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Cross Talk between HDAC Family Members

Members probably do not function independently. In fact, studies have presented ample evidence that several of these deacetylases might work in conjunction and regulate common biological targets and processes. For example, HDAC4 and HDAC5 can associate with HDAC3 (Grozinger et al., 1999 Fischle et al., 2002). These observations led to the hypothesis that HDAC3 might be the catalytic subunit for the HDAC4 deacetylase (Fischle et al., 2002). However, it is important to note that although endogenous HDAC3 is abundantly present in the NcoR and Smrt co-repressor complex, HDAC4 is not part of the complex (Yoon et al., 2003). Thus, it is unlikely that endogenous HDAC4 (or another class IIA HDAC) forms an exclusive complex with HDAC3 in vivo. We have found that HDAC4 and SIRT1 can also form a complex and this complex could be important in regulating MEF2 transcriptional activity (Zhao et al., 2005). As discussed, both HDAC1 and SIRT1 have been shown to promote p53 deacetylation (see above)....

Hsp70 Family Members Danger Signals And Autoimmunity

Abstract The 70 kiloDalton family of heat shock proteins (Hsp70) are known to stimulate immune responses and have been increasingly implicated in autoimmune conditions. Hsp70 proteins are present in pathogens as well as in healthy cells. They can be expressed constitutively or elevated in response to heat or other cellular stress. Immune responses stimulated by Hsp70 family members include triggering of innate inflammatory responses, enhancing antigen presentation to self-reactive T cells, and cross priming of chaperoned tumor and other self antigens. In this chapter, we present an overview of immunomodu-latory activities described for Hsp70 proteins and review the evidence implicating Hsp70 activity in autoimmunity. The ability of Hsp70 to stimulate anti-self tumor immunity and the prospect of using Hsp70 in vaccines or as adjuvants for cancer immunotherapy will be examined. Finally we discuss potential mechanisms by which Hsp70 proteins act as danger signals and regulatory molecules...

Longterm Effects Of Cancer Diagnosis And Treatment On Survivors Family Members

The literature on the effect of cancer diagnosis and treatment on family members is sparse.74 Of studies in this area, most have focused on the impact of cancer soon after diagnosis, during recurrence, or at the terminal phase of the disease.75-77 One study shows that partners of men with prostate cancer, generally from small convenience samples, report more distress than their sick partners, but also believe that their partners are more distressed. The only reviewed study of long-term prostate cancer survivors found that couples' health-related QOL was associated with marital satisfaction.61 Distress was inversely related to levels of family support. The men's focus of concern, on their sexual functioning (i.e., impotence), was not shared to an equal degree by their non-sick partners.78,79 The most relevant study included in our review focusing on family survivorship included families from 1 to 5 years posttreatment,80 thus making specific statements about the long-term effects of...

Domain and Subunit Structure of PPP Family Members

Although Ppp1c (PP1) and Ppp2c (PP2A) possess only very short amino- and carboxy-terminal regions outside the catalytic region, other PPP family members may possess fused amino- and carboxy-terminal domains that, at least in some cases, impart distinct properties to the catalytic domain. Thus, Ppp3c (PP2B, calcineurin) has a carboxy-terminal domain that allows the enzyme to be activated by Ca2+ calmodulin, as well as an autoinhibitory pseudosubstrate domain 26 . Ppp7c has EF hand sequences that confer Ca2+ sensitivity and a calmodulin-binding motif that is distinct from that of Ppp3c 22 . PP5 has an inhibitory amino terminal domain containing three tetratricopeptide repeats (TPRs) that are likely to allow interaction with other proteins 21,27 .

Emergence of Camrsa as a Cause of Pneumonia in Otherwise Healthy Children

The emergence of CA-MRSA as a cause of pneumonia in otherwise healthy children (and adults) has now been reported in many parts of the United States (Herold et al., 1998 Gorak et al., 1999 Buckingham et al., 2003 Buckingham et al., 2004 Alfaro et al., 2005 Gonzalez et al., 2005b), adolescents (Alfaro et al., 2005 Gonzalez et al., 2005b) and adults (Gorak et al., 1999 Francis et al., 2005). Pneumonia caused by CA-MRSA has been associated with severe local (pleural effusion, empyema, pneumatocele) and systemic (metastatic foci, toxic shock syndrome, necrotizing fasciiitis, sepsis, Waterhouse-Friedrichsen syndrome) complications. And, unlike the controversy regarding the effects of discordant therapy on the outcome of pneumonia caused by penicillin cefotaxime-resistant pneumococci, there is no doubt that the available beta-lactam antibiotics (including cefotaxime and ceftriaxone) will fail to successfully treat pneumonia and other serious infections caused by CA-MRSA.

Family Members and Friends

Although most caregivers (primarily family members) are highly motivated and are committed to providing care, caregivers involved with patients who have cancer experience substantial burdens.67-76 Not The majority of the literature concerning caregiver burden has focused on family members and friends of the patient, but an interesting subset of the literature addresses the stresses and trials experienced by members of the health care team when they care for patients with chronic and life-threatening illness. Those health professionals caring for patients with end-of-life issues in the setting of germ cell tumors are frequently caring for those who are young, and death among these individuals is most commonly considered to be unnatural. These specific issues, combined with the stresses encountered in many health care systems today, can serve to create significant stress for health professionals.

Relationships The Development Ofattachments

Freud (1940 1963) described the infant-mother relationship as unique, without parallel, established unalterably for a whole lifetime as the first and strongest love-object and as the prototype of all later love-relations. (p. 45) Although the typical conditions of early care in Western cultures have changed significantly since Freud's day (i.e., fathers, child-care providers, babysitters, and extended family members now share infant care with mothers), Freud's famous assertion draws attention to the importance of the initial attachments a baby develops to caregivers and to their potentially enduring significance. An attachment can be described as an enduring affectional bond that unites two or more people across time and context, and the development of attachment relationships between infants and their caregivers is one of the hallmarks of early socioemotional growth (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978 Bowlby, 1969 1982 Cassidy & Shaver, 1999).

Developmental Aspects of Attachments

Although virtually all infants become attached to their care-givers, not all attachments exhibit characteristics that attachment theorists define as secure (Ainsworth et al., 1978). Whereas the markers of a secure attachment are the child's confident exploration and secure base behavior in the care-giver's company, as well as ready soothing of distress when the child is upset, infants sometimes develop attachments to caregivers that reflect uncertainty or distrust in the responsiveness of the parent, child-care provider, or other caregiver. Infants with insecure attachments are not so easily soothed by the caregiver, and their exploratory play may be better characterized either by independence or by anxious dependency on the adult (Ainsworth et al., 1978 Colin, 1996 Thompson, 1998). An insecure attachment is not, however, equivalent to no attachment at all. Even a young child who is uncertain about the caregiver's nurturance derives important emotional support from the caregiver's...

Defining Applied Developmental Science

Time in the pages of Child Development, the prestigious archival journal of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Child Development had been singularly devoted to theory-driven, basic research. Now, after more than six decades of advancing science as a means to expand our understanding of human development, SRCD has formally welcomed into its major journal research that uses this knowledge on children's behalf the result of a very gradual transformation within SRCD from a scientist's science toward a more public science (Zigler, 1998, p. 532). The continuing vicissitudes of the gaps and synergies between applied and basic research will be a theme of the historical sketch offered in the next section (see also Garner, 1972). In 1991 a National Task Force on Applied Developmental Science convened representatives from abroad, but not an exhaustive range of professional scientific organizations concerned with the application of the knowledge base of developmental psychology...

Domains Of Inquiry And Action In Applied Developmental Science

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Early child care & education Early childhood education Education reform & schooling Literacy inquiry and action to provide a sense of the broad scope of ADS. Recent textbooks (e.g., Fisher & Lerner, 1994), review chapters (e.g., Zigler & Finn-Stevenson, 1999), handbooks (e.g., Lerner, Jacobs & Wertlieb, 2002 Sigel & Renninger, 1998), special issues of journals (e.g., Hetherington, 1998), and regular sections of journals such as the Applied Developmental Theory section of Infants and Young Children provide ongoing articulation of ADS inquiry. Journals such as the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Applied Developmental Science, and Children's Services Social Policy, Research and Practice are among the central outlets for new work in ADS. Each of the chapters that follow in the present volume on developmental psychology reflects, to varying degrees, some influence of ADS in establishing the current state of knowledge, and the final section of this volume includes several...

The Plan Of This Volume

Authors use a systems approach to understand the role of child care in the lives of very young children and their families. They argue that this field of study needs to include key mediating or moderating factors (temperament, parent-child relationships, family risk load) in order to understand the way in which child care impacts family development. Finally, in the chapter on culture and child development, Mistry and Saraswathi describe current understanding of the interface between culture and child development by integrating literature from three subfields of psychology cultural psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and developmental psychology. They illustrate the complementary contributions of the three subfields in unraveling the culture-individual interface by presenting selective overviews of three topic areas of development development of self, development of children's narratives, and development of remembering.

