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Babar Asma, Leblanc Vicky, Dudonne Stephanie, Desjardins Yves, Howell Amy, Dodin Sylvie
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are amongst the most common bacterial infections affecting women. Although antibiotics are the treatment of choice for UTI, cranberry derived products have been used for many years to prevent UTIs, with limited evidence as to their efficacy. Our objective is to assess the efficacy of a cranberry extract capsule standardized in A-type linkage proanthocyanidins (PACs) for the prevention of recurrent urinary tract infection. METHODS: We will perform a 1:1 randomized, controlled, double blind clinical trial in women aged 18 years or more who present ≥2 UTIs in 6 months or ≥ 3 UTIs in 12 months...
May 2, 2018: BMC Urology
Mina Jeon, Han Nah Cho, Soo Young Bhang, Jun Won Hwang, Eun Jin Park, Yeon Jung Lee
Objective: The aim of the study was to develop the Korean Psychological Autopsy Checklist for Adolescent (K-PAC-A) and conduct a pilot study. Methods: A number of steps were undertaken in the development of the K-PAC-A including literature reviews, consultations, and a pilot study. The Korean psychology autopsy checklist 2.0 (K-PAC 2.0) was carefully reviewed to adopt some domains and questions which can be applied to adolescents. Results: In addition to the adoption of some domains and questions from the K-PAC 2...
April 20, 2018: Psychiatry Investigation
Sarah L Dombernowsky, Jeanette Schwarz, Jacob Samsøe-Petersen, Reidar Albrechtsen, Kim B Jensen, Gary Thomas, Marie Kveiborg
PACS-2 is a multifunctional sorting protein that mediates cell homeostasis. We recently identified PACS-2 in a functional genome-wide siRNA screen for novel regulators of the metalloproteinase ADAM17, the main sheddase for ligands of the ErbB receptor family. Of note, we showed that Pacs2 -/- mice have significantly reduced EGFR activity and proliferative index in the intestinal epithelium. As EGFR signaling is highly mitogenic for intestinal epithelial stem cells, and plays essential roles in intestinal epithelial regeneration and tumor development, we have now examined the role of PACS-2 in these processes...
December 12, 2017: Oncotarget
Mohsen Bahmani Kashkouli, Maria Sharepour, Hamed Sianati, Parya Abdolalizadeh
AIMS: To report four cases of acute primary angle closure (PAC) after blepharoplasty and forehead lifting procedures and review the previous reported cases in the literature. METHODS: Four female subjects with age range of 50-67 years developed PAC 2-5 days after blepharoplasty and endoscopic forehead lifting procedures. All presented with pain, nausea, blurred vision, red eye, and eyelid swelling. Diagnosis was delayed in the first subject because of considering the signs and symptoms as usual postoperative ones...
January 5, 2018: Orbit
Pamela Y Quintas, Ana L Oliva, Mónica B Alvarez, Andres H Arias, Claudia E Domini, Mariano Garrido, Jorge E Marcovecchio
The goal of this study was to improve an already established reference method, such as the one devoted to organotin compounds determination (Reference Method for Marine Pollution Studies, No. 59, UNEP). The proposed upgrade consists of replacing the mechanical shaking by ultrasound energy and applying low temperature throughout the whole procedure. The optimization of the new operational conditions was performed by using a factorial design. Quality control was performed using a certified sediment reference material (PACS-2) for sediments (82...
