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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340480/using-uhplc-q-trap-ms-as-a-complementary-technique-to-in-depth-mine-uplc-q-tof-ms-data-for-identifying-modified-nucleosides-in-urine
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Zhiwei Lu, Qing Wang, Meiling Wang, Shuang Fu, Qingqing Zhang, Zhixin Zhang, Huizhen Zhao, Yuehong Liu, Zhenhai Huang, Ziye Xie, Honghong Yu, Xiaoyan Gao
Modified nucleosides, metabolites of RNA, are potential biomarkers of cancer before the appearance of morphological abnormalities. It is of great significance to comprehensively detect and identify nucleosides in human urine for discovery of cancer biomarkers. However, the lower abundance, the greater polarity and the matrix effects make it difficult to detect urinary nucleosides. In this paper, an integrated method consisted of sample preparation followed by ultraperformance liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC Q-TOF/MS) detection and primary identification, then ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with hybrid triple quadrupole linear ion trap mass spectrometer (UHPLC Q-Trap/MS) further identification and validation were introduced...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339801/routinely-measured-iohexol-glomerular-filtration-rate-versus-creatinine-based-estimated-glomerular-filtration-rate-as-predictors-of-mortality-in-patients-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease-a-swedish-chronic-kidney-disease-registry-cohort-study
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Shona Methven, Alessandro Gasparini, Juan J Carrero, Fergus J Caskey, Marie Evans
Background.: Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) becomes less reliable in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods.: Using the Swedish CKD Registry (2005-11), linked to the national inpatient, dialysis and death registers, we compared the performance of plasma-iohexol measured GFR (mGFR) and urinary clearance measures versus eGFR to predict death in adults with CKD stages 4/5. Performance was assessed using survival and prognostic models...
February 23, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339476/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-desmocollin-2-dsc2-develop-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-myocardial-inflammation-and-fibrotic-remodeling
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Andreas Brodehl, Darrell D Belke, Lauren Garnett, Kristina Martens, Nelly Abdelfatah, Marcela Rodriguez, Catherine Diao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Paul M K Gordon, Anders Nygren, Brenda Gerull
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder leading to ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure, mainly as a result of mutations in cardiac desmosomal genes. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions mediating adhesion of cardiomyocytes; however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease remain widely unknown. Desmocollin-2 is a desmosomal cadherin serving as an anchor molecule required to reconstitute homeostatic intercellular adhesion with desmoglein-2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334799/the-relative-roles-of-anc-and-epi-in-the-continuous-distribution-of-llins-a-qualitative-study-in-four-countries
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Katherine Theiss-Nyland, Diakalia Koné, Corine Karema, Waqo Ejersa, Jayne Webster, Jo Lines
Background: The continuous distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for malaria prevention, through the antenatal care (ANC) and the Expanded Programme on Immunizations (EPI), is recommended by the WHO to improve and maintain LLIN coverage. Despite these recommendations, little is known about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the ANC and EPI-based LLIN distribution. This study aimed to explore and compare the roles of the ANC and EPI for LLIN distribution in four African countries...
December 26, 2016: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334648/optimizing-withdrawal-from-drinking-water-reservoirs-to-reduce-downstream-temperature-pollution-and-reservoir-hypoxia
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M Weber, K Rinke, M R Hipsey, B Boehrer
Sustainable management of drinking water reservoirs requires balancing the demands of water supply whilst minimizing environmental impact. This study numerically simulates the effect of an improved withdrawal scheme designed to alleviate the temperature pollution downstream of a reservoir. The aim was to identify an optimal withdrawal strategy such that water of a desirable discharge temperature can be supplied downstream without leading to unacceptably low oxygen concentrations within the reservoir. First, we calibrated a one-dimensional numerical model for hydrodynamics and oxygen dynamics (GLM-AED2), verifying that the model reproduced water temperatures and hypolimnetic dissolved oxygen concentrations accurately over a 5 year period...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334117/a-generalized-association-test-based-on-u-statistics
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Changshuai Wei, Qing Lu
Motivation: Second generation sequencing technologies are being increasingly used for genetic association studies, where the main research interest is to identify sets of genetic variants that contribute to various phenotypes. The phenotype can be univariate disease status, multivariate responses and even high-dimensional outcomes. Considering the genotype and phenotype as two complex objects, this also poses a general statistical problem of testing association between complex objects...
