica. Se concluye que si bien la Ley de Víctimas concibe la memoria como un fin, la memoria también puede abordarse como un medio que permite que los individuos sanen las heridas dolorosas de su pasado histórico. Este trabajo de duelo puede lograrse a tr...

  10. La retórica de Obama ante el terrorismo: estudio del uso de la red social Twitter tras los atentados de Boston de abril de 2013

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    Franch, Pere

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    El presente trabajo estudia dos aspectos de la retórica del presidente norteamericano, Barack Obama, tras los atentados de Boston de abril de 2013: el contenido de sus discursos orales y el uso que hizo de su cuenta en la red social Twitter después de los atentados. La investigación, basada en el análisis de contenido textual de los discursos y de los tuits publicados, ha permitido constatar tres hechos: Primero, que en las intervenciones públicas de Obama se mantienen las p...

  11. Propuesta de creación de la Reserva Natural Municipal El Chuval en el Municipio de El Retén, Magdalena, Colombia

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    Perez Diaz, Rodrigo Esteban

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    Colombia se ha comprometido a nivel internacional a realizar acciones que conduzcan al país hacia el desarrollo sostenible, específicamente a proteger los recursos naturales. En línea con esta apuesta, la presente investigación propone la construcción de la Reserva Natural El Chuval, en el municipio El Retén, Magdalena. Para la construcción de dicha Reserva se realiza un diagnóstico que indica las principales características del Chuval, se identifican posibles riesgos para la conservación de ...

  12. \\"Coleta seletiva solidária: desafios no caminho da retórica à prática sustentável\\"

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    O programa Coleta Seletiva Solidária, iniciado em 2003 pela Prefeitura de São Paulo e que prevê a realização da coleta seletiva domiciliar na cidade por meio de cooperativas de ex-catadores de materiais recicláveis subsidiadas pelo poder público, é sustentável em termos econômicos, sociais e ambientais? Embora a retórica em que se baseia esteja em sintonia com a matriz discursiva da sustentabilidade urbana - de uma forma geral e aplicada ao lixo - e com os preceitos da economia solidária, a i...

  13. Retórica vs. Comportamiento en las relaciones comerciales. Un análisis de las relaciones de Venezuela hacia Estados Unidos. Periodo 2007-2012

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    El objetivo de esta monografía es analizar la incongruencia entre la retórica antiestadounidense empleada por Hugo Chávez durante su segundo mandato presidencial y las relaciones comerciales entre Venezuela y Estados Unidos, caracterizadas por la continua y considerable exportación de crudo venezolano. Por consiguiente, tras una descripción del discurso y de la política exterior del entonces mandatario, aunada a la exposición de estadísticas del comercio bilateral de crudo venezolano; se estu...

  14. Facebook y la metáfora. La comunicación retórica en las redes sociales digitales

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    The article presents the results of an investigation into the use of rhetorical devices in social networks. The content analysis of 16 micro networks (200 Facebook users), showed that communication was rhetorical. In particular, the research suggested that even in a digital context, our common ways of thinking and being in contact with others are metaphorical El artículo recoge una investigación sobre el discurso retórico que se produce en las redes sociales. Con el análisis...

  15. Analyse af den skatte- og afgiftsmæssige behandling af successionsrækkefølger (fideikommisser) i dansk ret

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    Feldthusen, Rasmus Kristian

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    Successionsrækkefølge er en nyere betegnelse for den fideikommissariske substitution, hvilken har historiske rødder lige så langt tilbage som testamentet selv. Den skatte og afgiftsmæssige behandling af disse har imidlertid ikke i de knap 900 år været genstand for en egentlig analyse, hvorfor for...... skattemæssigt i avancer hørende til de aktiver, der hører til successions-rækkefølgen....

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    Festskriftet er udgivet i anledning af, at professor, dr. jur. Peter Blume ved Det Juridiske Fakultet fylder 60 år. Bogen rummer emner, som knytter sig til Peter Blumes forskelligartede faglige interesser, ikke mindst på hans eget felt, retsinformatikken, men også på tilgrænsende og mere almene f...

  17. Universelle rettigheder - oplysningstidens ret?

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    Ideen om universelle rettigheder er ældre end Oplysningstiden, men i perioden blev universelle rettigheder gennemført i USA og Frankrig, ligesom perioden indeholdt kritik af forestillingen om universelle rettigheder....

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    Stanstrup, Jan; Neumann, Steffen; Vrhovšek, Urška

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    Demands in research investigating small molecules by applying untargeted approaches have been a key motivator for the development of repositories for mass spectrometry spectra and automated tools to aid compound identification. Comparatively little attention has been afforded to using retention...

  19. La retórica católica sobre el trabajo voluntario a la luz de los discursos de Benedicto XVI

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    Jorge Ramírez Plascencia

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    Full Text Available La religión tiene amplios nexos discursivos y prácticos con la ayuda desinteresada a los demás. En este trabajo se pretende analizar algunos vínculos conceptuales y argumentativos entre la religión católica y las acciones voluntarias. Se usan para este fin algunos discursos de Benedicto XVI. El análisis se realiza desde una perspectiva retórica usando diversos recursos analíticos de esta larga tradición, particularmente de Bitzer, y Perelman y Olbrechts-Tyteca. El enfoque retórico permite observar la estructura argumentativa de un discurso que pretende convencer que las acciones voluntarias están motivadas por principios religiosos, no obstante su diversa motivación. La figura de Jesucristo como el voluntario primario, además de modelo de sacrificio y de reciprocidad, forma quizás el principal núcleo argumentativo de este imaginario católico sobre el voluntariado.

  20. Imaginarios en torno al consumo de agua embotellada y su relación con la retórica publicitaria

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    López Torres, Zulima Azeneth

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Analizar la relación entre el discurso retórico de la comunicación publicitaria de marcas de agua embotellada y la construcción de imaginarios, en jóvenes con edades entre los 20 y 25 años de la ciudad de Medellín. Metodología: Investigación cualitativa etnográfica-hermenéutica realizada entre abril de 2012 y enero de 2013. Se entrevistaron 20 jóvenes y se analizaron 4 spots televisivos de las 4 marcas top of mind colombianas. Resultados: Concepción del agua como recurso natural, la construcción de imaginarios alrededor del agua embotellada y el discurso retórico de las marcas de agua en su comunicación publicitaria, que alimenta, refuerza y recrea dichos imaginarios, configurando así una caracterización de consumidores asociados a las marcas. Conclusiones: La publicidad se vale de elementos ya inscritos en los referentes sociales, tales como los imaginarios, para construir todo su discurso persuasivo, convirtiéndose en un efecto de ida y vuelta, en tanto que se encarga de reforzar dichos imaginarios, generando asociaciones entre un recurso natural y una construcción cultural.

  1. Tendencias de la Comunicación del Tercer Sector en la web 2.0: Análisis retórico de los tropos

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    Isidoro Arroyo Almaraz

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    Full Text Available Los grandes éxitos de determinados mensajes a través de las redes sociales han hecho que este nuevo “medio” se vea como un modelo muy interesante para el Tercer Sector. En este artículo llevamos a cabo el análisis de aspectos formales y de contenido de las comunicaciones del Tercer Sector en las redes sociales y se determinan las tendencias que se repiten  destacando, entre otros,  el uso retórico de los tropos. Se percibe una tendencia hacia la similitud de los mensajes estudiados en sus aspectos narrativos, expresivos, persuasivos y retóricos. Los mensajes de carácter social distribuidos a través de las redes sociales muestran, en su construcción, perfiles uniformes y homogéneos en sus aspectos formales. Se concluye que utilizan las mismas piezas ya usadas en otros medios por lo que se infiere que no piensan en las bondades de las redes sociales para aprovechar los recursos específicos de éstas.  

  2. Changes in Teachers' Beliefs about Reformed Science Teaching and Learning, and Their Inquiry-Based Instructional Practices Following a Year-Long RET-PLC Professional Development Program

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    Miranda, R.

    2014-12-01

    This study investigates the extent to which teachers' beliefs and classroom practices concerning inquiry-based instruction change following participation in a large mid-Atlantic university's year-long Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) - Professional Learning Community (PLC) professional development program. Mixed methods were used to explore this study's research questions. Supported with NASA funding, twelve secondary science teachers participated in the study. Study findings suggest that RET programs that incorporate a PLC component can help to shift teachers' beliefs and classroom practices concerning inquiry-based instruction, and help them to increase the level of inquiry in their science lessons. An implication of this research is that teacher professional development models need to be developed to help teachers effectively plan more time for students to conduct inquiry-based activities, to communicate findings based on evidence, and to develop questions to investigate themselves. Moreover, the findings of this study can help to inform science teacher education and professional development programs in creating more fruitful experiences for these professionals, and help them to align their beliefs and practice more toward the constructivist visions of current reform efforts.

