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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166164/a-physiological-signature-of-the-cost-of-reproduction-associated-with-parental-care
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Melinda A Fowler, Tony D Williams
Costs of reproduction are an integral and long-standing component of life-history theory, but we still know relatively little about the specific physiological mechanisms underlying these trade-offs. We experimentally manipulated workload during parental care in female European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) using attachment of radios and/or wing clipping and assessed measures of workload, current breeding productivity, future fecundity, and survival (local return rate) in relation to treatment. Females with wing clipping and radio attachment paid a clear cost of reproduction compared with all other treatment groups: they had lower future fecundity and lower return rates despite having lower current breeding productivity...
December 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166148/in-vivo-differentiation-of-uric-acid-versus-non-uric-acid-urinary-calculi-with-third-generation-dual-source-dual-energy-ct-at-reduced-radiation-dose
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Axelle Franken, Pierre Alain Gevenois, Alain Van Muylem, Nigel Howarth, Caroline Keyzer
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to evaluate in vivo urinary calculus characterization with third-generation dual-source dual-energy CT (DECT) at reduced versus standard radiation dose. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: One hundred fifty-three patients requiring unenhanced CT for suspected or known urolithiasis were prospectively included in our study. They underwent two acquisitions at reduced-dose CT (90 kV and 50 mAsref; Sn150 kV and 31 mAsref, where Sn denotes the interposition of a tin filter in the high-energy beam) and standard-dose CT (90 kV and 50 mAsref; Sn150 kV and 94 mAsref)...
November 22, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165620/comparative-effectiveness-of-allopurinol-febuxostat-and-benzbromarone-on-renal-function-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-with-hyperuricemia-a-13-year-inception-cohort-study
#3
Hsu-Wen Chou, Hsien-Tsai Chiu, Ching-Wei Tsai, I-Wen Ting, Hung-Chieh Yeh, Han-Chun Huang, Chin-Chi Kuo
Background: Direct comparisons of the effectiveness of allopurinol with that of other urate-lowering agents in chronic kidney disease (CKD) populations, as well as guideline recommendations for clinical practice, are lacking. Methods: We constructed a pharmacoepidemiology cohort study by including patients from Taiwan's long-term integrated CKD care program to compare the effectiveness among allopurinol, febuxostat and benzbromarone in reducing the risk of progression to dialysis...
November 17, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165176/the-different-roles-of-innate-immune-receptors-in-inflammation-and-carcinogenesis-between-races
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Natsu Yamaguchi, Yoshimi Suzuki, M H Mahbub, Hidekazu Takahashi, Ryosuke Hase, Yasutaka Ishimaru, Hiroshi Sunagawa, Rie Watanabe, Yoshinobu Eishi, Tsuyoshi Tanabe
Innate immune factors exert widespread effects on cytokine secretion, cell survival, autophagy, and apoptosis. Nucleotide-binding and oligomerization domain-like receptors (NLRs) are members of the innate immune system in the cytosol that sense pathogens, endogenous danger molecules such as uric acid, and pollutants. Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-containing protein 1 and 2 (NOD1 and NOD2) are components of NLR family, and ligands of these factors are γ-D-glutamyl-meso-diaminopimelic acid (iE-DAP) and muramyl dipeptide (MDP), respectively...
October 11, 2017: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164926/serum-uric-acid-level-predicts-adverse-outcomes-after-myocardial-revascularization-or-cardiac-valve-surgery
#5
Davide Lazzeroni, Matteo Bini, Umberto Camaiora, Paolo Castiglioni, Luca Moderato, Davide Bosi, Simone Geroldi, Pietro T Ugolotti, Lorenzo Brambilla, Valerio Brambilla, Paolo Coruzzi
Background High levels of serum uric acid have been associated with adverse outcomes in cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction and heart failure. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the prognostic role of serum uric acid levels in patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation after myocardial revascularization and/or cardiac valve surgery. Design We performed an observational prospective cohort study. Methods The study included 1440 patients with available serum uric acid levels, prospectively followed for 50 ± 17 months...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162379/-epidemiology-of-urolithiasis-in-french-west-indies-a-retrospective-study
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K Kaulanjan, A Cerruti, V Galantine, C Laine, J Rose Dite Modestine, G Gourtaud, C Senechal, V Roux, R Eyraud, P Blanchet, L Brureau
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of urolithiasis is increasing with dietary changes especially in developed countries. Guadeloupe is a French department overseas where western diet meets traditional local food. The objective was to describe and analyze the epidemiology of urolithiasis in Guadeloupe. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective single-center study throughout the year 2015 on patients hospitalized for urolithiasis at University Hospital of Pointe-à-Pitre...
November 18, 2017: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162363/sex-differences-in-associations-between-blood-lipids-and-cerebral-small-vessel-disease
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Z-G Yin, Q-S Wang, K Yu, W-W Wang, H Lin, Z-H Yang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Dyslipidemia predicts higher risk of coronary events and stroke and might be associated with cerebral small vessel disease (SVD). Previous studies linking blood lipids and SVD have yielded inconsistent results, which may be attributable to sex differences in lipids metabolism. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between blood lipids and SVD in neurologically healthy men and women. METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive 817 people aged 50 years or more were enrolled and underwent magnetic resonance imaging scans to evaluate the periventricular white matter lesions (PVWMLs), deep white matter lesions (DWMLs) and silent brain infarction (SBI)...
