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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-880127


Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a single gene genetic disease, which seriously threatens the life span and quality of patients. On the basis of the pathogenesis of SCD and the alternative therapy based on fetal hemoglobin F (HbF), the research progress of transcription factors involved in the regulation of HbF gene expression, such as BCL11A, ZBTB7A, KLF-1, c-MYB and SOX6, as well as the application of CRISPR / Cas9, TALEN, zinc finger nuclease and other gene editing technologies in this field has been made, providing a solid theoretical basis for the exploration of new treatment schemes for β- like hemoglobin diseases, such as sickle cell disease and β- thalassemia.

Anemia, Sickle Cell/therapy , Cell Line, Tumor , DNA-Binding Proteins , Fetal Hemoglobin/genetics , Genetic Therapy , Humans , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Transcription Factors
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-880096


OBJECTIVE@#To investigate the relationship between acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients ASXL2, ZBTB7A gene mutations and the prognosis.@*METHODS@#42 AML Patients treated in our hospital from January 2014 to January 2016 were selected and ASXL2 and ZBTB7A genes of their bone marrow samples were sequenced, the genetic characteristics and prognosis of core-binding factor-AML(CBF-AML) patients with ASXL2 and ZBTB7A mutations were analyzed.@*RESULTS@#ASXL2 (33.3%) and ZBTB7A (9.5%) mutations were found in t (8; 21) AML patients. Compared with wild-type, patients with ASXL2 mutations showed significantly higher white blood cell count at diagnosis [(9.49±1.85)×10@*CONCLUSION@#ASXL2 and ZBTB7A mutations are frequently found in t (8; 21) AML patients. The mutation of ASXL2 and ZBTB7A genes shows no significant effect on the prognosis of AML patients.

Cell Line, Tumor , DNA-Binding Proteins/genetics , Humans , Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute/genetics , Mutation , Oncogene Proteins, Fusion/genetics , Prognosis , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Transcription Factors/genetics
Chinese Journal of Biotechnology ; (12): 2595-2602, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-887825


Nuclear receptor subfamily 2, group F, member 6 (NR2F6) is a member of orphan nuclear receptors, which is expressed in major tissues and organs of the human body, and plays an important role in the regulation of various biological functions and gene expressions. Recent studies have shown that the expression of NR2F6 was up-regulated in a variety of malignant tumors and showed significant correlations with cancer progression. These findings triggered the widespread interest in understanding the relationship between NR2F6 and cancer development and progression. In addition, the latest studies have underscored that NR2F6 was involved in enhancing antitumor immune responses that could serve as a potential target for immune regulation. This review summarizes the biological functions of NR2F6 and its role in tumors, with the aim to provide new insights into effective cancer therapies.

Gene Expression Regulation , Humans , Neoplasms/genetics , Receptors, Cytoplasmic and Nuclear/genetics , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Transcription Factors/genetics
Journal of Experimental Hematology ; (6): 1741-1745, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-922327


OBJECTIVE@#To investigate the clinical characteristics and prognosis of acute myeloid leukemia(AML) patients with ASXL1 mutation.@*METHODS@#The clinical data of 229 newly diagnosed AML patients treated in our hospital from April 2016 to October 2019 were analyzed retrospectively. The next-generation sequencing technology was used to detect gene mutations in all the patients, the clinical characteristics of the patients with ASXL1 mutation were analyzed.@*RESULTS@#ASXL1 gene mutation was detected out in 45 patients(19.6%). Among these patients, the frameshift mutation (n=22,48.9%) was most common, followed by missense mutation (n=15, 33.3%) and nonsense mutation (n=8,17.8%), respectively, all of them were located at exon 12. The median mutation rate was 32.47%(range, 2.74%-53.50%). The median age of the patients with ASXL1 mutation was 54(range, 14-74) years old, and most of the patients were male, and most of them with the history of MDS or MPN, and low white blood cell count at the initial diagnosed (P<0.05). Patients with ASXL1 mutation showed a lower CR rate than that of without ASXL1 mutation. Patients with or without ASXL1 mutation showed a statistically significant difference in survival at 20 months (P=0.042), while there was no significant difference between the patients in the two groups over 20 months (P=0.505). All the 6 patients with ASXL1 mutation in low-risk group were survived, while the median OS time was 16 months in the high-risk group(P=0.034). Multivariate analysis showed that the history of MDS or MPN and CR rate from induction therapy were the independent risk factors affecting survival of the patients.@*CONCLUSION@#Frameshift mutation is commonly in AML patients with ASXL1 gene mutation, and ASXL1 mutation were more often in men, the history of MDS or MPN, and low white blood cell count. The CR rate of the patients with ASXL1 mutation was lower than that of the AML patients without ASXL1 mutations, AML patients with ASXL1 mutation showed poor short-term efficacy, but there was no significant difference between the two groups in long-term survival over 20 months.

Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Humans , Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute/genetics , Male , Middle Aged , Mutation , Prognosis , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Retrospective Studies , Young Adult
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-922022


OBJECTIVE@#To analyze the clinical features and genetic basis of three children with mental retardation, language impairment and autistic features due to de novo variants of FOXP1 gene.@*METHODS@#Clinical data of the children were collected.Trio-whole exome sequencing was carried out for the children and their parents. Pathogenicity of the variants was analyzed through bioinformatics prediction.@*RESULTS@#All of the children had various degrees of mental retardation in conjunct with language deficit, global developmental delay, abnormal behavior and peculiar facial features, among whom two also developed autism spectrum disorders. The results of genetic testing showed that all three children harbored de novo variants of the FOXP1 gene, namely c.613_c.614delCTinsTA, c.1248delC and c.1393A>G. Two of these were frameshift variants and one was missense variant, which were all rated as pathogenic based on the guidelines of the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). Database search suggested that c.613_c.614delCTinsTA and c.1248delC were unreported previously.@*CONCLUSION@#For the three children from unrelated families with mental retardation in conjunct with language deficit, global growth delay, abnormal behavior and peculiar facial features, the c.613_ c. 614delCTinsTA, c.1248delC and c.1393A>G variants of the FOXP1 gene may be the pathogenic factors. Above cases have further expanded the genotype-phenotype profile of FOXP1 deficiency syndrome.

Autistic Disorder/genetics , Child , Forkhead Transcription Factors/genetics , Genetic Testing , Humans , Intellectual Disability/genetics , Language Development Disorders/genetics , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Whole Exome Sequencing
Chinese Journal of Biotechnology ; (12): 3253-3267, 2021.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-921422


Members of the ferric uptake regulator (Fur) protein family are bacterial transcriptional repressors that control iron uptake and storage in response to iron availability, thereby playing a crucial role in the maintenance of iron homeostasis. The fur null mutants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa could not be obtained because fur is an essential gene. In this study, We constructed a Fur inducibly expression strain Δfur/attB::PBAD-fur in order to study the effect of fur on the growth, biofilm formation, motilities and oxidative stress response of P. aeruginosa. The results showed that a low level of fur expression retarded the growth of P. aeruginosa at an iron-depleted condition, or under high concentration of iron, or in the presence of H2O2. Fur affected the biofilm formation and the motilities (swimming, twitching, and swarming) of strain PAO1. The production of pyoverdine is regulated by Fur. Interestingly, proteins from Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1, which shares homology with Fur, can partially recover the pyoverdine production of strain Δfur/attB::PBAD-fur. This study provides new clues for the prevention and treatment of P. aeruginosa infections.

Bacterial Proteins/genetics , Hydrogen Peroxide , Magnetospirillum , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/genetics , Repressor Proteins/genetics
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-888370


OBJECTIVE@#To explore gender difference in the clinical manifestations of two children with Keishi-Bukuryo-Gan syndrome (KBGS).@*METHODS@#Clinical manifestations of the two children were reviewed. Genetic testing was carried out through next generation sequencing (NGS). Treatment was summarized, and the prognosis was followed up.@*RESULTS@#Both children showed particular appearance including megatooth, abnormal hair distribution, hands' abnormality and language development delay. NGS revealed that both children have carried pathogenic variants of the ANKRD11 gene (c.1903_1907del and c.4911delT), which resulted in shifting of amino acid sequences starting from the Lysine and Proline at positions 635 and 1638, respectively. The female patient exhibited central precocious puberty. Her height has increased by 13 cm, and sex characteristics has retracted after treatment with leuprorelin for 23 months and recombinant human growth hormone for 1 month.@*CONCLUSION@#Comparison of the two cases with different genders and summary of previously reported cases found that male KBGS patients have more obvious dysmorphisms such as triangular face, synophrys, ocular hypertelorism and vertebral body abnormality, with higher morbidity of epilepsy, mental retardation, autism, congenital heart disease, immune thrombocytopenia and other complications. KBGS is an autosomal dominant disease featuring more evident peculiar appearance and global development delay. Male patients often have multi-system involvement, and multidisciplinary cooperation is required for early recognition of particular features in order to improve the prognosis.

Abnormalities, Multiple , Bone Diseases, Developmental , Child , Facies , Female , Humans , Intellectual Disability , Male , Phenotype , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Sex Characteristics , Tooth Abnormalities
Electron. j. biotechnol ; 46: 8-13, jul. 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1223212


BACKGROUND: Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) can be efficiently produced in recombinant Escherichia coli by the overexpression of an operon (NphaCAB) encoding PHB synthetase. Strain improvement is considered to be one of critical factors to lower the production cost of PHB in recombinant system. In this study, one of key regulators that affect the cell growth and PHB content was confirmed and analyzed. RESULT: S17-3, a mutant E. coli strain derived from S17-1, was found to be able to achieve high cell density when expressing NphaCAB with the plasmid pBhya-CAB. Whole genome sequencing of S17-3 revealed genetic alternations on the upstream regions of csrA, encoding a global regulator cross-talking between stress response, catabolite repression and other metabolic activities. Deletion of csrA or expression of mutant csrA resulted in improved cell density and PHB content. CONCLUSION: The impact of gene deletion of csrA was determined, dysfunction of the regulators improved the cell density of recombinant E. coli and PHB production, however, the detail mechanism needs to be further clarified.

