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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732181/irf6-and-spry4-signaling-interact-in-periderm-development
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Y A Kousa, R Roushangar, N Patel, A Walter, P Marangoni, R Krumlauf, O D Klein, B C Schutte
Rare mutations in IRF6 and GRHL3 cause Van der Woude syndrome, an autosomal dominant orofacial clefting disorder. Common variants in IRF6 and GRHL3 also contribute risk for isolated orofacial clefting. Similarly, variants within genes that encode receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signaling components, including members of the FGF pathway, EPHA3 and SPRY2, also contribute risk for isolated orofacial clefting. In the mouse, loss of Irf6 or perturbation of Fgf signaling leads to abnormal oral epithelial adhesions and cleft palate...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732151/patients-attitudes-and-experiences-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-spondyloarthritis-a-qualitative-synthesis
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Ayano Kelly, Kathleen Tymms, David J Tunnicliffe, Daniel Sumpton, Chandima Perera, Kieran Fallon, Jonathan C Craig, Walter Abhayaratna, Allison Tong
OBJECTIVES: Non-adherence to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritis (SpA) results in increased disease activity and symptoms and poorer quality of life. We aimed to describe patients' attitudes and experiences of DMARDs in RA and SpA to inform strategies to improve medication adherence. METHODS: Databases (MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO, CINAHL) were searched to January 2016. Thematic synthesis was used to analyze the findings...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731541/demography-and-genome-divergence-of-lake-and-stream-populations-of-an-east-african-cichlid-fish
#3
Bernd Egger, Marius Rösti, Astrid Böhne, Olivia Roth, Walter Salzburger
Disentangling the processes and mechanisms underlying divergent selection in diversification is facilitated by the comparative study of replicate population pairs that have diverged along a similar environmental gradient. Such a setting is realized in a cichlid fish from southern Lake Tanganyika, Astatotilapia burtoni, which occurs both within the lake proper as well as in various affluent rivers. Previous studies demonstrated that independent lake and stream populations show respectively similar adaptations to the two habitat regimes...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731440/challenges-and-considerations-related-to-studying-dementia-in-african-americans
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Eseosa T Ighodaro, Peter T Nelson, Walter A Kukull, Frederick A Schmitt, Erin L Abner, Allison Caban-Holt, Shoshana H Bardach, Derrick C Hord, Crystal M Glover, Gregory A Jicha, Linda J Van Eldik, Alexander X Byrd, Anita Fernander
Blacks/African Americans have been reported to be ∼2-4 times more likely to develop clinical Alzheimer's disease (AD) compared to Whites. Unfortunately, study design challenges (e.g., recruitment bias), racism, mistrust of healthcare providers and biomedical researchers, confounders related to socioeconomic status, and other sources of bias are often ignored when interpreting differences in human subjects categorized by race. Failure to account for these factors can lead to misinterpretation of results, reification of race as biology, discrimination, and missed or delayed diagnoses...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731439/antihypertensive-treatment-is-associated-with-mri-derived-markers-of-neurodegeneration-and-impaired-cognition-a-propensity-weighted-cohort-study
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Jodi D Edwards, Joel Ramirez, Brandy L Callahan, Sheldon W Tobe, Paul Oh, Courtney Berezuk, Krista Lanctôt, Walter Swardfager, Sean Nestor, Alexander Kiss, Stephen Strother, Sandra E Black
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is an important risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cerebral small vessel disease. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) are common anti-hypertensive treatments, but have differential effects on cortical amyloid. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate associations between anti-hypertensive treatment, brain volume, and cognition, using a propensity-weighted analysis to account for confounding by indication...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731429/severity-of-depression-impacts-imminent-conversion-from-mild-cognitive-impairment-to-alzheimer-s-disease
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Michaela Defrancesco, Josef Marksteiner, Georg Kemmler, Walter Wolfgang Fleischhacker, Imrich Blasko, Eberhard A Deisenhammer
BACKGROUND: Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) has been suggested to represent a prodromal stage of dementia and to confer a high risk for conversion to dementia Alzheimer's type (DAT). OBJECTIVES: In this study, we examined the predictive value of depressive symptoms and neuropsychological variables on conversion of MCI to DAT. METHODS: Neuropsychological and clinical follow-up data of 260 MCI patients seen at the Psychiatric Memory Clinic of the Medical University of Innsbruck between 2005 and 2015 were analyzed retrospectively...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731263/commercial-strain-derived-clinical-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-can-evolve-new-phenotypes-without-higher-pathogenicity
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Walter P Pfliegler, Enikő Boros, Kitti Pázmándi, Ágnes Jakab, Imre Zsuga, Renátó Kovács, Edit Urbán, Zsuzsa Antunovics, Attila Bácsi, Matthias Sipiczki, László Majoros, István Pócsi
SCOPE: Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the most important microbes in food industry, but there is growing evidence on its potential pathogenicity as well. Its status as a member of human mycobiome is still not fully understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we characterise clinical S. cerevisiae isolates from Hungarian hospitals along with commercial baking and probiotic strains, and determine their phenotypic parameters, virulence factors, interactions with human macrophages, and pathogenicity...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730997/improving-the-electrical-contact-at-a-pt-tio2-nanowire-interface-by-selective-application-of-focused-femtosecond-laser-irradiation
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Songling Xing, Luchan Lin, Guisheng Zou, Lei Liu, Peng Peng, Aiping Wu, Walter W Duley, Norman Zhou
In this paper, we show that tightly focused femtosecond laser irradiation is effective in improving nanojoining of an oxide nanowire (TiO2) to a metal electrode (Pt), and how this process can be used to modify contact states. Enhanced chemical bondings are created due to localized plasmonically enhanced optical absorption at the Pt/TiO2 interface as confirmed by finite element simulations of the localized field distribution during irradiation. Nano Auger electron spectroscopy shows that the resulting heterojunction is depleted in oxygen, suggesting that a TiO2-x layer is formed between the Pt electrode and the TiO2 nanowire...
