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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102095/significance-of-the-ionized-calcium-measurement-to-assess-calcium-status-in-osteopenic-osteoporosis-postmenopausal-outpatients
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Letizia Guiducci, Silvia Maffei, Laura Sabatino, Luc Zyw, Debora Battaglia, Alessandro Vannucci, Pietro Di Cecco, Cristina Vassalle
INTRODUCTION: Evaluation of calcium status is important in the osteoporotic risk assessment. Although guidelines indicate total calcium (tCa) as first-line measurement, directly measured ionized calcium (m-iCa), considered as the gold standard, is more and more often required. Aim of this study is to evaluate the agreement between m-iCa, tCa and iCa calculated from a formula based on total calcium and albumin (c-iCa) in osteopenic/osteoporotic postmenopausal outpatients. METHODS: A total of 140 postmenopausal outpatients, 41 osteopenic (OPN) and 99 osteoporotic (OP) were enrolled...
January 19, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100685/heat-stress-induces-ferroptosis-like-cell-death-in-plants
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Ayelén Mariana Distéfano, María Victoria Martin, Juan Pablo Córdoba, Andrés Martín Bellido, Sebastián D'Ippólito, Silvana Lorena Colman, Débora Soto, Juan Alfredo Roldán, Carlos Guillermo Bartoli, Eduardo Julián Zabaleta, Diego Fernando Fiol, Brent R Stockwell, Scott J Dixon, Gabriela Carolina Pagnussat
In plants, regulated cell death (RCD) plays critical roles during development and is essential for plant-specific responses to abiotic and biotic stresses. Ferroptosis is an iron-dependent, oxidative, nonapoptotic form of cell death recently described in animal cells. In animal cells, this process can be triggered by depletion of glutathione (GSH) and accumulation of lipid reactive oxygen species (ROS). We investigated whether a similar process could be relevant to cell death in plants. Remarkably, heat shock (HS)-induced RCD, but not reproductive or vascular development, was found to involve a ferroptosis-like cell death process...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099714/zika-virus-infection-in-brazil-and-human-rights-obligations
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Debora Diniz, Sinara Gumieri, Beatriz Galli Bevilacqua, Rebecca J Cook, Bernard M Dickens
The February 2016 WHO declaration that congenital Zika virus syndrome constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern reacted to the outbreak of the syndrome in Brazil. Public health emergencies can justify a spectrum of human rights responses, but in Brazil, the emergency exposed prevailing inequities in the national healthcare system. The government's urging to contain the syndrome, which is associated with microcephaly among newborns, is confounded by lack of reproductive health services. Women with low incomes in particular have little access to such health services...
January 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099610/dermatophytosis-caused-by-microsporum-gypseum-in-infants-report-of-four-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
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Beatriz da Silva Souza, Débora Sarzi Sartori, Carin de Andrade, Edna Weisheimer, Ana Elisa Kiszewski
Dermatophytosis caused by Microsporum gypseum is rare, especially in infants, with few published cases. Diagnosis in this age group is frequently delayed. We review the literature and report 4 new cases of tinea of glabrous skin caused by M. gypseum mimicking eczema in infants. Considering new and previously reported cases, half of patients were exposed to sand, emphasizing the importance of this transmission vehicle in this age group. In conclusion, although rare, dermatophytosis by M. gypseum should be part of the differential diagnosis of inflammatory dermatosis in infants...
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099576/bpi-fold-bpif-containing-plunc-protein-expression-in-human-fetal-major-and-minor-salivary-glands
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Daniel Berretta Moreira Alves, Lynne Bingle, Colin David Bingle, Silvia Vanessa Lourenço, Andréia Aparecida Silva, Débora Lima Pereira, Pablo Agustin Vargas
The aim of this study was to determine expression, not previously described, of PLUNC (palate, lung, and nasal epithelium clone) (BPI-fold containing) proteins in major and minor salivary glands from very early fetal tissue to the end of the second trimester and thus gain further insight into the function of these proteins. Early fetal heads, and major and minor salivary glands were collected retrospectively and glands were classified according to morphodifferentiation stage. Expression of BPI-fold containing proteins was localized through immunohistochemistry...
