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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933715/efficacy-of-self-monitoring-of-blood-glucose-versus-retrospective-continuous-glucose-monitoring-in-improving-glycaemic-control-in-diabetic-kidney-disease-patients
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Ester Chai Kheng Yeoh, Boon Khim Lim, Sharon Fun, Julia Tong, Lee Ying Yeoh, Chee Fang Sum, Tavintharan Subramaniam, Su Chi Lim
AIMS: Patients with diabetic kidney disease (DKD) on anti-diabetic agents, are at greater risk of glycemic variations, both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. We aimed to compare glycemic control (using HbA1c) and hypoglycemia incidence in patients with Stage 3 DKD (eGFR 30-60 ml/min/1.73 m(2) ), receiving retrospective CGM-guided anti-diabetic therapy versus self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) over 3 months. METHODS: Thirty patients with HbA1c > 8% were randomized to 6-day retrospective CGM or SMBG...
December 9, 2016: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933645/aflatoxin-biomarkers-in-hair-may-facilitate-long-term-exposure-studies
#2
Innocent Mupunga, Christo D Izaaks, Leshweni J Shai, David R Katerere
Aflatoxins are highly toxic fungal metabolites produced by some members of the Aspergillus species. They are low molecular weight lipophilic compounds that are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. They contaminate most staple foods, including maize, peanuts, peanut butter and sorghum mainly in the tropics where hot and humid conditions promote fungal growth. Absorbed aflatoxins are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system in the liver into toxic metabolites. Aflatoxin B (AFB)1 is the most toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic naturally occurring toxin...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933201/association-between-metabolic-syndrome-and-liver-histology-among-nafld-patients-without-diabetes
#3
Pushpjeet Kanwar, James E Nelson, Katherine Yates, David E Kleiner, Aynur Unalp-Arida, Kris V Kowdley
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) and obesity are associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The aim of this observational study was to examine the relationship of MetS and a diagnosis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in patients without diabetes in the NASH Clinical Research Network (CRN). METHODS: Clinical, demographic, histological, laboratory and anthropometric data were collected on 356 adult patients without diabetes with NAFLD. Obesity was defined as body mass index ≥30...
2016: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932675/the-effects-of-voluntary-exercise-and-prazosin-on-capillary-rarefaction-and-metabolism-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-male-rats
#4
Emily C Dunford, Erwan Leclair, Julian Aiken, Erin R Mandel, Tara L Haas, Olivier Birot, Michael C Riddell
Type-1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) causes impairments within the skeletal muscle microvasculature. Both regular exercise and prazosin have been shown to improve skeletal muscle capillarization and metabolism in healthy rats, through distinct angiogenic mechanisms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the independent and additive effects of voluntary exercise and prazosin treatment on capillary-to-fiber ratio (C:F) in streptozotocin (STZ)-treated diabetic rats. STZ (65mg/kg) was intraperitoneally administered to male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=36) to induce diabetes, with healthy, non-diabetic, sedentary rats (n=10) as controls...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932622/inflammasome-activation-underlies-central-nervous-system-deterioration-in-hiv-associated-tuberculosis
#5
Suzaan Marais, Rachel P J Lai, Katalin A Wilkinson, Graeme Meintjes, Anne O'Garra, Robert J Wilkinson
Tuberculosis meningitis (TBM) is a frequent cause of meningitis in HIV-infected individuals, resulting in death in ~ 40% of affected patients. A severe complication of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in these patients is neurological TB-immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS), but its underlying cause remains poorly understood. To investigate the pathogenesis of TBM-IRIS, we performed longitudinal whole blood microarray analysis of HIV-infected TBM patients and reflected the findings at the protein level...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932619/ontogeny-of-cd4-t-lymphocytes-with-phenotypic-susceptibility-to-hiv-1-during-exclusive-and-non-exclusive-breastfeeding-in-hiv-1-exposed-ugandan-infants
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Elizabeth J McFarland, Tina M Powell, Carolyne Onyango-Makumbi, Weiming Zhang, Kelsey Melander, Prossy Naluyima, Samuel Okurut, Michael A Eller, Mary Glenn Fowler, Edward N Janoff
