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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434066/toxicity-and-genotoxicity-of-three-antimicrobials-commonly-used-in-veterinary-medicine
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Anahí Magdaleno, Sofía Carusso, Juan Moretton
The toxicity of chlortetracycline (CTC), oxytetracycline (OTC) and enrofloxacin (ENF) was tested on two green algal species: the international standard Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and the native Argentine species Ankistrodesmus fusiformis. All three antibiotics inhibited the algal growth. The most sensitive species was P. subcapitata, for which the EC50 for CTC, OTC and ENF were 1.19 ± 0.53, 0.92 ± 0.30 and 5.18 ± 3.80 mg L(-1), respectively. The EC50 for A. fusiformis, were 3.23 ± 0...
April 22, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432949/dominance-of-candidate-saccharibacteria-in-a-membrane-bioreactor-treating-medium-age-landfill-leachate-effects-of-organic-load-on-microbial-communities-hydrolytic-potential-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances
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Nikolaos Remmas, Paraschos Melidis, Ioanna Zerva, Jon Bent Kristoffersen, Sofia Nikolaki, George Tsiamis, Spyridon Ntougias
A membrane bioreactor (MBR), accomplishing high nitrogen removal efficiencies, was evaluated under various landfill leachate concentrations (50, 75 and 100% v/v). Proteinous and carbohydrate extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and soluble microbial product (SMP) were strongly correlated (p<0.01) with organic load, salinity and NH4(+)-N. Exceptionally high β-glucosidase activities (6700-10,100Ug(-1)) were determined during MBR operation with 50% v/v leachate, as a result of the low organic carbon availability that extendedly induced β-glucosidases to breakdown the least biodegradable organic fraction...
April 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431276/enzymatic-activity-gene-expression-and-posttranslational-modifications-of-photosynthetic-and-non-photosynthetic-phosphoenolpyruvate-carboxylase-in-ammonium-stressed-sorghum-plants
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Cirenia Arias-Baldrich, Clara de la Osa, Nadja Bosch, Isabel Ruiz-Ballesta, José A Monreal, Sofía García-Mauriño
Sorghum plants grown with 5mM (NH4)2SO4 showed symptoms of stress, such as reduced growth and photosynthesis, leaf chlorosis, and reddish roots. Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) activity, by supplying carbon skeletons for ammonium assimilation, plays a pivotal role in tolerance to ammonium stress. This work investigated the effect of ammonium nutrition on PPC and PPCK gene expression, on PEPC activity, and on post-translational modifications (PTMs) of PEPC in leaves and roots of sorghum plants. Ammonium increased PEPC kinase (PEPCk) activity and the phosphorylation state of PEPC in leaves, both in light and in the dark, due to increased PPCK1 expression in leaves...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431106/ultrasound-cut-off-values-for-intima-media-thickness-of-temporal-facial-and-axillary-arteries-in-giant-cell-arteritis
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Valentin S Schäfer, Aaron Juche, Sofia Ramiro, Andreas Krause, Wolfgang A Schmidt
Objective.: To evaluate the intima-media thickness (IMT) of arteries involved in GCA for determining cut-off values. Methods.: Forty newly diagnosed GCA patients in a fast-track GCA clinic and 40 age- and sex-matched controls were included. IMT measurement was performed at or within 24 h after diagnosis. The common superficial temporal arteries with their frontal and parietal branches and the facial arteries were bilaterally examined with a 10-22 MHz probe and the axillary artery with a 6-18 MHz probe...
April 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431023/safety-and-efficacy-of-the-sofia-6f-plus-distal-access-reperfusion-catheter-in-the-endovascular-treatment-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Hussain Shallwani, Hakeem J Shakir, Leonardo Rangel-Castilla, Jason M Davies, Ashish Sonig, Mithun G Sattur, Bernard R Bendok, Kenneth V Snyder, Adnan H Siddiqui, Elad I Levy
BACKGROUND: Neuroendovascular intervention has become a key treatment option for acute ischemic stroke. The Sofia (6F) PLUS catheter was designed for neurovascular access for diagnostic or therapeutic interventions. OBJECTIVE: To report the first series describing use of the Sofia PLUS intermediate/distal access reperfusion catheter in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 41 stroke cases were identified in which the catheter was utilized for thrombolysis/thrombectomy...
