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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149785/association-study-of-hla-dqb1-0602-allele-in-iranian-patients-with-narcolepsy
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Demeke Geremew, Ania Rahimi-Golkhandan, Khosro Sadeghniiat-Haghighi, Yadollah Shakiba, Ahmad Khajeh-Mehrizi, Bita Ansaripour, Maryam Izad
Narcolepsy is a rare, disabling disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, hypnagogic hallucinations and sleep paralysis. Several studies demonstrated its association with HLA-DQB1*0602 in various ethnic groups. Our study aimed to determine the prevalence of HLA-DQB1*0602 allele in Iranian patients with narcolepsy and assess its predictive parameters for diagnosing narcolepsy. In addition, car accidents and job problems were assessed among narcoleptic patients. We studied 44 narcoleptic patients, 30 patients with other types of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS)  and 50 healthy age and sex matched individuals in this case-control study...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149782/frequency-of-circulatory-regulatory-immune-cells-in-iranian-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
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Tahereh Khamehchian, Eqlim Nemati, Marziyeh Jazayeri, Shirin Azimi, Hassan Nikoueinejad, Hossein Akbari, Behnaz Irandoust
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is the result of the autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing beta cells. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) and plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDCs) act as mediators of peripheral tolerance. We investigated the possible alterations of such cells in peripheral blood of patients with T1D compared to normal individuals. This comparison may lead to a better understanding of the immunopathogenesis processes involved in T1D. 92 participants, including 49 patients with T1D and 43 healthy controls were studied...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149781/macrophages-from-behcet-s-disease-patients-express-decreased-level-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-ahr-mrna
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Mohammad Taghi Palizgir, Maryam Akhtari, Mahdi Mahmoudi, Shayan Mostafaei, Alireza Rezaeimanesh, Massoomeh Akhlaghi, Farhad Shahram
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor, connecting environmental stimulators with the immune system. M1 macrophages are a part of immune system that contribute to the inflammatory events in the pathogenesis of Behcet's disease (BD). The effect of AHR on the macrophages in BD patients is still unclear. In this study, we investigated the mRNA expression of AHR in the monocyte-derived and M1 macrophages in active BD patients in comparison to healthy controls. Isolated monocytes from 10 healthy controls and 10 active BD patients were differentiated to macrophages by macrophage-colony stimulating factor (M-CSF) for 7 days...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149779/increased-genes-expression-levels-of-cytokines-related-to-th17-treg-cells-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-correlate-with-clinical-severity-in-copd-and-mustard-gas-exposed-patients
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Parisa Farahani, Raheleh Halabian, Ensieh Vahedi, Jafar Salimian
The long lasting inflammation and immune dysregulation is one of the main mechanisms involved in lung complication of veterans exposed to sulfur mustard (SM) gas. Th17/Treg cells have an important role in immunopathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and mustard lung disease. In this study, expression of cytokines genes levels related to Th17/Treg cells was determined in peripheral blood mononuclear (PBMC) of mustard lung patients and was compared with COPD patients and healthy controls (HC)...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149777/investigating-the-association-of-adam33-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-snps-with-susceptibility-to-allergic-asthma-in-azerbaijan-population-of-iran-a-case-control-study
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Ilghar Zeinaly, Mahnaz Sadeghi-Shabestrai, Zohreh Babaloo, Alireza Razavi, Mohammad Sajay-Asbaghi, Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad, Tohid Kazemi