BACKGROUND: Among HIV-1-exposed infants, mixed breastfeeding is associated with higher postnatal HIV-1 transmission than exclusive breastfeeding, but the mechanisms of this differential risk are uncertain. METHODS: HIV-1-exposed, Ugandan infants were prospectively assessed over the first year of life for feeding practices and T cell maturation, intestinal homing (β7(hi)), activation, and HIV-1 co-receptor (CCR5) expression in peripheral blood. Infants receiving only breast milk and those with introduction of other foods prior to 6 months, categorized as exclusive and non-exclusive, respectively...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932459/basophil-specific-protease-mmcp-8-provokes-an-inflammatory-response-in-the-skin-with-microvascular-hyperpermeability-and-leukocyte-infiltration
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Hidemitsu Tsutsui, Yoshinori Yamanishi, Hiromi Ohtsuka, Shingo Sato, Soichiro Yoshikawa, Hajime Karasuyama
Basophils have often been considered erroneously as minor relatives or blood-circulating precursors of tissue-resident mast cells, because of some phenotypic similarity between them, including basophilic secretory granules in the cytoplasm. However, recent studies revealed that the repertoire of serine proteases stored in secretory granules is distinct between them. Particularly, mouse mast cell protease 8 (mMCP-8) is specifically expressed by basophils but not mast cells in spite of its name. Therefore, mMCP-8 is commonly used as a basophil-specific marker while its functional property remains uncertain...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932354/longitudinal-impact-of-smoking-and-smoking-cessation-on-inflammatory-markers-of-cardiovascular-disease-risk
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Cecile C King, Megan E Piper, Adam D Gepner, Michael C Fiore, Timothy B Baker, James H Stein
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate longitudinal changes in 6 inflammatory markers that predict cardiovascular disease events among smokers making a quit attempt and to characterize their cross-sectional associations between smoking and smoking heaviness. APPROACH AND RESULTS: In a longitudinal cohort study of contemporary smokers (n=1652), we evaluated (1) independent associations of smoking heaviness markers (exhaled carbon monoxide, cigarettes/d, pack-years) with inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein, D-dimer, fibrinogen, urinary F2 isoprostane:creatinine [F2:Cr] ratio, white blood cell [WBC] count, myeloperoxidase) and (2) the effects of smoking cessation and continued smoking on these inflammatory markers after 1 year, among the 888 smokers who made an aided quit attempt as part of a randomized comparative effectiveness trial or standard care...
December 8, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932336/heat-stress-hydration-and-uric-acid-a-cross-sectional-study-in-workers-of-three-occupations-in-a-hotspot-of-mesoamerican-nephropathy-in-nicaragua
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Catharina Wesseling, Aurora Aragón, Marvin González, Ilana Weiss, Jason Glaser, Christopher J Rivard, Carlos Roncal-Jiménez, Ricardo Correa-Rotter, Richard J Johnson
OBJECTIVES: To study Mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN) and its risk factors in three hot occupations. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Chinandega and León municipalities, a MeN hotspot on the Nicaraguan Pacific coast, January-February 2013. PARTICIPANTS: 194 male workers aged 17-39 years: 86 sugarcane cutters, 56 construction workers, 52 small-scale farmers. OUTCOME MEASURES: (1) Differences between the three occupational groups in prevalences/levels of socioeconomic, occupational, lifestyle and health risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and in biomarkers of kidney function and hydration; (2) differences in prevalences/levels of CKD risk factors between workers with reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFRCKD-EPI <80 mL/min/1...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932242/elevated-salivary-iga-decreased-anxiety-and-an-altered-oral-microbiota-are-associated-with-active-participation-on-an-undergraduate-athletic-team
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Ashley L Lamb, Debra E Hess, Sherie Edenborn, Elizabeth Ubinger, Andres E Carrillo, Pierette M Appasamy
BACKGROUND: Previous reports indicate that regular, but not excessive, exercise can moderate the response to anxiety and alter the immune response, therefore we hypothesized that college student athletes who were actively participating on an NCAA Division III athletics team ("in-season") would have lower levels of anxiety and higher salivary IgA levels than similar college athletes who were in their "off-season".NCAA Division III athletes participate in athletics at a level of intensity that is more moderate compared to other NCAA divisions...