Feeding ecology and diet

Foraging strategies among the Old World warblers are diverse. Some species forage singly or in pairs, while others forage in groups of several family members or other conspecifics. Still others readily join mixed-species foraging parties, especially in the nonbreeding season. Cisticola nigriloris forages in groups of 5-8 birds, apparently keeping in contact by group-singing. Many African and nontropical species, join foraging parties in the nonbreeding season.

Demography Mortality and Health Statistics

The National Center for Health Statistics at the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention contains a Data Warehouse on Trends in Health and Aging on its aging activities page. Users can view, chart, and download data on life expectancy, disability, insurance utilization, socioeconomic status and other measures for United States citizens over the last century or so. Furthermore, the site provides downloadable software for manipulating the information and tailoring it to individual needs. Some sites document types of demographic data other than mortality trends. For instance, the Utah Population Database contains an extensive set of Utah family histories, including medical information for individual family members. This database contains a cancer registry and information about cause of death. Access is free, but requires advance approval for use of the data.

Possible Maternal UPD3

The only potential case, reported in 1974, is suggested by the duplication in an offspring of the chromosomal heteromorphism of a mother heterozygous for chromosome 3 pericentric inversion, inv(3)(p12 q14), inherited from her own father (Betz et al., 1974). This slightly retarded woman had two nondysmorphic, mentally retarded daughters one was heterozygous but the other homozygous for this chromosome 3 inversion. The father was unavailable for study. To explain this homozygosity, the authors considered the (consanguineous) mating of two closely related carriers of this inversion that was also present in several other nonretarded, family members. Since no DNA polymorphisms were available at the time, there is no formal demonstration of maternal UPD3 in this case.

Indications for MSI Assay

The indications for an MSI assay are listed in chapter 10 (Table 10-1). The primary reason to perform an MSI assay is to rule out HNPCC. HNPCC kindreds may develop multiple cancers of the colorectum or other sites, and the operation of choice in affected individuals is pan-colectomy. Surveillance for cancers of other sites should be considered. Family members of patients with HNPCC are at risk, and genetic counseling for these individuals is recommended. The second reason to perform an MSI assay is that the MSI phenotype in colorectal cancer has prognostic significance.

Evolution of the Nuclear Receptor Superfamily

Mammalian NRs are dispersed throughout multiple chromosomes of the genome, it is likely that early metazoans experienced genomic duplications that facilitated this distribution.8 Despite this diversity, however, NRs share conserved structural elements, which has allowed the identification and cloning of novel receptors by virtue of sequence similarity. The most highly conserved portion of nuclear receptors is the DBD, which often displays 90 amino acid sequence identity between orthologous (functionally identical genes across species) and paralogous (related genes within a species) family members. While the zinc finger DNA-binding motif is present within transcription factors of virtually all eukaryotes, the NR DBD, containing two Cys2 Cys2 zinc fingers, is apparently restricted to metazoans, with orthologous or related genes present in nematodes, arthropods, fish, birds, amphibians, and mammals.5 This finding is supported by polymerase chain reaction-directed searches for more...

Receptor Classification by Mode of Action

Nuclear receptors can be grouped into four classes based on their DNA-binding and dimer-ization properties (Fig. 3.4).25 Generally speaking, class I receptors include GRs, mineralcorti-coid receptors (MRs), progesterone receptors (PRs), and androgen receptors (ARs), which function as homodimers and bind to IRs separated by 3 base pairs (i.e., IR-3). An exception to this rule is the estrogen receptors (ERs) which can form either heterodimers or homodimers on IR-3.30-32 Class II receptors require het-erodimerization with RXR family members and bind to DRs, varying from DR-1 to DR-5. The spacing, in general, specifies the identity of the dimerization partner. Class III receptors, including hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 (HNF-4), chicken ovalbumin upstream promoter-transcription factor (COUP-TF), and germ cell nu-

Elderly Living Arrangements Ethnic Comparisons

Latinos are less likely to live alone and more likely to live with family members than white and African American elderly. Over three-fourths (76.6 ) of Latino elderly lived with family, compared with two-thirds (67.5 ) of white elderly and approximately 6 out of 10 African American elderly (63.1 ) (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1990b). About 2 out of 10 elderly Latinos (22.0 ) lived alone, compared to 3 out of 10 white elderly (30.6 ), and one-third of African American elderly (33.4 ) (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1990b). Latino elderly are more likely than other elderly to live in a multigenerational family where the child is the householder. In 1989, Latino elderly were less likely to be householders (60.2 ) than white (70.7 ) and African American (68.1 ) elderly. Moreover, a larger percentage of elderly Latinos (38.7 ) were nonhouseholders living with family members than white (30.7 ) or African American (27.5 ) elderly (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1990b).

The Universality of Yeast Aging Mechanisms and Future Outlook

The short telomere senescence phenotypes of yeast have clear parallels with human cells. Both systems utilize telomerase and ATM family members in telomere metabolism and short telomere signaling. Both systems have telomere-associated proteins that can be released to function at other sites (the SIR proteins in yeast and the Rif1 and TRF2 proteins in human cells). Thus, telomere shortening in both systems has the potential to release associated proteins that may play roles in lifespan regulation. While the orthologs affected in these processes may not always show an exact one-to-one correspondence, the conservation of general biological mechanisms from one system can guide the model building in the other.

How Older Adults Contribute To The Health Of Their Communities

Similarly, because they are less likely to migrate than younger adults, seniors provide stability in a family and neighborhood. These stabilizing forces provide moral leadership and mentoring for younger family members as well as others in the neighborhood. Households led by a person at least 65 years old have a lower risk of being victims of property crime than households headed by someone under age 65 (FIFA, 2000). Conversely, when these citizens become too frail to maintain their homes, communities suffer. Declines in health, declines in physical function, and home deterioration can lead to migration out of the community to institutional care or to a family member's home. Investments in disease and disability prevention as well as investments in home maintenance are likely to keep people in their homes and preserve housing stock and neighborhood stability.

Paramyxoviruses Measles virus and Newcastle Disease Virus

Measles virus (MV) and Newcastle Disease virus (NDV) are members of the negative single-stranded RNA paramyxoviridae family (120). MV is a member of genus Morbillivirus whereas NDV is a member of the Rubulovirus genus that comprises mumps virus. These family members encode 6 to 7 covalently linked genes from a 15-to 16-kb genome and are enveloped viruses (83). In the case of MV, the hemagglutinin (H) attachment protein binds to one of two cellular receptors, CD46 or the signaling activation molecule. CD46 is frequently overexpressed on cancer cells (20). Given that other replicating RNA viruses were becoming noted for their oncolytic effects, it was decided to evaluate whether derivatives of the Edmonston-B-strain of measles virus (MV-Ed), which are live attenuated vaccines that have been effectively used for over 30 yr, exhibited similar properties. Indeed, intratumoral and intravenous inoculation of MV-Ed was found to induce the regression of human lymphoma in xenographed models...

Liver X and Farnesoid X Receptors

Oxysterols apparently also upregulate expression of proteins involved in sterol lipid transport. For example, certain ABC transporters involved in lipid transport and cholesterol ester transfer proteins are activated through LXR signaling.419-421 An additional level of regulation may include transcriptional induction of LXRs by PPAR family members activated by certain fatty acids.422 The involvement of these receptors in the tightly regulated process of enterohepatic cholesterol metabolism suggests that pharmacological modulation of their activity could dramatically affect lipo-protein metabolism in disease states such as hypertriglyceridemia, hypercholesterolemia, and atherosclerosis.

Chronic Progressive External Ophthalmoplegia

CPEO is actually a number of diseases. They have in common a progressive, restricted range of eye movements and ptosis. Some, however, have ptosis only. The patient may know nothing about this. Most of his family members look the same, the diseases are very chronic, and they usually do not cause diplopia. Often, an associated symptom unrelated to the abnormal ocular mobility brings the patient to the doctor. Included in this group of diseases are

Identifying The Genes Underlying Complex Polygenic Disorders

Based on this foundation, the following highly successful approach to positional cloning was developed and codified (1) type a sparse set of markers in multiplex families (those with multiple affected individuals), (2) localize the disease gene to a chromosomal segment showing excess allele sharing, (3) test additional markers to map individual recombinants and more precisely delimit the location of the disease gene, (4) identify candidate genes in this critical region, and (5) screen these genes for mutations (examining affected family members) to identify the etio-logical variants. Typically, proof of causality (for a gene and for the mutations it carries) relies on the discovery of multiple independent mutations (in the different families examined), each of which changes the sequence of the encoded protein, cosegregates with disease, and has a functional consequence that can be recognized based on primary sequence data (e.g., deletions, splice site mutations, stop codons or...

Plateletderived Growth Factor As A Dominant Glioma Mitogen

From a mechanistic perspective, PDGF and its receptors have been implicated in autocrine stimulation (by which a tumor cell promotes its own proliferation) as well as paracrine stimulation (by which a tumor cell promotes proliferation of neighboring cells, including PDGFR-expressing endothelial cells) in malignant gliomas 17,18,21,30,31 . Ligand binding to the receptor leads to a process of receptor dimerization, autophosphorylation of tyrosine residues, and phosphorylation of a series of signaling intermediaries, such as Ras, phospholipase C-gamma (PLCy), phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), and Src family members, as described below.

