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Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750894/ceftriaxone-treatment-of-complicated-urinary-tract-infections-as-a-risk-factor-for-enterococcal-re-infection-and-prolonged-hospitalization-a-6-year-retrospective-study
#1
Kristian Karlović, Jadranka Nikolić, Jurica Arapović
A frequent complication during hospital stay of patients with urinary tract infections (UTIs) is a re-infection of the urinary tract after the initial improvement. In this study, we investigated the impact of two empirical antibiotic therapies on the outcomes of complicated bacterial UTIs. We retrospectively evaluated 325 adult patients hospitalized during 6 years period with a diagnosis of complicated bacterial UTIs. The patients were classified into two groups according to the antibiotic therapy: ceftriaxone- and co-amoxiclav+gentamicin-treated group...
May 5, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750895/predictors-and-incidence-of-hospitalization-due-to-respiratory-syncytial-virus-rsv-associated-lower-respiratory-tract-infection-lrti-in-non-prophylaxed-moderate-to-late-preterm-infants-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina
#2
Hajrija Maksić, Suada Heljić, Fahrija Skokić, Darinka Šumanović-Glamuzina, Veroslava Milošević, Almir Zlatanović, Notario Gerard
Prematurity is a risk factor for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-associated lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs), due to immature humoral and cell-mediated immune system in preterm newborns, as well as their incomplete lung development. Palivizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody against the F glycoprotein of RSV, is licensed for the prevention of severe RSV LRTI in children at high risk for the disease. This study is a part of a larger observational, retrospective-prospective epidemiological study (PONI) conducted at 72 sites across 23 countries in the northern temperate zone...
April 27, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29688163/human-amniotic-fluid-stem-cells-hafscs-expressing-p21-and-cyclin-d1-genes-retain-excellent-viability-after-freezing-with-dimethyl-sulfoxide-dmso
#3
Shiva Gholizadeh-Ghaleh Aziz, Zahra Fardyazar, Fatima Pashaei-Asl, Mohammad Rahmati-Yamchi, Khodadad Khodadadi, Maryam Pashaiasl
Human amniotic fluid stem cells (hAFSCs) have features intermediate between embryonic and adult SCs, can differentiate into lineages of all three germ layers, and do not develop into tumors in vivo. Moreover, hAFSCs can be easily obtained in routine procedures and there is no ethical or legal limitations regarding their use for clinical and experimental applications. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of slow freezing/thawing and two different concentrations of DMSO (10% DMSO + 90% fetal bovine serum [FBS] and 5% DMSO + 95% FBS) on the survival of hAFSCs...
April 24, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679531/the-association-of-early-postoperative-lactate-levels-with-morbidity-after-elective-major-abdominal-surgery
#4
Jelena Veličković, Ivan Palibrk, Biljana Miličić, Dejan Veličković, Bojan Jovanović, Goran Rakić, Milorad Petrović, Vesna Bumbaširević
Lactate levels are widely used as an indicator of outcome in critically ill patients. We investigated the prognostic value of postoperative lactate levels for postoperative complications (POC), mortality and length of hospital stay after elective major abdominal surgery. A total of 195 patients were prospectively evaluated. Lactate levels were assessed on admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) [L0], 4 hours (L4), 12 hours (L12), and 24 hours (L24) after the operation. Demographic and perioperative clinical data were collected...
April 21, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671719/immune-cells-and-vasa-vasorum-in-the-tunica-media-of-atherosclerotic-coronary-arteries
#5
Ruda Zorc-Pleskovič, Aleš Pleskovič, Olga Vraspir-Porenta, Metka Zorc, Aleksandra Milutinović
In coronary artery disease (CAD), the disruption of the tunica media immune privilege manifests as increased leukocyte infiltration and the formation of vasa vasorum. We aimed to characterize the immune privilege status of the tunica media in human coronary arteries (CAs) with atherosclerotic plaques, by comparing the abundance and composition of immune-cell infiltrates within the individual arterial-wall layers, and by evaluating vasa vasorum neovascularization of the tunica media. The tissue samples were obtained from 36 symptomatic patients with diffuse CAD (aged 60-72 years) who underwent coronary endarterectomy...
