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Atqah AbdulWahab, Aseel Zeidan, Tony Avades, Prem Chandra, Ashraf Soliman
Asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders among children. Zinc (Zn) is an essential dietary antioxidant and may have a special role in assisting the airways of asthmatic subjects. The primary objective of this study was to measure serum Zn levels among asthmatic school children and to compare this to the serum Zn level in non-asthmatic children. The secondary objective was to investigate the relationship between Zn levels and the degree of asthma control. A cross-sectional study following forty asthmatic children and forty matched non-asthmatic children of both genders was conducted...
March 16, 2018: Children
Tony G Walsh, Alastair W Poole
Our understanding of platelet function has traditionally focused on their roles in physiological hemostasis and pathological thrombosis, the latter being causative of vessel occlusion and subsequent ischemic damage to various tissues. In particular, numerous in vivo studies have implicated causative roles for platelets in the pathogenesis of ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury to the myocardium. However, platelets clearly have more complex pathophysiological roles particularly as a result of the heterogeneous nature of biologically active cargo secreted from their granules, or contained within released microparticles or exosomes...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Adam Gassas, Ponni Sivaprakasam, Michelle Cummins, Patricia Breslin, Katharine Patrick, Mary Slatter, Roderick Skinner, Geof Shenton, Brenda Gibson, Sarah Lawson, Toni Petterson, Michael Potter, Beki James, Rachael Hough, Prashant Hiwarkar, Ajay Vora, Paul Veys, Josu De La Fuente, Robert Wynn, Persis Amrolia
Paediatric therapy-related acute myeloid leukaemia (t-AML) is rare and the outcome is poor. While allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is generally the accepted modality of treatment, data regarding salvage chemotherapy, remission induction, conditioning regimens, transplant-related mortality and outcome is scarce. Between 2000 and2016, 36 children with t-AML were treated in seven UK paediatric HSCT centres. The most common salvage protocol for remission induction was FLAG with or without idarubicin and 28 patients were in complete morphological remission prior to BMT...
March 15, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Kimberly R Kalli, Matthew S Block, Pashtoon M Kasi, Courtney L Erskine, Timothy J Hobday, Allan Dietz, Douglas Padley, Michael P Gustafson, Barath Shreeder, Danell Puglisi-Knutson, Daniel W Visscher, Toni Kay Mangskau, Glynn Wilson, Keith L Knutson
PURPOSE: Folate receptor alpha (FR) is overexpressed in several cancers. Endogenous immunity to the FR has been demonstrated in patients and suggests the feasibility of targeting FR with vaccine or other immune therapies. CD4 helper T cells are central to the development of coordinated immunity and prior work shows their importance in protecting against relapse. Our previous identification of degenerate HLA-class II epitopes from human FR led to the development of a broad coverage epitope pool potentially useful in augmenting antigen-specific immune responses in most patients...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Poonam Sharma, Lindsay F Killmaster, Jeremy D Volkening, Stivalis Cardenas-Garcia, Ismaila Shittu, Clement A Meseko, Lanre K Sulaiman, Tony M Joannis, Patti J Miller, Claudio L Afonso
Here, we present the draft genome sequences of five multidrug-resistant novel Ochrobactrum species strains isolated from a pigeon, a duck, and chickens from Nigeria in 2009.
March 15, 2018: Genome Announcements
Marguerite A Renouf, Steven J Kenway, Ka Leung Lam, Tony Weber, Estelle Roux, Silvia Serrao-Neumann, Darryl Low Choy, Edward A Morgan
Water sensitive interventions are being promoted to reduce the adverse impacts of urban development on natural water cycles. However it is currently difficult to know the best strategy for their implementation because current and desired urban water performance is not well quantified. This is particularly at the city-region scale, which is important for strategic urban planning. This work aimed to fill this gap by quantifying the water performance of urban systems within city-regions using 'urban water metabolism' evaluation, to inform decisions about water sensitive interventions...
February 8, 2018: Water Research
Wei-En J Tseng, Siew-Na Lim, Lu-An Chen, Shuo-Bin Jou, Hsiang-Yao Hsieh, Mei-Yun Cheng, Chun-Wei Chang, Han-Tao Li, Hsing-I Chiang, Tony Wu
Whether the cognitive processing of music and speech relies on shared or distinct neuronal mechanisms remains unclear. Music and language processing in the brain are right and left temporal functions, respectively. We studied patients with musicogenic epilepsy (ME) that was specifically triggered by popular songs to analyze brain hyperexcitability triggered by specific stimuli. The study included two men and one woman (all right-handed, aged 35-55 years). The patients had sound-triggered left temporal ME in response to popular songs with vocals, but not to instrumental, classical, or nonvocal piano solo versions of the same song...
