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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719597/pharmacogenomics-study-of-thiazide-diuretics-and-qt-interval-in-multi-ethnic-populations-the-cohorts-for-heart-and-aging-research-in-genomic-epidemiology
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A A Seyerle, C M Sitlani, R Noordam, S M Gogarten, J Li, X Li, D S Evans, F Sun, M A Laaksonen, A Isaacs, K Kristiansson, H M Highland, J D Stewart, T B Harris, S Trompet, J C Bis, G M Peloso, J A Brody, L Broer, E L Busch, Q Duan, A M Stilp, C J O'Donnell, P W Macfarlane, J S Floyd, J A Kors, H J Lin, R Li-Gao, T Sofer, R Méndez-Giráldez, S R Cummings, S R Heckbert, A Hofman, I Ford, Y Li, L J Launer, K Porthan, C Newton-Cheh, M D Napier, K F Kerr, A P Reiner, K M Rice, J Roach, B M Buckley, E Z Soliman, R de Mutsert, N Sotoodehnia, A G Uitterlinden, K E North, C R Lee, V Gudnason, T Stürmer, F R Rosendaal, K D Taylor, K L Wiggins, J G Wilson, Y-DI Chen, R C Kaplan, K Wilhelmsen, L A Cupples, V Salomaa, C van Duijn, J W Jukema, Y Liu, D O Mook-Kanamori, L A Lange, R S Vasan, A V Smith, B H Stricker, C C Laurie, J I Rotter, E A Whitsel, B M Psaty, C L Avery
Thiazide diuretics, commonly used antihypertensives, may cause QT interval (QT) prolongation, a risk factor for highly fatal and difficult to predict ventricular arrhythmias. We examined whether common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) modified the association between thiazide use and QT or its component parts (QRS interval, JT interval) by performing ancestry-specific, trans-ethnic and cross-phenotype genome-wide analyses of European (66%), African American (15%) and Hispanic (19%) populations (N=78 199), leveraging longitudinal data, incorporating corrected standard errors to account for underestimation of interaction estimate variances and evaluating evidence for pathway enrichment...
July 18, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719353/effect-of-triptolide-on-retinal-ganglion-cell-survival-in-an-optic-nerve-crush-model
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Y-F Li, Y-F Zou, X-F Chen, W Zhang
Optic nerve crush model could be used to investigate the mechanism of neuronal survival and axonal regeneration in central nervous system. Triptolide, a Chinese herb extract with anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activities, has shown neuron protective functions in nervous system. In this study, we investigated the changes in retinal ganglion cell survival and axonal regeneration after administration of triptolide in optic nerve crush model. Triptolide treatment tended to promote retinal ganglion cell survival rather than optic nerve regeneration as well as inhibit the expression of tumor necrosis factor-α and activation of nuclear factor-kappa B...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719219/microsecond-structural-rheology
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Felix Lehmkühler, Ingo Steinke, Martin A Schroer, Birgit Fischer, Michael Sprung, Gerhard Grübel
The relationship between the local structure of complex liquids and their response to shear is generally not well understood. This concerns in particular the formation of particle strings in flow direction or hydroclusters, both important for the understanding of shear thinning and thickening phenomena. Here, we present results of a microfocus X-ray scattering experiment on spherical silica colloids in a liquid jet at high shear rates. Along and across the jet we observe direction-dependent modifications of the structure factor of the suspension suggesting the formation of differently ordered clusters in stream and compression lines...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719137/neocortical-developmental-analysis-of-vasculature-and-their-growth-factors-offer-new-insight-into-fragile-x-syndrome-abnormalities
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Amogh P Belagodu, Stephen Fleming, Roberto Galvez
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is the most common single gene cause for Autism Spectrum Disorder and the most prevalent form of inherited mental retardation. Our prior studies have demonstrated that adult FXS mice have abnormal blood vessel density (BVD) and elevated Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A expression (VEGF-A). VEGF-A is one of the most prominent regulators of BVD, and its abnormal expression is the most likely cause for FXS BVD abnormalities. We have demonstrated that attenuating elevated VEGF-A expression can ameliorate many non-vascular FXS abnormalities(Belagodu et al...