Escherichia coli/metabolism , Hydroxybutyrates/metabolism , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Biopolymers/genetics , Recombinant Proteins , RNA-Binding Proteins/genetics , Gene Deletion , Escherichia coli Proteins/genetics , Escherichia coli/genetics , Metabolic Engineering , Ligases/metabolism
Journal of Experimental Hematology ; (6): 2004-2010, 2020.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-880006


OBJECTIVE@#To investigate the clinical characteristics and prognostic significance of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients with BCOR/BCORL1 mutation.@*METHODS@#The clinical characteristics of 135 patients diagnosed as de novo MDS in People's Hospital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region from September 2015 to September 2019 were analyzed retrospectively. Next-generation sequencing was used to detect 34 kinds of myeloid-tumor-related gene in MDS patients. The clinical characteristics of BCOR/BCORL1 mutation and its effect to progression-free survival(PSF) and overall survival (OS) in MDS patients were analyzed.@*RESULTS@#Among MDS patients, BCOR/BCORL1 mutation was found in 34(25.2%) patients, including 16(11.9%) BCOR mutation and 18(13.3%) BCORL1 mutation. Patients with BCOR/BCORL1 mutation were more common in women and showed lower neutrophil count [0.75(0.08-22.20) vs 1.27(0.06-35.71)×10@*CONCLUSION@#BCOR/BCORL1 mutation is more common in MDS patients and often company with other genes co-mutations. BCOR/BCORL1 mutation is not associated with disease progression and AML transformation in MDS patients, but it predicts poor overall survival.

Female , Humans , Mutation , Myelodysplastic Syndromes/genetics , Patients , Prognosis , Proto-Oncogene Proteins/genetics , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Retrospective Studies
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-879500


OBJECTIVE@#To analyze the dynamic variant and clinical subtype of a pedigree affected with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) by using fluorescent-labeled primer combined with capillary electrophoresis.@*METHODS@#Genomic DNA was extracted from 8 members including 6 patients and 2 healthy individuals from the pedigree. Six pairs of fluorescent-labeled primers were designed to screen pathological variants in association with common subtypes of SCA including SCA1, SCA2, SCA3, SCA6, SCA12 and SCA17.The PCR products were detected by capillary electrophoresis.@*RESULTS@#The number of CAG repeats in the SCA3 gene of the proband were determined as 8 and 70, exceeded the normal range(12 to 40), which suggested a diagnosis of SCA3. The other five patients were all detected with abnormal CAG repeats in the SCA3 gene, while the two healthy individuals were determined to be within the normal range.@*CONCLUSION@#The abnormal expansion of CAG repeats in the SCA3 gene probably underlay the pathogenesis of the disease in this pedigree. Combined fluorescent-labeled primers PCR and capillary electrophoresis can detect dynamic variants among SCA patients with efficiency and accuracy.

Ataxin-3/genetics , Genetic Variation , Humans , Machado-Joseph Disease/genetics , Pedigree , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Trinucleotide Repeats/genetics
Säo Paulo med. j ; 137(3): 255-261, May-June 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1020958


ABSTRACT BACKGROUND: There is evidence that genetic predisposition and epigenetic alteration (e.g. DNA methylation) play major roles in lung cancer. In our genetic epidemiological studies, rs1970764 in oncogene PPP1R13L was most consistently associated with lung cancer risk. Here, we explored the role of PPP1R13L methylation in lung cancer development. DESIGN AND SETTING: Analytical cross-sectional study (45 lung cancer cases and 45 controls), conducted in China. METHODS: We investigated the DNA methylation status of 2,160 cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) sites in the PPP1R13L promoter region using the EpiTYPER assay of the Sequenom MassARRAY platform. RESULTS: In the whole study group, the methylation levels of CpG-6, CpG-9, CpG-20 and CpG-21 were significantly lower and those of CpG-16 were significantly higher in cases than in controls. Among smokers, the methylation levels at five CpG sites (CpG-6, CpG-11, CpG-15, CpG-20 and CpG-21) were statistically significantly lower among cases. Among men, the methylation levels at four CpG sites (CpG-11, CpG-15, CpG-20 and CpG-21) were significantly lower among cases. Regarding smokers, the methylation levels at CpG-7.8 and CpG-21 among cases and at CpG-22 among controls were significantly lower, compared with nonsmokers. The frequency of positivity for methylation was not significantly different between lung cancer cases and controls (68.22% for cases and 71.87% for controls; P = 0.119). CONCLUSION: Our study on a Chinese population suggests that lung cancer patients have aberrant methylation status (hypomethylation tended to be more frequent) in peripheral blood leukocytes at several CpG sites in the PPP1R13L promoter region and that exposure to smoking may influence methylation status.