July 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730648/calcineurin-inhibitor-withdrawal-or-tapering-for-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Krishna M Karpe, Girish S Talaulikar, Giles D Walters
BACKGROUND: Calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) can reduce acute transplant rejection and immediate graft loss but are associated with significant adverse effects such as hypertension and nephrotoxicity which may contribute to chronic rejection. CNI toxicity has led to numerous studies investigating CNI withdrawal and tapering strategies. Despite this, uncertainty remains about minimisation or withdrawal of CNI. OBJECTIVES: This review aimed to look at the benefits and harms of CNI tapering or withdrawal in terms of graft function and loss, incidence of acute rejection episodes, treatment-related side effects (hypertension, hyperlipidaemia) and death...
July 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730215/energetics-and-diffusion-of-liquid-water-and-hydrated-ions-through-nanopores-in-graphene-ab-initio-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#10
Raúl Guerrero-Avilés, Walter Orellana
The energetics and diffusion of water molecules and hydrated ions (Na(+), Cl(-)) passing through nanopores in graphene are addressed by dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Pores of about 0.8 nm in diameter with different pore-edge passivations, with (H) and (O, H) atoms, were considered. Our MD simulations show a water flux through the hydroxylated pores of about one H2O molecule every three picoseconds, in close agreement with recent experiments that estimated a water flux of three molecules per picosecond through pores of ∼1 nm...
July 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729876/genetic-architecture-of-flooding-tolerance-in-the-dry-bean-middle-american-diversity-panel
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Ali Soltani, Samira MafiMoghaddam, Katelynn Walter, Daniel Restrepo-Montoya, Sujan Mamidi, Stephan Schroder, Rian Lee, Phillip E McClean, Juan M Osorno
Flooding is a devastating abiotic stress that endangers crop production in the twenty-first century. Because of the severe susceptibility of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) to flooding, an understanding of the genetic architecture and physiological responses of this crop will set the stage for further improvement. However, challenging phenotyping methods hinder a large-scale genetic study of flooding tolerance in common bean and other economically important crops. A greenhouse phenotyping protocol was developed to evaluate the flooding conditions at early stages...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729485/response-to-comments-on-the-4fe4s-cluster-of-human-dna-primase-functions-as-a-redox-switch-using-dna-charge-transport
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Elizabeth O'Brien, Marilyn E Holt, Matthew K Thompson, Lauren E Salay, Aaron C Ehlinger, Walter J Chazin, Jacqueline K Barton
Baranovskiy et al and Pellegrini argue that, based on structural data, the path for charge transfer through the [4Fe4S] domain of primase is not feasible. Our manuscript presents electrochemical data directly showing charge transport through DNA to the [4Fe4S] cluster of a primase p58C construct and a reversible switch in the DNA-bound signal with oxidation/reduction, which is inhibited by mutation of three tyrosine residues. Although the dispositions of tyrosines differ in different constructs, all are within range for microsecond electron transfer...
July 21, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729471/hypoxic-vascular-response-and-ventilation-perfusion-matching-in-end-stage-copd-may-depend-on-p22phox
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Chandran Nagaraj, Christoph Tabeling, Bence M Nagy, Pritesh P Jain, Leigh M Marsh, Rita Papp, Michael Pienn, Martin Witzenrath, Bahil Ghanim, Walter Klepetko, E Kenneth Weir, Stefan Heschl, Grazyna Kwapiszewska, Andrea Olschewski, Horst Olschewski
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a heterogeneous disease in which the amount of emphysema and airway disease may be very different between individuals, even in end-stage disease. Emphysema formation may be linked to the involvement of the small pulmonary vessels. The NAPDH oxidase (Nox) family is emerging as a key disease-related factor in vascular diseases, but currently its role in hypoxia-induced pulmonary remodelling in COPD remains unclear.Here we investigate the role of p22phox, a regulatory subunit of Nox, in COPD lungs, hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV), hypoxia-induced pulmonary vascular remodelling and pulmonary hypertension...