Physical characteristics

Family members range from 6.3 in (16 cm) to a mere 3.5 in (8.9 cm) in the aptly named pygmy tit (Psaltria exilis). All have long tails, particularly the long-tailed tit (Aegithalos cau-datus), whose tail can make up half its total body length. Adult males and females have a similar plumage. They are generally dark above (gray or brown and lighter) and often white below. Many species have black mask and some show hints of pink in their feathering. A loose arrangement of body feathers makes them appear fluffy and endears them to many observers.

Eqfr Amplification Overexpression In Glioma Progression

The potential role of EGFR overexpression in glioma development is also supported by the observation that overexpression of mutant EGFR in neural progenitors or astrocytes induces the formation of tumors with histological features of glioblastoma in transgenic models 56 . Other EGFR family members, such as ErbB2, have been strongly implicated in medulloblastoma development, and appear to constitute a prognostic factor adversely associated with outcome and metastases 57-59 . Co-expression of ErbB4 was also commonly noted and heterodimerization between these receptors was postulated to be an important contributor to the adverse effects observed. Subsequent analysis of the prognostic significance of this marker confirmed that it had independent prognostic utility, even in otherwise favorable risk patients 59 . Recently, this marker has also been associated with outcome in a cohort of pediatric patients with ependymoma 60 . The important role of Erb family members in brain tumor...

Function Of The Medical Examiner

Medical examiners investigate deaths due to homicide, suicide, or accidental violence, and deaths of persons unattended by a physician, or who succumbed to a contagious disease. They also intervene in cases where death occurs amid suspicious circumstances. Examples of the latter include the sudden death of persons in apparently good health, or who die while in the custody of law enforcement officers. The medical examiner is empowered to overrule family members or legal guardians who refuse permission for an autopsy however, in cases where the cause of death becomes obvious upon preliminary review, the medical examiner, at his sole discretion, may decline the case and allow family members to claim the body without an autopsy. The medical examiner investigating a death will conduct an autopsy. The medical examiner must carefully review and record a history and pertinent past medical history, supplied by witnesses, family members, and medical records obtained from the deceased person's...

Strategies For Direct Inhibition Of Growth Factor Pathway Activation

A variety of strategies have been effectively used for growth factor signaling inhibition, including neutralizing antibodies, antisense techniques, and dominant negative mutants, in pilot studies of individual glioma cell lines 35 . For example, Nitta and Sato 37 observed that c-sis antisense oligonu-cleotides inhibited growth in vitro of A172 glioma cells, which express large quantities of PDGF-BB and the ySyreceptor. Similarly, growth of U87 and U343 glioma cells transfected with a dominant negative construct for PDGF-A, designed to form unstable dimers with normal A and B chains, was suppressed in vitro, and these cells exhibited diminished tumor-igenicity in a nude mouse subcutaneous model 131 . Our previous studies have also demonstrated significant antiproliferative activity in vitro using a PDGF neutralizing antibody 33 . Other groups have noted significant activity of antibodies designed to neutralize EGFR or to selectively target the most common, constitutively active EGFR...

Zd1839 As A Potential Egfr Inhibitor

ZD1839 (Iressa, Gefitinib, AstraZeneca, Wilmington, DE), a low molecular weight synthetic quinazoline, was designed as a potent and selective inhibitor of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase. It is active against EGFR at nanomolar concentrations in cell-free systems, with 100-fold less activity against other EGFR family members, such as erbB2, and has little or no enzyme inhibitory activity against other tyrosine and serine-threonine kinases 159-162 . It is effective in blocking EGFR autophosphorylation and inhibiting EGFR-dependent cell signaling in vitro in cell lines that rely heavily on EGFR activation for proliferative stimulation, but has virtually no effect on EGFR-independent proliferation. Tumor growth inhibition is associated with cell cycle arrest in the G1 phase of the cell cycle. ZD1839 has also demonstrated antitumor activity in vivo in a number of human tumor xenograft models after oral administration, particularly in model systems in which...

Nature of Id1 Protein

Id proteins belong to a protein family with molecular weights ranging from 13-20 kDa and helix-loop-helix (HLH) domains. There are four family members Id-1 to Id-4. Their function is to inhibit basic HLH transcription factors from binding to DNA by heterodimerization with basic HLH proteins, thus, inhibiting the transcription ofdifferentiation associated genes (9,10). Id-1 was first discovered as a negative regulator of DNA binding and an inhibitor of cell differentiation in myoblasts (7). It is expressed in a variety of cell types including epithelial cells. Recently, Id-1 expression has been reported in many tumor types, i.e., breast and pancreatic cancers. Increased expression of Id-1 has been associated with proliferation potential and invasion ability (11-13). In addition, Id-1 expression does not only restore the ability of DNA synthesis in senescent human fibroblast cells, but, in addition, results in the immortalization ofhuman keratinocytes (9,14), indicating its positive...

Molecular Mechanisms ofOncogenes in Carcinogenesis 241 Platelet Derived Growth Factor and Its Receptors

EGF receptors are commonly overexpressed in a number of epithelial malignancies and are often associated with an aggressive phenotype. They are overexpressed in over 50 of non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLC), head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), and colon cancers, along with overexpression of one or more other EGFR family members (21,23,24).

Causes and symptoms

Certain social and behavioral characteristics, however, are more commonly seen among individuals who become dependent on opioids than those who do not. For instance, many heroin users come from families in which one or more family members use alcohol or drugs excessively or have mental disorders (such as antisocial personality disorder). Often heroin users have had health problems early in life, behavioral problems beginning in childhood, low self-confidence, and anti-authoritarian views.

Parental Reactions To The Diagnosis Of Blindness

The impact of blindness on all family members is tremendous. Before the birth of any baby, we all have dreams and expectations about what the future holds. Expecting a child is a special time for most parents. Mothers and fathers love their baby long before it is born. They love the baby because they project onto their child all their dreams, fantasies, and expectations. For many parents, their hopes are realized when a healthy child is born. But for a moment try to imagine all these expectations and dreams destroyed by hearing the doctor say, Your baby is blind. Parents are devastated. They experience a blow that is totally shattering. As Pearl Buck said when learning her daughter was mentally retarded, All the joy of my life was gone.

Acculturation Problem

Clinicians should emphasize the process of acculturation as the focus of clinical attention when the problem involves adjustment to a different culture (e.g., following migration) (DSM-IV, 1994, p. 685). A discrepancy in the level or degree of acculturation among family members may be in itself the focus of clinical attention. This point could be illustrated with the process of dating among Hispanic females (Paniagua, 1996). In this process, a Hispanic female is expected to engage immediate family members in that process (e.g., parents, uncles, brothers, sisters). A highly acculturated Hispanic female residing with less acculturated family members may develop a psychiatric disorder (e.g., depression) because of this discrepancy in acculturation among members. In clinical practice, this discrepancy in acculturation levels should be the focus of clinical attention. Several acculturation scales have been suggested in the literature, which clinicians may use to determine whether or not an...

Endoflife Decision Making

It is widely held that a competent patient has a right to make decisions about his or her own medical treatment, including a right to consent to treatment or a right to refuse treatment, generally so long as such refusal does not harm any third party or involve a communicable disease. That right is grounded both in common law, following from the ethical principle of autonomy, and in the constitutionally derived right of privacy. Ideally, that right is exercised when a diagnosis and treatment are evident and clear and the patient has been fully informed and is capable of making a decision. However, most situations, particularly for terminally ill elderly patients, are less than ideal. More often than not, unfortunately, many patients experience their final days like Mrs. D, who was treated aggressively for colon cancer, including a number of experimental therapies that caused her to endure intractable pain from the cancer as well as severe pain and nausea from the therapies. She was...

Advance Directives Living Wills And Durable Powers Of Attorney

In 1976 California passed the Natural Death Act, the first legally binding living-will act. In general, living wills are written documents that provide instructions to health care providers, family members, and others about the kinds of treatments an individual would want or not want to prolong life. A living will is executed while an individual is still capable of making decisions. Now most states have passed laws to sanction living wills, make them legally binding, and provide guidelines for their preparation. However, there are few, if any, assurances that the declarer's wishes will be carried out. Considerable differences currently exist among the state laws concerning the rights and responsibilities granted to patients and health-care practitioners for withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining procedures. Some of the laws limit the kinds of life-sustaining procedures a patient may refuse. For a living will to become effective, most statutes require that the patient must be...

Structure of Tumor Necrosis Factor

Identity to TNF homologs that would establish an evolutionary relationship (although sTall does assemble into an icosahedral cage). On the other hand, TNF family members have distinct sequence similarity and obvious structural homology to trimeric, globular C1q domains 10 of the het-eromeric molecules that function in the complement pathway. Hence, the TNF and gC1q domains may share an ancient kinship in the early development of the immune response.