April 19, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669510/analysis-of-long-non-coding-rna-lncrna-expression-in-hepatitis-b-patients
#6
Sunde Yılmaz Susluer, Cagla Kayabasi, Besra Ozmen Yelken, Aycan Asik, Didem Celik, Tugce Balci Okcanoglu, Suheyla Serin Senger, Cigir Biray Avci, Sukran Kose, Cumhur Gunduz
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been implicated in numerous biological processes, including epigenetic regulation, cell-cycle control, and transcriptional/translational regulation of gene expression. Differential expression of lncRNAs and disruption of the regulatory processes are recognized as critical steps in cancer development. The role of lncRNAs in hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is not well understood. Here we analyzed the expression of 135 lncRNAs in plasma samples of 82 HBV patients (classified as chronic patients, inactive carriers, or resolved patients) at diagnosis and at 12 months of treatment in relation to control group (81 healthy volunteers)...
April 19, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669235/histological-observations-on-adipocere-in-human-remains-buried-for-21-years-at-the-toma%C3%A5-ica-grave-site-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina
#7
Adis Salihbegović, John Clark, Nermin Sarajlić, Svjetlana Radović, Finlay Finlay, Anes Jogunčić, Emina Spahić, Vedo Tuco
The Tomašica grave-site near Prijedor in the north of Bosnia is reported to be the largest primary mass grave discovered thus far relating to the 1992-95 war. A total of 275 complete bodies and 125 body parts were exhumed from it in 2013. Post mortem examinations of the victims showed that nearly all had died from gunshot injuries but an additional striking feature was the degree of preservation of many of the bodies, even 21 years on, with skin, soft tissues and internal organs still present in abundance and gross structures clearly identifiable...
April 18, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659348/evaluation-of-estrogen-and-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-1-gper-levels-in-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd
#8
Nilfer Sahin, Hatice Altun, Ergül Belge Kurutaş, Ebru Fındıklı
Estrogen has a crucial role in the regulation of reproductive and neuroendocrine function and exerts its effects through two classes of receptors, nuclear and membrane estrogen receptors (mERs). G protein-coupled estrogen receptor 1 (GPER) is a member of mERs, and despite limited research on the levels of GPER in patients with psychiatric diseases, a role of GPER in such conditions has been suggested. Here we evaluated serum estrogen and GPER levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in relation to their age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
April 16, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659349/control-of-body-temperature-and-immune-function-in-patients-undergoing-open-surgery-for-gastric-cancer
#9
Li Shao, Nannan Pang, Ping Yan, Fengju Jia, Qi Sun, Wenjuan Ma, Yi Yang
The influence of mild perioperative hypothermia on the immune function and incidence of postoperative wound infections has been suggested, but the specific mechanism is unclear. This study aimed to analyze the body temperature, immune function, and wound infection rates in patients receiving open surgery for gastric cancer. Body temperature was controlled in each patient using one of four different methods: wrapping limbs, head and neck; insulated blankets; warming infusion fluids and insulated blankets; and warming fluids without insulated blankets...
April 9, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659350/does-dental-caries-affect-dental-development-in-children-and-adolescents
#10
Brunilda Dhamo, Besiana Elezi, Lea Kragt, Eppo B Wolvius, Edwin M Ongkosuwito
Although a link between dietary changes, caries, and dental development has been observed, the literature provides little insight about this relationship. The aim of our study was to investigate the association between dental caries and dental development in a clinical sample of Albanian children and adolescents. In total, 118 children and adolescents, born between 1995 and 2004 and aged 6-15 years, were included. Dental caries in the deciduous dentition was assessed using the Decayed, Filled Teeth (dft) index and dental caries in the permanent dentition was assessed using the Decayed, Missing, Filled Teeth (DMFT) index...
