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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719854/clinically-silent-alzheimer-s-and-vascular-pathologies-influence-brain-networks-supporting-executive-function-in-healthy-older-adults
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Brian T Gold, Christopher A Brown, Jonathan G Hakun, Leslie M Shaw, John Q Trojanowski, Charles D Smith
Aging is associated with declines in executive function. We examined how executive functional brain systems are influenced by clinically silent Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology and cerebral white-matter hyperintensities (WMHs). Twenty-nine younger adults and 34 cognitively normal older adults completed a working memory paradigm while functional magnetic resonance imaging was performed. Older adults further underwent lumbar cerebrospinal fluid draw for the assessment of AD pathology and FLAIR imaging for the assessment of WMHs...
June 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719787/in-vivo-performance-of-a-novel-anatomically-shaped-total-meniscal-prosthesis-made-of-polycarbonate-urethane-a-12-month-evaluation-in-goats
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Anne C T Vrancken, Gerjon Hannink, Wojciech Madej, Nico Verdonschot, Tony G van Tienen, Pieter Buma
BACKGROUND: Injury or loss of the meniscus generally leads to degenerative osteoarthritic changes in the knee joint. However, the treatment options for symptomatic patients with total meniscectomy are limited. Therefore, we developed a novel, anatomically shaped, total meniscal implant made of polycarbonate urethane. PURPOSE: To evaluate the in vivo performance of this novel total meniscal implant. The assessment particularly focused on the implant's response to long-term physiological loading in a goat model and its chondroprotective capacity in comparison to clinically relevant controls...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719666/effects-of-prey-pitcher-age-and-microbes-on-acid-phosphatase-activity-in-fluid-from-pitchers-of-sarracenia-purpurea-sarraceniaceae
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Carl S Luciano, Sandra J Newell
Carnivory in pitcher plants generally involves digestion of prey, by the plant itself, by symbionts, or both. While symbionts appear to be important in the digestion of prey in Sarracenia purpurea, the importance of pitcher-derived enzymes is less well documented. Our goal was to reduce microbial numbers in pitcher fluid in order to measure the acid phosphatase activity attributable to the pitchers themselves. Preliminary experiments indicated that various antibiotics were minimally effective at reducing microbial populations and that antibiotic-resistant microbes were easily cultured from pitcher fluid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719516/echocardiography-and-passive-leg-raising-in-the-postoperative-period-a-prospective-observational-study
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Yasser El Hadouti, Lucía Valencia, Angel Becerra, Aurelio Rodríguez-Pérez, Jean L Vincent
BACKGROUND: Signs of hypovolaemia are frequent in the postoperative period, but not all patients need or respond to fluid administration. An increase in cardiac output (CO) after passive leg raising (PLR) has been demonstrated to be useful as a volume response predictor in non-surgical, spontaneously breathing patients. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of transthoracic echocardiography after PLR to predict fluid responsiveness in post-surgical patients...
July 15, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719362/association-between-vancomycin-blood-brain-barrier-penetration-and-clinical-response-in-postsurgical-meningitis
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Qing Wang, Si Chen, Yan-Gang Zhou, Ping Xu, Yi-Ping Liu, Hua-Lin Cai, Hong Chen, Zheng Luo, Hoan Linh Banh
PURPOSE: This study investigated the association between vancomycin blood brain barrier penetration and clinical response in patients with postsurgical meningitis. METHODS: Adult patients with postsurgical meningitis were recruited. Eligible patients received vancomycin 500 mg every 6 h for at least 5 days. On day 3 or 4, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and simultaneous serum samples were obtained to determine CSF minimum concentrations (Cmin), serum Cmin and CSF to serum Cmin ratio...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719219/microsecond-structural-rheology
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Felix Lehmkühler, Ingo Steinke, Martin A Schroer, Birgit Fischer, Michael Sprung, Gerhard Grübel
The relationship between the local structure of complex liquids and their response to shear is generally not well understood. This concerns in particular the formation of particle strings in flow direction or hydroclusters, both important for the understanding of shear thinning and thickening phenomena. Here, we present results of a microfocus X-ray scattering experiment on spherical silica colloids in a liquid jet at high shear rates. Along and across the jet we observe direction-dependent modifications of the structure factor of the suspension suggesting the formation of differently ordered clusters in stream and compression lines...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718891/mk-reduces-inhaled-chlorine-triggered-ahr-and-airway-inflammation-in-the-mouse
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Yoichiro Hamamoto, Satoshi Ano, Benoit Allard, Michael O'Sullivan, Toby K McGovern, James G Martin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cysteinyl leukotrienes (CysLTs) are pro-inflammatory lipid mediators that exacerbate disease state in several asthma phenotypes including asthma induced by allergen, virus and exercise. However, the role of CysLTs in irritant-induced airway disease is not well characterized. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of montelukast (MK), a CysLT1R antagonist, on parameters of irritant-induced asthma (IIA) induced by inhalation of chlorine (Cl2 ) in the mouse...