April 19, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429761/a-specific-nanobody-prevents-amyloidogenesis-of-d76n-%C3%AE-2-microglobulin-in-vitro-and-modifies-its-tissue-distribution-in-vivo
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Sara Raimondi, Riccardo Porcari, P Patrizia Mangione, Guglielmo Verona, Julien Marcoux, Sofia Giorgetti, Graham W Taylor, Stephan Ellmerich, Maurizio Ballico, Stefano Zanini, Els Pardon, Raya Al-Shawi, J Paul Simons, Alessandra Corazza, Federico Fogolari, Manuela Leri, Massimo Stefani, Monica Bucciantini, Julian D Gillmore, Philip N Hawkins, Maurizia Valli, Monica Stoppini, Carol V Robinson, Jan Steyaert, Gennaro Esposito, Vittorio Bellotti
Systemic amyloidosis is caused by misfolding and aggregation of globular proteins in vivo for which effective treatments are urgently needed. Inhibition of protein self-aggregation represents an attractive therapeutic strategy. Studies on the amyloidogenic variant of β2-microglobulin, D76N, causing hereditary systemic amyloidosis, have become particularly relevant since fibrils are formed in vitro in physiologically relevant conditions. Here we compare the potency of two previously described inhibitors of wild type β2-microglobulin fibrillogenesis, doxycycline and single domain antibodies (nanobodies)...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429207/organizational-and-welfare-mode-of-breast-centers-network-a-survey-of-sicilian-radiologists
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Maria Adele Marino, Orazio Pennisi, Annalisa Donia, Carmelo Sofia, Claudio Guerra, Carmelo Privitera, Placido Romeo
The European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists has created quality indicators for breast units to establish the minimum standards of care for patients. In Italy, each region differs, indeed, in terms of health care and services warranted to patients suffering from breast cancer. Since Sicilian Regional Administration today is still disregarding implementation of the provisions contained in the proposal of the Ministry of Health entitled "Guidelines on Organizational and Health Care Methods of Breast Centers Network" in November 2015 the Sicilian Regional Group of the Italian Society of Radiology (SIRM) decided to carry out a survey to see the position of the Sicilian Healthcare System and define the gap to bridge over...
April 20, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428969/targeted-lung-cancer-treatments-and-eye-metastasis
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Paul Zarogoulidis, Sofia Baka, Sofia Labaki, George Lazaridis, Georgia Trakada
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death due to cancer. We do not have effective tools for the early detection of lung cancer, so patients are usually diagnosed at an advanced stage. However, novel therapies based on molecular pathways (such as those involving the epidermal growth factor receptor, anaplastic lymphoma kinase, serine/threonine-protein kinase B-Raf, proto-oncogene tyrosine-protein kinase ROS, c-Met proto-oncogene protein, and RET proto-oncogene protein) are now commonly used in the treatment of lung cancer...
2017: Medical Hypothesis, Discovery and Innovation in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428305/draft-genome-sequence-of-the-plasmid-free-lactococcus-lactis-subsp-lactis-strain-lmg-19460
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Inês N Silva, Sofia Duarte, Leonilde M Moreira, Gabriel A Monteiro
We report here the draft genome sequence of the plasmid-free Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis strain LMG 19460. This strain has potential application for a cost-effective production of food-grade plasmid DNA to use in DNA vaccines, produce recombinant proteins, and be used as a mucosal delivery vehicle of therapeutic molecules.