July 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729014/evaluating-ureteral-patency-in-the-post-indigo-carmine-era-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Cara Grimes, Sonali Patankar, Timothy Ryntz, Nisha Philip, Khara Simpson, Mireille Truong, Connie Young, Arnold Advincula, Obianuju S Madueke-Laveaux, Ryan Walters, Cande V Ananth, Jin Hee Kim
BACKGROUND: Many gynecologic, urologic and pelvic reconstructive surgeries require accurate intra-operative evaluation of ureteral patency. OBJECTIVE: We performed a randomized controlled trial to compare surgeon satisfaction with four methods of evaluating ureteral patency during cystoscopy at the time of benign gynecologic or pelvic reconstructive surgery: oral phenazopyridine, intravenous sodium fluorescein, mannitol bladder distention and normal saline bladder distention...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728684/healthful-and-unhealthful-plant-based-diets-and-the-risk-of-coronary-heart%C3%A2-disease-in-u-s-adults
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Ambika Satija, Shilpa N Bhupathiraju, Donna Spiegelman, Stephanie E Chiuve, JoAnn E Manson, Walter Willett, Kathryn M Rexrode, Eric B Rimm, Frank B Hu
BACKGROUND: Plant-based diets are recommended for coronary heart disease (CHD) prevention. However, not all plant foods are necessarily beneficial for health. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to examine associations between plant-based diet indices and CHD incidence. METHODS: We included 73,710 women in NHS (Nurses' Health Study) (1984 to 2012), 92,329 women in NHS2 (1991 to 2013), and 43,259 men in Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986 to 2012), free of chronic diseases at baseline...
July 25, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728570/health-promotion-interventions-for-community-dwelling-older-people-with-mild-or-pre-frailty-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Rachael Frost, Celia Belk, Ana Jovicic, Federico Ricciardi, Kalpa Kharicha, Benjamin Gardner, Steve Iliffe, Claire Goodman, Jill Manthorpe, Vari M Drennan, Kate Walters
BACKGROUND: Mild or pre-frailty is common and associated with increased risks of hospitalisation, functional decline, moves to long-term care, and death. Little is known about the effectiveness of health promotion in reducing these risks. This systematic review aimed to synthesise randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating home and community-based health promotion interventions for older people with mild/pre-frailty. METHODS: We searched 20 bibliographic databases and 3 trials registers (January 1990 - May 2016) using mild/pre-frailty and associated terms...
July 20, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728165/active-multiple-myeloma-suppresses-and-typically-eliminates-coexisting-mgus
#17
John P Campbell, Jennifer L J Heaney, Sankalp Pandya, Zaheer Afzal, Martin Kaiser, Roger Owen, J Anthony Child, Walter Gregory, Gareth J Morgan, Graham H Jackson, Chris M Bunce, Mark T Drayson
BACKGROUND: Myeloma is consistently preceded by premalignant monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). In >5% of MGUS patients there is a second MGUS clone (biclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance; BGUS), yet, at myeloma diagnosis, presentation of biclonal gammopathy myeloma (BGMy) is considered less frequent, implying that myeloma eradicates coexisting MGUS. METHODS: In the largest study of its kind, we assessed BGMy frequency amongst 6399 newly diagnosed myeloma patients enrolled in recent UK clinical trials...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727647/surgical-anatomy-of-the-uterosacral-ligament-colpopexy
#18
Lauren N Siff, Karl Jallad, Lisa C Hickman, Mark D Walters
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the relationship of the uterosacral ligament (USL) to the ureter and rectum along a surgeon's target location for suture placement under conditions simulating live surgery. METHODS: Dissections were performed in 11 unembalmed female cadavers. Steps were taken to identify the USL simulating USL colpopexy. Pins were placed in the midportion of the USL at the level of the IS, and at 1-cm, 2-cm, and 3-cm increments traveling proximally toward the sacrum (Fig...
July 20, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727332/-inhibitors-of-pcsk9
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Iveta Petrova-Slater, Andrea Denegri, Elena Pasotti, Maria Grazia Rossi, David Spirk, Walter F Riesen, Tiziano Moccetti, Marco Moccetti
Observational data show a consistent association between elevated low density lipoproteins (LDL-C) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Reduction of LDL-C reduces the risk of CVD as has been shown by many trials. Statins are currently the most effective drugs for lowering LDL-C, but can present side effects which might limit the prescribed dosage and prevent patients from reaching the recommended LDL levels. Although treated with statins important residual cardiovascular event risk remains in patients in primary and secondary prevention for CVD...
April 12, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727153/month-of-birth-is-associated-with-the-subsequent-diagnosis-of-autoimmune-hypothyroidism-a-nationwide-danish-register-based-study
#20
Marianne Thvilum, Frans Brandt, Thomas Heiberg Brix, Laszlo Hegedüs
BACKGROUND: The triggering of thyroid autoimmunity in the genetically susceptible remains a conundrum. Environmental exposures during gestation and/or early postnatally have proponents, as suggested in diabetes mellitus, with a higher incidence of births during spring and summer. Whether the development of autoimmune hypothyroidism (AIT) is influenced by month or season of birth is less clear. METHOD: Nationwide cohort study of 111,565 individuals diagnosed with AIT and four euthyroid controls per case, matched according to age and sex, were identified from Danish health registers...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
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