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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511172/donor-specific-anti-human-leukocyte-antigens-antibodies-acute-rejection-renal-function-and-histology-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-receiving-tacrolimus-and-everolimus
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Alexandra Ferreira, Claudia Felipe, Marina Cristelli, Laila Viana, Geovana Basso, Suelen Stopa, Juliana Mansur, Mayara Ivani, Adrieli Bessa, Priscila Ruppel, Wilson Aguiar, Erika Campos, Maria Gerbase-DeLima, Henrique Proença, Helio Tedesco-Silva, José Medina-Pestana
BACKGROUND: This analysis compared efficacy, renal function, and histology in kidney transplant recipients receiving tacrolimus (TAC) combined with everolimus (EVR) or mycophenolate (MPS). METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis from a randomized trial in kidney transplant recipients who received a single 3 mg/kg dose of rabbit antithymocyte globulin (r-ATG), TAC, EVR, and prednisone (PRED; r-ATG/EVR, n = 85), basiliximab (BAS), TAC, EVR, and PRED (BAS/EVR, n = 102) or BAS, TAC, MPS, and PRED (BAS/MPS, n = 101)...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495847/inflammatory-responses-to-acute-elevations-of-carbon-dioxide-in-mice
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Stephen R Thom, Veena M Bhopale, Jingping Hu, Ming Yang
Health risks are described from elevated indoor air carbon dioxide (CO2), which often ranges from 1000 to 4000 parts per million (ppm), but mechanisms are unknown. Here, we demonstrate that mice exposed for 2 hours to 2000 or 4000 ppm CO2 exhibit, respectively, 3.4 + 0.9 (SE, n=6) and 4.1 + 0.7 (n=10)-fold elevations in circulating microparticles (MPs); neutrophil and platelet activation and vascular leak in brain, muscle and distal colon. Interleukin (IL)-1β content of MPs also increases after 2000 ppm by 3...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494282/anthropogenic-fibres-in-the-baltic-sea-water-column-field-data-laboratory-and-numerical-testing-of-their-motion
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A Bagaev, A Mizyuk, L Khatmullina, I Isachenko, I Chubarenko
Distribution of microplastics particles (MPs) in the water column is investigated on the base of 95 water samples collected from various depths in the Baltic Sea Proper in 2015-2016. Fibres are the prevalent type of MPs: 7% of the samples contained small films; about 40% had (presumably) paint flakes, while 63% contained coloured fibres in concentrations from 0.07 to 2.6 items per litre. Near-surface and near-bottom layers (defined as one tenth of the local depth) have 3-5 times larger fibre concentrations than intermediate layers...
May 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490568/noninvasive-detection-of-f8-int22h-related-inversions-and-sequence-variants-in-maternal-plasma-of-hemophilia-carriers
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Irena Hudecova, Peiyong Jiang, Joanna Davies, Y M Dennis Lo, Rezan A Kadir, Rossa W K Chiu
Direct detection of F8 and F9 sequence variants in maternal plasma of hemophilia carriers has been demonstrated by microfluidics digital PCR. Noninvasive prenatal assessment of the most clinically relevant group of sequence variants among hemophilia patients, namely those involving int22h-related inversions disrupting the F8 gene, poses additional challenges due to its molecular complexity. We investigated the use of droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) and targeted massively parallel sequencing (MPS) for maternal plasma DNA analysis to noninvasively determine fetal mutational status in pregnancies at risk for hemophilia...
May 10, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487826/oxidative-profile-exhibited-by-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-iva-patients-at-diagnosis-increased-keratan-urinary-levels
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Bruna Donida, Desirèe P Marchetti, Carlos Eduardo Diaz Jacques, Graziela Ribas, Marion Deon, Paula Manini, Helen Tais da Rosa, Dinara Jaqueline Moura, Jenifer Saffi, Roberto Giugliani, Carmen Regla Vargas
Morquio A disease (Mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA, MPS IVA) is one of the 11 mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs), a heterogeneous group of inherited lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) caused by deficiency in enzymes need to degrade glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Morquio A is characterized by a decrease in N-acetylgalactosamine-6-sulfatase activity and subsequent accumulation of keratan sulfate and chondroitin 6-sulfate in cells and body fluids. As the pathophysiology of this LSD is not completely understood and considering the previous results of our group concerning oxidative stress in Morquio A patients receiving enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), the aim of this study was to investigate oxidative stress parameters in Morquio A patients at diagnosis...
