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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225836/analysis-of-immune-cell-populations-in-atrial-myocardium-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-or-sinus-rhythm
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Natalia Smorodinova, Martin Bláha, Vojtěch Melenovský, Karolína Rozsívalová, Jaromír Přidal, Mária Ďurišová, Jan Pirk, Josef Kautzner, Tomáš Kučera
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and despite obvious clinical importance remains its pathogenesis only partially explained. A relation between inflammation and AF has been suggested by findings of increased inflammatory markers in AF patients. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to characterize morphologically and functionally CD45-positive inflammatory cell populations in atrial myocardium of patients with AF as compared to sinus rhythm (SR)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224127/early-diagnosis-and-surgical-treatment-for-necrotizing-fasciitis-a-multicenter-study
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Evangelos P Misiakos, George Bagias, Iordanis Papadopoulos, Nickolaos Danias, Paul Patapis, Nickolaos Machairas, Theodore Karatzas, Nickolaos Arkadopoulos, Konstantinos Toutouzas, Nickolaos Alexakis, Manousos N Konstantoulakis, George Zografos, Vasilis Smyrniotis, Gregory Kouraklis, Anastasios Machairas
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is a group of relatively rare infections, usually caused by two or more pathogens. It affects the skin and subcutaneous tissues of lower and upper limbs, perineal area (Fournier's gangrene), and the abdominal wall. Early diagnosis and aggressive surgical management are of high significance for the management of this potentially lethal disease. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study in patients who presented, during the last decade, at four University Surgical Departments in the area of Athens, Greece, with an admission diagnosis of NF...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223907/comparative-bioavailability-and-utilization-of-particular-forms-of-b12-supplements-with-potential-to-mitigate-b12-related-genetic-polymorphisms
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REVIEW
Cristiana Paul, David M Brady
CONTEXT: Three natural forms of vitamin B12 are commercially available: methylcobalamin (MeCbl), adenosylcobalamin (AdCbl), and hydroxycobalamin (OHCbl), all of which have been shown in clinical studies to improve vitamin B12 status. They are bioidentical to the B12 forms occurring in human physiology and animal foods. In contrast, cyanocobalamin (CNCbl), a synthetic B12 compound used for food fortification and in some supplements, occurs only in trace amounts in human tissues as a result of cyanide intake from smoking or other sources...
February 2017: Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223209/langmuir-schaefer-film-deposition-onto-honeycomb-porous-films-for-retinal-tissue-engineering
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Maria Teresa Calejo, Tanja Ilmarinen, Elina Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, Elina Talvitie, Hanna M Hakola, Heli Skottman, Minna Kellomäki
: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in senior citizens in the developed world. The disease is characterised by the degeneration of a specific cell layer at the back of the eye - the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), which is essential in retinal function. The most promising therapeutic option to restore the lost vision is considered to be RPE cell transplantation. This work focuses on the development of biodegradable biomaterials with similar properties to the native Bruch's membrane as carriers for RPE cells...
February 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222662/foxf2-promoter-methylation-is-associated-with-prognosis-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Xiaoying Chen, Haochang Hu, Jing Liu, Yong Yang, Guili Liu, Xiuru Ying, Yingmin Chen, Bin Li, Cong Ye, Dongping Wu, Shiwei Duan
Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is a commonly malignant tumor of digestive tract with poor prognosis. Previous studies suggested that forkhead box F2 ( FOXF2) could be a candidate gene for assessing and predicting the prognosis of human cancers. However, the relationship between FOXF2 promoter methylation and the prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma remained unclear. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded esophageal squamous cell carcinoma tissues of 135 esophageal squamous cell carcinoma patients were detected for FOXF2 promoter methylation status by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction approach...
February 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221097/supplemental-breast-mr-imaging-screening-of-women-with-average-risk-of-breast-cancer
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Christiane K Kuhl, Kevin Strobel, Heribert Bieling, Claudia Leutner, Hans H Schild, Simone Schrading
Purpose To investigate the utility and accuracy of breast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging as a supplemental screening tool in women at average risk for breast cancer and to investigate the types of cancer detected with MR imaging screening. Materials and Methods This prospective observational study was conducted at two academic breast centers in women aged 40-70 years without breast cancer-associated risk factors (lifetime risk <15%). Between January 2005 and December 2013, women with at least minimal residual breast tissue (American College of Radiology categories A-D) and normal conventional imaging findings (screening mammography with or without screening ultrasonography [US]) were invited to undergo supplemental MR imaging screening...