  3. La retórica y el arte de fomentar la virtud desde la elocuencia en el discurso de los humanistas hispanos del siglo XV

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    Jorge Roaro

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    Full Text Available [ES] Este artículo analiza brevemente el papel que la Retórica jugó durante el Renacimiento español para fomentar los valores humanistas, y en particular, la idea de que la enseñanza de la virtud era posible mediante un lenguaje adecuado, el lenguaje de la retórica cívica inspirada en los Clásicos greco-romanos, para hacer surgir una conciencia ciudadana en el pueblo. Se presentan algunos ejemplos sobresalientes de autores renacentistas españoles que por medio de sus ensayos, poesía o relatos históricos desarrollaron esta idea desde una perspectiva claramente humanista. [EN] This article analyzes briefly the role that Rhetoric played during the Spanish Renaissance to nurture humanist values, and particularly, the idea that it is possible to teach and learn to be virtuous by means of an appropriate language; that is, the language of Civic Rhetoric inspired on the Greek and Latin Classical authors, in order to create a citizen conscience on the people. Some outstanding examples of authors from the Spanish Renaissance are presented, and it is explained the way they developed a clearly humanist perspective through their essays, poetry and historical writings.

  4. Clinical and Molecular Consequences of NF1 Microdeletion

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    J.M. Mortality in neurofibromatosis 1: an analysis using U.S. death certificates. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 2001, 68, 1110–1118. 9. Evans, D.G.; Baser, M.E...Silverman, A.; Alland, L.; Chin , L.; Potes, J.; Chen, K.; Orlow, I.; Lee, H.W.; Cordon-Cardo, C.; DePinho, R.A. The Ink4a tumor suppressor gene...Serre G, Claudy A, Schmitt D (1996) A longi- tudinal study of a harlequin infant presenting clinically as non-bullous congenital ichthyosiform

  5. A Functional Genomic Analysis of NF1-Associated Learning Disabilities

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    Learning disabilities severely deteriorate the life of many NFI patients. However, the pathogenic process for NFI-associated learning disabilities has not been fully understood and an effective therapy is not available...

  6. The Role of Cumulative Genetic Defeats in NF1 Tumorigenesis

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    by the Service de Genetique , Hopital number of mutational "hotspots" have been identified: Erasme, Brussels; 159 patients were contributed by the...Service de Gainesville, and by the Departments of Neurology and Medi- Genetique , Hopital Erasme, Brussels, Belgium; the ’Departmnents of Neurology

  7. Drug Response and Resistance in Advanced NF1-Associated Cancers

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    Despite the routine use of HSCT in JMML, up to 30% of patients progress to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Evolution to AML may be associated with new ...30, 37-39). Based on this experience, we are pursuing new mechanistic and translational studies to advance the long-term goal of implementing better...Fischer A, Revesz T, Fuhrer M, Hasle H, Trebo M, van den Heuvel-Eibrink MM, et al. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in children with

  8. Pathogenesis of Germline and Somatic NF1 Rearrangements

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    Prader - Willi syndrome / Angelman syndrome ) REP may be at 15q24...Rogan, P.K., Schwartz, S., and Nicholls, R.D. (1999) Chromosome breakage in the Prader - Willi and Angelman syndromes involves recombination betwecn...1999) Large genomic duplicons map to sites of instability in the prader - Willi / Angelman syndrome chromosome region (15q 11-q 13). Hum. Mo. Genet.,

  9. Drug Response and Resistance in Advanced NF-1-Associated Cancers

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    vemurafenib and the MEK inhibitor trametinib have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of melanomas with BRAF mutations...expression from a transgenic promoter. We therefore first focused on developing and validating a lentiviral delivery system for modulating gene...cytarabine and daunorubicin at an optimized ratio to enhance AML killing without added toxicity (59). CPX-351 (Celator, Inc) is being investigated in

  10. Natural History of Plexiform Neurofibromas in NF1. Addendum

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    hallmark feature is the oc- currence of benign nerve sheath tumors, neu- rofibromas. Other features include café-au- lait macules, skin-fold freckles...more of the following: café-au- lait macules, neurofibromas, Lisch nodules, axillary or inguinal freckling, optic glioma, distinctive osseous lesions, or

  11. Pathogenesis of Germline and Somatic NF1 Rearrangements

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  12. Characterizing Myeloid Cell Activation in NF1 Vasculopathy

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    31/2021 0.6 Calendar Months NIH/NIAMS “Innovative Approaches to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Using iPSC-Derived Muscle Progenitors... reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing this collection of

  13. Neurofibromatosis: A Review of NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis

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    Kresak, Jesse Lee; Walsh, Meggen

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    The neurofibromatoses are a heterogeneous group of hereditary cancer syndromes that lead to tumors of the central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as other organ systems. By far the most common form is neurofibromatosis 1 (96%), followed by neurofibromatosis 2 (3%), and a more recently recognized, lesser known form, schwannomatosis. The diagnostic criteria, pathogenesis, molecular considerations, and clinical manifestations are discussed in this review article. PMID:27617150

  14. Molecular Regulation of Endothelial Cells by NF-1

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    statins which can dampen both Ras and mTOR signaling [32,33] as well as metformin which activates AMPK signaling [34] to dampen mTOR. Materials and...Ewart MA, Kennedy S (2011) AMPK and vasculoprotection. Pharmacol Therap 131: 242–253. 35. Shin KJ, Wall EA, Zavzavadjian JR, Santat LA , Liu J, et al

  15. Genetics of hereditary head and neck paragangliomas.

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    Boedeker, Carsten C; Hensen, Erik F; Neumann, Hartmut P H; Maier, Wolfgang; van Nederveen, Francien H; Suárez, Carlos; Kunst, Henricus P; Rodrigo, Juan P; Takes, Robert P; Pellitteri, Phillip K; Rinaldo, Alessandra; Ferlito, Alfio

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    The purpose of this study was to give an overview on hereditary syndromes associated with head and neck paragangliomas (HNPGs). Our methods were the review and discussion of the pertinent literature. About one third of all patients with HNPGs are carriers of germline mutations. Hereditary HNPGs have been described in association with mutations of 10 different genes. Mutations of the genes succinate dehydrogenase subunit D (SDHD), succinate dehydrogenase complex assembly factor 2 gene (SDHAF2), succinate dehydrogenase subunit C (SDHC), and succinate dehydrogenase subunit B (SDHB) are the cause of paraganglioma syndromes (PGLs) 1, 2, 3, and 4. Succinate dehydrogenase subunit A (SDHA), von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), and transmembrane protein 127 (TMEM127) gene mutations also harbor the risk for HNPG development. HNPGs in patients with rearranged during transfection (RET), neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), and MYC-associated factor X (MAX) gene mutations have been described very infrequently. All patients with HNPGs should be offered a molecular genetic screening. This screening may usually be restricted to mutations of the genes SDHD, SDHB, and SDHC. Certain clinical parameters can help to set up the order in which those genes should be tested. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Novel SDHB and TMEM127 Mutations in Patients with Pheochromocytoma/Paraganglioma Syndrome.

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    Patócs, Attila; Lendvai, Nikoletta K; Butz, Henriett; Liko, Istvan; Sapi, Zoltan; Szucs, Nikolette; Toth, Geza; Grolmusz, Vince K; Igaz, Peter; Toth, Miklos; Rácz, Károly

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    Pheochromocytomas (Pheo) and paragangliomas (PGL) are rare tumors, with heterogeneous genetic background. In up to 30 % of all, apparently sporadic Pheo/PGL cases germline mutations can be identified in one of the 15 genes representing genetic susceptibility for Pheo/PGL. Malignancy is rare but it frequently associates with SDHB mutations. Our aim was to determine the prevalence of germline SDHx, SDHAF2, MAX and TMEM127 mutations in Hungarian patients with apparently sporadic Pheo/PGLs. Mutation screening of the SDHx, SDHAF2, MAX and TMEM127 genes was performed in 82 Hungarian patients with apparently sporadic Pheo/PGL using PCR and bidirectional Sanger sequencing. Disease-causing germline mutations were identified in 11 patients, of which 4 SDHB and 2 TMEM127 mutations were novel. Earlier development of Pheo/PGL, more malignant phenotype and multiple tumors were observed in genetically positive cases especially in those with SDHB mutations. The presence of bilateral or multiple tumors was the most predictive for identification of a pathogenic mutation. Together with cases harboring germline RET, VHL and NF1 mutations, Hungarian patients with Pheo/PGL exhibit a heterogeneous mutation spectrum, indicating that all of the Pheo/PGL susceptibility genes should be tested. Novel genotype-phenotype associations revealed by our study may contribute to improvement of diagnostic approaches and may help to achieve a better clinical follow up for patients with Pheo/PGL.