Who Should Make Surrogate Decisions

Whether or not a patient has completed an advance directive, if he or she becomes decisionally incapacitated, some other person will have to act for the patient when health care decisions, including end-of-life decisions, are demanded. Even if a patient has executed a living will, some other person will have to interpret and implement it. If a proxy or agent has been appointed, then that person will have the authority to consent to or refuse medical treatments for the principal in the event the principal becomes decisionally incapacitated. In some states those persons on a priority list of surrogates are authorized to act as decision makers in the event a patient has not completed an advance directive. Provisions for such lists are known as ''surrogate family decisionmaking laws.'' Conventional priority lists have the following order guardian, if appointed, spouse, adult children, parents, and other relatives. Such lists follow a well-known and customary practice in medicine to turn...

Recruitment for family studies

Type of study, i.e. disease-specific or non-disease-specific. For both types, the recruitment process is divided into two parts recruitment of the proband followed by recruitment of other family members. Likewise, for both study types, the recruitment methods for the proband are similar to those for general case-control studies for disease-specific studies the methods for identifying and recruiting cases are likely to be applied, while for non-disease-specific studies, both controls and cases can be recruited. Once the proband has been identified and contacted, two possibilities exist for recruiting other family members. Either the proband approaches family members, and discusses participation with them directly, or the proband provides researchers with their contact details (Beskow et al., 2004). Both methods have ethical and legal implications. In the first scenario, the relatives are contacted by a person known to them, the proband, resulting in a likely reduction of privacy risks....

Feedback for disease prevention

A different legal and ethical problem arises in cases where the researcher is aware that the study participant has a sibling or children who might be affected by an inherited and heritable condition. The researcher may even feel compelled to warn the participant's family members about the possibility of their carrying the disease, possibly against the wishes of the participant. Parker and Lucassen give the example of a woman not wishing her pregnant sister to be informed about the woman's

Oncogenic Capacity Of The Jakstat Signaling Pathway

Growth of tumors such as childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is often dependent on cytokine stimulation, presumably through a paracrine or autocrine pathway, which induces phosphorylation and activation of receptors and associated signaling pathways, including the Jak-Stat pathway. Specific inhibition of Jak2 in ALL and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) by the tyrphostin AG490, a specific tyrosine kinase blocker, inhibited proliferation and induced apoptosis of leukemic cells without significant perturbations in hematopoiesis (83,84). Another form of ALL is associated with a chromosomal translocation fusing the catalytic kinase domain of Jak2 with an ETS transcription factor family member TEL, also known as ETV6. TEL is characterized by a DNA-binding domain (conserved in ETS family members) and importantly, a helix-loop-helix oligomerization domain that allows TEL-Jak2 to dimerize and activate Jak2 kinase activity, thereby activating signaling pathways. Other common cytogenetic...

Autonomy Of The Dying Person Best Interests And Substituted Judgment

Surrogate decision making (High, 1989). Rather, it is frequently the case that elderly people prefer to rely informally on trusted surrogate decision makers without regard to whether the decision reflects one standard or the other. They are more interested in having the best decision made by whatever means. Frequently, elderly people believe that close family members, particularly spouses and or trusted adult children, can make better decisions at the time of the medical crisis than they could by advance deliberation (High, 1988, 1990 High & Turner, 1987).

The Role Of Families In Endoflife Decision Making

In general, a presumption in favor of families for surrogate decision making or even assisting with end-of-life decisions exists in law and in some ethical argument. It is also a widely known and commonly accepted practice in the medical profession to rely on family members to make treatment decisions for those relatives who never could or can no longer decide for themselves. Beyond that, families are faced with an enormous number of important decisions during the course of a terminal illness of a relative. In addition to crisis and end-of-life decisions, there are everyday decisions about care and treatment options, including financial decisions and family role responsibilities in relating to the dying relative. These decisions affect not only the patient but also the family members themselves. Moreover, end-of-life and care decisions are most frequently made by the family unit, rather than by the patient in isolation, even if he or she is capable. Ordinarily, family members and the...

Cultural Assessment

The clinician may wish to administer any of the above-mentioned scales in a written format to the Asian American client prior to the first interview to obtain a rough estimate of the client's acculturation and self-identification, then follow up on some key items regarding cultural orientation and identity in the more thorough cultural assessment during the first session. In particular, the measures that sample multiple domains are particularly useful in identifying the acculturation profiles of the client in different life domains. The clinician should keep in mind that acculturation may not proceed at a uniform rate among the different domains even within an individual, much less among the family members. For example, a South Asian American individual who appears to be highly acculturated with respect to behavior (e.g., adoption of Western dress, manners, English fluency) may still substantially endorse traditional values and behavior within the family system (Prathikanti, 1997).

Measuring the genetic contribution in developmental disorders

Family studies carry the caveat that sibs share the same maternal environment over precisely the period during which the etiological determinants are exerting their effect i.e. during embryogenesis. Additionally, family members share environmental and socioeconomic status that contribute confounding effects in a transgenerational manner. This reduces the ability to distinguish between genetic and intrauterine environmental factors as causative influences. Twin concordance studies ascertain the difference in concordance of a trait between dizygotic and monozygotic twin pairs and this is interpreted as a measure of the genetic contribution towards aetiology. Such studies are limited by the observation that monozygotic twinning per se is associated with an increase in the prevalence of congenital anomalies (Schinzel et al., 1979 Hall, 1996).

Identifying the multiple epistatic determinants underlying a developmental disorder Hirschsprung disease

A variety of approaches have been utilized to identify the genetic determinants underlying HSCR. Firstly, clinical and epidemiological studies established that long segment disease exhibited higher penetrance and less variable expressivity than short segment disease (Bodian and Carter, 1963 Garver et al., 1985 Badner et al., 1990). The implications for recurrence risk in family members reflect these observations (Table 13.4). The first gene of major effect in both short and long segment HSCR was identified as RET using classical linkage studies to map a deletion encompassing the RET locus in a familial case of the disease and then detection of mutations in isolated cases of HSCR. The characterization of other genes underlying syndromic HSCR has proved more challenging but several others have had mutations identified using similar approaches (Amiel and Lyonnet, 2001). A genome-wide association study in inbred populations with elevated susceptibility to the condition and work using...

Apo2Ltraildr5 structures

Determined by three different groups 7,10,11 , These three independent structures are in good overall agreement, especially around the receptor binding site. As in the LT-TNF-R1 complex, the three symmetrical binding sites on the ligand are nestled between the monomer-monomer interfaces each site forms two distinct patches, one centered around Tyr 216 and the other around Gln 205 (Fig. 2). Both of these residues have been shown to be critically important for Apo2L TRAIL activity 6 . Two loops from DR5, the 50s loop in CRD2 and the 90s loop in CRD3, make almost all the contacts with the ligand. The conformation of the 90s loop is very different between DR5 and TNF-R1, and its sequence in other TNF-Rs is highly variable. This loop was proposed to be important for defining the specificity and cross-reactivity among TNF-R family members 11 . In contrast, the 50s loop has a backbone conformation very similar to the corresponding loop in TNF-R1 (the Ca atoms of DR5 residues 50 to 62...

Ligand Independent Receptor Assembly

In addition to the role of CRDs 2 and 3 in ligand binding, CRD1 of receptors DR4, FAS, CD40, TNF-R1, and TNF-R2 mediates pre-ligand-binding receptor association into inactive receptor oligomers, which are thought to be altered upon ligand binding to allow intracellular DISC assembly 12-14 . In all DR5 structures, CRD1 is only partially ordered (Fig. 3). Its sequence and structure are very different from the corresponding domain in TNF-R1 furthermore, the sequences of DR4 and DR5 vary most in this CRD, and CRD1 contains no obvious motifs conserved with other TNF-R family members. For these reasons, it is unclear if ligand-independent preas-sociation is a universal feature of the death receptor family.

Environment and high penetrance genes

Cover multiple generations, birth cohorts, clinical management schemes and healthcare systems so that comparisons between affected and unaffected carriers are not straightforward and interpretation is difficult. For instance, knowledge of carrier status among family members will depend upon which family members choose to have genetic testing such choices may well depend upon factors such as parity and the interest in acquiring this knowledge for family rather than entirely personal reasons. These confusions about the actual structure of the data may explain why there have been such inconsistencies between studies. For instance, among BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers, studies of smoking have suggested that smoking influences risk (Brunet et al., 1998) but a subsequent, larger study by the same investigators found no such effect (Ghadirian et al., 2004). For these studies, attempts to make the studies population-based have been discussed as a means to removing such inadequacies in data...