June 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476725/mobile-phone-surveys-for-collecting-population-level-estimates-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-literature-review
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Dustin G Gibson, Amanda Pereira, Brooke A Farrenkopf, Alain B Labrique, George W Pariyo, Adnan A Hyder
BACKGROUND: National and subnational level surveys are important for monitoring disease burden, prioritizing resource allocation, and evaluating public health policies. As mobile phone access and ownership become more common globally, mobile phone surveys (MPSs) offer an opportunity to supplement traditional public health household surveys. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to systematically review the current landscape of MPSs to collect population-level estimates in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476720/moving-the-agenda-on-noncommunicable-diseases-policy-implications-of-mobile-phone-surveys-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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George W Pariyo, Adaeze C Wosu, Dustin G Gibson, Alain B Labrique, Joseph Ali, Adnan A Hyder
The growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), for example, cardiovascular diseases and chronic respiratory diseases, in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) presents special challenges for policy makers, due to resource constraints and lack of timely data for decision-making. Concurrently, the increasing ubiquity of mobile phones in LMICs presents possibilities for rapid collection of population-based data to inform the policy process. The objective of this paper is to highlight potential benefits of mobile phone surveys (MPS) for developing, implementing, and evaluating NCD prevention and control policies...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468950/er-stress-dependent-microparticles-derived-from-smooth-muscle-cells-promote-endothelial-dysfunction-during-thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-and-dissection
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Lixin Jia, Wen-Mei Zhang, Tao-Tao Li, Yan Liu, Chun-Mei Piao, You-Cai Ma, Yu Lu, Yuan Wang, Ting-Ting Liu, Yong-Fen Qi, Jie Du
Vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) degeneration is one of the key features of thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD). We and others showed that elevated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress causes SMCs loss and TAAD formation, however, mechanism whereby how SMCs dysfunction contributes to intimal damage, leading to TAAD remained to be explored. In the present study, In vitro assay showed elevated mechanical stretch (18% elongation, 3600 cycles/hr) stimulated ER stress response and microparticles (MPs) production from both SMCs and endothelial cells (ECs) in a time-dependent manner...
May 3, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465231/rac1-regulates-sepsis-induced-formation-of-platelet-derived-microparticles-and-thrombin-generation
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Yongzhi Wang, Lingtao Luo, Matthias Mörgelin, Henrik Thorlacius
Dysfunctional coagulation aggravates clinical outcome in patients with sepsis. The aim of this study was to define the role of Rac-1 in the formation of platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs) and thrombin generation (TG) in abdominal sepsis. Male C57BL/6 mice underwent cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). Scanning electron microscopy and flow cytometry were used to quantify PMPs. TG was determined by use of a fluorimetric assay. It was found that CLP increased Rac1 activity in platelets, which was abolished by administration of the Rac1 inhibitor NSC23766...
June 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461135/reproducibility-and-sensitivity-to-motor-unit-loss-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-of-a-novel-mune-method-mscanfit-mune
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A B Jacobsen, H Bostock, A Fuglsang-Frederiksen, L Duez, S Beniczky, A T Møller, J U Blicher, H Tankisi
OBJECTIVE: To examine inter- and intra-rater reproducibility and sensitivity to motor unit loss of a novel motor unit number estimation (MUNE) method, MScanFit MUNE (MScan), compared to two traditional MUNE methods; Multiple point stimulation MUNE (MPS) and Motor Unit Number Index (MUNIX). METHODS: Twenty-two ALS patients and 20 sex- and age-matched healthy controls were included. MPS, MUNIX, and MScan were performed twice each by two blinded physicians. Reproducibility of MUNE values was assessed by coefficient of variation (CV) and intra class correlation coefficient (ICC)...
