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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430812/nacl-cotransporter-abundance-in-urinary-vesicles-is-increased-by-calcineurin-inhibitors-and-predicts-thiazide-sensitivity
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Omar A Z Tutakhel, Arthur D Moes, Marco A Valdez-Flores, Marleen L A Kortenoeven, Mathijs V D Vrie, Sabina Jeleń, Robert A Fenton, Robert Zietse, Joost G J Hoenderop, Ewout J Hoorn, Luuk Hilbrands, René J M Bindels
Animal studies have shown that the calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) cyclosporine and tacrolimus can activate the thiazide-sensitive NaCl cotransporter (NCC). A common side effect of CNIs is hypertension. Renal salt transporters such as NCC are excreted in urinary extracellular vesicles (uEVs) after internalization into multivesicular bodies. Human studies indicate that CNIs also increase NCC abundance in uEVs, but results are conflicting and no relationship with NCC function has been shown. Therefore, we investigated the effects of CsA and Tac on the abundance of both total NCC (tNCC) and phosphorylated NCC at Thr60 phosphorylation site (pNCC) in uEVs, and assessed whether NCC abundance in uEVs predicts the blood pressure response to thiazide diuretics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429371/design-of-a-short-non-uniform-acquisition-protocol-for-quantitative-analysis-in-dynamic-cardiac-spect-imaging-a-retrospective-123-i-mibg-animal-study
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Yunlong Zan, Yong Long, Kewei Chen, Biao Li, Qiu Huang, Grant T Gullberg
PURPOSE: Our previous works have found that quantitative analysis of (123) I-MIBG kinetics in the heart with dynamic single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) offers the potential to quantify the innervation integrity at an early stage of left ventricular hypertrophy. However, conventional protocols involving a long acquisition time for dynamic imaging reduce the animal survival rate and thus make longitudinal analysis difficult. The goal of this work was to develop a procedure to reduce the total acquisition time by selecting non-uniform acquisition times for projection views while maintaining the accuracy and precision of estimated physiologic parameters...
April 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426781/tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-tudca-attenuates-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-remodeling-by-reducing-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Shilpa Rani, Pradeep Kumar Sreenivasaiah, Jin Ock Kim, Mi Young Lee, Wan Seok Kang, Yong Sook Kim, Youngkeun Ahn, Woo Jin Park, Chunghee Cho, Do Han Kim
Pressure overload in the heart induces pathological hypertrophy and is associated with cardiac dysfunction. Apoptosis and fibrosis signaling initiated by the endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) is known to contribute to these maladaptive effects. The aim of this study was to investigate whether reduction of ERS by a known chemical chaperone, tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) can attenuate pressure overload-induced cardiac remodeling in a mouse model of transverse aortic constriction (TAC). Oral administration of TUDCA at a dose of 300 mg/kg body weight (BW) in the TUDCA-TAC group reduced ERS markers (GRP78, p-PERK, and p-eIf2α), compared to the Vehicle (Veh)-TAC group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423592/protective-effect-of-hydrogen-sulphide-against-myocardial-hypertrophy-in-mice
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Mingjing Shao, Chuanjun Zhuo, Ronghuan Jiang, Guangdong Chen, Jianmin Shan, Jing Ping, Hongjun Tian, Lina Wang, Chongguang Lin, Lirong Hu
Cardiac hypertrophy is a critical component of phenotype in the failing heart. Recently, increasing evidence has demonstrated that oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathogenesis of myocardial hypertrophy. In the present study, we generated a mouse model of transverse aortic constriction (TAC) to investigate whether hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has protective effects against cardiac hypertrophy. Left ventricular structure was analyzed by two-dimensional echocardiography. Oxidative stress was evaluated by measuring malondialdehyde, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase and reactive oxygen specie in the myocardium...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422479/on-demand-gas-to-liquid-process-to-fabricate-thermoresponsive-antimicrobial-nanocomposites-and-coatings
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Bijay Kumar Poudel, Jae Hong Park, Jeong Hoon Byeon
Antimicrobial material is emerging as a major component of the mitigation strategy against microbial growth on abiotic surfaces. In this work, a newly designed process is proposed to fabricate thermoresponsive antimicrobial nanocomposites (TANs) and coatings (TACs) as an on-demand system. Thermoresponsive polymer (TRP)-incorporated silver (Ag) nanocomposites with silica nanoparticles (SNPs) or carbon nanotubes (CNTs; Ag-SNP@TRP or Ag-CNT@TRP) were produced by a single-pass gas-to-liquid process. The SNPs or CNTs were first produced by spark ablation and successively injected for dispersal in a liquid cell containing polydimethylsiloxane, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide), and silver nitrate under ultrasound irradiation...