January 16, 2017: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099036/another-generation-of-stigma-assessing-healthcare-student-perceptions-of-hiv-positive-patients-in-mwanza-tanzania
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Sahil Aggarwal, Debora H Lee, William B Minteer, Reece T H Fenning, Shella K Raja, Megan E Bernstein, Kaavya R Raman, Sean P Denny, Priya A Patel, Mark Lieber, Allison O Farfel, Catherine A Diamond
HIV-related stigma remains a persistent global health concern among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA) in developing nations. The literature is lacking in studies about healthcare students' perceptions of PLWA. This study is the first effort to understand stigmatizing attitudes toward HIV-positive patients by healthcare students in Mwanza, Tanzania, not just those who will be directly treating patients but also those who will be indirectly involved through nonclinical roles, such as handling patient specimens and private health information...
January 18, 2017: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098943/a-survey-of-the-peptide-profile-in-prato-cheese-as-measured-by-maldi-ms-and-capillary-electrophoresis
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Débora Parra Baptista, Francisca Diana da Silva Araújo, Marcos Nogueira Eberlin, Mirna Lúcia Gigante
In this study, we describe the characterization of the peptide profile in commercial Prato cheese by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and capillary electrophoresis (CE). Ten commercial Prato cheese brands were characterized via their physicochemical composition and subjected to fractionation according to solubility at pH 4.6. The pH 4.6 insoluble fraction was evaluated by CE, whereas MALDI-MS was applied to the fraction soluble at pH 4.6 and in 70% ethanol. CE revealed a characteristic pattern of hydrolysis, with formation of para-κ-casein, hydrolysis of αs1 -casein at the Phe23 - Phe24 bond, and hydrolysis of β-casein...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098395/first-uhplc-ms-ms-method-coupled-with-automated-on-line-spe-for-quantification-both-of-tacrolimus-and-everolimus-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-and-its-application-on-samples-from-co-treated-pediatric-patients
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Debora Pensi, Amedeo De Nicolò, Michele Pinon, Clarissa Pisciotta, Pier Luigi Calvo, Antonello Nonnato, Renato Romagnoli, Francesco Tandoi, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Tacrolimus (TAC, FK-506) and everolimus (EVE, RAD001) are immunosuppressors used to treat pediatric patients undergoing liver transplantation. Their hematic TDM by liquid chromatography became standard practice. However, it does not always reflect concentrations at their active site. Our aim was to develop and validate a new method for the simultaneous TAC and EVE quantification into target cells: Peripheral-Blood-Mononuclear-Cells (PBMCs). PBMCs were collected using Cell-Preparation-Tubes; cells number and MCV were evaluated by an automatic cell counter...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095942/association-of-neighbourhood-food-availability-with-the-consumption-of-processed-and-ultra-processed-food-products-by-children-in-a-city-of-brazil-a-multilevel-analysis
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Fernanda Helena Marrocos Leite, Elena de Carvalho Cremm, Débora Silva Costa de Abreu, Maria Aparecida de Oliveira, Nadine Budd, Paula Andrea Martins
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between neighbourhood food availability and the consumption of ready-to-consume products (RCP), either processed or ultra-processed, and unprocessed/minimally processed foods (UF-MPF) by children. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. 24 h Dietary recalls were collected from children from January 2010 to June 2011. Neighbourhood food availability data were collected from 672 food stores located within 500 m of participants' homes, using an adapted and validated instrument...