  17. Función del retículo sarcoplásmico y su papel en las enfermedades cardíacas

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    Reyes-Juárez,José Luis; Zarain-Herzberg,Ángel

    2006-01-01

    El retículo sarcoplásmico (RS) es el principal almacén de calcio intracelular en el músculo estriado y participa de forma importante en la regulación del proceso acoplamiento-excitación-contracción (AEC) en el músculo esquelético y cardíaco, regulando las concentraciones intracelulares de calcio durante la contracción y la relajación muscular. Esta regulación está dada por la interacción de las principales proteínas del RS que son el canal de liberación de calcio o receptor de rianodina, la A...

  18. RET/PTC and PAX8/PPARγ chromosomal rearrangements in post-Chernobyl thyroid cancer and their association with I-131 radiation dose and other characteristics

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    Leeman-Neill, Rebecca J.; Brenner, Alina V.; Little, Mark P.; Bogdanova, Tetiana I.; Hatch, Maureen; Zurnadzy, Liudmyla Y.; Mabuchi, Kiyohiko; Tronko, Mykola D.; Nikiforov, Yuri E.

    2012-01-01

    Background Childhood exposure to I-131 from the 1986 Chernobyl accident led to a sharp increase in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) incidence in regions surrounding the reactor. Data concerning the association between genetic mutations in PTCs and individual radiation doses are limited. Methods We performed mutational analysis of 62 PTCs diagnosed in a Ukrainian cohort of patients who were Chernobyl tumors and show different associations for point mutations and chromosomal rearrangements with I-131 dose and other factors. These data support the relationship between chromosomal rearrangements, but not point mutations, and I-131 exposure and point to a possible role of iodine deficiency in generation of RET/PTC rearrangements in these patients. PMID:23436219

  19. As necessidades e os desejos na formação discursiva do marketing: base consistente ou retórica legitimadora?

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    Vinícius Andrade Brei; Carlos Alberto Vargas Rossi; Yves Evrard

    2007-01-01

    Neste artigo realizamos uma análise crítica da gênese histórica da área de marketing até sua constituição atual, com um foco principal: verificar se as necessidades e os desejos dos clientes são base consistente da formação histórica, discursiva, do marketing ou, apenas, retórica legitimadora para a atuação da área. Adotamos uma orientação filosófico-epistemológica baseada na teoria do discurso proposta por Michel Foucault, que nos permitiu constatar que a centralidade das necessidades e dos ...

  20. The history of NATO TNF policy: The role of studies, analysis and exercises conference proceedings. Volume 3: Papers by Gen. Robert C. Richardson III (Ret.)

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    Rinne, R.L. [ed.

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    This conference was organized to study and analyze the role of simulation, analysis, modeling, and exercises in the history of NATO policy. The premise was not that the results of past studies will apply to future policy, but rather that understanding what influenced the decision process-and how-would be of value. The structure of the conference was built around discussion panels. The panels were augmented by a series of papers and presentations focusing on particular TNF events, issues, studies, or exercises. The conference proceedings consist of three volumes. Volume 1 contains the conference introduction, agenda, biographical sketches of principal participants, and analytical summary of the presentations and discussion panels. Volume 2 contains a short introduction and the papers and presentations from the conference. This volume contains selected papers by Brig. Gen. Robert C. Richardson III (Ret.).

  1. A Novel Small Molecule GDNF Receptor RET Agonist, BT13, Promotes Neurite Growth from Sensory Neurons in Vitro and Attenuates Experimental Neuropathy in the Rat

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    Yulia A. Sidorova

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    Full Text Available Neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage is a common and severe class of chronic pain. Disease-modifying clinical therapies are needed as current treatments typically provide only symptomatic relief; show varying clinical efficacy; and most have significant adverse effects. One approach is targeting either neurotrophic factors or their receptors that normalize sensory neuron function and stimulate regeneration after nerve damage. Two candidate targets are glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF and artemin (ARTN, as these GDNF family ligands (GFLs show efficacy in animal models of neuropathic pain (Boucher et al., 2000; Gardell et al., 2003; Wang et al., 2008, 2014. As these protein ligands have poor drug-like properties and are expensive to produce for clinical use, we screened 18,400 drug-like compounds to develop small molecules that act similarly to GFLs (GDNF mimetics. This screening identified BT13 as a compound that selectively targeted GFL receptor RET to activate downstream signaling cascades. BT13 was similar to NGF and ARTN in selectively promoting neurite outgrowth from the peptidergic class of adult sensory neurons in culture, but was opposite to ARTN in causing neurite elongation without affecting initiation. When administered after spinal nerve ligation in a rat model of neuropathic pain, 20 and 25 mg/kg of BT13 decreased mechanical hypersensitivity and normalized expression of sensory neuron markers in dorsal root ganglia. In control rats, BT13 had no effect on baseline mechanical or thermal sensitivity, motor coordination, or weight gain. Thus, small molecule BT13 selectively activates RET and offers opportunities for developing novel disease-modifying medications to treat neuropathic pain.

  2. A new modified technique for the treatment of high-risk prethreshold ROP under the direct visual control of RetCam 3.

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    Timkovic, Juraj; Nemcansky, Jan; Cholevik, Dalibor; Masek, Petr; Autrata, Rudolf; Krejcirova, Inka

    2015-09-01

    To describe a new modified technique in the treatment of ROP (retinopathy of prematurity) using the RetCam 3 digital imaging system - Camera-Assisted Laser photocoagulation and Cryotherapy of the Retina (CALCR). From Nov 2011 to Oct 2013, 113 infants were diagnosed with ROP. The average post-conceptual age (PCA) at the time of diagnosis was the 35(th) week of PCA; the average birth weight was 1,041 g. According to the ETROP study, the avascular part of the retina of infants with high-risk prethreshold ROP was treated with a trans-scleral diode laser or with cryotherapy within 48-72 h after the diagnosis. The intervention was performed under general anaesthesia under the direct visual control of the RetCam 3. The CALCR technique was used in all 23 infants (46 eyes) diagnosed with high-risk prethreshold ROP. The average age of these infants at the time of the intervention was the 38(th) week of PCA. None of the infants had any serious complications during the CALCR procedure. In contrast to the traditional technique, CALCR offers many benefits: the image of the retina is real, magnified and not inverted, it shows details of the retina in a high resolution, photo and video documentation is available. Therefore the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative condition of the retina can be precisely evaluated and compared on a fully standardized basis. The CALCR procedure represents a new technique providing greater accuracy when targeting the avascular part of the retina, enables better visualisation and more precise treatment, and reduces the risk of unintended damage to healthy retinal tissue.

  3. La articulación retórico-estilística de las perífrasis verbales de infinitivo y gerundio en "Pedro Páramo"

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    Adriana Ávila-Figueroa

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    Full Text Available ResumenEl tema de las perífrasis verbales es uno de los más complejos y debatidos en la tradición gramatical. Las descripciones propuestas en las gramáticas y estudios dedicados al tema de las perífrasis verbales explican principalmente tres valores: temporal, aspectual y modal. Gómez Torregop señala que entre estos valores es posible añadir el estilístico. El propósito de este trabajo es describir el uso de las perífrasis verbales de infinitivo y gerundio en la novela mexicana "Pedro Páramo" de Juan Rulfo y su articulación retórico-estilística.Palabras clave: figuras retóricas, perífrasis verbales, estilística, infinitivo y gerundio.AbstractThe verbal periphrasis is one of the more complex and debated topics in the grammatical tradition. The current descriptions proposed by the main reference grammars as well as by most of the works dedicated to the verbal periphrasis explain three main values: temporal, aspectual and modal. Gómez Torrego points that between these values is possible to add the stylistic one. The purpose of this article is to describe the use of the infinite and gerundive verbal periphrasis in the mexican novel "Pedro Páramo" by Juan Rulfo and its rhetorical and stylistic articulation.Keywords: rhetorical figures, verbal periphrasis, stylistics, infinitive and gerundive.