February 17, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333926/performance-of-tci-tcvi-tcii-chagas-flow-ate-igg2a-for-universal-and-genotype-specific-serodiagnosis-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Glaucia Diniz Alessio, Fernanda Fortes de Araújo, Denise Fonseca Côrtes, Policarpo Ademar Sales Júnior, Daniela Cristina Lima, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Marcelo Antônio Pascoal Xavier, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Marta de Lana
Distinct Trypanosoma cruzi genotypes have been considered relevant for patient management and therapeutic response Chagas disease. However, typing strategies for genotype-specific serodiagnosis of Chagas disease are still unavailable and requires standardization for practical application. In this study, an innovative TcI/TcVI/TcII Chagas Flow ATE-IgG2a technique was developed with applicability for universal and genotype-specific diagnosis of T. cruzi infection. For this purpose, the reactivity of serum samples (percentage of positive fluorescent parasites-PPFP) obtained from mice chronically infected with TcI/Colombiana, TcVI/CL or TcII/Y strain as well as non-infected controls were determined using amastigote-AMA, trypomastigote-TRYPO and epimastigote-EPI in parallel batches of TcI, TcVI and TcII target antigens...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331220/identification-of-biallelic-extl3-mutations-in-a-novel-type-of-spondylo-epi-metaphyseal-dysplasia
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Long Guo, Nursel H Elcioglu, Shuji Mizumoto, Zheng Wang, Bilge Noyan, Hatice M Albayrak, Shuhei Yamada, Naomichi Matsumoto, Noriko Miyake, Gen Nishimura, Shiro Ikegawa
Spondylo-epi-metaphyseal dysplasia (SEMD) is a group of inherited skeletal diseases characterized by the anomalies in spine, epiphyses and metaphyses. SEMD is highly heterogeneous and >20 distinct entities have been identified. Here we describe a novel type of SEMD in two unrelated Turkish patients who presented with severe platyspondyly, kyphoscoliosis, pelvic distortion, constriction of the proximal femora and brachydactyly. Although these phenotypes overlap considerably with some known SEMDs, they had a novel causal gene, exostosin-like glycosyltransferase 3 (EXTL3), that encodes a glycosyltransferase involved in the synthesis of heparin and heparan sulfate...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330965/greater-sympathoadrenal-activation-with-longer-pre-ventilation-intervals-after-immediate-cord-clamping-increases-hemodynamic-lability-at-birth-in-preterm-lambs
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Joseph J Smolich, Kelly R Kenna, Murray David Esler, Sarah E Phillips, Gavin W Lambert
This study tested the hypothesis that varying degrees of hemodynamic fluctuations seen after birth following immediate cord clamping were related to development of asphyxia with longer cord clamp-to-ventilation intervals, resulting in higher perinatal circulating levels of the catecholamines norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine (Epi), and thus increased heart rate, blood pressures and cardiac contractility after birth. Anesthetized preterm fetal lambs were instrumented with 1) aortic (AoT) and pulmonary trunk (PT) micromanometers to obtain pressures and the maximal rate of pressure rise (dP/dtmax) as a surrogate measure of ventricular contractility, and 2) an AoT catheter to obtain samples for blood gas and catecholamine analyses...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330373/readout-segmented-echo-planar-diffusion-weighted-imaging-in-the-assessment-of-orbital-tumors-comparison-with-conventional-single-shot-echo-planar-imaging-in-image-quality-and-diagnostic-performance
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Xiaoquan Xu, Yanjun Wang, Hao Hu, Guoyi Su, Hu Liu, Haibin Shi, Feiyun Wu
Background Readout-segmented echo-planar imaging (RS-EPI) could improve the imaging quality of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in various organs. However, whether it could improve the imaging quality and diagnostic performance for the patients with orbital tumors is still unknown. Purpose To compare the image quality and diagnostic performance of RS-EPI DWI with that of conventional single-shot EPI (SS-EPI) DWI in patients with orbital tumors. Material and Methods SS-EPI and RS-EPI DW images of 32 patients with pathologically diagnosed orbital tumors were retrospectively analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330336/postpartum-modern-contraceptive-use-and-associated-factors-in-northern-ethiopia
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Teklehaymanot Huluf Abraha, Alemayehu Shimeka Teferra, Abebaw Addis Gelagay
OBJECTIVES: Postpartum period is a critical period to address high unmet needs of family planning and to reduce the risks of closely spaced pregnancies. However, contraception during extended postpartum period has given less emphasis concerning contraceptive practice in Ethiopia. Therefore, this study was aimed to assess postpartum modern contraceptive use and associated factors among postpartum women in Northern Ethiopia. METHODS: A community based cross sectional study was done from March to April, 2015...
