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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454180/tryptophan-kynurenine-and-lipid-related-metabolites-as-blood-biomarkers-for-first-episode-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-an-exploratory-pilot-case-control-study
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Nobuki Kuwano, Takahiro A Kato, Daiki Setoyama, Mina Sato-Kasai, Norihiro Shimokawa, Kohei Hayakawa, Masahiro Ohgidani, Noriaki Sagata, Hiroaki Kubo, Junji Kishimoto, Dongchon Kang, Shigenob Kanba
BACKGROUND: Early intervention in depression has been critical to prevent its negative impact including suicide. Recent blood biomarker studies for major depressive disorder (MDD) have suggested that tryptophan-kynurenine and lipid related metabolites are involved in the pathophysiology of MDD. However, there have been limited studies investigating these blood biomarkers in first-episode drug-naïve MDD, which are particularly important for early intervention in depression. METHODS: As an exploratory pilot case-control study, we examined the above blood biomarkers, and analyzed how these biomarkers are associated with clinical variables in first-episode drug-naïve MDD patients, based on metabolome/lipidome analysis...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454047/renal-perivascular-adipose-tissue-form-and-function
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Carolina Baraldi A Restini, Alex Ismail, Ramya K Kumar, Robert Burnett, Hannah Garver, Gregory D Fink, Stephanie W Watts
Renal sympathetic activity affects blood pressure in part by increasing renovascular resistance via release of norepinephrine (NE) from sympathetic nerves onto renal arteries. Here we test the idea that adipose tissue adjacent to renal blood vessels, i.e. renal perivascular adipose tissue (RPVAT), contains a pool of NE which can be released to alter renal vascular function. RPVAT was obtained from around the main renal artery/vein of the male Sprague Dawley rats. Thoracic aortic PVAT and mesenteric PVAT also were studied as brown-like and white fat comparators respectively...
February 14, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454038/dendritic-cells-as-cancer-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Christian E Bryant, Sarah Sutherland, Benjamin Kong, Michael S Papadimitrious, Derek N J Hart
The ability of immune therapies to control cancer has recently generated intense interest. This therapeutic outcome is reliant on T cell recognition of tumour cells. The natural function of dendritic cells (DC) is to generate adaptive responses, by presenting antigen to T cells, hence they are a logical target to generate specific anti-tumour immunity. Our understanding of the biology of DC is expanding, and they are now known to be a family of related subsets with variable features and function. Most clinical experience to date with DC vaccination has been using monocyte-derived DC vaccines...
February 14, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453950/towards-elimination-of-schistosomiasis-after-5000-years-of-endemicity-in-egypt
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REVIEW
Iman F Abou-El-Naga
Schistosomiasis is a snail-transmitted infectious disease caused by a long lasting infection with a blood fluke of the genus Schistosoma. S. haematobium and S. mansoni are the species endemic in Egypt. The country has been plagued and seriously suffered from schistosomiasis over the past 5000 years. Great strides had been done in controlling the disease since 1922. The history, epidemiology and the different control approaches were reviewed. Currently, Egypt is preparing towards schistosomiasis elimination by 2020...
February 14, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453755/effect-of-nicotine-on-repeated-bouts-of-anaerobic-exercise-in-nicotine-na%C3%A3-ve-individuals
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Robert Johnston, Melissa Crowe, Kenji Doma
PURPOSE: Nicotine is a psychostimulant that is reported to be commonly supplemented by athletes. The purpose of the current study was to determine the effects of a rapidly absorbed form of nicotine on repeated bouts of anaerobic exercise, perception of exertion and a range of cardiovascular variables while monitoring side effect profiles. METHODS: Sixteen healthy, nicotine naïve male athletes (24.1 ± 5.3 years, 179.0 ± 8.8 cm, 81.7 ± 13.5 kg, BMI 25.5 ± 3.0, Body fat% 13...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453753/pediatric-astrocytic-tumor-grading-comparison-between-arterial-spin-labeling-and-dynamic-susceptibility-contrast-mri-perfusion
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Giovanni Morana, Domenico Tortora, Serena Staglianò, Paolo Nozza, Samantha Mascelli, Mariasavina Severino, Gianluca Piatelli, Alessandro Consales, Maarten Lequin, Maria Luisa Garrè, Andrea Rossi
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare arterial spin labeling (ASL) and dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) MRI perfusion with respect to diagnostic performance in tumor grading in pediatric patients with low- and high-grade astrocytic tumors (AT). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 37 children with histologically proven treatment naive low- and high-grade AT who underwent concomitant pre-operative ASL and DSC MRI perfusion. Studies were performed on a 1...