  4. Book Review: Zarzo, E. (2016, Memoria Retórica y Experiencia Estética. Retórica, Estética y Educación. Madrid: Dykinson

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    Full Text Available Memoria retórica y experiencia estética. Retórica, Estética y Educación, recently published by Dykinson, is a fundamental body of research on rhetoric memory and aesthetic experience, two objects of study which, although having generated much literature separately, have not been considered in their reciprocity until now. The author, Esther Zarzo, who earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy, has published several investigations of both a theoretical and practical nature concerning the treatment and development of the faculty of memory. From among her theoretical works, standouts include “Historia, memoria y tiempo” (2015a, which addresses the relationship between memory and history from a metaphysical approach in order to explain some of the mnemonic aporiae underlying historical knowledge; and from among her work of a practical nature standouts include, “La mirada topológica” (2013, focused on the media of today's exploitation of the image, and, "The art of memory in the Digital Age"(2015b, in which different implementation strategies of the classical rhetorical techniques found in Virtual Learning Environments are considered. Regarding the investigation’s second object, the aesthetic experience, it is important to highlight the author’s editing work carried out in collaboration with Prof. Pedro Aullón de Haro of the fundamental work by Alfonso Reyes, El Deslinde(2014, whose concept of literary experience is crucial to understanding the text at hand. As Esther Zarzo explains in the introduction, the choice of such objects of study is justified by the need to analyse the epistemological consequences of the revolution produced by electronic media that enable the external storage and transmission of information, since any modifications to the way of organising and accessing content substantially affects the individual and collective experience, both in regard to knowledge and to self-knowledge, along with the experience of time. According

  5. A rare mutation in the RET-protooncogen associated with mixed medullary-follicular micro-carcinoma of the thyroid gland

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    Richter, K.; Huwe, A.; Boldt, H.; Dresel, S. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik, HELIOS-Klinikum Berlin-Buch (Germany); Geipel, D. [St.-Hedwig-Krankenhaus, Bereich Endokrine Chirurgie (Germany); Mairinger, T. [Inst. fuer Pathologie, HELIOS-Klinikum Emil von Behring (Germany); Schwabe, M. [Inst. fuer Pathologie, Charite Berlin Campus Mitte (Germany)

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    Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) arises from parafollicular C-cells of the thyroid and accounts for 1% to 10% of all thyroid cancers (1). MTC can be sporadic or hereditary. Hereditary MTC represents 20% to 30% of all MTC with an autosomal dominant pattern of transmission and a high degree of penetrance (>90%). It can be transmitted as a single entity (sporadic), familial MTC (FMTC), or it can arise as part of a multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndrome type 2A or 2B. Both genders are equally affected. (1, 9) The identification of hereditary MTC has been facilitated in recent years by the direct analysis of germline point mutations of the RET(rearranged during transfection)-protooncogene, a 21 exon gene that encodes a plasma membrane-bound tyrosine kinase receptor, localised on chromosome 10q11.2, which is expressed in tissues derived from the neural crest. To date codon mutations in nine different exons were identified (7, 8, 16, 22, 29) causing MEN 2A (MTC in combination with pheochromocytoma and hyperparathyroidism, including rare variants with Hirschsprung's disease and cutaneous lichen amyloidosis), FMTC (MTC as a sole disease phenotype) and MEN 2B (MTC in combination with pheochromocytoma, multiple mucosa neuromas, and marfanoid habitus). The most common mutation, accounting for over 80% of all mutations associated with MEN 2A (or Sipple's) syndrome affects codon 634 in exon 11 of the RET-protooncogene. Other mutations affect codon 630 in exon 11, and codons 609, 611, 618, 620 in exon 10 - they also cause FMTC, although some have a classic MEN 2A syndrome. 5% to 10% of families with FMTC have mutations that affect codons 768, 790, 791 in exon 13: codons 804, 844 in exon 14, and codon 891 in exon 15 (3, 4, 10). The much more aggressive MEN 2B is caused by a single mutation converting a methionine into a threonine at codon 918 in exon 16, and has been identified in approximately 95% of patients with MEN 2B. Other rare mutations associated with MEN 2

  6. Muerte y mobiliario: retórica, política y teología de los argumentos últimos contra el relativismo

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    Full Text Available El artículo original “Muerte y Mobiliario” no tenía un resumen porque la revista en la que fue publicado, History of the Human Sciences, no lo requería. Por lo tanto, este resumen no es una traducción del original, sino un original. “Muerte y Mobiliario” procura realizar una deconstrucción performativa y retórica de las estrategias retóricas de la argumentación realista. Su estilo, que es diverso, a veces serio, a veces “ingenioso”, que argumenta con fuentes adecuadamente documentadas y también con abiertas fantasías, y que cita a Tom Paine, Samuel Johnson y Monty Python, es vital para el efecto deseado. El texto/nosotros sin duda pretendemos tener un efecto particular, al igual que también lo hacen los estrategas del realismo. Estos últimos desean forzar a sus opositores, los relativistas, a retractarse de sus necedades confrontándolos con argumentos de “línea de fondo” —bottom-lines— como Mobiliario —la innegabilidad epistémica de los objetos materiales sólidos— o Muerte —la innegabilidad moral de la pobreza y el dolor—. Los relativistas, como los defendemos aquí, pueden resistir mejor estos ataques mediante la realización de algunos movimientos retóricos equivalentes, tal como se muestra y se demuestra en el texto. Una fuerte motivación de los autores para hacer este trabajo, entonces, era una manera de venganza, dirigida contra todas esas lecciones de golpes sobre la mesa a las que habían sido sometidos, a manos de realistas complacientes que participan en las estrategias aquí examinadas: con este texto “Muerte y Mobiliario” a la mano, listo para ser arrojado sobre la mesa, las relativistas pueden estar mejor preparadas para actuaciones similares, y mejor armadas. Al mismo tiempo se defiende el relativismo y se rechazan sus caricaturas persistentes. Con la ayuda de aliados tales como Bruno Latour, Barbara Herrnstein Smith y Paul Feyerabend, el relativismo se configura

  7. Thyroid nodules, polymorphic variants in DNA repair and RET-related genes, and interaction with ionizing radiation exposure from nuclear tests in Kazakhstan.

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    Sigurdson, Alice J; Land, Charles E; Bhatti, Parveen; Pineda, Marbin; Brenner, Alina; Carr, Zhanat; Gusev, Boris I; Zhumadilov, Zhaxibay; Simon, Steven L; Bouville, Andre; Rutter, Joni L; Ron, Elaine; Struewing, Jeffery P

    2009-01-01

    Risk factors for thyroid cancer remain largely unknown except for ionizing radiation exposure during childhood and a history of benign thyroid nodules. Because thyroid nodules are more common than thyroid cancers and are associated with thyroid cancer risk, we evaluated several polymorphisms potentially relevant to thyroid tumors and assessed interaction with ionizing radiation exposure to the thyroid gland. Thyroid nodules were detected in 1998 by ultrasound screening of 2997 persons who lived near the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan when they were children (1949-1962). Cases with thyroid nodules (n = 907) were frequency matched (1:1) to those without nodules by ethnicity (Kazakh or Russian), gender and age at screening. Thyroid gland radiation doses were estimated from fallout deposition patterns, residence history and diet. We analyzed 23 polymorphisms in 13 genes and assessed interaction with ionizing radiation exposure using likelihood ratio tests (LRT). Elevated thyroid nodule risks were associated with the minor alleles of RET S836S (rs1800862, P = 0.03) and GFRA1 -193C>G (rs not assigned, P = 0.05) and decreased risk with XRCC1 R194W (rs1799782, P trend = 0.03) and TGFB1 T263I (rs1800472, P = 0.009). Similar patterns of association were observed for a small number of papillary thyroid cancers (n = 25). Ionizing radiation exposure to the thyroid gland was associated with significantly increased risk of thyroid nodules (age and gender adjusted excess odds ratio/Gy = 0.30, 95% CI 0.05-0.56), with evidence for interaction by genotype found for XRCC1 R194W (LRT P value = 0.02). Polymorphisms in RET signaling, DNA repair and proliferation genes may be related to risk of thyroid nodules, consistent with some previous reports on thyroid cancer. Borderline support for gene-radiation interaction was found for a variant in XRCC1, a key base excision repair protein. Other pathways such as genes in double-strand break repair, apoptosis and genes related to

  8. «La nieve arder». La retórica afectiva en el universo petrarquista de la zarzuela Acis y Galatea

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    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available «La nieve arder» analyses the zarzuela Acis y Galatea, with music by José de Literes on a libretto by Antonio de Cañizares, in the context of the Petrarchan-inherited aesthetics. It focuses on the rhetorical aspects expressed both in text and music, strongly influenced by the Aristotelian tradition, and re-interpreted in several textual and musical treatises: Robortello, Herrera, Lope de Vega and, within a musical context, those by Zarlino, Caccini, Galilei, Kircher, Bermudo and Nasarre, amongst others. This article also takes into account the historical aspects relevant for the first performances of Literes and Cañizares' zarzuela, as well as the social and political circumstances which influenced the introduction of the Italian dramma per música in 17th century Spain.«La nieve arder» analiza la zarzuela Acis y Galatea, con música de José de Literes sobre un libreto de Antonio de Cañizares, en el contexto de la estética barroca de tradición petrarquista. El análisis parte de una descripción de los aspectos retórico-afectivos expresados tanto en el texto como en la música, pertenecientes en su mayoría a la tradición aristotélica reinterpretada en los días del humanismo renacentista en numerosos tratados de retórica y poética (Robortello, Herrera, López Pinciano, Lope de Vega y de música (Zarlino, Kircher, Galilei, Caccini o, en España, Bermudo y Nasarre. El artículo toma en cuenta aspectos históricos que resultaron relevantes para las primeras interpretaciones de la obra, además de las circunstancias sociales y políticas que influyeron en la introducción del dramma per música de procedencia italiana en la España del siglo XVII.