Humans , Male , Female , Middle Aged , Aged , Repressor Proteins/genetics , DNA Methylation/genetics , Genetic Predisposition to Disease/genetics , Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins/genetics , Lung Neoplasms/genetics , Case-Control Studies , Cross-Sectional Studies , Promoter Regions, Genetic
Braz. j. microbiol ; 49(1): 200-206, Jan.-Mar. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-889189


ABSTRACT Bacteroides fragilis is the strict anaerobic bacteria most commonly found in human infections, and has a high mortality rate. Among other virulence factors, the remarkable ability to acquire resistance to a variety of antimicrobial agents and to tolerate nanomolar concentrations of oxygen explains in part their success in causing infection and colonizing the mucosa. Much attention has been given to genes related to multiple drug resistance derived from plasmids, integrons or transposon, but such genes are also detected in chromosomal systems, like the mar (multiple antibiotic resistance) locus, that confer resistance to a range of drugs. Regulators like MarR, that control expression of the locus mar, also regulate resistance to organic solvents, disinfectants and oxygen reactive species are important players in these events. Strains derived from the parental strain 638R, with mutations in the genes hereby known as marRI (BF638R_3159) and marRII (BF638R_3706) were constructed by gene disruption using a suicide plasmid. Phenotypic response of the mutant strains to hydrogen peroxide, cell survival assay against exposure to oxygen, biofilm formation, resistance to bile salts and resistance to antibiotics was evaluated. The results showed that the mutant strains exhibit statistically significant differences in their response to oxygen stress, but no changes were observed in survival when exposed to bile salts. Biofilm formation was not affected by either gene disruption. Both mutant strains however, became more sensitive to multiple antimicrobial drugs tested. This indicates that as observed in other bacterial species, MarR are an important resistance mechanism in B. fragilis.

Humans , Anti-Bacterial Agents/pharmacology , Bacterial Proteins/genetics , Bacteroides fragilis/drug effects , Bacteroides fragilis/genetics , Bacteroides Infections/microbiology , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Bacterial Proteins/metabolism , Bacteroides fragilis/isolation & purification , Bacteroides fragilis/metabolism , Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial/drug effects , Gene Silencing , Microbial Sensitivity Tests , Repressor Proteins/metabolism
Arch. endocrinol. metab. (Online) ; 62(2): 205-211, Mar.-Apr. 2018. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-887654


ABSTRACT Objective The transcriptional repressor DREAM is involved in thyroid-specific gene expression, thyroid enlargement and nodular development, but its clinical utility is still uncertain. In this study we aimed to investigate whether DREAM mRNA levels differ in different thyroid tumors and how this possible difference would allow the use of DREAM gene expression as molecular marker for diagnostic and/or prognosis purpose. Materials and methods We quantified DREAM gene mRNA levels and investigated its mutational status, relating its expression and genetic changes to diagnostic and prognostic features of 200 thyroid tumors, being 101 malignant [99 papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC) and 2 anaplastic thyroid carcinomas] and 99 benign thyroid lesions [49 goiter and 50 follicular adenomas (FA)]. Results Levels of mRNA of DREAM gene were higher in benign (0.7909 ± 0.6274 AU) than in malignant (0.3373 ± 0.6274 AU) thyroid lesions (p < 0.0001). DREAM gene expression was able to identify malignancy with 66.7% sensitivity, 85.4% specificity, 84.2% positive predictive value (PPV), 68.7% negative predictive value (NPV), and 75.3% accuracy. DREAM mRNA levels were also useful distinguishing the follicular lesions FA and FVPTC with 70.2% sensitivity, 73.5% specificity, 78.5% PPV, 64.1% NPV, and 71.6% accuracy. However, DREAM gene expression was neither associated with clinical features of tumor aggressiveness, nor with recurrence or survival. Six different genetic changes in non-coding regions of DREAM gene were also found, not related to DREAM gene expression or tumor features. Conclusion We suggest that DREAM gene expression may help diagnose thyroid nodules, identifying malignancy and characterizing follicular-patterned thyroid lesions; however, it is not useful as a prognostic marker.