July 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718516/control-of-the-fluid-viscosity-in-a-mock-circulation
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Stefan Boës, Gregor Ochsner, Raffael Amacher, Anastasios Petrou, Mirko Meboldt, Marianne Schmid Daners
A mock circulation allows the in vitro investigation, development, and testing of ventricular assist devices. An aqueous-glycerol solution is commonly used to mimic the viscosity of blood. Due to evaporation and temperature changes, the viscosity of the solution drifts from its initial value and therefore, deviates substantially from the targeted viscosity of blood. Additionally, the solution needs to be exchanged to account for changing viscosities when mimicking different hematocrits. This article presents a method to control the viscosity in a mock circulation...
July 17, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717843/septic-arthritis-associated-with-systemic-sepsis
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Sung-Weon Jung, Dong-Hee Kim, Sung-Jin Shin, Byoung-Youl Kang, Yil-Ju Eho, Seong-Wook Yang
PURPOSE: Septic arthritis presents with good joint function, but sometimes leads to poor outcomes. Concurrent systemic sepsis has been regarded as the poor outcome, and the exact cause remains unclear. This paper was performed to identify factors associated with concurrent systemic sepsis and to research results to predict poor outcomes in patients with septic arthritis. METHODS: Laboratory and medical data were reviewed for 137 adults with acute septic arthritis who underwent open or arthroscopic surgical debridement at our institution between January 2005 and December 2014...
July 17, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717136/association-of-plasma-and-urinary-mutant-dna-with-clinical-outcomes-in-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
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K M Patel, K E van der Vos, C G Smith, F Mouliere, D Tsui, J Morris, D Chandrananda, F Marass, D van den Broek, D E Neal, V J Gnanapragasam, T Forshew, B W van Rhijn, C E Massie, N Rosenfeld, M S van der Heijden
Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (MIBC) has a poor prognosis. Whilst patients can achieve a 6% improvement in overall survival with Neo-Adjuvant Chemotherapy (NAC), many do not respond. Body fluid mutant DNA (mutDNA) may allow non-invasive identification of treatment failure. We collected 248 liquid biopsy samples including plasma, cell pellet (UCP) and supernatant (USN) from spun urine, from 17 patients undergoing NAC. We assessed single nucleotide variants and copy number alterations in mutDNA using Tagged-Amplicon- and shallow Whole Genome- Sequencing...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717053/pure-autonomic-failure
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Thomas P Brown
Pure autonomic failure is a degenerative disorder of the peripheral autonomic nervous system. Patients experience symptomatic hypotension that requires them to sit, squat or lie down to prevent syncope. It is associated with characteristic histopathological findings, resulting in neuronal cytoplasmic inclusions in the peripheral autonomic nerves. These lesions are responsible for defects in the synthesis and release of norepinephrine from sympathetic nerve terminals, resulting in significant hypotension. Patients with autonomic failure also have exaggerated blood pressure responses to common stimuli such as food or fluid intake, heat, exercise and medications...
July 17, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716465/fibroblast-like-synoviocyte-mechanosensitivity-to-fluid-shear-is-modulated-by-interleukin-1%C3%AE
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Eben G Estell, Lance A Murphy, Amy M Silverstein, Andrea R Tan, Roshan P Shah, Gerard A Ateshian, Clark T Hung
Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) reside in the synovial membrane of diarthrodial joints and are exposed to a dynamic fluid environment that presents both physical and chemical stimuli. The ability of FLS to sense and respond to these stimuli plays a key role in their normal function, and is implicated in the alterations to function that occur in osteoarthritis (OA). The present work characterizes the response of FLS to fluid flow-induced shear stress via real-time calcium imaging, and tests the hypothesis that this response is modulated by interleukin-1α (IL-1α), a cytokine elevated in OA...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716119/stat1-dependent-and-independent-pulmonary-allergic-and-fibrogenic-responses-in-mice-after-exposure-to-tangled-versus-rod-like-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes
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Katherine S Duke, Alexia J Taylor-Just, Mark D Ihrie, Kelly A Shipkowski, Elizabeth A Thompson, Erinn C Dandley, Gregory N Parsons, James C Bonner
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary toxicity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) is influenced by physicochemical characteristics and genetic susceptibility. We hypothesized that contrasting rigidities of tangled (t) versus rod-like (r) MWCNTs would result in differing immunologic or fibrogenic responses in mice and that these responses would be exaggerated in transgenic mice lacking the signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (STAT1), a susceptible mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis...