April 20, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428203/tslp-activated-dendritic-cells-induce-human-t-follicular-helper-cell-differentiation-through-ox40-ligand
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Lucia Pattarini, Coline Trichot, Sofia Bogiatzi, Maximilien Grandclaudon, Stephan Meller, Zela Keuylian, Melanie Durand, Elisabetta Volpe, Stefania Madonna, Andrea Cavani, Andrea Chiricozzi, Marco Romanelli, Toshiyuki Hori, Alain Hovnanian, Bernhard Homey, Vassili Soumelis
T follicular helper cells (Tfh) are important regulators of humoral responses. Human Tfh polarization pathways have been thus far associated with Th1 and Th17 polarization pathways. How human Tfh cells differentiate in Th2-skewed environments is unknown. We show that thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP)-activated dendritic cells (DCs) promote human Tfh differentiation from naive CD4 T cells. We identified a novel population, distinct from Th2 cells, expressing IL-21 and TNF, suggestive of inflammatory cells...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427916/-actinic-keratosis-new-concept-and-therapeutic-update
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Rafael Carmena-Ramón, Almudena Mateu-Puchades, Sergio Santos-Alarcón, Sofía Lucas-Truyols
Actinic keratosis (AK) is a common reason for consultation in both Primary Care and Specialised Care. It is the third or fourth most common reason for consultation in dermatology, accounting for up to 5-6% of patients attended. It has also been observed that its prevalence has been increasing in the last 10years, compared to other dermatoses. This is also expected to continue to increase due to longer life expectancy, and by the changes in sun exposure habits since the middle of the last century. The aim of this article is to update the concepts of AK, cancerisation field and to present the currently available therapeutic tools...
April 17, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424494/predictable-phenotypic-but-not-karyotypic-evolution-of-populations-with-contrasting-initial-history
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Pedro Simões, Inês Fragata, Sofia G Seabra, Gonçalo S Faria, Marta A Santos, Michael R Rose, Mauro Santos, Margarida Matos
The relative impact of selection, chance and history will determine the predictability of evolution. There is a lack of empirical research on this subject, particularly in sexual organisms. Here we use experimental evolution to test the predictability of evolution. We analyse the real-time evolution of Drosophila subobscura populations derived from contrasting European latitudes placed in a novel laboratory environment. Each natural population was sampled twice within a three-year interval. We study evolutionary responses at both phenotypic (life-history, morphological and physiological traits) and karyotypic levels for around 30 generations of laboratory culture...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423373/distribution-of-interstitial-telomeric-sequences-in-primates-and-the-pygmy-tree-shrew-scandentia
#13
Sofia Mazzoleni, Odessa Schillaci, Luca Sineo, Francesca Dumas
It has been hypothesized that interstitial telomeric sequences (ITSs), i.e., repeated telomeric DNA sequences found at intrachromosomal sites in many vertebrates, could be correlated to chromosomal rearrangements and plasticity. To test this hypothesis, we hybridized a telomeric PNA probe through FISH on representative species of 2 primate infraorders, Strepsirrhini (Lemur catta, Otolemur garnettii, Nycticebus coucang) and Catarrhini (Erythrocebus patas, Cercopithecus petaurista, Chlorocebus aethiops, Colobus guereza), as well as on 1 species of the order Scandentia, Tupaia minor, used as an outgroup for primates in phylogenetic reconstructions...
April 20, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421616/the-validity-of-the-montgomery-asberg-depression-rating-scale-in-an-inpatient-sample-with-alcohol-dependence
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Breanne Hobden, Melanie L Schwandt, Mariko Carey, Mary R Lee, Mehdi Farokhnia, Sofia Bouhlal, Christopher Oldmeadow, Lorenzo Leggio
BACKGROUND: The Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) is commonly used to examine depressive symptoms in clinical settings, including facilities treating patients for alcohol addiction. No studies have examined the validity of the MADRS compared to an established clinical diagnostic tool of depression in this population. This study aimed to examine: 1) the validity of the MADRS compared to a clinical diagnosis of a depressive disorder (using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID)) in patients seeking treatment for alcohol dependence (AD); 2) whether the validity of the MADRS differs by type of SCID-based diagnosis of depression; and 3) which items contribute to the optimal predictive model of the MADRS compared to a SCID diagnosis of a depressive disorder...