Asthma, affecting a growing number of populations, is a clinical condition with complex cellular and genetic factors. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in gene coding for molecules, which play major roles in the immunopathogenesis of asthma have been considered recently as genetic predisposing factors this disease. Possible association between two SNPs in a disintegrin and metalloprotease 33 (ADAM33), which participates in airway remodeling, and susceptibility to asthma was studied in this study. 190 patients with asthma and 180 healthy controls were enrolled in this case-control study...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149772/natural-history-of-infantile-onset-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Stephen J Kolb, Christopher S Coffey, Jon W Yankey, Kristin Krosschell, W David Arnold, Seward B Rutkove, Kathryn J Swoboda, Sandra P Reyna, Ai Sakonju, Basil T Darras, Richard Shell, Nancy Kuntz, Diana Castro, Julie Parsons, Anne M Connolly, Claudia A Chiriboga, Craig McDonald, W Bryan Burnette, Klaus Werner, Mathula Thangarajh, Perry B Shieh, Erika Finanger, Merit E Cudkowicz, Michelle M McGovern, D Elizabeth McNeil, Richard Finkel, Susan T Iannaccone, Edward Kaye, Allison Kingsley, Samantha R Renusch, Vicki L McGovern, Xueqian Wang, Phillip G Zaworski, Thomas W Prior, Arthur H M Burghes, Amy Bartlett, John T Kissel
OBJECTIVE: Infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetic cause of infant mortality, typically resulting in death prior to age 2. Clinical trials in this population require an understanding of disease progression and identification of meaningful biomarkers to hasten therapeutic development and predict outcomes. METHODS: A longitudinal, multi-center, prospective natural history study enrolled 26 SMA infants, and 27 control infants less than six months of age...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149770/a-multicenter-retrospective-medical-record-review-of-x-linked-myotubular-myopathy-the-recensus-study
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Alan H Beggs, Barry J Byrne, Sabine de Chastonay, Tmirah Haselkorn, Imelda Hughes, Emma S James, Nancy L Kuntz, Jennifer Simon, Lindsay C Swanson, Michele L Yang, Zi-Fan Yu, Sabrina W Yum, Suyash Prasad
INTRODUCTION: X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM), characterized by severe hypotonia, weakness, respiratory distress, and early mortality, is rare and natural history studies are few. METHODS: RECENSUS is a multicenter chart review of male XLMTM patients characterizing disease burden and unmet medical needs. Data were collected between September 2014 and June 2016. RESULTS: Analysis included 112 patients at six clinical sites. Most recent patient age recorded was ≤18 months for 40 patients and >18 months for 72 patients...
November 17, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149768/mitochondrial-dna-changes-in-pedunculopontine-cholinergic-neurons-in-parkinson-s
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Alexander G Bury, Angela Pyle, Joanna L Elson, Laura Greaves, Christopher M Morris, Gavin Hudson, Ilse S Pienaar
In Parkinson's disease (PD), mitochondrial dysfunction associates with nigral dopaminergic neuronal loss. Cholinergic neuronal loss co-occurs, particularly within a brainstem structure, the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN). We isolated single cholinergic neurons from post-mortem PPNs of aged controls and PD patients. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number and mtDNA deletions were increased significantly in PD patients compared to controls. Furthermore, compared to controls the PD patients had significantly more PPN cholinergic neurons containing mtDNA deletion levels exceeding 60%, a level associated with deleterious effects on oxidative phosphorylation...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149759/dusp1-alleviates-cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-suppressing-the-mff-required-mitochondrial-fission-and-bnip3-related-mitophagy-via-the-jnk-pathways
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Qinhua Jin, Ruibing Li, Nan Hu, Ting Xin, Pingjun Zhu, Shunying Hu, Sai Ma, Hong Zhu, Jun Ren, Hao Zhou
Mitochondrial fission and selective mitochondrial autophagy (mitophagy) form an essential axis of mitochondrial quality control that plays a critical role in the development of cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. However, the precise upstream molecular mechanism of fission/mitophagy remains unclear. Dual-specificity protein phosphatase1 (DUSP1) regulates cardiac metabolism, but its physiological contribution in the reperfused heart, particularly its influence on mitochondrial homeostasis, is unknown. Here, we demonstrated that cardiac DUSP1 was downregulated following acute cardiac IR injury...