December 5, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932211/a-novel-class-of-somatic-mutations-in-blood-detected-preferentially-in-cd8-cells
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Miko Valori, Lilja Jansson, Anna Kiviharju, Pekka Ellonen, Hanna Rajala, Shady Adnan Awad, Satu Mustjoki, Pentti J Tienari
Somatic mutations have a central role in cancer but their role in other diseases such as autoimmune disorders is poorly understood. Earlier work has provided indirect evidence of rare somatic mutations in autoreactive T-lymphocytes in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients but such mutations have not been identified thus far. We analysed somatic mutations in blood in 16 patients with relapsing MS and 4 with other neurological autoimmune disease. To facilitate the detection of somatic mutations CD4+, CD8+, CD19+ and CD4-/CD8-/CD19- cell subpopulations were separated...
December 5, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932144/inhibition-of-jak3-and-pkc-via-immunosuppressive-drugs-tofacitinib-and-sotrastaurin-inhibits-proliferation-of-human-b-lymphocytes-in%C3%A2-vitro
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M N Martina, M J Ramirez Bajo, E Bañon-Maneus, D Moya Rull, N Hierro-Garcia, I Revuelta, J M Campistol, J Rovira, F Diekmann
BACKGROUND: Antibody-mediated response in solid organ transplantation is critical for graft dysfunction and loss. The use of immunosuppressive agents partially inhibits the B-lymphocyte response leading to a risk of acute and chronic antibody-mediated rejection. This study evaluated the impact of JAK3 and PKC inhibitors tofacitinib (Tofa) and sotrastaurin (STN), respectively, on B-cell proliferation, apoptosis, and activation in vitro. METHODS: Human B cells isolated from peripheral blood of healthy volunteers were cocultured with CD40 ligand-transfected fibroblasts as feeder cells in the presence of interleukin (IL) 2, IL-10, and IL-21...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931813/evaluation-of-the-in-vivo-mutagenicity-of-melamine-by-the-rbc-pig-a-assay-and-pigret-assay
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Takahiro Kyoya, Masami Hori, Megumi Terada
The Pig-a assay is a new in vivo genotoxicity test for detecting mutagens in the bodies of animals, using the endogenous Pig-a gene as the target. There are two types of Pig-a assays: the red blood cell (RBC) Pig-a assay, which uses RBCs, and the PIGRET assay, which uses reticulocytes. The Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society-Mammalian Mutagenicity Study Group collaborative study of the Pig-a assay was carried out to investigate the usefulness of the PIGRET assay. The mutagenicity of melamine was evaluated as part of this study...
November 15, 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931749/-hereditary-epidermolysis-bullosa-french-national-guidelines-pnds-for-diagnosis-and-treatment
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C Chiaverini, E Bourrat, J Mazereeuw-Hautier, S Hadj-Rabia, C Bodemer, J-P Lacour
Hereditary epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a heterogeneous group of rare genetic diseases characterized by fragile skin and/or mucous membrane, and it may be either local or generalized. It is caused by mutations in genes encoding different proteins involved mainly in the structure and function of the dermal-epidermal junction. Nineteen genes have so far been identified. They are classified by level of skin cleavage (from top to bottom) into four groups: EB simplex, junctional EB, dystrophic EB and Kindler syndrome...