Humans , Male , Female , Middle Aged , Repressor Proteins/genetics , RNA, Messenger/genetics , Thyroid Neoplasms/diagnosis , Biomarkers, Tumor/genetics , Kv Channel-Interacting Proteins/genetics , Regulatory Elements, Transcriptional/genetics , Prognosis , Repressor Proteins/metabolism , RNA, Messenger/metabolism , Thyroid Neoplasms/genetics , Thyroid Neoplasms/metabolism , Biomarkers, Tumor/metabolism , Sensitivity and Specificity , Kv Channel-Interacting Proteins/metabolism , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , Neoplasm Staging
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-59846


BACKGROUND: Intrachromosomal amplification of chromosome 21 (iAMP21) is known to be associated with poor prognosis in B-cell ALL (B-ALL). To determine the frequency and clinical characteristics of iAMP21 in Korean B-ALL patients, we performed FISH and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) analyses. METHODS: A total of 102 childhood B-ALL patients were screened with ETV6-RUNX1 FISH probes (Abbott Molecular, USA). The presence of an iAMP21 was confirmed by using MLPA P327 iAMP21-ERG probemix (MRC Holland, The Netherlands). RESULTS: iAMP21 was detected in one of the screened B-ALL patients (1/102 patients, 1.0%) who presented the ALL immunophenotype and complex karyotype at initial diagnosis. The patient relapsed twice after bone marrow transplantation. MLPA showed 12.5-Mb and 4.28-Mb regions of amplification and deletion, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The frequency of iAMP21 is considerable in Korean pediatric patients. Our report suggests that iAMP21 in childhood B-ALL has very unfavorable impact on patient's prognosis. Additional methods such as MLPA analysis is essential to rule out patients with equivocal interphase FISH results.

Adolescent , Asian Continental Ancestry Group/genetics , B-Lymphocytes/metabolism , Child , Child, Preschool , Chromosomes, Human, Pair 21 , Core Binding Factor Alpha 2 Subunit/genetics , DNA Probes/metabolism , Female , Humans , Immunophenotyping , In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence , Infant , Infant, Newborn , Male , Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction , Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma/diagnosis , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-ets/genetics , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Republic of Korea , Translocation, Genetic , Young Adult
Cad. saúde pública ; 31(4): 722-732, 04/2015.
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-744848


We aimed to verify doctor's perception of the qualitative research method, via a qualitative study of interviews with questions on the academic profile of doctors and on the methodology. We interviewed 42 professionals, of which 18 had experience with the qualitative method and 24 with the quantitative method. The results showed that knowledge on the qualitative method was virtually nil among "quantitative researchers", who did not value qualitative research, although some of those realized that it would be important to be more accepting in clinical practice. Others only considered the method as subsidiary to quantitative. The majority considered qualitative methods as lacking academic structure, taking too long to conduct empirical studies, and being difficult to publish. All of them criticized the misuse of the method, and the "quantitatives" pointed out the problem of being unable to reproduce. We concluded that widening the use of the qualitative method by doctors requires investment from the beginning of the academic career and participation in qualitative research projects.

El objetivo es verificar la percepción de médicos sobre el método de investigación cualitativa. Se trata de un estudio cualitativo por medio de entrevistas con preguntas sobre el perfil de los médicos y sobre el método. Entrevistamos a 42 profesionales, 18 con experiencia en el método cualitativo y 24 con el cuantitativo. Los resultados mostraron que el conocimiento sobre lo cualitativo es casi nulo entre los "cuantitativistas", que no valoran la investigación cualitativa, aunque algunos se dan cuenta de que sería importante tener un enfoque más amplio en la práctica clínica. Otros la ven como subsidiaria a lo cuantitativo. Sus dificultades para utilizar ese abordaje son: falta de formación, cantidad de tiempo que exigen y problemas de publicación. Todos han criticado el mal uso del método. Los "cuantitativistas" han destacado como fragilidad, la no reproductibilidad. Llegamos a la conclusión de que para ampliar el uso de los abordajes cualitativos entre los médicos es importante invertir en su formación desde el inicio del curso y la participación en proyectos de investigación cualitativa.

Objetivamos verificar a percepção de médicos sobre o método qualitativo de pesquisa. Estudo qualitativo por meio de entrevistas com questões sobre o perfil acadêmico do médico e perguntas abertas a respeito do método. Entrevistamos 42 profissionais, sendo 18 com experiência no método qualitativo e 24 com o quantitativo. Os resultados evidenciaram que o conhecimento sobre o qualitativo é quase nulo entre os pesquisadores "quantitativistas", os quais não valorizam a pesquisa qualitativa, embora alguns percebam que seria importante ter uma postura mais compreensiva na prática clínica. Outros só a veem como subsidiária ao quantitativo. As principais dificuldades da maioria são: falta de formação, tempo longo despendido nos estudos empíricos e dificuldade de publicação. Todos os entrevistados criticaram o mau uso do método, e os "quantitativistas" ressaltaram, como problema, sua não reprodutibilidade. Concluímos que ampliar o uso do método qualitativo por médicos exige investimento na formação desde o início da graduação e participação em projetos de pesquisa qualitativa.