April 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422431/effect-of-empagliflozin-on-tacrolimus-induced-pancreas-islet-dysfunction-and-renal-injury
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J Jin, L Jin, K Luo, S W Lim, B H Chung, C W Yang
An inhibitor of sodium glucose co-transporter type 2 (SGLT-2) is recommended in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) but its use is still undetermined in Tacrolimus (TAC)-induced DM. We evaluated the effect of empagliflozin (Em) on TAC-induced pancreatic islet dysfunction and renal injury in experimental model of TAC-induced DM and in vitro. TAC induced a two-fold increase in SGLT-2 expression, while Em decreased SGLT-2 expression and further increased urinary glucose excretion compared to the TAC group. Em reduced hyperglycemia and increased plasma insulin level, pancreatic islet size and glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) compared to the TAC group...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421130/antiretroviral-therapy-initiation-alters-the-redox-system-of-asymptomatic-hiv-infected-individuals-a-longitudinal-study
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Karen Ingrid Tasca, Juliana Trindade Caleffi, Camila Renata Correa, Mariana Gatto, Francilene Capel Tavares, Caio Cavassan Camargo, Alexandrina Sartori, Mara Biasin, Lenice do Rosário de Souza
Background. The combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) increases the oxidative stress in HIV-infected people, which in turn favors the onset and aggravation of non-AIDS comorbidities, a common situation affecting these individuals. We aimed to evaluate the influence of cART initiation on oxidative stress parameters. This is a longitudinal study including 30 asymptomatic patients divided according to their CD4+ T cell count (G1: <500 cell/mL; G2: >500 cell/mL) before (M0) and after (M1) cART initiation...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420983/increased-oxidative-stress-markers-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-from-healthy-subjects-with-parkinson-s-disease-associated-lrrk2-gene-mutations
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David A Loeffler, Andrea C Klaver, Mary P Coffey, Jan O Aasly, Peter A LeWitt
Mutations in the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) gene are the most frequent cause of inherited Parkinson's disease (PD). The most common PD-associated LRRK2 mutation, G2019S, induces increased production of reactive oxygen species in vitro. We therefore hypothesized that individuals with PD-associated LRRK2 mutations might have increased concentrations of oxidative stress markers and/or decreased total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in their cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). We measured two oxidative stress markers, namely 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and 8-isoprostane (8-ISO), and TAC in CSF from LRRK2 mutation-bearing PD patients (LRRK2 PD = 19), sporadic PD patients (sPD = 31), and healthy control subjects with or without these mutations (LRRK2 CTL = 30, CTL = 27)...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419028/physical-activity-assessment-with-the-actigraph-gt3x-and-doubly-labeled-water
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Andrea K Chomistek, Changzheng Yuan, Charles E Matthews, Richard P Troiano, Heather R Bowles, Jennifer Rood, Junaidah B Barnett, Walter C Willett, Eric B Rimm, David R Bassett
PURPOSE: To compare the degree to which four accelerometer metrics-total activity counts per day (TAC/d), steps per day (steps/d), physical activity energy expenditure (PAEE, kcal/kg/day), and moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA, min/d)- were correlated with PAEE measured by doubly-labeled water (DLW). Additionally, accelerometer metrics based on vertical axis counts and triaxial counts were compared. METHODS: This analysis included 684 women and 611 men aged 43 - 83 years...