July 18, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718635/undervalued-n3-coordination-revealed-in-the-cisplatin-complex-with-2-deoxyadenosine-5-monophosphate-by-a-combined-irmpd-and-theoretical-study
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Barbara Chiavarino, Maria Elisa Crestoni, Simonetta Fornarini, Debora Scuderi, Jean-Yves Salpin
The complex obtained by the reaction of cisplatin and 2'-deoxyadenosine-5'-monophosphate (5'-dAMP) in water has been isolated and detected by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The so-formed cis-[PtCl(NH3)2(5'-dAMP)](+) complex has been studied in detail by infrared multiple photon dissociation (IRMPD) spectroscopy in two spectral ranges, namely, 700-1900 and 2800-3800 cm(-1), backed by quantum-chemical calculations at the B3LYP/LACV3P/6-311G** level of theory. In agreement with the computational results, the vibrational spectroscopic characterization of cis-[PtCl(NH3)2(5'-dAMP)](+) shows that the sampled ionic population comprises two major isomers, differentiated in the X-H stretching region by their distinct fragmentation patterns...
July 18, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717813/cut-off-points-for-muscle-mass-not-grip-strength-or-gait-speed-determine-variations-in-sarcopenia-prevalence
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F Masanés, X Rojano I Luque, A Salvà, J A Serra-Rexach, I Artaza, F Formiga, F Cuesta, A López Soto, D Ruiz, A J Cruz-Jentoft
OBJECTIVES: The European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) has proposed different methods and cut-off points for the three parameters that define sarcopenia: muscle mass, muscle strength and physical performance. Although this facilitates clinical practice, it limits comparability between studies and leads to wide differences in published prevalence rates. The aim of this study was to assess how changes in cut-off points for muscle mass, gait speed and grip strength affected sarcopenia prevalence according to EWGSOP criteria...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717260/faculty-motivation-to-mentor-students-through-undergraduate-research-programs-a-study-of-enabling-and-constraining-factors
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Danielle X Morales, Sara E Grineski, Timothy W Collins
Undergraduate research experiences are a "high impact" educational practice that confer benefits to students. However, little attention has been paid to understanding faculty motivation to mentor undergraduate students through research training programs, even as the number of programs has grown, requiring increasing numbers of faculty mentors. To address this, we introduce a conceptual model for understanding faculty motivation to mentor and test it by using empirical data to identify factors that enable and constrain faculty engagement in an undergraduate research program...
August 2017: Research in Higher Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717189/cdk5-mediated-phosphorylation-of-xbp1s-contributes-to-its-nuclear-translocation-and-activation-in-mpp-induced-parkinson-s-disease-model
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Feng-Juan Jiao, Qing-Zhi Wang, Pei Zhang, Jian-Guo Yan, Zheng Zhang, Feng He, Qian Zhang, Ze-Xi Lv, Xiang Peng, Hong-Wei Cai, Bo Tian
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an irreversible and progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the selective loss of dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra pars compacta. Growing evidence indicates that endoplasmic reticulum stress is a hallmark of PD; however, its exact contribution to the disease process remains poorly understood. Here, we used molecular biology methods and RNA-Seq analysis to explored an unexpected role of spliced X-Box binding protein 1 (XBP1s) in the nervous system. In this study, we determined that the IRE1α/XBP1 pathway is activated in MPP(+)-treated neurons...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716828/creation-and-preliminary-characterization-of-pregnane-x-receptor-and-constitutive-androstane-receptor-knockout-rats
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Kevin P Forbes, Evguenia Kouranova, Daniel Tinker, Karen Janowski, Doug Cortner, Aaron McCoy, Xiaoxia Cui
The nuclear receptors pregnane X receptor (PXR) and constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) are closely related transcription factors that regulate the expression of Phase I (Cytochrome P450s), Phase II metabolizing enzymes and transporter genes in response to stimulation from xenobiotics, including prescription drugs. PXR and CAR are also involved in other endogenous processes, such as in inflammation, glucose homeostasis and lipid metabolism, and are thus potential drug targets themselves. PXR and CAR knockout and humanized mouse models have proven useful...