April 6, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29579407/modulatory-effect-of-curcumin-on-ketamine-induced-toxicity-in-rat-thymocytes-involvement-of-reactive-oxygen-species-ros-and-the-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-pi3k-protein-kinase-b-akt-pathway
#11
Svetlana Pavlovic, Zorica Jovic, Radmila Karan, Dane Krtinic, Gorana Rankovic, Mladjan Golubovic, Jelena Lilic, Voja Pavlovic
Ketamine is a widely used anesthetic in pediatric clinical practice. Previous studies have demonstrated that ketamine induces neurotoxicity and has a modulatory effect on the cells of the immune system. Here, we evaluated the potential protective effect and underlying mechanisms of natural phenolic compound curcumin against ketamine-induced toxicity in rat thymocytes. Rat thymocytes were exposed to 100 µM ketamine alone or combined with increasing concentrations of curcumin (0.3, 1, and 3 μM) for 24 hours...
March 21, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29579409/the-effect-of-131i-induced-hypothyroidism-on-the-levels-of-nitric-oxide-no-interleukin-6-il-6-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-tnf-%C3%AE-total-nitric-oxide-synthase-nos-activity-and-expression-of-nos-isoforms-in-rats
#12
Jing Zhou, Gang Cheng, Hua Pang, Qian Liu, Ying Liu
Accumulating evidence has shown that hypothyroidism affects the cardiovascular system, significantly increasing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases. In the present study we investigated the effect of radioactive iodine (I-131)-induced hypothyroidism on several parameters of vascular function, such as nitric oxide (NO), total nitric oxide synthase (NOS) activity and expression of NOS isoforms, as well as on interleukin 6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) as indicators of inflammation, in rats...
March 10, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29579408/analysis-of-the-association-between-cfh-y402h-polymorphism-and-response-to-intravitreal-ranibizumab-in-patients-with-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-namd
#13
Nur Afiqah Mohamad, Vasudevan Ramachandran, Patimah Ismail, Hazlita Mohd Isa, Yoke Mun Chan, Nor Fariza Ngah, Norshakimah Md Bakri, Siew Mooi Ching, Fan Kee Hoo, Wan Aliaa Wan Sulaiman, Liyana Najwa Inche Mat, Mohd Hazmi Mohamed
Pharmacogenetic studies indicate that a variable response to anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) therapy in patients with neovascular form of AMD (nAMD) may be due to polymorphisms in the complement factor H gene (CFH). This study is the first to investigate the association between CFH Y402H polymorphism and the response to ranibizumab therapy in Malaysian patients with nAMD. We included 134 patients with nAMD, examined between September 2014 and February 2016. The diagnosis of nAMD was confirmed by ophthalmologic examination, before ranibizumab therapy was started...
March 10, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29514038/interleukin-4-gene-il4-polymorphism-rs2243250-is-not-associated-with-diabetic-nephropathy-dn-in-caucasians-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-t2dm
#14
Matej Završnik, Jernej Letonja, Jana Makuc, Maja Šeruga, Ines Cilenšek, Daniel Petrovič
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a microvascular complication that affects up to 40% of diabetic patients and can lead to end-stage kidney disease. Inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin 1 (IL-1), IL-6, IL-18 and tumor necrosis factor-α have been linked to the development and progression of DN. The aim of our study was to examine the relationship between rs2243250 polymorphism of the interleukin 4 gene (IL4) and DN in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This study is a continuation of our previous research on the association between angiotensinogen (AGT) gene polymorphisms and DN in patients with T2DM...
March 7, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29510084/dexmedetomidine-reduces-ventilator-induced-lung-injury-vili-by-inhibiting-toll-like-receptor-4-tlr4-nuclear-factor-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
#15
Hongli Chen, Xiaotong Sun, Xiaomei Yang, Yonghao Hou, Xiaoqian Yu, Yang Wang, Jianbo Wu, Dejie Liu, Huanliang Wang, Jingui Yu, Wenbo Yi
Mechanical ventilation (MV) may lead to ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). Previous research has shown that dexmedetomidine attenuates pulmonary inflammation caused by MV, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Our study aims to test whether dexmedetomidine has a protective effect against VILI and to explore the possible molecular mechanisms using the rat model. Thirty adult male Wistar rats weighing 200-250 g were randomly assigned to 5 groups (n = 6): control, low tidal volume MV (LMV), high tidal volume (HVT) MV (HMV), HVT MV + dexmedetomidine (DEX), HVT MV + dexmedetomidine + yohimbine (DEX+Y)...