January 18, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092765/cytotoxic-genotoxic-and-mutagenic-evaluation-of-surface-waters-from-a-coal-exploration-region
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Cynthia Silva Porta, Débora Lemes Dos Santos, Hélio Vieira Bernardes, Bruno Corrêa Bellagamba, Anaí Duarte, Johnny Ferraz Dias, Fernanda Rabaioli da Silva, Mauricio Lehmann, Juliana da Silva, Rafael Rodrigues Dihl
Coal mining generates a considerable amount of waste, which is disposed of in piles or dams near mining sites. As a result, leachates may reach rivers and streams, promoting the wide dispersion of contaminants in solution and as particulate matter. The present study evaluated the cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic action of surface waters collected around a thermoelectric power plant and the largest mining area in Brazil (Candiota). Four sites in Candiota stream were selected, and samples were collected in winter and summer...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092658/mutation-effects-predicted-from-sequence-co-variation
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Thomas A Hopf, John B Ingraham, Frank J Poelwijk, Charlotta P I Schärfe, Michael Springer, Chris Sander, Debora S Marks
Many high-throughput experimental technologies have been developed to assess the effects of large numbers of mutations (variation) on phenotypes. However, designing functional assays for these methods is challenging, and systematic testing of all combinations is impossible, so robust methods to predict the effects of genetic variation are needed. Most prediction methods exploit evolutionary sequence conservation but do not consider the interdependencies of residues or bases. We present EVmutation, an unsupervised statistical method for predicting the effects of mutations that explicitly captures residue dependencies between positions...
January 16, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091856/daily-rhythmicity-of-the-thermoregulatory-responses-of-locally-adapted-brazilian-sheep-in-a-semiarid-environment
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Wilma Emanuela da Silva, Jacinara Hody Gurgel Morais Leite, José Ernandes Rufino de Sousa, Wirton Peixoto Costa, Wallace Sostene Tavares da Silva, Magda Maria Guilhermino, Luis Alberto Bermejo Asensio, Débora Andréa Evangelista Façanha
The goal of this study was to evaluate the daily rhythmicity of the thermoregulatory responses of Morada Nova ewes that were raised in a semiarid environment. The experiment was conducted during the dry season. Data were collected from 5:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.. Samples were taken over the course of 8 days, with a 1-week interval between sampling periods. During each day that the data were collected, animals were measured once an hour for 24 h in an area directly exposed to solar radiation. The environment was characterized by measuring the following variables: air temperature (TA), relative humidity (RH), Black Globe Humidity Index (BGHI), radiant heat load (RHL), and wind speed (WS)...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089880/a-combined-approach-for-enhancing-the-stability-of-recombinant-cis-dihydrodiol-naphthalene-dehydrogenase-from-pseudomonas-putida-g7-allowed-for-the-structural-and-kinetic-characterization-of-the-enzyme
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Débora Maria Abrantes Costa, Mariana Amalia Figueiredo Costa, Samuel Leite Guimarães, Juliana Barbosa Coitinho, Stefanya Velásquez Gómez, Tiago Antônio da Silva Brandão, Ronaldo Alves Pinto Nagem
The second enzyme of the naphthalene degradation pathway in Pseudomonas putida G7 is NahB, a dehydrogenase that converts cis-1,2-dihydroxy-1,2-dihydronaphthalene to 1,2-dihydroxynaphthalene. We report the cloning, optimization of expression, purification, kinetic studies and preliminary structural characterization of the recombinant NahB. The nahB gene was cloned into a T7 expression vector and the enzyme was overexpressed in Escherichia coli Rosetta (DE3) as an N-terminal hexa-histidine-tagged protein (6xHis-NahB)...
January 9, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089596/processing-of-metacaspase-2-from-trypanosoma-brucei-tbmca2-broadens-its-substrate-specificity
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Joyce M Gilio, Marcelo F Marcondes, Débora Ferrari, Maria A Juliano, Luiz Juliano, Vitor Oliveira, Maurício F M Machado
Metacaspases are members of the cysteine peptidase family and may be implicated in programmed cell death in plants and lower eukaryotes. These proteases exhibit calcium-dependent activity and specificity for arginine residues at P1. In contrast to caspases, they do not require processing or dimerization for activity. Indeed, unprocessed metacaspase-2 of Trypanosoma brucei (TbMCA2) is active; however, it has been shown that cleavages at Lys(55) and Lys(268) increase TbMCA2 hydrolytic activity on synthetic substrates...
