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Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913812/association-between-cytokines-and-their-receptor-antagonist-gene-polymorphisms-and-clinical-risk-factors-and-acute-rejection-following-renal-transplantation
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SIqing Ding, Jianfei Xie, Qiquan Wan
BACKGROUND Acute rejection (AR) after renal transplantation affects both patient and graft survival. There is growing evidence of the genetic association between cytokine or its receptor antagonist and AR in solid organ transplantation. The objectives of this study were to investigate the role of recipient TNF β, IL-10, IL-1β, and IL-1 receptor antagonist (ra) gene polymorphism, as well as traditional clinical variables such as panel-reactive antibody (PRA) levels, donor type, and HLA mismatches in AR following renal transplantation...
December 3, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911891/severe-carbamazepine-intoxication-in-children-analysis-of-a-40-case-series
#2
Mehmet Acikgoz, M Sukru Paksu, Ahmet Guzel, Abdurrahman Alacam, Fatma Alacam
BACKGROUND We compared the factors that might impact the severity and the prognosis of carbamazepine (CBZ) intoxication in children, as well as the efficacy levels of the treatment options. MATERIAL AND METHODS Demographic information and clinical and laboratory findings for 40 patients were evaluated retrospectively. Predictive parameters for the development of serious complications were studied. RESULTS Median age of patients was 14 years; 65% of the patients were female. The most common pathological clinical finding and laboratory abnormality were inability to awaken the patient and hyperglycemia (45% and 60%, respectively)...
December 2, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911356/importance-rat-liver-morphology-and-vasculature-in-surgical-research
#3
Katarína Vdoviaková, Katarína Vdoviaková, Eva Petrovová, Lenka Krešáková, Marcela Maloveská, Jana Teleky, Janka Jenčová, Jozef Živčák, Andrej Jenča
BACKGROUND The laboratory rat is one of the most popular experimental models for the experimental surgery of the liver. The objective of this study was to investigate the morphometric parameters, physiological data, differences in configuration of liver lobes, biliary system, and vasculature (arteries, veins, and lymphatic vessels) of the liver in laboratory rats. In addition, this study supports the anatomic literature and identified similarities and differences with human and other mammals. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty laboratory rats were dissected to prepare corrosion casts of vascular system specimens (n=20), determine the lymph vessels and lymph nodes (n=10), and for macroscopic anatomical dissection (n=10) of the rat liver...
December 2, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909287/elevated-fasting-plasma-glucose-before-liver-transplantation-is-associated-with-lower-post-transplant-survival
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Emi Katsura, Tatsuki Ichikawa, Naota Taura, Hisamitsu Miyaaki, Satoshi Miuma, Hidetaka Shibata, Takuya Honda, Masaaki Hidaka, Akihiko Soyama, Fuminao Takeshima, Susumu Eguchi, Kazuhiko Nakao
BACKGROUND The risk of liver cirrhosis is higher among individuals with diabetes mellitus, and a cirrhotic patient with diabetes may have a poorer prognosis after liver transplantation compared to a patient without diabetes. Thus, we evaluated whether fasting plasma glucose prior to receiving a liver transplant was a prognostic factor for post-transplant survival. MATERIAL AND METHODS Ninety-one patients received a living donor liver transplant between November 2005 and December 2012. Patients were considered diabetic if they were prescribed diabetes medications or had impaired glucose tolerance as measured by an oral glucose tolerance test...
December 2, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906902/comparison-of-transcriptome-between-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-impaired-fasting-glucose
#5
Ying Cui, Wen Chen, Jinfeng Chi, Lei Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to compare the transcriptome between impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and further research their molecular mechanisms. MATERIAL AND METHODS The original microarray GSE21321, including miRNA and mRNA expression profiles, was downloaded from the GEO database. Data preprocessing was processed by limma package, and differentially expressed genes (DGs) and miRNA (DMs) were screened. Then, the regulatory relationships among miRNA, TF, and genes were screened and the regulatory network was constructed...
December 1, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905350/evaluation-of-severity-score-in-patients-with-lower-limb-and-pelvic-fractures-injured-in-motor-vehicle-front-impact-collisions
#6
Mehmet Ata Gokalp, Yavuz Hekimoglu, Abdurrahim Gozen, Savas Guner, Mahmut Asirdizer
BACKGROUND Lower limb and pelvic injuries and fractures occur at a very high incidence in motor vehicle accidents. In this study, the characteristics (e.g., body side, bone location, and fracture severity) of lower limb and pelvic fractures that occurred during front-impact collisions were correlated with the injured patients' sex, age, and position in the vehicle. MATERIAL AND METHODS We retrospectively evaluated 191 patients (136 males, 55 females) who were injured in motor vehicle accidents, specifically in frontal collisions...