November 6, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149753/identifying-relapse-prevention-elements-during-psychological-treatment-of-depression-development-of-an-observer-based-rating-instrument
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Katja Machmutow, Martin Grosse Holtforth, Tobias Krieger, Birgit Watzke
BACKGROUND: Although observer-rated instruments assessing therapist's adherence to relapse-preventive treatments are available, they do not adequately cover specific relapse-preventive elements that focus on implementation of strategies after terminating treatment. This study describes the development of the KERI-D (Kodierbogen zur Erfassung Rückfallprophylaktischer Interventionen bei Depression/Coding System to Assess Interventions of Relapse Prevention in Depression). The KERI-D is a new observer-based rating tool for acute or continuation/maintenance-phase sessions and assesses relapse-prevention elements including implementation into patient's daily routines...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149752/hazard-assessment-of-hydraulic-fracturing-chemicals-using-an-indexing-method
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Guangji Hu, Tianyi Liu, James Hager, Kasun Hewage, Rehan Sadiq
The rapid expansion of unconventional natural gas production has triggered considerable public concerns, particularly regarding environmental and human health (EHH) risks posed by various chemical additives used in hydraulic fracturing (HF) operations. There is a need to assess the potential EHH hazards of additives used in real-world HF operations. In this study, HF additive and fracturing fluid data was acquired, and EHH hazards were assessed using an indexing approach. The indexing system analyzed chemical toxicological data of different ingredients contained within additives and produced an aggregated EHH safety index for each additive, along with an indicator describing the completeness of the chemical toxicological data...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149746/habitat-mosaics-and-path-analysis-can-improve-biological-conservation-of-aquatic-biodiversity-in-ecosystems-with-low-head-dams
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Sean M Hitchman, Martha E Mather, Joseph M Smith, Jane S Fencl
Conserving native biodiversity depends on restoring functional habitats in the face of human-induced disturbances. Low-head dams are a ubiquitous human impact that degrades aquatic ecosystems worldwide. To improve our understanding of how low-head dams impact habitat and associated biodiversity, our research examined complex interactions among three spheres of the total environment. i.e., how low-head dams (anthroposphere) affect aquatic habitat (hydrosphere), and native biodiversity (biosphere) in streams and rivers...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149745/household-air-pollution-and-chronic-hypoxia-in-the-placenta-of-pregnant-nigerian-women-a-randomized-controlled-ethanol-cookstove-intervention
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Anindita Dutta, Galina Khramstova, Katherine Brito, Donee Alexander, Ariel Mueller, Sireesha Chinthala, Damilola Adu, Tope Ibigbami, John Olamijulo, Abayomi Odetunde, Kehinde Adigun, Liese Pruitt, Ian Hurley, Olufunmilayo Olopade, Oladosu Ojengbede, Sarosh Rana, Christopher O Olopade
BACKGROUND: Household air pollution (HAP) is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. OBJECTIVES: Investigate impact of in-utero HAP exposure on placental development and chronic hypoxia. METHODS: Markers of chronic placental hypoxia [Hofbauer cells (HBC), syncytial knots (SK), chorionic vascular density (cVD) and hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)] were stained by hematoxylin-eosin and/or immunohistochemically in placenta samples collected from firewood-/kerosene-users (A,n=16), and ethanol-users (B,n=20) that participated in a randomized controlled intervention trial in Ibadan, Nigeria...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149743/multigenerational-effects-of-salinity-in-six-clonal-lineages-of-daphnia-longispina
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C Venâncio, R Ribeiro, A M V M Soares, I Lopes
Sea level rise, as a consequence of climate changes, is already causing seawater intrusion in some freshwater coastal ecosystems worldwide. The increase in salinity at these freshwater coastal ecosystems may occur gradually (through groundwater) or abruptly (through extreme weather events). Moreover, many of them are also being altered and threatened by anthropogenic activities. Accordingly, the present study aimed at assessing the multigenerational lethal and sublethal effects caused by increased salinity in six clonal lineages of the freshwater cladoceran Daphnia longispina differing in their sensitivity to lethal levels of copper...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149742/stability-of-heavy-metals-in-soil-washing-residue-with-and-without-biochar-addition-under-accelerated-ageing
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Zhengtao Shen, Deyi Hou, Bin Zhao, Wendi Xu, Yong Sik Ok, Nanthi S Bolan, Daniel S Alessi