March 20, 2017: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330041/retinal-tractography-influence-of-diffusion-acquisition-ocular-laterality-and-ocular-dominance-in-healthy-subjects
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Clément Jean, Arnaud Attyé, Sylvie Grand, Augustin Lecler, Christophe Chiquet, Florent Aptel, Laurent Lamalle, Alexandre Krainik
PURPOSE: Exploration of the human retina has never been described with MRI tractography, supposedly because of ocular movement-related artifacts and imaging distortions with EPI diffusion acquisition. In this work, we used track-weighting imaging to assess retinal fascicles. Diffusion acquisition parameters influence was studied and the relationship between variability and ocular laterality and ocular dominance was explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty healthy subjects underwent MRI, with retinal tractography calculated with the constrained spherical deconvolution model...
March 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329260/left-atrial-expansion-index-and-renal-deterioration-causality-or-epi-phenomenon
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Zvi Vered, Marina Leitman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 23, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328526/impact-of-a-single-oral-dose-of-100-000-iu-vitamin-d3-on-profiles-of-serum-25-oh-d3-and-its-metabolites-24-25-oh-2d3-3-epi-25-oh-d3-and-1-25-oh-2d3-in-adults-with-vitamin-d-insufficiency
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Lanja Saleh, Jonathan Tang, Joanna Gawinecka, Lukas Boesch, William D Fraser, Arnold von Eckardstein, Albina Nowak
BACKGROUND: We investigate the effect of a high dose of vitamin D3 on circulating concentrations of 25(OH)D3 and its metabolites 24,25(OH)2D3, 3-epi-25(OH)D3, and 1,25(OH)2D3 in healthy individuals with self-perceived fatigue and vitamin D insufficiency [25(OH)D3<50 nmol/L]. METHODS: One hundred and seven study participants (age 20-50 years) were randomized to receive a single 100,000 IU dose of vitamin D3 (n=52) or placebo (n=55). Vitamin D metabolite concentrations in serum were measured before, and 4 weeks after, supplementation...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327265/association-between-body-mass-index-and-caries-experience-in-brazilian-children-and-adolescents
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Raquel Assed Bezerra da Silva, Driely Barreiros, Sara Oliveira, Lea Assed Bezerra da Silva, Paulo Nelson-Filho, Erika Calvano Küchler
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between caries and body mass index (BMI) deviations in Brazilian schoolchildren and adolescents. METHODS: A total of 237 three- to 15-year-old children, all undergoing treatment in a university pediatric dental clinic, was evaluated. Caretakers answered a questionnaire on sociodemographic, ethnicity, oral hygiene, and dietary information. The children's height was measured in centimeters, the weight in kilograms, and BMIs were calculated...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Dentistry for Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327261/sex-differences-in-pediatric-dental-pain-perception
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Gabriela F Almeida, Daniele L Longo, Mariana Trevizan, Fabrício K de Carvalho, Paulo Nelson-Filho, Erika C Küchler, Alexandra M Queiroz
PURPOSE: To evaluate sex-related differences in dental pain perception in children. METHODS: Fifty-two children who received a dental procedure with local anesthesia were selected to participate. Pain perception levels were assessed with the Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale. Twenty-four and 48 hours following the procedure, the parents were contacted by phone for a verbal survey to assess their child's postoperative pain. Age, type of dental procedure, and behavior were also evaluated as covariables...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Dentistry for Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324027/follistatin-targets-distinct-pathways-to-promote-brown-adipocyte-characteristics-in-brown-and-white-adipose-tissues
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Rajan Singh, Melissa Braga, Srinivasa T Reddy, Se-Jin Lee, Meher Parveen, Victor Grijalva, Laurent Vergnes, Shehla Pervin
We previously demonstrated that Fst expression is highest in brown adipose tissue (BAT) and skeletal muscle, but is also present at substantial levels in epididymal (Epi) and subcutaneous (SC) white adipose tissues (WAT). Fst promotes mouse brown preadipocyte differentiation and promotes browning during differentiation of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). Fst-transgenic (Fst-Tg) mouse show significant increase in circulating Fst levels and increased brown adipose mass. BAT of Fst-Tg mice had increased expression of brown adipose-associated markers including uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), PRDM16, PGC-1α and Glut4...