January 3, 2018: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Maria Sol Herrera-Cruz, Thomas Simmen
The discovery of proteins regulating ER-mitochondria tethering including phosphofurin acidic cluster sorting protein 2 (PACS-2) and mitofusin-2 has pushed contact sites between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria into the spotlight of cell biology. While the field is developing rapidly and controversies have come and gone multiple times during its history, it is sometimes overlooked that significant research has been done decades ago with the original discovery of these structures in the 1950s and the first characterization of their function (and coining of the term mitochondria-associated membrane, MAM) in 1990...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Lihong Zhao, Tengfei Lu, Lei Gao, Xiangwei Fu, Shien Zhu, Yunpeng Hou
BACKGROUND: Maternal obesity alters oocytes and subsequent fetal metabolism. An increasing number of studies have shown that the endoplasmic reticulums (ER) or mitochondria have important effects on oocyte quality, but there has been no study of the effect of mitochondria-associated ER membranes (MAMs) on oocyte quality. The present study was designed to assess whether the level of MAM and MAM-related proteins were different in oocytes from obese and control mice. RESULTS: First, oocytes from mice with high-fat-diet (HFD)-induced obesity had higher levels (either greater numbers or a higher proportion for the same numbers) of MAM than oocytes from control mice...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Gary Thomas, Joseph E Aslan, Laurel Thomas, Pushkar Shinde, Ujwal Shinde, Thomas Simmen
Vertebrate proteins that fulfill multiple and seemingly disparate functions are increasingly recognized as vital solutions to maintaining homeostasis in the face of the complex cell and tissue physiology of higher metazoans. However, the molecular adaptations that underpin this increased functionality remain elusive. In this Commentary, we review the PACS proteins - which first appeared in lower metazoans as protein traffic modulators and evolved in vertebrates to integrate cytoplasmic protein traffic and interorganellar communication with nuclear gene expression - as examples of protein adaptation 'caught in the act'...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
Kyle Salka, Shivaprasad Bhuvanendran, Kassandra Wilson, Petros Bozidis, Mansi Mehta, Kristin Rainey, Hiromi Sesaki, George H Patterson, Jyoti K Jaiswal, Anamaris M Colberg-Poley
Most nuclear-encoded mitochondrial proteins traffic from the cytosol to mitochondria. Some of these proteins localize at mitochondria-associated membranes (MAM), where mitochondria are closely apposed with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). We have previously shown that the human cytomegalovirus signal-anchored protein known as viral mitochondria-localized inhibitor of apoptosis (vMIA) traffics from the ER to mitochondria and clusters at the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM). Here, we have examined the host pathways by which vMIA traffics from the ER to mitochondria and clusters at the OMM...
February 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
Maria Sol Herrera-Cruz, Thomas Simmen
The past decade has seen dramatic progress in our understanding of membrane contact sites (MCS). Important examples of these are endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-mitochondria contact sites. ER-mitochondria contacts have originally been discovered in mammalian tissue, where they have been designated as mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs). It is also in this model system, where the first critical MAM proteins have been identified, including MAM tethering regulators such as phospho-furin acidic cluster sorting protein 2 (PACS-2) and mitofusin-2...
January 25, 2017: Biology Direct
S Carolina Masri, Ryan J Tedford, Monica M Colvin, Peter J Leary, Rebecca Cogswell
Pulmonary artery compliance (PAC) contributes to right ventricular (RV) afterload, is decreased in the setting of increased left ventricular (LV) filling pressures, and may be an important component of World Health Organization (WHO) group II pulmonary hypertension (PH). Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation can rapidly change LV filling, but its relationship with PAC is unknown. Right heart catheterization was performed preoperatively, postoperatively (between 48 and 72 hours), and >30 days post-LVAD implantation in a cohort of 64 patients with end-stage systolic heart failure...
March 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
In-Chang Hwang, Kil Won Lee, Sang Soon Park, Siamphone Chanthanoulay, Malouny Sisavanh, Virasack Rajpho, Mijin Kim, Somxay Billamay, Sommanikhone Phangmanixay, Bounleua Oudavong
BACKGROUND: Implementation of the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) is more challenging in developing countries than in developed countries. Given that the first PACS in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) was successfully installed at the Children's Hospital of Lao PDR, we aimed to investigate whether the utilization rate of imaging tests increased after PACS implementation. METHODS: PACS was implemented at the Children's Hospital of Lao PDR in December 2014...
October 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
G Sorin, G Pasquier, E Drumez, A Arnould, H Migaud, S Putman
INTRODUCTION: Five angles (HKA, HKS, alpha, beta, tibial slope) are used for goniometry in total knee arthroplasty. The reproducibility of the measurement of these angles has been assessed on plain and digitized x-rays, but to our knowledge, this has not been confirmed on x-rays taken on the PACS system and they have not been compared to computed tomography (CT) measurements, the reference for angle measurement. This prospective study aimed to: (1) evaluate the inter- and intrarater reliability of the measurement of these angles on digital x-rays taken on a PACS; (2) determine the agreement of these measurements with those obtained using a CT protocol...
June 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
J Barroso-González, S Auclair, S Luan, L Thomas, K M Atkins, J E Aslan, L L Thomas, J Zhao, Y Zhao, G Thomas
Nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) promotes cell survival in response to genotoxic stress by inducing the expression of anti-apoptotic proteins including Bcl-xL, which protects mitochondria from stress-induced mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP). Here we show that the multifunctional sorting protein Pacs-2 (phosphofurin acidic cluster sorting protein-2) is required for Bcl-xL induction following DNA damage in primary mouse thymocytes. Consequently, in response to DNA damage, Pacs-2(-/-) thymocytes exhibit a blunted induction of Bcl-xL, increased MOMP and accelerated apoptosis...
