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Amaris Castanon, Grant Pierre, Rohan Willis, E Nigel Harris, Elizabeth Papalardo, Zurina Romay-Penabad, Alvaro Schleh, Praveen Jajoria, Monica Smikle, Karel DeCeulaer, Anne Tebo, Troy Jaskowski, Marta M Guerra, D Ware Branch, Jane E Salmon, Michelle Petri, Emilio B Gonzalez
Objectives: We evaluate the performance characteristics of antiphosphatidylserine (anti-PS), antiphosphatidylinositol (anti-PI), and antiphospholipid mixture (APhL) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) compared with anticardiolipin (aCL) and anti-β2 glycoprotein I (anti-β2GPI) in a large group of patients with antiphospholipid (aPL)-related diseases. Methods: Serum samples from 548 patients from the Hopkins and Jamaican systemic lupus erythematosus cohorts, the PROMISSE cohort, and the Antiphospholipid Standardization Laboratory were examined for immunoglobulin G (IgG)/immunoglobulin M (IgM) positivity in aCL, anti-β2GPI, anti-PS, anti-PI, and APhL ELISA assays...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Michael Baer, Bradley Klemetson, Diana Scott, Andrew S Murtishaw, James W Navalta, Jefferson W Kinney, Merrill R Landers
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Because falls can have deleterious consequences, it is important to understand the influence of fatigue and medications on balance in persons with Parkinson disease (PD). Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of fatigue on balance in individuals with PD. Because brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been shown to be related to motor performance, we also explored its role. METHODS: A total of 27 individuals (age = 65...
April 2018: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
Carol H Wysham, Dominic Pilon, Mike Ingham, Marie-Hélène Lafeuille, Bruno Emond, Rhiannon Kamstra, Michael Pfeifer, Patrick Lefebvre
OBJECTIVE: To compare glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) control and medication costs between patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) treated with canagliflozin 300 mg (CANA) or a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) in a real-world setting. METHODS: Adults with T2DM newly initiated on CANA or a GLP-1 RA (index date) were identified from IQVIA™ Real-World Data Electronic Medical Records U.S. database (March 29, 2012-April 30, 2016). Inverse probability of treatment weighting accounted for differences in baseline characteristics...
March 2018: Endocrine Practice
Hironori Aoki, Eiichiro Yamamoto, Hiro-O Yamano, Tamotsu Sugai, Tomoaki Kimura, Yoshihito Tanaka, Hiro-O Matsushita, Kenjiro Yoshikawa, Ryo Takagi, Eiji Harada, Michiko Nakaoka, Yuko Yoshida, Taku Harada, Gota Sudo, Makoto Eizuka, Akira Yorozu, Hiroshi Kitajima, Takeshi Niinuma, Masahiro Kai, Masanori Nojima, Hiromu Suzuki, Hiroshi Nakase
BACKGROUND: Colorectal serrated lesions (SLs) are important premalignant lesions whose clinical and biological features are not fully understood. AIMS: We aimed to establish accurate colonoscopic diagnosis and treatment of SLs through evaluation of associations among the morphological, pathological, and molecular characteristics of SLs. METHODS: A total of 388 premalignant and 18 malignant colorectal lesions were studied. Using magnifying colonoscopy, microsurface structures were assessed based on Kudo's pit pattern classification system, and the Type II pit pattern was subcategorized into classical Type II, Type II-Open (Type II-O) and Type II-Long (Type II-L)...
March 15, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Ashley N Dowd, Courtney A Motschman, Stephen T Tiffany
Introduction: Craving may represent core motivational processes in tobacco dependence, but there is no psychometrically evaluated measure of craving for e-cigarettes (vaping craving). This research developed and validated a brief measure of vaping craving. Methods: The measure was evaluated in two studies. In Study 1, a 42-item questionnaire assessing a wide range of vaping craving content was administered to 209 current e-cigarette users. In Study 2, a 10-item questionnaire derived from Study 1 results was administered to 224 current e-cigarette users...
March 12, 2018: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Ehsan Mohammadi, Rocco Latorre, Edward R Truitt, Gregory D Jay, Benjamin D Sullivan, Tannin A Schmidt, Nataliya Smith, Debra Saunders, Jadith Ziegler, Megan Lerner, Robert Hurst, Rheal A Towner
OBJECTIVE: To test in an animal model the hypothesis that rhPRG4 (lubricin), a highly O-glycosylated mucin-like glycoprotein, may be a novel surface-active therapeutic for treating bladder permeability with co-morbid bowel permeability. Previously we showed that inducing bladder permeability in rats with dilute protamine sulfate (PS) produced colonic permeability and visceral hypersensitivity, suggesting increased bladder permeability could represent an etiologic factor in both Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)...
