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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036887/reference-intervals-for-non-fasting-cvd-lipids-and-inflammation-markers-in-pregnant-indigenous-australian-women
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Tracy L Schumacher, Christopher Oldmeadow, Don Clausen, Loretta Weatherall, Lyniece Keogh, Kirsty G Pringle, Kym M Rae
Indigenous Australians experience high rates of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The origins of CVD may commence during pregnancy, yet few serum reference values for CVD biomarkers exist specific to the pregnancy period. The Gomeroi gaaynggal research project is a program that undertakes research and provides some health services to pregnant Indigenous women. Three hundred and ninety-nine non-fasting samples provided by the study participants (206 pregnancies and 175 women) have been used to construct reference intervals for CVD biomarkers during this critical time...
October 14, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036804/rheopheresis-as-a-causal-therapy-option-for-systemic-scleroderma-ssc
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Stine Lutze, G Daeschlein, W Konschake, Michael Jünger
A complex pathomechanism accounts systemic sclerosis as a form of collagenosis. A triad of vasculopathy, autoinflammation, and dysbalance of the fibroblast function can be seen as cause, as well as symptomatic appearance. Comparative with other collagenoses, e.g. Lupus erythematosus, vasculopathy, instead of autoinflammation, appears to be clinically important in systemic scleroderma. The fact that autoinflammation does not represent the major role in the maintenance of the disease is also evident by the lack of therapeutic effects of classical systemic immunosuppressants...
October 7, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036196/understanding-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-selected-disinfectants-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa
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Ebrahim Aboualizadeh, Violet V Bumah, Daniela S Masson-Meyers, Janis T Eells, Carol J Hirschmugl, Chukuka S Enwemeka
Disinfectants and biocidal products have been widely used to combat Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in homes and healthcare environments. Although disruption of cytoplasmic membrane integrity has been documented as the main bactericidal effect of biocides, little is known about the biochemical alterations induced by these chemical agents. In this study, we used Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and chemometric tools as an alternative non-destructive technique to determine the bactericidal effects of commonly used disinfectants against MRSA USA-300...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035735/transcriptome-profiling-identifies-genes-pathways-associated-with-experimental-resistance-to-paromomycin-in-leishmania-donovani
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Aditya Verma, Vasundhra Bhandari, Deepak Kumar Deep, Shyam Sundar, Jean Claude Dujardin, Ruchi Singh, Poonam Salotra
Widespread resistance towards antimony and reports of relapses following miltefosine treatment has severely affected the management of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in the Indian subcontinent. Paromomycin (PMM), an aminoglycoside antibiotic, has been licensed for VL treatment in India in 2007. Although its use is still restricted in the field, unraveling the molecular mechanism of resistance towards PMM is the key to preserve the drug. In this study, PMM resistant lines were selected up to 100 μM of PMM in three distinct field isolates of Leishmania donovani at promastigote stage...
October 10, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035447/porphyromonas-gingivalis-infection-accelerates-atherosclerosis-mediated-by-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-responses-in-apoe-mice
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Yan Xuan, Qiao Shi, Guo-Jing Liu, Qing-Xian Luan, Yu Cai
BACKGROUND: The periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) has been proven to accelerate the development of atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E (ApoE)-deficient mice. In this study, we used an ApoE knockout (ApoE-/-) mouse model with chronic intravenous infection with P. gingivalis to investigate the possible mechanisms of P. gingivalis-induced atherosclerosis. METHODS: Eight-week-old ApoE-/- mice were randomly assigned to two groups: (a) ApoE-/- + PBS (n = 8); (b) ApoE-/- + P...