Homotypic Interactions

A number of studies have shown that class IIa HDACs are capable of participating in homotypic interactions. MITR associates with HDAC1, -3, -4, and -5 (6). Similarly, HDAC7 binds to HDAC1, -2, -4, and -5, as well as itself (15). A recent study presented a computational analysis, using the COILS program, of the predicted secondary structure of HDAC4 (70). The analysis assigned a high probability of a coiled-coil dimerization domain to the region encompassing amino acids 90 to 179 of HDAC4, a region that is fairly well conserved between HDACs 4, 5, and 9 but is absent in HDAC7. Deletion of this region disrupted the previously observed localization of HDAC4 to discrete nuclear bodies, the ability of HDAC4 to self-associate in vitro, and its sumoylation (37,70). However, this region also contains the MEF2-interacting domain of HDAC4, so whether or not the change in localization really has to do with self-aggregation rather than binding to MEF2 is an open question. Also, HDAC7, which...

Non Cancer Health Care and Health Maintenance

Recognized, although screening recommendations are not well developed. Patients may be offered participation in clinical research looking to better define surveillance strategies for high-risk patients (e.g., EUS screening for patients with heritable risk of pancreas cancer). Documentation of a genetic predisposition to cancer could affect not only recommendations for family members, but surveillance recommendations for the patient. For example, interval cancers are more common among patients with Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer and so surveillance colonoscopies should be more frequent.

Breaking the News The Role of the Physician

When Janet entered the doctor's office this time, she was feeling very apprehensive. She was ushered into the doctor's office, instead of an examining room. After about 15 long minutes, the doctor appeared. He sat down behind his desk, took out Brian's chart, and began to speak. From what Janet can remember, he said something like this The test confirmed what I have suspected. Your baby has a condition known as Leber's congenital amaurosis. This condition affects the optic nerves and, from my experience, I believe he is totally blind. There is no treatment. I am sorry. I wish you and your family the best of luck. Jack doesn't remember the details of Janet's reaction. He knew, of course, that she was extremely upset. Primarily, though, he felt overwhelming helplessness. None of his hard-won expertise could fix this baby no patching, no surgery, no nothing. All Jack could do was hope that this family had the strength to cope with the diagnosis. The thought came, If it was one of my...

Suicidal Risk Management

Often patients' suicidal threats, expressed to family members or other persons, may promote powerful secondary gain that feeds into the suicidal symptomatology. The therapist may have to meet with the entire family to explain the treatment arrangements and to explicitly liberate them from responsibility for the patient's survival. It needs to be stressed that should the therapist be concerned about the patient's reliability as protector of his or her own survival between the sessions, it is preferable to hospitalize the patient until a definite diagnosis is achieved and the patient's capacity for responsible participation in the treatment is reliably assessed. To perform the treatment effectively, therapists must assure themselves of their own security (physical, legal, and psychological) by explaining to the families the rationale for making patients responsible for their own safety. It must be very clear to patients and to the relatives why long-term hospitalization does not seem...

Advances in medical technology and the threat to patient informational and spatial privacy

In the public realm, advances in genomic research are widely recognised as being in the interests of the collective good. The promise of considerable clinical benefit from genetics is a rarely-questioned given. The ability to gain knowledge about one's own genetic make-up can, however, be a frightening prospect for the individual. Such information might reveal an underlying disease or dysfunction, or indicate a predisposition to future ill health. It could also have implications for one's relatives, given the common genetic heritage that family members share. Moreover, once such information is discovered, a question arises over its use and possible misuse. Family members, the state, researchers, insurers and employers could all claim an interest in knowing the genetic information relating to individuals. The basis and legitimacy of such interests will be discussed in chapter 3. That such claims might be put, however, means that potential invasions of the informational privacy of the...

Clinical Molecular Genetic Testing

Commercial genetic testing for parkinsonian genes should be interpreted with caution. A positive finding contributes only to the probability that the person will become affected, because most mutations gain or lose function and are associated with age-dependent penetrance. Indeed, for most genes and mutations, the age-associated risk to carriers has yet to be formally described. Despite the explosive progress in genetic research, not all mutations in PD have been functionally validated and some rare variants could be benign polymorphisms. Technical problems in test-retest reliability may also occur. These issues should be carefully and comprehensively discussed with physicians and their patients who are seeking genetic advice, as well as with asymptomatic family members who are genealogically at risk.

Regulation and function Regulation of expression

The mechanisms of regulation of TP53 transcription have been less studied than most other aspects of p53 protein function. The TP53 gene does not contain a conventional TATA box but is under control of several ubiquitous transcription factors, including NFkB, Sp1 and c-Jun. The latter acts as a repressor of TP53 expression mouse fibroblasts from cJUN-deficient embryos have difficulties in progressing into the cell cycle due to suppression by an overexpressed p53 (Schreiber et al., 1999). The p53 transcript is 2.8 kb long. The main initiation codon is in exon 2 but there is an alternative initiation site at codon 40, that leads to the production of a protein that lacks the N-terminus containing the transcription activation domain (DeltaNp53) (Courtois et al., 2002). An alternatively spliced transcript that retains intron 2 has been identified (Ghosh et al., 2004). This transcript is unable to encode the full-length protein but supports the synthesis of DeltaNp53. This feature is...

Risk Of Multiple Primary Cancers In Mutation Carriers

In the initial LFS report (1), some family members had multiple primary cancers. Many case reports and series have noted the association of LFS, p53 germ line mutations, and multiple primary tumors (60-69). The increased risk of subsequent neoplasms was clearly demonstrated in the follow-up studies of the 24 LFS kindreds (6,70), citing the high risk for those with young age of first cancer diagnosis, the occurrence not only of second but of third malignant neoplasms, the spectrum of multiple primary tumors that was primarily composed of the same component tumors observed as initial tumors, and the high frequency of tumors arising in radiation-treated areas. The analysis was not based on p53 mutation status but classic LFS, and included 8 p53 mutation kindreds, 8 non-p53 LFS, and 8 unknown genotype LFS. With an additional 10 to 30 years follow-up the cumulative risk of a second malignant neoplasm was 57 ( 10 ) SE at 30 years after the first cancer diagnosis, and for a third malignant...

Conclusions And Implications For Practice

There should be a government led process of consultation to review the current age of criminal responsibility in the light of clinical and research evidence about the developmental immaturity and psychiatric disturbance of many young child defendants. All child defendants facing serious criminal charges (murder, manslaughter, abduction, rape or grievous bodily harm) should be assessed by a clinical psychologist and by a child psychiatrist. There should be agreement between clinical psychologists and child psychiatrists as to the principles of such psychological and psychiatric assessments. If appropriate, pre-trial therapy should be provided for all child defendants suffering from identifiable and treatable psychiatric disorders. A child defendant's pack should be made available to inform children facing criminal charges about their rights and the legal process. Relevant training covering the areas of child development, psychiatric and psychological issues, the relevant forensic and...

Patient And Family Education

Patients and families require factual information regarding their particular diagnosis, treatment options, managing their medications, handling common symptoms and side effects, and recognizing medical emergencies. The key is to empower patients and families to effectively manage their own care. Also important are specific details on the likely course(s) of their illness and the supportive resources available to them over the course of their disease. The key is to provide accurate information so that patient and families can make informed decisions. Desperate families who have not been given adequate information may make decisions based on misinformation in the media, on the Internet, and from well-intentioned friends and family members. Information provided should be easy to understand and accurate. Adequate education can decrease anxiety and sustain confidence. Ideally, patient education materials need to be written at a ninth grade level or below...

Peptide Binding Versus Adjuvanticity

The nature of the polypeptides, which preferentially bind to Hsp70, has been studied. Gething and colleagues tested a large panel (Srivastava, 2002b) of synthesized peptides for their binding activity. They found that the peptides which bound with the highest affinities were made up of at least 7 residues and included large hydrophobic and basic amino acids with few or none acidic residues. By comparing several HspP70 family members (Hsc70, DnaK and BiP), they were also able to demonstrate significant differences in the peptide binding specificities of these 3 closely related proteins, perhaps reflecting some notable differences in

Influence of Age and Sex on Metal Toxicity

It has long been claimed that certain age groups are at increased risk (i.e., young children and the elderly). During the past decade, quantitative data have become available to document these claims. Several investigations have dealt with young animals and children, and data on elderly people are also forthcoming. The fetus is regarded as especially vulnerable, because many functions are not fully developed until after birth, and several possibilities exist for contact between the fetus and toxic metals. The toxic effects caused by metals on development of the fetus are discussed in Chapter 12. Methylmercury is known to cross the placental barrier and to accumulate in the fetus. It is well documented that fetal exposure to methylmercury can cause intrauterine methylmercury poisoning (Chapter 33). Lead crosses the placental barrier, and prenatal lead exposure may play a role for later development. The fetal brain does not tolerate lead to the same extent as the adult brain does (cf...

Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptors

The specific oligomeric nature of active tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) family members has not been definitively proven. The ligands for these receptors are usually trimeric, suggesting that the functional oligomeric complex of the receptors may also be trimeric however, the receptors may actually function as dimers. At least three different hypotheses have been proposed for the activation of TNFRs. The first, and most widely accepted, involves receptor trimer-ization. The earliest crystallographic studies of TNFR and TNFR1 bound to TNF-P demonstrate that one receptor molecule binds to each of the three monomer-monomer interfaces of the trimeric TNF ligand 34,35 . Interestingly, no direct contacts between any of the receptor monomers other than nonspecific crystal contacts were detected however, the receptor endodomains presumably would be sufficiently close to allow interaction. TNF-receptor-associated factors (TRAFs), primary effectors of TNF-Rs, have been crystallized as...