March 12, 2018: Urology
Lixiu Wang, Yayan Bi, Muxin Yu, Tao Li, Dongxia Tong, Xiaoyan Yang, Cong Zhang, Li Guo, Chunxu Wang, Yan Kou, Zengxiang Dong, Valerie A Novakovic, Ye Tian, Junjie Kou, Masood A Shammas, Jialan Shi
BACKGROUND: The definitive role of phosphatidylserine (PS) in the prothrombotic state of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) remains unclear. Our objectives were to study the PS exposure on blood cells and microparticles (MPs) in NVAF, and evaluate their procoagulant activity (PCA). METHODS: NVAF patients without (n = 60) and with left atrial thrombi (n = 18) and controls (n = 36) were included in our study. Exposed PS was analyzed with flow cytometry and confocal microscopy...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Hui Zhong, Hidenori Wake, Keyue Liu, Yuan Gao, Kiyoshi Teshigawara, Masakiyo Sakaguchi, Shuji Mori, Masahiro Nishibori
The apoptotic process of erythrocytes is known as eryptosis, and is characterized by phosphatidylserine (PS) expression on the outer membrane. PS-positive erythrocytes are increased in sepsis, and PS is believed to facilitate coagulation of erythrocytes and activate macrophages. However, the relationship between eryptosis and abnormal coagulation in sepsis is still not fully understood. Histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG) inhibits immunothrombus formation by regulating neutrophils and vascular endothelial cells...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Yogesh Patil, Panayiotis Bilalis, Georgios Polymeropoulos, Sarah R Almahdali, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Valentin O Rodionov
A well-defined amphiphilic miktoarm polymer incorporating poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF), polystyrene (PS), and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) blocks was synthesized via a combination of atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), iodine transfer radical polymerization (ITP), and copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). Morphology and self-assembly of this star polymer were examined in organic solvents and in water. The aggregates formed in water were found to possess unusual frustrated topology due to immiscibility of PS and PVDF...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Tao Jiang, Hao Hong, Can Liu, Wei-Tao Liu, Kaihui Liu, Shiwei Wu
Interactions between elementary excitations, such as carriers, phonons and plasmons, are critical for understanding the optical and electronic properties of materials. The significance of these interactions is more prominent in low-dimensional materials and can dominate their physical properties due to the enhanced interactions between these excitations. One-dimensional single-walled carbon nanotubes provide an ideal system for studying such interactions due to their perfect physical structures and rich electronic properties...
March 15, 2018: Nano Letters
Kuikun Yang, Yijing Liu, Yi Liu, Qian Zhang, Chuncai Kong, Chenglin Yi, Zijian Zhou, Zhantong Wang, Guofeng Zhang, Yang Zhang, Niveen M Khashab, Xiaoyuan Chen, Zhihong Nie
This article describes the fabrication of nanosized magneto-vesicles (MVs) comprising tunable layers of densely-packed superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) in membranes via cooperative assembly of polymer-tethered SPIONs and free poly(styrene)-b-poly(acrylic acid) (PS-b-PAA). The membrane thickness of MVs could be well controlled from 9.8 to 93.2 nm by varying the weight ratio of PS-b-PAA to SPIONs. The increase in membrane thickness was accompanied with the transition from monolayer MVs, to double-layered MVs and to multilayered MVs (MuMVs)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Shou-Fei Gao, Ying-Ying Wang, Wei Ding, Pu Wang
UV guiding fibers are highly sought after in laser and spectroscopy applications. Recent advances in hollow-core fiber orient a practical approach for proper UV light delivery sustainable to high-power and long-term irradiation. In this Letter, we report two types of hollow-core negative-curvature fibers (NCFs) in a UV spectral range. Their structures consist of one ring of six small (7.9 μm in diameter) and four big (20.8 μm in diameter) tubes, enclosing a hollow core of similar size (∼15  μm in diameter)...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Yuchen Shao, Xiuyou Han, Ming Li, Mingshan Zhao
Low-power radio frequency (RF) signal detection is highly desirable for many applications, ranging from wireless communication to radar systems. A tunable optoelectronic oscillator (OEO) based on a phase-shifted fiber Bragg grating for detecting low-power RF signals is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. When the frequency of the input RF signal is matched with the potential oscillation mode of the OEO, it is detected and amplified. The frequency of the RF signal under detection can be estimated simultaneously by scanning the wavelength of the laser source...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Jacob W P Potuijt, Martijn Baas, Rivka Sukenik-Halevy, Hannie Douben, Picard Nguyen, Deon J Venter, Renée Gallagher, Sigrid M Swagemakers, Steven E R Hovius, Christianne A van Nieuwenhoven, Robert-Jan H Galjaard, Peter J van der Spek, Nadav Ahituv, Annelies de Klein
PurposeThe zone of polarizing activity regulatory sequence (ZRS) is an enhancer that regulates sonic hedgehog during embryonic limb development. Recently, mutations in a noncoding evolutionary conserved sequence 500 bp upstream of the ZRS, termed the pre-ZRS (pZRS), have been associated with polydactyly in dogs and humans. Here, we report the first case of triphalangeal thumb-polysyndactyly syndrome (TPT-PS) to be associated with mutations in this region and show via mouse enhancer assays how this mutation leads to ectopic expression throughout the developing limb bud...