March 15, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Toni Rose Jue, Emily S Sena, Malcolm R Macleod, Kerrie L McDonald, Theodore C Hirst
Malignant glioma is a devastating disease affecting both adults and children with limited treatment strategies. Pre-clinical animal studies are critical to the development and planning of novel treatment designs for human clinical trials. Topoisomerases has been a target of interest in the treatment of high grade gliomas, such as glioblastoma, in the past years. Here we assess pre-clinical glioma literature with the aim to identify predictive variables that favour treatment outcomes from topoisomerase inhibition...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Tony Tong-Lin Wu, Yat-Ching Tong, I-Hung Chen, Ho-Shan Niu, Yingxiao Li, Juei-Tang Cheng
The therapeutic action of ginsenoside Rh2 on several cancer models has been reported. This study aimed to evaluate its apoptotic effect on prostate cancer and the underlying mechanism. Cultured DU145 cells were treated with Rh2 (5 × 10-5 to 1 × 10-4 M), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-delta (PPAR-delta) antagonist GSK0660 (1 × 10-6 to 5 × 10-6 M); or small interfering RNA (siRNA) of PPAR-delta. The treatment effects were evaluated with cell viability assay, life/death staining and flow cytometry for apoptosis...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Tony L R Silveira, Gabriel B Martins, William B Domingues, Mariana H Remião, Bruna F Barreto, Ingrid M Lessa, Lucas Santos, Danillo Pinhal, Odir A Dellagostin, Fabiana K Seixas, Tiago Collares, Ricardo B Robaldo, Vinicius F Campos
Silversides are fish that inhabit marine coastal waters, coastal lagoons, and estuarine regions in southern South America. The freshwater (FW) silversides have the ability to tolerate salinity variations. Odontesthes humensis have similar habitats and biological characteristics of congeneric O. bonariensis , the most studied silverside species and with great economic importance. Studies revealed that O. bonariensis is not fully adapted to FW, despite inhabiting hyposmotic environments in nature. However, there is little information about stressful environments for cultivation of silverside O...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Paulo P Amaral, Tommaso Leonardi, Namshik Han, Emmanuelle Viré, Dennis K Gascoigne, Raúl Arias-Carrasco, Magdalena Büscher, Luca Pandolfini, Anda Zhang, Stefano Pluchino, Vinicius Maracaja-Coutinho, Helder I Nakaya, Martin Hemberg, Ramin Shiekhattar, Anton J Enright, Tony Kouzarides
BACKGROUND: The mammalian genome is transcribed into large numbers of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), but the definition of functional lncRNA groups has proven difficult, partly due to their low sequence conservation and lack of identified shared properties. Here we consider promoter conservation and positional conservation as indicators of functional commonality. RESULTS: We identify 665 conserved lncRNA promoters in mouse and human that are preserved in genomic position relative to orthologous coding genes...
March 15, 2018: Genome Biology
Manuel Cappellari, Gianni Turcato, Stefano Forlivesi, Fabio Bagante, Gianfranco Cervellin, Giuseppe Lippi, Bruno Bonetti, Paolo Bovi, Danilo Toni
Background and purpose The nomogram is an important component of modern medical decision-making, which calculates the probability of an event entirely based on individual characteristics. We aimed to develop and validate a nomogram for individualized prediction of the probability of unfavorable outcome in intravenous thrombolysis-treated stroke patients included in the large multicenter Safe Implementation of Thrombolysis in Stroke-International Stroke Thrombolysis Register. Methods All patients registered in the Safe Implementation of Thrombolysis in Stroke-International Stroke Thrombolysis Register by 179 Italian centers between May 2001 and March 2016 were originally included...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Tafadzwa Mlambo, Sandra Nitsch, Markus Hildenbeutel, Marianna Romito, Maximilian Müller, Claudia Bossen, Sven Diederichs, Tatjana I Cornu, Toni Cathomen, Claudio Mussolino
Targeted modulation of gene expression represents a valuable approach to understand the mechanisms governing gene regulation. In a therapeutic context, it can be exploited to selectively modify the aberrant expression of a disease-causing gene or to provide the target cells with a new function. Here, we have established a novel platform for achieving precision epigenome editing using designer epigenome modifiers (DEMs). DEMs combine in a single molecule a DNA binding domain based on highly specific transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) and several effector domains capable of inducing DNA methylation and locally altering the chromatin structure to silence target gene expression...