December 1, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904131/mir-31-regulates-rho-associated-kinase-myosin-light-chain-rock-mlc-pathway-and-inhibits-gastric-cancer-invasion-roles-of-rhoa
#7
Zhuo Chen, Shengnan Liu, Yuan Xia, Kejian Wu
BACKGROUND This study evaluated how the expression of miR-31 can be used to detect gastric cancer (GC) to help illuminate the role of miR-31 and RhoA in GC cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS We carried out our experiments using tissue specimens from 70 GC patients. The relative expression of miR-31 and RhoA mRNA in tissues and cells was detected by RT-PCR. The expression level of RhoA protein was detected by immunohistochemistry. GC cell line BGC-823 was transfected with six groups of vectors: blank group, NC (negative control) group, miR-31 mimics group, miR-31 mimics + RhoA group, miR-31 mimics + ROCK group, and miR-31 mimics + MLCK agonist group...
December 1, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902677/perception-of-fechner-illusory-colors-in-alzheimer-disease-patients
#8
Gintaras Kaubrys, Vera Bukina, Ieva Bingelytė, Vladas Taluntis
BACKGROUND Alzheimer disease (AD) primarily affects cognition. A variety of visual disorders was established in AD. Fechner illusory colors are produced by a rotating disk with a black and white pattern. The purpose of our research was to explore the perception of illusory colors in AD. MATERIAL AND METHODS W recruited 40 AD patients (MMSE ≥14) and 40 normal controls (CG group) matched by age, education, gender in this prospective, cross-sectional, case-control study. An achromatic Benham's disk attached to a device to control the speed and direction of rotation was used to produce illusory colors...
November 30, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899788/serum-lipid-transfer-proteins-in-hypothyreotic-patients-are-inversely-correlated-with-thyroid-stimulating-hormone-tsh-levels
#9
Anna Skoczyńska, Anna Wojakowska, Barbara Turczyn, Katarzyna Zatońska, Maria Wołyniec, Natalia Rogala, Andrzej Szuba, Grażyna Bednarek-Tupikowska
BACKGROUND Plasma cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) activity is often decreased in patients with hypothyroidism, whereas less is known about the phospholipid transfer protein (PLTP). We aimed to evaluate simultaneously serum CETP and PLTP activity in patients diagnosed with hypothyroidism. MATERIAL AND METHODS The selection criteria for control group members (without thyroid dysfunction) in this case to case study were levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and triglycerides similar to those in study group patients (101 patients diagnosed with hypothyroidism)...
November 30, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898654/effect-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-satellite-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis-in-immobilization-induced-muscle-atrophy-in-rats
#10
Tie-Shan Li, Hao Shi, Lin Wang, Chuanzhu Yan
BACKGROUND Muscle atrophy due to disuse occurs along with adverse physiological and functional changes, but bone marrow stromal cells (MSCs) may be able to act as muscle satellite cells to restore myofibers. Thus, we investigated whether MSCs could enhance the proliferation of satellite cells and suppress myonuclear apoptosis during immobilization. MATERIAL AND METHODS We isolated, purified, amplified, and identified MSCs. Rats (n=48) were randomized into 3 groups: WB group (n=16), IM-PBS group (n=16), and IM-MSC (n=16)...
November 29, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897153/isoflurane-promotes-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-malignancy-by-activating-the-akt-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-mtor-signaling-pathway
#11
Wenhua Zhang, Xueqian Shao
BACKGROUND Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer mortalities worldwide, and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for the majority of all lung cancer cases. Surgery remains one of the front-line treatment options for NSCLC, but events within the perioperative period were found to affect cancer prognosis, such as anesthesia procedures. Isoflurane, a commonly used volatile anesthetic, enhances the malignant potential of renal, prostate, and ovarian cancer cells, but its effects on NSCLC development have not been previously reported...
November 29, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895321/is-nasal-polyposis-related-to-levels-of-serum-vitamin-d-and-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-expression
#12
Omer Erdag, Mahfuz Turan, Rıfkı Ucler, Mehmet Berkoz, Mehmet Fatih Garca, Nazım Bozan, Ahmet Faruk Kıroglu, Hakan Cankaya
BACKGROUND Nasal polyposis (NP) is the most frequent cause of nasal masses. Despite considerable research on the subject, its etiology has not been fully elucidated, and effective treatment methods have not been developed. Some etiological factors causing low or high expression of genes in genetically predisposed individuals may play a role in the pathogenesis of the disease. The purpose of this study was to assess the relation between levels of vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene expression and serum vitamin D with NP...
November 29, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893698/influence-of-acoustic-overstimulation-on-the-central-auditory-system-an-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-fmri-study
#13
Tomasz Wolak, Katarzyna Cieśla, Mateusz Rusiniak, Adam Piłka, Monika Lewandowska, Agnieszka Pluta, Henryk Skarżyński, Piotr H Skarżyński
BACKGROUND The goal of the fMRI experiment was to explore the involvement of central auditory structures in pathomechanisms of a behaviorally manifested auditory temporary threshold shift in humans. MATERIAL AND METHODS The material included 18 healthy volunteers with normal hearing. Subjects in the exposure group were presented with 15 min of binaural acoustic overstimulation of narrowband noise (3 kHz central frequency) at 95 dB(A). The control group was not exposed to noise but instead relaxed in silence...