April 9, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457718/the-effect-of-galsulfase-enzyme-replacement-therapy-on-the-growth-of-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-vi-maroteaux-lamy-syndrome
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P Harmatz, C J Hendriksz, C Lampe, J J McGill, R Parini, E Leão-Teles, V Valayannopoulos, T J Cole, R Matousek, S Graham, N Guffon, A Quartel
Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) VI is an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder arising from deficient activity of N-acetylgalactosamine-4-sulfatase (arylsulfatase B) and subsequent intracellular accumulation of the glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) dermatan sulfate and chondroitin-4-sulfate. Manifestations are multi-systemic and include skeletal abnormalities such as dysostosis multiplex and short stature. Reference height-for-age growth charts for treatment-naïve MPS VI patients have been published for both the slowly and rapidly progressing populations...
March 31, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455159/metal-versus-plastic-stents-for-anastomotic-biliary-strictures-after-liver-transplantation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Fernanda Prata Martins, Gustavo Andrade De Paulo, Mônica L C Contini, Angelo Paulo Ferrari
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: biliary anastomotic stricture occurs in 15% to 20% of patients after deceased orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Usually treated endoscopically with multiple plastic stents (MPSs), although the use of fully covered self-expandable metal stents (cSEMSs) is emerging. This study aims to compare efficacy and safety of cSEMSs versus MPSs in these patients. METHODS: single center, open-label, randomized clinical trial. Patients were randomized to single cSEMSs for 6 months or to MPS placement, exchanged every 3 months during 1 year...
April 25, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428354/multiplex-tandem-mass-spectrometry-enzymatic-activity-assay-for-newborn-screening-of-the-mucopolysaccharidoses-and-type-2-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis
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Yang Liu, Fan Yi, Arun Babu Kumar, Naveen Kumar Chennamaneni, Xinying Hong, C Ronald Scott, Michael H Gelb, Frantisek Turecek
BACKGROUND: We expanded the use of tandem mass spectrometry combined with liquid chromatography (LC-MS/MS) for multiplex newborn screening of seven lysosomal enzymes in dried blood spots (DBS). The new assays are for enzymes responsible for the mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS-I, -II, -IIIB, -IVA, -VI, and -VII) and type 2 neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (LINCL). METHODS: New substrates were prepared and char-acterized for tripeptidyl peptidase 1 (TPP1), α-N-acetylglucosaminidase (NAGLU), and lysosomal β-glucuronidase (GUSB)...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410878/efficacy-of-laronidase-therapy-in-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-i-who-initiated-enzyme-replacement-therapy-in-adult-age-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jordi Pérez-López, Montserrat Morales-Conejo, Mónica López-Rodríguez, Álvaro Hermida-Ameijeiras, Marc Moltó-Abad
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of starting enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) in adults with Muchopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS-I) is controversial. Evaluating the benefits reported by patients initiating ERT with laronidase at adult age might help physicians decide whether the use of ERT in these patients is worthwhile from a clinical point of view. OBJECTIVE: To assess every effectiveness variable modified in MPS-I patients who initiated laronidase at adult age. METHODS: A systematic search of the literature, from inception to July 2016, was conducted using MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and LILACS to identify randomized trials or observational studies including ≥1 MPS-I patients with ERT initiated in adult age (≥18years) and evaluating ERT efficacy...
April 9, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403128/an-oxygenated-and-transportable-machine-perfusion-system-fully-rescues-liver-grafts-exposed-to-lethal-ischemic-damage-in-a-pig-model-of-dcd-liver-transplantation
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Philippe Compagnon, Eric Levesque, Hassen Hentati, Mara Disabato, Julien Calderaro, Cyrille Feray, Anne Corlu, José Laurent Cohen, Ismail Ben Mosbah, Daniel Azoulay
BACKGROUND: Control of warm ischemia (WI) lesions that occur with donation after circulatory death (DCD) would significantly increase the donor pool for liver transplantation. We aimed to determine whether a novel, oxygenated and hypothermic machine perfusion device (HMP Airdrive system) improves the quality of livers derived from DCDs using a large animal model. METHODS: Cardiac arrest was induced in female large white pigs by IV injection of potassium chloride...