October 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035182/induction-with-infliximab-and-a-plant-based-diet-as-first-line-ipf-therapy-for-crohn-disease-a-single-group-trial
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Mitsuro Chiba, Tsuyotoshi Tsuji, Kunio Nakane, Satoko Tsuda, Hajime Ishii, Hideo Ohno, Kenta Watanabe, Mai Ito, Masafumi Komatsu, Takeshi Sugawara
BACKGROUND: Approximately 30% of patients with Crohn disease (CD) are unresponsive to biologics. No previous study has focused on a plant-based diet in an induction phase of CD treatment. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the remission rate of infliximab combined with a plant-based diet as first-line (IPF) therapy for CD. METHODS: This was a prospective single-group trial conducted at tertiary hospitals. Subjects included consecutive adults with a new diagnosis (n = 26), children with a new diagnosis (n = 11), and relapsing adults (n = 9) with CD who were naïve to treatment with biologics...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034558/adolescent-temperament-dimensions-as-stable-prospective-risk-and-protective-factors-for-salivary-c-reactive-protein
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Benjamin W Nelson, Michelle L Byrne, Julian G Simmons, Sarah Whittle, Orli S Schwartz, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Katrina A Walsh, Eric C Reynolds, Nicholas B Allen
OBJECTIVE: Temperament has associations with later physical health outcomes, yet there is a dearth of research exploring the connection between temperament and mechanisms that have known associations with these health outcomes. Recent research has delineated a connection between personality and inflammation during adulthood, but this association has not yet been studied in adolescent samples. DESIGN: We investigated whether stable adolescent temperament (averaged over two years), specifically effortful control and negative emotionality, provided a more robust prediction of inflammation as measured by salivary C-reactive protein (sCRP), than depressive symptoms...
October 15, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034528/patients-with-a-new-variant-of-endemic-pemphigus-foliaceus-have-autoantibodies-against-arrector-pili-muscle-colocalizing-with-myzap-p0071-desmoplakins-1-and-2-and-arvcf
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A M Abreu-Velez, C A Valencia-Yepes, Y A Upegui-Zapata, E Upegui-Quiceno, N R Mesa-Herrera, J E Velazquez-Velez, M S Howard
BACKGROUND: We identified a new variant of endemic pemphigus foliaceus in El Bagre, Colombia, South America, which we term El Bagre-EPF, and observed reactivity to arrector pili muscle (APM), thus we tested for autoimmunity to APM. METHODS: We took skin biopsies from 30 patients with El Bagre-EPF and 30 healthy controls (HCs) matched by age, sex and occupation, who were all from the endemic area, and tested these using direct immunofluorescence (DIF), confocal microscopy, immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting (IB)...
October 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033897/evaluation-of-cardiometabolic-parameters-among-obese-women-using-oral-contraceptives
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Júnia Raquel Dutra Ferreira, Milena Magalhães Aleluia, Camylla Vilas Boas Figueiredo, Larissa Castro de Lima Vieira, Rayra Pereira Santiago, Caroline Conceição da Guarda, Cynara Gomes Barbosa, Ricardo Riccio Oliveira, Elisângela Vitória Adorno, Marilda de Souza Gonçalves
BACKGROUND: Combined oral contraceptive (COC) use has been associated with an unfavorable impact on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in diverse populations of normal weight and obese women. The present study aimed to evaluate the cardiometabolic and inflammatory profiles of women in northeastern Brazil with respect to COC use and obesity. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study to verify cardiovascular parameters, including blood pressure (BP), fasting serum glucose, lipid, and inflammatory profile, in a population of women aged 15-45 years, considering obesity and COC use...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033852/activation-of-casein-kinase-ii-by-gallic-acid-induces-bik-bax-bak-mediated-er-ca-ros-dependent-apoptosis-of-human-oral-cancer-cells
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Meng-Liang Lin, Shih-Shun Chen
Induction of the generation of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) calcium (Ca(++))-mediated reactive oxygen species (ROS) by gallic acid (GA) has been implicated in the mitochondrial apoptotic death of human oral cancer (OC) cells, but the molecular mechanism by which GA causes ER Ca(++) release of OC cells to undergo cell death remains unclear. Here, we report that GA-induced phosphorylation of B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL-2)-interacting killer (BIK) (threonine (Thr) 33/Serine (Ser) 35) and p53 (Ser 15 and Ser 392), Bcl-2-associated x protein (BAX)/BCL-2 antagonist killer 1 (BAK) oligomerization on the ER and mitochondria, rising of cytosolic Ca(+)(+) and ROS, cytochrome c (Cyt c) release from the mitochondria, Ψm loss, and apoptosis were suppressed in cells co-treated with a specific inhibitor of casein kinase II (CK II) (4,5,6,7-tetrabromobenzotriazole)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033678/quantitative-metabolic-volumetric-product-on-18-fluorine-2fluoro-2-deoxy-d-glucose-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-in-assessing-treatment-response-to-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-multiparametric-analysis-integrating
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Nandigam Santosh Kumar, Yogesh Shejul, Ramesh Asopa, Sandip Basu
The purpose of this study was to assess the role of fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) in the evaluation of treatment response evaluation to disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy in patients of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A total of ten patients with proven diagnosis of RA as per the 2010 American College of Rheumatology/European League against Rheumatism (EULAR) criteria were prospectively evaluated. All patients underwent clinical and biochemical evaluation and a baseline FDG-PET/CT with assessment of maximum standardized uptake value and metabolic volumetric product (MVP) values...