March 15, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
B A Kadashev, A N Konovalov, L I Astaf'eva, P L Kalinin, M A Kutin, I S Klochkova, D V Fomichev, O I Sharipov, D N Andreev
The pituitary stalk (PS) is a relatively thin bundle connecting the hypophyseal stalk to the pituitary gland; it consists of both axons of the hypothalamic nuclei (terminating in the neurohypophysis) and the system of portal vessels. Compression of the PS by a space-occupying lesion or its transection (forced or intended) during surgery may lead to the development of endocrine disorders: hypopituitarism, diabetes insipidus, and hyperprolactinemia. The modern literature lacks studies evaluating the severity of endocrine disorders depending on the PS condition before and after surgery...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Tianyu Liu, Duochen Jin, Samiullah Khan, Xue Chen, Tao Shi, Wenxiao Dong, Yanrong Qi, Zixuan Guo, Bangmao Wang, Hailong Cao
OBJECTIVE: A growing body of evidence indicates that patients with colorectal serrated lesions especially advanced serrated lesions (ASLs) are at risk of subsequent malignancy. This study aimed to provide more information for endoscopists for the management of ASLs by analyzing the clinicopathological features of ASLs, and the association between the presence of ASL and synchronous advanced colorectal neoplasia (sACN) in China. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cross-sectional study of data from 38,981 symptomatic patients who underwent colonoscopy between January 2010 and March 2016...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Digestive Diseases
Azeem Ullah, Yuxiang Zhang, Zafar Iqbal, Yaxin Zhang, Dong Wang, Jincan Chen, Ping Hu, Zhuo Chen, Mingdong Huang
Photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT) is considered a promising alternative to conventional antibiotic approach. We have previously developed a novel PS containing five lysine amino acids, pentalysine-β-carbonylphthalocyanine Zinc (ZnPc(Lys)5 ), which in the presence of light, is highly toxic against a range of bacterial strains, including hospital isolated, drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. Here, we study the effect of light fluence of the two light sources on the PACT potency of ZnPc(Lys)5 ...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Shu-Qiang Yuan, Run-Cong Nie, Yong-Ming Chen, Hai-Bo Qiu, Xiao-Ping Li, Xiao-Jiang Chen, Li-Pu Xu, Li-Fang Yang, Xiao-Wei Sun, Yuan-Fang Li, Zhi-Wei Zhou, Shi Chen, Ying-Bo Chen
The Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS) has been shown to be associated with survival rates in patients with advanced cancer. The present study aimed to compare the GPS with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status (ECOG PS) in patients with gastric cancer with peritoneal seeding. For the investigation, a total of 384 gastric patients with peritoneal metastasis were retrospectively analyzed. Patients with elevated C-reactive protein (CRP; >10 mg/l) and hypoalbuminemia (<35 mg/l) were assigned a score of 2...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Lei Pan, Hongbo Xu, Ruizhen Lv, Jun Qiu, Jiupeng Zhao, Yao Li
The laser damage behavior of three-dimensional photonic crystals (3D-PCs) with an opal structure is investigated using both experimental and simulation methods. Polystyrene (PS) colloidal crystals films with a reflection peak at 1064 nm are used as the model material. Disordered films (DF) are fabricated with PS microspheres as contrast samples. The laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) of 3D-PCs is tested, which is as 2.35 times high as the LIDT of DF. All laser damages are derived from defects in 3D-PCs, implying that the LIDT of ideal 3D-PCs will be significantly increased...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Milla-Maria Tauriainen, Ville Männistö, Dorota Kaminska, Maija Vaittinen, Vesa Kärjä, Pirjo Käkelä, Sari Venesmaa, Helena Gylling, Jussi Pihlajamäki
Background & aims : Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) associates with low levels of serum plant sterols in cross-sectional studies. However, parenterally given plant sterols may lead to liver injury. In addition, it has been suggested that the hepatic sterol transport mechanisms are altered in NAFLD. Therefore, we investigated the association between serum, liver and bile plant sterols and sitostanol with NAFLD. Methods : Out of the 138 individuals (age: 46.3±8.9, BMI: 43.3±6.9 kg/m², 28% men and 72% women), 44 could be histologically categorized to have normal liver, and 94 to have NAFLD...
March 14, 2018: Bioscience Reports
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