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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425275/associations-between-obesity-and-the-radiographic-phenotype-in-knee-osteoarthritis
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Mehmet Derya Demirağ, Seçil Özkan, Şeminur Haznedaroğlu, Evin Aras Kilinç, Fatma Nur Baran Aksakal, Sefer Aycan, Berna Göker
BACKGROUND/AIM: Investigation of the association between obesity and the distinction of radiographic patterns in knee osteoarthritis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven hundred and thirty-four women underwent weight-bearing antero-posterior knee radiography. Osteophytes and joint space narrowing (JSN) were graded according to the OARSI atlas. Each subject was assigned to one of the following groups with respect to the maximum score: osteophyte-dominant, indeterminate, JSN-dominant, and radiographically normal...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425274/profile-of-pot1-as-telomerase-shelterin-component-discriminatesbetween-cervical-cancer-and-normal-cervical-cells
#2
Andreas Budi Wijaya, Furqan Hidayatullah, Verina Veronica Setyabudhi, Faizal Reza Pahlevi, Rasyad Indra, Tatit Nurseta
BACKGROUND/AIM: Telomerase activity is influenced by hTERT transcriptional regulation, shelterin, and posttranscriptional alternative splicing. Telomerase shelterin such as POT1 is highly correlated with various cancers. However, the profile of POT1 in cervical cancer has not been clearly identified. Therefore, it is important to identify its profile in cervical cancer biopsy tissue and normal cervical smears. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Biopsy tissue of cervical cancer patients and normal cervical smears were characterized using SDS-PAGE and western blot...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425273/radiation-therapy-for-biliary-tract-tumors-the-joint-experience-of-three-centers
#3
Mehmet Sinan Karabey, Eda Yirmibeşoğlu Erkal, Ahmet Yolcu, Bekir Hakan Bakkal, Özlem Ay, Maksut Görkem Aksu, Emine Binnaz Sarper, Haldun Şükrü Erkal
BACKGROUND/AIM: This study presents the joint experience of three centers in the treatment of patients with biliary tract tumors with radiation therapy (RT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The records of 27 patients were retrospectively reviewed. All of the patients who had undergone surgical resection received postoperative adjuvant RT, whereas all of the patients who had not undergone a surgical resection received RT with palliative intent. Twenty patients with adequate performance status were treated with RT and chemotherapy, while the remaining seven patients were treated with RT alone...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425272/effect-of-transfusion-of-washed-red-blood-cells-on-serumpotassium-level-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Refik Demirtunç, Emel Üstün, Cumali Karatoprak, Kadir Kayataş, Fuat Çetinkaya, Uğur Özensoy, Rümeyza Kazancioğlu
BACKGROUND/AIM: This study aimed to compare washed red blood cell (WRBC) transfusion versus nonwashed RBC (NWRBC) transfusion in terms of posttransfusion potassium levels in dialysis patients on a day when the patient did not receive dialysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The patients were randomly assigned into two groups, i.e. those receiving WRBCs (n = 21) and those receiving NWRBCs (n = 17). Both groups received one unit of RBCs. Serum potassium and sodium levels were measured before and at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th hours after transfusion...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425271/molecular-characteristics-and-antibiotic-resistance-of-acinetobacter-baumanniibeta-lactamase-producing-isolates-a-predominance-of-intrinsic-blaoxa-51-and-detection-of-tem-and-ctx-m-genes
#5
Amir Ibrahimagić, Farah Kamberović, Selma Uzunović, Branka Bedenić, Emina Idrizović
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the molecular characteristics and antibiotic resistance of 13 (10 inpatient and three outpatient) Acinetobacter baumannii beta-lactamase-producing isolates collected in Bosnia and Herzegovina between December 2009 and May 2010. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Susceptibility testing was performed by disk diffusion and broth microdilution methods. The modified Hodge and combined disk test with EDTA/phenylboronic acid was used to screen for carbapenemase production...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425270/a-new-angiogenesis-prognostic-index-with-vegfa-plgf-and-angiopoietin1-predicts-survival-in-patients-with-advanced-gastric-cancer
#6
Sedef Hande Aktaş, Hakan Ozan Akbulut Yazici, Nurullah Zengin, Halime Nalan Akgün, Zeki Üstüner, Fikri Içli
BACKGROUND/AIM: The role of angiogenic factors in gastric cancer is not clear. We aimed to assess the role of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA), angiopoietin 1 (Ang-1), and placental growth factor (PlGF) in the prognosis of patients with advanced gastric cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty consecutive patients treated with a modified DCF (docetaxel, cisplatin, and fluorouracil) regimen were included in the study. The plasma VEGFA, Ang-1, and PlGF levels of the patients before treatment and following two cycles of chemotherapy were measured and evaluated as prognostic factors...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425269/evaluation-of-cytotoxic-membrane-and-dna-damaging-effects-of-thymus-revolutus-c%C3%A3-lak-essential-oil-on-different-cancer-cells
#7
Aysun Özkan, Ayşe Erdoğan