October 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033609/clinical-implications-of-six-inflammatory-biomarkers-as-prognostic-indicators-in-ewing-sarcoma
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Yong-Jiang Li, Xi Yang, Wen-Biao Zhang, Cheng Yi, Feng Wang, Ping Li
Cancer-related systemic inflammation responses have been correlated with cancer development and progression. The prognostic significance of several inflammatory indicators, including neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR), Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS), C-reactive protein to albumin ratio (CRP/Alb ratio), lymphocyte-monocyte ratio (LMR), and neutrophil-platelet score (NPS), were found to be correlated with prognosis in several cancers. However, the prognostic role of these inflammatory biomarkers in Ewing sarcoma has not been evaluated...
2017: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033574/surgical-site-infections-following-instrumented-stabilization-of-the-spine
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Ulrike Dapunt, Caroline Bürkle, Frank Günther, Wojciech Pepke, Stefan Hemmer, Michael Akbar
BACKGROUND: Implant-associated infections are still a feared complication in the field of orthopedics. Bacteria attach to the implant surface and form so-called biofilm colonies that are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Since the majority of studies focus on prosthetic joint infections (PJIs) of the hip and knee, current treatment options (eg, antibiotic prophylaxis) of implant-associated infections have mostly been adapted according to these results. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate patients with surgical site infections following instrumented stabilization of the spine with regard to detected bacteria species and the course of the disease...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033108/clinical-course-in-infants-diagnosed-with-transient-tachypnea-of-newborn-a-clinical-trial-assessing-the-role-of-conservative-versus-conventional-management
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M Dehdashtian, M Aletayeb, A Malakian, M R Aramesh, H Malvandi
BACKGROUND: Transient tachypnea of the newborn (TTN) is a respiratory disorder secondary to inadequate or delayed clearance of lung fluids. Early symptoms of the disease are indistinguishable from neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and persistent pulmonary hypertension. Therefore, these newborns, in addition to receiving conservative management, receive antibiotics until blood cultures provide definite results. In this study, we assessed the clinical course of neonates diagnosed with TTN who received conventional versus conservative management...
October 9, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032752/association-between-apolipoproteins-ai-and-b-and-ultrasound-indicators-of-carotid-atherosclerosis
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Zeljko Zivanovic, Ivana Divjak, Mirjana Jovicevic, Tamara Rabi-Zikic, Biljana Radovanovic, Svetlana Ruzicka-Kaloci, Djordje Stevan Popovic, Edita Stokic, Ksenija Gebauer-Bukurov, Katarina Zivanovic-Vujcic, Petar Slankamenac
BACKGROUND: Apolipoproteins A-I and B (apoA-I and apoB) may be better indicators of the risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases than conventional risk factors (RFs). The onset of ischemic stroke (IS) may be preceded by the development of atherosclerotic changes in carotid arteries, which can be detected by ultrasound. Only a certain % of patients with IS have an (underlying) carotid etiology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to determine the association between ultrasound indicators of carotid atherosclerosis and the presence of apolipoproteins and other biomarkers in patients with IS...
October 10, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032504/resistance-exercise-improves-cardiac-function-and-mitochondrial-efficiency-in-diabetic-rat-hearts
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Tae Hee Ko, Jubert C Marquez, Hyoung Kyu Kim, Seung Hun Jeong, SungRyul Lee, Jae Boum Youm, In Sung Song, Dae Yun Seo, Hye Jin Kim, Du Nam Won, Kyoung Im Cho, Mun Gi Choi, Byoung Doo Rhee, Kyung Soo Ko, Nari Kim, Jong Chul Won, Jin Han
Metabolic disturbance and mitochondrial dysfunction are a hallmark of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DC). Resistance exercise (RE) not only enhances the condition of healthy individuals but could also improve the status of those with disease. However, the beneficial effects of RE in the prevention of DC and mitochondrial dysfunction are uncertain. Therefore, this study investigated whether RE attenuates DC by improving mitochondrial function using an in vivo rat model of diabetes. Fourteen Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty rats were assigned to sedentary control (SC, n = 7) and RE (n = 7) groups at 28 weeks of age...