July 17, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716499/fracture-risk-assessment-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
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Catalina Poiana, Cristina Capatina
Diabetes mellitus, both type 1 and type 2 (T2DM), is associated with decreased bone strength as well as increased fracture risk. Bone mineral density is decreased in type 1 diabetes but increased in T2DM, compared with controls. This suggests alterations in bone quality are a major player in the pathogenesis of fragility fractures in patients with diabetes. The link between diabetes and bone appears to be mediated by complex pathways, including the insulin-insulin growth factors system, accumulation of advanced glycation end-products in bone collagen, microangiopathy, and increased bone marrow fat content...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716438/the-impact-of-knowledge-transfer-on-the-detection-of-venous-invasion-in-colorectal-cancer
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Richard Kirsch, Naziheh Assarzadegan, David E Messenger, Ari Juda, Robert H Riddell, Aaron Pollett, Catherine J Streutker, Dimitrios X Divaris, Ken J Newell, Russell G Price, Sharyn Smith, Sahar Al-Haddad, Jeremy R Parfitt, David K Driman
Venous invasion (VI) is an independent predictor of hematogenous metastasis and mortality in colorectal cancer (CRC), yet remains widely under-reported. Its detection may require recognition of subtle morphologic clues which at times are only unmasked with an elastin stain. This study evaluates the impact of a knowledge transfer initiative (KTI) on VI detection in a "real world" pathology practice setting. Following participation in an interobserver variability study of VI detection (Kirsch et al 2013), twelve participants received educational materials highlighting key issues in VI detection...
July 14, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716396/the-role-of-pilin-protein-of-xenorhabdus-nematophila-against-immune-defense-reactions-of-insects
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Reyhaneh Darsouei, Javad Karimi, Gary Dunphy
Xenorhabdus nematophila is a symbiotic bacterium of the entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae (Weiser). It produces several toxic proteins which interfere with the immune system of insects. The current study shows that purified pilin protein could be a virulence trait of X. nematophila. The fifth instar larvae of Spodoptera exigua (Hübner) was injected with purified pilin. Changes in the cellular defenses in terms of total haemocyte counts and granulocyte percentage and humoral factors including total protease, phospholipase A2, and phenoloxidase activities (humoral defense) as well as the expression of the three main antimicrobial peptides attacin, cecropin, and spodoptericin were measured at specific times...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716377/comparison-of-the-7th-and-proposed-8th-editions-of-the-ajcc-uicc-tnm-staging-system-for-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-underwent-radical-surgery
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D Zhang, Y Zheng, Z Wang, Q Huang, X Cao, F Wang, S Liu
BACKGROUND: Recently, the 8th edition of the TNM classification of esophageal cancer has come up. The present study aims to compare the 7th and the proposed 8th edition of the AJCC/UICC TNM staging system for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). METHODS: A total of 1872 ESCC patients who underwent radical surgery with curative intent were analyzed retrospectively. Survival was analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method, and values were compared using the log-rank test...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716028/antiplasmodial-potential-and-quantification-of-aloin-and-aloe-emodin-in-aloe-vera-collected-from-different-climatic-regions-of-india
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Sandeep Kumar, Manila Yadav, Amita Yadav, Pooja Rohilla, Jaya Parkash Yadav
BACKGROUND: In this study, Aloe vera samples were collected from different climatic regions of India. Quantitative HPTLC (high performance thin layer chromatography) analysis of important anthraquinones aloin and aloe-emodin and antiplasmodial activity of crude aqueous extracts was done to estimate the effects of these constituents on antiplasmodial potential of the plant. METHODS: HPTLC system equipped with a sample applicator Linomat V with CAMAG sample syringe, twin rough plate development chamber (20 x 10 cm), TLC Scanner 3 and integration software WINCATS 1...