April 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419281/expression-of-the-plasmodium-falciparum-clonally-variant-clag3-genes-in-human-infections
#15
Sofía Mira-Martínez, Evi van Schuppen, Alfred Amambua-Ngwa, Emmanuel Bottieau, Muna Affara, Marjan Van Esbroeck, Erika Vlieghe, Pieter Guetens, Núria Rovira-Graells, Gloria P Gómez-Pérez, Pedro L Alonso, Umberto D'Alessandro, Anna Rosanas-Urgell, Alfred Cortés
Background.: Many genes of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum show clonally variant expression regulated at the epigenetic level. These genes participate in fundamental host-parasite interactions and contribute to adaptive processes. However, little is known about their expression patterns during human infections. A peculiar case of clonally variant genes are the 2 nearly identical clag3 genes, clag3.1 and clag3.2, which mediate nutrient uptake and are linked to resistance to some toxic compounds...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418993/solid-papillary-breast-carcinomas-resembling-the-tall-cell-variant-of-papillary-thyroid-neoplasms-a-unique-invasive-tumor-with-indolent-behavior
#16
Maria P Foschini, Sofia Asioli, Susan Foreid, Gabor Cserni, Ian O Ellis, Vincenzo Eusebi, Juan Rosai
Thirteen cases of invasive solid papillary breast carcinomas resembling the tall cell variant of papillary thyroid neoplasms (BPTC) are reported here. Some cases had long-term follow-up. BPTC is a special type of primary breast neoplasm showing a triple-negative profile but low aggressive potential. Knowledge on BPTC is still scanty; therefore, the aim of the present paper was to report on the features of an additional 13 cases. All the patients were female individuals, and the mean age at presentation was 62...
April 17, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417679/synergy-or-interference-of-a-h9n2-avian-influenza-virus-with-a-velogenic-newcastle-disease-virus-in-chickens-are-dose-dependent
#17
Francesco Bonfante, Giovanni Cattoli, Sofia Leardini, Angela Salomoni, Eva Mazzetto, Irit Davidson, Ruth Haddas, Calogero Terregino
Field observations indicate that the impact of velogenic Newcastle disease virus (vNDV) is more severe in countries with concomitant circulation of LPAI virus, as is the case in the Middle East, in particular in Israel, where H9N2 and NDV are endemic. In our study, we evaluated how the exposure of chickens to a H9N2 challenge either favors or interferes with a subsequent vNDV infection and its transmission to sentinels. For this purpose, single vNDV and sequential H9/NDV challenges were performed with increasing doses of vNDV (10(1)-10(6) EID50)...
April 18, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417065/progressive-dyspnea-due-to-pulmonary-carcinoid-tumorlets
#18
Anastasios Kallianos, Lemonia Velentza, Paul Zarogoulidis, Sofia Baka, Christoforos Kosmidis, Sofia Labaki, George Lazaridis, Haidong Huang, Wolfgang Hohenforst-Schmidt, Georgia Trakada
This is a case description of a female patient, 77 years-old, who presented with progressive dyspnea and cough. She had a mild hypoxemia in the arterial blood gases (PaO2 72 mmHg) and normal spirometry. The chest computer tomography revealed diffuse "ground glass" opacities, segmental alveolitis, bronchiectasis, fibrotic lesions and numerous micronodules. A thoracoscopy was performed and the obtained biopsy showed carcinoid tumorlets, with positive CK8/18, CD56, TTF-1 and synaptophysin immunohistochemical markers...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415433/multifunctional-nanospheres-for-co-delivery-of-methotrexate-and-mild-hyperthermia-to-colon-cancer-cells
#19
Sofia A Costa Lima, André Gaspar, Salette Reis, Luísa Durães
A multifunctional nanomedicine platform was designed and evaluated for efficient colon cancer therapy by a combinatorial therapeutic approach based on a chemotherapeutic drug and mild hyperthermia. Advantage was taken from the dual role of methotrexate (MTX), as folate receptor-targeting, overexpressed in tumor cells, and as anticancer drug. Incorporation of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) allows to heat cancer cells externally through an alternating magnetic field. The developed nanocarrier was based on polyethylene glycol-polylactic acid (PEG-PLA) nanospheres to improve biocompatibility, enhancing their targeting by prolonging blood circulation time...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414735/the-coexistence-of-traditional-medicine-and-biomedicine-a-study-with-local-health-experts-in-two-brazilian-regions
#20
Sofia Zank, Natalia Hanazaki
This study investigated the combined use of traditional medicine and biomedicine by local experts in Chapada do Araripe communities (Ceará State) and maroon communities (Santa Catarina State), Brazil. The objective was to understand the perception of local health specialists regarding the number of healers, demand for healers and use of medicinal plants, and the dependence of different environments to obtain such plants. We also aimed to understand the role of medicinal plants to treat different categories of diseases and if there is a complementary use of medicinal plants and allopathic biomedicine, according to the context of each group...
2017: PloS One
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