February 21, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219666/relation-of-iliac-artery-calcium-with-adiposity-measures-and-peripheral-artery-disease
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Jane J Lee, Alison Pedley, Ido Weinberg, Kathryn A Britton, Joseph M Massaro, Udo Hoffmann, Emily Manders, Caroline S Fox, Joanne M Murabito
Arterial calcification is associated with cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. To improve the understanding of the pathogenesis involved with iliac artery calcium (IAC), we sought to examine the associations between the burden of IAC with adiposity measures and peripheral artery disease (PAD). Participants (n = 1,236, 52% women, mean age 60 years) were drawn from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort who underwent multidetector computed tomography. The extent of IAC was quantified based on calcified atherosclerotic plaques detected in the iliac arteries...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219141/-significance-of-bacteria-detection-with-filter-paper-method-on-diagnosis-of-diabetic-foot-wound-infection
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X H Zou, Y P Zhu, G Q Ren, G C Li, J Zhang, L J Zou, Z B Feng, B H Li
Objective: To evaluate the significance of bacteria detection with filter paper method on diagnosis of diabetic foot wound infection. Methods: Eighteen patients with diabetic foot ulcer conforming to the study criteria were hospitalized in Liyuan Hospital Affiliated to Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology from July 2014 to July 2015. Diabetic foot ulcer wounds were classified according to the University of Texas diabetic foot classification (hereinafter referred to as Texas grade) system, and general condition of patients with wounds in different Texas grade was compared...
February 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219109/the-use-of-braf-v600e-mutation-specific-immunohistochemistry-in-pediatric-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis
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Leomar Y Ballester, Miguel D Cantu, Karen P H Lim, Stephen F Sarabia, Lizmery Suarez Ferguson, C Renee Webb, Carl E Allen, Kenneth L McClain, Carrie A Mohila, Jyotinder N Punia, Angshumoy Roy, Dolores H López-Terrada, M John Hicks, Kevin E Fisher
BRAF p.V600E mutations are detected in greater than 50% of pediatric Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) lesions. However, the use of mutation-specific BRAF V600E immunohistochemistry (IHC) as a surrogate for molecular testing in pediatric LCH is unknown. We tested the mutation-specific BRAF V600E monoclonal antibody (clone VE1) in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded LCH samples from 26 pediatric patients (14 males and 12 females, ages 7 mo-17 y) using allele-specific real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with a limit of detection of 0...
February 20, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218887/pathology-of-serially-sacrificed-female-b6c3f1-mice-chronically-exposed-to-very-low-dose-rate-gamma-rays
#10
I B Tanaka, J Komura, S Tanaka
We have previously reported on life span shortening as well as increased incidence rates in several neoplasms in B6C3F1 mice that were continuously exposed to 21 mGy/day of gamma rays for 400 days. To clarify whether the life shortening was due to early appearance of neoplasms (shortened latency) or increased promotion/progression, 8-week-old female specific-pathogen-free B6C3F1 mice were gamma-ray irradiated at a low dose rate of 20 mGy/day for 400 days. At 100 days postirradiation, 60-90 mice were sacrificed, and thereafter every 100 days alongside the age-matched nonirradiated controls, for 700 days...
February 20, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217652/is-there-any-correlation-between-magnetic-resonance-imaging-features-of-breast-lesions-of-birads-category-4-with-histopathologic-results
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Maryam Farghadani, Ghazale Jamalipoor Soofi, Amir Hossein Sarrami
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the correlation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of breast lesions of Breast Imaging Reporting and Database System (BI-RADS) category 4 with histopathologic results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a prospective study between December 2013 and April 2015, patients with suspicious mammographic and/or ultrasound findings referred for Breast MRI were evaluated. Patients with lesions of BI-RADS category 4 were enrolled with a written informed consent...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217447/aging-related-erectile-dysfunction-potential-mechanism-to-halt-or-delay-its-onset
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REVIEW
Monica G Ferrini, Nestor F Gonzalez-Cadavid, Jacob Rajfer
Erectile dysfunction (ED) will visit every man at some time in his life. The age at when that knock on the door is heard is totally dependent on one's genetics as well as other extrinsic factors. Unlike guests who come for a visit and then leave, once ED shows up it tends to hang around forever. To add insult to injury, the longer ED hangs around, the worse it will get. It is estimated that by the time a man is in his 40's, he has about a 40% chance of having some form of ED and this prevalence increases about 10% per decade thereafter...
February 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216193/frequency-of-concomitant-fibromyalgia-in-rheumatic-diseases-monocentric-study-of-691-patients
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Angelique Fan, Bruno Pereira, Anne Tournadre, Zuzana Tatar, Sandrine Malochet-Guinamand, Sylvain Mathieu, Marion Couderc, Martin Soubrier, Jean-Jacques Dubost
OBJECTIVE: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a confounding factor for diagnosing and assessing rheumatic disease activity. This study sought to assess the extent of this syndrome in rheumatism patients at a French rheumatology department. METHOD: This monocentric epidemiological study enrolled all patients consulting due to rheumatoid arthritis (RA), spondyloarthritis (SpA), or connective tissue disease (CTD). FM diagnosis was confirmed or excluded according to the rheumatologist opinion and the 1990 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria...