December 5, 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931554/a-study-to-derive-distribution-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-to-determine-its-correlation-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-asymptomatic-nationwide-indian-population-score-india
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Ravi R Kasliwal, Manish Bansal, Nagaraj Desai, Bhavesh Kotak, Ammar Raza, Hardik Vasnawala, Amit Kumar
BACKGROUND: There is presently no data to describe normal distribution of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), an established measure of subclinical atherosclerosis, in Indian subjects. METHODS: In this multi-centric study, 1229 subjects with age ≥30 years and no previous cardiovascular disease (CVD) underwent CVD risk factor assessment and CIMT measurement. Mean far wall common carotid artery IMT was measured on both sides and averaged. RESULTS: Mean age of the subjects was 48...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931226/culex-pipiens-forms-and-urbanization-effects-on-blood-feeding-sources-and-transmission-of-avian-plasmodium
#16
Josué Martínez-de la Puente, Martina Ferraguti, Santiago Ruiz, David Roiz, Ramón C Soriguer, Jordi Figuerola
BACKGROUND: The wide spread mosquito Culex pipiens pipiens have two forms molestus and pipiens which frequently hybridize. The two forms have behavioural and physiological differences affecting habitat requirements and host selection, which may affect the transmission dynamic of Cx. p. pipiens-borne diseases. METHODS: During 2013, blood engorged Cx. p. pipiens mosquitoes were captured in urban, rural and natural areas from Southern Spain. In 120 mosquitoes, we identified the blood meal origin at vertebrate species/genus level and the mosquito form...
December 8, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931209/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-vitamin-d-insufficiency-and-deficiency-at-birth-and-associated-outcome
#17
Ian Marshall, Rajeev Mehta, Charletta Ayers, Smita Dhumal, Anna Petrova
BACKGROUND: Occurrence and consequence of cord blood (CB) vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency has not been adequately explored despite rising concern regarding this topic in pediatrics. This study was designed to determine the rate, maternal risk factors, and clinical outcomes in infants in association with vitamin D insufficient/deficient status at birth. METHODS: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) defined levels (ng/mL) were utilized to categorize the vitamin D status in CB samples as deficient (5-15), insufficient (16-20), and sufficient (21-100)...
December 8, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931005/microfluidic-immunosensor-for-rapid-and-highly-sensitive-salivary-cortisol-quantification
#18
V Pinto, P Sousa, S O Catarino, M Correia-Neves, G Minas
This paper presents a novel poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidic immunosensor that integrates a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) optical detection system for a rapid and highly-sensitive quantification of salivary cortisol. The simple and non-invasive method of saliva sampling provides an interesting alternative to the blood, allowing a fast sampling at short intervals, relevant for many clinical diagnostic applications. The developed approach is based on the covalent immobilization of a coating antibody (Ab), a polyclonal anti-IgG, onto a treated PDMS surface...
November 30, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930989/protective-effect-of-nigella-sativa-oil-on-cisplatin-induced-nephrotoxicity-and-oxidative-damage-in-rat-kidney
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Zeba Farooqui, Faizan Ahmed, Sana Rizwan, Faaiza Shahid, Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Farah Khan
BACKGROUND: Nephrotoxicity is a severe complication in patients undergoing cisplatin (CP) chemotherapy. Previous studies in our lab have shown that administration of a single dose of CP results in decrease in the activities of brush border membrane (BBM) and free radical scavenging enzymes and induces oxidative stress in rat kidney. Nigella sativa, is one of the most revered medicinal plant known for its numerous health benefits. Nigella sativa seed/oil has been shown to improve kidney functions in animal models of acute kidney injury...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930984/bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-conditioned-media-could-potentially-ameliorate-ovalbumin-induced-asthmatic-changes
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Mahdi Ahmadi, Reza Rahbarghazi, Mohammad Reza Aslani, Amir-Ali Shahbazfar, Masoumeh Kazemi, Rana Keyhanmanesh
BACKGROUND: The major feature of asthma is governed by chronic airway inflammation. This investigation was proposed to achieve the suitable candidate for ameliorating long-term chronic asthmatic changes of respiratory tract. METHODS: 36 rats were classified into healthy (C) and ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized animals (S). To sensitize, the rats were exposed to OVA over a course of 32±1days. One day after sensitization, equal six different groups were subjected to experimental procedure (n=6); Rats only received intratracheally 50ml PBS (CPT and SPT groups), 50μl conditioned medium (CM) (CST and SST groups) and 50μl PBS containing 2×10(6) rat bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (rBMMSCs) (CCT and SCT groups)...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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