April 18, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413068/epithelial-mesenchymal-micro-niches-govern-stem-cell-lineage-choices
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Hanseul Yang, Rene C Adam, Yejing Ge, Zhong L Hua, Elaine Fuchs
Adult tissue stem cells (SCs) reside in niches, which, through intercellular contacts and signaling, influence SC behavior. Once activated, SCs typically give rise to short-lived transit-amplifying cells (TACs), which then progress to differentiate into their lineages. Here, using single-cell RNA-seq, we unearth unexpected heterogeneity among SCs and TACs of hair follicles. We trace the roots of this heterogeneity to micro-niches along epithelial-mesenchymal interfaces, where progenitors display molecular signatures reflective of spatially distinct local signals and intercellular interactions...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410922/antioxidant-response-to-artichoke-leaf-extract-supplementation-in-metabolic-syndrome-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomized-clinical-trial
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Khatereh Rezazadeh, Soodabeh Aliashrafi, Mohammad Asghari-Jafarabadi, Mehrangiz Ebrahimi-Mameghani
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress is associated with most components and complications of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS). Artichoke Leaf Extract (ALE) has demonstrated anti-oxidant properties in both laboratory and animal studies. AIM: This study was designed to examine the effects of ALE on oxidative stress indices in patients with MetS. METHODS: In the current double-blind placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial, 80 patients with MetS were randomly allocated to either "ALE group" (received 1800 mg ALE as four tablets per day) or "Placebo group" (received placebo containing cornstarch, lactose and avicel as four tablets per day) for 12 weeks...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407719/anti-inflammatory-activity-of-clove-eugenia-caryophyllata-essential-oil-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
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Xuesheng Han, Tory L Parker
CONTEXT: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata Thunb. [Myrtaceae]) essential oil (CEO) has been shown to possess antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. However, few studies have focused on its topical use. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the biological activity of a commercially available CEO in a human skin disease model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated the effect of CEO on 17 protein biomarkers that play critical roles in inflammation and tissue remodelling in a validated human dermal fibroblast system, which was designed to model chronic inflammation and fibrosis...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407449/drug-interactions-and-safety-profiles-with-concomitant-use-of-caspofungin-and-calcineurin-inhibitors-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
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Mitsutaka Nishimoto, Hideo Koh, Atsushi Tokuwame, Yousuke Makuuchi, Masatomo Kuno, Teruhito Takakuwa, Hiroshi Okamura, Shiro Koh, Takuro Yoshimura, Satoru Nanno, Mika Nakamae, Asao Hirose, Yasuhiro Nakashima, Takahiko Nakane, Masayuki Hino, Hirohisa Nakamae
AIM: Small-scale clinical studies have reported on drug interactions between caspofungin (CPFG) and calcineurin inhibitors in healthy subjects; however, little is known about these interactions in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) patients. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed the drug interactions and safety profiles in allo-HCT recipients treated concomitantly with CPFG and calcineurin inhibitors. RESULTS: Ninety-one consecutive cases were evaluated...
April 13, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405813/estimation-of-dietary-total-antioxidant-capacity-of-korean-adults
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Shinyoung Jun, Ock K Chun, Hyojee Joung
PURPOSE: Dietary total antioxidant capacity (TAC) has been reported to be inversely associated with the risk of chronic diseases. However, little is known about dietary TAC among the Korean population. Therefore, we aimed to estimate the dietary TAC of Korean adults and to document the major food sources. METHODS: We studied 33,581 Korean adults aged ≥19 years who participated in the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2012. Dietary TAC was estimated from 1-day 24-h dietary recall data using a TAC database comprising antioxidant capacities of 42 dietary antioxidants, developed for common Korean foods...