Soil washing residue (SWR), which typically concentrates the washed toxic metals and is comprised of high contents of clay particles, may pose risks to the surrounding environment. This study aims to simulate accelerated ageing to assess the stability of selected metals (Cd(2+) (132mg/kg), Cu(2+) (248mg/kg) and Pb(2+) (3470mg/kg)) in a SWR (89.68% of clay) with and without biochar treatment. The soil was incubated under constant moisture and wet-dry cycles (accelerated ageing), respectively, and the mobility and fractions of heavy metals in the soils with and without biochar treatment were examined...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149738/associations-of-urinary-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-metabolites-with-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-and-exhaled-carbon-monoxide-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yun Zhou, Yuewei Liu, Huizhen Sun, Jixuan Ma, Lili Xiao, Limin Cao, Wei Li, Bin Wang, Jing Yuan, Weihong Chen
Exposure to Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been associated with inflammatory responses. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and exhaled carbon monoxide (eCO) are both important inflammatory mediators especially in airways. However, few studies have investigated associations of PAH exposures with FeNO or eCO. Therefore, we aimed to quantify the associations of urinary PAH metabolites with FeNO and eCO levels, and investigate their potential effect modifiers by linear mixed models among 4133 participants from the Wuhan-Zhuhai cohort in China...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149719/tissue-specific-bioaccumulation-of-long-chain-perfluorinated-carboxylic-acids-and-halogenated-methylbipyrroles-in-dall-s-porpoises-phocoenoides-dalli-and-harbor-porpoises-phocoena-phocoena-stranded-in-northern-japan
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Yukiko Fujii, Yoshihisa Kato, Kentarou Sakamoto, Takashi Matsuishi, Harada H Kouji, Akio Koizumi, Osamu Kimura, Tetsuya Endo, Koichi Haraguchi
This study investigated accumulation of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), persistent organochlorines (OCs), and naturally produced halogenated compounds (NHCs), including brominated methylbipyrroles and methoxylated bromodiphenyl ethers, in liver, blood, and blubber from Dall's porpoises (Phocoenoides dalli) and harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) stranded in Hokkaido, northern Japan. Profiles of the PFASs were dominated by perfluoroundecanoic acid and perfluorotridecanoic acid, both of which accounted for 70% of the total measured PFAS concentrations in both porpoise species...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149716/longitudinal-associations-between-resilience-and-quality-of-life-in-eating-disorders
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Esther Calvete, Carlota Las Hayas, Andrés Gómez Del Barrio
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the longitudinal reciprocal associations between resilience factors, quality of life (QoL) domains, and symptoms of eating disorders (EDs). Hypotheses included predictive paths from resilience factors of "acceptance of self and life" and "personal competence" to increased QoL and predictive paths from previous levels of QoL to resilience. METHOD: A total of 184 patients with EDs (mean age = 29.55, SD = 9.17, 94.8% women) completed measures of resilience, QoL, and EDs symptoms over three waves spaced six month apart...
November 11, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149705/toll-like-receptor-4-deficiency-increases-resistance-in-sepsis-induced-immune-dysfunction
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Chao Cao, Yanfen Chai, Songtao Shou, Jun Wang, Ying Huang, Tao Ma
Sepsis constitutes a serious life-threatening syndrome associated with complications of deregulated inflammatory response against endotoxin/lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated severe infection. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) plays a critical role in the activation of innate immunity through recognition of LPS. However, the impact of TLR4 signaling on the development of sepsis-induced immune dysfunction remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of TLR4 on regulatory T cells (Tregs) and its potential mechanism...
November 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149703/quercetin-attenuates-collagen-induced-arthritis-by-restoration-of-th17-treg-balance-and-activation-of-heme-oxygenase-1-mediated-anti-inflammatory-effect
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Yan Yang, Xu Zhang, Min Xu, Xin Wu, Feipeng Zhao, Chengzhi Zhao
Quercetin (QU) has been shown obvious anti-arthritic property in pre-clinical studies or clinical studies. Howbeit, the underlying mechanism of it is still not revealed distinctly and should be gotten further insight into. QU at a dosage of 150 mg/kg was administered orally in collagen-induced arthritis rats and then the clinical symptoms were monitored. The protein levels of Th17/Treg-related cytokines were determined by ELISA, and the mRNA levels of cytokines and transcription factors associated with the Th17 and Treg phenotypes were evaluated by real-time PCR, the proportions of Th17 and Treg cells were assessed by flow cytometry...
November 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
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