Animals , Humans , Mice , Anilides/pharmacology , Benzodiazepinones/pharmacology , /pharmacology , Protein Kinase Inhibitors/pharmacology , Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases/antagonists & inhibitors , Pyrimidines/pharmacology , Repressor Proteins/antagonists & inhibitors , Cells, Cultured , Cell Movement/drug effects , Cell Proliferation/drug effects , Drug Evaluation, Preclinical , Enzyme Activation/drug effects , Neoplasms/pathology , Protein Kinases/genetics , Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases/genetics , Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases/metabolism , Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases/physiology , Repressor Proteins/agonists , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Substrate Specificity , Tumor Suppressor Proteins/physiology
Rev. bras. psiquiatr ; 37(1): 49-54, Jan-Mar/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-741937


Objective: Peritraumatic reactions feature prominently among the main predictors for development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Peritraumatic tonic immobility (PTI), a less investigated but equally important type of peritraumatic response, has been recently attracting the attention of researchers and clinicians for its close association with traumatic reactions and PTSD. Our objective was to investigate the role of PTI, peritraumatic panic, and dissociation as predictors of PTSD symptoms in a cohort of police recruits (n=132). Methods: Participants were asked to complete the following questionnaires during academy training and after the first year of work: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist - Civilian Version (PCL-C), Physical Reactions Subscale (PRS), Peritraumatic Dissociative Experiences Questionnaire (PDEQ), Tonic Immobility Scale (TIS), and Critical Incident History Questionnaire. Results: Employing a zero-inflated negative binomial regression model, we found that each additional point in the TIS was associated with a 9% increment in PCL-C mean scores (RM = 1.09), whereas for PRS, the increment was 7% (RM = 1.07). As the severity of peritraumatic dissociation increased one point in the PDEQ, the chance of having at least one symptom in the PCL-C increased 22% (OR = 1.22). Conclusions: Our findings highlight the need to expand investigation on the incidence and impact of PTI on the mental health of police officers. .

Animals , Humans , Mice , Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone/physiology , Leukemia/pathology , Myeloid-Lymphoid Leukemia Protein/genetics , Neoplastic Stem Cells/pathology , Oncogenes , Repressor Proteins/physiology , Apoptosis , Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone/genetics , Flow Cytometry , Leukemia/genetics , Leukemia/metabolism , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Repressor Proteins/genetics
Arq. neuropsiquiatr ; 73(1): 12-17, 01/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-732211


Objective To present a seven-cases serie of Mowat-Wilson syndrome (MWS). Method All patients with positive mutation for the ZEB2 were evaluated by a geneticist and a neurologist, with clinical and laboratorial characterization. Results A peculiar facies and mental retardation were present in all patients. The Denver II scale showed intense delay in all aspects, especially fine motor and adaptive. Acquired microcephaly was observed in five patients. Only one patient did not present epilepsy. Epilepsy was focal and predominating in sleep, with status epilepticus in three patients. The initial seizure was associated with fever in most patients (4/6). The EEG showed epileptic focal activity (5/7). The imaging studies revealed total agenesis (4/7) and partial agenesis of the corpus callosum (1/7). Conclusion Physicians who care for patients with mental retardation and epilepsy should be aware of SMW. .

Objetivo Apresentar uma série de sete casos da síndrome de Mowat-Wilson (SMW). Método Todos os pacientes com estudo positivo para a mutação ZEB2 foram avaliados por um geneticista e um neurologista, com a caracterização clínica e laboratorial. Resultados Todos apresentavam fácies peculiar e retardo mental. A escala de Denver II evidenciou intenso atraso em todos os aspectos, sobretudo motor fino e adaptativo. Microcefalia adquirida foi observada em cinco pacientes. Apenas um paciente não apresentava epilepsia, sendo esta focal e predominando no sono, sendo relatado estado de mal em três pacientes. A crise inicial estava associada à febre na maioria dos pacientes (4/6). O EEG evidenciou atividade epiléptica focal na maioria (5/7). Ao estudo de imagem foi observada agenesia total (4/7) e parcial do corpo caloso (1/7). Conclusão Médicos que lidam com pacientes com retardo mental e epilepsia devem saber distinguir as características peculiares da SMW. .

Child , Child, Preschool , Female , Humans , Infant , Male , Hirschsprung Disease/genetics , Homeodomain Proteins/genetics , Intellectual Disability/genetics , Mutation , Microcephaly/genetics , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Facies , Hirschsprung Disease/physiopathology , Intellectual Disability/physiopathology , Microcephaly/physiopathology , Retrospective Studies
Rev. Esc. Enferm. USP ; 48(spe): 16-22, 08/2014. tab
Article in English | LILACS, BDENF | ID: lil-731304


Objective To analyze the determinants of emergency contraception non-use among women in unplanned and ambivalent pregnancies. Method Cross-sectional study with a probabilistic sample of 366 pregnant women from 12 primary health care units in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. A multinomial logistic regression was performed, comparing three groups: women who used emergency contraception to prevent ongoing pregnancies (reference); women who made no use of emergency contraception, but used other contraceptive methods; and women who made no use of any contraceptive methods at all. Results Cohabitation with a partner was the common determinant of emergency contraception non-use. No pregnancy risk awareness, ambivalent pregnancies and no previous use of emergency contraception also contributed to emergency contraception non-use. Conclusion Apart from what is pointed out in the literature, knowledge of emergency contraception and the fertile period were not associated to its use. .

