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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302527/multiple-plastic-stents-versus-covered-metal-stent-for-treatment-of-anastomotic-biliary-strictures-after-liver-transplantation-a-prospective-randomized-multicenter-trial
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Andrea Oliver Tal, Fabian Finkelmeier, Natalie Filmann, Leena Kylänpää, Marianne Udd, Ilaria Parzanese, Paolo Cantù, Alexander Dechêne, Volker Penndorf, Andreas Schnitzbauer, Mireen Friedrich-Rust, Stefan Zeuzem, Jörg G Albert
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Treatment of anastomotic biliary strictures (ABSs) after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) by endoscopic insertion of multiple plastic stents (MPSs) is well-established. The use of covered self-expandable metal stents (cSEMSs) for this indication is less investigated. METHODS: In an open-label, multicenter, randomized trial, patients with confirmed ABSs were randomly assigned 1:1 to receive either an MPS or a cSEMS. Primary endpoint was the number of endoscopic interventions until ABS resolution...
March 13, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299921/physical-training-improves-myocardial-perfusion-but-not-left-ventricular-function-response-to-exercise-in-patients-with-microvascular-angina
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Eduardo E Carvalho, Júlio C Crescêncio, Giovani L Santi, Luciano F Oliveira, Pedro V Schwartzmann, Lourenço Gallo, José A Marin-Neto, Marcus V Simões
BACKGROUND: Patients with primary microvascular angina (PMA) commonly exhibit abnormal left ventricular function (LVF) during exercise, potentially owing to myocardial ischemia. Herein, we investigated n PMA patients the effect of the reduction of myocardial perfusion disorders, by using aerobic physical training, upon LVF response to exercise. METHODS: Overall, 15 patients (mean age, 53.7±8.9 years) with PMA and 15 healthy controls (mean age, 51.0±9.4 years) were studied...
March 16, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295384/noninvasive-fetal-genotyping-of-paternally-inherited-alleles-using-targeted-massively-parallel-sequencing-in-parentage-testing-cases
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Donggui Yang, Hao Liang, Yu Gao, Shaobin Lin, Zhiming He, Jun Gao, Hongyu Sun, Qing Li, Xiaoyan Ma, Xueling Ou
BACKGROUND: Researchers have sought to develop a noninvasive protocol for paternity analysis that uses fetal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in maternal plasma. Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is expected to overcome this challenge because it enables the analysis of millions of DNA molecules at a single-base resolution. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Seven women were involved in prenatal paternity testing cases. Before conventional invasive procedures, cfDNA was isolated from maternal plasma...
March 10, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294991/the-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-arterial-stiffness-of-pediatric-mucopolysaccharidosis-patients-are-increased-compared-to-both-pediatric-and-adult-controls
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Raymond Y Wang, Kyle D Rudser, Donald R Dengel, Elizabeth A Braunlin, Julia Steinberger, David R Jacobs, Alan R Sinaiko, Aaron S Kelly
Treatments for mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs) have increased longevity, but cardiovascular disease causes mortality in a significant percentage of survivors. Markers must be developed to predict MPS cardiac risk and monitor efficacy of investigational therapies.MPS patients underwent carotid artery ultrasonography from which carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) and three measures of arterial stiffness were calculated: carotid artery distensibility (cCSD), compliance (cCSC), and incremental elastic modulus (cIEM)...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292383/mucopolysaccharidoses-clinical-spectrum-and-frequency-of-different-types
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Huma Arshad Cheema, Hassan Suleman Malik, Muhammad Almas Hashmi, Zafar Fayyaz, Iqra Mushtaq, Nagina Shahzadi
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relative frequency and clinical features of different varieties of mucopolysaccharidosis. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, The Children's Hospital and The Institute of Child Health, Lahore, from January 2013 to December 2015. METHODOLOGY: All patients who had any feature suggestive of mucopolysaccharidosis were screened with detailed history, clinical examination and skeletal survey...