February 20, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274272/the-role-of-the-hedgehog-signaling-pathway-in-cancer-a-comprehensive-review
#16
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Ana Marija Skoda, Dora Simovic, Valentina Karin, Vedran Kardum, Semir Vranic, Ljiljana Serman
The Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway was first identified in the common fruit fly. It is a highly conserved evolutionary pathway of signal transmission from the cell membrane to the nucleus. The Hh signaling pathway plays an important role in the embryonic development. It exerts its biological effects through a signaling cascade that culminates in a change of balance between activator and repressor forms of glioma-associated oncogene (Gli) transcription factors. The components of the Hh signaling pathway involved in the signaling transfer to the Gli transcription factors include Hedgehog ligands (Sonic Hh [SHh], Indian Hh [IHh], and Desert Hh [DHh]), Patched receptor (Ptch1, Ptch2), Smoothened receptor (Smo), Suppressor of fused homolog (Sufu), kinesin protein Kif7, protein kinase A (PKA), and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)...
February 20, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206091/effects-of-caffeine-administration-on-sedation-and-respiratory-parameters-in-patients-recovering-from-anesthesia
#17
Nafisseh S Warner, Matthew A Warner, Darrel R Schroeder, Juraj Sprung, Toby N Weingarten
Caffeine has been shown to enhance the speed of recovery from general anesthesia in murine models, though data in human patients is lacking. This is a retrospective review of intravenous caffeine administration (median dose 150 [125, 250] mg) to 151 heavily sedated patients in the post-anesthesia recovery area, to determine the association between caffeine administration and changes in sedation score, respiratory rate, and oxyhemoglobin saturation. Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS) score, respiratory rate, and oxyhemoglobin saturation values were obtained during the 90-minute period prior to and following caffeine administration...
February 20, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144890/comprehensive-analysis-of-patients-with-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-nmosd-combined-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-chb-infection-and-seropositive-for-anti-aquaporin-4-antibody
#18
Jia Liu, Li Xu, Zhuo-Lin Chen, Min Li, Huan Yi, Fu-Hua Peng
Previous research indicated the association between hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection/vaccination and the onset of demyelinating diseases. However, most of these studies were single case reports, and comprehensive data are still scarce. Here we present a comprehensive analysis of 10 patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) combined with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection and seropositive for anti-aquaporin-4 antibody (AQP4-Ab). Demographic, clinical, laboratory, neuroimaging, outcome, and follow-up data of the 10 patients were retrospectively analyzed...
February 20, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080558/isoflurane-and-postoperative-respiratory-depression-following-laparoscopic-surgery-a-retrospective-propensity-matched-analysis
#19
Alexandre N Cavalcante, Carmelina Gurrieri, Juraj Sprung, Darrell R Schroeder, Toby N Weingarten
Episodes of respiratory depression during the immediate postoperative recovery period (Phase I post-anesthesia recovery) have been associated with respiratory complications during Phase II recovery. Using multivariable analyses in several surgical cohorts, we previously identified potential associations between patient and perioperative factors and increased risk for Phase I respiratory depression. The aim of this study is to use the propensity-matched analysis to specifically assess for a potential association between the use of isoflurane and episodes of Phase I respiratory depression after laparoscopic operations...
February 20, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976870/efficacy-of-a-bundle-approach-in-preventing-the-incidence-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-vap
#20
Sandra Burja, Tina Belec, Nika Bizjak, Jernej Mori, Andrej Markota, Andreja Sinkovič
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a potentially preventable iatrogenic illness that may develop following mechanical ventilation. A bundle for the prevention of VAP consists of different measures which may vary between institutions, and may include: elevation of the head of the bed, oral care with chlorhexidine, subglottic suctioning, daily assessment for extubation and the need for proton-pump inhibitors, use of closed suction systems, and maintaining endotracheal cuff pressure at 25 cmH2O. Our aim was to determine the efficacy of a VAP prevention bundle, consisting of the above-mentioned measures, by evaluating the incidence of VAP before (no-VAP-B group) and after (VAP-B group) the introduction of the bundle...
February 20, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
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