Recombinant Genes for HSC Expansion

SAG-mediated HSC expansion has also been evaluated in vivo. Zhao et al. recently demonstrated that SAGs derived from Jak family members may be the key to amplifying specific hematopoietic lineages (57). Experiments carried out with a SAG construct containing the JH1 domain of murine Jak2 linked to a tandem binding site for the CID, AP20187, were evaluated in a murine transplant model. Administration of the CID resulted in a rapid expansion of transduced erythrocytes. However, the effect was shortlived, and the transduced erythrocyte population declined to pretreatment levels after CID withdrawal. Another SAG, consisting of the erythropoietin (EPO) receptor dimer-ization domain fused to the thrombopoietin receptor signaling domain, was recently evaluated in cynomogus macaques (58). Transduced CD34+ cells were transplanted directly into irrigated femurs and humeri in unconditioned animals. In the absence of

Techniques Used In Sult Research

A vital feature of the human SULT enzyme family is the degree of substrate specificity demonstrated by the individual isoforms, and this feature has been exploited in enzyme activity assays. SULT activity can be determined in tissue cytosol using specific substrates at concentrations selective for each isoform. SULT1A1 can be measured by virtue of its high affinity (low Km) for 4-nitrophenol compared to other SULTS. At low micromolar concentrations, SULT1A1 selectively sulfates 4-nitrophenol, whereas at similar concentrations SULT 1 A3, which has a major role in the sulfation of catecholamines, preferentially sulfates dopamine. SULT1E family members preferentially sulfate endogenous (e.g., estrone and 17 -estradiol) and xenobiotic (e.g., 17a-ethinylestradiol) estrogens, generally with very high affinity (Aksoy et al., 1994 Coughtrie et al., 1994, 1998 Falany 1997 Falany et al., 1994). Although SULT1A1 and SULT2A members also sulfate estrogens, the affinity for endogenous estrogens is...

Hdac6 Is A Cytoplasmic Deacetylase

The 11 identified HDAC family members, HDAC6 is uniquely localized to the cytoplasm under most conditions (8-10). In the cytoplasm, HDAC6 concentrates distinctly at the perinuclear region and at the leading edge. Interestingly, this pattern is also shared by p150Glued, which is a component of the dynein motor complex. Dynein is a large protein complex that hydrolyzes ATP to move cargo such as organelles and proteins from the plus (+) to the minus (-) ends of microtubules (reviewed in ref. 11). The similarities between the subcellular distribution of HDAC6 and p150Glued suggest a functional link among HDAC6, microtubules, and the dynein motor. Indeed, it was discovered that HDAC6 dynamically associates with microtubules (4,12). One key function of this microtubule connection might be linked to microtubule acetylation (13), a modification that was known to be associated with microtubule stability (14). Through cell biological, biochemical, and genetic approaches, it was discovered that...

Multidrug Resistance Proteins

More than 50 other ATP-binding cassette family members have been identified, some of which have been associated with antineoplastic drug resistance in cancer cells (76). In experiments aimed at resolving the cycling status of HSCs, Goodell et al. discovered a population of cells resistant to labeling with the fluorescent DNA stain, Hoechst 33342 (77). Interestingly, lymphomyeloid repopulating activity was enriched over 1000-fold in the population of cells with the highest degree of Hoescht exclusion (designated SP cells). The verapamil-sensitivity of this phenomenon indicated that P-gp, or a similar drug efflux pump, was responsible and expressed at higher levels in bone marrow stem cells. Subsequent studies have identified SP stem cells in a variety of tissues. ABCG2 BCRP1 has been identified as the transporter responsible for Hoechst 33342 efflux in SP cells. However, enforced ABCG2 expression in murine bone marrow reduced progenitor cell differentiation in vitro (78,79). Similar...

Siblings And Other Relatives

Relatives outside the nuclear family do not interact with or assist family members as much as they once did. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and other mem- bers of the extended family can no longer be depended on to rush into the breech when the nieces, nephews, or other relatives need help. Among the reasons for this situation are the increased geographical separation of members of extended families, less time for interacting with relatives, and the fact that public agencies now assume much of the responsibility for family care that was once borne by the families themselves. In some ethnic and religious groups, however, extended families are eager and active in promoting family welfare. This is the case, in particular, for Mormons, blacks, and Hispanics. For blacks, the extended family provides economic, emotional, and physical support to family members of all ages. The role of older women as kin keepers, who assume the responsibility of keeping in touch with family members, providing for...

Familial Parkinsonism

Less common than ARJP are autosomal dominant forms of early onset PD. The best characterized is the Contursi kindred, a familial PD due to a mutation in the a-synuclein gene (62). The pathology of the Contursi kindred is typical Lewy body PD however, given the young age of onset, by the time the individual dies, Lewy body pathology is typically widespread in the brain. Lewy neurites are also prominent in many cortical areas. Some young onset autosomal dominant PD kindreds, such as the Iowa kindred, have atypical clinical presentations and include family members with dementia and psychosis. The Iowa kindred has a multiplication of the a-synuclein gene (63). Families with duplications have a milder phenotype than those with a triplication of the a-synuclein gene, suggesting a role for overexpression of a-synuclein in the pathogenesis of even sporadic PD (64). The pathology in cases with gene triplication is associated with severe Lewy body-related pathology in the cortex, hippocampus,...

From Carriage to Clinical Disease

Human beings are the sole natural hosts of Streptococcus pneumoniae. The bacterium is spread from one human to another by droplets. Pneumococci are frequently found in the upper respiratory tract of both healthy children and adults, although carriage rates differ greatly from one age group and population to another. Depending on the geographic location carriage acquisition occurs either earlier or later in life (O'Brien et al., 2003). Risk factors for early carriage are those that increase the chance of transmission such as poor living conditions, crowding, and presence of older siblings in the household. The transmission cycle has lately been the target of intense interest, arising largely in response to vaccine development and also epidemiological observations following introduction of PCV in the United States. In most cases it seems that younger siblings are infected with Streptococcus pneumoniae carried by an older sibling or another child living in close vicinity or attending the...

Entry regulations and travel insurance

The American foreign ministry also publishes a list of countries with HIV-specific entry restrictions (see links). Under certain circumstances, e.g. visits of conferences or family members or business travel, journeys to the USA are possible for HIV patients if they apply for a visa waiver . Indeed, the procedure is time consuming and the passport endorsement can complicate further travel to the USA or other countries.

The dCTG Repeat Cosegregates with a Novel Form of Ataxia

We used PCR analysis to screen the kindred from which the expansion had been originally cloned, and found that both of the affected individuals and two at-risk family members carried the expansion on one of their two alle-les (Koob et al. 1999). We subsequently screened our ataxia family collection (Moseley et al. 1998) and identified probands from 11 additional ataxia kindreds with expanded alleles. From one of these individuals we were able to identify and collect a seven-generation kindred with 92 members (Fig. 1). Mutation analyses showed that all of the affected individuals in the family had an expanded allele and linkage analysis between ataxia and the expansion gave a maximum logarithm of the odds (LOD) score of 6.8 at & 0.00. inherited the CTG expansion but are not clinically affected by ataxia. The CTG repeat lengths of expanded alleles are indicated below the symbols. Haplotype analyses using five short tandem repeat markers confirm that both branches of the family inherited...

Psychodynamic psychotherapy

People seek psychodynamic psychotherapy for a variety of reasons that include but are not limited to the following prolonged sadness, anxiety, sexual difficulties, physical symptoms without physical basis, persistent feelings of isolation and loneliness, and the desire to be more successful in work or love. People seek therapy because they have not been able to develop a stable resolution for their difficulties on their own or with the help of friends and family members.

Yeast Telomere Protein Components

Of SIR2, SIR3 and SIR4, only SIR2 has orthologs in a large number of other organisms. SIR2 encodes an NAD+-dependent deacetylase that is important in maintaining gene silencing and prolonging yeast lifespan (reviewed by Blander and Guarente (2004)). Many organisms encode multiple SIR2 family members, or sirtuins, and the suggestion has been made that sirtuins may alter protein posttranslational modification to regulate responses to stress that also affect lifespan (Blander and Guarente, 2004).

The Nonubiquitinated Misfolded Protein Cargo Dilemma

How, then, does the dynein motor complex recognize nonubiquitinated misfolded proteins As a related question, are other members of the HDAC family involved in the processing of nonubiquitinated misfolded proteins In a screen for molecules that suppress SOD-1 aggresome formation, a general HDAC inhibitor, Scriptaid, was identified (27). Although it remains possible that Scriptaid inhibits SOD-1 aggresome formation through a transcription-dependent mechanism, the most likely interpretation is that one or more HDAC family members is involved in the transport of SOD-1 misfolded proteins. As with Scriptaid, another HDAC inhibitor, Trapoxin-B, was also able to inhibit SOD-1 aggresome formation (27). Trapoxin-B, however, inhibits all HDACs except HDAC6 (32). Thus, in the presence of a drug that blocks all HDACs but HDAC6, aggresomes of nonubiquitinated proteins could not form (27). This is consistent with the finding of Kawaguchi et al. (6) that HDAC6 is not required to form aggresomes of...