January 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323821/comparing-resting-state-fmri-de-noising-approaches-using-multi-and-single-echo-acquisitions
#18
Ottavia Dipasquale, Arjun Sethi, Maria Marcella Laganà, Francesca Baglio, Giuseppe Baselli, Prantik Kundu, Neil A Harrison, Mara Cercignani
Artifact removal in resting state fMRI (rfMRI) data remains a serious challenge, with even subtle head motion undermining reliability and reproducibility. Here we compared some of the most popular single-echo de-noising methods-regression of Motion parameters, White matter and Cerebrospinal fluid signals (MWC method), FMRIB's ICA-based X-noiseifier (FIX) and ICA-based Automatic Removal Of Motion Artifacts (ICA-AROMA)-with a multi-echo approach (ME-ICA) that exploits the linear dependency of BOLD on the echo time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323036/targeting-androgen-receptor-versus-targeting-androgens-to-suppress-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#19
Changcheng Guo, Shuyuan Yeh, Yuanjie Niu, Gonghui Li, Junhua Zheng, Lei Li, Chawnshang Chang
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States and its progression is tightly associated with the androgen/androgen receptor (AR) signals. Men castrated before puberty (eunuchs) or men with inherited deficiency of type II 5α-reductase (with failure to convert testosterone to the more potent dihydrotestosterone) (DHT) do not develop PCa. To date, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) with anti-androgen treatments to reduce or prevent androgens from binding to the AR remains the main therapeutic option for advanced PCa since its discovery by Huggins and Hodges in 1941...
March 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322476/optimizing-exposure-based-cbt-for-anxiety-disorders-via-enhanced-extinction-design-and-methods-of-a-multicentre-randomized-clinical-trial
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Ingmar Heinig, Andre Pittig, Jan Richter, Katrin Hummel, Isabel Alt, Kristina Dickhöver, Jennifer Gamer, Maike Hollandt, Katja Koelkebeck, Anne Maenz, Sophia Tennie, Christina Totzeck, Yunbo Yang, Volker Arolt, Jürgen Deckert, Katharina Domschke, Thomas Fydrich, Alfons Hamm, Jürgen Hoyer, Tilo Kircher, Ulrike Lueken, Jürgen Margraf, Peter Neudeck, Paul Pauli, Winfried Rief, Silvia Schneider, Benjamin Straube, Andreas Ströhle, Hans-Ulrich Wittchen
Exposure-based psychological interventions currently represent the empirically best established first line form of cognitive-behavioural therapy for all types of anxiety disorders. Although shown to be highly effective in both randomized clinical and other studies, there are important deficits: (1) the core mechanisms of action are still under debate, (2) it is not known whether such treatments work equally well in all forms of anxiety disorders, including comorbid diagnoses like depression, (3) it is not known whether an intensified treatment with more frequent sessions in a shorter period of time provides better outcome than distributed sessions over longer time intervals...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
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