BACKGROUND/AIM: In this study, we evaluated Thymus revolutus Célak essential oil and its two main constituents, γ-terpinene and p-cymene, as potential oxidative agents against lung cancer and epidermoid carcinoma cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cell viability assessment was made by CellTiter-Blue1397904493 cell viability and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay after treatment with 5-600 μg/mL concentrations of essential oil, γ-terpinene, and p-cymene...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425268/efficient-production-of-nanobodies-against-urease-activity-ofhelicobacter-pylori-in-pichia-pastoris
#8
Shahrbanoo Pourasadi, Seyed Latif Mousavi Gargari, Masoumeh Rajabibazl, Shahram Nazarian
BACKGROUND/AIM: Helicobacter pylori is a major health problem. One of the therapeutic approaches is administration of antibody against H. pylori. The methylotrophic Pichia pastoris is a suitable host for expression of recombinant antibody fragments. The aims of this study were the expression and the evaluation of camelid nanobody in the yeast Pichia pastoris. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The camelid-derived heavy-chain antibody (nanobody) against the UreC subunit of urease from H...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425267/modifications-of-mice-gut-microflora-following-oral-consumption-oflactobacillus-acidophilus-and-bifidobacterium-bifidum-probiotics
#9
Hossein Khavari-Daneshvar, Maryam Mosavi, Hamid Khodayari, Ebrahim Rahimi, Peyman Ranji, Amir Hossein Mohseni, Reyhaneh Mahmudian, Farzad Shidfar, Shahram Agah, Ali Mohammad Alizadeh
BACKGROUND/AIM: Thirty male BALB/c mice were equally divided into three groups: control, L. acidophilus, and B. bifidum for the assessment of the probiotics' stability in the gut microflora. MATERIALS AND METHODS: First, the gut microflora of the mice was checked every 3 days (days 3, 6, 9, and 12) without probiotic consumption, and then the mice were daily given orally 1.5 g of probiotics in 30 cc of drinking water. The consumption of probiotics was then stopped for recovery and then the consumption continued for 5 months...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425266/nitroglycerin-challenge-induces-lateralized-headache-in-nasociliarynerve-ligated-rats-implications-for-chronic-migraine
#10
Didem Akçali, Ahmet Deniz Belen, Avni Babacan, Hayrunnisa Bolay
BACKGROUND/AIM: Chronic migraine is a common debilitating disease with limited treatment options. We aimed to develop a novel model for chronic migraine by ligating the nasociliary nerve (NCL) and administering nitroglycerin (NTG) to exacerbate acute headache attacks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Exacerbation of the headache was induced by NTG (10 mg/kg, subcutaneously) administered to male Wistar rats (n = 36) 14 days following unilateral NCL. Cutaneous and cold allodynia was tested using Von Frey (VF) filaments and acetone, respectively...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425265/effects-of-ankaferd-bloodstopper-on-dermal-healing-in-diabetic-rats
#11
Sertaç Aktop, Burcu Çevreli, Deniz Genç, Emel Serdaroğlu Kaşikçi, Nil Çomunoğlu Üstündağ, Noushin Zibandeh, Elif Merve Özcan, Gökhan Göçmen, Mehmet Kamil Göker, İsmail Tayfun Uzbay, Tunç Akkoç
BACKGROUND/AIM: Diabetes mellitus inhibits wound-induced angiogenesis, impairs the wound healing process, and leads to the development of chronic wounds. Ankaferd BloodStopper (ABS) is a new and promising local haemostatic agent. Although the mechanism of ABS-mediated haemostasis is well established, little is known about the associated histological and biochemical tissue reactions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of this new-generation local haemostatic agent on short-term soft-tissue healing in streptozotocin (STZ)-treated rats...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425264/rho-rho-kinase-signalling-in-chronically-alcohol-fed-mice
#12
Havva Kubat, Ahmet Sencer Yurtsever, Kansu Büyükafşar
BACKGROUND/AIM: The effects of chronic ethanol consumption on male sexual function are debateable, and its effects on the Rho/Rho-kinase pathway are unknown. Therefore, we investigated smooth muscle reactivity and Rho/Rho-kinase signalling in the corpus cavernosum of ethanol-fed mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ethanol was added to drinking water at 5% concentration in the first 2 days with 5% increment every subsequent 2 days, up to a final concentration of 20% for 45 days...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425263/combination-therapy-with-dendritic-cell-based-vaccine-and-anti-cd69-antibody-enhances-antitumor-efficacy-in-renal-cell-carcinoma-bearing-mice
#13
Si-Ming Wei, Hang-Li Pan, Li Wang, Guo-Li Yin, Kai Zhong, Ya Zhou, Shu-Jiao Yang, Zhao-Liang Xin
BACKGROUND/AIM: Dendritic cell-based vaccine therapy for renal cell carcinoma is effective but requires improvement. Here we explored whether combination therapy with dendritic cell-based vaccine and anti-CD69 antibody can enhance antitumor efficacy in renal cell carcinoma-bearing mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Balb/c mice were challenged subcutaneously with murine renal cell carcinoma (Renca) cells. On day 3 after tumor cell inoculation, tumor-bearing mice either were left untreated or were treated with Renca tumor lysate-pulsed dendritic cells (i...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425262/copeptin-levels-in-carbon-monoxide-poisoning
#14
Güler Irem, Yunsur Çevik, Ahmet Turgut Keskin, Emine Emektar, Osman Lütfi Demirci, Tuba Şafak, Gülşah Çikrikçi Işik, Kadir Okhan Akin