  9. A retórica da reeleição: mapeando os discursos dos Programas Eleitorais (HGPE em 1998 e 2006

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    Mônica Machado

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available O artigo avalia a produção dos discursos do HGPE na TV dos partidos de dois candidatos à reeleição para a Presidência da República: Fernando Henrique (PSDB em 1998 e Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT em 2006. É objeto de reflexão indagar até que ponto as campanhas orientadas para reconduzir o mandatário ao poder têm estruturas estratégicas discursivas similares nos dois contextos, apesar de inscrições partidárias e orientações políticas distintas. Como metodologia, utiliza procedimentos para entender os elementos retóricos de cada campanha e apreender as estratégias de persuasão. Nota-se que o estímulo ao voto retrospectivo, o discurso a favor da continuidade da gestão administrativa, o lugar de autoridade do candidato-Presidente e a ênfase em discurso programático de cunho econômico são enunciados proferidos pelos mandatários nos dois contextos. É lícito supor, então, que a retórica da reeleição favorece posições privilegiadas na disputa.The article evaluates the production of the speeches of electoral advertising in TV of the two presidential candidates: Fernando Henrique (PSDB in 1998 and Luis Inácio Lula of Silva (PT in 2006. Therefore, the point is to investigate to what extent the campaigns show discursive strategic structures - similar in the two contexts - in spite of supporting registrations and different political orientations. The methodology uses procedures to understand the rhetorical elements of each campaign and persuasion strategies. In both campaigns one observes the incentive to the retrospective vote, the speech in favor of the continuity of the administration, the place of the candidate-president's authority, the emphasis in speech of economical issues. One can suggest that the rhetoric of the reelection favors positions in the electoral dispute.

  10. Las retóricas del público. El espacio de consumo del arte como institución política

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    Bayón, Fernando

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This article aims to show how the space for leisure practices in the art sector is a political construction. To do this, the essay focuses on public (art audience as key concept. It argues that art audiences are critically engaged and politically significant communities, through which each society gives an institutional dimension to cultural practices. In dialogue with modern thinkers such as Adorno, Baudrillard, Warburg and Benjamin, or architects like Rem Koolhaas, the article presents audiences and publics from both a social and institutional points of view, understanding that the temporal and spatial dynamics behind their community boundaries are worth exploring. We think that there are at least two dominant forms of an emerging social rhetoric that are producing innovative ways of building the spaces for consuming cultural offer in the late modern society: we call them rhetorics of convergence and rhetorics of persuation.

    Este artículo pretende poner de manifiesto cómo el espacio de las prácticas de ocio cultural es una construcción política. Para ello, escoge como categoría central al público, en tanto formación comunitaria por medio de la cual cada sociedad institucionaliza de forma dinámica las prácticas de ocio asociadas a la oferta artística. En diálogo con pensadores como Adorno, Baudrillard, Warburg o Benjamin, se describen las dimensiones espaciales y temporales en que se desarrollan los vínculos comunitarios, específicos de la institución del “público” en el sector cultural. Para ello, el ensayo intenta identificar cuáles son las estrategias comunicativas que están produciendo esos espacios de presencia y esos tiempos de experiencia para las prácticas del ocio cultural en las sociedades del consumismo avanzado. Las he llamado retóricas de la convergencia y retóricas de la persuasión.

  11. Transição das razoes trigonométricas do triângulo retângulo para o círculo trigonométrico: uma sequencia para o ensino

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    Borges, Carlos Francisco

    2009-01-01

    Esse trabalho teve por objetivo contribuir com o ensino de trigonometria, em especial, na transição das razões trigonométricas no triângulo retângulo para o círculo trigonométrico. Foi elaborada uma sequência com 12 atividades, das quais dez foram criadas com a preocupação de conduzir o aluno a compreender as razões trigonométricas do triângulo retângulo para o círculo trigonométrico utilizando, o software de geometria dinâmica Geogebra. Uma atividade foi criada com o intuito de trabalhar com...

  12. Ironías de la ironía: argumento dialéctico, figura retórica o categoría estética.

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    Eva Gregori Giralt

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available El artículo plantea una breve revisión de la idea de ironía desde el punto de vista de la retórica y sus derivaciones en algunos de los estudios lingüísticos del siglo XX. Se parte de la clasificación tradicional de la ironía socrática, la ironía retórica y la ironía romántica para centrar el análisis en aspectos básicos del fenómeno irónico tales como la oposición, la verosimilitud, la complicidad con el intérprete o el papel desempeñado por el contexto.

  13. Análisis de retóricas políticas y periodísticas a raíz de las elecciones presidenciales colombianas de 2006

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    Adriana María Ángel Botero

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Se analizan las retóricas empleadas por los candidatos a la Presidencia de la República de Colombia en la campaña electoral de 2006 y las de los periodistas que los entrevistaron a través de las cadenas radiales con mayor audiencia nacional. Para dar cuenta de las retóricas se recurre a los planteamientos de Bourdieu y a las categorías de análisis de conversación propuestas por Potter y Verón. Una vez realizados los análisis intra y extradiscursivo a las entrevistas radiales, se explican los mecanismos a partir de los cuales los periodistas construyen su discurso basándose en retóricas como las de la objetividad, y el maniqueísmo; y se exponen las características a través de las cuales los políticos configuran un discurso basado en la estructura del relato.

  14. Apontamentos retórico-musicais no Largo do Concerto n.5, BWV 1056, de Johann Sebastian Bach Musical-rethorical notes on J. S. Bach's Largo from Concerto n.5, BWV 1056

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    Pablo Alberto Lanzoni

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo discute a análise retórica do Largo do Concerto n.5 em Fá menor, BWV 1056 de Johann Sebastian Bach. No primeiro momento, é apresentada uma revisão dos princípios retóricos e de como eles se transportam à música. A seguir, é proposta uma análise do movimento mencionado, partindo da discussão já exposta. O exercício analítico exemplifica como os princípios retóricos estão intimamente relacionados à música do período barroco.The present article is based upon the rhetorical analysis from Johann Sebastian Bach's Largo of Concert n. 5 F minor, BWV 1056. First, a review of the rhetorical principles and how they convey themselves to the music is introduced. Next, it is presented an analysis of the mentioned movement from the discussion already exposed. The analytical exercise exemplifies how the rhetorical principles are related to the Baroque period music.

  15. Las narraciones del desastre: anticipaciones de la retórica de la posmodernidad en la poesía de Rosario Castellanos

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    Lilia Leticia García Peña

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    Full Text Available La poesía de Rosario Castellanos muestra las contradicciones e insu¿ciencias del proyecto de la modernidad occidental y las consecuencias culturales de la crisis que ella ya no podrá constatar, a diferencia de otros intelectuales de su generación, pero que ad-vierte con una ¿nísima percepción. En estas páginas veremos cómo, en su poesía, Rosario Castellanos comparte, anticipa, contradice y amplía el discurso crítico de la modernidad que han construido los grandes pensadores. Para ello analizaré las redes metafóricas que se despliegan en su obra poética en torno a la crisis de la modernidad y al surgimiento de una sensibilidad cultural distinta, considerándolas en contrapunto con las metáforas centrales de la que llamo “la retórica de la posmodernidad”, que se elabora en la obra de los intelec-tuales de occidente, desde Arthur Schopenhauer hasta Anthony Giddens

  16. Retórica y divulgación científica. Una propuesta para la web de empresas biotecnológicas

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    María Luisa García Hernández

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    Full Text Available La retórica como teoría de la argumentación y de la persuasión se relaciona con un modo específico de enfocar la divulgación científica, que ya no se concibe como mera alfabetización, sino como un diálogo. Tal cambio implica la participación activa de la sociedad en la toma de decisiones sobre la orientación de la ciencia. Con ese marco, entendemos que empresas como las biotecnológicas, cuya actividad despierta entre la ciudadanía filias y fobias que pueden marcar su devenir, deben tomar un papel activo en esas conversaciones. Sobre ese planteamiento hemos seleccionado una muestra constituida por pymes biotecnológicas asentadas en cuatro parques tecnológicos de Andalucía. Hemos analizado los textos de las páginas de inicio de 29 pymes; porque entendemos que esos relatos, propios y no intermediados, nos permiten conocer si consideran a la ciudadanía como auditorio de interés al que dirigirse, primer paso para hacer de la divulgación el eje de su comunicación corporativa. La respuesta es negativa.

  17. A trapaça e os trapaceiros: algumas sugestões para uma abordagem retórica dos gêneros do discurso

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    Marco Antônio Gutierrez

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1807-9288.2008v4n2p33 A correspondência indesejada (spam representa na melhor hipótese um incômodo e, na pior, um risco à segurança e à privacidade dos usuários. No entanto, trata-se de fenômeno típico do uso massivo da Internet e só isso parece-nos suficiente para indicar a necessidade de sua compreensão. O presente artigo aborda uma das categorias mais insidiosas desse tipo de correspondência – as mensagens de Cavalo de Tróia, elaboradas por criminosos com o objetivo de instalar programas maliciosos nos computadores de usuários incautos. Nossa abordagem, porém, será eminentemente retórica, buscando compreender o fenômeno como um jogo argumentativo, como parte de um contexto mais amplo destinado a situar e categorizar gêneros emergentes do discurso em meio digital.