HDACs And The Expanded Polyglutamineassociated Inclusion Body

Similar to aggresomes, however, polyQ-associated inclusion body has been linked to HDAC family members. For example, HDAC3 was reported to be present in the disease-inducing mutant Ataxin-1-associated nuclear inclusion bodies (34). Furthermore, in a model of neurodegeneration in Drosophila, in which a polyQ-expanded ataxin-1 gene is expressed, a mutation of the dRpd3 gene leads to enhanced neurotoxicity (35). dRpd3 is a homolog of mammalian HDAC1 and HDAC3 (10). These results suggest a functional connection between members of the HDAC families and polyQ inclusion bodies. Interestingly, the well-characterized acetyltrans-ferase cyclic AMP-responsive binding protein (CREB) binding protein (CBP) is also present in the polyQ inclusion body (36), further suggesting a role for enzymes that regulate protein acetylation in the pathogenesis of polyQ inclusion bodies.

ErbBInduced Signaling Pathways

Signaling pathways induced through ErbBs are dictated by their pattern of autophosphorylation, as the specificity of SH2 and PTB domain binding is conferred by amino acids surrounding the tyrosine phosphorylation site. Thus, individual ErbBs couple to distinct subsets of signaling proteins, as depicted in Fig. 1. All ErbB ligands and receptors couple to activation of the Ras-MAPK pathway through recruitment of Grb-2 and or Shc and the Grb-2-bound exchange factor Sos. Activation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) is differentially induced ErbB3 contains six putative binding sites for the SH2 domain of the PI3K p85 regulatory subunit, while ErbB4 contains one binding site, and EGFR and ErbB2 couple to PI3K indirectly through adaptor proteins such as Gabl and c-Cbl 4 . Thus, ErbBs induce the proliferative and survival signals resulting from the activation of PI3K and its downstream effectors, such as Akt and p70S6 kinase, with differing potencies and kinetics. Other signaling...

Reduced Penetrance of SCA8 in Other Families

In the MN-A family, SCA8 is transmitted in an autosomal dominant pattern with reduced penetrance of alleles less than 110 combined repeats. In other families, SCA8 shows a complex inheritance pattern in which only a subset of expansion carriers from a given family is affected (Koob et al. 1999 Day et al. 2000 Ikeda et al. 2000b Cellini et al. 2001 Topisirovic et al. 2002). Representative SCA8 pedigrees are shown in Fig. 4 (Ikeda et al. 2004). Family A appears to transmit ataxia in a dominant pattern with affected individuals in multiple generations. Family B appears recessive with multiple affected individuals in a single generation, while the affected individual in family C presents as a sporadic case with no other affected family members. In contrast to the relatively large number of affected patients in the MN-A family (n 13), 25 of the remaining 36 ataxia families had only a single affected individual, nine families had two affected individuals, and only two families had three...

In Human DNA at Least 30 of the Genome Consists of Repetitive Sequences

Depending on their length, moderately repetitive sequences are classified as long interspersed repeat sequences (LINEs) or short interspersed repeat sequences (SINEs). Both types appear to be retroposons, ie, they arose from movement from one location to another (transposition) through an RNA intermediate by the action of reverse transcriptase that transcribes an RNA template into DNA. Mammalian genomes contain 20-50 thousand copies of the 6-7 kb LINEs. These represent species-specific families of repeat elements. SINEs are shorter (70-300 bp), and there may be more than 100,000 copies per genome. Of the SINEs in the human genome, one family, the Alu family, is present in about 500,000 copies per haploid genome and accounts for at least 5-6 of the human genome. Members of the human Alu family and their closely related analogs in other animals are transcribed as integral components of hnRNA or as discrete RNA molecules, including the well-studied 4.5S RNA and 7S RNA. These particular...

Microsatellite Repeat Sequences

One category of repeat sequences exists as both dispersed and grouped tandem arrays. The sequences consist of 2-6 bp repeated up to 50 times. These microsatellite sequences most commonly are found as dinucleotide repeats of AC on one strand and TG on the opposite strand, but several other forms occur, including CG, AT, and CA. The AC repeat sequences are estimated to occur at 50,000-100,000 locations in the genome. At any locus, the number of these repeats may vary on the two chromosomes, thus providing heterozygosity of the number of copies of a particular microsatellite number in an individual. This is a heritable trait, and, because of their number and the ease of detecting them using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) (Chapter 40), AC repeats are very useful in constructing genetic linkage maps. Most genes are associated with one or more microsatellite markers, so the relative position of genes on chromosomes can be assessed, as can the association of a gene with a disease. Using...

Scf Gene And Protein Interactions Between Scf And cKit

Thus SCF, M-CSF, and Flt3 ligand are members of the large family of four-helix bundle proteins. The 4-helix bundle family has three subtypes short chain, with relatively short a-helices long chain, with relatively longer a-helices such that the overall 4-helix bundle structure is more elongated and interferon (IFN)-like (27). Many family members, growth hormone being a well studied example, are ligands for receptors of the hematopoietin receptor family (27). These receptors do not have intrinsic kinase activity, but dimerization is necessary for the initiation of intracellular signaling. In the growth hormone growth hormone receptor-binding paradigm, separate regions of monomeric ligand interact with similar regions of two receptor molecules to mediate receptor dimerization (27,28).

Clinical Characteristics in Psychosis of AD

Hallucinations are defined as false sensory perceptions that are not distortions or illusions (misinterpretation of a sensory stimulus). Visual and auditory hallucinations are most common with varied prevalence between 5 and 20 in different studies. Hallucinations in AD are more frequently visual than auditory (Holroyd, 1996) the reverse is true for schizophrenia. Typical schizophrenia delusions (e.g., hearing multiple voices speaking at once or hearing one voice with a running commentary on the patient's actions) are rare in AD. A number of groups have found that delusions or hallucinations are commonly associated with aggression, agitation, and disruptive behavior (Flynn et al., 1991 Rabins, Mace, & Lucas, 1982 Rockwell, Krull, Dimsdale, & Jeste, 1994). Often, however, patients do not seem to change their behavior because the delusions or hallucinations are not upsetting. Family members are, however, often very upset by having a loved one with delusions or hallucinations, and...

SCA8 Expansions Cosegregate with Ataxia in Small Families

In the MN-A family, previous studies have shown that the cosegregation of the SCA8 expansion and ataxia is highly significant (LOD 6.8, & 0.00) (Koob et al. 1999). To distinguish between the possibility that the SCA8 expansions are found by chance in the 36 additional smaller ataxia families versus the possibility that the expansions predispose carriers to ataxia, we examined the incidence of cosegregation of the expansion with ataxia in family members other than the probands (Ikeda et al. 2004). For example, if the SCA8 expansions do not predispose patients to ataxia but are merely found by chance in these 36 families, then we would expect that the frequency of SCA8 expansions in additional affected first-degree relatives would be 50 . In contrast, we found that 12 of the 13 affected first-degree relatives available for analysis also inherited the SCA8 expansion, indicating that the expansion cosegre-gates with ataxia in these small families (p 0.0038). Linkage analysis was performed...

Heritability Estimates

Twin studies have estimated the heritability of life expectancy to range between 25 and 30 (McGue, Vaupel, Holm, and Harvald, 1993). These twin studies cannot infer the heritability of living to extreme old age because the oldest subjects in these studies are only octogenarians. In contrast, centenarians who live an additional 15 to 20 years beyond average life expectancy may require more than an advantage in their habits and environment. They may require a genetic advantage that translates into a significant inherited component to exceptional longevity. Some estimates are higher when the phenotype is more specific, as in the case of cognitive function at very old age (McClearn, 1997). Centenarians and their family members may have or lack certain genetic characteristics that result in a significant survival advantage.

Cytokine Receptor Superfamily Signaling

In all the receptor complexes, one or more of the receptor chains associates with one or more of the Janus family of protein tyrosine kinases (Jak), as indicated in Table 1 4-6 . The Jak family of kinases consists of four members (Fig. 1). The family members have a large amino-terminal domain that contains blocks of homology among family members. It is through this region that the Jaks have been shown to interact with receptor chains. The carboxyl domain contains a pseudokinase domain followed by a functional protein tyro-sine kinase catalytic domain. The role of the pseudokinase

Physiological Regulation of Protein Kinases

Happy families are all alike every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Similarly, the conformations of active protein kinases, which must all catalyze the same reaction, are very similar, but nature has evolved many different ways to inactivate kinase activity 5 .