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this study is to identify the copeptin levels in patients presenting with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning to the emergency department and to investigate its correlation with the neurological effects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study group consisted of patients presenting with CO poisoning and carboxyhemoglobin levels >10%. Blood samples for copeptin levels were obtained twice, first at presentation then at the fourth hour of observation...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425261/central-line-associated-blood-stream-infections-characteristics-and-risk-factors-for-mortality-over-a-5-5-year-period
#15
Aynur Atilla, Zahide Doğanay, Hale Kefeli Çelik, Mehmet Derya Demirağ, Sırrı S Kiliç
BACKGROUND/AIM: Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are associated with substantial morbidity and mortality and the infection rates vary in a wide range1397645907(high: 62.5%; low: 20%) in developing countries. We aimed to investigate the characteristics and the risk factors for mortality in patients with CLABSIs in intensive care units (ICUs) and provide the relevant data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The electronic medical records database and file records obtained through active surveillance by an infection control committee of a hospital were screened to identify patients with CLABSIs hospitalized from January 2008 through July 2013...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425260/the-efficacy-of-microphototherapy-with-a-medlight-cupcubegrimed-device-in-psoriatic-patients-with-localized-lesions
#16
Neslihan Yildirim, Gül Erkin
BACKGROUND/AIM: Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease. To reduce side effects associated with current treatment modalities, new treatment methods are required. Some clinicians have begun to use microphototherapy to treat psoriatic patients with a limited number of lesions (lesions affecting <10% of the body surface area). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Microphototherapy is indicated in patients whose lesions persist despite systemic and topical treatment or when such treatment is contraindicated...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425259/analysis-of-fancc-gene-mutations-ivs4-4a-t-del322g-and-r548x-in-patients-with-fanconi-anemia-in-pakistan
#17
Iram Aftab, Saima Iram, Saba Khaliq, Muhammad Israr, Nadir Ali, Shah Jahan, Shabbir Hussain, Shagufta Khaliq, Shahida Mohsin
BACKGROUND/AIM: Fanconi anemia (FA) is an autosomal recessive disease determined by mutations in at least 16 genes, with distinct distributions in different populations. To the best of our knowledge, there are no reports regarding the molecular basis of the disease in FA patients in Pakistan. The current study aimed to determine the frequency of FANCC gene mutations, i.e. IVS4+4A>T, del322G, and R548X, in FA patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Genomic DNA was obtained from 36 FA patients...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425258/assessment-of-developmental-and-radiological-long-term-outcomeof-children-with-surgically-treated-midgut-volvulus
#18
Ahmet Murat Çakmak, Özlem Boybeyi Türer, Gülnur Göllü Bahadir, Bilge Türedi, Ufuk Ateş, Adalet Elçin Yildiz, Gönül Küçük, Ömer Suat Fitöz, Betül Ulukol, Mustafa Kemal Aslan, Tutku Soyer, Hüseyin Dindar
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim is to evaluate the long-term outcome of asymptomatic patients who underwent surgical correction for midgut volvulus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seven patients managed surgically for midgut volvulus in the last 3 years were included. Demographic features, symptoms at presentation, diagnoses, surgical procedures, and complications were recorded. Patients were then contacted for follow-up and evaluation of long-term outcomes. General physical conditions, anthropometric parameters, feeding habits, and defecation histories were evaluated...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425257/role-of-hygienic-factors-in-the-etiology-of-allergic-disorders-in-children
#19
Şule Yeşil, Ahmet Kan, Olkar Abdulmajed, Arzu Bakirtaş, Nedim Sultan, Sadık M Demirsoy
BACKGROUND/AIM: We investigated the role of body flora and chronic inflammatory infections in the etiology of allergic disorders in Turkish children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty pediatric asthma patients with positive skin prick tests and 40 age-matched healthy subjects with negative skin prick tests were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Serum H. pylori IgG, viral hepatitis serology, IL-10, and TGF-beta levels were measured. Stool and throat cultures were taken and tested for occurrence of microorganisms...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425256/predictive-values-of-plasma-kl-6-in-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-in-preterm-infants
#20
Dilek Dilli, Ahmet Özyazici, Arzu Dursun, Serdar Beken
BACKGROUND/AIM: It has been suggested that plasma KL-6 increases in premature infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). We aimed to evaluate the predictive values of KL-6 in BPD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was performed in preterm neonates with birthweight ≤1500 g and gestational age ≤32 weeks. Plasma KL-6 levels were measured on postnatal days 1, 7, and 14. RESULTS: BPD was identified in eight of the 28 study infants. On postnatal days 1 and 7, plasma KL-6 levels were similar in infants with BPD [on day 1: 8...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
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