Objetivo Analizar los determinantes del no uso de la anticoncepción de emergencia entre las mujeres con embarazo no planeado o ambivalente. Método Estudio transversal en una muestra probabilística de 366 mujeres embarazadas de 12 Unidades Básicas de Salud de São Paulo. Mediante regresión logística multinomial, se comparó tres grupos de mujeres: aquellas que usaron la anticoncepción de emergencia para prevenir el embarazo en curso (referencia), aquellas que usaron algún método anticonceptivo, pero no la anticoncepción de emergência; y aquellas que no usaron ningún método. Resultados Los hallazgos mostraron que vivir com la pareja fue el determinante común del no uso de la anticoncepción de emergencia. No tener conciencia del riesgo de embarazo, estar en un embarazo ambivalente y nunca tener utilizado la anticoncepción de emergencia también fueron associados con su no uso para prevenir el embarazo en curso. Conclusión Contrariamente a lo que reporta la literatura, el conocimiento de la anticoncepción de emergencia y el período fértil no mostró asociación con el no uso. .

Objetivo Analisar os determinantes do não uso da anticoncepção de emergência entre mulheres com gravidez não planejada ou ambivalente. Método Estudo transversal com amostra probabilística de 366 gestantes de 12 Unidades Básicas de Saúde da cidade de São Paulo. Por meio de regressão logística multinomial, compararam-se três grupos de mulheres: as que usaram anticoncepção de emergência para prevenir a gravidez em curso (referência); as que usaram algum método contraceptivo, mas não anticoncepção de emergência; e as que não usaram nenhum método. Resultados Os achados mostraram que morar com o parceiro foi o determinante comum do não uso da anticoncepção de emergência. Não ter consciência do risco de engravidar, estar em uma gravidez ambivalente e nunca ter usado anticoncepção de emergência também foram associados ao seu não uso para prevenir a gravidez em curso. Conclusão Diferentemente do que relata a literatura, o conhecimento sobre anticoncepção de emergência e sobre o período fértil não mostrou qualquer associação ao não uso. .

DNA-Binding Proteins , Escherichia coli/genetics , Protein Interaction Mapping/methods , Two-Hybrid System Techniques , Bacteriophage lambda/genetics , DNA, Bacterial/genetics , DNA-Directed RNA Polymerases/biosynthesis , DNA-Directed RNA Polymerases/genetics , DNA-Directed RNA Polymerases/physiology , Escherichia coli Proteins/biosynthesis , Escherichia coli Proteins/genetics , Escherichia coli Proteins/physiology , Escherichia coli/enzymology , Genes, Reporter/genetics , Phosphorylation , Plasmids/biosynthesis , Plasmids/genetics , Promoter Regions, Genetic/genetics , RNA, Bacterial/genetics , Recombinant Fusion Proteins/biosynthesis , Recombinant Fusion Proteins/genetics , Recombinant Fusion Proteins/physiology , Repressor Proteins/biosynthesis , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Repressor Proteins/physiology , Transcription, Genetic/genetics , Transcription, Genetic/physiology , Viral Proteins/biosynthesis , Viral Proteins/genetics , Viral Proteins/physiology , Viral Regulatory and Accessory Proteins , beta-Galactosidase/biosynthesis , beta-Lactamases/biosynthesis
São Paulo; s.n; s.n; 2014. 181 p. tab, graf, ilus.
Thesis in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-847078


As proteína quinases C (PKC) pertencem à família das serina/treonina quinases, que vem sendo apontadas como importantes enzimas para os processos de proliferação e diferenciação das células tronco embrionárias (CTE), todavia, a função exata de cada isoforma dessa família ainda não está clara. Dados anteriores do nosso laboratório indicam que dentre as PKCs expressas em CTE, formas cataliticamente ativas da PKCßI são altamente expressas no núcleo das CTE murinas. Estas ao se diferenciarem expressam essa quinase no seu citoplasma ou deixam de expressar a mesma, e que a maioria dos alvos da PKCßI em CTE indiferenciada estão envolvidos em processos de regulação da transcrição de proteínas envolvidas em processos de proliferação/ diferenciação. Dando continuidade aos resultados anteriores do laboratório, no presente trabalho, com técnicas de proteômica e fosfoproteômica identificamos outros alvos nucleares da PKCßI em CTE indiferenciadas. Vimos que de fato inibindo-se a PKCßI diminuiu-se a fostorilação de fatores envolvidos com a indiferenciação das CTE. Dentre os alvos da PKCßI encontramos a proteína adaptadora, TIF1 que recruta proteínas remodeladoras de cromatina. Essa proteína é essencial para a manutenção do estado indiferenciado das CTE. In vitro a PKCßI foi capaz de fosforilar a TIF1ß e inibindo-se a PKCßI por RNAi vimos uma diminuição na expressão da TIF1ß e no fator de indiferenciação Nanog cuja expressão já foi demonstrada ser regulada pela TIF1ß. Além disso vimos que inibindo-se a PKCßI com o peptídeo inibidor da PKCßI aumentou a expressão de proteínas reguladas pelo c-Myc. E que o RNAi para a PKCßI aumentou a expressão de proteínas que regulam a expressão do c-Myc. Não vimos nenhum efeito na fosforilação ou expressão do c-Myc após a inibição da PKCßI o que sugere que a PKCßI ative proteínas repressoras do c-Myc. Nossos estudos sugerem que a PKCßI regula a manutenção do estado indiferenciado das CTE regulando a expressão e atividade da Tif1ß um possível alvo direto da PKCßI. Levando a modificações da cromatina e regulação da expressão de genes que mantém as CTE indiferenciadas. Outro ponto de regulação da PKCßI parece ser a nibição da atividade de c-Myc o que seria importante para a manutenção do estado indiferenciado visto que o c-Myc é um amplificador das vias de sinalização que mantém as células proliferando. Desta forma a PKCßI parece ter um papel central na regulação da expressão gênica de CTE à nível de modificações epigenéticas e a nível transcricional mantendo as CTE indiferenciadas