February 16, 2018: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453729/perioperative-outcomes-of-robotic-hysterectomy-with-mini-laparotomy-versus-open-hysterectomy-for-uterus-weighing-more-than-250-g
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Natasha Gupta, Shanti Mohling, Rebecca Mckendrick, Rayan Elkattah, Jenny Holcombe, Robert S Furr, Todd Boren, Stephen DePasquale
To compare perioperative outcomes in patients undergoing robotic hysterectomy and extraction of specimen via mini-laparotomy (RHML) versus open hysterectomy (OH) when uterus weighs more than 250 g. To study the factors determining the length of hospital stay in 2 groups. A retrospective analysis of all hysterectomies performed for uterus weighing more than 250 g from the year 2012 to 2015 was conducted. A total of 140 patients were divided into 2 groups based on the type of surgery; RHML (n = 82) and OH (n = 58)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Robotic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453682/persistent-pulmonary-hypertension-and-histologic-chorioamnionitis-in-preterm-infants-controlled-study
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N Katz, Y Bar-Or, A Raucher-Sterrnfeld, A Tamir, D Kohelet
Persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) of the newborn is one of the most challenging acute disorders of postnatal transition with substantial morbidity and mortality. The aim of the study was to find if there is an association between persistent pulmonary hypertension and histologic chorioamnionitis in preterm infants. 27 preterm infants with echocardiographic evidence of PPHN within the first 3 days of life were eligible for the study. A matched control group of 27 patients was chosen according to gestational age, date of birth, and gender...
February 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453636/assessment-of-oximetry-based-statistical-classifiers-as-simplified-screening-tools-in-the-management-of-childhood-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Andrea Crespo, Daniel Álvarez, Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, Gonzalo C Gutiérrez-Tobal, Ana Cerezo-Hernández, David Gozal, Roberto Hornero, Félix Del Campo
PURPOSE: A variety of statistical models based on overnight oximetry has been proposed to simplify the detection of children with suspected obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Despite the usefulness reported, additional thorough comparative analyses are required. This study was aimed at assessing common binary classification models from oximetry for the detection of childhood OSAS. METHODS: Overnight oximetry recordings from 176 children referred for clinical suspicion of OSAS were acquired during in-lab polysomnography...
February 16, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453603/repeatable-and-reproducible-measurements-of-myocardial-oxidative-metabolism-blood-flow-and-external-efficiency-using-11-c-acetate-pet
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Kai Yi Wu, Vincent Dinculescu, Jennifer M Renaud, Shin-Yee Chen, Ian G Burwash, Lisa M Mielniczuk, Rob S B Beanlands, Robert A deKemp
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive approaches to investigate myocardial efficiency can help track the progression of heart failure (HF). This study evaluates the repeatability and reproducibility of 11 C-acetate positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of oxidative metabolism. METHODS AND RESULTS: Dynamic 11 C-acetate PET scans were performed at baseline and followup (47 ± 22 days apart) in 20 patients with stable HF with reduced ejection fraction. Two observers blinded to patients' clinical data used FlowQuant ® to evaluate test-retest repeatability, as well as intra- and inter-observer reproducibility of 11 C-acetate tracer uptake and clearance rates, for the measurement of myocardial oxygen consumption (MVO 2 ), myocardial external efficiency (MEE), work metabolic index (WMI), and myocardial blood flow...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453596/effectiveness-of-the-sesquiterpene-%C3%AE-bisabolol-in-dogs-with-naturally-acquired-canine-leishmaniosis-an-exploratory-clinical-trial
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V Corpas-López, G Merino-Espinosa, C Acedo-Sánchez, V Díaz-Sáez, M C Navarro-Moll, F Morillas-Márquez, J Martín-Sánchez
The use of natural products is a promising approach for treating visceral leishmaniosis. (-)-α-Bisabolol is a sesquiterpene that have been proved active in vivo on Leishmania infantum-infected mice without showing toxicity. A single-centre, parallel-group, randomized, exploratory study was designed to assess its efficacy in a canine leishmaniosis model involving naturally infected dogs. In this clinical trial, 12 dogs were allocated into two groups and were treated with either meglumine antimoniate (100 mg/kg) through subcutaneous route or (-)-α-bisabolol (30 mg/kg) through oral route for two treatment series of 30 days, separated by a 30-day interval...