  18. A PCR-mutagenesis strategy for rapid detection of mutations in codon 634 of the ret proto-oncogene related to MEN 2A.

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    Godoy Clara

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Multiple endocrine neoplasias type 2A (MEN 2A is a dominantly inherited cancer syndrome. Missence mutations in the codon encoding cysteine 634 of the ret proto-oncogene have been found in 85% of the MEN 2A families. The main tumour type always present in MEN 2A is medullar thyroid carcinoma (MTC. Only 25% of all MTC are hereditary, and generally they are identified by a careful family history. However, some familial MTCs are not easily detected by this means and underdiagnosis of MEN 2A is suspected. Methods DNA samples from MEN 2A patients were amplified by PCR. The products were incubated with the restriction enzyme Bst ApI or Bgl I. The samples were loaded in non-denaturing 10% Polyacrilamyde Gel and run at 120 volts for 40 min. The gels were stained with 10 μg/ml ethidium bromide, and the bands were visualized under a UV lamp. Results We developed a PCR-mutagenic method to check the integrity of the three bases of the cysteine 634 codon. Conclusion The method can be used to detect inherited mutations in MTC patients without a clear family history. The method is relatively simple to use as a routine test in these patients to decrease the underdiagnosis of MEN 2A. In addition, the assay can be used to screen affected families with any mutation in cysteine 634.

  19. As necessidades e os desejos na formação discursiva do marketing: base consistente ou retórica legitimadora?

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    Vinícius Andrade Brei

    Full Text Available Neste artigo realizamos uma análise crítica da gênese histórica da área de marketing até sua constituição atual, com um foco principal: verificar se as necessidades e os desejos dos clientes são base consistente da formação histórica, discursiva, do marketing ou, apenas, retórica legitimadora para a atuação da área. Adotamos uma orientação filosófico-epistemológica baseada na teoria do discurso proposta por Michel Foucault, que nos permitiu constatar que a centralidade das necessidades e dos desejos dos clientes no discurso contemporâneo do marketing é resultado de uma série de transformações e disputas históricas pela hegemonia de uma determinada idéia ou ponto de vista, mas sempre ancorada em condições socioeconômicas, ambientais, favoráveis às transformações ocorridas. Em outras palavras, concluímos que as transformações discursivas, constituintes da área, foram o resultado de um processo produzido social e historicamente, tendo ocorrido muito mais como um resultado de mudanças na economia e no mundo empresarial do que como uma espécie de "vocação" natural do marketing.

  20. Entre la retórica legal y eclesiástica:una misión antiesclavista en el siglo XVII

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    Rebeca Moreno Orama

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    Full Text Available En 1537 la Iglesia prohibió la esclavitud de los amerindios, y no sería sino hasta 1839 que hiciera lo mismo con la esclavitud africana. Entre los siglos entre una postura a la otra, la impugnación religiosa de la esclavitud africana estuvo en manos de unos cuantos misioneros. Este trabajo discute cómo a través del empleo de la retórica legal y eclesiástica, el capuchino Francisco José de Jaca construye en su Resolución (La Habana, 1681un proyecto misionero alterno, centrado en la denuncia del cuerpo católico envuelto en la esclavitud y no en la evangelización de los africanos. In 1537 the Catholic Church prohibited Amerindian slavery, but not until 1839 would they do the same with African slavery. Between the centuries that span from one position to the other, religious condemnation of African slavery was in the hands of but a few missionaries. This work discusses how, through the employment of legal and ecclesiastic rhetoric, the Capuchin monk Francisco José de Jaca constructs in his Resolución (Havana, 1681 an alternative missionary project, focused on the denunciation of the Catholic body involved in the slavery institution and not on the evangelization of Africans.

  1. Expression of tpo mRNA in thyroid tumors: quantitative PCR analysis and correlation with alterations of ret, Braf , ras and pax8 genes.

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    Di Cristofaro, J; Silvy, M; Lanteaume, A; Marcy, M; Carayon, P; De Micco, C

    2006-06-01

    Immunocytochemistry (ICC) of thyroid peroxidase (TPO) using the monoclonal antibody MoAb47 has been used as malignancy marker on thyroid fine needle aspiration. However, little is known about the fate of TPO in thyroid carcinoma. We performed a qualitative PCR (Q-PCR) analysis to measure the expression of variants of tpo mRNA in 13 normal tissue samples, 30 benign tumors (BT), 21 follicular carcinomas (FC), 20 classical papillary carcinomas (PCc), 12 follicular variants of papillary carcinomas (PCfv) and nine oncocytic carcinomas (OC). We also studied mutations involving the ras, Braf, ret or pax8 genes. Results of Q-PCR were closely correlated with those of ICC (P tpo expression was lower in all carcinomas than in normal and BT (P tpo2 or tpo3 to tpo1 was inversed in follicular tumors. Genetic mutations were observed in 90% of PCc, 61.9% of FC, 41.7% of PCfv, 0% of OC and 10% in BT. pax8-ppar gamma1 rearrangement was correlated with qualitative changes in tpo mRNA (P TPO expression in 97% of thyroid carcinomas regardless of histological type and the overexpression of shorter splice variants in follicular tumors. Both reduction in quantity of TPO and impairment of its maturation process could account for the atypical immunohistochemical reaction of MoAb47 with TPO.

  2. ¿Qué significa estar bien informado? Retóricas, percepciones y actitudes ante el problema del etiquetado de los alimentos transgénicos

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    JÓSEAN LARRIÓN

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo realizo un estudio de caso de la controversia sobre el etiquetado de los alimentos transgénicos, centrándome en España y la Unión Europea. Inicialmente, comparo los discursos sociales que conciben el etiquetado fundamentalmente como un problema o como una solución. Después, analizo las principales respuestas legislativas y los aspectos concretos que en este ámbito siguen siendo polémicos. A continuación, expongo los límites del modelo del déficit cognitivo y el problema de establecer qué información es relevante o irrelevante. El trabajo concluye mostrando la presencia de las retóricas de la seguridad y el riesgo, y proponiendo un esquema de posiciones sociales ante el consumo de transgénicos, su etiquetado diferencial y el quehacer científico en nuestras sociedades.

  3. Metáfora: a funcionalidade do tropo na articulação da retórica e da filosofia na mundividência renascentista

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    Ana C. Martins

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Desde os fundamentos aristotélicos que o processo de metapherein, assente na similitudo e transferência semântica, concilia, de forma promissora, a argumentação retórica e a problematização filosófica, forma e conteúdo, res et uerba. Os humanistas quinhentistas, fiéis a esta indissociabilidade e na esteira do ideal de imitativo e aemulatio do legado da Antiguidade Clássica, rentabilizaram as virtualidades e potencialidades da metáfora, convertendo o tropo num instrumento de pedagogia, de génese e criação literárias. A historiografia renascentista é pejada, por isso, de tratados e colectâneas, repositórios enciclopédicos de sentenças morais, que estão a serviço da formação integral e que espelham um escrupuloso e afincado trabalho filológico. O homem renascentista é, assim, instigado a reflectir sobre a sua natura, diante da sua condição dual, dos seus vícios e virtudes, das suas forças e fragilidades, e a leitura metafórica ajuda-o, neste sentido, a redimensionar o mundo e a projectarse nele, a representar, a conhecer e a descobrir(-se na sua condição polimórfica, nas suas misérias e nos seus sonhos.

  4. Estética en la argumentación: retórica visual || Aesthetics in the Argumentation: Visual Rhetoric

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    Tasia Aránguez Sánchez

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available La perspectiva retórica de la argumentación estudia cómo se mueve el ánimo del auditorio (o lector en la dirección pretendida por el orador (o autor. Normalmente la teoría de la argumentación se centra en los elementos reductibles a estructuras (como las “formas lógicas” en perjuicio de los elementos estéticos, que se perciben como ornamentales, terreno de automatismos y manipulaciones. El presente trabajo reivindica la centralidad de dichos elementos y muestra cómo su carácter sensible es el soporte vivencial sobre el que se construye toda comunicación. La presencia o ausencia de falacias nada tiene que ver con el soporte visual o textual de un mensaje. La teoría de la argumentación habrá de identificar  el modo en que se producen las falacias en cada soporte. The rhetoric of argumentation studies how a speaker (or author of a text convinces an audience (or reader.Normally argumentation theory focuses on the elements that can be reduced to structures (such as "logical forms" to the detriment of the aesthetic elements that are perceived as ornamentals, field of automatisms and manipulations. This paper vindicates the centrality of these elements in any communication. The presence or absence of fallacies is independent of visual or textual character of a message. The argumentation theory must identify the particular way in which the fallacies appearing in the visual or hearing means. 