February 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288918/increased-carbon-dioxide-levels-stimulate-neutrophils-to-produce-microparticles-and-activate-the-nucleotide-binding-domain-like-receptor-3-inflammasome
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Stephen R Thom, Veena M Bhopale, JingPing Hu, Ming Yang
We hypothesized that elevations of carbon dioxide (CO2) commonly found in modern buildings will stimulate leukocytes to produce microparticles (MPs) and activate the nucleotide-binding domain-like receptor 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome due to mitochondrial oxidative stress. Human and murine neutrophils generate MPs with high interleukin-1β (IL-1β) content when incubated ex vivo in buffer equilibrated with 0.1-0.4% additional CO2. Enhanced MPs production requires mitochondrial reactive oxygen species production, which is mediated by activities of pyruvate carboxylase and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase...
March 10, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280974/post-absorptive-muscle-protein-turnover-affects-resistance-training-hypertrophy
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Paul T Reidy, Michael S Borack, Melissa M Markofski, Jared M Dickinson, Christopher S Fry, Rachel R Deer, Elena Volpi, Blake B Rasmussen
PURPOSE: Acute bouts of resistance exercise and subsequent training alters protein turnover in skeletal muscle. The mechanisms responsible for the changes in basal post-absorptive protein turnover and its impact on muscle hypertrophy following resistance exercise training are unknown. Our goal was to determine whether post-absorptive muscle protein turnover following 12 weeks of resistance exercise training (RET) plays a role in muscle hypertrophy. In addition, we were interested in determining potential molecular mechanisms responsible for altering post-training muscle protein turnover...
March 9, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266863/microcurrent-point-stimulation-applied-to-lower-back-acupuncture-points-for-the-treatment-of-nonspecific-neck-pain
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Kelly Armstrong, Raman Gokal, Antoine Chevalier, William Todorsky, Mike Lim
OBJECTIVES: Although acupuncture and microcurrent are widely used for chronic pain, there remains considerable controversy as to their therapeutic value for neck pain. We aimed to determine the effect size of microcurrent applied to lower back acupuncture points to assess the impact on the neck pain. DESIGN: This was a cohort analysis of treatment outcomes pre- and postmicrocurrent stimulation, involving 34 patients with a history of nonspecific chronic neck pain...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264742/differential-surface-glycoprofile-of-buffalo-bull-spermatozoa-during-mating-and-non-mating-periods
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G Accogli, G M Lacalandra, G Aiudi, S N Cox, S Desantis
The buffalo has a seasonal reproduction activity with mating and non-mating periods occurring from late autumn to winter and from late spring to beginning of autumn, respectively. Sperm glycocalyx plays an important role in reproduction as it is the first interface between sperm and environment. Semen quality is poorer during non-mating periods, so we aimed to evaluate if there were also seasonal differences in the surface glycosylation pattern of mating period spermatozoa (MPS) compared with non-mating period spermatozoa (NMPS)...
March 7, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258601/incidence-and-outcome-of-bk-polyomavirus-infection-in-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial-with-renal-transplant-patients-receiving-cyclosporine-mycophenolate-sodium-or-everolimus-based-low-dose-immunosuppressive-therapy
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Willem B van Doesum, Lilli Gard, Frederike J Bemelman, Johan W de Fijter, Jaap J Homan van der Heide, Hubert G M Niesters, Willem J van Son, Coen A Stegeman, Henk Groen, Annelies Riezebos-Brilman, Jan Stephan F Sanders
INTRODUCTION: It remains unclear whether overall degree of immunosuppression or specific effects of individual immunosuppressive agents are causal for increased occurrence of BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) infection in renal transplant recipients (RTR). METHODS: A prospective, multicenter, open-label randomized controlled trial in 361 de novo RTR was performed. A total of 224 RTR were randomized at 6 months into three treatment groups with dual therapy consisting of prednisolone (Pred) plus either cyclosporine (CsA), mycophenolate sodium (MPS), or everolimus (EVL)...