April 11, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383714/a-systems-approach-identifies-time-dependent-associations-of-multimorbidities-with-pancreatic-cancer-risk
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P Gomez-Rubio, V Rosato, M Marquez, C Bosetti, E Molina-Montes, M Rava, J Piñero, C W Michalski, A Farré, X Molero, M Löhr, L Ilzarbe, J Perea, W Greenhalf, M O'Rorke, A Tardón, T Gress, V M Barberà, T Crnogorac-Jurcevic, L Muñoz-Bellvís, E Domínguez-Muñoz, A Gutiérrez-Sacristán, J Balsells, E Costello, C Guillén-Ponce, J Huang, M Iglesias, J Kleeff, B Kong, J Mora, L Murray, D O'Driscoll, P Peláez, I Poves, R T Lawlor, A Carrato, M Hidalgo, A Scarpa, L Sharp, L I Furlong, F X Real, C La Vecchia, N Malats
Background: HASH(0x4175750) Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is usually diagnosed in late adulthood; therefore, many patients suffer or have suffered from other diseases. Identifying disease-patterns associated with PDAC risk may enable a better characterization of high-risk patients. Methods: HASH(0x3cb72c0) Multimorbidity patterns (MPs) were assessed from 17 self-reported conditions using hierarchical clustering, principal component, and factor analyses in 1705 PDAC cases and 1084 controls from a European population...
April 5, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380184/smoking-among-female-sex-workers-prevalence-and-associated-variables
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Ligia Lopes Devóglio, José Eduardo Corrente, Maria Helena Borgato, Ilda de Godoy
Objective: To assess the prevalence of smoking and associated variables in female sex workers (FSWs). Methods: This was a quantitative cross-sectional study involving FSWs in the city of Botucatu, Brazil, who completed a sociodemographic questionnaire, including data regarding smoking status, motivational stage of change, and degree of nicotine dependence, as well as the Perceived Stress Scale and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Results: We included 83 FSWs...
January 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345787/non-motor-symptoms-and-quality-of-life-in-subjects-with-mild-parkinsonian-signs
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J Prasuhn, L Piskol, E-J Vollstedt, J Graf, A Schmidt, V Tadic, S Tunc, J Hampf, E Warrlich, C Bibergeil, J Hagenah, C Klein, M Kasten, N Brüggemann
BACKGROUND: Mild parkinsonian signs (MPS) are frequent in the elderly population and associated with the presence of risk markers for Parkinson's disease (PD). Both MPS and non-motor signs may be present in prodromal PD and may significantly impair quality of life (QoL). OBJECTIVE: To disentangle the contribution of motor impairment and extra-motor manifestations to QoL in subjects with MPS (n=63), manifest PD (n=69), disorders with motor symptoms due to non-neurodegenerative diseases (n=213) and healthy controls (n=258)...
March 27, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343930/cost-effectiveness-of-different-post-retained-restorations
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Falk Schwendicke, Michael Stolpe
OBJECTIVES: Dentists can choose between metal and fiber post systems to provide post-retained restorations. The risk of tooth loss and other complications differs between different post systems, as do the initial treatment costs. We aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of (1) cast metal (MC), (2) preformed metal (MP), (3) glass fiber (GF), and (4) carbon fiber (CF) post-retained restorations. METHODS: A mixed public-private payer's perspective within German healthcare was taken...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342353/preparation-of-a-surface-grafted-imprinted-ceramic-membrane-for-selective-separation-of-molybdate-anion-from-water-solutions
#20
Jianxian Zeng, Zhihui Dong, Zhe Zhang, Yuan Liu
A surface-grafted imprinted ceramic membrane (IIP-PVI/CM) for recognizing molybdate (Mo(VI)) anion was prepared by surface-initiated graft-polymerization. Firstly, raw alumina ceramic membrane (CM) was deposited with SiO2 active layer by situ hydrolysis deposition method. Subsequently, γ-methacryloxy propyl trimethoxyl silane (MPS) was used as a coupling agent to introduce double bonds onto the SiO2 layer (MPS-CM). Then, 1-vinylimidazole (VI) was employed as a functional monomer to graft-polymerization onto the MPS-CM (PVI-CM)...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
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