The Protein kinase C (PKC) family of serine/treonine kinases, are being described as important enzymes for proliferation and diferentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESC), however, the exact function of the different isoenzymes of this family still is unclear. Previous data from our laboratory indicates that amongst the PKCs expressed in ESC, catalytically active forms of PKCßI are highly expressed in nucleus of murine ESC. When these cells differentiate this kinase can be found in the cytoplasm or not expressed at all, and that the majority of PKCßI targets in undifferentiated ESC are involved in the regulation of proteins involved in transcription of proteins involved in proliferation/ diferentiation. Continuing our previous work herewith using proteomics and phosphoproteomics techniques we identified other nuclear PKCßI targets in undifferentiated ESC. We indeed saw that inhibiting PKCßI decreased the phosphorylation of factors involved with maintainance of the undifferentiated state of ESC. Amongst the targets of PKCßI we found the adaptor protein, TIF1ßI, that recruits cromatin remodeling proteins. This protein is essential for the maintenance of the undifferentiated state of ESC. In vitro PKCßI phosphorylated TIF1ß and inhibiting PKCßI with RNAi decreased the expression of TIF1ß and of the undifferentiation factor Nanog whose expression has been shown to be regulated by TIF1ß. We also saw that inhibiting PKCßI with a peptide inhibitor increased the expression of proteins regulated by c-Myc, and that RNAi for PKCßI increased the expression of proteins that regulate the expression of c-Myc. We did not see any effect on the phosphorylation or expression of c-Myc after inhibition of PKCßI suggesting that PKCßI activates c-Myc repressor proteins. Our studies sugest that PKCßI regulates the maintenance of the undiferentiated state of ESC regulating the expression and activity of Tif1ß a possibly a direct target of PKCßI, leading to chromatin modifications and regulation of genes that maintain ESC undiferentiated. Another form of regulation of PKCßI seems to be by inhibiting the activity of c-Myc which is importante to maintain ESC undifferentiated since c-Myc is na an amplifyer of signaling patheways that maintain ESC proliferating. Together PKCßI has a central role in the regulation of the gene expression of ESC at the level of epigenetic modifications and transcriptional regulation

Embryonic Stem Cells/cytology , Protein Kinase C/metabolism , Cell Differentiation , Chromatin/genetics , Mass Spectrometry/methods , Phosphorylation , Protein Kinase C beta/analysis , Proteomics/instrumentation , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Substrates for Biological Treatment/classification
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-216382


KBG syndrome is a very rare genetic disorder characterized by macrodontia of upper central incisors, global developmental delay, distinctive craniofacial features, short stature, and skeletal anomalies. Ankyrin repeat domain 11 gene (ANKRD11) has recently been identified as a causal factor of this syndrome. We describe a 6-yr-old Korean boy with features of KBG syndrome. The patient had a short stature, macrodontia, dysmorphic facial features, speech and motor delay with intellectual disability, and partial seizures as indicated by the electroencephalogram, but he was neither autistic nor had autism spectrum disorders. Using high-resolution oligonucleotide array comparative genomic hybridization, we identified a heterozygous 240-kb deletion at 16q24.3 corresponding to ANKRD11. This patient provided additional evidence on the influence of ANKRD11 in KBG syndrome and suggested that deletion limited to ANKRD11 is unlikely to cause autism.

Abnormalities, Multiple/diagnosis , Asian Continental Ancestry Group/genetics , Bone Diseases, Developmental/diagnosis , Child , Chromosomes, Human, Pair 16 , Comparative Genomic Hybridization , Electroencephalography , Facies , Gene Deletion , Heterozygote , Humans , Intellectual Disability/diagnosis , Male , Phenotype , Repressor Proteins/genetics , Republic of Korea , Tooth Abnormalities/diagnosis