July 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715690/a-dft-study-on-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-of-aromatic-dithiol-derivatives-adsorbed-on-gold-nanojunctions
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Tingting You, Xiufeng Lang, Anping Huang, Penggang Yin
A computational study on aromatic dithiol derivatives (HS-Ar-X-Ar-SH, X=O, S, Se, NH, CH2, NN, CHCH, CC) interacting with gold cluster(s) was presented to investigate the chemical enhancement mechanism related to surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) for molecular junctions. Density functional theory (DFT) were performed on derivatives molecules as well as their single-end-linked (SEL) or double-end-linked (DEL) complexes for geometric, spectra, electronic and excitation properties, leading to discussions on dominant factor during SERS process...
July 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715559/interferon-%C3%AE-treatment-of-human-laryngotracheal-stenosis-derived-fibroblasts
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Kevin Motz, Idris Samad, Linda X Yin, Michael K Murphy, Madhavi Duvvuri, Dacheng Ding, Alexander T Hillel
Importance: Laryngotracheal stenosis (LTS) is a fibroproliferative disorder of the glottis, subglottis, and trachea. In models of fibrosis from other organ systems, the CD4+ T-cell response has been shown to regulate extracellular matrix deposition. Specifically, helper T cell 2 (TH2) promotes fibrosis, whereas TH1 and associated cytokines have been shown to be antifibrotic. However, this antifibrotic effect of the TH1 response has not been demonstrated in LTS. Objective: To determine whether the TH1 cytokine interferon-γ inhibits the function of LTS-derived fibroblasts in vitro...
July 13, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715505/the-clinical-and-immunological-performance-of-28-days-survival-model-of-cecal-ligation-and-puncture-in-humanized-mice
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Krzysztof Laudanski, Natalia Lapko, Mateusz Zawadka, Benjamin X Zhou, Gwenn Danet-Desnoyers, George S Worthen
Sepsis triggers a coordinated and thorough immune system response with long-term unfavorable sequelae after the initial insult. Long-term recovery from sepsis has garnered increasing attention recently, but a lack of suitable animal models impairs progress in this area. Our study, therefore, aimed to address the performance of the immune system in a survivable model of sepsis (cecal ligation and sepsis; CLP) for up to 28 d after the initial injury in humanized mice. Our model mimics human sepsis with weight loss and post-sepsis hypothermia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715497/risk-of-gestational-hypertension-preeclampsia-in-women-with-preceding-endometriosis-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Mei-Lien Pan, Li-Ru Chen, Hsiao-Mei Tsao, Kuo-Hu Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between preceding endometriosis and gestational hypertension-preeclampsia (GH-PE). METHODS: In this nationwide population-based longitudinal study, data from 1998-2012 Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database were used. We used ICD9-CM codes 617.X and 642.X respectively for the diagnoses of endometriosis and GH-PE, which were further confirmed by examining medical records of surgeries, blood pressure and urine protein to ensure the accuracy of the diagnoses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715493/host-genetics-play-a-critical-role-in-controlling-cd8-t-cell-function-and-lethal-immunopathology-during-chronic-viral-infection
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Allison F Christiaansen, Megan E Schmidt, Stacey M Hartwig, Steven M Varga
Effective CD8 T cell responses are vital for the control of chronic viral infections. Many factors of the host immune response contribute to the maintenance of effector CD8 T cell responses versus CD8 T cell exhaustion during chronic infection. Specific MHC alleles and the degree of MHC heterogeneity are associated with enhanced CD8 T cell function and viral control during human chronic infection. However, it is currently unclear to what extent host genetics influences the establishment of chronic viral infection...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715345/local-oxidation-and-reduction-of-graphene
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Yi-Zhe Hong, Wei-Huan Chiang, Hung-Chieh Tsai, Min-Chiang Chuang, Yen-Chien Kuo, Lo-Yueh Chang, Chia-Hao Chen, Jonathon David White, Wei-Yen Woon
Micrometer sized oxidation patterns were created in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene through scanning probe lithography (SPL) and then subsequently reduced by irradiation using a focused x-ray beam. Throughout the process, the films were characterized by lateral force microscopy (LFM), micro-Raman (µ-RS) and micro-x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (µ-XPS). Firstly, the density of grain boundaries was found to be crucial in determining the maximum possible oxygen coverage with SPL. Secondly, the dominate factor in SPL oxidation was found to be the bias voltage...
July 17, 2017: Nanotechnology
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