February 16, 2018: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453495/comparison-of-concentrations-of-drugs-between-blood-samples-with-and-without-fluoride-additive-important-findings-for-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-and-amphetamine
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Christopher Wiedfeld, Julia Krueger, Gisela Skopp, Frank Musshoff
Fluoride is a common stabilizing agent in forensic toxicology to avoid the frequent problem of degradation of drugs in blood samples especially described for cocaine. In cases only samples with addition of fluoride are available, it is a crucial question if also concentrations of common drugs other than cocaine (amphetamines, opiates and cannabinoids) are affected by fluoride. So far, there are only rare literature data available on discrepant results especially for Δ 9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In this study, comparative analysis of positive tested paired routine plasma/serum samples (n = 375), collected at the same time point (one device with and one without fluoride), was carried out with special focus on cannabinoids...
February 17, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453477/effects-of-bilateral-nasal-packing-on-oxygen-saturation-and-blood-pressure
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Meera Bista
INTRODUCTION: Nasal packing is one of the most common rhinological procedures in ENT practice exerting local in nose and systemic effects. Systemic effects may be due to poor sleep quality, respiratory difficulty, decreased oxygen saturation, circulatory problems and toxic shock syndrome which can threaten the life of a person.The study was done to investigate the effect on bilateral nasal packing on blood oxygen saturation and blood pressure changes. METHODS: A cross-sectional prospective study was undertaken in Kathmandu Medical College from January 2017 to June 2017...
October 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453471/significance-of-non-invasive-markers-as-predictor-of-esophageal-varices-in-liver-cirrhosis
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Dipendra Khadka, Sushil Prajapati, Sudhamshu Kc, Jeetendra Kaji Shrestha, Niyanta Karki, Bikash Jaishi, Kiran Regmi, Sandip Khadka
INTRODUCTION: Upper gastro-intestinal endoscopy remains the gold standard for screening for esophageal varices but it has its own limitations. It is an invasive, expensive and uncomfortable procedure and needs clinical expertise. Accordingly, this study was conducted to establish the role of non-invasive markers for prediction of esophageal varices in liver cirrhosis. METHODS: A hospital based descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out in Liver unit of National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital, from October 2016 to September 2017...
October 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453441/circulating-cell-free-mitochondrial-dna-but-not-leukocyte-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-is-elevated-in-major-depressive-disorder
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Daniel Lindqvist, Owen M Wolkowitz, Martin Picard, Lars Ohlsson, Francesco S Bersani, Johan Fernström, Åsa Westrin, Christina M Hough, Jue Lin, Victor I Reus, Elissa S Epel, Synthia H Mellon
Major depressive disorder (MDD) has been linked to mitochondrial defects, which could manifest in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) polymorphisms or mutations. Additionally, copy number of mtDNA (mtDNA-cn) can be quantified in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)s, indirectly reflecting cellular energetics, or in the circulating cell-free mtDNA (ccf-mtDNA) levels, which may reflect a fraction of the mitochondrial genome released during cellular stress. Few studies have examined ccf-mtDNA in MDD, and no studies have tested its relationship with intracellular mtDNA-cn or with antidepressant treatment response...