October 10, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159872/the-dark-side-of-glucose-transporters-in-prostate-cancer-are-they-a-new-feature-to-characterize-carcinomas
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Pedro Gonzalez-Menendez, David Hevia, Juan C Mayo, Rosa M Sainz
One of the hallmarks of cancer cells is the increased ability to acquire nutrients, particularly glucose and glutamine. Proliferating cells need precursors for cell growth and NADPH reducing equivalents for survival. The principal responsible for glucose uptake is facilitative glucose transporters (GLUTs), which usually are overexpressed in cancer cells. Besides their role in glucose uptake, GLUT transporters are able to transport other compounds such as dehydroascorbic acid or uric acid. They play a major role in tumor progression and cellular processes such as regulated cell death...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158942/the-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-rs1014290-of-the-slc2a9-gene-is-associated-with-uric-acid-metabolism-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Jiangfang Miao, Jing Liu, Li Xiao, Jiedi Zheng, Chunfeng Liu, Zufu Zhu, Kai Li, Weifeng Luo
Individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) have lower uric acid levels than those without PD, and the CC genotype and C minor allele of a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), rs1014290 of SLC2A9, are associated with lower uric acid levels. We investigated the association of rs1014290 with uric acid metabolism in a cohort of PD cases (220) and controls (110) in a Han Chinese population. Uric acid levels were determined and rs1014290 was assayed using a mutation-sensitive on/off switch technology. PD uric acid levels (291...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156749/high-uric-acid-ua-downregulates-bone-alkaline-phosphatase-balp-expression-through-inhibition-of-its-promoter-activity
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Zhi-Qi Wu, Xiao-Ting Chen, Yan-Yan Xu, Ming-Jie Tian, Hai-Yan Chen, Guo-Ping Zhou, Hua-Guo Xu
Bone metastases often occur in prostate cancers, lung cancers and breast cancers. Bone alkaline phosphatase (BALP) is one of the most commonly used serological markers for clinical evaluation of bone metabolism. Here, we reported that high concentrations of uric acid (UA) caused decrease of BALP levels and revealed that the effect of high concentrations of UA on the BALP expression was through inhibition of its promoter activity. Our results suggested physicians to think about serum UA status of patients with advanced cancer to avoid misdiagnosis when BALP was used to diagnose or assess the extent of bone metastases...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154722/association-of-kidney-function-and-waist-circumference-with-uric-acid-levels-in-south-africans
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Nomandla Daphne Madala, Thozama Dubula, Alain Guy Honoré Assounga, Saraladevi Naicker
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence that hyperuricemia is associated with incident chronic kidney disease (CKD) provides a potential therapeutic target for CKD that has not been explored in Africans. With hyperuricemia and gout increasing globally, we sought to determine their prevalence in South Africans with varying kidney function levels. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of ambulatory adult patients presenting at a General Internal Medicine Outpatients Clinic between September 2012 and March 2014...
November 20, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153695/posterior-encephalopathy-syndrome-in-women-with-eclampsia-predictors-and-outcome
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Anand Kumar Verma, Ravindra Kumar Garg, Yashodhara Pradeep, Hardeep Singh Malhotra, Imran Rizvi, Neeraj Kumar, Neera Kohli, Shweta Pandey
BACKGROUND: This study aims to study predictors of posterior encephalopathy syndrome in eclampsia and the impact of posterior encephalopathy syndrome on outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This prospective study enrolled consecutive women with eclampsia. These women were subjected to magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. Predictors of posterior encephalopathy syndrome were determined using univariate, followed by multivariate, analysis. Women were followed for 30days...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153684/impact-of-maternal-serum-uric-acid-on-perinatal-outcome-in-women-with-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-a-prospective-study
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Naina Kumar, Amit Kant Singh, Bhavya Maini
INTRODUCTION: Worldwide hypertensive disorder of pregnancy is major cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity, mortality. AIM: To study impact of maternal serum uric acid on perinatal outcome in women with hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. METHODOLOGY: Present study was conducted in Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of rural tertiary care centre of Northern India over seven months (October 2016-May 2017). Total 110 pregnant women >-34weeks with hypertensive disorder of pregnancy were divided into three groups; Gestational hypertension (n = 35), Pre-eclampsia (n = 49), Eclampsia (n = 26)...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153396/the-prognostic-value-of-serum-uric-acid-in-the-acute-phase-of-ischemic-stroke-in-black-africans
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Yacouba Njankouo Mapoure, Chia Mark Ayeah, Hamadou Ba, Romuald Hentchoya, Henry Namme Luma