January 9, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089343/assessment-of-microvascular-endothelial-function-in-type-1-diabetes-using-laser-speckle-contrast-imaging
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Alessandra S de M Matheus, Eliete Leão Silva Clemente, Maria de Lourdes Guimarães Rodrigues, Débora Cristina Torres Valença, Marília B Gomes
OBJECTIVE: To test whether laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) coupled with physiological post-occlusive reactive hyperemia (PORH) and pharmacological iontophoresis of acetylcholine (ACh) as local vasodilator stimuli could distinguish between cutaneous microvascular responses of Type 1 Diabetes (T1DM)'s patients with endothelial dysfunction and that of healthy controls. METHODS: Patients with T1DM aged ≥12years completed a clinical-epidemiological questionnaire...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081053/notes-from-the-field-occupational-lead-exposures-at-a-shipyard-douglas-county-wisconsin-2016
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Debora Weiss, Stephanie J Yendell, Luke A Baertlein, Krista Y Christensen, Carrie D Tomasallo, Paul D Creswell, Jenny L Camponeschi, Jon G Meiman, Henry A Anderson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 13, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079460/development-of-a-version-of-the-self-ordered-pointing-task-a-working-memory-task-for-brazilian-preschoolers
#17
Isabela Sallum, Fernanda Gomes da Mata, Nathália Falcone Cheib, Charles W Mathias, Débora Marques Miranda, Leandro Fernandes Malloy-Diniz
OBJECTIVE: Working memory is a fundamental cognitive function and is predictive of outcomes and achievement in a wide range of domains from an early age. The focus of this study was to develop a computerized Brazilian version of the Self-Ordered Pointing Task (SOPT) for preschoolers and to provide initial normative and validation data for this task. METHODS: The sample of the present study was composed of 248 children aged 3 (n = 41), 4 (n = 88) and 5 (n = 119) years from 13 private and public schools in Belo Horizonte...
January 12, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078652/free-and-ca-alginate-beads-immobilized-horseradish-peroxidase-for-the-removal-of-reactive-dyes-an-experimental-and-modeling-study
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Simone Farias, Diego A Mayer, Débora de Oliveira, Selene M A Guelli U de Souza, Antônio Augusto Ulson de Souza
The aim of this work was to remove the dyes Reactive Blue 221 (RB 221) and Reactive Blue 198 (RB 198) of synthetic effluent using the immobilized enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP) in Ca-alginate beads. Experimental parameters affecting the dye removal process such as the effect of pH, temperature, hydrogen peroxide concentration, mass capsules, and reuse were evaluated, and a numerical model of mass transfer was developed. A maximum removal of 93 and 75%, respectively, for the dyes RB 221 and RB 198, at pH 5...
January 11, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078601/inhibition-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-metastasis-by-combined-tgfbeta-knockdown-and-metformin-treatment-in-a-canine-mammary-cancer-xenograft-model
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Camila Leonel, Thaiz Ferraz Borin, Lívia de Carvalho Ferreira, Marina Gobbe Moschetta, Marcio Chaim Bajgelman, Alicia M Viloria-Petit, Debora Aparecida Pires de Campos Zuccari
Epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process by which epithelial cells acquire mesenchymal properties, generating metastases. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is associated with this malignancy by having the ability to induce EMT. Metformin, has been shown to inhibit EMT in breast cancer cells. Based on this evidence we hypothesize that treatment with metformin and the silencing of TGF-β, inhibits the EMT in cancer cells. Canine metastatic mammary tumor cell line CF41 was stably transduced with a shRNA-lentivirus, reducing expression level of TGF-β1...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075696/dual-eligibles-experience-of-care-with-north-carolina-s-patient-centered-medical-home
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Sarah Grantham, Debora Goetz Goldberg, Donna Lind Infeld
Although individuals enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) are among those with the nation's greatest need, at $300 billion per year, their care is also expensive and beset by quality problems. Previous research found problems associated with inadequate coordination of benefits and services; however, these studies have largely used quantitative approaches and focused on providers-few studies have explored the perspective of dual eligible patients. In an effort to improve care and reduce costs, North Carolina (NC) developed a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model centered on a continuous relationship with a primary care provider who is responsible for coordination of services and addressing patients' health care needs by providing direct services or arranging care with other qualified professionals...
January 11, 2017: Population Health Management
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