January 30, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453428/igf-i-and-igfbp-3-concentrations-at-2-years-associations-with-anthropometry-and-milk-consumption-in-an-indian-cohort
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Andrea S Wiley, Suyog M Joshi, Himangi G Lubree, Dattatray S Bhat, Neelam S Memane, Deepa A Raut, Chittaranjan S Yajnik
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: To ascertain associations between plasma insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3) and their molar ratio at 2 y with neonatal size, infant growth, body composition at 2 y, and feeding practices in an Indian cohort. SUBJECTS/METHODS: A cohort of 209 newborns, with 122 followed at 2 y. Anthropometry was conducted at birth and 2 y. IGF-I and IGFBP-3 concentrations were measured in cord blood and at 2 y...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453314/ar-expression-in-breast-cancer-ctcs-associates-with-bone-metastases
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Nicola Aceto, Aditya Bardia, Ben S Wittner, Maria C Donaldson, Ryan O'Keefe, Amanda Engstrom, Francesca Bersani, Yu Zheng, Valentine Comaills, Kira Niederhoffer, Huili Zhu, Olivia MacKenzie, Toshi Shioda, Dennis Sgroi, Ravi Kapur, David T Ting, Beverly Moy, Sridhar Ramaswamy, Mehmet Toner, Daniel A Haber, Shyamala Maheswaran
Molecular drivers underlying bone metastases in human cancer are not well understood, in part due to constraints in bone tissue sampling. Here, RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) was performed of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) isolated from blood samples of women with metastatic estrogen receptor (ER)+ breast cancer, comparing cases with progression in bone versus visceral organs. Among the activated cellular pathways in CTCs from bone-predominant breast cancer is androgen receptor (AR) signaling. AR gene expression is evident, as is its constitutively active splice variant AR-v7...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453154/unique-pharmacology-of-a-novel-allosteric-agonist-sensitizer-insulin-receptor-monoclonal-antibody
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Simon A Hinke, Anne M Cieniewicz, Thomas Kirchner, Katharine D'Aquino, Rupesh Nanjunda, Jason Aligo, Robert Perkinson, Philip Cooper, Ken Boayke, Mark L Chiu, Steve Jarantow, Eilyn R Lacy, Yin Liang, Dana L Johnson, Jean M Whaley, Russell B Lingham, Anthony J Kihm
OBJECTIVE: Insulin resistance is a key feature of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), and improving insulin sensitivity is important for disease management. Allosteric modulation of the insulin receptor (IR) with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) can enhance insulin sensitivity and restore glycemic control in animal models of T2D. METHODS: A novel human mAb, IRAB-A, was identified by phage screening using competition binding and surface plasmon resonance assays with the IR extracellular domain...
February 3, 2018: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453139/effect-of-inhaled-corticosteroids-on-lung-function-in-chronic-beryllium-disease
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Margaret M Mroz, John H Ferguson, Anna V Faino, Annyce Mayer, Matthew Strand, Lisa A Maier
BACKGROUND: The clinical effects of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) on chronic beryllium disease (CBD) are unknown. Although frequently used for symptoms or disease not requiring systemic therapy, the clinical course of patients on ICS has not been evaluated. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study, forty-eight subjects with CBD, diagnosed by granulomas on lung biopsy and treated with inhaled corticosteroids, were matched to sixty-eight subjects with CBD who were not treated...
February 5, 2018: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453138/increased-coagulation-index-as-measured-by-thromboelastography-during-ovarian-stimulation-for-in-vitro-fertilization-influence-of-the-final-oocyte-maturation-triggering-agent
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Ronit Beck-Fruchter, Israel Gavish, Shira Baram, Yoel Geslevich, Amir Weiss
OBJECTIVE: Thromboelastography (TEG) is a viscoelastic test of hemostasis which allows measurement of the processes of clot initiation, propagation, stabilization, and dissolution in real time. In this study we aimed to evaluate the alterations in coagulation as measured by TEG during In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) stimulation cycles and to investigate whether final oocyte maturation with recombinant hCG (rhCG) versus GnRH agonist results in a different coagulation state. STUDY DESIGN: This is a prospective observational study which included fifty-three normogonadotrophic women...
February 10, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
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