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Psychiatric Risk Gene Cacna1c and Early Life Stress: Potential Gene-Environment interactions?
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Psychiatric Risk Gene Cacna1c and Early Life Stress: Potential Gene-Environment interactions?

Early life stress (ELS) is highly associated with development of psychopathology
and mood disorders in adulthood. Genetic studies have identified variation in the gene calcium voltage-gated channel subunit alpha1C (CACNA1C) to increase risk for several psychiatric disorders. This poster assessed the expression of Cacna1c following prepubertal stress.
Treatment Options for Chronic Parvovirus Viremia in  Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients in a Tertiary Care Center
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Treatment Options for Chronic Parvovirus Viremia in Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients in a Tertiary Care Center

This abstract discusses three cases of pediatric heart transplant patients who suffered from parvovirus (B19) infection. Of these patients, two ( B & C) responded well to standard intravenous Ig therapy. Patient A however, did not respond to standard treatment and was begun on subcutaneous Ig, which effectively diminished his viral load. Thus, subcutaneous Ig infusions might serve as a second line treatment for transplant patients with parvovirus who do not respond well to the standard approach.
T-helper cell phenotype expression in cutaneous lesions of angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma
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T-helper cell phenotype expression in cutaneous lesions of angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma

Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) is a common type of peripheral T-cell lymphoma. AITL can be missed until lymphadenopathy develops in patients initially presenting with skin lesions, as skin biopsy may lack conclusive findings. Our case highlights the extranodal presentation of AITL with cutaneous lesions displaying the TFH phenotype.
The Role of K13 in Artemisinin Resistance
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The Role of K13 in Artemisinin Resistance

Plasmodium falciparum is evolving resistance to Artemisinin Combination Therapy. The gene with the strongest association with resistance is K13. K13 is an ortholog of the well characterized transcriptional regulator Keap1. In this work we transcriptionally characterized a mutant with a transposon inserted in the K13 promoter region which results in dysregulation of K13 at 2 points of the intraerythrocytic cycle of the life-cycle to identify the processes regulated by K13.
Regulatory T-Cells (Tregs) Within Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells (BMSCs) Actively Confer Immunomodulatory and Neuroprotective Effects Against Stroke
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Regulatory T-Cells (Tregs) Within Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells (BMSCs) Actively Confer Immunomodulatory and Neuroprotective Effects Against Stroke

We found a distinct subpopulation of Tregs within BMSCs. Tregs and BMSCs in co-culture conferred neuroprotection that varied in a dose-dependent manner. Tregs minimized stem cell production of IL-6, a pro-inflammatory cytokine, and inhibited BMSC secretion of FGF-beta, a cytokine related to BMSC proliferation and differentiation. The ratio of Tregs found natively in BMSCs is optimally adapted to provide the maximum neuroprotective benefit of stem cell treatment after ischemic stroke.
Partial characterization of Plasmodium falciparum protein kinase ABCK2 (PfABCK2)
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Partial characterization of Plasmodium falciparum protein kinase ABCK2 (PfABCK2)

PfABCk2 gene is ligated into pET21a+ vector with His-tag at C-terminus and transformed into BL-21 (DE3) competent cells that are verified through Miniprep and DNA sequencing. Furthermore, this gene construct is utilized to heterologous express this protein with IPTG and afterwards purified the recombinant protein kinase using nickel affinity chromatography as shown on 10% SDS-PAGE with the expected 36 kDa protein band.
Novel Role of the Innate Immune DNA Sensor IFI16 (Interferon Gamma Inducible Protein 16) as a Major Epigenetic Modulator During KSHV Infection and Lytic Reactivation
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Novel Role of the Innate Immune DNA Sensor IFI16 (Interferon Gamma Inducible Protein 16) as a Major Epigenetic Modulator During KSHV Infection and Lytic Reactivation

Studies have shown that IFI16 acts as an antiviral restriction factor against a number of DNA viruses, by inhibiting viral replication or transcription through epigenetic modifications. However, till date, no specific epigenetic function of IFI16 has been identified. Here, we have discovered that IFI16 recruits two histone methyltransferases on the KSHV episome leading to altered Histone H3K9 methylation, thus regulating its lifecycle.
Correlations among the Toddler Gut Microbiome and Health Status Variables
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Correlations among the Toddler Gut Microbiome and Health Status Variables

Establishment and succession of the human microbiome begins at birth and microbial composition adapts alongside human development and growth. Development of a healthy signature microbial community has significant effects on health.This study followed 18 very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, measured initially in the from Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), at the age of two to three years old.
Comparing The Anti-Alzheimer's Activity of Different Types of Coffee
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Comparing The Anti-Alzheimer's Activity of Different Types of Coffee

This study found that coffee solutions treated at 5% are toxic to neurons. However, the toxicity reduced significantly at 2.5%. While the toxicity was significantly less allowing for more cells to survive at 2.5%, the levels of toxic amyloid beta 1-42 significantly reduced. This reduction in amyloid beta is associated with improvement in cognitive performance, as the presence of these toxic peptides is one of the characteristics of AD pathophysiology.
C1 Complement mediates human cord blood serum derived APP α-secretase cleavage activity in vitro
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C1 Complement mediates human cord blood serum derived APP α-secretase cleavage activity in vitro

Our results indicate that CBS contains proteins that promote α-secretase like enzymatic activity. LC-MS/MS analysis in CBSF and AgBSF revealed the presence of 142 proteins of which C1 subunits and alpha-2-macroglobulin showed significantly greater levels in αCBSF compared with αAgBSF. further study showed,C1 subunits can enhance sAPPα production and Aβ reduction in cell culture condition

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