September 1, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Sarah Louise Dombernowsky, Jacob Samsøe-Petersen, Camilla Hansson Petersen, Rachael Instrell, Anne-Mette Bornhardt Hedegaard, Laurel Thomas, Katelyn Mae Atkins, Sylvain Auclair, Reidar Albrechtsen, Kasper Johansen Mygind, Camilla Fröhlich, Michael Howell, Peter Parker, Gary Thomas, Marie Kveiborg
The metalloproteinase ADAM17 activates ErbB signalling by releasing ligands from the cell surface, a key step underlying epithelial development, growth and tumour progression. However, mechanisms acutely controlling ADAM17 cell-surface availability to modulate the extent of ErbB ligand release are poorly understood. Here, through a functional genome-wide siRNA screen, we identify the sorting protein PACS-2 as a regulator of ADAM17 trafficking and ErbB signalling. PACS-2 loss reduces ADAM17 cell-surface levels and ADAM17-dependent ErbB ligand shedding, without apparent effects on related proteases...
June 25, 2015: Nature Communications
Jessenia Ordoñes, Lenys Fernández, Hugo Romero, Patricio Carrera, José Alvarado
The electrochemical generation of antimony volatile species (stibine) using Au and Ag mercury amalgamated cathodes is described. Compared with some other cathode materials commonly used for electrochemical hydride generation, performance of the amalgamated cathodes is substantially better in the following aspects: higher interference tolerance, higher erosion resistance and longer useful working time. Using the amalgamated cathodes, it could be shown that interferences from major constituents at high concentrations, especially from transition metals, affecting stibine generation are not as significant as they are using other cathode types in regards to sensitivity and useful working time...
August 15, 2015: Talanta
Jonathan Barroso-González, Gary Thomas
SIRT1 regulates p53 transcriptional activation in response to genotoxic insult by deacetylating key lysine residues. We recently identified the multifunctional protein PACS-2 as a SIRT1 inhibitor. After DNA damage, PACS-2 binds and inhibits SIRT1 to increase p53-dependent transactivation of the CDK inhibitor p21 (CDKN1A) and induce cell cycle arrest.
2015: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
Sarah-Louise McManus, Mary Moloney, Karl G Richards, Catherine E Coxon, Martin Danaher
A sensitive method was developed and validated for ten phenoxyacetic acid herbicides, six of their main transformation products (TPs) and two benzonitrile TPs in groundwater. The parent compounds mecoprop, mecoprop-p, 2,4-D, dicamba, MCPA, triclopyr, fluroxypr, bromoxynil, bentazone, and 2,3,6-trichlorobenzoic acid (TBA) are included and a selection of their main TPs: phenoxyacetic acid (PAC), 2,4,5-trichloro-phenol (TCP), 4-chloro-2-methylphenol (4C2MP), 2,4-dichlorophenol (DCP), 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol (T2P), and 3,5-dibromo-4-hydroxybenzoic acid (BrAC), as well as the dichlobenil TPs 2,6-dichlorobenzamide (BAM) and 3,5-dichlorobenzoic acid (DBA) which have never before been determined in Irish groundwater...
2014: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Beatriz Fernández, Pablo Rodríguez-González, J Ignacio García Alonso, Julien Malherbe, Sergio García-Fonseca, Rosario Pereiro, Alfredo Sanz-Medel
We report on the determination of trace elements in solid samples by the combination of on-line double isotope dilution and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). The proposed method requires the sequential analysis of the sample and a certified natural abundance standard by on-line IDMS using the same isotopically-enriched spike solution. In this way, the mass fraction of the analyte in the sample can be directly referred to the certified standard so the previous characterization of the spike solution is not required...
December 3, 2014: Analytica Chimica Acta
Lara A Harvey, Siobhan Connolley, John G Harvey
To combat the risk of nightwear burns a mandatory standard regulating the design, flammability and labelling requirements of children's nightwear was introduced in Australia in 1987. This population-based study examined the trends, characteristics and causes of clothing-related burns to inform a review of the current standard, and to facilitate the development of targeted prevention strategies. Clothing-related burns for 1998-2013 were identified from hospitalisation data for all hospitals in NSW and detailed information regarding circumstance of injury from a burn data registry...
February 2015: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
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