BACKGROUND: The association between hyperuricemia and stroke outcome still remains controversial worldwide. This study aims to determine the prevalence of hyperuricemia and its association with the outcome of patients with acute ischemic stroke in a tertiary care hospital. METHODS: This was a hospital-based prospective cohort study that included patients with ischemic stroke with baseline uric acid levels and 3-month post-stroke follow-up data. Associations between hyperuricemia and stroke outcomes were analyzed using multiple logistic regression, Kaplan-Meier, and Cox proportional hazards regression analysis...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153025/annals-express-gestational-age-specific-reference-intervals-for-15-biochemical-measurands-during-normal-pregnancy-in-china
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Yanpeng Dai, Junjie Liu, Enwu Yuan, Yushan Lee, Quanxian Wang, Liting Jia, Linkai Wang, Yanhua Su
AIMS: Physiological changes that occur during pregnancy can influence biochemical parameters. Therefore, using reference intervals based on specimens from non-pregnant women to interpret laboratory results during pregnancy may be inappropriate. This study aimed to establish essential to establish reference intervals for a range of analytes during pregnancy. METHODS: The cross-sectional study was performed in 13656 healthy pregnant and 2634 non-pregnant women. Fifteen biochemical measurands relating to renal and hepatic function were analyzed using an Olympus AU5400 analyzer (Olympus, Tokyo, Japan)...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152793/effects-of-dietary-tryptophan-levels-on-performance-and-biochemical-variables-of-plasma-and-intestinal-mucosa-in-yellow-feathered-broiler-breeders
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S Q Jiang, Z Y Gou, X J Lin, L Li
The effects of dietary tryptophan (Trp) levels on performance and biochemical variables of plasma and intestinal mucosa in broiler breeder hens were investigated in this study. A total of 780 Lingnan yellow-feathered broiler breeder hens were randomly assigned in one of five dietary treatments with six replicates per treatment (26 birds per replicate). The breeder hens were fed either the basal diet (0.11% Trp) or the basal diet supplemented to 0.15%, 0.19%, 0.23% and 0.27% Trp, from 197 to 259 days of age...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151480/the-refinement-of-risk-stratification-for-atrial-thrombus-or-spontaneous-echo-contrast-in-nonvalvular-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Wenna Ning, Yang Li, Chunyan Ma, Liangxian Qiu, Bo Yu
As for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) patients with left atrial thrombus or spontaneous echo contrast (LAT/SEC), we evaluated the additional predictive value of serum uric acid (SUA) and Left atrial diameter (LAD) for CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASc, and explored the influence from the level of SUA and LAD to LAT/SEC in moderate risk group. Thus, we put forward the concept of a borderline high risk group to guide clinical anticoagulant therapy in patients with NVAF.A total of 284 NVAF patients without the history of anticoagulant prior to hospitalization were enrolled...
November 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149990/simultaneous-determination-of-renal-function-biomarkers-in-urine-using-a-validated-paper-based-microfluidic-analytical-device
#18
Eduardo Luiz Rossini, Maria Izabel Milani, Emanuel Carrilho, Leonardo Pezza, Helena Redigolo Pezza
In this paper, we describe a validated paper-based microfluidic analytical device for the simultaneous quantification of two important biomarkers of renal function in urine. This paper platform provides an inexpensive, simple, and easy to use colorimetric method for the quantification of creatinine (CRN) and uric acid (UA) in urine samples. The microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μPAD) consists of a main channel with three identical arms, each containing a circular testing zone and a circular uptake zone...
January 2, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148979/role-of-caftaric-acid-in-lead-associated-nephrotoxicity-in-rats-via-antidiuretic-antioxidant-and-anti-apoptotic-activities
#19
Khaled M M Koriem, Mahmoud S Arbid
Background Lead is a toxic metal that is widely distributed in the environment where caftaric acid (CA) is the ester form of caffeic acid where CA is the major dietary polyphenol present in various foods and beverages. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of CA in lead acetate (LA)-associated nephrotoxicity through antidiuretic, antioxidant and anti-apoptotic activities. Methods Forty-eight male albino rats divided into six equal groups; group 1 control injected intraperitoneally (ip) with saline (1 mL/kg of bw) over two weeks period, group 2 injected ip with CA (80 mg/kg of bw) over two weeks period, groups 3, 4, 5 and 6 injected ip with 100 μmol/kg of bw LA over two weeks period where groups 4, 5 & 6 co-injected ip with 1-deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin (dDAVP) drug (1 mg/kg of bw), CA (40 mg/kg of bw), and CA (80 mg/kg of bw), respectively...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146253/isolation-and-characterisation-of-theobromine-degrading-filamentous-fungi
#20
Daniel Oduro-Mensah, Augustine Ocloo, Sammy T Lowor, Evelyn Y Bonney, Laud K N A Okine, Naa Ayikailey Adamafio
Strategies for achieving global food security include identification of alternative feedstock for use as animal feed, to contribute towards efforts at increasing livestock farming. The presence of theobromine in cocoa pod husks, a major agro-waste in cocoa-producing countries, hinders its utilisation for this purpose. Cheap treatment of cocoa pod husks to remove theobromine would allow largescale beneficial use of the millions of metric tonnes generated annually. The aim of this study was to isolate theobromine-degrading filamentous fungi that could serve as bioremediation agents for detheobromination of cocoa pod husks...
January 2018: Microbiological Research
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