July 17, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715477/the-rhlr-quorum-sensing-receptor-controls-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pathogenesis-and-biofilm-development-independently-of-its-canonical-homoserine-lactone-autoinducer
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Sampriti Mukherjee, Dina Moustafa, Chari D Smith, Joanna B Goldberg, Bonnie L Bassler
Quorum sensing (QS) is a bacterial cell-to-cell communication process that relies on the production, release, and response to extracellular signaling molecules called autoinducers. QS controls virulence and biofilm formation in the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. P. aeruginosa possesses two canonical LuxI/R-type QS systems, LasI/R and RhlI/R, which produce and detect 3OC12-homoserine lactone and C4-homoserine lactone, respectively. Here, we use biofilm analyses, reporter assays, RNA-seq studies, and animal infection assays to show that RhlR directs both RhlI-dependent and RhlI-independent regulons...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714751/antidepressant-efficacy-of-electroconvulsive-therapy-is-associated-with-a-reduction-of-the-innate-cellular-immune-activity-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-patients-with-depression
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Laura Kranaster, Carolin Hoyer, Suna S Aksay, J Malte Bumb, Norbert Müller, Peter Zill, Markus J Schwarz, Alexander Sartorius
OBJECTIVES: A bidirectional link between the antidepressant effects of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the modulation of the immune system has been proposed. To elucidate the interplay between antidepressant treatment and macrophage/microglia activation in humans, we performed a study on the effects of the antidepressant treatment by ECT on markers of macrophage/microglia activation in patients with depression. METHODS: We measured six different markers (IL-6, neopterin, sCD14, sCD163 MIF and MCP1) of macrophage/microglia activation in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood of 12 patients with a severe, treatment-resistant depressive episode before and after a course of ECT...
July 17, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714397/prognostic-value-of-copeptin-in-chronic-kidney-disease-from-general-population-to-end-stage-renal-disease
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Edyta Golembiewska, Anna Machowska, Peter Stenvinkel, Bengt Lindholm
Arginine vasopressin (AVP), also known as antidiuretic hormone (ADH), is released in response to osmotic and non-osmotic stimuli and plays a key role in many physiologic and pathologic processes. The main function of AVP is the control of fluid homeostasis by inducing water conservation by the kidney, but it also stimulates arteriolar vasoconstriction and the release of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). These actions are mediated by different AVP receptors located on various target cells. Produced in hypothalamus from a larger precursor, pre-proAVP, AVP is produced in equimolar amounts to copeptin, a glycopeptide with yet unknown biologic function...
July 14, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714258/renal-neuroendocrine-control-of-desiccation-and-cold-tolerance-by-drosophila-suzukii
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Selim Terhzaz, Lucy Alford, Joseph G C Yeoh, Richard Marley, Anthony J Dornan, Julian A T Dow, Shireen A Davies
BACKGROUND: Neuropeptides are central to the regulation of physiological, and behavioural processes in insects, directly impacting cold and desiccation survival. However, little is known about the control mechanisms governing these responses in D. suzukii. The close phylogenetic relationship of D. suzukii with D. melanogaster allows, through genomic and functional studies, an insight into the mechanisms directing stress tolerance in D. suzukii. RESULTS: Capa, Leucokinin, DH44 and DH31 neuropeptides demonstrate a high level of conservation between D...
July 17, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714073/sex-differences-in-angii-stimulated-fluid-intake
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Jessica Santollo
Sex has a clear effect on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. While sex differences in the pressor response to angiotensin II (AngII) are well established, understanding sex differences in the fluid intake response to AngII are clouded by conflicting reports. Here we suggest that accounting for differences in body weights contribute to the discrepancies in the literature. Our recent findings demonstrate that body weight influences AngII-stimulated water intake under certain conditions in males, but not females...
July 17, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714016/elastin%C3%A2-derived-peptides-are-involved-in-the-processes-of-human-temporomandibular-disorder-by-inducing-inflammatory-responses-in-synovial-cells
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Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Rei Jokaji, Mayuko Miyazawa-Hira, Shigeyuki Takatsuka, Akira Tanaka, Kazuhiro Ooi, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Shuichi Kawashiri
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a collection of clinical symptoms that involve masticatory muscles and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Common symptoms include limited jaw motion and joint sound/pain, along with TMJ disc displacement. TMD is frequently associated with synovitis, a chronic inflammation of the synovium. Fibroblast‑like synovial cells have been identified to produce several inflammatory mediators and may have an important role in the progression of TMJ inflammation. Degradation of the extracellular matrix molecule elastin may lead to the release of bioactive peptides...
July 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713530/are-cerebrospinal-fluid-protein-levels-and-plasma-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-associated-with-prognosis-of-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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Sevki Sahin, Nilgun Cinar, Sibel Karsidag
Guillain Barré syndrome (GBS) is a post-infectious acute autoimmune polyradiculopathy. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) total protein level and plasma neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) are related with autoimmune response. We aimed to reach a prognostic indicator for GBS by using electrophysiological findings, protein level of CSF, and plasma NLR based on Medical Research Council (MRC) sum score data. Cases who met diagnostic criteria of GBS and followed at least six months were enrolled in the study. Nerve conduction study (NCS) and lumbar puncture were performed one week after symptom onset...
June 23, 2017: Neurology International
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