January 18, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216098/potential-influences-of-complement-factor-h-in-autoimmune-inflammatory-and-thrombotic-disorders
#14
Janez Ferluga, Lubna Kouser, Valarmathy Murugaiah, Robert B Sim, Uday Kishore
Complement system homeostasis is important for host self-protection and anti-microbial immune surveillance, and recent research indicates roles in tissue development and remodelling. Complement also appears to have several points of interaction with the blood coagulation system. Deficiency and altered function due to gene mutations and polymorphisms in complement effectors and regulators, including Factor H, have been associated with familial and sporadic autoimmune inflammatory - thrombotic disorders, in which autoantibodies play a part...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215619/the-effect-of-aging-on-the-three-dimensional-aspect-of-the-hand-a-pilot-study
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I A Hoevenaren, T S Wesselius, J W Meulstee, R D Vreeken, T J J Maal, D J O Ulrich
BACKGROUND: With the increasing popularity of rejuvenation treatments of the skin, there has been an increase in patient inquiry for rejuvenation of the hand. Thus far, no imaging tool exists to analyze the aging process of the hand. Three-dimensional (3D) stereophotogrammetry is a reliable technique, which is used for other purposes in soft tissue analysis of the upper extremity. This pilot study aimed to investigate the possibility of visualizing the hand aging process by 3D stereophotogrammetry...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212663/isolation-of-primary-microglia-from-the-human-post-mortem-brain-effects-of-ante-and-post-mortem-variables
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Mark R Mizee, Suzanne S M Miedema, Marlijn van der Poel, Adelia, Karianne G Schuurman, Miriam E van Strien, Jeroen Melief, Joost Smolders, Debbie A Hendrickx, Kirstin M Heutinck, Jörg Hamann, Inge Huitinga
Microglia are key players in the central nervous system in health and disease. Much pioneering research on microglia function has been carried out in vivo with the use of genetic animal models. However, to fully understand the role of microglia in neurological and psychiatric disorders, it is crucial to study primary human microglia from brain donors. We have developed a rapid procedure for the isolation of pure human microglia from autopsy tissue using density gradient centrifugation followed by CD11b-specific cell selection...
February 17, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211546/differential-effects-of-hormones-on-cellular-metabolism-in-keratoconus-in-vitro
#17
Tina B McKay, Jesper Hjortdal, Henrik Sejersen, Dimitrios Karamichos
Keratoconus (KC) is a corneal thinning disease with an onset commonly immediately post-puberty and stabilization by 40 to 50 years of age. The role of hormones in regulating corneal tissue structure in homeostatic and pathological conditions is unknown. Our group recently linked altered hormone levels to KC. Our current study sought to investigate and delineate the effects of exogenous hormones, such as androgen, luteotropin, and estrogen, on corneal stroma bioenergetics. We utilized our established 3D in vitro model to characterize the effects of DHEA, prolactin, 17β-estradiol on insulin-growth factor-1 and -2 (IGF-1, -2) signaling and metabolic function in primary corneal fibroblasts from healthy controls (HCFs) and KC patients (HKCs)...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211118/transcriptional-and-cell-cycle-alterations-mark-aging-of-primary-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells
#18
Xiaoyin Shan, Cleresa Roberts, Eun Ji Kim, Ariana Brenner, Gregory Grant, Ivona Percec
Adult stem cells play a critical role in the maintenance of tissue homeostasis and prevention of aging. While the regenerative potential of stem cells with low cellular turnover, such as adipose-derived stem cells (ASC), is increasingly recognized, the study of chronological aging in ASCs is technically difficult, and remains poorly understood. Here, we employ our model of chronological aging in primary human ASCs to examine genome-wide transcriptional networks. We demonstrate first that the transcriptome of aging ASCs is distinctly more stable than that of age-matched fibroblasts, and further, that age-dependent modifications in cell cycle progression and translation initiation specifically characterize aging ASCs in conjunction with increased nascent protein synthesis and a distinctly shortened G1 phase...
February 17, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211029/influence-of-segmental-body-composition-and-adiposity-hormones-on-resting-metabolic-rate-and-substrate-utilization-in-overweight-and-obese-adults
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K R Hirsch, A E Smith-Ryan, M N M Blue, M G Mock, E T Trexler
PURPOSE: Low resting metabolic rate (RMR) and high carbohydrate reliance at rest are associated with weight gain, but are highly variable in obese individuals. This study determined the relationship of total and segmental body composition and adiposity hormones with RMR and respiratory exchange ratio (RER) in overweight and obese adults. METHODS: In 49 men (n = 23) and premenopausal women (n = 26) [mean ± SD; age = 35.0 ± 8.9 years; body mass index (BMI) = 33...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210739/retinal-oxidative-stress-at-the-onset-of-diabetes-determined-by-synchrotron-ftir-widefield-imaging-towards-diabetes-pathogenesis
#20
Ebrahim Aboualizadeh, Mahsa Ranji, Christine M Sorenson, Reyhaneh Sepehr, Nader Sheibani, Carol J Hirschmugl
Diabetic retinopathy is a microvascular complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness. In the present study, we aimed to determine the nature of diabetes-induced, highly localized biochemical changes in the neuroretina at the onset of diabetes. High-resolution synchrotron Fourier transform infrared (s-FTIR) wide field microscopy coupled with multivariate analysis (PCA-LDA) was employed to identify biomarkers of diabetic retinopathy with spatial resolution at the cellular level. We compared the retinal tissue prepared from 6-week-old Ins2(Akita/+) heterozygous (Akita/+, N = 6; a model of diabetes) male mice with the wild-type (control, N = 6) mice...
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