October 14, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032243/dna-methylation-patterns-are-related-to-co-morbidity-status-and-circulating-c-reactive-protein-levels-in-the-nursing-home-elderly
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Chris P Verschoor, Lisa M McEwen, Michael S Kobor, Mark B Loeb, Dawn M E Bowdish
Elderly residents of long-term care commonly exhibit a number of age-related health deficits, including impaired physical and cognitive function, chronic illnesses, and chronic inflammation. Given our previous data relating the phenotype and function of innate and adaptive leukocytes from the nursing home elderly to chronic conditions and inflammatory biomarkers, we hypothesized that these factors would influence the regulatory programming of immune cells, thereby contributing to immune dysfunction. Since DNA methylation represents both an important regulatory mechanism of cells as well as a biomarker of health and disease, we sought to characterize the methylome of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from the nursing home elderly (n=23; 82-98years old, 70% female), and compare these patterns to pathological factors such as dementia, co-morbidity score and frailty, and immune-related factors such as serum C-reactive protein (CRP) and cytokine levels and varicella-zoster virus (VZV) vaccine responsiveness...
October 12, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031205/protective-effect-of-%C3%AE-lipoic-acid-against-spleen-toxicity-of-dimethylnitrosamine-in-male-mice-antioxidant-and-ultrastructure-approaches
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Nahla S El-Shenawy, Reham Z Hamza, Howayda E Khaled
The α-lipoic acid is a soft material and useful for the potential biomedical applications. The study was aimed to assess the potency of α-lipoic acid (ALA) against the toxicity of dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) on spleen of mice by assessing the antioxidants, histopathological and ultrastructure changes. The experiment was achieved on six groups of male mice as following; groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 were served as a control, ALA groups, low dose of DMN (DMN-LD; 2mgkg(-1)) and high dose of DMN (DMN-HD; 4mgkg(-1)). Group 5 was received DMN-LD plus ALA and group 6 was given DMN-HD plus ALA...
October 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031130/a-validated-prognostic-biomarker-score-for-adult-patients-with-nonmetastatic-soft-tissue-sarcomas-of-the-trunk-and-extremities
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Katja Maretty-Kongstad, Ninna Aggerholm-Pedersen, Johnny Keller, Akmal Safwat
BACKGROUND: The prognostic value of serum biomarkers in soft tissue sarcoma (STS) is limited, and its clinical applicability is compromised by a common inability to adjust for important confounders. The aim of this study was to determine the prognostic value of pretreatment biomarkers on disease-specific survival (DSS) adjusted for confounders. METHODS: The study included 818 patients with localized STS. Pretreatment levels of albumin, C-reactive protein, hemoglobin, neutrophils, and lymphocytes were tested individually and combined in prognostic scores: neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR), Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS), and Aarhus Composite Biomarker Score (ACBS) which includes all five biomarkers...
October 11, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030923/does-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-restore-peripheral-circulatory-homeostasis
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Chukwudiebube N Ajaero, Cher-Rin Chong, Nathan E K Procter, Saifei Liu, Yuliy Y Chirkov, Tamila Heresztyn, Wai Ping Alicia Chan, Margaret A Arstall, Andrew D McGavigan, Michael P Frenneaux, John D Horowitz
AIMS: To evaluate whether peripheral circulatory 'remodelling' as measured by changes in vascular compliance and in markers of nitric oxide signalling contributes to patient response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). METHODS AND RESULTS: Effects of CRT were evaluated in 33 patients pre-procedure and 6 months post-procedure. Peak oxygen consumption, 6 min walk distance, New York Heart Association class, and quality of life score were evaluated. Augmentation index and its interactions with nitric oxide (NO) were evaluated by applanation tonometry...
October 13, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
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