  5. La estructura retórica de la memoria de arquitectura de divulgación: un análisis de género

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    Paloma Poveda Cabanes

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo es ofrecer una visión general sobre la estructura textual de las memorias de arquitectura de divulgación utilizando un modelo de análisis basado en los modelos existentes para otros géneros académicos y científicos. Mediante un análisis basado en la utilización de recursos informáticos este artículo presenta algunos de los resultados obtenidos sobre la organización estructural en movimientos de una memoria de arquitectura y los recursos retóricos utilizados para la realización de la función contenida en cada no de estos movimientos. Se ha procedido al reconocimiento de las pautas de organización de los sesenta textos contenidos en el corpus, y se ha atendido a aspectos como el grado de obligatoriedad, la aparición cíclica o puntual y la organización jerárquica de estos recursos. Estos resultados parecen indicar que, a pesar de estar basado en ciertas pautas o prescripciones en cuanto a su organización, el contenido de una memoria de arquitectura de divulgación no parece estar sujeto a demasiadas restricciones sobre los aspectos que debe tratar ni sobre el orden de presentación de éstos. No obstante, es posible establecer un prototipo basado en la categoría central del género de la memoria de arquitectura y precisar cuál es la abstracción almacenada en la memoria de los miembros de la comunidad discursiva de los arquitectos.

  6. Polyamines are involved in murine kidney development controlling expression of c-ret, E-cadherin, and Pax2/8 genes.

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    Loikkanen, Ildikó; Lin, Yanfeng; Railo, Antti; Pajunen, Antti; Vainio, Seppo

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    Polyamines play an important role in cell growth and differentiation. We studied changes in morphogenesis and the expression of the developmental control genes in the embryonic mouse kidney in response to polyamine depletion, using a kidney organ culture approach and reducing the polyamine pools with alpha-difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), an irreversible suicide inhibitor of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC). We found that inhibition of ODC results in a systematic kidney organogenesis phenotype, in that the DFMO-treated kidney specimens were of smaller size, had less epithelial ureteric bud branches, and their mesenchymal-derived tubule formation was retarded. These dysmorphologies were shown to be associated with changes in cell proliferation. Whole-mount in situ experiments revealed that inhibition of ODC causes increases in epithelial c-ret and E-cadherin and a decrease in mesenchymal Pax-8 expression, whereas levels of epithelial Wnt-11, mesenchymal GDNF, FoxD1, and Pax-2 transcripts remain unchanged. We studied regulation of the Pax-2 gene by analyzing a mouse line in which lacZ was driven by an 8.5 kb Pax-2 enhancer in the epithelial ureteric bud, and found that Pax-2 expression, as indicated by lacZ expression, increased after DFMO treatment. Transient transfection experiments in HEK 293 cells with the minimal Pax-2 promoter showed enhanced transcription upon reduction of the polyamine pools. We propose that ODC and polyamines have an important role in kidney organogenesis, being involved in the regulation of the expression of genes implicated in epithelial-mesenchymal tissue interactions.

  7. O republicanismo na independência do Brasil : a retórica cívico-humanista do jornalista Cipriano Barata

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    Renato Lopes Leite

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio es situar la retórica de la libertad republicana del periodista y diputado de las Cortes de Lisboa, Sr. Cipriano José Barata de Almeida, en su contexto intelectual. Un problema importante en la interpretación de textos como el periódico «Sentinela da Liberdade na Guarita de Pernambuco» (1823; 1831-1834 es identificar los orígenes intelectuales de algunos conceptos, como el republicanismo. Desde esta perspectiva, tratamos de ver cómo Cipriano Barata es influenciado por el espíritu cívico que se basa en la república libre, independiente y autónoma. Más allá de la influencia de la Ilustración Portuguesa, tratamos de reflexionar sobre la difusión de un vocabulario de otros contextos intelectuales, como de la Independencia de los Estados Unidos.The aim of this study is to situate the rhetoric of republican liberty and journalist Cipriano José Barata de Almeida in his intellectual context. A major problem in the interpretation of texts as the newspaper «Sentinela da Liberdade na Guarita de Pernambuco» (1823; 1831-1834 is to identify the intellectual origins of some concepts, such as republicanism. From this perspective, we try to see how Cipriano Barata is influenced of civic spirit that based on the free republic, independent and autonomous. Beyond the influence of Portuguese Enlightenment, we try to reflect on the diffusion of a vocabulary from other intellectual contexts, such as the Independence of the United States.

  8. Argumentos Comestibles. La construcción retórica de la percepción pública de los alimentos transgénicos

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    Herrera Racionero, Paloma

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available The main goal of this paper is to analyze how the difíerent types of reasons are constructed in order to créate one public perception or another about genetically modified food. Despite the apparent newness of this kind of foods, these reasons can be assimilated to two fiindamental discourse formations with ampie presence in all the scientific discoveríes. When modelling our analysis on these two rhetorical strategies —that we called 'illustrate' and 'romantic'— the latent presuppositions of the social agents considered and the preconceptions that these agents try to induce in the public opinión are shown. It is also shown a series of important shades and directions that usually escape to the more common analysis in terms of 'pros' and 'cons' genetically modified food.

    El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar cómo se construyen los diferentes tipos de argumentos orientados a crear una u otra percepción pública de los alimentos transgénicos. No obstante la aparente novedad de este tipo de alimentos, dichos argumentos pueden asimilarse a dos tipos fundamentales de formaciones discursdivas de amplia tradición ante las diferentes aportaciones de la ciencia. Al modelar nuestro análisis sobre estas dos estrategias retóricas —que llamamos ilustrada y romántica—se ponen de manifiesto los presupuestos latentes de los agentes sociales y las preconcepciones que estos agentes tratan de inducir en la opinión pública, así como una serie de importantes matices y orientaciones que suelen escapar a un análisis en términos de 'pros* y 'contras' de los alimentos transgénicos.

  9. "Ethos" ilustrado y metáfora educativa: la opinión periodística española y su retórica sobre la realidad mexicana

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    MAGAÑA HERNÁNDEZ Gilberto

    2013-01-01

    Esta Tesis aborda la opinión periodística desde el carácter de sus autores. Se enfoca en la prensa escrita española de referencia estudiada durante un año en Madrid, y los diarios seleccionados fueron El País, La Vanguardia y ABC. A partir de identificar los temas relativos a México como realidad informativa, aborda las pruebas retóricas de una muestra de artículos y analiza su argumentación. Particularmente considera que la prueba del carácter (ethos) es la fundamental para ofrecer credibili...

  10. Eifersucht und Frauenlist: Boccaccios Decameron und seine Rezeption in der frühen Neuzeit am Beispiel von Hans Sachsens Fastnachtspiel Der gross Eyferer, der sein Weib Beicht höret

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    Marija Javor Briški

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Auf der Grundlage des sog. Zainer- (um 1476 und des Cammerlander-Druckes (1535 wird die produktive Rezeption der fünften Novelle des siebten Tages von Boccaccios Decameron in Hans Sachsens Fastnachtspiel Der gross Eiferer, der sein Weib Beicht höret untersucht. Im Fokus des kontrastiven Vergleichs zwischen der Novelle und dem Fastnachtspiel stehen der Affekt der Eifersucht und das Motiv der List. Die Gründe für die Transformationen im Dramentext von Hans Sachs sind u. a. die Dekontextualisierung der Novelle und ihre Instrumentalisierung als pragmatische Unterweisung der frühbürgerlichen protestantischen Gesellschaft im Bereich der ehelichen Ordnung.

  11. Análise dos movimentos retóricos no gênero tira: contribuições para o ensino de língua materna/portuguesa

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    Letícia Picanço Carneiro

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, propomo-nos apresentar, com base em dados coletado de um projeto de pesquisa de iniciação científica, uma discussão sobre a organização retórica do gênero tira. Para isso, selecionamos, a partir de uma abordagem quantitativa e qualitativa, um corpus composto por 17 análises feitas por alunos do 9º ano do Ensino fundamental participantes do projeto. Como referencial teórico e metodológico, utilizamos autores que embasam suas análises na abordagem sociorretórica de gêneros e na concepção de gênero com ação social ou fatos sociais e na teoria de Análise de Gêneros e movimentos retóricos (SWALES, 1990 e também as discussões de Catto e Hendges (2010 sobre a organização retórica do gênero tira e os trabalhos de Ramos (2009 e Mendonça (2010 sobre o gênero tira. As análises evidenciam que os alunos reconhecem a identificação dos sistemas semióticos que exercem função retórica na construção de sentidos do texto em relação às realidades sociais presentes nos mesmos. Os resultados obtidos apontam ainda para o desenvolvimento de capacidades de leitura, análise e crítica aos aspectos visuais e linguísticos que se relacionam aos sentidos subjacentes aos textos desse gênero, demonstrando a compreensão dos alunos sobre o princípio da relação entre formas e contextos, de modo que se evidenciem os efeitos ideológicos presentes no gênero.