March 4, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256515/activation-of-e-prostanoid-3-receptor-in-macrophages-facilitates-cardiac-healing-after-myocardial-infarction
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Juan Tang, Yujun Shen, Guilin Chen, Qiangyou Wan, Kai Wang, Jian Zhang, Jing Qin, Guizhu Liu, Shengkai Zuo, Bo Tao, Yu Yu, Junwen Wang, Michael Lazarus, Ying Yu
Two distinct monocyte (Mo)/macrophage (Mp) subsets (Ly6C(low) and Ly6C(high)) orchestrate cardiac recovery process following myocardial infarction (MI). Prostaglandin (PG) E2 is involved in the Mo/Mp-mediated inflammatory response, however, the role of its receptors in Mos/Mps in cardiac healing remains to be determined. Here we show that pharmacological inhibition or gene ablation of the Ep3 receptor in mice suppresses accumulation of Ly6C(low) Mos/Mps in infarcted hearts. Ep3 deletion in Mos/Mps markedly attenuates healing after MI by reducing neovascularization in peri-infarct zones...
March 3, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255363/exosomes-derived-from-human-platelet-rich-plasma-prevent-apoptosis-induced-by-glucocorticoid-associated-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-rat-osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head-via-the-akt-bad-bcl-2-signal-pathway
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Shi-Cong Tao, Ting Yuan, Bi-Yu Rui, Zhen-Zhong Zhu, Shang-Chun Guo, Chang-Qing Zhang
An excess of glucocorticoids (GCs) is reported to be one of the most common causes of osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). In addition, GCs can induce bone cell apoptosis through modulating endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Among the three main signal pathways in ER stress, the PERK (protein kinase RNA-like ER kinase)/CHOP (CCAAT-enhancer-binding protein homologous protein) pathway has been considered to be closely associated with apoptosis. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been referred to as a concentration of growth factors and the exosomes derived from PRP (PRP-Exos) have a similar effect to their parent material...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254706/room-temperature-phosphorescence-of-five-pahs-in-a-synergistic-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticle-deoxycholate-substrate
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Jun Qin, Xiaomei Li, Feng Feng, Qiliang Pan, Yunfeng Bai, Jianguo Zhao
A synergistic mesoporous silica nanoparticle-sodium deoxycholate (mPS-NaDC) substrate was developed for room temperature phosphorimetry. The synergistic substrate exhibited rapid and strong RTP-inducing ability against temperature variation. NaDC might adsorb on the inner surface of mPS pore by possible hydrogen bonding and protected the triplet state of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) with different molecular sizes. Two mPSs named LPMS1 and LPMS2 with pore size of 3.05 and 3.83nm were synthesized and optimized in inducing RTP, and the latter, LPMS2, was selected as an ideal substrate because of its stronger protection ability to the triplet and good stability...
February 22, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254287/surface-modification-of-quartz-fibres-for-dental-composites-through-a-sol-gel-process
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Yazi Wang, Renlin Wang, Eric Habib, Ruili Wang, Qinghong Zhang, Bin Sun, Meifang Zhu
In this study, quartz fibres (QFs) surface modification using a sol-gel method was proposed and dental posts reinforced with modified QFs were produced. A silica sol (SS) was prepared using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (γ-MPS) as precursors. The amount of γ-MPS in the sol-gel system was varied from 0 to 24wt.% with a constant molar ratio of TEOS, ethanol, deionized water, and HCl. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and contact angle (CA) measurements were used to characterize the modified QFs, which confirmed that SS had successfully coated the surface of QFs...
May 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250113/cxcl12-induced-macropinocytosis-modulates-two-distinct-pathways-to-activate-mtorc1-in-macrophages
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Regina Pacitto, Isabella Gaeta, Joel A Swanson, Sei Yoshida
Although growth factors and chemokines elicit different overall effects on cells-growth and chemotaxis, respectively-and activate distinct classes of cell-surface receptors, nonetheless, they trigger similar cellular activities and signaling pathways. The growth factor M-CSF and the chemokine CXCL12 both stimulate the endocytic process of macropinocytosis, and both activate the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), a protein complex that regulates cell metabolism. Recent studies of signaling by M-CSF in macrophages identified a role for macropinocytosis in the activation of mTORC1, in which delivery of extracellular amino acids into lysosomes via macropinocytosis was required for activation of mTORC1...