Evolution and systematics

The helodermatid clan has a rich and diverse evolutionary history that dates back 98 million years across Europe, Asia, and North America to a time well before many dinosaurs had appeared. The fossil record shows that the remaining species of helodermatid lizards are relics of a more diverse lineage that included at least six other genera inhabiting subtropical desert, forest, and savanna habitats. Family members somehow managed to survive the great Cretaceous extinctions, which vanquished the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Helodermatid lizards have undergone relatively little gross morphological change over this time, and may appropriately be regarded as living fossils. The genus Heloderma has existed since at least the early Miocene (about 23 million years ago).

Rearrangements Related to Classical Deletions

The detection in the population of deletions predicted from the sequence provides a powerful illustration of the usefulness of sequence data. Further surveys, however, have discovered additional partial AZFc deletions that were not predicted. A major class lacks two apparently discontinuous regions, one including u3 (and thus 50f2 C) and the other the DAZ3 and DAZ4 genes, which lie in the distal DAZ cluster (20,28). Neither deletion could arise by homologous recombination from the reference sequence, but a combination of two events, an inversion followed by a deletion, involving both the b2 b3 and g1 g3 repeats, could remove all the missing sequences by either of two pathways (see Fig. 3). This deletion product has been identified in four lineages, but most deleted chromosomes belong to one of them, N, where it appears to be fixed. The N lineage is even more widespread than D2b, predominating in northern Asia and making up 12 of Y chromosomes in one worldwide survey (29). The proposed...

Tools Available Within Entrez GEO Profiles Results Page

Sequence neighbors retrieves profiles related by nucleotide sequence similarity across all DataSets, as determined by BLAST (5). Retrievals are shown in decreasing order of similarity to the selected sequence and can provide valuable insights into the possible function of the original sequence if it has not yet been characterized, or they may be useful in identifying related gene family members or for cross-species comparisons.

The genetic disorder and parental overprotection

One of the developmental tasks for the family is to allow the child to move out of dependency to become an autonomous adult. The ability to launch the developing child into the world is a challenge for any family. The developmental path of the child involves negotiating several maturational hurdles going to school, establishing peer contacts, working and creating another family. The detachment of the child from the parents is related to the parents' ability to let go and to say goodbye. As part of the growing-up process the parents have to tolerate the fact that their children may have different views. This is a mark of healthy development within the family. Families often get into difficulties around the challenge of the child becoming more separate and the difficulties can result in an interruption in the natural thrust of the child's maturational development and age-appropriate behaviour. The genetic counsellor will be interested in the influence of a genetic disorder on the family...

Gender identity disorder

In pathological cases, however, children deviate from the normal model of exploring masculine and feminine behaviors. Such children develop inflexible, compulsive, persistent, and rigidly stereotyped patterns. On one extreme are boys who become excessively masculine. The opposite extreme is seen in effeminate boys who reject their masculinity and rigidly insist that they are really girls or that they want to become mothers and bear children.

Ethical Issues in Family Care

Families tend to create enduring patterns of reciprocal support between older and younger members. Family social care is provided both by younger family members for older family members and by older people for younger. The focus of social care is providing assistance that increases a person's competence and mastery of the environment, rather than increasing his or her dependence (Hooy-man & Kiyak, 1996). From a life-course perspective, social care begins with nurturing and socializing the young for participation in society. At the other end of the life course, social care provides assistance with tasks of daily living and personal care in cases of extreme disability. The specific type of assistance is determined by the family member's functional ability, living arrangements, and the gender of both caregiver and receiver. A discussion of ethical issues related to family social care must take into account different types of assistance, family structure, gender, age, and racial ethnic...

Obtaining Family History Information

Many individuals can be identified as candidates for genetic counseling and testing in either a primary-care setting or an oncology setting. Surgeons, family practice providers, internists, obstetrician gynecologists, and oncologists should all inquire about a minimum of three generations of family history of all cancers. Genetic counselors typically employ a pedigree with standard symbols, which include females drawn as circles and males as squares (9). The proband refers to the individual who has presented for genetic counseling and is indicated on the pedigree with an arrow. The three-generation family history must include at a minimum information on the proband's siblings, children, parents, grandparents, maternal and paternal aunts and uncles, and maternal and paternal grandparents. The pedigree should be extended to include cousins as well as nieces and nephews. Family history information can be documented on even more distant relatives if the proband can identify additional...

Smads and the Ubiquitin Proteasome System

TGFP family members are important morphogens that can control distinct cell fate outcomes in response to different concentrations of ligands. By transducing signals directly from the cell-surface receptor to specific gene promoters, the Smad pathway is ideally suited to interpret morpho-genetic signals, as the concentration in the nucleus can provide a direct readout of the external concentration of the ligand. Indeed, studies on Smads in Xenopus showed that cell fate could be regulated by the concentration of Smad proteins 25 . Smad protein levels are subjected to regulated degradation in the cell by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. In the BMP pathway a C2-WW-HECT domain ubiquitin ligase called Smurfl (for Smad ubiquitin regulatory factor 1) can block BMP signaling and regulate cell fate by interacting with the R-Smads Smad1 and Smad 26 or MAD in Drosophila 27 and target them for ubiquitination and degradation. In certain systems high-level expression of a second Smurf, Smurf2, can...

Diagnosing A Hereditary Breast Cancer Syndrome

Armed with the cancer pedigree, the clinician can now examine the history for clues about the presence of a hereditary cancer syndrome. These syndromes in general confer very significant lifetime cancer risks due to a mutation in a single germline cancer susceptibility gene inherited in an autosomal-dominant manner. Typical families demonstrate multiple affected family members in several generations, often with early ages of onset. There may be skipped generations however, since these conditions are not 100 penetrant even those who carry a mutation in a cancer susceptibility gene may live their lives at increased risk but never develop cancer. In addition, histories of female cancers such as breast cancer may be masked due to generations with a high ratio of males to females or small sibships. Your Children

Anticipation Repeat Instability and Genotype Phenotype Correlation

Anticipation is a clinical phenomenon, describing progressively earlier age of onset and or more severe phenotypes in successive generations. While it can have non-biological components such ascertainment biases and phenotype-copying among family members, anticipation frequently reflects the dynamic nature of certain genetic mutations, which can change from generation to generation. It is a characteristic finding in a number of neurological diseases which are caused by trinucleotide repeat expansions, such as Fragile X syndrome, Huntington's disease, myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and several SCAs. The underlying mechanism is instability of repeat expansion during DNA replication the affected offspring tend to have longer repeats than the parents, resulting in a more severe disease with earlier manifestation.

Conventional Techniques for Skeletal Determinations

Greulich And Pyle Atlas

Underlying the construction of the Greulich and Pyle atlas are the assumptions that, in healthy children, skeletal maturation is uniform, that all bones have an identical skeletal age, and that the appearance and subsequent development of body centers follow a fixed pattern. However, considerable evidence suggests that a wide range of normal variation exists in the pattern of ossification of the different bones of the hand and the wrist and that this variation is genetically determined. In fact, most standards in the atlas include bones that differ considerably in their levels of maturity 10 .

Suggestions For Conducting Interviews

Report your findings in appropriate lay terms that the family members can comprehend. Omit unimportant findings. Be sure that your report is understood, and encourage the family to ask questions. The risk of the same fatal disease afflicting other members of the family often needs to be discussed, and in some cases arrangements must be made for genetic counseling at a later date.

Pheromones And Evolution

Although the VNO and peptide pheromones appear to play the most active part in communication between individuals within rodent species, it appears that there was a tendency for a loss of VNO function and the elimination of peptide pheromones at this point in evolution. Indeed, the number of ESP family members quickly decreased within rodent species, and they disappeared completely somewhere prior to the appearance of primates (Kimoto et al., 2006). The loss of VNO function occurred a little later, and a vestigial VNO and expression of intact V1Rs can still be found in humans (Meredith, 2001 Rodriguez and Mombaerts, 2002 Rodriguez et al., 2000) (Fig. 6.9). Nonetheless, development of the visual system appears to have provided a positive pressure for elimination of the vomeronasal system and peptide pheromones during the evolution of terrestrial animals.

Estrogen Receptor Coactivation Proteins

A family of p160 coactivator proteins for steroid hormone receptor proteins have been isolated and characterized. These include steroid receptor coactivator-1 (SRC1)46,47, SRC2, glucocorticoid receptor interacting protein-1 (GRIP1),48-50 and SRC3 or amplified in breast cancer-1 (AIB1).50-53 Using transient transfection assays, the p160 family members have been shown to potentiate transcription of ERa severalfold. In addition, secondary coacti-vators associated with the p160 family members further potentiate transcriptional activity. For example, coactivator-associated arginine methyl-transferase-1 (CARM1), a secondary coactivator protein that binds to the carboxyl-terminal region of p160 coactivators, enhances transcrip-tional activation by ER but only when GRIP1 or SRC1a is coex pressed.54 CARM1 can methylate histone H3. Thus, coactivator-mediated methy-lation of proteins in the transcription machinery may also contribute to transcriptional regulation.

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