November 28, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892451/upregulation-of-c-x-c-motif-ligand-13-cxcl13-attenuates-morphine-analgesia-in-rats-with-cancer-induced-bone-pain
#14
Shi-Feng Wang, Cheng-Gong Dong, Xue Yang, Jian-Jun Yin
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the role of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 13 (CXCL13) in morphine tolerance in rats with cancer-induced bone pain (CIBP). MATERIAL AND METHODS We established a rat CIBP model and a rat CIBP-morphine tolerance (BM) model. BM rats were intrathecally administered rmCXCL13, neutralizing anti-CXCL13, and normal saline, while the control group rats underwent a sham operation and were injected with normal saline. The morphine analgesia was assessed by measuring mechanical withdrawal threshold (MWT) and mechanical withdrawal duration (MWD) at various time points...
November 28, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890911/suprapedicular-foraminal-endoscopic-approach-to-lumbar-lateral-recess-decompression-surgery-to-treat-degenerative-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
#15
Ya-Peng Wang, Wei Zhang, Bao-Li Li, Ya-Peng Sun, Wen-Yuan Ding, Yong Shen
BACKGROUND To discuss the strategy of suprapedicular foraminal endoscopic approach to lumbar lateral recess decompression and evaluate the safety and effectiveness of this strategy. MATERIAL AND METHODS Complete clinical information of 52 cases of lumbar lateral recess decompression with therapy of suprapedicular foraminal endoscopic approach were analyzed during the period from February 2010 to April 2014 in the Third Hospital of Hebei. All patients were followed up for 24 months, and VAS, JOA, ODI, and LRD were compared between preoperative and postoperative therapy and changes of FA...
November 28, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889789/effect-of-natural-cycle-endometrial-preparation-for-frozen-thawed-embryo-transfer-in-patients-with-advanced-endometriosis
#16
Haiyan Guo, Yun Wang, Qiuju Chen, Weiran Chai, Qifeng Lv, Yanping Kuang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of natural cycle (NC) endometrial preparation for frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET) in women with advanced endometriosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS This retrospective study included 179 patients with stage III-IV endometriosis who underwent 233 FET cycles at a tertiary care academic reproductive medical center between March 2011 and August 2013 (group A). The control group included 258 patients with tubal factor infertility who underwent 300 FET cycles (group B)...
November 27, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889788/inhibition-of-angiotensin-ii-production-increases-susceptibility-to-acute-ischemia-reperfusion-arrhythmia
#17
Eylem Taskin, Kadir Ali Tuncer, Celal Guven, Salih Tunc Kaya, Nurcan Dursun
BACKGROUND Myocardial ischemia and reperfusion lead to impairment of electrolyte balance and, eventually, lethal arrhythmias. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of pharmacological inhibition of angiotensin-II (Ang-II) production on heart tissue with ischemia-reperfusion damage, arrhythmia, and oxidative stress. MATERIAL AND METHODS Rats were divided into 4 groups: only ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R), captopril (CAP), aliskiren (AL), and CAP+AL. The drugs were given by gavage 30 min before anesthesia...
November 27, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888657/electroconvulsive-therapy-induced-brain-structural-and-functional-changes-in-major-depressive-disorders-a-longitudinal-study
#18
Haitang Qiu, Xirong Li, Wenjing Zhao, Lian Du, Peiyu Huang, Yixiao Fu, Tian Qiu, Peng Xie, Huaqing Meng, Qinghua Luo
BACKGROUND This study aimed to study the brain structural and functional changes after 8 courses of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). MATERIAL AND METHODS MRI scans were performed on 12 depressive patients before and after 8 courses of ECT and compared with those of 15 normal controls. Data were analyzed by voxel-based morphometry (VBM) using SPM8 software. Functional MRI (fMRI) and regional homogeneity (ReHo) analyses were used to assess the functional changes after ECT...
November 26, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888280/an-effective-new-intestinal-anastomosis-method
#19
Libin Yao, Chao Li, Xiaocheng Zhu, Yong Shao, Song Meng, Linsen Shi, Hui Wang
BACKGROUND This study aimed to establish an easy, safe, and cost-saving intestinal anastomotic method. MATERIAL AND METHODS Between January 2014 and February 2016, a total of 150 patients with gastric cancer who underwent surgery in the Department of General Surgery of Xuzhou Medical University Affiliated Hospital were divided into 2 groups: the treatment group (80) using new hand-sewn anastomoses, and the control group (70) using stapled anastomoses. Briefly, a new hand-sewn anastomosis of continuous suture without inversion was performed, with the first layer encompassing the entire layer of the intestinal wall...
November 26, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886156/conformity-scores-differentiate-older-hemodialyzed-patients-and-patients-with-continuous-peritoneal-dialysis
#20
Zbigniew Nowak, Krzysztof Laudanski
BACKGROUND Conformity is a psychological variable related to the propensity of an individual to match his or her behavior and opinion to the perceived social and cultural norm, even if these do not represent the true beliefs of the person. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the psychological variable of conformity is different in two distinct modes of renal replacement therapy (RRT) in end-stage renal disease (ESRD). MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 56 hemodialyzed patients (HD group), 45 continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients (CAPD group) and 62 healthy volunteers (CONTR group) were enrolled in the study...
November 25, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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