  12. Systematic genetic screening in a prospective group of Danish patients with pheochromocytoma

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    Hansen, Morten Steen Svarer; Jacobsen, Niels; Frederiksen, Anja Lisbeth

    2017-01-01

    for mutations in the VHL, RET, SDHB, SDHC, and SDHD genes. A total of 41 patients were included, and genetic data were available in 35. In four of the 35 patients, a pathogenic variant was identified prior to the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma (von Hippel-Lindau disease, n=2; neurofibromatosis type 1, n=2...

  13. Cidadania, educação e responsabilidade social: falácias gastas em um discurso retórico?

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    Mark Sandro Sorprezo de Almeida

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available The pressing questioning in the present work is established in the proposal of use of the words as instruments of changes, as foundations of the yearnings of a society in transition. The proposal of an educational work that unites the social responsibility to the citizenship demands clarity regarding the social political objectives that guides it, of the vision of world and the concepts of education, citizenship, man, world, knowledge, culture, among others. As to form this professional it consists of one of the educational quandaries and more, it is questioned existence of professionals of the education enabled to exert this formation. The proposal here in conjugating, citizenship, education and social responsibility, of a first analysis consists of the questioning of the rhetorical speech through the presentation of the concepts for then considering the use of such justinian codes as transforming instruments and proportioners. To educate, to form the responsible citizen I obtain and with the society, critic and asset, whichever the society of the future.O questionamento premente no presente trabalho funda-se na proposta de utilização dos vocábulos como instrumentos de mudanças, como alicerces dos anseios de uma sociedade em transição. A proposta de um trabalho educacional que alie a responsabilidade social à cidadania exige clareza a respeito dos objetivos sócio-políticos que a norteiam, da visão de mundo e dos conceitos de educação, cidadania, homem, mundo, conhecimento, cultura, entre outros. Como formar este profissional consiste em um dos dilemas educacionais e mais, questiona-se a existência de profissionais da educação capacitados para exercer esta formação. A proposta aqui em conjugar, cidadania, educação e responsabilidade social, em uma primeira análise consiste no questionamento do discurso retórico através da apresentação dos conceitos para então propor a utilização de tais institutos como instrumentos

  14. Tecnología y marketing: el papel de la retórica comercial en el desarrollo de dispositivos de navegación

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    Mendonça, Pedro

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The present article aims to link technology and marketing in the process of imagination and concretization of functions for mobile navigation devices. It focuses on the performance of marketing and sales, as rhetorical agents, in the technical path of building the product. Empirically, it is a case study of a Portuguese company, NDrive, whose main innovation is the introduction of photographic images in these devices replacing traditional maps. Since we identify in the field of innovation a platform of relation between the two spheres of inquiry (technology and marketing, it is in the theoretical studies of innovation that we produce much of the analysis of the different emerging questions, many connected to the central issues of contemporary technological transformation.

    Este artículo pretende relacionar tecnología y marketing en los procesos de imaginación y desarrollo de funcionalidades en dispositivos de navegación móvil. Se centra en la actuación de los departamentos empresariales de marketing, y de los trabajadores comerciales en general, como agentes retóricos que tienen un papel clave en los caminos técnicos de construcción del producto. En términos empíricos, se trata de un estudio de caso a una empresa portuguesa, Ndrive, que tiene como innovación principal la introducción de imagen fotográfica en los dispositivos de navegación, en vez de los tradicionales mapas. El campo de la innovación que se identifica es una plataforma donde se relacionan los dos ámbitos en cuestión (tecnología y marketing. Por ello, se utiliza la esfera teórica de los estudios de innovación para abordar el análisis de las diferentes problemáticas que van surgiendo en el desarrollo final del producto, muchas de ellas ligadas a las cuestiones centrales de la transformación tecnológica contemporánea.

  15. Tensiones retóricas y semánticas en ética de la investigación Rhetorical and semantic tensions in research ethics

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    Miguel Kottow

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Comienza en recientes años un movimiento de revisión que utiliza la retórica y las desarticulaciones semánticas para legitimar prácticas que tradicionalmente se rechazarían como transgresiones éticas. En la ética de investigación se valida el reclutamiento de personas incapaces de ejercer su autonomía y se propone la incorporación de individuos vulnerados en la investigación para satisfacer el bien común. Esta propuesta atenta contra normativas establecidas que prohíben preferir intereses sociales o científicos por encima de los individuales, utilizando arbitrariamente la idea del bien público, puesto que la mayoría de las investigaciones sirven a intereses particulares de orden corporativo. Se debilita las definiciones de coerción y explotación, justificando la inclusión de probandos carentes de competencia mental y legitimando prácticas que en el entendido usual de estos conceptos son francas transgresiones a la ética de investigación con seres humanos. Cada vez más proyectos de investigación son trasladados a Latinoamérica, haciendo necesario que nuestra bioética se mantenga alerta frente a los intentos de debilitar la protección de individuos y comunidades que participan en estudios patrocinados desde instituciones comerciales del Primer Mundo.In recent years, rhetorical and semantic disjunctions have been used to validate practices traditionally rejected as ethical transgressions. According to such research ethics, subjects unable to exercise their autonomy are freely recruited, and vulnerable individuals are incorporated into research that purportedly serves the common good. The suggestions violate established rules that prohibit placing social or scientific interests above individual needs. The common good is invoked arbitrarily, since most such research serves private corporate interests. The definitions of coercion and exploitation are weakened, thus allowing the inclusion of mentally compromised research

  16. Un acercamiento teórico a la estratégica retórica femenina de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda

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    Pastor, Brígida M.

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to define and examine Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda’s strategic feminine rhetoric. Avellaneda wrote an extensive corpus of poetry, plays, journalistic articles and prose works, but particularly her prose works offer the best paradigm of her evolution as a writer and as a feminist. Through these narratological strategies, Avellaneda’s fictional characters are created as figures of resistance, reflecting the author’s personal conflicts as a woman divided between her own identity and the need to conform to cultural norms. The ultimate aim of this study is to investigate how Avellaneda´s literary devices and narrative strategies subvert and redefine the textual tradition from which her work evolved, and are part of an important project that painstakingly creates a place for Avellaneda at the forefront of nineteenth-century Hispanic literature and feminist thought.Este estudio pretende definir y examinar la estratégica retórica femenina de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda. Avellaneda escribió un corpus extenso de poesía, teatro, artículos periodísticos y obras en prosa, pero es en su prosa donde mejor podemos hallar el paradigma de su evolución como literata y como escritora feminista. A través de estas estrategias narratológicas, los personajes de ficción de Avellaneda se crean como figuras de resistencia, reflejando los conflictos personales de la autora como una mujer fragmentada entre su propia identidad y la necesidad de adherirse a las normas culturales. Finalidad última de este estudio es la de investigar cómo las estrategias narrativas y recursos literarios de Avellaneda subvierten y redefinen la tradición textual desde la que su obra ha evolucionado, y forman parte de un importante proyecto que crea un lugar para Avellaneda en la vanguardia de la literatura hispánica del siglo XIX y del pensamiento feminista.

  17. Litteratur i den argumentative ret

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    Jørgensen, Stine

    2007-01-01

    Med udgangspunkt i den litterære rett, slik som denne er udviklet af den amerikanske retsfilosof Martha Nussbaum, argumentere de for, at litteraturen er velegnet som en metode til at opnå menneskelig forståelse. Som led i denne problemstillingen behandles følelsenes plads i retsvidenskaben. Endelig...

  18. Årets poetiske eksplosion

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    Larsen, Peter Stein

    2010-01-01

    12 digtsamlinger fra Jorinde & Joringel Asger Schnack: Ved dødslejet Hans Chr. Bøgholm: Forstand til virkeligheden Jesper Elving: Jeg arbejder i Danmark. Flemming Røgilds: Glemsel. Mørke. Lys Thomas Bo Thomsen: Før jeg går ind Carsten Müller Nielsen: Verdens synkende byer Jeppe Madsen: Diskotek H...... Hindenburg Christian Stokbro Karlsen: Affald Eske K. Mathiesen: Den forelskede regnorm Herry Eskildsen: Bortvendt ansigt Henning Mortensen: Rosetree, Rosetree Camilla Christensen: Nu har de druknet ham...

  19. At sige verden ret farvel

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    Kragelund, Linda

    2016-01-01

    Beskriver pårørendes oplevelse af at leve på hospice samen med en pårørende, der er der for at dø. Hvilken fremragende omsorg og pleje både patient og pårørende blev givet. Sammenholder opholdet på hospice med at være gammel, ligge på sygehus og være døden nær, uden at kunne få lov til af dø...

  20. Racismekamp året rundt

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    Singla, Rashmi

    2006-01-01

    Der belyses racismes forståelse både den gamle racetænkning og den aktuelle hvor kulturelle/religiøse forskelle bliver hoved fokus. Derudover fokuseres på racismens psykologiske spor hos offeret såvel som udøver. Racisme ses som en stærk provokation mod medmenneskelige principper generelt og derm...