April 12, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404679/evaluation-of-taqman-array-card-tac-for-the-detection-of-central-nervous-system-infections-in-kenya
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Clayton O Onyango, Vladimir Loparev, Shirley Lidechi, Vinod Bhullar, D Scott Schmid, Kay Radford, Michael K Lo, Paul Rota, Barbara W Johnson, Jorge Munoz, Martina Oneko, Deron Burton, Carolyn M Black, John Neatherlin, Joel M Montgomery, Barry Fields
Infections of the central nervous system (CNS) are often acute with significant morbidity and mortality. Routine diagnosis of such infections is limited in developing countries and requires modern equipment in advanced laboratories that may be unavailable to a number of patients in sub-Saharan Africa. We developed a TaqMan Array Card (TAC) that detects multiple pathogens simultaneously from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The 21-pathogen TAC assays include two parasites (Balamuthia mandrillaris and Acanthamoeba), six bacterial pathogens (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Bartonella) and 13 viruses (parechovirus, dengue, nipah, varicella zoster, mumps, measles, lyssa, herpes simplex virus 1 and 2, Epstein Barr virus, enterovirus, cytomegalovirus and chikungunya)...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404626/adenosine-formed-by-cd73-on-t-cells-inhibits-cardiac-inflammation-and-fibrosis-and-preserves-contractile-function-in-transverse-aortic-constriction-induced-heart-failure
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Christine Quast, Christina Alter, Zhaoping Ding, Nadine Borg, Jürgen Schrader
BACKGROUND: Structural damage during heart failure development leads to increased infiltration of leukocytes. Because purinergic signaling on immune cells may impact on the inflammatory response, we evaluated the role of ecto-5'-nucleotidase (CD73) on the development of heart failure after transverse aortic constriction (TAC) using global and T-cell-specific CD73(-)(/-) mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Leukocytes infiltrating the failing heart were analyzed by a multistep enzymatic procedure over a period of 16 weeks using fluorescence-activated cell sorting...
April 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401102/human-parvovirus-b19-in-patients-with-beta-thalassemia-major-from-tehran-iran
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Seyed Ali Mohammad Arabzadeh, Farideh Alizadeh, Ahmad Tavakoli, Hamidreza Mollaei, Farah Bokharaei-Salim, Gharib Karimi, Mohammad Farahmand, Helya Sadat Mortazavi, Seyed Hamidreza Monavari
BACKGROUND: Due to the tropism of human parvovirus B19 to erythroid progenitor cells, infection in patients with an underlying hemolytic disorder such as beta-thalassemia major leads to suppression of erythrocyte formation, referred to as transient aplasia crisis (TAC), which may be life-threatening. We investigated the prevalence of parvovirus B19 among patients with beta thalassemia major attending the Zafar Adult Thalassemia Clinic in Tehran, Iran. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was performed to determine the presence of parvovirus B19 DNA in blood samples and parvovirus B19 genotypes in plasma samples of patients with thalassemia major...
March 2017: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399652/facial-presentations-of-primary-headache-disorders
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Yair Sharav, Zaza Katsarava, Andrew Charles
Background Many patients with mid-face or lower face craniofacial pain are diagnosed, based on accompanying signs and symptoms and features other than location, as either atypical migraines or atypical TACs. Distinguishing features of headache disorders as a cause of facial pain include the temporal pattern of pain, associated symptoms including light and sound sensitivity and nausea, cranial autonomic symptoms, and the lack of local triggering among others. Results An intraoral neurovascular pain has been observed, and was termed neurovascular orofacial pain (NVOP)...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398945/objective-measures-of-physical-activity-and-cardiometabolic-and-endocrine-biomarkers
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Hala B AlEssa, Andrea K Chomistek, Susan E Hankinson, Junaidah B Barnett, Jennifer Rood, Charles E Matthews, Eric B Rimm, Walter C Willett, Frank B Hu, Deirdre K Tobias
PURPOSE: Although physical activity is an established risk factor for chronic disease prevention, the specific mechanisms underlying these relationships are poorly understood. We examined the associations between total activity counts (TAC) and moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) measured by accelerometer, and physical activity energy expenditure (PAEE) measured by doubly-labeled water, with plasma levels of pro-insulin, insulin, c-peptide, IGFBP-3, IGF-1, adiponectin, leptin and leptin-sR...
April 11, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396681/evolution-of-nucleotide-punctuation-marks-from-structural-to-linear-signals
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Nawal El Houmami, Hervé Seligmann
We present an evolutionary hypothesis assuming that signals marking nucleotide synthesis (DNA replication and RNA transcription) evolved from multi- to unidimensional structures, and were carried over from transcription to translation. This evolutionary scenario presumes that signals combining secondary and primary nucleotide structures are evolutionary transitions. Mitochondrial replication initiation fits this scenario. Some observations reported in the literature corroborate that several signals for nucleotide synthesis function in translation, and vice versa...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
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