March 10, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Mark Gage, Frank Liporace, Kenneth Egol, Toni McLaurin
Treatment of traumatic bone defects is dictated by a multitude of clinical factors including the defect size, patient comorbidities, soft tissue condition, and the possibility of infection present in the defect. With a variety of treatment strategies described, it is critical to choose the approach that will maximize outcomes in addressing this difficult problem. When addressing small-scale defects, bone grafting is the primary treatment. For large-scale defects, there are two major options to consider: induced membrane technique and distraction osteogenesis...
March 2018: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
Claire E Kendall, Esther S Shoemaker, Janet Raboud, Amy E Mark, Ahmed M Bayoumi, Ann N Burchell, Mona Loutfy, Sean B Rourke, Clare E Liddy, Ron Rosenes, Timothy Rogers, Tony Antoniou
Timely presentation to care for people newly diagnosed with HIV is critical to optimize health outcomes and reduce onward HIV transmission. Studies describing presentation to care following diagnosis during a hospital admission are lacking. We sought to assess the timeliness of presentation to care and to identify factors associated with delayed presentation. We conducted a population-level study using health administrative databases. Participants were all individuals older than 16 and newly diagnosed with HIV during hospital admission in Ontario, Canada, between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2015...
March 13, 2018: AIDS and Behavior
Waiel Abusnina, Eric Yiman Auyoung, Mohammed Megri, Toni Pacioles
Small cell carcinomas (SCCs) are aggressive neoplasms commonly associated with a pulmonary origin. However, albeit rare, extrapulmonary SCC can occur in a variety of sites with an incidence in North America approximated to be 0.1% to 0.4%. Among these sites, approximately 10% of extrapulmonary SCC cases occur in the prostate and are associated with a poor mortality with a median survival of 10 months. Because of the rarity of the prostatic SCC, there is no formal treatment protocol. In this case report, we present a patient who was diagnosed with SCC in the prostate as primary origin...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Matthew P Smeltzer, Fedoria E Rugless, Bianca M Jackson, Courtney L Berryman, Nicholas R Faris, Meredith A Ray, Meghan Meadows, Anita A Patel, Kristina S Roark, Satish K Kedia, Margaret M DeBon, Fayre J Crossley, Georgia Oliver, Laura M McHugh, Willeen Hastings, Orion Osborne, Jackie Osborne, Toni Ill, Mark Ill, Wynett Jones, Hyo K Lee, Raymond S Signore, Roy C Fox, Jingshan Li, Edward T Robbins, Kenneth D Ward, Lisa M Klesges, Raymond U Osarogiagbon
Background: Responsible for 25% of all US cancer deaths, lung cancer presents complex care-delivery challenges. Adoption of the highly recommended multidisciplinary care model suffers from a dearth of good quality evidence. Leading up to a prospective comparative-effectiveness study of multidisciplinary vs. serial care, we studied the implementation of a rigorously benchmarked multidisciplinary lung cancer clinic. Methods: We used a mixed-methods approach to conduct a patient-centered, combined implementation and effectiveness study of a multidisciplinary model of lung cancer care...
February 2018: Translational Lung Cancer Research
Jose A Jimenez-Berni, David M Deery, Pablo Rozas-Larraondo, Anthony Tony G Condon, Greg J Rebetzke, Richard A James, William D Bovill, Robert T Furbank, Xavier R R Sirault
Crop improvement efforts are targeting increased above-ground biomass and radiation-use efficiency as drivers for greater yield. Early ground cover and canopy height contribute to biomass production, but manual measurements of these traits, and in particular above-ground biomass, are slow and labor-intensive, more so when made at multiple developmental stages. These constraints limit the ability to capture these data in a temporal fashion, hampering insights that could be gained from multi-dimensional data...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Kevin M Fain, Thiyagu Rajakannan, Tony Tse, Rebecca J Williams, Deborah A Zarin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 12, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
Emma V Lampard, Adam C Sedgwick, Thitima Sombuttan, George T Williams, Boontana Wannalerse, A Toby A Jenkins, Steven D Bull, Tony D James
Dye displacement assays are a simple but effective method to determine the concentration of target analytes. Previously, we have shown that phenylboronic acid pinacol ester hydrogels (borogels) can be used to develop a boronic acid-Alizarin red S dye displacement assay for the determination of fructose (orange to red). In this work, benzoxaborole hydrogels (BOBgels) were developed, and these BOBgels demonstrated an enhanced apparent binding affinity towards monosaccharides, in particular towards glucose.
March 2018: ChemistryOpen
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