March 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238741/microparticles-in-nasal-lavage-fluids-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-potential-biomarkers-for-diagnosis-of-aspirin-exacerbated-respiratory-disease
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Toru Takahashi, Atsushi Kato, Sergejs Berdnikovs, Whitney W Stevens, Lydia A Suh, James Norton, Roderick G Carter, Kathleen E Harris, Anju T Peters, Kathryn E Hulse, Leslie C Grammer, Kevin Welch, Stephanie Shintani-Smith, Bruce K Tan, David B Conley, Robert C Kern, Bruce S Bochner, Robert P Schleimer
BACKGROUND: Microparticles (MPs) are submicron sized shed membrane vesicles released from activated or injured cells and are detectable by flow cytometry. MP levels have been utilized as biomarkers to evaluate cell injury or activation in patients with pathological conditions. OBJECTIVE: To compare MP types and levels in nasal lavage fluids (NLFs) from controls and patients with chronic rhinosinusitis without nasal polyps (CRSsNP), CRS with NP (CRSwNP) and aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD)...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236709/microplastic-in-the-surface-waters-of-the-ross-sea-antarctica-occurrence-distribution-and-characterization-by-ftir
#17
Alessandra Cincinelli, Costanza Scopetani, David Chelazzi, Emilia Lombardini, Tania Martellini, Athanasios Katsoyiannis, Maria Cristina Fossi, Simonetta Corsolini
This is the first survey to investigate the occurrence and extent of microplastic (MPs) contamination in sub surface waters collected near-shore and off-shore the coastal area of the Ross Sea (Antarctica). Moreover, a non-invasive method to analyze MPs, consisting in filtration after water sampling and analysis of the dried filter through Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) 2D Imaging, using an FPA detector, was proposed. The non-invasiveness of analytical set-up reduces potential bias and allows subsequent analysis of the filter sample for determination of other classes of contaminants...
May 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220405/altered-cellular-homeostasis-in-murine-mps-i-fibroblasts-evidence-of-cell-specific-physiopathology
#18
Gustavo Monteiro Viana, Cinthia Castro do Nascimento, Edgar Julian Paredes-Gamero, Vânia D'Almeida
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I), a rare autosomal recessive disease, is caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme alfa-L-iduronidase. Impaired enzyme activity promotes glycosaminoglycans accumulation in several tissues and organs, leading to complex multisystemic complications. Several studies using animal models indicated different intracellular pathways involving MPS I physiopathology; however, the exact mechanisms underlying this syndrome are still not understood. Previous results from our group showed alterations in ionic homeostasis and cell viability of splenocytes and macrophages in Idua-/- mice...
February 21, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210640/muscle-weakness-a-misleading-presentation-in-children-with-distinctive-syndromic-entities-clinical-case-reports
#19
Ali Al Kaissi, Sergey Ryabykh, Polina Ochirova, Vladimir Kenis, Jochen G Hofstätter, Franz Grill, Rudolf Ganger, Susanne Gerit Kircher
Marked ligamentous hyperlaxity and muscle weakness/wasting associated with awkward gait are the main deficits confused with the diagnosis of myopathy. Seven children (6 boys and 1 girl with an average age of 8 years) were referred to our department because of diverse forms of skeletal abnormalities. No definitive diagnosis was made, and all underwent a series of sophisticated investigations in other institutes in favor of myopathy. We applied our methodology through the clinical and radiographic phenotypes followed by targeted genotypic confirmation...
January 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207930/elevation-of-glycosaminoglycans-in-the-amniotic-fluid-of-a-fetus-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-vii
#20
Francyne Kubaski, Ana Carolina Brusius-Facchin, Robert W Mason, Pravin Patel, Maira G Burin, Kristiane Michelin-Tirelli, Rejane Gus Kessler, Fernanda Bender, Sandra Leistner-Segal, Carolina A Moreno, Denise P Cavalcanti, Roberto Giugliani, Shunji Tomatsu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to quantify GAGs in amniotic fluid (AF) from an MPS VII fetus compared with age-matched fetuses obtained from normal pregnancies. METHOD: Disaccharides were measured by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), compared to age-matched controls. Enzyme assay was performed in AF supernatant or cultured amniocytes. GUSB was analyzed by next generation sequencing using Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine with a customized panel...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
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